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While college students are adapting to the uncertainties of the fall semester nationwide, OCC students can count on the college's remote and online learning formats - and, the opportunity to apply for nearly 300 academic scholarships worth more than $325,000 to help them achieve their educational goals.

The need to help fight hunger in Oakland County has only increased with the recent pandemic, and the chefs from OCC's Culinary Institute knew they had the resources to help feed those in need. So they cooked a healthy hot lunch in the College's instructional kitchens and transported it to the Baldwin Center in Pontiac. There, they prepared 175 grab-and-go lunches for people in need as part of Baldwin's "Feed the Need" program.

The NFL Draft is one of the most popular events to watch each year, but this year it took on a different meaning for OCC student Sana Ishaqsei, her team members and coach. Ishaqsei was one of 32 students from colleges and universities across the country selected to participate in the inaugural NFL360 Women's Empowerment Draft.

Three OCC students are joining an elite group of student leaders in the upcoming academic year. Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society membership elected Elena Wong, Tala AlAlmar and Yullia Lane to represent them at the international, regional and state levels respectively.

Writing a research paper involves curiosity, discernment, and the ability to advocate a position using information sourced from books, articles, and interviews. It is a skill, and like all skills, requires practice. Those research paper "skills" were taken into account by judges who chose the winners of OCC's inaugural Outstanding Research Paper Award Competition.

As a nation and community we are hurting. People across the country are responding to the inhumane killing of George Floyd, and the historic issue of racial injustice. Our hearts break for the family of George Floyd, and the families of countless others whose lives have ended too soon due to race-related violence. The anger and civil unrest bring to mind a quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed by Congress and signed into law in March 2020, provides $3,737,183 in direct student funds for OCC to distribute in the form of emergency grants. This money covers student expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the Coronavirus; including eligible expenses under a student's cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care. On Thursday, May 21, 2020, OCC launched its plan to quickly and equitably distribute the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) grants, following the approval of a Certification and Agreement form earlier filed with the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) for funding.

Mathematicians are known to be inquisitive, detail-oriented and organized. Math leaders are also said to be creative and good at handling stress. With these traits in hand, it's easy to sum up the leadership choice of Julie Gunkelman as president of the Michigan affiliate of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges, MichMATYC.

The consequences of the COVID-19 health crisis has greatly impacted Oakland County's graduating high school seniors, and Oakland Community College has extended the application deadline for a special scholarship that can help support their future academic dreams.

The path to achieve your dream is sometimes winding, with unanticipated obstacles along the way. Many people may resent those twists and turns, but OCC student athlete Lonnell Martin considers them an opportunity to learn and grow.

Your great, great grandma may suggest wrapping half an onion around your neck with a sweaty sock, or covering your chest with raw bacon and gauze to help ward off colds and flu, but Mary Miles, OCC dean of health professions, offers a set of more practical and proven suggestions to keep high school and college students healthy this winter.

Finding the right building or the best place to park on a college campus can be challenging, especially for new students and visitors. OCC has made it easier with Virtual Tours and Maps.

Earning a college degree can be one of the greatest achievements of a person's life. But colleges nationwide are finding that many students who complete the requirements aren't taking the steps needed to be awarded the official degree. They are among students known as the "some college, no degree" population, and according to a recent publication by the National Student Clearinghouse, there are more than 1 million of these students in Michigan

Lynn Cherry brings an extensive background in healthcare education, staff development clinical experience and patient care to her new role as Oakland Community College's associate academic dean of health professions. She joins the College from Beaumont Health, where she specialized in nursing professional development education.

Now that the weather is charging full speed into winter, the fireplace season is heating up and many homeowners are lighting real or gas logs for the first time since spring. But before you gather the family around the fireplace, you should make sure it is not going to be a fire hazard.

