Oakland Early College Hosts the Galileo – Saudi Arabia Leadership Project

OEC Early collegeSaudi Arabian counselors, principals and supervisors spent a full day immersed in Oakland
Early College’s (OEC) educational processes as part of the Galileo-Saudi Arabia Leadership Project at Oakland University. It is just one of the stops on their research and educational journey to rebuild Saudi Arabia’s educational system.

A recognized leader for its partnership between higher education and high school, OEC staff and leadership showcased their non-traditional, hybrid model where students graduate with a dual high school diploma and Associates degree.
The November 1 visit included staff and student presentations, tours of campus and a lunch panel featuring OEC staff and students. The visiting group was eager to know more about the accreditation process, the benefits of a high school on a college campus and why students decided on OEC.
“I moved to the US from Saudi my senior year of high school. I don’t know what I’m going to do; I don’t know what I want to be in 10 years; I don’t even know what I’m going to eat for lunch today. I chose OEC because it gave me an opportunity to first have more time to get involved in the American system unlike a normal high school and be able to explore more creative programs like communications,” said student, Rahaf Azzam.
When asked about student support, OEC instructor Kyle Heffelbower shared, “The OCC campus is actually really good with their academic supports for early college students. They have high school tutors through National Honor Society and the College provides tutoring resources. The academic skills center can help a lot of students with math and writing webinars. These are all good things that the College provides for college-level classes that our students can access because they are, in fact, college students.”

OEC Head of School Jennifer Newman shared, “If I can leave you with one thought concerning early colleges, it is this: Slowly easing your high school students into the world of college, by gradually increasing their college workload over their high school career, will make them stronger students and much more likely to be successful when they enter the university world.”
Hosted through Oakland University’s Galileo Institute for Teacher Leadership, the Saudi group will spend the next six months living and learning in Oakland County as part of the international program. The program is dedicated to improving the learning of all students, elevating the education profession, enhancing the leadership skills of teachers, and fulfilling the vital role of public education in achieving a civil, prosperous and democratic society.

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Have YOU Entered to Win $150?

Looking for a study break? OCC students can participate in a 25 to 30-minute online survey, and be entered into a drawing to win a $150 Amazon gift card.

An outside firm has been hired to conduct the survey. All responses are confidential. Your name will NOT be connected with your answers and the College will not know if you participated in the survey.

0If you decide to enter the drawing for a $150 Amazon gift card, you will be directed to a different web site to leave your personal information. This information will be used for drawing purposes only.

To participate in the survey, go to: http://www.mediaprefs.com/225

Enter the following password: 225917

Thank you for participating!

P.S. If you have already participated in the survey, we thank you!

P.P.S. If you are an OCC faculty or staff member, please encourage your students to participate.  Their responses will help us market our programs in a more cost-effective, targeted manner.

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4 Keys to Success from the Academic Support Center

Midterms are behind you. Whew! Regardless of how you did, you can do even better for the rest of the semester. How? OCC’s Academic Success Center (ASC) offers services and resources that can help you improve or, if you’re doing exceptionally well, can help you help others and enhance your learning along the way!

Here are some proven methods to improve performance:

1. Tutoring: Take advantage of the free tutoring available on every campus. You are eligible for two tutoring appointments per week per class at no charge. Check schedules or, in some cases, drop in for tutoring at whichever campus is most convenient for you. OCC tutors have each invested at least 10 hours in comprehensive training and earned nationally recognized certificates so they are ‘ready, willing and able’ to help you get more out of your classes. The College’s 100 tutors include students, alumni, retirees and field specialists.

2. Supplemental Instruction: “If your course offers the Supplemental Instruction (SI) Leader program, take advantage of it,” said Lisa Nemitz, ASC Faculty, Orchard Ridge Campus. “We have found that this program works best with math, science and gateway courses, providing peer to peer study groups.” Research shows that SI-led study groups contribute to significantly higher GPAs for student participants.

3. Student Success Seminars: Sign up for these free seminars offered at each campus during the day and evening hours. Just-in-time topics are designed to provide strategies for learning, studying, communicating, and goal-setting. “The ASCs offer a full complement of success seminars, including customized workshops for math, science, writing and ESL courses, among others,” said Rosalind Reaves, ASC Faculty, Royal Oak Campus. “And, as an added bonus, many students earn extra credit from their instructors when they attend a success seminar.”

