Scholarships available for SC4 students

St. Clair County Community College in Port Huron is accepting scholarship applications from students who plan to attend SC4 for the 2021-22 academic year.

SC4 has many scholarship opportunities available. Some are geared toward students who plan to study a specific subject, while others are intended for students from a particular town or high school. There are also a number of awards open to students based on academic performance and extracurricular activities. Whatever your background, there’s likely a scholarship that you are qualified to apply for!

Visit www.sc4.edu/money to apply for available scholarships, including SC4 scholarships and scholarships through external sources. You can apply for multiple scholarships by filling out just one online application. Many scholarships require that you have filed your FAFSA. If you haven’t already done so, you can visit fafsa.gov to get started today.

SC4, the SC4 Foundation, community groups and private donors offer numerous scholarships to fit nearly all student academic records, backgrounds and financial situations.

The deadline to apply for scholarships is Sunday, March 14.

For details, call the Financial Aid Office at (810) 989-5530 or email financialaid@sc4.edu.

SC4 professor teaches to help students obtain their dream job

When Professor of Biology Janice Fritz started her Ph.D. program, she had no intention of being a teacher. As a student she was given financial support as a teaching assistant. “I was more than a little uncertain about teaching biology labs to undergrads,” said Fritz. “But it turned out that I loved it.”

The further she got in her Ph.D. program, the more she wanted to teach and the less she wanted to run a research program. After completing her postdoctoral training, she taught part-time at Wayne State University and Lansing Community College. “I really enjoyed both,” said Fritz. “But I really loved teaching at the community college level.”

“I love the focus on teaching, the variety of students, and the interactions I can have given the small class sizes,” said Fritz. “Truly, I have my dream job.” 

Fritz teaches Human Anatomy and Physiology, a core course for allied health programs like nursing and respiratory therapy, as well as pre-professional programs for students looking to go on to become doctors, pharmacists, physical therapists, physician assistants, and more. Given the importance of high-quality health care professionals, it’s important that SC4’s healthcare-related programs, and the courses that feed into them, like Fritz’s, are rigorous and provide students with the information and skills they need to succeed. Fritz wants her classes to be challenging and she tries to provide students with all the tools they need to meet the challenge.

Fritz notes that during the pandemic, it’s been harder to teach students in a virtual environment, but she’s worked hard to give them the best possible experience, using a combination of technology and hands-on experience to replace the activities done normally in the classroom. She uses online digital models to help students identify anatomical structures and students also received supplies for building models, dissecting specimens, measuring vital signs, assessing sensory function, conducting urinalysis, and more. She uses live sessions through Microsoft Teams (recorded for those who can’t attend) to review the activities and demonstrate procedures. She uses a large monitor to see the students and keep an eye on the chat window, a multimedia computer to project documents though an interactive projector so she can add annotations, a document camera for sharing physical objects, a phone for demonstrating apps, and a laptop for accessing other documents. So she has her hands full!

Fritz held a few live sessions where students were able to come to campus if they wanted help with their dissecting. With only a few students in the room, they could maintain social distancing requirements and Fritz used the document camera to show the dissection and point out structures. Sessions were streamed for the benefit of students who couldn’t, or preferred not to, be on campus.

Online learning is definitely a challenge for some students, who have had to cope with computer issues, software incompatibilities, Wi-Fi issues, illness, and more. “Overall, my students are doing a great job engaging, staying on top of the work, and learning the content,” said Fritz. “I have just as much confidence in the future success of my students this semester as any other semester.”

“I teach at SC4 so I can help my students get their dream job like I did,” said Fritz, smiling.

To learn more about available programs at SC4, visit sc4.edu/programs. If you are looking to start your educational journey, let us help, fill out an application today at sc4.edu/starthere.

SC4 honors 34 practical nursing graduates

St. Clair County Community College honored its practical nursing program graduates at the end of their NCLEX Review on Tuesday, Dec. 15.

Due to current restrictions on organized events, a formal graduation ceremony was not held. Exiting the review, students were given a gift bag containing a Practical Nursing pamphlet with their nursing pin, the traditional apricot rose, a USB slideshow prepared by graduate Allie Smith and an ornament created by students Nikki Rodriguez, Michaela Schulz, Heather Travis, and Demi Varty.

The 34 graduating students who completed the nursing program are qualified to take the National Council Licensure Examination.

A full list of graduating students is listed below. Those interested in learning more about SC4’s nursing programs can visit sc4.edu/nursing.