If you have ever planned a holiday party, you know the amount of work it takes to ensure it comes off without a hitch. Now take that party and add theme decorations; creative menu planning including themed and five-star options; specialty cocktails; and staffing servers for 100 people and you now have the basis of a unique class taught at OCC's Culinary Studies Institute.

Unparalleled teamwork, professional case study presentation, expert "phantom" patient exams, a bit of creativity, and a smooth slide of the transducer earned eight OCC students two podium finishes at the inaugural, regional SonoBowl hosted by Henry Ford Hospital.

Winter Term 2020 registration at Oakland Community College (OCC) begins online Oct. 28, and students now have an easier way to register for classes thanks to the college's new mobile app.

With new and emerging domestic terrorism threats becoming more sophisticated, first responders need to be at the forefront of detecting and reacting to these threats to keep our communities safe.

The Oakland Community College Foundation has added another key community stakeholder to its leadership as Tom E. Kimble joins its 11-person Board of Directors.

On Tuesday, November 5, Oakland Community College (OCC) will have a millage renewal proposal on the ballot that will not increase the local tax rate above current levels. The millage would allow the College to continue to provide relevant educational opportunities that meet the needs of our community.

An inspiring, first-hand story of how a Flint doctor was at the forefront of discovery that children in Flint, Mich. were exposed to lead in their tap water will be shared at a free event for community, students and employees of Oakland Community College.

OAKLAND COUNTY, Michigan - At colleges and universities across Michigan, notable women are the leaders who are building the state's future through higher education. These women are using their passion for education to empower others to advocate for excellence, community impact and student success.

OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich.--Sept. 17, 2019 - The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), one of the top organizations in the country that accredits colleges and universities, has reaffirmed accreditation of Oakland Community College through 2028-2029.

Oakland Community College has elevated Mary Miles, Ed.D. to dean of health professions, from her previous role as associate dean. In this capacity, Dr. Miles will provide administrative oversight and leadership for all 10 of OCC's popular health professions programs.

OAKLAND COUNTY, Michigan -A trip to Israel to attend a cousin's wedding set the stage for a recent OCC graduate to ignite her own passions. Leia Serlin, of West Bloomfield, Mich., loved her experience in Israel so much that she vowed to go back and "do something good."

OAKLAND COUNTY, Michigan-- OCC students and employees with a valid OCC ID will be given free admission to Arts Beats & Eats on Saturday, August 31 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free parking for students and employees is also available in OCC's north parking structure on the Royal Oak Campus during OCC Day on a first-come, first-served basis.

With the start of fall term right around the corner, 67 recent Oakland County high school graduates will get some help in paying college costs. Each was awarded a $3,500 Chancellor's scholarship to cover their first academic year at Oakland Community College.

The College's committee for diversity and inclusion awarded Davis, associate dean for communications arts and humanities, the title of 2019 Diversity Champion.

OCC's annual daylong event to raise awareness of sexual violence on college campuses is set for noon to 4 p.m., Thursday, April 4, in Farmington Hills.

Hohauser, 6, has stage IV neuroblastoma, and is a big fan of firetrucks, police officers and, especially, police dogs.

Buikema, 23, of Rochester Hills, Mich., is expected to graduate in May 2019 with an associate's degree in Library Technical Services. That's epic for someone who has FXS, which is the most common inherited cause of autism and intellectual disabilities.

On the heels of launching Michigan's first co-branded billboard campaign with Oakland University and first comprehensive academic program billboard campaign, Oakland Community College is looking to make history again - and possibly change how others view digital outdoor.

Equipped with chainsaws and the title of National Ice Carving Champions for 10 of the last 11 seasons, OCC Ice Carving Team sharpens their competitive edge this weekend at the Plymouth Ice Festival.

From Detroit to France and everywhere in between, allow our student chefs to take you on a delectable journey around the world with this seasons culinary events. Oakland Community College's (OCC) award-winning Culinary Studies Institute continues its lineup of events open to the community. Join the College's aspiring chefs for an incredible dining experience and enjoy the best in food and service.