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Qualifying new students sought for Chancellor's Scholarship

Graduating high school, adult and alternative education students considering Oakland Community College for the 2019-20 academic year are encouraged to apply for a Chancellor's Scholarship, which helps incoming, qualified students get an incredible financial head start on their higher education.

OCC Partners with Secretary of State for Motorcycle Safety Courses

Oakland Community College and SOS are offering two safety programs beginning in April at OCC's Auburn Hills campus, 2900 Featherstone Road. Upon successful completion of either course, participants receive a waiver for the state riding skills test.

OCC Student is Semifinalist for Cooke Foundation Transfer Student Scholarship

Brandon Brown is a semifinalist for a prestigious scholarship from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. Through its Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, the foundation supports high-achieving community college students as they transfer to some of the top four-year institutions in the country to complete their bachelor's degrees.

OCC first in state to launch 'Tweet-a-day' outdoor campaign

On the heels of launching Michigan's first co-branded billboard campaign with Oakland University and first comprehensive academic program billboard campaign, Oakland Community College is looking to make history again - and possibly change how others view digital outdoor.

OCC board elects chair, officers at first meeting of 2019

John McCulloch of Royal Oak was re-elected chair of the Oakland Community College board of trustees by his fellow board members during the board's first meeting of the new year. Re-elected to a two-year term as vice chair was Pamela Davis of Clawson, secretary Pam Jackson of Commerce Township, and treasurer Susan Anderson of Royal Oak.

Bring on the ice!

Equipped with chainsaws and the title of National Ice Carving Champions for 10 of the last 11 seasons, OCC Ice Carving Team sharpens their competitive edge this weekend at the Plymouth Ice Festival.

OCC Culinary Community Events - Travel the World with our Student Chefs!

From Detroit to France and everywhere in between, allow our student chefs to take you on a delectable journey around the world with this seasons culinary events. Oakland Community College's (OCC) award-winning Culinary Studies Institute continues its lineup of events open to the community. Join the College's aspiring chefs for an incredible dining experience and enjoy the best in food and service.

OCC to Honor King's Words, Deeds, at Jan. 18 Convocation; Public Invited

Oakland Community College invites the public to join faculty, staff and students to listen to more of Cooper's insights about King at a convocation commemorating his birthday. The event, sponsored by the college's Committee for Diversity and Inclusion, takes places from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Jan. 18, in the Smith Theatre on OCC's Orchard Ridge campus, 27055 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills.

OCC voted veteran-friendly institution for third year in a row

Oakland Community College was awarded Gold Veteran-Friendly status by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) for its commitment to supporting the needs of student veterans and dependents. This is OCC's third consecutive award, with the first award received for Silver status.

Learn How to be Robots' Master at Free PLC, Robotics Technician Training

Robotics and automation constitute one of the fastest-growing classifications of job growth in Southeast Michigan and is a top workforce priority for advanced manufacturing companies in the region. For every three jobs expected to be open in the years ahead, only one graduate is expected to have completed the relevant training programs to fill one of those openings.

OCC nursing student demonstrates 'giving' inherent of the season

The gift of knowledge passed from excellent instructors to empowered students is the gift that keeps giving as one patient at Huron Valley Sinai Hospital can attest, and is thankful for, in nursing student Saba Putrus. Putrus will graduate from Oakland Community College next month with a degree in nursing, yet already has made a difference in another person's quality of life--in, literally, his breath of life.

What do you get when you add 27 math students and two math faculty?

If you don't know the answer to that problem, join the club. If you do know the answer, join the Math Club, which was resurrected at Oakland Community College's Royal Oak campus just before Thanksgiving by Faculty members Jeff Parent and Dan Puig-Pey, in the math department.

OCC Faculty, Staff to Perform Radio Version of Holiday Classic

Hoping to start a new tradition with a long-established tradition, the theater program at Oakland Community College will stage "It's a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play," a shortened version of the 1946 Frank Capra film that has become as much a part of the holiday season as Christmas trees and caroling and gift receipts.

OCC board congratulates elected trustees

At its November meeting, Oakland Community College's Board of Trustee Chair John McCulloch swore in two returning board members with their reelection to office. Their new terms begin January 1, 2019.

Empowering Students to Break Barriers

In a male dominated industry, automotive servicing student Ashley Whitted looks to push the envelope by taking advantage of the opportunities offered at OCC.

OCC Receives Highest Marks for Audit Controls

The Fiscal Year 2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report presented to the Oakland Community College Board of Trustees at its October board meeting found the college continued to stay on top of its bottom line. The independent auditing firm Plante Moran awarded OCC a clean audit with an "unmodified" opinion.

MDEC Educator of Year: Subbarao develops students' "voice and place"

English Professor Suba Subbarao's work in the classroom to help her students, in the words of a colleague, "find their voice and their place" speaks for itself. And now a statewide organization devoted to her passion for developmental education says Subbarao's place is at the head of the class among her peers.

Challenge Your Knowledge of Stereotypes at the Human Library

How many opportunities have you taken to learn by walking in someone else's shoes? That's exactly what the Human Library is, an opportunity to ask individuals from different communities the questions you've never been able to ask.

