The Podcast: Summer Success Academy

Distinguished OCC alumnus Dr. Emad Rahim has a conversation with students enrolled in the Summer Success Academy.

OCC’s Summer Success Academy once again helped students get a head start on college. The five-week program acclimated students to the college environment so they were well-positioned for success at the start of the fall semester.

Marcus Watts

Students took classes in the morning and participated in various activities during the afternoon. Activities included a ropes course, discussions about life skills, visits to SUNY Cortland and SUNY Oswego and conversations with current and former students including Dr. Emad Rahim. Dr. Rahim is a graduate of Fowler High School who came to OCC, conquered a learning disability and earned advanced degrees from Colorado Tech, Tulane and Harvard University. Today he is an endowed chair and project director at Bellevue University in Omaha, Nebraska. Earlier this year, the American Association of Community Colleges honored him with a Distinguished Alumni Award, one of only five given out nationally.

Yanira Rodriguez

A total of 47 students took part in the Summer Success Academy, 40 of whom will be freshmen at OCC this fall.

The Summer Success Academy is the focus of the latest edition of our podcast, “Higher Ed News You Can Use from Onondaga Community College.” We’ll introduce you to Marcus Watts, Director of our Educational Opportunity Program who also oversees the Summer Success Academy. You will also meet Yanira Rodriguez, a 2017 Henninger High School graduate who will be a freshman and Criminal Justice major at OCC.

Enjoy the podcast!

Achieving The Dream on our Podcast

In the latest edition of our podcast, “Higher Ed News You Can Use from Onondaga Community College,” we’re discussing our commitment to helping students who need help the most.

Mike O’Connor

Two years ago OCC was selected to participate in the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network. The network is comprised of over 200 colleges working to preserve access and assure that their students, especially low-income students and students of color achieve their goals for academic success, personal growth and economic opportunity.

On our podcast we’ll introduce you to Mike O’Connor. He’s Chair of our English Department and one of the leaders of the Achieving The Dream efforts on our campus.

Christopher Son

You will also meet student Christopher Son. He’s the child of Vietnamese immigrants who earned his GED, came to our campus, started by taking developmental classes and grew into an outstanding student. By the time Christoper earned his degree in Communication Studies last December he was an officer in our chapter of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa. He was also one of only six students selected nationwide as a DREAM Scholar, an honor which awarded him the opportunity to speak at the Achieving The Dream professional development conference in San Francisco.

We hope you enjoy the latest edition of Higher Ed News You Can Use from Onondaga Community College!

 

“Serving Students” on our Podcast

Our latest edition of podcast “Higher Ed News You Can Use from Onondaga Community College” is focused on the services we provide our students.

Watts

We’ll introduce you to Marcus Watts, Director of our Educational Opportunity Program. His staff works hard every day to help improve the academic performance of Central New York’s historically underserved students.

Montilla

You’ll also meet Natalia Montilla, a 2015 graduate of Nottingham High School. She came to OCC as a very intelligent but very shy student. Her involvement with numerous support organizations here helped her blossom into a top student and vocal leader on campus. Later this month she will help lead a team of students to NASA in Houston as part of a nationwide competition.

Enjoy the latest edition of Higher Ed News You Can Use from Onondaga Community College!

 

Talking “Tuition-Free at OCC” on the Podcast

Governor Andrew Cuomo (at podium) unveils his proposal for tuition-free college at New York’s public colleges and universities.

Tuition-free public college is coming to New York State! The Excelsior Scholarship program was approved by State lawmakers as part of the latest budget. The program will take effect in time for the fall 2017 semester.

Dr. Casey Crabill
Becky Rose

On the latest edition of our podcast, “Higher Ed News You Can Use from Onondaga Community College,” we discuss the details of tuition-free college. Our guests are OCC President Dr. Casey Crabill and the College’s Director of Financial Aid Becky Rose. Learn what you need to do now to be in position to take advantage of this program when it begins in the fall 2017 semester.

If you’d like to speak with someone about attending OCC tuition-free you can reach us by phone at (315) 498-2000. At the top of our website you’ll find a list of frequently asked questions to help guide you through the process.

Enjoy the podcast!

 

Learning About Financial Aid on our Podcast

Rose

Figuring out how to pay for college and navigating the financial aid process can be difficult. This month on our podcast, “Higher Ed News You Can Use from Onondaga Community College,” our Financial Aid Director, Becky Rose explains the process in a simple, easy to understand way. Between federal aid, state aid and the scholarships we offer, there is plenty of assistance available for prospective students.

Flewelling

We’ll also introduce you to one of our outstanding students, Heather Flewelling. She’s a 34-year-old mother who has worked hard to become one of OCC’s highest achieving students. She will earn her degree this May and plans to transfer to Syracuse University.

Valuable financial aid advice and an award-winning student on the latest edition of our podcast, “Higher Ed News You Can Use from Onondaga Community College.”

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OCC’s New Podcast

 

OCC President Dr. Casey Crabill (right) speaks with Roger Mirabito (left) while recording the podcast, "Higher Education News You Can Use from Onondaga Community College." Behind the glass is audio engineer James DeLine.
OCC President Dr. Casey Crabill (right) speaks with Roger Mirabito (left) while recording the podcast, “Higher Ed News You Can Use from Onondaga Community College.” Behind the glass is audio engineer James DeLine.

We’re proud to announce we have started our own podcast! It’s titled, “Higher Ed News You Can Use from Onondaga Community College.” Each month we’ll introduce you to interesting College employees and students.

Sandy Klinzman
Sandy Klinzman

Our goal is to inform you about the wonderful things happening on our campus and share information which will be useful for future college students whether they decide to attend OCC or go somewhere else.

In our first edition you will meet OCC President Dr. Casey Crabill and student Sandy Klinzman who is president of our Student Association. We hope you will find our podcast to be both informative and entertaining. Click on the “play” arrow below and enjoy!

 

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