Sophia Ryan with award
GOCC’s Ryan to compete in state agricultural competition

Congratulations to Sophia Ryan. Ryan is a sophomore at Glen Oaks and Michigan State University Institute of Agricultural Technology majoring in Agricultural Operations. In December, she competed in the Michigan Farm Bureau Collegiate Young Farmers Discussion Meet. To compete, she video-taped a 10-minute response to an agricultural related question. She was selected as a top 4 finalist in the state. She then competed in a virtual discussion representing Glen Oaks and Michigan State University and was named the winner of that competition.

In March, Ryan will compete in the National Farm Bureau Federation’s Collegiate Young Farmers Discussion Meet representing the state of Michigan.

Ryan is a graduate of Sturgis High School. She is currently the president of the Collegiate Farm Bureau at Glen Oaks Community College and is involved in the Sigma Alpha-Gamma Sorority at MSU. After completing her degree at Glen Oaks, she plans to transfer to MSU where she will continue her education in animal embryonic and genetic studies and veterinary medicine.

Amy Adams with CTE project
CTE graphic design students present branding design projects to judges

Twelve students in the advanced Career and Technical Education (CTE) Graphic Design cohort at Glen Oaks Community College recently presented their branding and advertising projects to a panel of outside judges. As part of the project, students developed a fictitious company and created corresponding logo designs, print materials, design spec sheets and website homepage mock-ups. They presented their work and interacted with judges to share their creative choices in design, font, messaging, etc. Above left, Madison Owen, of Sturgis, is shown with her display board featuring her Go Green recycling business. On right is Amy Adams, of Three Rivers, sharing information on a business called Dice Roll. The CTE Graphic Design program is taught by instructor Linda Walker. In all, there are currently 29 junior and senior students in the program.


Michigan Reconnect
Glen Oaks announces support for Michigan’s new Reconnect program—offering eligible adults an opportunity for reduced-cost education

Glen Oaks Community College will serve as a Champion to support the Michigan Reconnect program unveiled Tuesday, Feb. 2, in Lansing by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in an effort to help address a widening skills gap within the state’s workforce. Hundreds of leading Michigan business, community and legislative leaders say Reconnect is exactly what state employers need to alleviate the shortage of highly skilled and capable workers.

“Michigan Reconnect will not only help individuals and families pursue their dreams, but will also help build a strong economy that requires a talented and modern workforce to compete for the jobs of the future,” said Tonya Howden, vice-president of student services at Glen Oaks. As a Champion, Glen Oaks has committed to spreading the word about the opportunity Michigan Reconnect is providing for eligible adults locally and statewide. The program is specifically designed for residents who are 25 years or older and have obtained a high school diploma or equivalent.

Michigan Reconnect will help pay the costs of tuition or training for eligible adults who want to pursue an associate degree or technical degree. The program also offers skills scholarships to help cover the cost of tuition at more than 70 private training schools with 120 programs to earn certification in manufacturing, construction, information technology, health care or business management.

In order to be eligible for Michigan Reconnect, adults must meet the following criteria:

  • Age 25 or older
  • High school graduate or equivalent
  • Michigan resident for at least one year
  • Not yet completed a college degree (associate or bachelor’s)

Michigan Reconnect pays the remaining balance of tuition and mandatory fees after other state and federal financial aid have been applied.

As of 2019, only 42% of Michigan’s working-age residents had an associate degree or higher. Michiganders without a college degree or training credential often face economic challenges. A 2020 analysis by the American Association of Community Colleges reports the median earnings of full-time employees with a high school degree is $40,510 annually, while those with an associate degree make $50,079 per year, based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Michigan employers’ ability to find highly skilled employees is more difficult than ever and is cited as a top concern in the most recent Michigan Future Business Index Report. Michigan Reconnect will help address the dual challenges of the state’s widening talent gap and aging workforce.

“We encourage area residents who want to secure their future by pursuing a satisfying, in-demand career to take advantage of what Michigan Reconnect is offering,” Howden said.

The application and additional program information are available now at, with enrollment in classes beginning May, 2021.

