Manufacturers gather to share ideas for workforce solutions

Glen Oaks Community College hosted a Manufacturing Forum Roundtable Discussion to provide an opportunity for manufacturers to share their “best practices” and communicate ideas on workforce development solutions.

Over 40 participants representing manufacturing, small business, education, chambers of commerce, cities and organizations that support workforce development were in attendance.

George Erickcek, Upjohn Institute, spoke on economic issues and shared current statistics in the county, state and nation.

Von Washington, Southwest Michigan First, led an interactive session to gain input on manufacturer needs. Cathy Knapp, SMF, facilitated reports from the small group discussions. More to come on this topic.

– Dr. Gary Wheeler
President, Glen Oaks Community College


College Updates

  • Fifty-two employers participated in the job fair held at GOCC last week. The event was made possible through a partnership between Michigan Works!, St. Joseph County Department of Human Services and Glen Oaks.
  • Will Powell of the Glen Oaks men’s basketball team received 1st Team All-American honors from the National Junior College Athletic Association.
  • GOCC is now offering a new Mobile Phone Applications Development certificate beginning with the Spring/Summer semester. The program provides students with an introduction to the mobile applications market including information on how to build, test and market Android and iPhone applications.
  • Glen Oaks has entered into a partnership with Ferris State that allows GOCC students, with a 2.0 or greater who have earned an associate’s degree, to transfer to Ferris with junior status.
  • Registration opened this week for both 2013 Spring/Summer and Fall semesters. Spring/Summer semester classes begin May 13 and Fall classes begin August 26. Students are encouraged to register early to ensure they receive class schedules at their preferred times.
  • Michigan Senator John Proos of the 21st District visited Glen Oaks in early April as one of three stops in the county to learn
    from students in the Career Technical Education program. Proos recently introduced a bill to allow schools to have a better curriculum pathway for integrating CTE programs.


GOCC announces Presidential and Dean Scholarships

Glen Oaks Community College is pleased to announce 21 high school seniors who are recipients of the 2013-2014 Presidential and Dean Scholarships.

Six seniors selected for the Presidential Scholarships are: Madison Carlton of Three Rivers, Tiffany Jackson of Burr Oak, Ethan Maxwell of Centreville, Skye Russell of Mendon, Clarissa Stanton of Galesburg and Jacob Wilkins of Three Rivers.

Fifteen area seniors receiving the Dean Scholarships are: Miranda Bystry of Sturgis, Christopher Chupp of Sturgis, Jason Eichorn of Sturgis, Justina Eveland of White Pigeon, Anika Gasich of Munster, Ind., Rachael Hutson of Colon, Joseph Lazzari of Sturgis, Trevor Leist of Sturgis, Lucielle Leitch of Three Rivers, Anthony Saxman of Colon, Danielle Talbot of Mendon, Robert Tomlinson III of Three Rivers, Jose Garcia of Sturgis, Elizabeth Holmes of White Pigeon and Shelby Tisdel of Sturgis.


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