OCC Names Dr. Rosalind Reaves as 2016 Diversity Champion

Dr. Rosalind Reaves has been unanimously selected as Oakland Community College’s (OCC) Diversity Champion for 2016 by the College Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. Reaves currently serves as faculty at the College’s Academic Support Center (ASC) at the Royal Oak Campus.

Reaves was born and raised in Detroit and received advanced degrees in Political Science and Education including a Master’s Degree in International and Comparative Education. After graduation, she taught in Africa in the Gambia and Malawi.

“Multi-cultural environments provide unique opportunities to grow and expand personally and intellectually. However, invisibility is a prominent theme for those whose voices and perspectives have been historically under and/or misrepresented, so providing a platform, via curricula, is critical,” says Reaves.

“I’m intentional in my lesson-planning, varying methods and activities in the classroom to foster communication and collaboration among students. Beyond the classroom, the goal is to develop a cadre of peer mentors that reflect OCC’s diverse student population,” she adds.

“Dr. Reaves commitment to supporting diversity and inclusion has been experienced within the community of learners at Oakland Community College, but also transcends our College border. As a mentee and colleague of Dr. Reaves, I believe that her efforts on diversity in the student body, faculty/staff and programs, deserve recognition,’ says Stacey Jackson, Coordinator of Student Development and former Diversity Champion.

“My philosophy is that it takes a proverbial village to effect meaningful, substantive change. That said, this honor extends to many at OCC, particularly those with whom I’ve had the good fortune of collaborating and working over the years,” adds Reaves.

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Learn to Effectively Market Yourself to Prospective Employers at OCC Event

Learn how to effectively market yourself to prospective employers through social media and grow leadership skills at the 7th Annual StudentLIFE Leadership Summit at Oakland Community College (OCC) on Friday, May 6, from 8:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. at the Auburn Hills Campus. The event is open to the public.

This professional development summit helps participants gain an edge in developing their skills and networking decorum that is expected in the workforce.

The keynote address, “Leadership & Mindfulness,” is led by Tommy Nugent, followed by “Social MEdia – Insights into Branding the Digital You,” covering all major social media outlets. The workshop is led by Eden Konja, adjunct information technology professor at Walsh College.

Afternoon sessions include an in-depth workshop on LinkedIn and why participants should start using it now as professional leverage to stay connected to people they meet as well as understanding how to build the most effective profile.

“The breakout topics strive to teach relevant topics participants can use in their career paths and in their roles on campus and in the community,” says Jessica Lizardi, OCC coordinator of student development.

Participants will have an opportunity to take a professional headshot, consult with Kathie House, OCC coordinator of placement services & cooperative education, and participate in video-taped speed mock interviews. Evaluations from the interviews are given out at the end of the program.

The registration deadline is Friday, April 15. To register please visit https://occleadershipsummit.eventbrite.com


For additional information e-mail studentlife@oaklandcc.edu.

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OCC Scholarship Luncheon Celebrates Students and Donors

The Oakland Community College Foundation celebrated its 24th Annual Scholarship scholarship luncheon 2016Luncheon honoring students who received scholarships and the donors who supported them. OCC awarded 260 scholarships totaling $150,594 in the 2015-2016 academic year.

“OCC’s mission is to remain accessible to all and promote student success,” said OCC Foundation Interim Executive Director Candy Geeter. “We celebrate scholarship recipients for their hard work and thank our donors for generously supporting student success in such a significant way.”

Five scholarship recipients spoke about the impact scholarships have had on their lives as OCC students.

Davida Reed-Grayer of Waterford is one class away from earning an Associate in Business Administration and hopes to open her own business. She received the OCC Gala Endowed Scholarship.

Heather Duenas of Pontiac will be graduating with honors from OCC this semester and transferring to Oakland University to pursue a degree in elementary education. Duenas received the Womencenter Scholarship.

scholarship luncheon 16Kayla Tyus of Farmington Hills is a dual-enrolled Oakland Early College high school/college student. She plans to graduate from high school and OCC in 2017 with an Associate in Science. Tyus received the OCC Faculty Association Scholarship.

Hong Le of Warren is one class away from earning an Associate in Business Administration with a major in Accounting. Le received the Joseph & Mary Lorencz Scholarship.

Allison Vergara of Highland is majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and plans to transfer to University of Michigan next fall. Vergara received the Cervantes-Paramo Scholarship.

This celebration also marked the 95th birthday of OCC founder George Mosher who was recognized for all of his hard work and dedication to OCC.

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U.S. Senator Peters Visits OCC, Hosts Student Roundtable

U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today visited Oakland Community College’s Royal Oak campus to highlight bipartisan, bicameral legislation he introduced to expand options for high school students to obtain college credit, making higher education more affordable and accessible while improving high school and college graduation rates. Peters also hosted a roundtable discussion with students participating in the Oakland Accelerated College Experience (ACE) program to hear more about their experiences. Peters’ Making Education Affordable and Accessible Act (MEAA) would expand access to dual and concurrent enrollment programs and early/middle college programs by providing grants to institutions of higher education.

“College should be affordable and accessible to any motivated student who wants to continue his or her education,” said Senator Peters. “I am pleased to be at Oakland Community College today, where I have the opportunity to speak directly with students about their experiences in dual enrollment and early college. Their involvement in these innovative programs results in a cost-effective transition from high school to higher education and career readiness.”

