GOCC has new degree programs

March 28, 2013 by WLKM · Leave a Comment 

Glen Oaks Community College officials have announced three new associate degree programs in visual arts beginning in the fall.

The associate of arts in visual arts degree has emphasis in three areas: graphic design, fine art and commercial photography.

Developing the trio of new programs was a two-year process that involved evaluating the market for visual arts, the school’s ability to provide the courses with quality instruction and whether similar programs are offered.

With the exception of commercial photography, most of the jobs obtained by people who take the graphic design and fine-art courses at Glen Oaks will require a four-year degree.

Wheeler to retire

March 22, 2013 by WLKM · Leave a Comment 

Gary Wheeler, the president of Glen Oaks Community College since 2007, said he will not seek a new contract when his current agreement expires in two years.

The 61-year-old Wheeler announced at Wednesday’s Glen Oaks Board of Trustees meeting he will retire after his contract ends at the end of June 2015. Wheeler’s request was approved by board members.

Wheeler in December was given a vote of no confidence by Glen Oaks faculty members. The issue was discussed in executive session at Wednesday’s meeting.

An Ohio native, Wheeler came to Glen Oaks from Gogebic Community College, where he served as president of the Upper Peninsula school for two years.

Nominations for award

March 13, 2013 by WLKM · Leave a Comment 

Glen Oaks Community College Current has announced former students, staff and community members are invited to nominate a full-time faculty member for the E. J. Shaheen Chair for Teaching Excellence award for 2013.

The award is presented annually to an outstanding faculty member who exemplifies high professional standards, demonstrates excellence in teaching and whose position as a faculty member reflects on the value of education to his or her students and the quality of education.

Nominees for the award may be entered through an online form at until 4 p.m. March 29. The recipient will be named in April.

Milestone years

February 19, 2013 by WLKM · Leave a Comment 

Glen Oaks Community College recently recognized 21 employees who reached milestone years of employment with the Centreville-area school.

Topping the list were James and Anne Cook, each for reaching the 35-year mark of employment.

Nursing faculty member Janell Lederman was honored for three decades of employment, while Beverly Andrews, Larry Hass, Lynne Holtz and Barbara Thole were honored for reaching their 25-year milestones.

Dresser passes at 81

January 30, 2013 by WLKM · Leave a Comment 

A lifelong Sturgis resident, described as a pillar of the community, died last week of cancer.

Ray Dresser Jr., 81, was a philanthropist and driving force behind the creation of the Sturgis Area Community Foundation in 1962.

His contributions to the city included generous endowments to Sturgis Hospital and Glen Oaks Community College. An attorney, Dresser also served as co-chairman of the fundraising committee for the Doyle Community Center in Sturgis and was a member of the Sturgis Rotary Club for more than 50 years

A funeral service is to take place Friday at First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis.

GOCC gets donation from Armstrong

December 27, 2012 by WLKM · Leave a Comment 

Students in Glen Oaks Community College’s Electrical Technologies program are better able to gain hands-on experience with a supply of donated equipment thanks to Armstrong International.

Thirteen skids of materials, including pumps, controller motors and parts, were delivered to the college last week.

The equipment is the nuts and bolts of what is used in boiler systems, according to Charles Crouch, part-time GOCC faculty member who teaches in the program.

He said the heavy-duty equipment is in top-notch condition and will greatly enhance learning opportunities in the classroom.

In addition to using the equipment for the electrical program, the college may also utilize the equipment for the physical facilities, according to Glen Oaks officials.

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