Occupational Student Success Program
Student Support Specialist/Occupational Student Success Program Coordinator
The Occupational Student Success Program is open to all Special Population students. Students who are eligible to participate in the Occupational Student Success Program may be eligible for supplemental financial support to pay for any tuition, fees or books not covered by free financial aid and to pay for costs associated with childcare.
Student wanting to be considered for financial benefits must complete the application process, complete and submit a FAFSA, and provide any additional, required documentation as requested. Applications are only available through the OSSP office.
Emergency transportation vouchers and bus passes are also available to OSSP participants. Once students complete the OSSP program application process they are encouraged to talk with the Student Support Specialist about available financial services.
To recap, students who participate in the Occupational Student Success Program may be eligible for:
Financial Assistance for Tuition, Books, & Fees
Financial Assistance for Childcare
Emergency Transportation Assistance
Personal & Career Counseling
Registration & Admissions Support
A comprehensive list of possible accommodations for students with disabilities is available upon request. Students requesting consideration for accommodations must provide appropriate documentation and meet with the Disability Support Counselor.
A Special Population student is a person who, through a formal assessment, has been deemed as being one of the following:
Single Parent, Including Single Pregnant Woman – An individual who:
Is unmarried or separated from a spouse, and has a minor child or children for which the parent has either custody or joint custody.
Is unmarried or separated from a spouse and is pregnant.
Displaced Homemaker – An individual who is under-employed or unemployed and is experiencing difficulty in obtaining employment or upgrading employment AND:
Has worked primarily without remuneration to care for a home and family, and for that reason has diminished marketable skills; or
Has been dependent upon the income of another family member but is no longer supported by that income; or
Is a parent whose youngest dependent child will become ineligible to receive assistance under Part A of the Title IV of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C 601 et seq.) not later than two (2) years after the date on which the parent applies for assistance this Title.
Economically Disadvantaged – An individual from economically disadvantaged families, including foster children. This individual must be one or more of the following:
A Pell grant recipient or recipient of some other form of financial assistance,
A migrant, and /or
Referred by faculty or staff as requiring support services to succeed.
Non-Traditional Training and Employment Participate – An individual enrolled in an occupational program that is considered non-traditional for his/her gender as determined by National Labor Statistics and State Year-End Program enrollment data. These occupations or fields of work generally include careers in computer science, technology, and other emerging high skill occupations for which individuals from one gender comprise less than twenty five (25)%) percent of the individuals employed in each occupation or field of work.
Individual with a Disability – A person having any of the disabilities as in Section 3 of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
Email Karen Webber with any questions.
Karen Webber’s Background Information
I graduated from Glen Oaks Community College with an Associate of Arts. I attended Glen Oaks as a single parent student and experienced the difficulty of juggling many different responsibilities while attending college. Glen Oaks’ staff provided the support I needed to manage personal responsibilities and complete my degree.
Once I found employment in my chosen field, I returned to college to complete a Bachelor of Arts at Spring Arbor University and recently completed a Master of Social Work at Western Michigan University.
Glen Oaks mission “Transforming Lives and Advancing Communities” became evident in my life. Through counseling support, excellent instructors, and a supportive Glen Oaks’ student community, I was able to plan and complete my academic goals.
Although my training is in the profession of social work, I now work as the Student Support Specialist/Single Parent Coordinator at Glen Oaks. Through hard work and perseverance my lifework has become meaningful and satisfying, bringing me full circle to the place I began. I believe education opens possibilities in one’s life and feel my experience is a testimony to the life changing power of education.
My experience has also allowed me to develop a reliable understanding of the resources available to support single parents and other populations of students who are endeavoring to complete their academic goals. I strive to help students by encouraging them to explore their personal strengths and by linking them with information and resources that may prove helpful while attending classes at Glen Oaks. My personal mission is to improve access and opportunity to everyone who chooses to pursue their education.
I value education and service. I personally believe that knowledge is power and through education, each student can build on his or her strengths to reach a personal best.
I am available to assist students through assessment, linking or connecting to internal or external services, and academic advising. Call or email me to schedule an initial appointment and together, we will explore certificate and degree choices that meet your career goals.
If you qualify for services through the Occupational Student Success Program, you may qualify for supplemental funding to pay for tuition, books, fees, and childcare. All applicants who are eligible for Occupational Student Success Program services must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and be able to demonstrate need according to Carl D. Perkins guidelines. If you think you qualify for services, stop by the Student Services office to pick up an Occupational Student Success Program brochure or contact me at 269.592-4241, or email me.