Sunday, April 28, 2013
The Founders Service Club activities celebrate the spirit of OCC's first Board of Trustees.
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Sunday, April 28
Over 110 Oakland Community College (OCC) employees and students volunteered for a total of 2,078 hours of community service activity, the equivalent of an average employee’s year’s work, during the month of March. The effort, called the Founders Service Club, was part of the college’s first annual Founders Celebration, a month-long series of activities honoring the community spirit of OCC’s first Board of Trustees, elected in 1964 when the college was established by vote of the Oakland County electorate. Another of the month’s events was the serving of celebratory birthday cake at each OCC site, including Orchard Ridge in Farmington Hills, on March 19, the 92nd birthday of Founding Board Chair George Mosher. Mr. Mosher is the only …
Saturday, April 27, 2013
More than 100 students are affected by what OCC officials are calling a "glitch".
Oakland Community College officials say a computer "glitch" is likely responsible for the release of private student information on the college's website on Friday, April 19. The Oakland Press reports that a student discovered the social security numbers and other data had been released. It was removed by the following Monday morning. OCC continues to investigate the incident. Affected students were notified by email and U.S. mail and will be offered a year of free identity theft monitoring, a college official told the newspaper. Oakland Community College's five campuses include Orchard Ridge in Farmington Hills.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The Orchard Ridge campus hosts an opportunity April 20 to dump everything from computers to batteries.
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Wednesday, April 17
The Oakland Community College Sustainability Committee, in honor of Earth Week, hosts electronic waste collections this weekend at two locations, including the Orchard Ridge campus in Farmington Hills. The second collection point is the college's Auburn Hills campus. A list of items accepted from Oakland County residents is included on the flyer attached to this post. For more information, call Mike Halaburda at 248-341-2016.
Friday, April 12, 2013
Held at the Orchard Ridge campus, the event helps women decide whether they want to take classes at Oakland Community College.
The Womencenter at Oakland Community College, in cooperation with the American Association of University Women – Farmington Branch, will present “Back to School Day,” May 10 at OCC’s Orchard Ridge Campus in Farmington Hills. The event, designed for women of all ages interested in attending OCC, will address a variety of issues. Free and open to the public, it runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the campus’ J Building, Room 306. A light lunch will be served. These informational and interactive sessions will assist women in the decision-making process of returning to school at OCC. Topics include: How to get started; the admissions process; financial concerns; stress and time management; balancing work, family and school; and academic and career…
Monday, March 18, 2013
Admission to each of six films shown at the Smith Theatre in March and April.
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Monday, March 18
Oakland Community College (OCC) Orchard Ridge Campus in Farmington Hills will screen a broad variety of recent French language films at the campus’ Smith Theatre in March and April. The films are part of the Tournées Festival, a program of the French American Cultural Exchange (FACE), which brings works of contemporary French cinema to American colleges and university audiences. The festival offers a range of genres, and showcases innovation in both style and storytelling. A panel discussion led by OCC faculty follows each presentation. “These six films were selected not only for their cinematic value, but for their social and cultural relevance,” said OCC faculty member Gheorghita Tres who helped write the grant that supports the program…
Friday, March 15, 2013
The Thursday program at Oakland Community College Orchard Ridge campus includes inspiring stories and a gourmet lunch.
Oakland Community College honored 22 Farmington area students and the Farmington AAUW (American Association of University Women) branch during a Thursday lunch that drew nearly 200 scholarship recipients, donors and family members to the school's Orchard Ridge campus in Farmington Hills. In all, 296 students received scholarships during the 2012-2013 academic year. Student speaker Richard Pingle of Beverly Hills said the money he received, raised through the college's annual golf outing, helped him return to school without fear of tremendous debt. "This money has given me a chance to focus more on my studies, and less about how I was going to pay the bills," he said. "To say the least, I'm grateful to all the donors." Former OCC faculty…
Friday, January 11, 2013
Learn from expert chefs and sommeliers on the Orchard Ridge Campus.
Friday, January 11
Oakland Community College’s award-winning Culinary Studies Institute will offer an exciting variety of open-enrollment classes this winter at the Orchard Ridge Campus in Farmington Hills. Learn from expert chefs and sommeliers about wine and food pairings in the “French Kissed Wine Country Feast” or the new “Pasta and Focaccia Bread Making and Wine Tasting” class. Discover professional secrets for setting your party table and preparing show-stopping cocktails, along with complementary, colorful dishes. For registration information and a complete list of classes go to www.oaklandcc.edu/ce or call Program Manager Clarisse Bolduc at 248-232-4169. Source: Oakland Community College press release
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Director Dennis North says 'The Great American Trailer Park Musical' veers away from last year's more serious line-up of shows produced on the Orchard Ridge campus in Farmington Hills.
You don't often see pink flamingos on a theater stage, but you will during this weekend's Oakland Community College (OCC) production of The Great American Trailer Park Musical, on stage at the Orchard Ridge campus' Smith Theater in Farmington Hills. Director Dennis North says the show, written by David Nehls and Betsy Kelso and musical directed by OCC professor Tom Dennis, involves not only student actors, but also faculty members and community residents. It represents quite a change from last season's line-up, which included Neil LaBute's The Shape of Things, a dark comedy about how far one man is willing to go for love. "We got a little heavy with it," North said. "This year, I kind of went the other way. With everything that's …
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Students and educators say any stigma is fading from the nation's community colleges. A growing number of students are choosing 2-year programs to find high-paying jobs—in fields where businesses are actually hiring.
For 21-year-old Vinnie Haynes, the $1,900 annual tuition for two years at community college is not only a great deal, it’s a gateway to a career. “Basically they offer the same courses as a four-year college, and it costs a quarter of the price,” said the welding student at Washtenaw Community College in Michigan. Haynes is like a growing number of college students who are seeing community college programs as a way to quickly land great-paying jobs in industries that are actually hiring and for less money than they’d pay for a bachelor’s degree at a bigger school. Community colleges once were seen as a place to go when you couldn’t get into a four-year school, but students say that’s not the case anymore. Community colleges, for many, are …
Monday, July 30, 2012
Community college officials enacted the ban in March, based on complaints by students and employees about second-hand smoke.
Monday, July 30, 2012
Beginning Sept. 1, the use of all tobacco products will be barred on all Oakland Community College (OCC) property, including the Orchard Ridge campus on Orchard Lake Road in Farmington Hills. The prohibition, passed by OCC’s Board of Trustees March 20, forbids the use of cigars, cigarettes, pipes, as well as chewing tobacco and snuff. So-called "electronic cigarettes" are still permitted. “The board’s purpose in initiating the policy responds to frequently expressed complaints by students and employees regarding second hand smoke, as well as our concern for the health and well-being of all who attend, work at, or visit the college,” said OCC Chancellor Timothy R. Meyer. “An additional benefit is the elimination of litter associated with …