Watch World Class Hoopers take the court for the second annual Wolverine Invitational hosted at SC4

Talented wheelchair basketball teams from around the midwest and Canada are converging at St. Clair County Community College (SC4) for an action-packed weekend of wheelchair basketball. All are invited to attend and cheer on amazing wheelchair basketball athletes at the second annual Wolverine Invitational, which kicks off at the SC4 Fieldhouse on Friday, Sept. 30, at 6:30 p.m. and runs through Sunday, Oct. 2.

Hosted by the University of Michigan Adaptive Sports and Fitness in conjunction with SC4, this year’s Wolverine Invitational marks the second edition of the event and kicks off the second competitive season of wheelchair basketball for the University of Michigan.

Following last year’s round-robin style tournament, the University of Michigan team returns to action alongside the Detroit Wheelchair Pistons. Three new teams enter the competition – the Variety Village Rolling Rebels, the Brampton Crashers and the LWSRA Hawks. This tournament will feature national and international level talent with some of the best players from both sides of the border.

Tipping off on Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. the Wolverines play the Crashers in their season opener. The Wolverines are looking to build off their eighth place finish in Division 2 at the NWBA National Championships last year.

“It is truly an honor to host the second annual Wolverine Invitational,” said Jessica Wynne, University of Michigan Wheelchair Basketball Head Coach. “We take pride in being able to promote and provide opportunities for inclusive recreation and adaptive sports and fitness in our home state. Our goal for the season opener is to play championship basketball. We look forward to representing the University and our generous supporting network on and off the court.” Jessica, a former UM Women’s Basketball athlete, is returning for her second season as Head Coach of the UM Wheelchair Basketball team.

The tournament will follow a round-robin format through Sunday morning. Following the preliminary matches are semi-final matches for the top four teams, a third-place game, and a championship game Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.

The Wolverine Invitational, which marks another high-caliber collegiate sporting event at SC4, is free to the public. The final schedule and streaming information will be available on the UM Adaptive Sports & Fitness website as the event nears.

“We are excited to host this event and look forward to welcoming guests to the SC4 Fieldhouse to see these incredible athletes play,” said Dale Vos, SC4 director of athletics. “This event, much like the other tournaments we’re hosting on campus, will make a substantial positive impact on the local community, bringing visitors to the area and filling hotels and restaurants.”

Fast-path courses help students and residents earn credits faster, explore passions at SC4

Registration is open for fast-path fall semester classes at St. Clair County Community College. Seats are available in 12-week classes starting the week of Sept. 19 and eight-week classes starting the week of Oct. 17.

Fast-path classes allow students to earn credits that count toward general education or degree requirements at a quicker pace. Sections are available for classes in topics that include biology, business, English, earth science, French, history, math, political science, psychology, sociology, statistics and more.

Offerings this fall also include an array of exciting and innovative courses to help students and community members expand their knowledge base and uncover passions.

Examples of some specific courses offered this fall include:

  • HIS-233 61 — African-American History to 1877
  • ART-120 67 or 68 — Art Appreciation
  • AST-104 66 — Astronomy of the Solar System
  • BUS-153 65 — Business Law
  • MUS-100 2 — Class Piano I
  • CIS-105 65 — Cybersecurity Essentials
  • BUS-181 66 — Professional Selling
  • GEO-176 62 — Viewing the Earth From Space
  • GEO-233 60 — World Regional Geography

“Whether you’re a student interested in earning credits toward your degree or transfer pathway faster, or you’re a community member interested in taking a course of interest to learn and grow, our fast-path courses are a fantastic option,” said Jessica Brown, executive director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Student Recruitment, Advising and Admissions.

A full list of courses and sections is available at sc4.edu/schedule, and new students can learn how to apply and register at sc4.edu/admissions/. Current students can register via the SC4 Portal at portal.sc4.edu.

For more information, contact the SC4 Admissions team at (810) 989-5571 or starthere@sc4.edu.

New York Times bestselling author to make Michigan book discussion debut at SC4

New York Times bestselling author Andrew Maraniss will make his book discussion and signing debut in Southeast Michigan on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at St. Clair County Community College (SC4) in Port Huron.

The event, hosted by SC4’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, will feature a guided book discussion on “Strong Inside,” the story of trailblazing athlete Perry Wallace and of civil rights and race in America during the tumultuous 1960s. The book also highlights as a key character Detroiter Godfrey Dillard, a fellow pioneering black Vanderbilt Commodores player and now prominent civil rights attorney.

