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OCC's annual daylong event to raise awareness of sexual violence on college campuses is set for noon to 4 p.m., Friday, April 5, in Farmington Hills.

Hohauser, 6, has stage IV neuroblastoma, and is a big fan of firetrucks, police officers and, especially, police dogs.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 invites the public to join faculty, staff, and students at a special event honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Board of Trustees were presented with the College's Fiscal Year 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report by independent auditing firm Plante Moran.

OCC was awarded Gold Veteran-Friendly status by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency for our commitment to supporting the needs of student veterans.

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.

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, 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.

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.

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.

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.

Safety, prevention and protection for all children this summer is the focus of Child ID Kit Day sponsored by OCC, June 17.

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

Escape on a culinary trip around the world with OCC’s award-winning Culinary Studies Institute as they host "Around the World in 80 Days" on Thursday, April 14.

The OCC Foundation celebrated its 24th Annual Scholarship Luncheon honoring students who received scholarships and the donors who supported them.

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.

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

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.

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.

Plan ahead for new career in the New Year. Now is the time to take advantage of OCC's programs to launch or advance your career.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.