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GOCC has third highest graduation rate in Michigan

Students at Glen Oaks Community College are graduating at a rate that is third in the
state among Michigan community colleges.

According to a report from MLive.com/Kalamazoo Gazette, that utilizes data from the National Center
for Education Statistics, GOCC’s graduation rate is 21 percent, ranking third under Alpena and Gogebic
community colleges. The report, measures full-time, first-time, degree/certificate-seeking
undergraduate students in a particular year.

“We have made student success a priority at Glen Oaks,” said Dr. Gary Wheeler, GOCC president. “Of
course, we are not satisfied with this rate and believe we are on a path to increase the graduation rate
substantially. The initiatives we’ve put in place are making a difference. We are a small school where
personal attention is an everyday occurrence.”

“We look at educating the whole person, the academic and interpersonal. Students grow while they are
here and the growing season is longer for some than others. It is important for our students to
experience challenge and gain the ability to persist through challenge,” said Wheeler.

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