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Glen Oaks to offer teacher education foundation courses with field components

For students thinking about a career in teaching, Glen Oaks is now offering two education foundation courses that integrate onsite classroom observation in area schools with social, behavioral and learning theory fundamentals.

“Having served as superintendent in a number of schools in St. Joseph County, I experienced firsthand the shortage of teachers,” said Robert Kuhlman, GOCC director of institutional innovation. “The demand for teachers is nationwide. Our hope is that courses like these will help the students decide whether or not they want to consider a career in education.”

Both courses provide field experience components and foundations that are required for admission into teacher education programs at major four-year institutions.

“We have had continuing discussions about developing a more comprehensive teacher education academy with a number of our four-year partners since the winter of 2019,” said Kuhlman.

“Ultimately, we have plans to incorporate a teacher education track into the Early Middle College program,” said Kuhlman. “In addition, we have had discussions with the local school districts about making these courses available for a future CTE Teacher Education program, which is in the development stage.”

“Topics in Education” will be offered this fall and will broaden student knowledge through field observation in K-12 education. Students will observe a variety of school settings at grade levels of their preference based on availability. Students will log their experiences, identify instructional practice and activities used by instructors, and explain the strategies and evaluate their effectiveness.

“Essentials of Education” will be held in the Spring 2021 semester and will introduce students to social and behavioral sciences and their relationship to how schools function. Students will develop an understanding of American schools and the complex relationship between schools and society, along with the latest research and theories impacting education. A 30-hour clinical component provides student firsthand observation and exposure in various classroom settings.

Students wanting to enroll in these courses should contact the college at (269) 467-9945 or apply to Glen Oaks at

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Glen Oaks shares reopening plans for fall semester with students

With the fall semester only weeks away, Glen Oaks Community College shared its Preparedness Plan for Campus Reopening with students earlier this week.

“The plan reflects guidelines and expectations for the main campus, said Dr. David Devier, Glen Oaks president. “The health and safety of every member of the Glen Oaks community is our top priority. The plan may change per mandates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), federal and state governments, and our local health department.”

Although some class sections are expected to remain face-to-face, with a reduced maximum capacity to allow for social distancing, some class sections have been converted to a hybrid (face-to-face and online) format. A small number of sections have been converted to fully online instruction.

Some lab classes will only meet for the lab portion of the class while completing other instruction online.

The plan also shares campus protocols and guidelines for sanitization and disinfection, social distancing, and preventing the spread, as well as protocols for confirmed cases, high-risk exposure or symptoms of COVID-19.

While the college is taking as many precautions as possible, students are asked to consider the risks associated with attending class on campus during the COVID-19 pandemic and encouraged to make the most appropriate choices in course selections according to their individual situations.

Glen Oaks will continue to monitor the spread of COVID-10 and follow guidelines and monitor the situation. Students will be notified immediate of any changes to the class schedule, programming, campus operations, etc., via Viking email and

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Glen Oaks announces Winter 2020 President’s and Dean’s list

Glen Oaks Community College announces its outstanding scholars for the Winter 2020 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

Alyssia Hudson-Grayer

Ethan Gootjes

Addison Barnes, Aleena Bidwell, Ashley Boyd, Scott Caudill, Harlee Davis, Samuel DePaz Graham Eley, Jada Fair, Brenyn Fee, Galilea Gonzalez Castaneda, Taylor Hessler, Kirsten Kech, Alanna Mayer, Victor McBride, Luis Ortiz, Cody Schwartz, Abigail Schwartz, Morgan Sillings, Isaac Tappenden, Cody Vaughn

Burr Oak
Ashley Beidler , Ian Eells, Noah Greene, Ethan Grubb, Braxton Hernandez, Kirsten Hills, Trinity  Hughes, Isaiah Julien, Kaitlyn Markus, Israel Schwemer, Abigail Vallance, Ashley Vallance

