New! Easier Way to Apply for Scholarships

19424YIR_scholarshipsOCC has implemented a new online scholarship management system to help students achieve their educational goals. OCC Student On-line Scholarships (OCC-SOS) website matches students with available Foundation scholarships, once they complete the online application process. Remind students that they can apply for scholarship from now until Feb. 5.  Click here to see what scholarships are available for students.

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Dr. Ed Stotts Honored by Stanford University

Each year, incoming students at Stanford University are given an opportunity to formally acknowledge an educator who played a significant role in the student’s intellectual, academic and personal development. Looking back nearly 2,500 miles east to Auburn Hills, Mich., Oakland Community College graduate and transfer student Matthew James Riley acknowledged his former instructor Dr. Edward Stotts.

According to Riley, from the first anxious moment he interviewed for the Mental Health/Social Work program which Stotts coordinates, Riley had no idea the academic and personal voyage that lay before him. He knew Stotts carried a reputation of caring deeply for his students at OCC and personally attests to his deep commitment and special care ensuring his students reach their full potential.

ed stotts“As a result of Dr. Stotts’ leadership and instruction, I have become not only a respected professional, but also a more well-rounded member of society,” said Riley. “I accomplished more than I thought possible in my time with Dr. Stotts and only hope to, one day, be as influential and inspiring to students as he is on a daily basis.”

Riley’s formal acknowledgement of Stotts’ influence led to this local college instructor receiving high accolades through Stanford’s Teacher Tribute Initiative.

From early on, Stotts has always had a goal of helping people. Prior to joining OCC, he spent time rehabilitating veterans who had lost their sight and mentoring at-risk children and teens at the Crossroads for Youth treatment agency. He then moved to a counseling role with OCC in 2004 and, seven years later, decided he wanted to teach more formally in the classroom.

By all accounts, his move from practice to classroom teaching was beneficial for Stotts in his career aspirations but, more pointedly, for all the students who walk through his door. From their reviews to his reputation with colleagues, it’s easy to see why he was selected for such an honor.

When asked how Stotts felt about the tribute he replied, “I was touched and humbled to receive such an honor but mostly I’m excited for Matt! Sometimes, you just have this wonderful opportunity to see the potential in your students before they see it themselves, and it’s great to see the professional Matt has become.”

By award, impact and affect, Stotts remains influential, self-effacing and aspiring by all accounts.

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Delta Network Services Creates New OCC Scholarship for IT Students

A new college scholarship, given by Delta Network Services, has been established to support OCC students looking to surpass their educational goals. The scholarship encourages success, fosters scholastic achievement and provides financial assistance to students in the field of computer information systems.
“Delta has long been among our most generous donors,” said Dan Jenuwine, Executive Director of the Oakland Community College Foundation. “This scholarship is a new way to help and encourage students preparing for high-demand fields and we are grateful for their support.”
The new Delta Scholarship will provide four $2,500 awards for students in Computer Information Systems (CIS) degree programs, a field in high demand according to PayScale’s 2017-18 College Salary Report. OCC currently has four CIS programs: Business Systems Analysis, Cybersecurity, Information Technology Support and Software Engineering.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Recipients must attend Oakland Community College and can be enrolled either part-time or full-time in a Computer Information Systems degree program
  • Must have completed a minimum of six (6) credit hours of instruction at Oakland Community College. Transfer credit hours count toward eligibility.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Must demonstrate scholastic achievement with a minimum 2.5 GPA.
  • Preference will be given to students with demonstrated financial need as determined by OCC Student Financial Resources and Scholarships Department.

The application deadline is February 5. For more information on applying for this scholarship or others, visit OCC’s New Online Scholarship Management System.

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Oakland Community College Invites Public to Convocation Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Oakland Community College (OCC) invites the public to join faculty, staff, and students to a special event honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Friday, January 12, 2018.

The convocation, sponsored by the College Committee for Diversity and Inclusion, will feature:


WHAT:           Martin Luther King, Jr., Convocation 2018


WHEN:           Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, 10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


WHERE:         OCC, Orchard Ridge Campus, Smith Theatre, 27055 Orchard Lake Rd., Farmington Hills, MI





  • Open to the public, free admission.
  • Keynote Topic: Mentoring
  • Guest Speaker: Sommer Woods, Vice President for External Relations, Marketing and Communications for M-1 Rail (QLINE) in Detroit. Her responsibilities include workforce development, community engagement/inclusion, governmental relations, and minority/Detroit based business procurement. She has been instrumental in ensuring that minority and women-owned businesses are given an opportunity to participate in and benefit from the business opportunities associated with the development of Detroit. Woods is the recipient of the Dave Bing Future Leader Awards for the 2017 Shining Light Awards.

Woods, 40, is a graduate of Mercy High School in Farmington, and Talladega College in Alabama, which she attended on a golf scholarship and from which she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business. She later studied urban planning and development at Georgia State University before working with the PGA tour for four years, a job that ultimately brought her back to Detroit to work with the Super Bowl XL committee. This job, in turn, led to a position in Mayor Dave Bing’s administration, serving as the film, culture and special events director for the City of Detroit.

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Oakland Community College Names New Chancellor

Interim Chancellor Peter Provenzano Accepts Role After Unanimous Board Vote

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Oakland Community College announces the appointment of Peter Provenzano to the position of Chancellor. Provenzano joined Oakland Community College in 2014 as Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services and a key member of the College’s executive leadership team. Since May 2017, Provenzano has served as the Interim Chancellor.  The Board of Trustees voted unanimously in favor of Provenzano as successor in the position of Chancellor.

“The decision to offer the position to Mr. Provenzano reflects the Board’s confidence both in his proven leadership abilities and his vision for the future,” said Oakland Community College Board Chair John P. McCulloch. “He has been in the forefront of developing a long-range planning process that is responsive to the needs of our students and community.”

With Provenzano’s work as Interim Chancellor, the Board expects a seamless transition and ongoing stability across the College. While his role as Chancellor is already in place, Provenzano’s “interim” status will officially change effective January 1, 2018, given the Board’s vote.

Peter Provenzano Chancellor Headshot“With educational institutions facing significant change, Peter Provenzano brings a track record of leadership and success,” said McCulloch. “His commitment to student success and collaborative partnerships reflects Oakland Community College’s strategic direction and the ongoing vision for excellence and best practices.”

“I’m very impressed with Peter’s vision for the college. He’s not just looking at today or tomorrow, but is looking forward five, 10 and 20 years,” added Trustee Kathleen Bertolini. “He has also surrounded himself with a great team for advice and solving concerns related to any aspect of the college.”

With nearly 20 years of leadership experience in the public and private sectors, Provenzano is known for his collaborative leadership style and mission driven focus on student success and community benefit. Provenzano earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Wayne State University and a Masters in Administration from Central Michigan University. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.

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