Four Oakland Community College students who were interested in exploring a career in cybersecurity were awarded unique internships thanks to a partnership in the Metro-Detroit Regional Vehicle Cybersecurity Institute, a regional-based cybersecurity consortium. The consortium, led by University of Detroit Mercy (UDM), received a $1.12-million award from the United States Department of Defense (DoD) to establish the cybersecurity institute.
"Latinos: Driving Prosperity, Power, and Progress in America." This is the theme of the 2023 annual Hispanic Heritage Month, centered around the history and culture of Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
Industry stakeholders and the public invited to Sept. 14 event spotlighting opportunities in Michigan's electric vehicle and mobility industry
Michigan Lawyers Weekly recently conducted its annual reader ranking survey naming Oakland Community College's Paralegal program first in the publication's education category. While the College's Paralegal program has long been recognized as a leader in the field, this is the first time it was ranked first by the publication's readers.
Bethany Kennedy, an experienced and dedicated professional with a track record of accomplishments in academic administrative and leadership capacities, has been named dean of academic support services at Oakland Community College.
Oakland Community College alum Laith Arabi, who moved from Syria in 2011, vividly remembers his first trip to OCC that same year.
The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) has once again recognized Oakland Community College's(OCC) for its excellence in financial reporting--one of only two community colleges in Michigan to earn this distinguished recognition.
The Labor Day Weekend is a great time to have an end-of-summer party and fire up the grill for some barbecue favorites. To help with your grilling menu, the chefs at the Oakland Community College's Culinary Studies Institute are providing three grilling meal recipes to try:
Talk to many community college students and they will say affordability, flexibility, value and small class sizes are attributes that make it attractive to enroll. Some, however, may hesitate to enroll in a community college due to the perceived lack of social activities available.
OCC Chancellor Peter Provenzano has been named one of the "Notable Leaders in Higher Education" by Crain's Detroit Business. This is the second Crain's award for Provenzano--his first was as Crain's CFO of the Year awarded in 2012 for his leadership in the government sector.
Raised in Vrakë, a small village in northwest Albania, Klea Noskey was part of a culture where girls rarely advanced beyond middle school and expected to marry young and raise a family. Noskey had different aspirations.
Celebrating Progress on OCC's Royal Oak Campus Expansion and Culinary Studies Institute
Statistics Dispel Myths about Value of College Degree
OCC is offering a new Youth Career Discovery Camp Aug. 7 to 11 to introduce middle-school children to technical innovation. This five-day camp is designed to help children aged 10-14 years old explore career pathways and develop their skills in areas such as iOS app development, cyber security, robotics, healthcare, culinary and more.
When it comes to solving math problems Oakland Community College is moving on up and the results are impressive.
Since its launch in Feb. 2021, the Michigan Reconnect program has seen more than 18,000 participants return to college to begin or finish their degree, including many OCC students. The program is designed for adults, age 25 or older, with free tuition and support toward completion of an associate degree or certificate.
As a student in Brazil, Agatha Pinheiro says her dream to improve society was sparked at a young age. Taking classes such as history and sociology made her realize that getting involved in politics would be her path to working to fight for a better society.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Apprenticeship (OA) has recognized Oakland Community College as an Apprenticeship Ambassador, further validating its commitment to provide equitable Registered Apprenticeship programs. Apprenticeship Ambassadors help the DOL promote and support Registered Apprenticeship opportunities nationwide.
High-quality reproductions from DIA collection on display, May through October 2023
Two new community members join seven-member team
Join us this month as OCC celebrates Pride Month by recognizing and supporting LGBTQ+ voices, culture and rights.
If you look at snapshots of OCC student Brigid Lally's birthday parties, there's one person you'll always find celebrating alongside her from the very start - Grandmother Patricia Bostwick.
Graduates from Oakland Community College (OCC) rallied around the theme "Finding Our Voices" as they celebrated their dreams come true in front of a packed house of family and friends.
Award recognizes college advisors who make significant contributions in advocacy, growth and development of students and student organization.
Oakland Community College's (OCC) Nursing program will continue to be among the best in the state as it has again earned prestigious continued accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) through 2030. It is the maximum period of accreditation for associate degree programs before the next ACEN visit.
Source: Oakland County
• Employment, good wages, and quality of life are tied directly to post-secondary attainment.
• There are inequities in educational attainment in Oakland County not only along race and ethnic lines, but also where residents live that must be addressed.
• The Oakland80 report makes five key recommendations to accelerate post-secondary attainment in the county.
Sarah Pile has served the community as a paramedic firefighter for 10 years. She's taken those skills to teach the next generation of students. She was recently honored nationally for excellence in teaching. Her peers and students have lauded her with a meaningful home win as well.
What does it mean to go beyond expectations? It's not defined by high pressure and perfection but adopting a growth mindset, overcoming obstacles and aiming for personal bests with optimism and hope.
The OCC Libraries are proud to announce the winners of the fourth annual Outstanding Research Paper Competition. They received many great entries (42 to be exact), and according to the final round judges, the quality of the papers submitted this year was exceptionally high.
OCC colleagues have described Sandra Harrold-Foster as someone who is always respectful while calling out unfairness and inequities when she sees them. She is known to continuously go above and beyond her job as a buyer on the finance team to help plan college-wide events such as the Black History Month Luncheon and programming for Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation. Others have shared how she holds herself and the College to the vision of "excellence in all we do."
