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Glen Oaks announces Summer 2021 President’s and Dean’s list

Glen Oaks Community College announces its outstanding scholars for the Summer 2021Semester. 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.



Howe:  Jennifer Clay, Lindsay McLain

Luis Ortiz Hernandez
Burr Oak: Brooklyn Hernandez, Andrea Holtz
Centreville:  Meranda Clark
Coldwater:  Grace Welch
Colon:  Brooke Hinkley, Justin Lopshire, Ronald Wolford
Constantine: Dana McGlothlen, Jon Shoup
Marcellus: Jerred Melville
Mendon: Julie Lint
Sturgis: Brynn Bird, Karri Clinger, Lisa Deschaine, Chantel Horn , Laura Miller, Jennifer VanWagner, Nicholas Ware
Three Rivers: Melissa Allison, Debra Binoniemi, Justin Blair, Darlene Burch, Kendra Burch, Christa Byrne, Michael Gamet Herendeen, Jill Herlein, Raquel Jors, Rebecca McKee, Gregory Powers
White Pigeon:  Chelsea Lucas, Michael Van Lente



Athens: Travis Kuhlmann
Centreville: Eric Weis, Maria Clementz
Colon: Keeley Boals
Sturgis: Kourtney Bennett, Jeffrey Bradley, McKenzie Pieronski ,
Three Rivers: Christine Anderson, Bobby Hersey, Tiffany Howe, Shasta McCallie, Kennedy New, Haidin Schoolcraft,  Samantha York
White Pigeon: Anna Yoder



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Glen Oaks hires Mike Rasmussen as new athletic director

Glen Oaks Community College welcomes alumnus Mike Rasmussen as the new athletic director replacing Matt Brawley who recently accepted the athletic director position at Niles Schools.

Rasmussen comes to Glen Oaks from Colon High School where he was the Jr./Sr. high school principal. Prior to that, he was the athletic director at White Pigeon Community Schools.  He began his career as a teacher and coach at Greenville High School in Greenville, Michigan.

Rasmussen is a Glen Oaks graduate who was selected as the President’s Award recipient in 2001. While at Glen Oaks, he played baseball and was part of the team that was third in the NJCAA national tournament in 2000.

A native of Schoolcraft, Rasmussen is a graduate of Western Michigan University where he earned both a master’s and bachelor’s in education.

He began his position at Glen Oaks on August 2.

Does a college degree or certificate truly pay off?

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

A college degree pays off — but by just how much? The College Board has published its latest report about the economic benefits of higher education. Education Pays 2019: The Benefits of Higher Education for Individuals and Society documents differences in earnings and employment status for U.S. adults with different levels of education, (Forbes, New Evidence Documents That A College Degree Pays Off—By A Lot, Jan 15, 2020).

When it comes to average earnings, median earnings of bachelor’s degree recipients (no advanced degree beyond the BA), working full-time, was $24,900 higher than those of high school graduates. Median 2018 earnings by degree levels are listed in the chart below. (Forbes, Jan. 15, 2020)

High School Associate Bachelor Master Doctoral Professional
$40,500 $50,100 $65,400 $80,200 $102,300 $120,500


Among full-time workers, age 35 to 44, education level was strongly related to the percentage who were earning $100,000 or more annually as listed in the chart below. (Forbes, Jan. 15, 2020)

High School Associate Bachelor Advanced
5% 10% 28% 43%


Now the reader might say that, of course, the president of Glen Oaks Community College would always say the college is worth it! On the surface this would seem to be true, but what is the rest of the story? I grew up as a blue color son from a blue color family. Initially, I started college to play football, which, of course, was not the best reason. Once I was there, I discovered that I really enjoyed the total experience—especially the learning. In fact, I appreciated it so much that by the time I was nearing graduation, I knew I wanted to spend my life in higher education serving students and helping them realize their dreams for a fulfilling life. This meant that I would need to pursue graduate degrees and hold off on fully entering the workforce for a few additional years. Even then the salary was not as much as my tradesmen brothers were making and it took several years for that to change. Throughout this time, I was enjoying my work immensely in helping students garner the knowledge and skills that would serve them well for their careers.

Eventfully as I moved into administration, my income grew with my responsibilities, but I discovered that I enjoyed the opportunities to serve in greater ways including mentoring faculty and staff, building programs, and improving facilities as well as helping communities.