Glen Oaks to award $288,341 in CRRSAA emergency funding to eligible students

Students at Glen Oaks Community College received an email early this week announcing the college is receiving additional funding from the U.S. Department of Education to ensure student learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Glen Oaks will award $288,341 in emergency grants to students through funds from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) and authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA). Students must be currently enrolled in the Winter 2021 semester and complete an application process.

“We are pleased that our students have this grant opportunity available to them during these challenging times,” said Tonya Howden, vice-president of student services. “The grant requires colleges to prioritize the funds for students with exceptional financial need. We are encouraging applicants to provide detailed information that supports financial hardships incurred resulting from the pandemic and we will review applications on a case-by-case basis. The college will also use information from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine financial need. We hope this grant funding helps students as they continue their educational journey.”

Students must meet several criteria to be eligible for the grants. They must have a high school diploma or GED as high school students are not eligible. The grants may be used to cover expenses related to  campus operations, including cost of course materials, technology, food, housing, healthcare, and childcare. The emergency grants are anticipated to be dispersed by the end of March and do not need to be repaid.

Students must apply for the grants prior to 4 p.m., Monday, Mar 1. Questions regarding eligibility of the emergency funds should be directed to the Financial Aid Office at (269) 294-4260 or

Great Job gold stamp
Glen Oaks announces Fall 2020 President’s and Dean’s list

Glen Oaks Community College announces its outstanding scholars for the Fall, 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.



Shipshewana – April Friesen

South Bend – Jodi Wagner



Adrian – Noah Benge, Alyssia Hudson-Grayer

Battle Creek – Timothy Cooley

Bronson – Kelly Arnett, Addison Barnes, Hilary Davis, Gianna Everett, Jada Fair, Galilea Gonzalez Castaneda, Kirsten Kech, Meagan Lasky, Victor McBride, Luis Ortiz, Blaine Robinson, Veronica  Shortridge, Sidney Swick, Cody Vaughn, Brooke Washburn

Burr Oak – Tonya Bowser, Ethan Grubb, Branson Hernandez, Brooklyn Hernandez, Ethan Hollomon, Trinity Hughes, Gavin Johnson, Abigail Vallance

Centreville – Edward Arver, Robert Frederick, Kathryn Gage, Caleb Hackett, Hannah Hartong, Carson Hunter, Abby McNamara, Shawn McNamara, Katherine Miller, Rachel Miller, McKenzie Sheteron, Kaylee  Stears, Lilly Stears, Lauren Webb, Kenleigh West-Wing

Coldwater – Destiney Everline, Jayna Klingaman, Hunter Lindbert, Luz Lozada Gonzalez, Grace Welch

Colon – Caiden Adams, Brendan Barkman, Alyssa Scott

Constantine – Amy Carpenter, Seth Chiddister, Kayla Hensell, LeeAnn Hurst, Megan  McNamara, Savannah Miller, Alyssa Parmer, Jedidiah Schrock, Rogelio Solis

East Leroy – Chelsea Ambroso

Edwardsburg – Justyn Withers

Fulton – Kevin Munn

Jones – Mikayla Copley, Isabella Ford, Grace Gardner, Hannah Outlaw, Kennedy Wolf

Jonesville – Kenzie Wyatt

Leonidas – Cole Decker

Marcellus – Ashley Ives

Mendon – Chloe Behrends, Jade Breseman, Brendan Griffith, Payton Griffith, Andrea Hoffman, Logan Hunter, Jaime Moore, Ryley Mullin, Anna Smith, Alivia Stuart

Midland – Brady Woods

Monroe – Logan Complo

Portage – Mercades Cooper

Schoolcraft – Robert Chobot

Sherwood – Alexander Stoll

Sturgis – Brenda Araujo Aquino, Ulisses Avila, Kourtney Bennett, Ethan Bond , Jeffrey Bradley, Mary Chupp, Taylor Clark, Jessica Eash, Elaina Eicher, Hope Eichorn, Yvone Estrada, Cecelia Franz, Cierra Geigley, Joshua Grace, Caitlynn Hughes, Sierra Keeslar, Patty Lock, Sarah McKnight, Rylie Miller, Mary Mosher, Peter Nguyen            , Grace Nighswonger, Andrew Rambadt, Joseph Rambadt, Brian Rice, Antonio Salinas, Gracey Smith, Raymond Swinsick, Tina Tran, Robert Tribble, Kiley Weiderman       , Avian Younts, Mayleen Younts