OCC to Honor Service, Sacrifice at Veterans Day Commemoration Nov. 12

OCC students, faculty, staff and members of the community and guests are invited to a Veterans Day commemoration at 11:15 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, in room G-240 of the Auburn Hills campus, featuring remarks by speakers including Malcolm Berry, president of the OCC student government -- and himself a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Empowering Those That Protect

Being a trained firefighter, emergency medical technician and police officer all at once is not a common combination, but that's what Jon Roberts is. As an officer for the city of Berkley and a volunteer firefighter in Troy, Roberts trusted Oakland Community College for all his training.

Chancellor Provenzano Tells Inauguration Audience it's "OCC's Time to Shine"

The inauguration of Peter M. Provenzano as Oakland Community College's ninth leader was held on September 27, 2018, with a ceremony in the Smith Theatre on OCC's Orchard Ridge campus. OCC's Board of Trustees appointed Provenzano as chancellor on January 1, 2018, after a brief stint as interim chancellor.

OCC Inauguration Ceremony, Sept. 27 in Farmington Hills

Oakland Community College will host the inauguration of Chancellor Peter M. Provenzano, Jr.. CGMA. His investiture as OCC’s ninth chancellor will take place Thursday, Sept. 27, at 5:30 p.m. during a ceremony at OCC’s Smith Theatre, Orchard Ridge campus, 27055 Orchard Lake Road in Farmington Hills.

Empower Yourself--and Your Future--at OCC Open House

If knowledge is power, then knowledge about an OCC education is empowerment. And now it has never been easier for prospective students, their family members and the community in general to learn how an education from Oakland Community College can empower the future.

OCC AT ARTS, BEATS & EATS: A Blockbuster Partnership

Oakland Community College joined Arts, Beats & Eats over Labor Day weekend in a major way. As a first-time major sponsor, 165 OCC students and employees showcased visual, performing and technical arts, including live performances, food carving, vocal, jazz and theatrical performances, painting, ceramics, photography, graphic arts and interior design exhibits and demonstrations.

OCC Leads the Way Starting HR Professional Group in Macomb, Oakland County

A new Oakland-Macomb chapter of the Alexandria, Va.-based society is on its way to full recognition, and with it comes access to resources offered by the national body and valuable connections with human resource professional across the nation. The first event will be late this year at Oakland Community College. Human resource professionals from across Macomb and Oakland counties are invited to learn more.

OCC Faculty Give Back Over the Summer

Many may have taken a break from the classroom, but for OCC faculty members, summer was a time not for rest but revival through travel, professional development and their support of local community causes.

Save the Date and Save Three Lives

The blood drive will be held on Sept. 6 at OCC's Auburn Hills campus, 2900 Featherstone Rd., building H, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. All presenting donors have a chance to win a YMCA membership, Free Chiropractic care, a Royal Park stay, free T shirts, free sandwich coupons and more.

EMPOWERING FIRST-RESPONDERS: A Reputation for Excellence

Fire academy student and Emergency Medical Technician certificate of achievement holder Krystal Tucker credits OCC CREST's (Combined Regional Emergency Services Training) top reputation, premier facilities, and experienced instructors ensures its graduates are highly adept in emergency services.

Culinary Events: Experience 5-Star Meals Prepared by Rising Stars

If you like amazing food, prepared with skill and dedication, you're in for a treat. Oakland Community College's award-winning Culinary Studies Institute continues its lineup of events open to the community. Join the college's aspiring chefs for an incredible dining experience and enjoy the best in food and service.

Lori Przymusinski Named OCC Vice Chancellor for Student Services

Oakland Community College announces the appointment of Lori Przymusinski to vice chancellor for student services, from interim vice chancellor, effective August 15. A member of the college's executive team, Przymusinski started at OCC in 2006 as a faculty member in nursing. She took on progressive responsibilities as dean of nursing and health professions, dean of campus affairs and named interim vice chancellor in 2017.

EMPOWERING HEALTH: Learning the Skills to Improve Quality of Life

When nursing student and Farmington Hills resident, Ana Pancevska decided saving lives was her calling in life, OCC was her top pick for training. The OCC nursing program is one of the largest and most affordable associate-degree nursing programs in the nation. Through excellent hospital and health care partnerships, students receive an exceptional variety of clinical experiences, including rotations at William Beaumont and Detroit Medical Center hospitals.

Empowering Leadership: Budding leaders build knowledge, skills

David Ceci, director of law enforcement training and interim dean of emergency services non-traditional, and Bridget Kavanaugh, director, marketing and community relations, graduated from the Michigan Community College Association Leadership Academy on July 26

OCC First in State to Launch Academic Program-focused Outdoor Campaign

OCC has created what is believed to be Michigan's first comprehensive outdoor campaign to showcase individual academic programs. Contracted through Outfront Media, OCC placed nearly 30 vinyl billboards along major highways and roads throughout Oakland County. In addition, OCC has placed signage on 20 SMART buses that primarily service Oakland County.