So what is the point of this personal story and how does it relate to the value of higher education? Simply, I have led a wonderful life beyond anything I could have ever imagined almost fifty years ago when I made the decision to go to college to play football. I received more than an education. I developed a service mindset along with a much broader view of the world—and these have resulted in a life of joy. Ask me about the value of a college education and while I would mention the additional lifetime income and employment security—that would not really matter if I had not been able to earn that income while doing rewarding and meaningful work. So I try each day to pay back for all my blessings and pay forward for the generations of students to come.



GOCC President receives ACCT Regional CEO award

Glen Oaks President Dr. David H. Devier has been chosen by the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) as the recipient of the 2021 Central Regional Chief Executive Officer Award. He will be recognized during the 52nd Annual ACCT Leadership Congress, in San Diego in mid-October.

Devier, a native of Ada, Ohio, has worked in education for over 45 years and has served as the president of Glen Oaks since January, 2014. Prior to that he held leadership positions at: Clark State Community College in Springfield, Ohio; University of Cincinnati Clermont College in Batavia, Ohio; Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio; and Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio.

Devier earned his Ph.D in Industrial Technology Education from The Ohio State University, a Master of Arts in Industrial Arts Education from Kent State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Arts Education from Ohio Northern University.

Said to be an innovator throughout his forty-five-year career in higher education, Devier’s career is divided into two halves, twenty-one years with four-year universities and twenty-four years with two-year institutions.

His career at Glen Oaks has provided stability and vision to the college and he is credited with initiating the project to build a 106-bed residence hall to accommodate student athletes and out-of-town students due to a lack of housing in the area. In addition, he led the complete renovation of the grand concourse. Currently, he is the force behind the $7.3 million state capital outlay project to renovate the north half of the original building which houses the library, technology labs and instructional spaces. In addition, he spearheaded many campus grounds improvements including complete parking lot resurfacing and the removal of the obsolete safety egress earthen mounds.

Under his leadership, student enrollment has grown by 25 percent and high school dual enrollment to over 50 percent of the total.

ACCT’s regional awards recognize the tremendous contributions made by community colleges and their leaders to meeting the needs of their communities.


About ACCT

The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) represents more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees who govern more than 1,100 community, technical and junior colleges in the United States and beyond.

Founded in 1972, the ACCT’s purpose is to strengthen the capacity of community, technical and junior colleges, and to foster the realization of their missions through effective board leadership at local, state and national levels. For more information, visit

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Glen Oaks selected for NSF Project Vision program – one of 13 colleges nationwide

Glen Oaks Community College has been selected to participate in a National Science Foundation (NSF) program that will provide training and support to assist the college’s expertise in grant writing.

Glen Oaks is one of 13 two-year colleges nationally chosen to participate in this program in which Project Vision’s staff and its teams work with local faculty and staff to create a comfort level in writing grants. In addition, the program provides direction in generating innovative ideas that lead to award-worthy NSF proposals.

“This is great news for GOCC,” said Michael Goldin, vice president of academics. “The college has more recently stepped up its game on seeking funding from outside sources.  The Project Vision program will provide our staff with expertise to help submit innovative proposals to the NSF to tap into their Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program that focuses on helping community colleges partner with industry and economic development agencies to help prepare technicians for high-technology fields that drive our nation’s economy. These grants support activities such as creation of programs, professional development of instructors, collaboration with high school programs, and creation of instructional and career pathways in high-tech fields such as the agricultural equipment technology programs we offer at Glen Oaks.”

The program is designed to help two-year colleges that are small, diverse, and in rural areas. The 13-colleges selected are:

  • Arkansas State University – Newport
  • Berkshire Community College
  • Corning Community College
  • Des Moines Area Community College
  • Edgecombe Community College
  • Gallatin College – Montana State University
  • Glen Oaks Community College
  • Maysville Community Technical College
  • Miles Community College
  • Minnesota West Community College
  • Montcalm Community College
  • The College of Menominee Nation
  • Tompkins Cortland Community
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Winter 2021 President’s and Dean’s List*

Glen Oaks Community College announces its outstanding scholars for the Winter 2021Semester. 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.



