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Glen Oaks to receive $3.5 million from state as part of capital outlay funding bill; $7 million project calls for 50/50 institution match
Before departing from office, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed a supplemental appropriations bill, approved by the legislature, which included $3,475,000 in capital outlay funding for Glen Oaks Community College. The funding requires a 50/50 institution match.

“This is great news that will enable us to begin planning for all the pieces of work we will be doing,” said Glen Oaks President David Devier. “We received $1.5 million earlier to use toward this project so our match is actually $2 million.

“Many thanks to a number of legislators for their support, and in particular, Aaron Miller, District 59 Representative, as he was a key driver in moving this along,” said Devier.

“I can’t convey properly how happy I am that this is finally getting done,” said Miller. “Glen Oaks has been last at the bowl for years when it comes to state grants through the joint capital outlay process, a set of somewhat irregular appropriations of state dollars meant primarily to assist in projects at public universities and community colleges.

“The college received one appropriation (in 1999) that was in the neighborhood of $2 million in its 53 years of existence, something that is simply unfair and a disservice to the roughly 60,000 residents of St. Joseph County who call Glen Oaks their home community college,” said Miller.  “That changed December 28, in the supplemental state budget approved in SB 601 where Glen Oaks received $3,475,000 in the form of a 50/50 match from the state for a total project amount of $6,950,000, half of which will prominently be funded by the college.  Between that and a special state grant from this last summer, fairness in funding is finally beginning to smile on Glen Oaks and its faculty and students.  Most importantly, the education of untold future thousands will be improved greatly because of this investment from the taxpayers of the state of Michigan.  To say that I’m thrilled is an understatement.  To say that this is a big deal undervalues how far-reaching this will be for the college.  Now—let’s get this project done!”

Each year the state requires Michigan colleges and universities to submit a five-year capital outlay plan which identifies priority projects. The funding is based on a 50/50 state, institution match.

Dr. David Devier, President Glen Oaks Community College
Career Exploration and Awareness Month
December is “Michigan’s Career Exploration and Awareness Month.”  While it is always on the minds of all of us in education about how to help students find their path in life, this month is intended to bring increased focus.  The Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development (MTED) is leading this career exploration initiative with the vision of engaging all Michigan students in thinking about their future and careers.

The MTED Interim Director, Jeremy Hendger said, “This month is all about highlighting the array of resources and opportunities to explore careers before students graduate from high school,” (Michigan students to unwrap gift of career exploration this December, November 29, 2018).  The news release goes on to state that, “with more than 811,000 career openings across the state through 2024, Michigan is working to close the talent gap.”  Director Hendger added, “The more we can help students explore these opportunities earlier, the sooner we can close our talent gap and connect our young people with rewarding, great-paying careers here at home.”

Here in St. Joseph County, Glen Oaks Community College, in partnership with our eight high-schools, is enrolling hundreds of students in dual enrollment college courses.  These courses range from general education offerings such as English, History, Science, Psychology, Foreign Languages, etc….to career and technical education offerings in Welding, Automotive, Computer Aided Design, Graphic Design, Marketing, Information Technology, Coding and Gaming, Ag Equipment Technology, and Medical Occupations.

One of the main advantages of the dual enrollment is that high school students have a head start on college at almost no cost to their families.  This allows them to take a variety of general subjects and/or career specific courses.  These experiences help shape their future career choices before they enroll full-time after high school.  There is one exception to this in that Early Middle College students attend full-time for a 13th year of school supported by their K-12 district.  In most cases this enables them to complete an associate degree in a career area or general studies which prepares them to transfer to a four-year institution as juniors.  These EMC students work with career coaches throughout their junior, senior and 13th years to help ensure they complete the correct courses that lead to their goal of entering a career directly from GOCC or transferring to a four-year institution in a major of their choice.

Over the past six years, 2012-13 through 2017-18, 1,599 area high school seniors have dual enrolled with GOCC.  Of these, 83+ percent have attended college since high school graduation, including 93 percent of non-CTE students and 60 percent of CTE students.  These data are very impressive and speak well of the future success of our students going directly to a career or advanced study.