Garden Party Raises $116,000 to support OCC Students

The Garden Party Foundation has always been a strong supporter of OCC students and their gift of $116,000 this year will help so many more students like Brandon achieve their educational goals.


For many, classes start early - before the traditional day after Labor Day - including at Oakland Community College. Fall semester at OCC starts Monday, August 27. Registration for the start of OCC fall classes closes August 24. New students must apply by August 15.

EMPOWERING VETERANS: Serving Those Who've Served for Us

Growing up, Malcolm Berry looked for ways to connect with the community. He volunteered his time and he served with the Marine Corp. His next step: college. OCC was his clear choice based on its mission of serving the community. Upon becoming a student, Berry, discovered the college also had a veteran-friendly atmosphere.

Shy Student Bloosm to Excellence

Start Here...Finish Here. You may have seen it on billboards across Oakland County this summer. Student Alexandria McGill gives it meaning. The Oxford, Mich. resident completed her degree this summer at Oakland Community College and will start her next step with Oakland University's Honor College.

Creativity at the Intersection of Artistry and Counseling

OCC Faculty Michelle May will be honored on July 12 for her artistry, along with 15 other metro Detroit artists and two groups selected to receive the 2018 Kresge Artist Fellowships. Each fellow is awarded $25,000, a year of professional workshops and an independent video documentary on their craft.

EXCELLENCE EMPOWERED: What does a Board of Trustee do?

McCulloch, chair, Board of Trustees, Oakland Community College, has a long and distinguished history of public service, including 10 years on the Oakland County Board of Commissioners and five years as its board chair.

FoMO? What's trending among college students

Oakland Community College, in partnership with two-year college experts, Interact Communications, engaged in Media Prefs, a national survey of college students, to understand current media trends and better opportunities to connect based on real data, rather than anecdotal insight.

EMPOWER YOURSELF: How to Graduate College Completely Debt Free

Samantha Southern has an empowering message for college-bound students. By earning scholarships to pay for college, Southern does not need to work as much to make money as other college students, so she can spend the extra time on her studies and volunteer work.

Arts, Beats & Eats Announces New Partnerships

For the first time in the festival's history, Oakland Community College (OCC) joins Ford Arts, Beats & Eats through a strategic partnership to bring a variety of the school's visual and performing arts elements to life throughout the festival weekend. OCC and its students will participate with special live performances, art exhibitions and cooking demonstrations for attendees to enjoy and learn.

OCC Arts, Beats & Eats Kick-Off

Bishop, of Ferndale, MI, jumped on the rare opportunity to showcase her singing chops at a news conference Tuesday to kick-off the Arts, Beats and Eats festival during Labor Day Weekend in Royal Oak. She sang the iconic song in the classic Detroit Institute of Arts' 1976 TV commercial "You Gotta Have Art" at the end of Oakland Community College Chancellor Peter Provenzano's opening remarks.

Take your business to the next level

Goldman Sachs launched 10,000 Small Businesses in Detroit and Southeast Michigan in November 2013 by committing $20 million for small-business loans, business education and grants for supporting community partners. The program is offered in partnership with Oakland Community College, Macomb Community College and Wayne State University. The curriculum covers accounting, human resources, negotiation, and marketing, among other topics and improved access to funding and capital.

10th Annual The Garden Party Supports Trades Scholarships

Over the past decade, The Garden Party has brought together thousands of patrons to enjoy fine wine, delicious food and classic cars to help students pursue their dreams of a culinary arts and other professional trade careers. This year's milestone event is scheduled for Sunday, June 10 from 1-4 p.m. at Meadow Brook Hall and Gardens in Rochester.

OCC Faculty Association Expands Charitable Efforts

The Faculty at Oakland Community College are demonstrating their commitment to the local community through expanded charitable efforts aimed at students and others in need throughout Oakland County.

OCC Welcomes New Partners

OCC is now home to both the Consular Corps of Michigan and the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce (APACC). A welcome reception, ribbon cutting and two significant art announcements will be made at the event. Interviews with all organization VIPs available at the event.

Karen Bathanti Named OCC Vice Chancellor for Human Resources

Oakland Community College announces the appointment of Karen L. Bathanti to vice chancellor for human resources and member of the college's executive team, beginning July 9. Bathanti formerly served as director of human resources and labor relations for Macomb County.

OCC Launches Excellence Empowered Brand

For the first time in more than 20 years, OCC launches a new brand and refreshes with "Excellence Empowered." as part of its larger strategic plan that puts students first.

Compelling Story Collective at Human Library

How many opportunities have you taken the time to walk in someone else's shoes? The life of a recovering addict, a transgender woman and an individual living with schizophrenia are only a few of the humans taking part in the Human Library on May 12 at the Farmington Hills Community Library.

Employment Prospects and Talent Merge on OCC's Royal Oak Campus

Oakland Community College's career placement services department hosted more than 60 employers on its Royal Oak campus, "Connecting Talent to Opportunity." The spring job fair held, April 20, connected students, alumni and community job seekers with employers seeking to fill positions in business, industry, health care and government.

