A broken water seal in the F Wing at Glen Oaks Community College resulted in a two-hour delayed start of classes Thursday.
The early morning incident, at the north end of campus near the auto garage, triggered the overhead sprinkler system to activate, college officials said.
Glen Oaks President Gary Wheeler said the incident occurred in an out-of-the-way area where few students enter or exit that area of the school building.
He said the school had been experiencing a fluctuation of water pressure and suspects the incident may be related.
Wheeler said when the system recognized a loss in water pressure, it assumed there was a fire and automatically activated the sprinklers.
He said between one and two inches of water covered a cement floor and coated a set of stairs. The water was cleared from the area by mid-morning.
Glen Oaks Community College is offering classes that will teach students how to develop applications for mobile phones.
The newly created Mobile Phone Applications Development certificate program begins this fall at the Centreville-area school.
Patricia Morgenstern, associate dean of extended learning and workforce development, said the program will teach students how to build, test and market their Android and iPhone applications.
She said graduates of the certificate program will be working in positions within a business to help make websites user-friendly for the smaller, mobile-device screens, tablets and mobile phone.
Glen Oaks Community College officials have announced the school will expand its distance-learning offerings to include online programs as a result of approval received from the Higher Learning Commission.
Patricia Morgenstern, associate dean of learning and workforce development, said the college has been offering distance learning classes for more than 15 years. The Higher Learning Commission’s approval, however, gives the school the chance to add whole programs that can be delivered entirely online, she said.
Morgenstern said the Centreville-area college is exploring the development of programs in both the business and allied-health areas.
Glen Oaks Community College officials voted to accept the retirement of president Gary Wheeler effective June 30, 2014.
The date is one year earlier than Wheeler’s originally planned final day as GOCC president.
Wheeler, who joined the Centreville-area junior college in 2008, voluntarily moved his retirement date 12 months sooner. The offer was affirmed by board members during a special meeting Thursday.
GOCC board president Dave Allen said a committee will oversee the search for a replacement. If a successor is found and able to start before the end of June next year, Wheeler has agreed to step aside immediately under that circumstance.
Allen said the search will begin as soon as possible.
After a ten-year hiatus, Glen Oaks Community College is pleased to announce it has recently completed maintenance and restoration work on three of the six tennis courts on campus and they are now open for public use.
“Our maintenance crews patched up quite a few cracks, some of which were pretty severe,” said Bruce Zakrzewski, dean of finance and administrative services. “Although the courts are not in “tournament condition,” they are in good enough shape for use by our students and members of the community.”
The repairs required pouring cement in the cracks and holes. The cost was nominal since it was done primarily through the college’s maintenance department.
According to Steve Proefrock, GOCC athletic director, the tennis courts were last used by the college’s tennis team in 2003.
The courts are free and open to the public daily on a first-come, first-served basis, weather permitting. Any questions can be directed by calling the information desk at the college at (269) 467-9945. The College is located on Shimmel Road near Centreville.
Steve Proefrock, head men’s basketball coach at Glen Oaks Community College, has been awarded the Men’s Junior College Coach of the Year award from the statewide Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan.
In his 16th season at Glen Oaks, Proefrock led his team to the Western Conference Championship with a conference season record of 15-and-1, and an overall record of 27-and-4.
The school’s only conference loss was a 105-103 overtime setback to Grand Rapids.