“Strong Inside” is the first of five books by Maraniss that aims to illuminate social justice issues through an athletics lens in an effort to raise awareness and foster an interest in reading. His other books include:

  • “Inaugural Ballers: The True Story of the First U.S. Women’s Olympic Basketball Team” – Due out on Sept. 13, 2022
  • “Singled Out: The True Story of Glenn Burke” – The story of Glenn Burke, the first openly gay MLB player and inventor of the high five
  • “Games of Deception: The True Story of the First U.S. Olympic Basketball Team at the 1936 Olympics in Hitler’s Germany”
  • “Strong Inside” Young Readers Edition

“I was really into sports growing up, and I realized there are a lot of social issues you can study through sports,” Maraniss said. “Whether it’s paving the way as a first player or team in a previously prohibited space, or advocating for pay equity or more, sports often have a way of leading and elevating the discussion. My hope is that by writing about these events, teams and figures, more readers, especially students, who have a passion for sports will want to continue reading other books as well.”

In addition to his work as an author, Maraniss also serves as director of special projects at Vanderbilt Athletics. He’s also held positions as a contributing writer at ESPN, a partner at McNeely, Pigott & Fox Public Relations, and media relations manager with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Though Maraniss himself does not have Michigan roots, his father, David Maraniss—who’s also a New York Times bestselling author—was born in Detroit. Andrew’s grandparents also have ties as residents and University of Michigan alumni.

“We’re thrilled to bring such a talented and relevant author to campus and to our region,” said Dr. Deborah A. Snyder, president of SC4. “We’re committed to fostering an inclusive and equitable educational environment here at SC4. Our students, faculty, staff, alumni, community members and guests from across Southeast Michigan and Ontario will benefit greatly from this discussion and visit.” 

The book signing will take place from 5 to 5:45 p.m. and the discussion from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on SC4’s Port Huron, Mich., campus in the Fine Arts Theatre. The event is free and open to the public, though registration is required. For more information, contact SC4’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at dei@sc4.edu.

To order books by Maraniss, visit andrewmaraniss.com/buy-the-books/.

“Strong Inside” book review
“In a magnificently reported, nuanced but raw account of basketball and racism in the South during the 1960s, Andrew Maraniss tells the story of Perry Wallace’s struggle, loneliness, perseverance and eventual self-realization. A rare story about physical and intellectual courage that is both shocking and triumphant.” – Bob Woodward, Washington Post associate editor and author

SC4 and WMU sign major public health transfer agreement

St. Clair County Community College (SC4) and Western Michigan University (WMU) have signed a major agreement to create a smoother process for SC4 graduates who transfer to WMU to pursue a bachelor’s degree in public health.

Students interested in earning a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from WMU now can take a pre-public health pathway at SC4, which includes the first 60 credits of the program and results in earning an Associate of Science on their way to the four-year degree. Students would then transfer to WMU to take the 62 minimum remaining credits of the bachelor’s degree program.

A degree in public health prepares students for a growing field that focuses on primary prevention of negative population health issues in community settings. Unlike many other health care careers, public health professionals do not focus on individual patients or clients. Instead, they seek ways to prevent diseases, change people’s behavior, pass laws, increase access to health services, and increase awareness to at-risk populations.

WMU’s public health program is designed as a cohort model and offers access to practical experiences with area local agencies that immerse students in relevant programs and projects—and provide them with invaluable experiences that set them up for long-term success.

“We’re thrilled to partner with WMU to offer SC4 students a clearer and more concise path to a career in public health,” said Dr. Deborah A. Snyder, president of SC4. “This agreement and partnership will help students seamlessly transfer to WMU by minimizing the loss of credits and duplication of coursework.”

“We’re excited about this student pathway agreement with SC4,” adds Dr. Ron Cisler, dean of the WMU College of Health and Human Services. “The global pandemic truly highlighted the many ways we all rely on public health professionals on a daily basis. Employers in public health face a growing need for highly qualified professionals, and we are very happy to partner with SC4 to help our students meet that need.”

Under the terms of the agreement, SC4 and WMU will be jointly responsible for advising and assisting students and for maintaining collaboration among faculty, administrators and staff.

“This agreement between SC4 and WMU is a solution for a national challenge we are facing with the growing need for public health professionals,” said Robert Bensley, WMU professor of public health. “The recent pandemic has only confirmed the importance of having a strong public health workforce. The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics has identified public health as one of the fastest growing professions, in addition to the large turnover being experienced due to those eligible for retirement.” 

The WMU Bachelor of Science in Public Health was recently identified by bachelorsdegreecenter.org as being one of the top 25 undergraduate public health programs in the country.

