SC4 adds women’s golf to its athletic offerings

St. Clair County Community College is pleased to announce the addition of women’s golf to its athletic offerings. In doing so, it becomes one of just a handful of colleges in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association with a women’s golf team.

Women’s golf brings collegiate sports teams at SC4 to 12, joining teams in cross country, basketball, bowling, baseball, softball, volleyball, golf and wrestling. The team will begin its play in 2020-21 and will be recruiting players over the coming year.

“A women’s golf team will contribute greatly to the college’s growing reputation as a leader in community college athletics,” said SC4 Athletic Director Dale Vos. “Golf is an ever-growing sport in our region and across the nation. We’re thrilled to provide the opportunity for outstanding women to succeed and lead in this sport.”

The women’s golf team will be coached by Celina Grondin, a former multi-sport collegiate athlete who serves as director of institutional research at the college.

“I’m thrilled to play a role in launching a women’s golf program in our region,” said Grondin. “I look forward to working with athletes to enhance their skills and confidence both on and off the course.”

Brenna Johnson, a St. Clair High School graduate who played on the men’s SC4 golf team last year and now plays on the Saginaw Valley State University women’s golf team, is pleased to hear about the team as well.

“Being able to play golf on the SC4 men’s team was such an amazing opportunity,” Johnson said. “It was a very fun season with all of my teammates and competitors. It is wonderful to hear that the Skippers will soon have a women’s golf program, though, to provide even greater opportunities to women in the sport.”

Those interested in joining the women’s golf team for 2020-21 should visit sc4.edu/athletics or contact the Athletic Department at 810-989-5670 with questions.

Hard work pays off for career-changing SC4 alumna Annette Caulfield

St. Clair County Community College alumna Annette Caulfield says SC4 taught her that anything is possible if you work hard enough.

After earning her associate degree, the 1982 Anchor Bay High School graduate moved up the corporate ladder quickly and today serves as the executive assistant to the president and chief executive officer of Ilitch Holdings Inc. in Detroit.

Caulfield, 54, who lives in Taylor, said she decided to go back to school at SC4 based on a friend’s suggestion and graduated with honors in 1998.

“I was in retail management for many years, and when my last store closed, I knew I needed to do something different,” Caulfield said. “I was a single mom at the time and did not have many options. A very good friend suggested I look at taking some classes at SC4, as the college had very good options for single parents and a supportive culture.”

Caulfield said she completed an internship for her degree at SC4, where she also went on to become both a full-time clerk and a department operations manager.

After five years, she took a position as the executive assistant to the chief financial officer with AAA in Dearborn, Mich. In 2015, Caulfield worked at GTB Agency in Detroit as the executive assistant to the global chief talent officer before beginning at Ilitch Holdings in 2017.

Ilitch Holdings Inc. was founded in 1999 to provide professional services to certain businesses that were founded or purchased by Detroit entrepreneurs Mike and/or Marian Ilitch, including food, sports, and entertainment venues and teams such as the Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Tigers, Little Caesars and MotorCity Casino Hotel. Ilitch Holdings’ companies collectively employ more than 24,000 full- and part-time employees worldwide and have more than 350 million customer interactions annually.

Caulfield said SC4 provided an ideal atmosphere for her to head back to the books at that time in her life.

“SC4 had the best environment for a single parent to succeed, from class times and sizes to instructors who cared and understood that life can and will get in the way,” she said. “I could not have succeeded without the support of family, friends and my SC4 family.”

She and her husband Tom have three children, Bailey, Brooklyn and Tommy; and six grandchildren, Zoe, Ava, Violet, Colton, Bryson and Harper.

Caulfield said her local community college also gave her the encouragement to pursue her goals.

“SC4 helped me gain the confidence to make a career change and taught me that anything is possible if you work hard and never give up,” she added.

SC4 sets fall schedule for Free Thursday Concert Series, band and choir performances

St. Clair County Community College has released its fall concert calendar for the upcoming semester, which includes the return of the popular Free Thursday Concert Series.