“Students participating in our early college or dual enrollment programs can graduate with a high school diploma, innovative professional experience, an associate’s degree and transferable credits toward a four-year degree,” said Dr. Timothy Meyer, Oakland Community College Chancellor. “I thank Senator Peters as an advocate on behalf of these programs which increase student success and foster the economic growth of our state.”

“Introducing our students to college curriculum and higher education expectations while they’re still in high school gives them the confidence and experience they need to succeed,” said Dr. Wanda Cook-Robinson, Oakland Schools Superintendent. “I am proud of the partnership between Oakland Schools, our local school districts and Oakland Community College, which provides first-generation students and those eligible for free and reduced lunch with a cost-effective path toward a degree and a career. I am pleased that Senator Peters is working in Washington to advance programs like these.”

“MEAA supports the work of the Oakland ACE early college program,” said Jim Troost, Oakland Ace Program Director. “The bill recognizes that paying for college is a huge obstacle for many, but also that students face more challenges than just paying tuition and managing their coursework. The bill provides support for colleges working with programs like Oakland ACE, helping low income and first-generation college students in Oakland County earn as much as two years of college credit while still in high school. Coordinated by Oakland Schools, the Oakland ACE program provides free tuition and books at OCC for students who qualify for the Free/Reduced Lunch program, or have parents without four-year degrees. Most importantly, the program provides intentional support for dealing with the unique issues these students face while they are in college so that they don’t just go. They finish.”

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MEAA, which Peters introduced with Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Congressmen Jared Polis (D-CO) and Tom Reed (R-NY), provides grants to institutions of higher education that can be used to:

  • Carry out dual and concurrent enrollment programs as well as early/middle college programming – this includes covering tuition and fees, books, and required instructional materials for a program so that students will not be required to pay tuition or fees for post-secondary courses;
  • Provide teachers in these programs with professional development;
  • And, support activities such as course design, course approval processes, community outreach, student counseling and support services.

Oakland Community College’s Early College (OEC) program allows students to earn up to up to 60 transferable college credits towards their undergraduate degree and/or an Associate Degree from Oakland Community College. OEC students have full access to Oakland Community College’s wide range of student support mechanisms and student activities, and OEC’s students are deeply involved in all aspects of campus life, assuming leadership roles in areas including student government, the college honor society, and the fine and performing arts programs. All 160+ college degree pathways at Oakland Community College are available to OEC students. Currently, 861 students are involved in OCC dual enrollment and 300 students participate in OCC’s early college program.

Oakland ACE is an early college program for students in participating Oakland County districts. The program is designed for those facing challenges to college enrollment and success. Students who meet the eligibility criteria apply during the 10th grade and commit to a three-year program spanning grades 11, 12 and 13 (an added fifth year of high school). Splitting time between courses at their home high school and college classes at Oakland Community College, students work simultaneously toward their diploma and an associate degree. There is no cost to the students for tuition, fees, or books. Currently, 150 students participate in Oakland ACE.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) early college students on average earn 36 college credits, and 30% of early college students earn an associates degree. There are 23 early/middle college high schools and 66 early/middle college programs in Michigan alone. The National Alliance on Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships estimates 1.9 million high school students enrolled in a college course during the 2014-2015 school year.

Last year, Peters introduced an amendment with U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) to the bipartisan Every Child Achieves Act, which was signed into law in December. The amendment allows Title I funds to be used to support concurrent and dual enrollment programs at eligible schools, enabling high school students to simultaneously receive college-credit from courses taught by college approved teachers in secondary education. It also allows school districts to use fifth-year program partnerships to allow students to participate in concurrent enrollment in the year after their senior year.

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Dine Around the World in One Night at Oakland Community College

Escape on a culinary trip around the world guaranteed to be a thrill ride from beginning to end with Oakland Community College’s (OCC) award-winning Culinary Studies Institute as they host “Around the World in 80 Days” on Thursday, April 14 at 6:00 p.m. in Farmington Hills at the OCC Orchard Ridge Campus.

While circling the globe, enjoy the foods and flavors of our constantly shifting exotic locale. Let the ambiance and entertainment tempt and explore the creative corners of the mind while reveling in a five-course meal including wines specially paired to complement.

The evening’s mood is set at a cocktail hour with specialty hors d’oeuvres for sampling. Inventive signature drinks and outlandish wines and beers will be available. Dinner follows with live entertainment.

The Culinary Studies Institute bake shop opens at 4:00 pm for specialty breads, coffee cakes, cookies, tortes and candies made by our acclaimed pastry chefs and their students. Dinner tickets are not required to shop the bakery’s special offerings.

Dinner guests must be 21 to enter because alcohol is served.

Tickets are $55 per person and available through the OCC Culinary Studies Institute at (248) 522-3700, or online at occaroundtheworld.eventbrite.com/.

About the OCC Culinary Studies Institute

OCC’s Culinary Studies Institute is Michigan’s premier hospitality school. The largest of the Institute’s programs, Culinary Arts, gives students a combination of classroom and hands on experience. In addition to extensive time in kitchen labs cooking and baking, specialties such as ice carving and wine and spirits are offered. Students participate in events such as the annual Great Lakes Wine Tasting at the student-run Ridgewood Café, a restaurant on the Orchard Ridge Campus.

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