New school year—new programs

As we near the start of the semester, we are excited to kick it off with the addition of three new associate degrees in the Visual Arts. Students can now choose from the Commercial Photography, Fine Art or the Graphic Design areas of emphasis.

The Higher Learning Commission recently approved our request to offer fully online programs, and we are rolling out a Mobile Phone Applications Development Certificate Degree program that can be completed online. As part of the curriculum students will learn how to
build, test and market their Android and iPhone applications in this fast-growing career area.

We are also exploring the development of other online programs in both the business and allied health areas. Distance learning has an appeal that offers more flexibility for students as long as they can connect to the Internet.

– Dr. Gary Wheeler
President, Glen Oaks Community College


Fitness/Wellness Center open to community

Community members are welcome to use the Glen Oaks Fitness/Wellness Center, equipped with high quality and up-to-date weight and cardio equipment. Call 269-294-4274 to learn more.


Board of Trustees begins presidential search

In August, the Glen Oaks Board of Trustees approved the selection of the Association for Community College Trustees of Washington, D.C., as the search firm to conduct the presidential search. In addition, it approved the proposed size and composition of the Presidential Search Committee and roles and responsibilites of committee members.


College Updates

  • One hundred percent of the 2012 Medical Assisting graduating class passed the Certified Medical Assistant Examination, administered by the American Association of Medical Assistants – CMA (AAMA). Their scores in each content area placed GOCC in the 90th percentile for all college’s who had students taking the exam in that cycle. The CMA (AAMA) certification is the only credential for Medical Assistants recognized by the American Medical Association and is accepted nationally.
  • The College continues to make repairs to the Student Services Hallway and College entrance. Expectations are to complete the work by early fall.
  • President Wheeler recently signed agreements with Ferris State University ensuring that students who complete associate degrees, with a 2.0 GPA, will be admitted to Ferris at the junior level. In addition, GOCC now has a Reverse Transfer Agreement with Ferris, allowing GOCC students, transferring to Ferris, the opportunity to combine credits earned at both Ferris and GOCC to receive their associate degrees.


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