Detroit Drives Degrees Community College Collaborative Launched, OCC Receives Funding to Boost Access and Graduation Rates, Meet Employer Talent Needs
Prospective High School All-Stars Sign "Letters of Intent" with OCC's Technical and Public Services Programs
This spring, Pontiac Creative Arts Center is showcasing OCC student art from April 14 through May 20. All art on display - including drawing, painting, photography, jewelry, sculpture, ceramics and design - was created by students for OCC's annual Student Art Exhibition.
OCC will hold an Engineering and Skilled Trades Open House on Thursday, May 4 from 5-8 p.m. on its Auburn Hills Campus to provide high school and returning adult students and guests with an overview of the College's numerous trades-related certificate and degree programs.
Wrap up Winter 2023 semester with less stress, greater success.
Do you hear that? Birds chirping, kids playing and a welcome vroom in the driveway as motorcycle engines warm up for spring. OCC is ready to help riders ensure their road and safety skills are tuned up with its popular series of beginner and experienced motorcycle classes on the College's Auburn Hills campus, April though June.
Gain a greater appreciation for our differences and learn more to build an inclusive community for all
Quantanik Norton of Pontiac and Hania Imran of Royal Oak have been selected as semifinalists for the Jack Kent Cooke (JKC) Foundation's highly competitive Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The Foundation awards community college students who have demonstrated exceptional academic ability, leadership, service and determination with a scholarship to complete their bachelor's degrees at top four-year institutions.
Wouldn't it be great to graduate from high school and have already earned college credits before graduating? Or, better yet, have earned a college degree? And at no cost to students and their families?
Faculty at OCC are helping students with the cost of college, reducing barriers and improving completion rates. How? By adopting Open Education Resources for their classes.
Event Honors Students Who Commit to an OCC Technical or Public Safety Program for Fall 2023 Semester
In celebration of national Women's History Month, OCC is offering educational resources throughout March to celebrate inspirational women whose contributions have positively impacted our culture and community.
"The Play That Goes Wrong" has been delighting and amusing audiences across the globe. A hilarious hybrid of Monty Python and Sherlock Holmes, the play won Best New Comedy at the 2015 Laurence Olivier Awards.
Deadline to apply is March 31, 2023
Current and future OCC students, and guest students who will be home for the summer, can now register online for both summer and fall semester classes. Summer classes begin May 8 and fall semester begins August 28.
Donation is largest in OCC's history
This Valentine's Day, we reflect on a heart-warming alumni love story. In the fall semester of 2012, alum Cheyne Jarnol was studying at OCC's Auburn Hills campus and became involved in the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) student organization.
Spring is a time of new growth and no better time to explore a variety of cooking classes at Oakland Community College. The classes, offered as part of OCC's Continuing Education program, provide opportunities to discover your inner chef in a fun and informative environment. Spring classes are held at the College's Royal Oak and Auburn Hills campuses.
As Feb. 12's Big Game approaches, party hosts are putting together their menu and asking friends to bring a dish to pass. That usually means there will be plenty of standard snacks like nacho dip and chips, mozzarella sticks and, of course, pizza.
What is Black History Month?
Black History Month honors the triumph, struggles, traditions and achievements of African Americans throughout U.S. history. Conceptualized by Carter G. Woodson in 1926, it received official recognition by the U.S. government in 1976 and is celebrated in Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom.
An opportunity to explore a career on the water, sailing the Great Lakes and oceans just became easier for students at OCC.
Dr. Tanya McFadden is eager to return to the institution where she began her academic career and her first job in academic leadership. Beginning Monday, Jan. 23, the OCC alum will serve in the newly created position of OCC Executive Director of Health Professions and Dean of Nursing.
As a first-generation community college student with parents who immigrated from Iraq, Jennifer Tomina understands the challenges students face in completing college.
Long-time educator, administrator and community leader, Edward D. Callaghan of Royal Oak was welcomed as a newly-elected trustee, while new officers were elected at the first Oakland Community College (OCC) Board of Trustees meeting of 2023.
OCC's short-term training program creates lifeline for Mom of three
What were College's top news stories of 2022? Stories that captured our readers' attention included new leadership announcements, winter registration and OCC's new Culinary Studies Institute groundbreaking in Royal Oak. Here's a look back at the top viewed stories of the past year.
Release courtesy of Oakland County Sheriff's Department
The promise of a brighter future will be offered to some Oxford Schools students and local families thanks to the Oakland County Deputy Sheriff's Association (OCDSA)/Family Benevolent Fund.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his celebrated "I Have a Dream" speech on August 28, 1968. In that speech, he stated the following: "I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."
Newly signed articulation agreement expands educational opportunities for iron workers and offers OCC welding students credits toward completing a registered apprenticeship
Students Can Qualify for up to $8,250 Over Three Years to Earn an Associate Degree
OCC is the Only Community College in Metro Detroit Using State-of-the-Art System
Increased Opportunities for OCC Students, including internships and awards from U.S. Department of Defense
Oakland Community College has been named a partner in the Metro-Detroit Regional Vehicle Cybersecurity Institute, a regional-based cybersecurity consortium. The consortium, Led by University of Detroit Mercy (UDM), received a $1.12-million award from the United States Department of Defense (DoD) to establish the cybersecurity institute.
Combat the stress of late-night studying, calendar count downs, extra caffeine and superstitious good luck charms and relieve some of the pressure to perform your best.
OCC's Finals Frenzy tradition is back with free resources and activities on all campuses, Dec. 5 - 9.