Three Rivers – Mason Arnold, Madison Awe, Kelsey Beachey, Noah Bell, Erin Blair, Justin Blair, Javon Brown, Ryon Buchanan, Kendra Burch, Joe Caton, Scott Crippin, Ethan Crooks, Kelsi Crotser, Madellyn Cullifer, Molly Culver, MaKenna Cupp, Karsyn Draime, Michael Gamet Herendeen, Parker Garwick, Derek Gleaton,         Isabella Hoxie, Lydia Jepsen, Judah Kay, Alivia Knapp, Carli Lehman , Jared Lubieniecki, Riley Ludwig, Landon McKenzie, Lexi McKenzie,      Brooke Mercer, Paige Middleton, Ryan Nowicki, Olivia            Penny, Nicole Shaffer, Luke Stasiuk, Keyona Thompson, Alaina Todd, Jayley Zeimet

Union – Raigan Dumm, Alexis McDonald, Lara Perkins

Vandalia – Kylie Roberts

Vicksburg – Aaron Phelps

White Pigeon – Sydney Bacheller, Kathryn Bedard, Nicole Bielak, Kennedy Espinoza, Reyna       Fielis, Brooklynn Haney, Joshua Johnson, Maddie Johnson, Madison         Krull, Chelsea Lucas, Tanner Orton



Dean’s List

Daleville – Ashlyn Craig

Elkhart – Landon Lee

Harlan – Cameron Sprunger

Howe – Jennifer Miller, Todd Wisler

LaGrange – Madison Miller



Battle Creek – Jordan Uptgraft

Bronson – Olivia Aleman, Regan Barrington, Abigail Butler, Alberto Caballero, Connor Covey          , Karissa Gest, Caitlyn Hagen, Rylan Kiomento, Madison Ratkowski, Lexie Rodriguez, Jenna Salek, Emerie Wotta

Burr Oak – Mason Harris, Ashley Vallance

Centreville – Broderick French, Kameron  Haviland, Kate Miles , Skyler Wood

Coldwater – Alexis Clemens, Blayn Gibson, Jasmin Gutierrez

Coloma – Jacob Hammond

Colon – Matthew Bissett, Anthony Riddle, Grayson Riethmiller, Braeona Shelton, Ronda Thrams, Emma Velie

Constantine – Britany Frye, Kaitlyn Gross, Abagail Kuric, Amanda Ross

Detroit – D’Laina Harton

Dewitt – Sydney Knitter

Gobles – Kevin Chandler

Hanover – Shelby Boden

Jones – Kaden Frye

Kalamazoo – Bradley Gambrell, Samantha Nickerson, Elizabeth Pooler

Lawton – Emily Werden

Litchfield – Zachary Butters

Marshall – Rickey Nye

Mendon – Kaylee Allison, Carson Cupp, Kylee Eckert, Katherine Gangloff, Ciera Haynes, Noah Slaughter, Ashley Smith

Spring Arbor – Austyn Curtis

Sturgis – Edwin Ballines Zamudio, Samantha Bartelt, Paige Bowling, Alan Castro, Terri Devlin, Brandon Flowers, Andy Garcia, Marcelino Garcia Espinal, Emily Gooch, Allison Hearld            Cruz,Hernandez Cruz, David Lash , Caitlyn Loker, Iancarlo Lopez, Jessica Luna, Emily           Mead, Samara Munoz, James Myers, Madison Owen, Bryan Peralta, Mayra Perez Correa, Arleth Reyes Apolonio, Drew Schmidt, Carter Sylvester, Jennifer Valdez, Jessica Wells