Potential career paths for public health professionals include:

  • Public health educator
  • Health educator
  • Health education specialist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Nutrition educator
  • Community health educator
  • Community outreach manager
  • Wellness program specialist
  • Health education coordinator
  • HIV prevention coordinator
  • Worksite health promotion specialist
  • Health promotion coordinator
  • Certified health and wellness coach
  • Patient program coordinator
  • Sexuality educator
  • Behavioral health education specialist
  • Injury prevention coordinator
  • Substance abuse prevention specialist
  • Tobacco treatment counselor
  • Wellness account manager
  • Community educator
  • Community initiatives coordinator
  • Youth/family program coordinator
  • Sexual violence prevention coordinator
  • Event specialist
  • Community development director

Students must meet the standard admission, curriculum and graduation requirements of both institutions. Also, each institution will continue to maintain its own authority over its curriculum, course requirements, program requirements and degree requirements.

Prospective students can learn more about and apply to St. Clair County Community College online. Contact the SC4 team with questions at starthere@sc4.edu or 810-989-5571, or schedule an advising appointment online. 

St. Clair County Community College
St. Clair County Community College prepares students for rewarding careers through associate degrees, one-year certificates, and four-year degrees through university partnerships and transfer pathways. Founded in 1923, its commitment to providing affordable access to a college education and meeting community needs is unwavering and contributes greatly to the economic vitality of Michigan and beyond.

Western Michigan University
Western Michigan University is a learner-centered, research university, building intellectual inquiry and discovery into undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in a way that fosters knowledge and innovation, and transforms wisdom into action. As a public university, WMU provides leadership in teaching, research, learning, and service, and is committed to enhancing the future of our global citizenry.

SC4 to host first round of NJCAA Men’s and Women’s Soccer National Championships

St. Clair County Community College has been awarded a two-year bid to host the first round of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II Men’s and Women’s Soccer National Championships Oct. 29-30, 2022, and Oct. 27-28, 2023, at the Skippers Soccer Field in Marysville, Mich.

This Region 12 event will bring eight teams from throughout Michigan, Ohio and Indiana to the Blue Water Area. The teams will be playing for an opportunity to advance in the tournament, which concludes with the NJCAA National Championship in Tucson, Ariz., the week of Nov. 14-19.

The Skippers Soccer Field, a collegiate synthetic turf surface spanning 75 yards wide by 120 yards long, played a large role in securing the bid as a host site. Another key factor was the outstanding support from the local communities that SC4 has received in successfully hosting other NJCAA tournaments in volleyball, basketball, softball and wrestling, including the 2022 NJCAA National Championship in women’s basketball.

SC4 is excited to bring high-caliber collegiate soccer to the Blue Water Area and is committed to providing all teams, as well as fans in attendance, with a memorable experience.  

“We are thrilled to welcome more NJCAA championships to our campus and community. We look forward to showcasing the SC4 Skippers Soccer Field as well as our many great restaurants, hotels, businesses and activities,” said Dale Vos, SC4 director of athletics. “I encourage area residents to come watch some exciting collegiate-level soccer competition.”

The eight tournament qualifiers and match schedule will be announced by Region 12 of the NJCAA on Oct. 23. Both the women’s and men’s semi-finals will be played Fri. Oct. 29, with the finals held on Sat. Oct. 30. All matches will be played at the Skipper Soccer Field located at 560 Busha Highway in Marysville, Mich. Ticket information will follow once the tournament details are set.

This new soccer event will make a substantial positive impact to the local community, bringing visitors to the area and filling hotels and restaurants. For example, the 16 teams competing at the NJCAA Women’s Basketball Championship last March accounted for more than 1,200 hotel room nights during the week of the event, a major positive boost to the local economy. The women’s basketball National Championship will return to the SC4 Fieldhouse March 21-25, 2023.

“The city of Marysville is happy to welcome soccer teams for the NJCAA tournament,” said Marysville City Manager Randy Fernandez. “We are proud to be the home of one of the finest soccer fields in the state through our collaboration with the college. This tournament provides a great opportunity to bring people to our area and showcase SC4, the city of Marysville and the region as a whole.”

SC4 announced women’s soccer as a new offering in the fall of 2019; however, the team’s first season was delayed until the spring of 2021 due to the pandemic. The Skippers are working hard to qualify for the NJCAA tournament and will open their 2022 regular season at home on Wed., Aug. 24, at 5 p.m. vs. Rochester University. A full schedule of Skippers games is available at sc4skippers.com/sports/wsoc/2022-23/schedule

SC4 expands mental health and wellness support for students through new 24/7 counseling partnership, basic needs pantry and more

St. Clair County Community College is expanding its mental health support network as an increasing number of college students nationwide are experiencing growing mental health and wellness needs.

