Southfield Public Schools Provides a FasTrack to College

With escalating tuition costs jeopardizing the dream of a college degree for many students nationwide, Southfield Public Schools announced its FasTrack College Prep programs designed to prepare students for college, while reducing the burden of tuition costs.

In addition to offering AP courses and an IB Diploma Program, Southfield’s Dual Enrollment program allows eligible high school students to take up to six credits per year at local colleges and universities. These students may take college courses at Oakland Community College, Wayne State University or University of Michigan Dearborn, in lieu of a seventh hour course or they may take a class on the weekend. Books, tuition and fees are free and covered by the district.

All three programs will be available at the new Southfield High School for the Arts and Technology opening this fall. University High School Academy offers both the AP and Dual Enrollment programs.

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OCC Welcomes New Dean of Nursing, Rosalind Woodson

Dr. Rosalind Woodson has been named dean of nursing at Oakland Community College, one of the largest and most successful nursing programs in Michigan.

rosalind woodsonA registered nurse with nearly 25 years of combined teaching and practicing nursing experience, Woodson most recently served as nursing program director at South University and interim director at ITT Technical Institute. As dean, Woodson will serve as a key leader of Oakland Community College’s program and return to her roots where she began teaching as an adjunct faculty member.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Woodson back to OCC. We are proud of the fact that OCC graduates consistently outscore bachelor’s degree graduates and surpass first-time pass rates on the National Nursing Board Exams, at both state and national levels,” said OCC Chancellor Timothy Meyer.

“Dr. Woodson’s progressive experience both inside and outside the classroom is important to the high credibility of this program. Nearly 100 percent of OCC’s nurse graduates are employed as registered nurses after passing the licensing exams and we look forward to continuing that tradition of excellence under her leadership.”

Woodson’s professional nursing experience began at Detroit area hospitals, concentrating in emergency, trauma and medical-surgical nursing as well as community and home care nursing. She has also been an active nursing instructor at Oakland University and Harper University Hospital.

Woodson earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Oakland University, dual degrees with Master of Science in Nursing and a Master of Business Administration in Health Care Administration from the University of Phoenix, and a Bachelor of Nursing from Wayne State University.

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Local Entrepreneur Jack Aronson to Give OCC’s Commencement Address

Entrepreneur and philanthropist Jack Aronson is Oakland Community College’s Class of 2016 commencement speaker. The event on Saturday, May 21, marks OCC’s 50th commencement ceremony.

Aronson is widely known as the founders of Garden Fresh Gourmet. He and his wife, Annette, sold the company to Campbell Soup Company in 2015 and launched a new enterprise, Clean Planet, for health conscious consumers. In addition, the Aronsons’ continue to help incubate and mentor food startups through the nonprofit Startup Engine Entrepreneur Depot (SEED), with Eastern Market Corp.

“Commencement is the culmination of preparing our students to move on to their greater life goals. As a successful entrepreneur and recognized community leader, Jack Aronson personifies this success,” said OCC Chancellor Timothy Meyer. “We’re delighted OCC’s 2016 graduates and guests will hear from Jack on what it means to reach for greater potential, achieve individual goals, and give back by leading productive lives, particular as they start this important next step as college graduates.”

In addition to Aronson’s business success, he and his wife have significantly supported the community in the areas of literacy education, assistance for children, affordable housing, and more. In December 2015, they created the Artichoke Garlic Foundation to continue in these efforts.

Oakland Community College’s 2016 Commencement Ceremony is Saturday, May 21, 2016, at 2 p.m. at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Approximately 2,700 students will graduate to help fulfill the talent needs in region. This year’s 50th commencement ceremony brings the number of OCC graduates to nearly 87,000.


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2016 Great Lakes Tasting Celebrates 21st Year

Get your tickets now for OCC’s Great Lakes Tasting, celebrating its 21st Anniversary of award-winning wine, craft beer and food!

Wear your dancing shoes and bring a big appetite to this year’s event, which features the Simone Vitale Band, an amazing selection of more than 400 wines from the Great Lakes Region, craft beer, food and desserts from the area’s finest restaurants, many featuring OCC’s best alumni chefs!

The event kicks off at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, May 26, at Tirrell Hall on OCC’s Orchard Ridge Campus 27055 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills.

Be the first to sample the winning wines from the juried wine competition held earlier in the day, and explore the latest in craft beer while listening and dancing to an extensive variety of live music.

All proceeds from this event benefit the OCC Culinary Studies Institute scholarships and competition teams.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite or by calling the Culinary Studies Institute at (248) 522-3700.

You must be 21 to enter the event.

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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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