Students earning a certificate, two-year degree or apprenticeships find good paying careers in manufacturing and health sciences
OCC Breaks Ground on New Culinary Arts Building on Royal Oak Campus
Newly certified surgical technologist, Mariel Matthews, is one of 31 national scholarship recipients awarded by the Foundation for Surgical Technology. The Oakland Community College graduate is also the only Metro-Detroit recipient and, proudly, among the top-tier awardees.
Joint articulation agreement makes it easier for OCC students to complete engineering bachelor's degree at Lawrence Technical University
OCC's Counseling department is offering a series of fall seminars providing insights and inspiration on better time management, choosing the right career path, and steps to improve your academic success. These seminars include access to free resources in career exploration as well as seminars to maintain a balanced life, improve your GPA and more. Sign up today!
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, a new and shocking version of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale of love and horror, is set to take stage at Oakland Community College in November.
The history of Native Americans is extraordinarily long and significant, dating thousands of years and persisting after the pre-Columbian Era. OCC students, employees and the community are invited to join in honoring this rich history and the culture and contributions of our nation's first people. In this month of gratitude, OCC offers two online lunch-and-learn events to increase our awareness and understanding of America's indigenous people.
Start now! Winter classes begin Jan. 9, 2023
It's nearly time to go shopping for classes at OCC, as the opening of Winter semester registration begins Oct. 24 running through Jan. 8, 2023.
The Detroit Economic Club brought back its in-person meetings and nearly 180 manufacturing and business leaders to Oakland Community College's Auburn Hills campus
As higher education institutions grapple with the reality of an ever-changing academic landscape, college and university faculty and staff remain steadfast in their commitment to student learning. More than ever, educators, academic leaders and accrediting bodies depend on student learning assessment to ensure students are gaining the necessary knowledge and skills required to successfully transfer to a four-year institution or advance their career opportunities and obtain employment within the local community.
OCC's Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice invites students, employees and community to join them for this online evening session
From the country's epicenter of advanced manufacturing, Oakland County's Department of Economic Development, Oakland Community College, Oakland County Michigan Works! and Oakland Schools partnered together to connect students and future employers at Manufacturing Day 2022. The event provided a first-hand look at new innovations and reinvented futures available close to home.
Oakland Community College is featuring a series of new culinary, health and wellness classes for the community this fall. As part of its growing Continuing Education program, the series features opportunities to learn how to save on food, assemble a traditional dish, and learn to manage mental and physical health. Early sign up is encouraged. Classes run from September to December.
OCC Low-Cost Community Class Showcases Delicious, Healthy Choices and Trip to Grocery Store
A mentor, an inspiration, the kind of teacher that turns a spark of interest into a flame. These are a few examples that students and colleagues have described for Oakland Community College Welding/Fabrication Faculty Cameron Berrier.
Scholarship provides two scholarships for Novi residents to attend Police and Fire Academies
The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) has again recognized OCC's outstanding financial reporting with an Award for Outstanding Achievement for the College's Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR). The College also recently received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its Annual Comprehensive Financial Report from the GFOA for the seventh consecutive year.
Returning adult student acquires funding and opportunity to learn languages essential to the United States' engagement with the world
When Kate Setzke decided to return to college after her divorce to become a diagnostic medical sonographer, it was a struggle. The demands of classes and hands-on clinical training, along with caring for her young child, made it impossible for her to continue working.
"As a new faculty member, I don't feel so new due to OCC's outstanding support for us. It simply feels like home." This quote from new Spanish language faculty member Roxana Zuniga sums up the positive outcome she and 13 of her colleagues experienced participating in OCC's New Faculty Academy.
OCC shined brightly in the national spotlight as First Lady Dr. Jill Biden joined U.S. Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona and Congressman Andy Levin (MI-9th district) at the College's Royal Oak campus on Friday, Sept. 24.
Students at Marion Law Academy will have new desks to start the school year thanks to Oakland Community College and the Marilyn Violet Foundation (MVF).
Automotive design student, Bailey McCaffrey, considers herself to be a technical person who enjoys challenges. Competition, showcasing top advantages and hard work have led her to numerous championship titles, dually applied as she works toward a career in automotive design engineering.
OCC Offers ServSafe Courses and Exams on Restaurant Food Safety
As a police officer, paramedic and firefighter, retired Berkley public safety officer Mike Garnett wore many hats during his 28 years of service keeping his community safe.
Oakland Community College has a variety of new ways to make it easier for students to access funds and help pay for tuition and educational expenses for the fall semester. In addition to scholarships, financial aid and payment plans, OCC is providing Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) awards to all students registered for classes at OCC this fall.
Love to learn and feed your curiosities in a tangible way? Oakland Community College is featuring an expanded series of culinary and personal finance classes for the community this fall. Part of its growing Continuing Education program, the series features opportunities to nourish their inner chef or prosper with greater financially savvy. Early sign up is encouraged. Classes run from September to December.
Program Addresses Growing Employer Demand in Supply Chain Management
During the pandemic, Nelson McDonald lost his job, apartment and car all in the same year. If it weren't for The Garden Party Vocational Scholarship, the OCC student would not have been able to continue taking classes at the College and pursue an associate's degree in Computer Information Systems.
Earning Certificate or Associate Degree Prepares Students for High-Paying Jobs in In-Demand Field
Applied Degree Offers More Engineering Courses to Provides Strong Academic Foundation Needed for Transfer to Bachelor's Degree Program
The fall semester at OCC will again feature the energy of students filled with the passion to learn and reach their academic goals. And along with the hustle and bustle on the College's five campuses will be some high-quality art reproductions compliments of the Detroit Institute of Arts to provide some serenity and added beauty as students traverse the campuses.