OCC Counselor Named 2018 Diversity Champion

Oakland Community College's College committee for diversity and inclusion awarded Pamela Micallef, a long-time counselor at OCC's Orchard Ridge campus, as 2018 Diversity Champion. Micallef will be honored by the area Race Relations and Diversity Task Force, May 3, 2018, at the Birmingham Community House.

OCC Students Showcase Work at Annual Student Film Festival

Filmgoers and the community are invited to the 8th annual Oakland Community College Student Film Festival featuring the works of OCC student filmmakers. Students will screen their short films to the public on May 24, 2018 at the college's Smith Theatre in Farmington Hills.

Students Connect in LIVE Q&A with Astronauts on Space Station

Oakland Community College and Lake Orion High School students have the rare opportunity to ask questions of two astronauts currently residing on the International Space Station. Live Q&A downlink between students and alumus serving in space.

Ted Coutilish Named OCC Vice Chancellor of Marketing & Community Relations

Oakland Community College (OCC) announced the appointment of Ted Coutilish to vice chancellor, marketing & community relations, and member of the College's executive team. Coutilish was formerly executive director of university marketing at Eastern Michigan University (EMU), where he initiated and led the highly successful TRUEMU and #YouAreWelcomeHere marketing campaigns as well as oversaw university advertising, branding, marketing, publications and social media.

OCC's Strong Financial Management Recognized Nationally

For the third year in a row, the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to Oakland Community College by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for its comprehensive annual financial report. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

OCC to Offer Courses at Focus:HOPE's Detroit Campus

Oakland Community College (OCC) together with Focus:HOPE and Detroit Promise are holding the "Steps for Success College Fair" on Wednesday, November 16, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Focus:HOPE. 1400 Oakman Boulevard, Detroit. Incoming college freshman and prospective students are invited to attend.

Oakland Community College Summer 2018 Registration Open

Spring and summer are an ideal time to take advantage of local college credits and get ahead. With the largest transfer rate in Michigan, many students choose Oakland Community College as a place to get started or pick up extra credits and fast track towards a degree.

OCC Board of Trustees Names 2018 Audit Committee

The Oakland Community College Board of Trustees announced its 2018 audit committee, comprised of three elected trustees and four community members. The committee works to assist the Board of Trustees in fulfilling their oversight responsibilities for financial reporting, internal control, audit, and compliance with related regulations. This includes external review of the audited financial statements, as well as risk management and the internal control environment.

From OCC to Farmington City Council to the Cover of Time Magazine

Journalist, vice president of Preservation Farmington, and the youngest candidate and top finisher elected to Farmington City Council, Maria Taylor carries an impressive resume. Add gracing the recent cover of Time Magazine® among a group of women deemed 'The Avengers,' and 2018 is shaping up to be another exciting year for this OCC Alum.

Alumni, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson to Speak at OCC's 2018 Commencement

Ruth Johnson, Michigan's Secretary of State and the first woman ever elected to serve as clerk/register of deeds in Oakland County, will deliver Oakland Community College's 2018 commencement address to over 2,700 graduates on Saturday, May 19. In addition to commencement speaker, Johnson will also be recognized as Alumni of the Year.

Oakland Community College Chancellor's Scholarship

Students planning to attend Oakland Community College for the 2018-19 academic year are encouraged to apply for the Chancellor's Scholarship awards. These scholarships help incoming, qualified students get a financial head start on their higher education experience.

OCC Partners with Secretary of State for Motorcycle Safety Courses

Oakland Community College and Michigan Secretary of State are offering two Motorcycle Safety programs beginning in April and fill quickly. A motorcycle endorsement is required to drive on public roads; the motorcycle safety course is required for teens.

OCC K-9 Program Prepares Handlers and Dogs for Partnerships That Protect Public

To protect and serve is a phrase made famous with officers in training. For the more than 200 canines and their handlers who have graduated through Oakland Community College's K-9 program, it is the aim and purpose of their training and profession. Whether seeking out narcotics, locating missing people, or finding crime scene evidence, these highly trained teams work in seamless partnership fighting crime and protecting our community.

OCC Students Carve Icy Niche in Winter Competitions

Winter competitions are not for the faint of heart. Competitors must bring skill, endurance, agility and fearlessness to win. When your teammates and rivals pack chain saws, razor sharp chisels and hand saws: talent, ability and creativity on the ice becomes crystal clear.

OCC Culinary Community Events - Prepare to be Wowed by Student Chefs!

If you like amazing food, prepared with skill and dedication, you're in for a treat this season. Oakland Community College's award-winning Culinary Studies Institute continues its lineup of events open to the community. Join the College's aspiring chefs for an incredible dining experience and enjoy the best in food and service.

Delta Network Services Creates NEW OCC Scholarship for IT Students

A new college scholarship, given by Delta Network Services, has been established to support OCC students looking to surpass their educational goals. The scholarship encourages success, fosters scholastic achievement and provides financial assistance to students in the field of computer information systems.