Glen Oaks faculty and staff are delighted to be help students determine and reach their educational goals.  We hear often from parents, school leaders and teachers, and the community that Glen Oaks is a blessing to our citizens and an engine of change in the lives of many.  Be assured that the GOCC family takes great pride in our service to our students and community.

by David H. Devier
Glen Oaks President

Staff holding up sample career clothes
From left Glen Oaks’ representatives Misty Sanderson, Adrienne Skinner and Tonya Howden, display two of the Harwick blazers, donated by Mike and Paulette Ownbey, for the new Career Closet now open to assist Glen Oaks students with professional attire
Glen Oaks opens Career Closet to assist students with professional attire
Glen Oaks students wanting to dress their professional best now have a new option available to them as the college opens the Career Closet.

Operated by Glen Oaks employees, the Career Closet provides currently enrolled students with free professional attire appropriate for career fairs, interviews, classroom presentations, and the workplace. The project was funded in part through a $500 grant from Meemic Foundation coordinated through the Gleaton Swanwick Agency in Centreville, Michigan.

“Our goal is to help students look their best so they can make a positive impression as they launch their careers in the professional world,” said Tonya Howden, dean of students. “Career Closet depends on donations of gently used business attire from members of community.

“Although many clothing items are donated to the students, Career Closet also has a collection of brand new blazers available for loan,” said Howden. “These Hardwick blazers, from Cleveland, Tennessee, in both men’s and women’s styles, were provided through a generous donation from Mike Ownbey, president and CEO of Morgan Olson, LLC, and his wife, Paulette. Students may borrow one of these blazers by checking the item out with our staff.”

Ludders Cleaners is offering students a 25 percent discount on dry cleaning services to students borrowing apparel items. The discount is available at the Ludders’ stores in Sturgis and Three Rivers, Michigan, and in LaGrange, Indiana.

The Career Closet is open on Tuesdays from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. during the Fall and Winter Semesters and by appointment. Each student receiving items from Career Closet will be provided with a packet of information on interviewing techniques, dressing to impress, and other resources to help students look and feel prepared for a job interview or career fair.

 

How Can You Help?

The Career Closet depends on donations in order to provide students with a wide selection of clothing. Glen Oaks welcomes professional clothing and cash donations to support the Career Closet.

Career Closet Requirements:

  • Clothes must have been purchased within the last five years and follow current fashion trends.
  • Accepted apparel must be new or gently used business professional clothing for both men and women.
  • Clothing must be laundered or dry-cleaned prior to donation.
  • Shoes, undergarments, worn or stained clothing will not be accepted.
  • Cash donations will be used to purchase clothing in underrepresented sizes.
  • We accept:
    • Men’s and women’s suits
    • Suit jackets
    • Dress pants
    • Skirts
    • Blouses
    • Belts
    • Ties

 

If clothing does not meet the Career Closet requirements, items will be donated to local organizations.

Donations are deductible as allowed by law. Please contact the Glen Oaks Community College Foundation at 269-294-4384 with any questions.

Donated items may be dropped off at the Career Closet during operational hours or by scheduling an appointment at tinyurl.com/GOCCCareerCloset. Student Services is open Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Fall and Winter semesters). During the summer term, the college is closed on Fridays.

The Glen Oaks Community College Career Closet and the students of the college thank you for your donations

 

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Glen Oaks Gaming Club to host Kids’ Day

The Glen Oaks Community College Gaming Club invites members of the community to bring their kids to the campus for a fun-filled morning of gaming on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 8 a.m. to noon. The event is free and will be held in Room 442 of the E Wing.

Members of the GOCC Gaming Club would like to introduce kids to the modern gaming world and teach them proper “gaming etiquette.” The event is geared for children ages 7 through 12 years of age.

For more information about the event contact Brandon Kline, Gaming Club president at bkline001@viking.glenoaks.edu; or Kevin Conner, faculty advisor at kconner@glenoaks.edu.