Kristina M. Marshall, a champion of diversity and inclusion initiatives, has been hired as Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ) at Oakland Community College (OCC). She brings a wealth of experience in DEIJ and higher education to the newly created position.
This article from Velocity magazine is reposted with permission from Eastern Michigan University.
Unemployed or underemployed persons interested in pursuing a new post-pandemic career in the robotics industry are invited to apply for a spot in an upcoming training program for programmable logic controller (PLC) and robotics technicians, both of which are in high demand across southeast Michigan
Google 'secrets to success for college students with disabilities' and you'll get 'about 77 million results.' But if you ask one local man, he'll narrow down the answer as he shares his own journey to pursue a college education.
OCC among top five awarded up to $150,000 to improve completion rates among Future for Frontliners, Reconnect students
Spectrum Club offers support and welcoming environment for LGBTQIA+ students. Other supports include Chosen Name options, events and trainings,
A Class Like No Other Leads the Way for a Celebration of Equal Proportion
After a year like no other, which featured Oakland Community College's first-ever, all-online year of learning, OCC celebrated its Class of 2021 graduates' great achievement with a virtual commencement. This was the second year the event was held virtually, and nearly 1,600 graduates were honored.
New program manager aims to take OCC's exceptional program - the only nationally and internationally accredited fire academy in Michigan - to new heights.
It's not often that you encounter someone who has spent the majority of her career at her alma mater. Sandra Bachert of Troy, has done just that and moved up the ranks to become director, Economic and Workforce Development at Oakland Community College.
"Being involved in OCC built my personality and made me the person who I am today. If had to choose again whether I want to attend OCC or go straight to a four-year institution, I would definitely choose OCC again and again." - Razan Alali
Alliance for Excellence in Online Education honors faculty for teaching excellence during the pandemic.
Evelyn Chan understands firsthand the challenges students face with online classes. A few years ago, she enrolled as a graduate student in an online course and has integrated that mode of learning into her own courses to ensure her students' success.
As the owner of her own consulting practice, Chantal Davis developed her company motto "Where We Serve is Where We Succeed," based on her own extraordinary experiences. She highlights a pivotal time in her life as a community college student at OCC and the caring support of a college counselor.
Highly Competitive Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship Worth up to $40,000 to Help Complete Her Bachelor's Degree
Oakland Community College is offering several culinary and beverage courses taught by its Culinary Arts faculty-chefs for the community this spring and summer to help upgrade your cooking and entertaining skills.
Baker College, Michigan's largest private, not-for-profit college and top private transfer school in the state, and Oakland Community College (OCC), Michigan's largest multi-campus community college, are pleased to announce the signing of an official articulation agreement.
The importance of food safety and sanitation techniques has increased greatly in the food-service industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic. OCC's Culinary Institute experts are addressing the demand by offering the ServSafe Certification Prep course and exam.
The lights may be out at the Smith Theatre but that didn’t keep Thomas Dennis’ music program students from performing in the College’s Music Student Showcase.
12-Week Course Addresses Need for Sterile Processing Technicians, Hot Jobs
On the Menu: Expand Award-Winning Program's Reach in the Community
Determination, ability to adapt, accomplishment characterize commencement speaker, 2021 graduates
OCC Chancellor Peter Provenzano, Jr. is part of a respected group of business and community leaders who will advise Oakland County on how to leverage its $244 million share of President Joseph R. Biden's American Rescue Plan (ARP) to bring about short-term recovery and long-term transformation.
Going above and beyond. Knowing your values and sticking to them. Hard work and a great team. These are the traits of an award-winning organization and OCC has done it again. This time in the area of budget and finance - key to any organization's operations and ability to manage unexpected challenges.
Cindy Carbone Honored at International Student Event, Tops in Southeast Michigan
OCC's PTK Chapters Win 30 Awards in Michigan Regional Competition
You may see them listed in student or colleague email signatures. You'll often find them in social media bios. And, in some cases, students and coworkers may be sharing their pronouns when introducing themselves in person, online or on the phone.
Program Designed to Close Manufacturing Skills Gap and Help Students Qualify for Jobs and Apprenticeships with Area Employers
Twenty-six students nominated by faculty based on criteria of leadership, initiative and creativity, and overcoming obstacles while achieving academic goals
Beverly Stanbrough Shares Expertise and Insights on Interventions Supporting Student Success
Indulging in Skinny Pop, Cheetos or Tostitos? OCC student Eradajere Oleita has a simple wish: Eat until your heart's content but don't trash those chip bags. Instead help repurpose them into blankets for Detroit-area homeless.
Why are chemists so great at solving problems? Because they have all the "solutions."
Teaching Chemistry labs online during the pandemic was the problem at hand and it required research, teamwork and flexibility to bring the subject to life. OCC Chemistry faculty member Katelyn Cottone was determined to find a solution through ingenuity, trial and error, and persistence.
Oakland County native Cristin Dougherty was only in second grade when she dreamed of being an author. Years later, that dream became a reality. She teamed up with her dad, Jay, to write and illustrate two children's books based on her travels around the world.
OCC campuses are amongst the safest in Michigan, and the recently released Clery Annual Security Report 2020 echo's OCC's continued commitment to safety for our students, employees and community.
One critical piece to continue this safe-campus success is our College community's commitment to staying informed and involved in the safety process, online and on campus.
Oakland Community College students and human rights activists, Tala Alahmar and Yuliia Lane, have joined an elite group of students across the nation as semifinalists for the highly competitive Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. They were chosen from a pool of over 1,500 applicants attending 398 community colleges across the country.