Middlebury – Samantha Kulpinski

Shipshewana – April Friesen, Katherine Stutzman



Adrian – Alyssia Hudson-Grayer

Battle Creek – Katie Behrendt, Elizabeth O’Dea

Bronson – Addison Barnes, Hilary Davis, Jada Fair, Galilea Gonzalez Castaneda, Caitlyn Hagen, Kirsten Kech, Meagan Lasky, Luis Ortiz Hernandez, Megan Summey, Sidney Swick

Burr Oak – Tonya Bowser, Ian Eells, Ethan Grubb, Branson Hernandez, Brooklyn Hernandez, Ethan Hollomon, Trinity Hughes, Gavin Johnson, Abby Miller, Meah Yunker

Cassopolis – Lynnzee Armstrong

Centreville – Edward Arver, Meranda Clark, Maria Clementz, Phillip Eckert, Dominique Feister, Robert Frederick, Victoria Frederick, Broderick French, Caleb Hackett, Lindsey Kelley, Shawn McNamara, Kate Miles, Katherine Miller, Rachel Miller, Richard Persing, Kaylee Stears, Lilly Stears, Kamryn Troyer, Lauren Webb, Kenleigh West-Wing

Coldwater – Sara Avery, Jaydn Cary, Destiney Everline, Hunter Lindbert, Grace Welch

Coloma – Jacob Hammond

Colon – Christian Kernagis, Hannah McDonald, Anthony Riddle, Grayson Riethmiller, Alyssa Scott, Brooke Stewart, Ronald Wolford

Constantine – Kerrigan Borst, Seth Chiddister, Kayla Hensell, Sierra Hensell, LeeAnn Hurst, Abagail Kuric, Wesley Manley, Megan McNamara, Lydia Middleton, Savannah Miller, Brandon Mullins, Kaleb Myers, Alexis Paananen Jon Shoup, Madisyn Tulley




Edwardsburg – Justyn Withers

Hanover – Shelby Boden

Jones – Makenna Buckta, Mikayla Copley, Isabella Ford, Grace Gardner, Hannah Outlaw

Jonesville – Kenzie Wyatt

Kalamazoo – Odaisia Robertson

Leonidas – Sydney Coler, Emily Fromm

Marcellus – Anna Ives, Jerred Melville

Mendon – Chloe Behrends, Jade Breseman, Carson Cupp, Kylee Eckert, Brendan Griffith, Payton Griffith, Andrea Hoffman, Randi Hoffman, James Hunter, Jaime Moore, Ryley Mullin, Lauren Schabes, Anna Smith, Ashley Smith, Alivia Stuart

Monroe – Logan Complo

Nottawa – Joshua Wright

Portage – Ethan McDonald

Quincy – Joshua Swift

Sherwood – Isabelle Johnson, Alexander Stoll

Sturgis – Brenda Araujo Aquino, Tyler Bohacz, Brandi Bowdish, Paige Bowling, Aimee Bueno, Mary Chupp, Adrian Cook, Analiz Correa, Jacqueline Correa Cortez, Michelle Creal, Jessica Eash, Elaina Eicher, Hope Eichorn, Jacob Falkenstein, Joshua Falkenstein, Lacie Fisher, Alondra Garcia Munoz, Cierra Geigley, Ashley Gonzalez, Allison Hearld, Cruz Hernandez Cruz, Claudia Himes, Chantel Horn, Zoey Kane, Sierra Keeslar, David Lash, Diana Ludwick, Laura Miller, Rylie Miller, Mia Moreno, Peter Nguyen, Grace Nighswonger, McKenzie Pieronski, Johnathan Quiroz, Andrew Rambadt, Brian Rice, Arely Rubio Delgado, Drew Schmidt, Claire Steele, Raymond Swinsick, Jared Tinsley, Gabriel Tompkins, Matthew Toner, Robert Tribble, Jennifer VanWagner, Sammantha Walls, Nicholas Ware, Kiley Weiderman, Avian Younts, Mayleen Younts