In addition to available appointments with the SC4 Student Wellness team, students can now access telehealth sessions 24/7 with a licensed, diverse network of mental health counselors through BetterMynd.

The telehealth sessions are 50 minutes, private, confidential, and can take place on a laptop or smartphone. Five telehealth sessions are free and available for any active SC4 student, and five more additional sessions may be granted by contacting studentwellness@sc4.edu. (Continued services are available for an out-of-pocket fee.)

BetterMynd—which is not to be used for emergencies—also provides free self-help resources and group workshops to current students.

“We want to provide our students with the mental health and wellness resources they need to maintain a balanced and healthy lifestyle—and to succeed in an academic environment,” said Director of Student Wellness David Goetze. “The past few years have been very challenging for many of our students. BetterMynd will help enhance our offerings and provide students with even greater access and support.”

With more than “70 percent of community college students experiencing emotional distress, stress and/or anxiety due to a lack of basic needs,” SC4 also launched Skip’s Corner Pantry this past spring. Located on the first floor of SC4’s Welcome Center and open during College business hours, Skip’s Corner Pantry is stocked with food and hygiene products that are free to SC4 students.

“Our goal with Skip’s Corner Pantry is to provide students with items they need, whenever they need them,” said Executive Director of DEI, Student Recruitment, Advising and Admissions Jessica Brown. “We don’t require check-in and want to maintain a discreet environment so that students feel comfortable walking in and shopping.”

Additional support at SC4 is provided through many other offices such as Advising, Disability Services, TRIO, Veterans Services, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). The DEI Office, for instance, recently began its STRIVE Mentorship Program to help prepare students of all backgrounds for future success by acquiring unique skill sets, learning leadership skills, and building relationships and confidence.

The on-campus SC4 Health Clinic, operated by the St. Clair County Health Department, continues to offer greater access and services to students as well. The clinic provides services for many common health issues and concerns including vaccinations, health screenings, consultations and presentations.

“The more we can do to support our students and their health and well-being needs, the greater opportunities they’ll have for future success,” Goetze said. “That’s our mission, and it’s why we do what we do here at the College each and every day.”

Students in need of immediate assistance are encouraged to call (810) 989-5552 (Director of Student Wellness), the St. Clair County Community Mental Health Mobile Crisis Response Unit at (810) 966-2575, 911 or the 24/7 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential support to people experiencing mental health-related distress, suicidal crisis, emotional distress or substance use crisis.

Lamere Fund awards $117,000 to record number of incoming and current SC4 students

The Alexander & Celestine Lamere Scholarship Fund will support a record number of students this fall with awards totaling $117,000.

The fund was established by Alexander “Pete” and Celestine Lamere to support Marine City High School graduates attending St. Clair County Community College. 

Visit the Community Foundation of St. Clair County news page for more information about this scholarship and its recipients.

Challenger Learning Center at SC4 announces two open Mission: Lunar Quest summer dates

Challenger Learning Center at St. Clair County Community College (SC4) will launch visitors to the moon with Mission: Lunar Quest at 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 30, and Saturday, Aug. 27. The open mission dates are each limited to the first 35 registrants, and seats on the mission are $25 per person.  

Challenger Learning Center at SC4 is the only Center of its kind in Michigan and one of 40 Challenger Learning Centers nationwide and around the world. It is a fully immersive, space-themed experience aimed at deepening understanding and appreciation of STEM careers and topics and building critical 21st-century skills. It offers unique learning and team-building opportunities for students, educators, corporations and community residents.

“We know that many people are looking for fun and unique things to do in the summer months with their families, friends, community groups, scout troops, office and sports teams, and more,” said Kristin Copenhaver, vice president of communication and special projects. “These open mission dates will offer greater access to exciting Challenger Learning Center experiences.”

Mission participants will launch to the moon in search of a long-term human habitat, and command and assist in Mission Control, or board the Spacecraft as an astronaut, serving on teams like biology, geology, weather, robotics, life support and more. They will help deploy a Lunar Exploration Rover to investigate areas of the lunar surface and make critical decisions to turn a potential catastrophe into NASA’s finest hour.

Challenger Center was founded in 1986 in the aftermath of the Challenger shuttle tragedy. The families of the crew came together and created Challenger Center to carry on the spirit of their loved ones and continue the Challenger crew’s educational mission. Challenger Center, with its network of Challenger Learning Centers and digital programs, has reached more than 5.5 million students and learners worldwide.

Register for the July 30 and Aug. 27 missions at stclair.nbsstore.net/community-missions or contact us with questions at experiencecenter@sc4.edu or (810) 989-5789.

To schedule a full group mission at another time, visit challenger.sc4.edu/schedule-a-visit/.