OCC's Theatre Program is living by the famous phrase "the show must go on!" as it prepares to present its latest production, "Silent Sky," virtually March 18, 19 and 20.
The ongoing discussion about student loan debt and the cost of a college education focuses mostly on rising tuition rates. But for many students, the cost of textbooks is an additional financial burden that is often overlooked.
OCC's Career Services is hosting two virtual Career Fairs on March 18 to help connect local employers with potential job candidates in the Health Professions and the Engineering, Manufacturing and Industrial Technology (EMIT) areas.
An OCC student no longer has to worry about sleeping in her car after receiving assistance through the Student Success Fund.
When James Corcoran took Debra Rowe's environmental classes more than 35 years ago, little did he know how much impact OCC's faculty and one course would have on his life passion for charitable work.
OCC holds virtual event to honor employees
Oakland Community College, in partnership with the Michigan Reconnect program, is offering free in-district tuition to qualifying Michigan residents who want to earn an associate degree or certificate.
OCC Names Andre Poplar Vice Chancellor of HR and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Oakland County High School Seniors Sought for OCC Annual Scholarship
OCC's Marketing & Communications team won a Silver Medallion Award for design excellence for the 2020 Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) from the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations (NCMPR). This is the second award for the publication produced in partnership with the College's Financial Services team.
Bill Konkolesky, Academic Support Center Paraprofessional, and Beverly Stanbrough, Dean of College Readiness, recognized by colleagues for their advocacy and leadership
Learn about OCC's Five-Week Pre-Apprenticeship Program at Upcoming Virtual Information Sessions
Susan Gibson was sworn in as a newly-elected trustee at the first OCC Board of Trustees meeting for the New Year.
Do you put the "pro" in procrastinate? Was "manage time more effectively" one of your New Year's resolutions? If you recognize yourself in this, you're not alone. Procrastination is ignoring its own delayed advice as it takes a front seat in this pandemic.
Oakland Community College has announced two key leadership additions with Eunice Jeffries joining OCC as director of government and community relations and Dr. Marc Thomas named dean of teaching excellence.
Oakland Community College (OCC) is no stranger to virtual events, having successfully migrated expert speaker series and even recruiting fairs to a remote format. This expertise, combined with OCC's continued commitment to honoring and promoting diversity in our community, is the perfect formula to kick off 2021 with a week-long, meaningful virtual celebration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Zoom Sessions Scheduled January 4 - 8
OAKLAND COUNTY, Michigan - Jan. 4, 2021 - OCC students with last-minute questions about the application and pre-registration process for Winter semester are encouraged to fill their cup and drop in to one of the "Coffee with an Admissions Coordinator" Zoom sessions scheduled for the week of January 4.
Mix equal parts preparation, performance and perseverance. Add a pinch of resolve and you'll have the recipe that helped future OCC student Natalia Shaffer rise to Baking & Pastry Champion for the second consecutive year in the SkillsUSA Michigan Commercial Baking Competition. Shaffer's prize includes a $1000 scholarship from The Garden Party Foundation.
"Home for the holidays" for college students and their families promises to look different this year; after all it is 2020. While at home, conversations will likely cover a wide-range of topics and perhaps one of the most important is a discussion of the student's plans for next semester.
Up to 1,400 laptops available for students who register for 12 or more credits to help with increased technology needs due to COVID-19
Leaders from business, education, health care, a non-profit agency, labor and government today were named to the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force to advise County Executive David Coulter and the Board of Commissioners on strategies to help stabilize the county's economy and recover from the downturn caused by the pandemic.
A steel beam weighing more than 9,000 pounds was the focus of a "beam signing" ceremony to celebrate the construction progress of OCC's new 85,000 square-foot Science and Technology Building on the Auburn Hills campus, scheduled to be completed Fall 2021.
The Oakland Community College Foundation has named two key community stakeholders, Caroline Chambers and Ken Johnson, to its Board of Directors.
Oakland Community College announced it will be offering tuition-free college to qualifying essential workers as part of Michigan's "Futures for Frontliners" program.
While college students are adapting to the uncertainties of the fall semester nationwide, OCC students can count on the college's remote and online learning formats - and, the opportunity to apply for nearly 300 academic scholarships worth more than $325,000 to help them achieve their educational goals.
Oakland Community College will offer up to 3,500 Dell laptops to students who register for 12 or more credit hours this fall to help them be successful with the increased technology needs they will face due to a remote learning format.
The first-ever OCC virtual commencement capped a year of precedents for the class of 2020. Undeterred by a pandemic, societal unrest and the sudden move from classroom to virtual coursework, 1,978 graduates forged on to complete their programs and participated in one of the most unique commencement ceremonies in OCC's history.
As anticipation builds for OCC's virtual commencement August 8, many graduates are also facing the uncertainties of conducting a career search during the COVID-19 pandemic. Donna DuHame-Schmidt, OCC's director of career services and cooperative education, acknowledges the concern and suggests students - and all job seekers - put things in perspective.
Demand for home delivery of high-quality, cost-effective products has grown higher than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic, and college students now have the same option when it comes to their learning
Tala Alahmar's Speech Given Top Honors by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
Digital platforms offer real-time connections with next generation of students
The need to help fight hunger in Oakland County has only increased with the recent pandemic, and the chefs from OCC's Culinary Institute knew they had the resources to help feed those in need. So they cooked a healthy hot lunch in the College's instructional kitchens and transported it to the Baldwin Center in Pontiac. There, they prepared 175 grab-and-go lunches for people in need as part of Baldwin's "Feed the Need" program.