List of graduating students:

  • Elizabeth Bowen — Clay Township
  • Kayla Brabaw — Port Huron
  • Christina Cardinal — Port Huron
  • Sherri Domzalski — Capac
  • Brittney Dudley — Port Huron
  • Emily Escobar — Algonac
  • D. Hope Galarza-Amaro — Port Huron
  • Jenna Graham — Clay Township
  • Melissa Graham — Clyde Township
  • Lydia Hill — Avoca
  • Amanda Isaac — Fort Gratiot
  • Jessica Keast — Clay Township
  • Payton Kehoe — Richmond
  • Kaitlynn Kindsvater — Marysville
  • Jennifer Knoth — Lakeport
  • Shelly Lander — Port Huron
  • Christopher Luke — Algonac
  • Christene Marcum — New Haven
  • Davon Morris — Kimball Township
  • Katie Noble — Deckerville
  • Heather Porter — Jeddo
  • Nicole Ricciardi — Roseville
  • Niurka Rodrigues — Port Huron
  • Michaela Schulz — Algonac
  • Alexis Semaan — Algonac
  • Tara Smalls — Port Huron
  • Alexandra Smith — Memphis
  • Jennifer Steinke — Port Huron
  • Jenah Ternes — Macomb
  • Heather Travis — Port Huron
  • Demi Varty — Port Huron
  • Hannah Wiegand — Marysville
  • Renee Wolschleger — Memphis
  • David Wolven — Port Huron

SC4 inducts 63 students into its chapter of Phi Theta Kappa international honor society

St. Clair County Community College inducted 63 students from communities across the region into its Lambda Mu chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society during a virtual ceremony on Friday, Dec. 11.

Phi Theta Kappa is a premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of community college students to grow as scholars and leaders. The society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 10 countries.

SC4’s Lambda Mu chapter of Phi Theta Kappa was chartered in April 1961. Since its beginning, the chapter has received numerous honors, including recognition as the top U.S. chapter at Phi Theta Kappa’s International Convention in 2000.

“When you join Phi Theta Kappa, you join the largest honor society in the world,” said Angela Heiden, Lambda Mu chapter advisor. “Phi Theta Kappa is so much more than just an honor society. It is a chance for students to gain leadership skills, earn scholarships and give back to their community.”

The fall 2020 inductees to the Lambda Mu chapter of Phi Theta Kappa are:

  • Savannah Adkins — Port Huron
  • Payton Aiello — St. Clair
  • Ashlyn Albert — Fort Gratiot
  • Dylan Albert — Fort Gratiot
  • Jade Anderson — Imlay City
  • Hellena Banner — Port Huron
  • Brent Baysinger — St. Clair
  • Lydia Bonney — Fort Gratiot
  • Gabrielle Borneman — Marine City
  • Elizabeth Bowen — Clay Township
  • Mikayla Cameron — St. Clair
  • Erica Chesney — Wales Township
  • Jennifer Chilcutt — Warren
  • Faith Chmielewski — Port Huron
  • George Clark — Casco Township
  • John Criger — St. Clair
  • Erica Devigili — Marysville
  • Melissa Dunsmore — Yale
  • Darien Durette — Kimball Township
  • Ricki Edwards — Port Huron
  • Daniel Ferrone — East China Township
  • Ashlynn Fistler — Mussey Township
  • Brian Frederick — Port Huron
  • Jenna Graham — Clay Township
  • Kylie Grambau — Port Huron
  • Camryn Griffith — Kenockee Township
  • John Heffner — Riley Township
  • Ashley Howard — Fair Haven
  • Rebecca Jar — Marlette
  • Tanya Keefe — Port Huron
  • Jordan Kelly — Emmett Township
  • Stephanie Kluger — Mussey Township
  • Nolan Lacey — Burtchville Township
  • Shelly Lander — Port Huron
  • Kathryn Lozowski — Emmett Township
  • James Majeski — St. Clair
  • John Majeski — St. Clair
  • Katie Marcero — Clyde Township
  • Christene Marcum — New Haven
  • Austin Milutin — Port Huron
  • McKenna Mullen — Kimball Township
  • Dominique Perreault — Imlay City
  • Ryan Peters — Wales Township
  • Tara Peters — Wales Township
  • Matthew Pohlman — Emmett Township
  • Kelly Prososki — Burtchville Township
  • Lauryn Roff — Kimball Township
  • Anna Ross — Imlay City
  • Jessica Ruckman — Snover
  • Tosha Sabbagh — Clay Township
  • Vincenza Scrima — Sterling Heights
  • Lawrence Skotzke — Fort Gratiot
  • Steven Sly — Berlin Township
  • Peyton Stein — Fort Gratiot
  • Gianna Swain — Memphis
  • Hanna Teeple — Fort Gratiot
  • Jenna Titcombe — Brown City
  • Selena Torrez — Croswell
  • Milissa Trombley — Memphis
  • Daria Vaughan — New Haven
  • Amaya Williams — Fort Gratiot
  • Reagan Williams — Port Huron
  • Jennifer Winkler — Kimball Township

