College for Kids progressing smoothly, director says

This summer’s College for Kids and Teens program is progressing smoothly, said Jessica Martinez-Brooks, Community Outreach and Education director.

College for Kids and Teens is a summer program created by OCCC to give children and teens something educational and fun to do during the summer.

“We are receiving positive feedback from parents on the College for Kids and Teens program,” Martinez-Brooks said. “The children seem to be enjoying the classes.”

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Social networking site created for international students

OCCC international students now have a college-sponsored social networking site to sign up for, said Sunny Garner, International Services coordinator.

International Student Connection is a website which can help students overcome the shock of coming to a new country, Garner said.

“If you’re coming from Asia or Africa and you don’t know anything about the school, then (the site is) a way for you to meet individuals and make connections before you arrive,” she said.

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False alarm prompts evacuation at Family and Community Education Center

Students of the Family and Community Education Center were forced to leave the building when a child accidentally set off a fire alarm pull station June 9 at the center.

“One of the kids bumped into [the pull station] coming in from outside recess,” Director of Community Outreach and Education Jessica Martinez-Brooks said.

Brannon Dresel, Community Education coordinator, said the child then accidentally set off the main fire alarm as he was trying to reset the activated pull station.

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Retention Alert System referrals have seen drastic increase, specialist says

The college’s Retention Alert computer system — an online program that helps teachers target students who are in danger of failing out of college — has been successful, said Mary Turner, Learning Support specialist.

Since its installation in fall 2009, Turner said, the college has seen a 300-percent increase in the number of students being contacted because they seemed academically or emotionally at risk.

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Students face 5.5-percent tuition increase for fall

Students will likely face higher tuition expenses in the fall after the OCCC Board of Regents authorized a tuition increase of $4.60 per credit hour for resident tuition and an increase of $7.60 per credit hour for out-of-state tuition at its regular board meeting June 21.

The State Regents for Higher Education approved the proposal June 24, said State Regents Communications Director Ben Hardcastle in a press release.

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Computer misuse, car accident top weekly campus crime reports

A sex offender viewing inappropriate content on a Keith Leftwich Memorial Library computer and a car accident between campus visitors kept OCCC security officers busy this past week.

Officer Jeffrey Porter was dispatched to the library at 3:50 p.m. June 14 after Safety and Security received a call regarding an individual allegedly viewing what looked like pornographic content on the computers.

Officers Austin Plackemeier and Brandon Wheeler accompanied Porter to the library and met with Dana Tuley-Williams, systems librarian.

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