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Each year millions of Americans of all ages and backgrounds are receiving a first -rate, affordable education that equips them with the skills to attain good paying jobs, transition to four-year educational institutions and advance in their careers.

Recently, the spotlight has been placed on the nation’s 1,123 community colleges, as President Obama made a bold proposal to eliminate tuition for student’s first two years of community college full-time attendance. Like the state and local initiatives it builds upon, the President’s proposal dramatically underscores of the importance of obtaining a postsecondary education in today’s economy. It is also an investment in the nation’s economy. This proposal would help the full range of students at community colleges, including adult students, while seeking to ensure that states maintain or increase their investments in higher education. No matter where the reader stands in regard to the use of federal funds for such an initiative, the nobility of the goal is laudable.

As the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the college is in full gear, it is a great opportunity to reflect on the value that Glen Oaks Community College bri ngs to the greater St. Joseph County region. Nationally a recent study reported that community colleges contributed $809 billion in added income to the U.S. economy in 2012, which was equal to 5.4 percent of the gross domestic product.

“Community colleges offer pathways to economic success and future hope to lower income students, first-generation college-goers, minority students, veterans, single parents and anyone l ooking to advance their lives,” says American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) President Dr. Walter Bumphus. “Community colleges continue to be a gateway to a better life for many and provide access to higher education for all Americans regardless of their background or social-economic status. Coupled with this economic benefit within the local and regional economies, “there is no doubt that community colleges provide the best investment in the country,” Bumphus continued.

As community college graduates move into higher-paying positions, they will contribute billions of dollars in increased tax revenue and will save taxpayers billions of dollars in decreased social and safety net services while experiencing better health and lives.

All of the Glen Oaks family truly appreciates the opportunity we have to serve our students and this community. We are proud to provide economic value to the region and the lives of students. Please do not hesitate to let us know how we can serve in even greater ways.

– Dr. David H. Devier
President, Glen Oaks Community College


Close to 200 job seekers attend annual St. Joseph County Job Fair

Nearly 200 job seekers attended the St. Joseph County Job Fair in late April. They met with representatives from the 54 employers participating in the event.

The event is the largest job fair in the county and was hosted by Michigan Works Southwest, St. Joseph County Department of Human Services and Glen Oaks Community College.

Nursing alumni reunion – Sat., May 16

All Glen Oaks nursing alumni are invited to attend a special Nursing Alumni Reunion on Saturday, May 16 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the D Wing on the campus of Glen Oaks Community College. The event will kick off at 9 a.m. with a continental breakfast. Participants will have an opportunity to reconnect with fellow alumni, tour the Nursing Labs and receive prizes. A special welcome with and brief program with updates on the Nursing Program at Glen Oaks will take place in the Nora Hagen Theatre at 10 a.m.


Glen Oaks hosts Third Annual Variety Show tribute to former music professor Robert Gray

Glen Oaks Music Club, Chords in the Community, hosted the Third Annual Variety Show in mid-April.

Students, faculty, staff and Chords in the Community shared their talents. A number of performances highlighted the music from the 1960’s in recognition of the college’s 50th anniversary celebration.

A special tribute was held for Robert Gray, a long-time professor of music. Gray was empoyed at the college for 31 years. Hired on as one of the original charter faculty members in 1967, Gray is creditd with starting the music program at the college.

During his years of service, Gray directed the band and choir, taught music theory and appreciation classes, and gave individual lessons in trumpet and piano. Gray wrote the words and music for the Glen Oaks Alma Mater. He is a professor emeritus of the college, who retired in 1998.


Armstrong is recipient of training grant

Armstrong International is the recipient of an $80,000 Michigan Skilled Trades grants. Administered by Michigan Works Southwest, the grant will be used for employee training at Armstrong. Glen Oaks will be one of the providers of instructors for the program.

Administered by Michigan Works Southwest, the grant will be used for employee training at Armstrong. Glen Oaks will be one of the providers of instructors as part of the grant.


