OCC Receives Highest Marks for Audit Controls

The Fiscal Year 2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report presented to the Oakland Community College Board of Trustees at its October board meeting found the college continued to stay on top of its bottom line. The independent auditing firm Plante Moran awarded OCC a clean audit with an “unmodified” opinion.

In essence, OCC maintained its strong internal controls, with no material weaknesses according to Dana Coomes, CPA and partner at Plante Moran, the college received the best opinion possible with excellent results. She congratulated the audit committee for their preparation, involvement, hard work and tough questions.

The OCC 2018 audit committee comprises three elected trustees and four community members. They are Trustees Susan Anderson, committee chair, Royal Oak; Shirley Bryant, Farmington Hills; and Pamala Davis, Clawson; and community members Michael Carroll of Farmington Hills, Helen Kieba-Tolksdorf of Warren, Peggy Scheske of Milford and Sara Voight of Bingham Farms.

The committee helps the Board of Trustees fulfill its oversight responsibilities for financial reporting, internal controls, audits and compliance with related regulations. This includes external review of the audited financial statements as well as risk management and internal controls.

OCC receives revenue from three major sources: local property taxes, state appropriations and tuition.
According to OCC Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services Roberta Remias, while property taxes are slowly catching up to pre-recession levels, state appropriations have remained flat over the past 10 years and have not kept up with inflation or costs. Oakland Community College remains steadfast in offering quality programs while maintaining affordable tuition for the benefit of students and the community.

Since 2015, OCC has been recognized for its financial excellence through the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report program — one of only two community colleges in Michigan to employ CAFR — going beyond the minimum requirements of financial reporting and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles for public entities. In tandem with the annual award, Plante Moran also has recognized the college and prior board audit committees for their excellence in fiscal oversight.

About OCC
With five campuses in Oakland County, OCC is Michigan’s No. 1 transfer institution, offering nearly 100 degrees and certificates. The College empowers academic and developmental experiences, allowing students to reach their potential and enhance their communities. More than 1 million students have enrolled in the college since it opened in 1965. A seven-person Board of Trustees governs OCC. Board members are elected on a non-partisan, at-large basis, serve as volunteers and are not paid.Learn more at oaklandcc.edu.

Internationally Accredited Oakland Fire Training Institute Seeks New Recruits

The Oakland Fire Training Institute at Oakland Community College (OCC) is hosting a free orientation session for the Fire Academy on August 16, 2017.

“The Oakland Fire Training Institute is a well-known and well-respected training entity in the fire service community. Fire Chiefs from across this region tell us when they hire a graduate from this Academy, they are hiring a top-notch fire fighter,” shares David Ceci, OCC’s interim dean of emergency services (non-traditional) and director of law enforcement training. “These Chiefs recognize our graduates have an exceptional level of basic knowledge, having learned from active professionals in the field, which their department can further build upon.”

The Oakland Fire Training Institute at OCC is the only nationally and internationally ProBoard accredited fire academy in the State of Michigan. Successful graduates of the Fire Academy at OCC can be certified as fire fighters throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.

The Fire Academy runs from August 28 through November 10, 2017 and meets Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Auburn Hills Campus and its Combined Regional Emergency Services Training (CREST) facility. Students will receive training in all aspects of firefighting, including hazardous materials, vehicle extrication, emergency vehicle operations, CPR and more.

According to Ceci, OCC’s CREST facility offers students opportunities to train in real world, real time situations. “This hands-on experience means our students are exceptionally well prepared when they are hired to work in our communities. These graduates hit the ground ready to go and are a cut above the rest. It truly increases their likelihood of being hired by a Fire Department after graduation.”

OCC’s Fire Academy orientation is August 16, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Auburn Hills Campus CREST Facility, Room 118, 2900 Featherstone Rd, Auburn Hills. To reserve a spot or for more information, call (248) 232-4581.


About OCC
With five campuses throughout Oakland County, OCC offers degrees and certificates in approximately 100 career fields as well as university transfer degrees in business, science and liberal arts. The College provides academic and developmental experiences allowing each student to reach their full potential and enhance the communities they serve. More than 45,000 students annually attend OCC; more than a million students have enrolled in the College since it opened in 1965. Learn more at oaklandcc.edu.

