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Nine new programs in Fall 2014 Semester lineup at GOCC; Registration is now underway

Glen Oaks Community College will kick off the 2014 Fall Semester with nine new programs.
Fall classes begin on August 25 and registration is now underway.

New offerings include an Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice and five Associate of Arts degrees in
Education and Human Services. Each of the programs offer a different area of emphasis. They are: Early
Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Secondary Education, Special Education, and Family Life
Education. New certificate degree programs include the Educational Paraprofessional Certificate, the Early
Childhood Certificate and the Coding Specialist/Physician-based Certificate.

“We have received a great deal of interest in offering a Criminal Justice program,” said Dr. Patricia
Morgenstern, dean of academics and extended learning. “In response, we formed an advisory team with
members from the community and developed a program that prepares students for law enforcement careers
at the state, county and local levels, along with careers in criminal investigation, corrections, probation and

The college previously had an Early Childhood Education program, but has since created the new Associate of
Arts in Education and Human Services.

“The new program offers students a wider range of offerings in the field of education serving the pre-school
population as well as aging adults,” said Karen Grunert, professor of education.

“The family life emphasis prepares one to manage a non-profit organization and can serve as a pathway to a
social work degree or related profession,” said Grunert. “A student pursuing a bachelor’s degree at a four-year
institution can expect to work in related positions at places such as a senior or day-care center. This is a fast-
track for programs in social work, counseling and psychology.”

Grunert added that the education industry is projecting a 12 percent increase in employment overall, with a 17
percent increase in early childhood education.

In addition, the college now offers a Coding Specialist Certificate in which students are trained to compile,
process and maintain medical records of hospital and clinic patients. Students become familiar with coding
systems and stay current on health care documentation.

Registration is now underway for the Fall 2014 Semester. For more information about these and other
programs offered by the college, contact Glen Oaks at (269) 467-9945 or visit