Points of Pride
In 2019, the college celebrated the 50th anniversary of the campus building as well as a major renovation of the grand concourse.
The $6.5 million David H. and Patricia A. Devier Student Suites opened in August 2017 and features two- and four-bedroom suites. There are 106 beds in all and the facility was the first of such project in Michigan to be funded by a USDA Rural Development loan.
Glen Oaks recently launched the only Agricultural Equipment Technology program in the state of Michigan where students learn to repair and maintain farm related equipment and machinery.
The college hosts the largest Job Fair in St. Joseph County each year with over 50 area employers in attendance.
Students in the Glen Oaks agricultural programs, in conjunction with Michigan State University, are engaged in hands-on learning by farming over 65 tillable acres on the campus.
Glen Oaks opened a food pantry to assist students with both food and necessity items.
Glen Oaks recently reinstated the Viking Speaker Series and hosts inspiring speakers on a wide range of topics. The series is co-sponsored by the Glen Oaks Foundation and the Sturgis Media Group.
In early 2018, Glen Oaks reported a 7.3 percent increase in student headcount and a 10.1 percent increase in credit hours resulting in enrollment increases over six straight semesters.
Glen Oaks launched a Nursing Hall of Fame in 2018 to recognize Glen Oaks alumni as well as those who have made valuable contributions to the nursing program over the years.
In 2017, the Glen Oaks Foundation provided 75 students with over $83,000 in scholarship funding.
Each year the college hosts St. Joseph County College night with admission representatives from over 55 institutions of higher education in attendance.
The College recently established the Epsilon Pi Tau honorary society for students in the technology professions.
The Glen Oaks Pi Theta Kappa Chapter has one of the highest percentage of inducted PTK students in the state of Michigan.
Glen Oaks annually hosts the MI Career Quest Southwest Michigan program for all of the ninth grade students in St. Joseph County, offering them the opportunity to explore different career pathways through engaging activities presented by area employers.
Each year students in each of the eight area high schools in St. Joseph County receive the President’s and Dean’s scholarships.
Glen Oaks, in conjunction with the St. Joseph County ISD, offers high school students the option to participate in the Early Middle College program which provides students the opportunity to earn an associate degree or occupational certificate program in their “13th” year of high school, with funding paid for by the state.
The College partners with the Intermediate School District to offer student Career and Technical Education programs including Graphic Design, Welding, Computer Coding and Gaming, Medical Occupations, Automotive Technologies, Computer-Aided Design, Marketing, and Information Technology.
The College enrolls more than 600 high school students each year and this generates the highest percentage of dual enrollment of any Michigan community college.
Over the last five years, high school dual enrollment students have transferred to 127 different colleges and universities.
Members of the community are invited to join students and faculty on an annual Study Abroad program each year. Recent trips have included Peru, France, the British Isles, Greece, and Italy.