Three Rivers – Melissa Allison, Christine Anderson, Kelsey Beachey, Debra Binoniemi, Erin Blair, Justin Blair, Kaitlynn Bloemsma, Shantel Blyly, Gabrielle Bowen, Joe Caton, Merlin Colassaco, Madison Cottingham, Kelsi Crotser, Madellyn Cullifer, Molly Culver, Audrey Dickerson, Karsyn Draime, Daniel Foura, Michael Gamet Herendeen, Paxtyn Gerkin, Rylie Glass, Derek Gleaton, Jill Herlein, Tiffany Howe, Isabella Hoxie, Macy Ivins, Connor Jacobs, Lydia Jepsen, Isabella Kangas, Judah Kay, Mariah Kinney, Alivia Knapp, Carli Lehman, Jared Lubieniecki, Nicholas Ludwig, Seth Luegge, Lexi McKenzie, Brooke Mercer, Ryan Nowicki, Jacquelyn Page, Olivia Penny, Shane Raver, Zachary Reus, Hailey Salmen, Owen Sampson, Rachel Shane, Sabrina Spence, Brandon Stewart, Zoe Swartz, Illyana Taylor, Keyona Thompson, Alaina Todd, Lauren Wills, Asa Yost, Jayley Zeimet

Union Leah Dumm, Raigan Dumm, Ty Dumm, Kelly Hall, Alexis McDonald, Emilee Miller,

Lara Perkins, Erin Quigg

Vandalia – Kylie Roberts

White Pigeon – Zane Andrews, Kathryn Bedard, Nicole Bielak, Ashley Delarye, Preston Delarye, Kennedy Espinoza, Faith Goins, Julia Kroupa, Madison Krull, Chelsea Lucas,

Kailey Orton, Tanner Orton, Sierra Peterson, Hanna Poley, Paige Poley, Mason Predosa,

Rachel Sherman




Daleville – Ashlyn Craig

Howe – Jennifer Miller

South Bend – Jodi Wagner

Adrian – Noah Benge



Athens – Kaydon Lego, Brenda Preston

Battle Creek – Jami Hillman

Bronson – Karissa Gest, Haven McClish, Lexie Rodriguez, Jenna Salek, Cody Vaughn, Brooke Washburn, Emerie Wotta

Burr Oak – Ashley Beidler, Andrea Holtz, Kylara Kitson, Hannah Sheteron
Centreville – Brenden Bell, Kathryn Gage, McKenzie Sheteron, Danielle Stauffer, Trenton Stears, Stacey Stoll

Colon – Nicki Bennett, Mary Mosher, Braeona Shelton, Emma Velie

Constantine – Amy Carpenter, Britany Frye, Joshua Lafluer

Dewitt – Sydney Knitter

East Leroy – Chelsea Ambroso

Gobles – Kevin Chandler

Jones – Tayler Bellows, Martha Cramer, Kennedy Wolf

Kalamazoo – Samantha Nickerson, Elizabeth Pooler

Lawton – Emily Werden

Leonidas – Cole Decker

Litchfield – Zachary Butters

Marshall – Rickey Nye

Mendon – Alayna Bueche, Paige Frays, Isabella Smith

Midland – Brady Woods

North Adams – Ryan Price

Plainwell – Cori Rowley

Portage – Mercades Cooper

Schoolcraft – Robert Chobot

Sherwood – Dianna Bingaman, Nicholas Collyer, Kaleb Johnson

Sturgis – Arianna Alejo-Shears, Allison Barrera-Garcia, Kate Bower, Jeffrey Bradley, Deanna Chupp, Richard Davidson, Adam Donmyer, Yvone Estrada, Cecelia Franz, Vanesa Garcia Albor, Arrlaet Gomez Montoya, Yarely Gonzalez, Jacob Haller, Sara Lewis, Caitlyn Loker, Allen Martinez, Emily Mead, Ariana Mendoza Albor, Mirka Nieves Solis, Kasondra Pack, Antonio Salinas, Alejandro Sanchez, Kaysee Shuler, Gracey Smith, Micah Vizthum, Shasta Waldron

Three Rivers – Mason Arnold, Kody Beachey, Kendra Burch, Darlene Burch, Phylicia Castillo, Heather Cooper, Chase Evans, Alexis Gamble, Madison Hambruch, Graicee Harker, Hayley Kramer, Brooke McKay, Landon McKenzie, Jordan Phillips, McKenna Rogers, Aurora Saddison, Riley Smith, Amanda Tippett, Tracy VanValkenburgh, Lynnann Wilson

Union – Brooklynn Haney

White Pigeon – McKenzie Fenner, Reyna Fielis, Grace Hofmeister, Drew Horn, Maddie Johnson, Larissa Proffitt, Heston Wiggs


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Glen Oaks employees to return to campus July 6

After months of working from home, employees at Glen Oaks Community College will return to the office. Glen Oaks President Dr. David H. Devier announced the plans in an email to employees Tuesday.

