OCC Offers Free Tuition with Michigan Reconnect Program

Oakland Community College, in partnership with the Michigan Reconnect program, is offering free in-district tuition to qualifying Michigan residents who want to earn an associate degree or certificate. Students have four years to complete an associate degree or eligible certificate in one program of study.

“Community colleges are constantly thinking about how the programs we offer are preparing graduates for the work of the future, “said OCC Chancellor Peter Provenzano, Jr. “The Michigan Reconnect is a great way for residents to come to OCC to improve their job opportunities and increase their earnings potential while getting free in-district tuition.”

To qualify for the free tuition, Michigan residents must meet all the following criteria:
• At least 25 years of age
• U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
• Hold a high school diploma or GED
• Do not currently hold a college or university degree
• Students must complete at least six-credit hours in a semester and earn a minimum of 12 credit hours in a 12-month period.

OCC has more than 80 degrees and certificate options in Culinary Arts, Health Sciences, Manufacturing and other academic areas that qualify for the Michigan Reconnect program.

For more information about the Michigan Reconnect program or to apply, visit OCC’s MI Reconnect at https://oaklandcc.edu/mireconnect/default.aspx or the State of Michigan Reconnect page at https://www.michigan.gov/reconnect/.

About OCC
Offering nearly 100 degrees and certificates, OCC is Michigan’s largest multi-campus community college and No. 1 transfer institution in the state. The College provides academic, career training and enriching experiences, designed to empower students to reach their potential and enhance our community. 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. Mission statement: OCC is committed to empowering our students to succeed and advancing our community. Learn more at oaklandcc.edu.

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OCC Board of Trustees Welcomes New Trustee, Elects Officers at First Meeting of 2021

OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. – Jan. 14, 2021—Susan Gibson was sworn in as a newly-elected trustee at the first OCC Board of Trustees meeting for the New Year. A Lake Orion resident, Gibson is a regional director of client services and business development with Rehmann, a financial services and business advisory firm; she previously served as the executive director of sales and community initiatives for Corp! Magazine.

“Susan brings deep business and community experience to our board with more than 30 years working in media and business, including nearly 20 years as a business owner and entrepreneur,” said OCC Chancellor Peter Provenzano, Jr. “I look forward to working with her, and the College’s newly elected officers and returning trustees, as we continue to expand OCC’s mission to empower our students to succeed and advance our community.”

“It is an extreme honor to be elected and I’m very excited about serving the College as a Trustee,” Gibson said. “I plan to bring my experience to OCC’s Board to assist with continually improving the institution in its ability to provide exceptional educational experiences to its students, while the College remains a valued employer in this region.”

In addition to her work experience, Gibson has also been involved in a number of community organizations, including Leadership Oakland, the Michigan Diversity Council and the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce.

Officers Elected

Pamela Jackson of Commerce Township was elected chair of the Oakland Community College Board of Trustees by her fellow board members during the board’s first meeting of the New Year. Other officers elected at the meeting included Kathleen Bertolini of Clarkston, vice-chair; Susan Anderson of Royal Oak, treasurer; and newly elected Trustee Susan Gibson of Lake Orion, secretary. The elections are for two year terms for each office, respectfully.

Jackson, a trustee since 2016, is a retired OCC faculty member and consultant/owner of Fresh Perspectives specializing in construction, historic restoration, renovations and prison education.

Bertolini is an HR trainer with Oakland County and retired middle school teacher and has been a trustee since 2016.

Anderson was elected to the board in 2016, and owns SE Anderson & Associates LLC, which provides computerized accounting, bookkeeping and tax services to small and medium-sized businesses.

Gibson was newly-elected to the board in the November, 2020 election and is the regional director of client services and business development for Rehmann.

Other board members continuing as trustees at large are:

Shirley Bryant of Farmington Hills, a retired executive director of community relations for the Birmingham Public Schools, who has been a trustee since 2008; Pamala Davis of Clawson, a retired code enforcement officer for the City of Royal Oak and a trustee since 1994; and Christine O’Sullivan of Madison Heights, a business manager with O’Sullivan Moving & Storage Company, who has been a trustee since 2012.

The seven members of the OCC board of trustees are elected on a nonpartisan, at-large basis by voters living within the college district, an area that generally coincides with the boundaries of Oakland County. Trustees serve as volunteers and are not paid for their services.

For additional information on the board visit, oaklandcc.edu/about/board-of-trustees.