The concert series kicks off Thursday, Sept. 12, as the Lexington Bach String Quartet returns to campus. The series also features a performance by Devin Scillian & Arizona Son on Thursday, Oct. 10. The popular country and western band, led by the WDIV-TV newscaster, will perform at noon and 7 p.m. in SC4’s newly renovated Fine Arts Theatre.

In addition, the fall concert schedule also showcases evening performances by the college’s Symphonic and Jazz Bands and the SC4 Community Choir. Check out the full schedule of performances below and find complete details at sc4.edu/arts.

Please note: All concerts are free admission in the fall. Tickets are required to reserve seats. Seats are reserved by ticket until 15 minutes prior to showtime at which time all individuals are admitted until the theatre is full. Call 810-989-5789 to reserve tickets.

All performances take place on campus in the SC4 Fine Arts Theatre.

Thursday, Sept. 12
Lexington Bach String Quartet
Noon and 7 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 10
Devin Scillian & Arizona Son
Noon and 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 12
SC4 Symphonic and Jazz bands
7 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 7
Smokin’ 45s Rock & Blues Review
Noon and 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 23
SC4 Community Choir
7 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 5
Michigan Opera Theatre
Noon and 7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 13
SC4 Symphonic and Jazz Band
7 p.m.

Alumnus Todd Goldman playing role in downtown revitalization efforts

St. Clair County Community College alumni are among those participating in the revitalization of downtown Port Huron. Take, for instance, Todd Goldman, who is busy rehabbing a prime downtown destination for his company TC Goldman & Associates.

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Goldman, who serves as president of the global manufacturers’ representative business for industrial and automotive products, purchased the building at 521 Michigan St., just north of SC4’s College Housing.

He plans to move his headquarters from the former Fogcutter building across the street to the new address later this year.

A Port Huron Northern High School graduate, Goldman, 48, earned his associate degree in general business from SC4 in 1991 and credits the institution for providing him with a successful foundation.

“As a lifelong resident of St. Clair County, I chose to attend SC4 because it was close, convenient and, most importantly, affordable,” he said. “After I received my associate degree, I attended Northwood University to continue my education. My SC4 advisor helped make sure all my credits transferred seamlessly.

At Northwood in Midland, he earned both a second associate degree in automotive aftermarket management and a bachelor’s degree in business management.

Goldman said he was well prepared when he moved on to another school.

Todd photo 2“Attending SC4 helped me ease into the college experience before I left home,” he said. “Once I transferred to Northwood, my studying habits had been established, and my overall educational experience was successful based on the foundation I established at SC4.”

Goldman said he hopes to give his business’ new downtown building some flair.
“I purchased the building about a year ago and have hopes to complete the renovation by the end of 2019,” he said. “I have always had an interest in architecture, so we decided to do a major renovation on the building and give the old, simple block building some style.

“We have added a second story, gave it a modern look and added solar panels to help keep our utility costs to a minimum,” he added. “I really hope the unique style adds to the look and revitalization of downtown Port Huron.”

Goldman and his wife live in Burtchville Township and have two children.

SC4 releases schedule for upcoming health sciences program info sessions

Throughout the coming months, St. Clair County Community College will hold free information sessions on main campus for a number of its in-demand health sciences programs.

Attending an info session is the first step for anyone interested in earning a health sciences degree from SC4. For those interested in nursing programs, attending a session is mandatory.

Schedule:

Group informational meeting

  • Meet with representatives from SC4’s medical assisting, paramedic/EMT, respiratory therapy and health information technology programs
  • 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11 – Health Sciences Building, Room 106

Health Information Technology

  • 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18 – Health Sciences Building, Room 106
  • Noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3 – College Center, Room 100A

The health information technology program prepares students for a variety of careers in the health care field. Students learn the process of acquiring, analyzing, and protecting digital and traditional medical information, which is vital to providing quality patient care, supporting medical education and research, and more. Graduates are eligible to take the nationally recognized Registered Health Information Technician Exam.