Amy Parsons

Edward Arver, Riley Beckwith, Kourtney Bennett, Maria Clementz, Andrew Frederick, Evan Grey, Caleb Hackett, Joanna Larsen, Shawn McNamara, Abby McNamara, Katherine Miller, Margaret Miller, McKenzie Sheteron, Ainsley Webb, Lauren Webb, Kenleigh West-Wing, Ashlyne Zierle

Nicole Hambright, Hunter Lindbert, Daphyne Locklin, Keona Salesman, Grace Welch, Austin Yerrick

Phillip Alva, Sabrina Baker, Brendan Barkman, Matthew Bissett, Jasmyne Butters, Olivia Eagle, Angelina Eagle, Ciarra Hardy, Samantha Hirschy, Anthony Riddle, Grayson Riethmiller, Braeona            Shelton, Andrew Smolarz, Isabel Stauffer, Madison Wooden

Tayler Bellows, Amy Carpenter, Brock Ganus, Kayla Hensell, LeeAnn Hurst, Zoey Labarre, Savannah Miller, Alexis Paananen , Adam Thomas

Hailey Johnson Hayes

Kianna Sterlini

Shakaya Rogers

Isabella Ford  Jones, Grace Gardner, Austin Outlaw, Karissa Sanchez , Kennedy Wolf

Alexis Brown

Sydney Coler, Cole Decker, Brooke Sexton

Rickey Nye

Dahntae Bailey, Carson Cupp, Todd Gangloff, Taylor Heitkamp, Devyn Hempel, Andrea Hoffman, Ciera Kline, Jaime Moore, Charles Newburry, Ashley Smith, Anna Smith

Michigan Center
Briona Gilson

Madlyn Brown,

Christin Hicks, Kayla Mosher, Cassidy Smith, Brittany Stoll

Spring Arbor
Sydney Losey, Candy Ultz

Rebecca Barkley, Cassidy  Bartelt, Emma Boland, Ethan Bond, Baleigh Brazo, Cassandra Byers, Alan Castro, Mary Chupp, Gina Cruz Birruete, Jarrett Delarye, Grace Edwards, Hope Eichorn, Yvethe Estrada, Cecelia  Franz, Vanessa Galvan, Brenda Garcia Lopez, Saray Garcia Ruiz, Cierra Geigley, Noah Gleason, Vanessa Gonzalez, Jonathan Gooch, Laci Gottschalk, Jacob Griffin, Jacob Haller, Tracy Harker, Graicee Harker, Erick Hernandez Montoya, Brandy Hibbert, Claudia Himes, Joel Hohn, Sarah Howk, Sierra Keeslar, Samantha Kulpinski, David Lash, Cecilia Lopez Nieves, Jessica Luna, Sarah McKnight, Emily Mead, Brittany Miller, Rylie Miller, Mary Mosher, Peter Nguyen, Vanessa Nieves Garcia, Adilene Nieves Rios, Sarahi Nieves Rubio, Mirka Nieves Solis, Grace Nighswonger, Noah Norton, Madison Owen, Paige Pattison, Paige Paul, Joseph Rambadt, Cecilia Rambadt, Andrew Rambadt, Erika Reed, Courtney Reingardt, Arleth Reyes Apolonio, Nestor Reyes Gonzalez, Areisha Reyes, Brian Rice, Haley Rushford, Selena Santana, Kalee Schrock, Kaysee Shuler, Gracey Smith, Victoria Tison, Rachel Toner, Jennifer Valdez, Nathan Wood, Avian Younts

Lucas Santure

Three Rivers
Amy Adams, Madison Awe, Parker Bidelman, Elizabeth Bissett, Christina Borchardt Mitchell Bowdish, Justyn Bowser, Madison Brown, Kendra Burch, Olivia Carlisi, Jessica Carlton, Angeli Carrasquero, Joe Caton, Scott Crippin, Molly Culver, Sarah Dane, Karsyn Draime, Alexis Gamble, Renee Gilleylen, Chyna Grochoske, Ellana Haifley, Austin Hall, Gabriel Humbert, Chelsea Jepsen, Aidan Judsen, Judah Kay, Rylie Kelly, Alesha Kirby, Amy Lau, Carli Lehman, Chase Ludwig, Samuel Meyer, Hadley Miller , Payton Miller, Carter Minger, Alys Monroe, Kylee Nash, Jordan            Phillips, Shane Raver, Carlton Rowe, Timothy Smith, Hailey Stoppenbach, Zoe Swartz , Amit Talukder, Anick Talukder, David White, Bayne Willson

