Oakland Community College is Riding the CREST of Public Safety

June 16 is a big day for the OCC Police Academy, which celebrated its 50th graduation since the program’s establishment in 1967. Recognized as a leading police training facility in the State of Michigan, the Police Academy consistently graduates high achievers through a combination of skilled and experienced training staff and hands-on training through CREST (Combined Regional Emergency Services Training).

The June ceremony recognized 33 new graduates – 17 from various agencies in the area and 16 pre-service or self-sponsored candidates.

“Our graduates represent courage, compassion and dedication to our community,” said Interim Chancellor Peter Provenzano. “They are committed by oath and honor to protect and serve, and we are indebted to them for their service.”

Graduating Police Academy class president Samuel Hannum added, “This is where we start representing every officer in the United States.”

CREST is the region’s unique training center, developed by local Police, Fire and EMS agencies in collaboration with Oakland Community College. It includes furnished houses, a bank, convenience store, motel and five-story live fire-training tower on Oakland Community College’s Auburn Hills Campus. The CREST site offers an experience where real-life scenarios are simulated by trainees who must not only think through options and decisions, but also actively apply their public safety skills.

OCC offers advance training, degrees and certificates in public safety fields including Police, Fire, EMS and Emergency Dispatch. It is is overseen by a new interim dean, Lt. David Cece, former OCC public safety officer.

OCC is also pleased to announce two new endowed scholarships related to CREST. The first, the Rolland C. Thayer III Firefighters Memorial Endowed Scholarship. Thayer was Captain of the Pontiac Fire Department for more than 25 years and this scholarship honors his service by supporting a student in the Basic Fire Academy.

The second new scholarship is the Richard and Patricia Tillman Endowed Scholarship Fund that will benefit the top marksman in each class at the Academy. The Tillmans both worked at the Police Academy; Mr. Tillman served for nearly three decades.

For more information on training opportunities, please visit www.oaklandcc.edu/crest/

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OCC Nationally Recognized for Campus Safety Innovation

Oakland Community College (OCC) was one of three finalists out of 1,400 community colleges nationwide to be honored at the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) conference in New Orleans, LA. OCC was recognized for its visionary work in the category of College Safety and Planning.

OCC was honored for fulfilling a number of safety and response criteria and its formation of a Clery Act/Title IX Compliance Committee two years ago in response to the addition of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The committee worked to ensure compliance with both the Clery Act and Title IX. As a result, OCC enhanced communication, training, community outreach and understanding of what responsible behavior looks like across its five campuses.

“We are gratified to see the work we are doing to ensure a safe learning environment is being recognized,” said Peter Provenzano, Interim Chancellor, OCC. “This remains a real team effort across the college, one of which we are committed to for continuous improvement.”

In addition, OCC also created a Suicide and Mental Health Response Task Force that developed administrative guidelines and procedures to provide a consistent college-wide response to students experiencing suicidal ideation or mental health issues.

In its commitment to safety and planning, OCC conducts regular crisis training including active shooter and campus crisis team practice scenarios. OCC also updated its emergency alert system to provide more immediate and effective notifications. The college routinely reviews and updates its safety procedures for labs and classrooms.

For a copy of OCC’s Department of Public Safety Annual Security Report, visit the college’s safety page at www.oaklandcc.edu/publicsafety.

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Oakland Community College Student Group Top Finisher in National Competition

Oakland Community College’s student government team, SA3, finished in the top ten in a national campus competition called “Up to Us.” The national competition pitted OCC’s team against 75 other colleges. The objective of the competition was for collegiate student leaders to raise awareness and engagement on America’s fiscal challenges.

Oakland Community College (OCC), first place winner Jackson State University, and the other top ten finalists were recognized at the 2017 Peter G. Peterson Fiscal Summit in Washington D.C. on May 23. The event featured meetings with Senator John McCain, U.S. Department of Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means Kevin Brady, Bernie Sanders and other national leaders.

OCC’s SA3 team is the official student governing body of the Oakland Community College. The purpose of SA3 is to promote student participation in campus activities, decision-making processes, commitment to individual responsibilities, procedures and bylaws of the College.