For more information about info sessions and additional program details, visit sc4.edu/hit.

Medical Assisting

  • 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1 – Applied Technology Center, Room 119
  • 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9 – Health Sciences Building, Room 138
  • 6 to 7 p.m.  Monday, Oct. 14 – Health Sciences Building, Room 138
  • 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18 – Health Sciences Building, Room 138

The medical assisting program is a 12-month certificate program that prepares students to perform various clinical and administrative duties in a variety of health care settings. Graduates gain the knowledge and skills necessary for further health sciences education and are eligible to take the national credentialing exam.

For more information about info sessions and additional program details, visit sc4.edu/medical-assisting.

Radiologic Technology

  • 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1 – Welcome Center, Room 206
  • 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 – Welcome Center, Room 206
  • 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20 – Welcome Center, Room 206

The radiologic technology program prepares students to become radiologic technologists by combining imaging technology with patient care skills to create quality radiography images. It has a five-year, 100 percent first-time passage rate on the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Exam, a national registry exam that grants certification in radiologic technology.

For more information about info sessions and additional program details, visit sc4.edu/radtech.

Respiratory Therapy

  • 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9 – Health Sciences Building, Room 105
  • 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14 – Health Sciences Building, Room 105
  • 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18 – Health Sciences Building, Room 105

The respiratory therapy program prepares students to become respiratory therapists through the assessment and treatment of patients with acute and chronic lung and cardiovascular disorders and diseases. Respiratory therapists have demanding responsibilities related to patient care and are a vital component of the health care team. Students graduating from the program will obtain an Associate in Applied Arts and Science degree, and become eligible to take the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC) credentialing examination.

For more information about info sessions and additional program details, visit sc4.edu/respiratory-therapy.

Nursing programs

Practical Nursing

  • 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6 – Main Building, Room 312
  • 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 – Health Sciences Building, Room 203

The Practical Nursing program prepares graduates to take the state exam to become a licensed practical nurse. This program prepares students to work within the interdisciplinary team under the direct supervision of an RN in a variety of settings such as long-term care facilities, rehabilitation facilities, doctor’s offices and home health care.

Nursing Transition Program

  • 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6 – Main Building, Room 312
  • 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17 – Health Sciences Building, Room 106
  • 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 – Health Sciences Building, Room 203

The ADN transition program is designed for licensed health care professionals who want to become registered nurses. The program is an accelerated course of study designed to expand upon previous education and experience.

Associate Degree Nursing

  • 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6 – Main Building, Room 312
  • 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17 – Health Sciences Building, Room 106
  • 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 – Health Sciences Building, Room 203

The Associate Degree Nursing program prepares students for work with an interdisciplinary team in health care with multiple areas of entry such as surgery, mental health, obstetrical nursing and other adult and child areas of care. Graduates are eligible to take the national licensure examination to become a registered nurse.

For detailed information on all of SC4’s nursing programs, visit sc4.edu/nursing.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

  • 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3 – Health Sciences Building, Room 136.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, procedures play an important role in diagnosing diseases and injuries. An MRI uses magnetic field and radio waves to produce images of the inside of the human body. MRI technologies are mostly employed by hospitals but increasingly, jobs are becoming available in physician offices and imaging centers.

The MRI program is offered through a partnership with other Michigan Community Colleges in the Michigan Radiologic and Imaging Science (MiRIS) Consortium. It prepares students to meet the established objectives and eligibility requirements of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and to complete the MRI certification exam.

For more information about info sessions and additional program details, visit sc4.edu/mri.

Paramedic

  • Information session to be hosted in November 2019. More information to follow.

This 12-month certificate program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs to prepare students for exciting careers saving lives on ambulances, fire department advanced life support units or in hospital emergency rooms. Graduates are eligible to take the national registry paramedic exam and apply for the Michigan Paramedic License.

For more information about info sessions and additional program details, visit sc4.edu/paramedic.