Raigan Dumm, Alexis McDonald

Kylie Roberts

Wyatt McClish, Aaron Phelps

White Pigeon
Hunter Bacheller, Kathryn Bedard, Morgann Campbell, Courtney Delarye   White, Kennedy Espinoza,  Faith Goins, Shanna      Hagner, Joshua Johnson, Megan Lockmondy Chelsea Lucas, William McGrady, Sharon Oleskiewicz, Hanna Poley, Paige     Poley, Larissa Proffitt, Jack Ruple, Emma Russell White Pigeon, Emma Sandy, Summer Terrio, Brett Wyant



Bryson Taylor

Cori Van Wagoner


Fort Wayne
Luke Crilly

Ian Brown, Amanda Carey, Jennifer Miller, Todd Wisler

Madison Miller, Francisco Munoz

Maximilian Bystry

April Friesen, Abraham Jones, Edna Yoder

South Bend
Jodi Wagner




Alberto Caballero, Gianna Everett, Meagan Lasky, Chaselyn Preston, Kyleigh Sweet

Burr Oak
Kaitlin Cooper, Mason Harris, Ethan Hollomon, Andrea Nelson , Sabrina Nelson, Wendy Pappas, Maya Ringler, Ethan Ruckert, Anna Sutton, Jonathan West

Keegan Bush

Brenden Bell, Carter Blakely, Olivia Deeds, Isaiah Fellers, Broderick French, Rebecca Lafler, Matthew Lorencz, Travis Miller, Tyler Parker, Asia Pratel, Katie Schlabach, Trenton Stears, Bryce Trail, Mathias Weber

Blayn Gibson, Luz Lozada Gonzalez

Hannah McDonald, Abby Saxman, Joseph Valpatic

Madelyn Borst, Kaitlyn Gross, Joshua Lafluer

Isaiah  Silverthorn

Kevin Chandler

Nathan Wannemacher

Morgan Grabill

Samantha Nickerson

Zachary Butters

Kylee  Eckert, James Hunter, Taylor Schabes, Noah Slaughter, MacKenzie Urick

Logan Complo

Abbigail Harpenau

Madelyn LaGassa

Dianna Bingaman, Shakia Russell Northrup

Spring Arbor
Austyn Curtis

Jairo Arias, Samantha Bartelt, Aaron Benac, Jeshua Campos , Mayra Castro, Josephine Cranston, Mark Duffy, Brock Ellingson, Jacqueline Gallegos Alcantar, CarlaGarcia Espinal, Hannah Glasscoe, Crystal Grimes, Allison Herman, Naomi Julien, Sara Lewis Connor Lloyd        , Vania Martinez, Ariana Mendoza Albor, Drew         Schmidt, Ethan Schrock Meghan Schwartz, Brigette     Stellner, Kaylee Trattles, Robert Tribble, Sarah Waite, Carlie Watson, Katherine Wickey, Chastity Wooten, Benjamin Yoder

Three Rivers
Kody Beachey, Kolton Beachey, Shantel Blyly, Ryon Buchanan, Samantha Chaplin, Valo Christiansen, Ethan Crooks, MacKenzie Deel, Karalyn Eldridge, Derek Gleaton, Colby Hartzell, Jordan Hawkins, Clarissa Irwin, Alivia Knapp, Hayley Kramer, Riley Ludwig, Isabella Marvin, Natalie Mayer, Brooke Mercer, Storm Mulder, Tyler Norton, Ryan Nowicki, Lauren Rice, Caleb Salmen, Tyler Seifert, Tamra Senff, Illyana Taylor, Alaina Todd, Kaitlyn Westcomb, Nevada Wiles, Lucas Withers

