Inaugural “Our College Cares for Oakland County Charities” Crosses 5K Finish Line in Distance and Donations

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What started as a simple 5K run/walk for students, faculty and staff ended at the finish line with over 5,000 items donated to six local charities. The winners: Orchard Children’s Services, Lighthouse of Oakland County, Gleaners Food Bank, the Michigan Humane Society, National Council of Jewish Women and Sweet Dreamzzz – and, of course, the more than 260 participants in the first-time event.

The inaugural event, “Our College Cares for Oakland County Charities,” was held Friday, Oct 21 at Oakland Community College’s Orchard Ridge Campus in Farmington Hills. Participants included students from OCC, Oakland Early College and West Bloomfield High School as well OCC faculty and staff.

“The goal of higher education is to teach important academics and technical skills and to also enhance valuable life skills including the ability to work in teams, organize and become engaged as citizens,” said Lisa Skowronski, manager of campus affairs and interim student development coordinator. “These life skills are also learned through service opportunities and giving back to the community.”

To participate in the event, an item donation was required supporting the six Oakland county charities. In return, participants received a free t-shirt designed by OCC graphic design student, Anian Trujillo Dominguez, and lunch sponsored, in part, by local Hungry Howie’s Pizza and Busch’s Fresh Food Market.

According to Skowronski, the College worked directly with the charity organizations through its Student LIFE program and OCC’s Volunteer & Resource Fair. New relationships were also established with charities like Sweet Dreamzzz, allowing OCC students to become aware of other charitable organizations within the community.

“We thought students would be interested in a participatory event like this where faculty and students from high school through college could come together and actively engage with each other in our community,” she said. “We were so happy with the number of donations, support and fun each participant had at the event and look forward to an even bigger event next year!”

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OCC to Offer Courses at Focus:HOPE’s Detroit Campus

Oakland Community College (OCC) together with Focus:HOPE and Detroit Promise are holding the “Steps for Success College Fair” on Wednesday, November 16, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Focus:HOPE. 1400 Oakman Boulevard, Detroit. Incoming college freshman and prospective students are invited to attend.

Steps for Success is a dual enrollment program which prepares students for a successful college experience. The program combines support services provided by Focus: HOPE  with classes taught by OCC instructors in Mathematics, English, Computer Skills, and College Success Skills at the Focus: HOPE campus in Detroit.

The program provides additional supports teaching new study skills, time management strategies and useful life skills. Developmental classes to boost proficiencies in English, math, and computer skills are also offered. In addition, OCC is offering Computer Literacy (CIS 1000) at no cost to program participants as the course is not eligible for financial aid.

The Steps for Succ11-16-2ess College Fair features program information from OCC counselors and faculty, on-site applications and information on placement testing. OCC representatives from financial aid, enrollment services and outreach will also be available answer questions.

Focus:HOPE case managers will also be available to talk about support services such as child care and transportation assistance and vision testing. Representatives can also provide Detroit Promise scholarship details and how the award can apply to the Steps for Success program.

Snacks, drinks and door prizes will be given away.

“Steps for Success” is a selective program and students must qualify based on placement test scores and a Focus:HOPE interview. Students enrolling in the program who do not live in Oakland County will be charged out-of-district rates.

To learn more call Focus:HOPE at (313) 494-5500.

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Oakland Technical Early College First Cohort Starts At OCC

Students find tech skills while still in high school

Oakland Schools Technical Campuses (OSTC) and OCC are proud to announce their newest partnership: Oakland Technical Early College (OTEC). Its focus is on preparing students for high demand technical and professional careers where post-secondary education is required.oakland-tech-infomart

Oakland County has several Early College programs, including two at Oakland Community College. However, these opportunities are limited to select districts in the county. Through OSTC, all Oakland County school districts have access to early college programming. With the addition of OTEC, there is now a viable college option for K-12 districts county-wide.

“This opportunity provides a seamless transition from high school to community college and high demand career opportunities in Southeast Michigan,” said Deborah Bayer, Interim Dean of Engineering, Manufacturing and Industrial Technologies. “We are currently reviewing additional programs to be added to the lineup for fall 2017.”

oakland-tech-infomart-2This fall, the first cohort of OTEC students started on their pathways to high-wage, high-skill career opportunities. Programs included Mechatronics, Machining, Welding, Collision Auto Repair, Firefighter Technology and Emergency Medical Services. These programs allow students to receive a certificate or degree prepared to join the workforce where, according to the Workforce Intelligence Network, there is more demand in Southeast Michigan for skilled-trade related positions than anywhere else in the country.

For more information please visit the Oakland Technical Early College program at

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Make Connections, Get Hired at Next Week’s Job Fair!


Come dressed for success and ready for hire next Friday, October 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Oakland Community College‘s Royal Oak Campus.

OCC’s annual event, “The Work Zone Job Fair,” features:

  • Introductions to nearly 50 hiring companies for entry-level and mid-level career opportunities
  • On site interviews for jobs starting now
  • Open doors for future opportunities
  • Positions available in business, engineering, robotics, retail, transportation, hospitality, finance, healthcare, manufacturing and more!
  • Work-study programs offered for qualified students

The event is open to students, alumni and community members. Click here for a list of participating employers.

Pre-registration is highly recommended – walk-ins will be accepted. Copies of updated resumes are encouraged!

For more information on OCC’s Placement Services click here or contact us at (248) 232-4143.

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OCC Offers Help to Displaced ITT Students



Oakland Community College is inviting former ITT Technical Institute students to a “one stop” workshop designed especially for them,  Monday, September 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the College’s Auburn Hills campus at 2900 Featherstone Road, Building F, Room G-240.

“We designed this event to help ITT students get their education and career back on track after the closing of ITT campuses nationwide,” said OCC Chancellor Timothy Meyer. “The real tragedy with the closing of ITT is for those students who were left stranded in their academic path to success. We wanted to provide a one-stop workshop to help them understand what their options are to completing their educational and career goals.”

The two-hour event will offer both guidance as well as opportunity to meet with representatives from counseling, admissions, financial aid and various academic programs. While most of OCC’s fall classes have already started, OCC is waiving the fall application deadline for ITT students so they can take advantage of courses starting later this month instead of waiting until winter semester.

The event is free, however, advance registration is recommended. For more information visit or call (248) 341-2230. Attendees are encouraged to bring a photo I.D., unofficial transcripts and tax records to start the financial aid process.

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