First-generation college student and SC4 alumnus pursuing passion with Detroit Lions

Pursuing a college education — one that didn’t break the bank — was a must for first-generation college student Brendan Buffa when he graduated from St. Clair High School in 2012.

“I knew deep down I wanted to continue my education after high school, but the fear of taking on a massive amount of debt was very real to me,” Buffa said. “I was incredibly grateful to my parents, who said that if I did in fact decide to go to college, they’d help pay for my first year at St. Clair County Community College.”

According to Buffa, he found much more than an affordable education at SC4, including faculty members, clubs and experiences that helped him explore options and grow prior to committing to a four-year university. He also discovered a passion that has driven him ever since.

Buffa was approached by SC4 faculty members Gary Schmitz and John Lusk in his first semester to consider writing for the Erie Square Gazette, SC4’s student newspaper. He then spent the next three semesters at SC4 writing, editing and covering Skippers Athletics. The experience helped introduce him to athletes, connect him to campus and the community, and learn about people in a whole new way.

“SC4 taught me individualism,” Buffa said. “The idea that everybody is a person and has a story to tell. That was what made SC4 so unique and memorable. Everybody on campus — whether they were young students, middle-aged students, athletes, faculty, staff —everybody had a story to tell that was so fully unique.”

His campus involvement also made him aware of new career possibilities that could seamlessly merge his passions for writing and sports.

“I didn’t really know there were alternative career paths in athletics,” Buffa said. “My SC4 professors saw hope and drive in me. They challenged and molded me. Thanks to them, I became aware of a new career path and have since been in a full sprint to achieve my goals.”

Buffa transferred to Western Michigan University in fall 2014. With collegiate writing experience already under his belt, he started as a staff writer at the 100-year-old Western Herald before being promoted to assistant sports editor and then editor-in-chief in 2016. He also served as a member of the Student Media Group Board, which was the decision-making entity of the university’s media outlets, where he advocated to give his 60-member writing team experiences they wouldn’t have elsewhere.

“That time in my life was difficult, but it resulted in great success,” Buffa said. “Leading a paper, taking full-time classes and working another part-time job in the midst of it all was really hard to juggle. But SC4’s ability to mold my creativity, leadership and independence was a direct contribution to the success I found and helped others find as well.”

Buffa graduated from WMU in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in public relations and sports marketing. Upon graduation, he served as a promotions coordinator at 97.1 The Ticket in Southfield, Michigan, and as a digital content producer and assignment desk editor at WWMT Newschannel 3 in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Grateful for all his past experiences — which also include a freelance gig for the Dallas Cowboys and covering the WMU Broncos’ undefeated season and Cotton Bowl game — Buffa remains laser-focused and is thrilled to be starting in a new role with the Detroit Lions as a new media web intern. There, he supports the new media team through backend website assistance, site photo and gallery production, media interview post-copy, article and video creation, and more.

“Working with the Detroit Lions has been the ultimate goal since 2013,” Buffa said. “It’s an opportunity I’ve only dreamed of.”

Ultimately, Buffa looks forward to expanding his roles and expertise in professional sports in the coming years and is more than ready to put in the hard work. An avid community college advocate, he’ll tell anyone who listens that his time at SC4 helped him get his start.

“SC4 is where it all started,” Buffa says. “It was the first time I was able to dip my feet into the water and experience things. It taught me so much about independence and autonomy, and about friendships and support. I found a community at SC4. I’m grateful to my professors to this day.”

He added, “If people want to further their education with college, community college should always and forever be the first consideration. It is wholly accessible to people from all walks of life. If you want to further yourself and are hindered by other commitments or still not sure where you want to direct your path in life, community college will give you the tools and experiences to do so.”

SC4 expands transfer agreements with Oakland University

As part of an ongoing effort to provide an efficient and cost-effective transfer process, Oakland University has signed an additional articulation agreement with St. Clair County Community College.

The new agreement helps transition qualified students from SC4 to Oakland University in pursuit of a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration – all majors. It benefits students by increasing the number of transfer credits they can apply toward their degree, and also ensures seamless movement of students between schools by offering course equivalencies that transfer to OU.