Kelly Hall

Gracie Russell

White Pigeon
Carly Corder, Ashley Delarye, Tyler Goins, Logan Hofmeister, Tiffany Miller, Alajos Sefcsik


Rickey Boyd



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Glen Oaks Annual Athletic Scholarship Golf Outing scheduled for Friday, July 31

The Glen Oaks Community College Athletic Department will hold its 17th Annual Athletic Golf Outing on Friday, July 31 at Island Hills Golf Course in Centreville, MI.

Registration for the four-person scramble will begin at 8 a.m., with shotgun start at 9 a.m. Cost is $320 per team and includes: 18 holes of golf, cart, lunch and a Glen Oaks package.

For more information or to reserve a spot, contact Matt Brawley, athletic director at (269) 294-4213, or

Viking Intercollegiate Athletics is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association and the Michigan Community College Athletic Association. The Vikings compete in the MCCAA Western Conference against peer institutions including Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Lake Michigan College, and Kellogg Community College.

Men’s Golf is one of the college’s six varsity sports, which also include Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Men’s Baseball, and Women’s Softball and Volleyball.

Island Hills Golf Course is located at 61809 Stonegate Dr., in Centreville.

From left are Julie Andrews, Sturgis Exchange Club, Lindsay Richardson, Sturgis Community Foundation, and Anne Springsteen, TRIO project director at Glen Oaks Community College.
Sturgis Community Foundation awards textbook grant

Glen Oaks Community College has received a $3,000 grant from the Sturgis Area Community Foundation’s Doyle Exchange Fund. The funds will be used to help students in the TRIO Student Support Services program with textbook costs and course materials if their financial aid falls short of covering everything.

“We are excited to offer this additional source of support for our TRIO SSS students, as financial barriers are one of the leading reasons that students are unable to stay in college,” said Anne Springsteen, TRIO project director.

TRIO SSS is a federal outreach and student services program which provides services for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

“William and Helen Doyle established the Doyle Exchange Awards in 1992 to help support organizations with charitable or educational needs within the Sturgis Foundation,” said Julie Andrews, Sturgis Exchange Club member.  “Through their generous donations we have contributed to over 49 different organizations and 74 programs within the community.”

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The new future of Glen Oaks Community College

As we reopen Glen Oaks Community College; many questions are being addressed. The college has been closed to the public since March 17, when all courses were moved to an online format and employees began staying at home to carry out their work.  I am pleased to report that while this situation has been challenging, students received their instruction successfully and the college has continued to move forward on many fronts.  These include new program development and revision, successful grant applications, revision of policies and processes, management of the CARES Act funding for distribution to students, campus capital project planning, and student services including advising, counseling, tutoring, and financial aid support.

The Board of Trustees has been very supportive of the needs that the COVID-19 has created over the past twelve-weeks. Without their input and guidance, it would have been more difficult to weather the challenges. Just one example of their investments was holding monthly meetings via the internet which required considerable planning.

Now that the college is reopening for employees to return to campus, plans for the fall semester are being developed. The actual return plan is a four-phase process, which allows for gradual opening and provides for protection of employees, students and the public.  Like all higher education institutions; GOCC is planning for on-campus courses this fall but with adjustments being made to ensure the health of everyone.  More courses will be offered in a hybrid format where portions of the class will be online and some in-seat. Some types of courses such as technical-lab based offerings must have face-to-face elements to carry out actual hands-on activities.

Of course, GOCC serves the community in many ways beyond direct instruction. These include hosting community meetings, providing special venues such as the Nora Hagen Theatre, Dresser Business Development Center, sports facilities, Hagen Farmstead, and Grand Concourse.  Our ability to continue to provide these services to the community will be determined by the State’s guidelines in place at the time.  We will make every effort to serve the community in even greater ways.  Our mission is to serve all citizens of the region by “Transforming Lives and Advancing Communities.”

