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OCC Giving $14 Million in Federal Emergency Relief Funds Direct to Students

Oakland Community College has a variety of new ways to make it easier for students to access funds and help pay for tuition and educational expenses for the fall semester. In addition to scholarships, financial aid and payment plans, OCC is providing Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) awards to all students registered for classes at OCC this fall.

HEERF funds are available through the Federal American Rescue Plan to institutions of higher learning to ensure learning continues and support students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Relief has been provided with grant funding through specific programs such as the CARES Act and HEERF. OCC has secured $14 million for the student portion of the HEERF funding. The College plans to award $7 million to fall semester students and an additional $7 million to winter semester students.

Students enrolled in OCC’s fall semester will qualify for a minimum of $300 with additional funds granted based on certain qualifying factors including credit status and financial need as indicated on a student’s FAFSA.

“This $14 million is truly a gift to our students. By providing these funds to every student at OCC, we are working to ensure this grant supports individuals through this difficult time and allows students to experience the difference education brings to their future,” said Chancellor Peter Provenzano, Jr. “At $99 a credit hour for in-district residents, this grant award of at least $300 per student is essentially a free three credit class. It is an incredible opportunity for our community to prepare for the future.”

Awards will be made to all students registered for fall semester classes on or before September 14. Eligibility for the grant will be determined after OCC’s drop/add period, with awards expected to be disbursed by Thursday, September 30.

Bobbie Remias, vice chancellor for administrative services, believes this is a great year to be an OCC student.

“On top of the federal financial aid programs, the state’s Future for Front Liners and Michigan Reconnect programs, three Oakland County Promise Zone programs and the OCC scholarship programs, the addition of $14 million in HEERF awards makes college very accessible,” she said.

In addition to the scholarships and Federal grant opportunities, OCC students can make paying for fall classes easier by enrolling in the Tuition Payment Plan to defer tuition payment into three or four smaller payments. For more information, visit Tuition Payment Plan.

With five campuses in Oakland County, OCC’s 100-percent online degrees and certificates offer additional flexibility for those who need it.

For more on the HEERF awards, visit www.oaklandcc.edu/HEERF.

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.

Experienced Diversity Champion Joins OCC

Kristina M. Marshall, a champion of diversity and inclusion initiatives, has been hired as Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ) at Oakland Community College (OCC). She brings a wealth of experience in DEIJ and higher education to the newly created position.

Marshall currently serves in a variety of national diversity leadership roles including current Co-chair of the National Advisory Council for the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education. She is also the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including Crain’s 2021 Notable Executives in DEI, Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame Judge, and Instructor of the Year at Baker College.

She most recently served as the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer as well as the Director of the Human Services Program for Baker College, the state’s largest independent, not-for-profit college. Among her most recent accomplishments, she was instrumental in launching Baker’s DEI foundational training series for faculty and staff and developed vital discussion panels for employees and students to dispel misunderstandings and stereotypes, with a focus on current events through the lens of systemic problems in society.

“Kristina brings tremendous experience, understanding and enthusiasm to this position,” said OCC Vice Chancellor for Human Resources and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Andre’ L. Poplar. “I am excited to have her join our team and look forward to working with her in implementing transformative change at OCC.”

According to OCC Chancellor Peter Provenzano, the recent appointments of both Marshall and Poplar, who joined the College in February, 2021, will further support the College’s commitment to fostering a culture of understanding and appreciation of diversity, equity and inclusion. He stated, “This work is foundational to our personal and professional relationships and our efforts to positively impact our community and prepare our students for opportunities in a vibrant, global-based economy.”

Marshall says she is enthusiastic about joining the diverse, multi-campus community college.

“I chose OCC because they are committed to fostering an environment where students, faculty and staff feel a sense of belonging and value. They understand that people are our most valuable assets,” she said. “I look forward to improving OCC’s culture of inclusive excellence even further, where students, faculty and staff are offered the opportunity to thrive and bring value to the community.”

In addition to her background in DEI and human services, Marshall has extensive college teaching experience at both Baker College and Lansing Community College. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University.

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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.

OCC Celebrates Class of 2021 Graduates

OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. – June 16, 2021 – After a year like no other, which featured Oakland Community College’s first-ever, all-online year of learning, OCC celebrated its Class of 2021 graduates’ great achievement with a virtual commencement. This was the second year the event was held virtually, and nearly 1,600 graduates were honored.