Douglas J. Smith, Executive Director of Government and Community Relations who has spent his storied career building workforce and economic development partnerships that positively impacted communities throughout Michigan, has announced his retirement from Oakland Community College.
The NFL Draft is one of the most popular events to watch each year, but this year it took on a different meaning for OCC student Sana Ishaqsei, her team members and coach. Ishaqsei was one of 32 students from colleges and universities across the country selected to participate in the inaugural NFL360 Women's Empowerment Draft.
Three OCC students are joining an elite group of student leaders in the upcoming academic year. Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society membership elected Elena Wong, Tala AlAlmar and Yullia Lane to represent them at the international, regional and state levels respectively.
Writing a research paper involves curiosity, discernment, and the ability to advocate a position using information sourced from books, articles, and interviews. It is a skill, and like all skills, requires practice.
Those research paper "skills" were taken into account by judges who chose the winners of OCC's inaugural Outstanding Research Paper Award Competition.
As a nation and community we are hurting. People across the country are responding to the inhumane killing of George Floyd, and the historic issue of racial injustice. Our hearts break for the family of George Floyd, and the families of countless others whose lives have ended too soon due to race-related violence. The anger and civil unrest bring to mind a quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
Application deadline extended for OCC's Chancellor's Scholarship for Graduating High School Seniors
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed by Congress and signed into law in March 2020, provides $3,737,183 in direct student funds for OCC to distribute in the form of emergency grants. This money covers student expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the Coronavirus; including eligible expenses under a student's cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care.
On Thursday, May 21, 2020, OCC launched its plan to quickly and equitably distribute the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) grants, following the approval of a Certification and Agreement form earlier filed with the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) for funding.
Mathematicians are known to be inquisitive, detail-oriented and organized. Math leaders are also said to be creative and good at handling stress.
With these traits in hand, it's easy to sum up the leadership choice of Julie Gunkelman as president of the Michigan affiliate of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges, MichMATYC.
The consequences of the COVID-19 health crisis has greatly impacted Oakland County's graduating high school seniors, and Oakland Community College has extended the application deadline for a special scholarship that can help support their future academic dreams.
The path to achieve your dream is sometimes winding, with unanticipated obstacles along the way. Many people may resent those twists and turns, but OCC student athlete Lonnell Martin considers them an opportunity to learn and grow.
The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) has awarded OCC with a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fifth consecutive year.
Former Henry Ford Health System Executive Elizabeth R. Schnell Brings Brand Experience to Region's Leading Community College
Crain's Detroit Business this week honored Roberta "Bobbie" Remias, OCC's Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services, as a "2020 Notable Women in Finance."
Oakland Community College has named Dr. Jennifer Berne to provost, academic affairs responsible for advancing college-wide efforts to empower students to achieve their educational goals.
Oakland Community College has named Dr. Steve Simpson to Chief Strategy Officer, responsible for planning, accreditation, quality and institutional effectiveness.
- International students, representing four countries, shared global perspective with OCC students, educators and college employees how a public health foe has affected their education, family and community.
Oakland Community College will donate much-needed supplies and equipment to Beaumont, Ascension Health, Henry Ford and other area health systems.
More students are landing jobs in the automotive industry as Oakland Community College works to increase its business partnerships with area automakers and parts suppliers.
Genevieve Cabadas, a student at Oakland Community College and a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, has been named a 2020 Coca-Cola Academic Team Bronze Scholar and will receive a $1,000 scholarship.
Detroit's AutoRama, also known as "America's Greatest Hot Rod Show" is an enviable showplace of custom cars, roadsters, souped-up vehicles and award-winning designs.
Oakland Community College is receiving a $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to support the expansion of student apprenticeships in manufacturing, health care and information technology.
Oakland Community College is offering qualifying high school seniors in Oakland County an incredible financial head start on their higher education this fall.
Oakland Community College has promoted Daniel Jenuwine to Vice Chancellor for Advancement.
Oakland Community College Signs Transfer Agreements
with 25 Michigan Colleges and Universities
Nursing Program Evidence Based Practice Project Investigates Key Clinical Topics
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Events at OCC
George R. Mosher, Jr., OCC's Charter Board Chair, recently passed away at the age of 98.
Your great, great grandma may suggest wrapping half an onion around your neck with a sweaty sock, or covering your chest with raw bacon and gauze to help ward off colds and flu, but Mary Miles, OCC dean of health professions, offers a set of more practical and proven suggestions to keep high school and college students healthy this winter.
Training students about all aspects of "what's under the hood" is where Claude Townsend excels. The head of OCC's Automobile Servicing program, Townsend's students will attest to that fact, most receiving automotive jobs after completing his courses.
Earning a college degree can be one of the greatest achievements of a person's life. But colleges nationwide are finding that many students who complete the requirements aren't taking the steps needed to be awarded the official degree. They are among students known as the "some college, no degree" population, and according to a recent publication by the National Student Clearinghouse, there are more than 1 million of these students in Michigan
Lynn Cherry brings an extensive background in healthcare education, staff development clinical experience and patient care to her new role as Oakland Community College's associate academic dean of health professions. She joins the College from Beaumont Health, where she specialized in nursing professional development education.
Now that the weather is charging full speed into winter, the fireplace season is heating up and many homeowners are lighting real or gas logs for the first time since spring. But before you gather the family around the fireplace, you should make sure it is not going to be a fire hazard.
