Free Tuition for Frontliners
Glen Oaks supports Michigan Free-Tuition program for front line workers

Glen Oaks Community College announced that it will serve as a Frontliners Champion to support the Futures for Frontlines program unveiled today by Governor Gretchen Whitmer. The program provides the opportunity for essential workers during the pandemic to attend community college for free.

“We believe strongly that those who were required to work during the state shutdown this past spring so that the rest of us could stay safe are heroes and deserve our thanks,” said Dr. David Devier, Glen Oaks President. “Many of the men and women we represent were out in the community putting their health and lives on the line.”

“Providing these frontline workers in essential industries with access to tuition-free community college –even if they don’t have their high school diploma or equivalency – to pursue their career and personal dreams is a wonderful way to say, ‘thank you’ – they earned this.”

As a Frontliners Champion, Glen Oaks has committed to make sure members know about this opportunity.

Futures for Frontliners offers Michiganders who worked in essential industries during the April 1-June 30

period, but do not have a college degree, free tuition to their local community college to pursue an

associate degree or a skills certificate on a full-time or part-time basis while they continue to work.

Those without a high school diploma or equivalency will be eligible for services to help them prepare for and complete this credential and go on to a community college or job training program. The application period runs through December 31 of this year with enrollment available beginning in January of 2021.

To apply and learn more about Futures for Frontliners, visit www.Michigan.gov/Frontliners.

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

Glen Oaks Community College announces its outstanding scholars for the Summer 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

Michigan

Centreville – Abby McNamara

Coldwater – Hunter Lindbert

Jones – Grace Gardner

Marcellus – Brittney Cremona

Portage – Sara Kidney

Spring Arbor – Candy Ultz

Sturgis – Samantha Bartelt, Taylor Clark, Kellie Figueroa-Reyes, Gabrielle Goodin, Kristen Jenkot   , Sierra Keeslar, Zoe Lewis, Jessica           Luna, Michael Manga, Brian Rice, Cassaundra Smith, Angelica Soto, Rachel Toner, Kaylee Trattles, Robert Tribble

Three Rivers – Kendra Burch, Jessica Carlton, Shenira Fuller, Hunter Gordon, Brad Luegge, Michelle Smith

Union – Raigan Dumm

White Pigeon – Ashley Miller

 

Florida

Riverview – Cori Van Wagoner

 

DEAN’S LIST

 

Michigan

Centreville – Latise Musall

Coldwater – Stephanie Miller

Colon – Hannah McDonald, Abby Saxman

Constantine – Madison Lloyd, Lydia Middleton

Marcellus – Abigail Van Marel

Mendon – Taylor Heitkamp , Kylie Lukeman

Nottawa – Sydney DeWitt

Spring Arbor – Austyn Curtis

Sturgis – Rosetta Schmucker

Three Rivers – MacKenzie Deel, Jordan Phillips, Gracie Shank, MacGinnus Smith, Keyona Thompson

White Pigeon – Antonino Lucania

Indiana

Lagrange – Ashley Miller

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Culp returns to Glen Oaks as head golf coach

After a 14-year hiatus, Ed Culp is returning to Glen Oaks as head golf coach for the Vikings.

Culp had a successful stint between 1998 and 2006 where the Vikings qualified a player six out of eight years for the National Junior College tournament finals. During this time the Vikings reached the top 20 ranking in the country for the first time.

More recently, Culp has been coaching, at times both the men’s and women’s varsity teams at Portage Northern High School. He led both programs to an appearance at the MHSAA state finals.

Culp received the Michigan Community College Athletic Association Coach of the Year award in 2002. He also received the Division 1 MHSAA Regional Coach of the Year award while at Portage Northern.

Culp loves coaching and working with young adults who are learning the game at all skill levels. He has taught private and group lessons for 25 years, including a successful summer class at Glen Oaks for the beginner and recreational golfer.

Culp has been the Men’s Club Champion in all five courses where he has held memberships in St. Joseph County and he has been the St. Joseph County champion.

After attending Glen Oaks, Culp attended Western Michigan University and Spring Arbor College and has a bachelor’s degree in business management of human resources.

Culp resides in Mendon, MI, and is a graduate of Mendon High School. He and his wife, Virginia, have two grown children, Kasey, of Louisville, KY, and Kyle, of Golden, CO.

 

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Glen Oaks to add men’s and women’s bowling program; Lewis is hired as coach

Glen Oaks Community College is adding Men’s and Women’s bowling programs to its 2020-21 sports lineup and Kevin Lewis will coach the newly formed Viking teams.

Lewis, who is also the Viking softball coach, has 21 years of experience training and coaching young athletes and has bowled since he was 13 years old.

“We plan to start practices soon after the fall semester gets under way,” said Lewis, “I’d like to have six students on each team. The hope is that bowling alleys will be allowed to open up, and when they do, our practices and home competitions will be held at Sturgis Bowl. It’s been hard to recruit students as there are no travel leagues as a result of the bowling alley closures.”

A Vicksburg, MI native, Lewis attended Missouri Baptist University on a baseball scholarship. He graduated with a degree in sports management and played professional baseball with the Springfield Capitals of the Frontier League. Following his baseball career, he started playing Men’s fast pitch softball where he played on a national team and competed in the NAFA World Series for 17 years.

“When the bowling coach position opened up at Glen Oaks, I thought why not,” said Lewis. “I enjoy working with the kids, the college has a need and I have a bowling certification – and besides that, I’m already on campus.”

Lewis has a full-time job at MRC Industries, Inc., in Kalamazoo, MI, where he employs individuals who have disabilities and/or mental illnesses, by helping them gain competitive employment in the community.

