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Problems with the roof

September 20, 2013 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Contractors performing roof repairs over the summer at Glen Oaks Community College uncovered numerous problems, college officials learned last week.

Heather DeKorte, senior project architect at Grand Rapids-based Soils and Materials Engineers Inc., said cracks in the weatherproofing are the main culprit for the problems.

The discovery was made as workers were correcting the perimeter leaks. The problem is the result of the roof being improperly installed by a subcontractor for Laurenco Systems.

The 18-year-old roof has a 25-year warranty, but school officials have not been successful in pursuing the issue with Laurenco, Glen Oaks officials said.

Initial leaks have been fixed, DeKorte said, and measures were taken to drain water from the building. Also, skylights that are no longer structurally sound will be replaced.

Trustees encouraged administrators to consider taking legal action against Laurenco.

Agreement between colleges

September 9, 2013 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Glen Oaks Community College officials have announced a reverse-transfer agreement with Ferris State University.

Glen Oaks students who transfer to Ferris prior to receiving their associate’s degree may be eligible to obtain their two-year degree from Glen Oaks by transferring their Ferris credits back to GOCC, as part of the agreement announced last week.

Glen Oaks President Gary Wheeler said students often enter the workforce prior to completing a two- or four-year degree. As a result, the agreement shows the commitment on behalf of both institutions to support student success and encourage students to re-enroll.

The Centreville-area school recently established reverse transfer agreements with Western Michigan and Grand Valley State universities.

Classes delayed because of water

September 6, 2013 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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.

GOCC offering class

August 16, 2013 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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.

GOCC to expand distance learning

August 15, 2013 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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.

GOCC board acts on retirement

June 28, 2013 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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.

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