About Glen Oaks

About Glen Oaks

President's Welcome

Dr. David Devier

Welcome to Glen Oaks Community College. We are pleased that you have selected GOCC to help you reach your educational goals. You will find an amazingly dedicated faculty and staff who will provide the educational opportunities and support services that will enhance your total Glen Oaks experience.

You may select from degree and certificate offerings leading to either direct career employment or transfer to two and four-year institutions. As a regionally accredited college, all college courses are fully transferable to both public and private colleges and universities.

The college offers many support facilities and services to complement our instructional offerings. These include the Learning Commons which encompasses the E. J. Shaheen Library, the Tutoring and Testing Center and the Online Learning Center; the Fitness/Wellness Center, the activities offered including Athletics, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Epsilon Pi Tau Technology Honor Society, professional and social clubs, Student Government and more.

Glen Oaks is located on a beautiful site in the rolling hills of Sherman Township centrally located in St. Joseph County, MI. The facilities are modern, and well equipped with the latest technology and resources. Beyond the direct instructional space there are study areas, food court, atrium, gymnasium, social areas, and specialized locations for laboratory and technology offerings. The recently constructed nursing and health laboratories are second to none in quality of design and learning environment. In addition, the college opened a 106 bed student residence hall in fall, 2017.

The Glen Oaks student body reflects the diversity of the region and the many individual educational goals. At GOCC you will have the opportunity to develop friendships with classmates from all walks of life and grow both professionally and personally.

Whether you come to Glen Oaks to pursue a career technical degree or certificate, a transfer program, or just one course to tune up your skills, you will find that your success is our only mission. Please let us serve your needs and help add value to your life.

My door is always open to you. Please email me with your comments and questions via my Contact Form or just stop by my office. Thank you for allowing Glen Oaks to be part of your life’s journey.

David H. Devier, Ph.D.

Dr. Devier - A Brief Biography

David H. Devier is in his 46th year in education. Before coming to Glen Oaks Community College, he served as Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, Clark State Community College, Springfield, OH; for six years; as Dean/CEO of Clermont College, the University of Cincinnati for five years; as Dean of Industrial and Engineering Technologies, Owens State Community College, Toledo, OH, for five years; and sixteen years as Chair and Professor of the Department of Technology, Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH. Among his many professional accomplishments, is his work with the Higher Learning Commission as a Consultant-Evaluator and serving numerous professional organizations in leadership positions. He has written extensively and presented at numerous state and national conferences. Recently, he was selected as CEO of the Year for the Central Region of the Association of Community College Trustees.

Dr. Devier holds a BA from Ohio Northern University, a MA from Kent State University, and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. He has been married to Patty for 42 years and they have one son, Britton, who is a technology education teacher and football coach.

His many hobbies include classic auto restoration, antique furniture restoration, home renovation, woodworking, photography, and collecting memorabilia related to Ada, Ohio and Ohio Northern University.

Our History

Nora Hagen House
Nora Hagen House

The property that Glen Oaks now occupies was once a private farm. This farm of 120 acres with the farmhouse and other buildings had been in the Henry B. Hagen family name for 90 years, but in 1965 it was donated to the St. Joseph County community college district to be used as the central campus of Glen Oaks Community College in order to educate the county’s young people.

The original family homestead was a log cabin located north and east of the present home and near a small stream. If one were to walk east of the present home to the east property line, there is a lane that runs north and which used to be the road to the original homestead.

In 1887, Henry Hagen and his wife, Johanna, chose the stunning present site for their family’s new home. Every view from the present site is beautiful. There are rolling hills, woods, ponds and gardens that surround the property. It is certainly one of the most scenic home sites in the county and well-chosen by Nora’s parents.

It is the memory of my father and mother, my sister Louise C. Fry and her husband Stephen D. Fry, who became co-owners with me of this homestead in 1930, that I fondly dedicate this plaque.

May God’s blessing rest on all who pass this way.

Nora C. Hagen,
The Last Survivor

These words are taken from the dedication plaque which commemorates the generous gift of the family farm by Nora Caroline Hagen. This gift included the large, frame family home which was built in 1887 by Nora’s father, Henry B. Hagen. It was in this home that Nora Hagen was born in 1894. Nora, her sister Louise and her sister’s husband Stephen Fry purchased the house from the family heirs in 1929 following the death of Nora’s mother, Johanna. Nora lived in the home until 1982, when she left to reside at the Fairview Medical Care Facility in Centreville.

