GLEN OAKS TODAY – January, 2015

Dual enrollment provides jumpstart for college

For a number of years, Glen Oaks Community College has offered dual enrollment opportunities to local high school students. This program allows students to enroll in college classes that count for both their high school classes and for college credit. Examples
of offerings include: English, Math, History and other general education classes.

It is not unusual for local high school students to graduate with thirty credits or more, and in some cases, complete an associate degree as they graduate from high school. All told, the past fall 370 high school students were enrolled in Glen Oaks classes garnering 2,177 credit hours.

In addition to the enrollment opportunities in general education courses, currently there are significant numbers of high school Career and Technical Education (CTE) students gaining college credit for their technical courses. These include Automotive Technology, Computer-Aided Drafting/Design, Graphic Design and Welding. These college credits may be applied to associate degree programs at Glen Oaks or other two-year and other higher education institutions throughout Michigan.

The completion of college-level certificates and degrees is becoming very important in the highly technical workplaces of today. Many of the jobs in manufacturing, construction, agriculture, retail and service industries require technical post-secondary education and the CTE dual enrollment is an excellent jumpstart for these opportunities.

The cost of dual enrollment is covered by the local school districts and is more cost effective than normal post-secondary enrollment. The dual enrollment option is the proverbial win-win situation with students garnering college credit early, parents saving money, the school districts offering additional opportunities to students, and the college serving greater numbers of students while in high school
and beyond.

Glen Oaks Community College is pleased to be able to provide these opportunities for the region’s high school students and welcomes the future with the promise of even greater service.

-Dr. David Devier, President
Glen Oaks Community College


Kenneth Schuler is first inductee into Glen Oaks Athletic Hall of Fame

The late Kenneth C. Schuler, former head basketball coach at Glen Oaks Community College, will be honored on Saturday, Jan. 31, in a ceremony between the Viking Men’s and Women’s basketball games versus Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

Schuller passed away in June of 2014, and the Athletic Department is proud to induct him into the inaugural Glen Oaks Athletic Hall of Fame. The college will raise a special banner and present an award in his honor. Schuler’s wife, Vi, will accept the award on his behalf. The event is being held as one of many events as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the college.

All former athletes, coaches and administrators are invited to attend. The ceremony honoring Schuler is scheduled to be held between 2:30 and 3 p.m. in the Glen Oaks gymnasium. The new Athletic Hall of Fame will be located in the entrance to the gymnasium.


Automotive program receives national accreditation

The automotive training program at Glen Oaks Community College has received accreditation by NATEF and The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). The Glen Oaks Automotive program has been accredited in the following areas: Maintenance and Light Repair.

To achieve this coveted recognition, the school’s automotive training program underwent rigorous evaluation by NATEF. Nationally accepted standards of excellence in areas such as instruction, facilities and equipment were used.

“I’m very excited and honored to receive this award,” said Ron Hofman, GOCC automotive instructor. “The college has been very supportive as we worked through the accreditation process. Also, a special thanks to Ginny Kowalski, CTE consortium supervisor, as she was a huge help in guiding us through the accrediting procedures.”



  • Michigan’s Sixth District Congressman Fred Upton will make a brief visit to Glen Oaks and will meet with the Leadership Team, the Board of Trustees and take a brief tour of the college on Jan. 30.
  • The Allied Health Department has reported a 100 percent pass rate on the 2014 Medical Assisting Certificate Exam. Congratulations!


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