“We are thrilled to provide students with additional opportunities to maximize their success through this expanded partnership with Oakland University,” said SC4 Dean of Occupational Studies Tamara Kenny. “SC4 business students will be able to save money and complete more credits prior to transferring seamlessly to OU.”

Read more about the new agreement on Oakland University’s website. 

SC4 student-athletes earn conference honors for academic achievement

The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) recently announced the recipients of their 2018-19 academic awards, with many St. Clair County Community College student-athletes and teams earning recognition for their accomplishments in the classroom. See the full list of awardees below. To learn more about athletics at SC4, visit sc4.edu/athletics.

2018-19 NJCAA All-Academic First Team award winners (4.00 GPA)

  • Jack DeMara, Men’s Golf, Wrestling
  • Rebekah Kehoe, Women’s Basketball

2018-19 NJCAA All-Academic Second Team award winners (3.80 – 3.99 GPA)

  • Timothy Baker, Men’s Basketball
  • Jenna Crowe, Softball
  • Ross Hinkley, Men’s Basketball
  • Alexander Lewis, Men’s Bowling
  • Dane Vos, Men’s Basketball

2018-18 NJCAA All-Academic Third Team award winners (3.60 – 3.79 GPA)

  • Eric Bezel. Baseball
  • Justin Fuhrman. Men’s Golf
  • Cassidy Koschnitzke, Women’s Basketball, Softball
  • Patricia Pratt, Volleyball
  • Olivia Young, Softball

2018-19 NJCAA All-Academic Teams

  • Women’s Cross Country 3.23
  • Men’s Golf 3.00
  • Softball 3.09
  • Volleyball 3.05

2018-19 MCCAA Academic All-Conference award winners (3.20 GPA)

  • Timothy Baker, Men’s Basketball
  • Eric Bezel, Baseball
  • Jenna Crowe, Softball
  • Jack DeMara, Men’s Golf, Wrestling
  • Morgan Fitch, Volleyball
  • Emily Fleischmann, Women’s Basketball
  • Nicholas Forsberg, Baseball
  • Justin Fuhrman, Men’s Golf
  • John Heffner, Baseball
  • Ross Hinkley, Men’s Basketball
  • Rebekah Kehoe, Women’s Basketball
  • Holly Kimes, Softball
  • Ryan Korolden, Baseball
  • Cassidy Koschnitzke, Women’s Basketball, Softball
  • Alexander Lewis, Men’s Bowling
  • Patricia Pratt, Volleyball
  • Jayden Redeemer, Men’s Basketball
  • Johnathon Ridley, Men’s Cross Country
  • Cassidy Schott, Softball
  • Emily Stewart, Volleyball
  • Audrey Sylvia, Women’s Cross County
  • Thomas Tyson, Wrestling
  • Dane Vos, Men’s Basketball
  • Olivia Young, Softball

2018-19 MCCAA Academic All-MCCAA award winners (3.00 GPA)

  • Timothy Baker, Men’s Basketball
  • Eric Bezel, Baseball
  • Jessica Bohm, Women’s Basketball, Volleyball
  • Cole Broecker, Men’s Cross Country
  • Jenna Crowe, Softball
  • Jack DeMara, Men’s Golf, Wrestling
  • Marshal DiGiovanni, Men’s Bowling
  • Morgan Fitch, Volleyball
  • Emily Fleischmann, Women’s Basketball
  • Nicholas Forsberg, Baseball
  • Justin Fuhrman, Men’s Golf
  • Samantha Fulks, Women’s Cross County
  • John Heffner, Baseball
  • Ross Hinkley, Men’s Basketball
  • Hannah Jacobs, Softball
  • Rebekah Kehoe, Women’s Basketball
  • Holly Kimes, Softball
  • Ryan Korolden, Baseball
  • Cassidy Koschnitzke, Women’s Basketball, Softball
  • Alexander Lewis, Men’s Bowling
  • Kaseka Mulomede, Volleyball
  • Brenna Murphy, Softball
  • Patricia Pratt, Volleyball
  • Jayden Redeemer, Men’s Basketball
  • Johnathon Ridley, Men’s Cross Country
  • Cassidy Schott, Softball
  • Emily Stewart, Volleyball
  • Audrey Sylvia, Women’s Cross County
  • Thomas Tyson, Wrestling
  • Dane Vos, Men’s Basketball
  • Madison Woodall, Women’s Cross County
  • Ashley Wypych, Volleyball
  • Olivia Young, Softball