Vision, Mission, & Values


Transforming Lives and Advancing Communities


The mission of Glen Oaks Community College is to provide opportunities for academic and lifelong success through excellence in teaching and comprehensive support services that meet our community’s diverse educational needs.

Decorated graduation cap - "Mommy Did It!"


Glen Oaks CARES
The core values guiding Glen Oaks Community College’s internal and external interactions:

C-Communication and Civility: Glen Oaks values the open and responsible exchange of ideas. We uphold the importance of interacting in ways that demonstrate caring, civility, and respect while encouraging improved models for using technology to connect and improve the linkages among individuals and groups.

A-Access and Academic Success: Glen Oaks values having an open door to all students and believe that appropriate support is vital to the success of all students. Holding students and ourselves to high expectations, we celebrate learning within an educationally transformative environment: one that embraces diverse perspectives and creates meaningful connections between students, faculty, and student affairs professionals.

R-Responsiveness and Service: Glen Oaks values targeted actions to address area needs and internal needs within available resources. Recognizing that existing needs change dynamically, we value the role of the college in helping our communities prepare for the future as they develop, succeed, and prosper.

E-Ethical Conduct and Transparency: Glen Oaks values acting on the basis of mutual respect. We hold ourselves accountable to the communities we serve and seek to model integrity in all we do. Information related to the college and its performance is understood as public and is made accessible and transparent.

S-Sustainability and Stewardship: Glen Oaks values habits and skills to improve our ability to acquire, develop, use, and manage resources to sustain the college’s mission. We exercise appropriate control over the college’s human, financial, academic, support services, and physical plant as essential to effective public stewardship.

Points of Pride

  • The $6.5 million David H. and Patricia A. Devier Student Suites opened in August 2017 and features two- and four-bedroom suites. There are 106 beds in all and the facility was the first of such project in Michigan to be funded by a USDA Rural Development loan.
  • Glen Oaks recently launched the only Agricultural Equipment Technology program in the state of Michigan where students learn to repair and maintain farm related equipment and machinery.
  • The college hosts the largest Job Fair in St. Joseph County each year with over 50 area employers in attendance.
  • Students in the Glen Oaks agricultural programs, in conjunction with Michigan State University, are engaged in hands-on learning by farming over 65 tillable acres on the campus.
  • Glen Oaks opened a food pantry to assist students with both food and necessity items.
  • The Goshen College RN to BSN program is held on the Glen Oaks campus, making the four-year nursing degree more accessible to registered nurses in St. Joseph County.
  • Glen Oaks recently reinstated the Viking Speaker Series and hosts inspiring speakers on a wide range of topics. The series is co-sponsored by the Glen Oaks Foundation and the Sturgis Media Group.
  • In early 2018, Glen Oaks reported a 7.3 percent increase in student headcount and a 10.1 percent increase in credit hours resulting in enrollment increases over six straight semesters.
  • Glen Oaks launched a Nursing Hall of Fame in 2018 to recognize Glen Oaks alumni as well as those who have made valuable contributions to the nursing program over the years.
  • Members of the community are invited to join students and faculty on an annual Study Abroad program each year. Recent trips have included Peru, France, the British Isles, etc., and will include Greece in 2019.
  • In 2017, the Glen Oaks Foundation provided 75 students with over $83,000 in scholarship funding.
  • Each year the college hosts St. Joseph County College night with admission representatives from over 55 institutions of higher education in attendance.
  • The College recently established the Epsilon Pi Tau honorary society for students in the technology professions.
  • The Glen Oaks Pi Theta Kappa Chapter has one of the highest percentage of inducted PTK students in the state of Michigan.
  • Glen Oaks annually hosts the MI Career Quest Southwest Michigan program for all of the ninth grade students in St. Joseph County, offering them the opportunity to explore different career pathways through engaging activities presented by area employers.
  • Each year students in each of the eight area high schools in St. Joseph County receive the President’s and Dean’s scholarships.
  • Glen Oaks, in conjunction with the St. Joseph County ISD, offers high school students the option to participate in the Early Middle College program which provides students the opportunity to earn an associate degree or occupational certificate program in their “13th” year of high school, with funding paid for by the state.
  • The College partners with the Intermediate School District to offer student Career and Technical Education programs including Graphic Design, Welding, Computer Coding and Gaming, Medical Occupations, Automotive Technologies, Computer-Aided Design, Marketing, and Information Technology.
  • The College enrolls more than 600 high school students each year and this generates the highest percentage of dual enrollment of any Michigan community college.
  • Over the last five years, high school dual enrollment students have transferred to 127 different colleges and universities.