While the pandemic has been challenging for all, the college has continued to serve students and the community well and there is no doubt that this will continue.  Please refer to the GOCC website at: for the latest information regarding college operation and services.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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Sturgis senior receives $10,000 Meijer scholarship

Brittany Miller to study graphic design at the Cleveland Institute of Art

Brittany Miller, a 2020 Sturgis graduate, has been awarded a $10,000 scholarship from Meijer Corporation. Miller is in the St. Joseph County Career and Technical Education (CTE) Graphic Design program held at Glen Oaks Community College.

“Brittany is a very talented young lady who has found her passion in life through graphic design,” said Linda Walker, instructor of graphic design. “She’s an incredible artist and designer, most deserving of this scholarship. I’m so thrilled that she is pursuing her dreams with financial support throughout her education at the Cleveland Institute of Art.”

Miller is employed at the Sturgis Meijer store. “I had always contemplated enrolling in a graphic design program in high school, but didn’t pursue it due to lack of confidence and because it was “following” in my sister’s footsteps,” said Miller. “Because of this, as a freshman, I focused more on academics while maintaining my passion for art in my spare time. Fortunately, I excelled in this area, but it was wasn’t what I truly wanted.”

Still set on finding her niche, Miller participated in extracurricular activities including swimming, track and orchestra. Although she gained valuable experiences, she found that even when pursing a different goal, she always ended up coming back to art.

“It wasn’t until my senior year of high school that I finally broke out of the spell,” said Miller. “I realized that my passion for art shouldn’t be dictated by fear. This turning point in my life allowed me to try new art related activities that I’ve always wanted to try, but was too insecure to do before. I participated in more art classes and even became a member of the National Art Honor Society.”

At last, she started the Graphic Design course in her senior year – gaining knowledge in Adobe programs and learning to appreciate peer critiques. Being able to use her love for art in a new light was eye opening.

“After attending the class for a few months, I knew it was my calling,” said Miller. “With the skills I’ve learned so far, I was able to apply creativity into the activities I had joined. For instance, I created t-shirt designs for the high school’s musical. I also had the opportunity to create fliers for my positive school Culture club that was promoting a self-defense class. By doing these mini projects, I became aware of why I loved graphic design so much. Helping others through art catered to my selfless nature. That is why in the future, I wish to fulfill my goal of owning a design studio that helps create these visions for others.”

Miller was recently accepted to the Graphic Design program at the Cleveland Institute of Art. “This Ohio-based art school has the tools I need to challenge myself and push me further into the design world,” said Miller. “In order to achieve this goal, I plan to continue working at Meijer just like my mom, sister, and brother have to reach their goals. Overall, being awarded this scholarship is helping me achieve my dream of attending CIA.”

In addition to her Meijer award, Miller will receive a combined sum of awards through the Cleveland Institute of Art totaling close to $30,000, leaving her contribution at a fraction of the entire cost of her education. The Open Door Gallery in Sturgis has also contributed $500 toward her education and an exhibit of her work is slated for summer 2021.

The Fred and Lena Meijer Scholarship is a private scholarship fund established by Fred and Lena Meijer in 1975 for children of Meijer team members and enhanced in 2010 to include Meijer team members. Scholarship awards are determined by the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, a non-profit agency that considers (inclusively) academic or technical achievements, financial need, special circumstances, and participation in school and community-based activities/organizations in the selection of scholarship award winners.

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GOCC employees begin return to campus June 15

CENTREVILLE, MI — Glen Oaks Community College employees will begin to return to campus in phases beginning on June 15. Students and visitors should make appointments prior to visiting campus. Employees have been working remotely since mid-March as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our employees are attending virtual meetings this week as we plan for a return to work in a limited fashion,” said Dr. David Devier, Glen Oaks president. “We want to start serving our student population in person, as long as we can do so safely.”

