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2480 Opdyke Road
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan,48304
With five campuses throughout Oakland County, Oakland Community College is committed to providing academic and developmental experiences that allows each student to reach their full potential and enhance the diverse communities they serve. It offers degrees an... more.
"We kicked off Royal Oak's renaissance by being there," said George Cartsonis, OCC college communications marketing department director.
Eton students often turn to Oakland Community College, which offers a special program called Project BOLD that is a therapeutic educational program designed to assist college students diagnosed with neurologically-based learning disorders in learning strategies to handle college-level work, said George Cartsonis, OCC spokesman.
Many graduates who have used the BOLD program have gone on to great success, Cartsonis said. Continued... For example, OCC's Outstanding Alumnus for 2007, Dr. Robert Reid of Beaumont Hospital graduated from OCC with the assistance offered by Project BOLD and credits the program with his success, Cartsonis said.
Integral to the program are partnerships between schools and local employers, said George Cartsonis, OCC spokesman.
OCC's is a college credit program that could lead to certificates, and eventually associate degrees. The funds will be used to establish a program and purchase training equipment that adopts the Automotive Manufacturing Technical Educational Collaborative Manufacturing Curriculum, Cartsonis said.
George Cartsonis, communications director for Oakland Community College, said, "Enrollments at community colleges are what we call counter-cyclical.
"When an economy goes bad, our enrollments shoot up, and when the economy gets better they tend to level off," he said Cartsonis noted Oakland hit record enrollment last fall at 29,962, a 26 percent increase from 2002. "What spurs this is the large number of people who have been laid off, particularly by the auto companies and suppliers. They come to our community college in hopes of finding an alternate career," he said. The college is offering more classes to meet student demand. "We have a weekend college that we instituted a year or so ago, and it is designed in such a way that people can come on Friday night and Saturday and complete their associate's degree," Cartsonis said. Oakland's Cartsonis said he expects the economic recovery to move slowly, which means enrollment will level out and possibly decrease. But the changes to programs won't be dramatic, he said. "As long as the economy stays sluggish, we expect enrollment to stay at the kind of levels they are at. If the economy improves, enrollments will tend to drop off until the next economic cycle," he said.
However, electronic cigarettes are still permitted, said George Cartsonis, spokesman for OCC.
He said the ban on smoking in buildings has been in effect for 15 years. "Employees repeatedly violating the rule are subject to discipline according to regular administrative procedures, with the ultimate sanction being dismissal," Cartsonis said. "Students will be warned, and if repeat offenders, obliged to meet with the campus dean. Serial infractions could lead to dismissal," he said.