Strategic Plan Summary
2022 - 2025 (Update)

Please click on the Goals below to see all associated objectives.

Goal 1: Our Students will Succeed

Objective 1:
By August 2024, of those testing at a pre-college level in math, increase the proportion of credential-seeking students who successfully complete college level math by 3%. The 2020 VFA* baseline is 17.6%.
Objective 2:
By August 2024, increase the proportion of part-time students attaining an associate degree or certificate by 3%. The VFA* 2020 baseline is 18.0%.
Objective 3:
By August 2025, decrease the performance gap to ≤ 0.70 for the following items on the Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI):

  1. I receive ongoing feedback about progress toward my academic goals.
  2. Faculty provide timely feedback about my academic progress.
Objective 4:
By August 2023, establish pathways for all programs of study.
Objective 5:
By August 2024, achieve campus wide utilization of Watermark retention software.

Goal 2: We will become a Community Model committed to the values of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Objective 1:
By December 2023, the college will host two events for students and/or employees focused on increasing the appreciation of diversity in the community.
Objective 2:
By August 2023, the college will revise and enact an employee recruitment plan aimed at diversifying the faculty and staff to better match the student profile.

Goal 3: We will Continue to Grow in Stability & Innovation

Objective 1:
By August 2024, the enrollment of post high school students (as measured by fiscal year equated students, or FYES) will increase by 3% to 475.
Objective 2:
By August 2024, the enrollment of high school students (as measured by fiscal year equated students, or FYES) will increase by 3% to 285.
Objective 3:
By August 2024, plan and conduct a Summer College for Kids program enrolling 25 area elementary students to begin building a college going culture within traditionally non-college attending families.
Objective 4:
By August 2023, establish a new and/or update an existing vocational certificate and/or degree program that aligns with one of the “Southwest Michigan Career Outlook (through 2026)” high-wage or in-demand careers established through the Michigan Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives.
Objective 5:
By June 30, 2023, migrate the Ellucian Colleague ERP to the cloud.
Objective 6:
By December 2023 complete Phase Two of the five year capital outlay plan via a 7.0 million dollar USDA loan.
Objective 7:
By June 2023, a new written emergency preparedness plan will be developed which addressed the full range of potential events and threats, including weather, fire, and health and safety.
Objective 8:
By June 2023, the college will investigate the potential for a solar energy installation on campus.
Objective 9:
By June 2023 the college will install an electric vehicle charging station.
Objective 10:
By July 2023, the college will review, create, and implement academic policies and procedures.
Objective 11:
By January 2023, the college will pursue program specific accreditation.
Objective 12:
By December 2023, the college will provide employees with enhanced emergency preparedness training.

Goal 4: We will Expand and Strengthen our Collaborative Relationships

Objective 1:
By August 2023, provide wide community access to diverse perspectives and relevant national issues via the Viking Speaker Series, reaching a minimum of 600 attendees each year.
Objective 2:
By August 2023, participate in a minimum of eight external community events in which the college is represented, two of which are new.
Objective 3:
By January 2024, increase the faculty presence in high schools to promote academic programs to both CTE and traditional GOCC student populations.
Objective 4:
By January 2024, expand advisory meetings to include additional students, business and industry partners, and the ISD (as appropriate) at bi-annual advisory committee meetings.
Objective 5:
By January 2024, increase the number of articulation agreements by 10% and communicate transfer pathways to students through multiple sources.

* The Voluntary Framework for Accountability (VFA) is a national system of accountability designed for community colleges by community colleges. Its measures were defined to reflect the unique mission of community colleges and the diversity of the student body, including serving students in need of remedial education. In 2020, 23 of Michigan’s community colleges participated in VFA. Glen Oaks has participated annually since 2014.

The most recent version of the Strategic Plan Summary was approved by the GOCC Board of Trustees in September, 2022. This is a working document as goals and objectives are reviewed monthly.