50th Anniversary Banners

If you’ve been to the campus lately, you’ll notice the 50th Anniversary banner. Cheyenne Miller, maintenance staff, is shown raising one of the banners in the parking lot in mid-April.


Students volunteer at animal shelter

Students from the TRIO Student Support Services partnered with Phi Theta Kappa members and visited the St. Joseph County Animal shelter in Centreville in mid – May. Volunteers brushed, walked, fed and spent time interacting with the animals at the shelter as part of a joint community service project.


Board approves tuition rate increase, Welding Certificate program

The Board approved a five percent tuition increase at the April board meeting. The new tuition rates are:

Per contact hour:

In – District (St. Joseph County) Residents:

Service Area Residents:
$158 (Cass County residents in the following school districts: Three Rivers, Constantine and White Pigeon; Branch County residents; LaGrange County, Indiana residents; Elkhart County, Indiana residents, and Steuben County, Indiana residents.)

State of Michigan:

Out – of State Residents and International Students:

The Board also approved a new Welding Certificate program to be offered in an Open-Entry format, as well as approval of the Veteran’s Choice Act Compliance which ensures that veteran’s will receive in-state tuition.


Summer Kickoff Celebration – Sat., June 13

Glen Oaks Community College, and the St. Joseph County Fairgrounds are planning Summer Kickoff, a special day of f un, in commemoration of Glen Oaks 50th Anniversary. Click on the above flyer for a list of the events. The next issue of “Glen Oaks Today” will include times and sponsors of the events, which will be held at both the fairgrounds and the college.


Jenkins is TRAM Mentor of the Year recipient

Congratulations to Brandon Jenkins, GOCC student, who was named 2014 Community Based Mentor of the Year by the Three Rivers Area Mentoring (TRAM) program. Jenkins has been serving as a mentor to an autistic chi ld in elementary school in Three Rivers since last fall.


Athletic Golf Fundraiser at Klinger Lake Country Club – June 12

Please plan to attend the Glen Oaks Community College 12th annual Athletic Scholarship Golf Fundraiser to be held on Friday, June 12 at Klinger Lake County Club. Lunch will start at noon with Shotgun start at 1 p.m.

Cost: $90.00 per person, 4 person team, scramble format. If you don’t have your own team, you will be paired up with one. Pr ize s, raffle and lots of fun!

Contact the Athletic Department at (269) 294 – 4215


50th Anniversary Celebration sponsorship opportunities

Is your business interested in serving as a sponsor for the Summer Kickoff – 50 th Anniversary Celebration of Glen Oaks Community College? A number of sponsorship opportunities are still available.

PLATINUM SPONSOR ($5,000 and above)
Creedence Clearwater Revival Tribute Band – (Blue Moon Swamp)

GOLD SPONSORS ($2,500 plus)
Inflatable fun (Jazzy Jumpers)

SILVER SPONSORS ($1,000 to $2,500)
Kalamazoo Concert Band Balloon Tether

BRONZE SPONSORS ($500 to $999)
Kalamazoo Nature Center Birds of Prey presentation
Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary
Balloon Tether
5K Run (With two sponsors)

A special thanks to Sturgis Hospital and Three Rivers Health who will be sponsoring the 5K Run; to Bippus USA and Sturgis Bank and Trust who will be sponsoring the Kalamazoo Concert Band, and to Follett Corp who will be the sponsor of the Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary.


CTE Olivia Pop Higgins at Carnegie Art Show

Pictured above is Olivia Pop Higgins with her artwork that was on exhibit at the Carnegie Art Center over the past month. Higgins is a student in the Graphic Design CTE program, taking classes at Glen Oaks. The show featured work from high school students throughout the county.


The bookstore has a new look.

Created by Hayley Taylor, a graphic design major, the mesh window coverings serve as office privacy screens to those in offices behind the windows. Taylor created the look using Glen Oaks branding colors, along with the leaf and Viking logos.


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