OCC Faculty Honored with Stanford University Teaching Initiative

At Stanford University, incoming students are given an opportunity to formally acknowledge an educator who played a significant role in their intellectual, academic and personal development. Looking across the country nearly 2500 miles back to Auburn Hills, Michigan, former Oakland Community College (OCC) student Matthew James Riley chose to acknowledge faculty member Dr. Edward Stotts. In addition to teaching, Stotts is coordinator of the College's Mental Health and Social Work program.

Invest in Your Personal Financial Literacy at OCC

Was one of your resolutions to take better care of your personal finances in 2018? Check this resolution off your list by tuning up your personal financial wellness at Oakland Community College this winter.

OCC Invites Public to MLK Convocation

Oakland Community College (OCC) invites the public to join faculty, staff, and students to a special event honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Friday, January 12, 2018.

Oakland Community College Names New Chancellor

Oakland Community College announces the appointment of Peter Provenzano to the position of Chancellor. Provenzano joined Oakland Community College in 2014 as Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services and a key member of the College's executive leadership team. Since May 2017, Provenzano has served as the Interim Chancellor. The Board of Trustees voted unanimously in favor of Provenzano as successor in the position of Chancellor.

OCC Board Accepts, Approves FY 2017 Audit

At Oakland Community College's November Board of Trustees meeting, officials were presented with the College's Fiscal Year 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) by independent auditing firm Plante Moran. Firm Partner Dana Coomes, CPA, stated OCC was awarded, "an 'unmodified' opinion with no findings, which illustrates strong internal controls and meets all federal grant criteria." The independent team commended the College and Board audit committee for their excellence in fiscal oversight, noting the size and scope of operations, student financial aid regulations and grant funding regulations unique to higher education.

OCC Culinary Students Compete in Kontos Foods Challenge

On November 15, Students in the OCC Culinary Studies Program faced off in a "Chopped"-style contest to create tasty and original recipes for both sweet and savory dishes using the secret ingredient - pastry puffs. Top winners were awarded $250 Visa gift cards.

OCC Honor Students Join 'Up to Us'

This past month brought new opportunities for scholastic achievement for these OCC student leaders, as they devoted a the month of November to fun and dynamic educational activities at the Auburn Hills campus centered on raising awareness about the increasing national debt. Activities ranged from Game of Thrones inspired events to contests and a panel discussion with Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner and Political Advisor Doug Tietz.

Public Invited to FREE OCC Caregiving Seminar November 30

Anyone caring for an aging or ailing loved one knows the challenge of being unsure of where to turn for help. Learn about support and resources for caregivers on Thursday, November 30 from 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm at Oakland Community College's Auburn Hills Campus. This event is free and open to all.

OCC Sweeps American Culinary Federation's Michigan Chefs de Cuisine Awards

In a region known for its foodies and talent, winning is important to Oakland Community College Culinary Studies Institute alumni. Great chefs know winning takes passion, stamina, creativity, attention to detail and remarkable training as the key ingredients - and the competition is as stiff as a good meringue on a holiday pie.

Oakland Early College Hosts the Galileo - Saudi Arabia Leadership Project

Saudi Arabian counselors, principals and supervisors spent a full day immersed in Oakland Early College's (OEC) educational processes as part of the Galileo-Saudi Arabia Leadership Project at Oakland University. It is just one of the stops on their research and educational journey to rebuild Saudi Arabia's educational system.

OCC Awarded Gold Veteran-Friendly Status

Oakland Community College was awarded Gold Veteran-Friendly status by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) for our commitment to supporting the needs of student veterans and dependents.

Garden Party Raises $93,000 to benefit OCC Students

OAKLAND COUNTY, Michigan - Deserving OCC students will benefit from generous funds raised by The Garden Party Foundation at its ninth annual event at Meadowbrook Hall in Rochester Hills, Mich.

OCC hosts Secretary of State Mobile Office

Full service office provides voter registration, license plate tab renewals and more. OCC's Auburn Hills campus will host the Secretary of State Mobile Office on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017 offering voter registration to students, faculty, staff and visitors.

Workforce Leadership Training Goes to the Dogs

The Economic and Workforce Development (EWD) at Oakland Community College (OCC) and Leader Dogs for the Blind are hosting a new leadership training on Sept. 12, 2017. "Designed for HR and training directors, Harness the Power of Leadership demonstrates how a Leader Dog is trained and the trust that is built between guide dogs and clients," shares Joe Bommarito, OCC's business development manager of Economic and Workforce Development. "We then translate this training for business application."

Become a PLC Robotics Tech in Just 12 Weeks

OAKLAND COUNTY, Michigan -Three information sessions, Thursday, August 10 (2 p.m.), Wednesday, August 16 (5:30 p.m.), and Thursday, August 24 (10 a.m.), have been announced for a new PLC (programmable logic controller) Robotics Technician Training Program at Oakland Community College. The program is offered at no charge to qualified participants

Oakland Fire Training Institute Seeks New Recruits

OAKLAND COUNTY, Michigan - The Oakland Fire Training Institute at Oakland Community College (OCC) is hosting a free orientation session for the Fire Academy on August 16, 2017. "The Oakland Fire Training Institute is a well-known and well-respected training entity in the fire service community. Fire Chiefs from across this region tell us when they hire a graduate from this Academy, they are hiring a top-notch fire fighter."