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Destination — Athens and Greek Isles for 2019 Glen Oaks Study Abroad Trip
Greece is the travel destination for the 2019 Glen Oaks Community College Study Abroad program and those in the community who may be interested in traveling to this part of the world are invited to attend.

During the 13-day trip, the group will explore settings, structures and cultures that remain of the once-mighty ancient Greek civilization, including a tour of Athens with visits to the Acropolis and the Parthenon; Olympia and the Argolida region; and a five-day Greek Island cruise with stops at Samos, Patmos, Rhodes, Crete and Santorini, and much more.

Trip price includes round-trip airfare for the group, seven overnight stays in hotels with private bathrooms; four-night cruise cabin accommodations, land and water transportation, daily breakfasts and select local dinners. Guests will be responsible for lunch costs.

“The Glen Oaks Study Abroad program began in the 1990’s,” said Northrop. “Since then locations have included Mexico, France, England, Ireland, Scotland, Spain, China, Honduras, Peru and more. Group sizes have ranged from a low of six to an average of 10 to 15 people. Because the cost is challenging for many college students, community members are always invited to participate.

For more information on the 2019 Study Abroad trip to Greece, email Michael Northrop, professor of humanities and coordinator of the Study Abroad program.

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Brave the Haunted Trails at Glen Oaks – Oct. 30 and 31 if you dare
Members of the community are invited to dodge through the ghosts, goblins and monsters lurking through the vast acres of the Haunted Trails on the campus of Glen Oaks Community College this Halloween. The Haunted Trails event is making a comeback this year after a seven-year hiatus.

Beginning at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30 and 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31, fearless guests will meander through about a three-quarter mile section of the 320-acre campus. Admission is $2 per person, and the event will start in the southwest corner of the college’s main parking lot.

Guests can also take advantage of free hayrides on Halloween Night between 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

“This year, we are bringing back a favorite fall activity here at Glen Oaks,” said Rachel Templin, Student Government advisor. “Several of our energetic Student Government members are proud to be able to offer a Haunted Trails event to our local community members and students. All are welcome to participate in this Halloween event!”

Sponsored by Student Government and Phi Theta Kappa, proceeds from the two-day event will go toward funding activities and events for students. The college is located at 62249 Shimmel Rd., in Centreville, Michigan.

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Glen Oaks Community College Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications for 2019-20 academic year
The Glen Oaks Community College Foundation is accepting scholarship applications from new and returning Glen Oaks students for the 2019-20 academic year.

Through philanthropic efforts of the Foundation, charitable cash gifts have provided many students the opportunity of an education that will in turn help change their lives in a positive way.

The Glen Oaks Community College Foundation reported that for the 2018-19 academic year, 72 students received over $82,000 in scholarships.

A link to the GOCC Foundation Scholarship application is on the Glen Oaks website at: https://www.glenoaks.edu/student-services/financial-aid/scholarships/, and is listed under Currently Open Scholarships. Scholarship applications with all required materials must be submitted by 4 p.m., March 1, 2019.

To browse descriptions of the available scholarships, visit the Glen Oaks Community College Foundation Scholarship link at www.glenoaks.edu/foundation/foundation-scholarships/. Persons wishing to learn more about establishing a scholarship fund or contributing to an existing fund, should contact the Glen Oaks Community College Foundation.

Contact the GOCC Financial Aid Office with questions by calling (269) 294-4260. Office hours are

8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Thursday and Friday, and 8:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Application open for 2019-20 Presidential and Dean’s Scholarships at Glen Oaks Community College
Glen Oaks Community College is now accepting applications for the Presidential and Dean Scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year.

To be eligible for these scholarships students must be a 2019 graduate from a public or private high school in St. Joseph County or a public high school within the Glen Oaks service area (Cass County residents attending Three Rivers, Constantine or White Pigeon High Schools; students attending high schools in Branch County in Michigan; and students attending high schools in LaGrange, Elkhart, Steuben and St. Joseph Counties of Indiana).

