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Glen Oaks Community College joins statewide celebration

Glen Oaks Community College joined Michigan’s 27 other two-year colleges and the Michigan Community College Association (MCCA) in a gathering with lawmakers and state representatives at the Capitol on Thursday, April 28th. Community College Day in Michigan was celebrated from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the North Wing of the State Capitol Building. Jackson Community College’s culinary program provided hors d’oeuvres and desserts for guests, college presidents and students on hand to greet lawmakers and officials.

Community College Day in Michigan is focused on providing an opportunity for state leaders to honor the 28 community colleges in Michigan. Since 1914, community colleges have striven to provide affordable and convenient higher education to Michigan residents. The community college mission is one of access to both traditional and nontraditional students. Further, community colleges play an integral role in the preparation and development of the state’s workforce.

Glen Oaks Community College and the state’s community colleges, along with the MCCA, support the creation of the State of Michigan in Education dashboard that includes 15 measures that gauge the efficiency and effectiveness of the entire education pipeline in Michigan. The MCCA and member colleges partnered with the Governor to develop and collect data on the four metrics pertaining to community colleges: Community College tuition and fees as a percent of median family income, Community college students who require developmental courses, Community colleges retention rate, and Community college completion/graduation/transfer rate.

MCCA supports the Governor Rick Snyder’s efforts to make the performance of all education sectors more transparent. The community college metrics contained within the dashboard reflect national initiatives to gauge the effectiveness of two-year institutions including Achieving the Dream, the National Community College Benchmarking Project, and the Voluntary Framework of Accountability developed by the American Association of Community Colleges.

“Glen Oaks Community College is proud to host several programs at our Centreville campus aimed at helping students succeed, including Achieving the Dream, Student Support Services and Upward Bound,” said Dr. Gary Wheeler, President of Glen Oaks.