Apply Now for a Spot in OCC’s Fall Fire Academy

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The Oakland Community College Fire Academy is now accepting applications for its fall session. The fire academy is a 10-week program that runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, September 2 to November 7. The academy provides students … Continue reading

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Self Defense for Women Workshop – Register Now!

The Womencenter is proud to sponsor Self Defense for Women, a one-day intensive Womencenter Self Defense 403x403workshop designed to increase self-confidence through awareness and prevention.

Women will learn to:
• Lessen vulnerability to attack
• Devise strategies for handling
various attacks, from verbal to
life threatening
• Practice simple, effective fight
and escape techniques.

Women of all ages, sizes, and fitness abilities are encouraged to attend. Mothers and daughters (13 years of age and older), as well as young women preparing to leave for college are encouraged to attend. The event is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Orchard Ridge Campus, J-Building, Room 305. For more information and to register, call the Womencenter at (248) 522-3642. The instructor is Jaye Spiro of Mejishi Martial Arts, a 6th Degree Black Belt in Karate.

There is a $40 fee. Pre-registration is recommended. Wear comfortable clothing. Bring a brown bag lunch.

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OCC’s MAT2 a Finalist for Program of the Year Award – Vote Now!

Finalists have been chosen and online voting is open to MAT2select the winners of Automation Alley’s 14th Annual Awards Gala, Southeast Michigan’s most prestigious event honoring technology organizations and their leaders.

Automation Alley, Michigan’s largest technology business association, will announce the winners at its signature event, to be held 6 to 11 p.m., Friday, September 12, at Motor City Casino Hotel in Detroit. Easy online voting and information about each finalist is available here.

“Automation Alley is pleased to once again honor and celebrate our regional business leaders,” said Automation Alley Executive Director Ken Rogers. “This is your chance to vote for the true innovators, the individuals and companies in our region that are making a difference and moving our economy forward.”

Online voting is open until midnight, August 1. Award categories include Entrepreneur of the Year, Global Trader of the Year, Educational Program of the Year, Technology Company of the Year and Automation Alley Member Company of the Year. MAT2, a Michigan Economic Development Corporation Program housed at OCC, is nominated in the Educational Program of the Year Category.

Winners in each category will be announced at the Awards Gala. Finalists take into account the public online vote and the votes of the new Luminary Committee. Twenty-five regional leaders make up the Luminary Committee. Last year’s Awards Gala winners include:

• Entrepreneur of the Year: Bill Coughlin, Ford Global Technologies, LLC
• Global Trader of the Year: Fluxtrol, Inc.
• Technology Company of the Year: Pratt & Miller Engineering
• Educational Program of the Year: Central Michigan University New Venture Competition
• Automation Alley Member of the Year: Rochelle A. Black, Oakland University

For more information, contact the Automation Alley Resource Center at (800) 427-5100 or

About OCC

With five campuses throughout Oakland County, OCC is the largest community college in Michigan and the 25th largest in the nation. OCC is celebrating its 50th year and 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

About Automation Alley

Automation Alley is a technology business association and business accelerator dedicated to growing the Southeast Michigan economy and enhancing the region’s reputation around the world. Automation Alley offers talent and business development programs and services to tech-focused businesses of all sizes — from startups to large corporations. Automation Alley collaborates with regional partners to provide members and clients with the best business resources available to drive local economic growth and positively influence the stories told around the globe about the people and businesses of Greater Detroit.

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Community Members Get a Taste of CREST

Community members were able to get a taste of the many capabilities of the Combined Regional Emergency Services Training (CREST) last week at an OCC Economic and Workforce Development Low Ropes Course and Teambuilding Training.

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A low ropes group gets ready to participate in training

The event featured breakfast and networking, a tour of CREST and a ropes course.

About 40 participants attended from area work places including Oakland Schools, Oakland University, Chrysler, Broner, Brightwing, Urban Science, Pulse 220, the City of Southfield and the City of Rochester Hills.