“After some deliberation, among the Glen Oaks Covid task force, the committee determined that all employees will be expected to return to work on-campus, effective Tuesday, July 6,” said Devier. This change does not affect course schedules for faculty.

Earlier the task force had been considering an August date, but shifted the timeline due to a number of changes.

  • The COVID vaccine became widely available to anyone over the age of 12 much quicker than anticipated.
  • The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) emergency rule prohibiting in-person work was lifted May 23, 2021.
  • All Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) gatherings and face masks orders are scheduled to be lifted July 1, 2021.
  • COVID cases have been greatly reduced.

“The committee felt that it was important to allow employees ample time to prepare for their return to in-person work, perhaps get vaccinated if they haven’t already, and get ‘back into the flow’ before we begin the fall semester on August 30,” said Devier.

The college continues to work in a safe manner with safety protocols in place that include masks and daily health checks for unvaccinated employees.

“We provide a service to the community, and while our employees have been able to provide services considerably well throughout the pandemic, the time is right to return to campus,” said Devier.

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A small tribute to the late Bruce Swinburne, founding dean of Glen Oaks Community College

By Valorie J. Juergens
Executive Director of Communications and Marketing
Glen Oaks Community College

Glen Oaks Community College received word this week that Bruce R. Swinburne, the founding dean of the college, passed away in late May.

Being from out of state, I first heard the name Bruce Swinburne associated with Glen Oaks in 2015 when we were putting together a 50th anniversary video of the historical beginnings of the college. A small number of retirees gathered together that year to help provide insight into what those early years were like. Bruce Swinburne’s name was brought up on numerous occasions.

“Glen Oaks early staff had the little job of getting students to a school that didn’t exist – and a faculty that wasn’t hired – so both Swinburne and Michael Myckowiak, (dean of vocational and technical instruction), made frequent trips to all of our high schools,” said the late Richard Cripe, professor emeritus and former counselor.

“Bruce Swinburne went out recruited and talked to untold numbers of the high school community and he finally got the first student – No. 00001 – Gilbert Edgerton, to sign up to be the first student at Glen Oaks,” said Richard Schlimgen, professor emeritus and former counselor. “He was so excited he bought a cake to celebrate, and he said you know, I hope it gets easier than this.”

Swinburne, who was hired at Glen Oaks in 1966, is said to have created a “community enthusiasm” for the college shortly after his arrival. He did his homework – surveying students, business leaders and agricultural leaders to help determine the program offerings during those first years. “It was Swinburne who inspired students to enroll,” according to author Leland Thornton in his book “Glen Oaks Community College.”

During a Burr Oak Rotary Club meeting, Dean Swinburne informed the group, “Glen Oaks facilities have been planned to provide for all who desire a higher education. All those with this ambition are eligible for admission.”

By the following year, recruitment became easier as a result of his efforts combined with more recruiting tools that became available – financial aid programs, accreditation and scholarships – many of which Swinburne is credited for successfully establishing.

When the first day of classes rolled around on September 15, 1967, the headcount was 729 students. “Bruce Swinburne had done a remarkable job,” said Thornton.
Swinburne’s time at the college was short lived, as he resigned in June, 1968, to pursue his doctorate degree, but his high energy and enthusiasm in the early days of Glen Oaks should be remembered.

View the GOCC 50th Anniversary video
Swinburne’s obituary

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Glen Oaks seeks sponsors for annual athletic golf outing

Glen Oaks Department of Athletics is seeking sponsors for its annual golf outing, scheduled for Friday, July 30 at Island Hills Golf Course in Centreville.

Sponsorship costs range between $100 and $1,000. All proceeds will go toward Glen Oaks athletics.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. with a 9 a.m. tee off for the four-person scramble. Cost is $320 per team and includes golf, cart, lunch and a Glen Oaks package.

If you are interested in securing a sponsorship or entering a team in the event, contact Matt Brawley, Glen Oaks athletic director,, or by calling (269) 294-4213.

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Students receive scholarships from Sturgis Kiwanis

The Sturgis Kiwanis Club awarded $500 scholarships to two students who will be attending Glen Oaks Community College this fall. They are Brenda Garcia Lopez, left, who plans to study pre-architecture, and Andrew Littlefield, right, who will be studying agriculture technology. Presenting the awards is Nicholas Herblet, Sturgis High School principal.