For the Presidential Scholarship students must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 to be eligible for up to $4,000 per year. For the Dean’s Scholarship, worth up to $2,000 per year, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Students must meet the minimum GPA requirement after the first semester of their senior year. Both scholarships may be renewable for a second year.

“A Glen Oaks Presidential Scholarship will be awarded to one student from each of the eight high schools in St. Joseph County, one scholarship for a student attending a private high school in St. Joseph County, and two additional scholarships will be awarded to students residing in the Glen Oaks Service Area,” said Jean Zimmerman, director of financial aid. “For the Dean’s Scholarship, we will award two students from each high school in the county, two students attending a private high school in St. Joseph County, plus two scholarships for students residing in the Glen Oaks service area.”

To access the scholarship descriptions and application please go to: glenoaks.edu/student services/financial aid/Types of Aid and select Scholarships from the list on the left. The scholarship descriptions and the link to the application are listed under Currently Open Scholarships.

To be considered for these awards, all application materials must be received in the Glen Oaks Financial Aid Office by 4 p.m. on March 1, 2019.

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Glen Oaks announces Summer 2018 President’s and Dean’s list
Glen Oaks Community College announces its outstanding scholars for the Summer 2018 Semester. Students on the President’s Honor Roll achieved a grade point average of 3.75-4.0. Students on the Dean’s Honor Roll achieved a grade point average of 3.5-3.74. The students are listed alphabetically according to their towns of residency.

President’s List

MICHIGAN

Burr Oak
Cierra Haskins, Brandon Kline

Centreville
Rebecca Warner

Colon
Johnmark Valpatic

Constantine
Britany Frye, Brandy McGrew, Joshua Schroeder, Joy White

Sturgis
Chelsea Burton, Justus Chupp, Jesse Cornish, Rebecca Crites, Jacqueline Gallegos Alcantar, Allison Harker, Lauren Kane, Monica Lopez, Victoria Randolph, Anna Rueppel, Lynda Unterkircher, Edna Yoder, Hunter Zona, Jakob Zona

Three Rivers
John Paul Gamet-Herendeen, Renee Gilleylen, Felisha Hodges, Amy Lau, Vernis Mims, Lauren Rice, Ruth Roberts

Union City
Baylie Harvey

White Pigeon
Dustin Fox, Kathrina Hagner, Tiffany Mercer

INDIANA

Bristol
Brandy Barnett Rood

Howe
Katherine Wickey

Shipshewana
Wanda Daniels, April Friesen, Kristine Kufeldt

DEAN’S LIST

MICHIGAN

Centreville
Lindsey Kelley

Constantine
MacKenzie Krueger

Detroit
Jordan Higgins

Sturgis
Jesse Arver, Jessica Haller, Allison Herman, Maria Hernandez Munoz, Anna Hudson, Rachel Huff, Ashley Kuhl, Sara Lewis, Connor Lloyd, Shareena Mosher, Blanca Quiroz Bucio, Kalee Schrock, Angela Vercler

Three Rivers
Daniel Grace

White Pigeon
Carly Corder, Tiffanie Crocker, Lori Irelan, Tiffany Miller

INDIANA
Lagrange
Kristin Meux

Shipshewana
Amanda Eiseman

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Glen Oaks Board approves resolution to reaffirm commitment to 5-year millage

The Glen Oaks Board of Trustees met during a special meeting this morning (Monday, Sept. 17) to clarify and reconfirm its commitment, both individually and collectively, to a 0.50 mill, five-year millage request that will appear on the ballot in the November 6 election.

The special meeting was called after identifying an issue with the language on the ballot that states the proposed millage would run for seven years, when indeed the Board approved it for five years in July. The November ballot language cannot be changed despite the discrepancy in the intended wording.

The Board voted to reaffirm both individually and collectively the ballot language as presented during the July 24, 2018 meeting: (0.50 mills for five (5) years from 2019 to 2023 to be used for safety and security improvements, energy efficiency upgrades, renovation of technology laboratories, classrooms and other student spaces, and other capital improvements on the St. Joseph County campus).