If you have ever planned a holiday party, you know the amount of work it takes to ensure it comes off without a hitch. Now take that party and add theme decorations; creative menu planning including themed and five-star options; specialty cocktails; and staffing servers for 100 people and you now have the basis of a unique class taught at OCC's Culinary Studies Institute.
The sounds of Sousa, Swing and seasonal favorites will fill the air as the OCC music department presents two free band concerts in December.
OCC Students Eligible for Free Academic Tutoring Valued at $1,400 per Semester
Unparalleled teamwork, professional case study presentation, expert "phantom" patient exams, a bit of creativity, and a smooth slide of the transducer earned eight OCC students two podium finishes at the inaugural, regional SonoBowl hosted by Henry Ford Hospital.
A simple potato was the stuff of "royalty" or the "very rich" to a young Jewish girl encamped in a Siberian forest where the bitter cold made breathing feel like "swallowing sharp objects."
Weeklong Program Celebrates Our Student Veterans
Dr. Leah Aggison brings an extensive background in STEM education and student success to her new role as Oakland Community College's associate academic dean of mathematics and sciences.
A collection of dark, heartbreaking, funny one-act plays will be featured in OCC's Theatre Program production, "Love Hate and Other Oddities(Again)" at the College's Royal Oak campus theatre Nov. 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16.
The Oakland Community College millage renewal passed on Tuesday with a resounding X percent of voters approving the measure.
With the academic and personal stress students often face, OCC faculty and staff need to be prepared to recognize potential issues and use front line approaches to guide students to the resources they may need to be successful.
OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. -MiCareerQuest Southeast, the region's largest career exploration event, hosts 11,000+ students from 160 high schools Nov. 8 at the Suburban Collection Showplace.
Founded in 1979, Foundation has Raised More Than $10 million for Student Scholarships and Support
With new and emerging domestic terrorism threats becoming more sophisticated, first responders need to be at the forefront of detecting and reacting to these threats to keep our communities safe.
More than 450 students from 17 area high schools visited the OCC Auto Lab recently to explore careers in the automotive industry, learn about educational opportunities and meet with potential employers.
The Oakland Community College Foundation has added another key community stakeholder to its leadership as Tom E. Kimble joins its 11-person Board of Directors.
On Tuesday, November 5, Oakland Community College (OCC) will have a millage renewal proposal on the ballot that will not increase the local tax rate above current levels. The millage would allow the College to continue to provide relevant educational opportunities that meet the needs of our community.
An inspiring, first-hand story of how a Flint doctor was at the forefront of discovery that children in Flint, Mich. were exposed to lead in their tap water will be shared at a free event for community, students and employees of Oakland Community College.
OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. - Five members of the Michigan Legislature representing Oakland County toured OCC's engineering, manufacturing and industrial technology (EMIT) labs discussing the talent shortage and more.
Jolene J. Chapman has been named OCC's academic dean of engineering, manufacturing and industrial technology (EMIT).
The only cooked goose in this kitchen is the competition, as OCC's Culinary Studies Institute takes home two highly-coveted awards from the American Culinary Federation (ACF) 2019 National Convention.
Mercedes Valencia and 23 other OCC students are continuing their education this fall thanks, in part, to a $1,000 scholarship they each received through the Garden Party Foundation.
OAKLAND COUNTY, Michigan - At colleges and universities across Michigan, notable women are the leaders who are building the state's future through higher education. These women are using their passion for education to empower others to advocate for excellence, community impact and student success.
OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich.--Sept. 17, 2019 - The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), one of the top organizations in the country that accredits colleges and universities, has reaffirmed accreditation of Oakland Community College through 2028-2029.
Oakland Community College has elevated Mary Miles, Ed.D. to dean of health professions, from her previous role as associate dean. In this capacity, Dr. Miles will provide administrative oversight and leadership for all 10 of OCC's popular health professions programs.
OAKLAND COUNTY, Michigan -A trip to Israel to attend a cousin's wedding set the stage for a recent OCC graduate to ignite her own passions. Leia Serlin, of West Bloomfield, Mich., loved her experience in Israel so much that she vowed to go back and "do something good."
OAKLAND COUNTY, Michigan-- OCC students and employees with a valid OCC ID will be given free admission to Arts Beats & Eats on Saturday, August 31 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free parking for students and employees is also available in OCC's north parking structure on the Royal Oak Campus during OCC Day on a first-come, first-served basis.
With the start of fall term right around the corner, 67 recent Oakland County high school graduates will get some help in paying college costs. Each was awarded a $3,500 Chancellor's scholarship to cover their first academic year at Oakland Community College.
An art professor and mentor at Eastern Michigan University set Tylonn Sawyer on a path to become a full-time artist and, coincidentally, a faculty educator himself. That early counsel set the trajectory for a, then, uncertain student and, today, a newly awarded 2019 Kresge Artist Fellow recognized for his creative vision and commitment to excellence.
It's a cliché to say that if at first you don't succeed, try again. For OCC alumnus and adjunct faculty member Vance Alan Puchalski, it's more than cliché.
OCC alumnus Andrew Baker took Best of Show at the Fresh Coast Homebrew Competition in Traverse City this past month.
Thanks to the generosity of the Randahl Agency and Meemic Insurance Co., OCC educators Dane Bartz and Patrick Harris will be able to expand their knowledge.
-- More than 1,500 students marched across the stage on Saturday, May 18, as Oakland Community College awarded nearly 2,000 degrees and certificates.
The high quality of the respiratory therapy program at OCC has been recognized by the organization that sets the standards across the nation.