About OCC
Offering nearly 100 degrees and certificates, OCC is Michigan’s largest multi-campus community college and No. 1 transfer institution in the state. The College provides academic, career training and enriching experiences, designed to empower students to reach their potential and enhance our community. 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. Mission statement: OCC is committed to empowering our students to succeed and advancing our community. Learn more at oaklandcc.edu.

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OCC Extends Free Laptop Program for Winter 2021 Semester

Up to 1,400 laptops available for students who register for 12 or more credits to help with increased technology needs due to COVID-19

OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. – Nov. 10, 2020 – Oakland Community College is once again providing Dell laptops to its full time students in the upcoming Winter semester. According to Chancellor Peter Provenzano, Jr., OCC is using $1 million from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed by Congress in March 2020, to fund the program.

OCC launched the laptop program in the Fall 2020 semester to support students with their increased technology needs in a remote learning format and ensure academic success. The College provided 2,100 full-time students with laptops this current semester; up to 1,400 more laptops will be available Winter semester for both new and returning students who register for 12 credits or more.

“We had a good response for our Fall laptop program and have available funds to provide an additional 1,400 laptops for the Winter semester to students who didn’t participate in our Fall program,” Provenzano said. “We want to ensure students stay in the game with the degrees and certificates needed to compete for high-demand careers and they have the technology in hand to be successful in a safe, remote learning environment.”

OCC is one of the only community colleges in Michigan to provide direct technology assistance to full-time students. To be eligible, current OCC students must register for 12 or more credits in the Winter 2021 semester. Registration for Winter semester is currently open through January 10, 2021. Laptop supplies will be distributed to applicants on a first-come, first-served basis beginning the week of February 3, 2021.

In addition to the laptops, Provenzano said the College will provide all students with access to necessary software programs specific to their Winter semester course needs through OCC’s online software system, part of OCC’s Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI).

Additional information regarding the program:

• Students will be notified if they qualify for a laptop after January 26, 2021.

• Laptops will be sent directly to qualifying students from Dell beginning the week of February 3, 2021.

• Students may keep the laptop after the Winter 2021 semester for use in future OCC and other college courses or for personal use.

• OCC’s VDI system will use data on each student’s Winter-semester class schedule to automatically provide access to the appropriate virtual software required for their classes.

• Students who require internet access will be provided a designated area on each OCC campus for the Winter 2021 semester to use the college’s Wi-Fi network.

Students who register for 12 or more credits for Winter 2021 semester by the registration deadline and are interested in receiving a Dell laptop should link to OCC Cares Laptop Program to complete the Laptop application.

Students who have any additional questions regarding this Dell Laptop program should email careslaptop@oaklandcc.edu.

About OCC
Offering nearly 100 degrees and certificates, OCC is Michigan’s largest multi-campus community college and No. 1 transfer institution in the state. The College provides academic, career training and enriching experiences, designed to empower students to reach their potential and enhance our community. 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. Mission statement: OCC is committed to empowering our students to succeed and advancing our community. Learn more at oaklandcc.edu.

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OCC Offers Course on Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. – Oct. 30 2020–Two of the biggest advancements in the automotive industry today are vehicle connectivity and automation. And while the technology in today’s vehicles, such as GPS navigation systems and automatic braking systems, has made the driving experience safer and more enjoyable, a completely autonomous self-driving vehicle could be part of many drivers future purchase decisions.

To learn more about the world of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV) Oakland Community College’s Continuing Education program is offering a thorough perspective on this rapidly growing automotive industry segment with a three-day, online webinar, Connected Vehicle-Professional Credentialing Program.

The webinar will be held Tuesday through Thursday, Nov. 10-12, 2020 from 9 a.m. to noon.

In partnership with The Next Education organization, the webinar course is a non-technician focused foundational briefing that describes the landscape of the CAV initiative with primary emphasis on the United States. The course will prepare participants to take the Connected Vehicle Professional Exam. The participants will also receive the Connected Vehicle Professional MicroTrax Guidebook from The Next Education as included course materials.

The fee for the Connected Vehicle course is $560. Those interested can register online at oaklandcc.edu/ce. For more information, call 248.232.4150.

About OCC
Offering nearly 100 degrees and certificates, OCC is Michigan’s largest multi-campus community college and No. 1 transfer institution in the state. The College provides academic, career training and enriching experiences, designed to empower students to reach their potential and enhance our community. 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. Mission statement: OCC is committed to empowering our students to succeed and advancing our community. Learn more at oaklandcc.edu.

