OCC Offers Free Information Sessions on Hot Career Fields

Searching for new career opportunities? Oakland Community College (OCC) is hosting a number of free information sessions on how to prepare and enter some of the area’s hottest fields.

Culinary Studies Institute – Learn about program requirements, meet some of the renowned faculty and get a tour of the facility at one of these sessions: Wednesday, Feb. 22, 11:30 a.m.; Thursday, Mar. 16, 11:00 a.m.; and Wednesday, Apr. 5, 5:30 p.m. Each session lasts for approximately 1 hour at OCC’s Orchard Ridge campus in Farmington Hills, Room J-191. Contact the office at (248) 522-3700 to reserve a seat.

Machine Tool Program – Get the skills you need to get to work in just one semester for entry-level machining and CNC Operator positions. For more information contact Janene Erne, OCC director of technical programs at (248) 232-4394 or email jkerne@oaklandcc.edu.

Nursing – Information sessions on OCC’s nursing program will be held at OCC’s Royal Oak campus, Thursday, Apr. 20, 6:30 p.m.; Highland Lakes campus, Thursday, Mar. 16, 6:30 p.m. Additional sessions will be held at 6:30 p.m., on June 15 at OCC’s Royal Oak campus and May 18 at OCC’s Highland Lakes campus.

Radiology Tech – Information sessions will be held at OCC’s Auburn Hills campus, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 1:00- 3:00 p.m. Topics will include a description of professional responsibilities, program requirements and demands, wait list information and question and answers session. Contact OCC’s health professions and technology department at (248) 233-2916 to schedule an appointment.

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Michigan’s newest advanced manufacturing student stars will strut their skills at Henry Ford College, Oakland Community College, showcase events

Student apprentices who are graduating from the competitive Michigan Advanced Technician Training (MAT2) program will demonstrate their high-tech mastery of automated equipment by completing projects in front of live audiences during events in February and March at Henry Ford College and Oakland Community College .

Industry professionals are invited to attend the free presentations known as the MAT2 Mechatronics Capstone. MAT² is an innovative, industry-driven apprenticeship program that addresses two critical issues facing the manufacturing industry: a widening skills gap and an aging workforce. The 2017 Mechatronics Capstone Events Schedule is below.

During a course of three years, MAT2 students alternate between classroom instruction and on-the-job training, gaining the necessary hands-on skills and experiences to become a successful and productive member of their sponsoring company. Their employers pay their tuition and a stipend during their school periods and wages during their work periods.

“Industry representatives who attend a Capstone event will learn how they can train the next generation of skilled technicians with MAT2 apprentices,” said Sophie Stepke, training manager at ZF North America Inc. in Northville and chair of the MAT2 strategic steering committee.

“The demonstrations are a crowning achievement for MAT2 students and a wonderful opportunity to witness firsthand what MAT2 apprentices have learned through their college coursework and at their sponsoring company,” Stepke said. “The highlight for spectators is that they can watch MAT² students completing the final projects that showcase their knowledge of mechanical and electrical systems as well as control devices and fluid power.”

The Mechatronics Capstone is divided into two components: project troubleshooting and the project build. The troubleshooting project can be viewed at Henry Ford College and the build project can be viewed at Oakland Community College. Upon successful completion of the Capstone, the students will receive their associate degree. In addition to the Capstone, MAT2 students must complete all required work periods to finish their apprenticeship. When the student accomplishes all program components, they will receive a full-time job offer from their sponsoring company.

Gov. Snyder, state lawmakers and educators across Michigan have hailed MAT2 as one of the keys to an ambitious 2017 effort to spur more students toward pursuing careers in advanced manufacturing as well as address employer concerns about talent shortages.

“The cutting-edge MAT2 apprenticeship program has a proven track record of success, including providing a wide array of employer benefits such as increased productivity and knowledge transfer, a skilled talent pipeline and enhanced retention,” said Deborah Bayer, dean of public services and CREST, and interim dean of engineering, manufacturing and industrial technology at Oakland Community College.

“In addition, MAT2 helps students avoid debt by earning tuition-free associate degrees while simultaneously getting paid to gain on-the-job experience in high-paying, high-demand manufacturing careers,” Bayer said.