SA3 AnalineThe winning team was led by Analine Morales, president of the SA3 Oakland Community College Auburn Hills Student Government and resident of Auburn Hills. Team members included: Auburn Hills resident Morales; Auburn Hills resident Farzana Hoque, SA3 vice president; Alyssa Garcia-Lizardi, treasurer (Clarkston); Adam Owczarzak, public relations chair (Troy); Caitlyn Webster, secretary (Auburn Hills) and co-advisors Jessica Lizardi (Lake Orion) and Jeff Farrah (Ferndale).

The group will be further recognized by former President Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) annual meeting in Massachusetts later this year.

“We are very proud of Analine and her team for leading these efforts and developing a campaign that had great impact and reached so many members of our student body,” said OCC Student Development Coordinator Jessica Lizardi. “More than 500 students across all OCC campuses signed a pledge to become more aware about our national debt and understand how students’ economic futures could be affected.”

 “This experience has helped me to grow as a leader,” said Morales. “It has helped me to know how to better communicate how important the fiscal issues are for our future.”

OCC students were also featured in a national promotional video for Up to Us 2016-17. The video can be viewed here.

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OCC’s National Society of Leadership and Success Inducts 169 New Members

NSLS 2017The Oakland Community College (OCC) Chapter of The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) recently inducted 169 members. This is the OCC Chapter’s third group of members to be inducted into the NSLS. Inducted members complete a leadership program consisting of an orientation, a leadership training day, three speaker broadcasts, three success networking team meetings and an induction ceremony where they received the Certificate of Leadership Training.

The NSLS is one of the nation’s largest leadership honor societies. Students are selected for membership based on being a newly enrolled student at OCC. Candidacy is a nationally recognized achievement of honorable distinction. Membership is for a lifetime and provides access to benefits including scholarships and awards, exclusive on-campus events, employer recruitment through an online job bank, discounts on computers, textbooks, graduate school preparation courses, insurance and much more.

Currently the OCC NSLS Chapter has 778 members, many of whom are continuing to work towards their induction. “The OCC NSLS continues to have a significant impact on our campus by inspiring our students to become better leaders and helping them reach their goals. We are extremely proud of our members” (Stacey Jackson, Chapter Advisor).

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About The National Society of Leadership and Success

The National Society of Leadership and Success was founded in 2001 to build a community of like-minded, success oriented leaders who come together to help one another succeed. The Society offers interactive broadcasts with the nation’s best speakers, training in goal setting, and team meetings in which students set and hold each other accountable for achieving goals. Today, the Society has chapters on more than 475 college and university campuses nationwide and serves more than 450,000 members. For more information, please visit www.societyleadership.org. Follow the Society on Twitter @theNSLS and Like on Facebook.  

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OCC Names 2017 Diversity Champion, Allison McFadden-Keesling

mcfadden-diversity-champion-2017.jpgOakland Community College’s (OCC) 2017 Diversity Champion by the College’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.  McFadden-Keesling, a librarian at OCC’s Highland Lakes Campus in Waterford, received the award for her work on OCC’s Human Library, a collection of diverse individuals who are on loan to readers.

“In this age of rapid globalization, the understanding and appreciation of others is an important foundation for personal and professional success,” said OCC Chancellor Timothy Meyer.

The College’s Diversity and Inclusion committee mission is to ensure that diversity, in all its forms, is respected and valued, in an environment of inclusiveness and understanding. The committee offers college-wide programs and serves as an educational resource for OCC students, employees and the community with opportunities to provide input and diverse insight. Each year, the committee honors an individual who has helped promote its core values and goals.

Under the national Human Library guides, OCC’s Human Library represents a multitude of diverse populations including economic, cultural, religion, race, and more, for open and sometimes difficult conversations that challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue.

In addition to her work on OCC’s Human Library, McFadden-Keesling created a special collection of documentary films about diversity and inclusion at the Highland Lakes campus library and moderates film viewings and discussions. For the last eight years, she organized OCC Highland Lakes’ “African American Read-in.”

McFadden-Keesling presents on the Human Library at state and local conferences and events including the Michigan Library Association Academic Libraries Conferences and the Optimist Club of Central Detroit. She will be recognized May 4 at an annual event hosted by the Birmingham Race Relations and Diversity Task Force.

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