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Walsh student loan default rate drops to 1.9% keeping it below national average

TROY, Mich., Oct. 14, 2020 — The student loan default rate for Walsh students has dropped for the third consecutive year to 1.9%, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Education. Walsh’s student loan default rate has consistently been less than the national average, which is 9.7%. Walsh’s previous student loan default rate was 2.3%.

“Many Walsh students are working adults. They may have more experience managing finances and recognize they do not always need every dollar a financial aid package may offer,” says Patti Swanson, Vice President, Chief Marketing and Enrollment Officer. “Many also transfer to Walsh from community colleges where they can usually keep their debt down.”

In fact, students can save $35,000-60,000, according to Walsh estimates, by starting at a community college and transferring to Walsh to finish their bachelor’s degree versus attending a four-year public or private institution.

For more information, visit www.walshcollege.edu.

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ABOUT WALSH
Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of Southeast Michigan’s largest graduate business schools, offering classes in several locations and online. Our internationally and nationally-ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, human resources, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

OCC Provides Free College to Essential Workers

Oakland Community College announced it will be offering tuition-free college to qualifying essential workers as part of Michigan’s “Futures for Frontliners” program. The Futures for Frontliners scholarship funds can be used to earn an associate degree or certificate at OCC on a full-time or part-time basis while students continue to work.

The program offers Michigan adults without college degrees or high school diplomas, who provided essential services during the pandemic, a tuition-free pathway to gain the skills needed to obtain high-demand, high-wage careers.

To be eligible for tuition-free college at OCC, applicants must:
• be residents of the OCC district;
• have continued to work in an essential industry between April 1 and June
30, 2020;
• not have an associate or bachelor’s degree;
• complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available at
https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa; and
• complete the State of Michigan’s Futures for Frontliners scholarship
application by Dec. 31, 2020.

Additional program information from the State of Michigan may be found at: https://www.michigan.gov/frontliners.

“We are proud that so many OCC grads have found great careers in essential industries like health care, manufacturing, public safety and culinary, and we are excited to be able to offer the opportunity for Futures for Frontliners students to gain the skills they need to be part of these vital industries,” said OCC Chancellor Peter Provenzano, Jr.

For more information about OCC’s Futures for Frontliners program, visit https://www.oaklandcc.edu/futures4frontliners/, email future4frontliners@oaklandcc.edu or call 248.341.2280.

About OCC
Offering nearly 100 degrees and certificates, OCC is Michigan’s largest multi-campus community college and No. 1 transfer institution in the state. The College provides academic, career training and enriching experiences, designed to empower students to reach their potential and enhance our community. 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. Mission statement: OCC is committed to empowering our students to succeed and advancing our community. Learn more at oaklandcc.edu.

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Walsh awarded $25K grant from Institute of Museum and Library Services

Troy, Mich., Sept. 25, 2020 – Walsh has been awarded a $25,000 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Improving Access to Information Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services administered by the Library of Michigan.

This one-year grant will help with the implementation of the Open Education Resource (OER) Program by allowing Walsh to offer institutional support and education to faculty on transitioning course materials to an OER format. The goal of OER is to provide students equal access to affordable course materials through the transformation of traditional textbooks and curriculum to an online format that is low or no cost to students.

Starting this semester, members of Walsh’s library team will educate key staff and faculty in the selection, development and deployment of OER materials. The OER implementation will begin in two initial academic departments: Business Communications and Marketing and Doctoral/Interdisciplinary.

Walsh business communications professor Jen O’Meara, Ph.D., welcomes the shift to OER and increasing student learning while eliminating many of the financial and access barriers for students. “It doesn’t make sense for students to pay for a book when much of the same information is freely available. Using OER gives us the ability to customize content and save students money,” said O’Meara.

Faculty will work with the library staff and departmental cohorts to provide feedback to understand the impact on student engagement and learning outcomes while Walsh instructional designers will assist with the transition of assignments and course design.

Walsh was one of 10 schools, libraries and universities in Michigan to receive this grant. Others include Alpena County Library, Capital Area District Library, Central Michigan University Libraries, Ferris State University Library, Menominee County, Presque Isle District Library, Taylor Community Library, Traverse Area District Library and Warren Public Library.

For more information about Walsh, visit www.walshcollege.edu.