2018-19 MCCAA All-Academic Teams

  • Women’s Cross Country 3.23
  • Men’s Golf 3.00
  • Softball 3.09
  • Volleyball 3.05

SC4 students to benefit from Janet S. Albrecht-Hillaker Memorial Scholarship

The SC4 Foundation has a rich history of providing scholarships to students from all walks of life and from all communities in our region.

In 2019 alone, the SC4 Foundation provided over $100,000 to deserving students. Each year, students can apply for awards from more than 50 scholarship funds at the SC4 Foundation.

The Janet S. Albrecht-Hillaker Memorial Scholarship is a new fund recently established by Dick Hillaker in honor and memory of his late wife, Janet. This scholarship will support future teachers since teaching young children was Janet’s life mission.

Port Huron Police Chief Joe Platzer and family find path to success at SC4

Port Huron Police Chief Joe Platzer says St. Clair County Community College gave him the opportunity to follow in his late father’s footsteps and his family a great jump-start on their careers.

Platzer, 49, said his namesake worked for the Port Huron Police Department for 32 years, retiring as lieutenant.

“From as far back as I can remember, seeing him in uniform and knowing what police officers did, that was my career path,” he said. “Seeing what he did for a living, I knew all along what I was going to do.”

A 1988 Port Huron High School graduate, Platzer enrolled in St. Clair County Community College’s criminal justice program in 1988, earning his associate degree in 1990. He served as a cadet with the Port Huron Police Department in conjunction with the SC4 program for three years.

“SC4 was a local college,” Platzer said. “I knew what I wanted to do for a living. Being here and being a local community college, it allowed me to get my start here.”

Platzer said his schooling provided him with training he would use on the job.

“The instructors I had, I knew them from them being employed at other (police) agencies,” he said. “With what they taught and what they provided, I was able to take it and use it in my daily work here at the police department. I was able to put it to good use.”

Platzer earned a bachelor’s degree in public safety administration from Eastern Michigan University in 2001 and later a master’s degree in criminal justice administration from University of Michigan-Flint in 2018.

Over the years, Platzer has climbed through the ranks at the Port Huron Police Department, serving from road patrol to special crimes unit for street gangs and narcotics, detective sergeant to major crimes unit. He received promotions to lieutenant in 2014, administrative lieutenant in 2016, captain in 2017 and chief in 2018.

“I virtually have worked every position here except dispatch,” he said.

The city’s police chief also has been an adjunct professor at SC4 since 2005, teaching classes from criminal justice basics to contemporary law enforcement.

“I like to teach,” he said. “I like to give back.”

Platzer’s connection with SC4 continues to grow. He and his wife Nanette, who works at the Fort Gratiot Fire Department, have two of their three children enrolled in SC4’s Blue Water Middle College Academy (BWMCA). Nicholas, 17, and Alexandra, 15, are current BWMCA students, while their oldest, Jacob, 19, is employed as a Fort Gratiot Township firefighter and with Tri-Hospital EMS.

“I think the Blue Water Middle College Academy is outstanding,” he said. “The fact that you can obtain an associate degree for staying one more year past high school graduation is amazing. With the cost of education, anything that can be paid for is a benefit.”

Platzer added he is appreciative of the fact that SC4 provided him with a quality education close to home.

“Being from Port Huron and being a local community college, I didn’t have to go away from home,” he said. “It was a good start to my future education.”