“You were asked to achieve everything that students have done in past ‘normal’ years, while overcoming unbelievable challenges in the process,” said Peter M. Provenzano Jr., OCC Chancellor. “But you did it.”

The special event featured taped messages and photos from graduates, a recognition clip for each student as part of the roll call procession, remarks from OCC faculty and staff, a special keynote address and more. La’Jonnaqueece McEwen, OCC Graduating Class of 2021, sang the National Anthem to kick off the celebration.

OCC surprised graduates pre-ceremony with a special “Grad Box” that included a cap and tassel, commencement program, diploma cover, OCC swag and more. Graduates could also order a gown and other graduation memorabilia from the OCC Bookstore.

“Shout out to Oakland Community College for going above and beyond for their graduates this year! I was not expecting this Grad Box at all, and it may even top my ‘graduation’ for my Bachelors,” OCC graduate Kristina Renee Miller said.

Michigan’s Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II delivered the keynote address, which focused on graduates’ resiliency and ability to adapt – and how this has helped prepare them for a world that has opportunities and considerable challenges.

He also posed his own challenge: “I dare you to be bold. Be a bolder thinker. Be a bolder innovator. Be a more bold change-maker. Do not be afraid to think outside the box and stand tall in your beliefs. Today marks the next step in your journey, so take time to enjoy this moment, soak it in, because tomorrow, you take those bold next steps.”

In addition, the special event featured a collaborative address from several OCC students, who shared insights from their experiences during a year of online learning.

“We had to deal with balancing school, work and life in a virtual world,” said Shruti Goel, who studied Computer Information Systems.

“We were put in the most difficult situations, but we managed them – and we grew,” said Markus Tepandi-Sivila, who studied Business and Marketing.

“And we received such amazing support from our OCC instructors, administrators, mentors, advisors and counselors – ultimately helping us to get to this day,” said Tala Alahmar, who studied International Relations and Political Science. Alahmar was also recently elected 2021 international president of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, the primary honor society for two-year colleges.

Students and family members viewed one or more of the pre-recorded ceremonies customized to graduates from the Arts & Communications; Science, Health Sciences & Human Services; Business, Management, Marketing, Technology, and Engineering, Manufacturing & industrial Technology; and General Studies programs. The commencement ceremonies remain available for viewing on OCC’s website.

“The world needs your talent, your passion, your voice,” said Provenzano. “Your school experience has been set against the backdrop of a global community undergoing seismic shifts and new, unprecedented trials. No matter where your journey takes you next, no matter what your future holds, no matter how you choose to make your mark in your own communities, I know you will continue to make all of us proud.”

Following the Virtual Commencement ceremonies, graduates and their families gathered at the Orchard Ridge campus for OCC’s first ever Commencement Car Parade. Nearly 150 cars full of graduates and their loved ones drove through the approximately one-mile long parade route, which was adorned with inspirational quotes, lively music, balloons and decorations, and most importantly, OCC faculty and staff members cheering them on. At the end of the parade route, graduates drove across a “green carpet” and had their names announced by Academic Deans, as well as receiving accolades from Chancellor Peter Provenzano and Provost Jennifer Berne.

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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Baker College and Oakland Community College Announce New Articulation Agreement

Baker College, Michigan’s largest private, not-for-profit college and top private transfer school in the state, and Oakland Community College (OCC), Michigan’s largest multi-campus community college, are pleased to announce the signing of an official articulation agreement. The agreement was recently finalized by Baker College President, Dr. Bart Daig, and Dr. Jennifer Berne, OCC Provost.

The articulation agreement, effective immediately, enables OCC students to easily transfer into one of several select bachelor’s degree programs at Baker College, providing them with resources for a simplified and streamlined pathway to complete their studies. The agreement ensures a smooth curriculum transition, minimizing loss of credits and duplication of coursework.

Additionally, Baker will waive any new student application fees for eligible students admitted in connection with the OCC articulation agreement. Baker College also offers specific scholarships for transfer students, including the Trustees Transfer Scholarship, with up to $9,000 per year available to eligible students.

“Between Baker College and OCC, we share a passion for our students’ success, and our new partnership demonstrates one more step we’re taking to ensure that success,” said Dr. Daig. “We look forward to welcoming even more OCC transfer students to our Baker campuses, and are ready to provide them with exceptional academic opportunities.”

“We are pleased to partner with Baker College on a number of pathways that will ensure that OCC students complete their Baccalaureate in as smooth and certain a way as possible,” said Dr. Berne. “Our hope is that we are able to offer OCC graduates a second congratulations as they achieve their four-year degrees.”

