OCC Names Interim Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services

Oakland Community College (OCC) is pleased to announce former director of finance and investments at Macomb Community College, Bobbie Remias, CPA, will join OCC as interim vice chancellor for administrative services, effective July 17. Remias assumes the duties formerly held by OCC’s Interim Chancellor, Peter Provenzano, Jr.

bobbie reimasRemias is a certified public accountant with a strong finance background. She started at Macomb Community College in 2003 as director of financial services and promoted to director of finance and investments in 2010. Her responsibilities included managing college and Foundation treasury management functions and investment portfolios; overseeing the Financial Services and the Financial Aid departments; and, periodically serving as adjunct faculty for traditional and online accounting courses.


“I am thrilled to have Bobbie serve in this interim role; she is a great addition to our team.” Provenzano said. “Her unique skillset which includes financial leadership and teaching in the higher education sector will benefit OCC’s administrative operations. Bobbie will seamlessly continue our emphasis on fiscal accountability and enhancing student success.”

Remias, a Shelby Township resident, has over 30 years of progressive finance and accounting experience in higher education, K-12, manufacturing, and the service industries, including work at accounting firm, Plante Moran.

“It is an honor to be joining the team at Oakland Community College,” said Remias. “I truly believe in the mission and value of community colleges and look forward to working together to strategically prepare and help lead OCC into the future.”

She holds a master’s degree in professional accountancy from Walsh College and a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University. Remias is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Michigan Community College Business Officials Association (MCCBOA) and an active participant in higher education leadership.

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51 Students Awarded the OCC Chancellor’s Scholarship

More than 50 incoming Oakland Community College (OCC) students across the county are getting a head start on their higher education following graduation. These new students will start their first-year with tuition and fees covered by the College’s Chancellor’s Scholarship award.

Each awardee will receive $2,500 ($1,250 for the fall semester and $1,250 for the winter semester) as well as one-on-one counseling and an academic plan to ensure student success. To be eligible, award applicants must be a current Oakland county public or private high school or qualified adult education/alternative education student when they apply. In addition, they must also take mandatory placement exams, required of all incoming new students.

“The Chancellor’s Office is proud to play a role in providing encouragement and additional support to OCC students through this scholarship opportunity,” said Interim Chancellor Peter Provenzano.  “On behalf of the entire OCC community, I congratulate these award recipients and look forward to supporting them in their education and career goals.”

The OCC Chancellor’s Scholarship awardees have a unique opportunity to begin their college experience with greater financial support. The award is made available to at least one student from every Oakland County high school and adult education center and is designed to help students across the county quickly launch their careers with an OCC degree or certificate or successfully prepare them for transfer for advanced degrees.

Applicants are not vetted simply on financial need or the highest GPA. Rather all applicants are considered and often the College provides more than one scholarship in any given district or program. The 2017 awardees successfully met all application and award criteria and begin the year with the Fall 2017 term.

For more information, visit Chancellor’s Scholarship. In addition, the Oakland Community College Foundation offers a number of scholarships and awards to students. For more information visit: Foundation Scholarships.

About OCC

With five campuses throughout Oakland County, Oakland Community College is committed to providing academic and developmental experiences that allows each student to reach their full potential and enhance the diverse communities they serve. It offers degrees and certificates in approximately 100 career fields and university transfer degrees in business, science and the liberal arts. More than a million students have enrolled in the college since it opened in 1965.


2017-18 OCC Chancellor Scholarship Recipients

Auburn Hills
Dominic Amatulli, Michael Kleindl

Max Vowles

Joyce Lyman, Brianna Graham, Joshua Neal, Thomas Thibodeau

Commerce Township
Megan Terberg

Farmington Hills
Nathan Lirato, Benjamin Goshorn, Jeffrey Maes

Skye Hart

Hazel Park
Nathan Wiener

Paige Adams, Seth Wickham

Sarah Charles

Lake Orion
Abigail Passalacqua, Tatiana Paulus, Jessica Kosten, Jordan Mulonas

Dylan Engram

Oak Park
Diamond Harvard, Chantel Quigley, Iris Tarrant

Dana Jones, Emily Reyff

Kallan Lindstrom

Ashley LaLonde

Rochester Hills
Amy Eckhout, Lindsey Klein, Matthew Moy,
Yousif Oroo

Royal Oak
Jordan Vanek

Michael Smith, Fidelia Udanoh, Janessa Berry

Garrett Horn, Gabriella Tyrrell

Austin Bateman, Karen Lopez-Aragon, Jessica Nye, Robert Saul, Alexis Colon, Cal LeMarbe, Markie Merrell, Heather Smyth

West Bloomfield
Margaret Richards, Justin Yako

White Lake
Jordan Swanson, Shane Vega, Tyler Wilfong

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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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