Michigan employer demand for MAT2-type middle-skill workers – those with more than a high school diploma but less than a bachelor’s degree, such as largely technical jobs in manufacturing and health care – is soaring.

The need for advanced manufacturing employees is expected to remain strong as baby boomers retire, with more than 5,700 job openings anticipated in Michigan through 2018. Average wages for full-time jobs in this arena are $23.37 an hour, compared with the living wage of $17.08. State estimates show that there is a need for 15,000 new skilled trades workers annually through the next decade with average annual wages of $51,000, according to the Michigan Labor Market Information & Strategic Initiatives.

“Industries throughout Michigan have committed to sponsoring students in this program,” said Gary Saganski, Henry Ford College associate dean, corporate training office. “They know what a huge need there is for technically trained people who can install, troubleshoot and repair today’s highly automated manufacturing equipment,” he added.

Many of the metro Detroit area’s largest manufacturers and industrial companies are participating in the MAT2 program, including EMAG in Farmington Hills, New Center Stamping in Detroit; BorgWarner in Auburn Hills and Livonia; ZF in Northville; Brose North America in New Boston, Auburn Hills and Warren; and Durr Systems in Southfield.

To register for a MAT2 Capstone viewing at Oakland Community College, contact Janene Erne at JKErne@oaklandcc.edu.

To register for a MAT2 Capstone viewing at Henry Ford College, contact Heather Keller at hmkeller@hfcc.edu.

For more information about becoming a sponsoring MAT2 Employer, visit MiTalent.org/MAT2 or email wda-mat2@michigan.gov.


Mechatronics Capstone 2017 Events Schedule

Henry Ford College – Mechatronics Troubleshooting Projects

HFC Room Location and Parking:

Technology Building E, Room 236, Parking Lot 4

Industry Viewing Times: 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Feb. 14, 2017
  • Feb. 15, 2017
  • Feb. 16, 2017
  • Feb. 17, 2017

RSVP to: Heather Keller, hmkeller@hfcc.edu


Oakland Community College – Mechatronics Build Project 

OCC Room Location and Parking:

Advanced Technology Building T, Room T-1 Parking Lot 10

Industry Viewing Times: 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

  • March 2, 2017
  • March 7, 2017
  • March 9, 2017
  • March 10, 2017

RSVP to: Janene Erne, jkerne@oaklandcc.edu



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Two Students Share Love, Life and Sacrifice in “I and You”


An ode to youth and the strange beauty of human connection, Oakland Community College’s production of “I and You” opens to the public February 16-25.

“This production is a wonderful piece of theatre with a surprise ending. It features two OCC theatre program actors: one current student and one alumna working together at their best,” said OCC faculty member Dennis North, Fine and Performing Arts department. “Their performance is beautiful and the story is very emotional and uplifting.”

“I and You” premiered at the Marin Theatre Company in Mill Valley, CA in the fall of 2013. Since then, it has won multiple drama awards and been performed internationally.

“…A validation of the human experience and of the triumph of life over death. Gunderson’s gift is the best thing a play can offer: we might be better people after seeing it,” said Tim Treanor, senior writer for DC Theatre Scene and Fellow of the National Critics Institute.

The following is a preview from Playscripts: One afternoon, Anthony arrives unexpectedly at classmate Caroline’s door bearing a beat-up copy of Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass,” an urgent assignment from their English teacher. Homebound due to illness, Caroline hasn’t been to school in months, but she is as quick and sardonic as Anthony is athletic, sensitive, and popular. As these two let down their guards and share their secrets, this seemingly mundane poetry project unlocks a much deeper mystery that has brought them together.

Show dates are February 16, 17, 18 and 23, 24, 25. All performances are at 8:00 p.m. at the Oakland Community College, Lila Jones-Johnson Theater located on the Royal Oak Campus, 739 South Washington Avenue, Royal Oak. General admission is $15; students and seniors (age 62+) pay $5.

Advance tickets are available at occevents.eventbrite.com or at the Lila Jones-Johnson Theater Box Office each night of the performance. For more information about OCC’s theatre program contact Dennis North at (248) 522-3636 or visit the College’s theatre program home page.

