OCC Womencenter Hosts Self Defense Workshop

Oakland Community College invites members of the public to its Self Defense for Women workshop, designed to increase knowledge, self-confidence, common sense, protection strategies for preventing attack and effective fight and escape techniques to use in case of assault.Womencenter Self Defense 403x403

The workshop is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, October 25, 2014, in J Building, Room 305, at Oakland Community College’s Orchard Ridge Campus, 27055 Orchard Lake Road, south of I-696 in Farmington Hills.

Self-defense expert Jaye Spiro conducts the session. Ms. Spiro holds a sixth-degree black belt in Karate and is known nationally for her self-defense programs.

Women of all ages (13 years of age and older), sizes, and fitness abilities are encouraged to attend. Mothers and daughters are welcome, as well as young women preparing for or attending college or considering study abroad.

The workshop is $40 and pre-registration is required. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a lunch and water.

Self Defense for Women is sponsored by the Womencenter, a facility that provides educational and supportive resources for area women.

For further information on the Self Defense for Women workshop and other program offerings call the Womencenter at (248) 522-3642. Ample free parking is available in nearby campus lots. Contact: Arlene Frank, (248) 522-3641

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OCC to Host Nursing Program Site Review

Oakland Community College will host a site review for continuing accreditation of its Associate Degree Nursing Program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).IMG_5435

The public is invited to meet the site visit team and share comments about the program in person at a 4 p.m. meeting on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at Oakland Community College’s Student Center Arena, Highland Lakes Campus, 7350 Cooley Lake Road, Waterford, MI, 48327.

Written comments are also welcome and should be submitted to:

Dr. Sharon Tanner, Chief Executive Officer, Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA, 30326.

All written comments should be received by the ACEN by September 22, 2014.

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Garden Party Raises $55,000 for OCC Culinary Students

The Garden Party Foundation celebrated its sixth annual The Garden Party event June 8 at Meadowbrook Hall in Rochester Hills, featuring food from Michigan’s best restaurants and 100 of the finest wines. More than 700 people attended this year’s event.

OCC officials receive $55,000 check from The Garden Party for Culinary Studies Institute student scholarships

OCC officials receive a $55,000 check from The Garden Party Foundation for OCC Culinary Studies Institute student scholarships

Proceeds benefited Oakland Community College Culinary Studies Institute and the Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan, with $55,000 donated to each organization and $20,000 donated to Children’s Tumor Foundation.

“The Culinary Studies Institute provides aspiring chefs a solid foundation to launch their careers,” said OCC Chancellor Timothy Meyer. “Our culinary students win awards at regional and national competitions and go on to become successful chefs and business owners. We are grateful for our partnership with The Garden Party Foundation and their generosity in supporting OCC’s Culinary Studies Institute.”

Elizabeth and Sydney L. Ross, along with Lewis Cooper, founders of The Garden Party Foundation and owners of Great Lakes Wine and Spirits, presented Meyer with check on August 13 at the residence of Elizabeth and Sydney Ross in Bloomfield Township. Next year’s Garden Party will be held on June 7, 2015.

“We are thrilled that the next generation of Detroit philanthropists supported Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan, OCC Culinary Studies and Children’s Tumor Foundation by attending the event. We are already looking forward to next year and are excited to hold The Garden Party on the beautiful grounds of Meadow Brook Hall,” Ross said.

The Garden Party Foundation acknowledges and thanks all event sponsors including presenting sponsor Advance Engineering. Other sponsors include Atlas Oil, Bodman PLC, Celani Family Vineyards, Crain Communication Inc, eTitle Agency, GM Foundation, Great Lakes Wine & Spirits, Huntington Bank, JP Morgan Chase & Co., MillerCoors, MP Tool & Engineering, NetJets, News/Talk 760 WJR, Plum Market, Ryder, The Suburban Collection, Thomas Sebold & Associates Inc, UHY Advisors, Inc.

Oakland Community College’s Culinary Studies Institute provides students with hands-on experiences in one of the largest facilities of its type, with quality instruction by award-winning faculty. The OCC Culinary Studies Institute is Michigan’s premier hospitality school. The largest of the Institute’s programs, Culinary Arts, gives students a combination of classroom and hands-on experience. In addition to extensive time in kitchen labs cooking and baking, students learn specialties such as ice carving and wine and spirits. Students also participate in such special events as the Wassail Feast and also operate the Ridgewood Café, the program’s restaurant located at the Orchard Ridge Campus.   The Orchard Ridge Campus is located at 27055 Orchard Lake Road, just south of I-696. Free parking is available in nearby college lots.

About OCC:

With five campuses throughout Oakland County, OCC is celebrating its 50th year. OCC is the largest community college in Michigan and the 25th largest in the nation. It offers degrees and certificates in more than 160 career fields and university transfer degrees in business, science and the liberal arts. More than a million students have enrolled in the college since it opened in 1965. To learn more about OCC, visit www.oaklandcc.edu.

About The Garden Party Foundation:

The Garden Party Foundation was founded by Sydney L. Ross and his wife, Elizabeth. The Garden Party event was initiated and is maintained by The J. Lewis Cooper family and Elizabeth and Sydney L. Ross Foundation. The purpose of The Garden Party is to create a pleasant Sunday afternoon that is pleasing to the eye, the palate, and for its charitable aspect – pleasing to the soul. The Garden Party Foundation’s mission is to support multiple local charities and use money raised to support Michigan causes. The foundation also aims to make The Garden Party the finest and most prominent food and wine event in the state. The Garden Party Foundation can be reached at 313.852.3951 or by visiting www.thegardenpartymichigan.org.

 

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Congratulate CREST on its 10th Anniversary!

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OCC’s Combined Regional Emergency Services Training (CREST) Center is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Last week it held a small party to mark the occasion.

CREST is Oakland County’s premier facility for police, fire, EMS and other emergency training. Opening in 2004, CREST has trained nearly 90% of the emergency response teams in Oakland County as well as agencies throughout Michigan, Canada and the Midwest.

The CREST site offers real-life scenarios simulated for trainees to think through options, decisions and apply their skills. This internationally-recognized approach of “scenario based training” makes CREST an invaluable resource in keeping our community safe.

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OCC Offers Divorce Seminar for Women

Divorce can be an overwhelming emotional, legal and financial experience Contemplating-Divorcer-403for women contemplating the process. Obtaining adequate information, acknowledging appropriate expectations, discovering financial options, anticipating legal issues, and coping with emotional aspects are predictable challenges when navigating the process of divorce.

The OCC Womencenter is sponsoring the seminar “Contemplating Divorce” from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Saturday, September 27, in G building, Room 111, on the Orchard Ridge Campus of Oakland Community College, 27055 Orchard Lake Road, just south of I-696 in Farmington Hills.

This seminar will increase your knowledge of the issues pertaining to divorce. Financial planners Rebecca Abel, CFP, CDFA, Vicki McLellen, MA, CFP, CDFA, therapist Shelley Acierno-Chari, LMFT, and attorney Brenda Murphy, JD, from the Women’s Divorce Resource Center will present the seminar.

The seminar is $45 and pre-registration is necessary. To register or for more information on this and other Womencenter programs, call (248) 522-3642.

The Womencenter provides educational and supportive resources for area women.

About OCC: With five campuses throughout Oakland County, OCC is celebrating its 50th year. OCC is the largest community college in Michigan and the 25th largest in the nation. It offers degrees and certificates in more than 160 career fields and university transfer degrees in business, science and the liberal arts. More than a million students have enrolled in the college since it opened in 1965. To learn more about OCC, visit www.oaklandcc.edu.

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