Under the new arrangement, Baker College and OCC agree that any student who has successfully completed coursework and/or programs at OCC may transfer the course credits as indicated in transfer guides toward their degree at Baker. The associate degree to bachelor’s degree pathway will be available across a variety of programs, including: business administration (management), computer science, game software development, information assurance, information systems, information technology & security and psychology. These new pathways allow OCC graduates to earn between 80 to 90 credits prior to transferring to Baker College for the completion of their bachelor’s degree.

Additionally, as with all Michigan Community Colleges, OCC associate degree graduates are eligible for Baker College’s 60+60 Bridge to Bachelor’s program, which allows OCC students with 60 credits to be admitted to a related bachelor’s program at the junior level, meaning only 60 additional credit hours from Baker will be required to complete a degree.

More information on the articulation agreement is available at baker.edu and oaklandcc.edu.

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About Baker College
Founded in 1911, Baker College is Michigan’s largest, private not-for-profit college and the top private transfer school in the state. Baker College has multiple on-ground campus locations and two affiliate sites across the state, as well as an online global campus offering more than 40 academic program options for both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Learn more at www.baker.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.

Michigan’s Lt. Governor Serving as Keynote Speaker for OCC Virtual Commencement

Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II received his first computer at age 5. By 16, he was building his own, and using them to set up a computer lab at a Detroit community recreation center.

This motivation, ingenuity and commitment to community propelled Gilchrist through his successful career as a software engineer, social entrepreneur and community organizer, before being elected Michigan’s Lieutenant Governor in 2018.

On Saturday, June 12, 2021, at 10 a.m., Gilchrist will share insights from his journey to Oakland Community College’s Class of 2021, when he serves as keynote speaker for OCC’s virtual commencement.

The fact that his remarks will be delivered in a pre-recorded address – and that the entire virtual commencement is pre-recorded – is both a sign of the times and of the challenges that students have had to overcome during OCC’s first-ever, all-online year of learning.

They are in good company. Gilchrist’s work has also been characterized by a drive to succeed and solve problems.

After studying computer engineering and computer science at the University of Michigan, where he graduated with honors, he worked as a software engineer at Microsoft, helping to build SharePoint into the fastest-growing product in the company’s history. He was also a guest student at OCC while attending the University of Michigan.

He spent the next several years of his career as a social entrepreneur and community organizer, helping people in communities across America realize their full economic and political potential. Upon returning home to Detroit, Gilchrist worked in local government to help build systems that made the government more responsive, transparent and accountable to city residents.

As part of the Whitmer Administration, Lieutenant Governor Gilchrist has sought to address injustice and inequity across Michigan at every level. From co-chairing the Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration to helming the Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities, these task forces have taken actions that saved lives and protect our most vulnerable populations.

Gilchrist and his wife, Ellen, reside in Detroit where they are raising their twins, Emily and Garlin III, and daughter, Ruby.

About OCC’s virtual commencement

Virtual commencement will start at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 12, and consist of four pre-recorded ceremonies, available on OCC’s website:

1. Arts and Communications
2. Business, Management, Marketing, Technology, and Engineering, Manufacturing & Industrial Technology
3. General Studies
4. Science, Health Sciences, and Human Services

Each ceremony’s end time will depend on the number of graduates, and each student will be featured alphabetically on a graduate recognition slide. This will include any personal message (photo, quote, video) that the student chose to submit.

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’s Automobile Servicing Program Earns Prestigious National Accreditation

 

Oakland Community College’s Automobile Servicing program has achieved national accreditation by the ASE Education Foundation. ASE is the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, recognized for its gold standards for rigorous testing and certification of auto service professionals to ensure expertise in technical knowledge and retesting for ever-advancing automotive technologies to protect consumers in the marketplace.

In order to achieve the accreditation, OCC’s Automobile Servicing program had to pass a 5-step ASE accreditation process engineered to evaluate a school’s program. It included an exhaustive review and evaluation by the Foundation to ensure industry excellence in instructional standards were met.

“It took about a year for OCC’s Automobile Servicing program team to gather the comprehensive set of information required for review,” said Jolene Chapman, dean of engineering, manufacturing and industrial technology (EMIT). “We started the process in 2019, but the COVID shut down delayed it another year.”

The follow up on-site evaluation by an ASE Educational Foundation team left no stone unturned, according to OCC’s Automobile Technology program director Claude Townsend.