Remias Named OCC Interim Vice Chancellor Administrative Services

OAKLAND COUNTY, Michigan - July 17, 2017 - Oakland Community College (OCC) is pleased to announce former director of finance and investments at Macomb Community College, Bobbie Remias, CPA, will join OCC as interim vice chancellor for administrative services, effective July 17. Remias assumes the duties formerly held by OCC's Interim Chancellor, Peter Provenzano, Jr.

51 Students Awarded the OCC Chancellor’s Scholarship

More than 50 incoming Oakland Community College (OCC) students across the county are getting a head start on their higher education following graduation. These new students will start their first-year with tuition and fees covered by the College’s Chancellor’s Scholarship award.

Riding the CREST of Public Safety

June 16 is a big day for the OCC Police Academy, which celebrated its 50th graduation since the program's establishment in 1967. Recognized as a leading police training facility in the State of Michigan, the Police Academy consistently graduates high achievers through a combination of skilled and experienced training staff and hands-on training through CREST (Combined Regional Emergency Services Training).

OCC Nationally Recognized for Campus Safety Innovation

OAKLAND COUNTY, Michigan - Oakland Community College (OCC) was one of three finalists out of 1,400 community colleges nationwide to be honored at the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) conference in New Orleans, LA. OCC was recognized for its visionary work in the category of College Safety and Planning.

OCC Student Government Top 10 National Finalist

OAKLAND COUNTY, Michigan - Oakland Community College's student government team, SA3, finished in the top ten in a national campus competition called "Up to Us." The national competition pitted OCC's team against 75 other colleges.

Eileen Husband Named OCC General Counsel

Oakland Community College (OCC) welcomes Eileen Husband as general counsel, formerly general counsel and vice president of legal services at Henry Ford College.

Automation Alley Announces 2017 Board of Directors

Automation Alley, Michigan's leading technology and manufacturing business association, recently elected three new members to its board of directors: Gary Conrad, director of WW Education Customer Engagement at Autodesk; Dr. Timothy Meyer, chancellor of Oakland Community College; and Kristopher Powell, CEO and president of HRPro/BenePro.

OCC Culinary Community Events - Savory Sensations & Sweet Treats

Calling all epicureans, foodies and gastronomes. Oakland Community College's (OCC) Culinary Studies Institute is continuing its lineup of offerings and events open to the community. Join the College's aspiring chefs for a wonderful dining experience. Experience the best in food and service at these special events held at OCC's Orchard Ridge Campus in Farmington Hills.

Advanced Manufacturing Students Strut Their Skills

Student apprentices who are graduating from the competitive Michigan Advanced Technician Training (MAT2) program will demonstrate their high-tech mastery of automated equipment by completing projects in front of live audiences during events in February and March at Oakland Community College and Henry Ford College.

Inaugural "Our College Cares for Oakland County Charities" Crosses 5K Finish LIne in Distance and Donations

What started as a simple 5K run/walk for students, faculty and staff ended at the finish line with over 5,000 items donated to six local charities. The winners: Orchard Children's Services, Lighthouse of Oakland County, Gleaners Food Bank, the Michigan Humane Society, National Council of Jewish Women and Sweet Dreamzzz - and, of course, the more than 260 participants in the first-time event.

OCC Board Elects Chairs, Welcomes New Trustees

At its first meeting of 2017, Oakland Community College's Board of Trustees elected John McCulloch of Royal Oak to Board chair and Pam Davis of Clawson to vice chair, each serving two-year terms respectively.

OCC Offers Help to Displaced ITT Students

OAKLAND COUNTY, Michigan - September 14, 2016 - OCC is inviting former ITT students to a "one stop" workshop designed especially for them, Monday, September 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the College's Auburn Hills campus at 2900 Featherstone Road, Building F, Room G-240.

Bring Your High Tech Recycling to OCC Highland Lakes Campus, October 1

Oakland Community College's Sustainability Committee and High Tech Recycling invite the community to bring their electronic waste to a recycling event at the College's Highland Lakes campus on Saturday, October 1 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. The campus is located at 7350 Cooley Lake Road, Waterford.

OCC Student Awarded Allied Health Scholarship

Last year, Platinum Educational Group launched its inaugural scholarships program geared at EMS students. The company has since expanded its product line to include the nursing and allied health fields and its 2016 scholarships program to support students obtaining higher education in these healthcare industries.

New Center Supports Careers in Advanced Manufacturing

Oakland Community College (OCC) recently opened its doors to area businesses, students and the community to learn about high demand, high-paying jobs at the newly renovated Advanced Technology Center in Auburn Hills.

143 Students Awarded the Oakland Community College Chancellor's Scholarship

OAKLAND COUNTY, Michigan - August 12, 2016 - 143 incoming students at Oakland Community College are getting a head start on their higher education experience. These students will enter the fall semester at OCC with full tuition and fees covered their first year by the College's Chancellor's Scholarship award.