“It was meant to promote the low ropes course to companies as well as the endless opportunities with customized teambuilding with CREST,” said Elizabeth Tomaszewski, OCC Economic and Workforce Development Project Manager. “This year we have hosted a group of resident doctors from Henry Ford Health Systems in a customized teambuilding event that included rappelling, search and rescue and customized EMS Scenarios. EWD wants to promote these fun, out-of-the-box teambuilding opportunities to the community.

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Participants huddle as they test a ropes course elements. All 15 participants had to fit on a small platform!!

“We wanted to see if it would be a good opportunity for our company in terms of leadership and training,” said Rob Grozenski, a business developer at Brightwing. “I thought it was well organized, friendly and gave you a good sense what a team would accomplish.”

Donna Preston, Chief Operating Officer at Broner, Inc., is looking forward to trying out the training with company staff.

“I was interested in the low ropes course, to see if it would work for a team of 30 people or see if it would be intimidating. The event cleared things up in my mind. It reinforced my feelings that it would be a wonderful opportunity. It was well organized and it would be wonderful for our company.”

Amy Flynn, a Postsecondary Training Consultant with Oakland Schools, said she and her colleague Cynthia Scherphorn, were excited about future possibilities at CREST.

“Cindy and I enjoyed learning about CREST and the low ropes course and see multiple ways to incorporate this into our curriculum. We plan to pursue further visits for our staff and students, as teamwork and collaboration are excellent foundations for maximizing learning!

For more information, to schedule a tour a team building event, call EWD at (248) 232-4000 or Elizabeth Tomaszewski at (248) 232-4193.

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Students New to OCC Must Apply for Admission by Aug. 15

Oakland Community College is requiring new students to apply for academic students_1462918admission by August 15.

Like many other community colleges, OCC has had a rolling admissions policy since its inception, meaning there was no cut-off date to apply.

But research has shown that late registration correlates with lower grades, lower completion rates and lower re-enrollment in the following term. OCC administrators have taken note and are instituting the new admissions deadline as part of a push to boost student success, increase retention and completion.

“This is an effort to help students and improve retention,” OCC Registrar Stephen Linden said. “When students apply at the last minute, they create impediments to their academic success.”

The new admissions policy starts this fall, with the August 15 fall deadline. December 15 is the application deadline for winter semester. Students who do not meet the fall application deadline can apply for admission for late-starting fall classes or for winter semester after the add/drop period, which ends September 4.

Fall classes begin August 28. Late-starting fall class dates vary and are available online.

Exceptions to the application deadline will be approved under special circumstances.

The application deadline applies to new students and students whose records have become inactive (no registration activity for three years). It does not apply to college guest applications or to applications for high school guest or dual enrollment students.

The admissions deadline will require students to address important matters that impact their success such as processing financial aid, speaking with counselors, attending required orientations for students who test into developmental level classes and registering for required classes before they close. The push is one of several initiatives instituted at OCC to boost student success. Other efforts include:

• OCC is eliminating a $25 student graduation application fee starting this fall. Many OCC students who qualify to graduate do not apply because of the fee. This has a detrimental effect on students who do not benefit from a degree despite having the required credits. It also impacts the College’s completion rates.

• The Board of Trustees has moved Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students out of the “out-of-state” tuition category. DACA students are children of undocumented people who attended and graduated from local high schools and want to attend local community colleges. By default, they were placed in the out-of-state international student category. DACA students will now pay in-district or out-of-district tuition rates. The move will help add to the local work force and eliminate the significant cost difference for these students who, unlike others, do not qualify for financial aid.

The changes were the result of recommendations by an International Taskforce OCC created to look into the issue.

“This extraordinary community advocacy effort brought about positive change for all involved,” said Sharon Miller, Vice Chancellor of External Affairs and a member of the committee.

The following tuition rates were also established for 2014-2015:
• In-district: $ 82.00 per Semester Credit Hour
• Out-of-district: $154.00 per Semester Credit Hour
• Out-of-state: $216.00 per Semester Credit Hour

With five campuses throughout Oakland County OCC is the largest community college in Michigan and the 25th largest in the nation. OCC offers degrees and certificates in more than 160 career fields and university transfer degrees in business, science and the liberal arts. Three quarters of a million students have enrolled in the college since it opened in 1965. To learn more about OCC, visit

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