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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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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