Focus: HOPE Partners with Oakland Community College

DETROIT- Thursday, July 21st, 9:00 a.m., Focus: HOPE MTI Library, 1200 Oakman Blvd; Focus: HOPE and Oakland Community College (OCC) officially partnered with the Detroit Regional Chamber to offer the Steps for Success Program. William Jones, Jr., Focus: HOPE, CEO; Timothy Meyer, OCC Chancellor; and Greg Handel, Detroit Regional Chamber, Vice President Education and Talent, participated in the MOU signing.

First Michigan Advanced Technician Training (MAT2) Graduates Recognized in Lansing

OAKLAND COUNTY, Michigan - July 15, 2016 - Their journey started three years ago and now the first cohort of Michigan Advanced Technician Training (MAT2) students are college graduates with associate degrees in Technological Sciences. The MAT2 program combined college-level learning with real-world experiences at a company.

"Normal People Scare Me Too" Premieres at OCC

Join special guests, sports broadcaster, vocalist and speaker, Alex Hale of “I’m Possible Dream” and Ron Sandison, author of “A Parents Guide to Autism,” for the Michigan premier of “Normal People Scare Me Too.” The sequel to the award-winning documentary, produced by Joey Travolta, will be presented by Oakland Community College (OCC) on Thursday, July 7, at 6:30 p.m. at OCC’s Auburn Hills Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

OCC Free Child ID Kit Day

Safety, prevention and protection for all children this summer is the focus of Child ID Kit Day sponsored by OCC, June 17. The College's Student LIFE program together with the Auburn Hills Masonic Lodge will host the free event from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at OCC's Auburn Hills Campus.

OCC Hosts Performance from the Heart of Asia

OAKLAND COUNTY, Michigan - In a sold-out two hour event, OCC celebrated Taiwanese American Heritage Week, part of Asian Heritage Month. The internationally-acclaimed Taiwanese group Formosa Circus Art (FOCA) put on a special one-night-only performance for over 420 community members and international guests at OCC's Orchard Ridge Smith Theatre.

Jack Aronson OCC 2016 Commencement Speaker

Entrepreneur and philanthropist Jack Aronson is Oakland Community College's Class of 2016 commencement speaker. The event on Saturday, May 21, marks OCC's 50th commencement ceremony.

2016 Great Lakes Tasting

Get your tickets now for OCC's Great Lakes Tasting, celebrating its 21st Anniversary of award-winning wine, craft beer and food!

OCC Names Dr. Rosalind Reaves as 2016 Diversity Champion

Dr. Rosalind Reaves has been unanimously selected as Oakland Community College's (OCC) Diversity Champion for 2016 by the College Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. Reaves currently serves as faculty at the College's Academic Support Center (ASC) at the Royal Oak Campus.

Learn to Effectively Market Yourself to Prospective Employers at OCC Event

Learn how to effectively market yourself to prospective employers through social media and grow leadership skills at the 7th Annual StudentLIFE Leadership Summit at Oakland Community College (OCC) on Friday, May 6, from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the Auburn Hills Campus. The event is open to the public.

U.S. Senator Peters Visits OCC, Hosts Student Roundtable

ROYAL OAK, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today visited Oakland Community College's Royal Oak campus to highlight bipartisan, bicameral legislation he introduced to expand options for high school students to obtain college credit, making higher education more affordable and accessible while improving high school and college graduation rates. Peters also hosted a roundtable discussion with students participating in the Oakland Accelerated College Experience (ACE) program to hear more about their experiences.

Culinary Dine Around the World in One Night

OAKLAND COUNTY, Michigan -Escape on a culinary trip around the world guaranteed to be a thrill ride from beginning to end with Oakland Community College's (OCC) award-winning Culinary Studies Institute as they host "Around the World in 80 Days" on Thursday, April 14 at 6:00 p.m. in Farmington Hills at the OCC Orchard Ridge Campus.

Free Musical Concerts, Poetry Exploration in April at OCC

OAKLAND COUNTY, Michigan - Expect the best at these special spring events featuring live music from Oakland Community College's Fine and Performing Arts Department and a special poetry celebration from OCC's English Department.

2016 Scholarship Awards

OAKLAND COUNTY, Michigan - The OCC Foundation celebrated its 24th Annual Scholarship Luncheon honoring students who received scholarships and the donors who supported them. OCC awarded 260 scholarships totaling $150,594 in the 2015-2016 academic year.

OCC Summer 2016 Registration Open

OAKLAND COUNTY, Michigan -Spring and summer are an ideal time to take advantage of OCC's programs and secure college credits ahead of the traditional fall rush.

Founders Month

Oakland Community College invites community members, retirees, alumni, employees and students to volunteer throughout the month of March in honor of its 2016 Founders Day Celebration.

OCC Spring Production Elizabeth Rex

Brave, edgy and original, OCC's production of "Elizabeth Rex" opens to the public March 10-19. With a large cast, "Elizabeth Rex" follows the story of Queen Elizabeth on the eve of the beheading of her rumored lover.