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Board gives high marks to GOCC president; extends contract through 2023

Glen Oaks President Dr. David H. Devier was rated by the Board of Trustees on a scale of 1 to 5 on forty-eight specific performance expectations during the August Board meeting. These expectations were divided among six broad categories covering fiscal management, external relations, internal relations, leadership, institutional performance, personal qualities and relations with the Board.

“President Devier received an overall rating of 4.43,” said Board Chair Bruce Gosling. “This rating compares favorably with his ratings in prior years.  Under Dr. Devier’s leadership during the last year we have continued to address campus safety issues and many years of deferred maintenance as well as updating aging educational facilities.”

“Further thanks to his leadership and the contributions of our entire staff,  as we have weathered the many obstacles caused by shutting down the campus in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and continued to provide education to our student body,” said Gosling. “Now we are preparing to open in the fall in a safe and responsible manner and hope to be able to continue to create new programs to better serve our community and to be leaders in local higher education.”

The Board has proposed to freeze Dr. Devier’s base salary in line with the rest of the college leadership and has set the term of his contract to continue through June 30, 2023.

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Glen Oaks announces campus reopening for fall semester – August 24; classes start August 31

Glen Oaks Community College has announced it will reopen the campus on August 24. Fall semester classes begin on August 31.

Glen Oaks President Dr. David Devier reiterated that the safety of the students, employees and community has been the driving consideration as members of the college’s COVID-19 Task Force worked to develop the plan.

“While we are in Phase 4 of the state reopening, the “Return 2 Learn” plan allows educational institutions to reopen fully as we go into the school year,” said Devier. “Although we realize that we may still have some staff continue to work remotely due to medical reasons or school/daycare closings, we have decided to bring employees back to campus the week before the start of fall classes.”

“We recognize the importance of serving our students and the community, and the Task Force believes that with our proper planning we will be able to do so safely,” said Devier. “Although the campus is open, we still encourage students to make appointments so that we can serve them in a timely manner.”

The plan provides a number of safety and enforcement processes in place specifically to address the spread of COVID-19. Highlights of the plan below take into consideration guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), federal and state governments, and the local health department.

  • Masks are required for students, college employees and guests.
  • Social distancing is mandatory throughout the college.
  • Safety shields are required at work stations in high traffic areas.
  • Employees will continue to submit daily self-health forms.
  • Guests to campus are required to check in and submit self-health forms.
  • Custodial staff will carry out deep cleanings daily of entire facility.
  • Quarantines are required for positive and exposed employees and students as directed by the County Health Department and CDC guidelines.

“The campus is prepared with sanitizer dispensers, masks and predetermined social distance placement of desks and furniture in classrooms and on the concourse,” said Devier. “We have established a quarantine room and will check temperatures as needed.”

Classes will be delivered via in-person, online, synchronous and hybrid formats. (Hybrid classes incorporate both in-person and online components while synchronous classes are where instructors would simultaneously teach in-person and online.) Additionally, all face-to-face classes, as well as required in-person, hands-on components of technical and lab classes such as welding, auto, health professions, etc., will be taught with social distancing observed.

“We realize the best way to approach the return to campus is to plan for everything as best as possible and be ready to adjust as needed,” said Devier. “We look forward to all being together safely again soon.”

 

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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 glenoaks.edu/admissions.

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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-19 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 glenoaks.edu/coronavirus.

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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
Michigan

Adrian
Alyssia Hudson-Grayer

Alto
Ethan Gootjes

Bronson
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

Cassopolis
Amy Parsons

Centreville
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

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

Colon
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

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

Detroit
Hailey Johnson Hayes

Fennville
Kianna Sterlini

Hanover
Shakaya Rogers

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

Kalamazoo
Alexis Brown

Leonidas
Sydney Coler, Cole Decker, Brooke Sexton

Marshall
Rickey Nye

Mendon
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

Scotts
Madlyn Brown,

Sherwood
Christin Hicks, Kayla Mosher, Cassidy Smith, Brittany Stoll

Spring Arbor
Sydney Losey, Candy Ultz

Sturgis
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

Tekonsha
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

Union
Raigan Dumm, Alexis McDonald

Vandalia
Kylie Roberts

Vicksburg
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

 

OHIO

Archbold
Bryson Taylor

FLORIDA
Riverview
Cori Van Wagoner

INDIANA

Fort Wayne
Luke Crilly

Howe
Ian Brown, Amanda Carey, Jennifer Miller, Todd Wisler

Lagrange
Madison Miller, Francisco Munoz

Middlebury
Maximilian Bystry

Shipshewana
April Friesen, Abraham Jones, Edna Yoder

South Bend
Jodi Wagner

 

DEAN’S LIST

MICHIGAN

Bronson
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

Cassopolis
Keegan Bush

Centreville
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

Coldwater
Blayn Gibson, Luz Lozada Gonzalez

Colon
Hannah McDonald, Abby Saxman, Joseph Valpatic

Constantine
Madelyn Borst, Kaitlyn Gross, Joshua Lafluer

Dowagiac
Isaiah  Silverthorn

Gobles
Kevin Chandler

Howe
Nathan Wannemacher

Jones
Morgan Grabill

Kalamazoo
Samantha Nickerson

Litchfield
Zachary Butters

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

Monroe
Logan Complo

Niles
Abbigail Harpenau

Roseville
Madelyn LaGassa

Sherwood
Dianna Bingaman, Shakia Russell Northrup

Spring Arbor
Austyn Curtis

Sturgis
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

Union
Kelly Hall

Vicksburg
Gracie Russell

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

INDIANA

Anderson
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 mbrawley@glenoaks.edu.

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.