Business & Community Services
Glen Oaks Community College offers a variety of training and continuing education programs. These include workforce development and corporate training to all businesses, online ed2go six week programs, and continuing education. Included is an assessment for training needs and instruction at the facility or at the college. A mobile lab with 15 laptop computers may be utilized on site or use the computer lab at the Business Development Center at Glen Oaks.
The Business Development Center at Glen Oaks has two computer training labs, a kitchen, and a 75-seat auditorium. The Dresser Business Development Auditorium is a large training room that can be arranged in many different seating configurations. The auditorium is named after local benefactors Ray and Gretchen Dresser.
The Business Services team has partnerships with training organizations, colleges and universities so the best subject matter expert is available. Examples of training programs are: continuous quality improvement, team building skills, problem solving, supervisory skills, project management, customer service, statistical process control, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GDT), Lean Manufacturing, ISO 9001: 2015, and more. Online career training programs are available through ed2go for a number of fields. An example might be pharmacy technician training to pass the national qualification test. For more information: www.gatlineducation.com/gocc
One of the benefits of a community college is the flexibility of customized training in cases where “off the shelf” training does not meet the need. A Glen Oaks representative and company official will review company training needs, picking what is needed in an ala cart manner, with a goal of making sure the learning outcome meets the needs of the business.
The Business Services Office collaborates with the Southwest Michigan First, St. Joseph County Economic Development Corporation (EDC), Three Rivers Area Chambers of Commerce, Sturgis Chamber of Commerce, Michigan WORKS!, and other groups and individuals interested in the economic development and the well-being of the Glen Oaks service area.
Online ed2go training features over 300 instruction programs. These six week courses begin each month. The program includes 12 lessons at a reasonable cost. Examples of ed2go courses are Speed Spanish, Digital Photography, Computer Programs or Creating a Webpage. For more information go to www.ed2go.com/gocc
Continuing Education has returned to Glen Oaks with CE classes like Watercolors for Beginners and Landscaping. These classes may be as short as one 3-hour session at minimum cost. The college is always open to course suggestions. Short-term computer classes may be 9-12 hours and held over several sessions. Participants enjoy the friendly and hassle-free opportunity to learn about today’s computer programs, including working at their own speed with no pressure.
Contact the Workforce Development office to learn of the latest seminars and courses at 269-467-9945 or 888-994-7819. Also check the latest offerings in the Glen Oaks class schedule or college website: www.glenoaks.edu/businessindustry
On the east edge of the college campus is the Nora Hagen House, a renovated farmhouse which was an endowment of the family farm made to the college by Ms. Nora Hagen. This facility houses a conference room, kitchen catering facilities, and overnight accommodations for visiting speakers. The house provides a beautiful setting, conducive to small group seminars and business planning meetings. Businesses may make rental arrangements by contacting the college.