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GOCC president receives award

Glen Oaks Community College President David Devier recently received an alumni career achievement award from Ohio State University’s College of Education and Human Ecology. The award was presented in Columbus at the college’s annual alumni awards ceremony. Devier was recognized for developing technical-training programs based on regional needs, connecting with manufacturing companies to create programs that train students to meet …

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GOCC celebrates graduation

Glen Oaks Community College celebrated its 48th graduation ceremony Friday, when nearly 200 certificates or degrees were awarded to 175 students. College officials said 113 people took part in the ceremony. According to data compiled by the college, the average graduate is 26 1/2 years old, with the youngest graduate 18 years of age and the oldest, 66. The average …

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GOCC voted to proceed with housing facility

Glen Oaks Community College’s Board of Trustees voted this week to proceed with the bidding, design and construction of a $6.5 million, 120-bed student housing facility. Subject to final approval on a USDA low-interest loan, the proposed four-story building would begin with a groundbreaking expected to take place in early summer with plans for the facility to open with the …

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Glen Oaks to host job fair

More than 50 area employers will participate later this month in what is considered the largest job fair in St. Joseph County. Glen Oaks Community College will host the event, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 21. Jobseekers will have the opportunity to meet employer representatives to learn about and apply for positions that are currently open. The event is …

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Changes coming for county employees seeking tuition reimbursement

Reimbursement for college tuition will become an easier process for county employees, pending action taken by the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners. A matter discussed during this week’s county commission executive committee centered on making the process of applying for reimbursement an easier procedure, Pat Yoder, county administrator, said a few of the likely changes include a provision that …

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Glen Oaks sees increase in enrollment

Officials from Glen Oaks Community College said the school experienced an enrollment increase for the second straight semester, representing a 16.8 percent jump over the 2015 winter semester, and an actual increase over the 2015 fall semester. President David Devier said the student increase is a testament to the hard work faculty and staff have put into the college’s marketing …

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Glen Oaks receives ambulance for training

Glen Oaks Community College is the recipient of an ambulance that will assist students in emergency training, thanks to a donation from LifeCare Ambulance Service of Battle Creek. Glen Oaks President David Devier said the college recently partnered with Michiana Healthcare to offer Medical First Responder and Emergency Medical Technician courses. The ambulance, he said, will provide these students with …

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Glen Oaks nurses pass at highest rate in the nation

Glen Oaks Community College practical nursing graduates are passing the National Council for Licensing Exam at a rate highest in the nation, according to The Mountain Measurement firm, an assessment firm that serves the K-12, licensure and certification sectors of the testing industry. Out of all the first-year Practical Nursing programs in the firm’s jurisdiction, Glen Oaks graduates had a …

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Dedication ceremony celebrates GOCC anniversary

Glen Oaks Community College’s 50th anniversary celebration came to a close earlier this month with a final event. Faculty and staff gathered at the site of the new flag plaza for a dedication ceremony that included placement of a 50-year anniversary time capsule in the brick plaza. The capsule contains an array of items from throughout the year, including the …

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Plan continues for Glen Oaks dorms

Glen Oaks Community College is another step closer to getting dormitories. Members of the board of trustees voted last week to allow the company Student Suites to move forward with a fully developed plan for dormitories at the college. The vote followed a presentation by Dick Davis and Kimberly Christianson of Missouri-based Student Suites. Davis and Christianson shared details about …

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