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Jenuwine Named Executive Director, Oakland Community College Foundation

Jenuwine IMG_6685.jpgOakland Community College (OCC) welcomes Daniel Jenuwine, CFRE, as executive director of the OCC Foundation.

Jenuwine brings 27 years of nonprofit leadership and fundraising experience to the College’s fundraising arm. In his new role, Jenuwine will work with OCC’s Foundation trustees to support the mission of the College.

“Dan’s extensive experience working with and for public and private universities, private colleges, community colleges, and private schools will help OCC to continue to advance our mission and help students succeed through philanthropy,” said OCC Chancellor Timothy Meyer.

Jenuwine returns to the education sector following ten years as a consultant with Richner & Richner, LLC, a nationally recognized fundraising consulting firm based in Ann Arbor. He earlier worked for the Michigan Colleges Alliance, University of Michigan-Dearborn and Wayne State University.

“Dan brings a strong track record of success and leadership to the OCC Foundation,” said OCC Foundation Board Chairman David Ong. “His background in developing major gifts, capital and annual giving campaigns, donor programs and will be a tremendous asset in increasing opportunities for OCC students and further enhance the quality of education in our community.”

“OCC stands at that key intersection of education and employment and I feel honored to join such a significant institution where philanthropy can transform individual lives and our community,” said Jenuwine.

Jenuwine is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) from CFRE International. He serves on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Detroit Chapter, where he chairs the ethics committee. He is a member of the Planned Giving Roundtable of Southeast Michigan, and volunteers as an alumni advisor for Wayne State University.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wayne State University, graduating summa cum laude, and his Master of Science degree in Finance at Walsh College, where he distinguished himself with honors for academic excellence. He and his family live in Troy, Michigan where he is actively involved in school and community support.

The Oakland Community College Foundation was established in 1979 to raise private donations, increase opportunities for students and enhance the quality of education at the College. Gifts support students through scholarships, equipment purchases and program development. The OCC Foundation is governed by a board of directors made up of volunteer community leaders.

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“Honors in Action” with Phi Theta Kappa, Alpha Omicron Rho Chapter


Guest Blogger: Santiago Villarreal, PTK President, Alpha Omicron Rho Chapter

As 2016 wound down, Oakland Community College (OCC) student leaders across the College remained busy! Each year, as part of their chapter requirements, Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society students participate in a year-long “Honors in Action” (HIA) project, due at the end of January.

“How the World Works” – PTK’s national topic for this academic year

Each year, PTK’s national office selects a topic and includes eight different themes and related rubrics in its annual guide for chapters across the country to select their project focus. Once a chapter selects a theme, they conduct scholarly research to determine a community problem to address and then, during the year, work on implementing an action plan through service, presentations and leadership actions.

This year, OCC’s Auburn Hills PTK chapter, Alpha Omicron Rho, project theme is focused on “Rights and Responsibilities.” Several steps were identified in the rubric beginning with investigation and research of the theme and topic, followed by project planning and strategy, plan implementation, and a reflection on accomplishments.

Ophi-theta-kappa-blog-3ur chapter concentrated on community college students “rights and responsibilities” leading community efforts in promoting and supporting pathways to college for K-12 students, especially those in low income areas. The project began by researching education systems in the U.S. and around the world. After completing the research, we concluded that there is tremendous lack of support for education in low income areas.

Next, we contacted our community. We reached out to Pontiac Middle School to discuss the HIA project and brainstorm ideas with the school principal to see what we could do to help students.  During our meeting, we decided the best way to help them was to mentor their students and also provide classrooms with much needed school supplies through an “adopt a classroom” type of promotion.

Our chapter continues to work with the school principal to develop our mentorship process and guidelines and secure a list of needed school supplies for students. We also plan to work with the students in the Pontiac Early Technical College program at OCC to develop a similar relationship and program. We are excited to put our projects into action this semester, help the community and hopefully encourage young students to go to college.

We also want to give special thanks to OCC Auburn Hills Campus Dean Lori Przymusinski for establishing contact with Pontiac schools and to our Contact Advisor Jessica Lizardi and Faculty Advisor Jeff Farrah for their assistance overseeing our research and providing support and mentorship to us through the process.

We look forward to implementing our project in the coming year. Stay tuned for more updates on our work!

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