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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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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