“We have created a flexible plan that adopts best practices for health and safety,” said Devier. “Since Glen Oaks is a public facility, the plan requires face masks (for employees, students and visitors), and promotes social distancing protective measures.” Masks may be a fabric face covering from home, or surgical type mask and the college will make them available for persons who need them.

Although staff will work a schedule that in many cases may include both an on-campus and remote rotation, employees working on campus will be required to complete an electronic health screening questionnaire upon arrival to work. In addition, anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be required to quarantine for 14 days.

“Our maintenance and custodial staff have been busy, not only assuring that the campus is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized, but they have installed Plexiglas barriers in service areas as an additional precaution,” said Devier.

Students and visitors can make appointments in advance prior to visiting campus and may do so by calling the main number at (269) 467-9945; or the Admissions Office at (269) 294-4253.

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Glen Oaks plans for safe reopen in phases; face-to-face classes to resume in fall

As the executive order is lifted, employees at Glen Oaks Community College will begin to return to work on June 15, and the faculty and staff are learning what those plans entail.

“We take this seriously and want to be sure we are taking the necessary precautions at the college to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors,” said Dr. David Devier, Glen Oaks president. “We have a team which created a “Return to Work” plan that incorporates best practices, taking into consideration recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization. Our work environment will look different as we address new safe work measures.”

College employees received an email stating that the plan would be communicated through a series of Zoom meetings, as well as via the COVID-19 website, and the shared drive of the Glen Oaks network. “The team has done a lot of research and hard work to find the best way for Glen Oaks to safely move forward,” said Devier. “We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and adjust accordingly.”

The main points of the plan calls for a phased reopening ranging from Phase I (now campus closure); Phase 2 (limited campus access as governor’s executive orders are lifted, and employee training and campus disinfection is complete); Phase 3 (campus is open to public following safety protocols); and Phase 4 (campus returns to normal operations).

The plan addresses personal protective equipment, social distancing, and workplace sanitization, among other things. Face masks are still required in enclosed public spaces per state executive order and can be a fabric face covering from home, or surgical type mask. The college will make them available in the main campus entrance area for persons needing them.

Students and guests will be required to make appointments in advance prior to visiting campus and may do so by calling (269) 294-4253. The college continues to serve students with online instruction and support services for the summer semester which began in mid-May.

“We will welcome back our students for face-to-face instruction for the fall 2020 semester,” said Devier. “However, we are converting many face-to-face classes to a hybrid format (less than 50 percent online), and will offer a greater number of online courses. Although we place great value on face-to-face instruction, this shift in thinking is so that we can be ready should there be a second wave of the virus outbreak – flexibility is key.”

This plan also allows the college to serve the more vulnerable populations as well as those who may not be as comfortable coming to campus.

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Glen Oaks announces changes to nursing program

With the goal of attaining accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), Glen Oaks Community College has revised its Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program to align with the requirements of the Michigan Board of Nursing.

“Although plans were moving along over the past year to work toward these changes, we were able to expedite the process as a result of the high demand for nurses due to COVID-19,” said Sara Birch, director of nursing at Glen Oaks.

Effective with the Fall 2020 semester, Glen Oaks will launch new nursing program requirements to prepare students to test for the NCLEX-RN exam, administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). Upon passing, one becomes certified as a registered nurse.

Previously, the college offered a laddered program where students completed a one-year program preparing them to test for the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) exam, and then a year later, test for the NCLEX-RN.

“We will eliminate the LPN program and instead students will enroll in the two-year, associate degree nursing program,” said Birch. “However, licensed practical nurses can still apply and enter the second year of the program in advanced standing by transferring in their practical nursing credentials to receive 30 credit hours toward the program requirements.”

“After reviewing the ACEN accreditation requirements for LPN and RN programs and comparing offerings with other community colleges in Michigan, and considering the significant effort required to maintain accreditation in both programs, the Department of Nursing found it more beneficial to put all of the effort into the two-year program,” said Birch.

“Most students who enter the nursing program intend on completing their associate degree,” said Birch.