OCC Offers Help to Displaced ITT Students



Oakland Community College is inviting former ITT Technical Institute students to a “one stop” workshop designed especially for them,  Monday, September 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the College’s Auburn Hills campus at 2900 Featherstone Road, Building F, Room G-240.

“We designed this event to help ITT students get their education and career back on track after the closing of ITT campuses nationwide,” said OCC Chancellor Timothy Meyer. “The real tragedy with the closing of ITT is for those students who were left stranded in their academic path to success. We wanted to provide a one-stop workshop to help them understand what their options are to completing their educational and career goals.”

The two-hour event will offer both guidance as well as opportunity to meet with representatives from counseling, admissions, financial aid and various academic programs. While most of OCC’s fall classes have already started, OCC is waiving the fall application deadline for ITT students so they can take advantage of courses starting later this month instead of waiting until winter semester.

The event is free, however, advance registration is recommended. For more information visit www.OCC4ITT.Eventbrite.com or call (248) 341-2230. Attendees are encouraged to bring a photo I.D., unofficial transcripts and tax records to start the financial aid process.

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Bring Your High Tech Recycling to OCC Highland Lakes Campus, October 1 Keep Waste Out of Landfills

Oakland Community College’s Sustainability Committee and High Tech Recycling invite the community to bring their electronic waste to a recycling event at the College’s Highland Lakes campus on Saturday, October 1 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The campus is located at 7350 Cooley Lake Road, Waterford.

10-1The following items will be accepted: computers, laptops, printers, copiers, cell phones, office phones, microwaves, chargers, TVs (no tube TVs), cable boxes, lithium ion and car batteries, hard drives, industrial equipment, personal electronics, radios, computer monitors, audio equipment, routers, circuit boards, cables, wires, cords and home appliances.

The following materials will not be accepted: tube TVs, bio-hazard material, radioactive material, VHS tapes, CDs, Freon-containing devices, alkaline batteries, leaking batteries, any non-electronics and hazardous waste (such as paint or oil).

Over the past four years, OCC has collected over 60,000 pounds of approved waste from community residents, students, staff and faculty and safely transport to approved waste and recycling facilities making it easy for community members to keep waste out of landfills.

For more information, contact Keith Pawlovich at krpawlov@oaklandcc.edu or (248) 942-3243.

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OCC Culinary Student Takes Bronze in National Championship

This summer’s Olympic medal winners are elite, but not alone, earning bragging rights as our hometown champions with an appetite for winning.

Oakland Community College’s Culinary Studies Institute proudly produced its own medalist at the national SkillsUSA culinary arts competition this summer. Budding chef and OCC student Rebecca Deslippe captured a Bronze medal beating out 30+ champion-level contenders – all state-wide victors in their own right.

Deslippe qualified to compete at the national competition by earning a perfect score at the Michigan SkillsUSA state championship earlier this spring.

The national 2016 SkillsUSA Championships drew more than 6,000 students from across the country to compete in 100 skill and leadership contests representing 130 occupational areas. The event was held at the Kentucky Exposition Center and at a nearby hotel, occupying space equivalent to more than 19 football fields.

For Deslippe, the full-day competition encompassed both food preparation and presentation and demonstrated knowledge and skills through the production of a four-course menu. Students were rated on their organization, knife skills, cooking techniques, creative presentation, sanitation food safety techniques, and quality and flavor of their prepared items.

This year’s competition proved to be exceptionally challenging with the purchase of a sub-par base ingredient. “Our greatest challenge was preparing table-side guacamole with rock-hard unripe avocados! We tried a Facebook trick of wrapping them in tinfoil and baking but it didn’t work. We ended up getting a potato peeler and working our skills to get the fruit to release from its seed,” she shared. “It’s nothing any of us would serve in a restaurant but we had to get on with the show and keep moving.”

Recognized for her culinary leadership, Deslippe was the only student medalist invited to also judge the national high school competition the following day. Oakland Community College is host to the local high school competitions each year and Deslippe says she is excited to give back locally with her experience from the national competition.