Oakland Community College has added a new dean of mathematics and science by subtracting a word from his title: "interim."
Oakland Community College student Kelli Rodocker is headed to Alicante, Spain after receiving the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.
The “Good Opportunity” Scholarship is merely the latest impact that OCC faculty, Suba Subbarao, has made on the OCC community.
Enchanted Forest was created by OCC's student Spectrum Club and Prom Committee as a second chance to enjoy prom, celebrate diversity and embrace inclusivity.
Faculty Senate serves as a major component of shared governance at OCC and has announced 2019-2020 college senators and officers.
Starting next school year, Borrayo and Lizardi's investment in students will take the form of actual money as a scholarship from the OCC Foundation.
Food and wine will be served up at the 11th annual Garden Party, a fundraising event to provide professional trade scholarships to disadvantaged young adults.
OCC has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.
OCC graduate G'Anglea Roquemore inspires others through her words and actions. "Be your best self" is how she lives and encourages others to live.
What does peace look like from the eyes of an artist? This question was an impetus for a current exhibit at Oakland Community College's Auburn Hills campus.
For Candy Geeter, the mission of Oakland Literacy Council is personal. Growing up, her parents stressed the importance of education.
OCC reports student Justin Tucker, 30, of Ortonville, Michigan, died earlier this evening in an isolated and unfortunate accident on the Auburn Hills Campus.
Earlier this week, Oakland Community College hosted an anniversary and retirement lunch honoring 99 of its esteemed colleagues in one great celebration of excellence.
Stress in law enforcement was the driving force behind "Stress Management for Parole and Probation Agents" presented by OCC Criminal Justice/Psychology faculty
OCC Chancellor Presents on Best Practices for Online Students at Alliance for Online Education Symposium on Friday, April 12, hosted by Walsh College
OCC dental hygiene students placed first at the "It's Hygienic Michigan" competition at Wayne County Community College in Detroit, Michigan, on March 30, 2019.
The Oakland Community College Spanish Club will be hosting a viewing of "Who is Dayani Cristal?" tomorrow night, April 4.
You study all week for an upcoming quiz and feel prepared. The second you look down at the test, you draw a blank. Does this scenario sound familiar?
In addition to offering programs that support a strong educational foundation, OCC's Transfer Day is one large-scale event that helps make transition easy.
When the OCC Math Club celebrated Pi Day, it invited a circle of friends from two nearby schools to pay tribute to that most iconic of mathematical constants.
The College's committee for diversity and inclusion awarded Davis, associate dean for communications arts and humanities, the title of 2019 Diversity Champion.
An internet search gives you what you ask for, but is that what you need? Maybe what you need is the original search engine: the librarian.
OCC's annual daylong event to raise awareness of sexual violence on college campuses is set for noon to 4 p.m., Thursday, April 4, in Farmington Hills.
Oakland Community College will offer a course titled "Help! My Loved One Has Dementia!" 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 16.
Home for the summer? Keep up with your studies by taking a few summer courses at Oakland Community College, the #1 Transfer Institution in Michigan.
Hohauser, 6, has stage IV neuroblastoma, and is a big fan of firetrucks, police officers and, especially, police dogs.
Salvador Salort-Pons, the director of the Detroit Institute of Arts, will deliver Oakland Community College's 2019 commencement address on Saturday, May 18.
The OCC theater program is ready to raise the curtain on its 2019 winter production of "The Fantasticks," with five performances scheduled for next month.
Kat Reynolds recently attended the 911 Goes to Washington conference organized by the National Emergency Number Association.
Starting this month, Oakland Community College is offering a series of classes to help you quickly master social media for business.
Join us deep in the French countryside, where food forms a connection—between the people at the table and the history that continues to live on the plate.
The driving force behind one of the largest charitable gaming events in the world is coming to speak at Oakland Community College.
Oakland Community College is offering an official FAA workshop titled Drones and Model Aircraft Operations.
If you're about to begin your career or want to take the next step, it can seem as if the hardest job you'll ever have is actually getting the job.
Buikema, 23, of Rochester Hills, Mich., is expected to graduate in May 2019 with an associate's degree in Library Technical Services. That's epic for someone who has FXS, which is the most common inherited cause of autism and intellectual disabilities.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer will continue her "Home for Opportunity Tour" at Oakland Community College in Auburn Hills.
New students considering OCC for the 2019-20 academic year are encouraged to apply for a Chancellor’s Scholarship.
Robin Brose, a specialist at the Academic Support Center at Oakland Community College, offers these five essential tips to help even the busiest of us manage time and maximize success both in and outside the classroom.
To celebrate Black History Month, Oakland Community College invites students, staff, faculty and the public to participate in a read-in to explore books by African-American authors.
Oakland Community College and SOS are offering two safety programs beginning in April at OCC’s Auburn Hills campus.
Oakland Community College nursing student, Saba Putrus changed the life of one of her patients during clinical at Huron Valley Sinai Hospital.
Brown is a semifinalist for the Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, the foundation supports high-achieving community college students as they transfer.
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.
Petrosky brings an extensive background in education to his new assignment as associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at Oakland Community College.
McCulloch 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.
Natalie Turner chose to attend Oakland Community College because it was close to home -- and then discovered her classrooms offered a similar welcoming feeling.
The Oakland Community College theater program has announced auditions for the 2019 winter production of "The Fantasticks."
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.
Don Arsen was a teacher, a counselor, an elementary school principal, a director of adult education. Oh, and half a century ago, he helped found Oakland Community College.
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 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.