Five Campus Resources You Need to Know

top 5 campus resources you need to knowThere are typically two types of college students: those looking to get the most out of their college experience and those that won’t look for campus resources until they need them. Either way, Student Essentials has you covered! Here are five FREE resources you need to take advantage of during your Oakland Community College experience:

1. Academic Support Center
Students who seek help early have greater college success than those who wait. In other words, asking for help is not a sign of failure! The Academic Support Center (ASC) provides programs and services designed to help OCC students achieve their academic goals including tutoring, study skill seminars, placement testing. Each campus has its own ASC office and a complete list of tutoring dates will serve you well before important exams, midterms and finals.

2. Scholarships
The OCC Foundation, a non-profit organization created to help obtain the funding needed to advance the mission of the College and its students, gives more than $180,000 in scholarships to students every year. The Foundation helps support countless students achieve academic success while enhancing educational quality and access via scholarships, equipment and program development. Scholarship application deadlines are traditionally before the start of each semester, but familiarize yourself now and plan ahead!

3. Student Counseling
Having an experienced ear and access to additional resources can be very helpful for challenges big and small. Oakland Community College counselors have graduate degrees in counseling, psychology or related fields and most are licensed professional counselors through the State of Michigan. They can help you develop a personal plan of success by assisting with educational planning, college transfer information, career exploration and college procedures.

4. The Library
Information literacy skills are essential for student success. OCC’s library services are free to all students, available on all campuses and accessible online 24/7! Access their expertise searching electronic databases, finding good web sites and evaluating information for research papers by visiting one of five campus libraries or Ask a Librarian at the 24/7 online chat service.  Your Raider One Card serves as your library card allowing you to check out materials and make print outs or copies.  Renew books online, request items from another campus library and access electronic materials with your MyOCC ID and PW. Library computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis with MS Office Suite 2016 for student use. Ask your instructor about extra credit for free library seminars!

5. Building Connections
With classes spread across five campuses, building connections and increasing your leadership skills are easier than you think. Join one of the many OCC student organizations and clubs as an opportunity to make life-long friends and connections.

These resources are here to help you succeed but they only work if you take advantage of them.

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Welcome New Faculty


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Oakland Community College is proud to welcome a new group of highly qualified faculty members. Here is an introduction to the newest additions to our successful team.

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Garden Party raises $93,000 to benefit OCC Students

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Deserving Oakland Community College (OCC) students will benefit from the sizable funds raised by The Garden Party Foundation at its ninth annual event, Sunday, June 11 at Meadowbrook Hall in Rochester Hills. One-hundred percent of the proceeds benefit OCC’s professional trade programs, including the College’s Culinary Institute at the Orchard Ridge campus.

The mission of The Garden Party Foundation (TGPF) is to help students reach their dreams, one young adult at a time.

OCC student and prior Foundation scholarship awardee Byungye Lee shares, “I am very appreciative to the donors who allowed me to receive this prestigious scholarship. The scholarship encourages and motivates me to continue my studies and I feel my life has been gifted. The opportunity to learn from caring and highly skilled educators at OCC ensures my readiness to enrich my own skills through the culinary program.”

“The Garden Party is a terrific opportunity to help young adults take advantage of opportunities within professional skills programs. It is our belief that the true purpose of education is self-sufficiency and OCC exemplifies that,” said Sydney L. Ross, co-founder of The Garden Party Foundation and owner of Great Lakes Wine & party 2017 stats

Restaurants included Bistro 82, Chapman House, Joe Muer Seafood, and the Novi Chophouse.

Top sponsors included Great Lakes Wine & Spirits, NetJets, Charity Motors, MP Tool & Engineering, Atlas Oil Company & The Sam & Nada Simon Foundation, Barton Malow Company, Cambridge CG, Celani Family Vineyards, Huntington Bank, Dave & Norma Stone, JP Morgan Chase, Kelly Services, Meijer, MillerCoors, Peter Basso Associates, Plum Market, RGA Model Management, Ryder, Suburban Collection, The Tyranski and Totonchi Group – Merrill Lynch, TMP Associates, and UHY Advisors, Inc.

SAVE THE DATE: June 10, 2018 – Join us for the 10th annual Garden Party to benefit OCC students.

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OCC hosts Secretary of State Mobile Office for Community, Students, and Faculty/Staff

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Oakland Community College’s Auburn Hills campus will host the Secretary of State Mobile Office on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017 offering voter registration to students, faculty, staff and visitors. The office will be open 1-5 p.m. at Parking Lot 2, 2900 Featherstone Road, Auburn Hills.

“Offering our services through the Mobile Office makes it easier for you to register to vote ahead of the November election, among many other available transactions,” Secretary of State Ruth Johnson said. “You can also renew your driver’s license or your license plate tabs, transfer a title and more. I encourage you to stop by and take care of your Secretary of State business quickly and easily.”

Other services offered by the Mobile Office include instant titles, address changes, signing up on the Michigan Organ Donor Registry and more. Residents can also ask questions about

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OCC’s Workforce Leadership Training Goes to the Dogs

Leader dog harnessThe Economic and Workforce Development (EWD) at Oakland Community College (OCC) and Leader Dogs for the Blind are hosting a new leadership training on Sept. 12, 2017.

“Designed for HR and training directors, Harness the Power of Leadership demonstrates how a Leader Dog is trained and the trust that is built between guide dogs and clients,” shares Joe Bommarito, OCC’s business development manager of Economic and Workforce Development. “We then translate this training for business application.”

Harness the Power of Leadership is an employee development program, offered at OCC by Leader Dogs for the Blind, teaching practical leadership, management and teamwork concepts pertinent to the professional community.

“People learn better when they are engaged in the learning process. This program challenges participants to learn the Leader Dog model and its related leadership concepts which helps teams become more productive and cohesive by working together,” explains David Bann, corporate engagement manager for Harness the Power of Leadership.

Bann says the training is both powerful and memorable. “People call me all the time, often months after taking the program, to tell me how impactful working with the dogs has been in everyday business application.”

golden leader dogA mix of highly trained Labradors and Golden Retrievers will participate in the training along with their clients. Program attendees will work directly with a Leader Dog under blindfold and shown new business techniques by a person who is blind. These Leader Dog clients have demonstrated professional success utilizing their experience and the program’s methodology.


“The standard to become a Leader Dog is extremely high. Dogs that graduate are capable of keeping our clients safe regardless of the situation they encounter. The capabilities, intelligence and commitment of each Leader Dog is simply amazing,” said Bann. “We are excited to share this learning with the business community and show them how these same principles can be used to advance people through their careers.”

OCC’s leadership training is September 12, 2017, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at the Auburn Hills Campus. Pre and post-event networking opportunities and a full breakfast will be provided. To reserve a spot or for more information, email Joe Bommarito at


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