4. Plan with a Professional: Make an appointment with an ASC faculty member for developing student success plans. You’ll get 30 minutes of individualized attention and information on available resources that will guide you to further success.

For many students who are working and attending school and balancing multiple priorities, these opportunities can seem to require even more of your time. But remember, the time you put in on any of these options will reward you with increased efficiency and effectiveness. Do you remember being told that for every hour you spend in the classroom, you should plan on spending two hours studying outside? By midterms, this advice becomes clearer. The ASC understands you’re very busy and offers these proven resources and facilities to help you add new strategies to your study toolbox so you will spend your time more efficiently.

“Working with someone else is most efficient,” Nemitz adds. “Tutoring is for ALL students. Studies show that the average GPA for students who take advantage of tutoring and study groups is 3.0.” The College just completed a five-year study that shows that your GPA and retention rates are higher if you participate in a SI Leader group and/or tutoring.

So what do these resources mean to those of you who are acing your courses? You can give back to fellow students, keep your skills sharp, build your resume and earn some money by becoming a SI leader or tutor. If you’re interested, talk to your instructor or contact your campus ASC faculty to learn more.

Learning to learn improves your ability to master your course content. Get the most out of your college experience by partnering with the ASC.

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OCC Theatre Presents Original Acts in “Love, Hate and Other Oddities”

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If you are looking for a thought provoking, challenging and very entertaining night of theatre, Oakland Community College‘s production of “Love, Hate, and Other Oddities” runs November 2 – 11.

Love, Hate and Other Oddities takes a look at the world we live in through the lenses of a
variety of contemporary writers. Some known to you and others not. But their tales are all funny, tragic, political, heartfelt and edgy. All are important and all will have you talking, laughing and shedding a tear or two.

“Sometimes we need theatre that is light and entertaining, just for the fun of it. Other times, we need to be reminded that we live in a world that’s on the edge and we have a responsibility to change it. This theatre production offers both,” says OCC faculty member Dennis North, Fine & Performing Arts department.

Love, Hate and Other Oddities is a collection of dark, very funny, disturbing and issue oriented one-act plays that are NOT suitable for children.

Show dates are November 2, 3, 4 and 9, 10, 11. All performances are at 8:00 p.m. at the Oakland Community College Smith Theatre, located on the Orchard Ridge Campus, 27055 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills. General admission is $15; students and seniors (age 62+) pay $5.

Advance tickets for all performances are available at occevents.eventbrite.com. Tickets are also available at the Smith Theatre Box Office each night of the performance.

For more information about OCC’s theatre program contact Ken Faulk at (248) 522-3666 or visit the College’s theatre program home page.Love-Hate-EVENTBRITE-Image

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OCC Students Invited to Medical Main Street

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Southeast Michigan is a center for medical innovation. From St. John’s Providence destroying artery disease with sound waves to Vancive Medical developing post-op dressings that allows for surgical site visualization, our region is a hub for careers in the health sciences, biomedical engineering or medical technology fields.  Who knows—the next medical advance could come from you!

Take advantage of this FREE event and boost your networking connections by attending Oakland County’s Medical Main Street event at the Highland Lakes campus on Friday, Nov. 3. Network with representatives from top health care companies and medical technology firms as well as and learn from leaders during the panel discussion on “Insights into the Healthcare/Life Science Ecosystem,” facilitated by OCC Interim Chancellor, Peter Provenzano. It is the perfect opportunity to apply classroom knowledge to real world situations and build connections that could help add to your future success.

Medical Main Street®, powered by Oakland County, is a vital partner in the life science, biotechnology, pharmacology and health care industries in Southeast Michigan. Event attendees include, but are not limited to, Beaumont Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Detroit Medical Center, DPRO Healthcare, HAP, Homedics USA, JEMS Technology, Medical Device Communications, Oakland County Department of Health and Human Services, Oxford Biomedical Research Inc., Oxus Inc. and United Healthcare.

Southeast Michigan is a great area to build your medical technology career! This FREE event is open to OCC students but registration is required. To register, visit the Oakland County event page.

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