Three Rivers – Dawn  Captain, Justice Cheeks, Valo Christiansen, Audrey Dickerson, Shenira Fuller, Alexis      Gamble, Rebekah, Hagenbuch, Graicee Harker, Kali Heivilin, Corey Johnson, Gregory Powers, Shane Raver, Michelle Smith, Zoe Swartz

Union – Kelly Hall

Vandalia – Kara Gaideski

Vicksburg – James Moore

White Pigeon – Morgann Campbell, Ashley Delarye, McKenzie Fenner, Faith Goins, Grace Hofmeister, Drew Horn, Cahil Krajniak, William McGrady, Ashley Miller, Sharon Oleskiewicz, Larissa Proffitt



David H. Devier - Glen Oaks President
Glen Oaks is managing operations in the face of the pandemic

by Dr. David Devier, Glen Oaks President

As winter semester opened on January 11, Glen Oaks Community College was operating at 80% virtual-based instruction. This is a significant change from fall semester when only 35% was totally virtual. The college operated well in the fall until the eleventh week when the pandemic really hit St. Joseph County hard and most operations had to be moved off campus once again. This was the second semester in a row that the decision had to be made to basically close down the campus. While the second time was easier to manage based on the experience of last winter, it was difficult for students and faculty to switch during the semester.

This being the case, the decision was made to move the majority of classes virtual for Winter 2021, and spare everyone from the potential of having to switch once again if the pandemic worsened. A couple things are different this semester. First, many of the virtual classes are being offered synchronous via the ZOOM platform. This works well as it emulates the normal classroom experience and provides for class interaction in real time. The one facet that makes it less flexible than traditional online asynchronous classes is that the students have to be online at the given day and time.

The only classes actually being held in-seat on campus are those that require lab experiences including nursing, allied health, automotive tech, Ag tech, and welding. It should be noted, that the automotive and welding CTE classes that are hosted on campus are in-seat each day though with reduced numbers on alternating days. They plan to return fully to campus in normal operations in the near future. This will see the return of graphic design and the two information technology CTE offerings on site as well.

The Devier Suites housing had to close down in November as well but opened for this semester with approximately 70% occupancy. The majority of these students are athletes. All athletic programs will be in competition beginning in early February. These sports include woman’s volleyball, which was moved forward from the fall, men’s and woman’s basketball, men’s baseball, woman’s softball, golf, and bowling. After losing all spring sports last year, everyone is looking forward to resuming this spring.

We are proud of the efforts of faculty and staff throughout this challenging year. Every student has been served well in the face of the many changes that had to be made. One of those events that was lost was graduation and every effort is being made to determine how we may hold commencement this spring and allow 2020 graduates the opportunity to participate with 2021, completers.

I closing, I will say that Glen Oaks has managed the many challenges brought on by the pandemic because of all the hard work of every employee. The students need to be complimented for their resilience and commitment to their educational goals. While there is a time in the future when operations will be back to somewhat normal, the college is changed forever and many of the best practices we have developed to serve students at a distance will remain.

Money for scholarships
Deadline for Glen Oaks Foundation scholarships is March 1

Students who plan to enroll in classes at Glen Oaks Community College for the fall 2021-22 semester are reminded of the March 1 deadline to apply for Glen Oaks Foundation scholarships.

Through efforts of the Foundation, endowed scholarships and charitable cash gifts provide many students with financial assistance to defray the cost of their education with the goal of helping to change their lives in positive ways.

The Glen Oaks Community College Foundation reported that for the 2020-21 academic year, 66 students received over $64,400 in scholarships.

A link to the GOCC Foundation Scholarship application is on the Glen Oaks website at: Scholarship applications with all required materials must be submitted by 4 p.m., March 1, 2021.

To browse descriptions of the available scholarships, visit the Glen Oaks Community College Foundation Scholarship link at:  Persons wishing to learn more about establishing a scholarship fund or contributing to an existing fund, should contact Vonda Marrow, executive director, Glen Oaks Community College Foundation, by calling (269) 294-4384, or email

Contact the GOCC Financial Aid Office with questions about financial assistance by calling (269) 294-4260.

News – 2021