Oakland Community College
Oakland Community College, with five attractive campuses located throughout Oakland County, is the largest of Michigan’s 28 community colleges. Approximately 750,000 students have enrolled here since they opened their doors in 1965 and our graduates include an astronaut, CEOs of national corporations, as well as world-recognized leaders in the arts, medicine and law. The value of an education is more important than ever whether completing the first two years required for a bachelor’s degree before transferring to a four-year university, pursuing a technical or vocational two-year degree, earning a specialized certificate, or re-training to meet new employment demands. Like the region, Oakland Community College is in the process of recreating itself. They are focused on increasing the relevancy and responsiveness of their academic programs as well as greater operational efficiency. One of the most significant methods for ensuring their relevance is through their connections – with business and industry, K-12 and universities, the workforce development agencies, economic developers, and community-based organizations. It is through their partnerships that they see progress being made in the community.
Oakland CommunityCollege is committed to the economic prosperity, health and well-being of the community. That’s why “community” is their middle name. For nearly 50 years, student success has been the chief priority at Oakland Community College. Nothing matters more to the educators, administrators and staff at OCC than preparing their students to achieve their goals, fulfill their potential and to lead productive, rewarding lives in our community. Through efforts such as Oakland Early College and college readiness, they help qualified high school seniors and first year students of all ages get the fundamental knowledge and tools they need to succeed at the college level. With programs like “Achieving the Dream” and developmental education, they work to ensure all students – even those with socio-economic or developmental challenges – get the quality education they deserve. And their commitment to transfer readiness and career readiness has earned them a national reputation as a leader in preparing students for success at four-year institutions and in their careers.
At Oakland Community College, they take their responsibility to the community very seriously. With five campuses in Oakland County, this is their home. They want to protect it and keep it strong. That’s why they’ve established nationally recognized programs that provide their students with the knowledge and skills needed by employers and also help attract new businesses to the region. These programs span an array of industries and careers - healthcare, science, law enforcement, manufacturing, and economic and workforce development.
With nursing schools on two campuses, OCC graduates more nurses than any other school in the state. They even have working agreements with 21 area hospitals to provide nurses, technicians, administrators and key technical staff.
Their CREST facility (that stands for Combined Regional Emergency Services Training) is the county’s leading source for fire, police, EMS and other emergency training. They’ve trained upwards of 90% of the emergency response teams working for communities throughout Oakland County. OCC is also at the forefront of emerging technologies such as nanotechnology, material science and molecular biotechnology. They’re fulfilling the demand for workers in these fields while ensuring that the region stays competitive well into the future. When it comes to the well being of the community, you can count on OCC.