“The evaluation process really looks at all aspects of the program, from having a manual of standards, up-to-date curriculum, work-based learning and instruction, and even ensuring the auto shop is properly equipped, safe and not cluttered,” Townsend said. “In fact, the evaluation touches on 12 categories and 67 sub categories.”

Ken Kramer, the on-site review ASE Evaluation Team Leader spent two days going through the OCC Automobile Servicing facility with a critical eye, along with three other area auto service experts.

“We look at the type of equipment used to give students a hands-on training experience, shop safety, and observe the faculty teaching students to ensure the program and curriculum is tailored to the students’ needs and prepares them for a good paying job in the auto servicing industry,” said Kramer. “Our on-site evaluation confirmed that OCC has a top-notch facility, impressive faculty and a program that meets and exceeds all the criteria the ASE Education Foundation requires for accreditation.”

OCC’s top accreditation from the ASE is for a 5-year period with compliance reviews required at the halfway mark of two and a half years to remain accredited.

Townsend said having gone through this extensive process provides an accreditation “template” that can be used by other EMIT programs like Collision Auto Repair.

Having this prestigious national accreditation gives OCC’s students one more advantage to help them in their future career goals.

“In addition to the comprehensive curriculum, hands on experience with cutting edge technology, and partnership with the National Coalition of Certification Centers and Mopar CAP®/FCA students in OCC’s Automobile Servicing program receive, they will now graduate from an ASE accredited training program and embark on a successful career path,” Chapman added. “That really gives them another advantage as they enter the job market after graduation. “

For further information about OCC’s Automotive Servicing Program, visit https://www.oaklandcc.edu/programs/aus. For more information regarding ASE Educational Foundation, visit https://aseeducationfoundation.org.

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.

About ASE Education Foundation
The ASE Education Foundation is a non-profile organization that evaluates and accredits entry-level automotive technology education programs against standards developed by the automotive service industry. It also develops career-readiness education for students which fuse local partnerships, rigorous standard-based education, workplace education, and mentorship together.

OCC Hosts Virtual Career Fair March 18

OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. – March 8, 2021 – OCC’s Career Services is hosting two virtual Career Fairs on March 18 to help connect local employers with potential job candidates in the Health Professions and the Engineering, Manufacturing and Industrial Technology (EMIT) areas.

Each Career Fair on March 18 will focus on a specific area of employment and registration is required. The sessions include:

• Health Professions Job Fair-9 a.m. to noon.
To register visit https://app.brazenconnect.com/a/Michigan/e/qYEVP.
• Engineering, Manufacturing and Industrial Technology Job Fair- 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
To register, visit https://app.brazenconnect.com/a/Michigan/e/8PvmM.

Among the area employers with available jobs scheduled to attend the Career Fairs to talk with potential candidates include:

Health Professions Career Fair:
• State of Michigan
• PACE of Southeast Michigan
• Beaumont
• IHA
• McLaren
• Ascension
• St. Joseph Mercy Health System

EMIT Career Fair:
• Penske Vehicle Services
• CBRE
• MFC Netform
• BMT Aerospace
• Williams International
• HTC Global/Caretech
• Aluminum Blanking
• ZF Marysville
• ThermaNetics
• Fischer US

Preparation Workshops Help Job Seekers Improve Chances at Landing a Position

To help prepare attendees for these Career Fairs, OCC’s Career Services department is offering Career Fair Preparation Workshops designed to assist job seekers in knowing what they need to do prior to, during and after the career fair. The Preparation Workshops will be also be held virtually during the following dates and times:

• March 8- 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
• March 15-11 a.m. to noon
• March 15-6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The workshops will prepare job candidates for the following:

· What do I need to do before the career fair?
· What is an elevator speech?
· How will I connect and communicate with employers?
· What to expect after the career fair?

To register for the Preparation Workshops, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/job-fair-preparation-workshop-tickets-138458937409.

“There are a lot of local employers with job openings and the opportunity to talk with these representatives regarding a potential job is something candidates need to prepare for to give themselves a better chance of being hired,” said Donna DuHame-Schmidt, Director of Career Services and Cooperative Education at OCC. “By attending our Preparation Workshops prior to talking with employers at our Career Fairs, the candidates will be able to put their best foot forward during an interview.”

For more information about OCC’s Career Services and Cooperative Education programs, visit https://www.oaklandcc.edu/career.

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 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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