The value of your community college

In 2014 the cost of attending college, depending on the institution of choice, has reached tenuous heights. There are stories in the news almost daily concerning the climbing debt for college loans and how this is burdening recent college attendees. College loan debt in the U.S. is now higher than credit card debt.

For St. Joseph County residents, the first two years of college attendance costs are dramatically cut by Glen Oaks Community College with its support from the public. During the upcoming school year the college will celebrate its 50th anniversary of serving the community. The cost of attending Glen Oaks for two years (tuition & fees) is approximately one-third that of a Michigan public four year
institution with a significantly even greater savings over four-year private universities.

Depending on whether the student is seeking an associate’s degree in a career-technical area such as nursing or completing a transfer
program to pursue a bachelor’s degree, the savings are significant. In many transfer cases, the receiving four-year institution
provides a special scholarship and tuition incentive for the transfer students that reduces the cost of the second two years. It is
possible to complete some of these bachelor’s degree here in St. Joseph County on the Glen Oaks Campus or online using one of the many transfer or articulation agreements between Glen Oaks and partner institutions such as Western Michigan University, Spring Arbor University, Trine University, Grand Valley State University, Ferris State University and more.

When one considers the advantages of attending Glen Oaks, coupled with the smaller class sizes and individual attention close to home, the value added equation is a logical conclusion. Whether or not you are just out of high school or seeking additional education or are
an older adult, Glen Oaks can provide the most cost effective and convenient offerings in the region. Please consider your “Community” College” for your educational goals.

– Dr. David Devier
President, Glen Oaks Community College


Glen Oaks forms partnership with Trine University
Trine classes to be offered on Glen Oaks campus

Glen Oaks Community College and Trine University are partnering to offer adult and traditional learners new paths to earning bachelor and master degrees from Trine.

“Our new partnership with Trine offers students new pathways to achieve their goals,” said David Devier, Ph.D., Glen Oaks president. “Students will have greater access to classes toward their bachelor degrees with the convenience of academic program offerings right here on our campus. It is our desire to continue to serve the students with new opportunities such as this.”


Nine new programs in Fall 2014 Semester lineup at GOCC

GOCC will kick off the 2014 Fall Semester with nine new programs. Fall classes begin on August 25 and registration is now underway.

New offerings include an Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice and five Associate of Arts degrees in Education and Human Services. Each of the programs offer a different area of emphasis. They are: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Secondary Education, Special Education, and Family Life Education. New certificate degree programs include the Educational Paraprofessional Certificate, the Early Childhood Certificate and the Coding Specialist/Physician-based Certificate.

Registration is now underway for the Fall 2014 Semester. For more information about these and other programs offered by the college, contact Glen Oaks at (269) 467-9945.



  • Ken Schuler, a former professor of physical education, and former athletic director and coach for a variety of sports at the college, passed away on June 8.
  • The college has been working with representatives from the Sturgis Wind Symphony on a course syllabus, and will offer students the opportunity to rehearse, perform and study with the symphony for class credit.
  • The college is continuing to work with Bronson on dual enrollment and will be running at least three classes, along with some in the evening for the public.


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