She credits her success to the personal attention and commitment of OCC’s Culinary Art Institute instructors, Chefs Athena Bolger, Darlene Levinson and Susan Baier who “helped me by  coming into school after the semester was over for no other reason than to help and practice with me. They are always there to listen and help us get through. This is their lives.”

For more information on OCC’s culinary program visit their website at oaklandcc.edu/culinary.

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New Center Supports Careers in Advanced Manufacturing

Grand Re-opening of OCC’s Advanced Technology Center and New  HURCO CNC Training Center

Oakland Community College (OCC) recently opened its doors to area businesses, students and the community to learn about high demand, high-paying jobs at the newly renovated Advanced Technology Center in Auburn Hills.

The revamped center supports careers in Advanced Manufacturing and is the first HURCO Lab in Michigan. It is designed to prepare students for successful careers in advanced manufacturing and other growing and innovative industries. With eight state-of-the-art machines for student use, the center will also function as HURCO’s southeast Michigan showroom.

“Machinist jobs are in the top 50 in-demand jobs in the country and our region is at the hub of that training need. OCC’s revamped Advanced Technology Center further supports our commitment to educate our future workforce and support economic growth,” said Chancellor Timothy Meyer. “With the outstanding leadership and generosity from HURCO, we now have some of the finest equipment for student learning in the country.”

Incoming OCC students can prepare for entry-level employment in CNC machining and earn four national industry certifications in just one semester. Upon completion, they can move into a CNC machining career and expect to earn $12-$34/hour.

According to Pure Michigan Talent Connect more than 6,700 skilled trades job openings are expected every year in Michigan through 2022.

“This tremendous partnership with HURCO reinvented the idea of bringing industry and education together.  By combining them in this state of the art showroom our students are not only learning, but they are being exposed to great companies that are coming to see them operating the machines,” said Interim Dean of Engineering, Manufacturing and Industrial Technologies, Deborah Bayer.

“In addition to the HURCO training lab, OCC’s Advanced Training Center robotics lab is second to none and the mechatronics program is leading the way with our fourth cohort starting this fall. We will soon be announcing new transportation, welding and other key training center additions supported through grant and partnership funding,” she added.

Interested in mechatronics or information technology? Oakland Community College offers the Michigan Advanced Technician Training (MAT2) program that combines college-level learning with real-world experiences at a company. If you are an employer, student or parent looking for more information on the MAT2 program, please visit http://www.mitalent.org/mat2 or call OCC at (248) 232-4050.

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OCC Student Awarded Allied Health Scholarship

Last year, Platinum Educational Group launched its inaugural scholarships program geared at Emergency Medical Services (EMS) students. The company has since expanded its product line to include the nursing and allied health fields and its 2016 scholarships program to support students obtaining higher education in these healthcare industries.

According to Platinum CEO Doug Smith, the scholarship program goal is to provide students entering the EMS, nursing, and allied health fields with assistance in funding his or her education. A former high school teacher and paramedic, Smith says, “With the rising costs of tuition and program fees, it’s an honor to assist others embarking on their dream of providing needed healthcare services to our communities.”

OCC Student Samantha Spiewak 2016 Allied Health scholarshi

Platinum’s 2016 Allied Health scholarship was awarded to Oakland Community College student Samantha Spiewak. Spiewak is enrolled in OCC’s Surgical Technician program. After graduation, the Farmington Hills resident plans to work for two years as a CST then go back to school to become a Certified Surgical First Assistant. “My dream is to work in trauma, where only the most prepared and capable CSTs and CSFAs work, ready for any case” stated Spiewak.

In 2016 Platinum Educational Group offered three $1000 scholarships, with plans to expand its scholarship program offerings in the near future.

“As we continue to expand our company’s software programs to include the Allied Health, Nursing, and Fire Science industries, alongside our EMS products, we also look to develop several scholarship awards to include those fields,” specified Platinum’s COO and co-founder Tom Gottschalk. He also stated, “It just feels good to give back.”

For more information on OCC’s programs visit oaklandcc.edu. For details on Platinum Educational Group’s Scholarships Program contact marketing@platinumed.com.

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