Student Paintings on Exhibit at the Auburn Hills Library

The OCC Auburn Hills Art Department and Library will host a reception to celebrate a display featuring 10 paintings by student artist Mingjie Zhang 4-6  p.m., Wednesday, March 11 at 2900 Featherstone Road in Auburn Hills.

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The celebration will feature good company, good food, and beautiful art. Mingjie’s work will be on display through the end of April.

Mingjie recently moved to Michigan from Berkley, California, where she att13547 Winter 2015 Art Exhibit in AH Library_WEBended Diablo Valley College. She has been attending OCC since Fall 2014.

As an artist, Mingjie is interested in a variety of subjects including the figure, still life, and landscape. The paintings in this exhibition range from contemplative narrative to fun vignettes of color describing the corners of Mingjie’s world. Thick paint, pronounced brush strokes and vibrant color are important components of this work.

For more information, contact Erin Scott (AH Art Department) at (248) 232-4041 or Christy Malmsten (AH Library) at (248) 232-4131.

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OCC to Receive $4.5 Million for Skilled Trades

OCC Chancellor Tim Meyer

OCC Chancellor Timothy R. Meyer

Oakland Community College (OCC) will receive $4.5 million in funds to purchase equipment for training in auto servicing, collision repair, medium/heavy truck and commercial driving, Gov. Rick Snyder announced Tuesday.

“Auto servicing, diesel mechanics and mechatronics are great occupations with high demand into the future,” said OCC Chancellor Timothy R. Meyer. “Governor Snyder and the Michigan Strategic Fund are promoting high-demand skilled trades and putting the resources in place to make it happen. OCC is focused on meeting community need and the transportation sector shows significant growth requiring skilled workers.”

OCC will provide more than $1.5 million in matching funds. It is one of 18 state community colleges to receive $50 million in grant funds to boost training in skilled trades.

OCC received support from Oakland Schools, the Michigan Trucking Association, Central Transport and the Suburban Collection in their grant application. Oakland Schools will provide articulation support and the other partners will provide jobs and stay connected with OCC as it implements programs.

The grant program is a critical component of the state’s comprehensive strategy to address demand for hard-to-fill jobs. The program offered up to $4.8 million to community colleges providing a 25 percent match for equipment costs, including installation, renovations and instructor training. The program also requires collaboration with school districts and a detailed plan on how the funding will help meet employers’ job needs.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation approved the schools selected for funding through the Community College Skilled Trades Equipment Program, an effort to help close a talent gap and meet a demand for good-paying jobs.   Announced by Snyder in October, the grant program provides funding for Michigan community colleges to purchase equipment required for educational programs in high-wage, high-skill, and high-demand occupations. Earlier today, the Michigan Strategic Fund authorized issuing bonds to fund the program.

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 approximately 100 career fields and university transfer degrees in business, science and the liberal arts. Nearly a million students have enrolled in the college since it opened in 1965. To learn more about OCC, visit

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OCC Students Shine at NSA Convention

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OCC NSA members attend the 64th Michigan NSA Annual Convention in Lansing

Members of the Oakland Community College Nursing Student Association received seven of 10 awards given at the Michigan Nursing Student Association 64th Annual State Convention in Lansing Michigan on February 6&7.

Awards included:
· Outstanding Chapter President: Rebecca Dearry
· Outstanding Nursing Student: Michelle Slessor
· Community Health Group Project Award: Brandella Nettle
· Creative Scrapbook Award: Amy Carlso, Elizabeth Stamper, and Jen Hampshire
· Creative Newsletter Award: Multiple student editors guided by Brandella Nettle
· Community Service Award: Amanda Klecot and Sandi Curray
· Distinguished Advisor Award: Dawn Baker

Also at this year’s convention several students ran for and were elected officers of the Michigan Student Nurse Association (MNSA).

“I would like to recognize these students not only for their successful efforts in running for these positions, but for undertaking more responsibility at a state level in the MNSA,” said faculty advisor Dawn Baker.

· 1st Vice President: Ola Glezen
· Membership Director: Raven Brady-Parker
· Secretary: Adrienne Roteman
· Nominations and Elections: Brandella Nettle
· Treasurer: Nicole Politi

For the second year in a row, students passed a resolution in front of the Michigan Nursing Student Board. The resolution had two goals: to give future nurses the ability to recognize their own biases and to ensure these biases do not affect patient care. The authors of this resolution are Ola Glezen and Rachael Overmire.

The students now have an opportunity to present and argue the resolution at  the National Student Nurse Association Convention this spring.

“I would like to congratulate and recognize these students for their commitment to nursing at a community, state and national level,” Baker added. “Their excitement, positive energy and dedication to nursing continue to inspire me and energizing me.”

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OCC Faculty Receives Prestigious Service Award

The National Council of Teachers of English Two-Year College English Association has awarded OCC faculty Leslie Roberts its 2015 Nell Ann Pickett Service AwardNCTE

The Nell Ann Pickett Service Award is the NCTE TYCA’s highest national Service Award. It is given each year to an outstanding teacher whose vision and voice had a major impact on two-year college professionalism and whose teaching exemplifies outstanding creativity, sensitivity, and leadership.

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Leslie Roberts

“I had the pleasure of listening to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg address students at the University of Michigan recently,” Roberts said. “She advised young people to find something they were passionate about, that might allow them to help others from all socioeconomic backgrounds and they would find more fulfillment from than from any paycheck.”

“For me, teaching at a two-year college and working with the Two-Year College English Association (TYCA) and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), has been that passion. I have been fortunate to have invaluable support and mentoring at OCC and TYCA along the way,” she added.

The award will be presented at the annual Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Awards Ceremony in Tampa, Fla., in March. Roberts will also receive a plaque and complimentary registration to the 2016 CCCC Conference.

By Miranda Mayuiers

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Students Can Receive Financial Aid Refunds in Three Ways

OCC students can receive their financial aid refunds in three different ways. Students are encouraged to make a selection through their Online Services account at Ways To Receive a Refund

The following options are available:

Direct Deposit

Students selecting this option will receive a refund as an e-check with funds deposited to a personal checking or savings account. Click on “Direct Deposit FAQs” on Online Services for additional information. Funds are available in 1-2 business days.

Enhanced Raider One Card (with the U.S. Bank Prepaid Debit MasterCard® feature)

Activating the U.S. Bank Prepaid Debit MasterCard® feature of the Enhanced Raider One Card gives students the opportunity to receive their refund onto their student ID card. In most cases, funds are available the same day.

Paper Check

If a student does not select direct deposit or to activate the U.S. Bank Prepaid Debit MasterCard® feature, they will receive a paper check to the address on file with Enrollment Services. It takes 3-5 business days for a receipt of a paper check.

For a list of refund dates, visit

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