Change at OCC reflects the needs of community

Oakland Community College is changing to reflect the needs of the community it serves.


“Our traditional understanding of student demographics is changing,” said Chancellor Tim Meyer.

Meyer reflected Wednesday on the role of the college and how it has changed over its 45-year history. His comments came two days after OCC broke ground at its Southfield campus, on Nine Mile east of Southfield Road, on the $25.3 million expansion that will bring both more space and improved technology to the campus.

Part of the change the college is seeing is due to economic changes, Meyer said. “The traditional high school to college student is changing. The average age (of students) is 28,” he said. “That is a revealing statistic.”

What it means is that the 70,000 students enrolled at the five campuses — which include Farmington Hills, Auburn Hills, Highland Lakes and Royal Oak — are no longer just out of high school.

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