OCC Names Interim Vice Chancellor Administrative Services

Oakland Community College (OCC) is pleased to announce former director of finance and investments at Macomb Community College, Bobbie Remias, CPA, will join OCC as interim vice chancellor for administrative services, effective July 17. Remias assumes the duties formerly held by OCC’s Interim Chancellor, Peter Provenzano, Jr.

Remias is a certified public accountant with a strong finance background. She started at Macomb Community College in 2003 as director of financial services and promoted to director of finance and investments in 2010. Her responsibilities included managing college and Foundation treasury management functions and investment portfolios; overseeing the Financial Services and the Financial Aid departments; and, periodically serving as adjunct faculty for traditional and online accounting courses.

“I am thrilled to have Bobbie serve in this interim role; she is a great addition to our team.” Provenzano said. “Her unique skillset which includes financial leadership and teaching in the higher education sector will benefit OCC’s administrative operations. Bobbie will seamlessly continue our emphasis on fiscal accountability and enhancing student success.”

Remias, a Shelby Township resident, has over 30 years of progressive finance and accounting experience in higher education, K-12, manufacturing, and the service industries, including work at accounting firm, Plante Moran.

“It is an honor to be joining the team at Oakland Community College,” said Remias. “I truly believe in the mission and value of community colleges and look forward to working together to strategically prepare and help lead OCC into the future.”

She holds a master’s degree in professional accountancy from Walsh College and a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University. Remias is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Michigan Community College Business Officials Association (MCCBOA) and an active participant in higher education leadership.

About OCC
With five campuses throughout Oakland County, OCC offers degrees and certificates in approximately 100 career fields as well as university transfer degrees in business, science and liberal arts. The College provides academic and developmental experiences allowing each student to reach their full potential and enhance the communities they serve. More than 45,000 students annually attend OCC; more than a million students have enrolled in the College since it opened in 1965. Learn more at oaklandcc.edu.
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Oakland Community College Student Government Group Top Finisher in National Competition

Oakland Community College’s student government team, SA3, finished in the top ten in a national campus competition called “Up to Us.” The national competition pitted OCC’s team against 75 other colleges. The objective of the competition was for collegiate student leaders to raise awareness and engagement on America’s fiscal challenges.

Oakland Community College (OCC), first place winner Jackson State University, and the other top ten finalists were recognized at the 2017 Peter G. Peterson Fiscal Summit in Washington D.C. on May 23. The event featured meetings with Senator John McCain, U.S. Department of Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means Kevin Brady, Bernie Sanders and other national leaders.

OCC’s SA3 team is the official student governing body of the Oakland Community College. The purpose of SA3 is to promote student participation in campus activities, decision-making processes, commitment to individual responsibilities, procedures and bylaws of the College.

The winning team was led by Analine Morales, president of the SA3 Oakland Community College Auburn Hills Student Government. Team members included: Farzana Hoque, SA3 vice president; Alyssa Garcia-Lizardi, treasurer; Adam Owczarzak, public relations chair; Caitlyn Webster, secretary; and co-advisors Jessica Lizardi and Jeff Farrah.

The group will be further recognized by former President Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) annual meeting in Massachusetts later this year.

“We are very proud of Analine and her team for leading these efforts and developing a campaign that had great impact and reached so many members of our student body,” said OCC Student Development Coordinator Jessica Lizardi. “More than 500 students across all OCC campuses signed a pledge to become more aware about our national debt and understand how students’ economic futures could be affected.”

“This experience has helped me to grow as a leader,” said Morales. “It has helped me to know how to better communicate how important the fiscal issues are for our future.”

OCC students were also featured in a national promotional video for Up to Us 2016-17. The video can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMK60FVUmWA&sns=em

About OCC

With five campuses throughout Oakland County, Oakland Community College is committed to providing academic and developmental experiences that allows each student to reach their full potential and enhance the diverse communities they serve. A fully accredited college, OCC offers degrees and certificates in approximately 100 career fields and university transfer degrees in business, science and the liberal arts. More than a million students have enrolled in the College since it opened in 1965.

About Up to Us

Since its inception five years ago, the nonpartisan Up to Us initiative has grown into a groundswell of student activists who have engaged more than 100,000 people to raise awareness on the national debt through creative campaigns and activities. This year, students from more than 75 colleges and universities across the country participated in competition activities that let their peers and policymakers know that the country cannot afford to wait to address its fiscal challenges.