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Glen Oaks agrees to privatize bookstore

Glen Oaks Community College’s Board of Trustees has agreed to a contract with Follett Higher Education Group Inc. to privatize bookstore services. James O’Connor, vice president of sales and operations, said Follett operates 945 campus stores internationally, has 1,500 e-commerce sites and plans to invest more than $ 250 million in the business over the next 36 months. Follett offers …

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Auto training program receives accreditation

The automotive-training program at Glen Oaks Community College has received accreditation by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, school officials announced this week. The program has been accredited in the areas of maintenance and light repair. Nationally accepted standards of excellence in areas such as instruction, facilities and equipment were used to achieve the recognition. Automotive Service Excellence is …

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Glen Oaks adopted employee tuition-reimbursement policy

The Glen Oaks Community College Board of Trustees last week adopted a tuition-reimbursement policy for employees. The program is aimed to help eligible employees improve job skills and enhance opportunities for advancement. Full-time employees on the job at least a year as a regular-status employee are eligible. Courses must be from an accredited college, university or trade school and must …

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Special anniversary at GOCC

Glen Oaks Community College’s athletic program has announced a special event taking place between women’s and men’s basketball games later this month. Athletic director Steve Proefrock said the kick off to Glen Oaks’ 50-year anniversary will take place Jan. 31 between games against Kalamazoo Valley Community College. Proefrock said the program will feature the raising of a banner for the …

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Glen Oaks exploring adding dormitories

Glen Oaks Community College officials have discussed a long-range concept of on-campus dormitories. During a meeting of the Board of Trustees earlier this month, Glen Oaks president David Devier said the college has been looking into the possibility of adding dormitories and that a developer has shown interest in financing those dormitories. Devier was quick to note the concept is …

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Glen Oaks named new faculty and staff

Glen Oaks Community College has welcomed a number of new faculty and staff to campus this fall. Larry Diekman recently joined the college as a maintenance assistant. He was previously employed at Lippert Components in Elkhart, Ind. Ron Hofman is the college’s new automotive instructor. He has over 36 years of automotive experience including teaching the last ten years at …

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Glen Oaks proposes renovation project

Glen Oaks Community College President David Devier outlined plans for a renovation project during last week’s board of trustees meeting. The proposal would include renovation of the college library, learning center and art studio. The three-phase project is expected to cost $ 2.5 million, Devier said. He said the college plans to ask the state for half of the necessary …

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Law enforcement participating in Crisis Intervention Training

Law-enforcement officials in the area and from as far away as Marquette have been participating in Crisis Intervention Training at Glen Oaks Community College. T. J. Baker, CIT instructor on behalf of the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s department, said the focus is to help participants identify the signs and symptoms of mental illness. The program emphasizes communication skills to help …

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Glen Oaks College Night takes place tomorrow

Glen Oaks Community College is staging its 24th annual College Night Tuesday at the Centreville-area campus. School officials said more than 55 colleges and military organizations are expected to be on hand to meet prospective students and share information on their institutions. The event, which takes place 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., will be in the college gymnasium. Tonya Howden, Glen …

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Glen Oaks offers tuition free classes for senior citizens

Glen Oaks Community College Board of Trustees has voted to offer once again free tuition for students age 62 and over. Glen Oaks president David Devier said the Centreville-area college had offered free classes to senior citizens but later started charging 50 percent tuition. After looking into the matter, board members agreed classes will now be no-cost again. Devier said …

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