OCC Faculty Receive Professional Development Grants

Oakland Community College (OCC) faculty members Bryan Dubin and Dennis Quist were recently awarded the Randahl Agency Meemic Grant to attend an educational conference supporting academic professional development.

OCC Culinary Events - A Foodie's Delight

Calling all epicureans, foodies and gastronomes. OCC's Culinary Studies Institute is continuing its lineup of offerings and events open to the community. Join the College's aspiring chefs for a wonderful dining experience, where you can expect the best in food and service at these special winter events.

OCC Dean among Leadership Delegation Returning from Historic Trip to Japan

OAKLAND COUNTY, Michigan - In a visit designed to strengthen global relations, cultural understanding, and prepare for potential policy and business opportunities, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of Japan hosted a delegation of Asian-Americans to travel to Japan, including Henry Tanaka, Academic Dean of Art, Design and Humanities at Oakland Community College.

Events Activities Celebrate MLK Life and Legacy

OCC invites the community to join in events and activities honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Speaker Stephen Henderson. Service project secures safe pathways to Detroit schools.

OCC Names New Executive Director of Facilities Operations

Robert ("Bob") M. Kelly has been named executive director of facilities operations at Oakland Community College (OCC) effective December 7. Kelly will oversee the public safety, risk management, construction, environmental health and safety, and maintenance departments for the College's five campuses.

OCC Sign Language Interpreter Program Receives National Accreditation

OCC's Sign Language Interpreting program has been awarded national accreditation for its Associate Degree program by the Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education (CCIE). The accreditation comes at an important time with significant sign language interpreter shortage in Michigan.

OCC Winter 2016 Registration Open

Plan Ahead For New Career in the New Year. Register for winter classes at OCC through Jan. 10; new students must apply by Dec. 15. Now is the time to take advantage of OCC's programs to launch or advance your career.

Poverty Simulation at OCC Offers Life Perspective

What's it like to live the life supporting a family with one car, sandwiched between two generations of dependents, saddled with medical debt? These are a couple of the many real scenarios participants will put themselves through in the 7th annual Poverty Simulation Exercise at the OCC Auburn Hills Campus on Nov. 16, at 10 a.m.

Western Oakland County Parenting Education Fair

Event Features a Dozen Strategies and a Dozen-Plus Speakers for Parents Preschool through 12th Grade. Parents, educators, teachers, administrators and childcare workers are invited to the Western Oakland County Parenting Education Fair, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, at OCC, Orchard Ridge Campus,

"Almost Maine" Features Huge Cast, Great Mix of Talent

OAKLAND COUNTY, Michigan - With a cast of 19 characters, ages 20-something to 70-something, OCC's production of "Almost Maine" promises to be funny, magical, whimsical and completely charming--and a great play for all ages.

OCC Students Receive IT Certification in First Exam Offering

OAKLAND COUNTY, Michigan - Oakland Community College is proud to announce 16 students have been awarded certification through the College's new Computer Information Systems (CIS) Department Microsoft IT Academy. OCC launched the program last winter at its Auburn Hills campus and provided the first certification exam offering in September.

OCC Reaches Agreement with Operating Engineers Local 324

OAKLAND COUNTY, Michigan - The Oakland Community College (OCC) Board of Trustees approved a two-year collective bargaining agreement with the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 324, at its September 15 regular meeting.

OCC Approves New Jobs Training Funds

OAKLAND COUNTY, Michigan -Oakland Community College recently entered new agreements with eight companies in Oakland County to provide training and funds for training 693 new employees under the Michigan New Jobs Training (MNJT) program.

Electronic Waste Collection at OCC Recycling Event Keeps Waste out of Landfills

OAKLAND COUNTY, Michigan - Oakland Community College is teaming with Verizon and Global Electric Electronic Processing (GEEP) to sponsor two electronic waste (e-waste) recycling events at the Royal Oak and Southfield campuses. The event is sponsored by OCC's Sustainability Committee in support of Campus Sustainability Month.

OCC's 911 Dispatch Academy Seeks a Few Good Recruits

OAKLAND COUNTY, Michigan - OCC will host free orientations on August 4 and August 6, 2015 as an introduction to the 911 Dispatch Academy. The fall 911 Dispatch Academy certification program will take place at

OCC Fall Registration Opens July 13

OAKLAND COUNTY, Michigan - Priority registration for fall classes at Oakland Community College opens July 13 with open registration following July 15-August 12.

Golf Outing Benefits OCC Students with Scholarship Dollars

OAKLAND COUNTY, Michigan - OCC's 24th annual "Golf for Scholarships" outing raised more than $35,000 in scholarships. The Aug. 21 outing was held at Pine Knob Golf Course in Clarkston hosting 113 individual golfers.

OCC Hosts "Golf for Scholarships" Outing

OAKLAND COUNTY, Michigan - Oakland Community College is hosting its 24th Annual "Golf for Scholarships" outing on Friday, August 21 at the beautiful, private Pine Knob Golf Course, 5580 Waldon Road, Clarkston, MI.