ABOUT WALSH
Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of Southeast Michigan’s largest graduate business schools, offering classes in several locations and online. Our internationally and nationally-ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, human resources, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

ABOUT IMLS
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums. We advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development. Our vision is a nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

OCC offers up to 3,500 Dell laptops for Fall 2020 semester students who register for 12 or more credits

OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. – Aug. 12, 2020 – Oakland Community College will offer up to 3,500 Dell laptops to students who register for 12 or more credit hours this fall to help them be successful with the increased technology needs they will face due to a remote learning format.

To qualify, full time students can submit an application for the laptop program by September 16, 2020.

According to Chancellor Peter Provenzano, Jr., OCC is using $1 million from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed by Congress in March 2020 to fund the laptop program.

“We wanted to make sure our students have the technology needed to be successful in a remote learning environment, and we are one of the only community colleges in Michigan to provide direct technology assistance to full-time students,” Provenzano said.

In addition to the laptops, Provenzano said the college will provide all students with access to necessary software programs specific to their Fall term course needs through OCC’s online software system, part of OCC’s Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI).

Additional information regarding the program:

• Students will be notified if they qualify for the laptop after September 16, 2020.

• Laptops will be sent direct to qualifying students from Dell beginning the week of September 21, 2020.

• Students may keep the laptop after the Fall 2020 semester for use in future OCC and other college courses or for personal use.

• OCC’s VDI system will have data on each student’s Fall-term class schedule and automatically allow access to the appropriate virtual software needed for those particular classes.

• Students who require internet access will be provided a designated area on each OCC campus for Fall 2020 term to use the college’s Wi-Fi network.

“We understand how difficult this COVID-19 pandemic has been on our students, and we wanted to make sure they would be able to stay home, stay safe and continue their college education by offering the technology they need to be successful this Fall term,” Provenzano said.

Students who have registered for 12 or more credits for Fall Term by the Aug. 30 registration deadline and are interested in receiving a Dell laptop should link to OCC Cares Laptop Program to complete the Laptop application.

Students who have any additional questions regarding this Dell Laptop program should email careslaptop@oaklandcc.edu.

About OCC
Offering nearly 100 degrees and certificates, OCC is Michigan’s largest multi-campus community college and No. 1 transfer institution in the state. The College provides academic, career training and enriching experiences, designed to empower students to reach their potential and enhance our community. 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. Mission statement: OCC is committed to empowering our students to succeed and advancing our community. Learn more at oaklandcc.edu.

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Walsh Hosts Virtual Doctor of Management Information Session July 22

Troy, Mich., June 15, 2020 – Walsh will host a virtual information session about the Doctor of Management (D.M.) program on July 22, 2020, from 6-7 p.m.

Ann Saurbier, D.M., professor and chair of Walsh’s doctoral programs will lead the session. Topics will include a program overview, career opportunities, financial aid and scholarship information and a Q&A period. Advanced registration is recommended.

“Designed with working professionals in mind, Walsh’s D.M. program develops candidates by advancing their knowledge through a combination of academic theory and applied research,” said Dr. Saurbier. “By connecting this new knowledge with their past professional experiences, graduates are prepared for the highest levels of leadership in business or careers in consulting or business education.”

Walsh’s D.M. has both full-time and part-time pathways allowing students to progress through the program at the speed that best matches their needs. With flexible scheduling the program can be completed in as little as three years. Admission is competitive and based on a candidate’s entire portfolio of both academic and professional experience.

To learn more and register for Walsh’s virtual doctoral information session, visit apply.walshcollege.edu/register/degree-info-dm

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ABOUT WALSH
Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of Southeast Michigan’s largest graduate business schools, offering classes in several locations and online. Our internationally and nationally-ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, human resources, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

Walsh Waives Application Fees Every Wednesday in March

TROY, Mich., March 10, 2020 — Walsh will host Waiver Wednesdays for prospective students on March 11, 18 and 25 from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Prospective students can meet with a Walsh academic advisor virtually, by phone or at all locations to have transcripts evaluated, learn about Walsh’s bachelor’s and master’s programs in business and technology and receive an on-the-spot admission decision. Application fees will be waived and advanced registration is recommended.

“Students who choose Walsh typically have very busy lives, and we are known for our flexibility and personal attention,” said Karen Mahaffy, Executive Director, Admissions and Enrollment Services. “Whether meeting virtually or on-site, Waiver Wednesdays provides prospective students all the information needed to take the next steps to move their future forward.”

To learn more and register for Walsh Waiver Wednesdays, please visit https://www.walshcollege.edu/waiver-wednesday

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ABOUT WALSH
Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of the region’s largest business schools and Michigan’s third largest graduate business school, offering classes in several locations as well as online. Our nationally ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
(www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).