Instructor Scott Berg encourages students to stay strong during current learning environment

The Engineering Graphics program at St. Clair County Community College prepares students for real life experiences using hands-on preparation. This gives them the foundational skills to be successful, whether they start their career in our community or if they choose to continue their education beyond SC4.

In instructor Scott Berg’s classroom, the COVID-19 pandemic has presented challenges, but students have adapted to using the protocols set in place to allow continued hands-on learning in the classroom. Wearing masks and shields, practicing social distancing and washing hands frequently is the new normal. Berg also contributes a successful learning environment to the SC4 maintenance staff keeping the classroom environment clean and disinfected.

“I have been encouraging students to keep their heads up and to keep smiling, because they can be a light to others during this difficult time,” said Berg. “Nothing lasts forever.”

In Introduction to Computer Aided Drafting (ETG-115), students get an introduction to the use of AutoCAD software, focusing on geometric construction and editing tools. They learn and incorporate techniques of computer-aided drafting practices by reading and checking drawings, principles of orthographic projection, and working drawings.

This class is part of the first semester curriculum for any student interested in earning an Associate in Applied Arts and Science in Engineering Technology—Engineering Graphics/CAD degree.

Students gain experience with software such as AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor, Solidworks and CATIA, while translating their drawings to life using 3D printers. These experiences provide the foundational skills to adapt to multiple platforms of computer-aided design (CAD) now being used in manufacturing, automotive, medical and other fields. Advanced, specialized courses help students develop proficiency in areas such as bodyline design, tool and die, and injection mold design.

“I know it sounds cliché, but teaching at SC4 has given me the opportunity to serve,” Berg said. “I enjoy guiding students and learning from them.”

To learn more about engineering programs at SC4, visit https://sc4.edu/programs/science-technology-engineering-math/.

Winter classes start in January. Current students can register now through the Portal Service Center and new students can learn more and get started at sc4.edu/start here.

Updates to classes and services effective Wednesday, Nov. 18

With the spread of COVID-19 increasing in the county and throughout the state, St. Clair County Community College continues to follow our campus guidelines and procedures in conjunction with guidance from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and advice from the St. Clair County Health Department.

Effective Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, most remaining classes that were being held on-campus will be completed using online or remote learning technology. The exceptions are healthcare-related courses, which are allowed to continue in-person under current guidelines.

This change only affects about 11 percent of fall class sections and does not affect any class that was already fully online or being delivered in a remote manner. Students will be contacted by their instructors with information on how the final weeks of their class will be handled.

In order to continue to limit the spread of the virus in our community, effective Wednesday, November 18, all campus buildings will be closed to the public. Faculty, staff, and students who need to be on-campus may do so, but all student services, including academic advising, admissions, financial aid, enrollment services, testing, student accounts, the SC4 Library, and Achievement Center services, will be provided remotely. Many of these services have been available remotely all semester, so this change should also affect only a small number of students.

Students with questions about their classes should contact their instructors directly. Other questions may be directed to the college’s main phone number, (810) 984-3881, or by using the chat service available on our website, sc4.edu.

Learn more about Future for Frontliners state scholarship program

SC4 invites the community to attend a presentation on the Future for Frontliners Program. The presentation is offered through SC4’s Admissions and Recruitment Office and will take place via Zoom at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Future for Frontliners is a state scholarship program for Michiganders without college degrees who worked in essential industries during the state COVID-19 shutdown in spring 2020, between April 1 and June 30.

This scholarship provides those frontline workers with tuition-free access to a local community college to pursue an associate degree or a certificate, either full-time or part-time while they work.

The event will provide information on the Future for Frontliners Program, an overview of the application qualifications and process and FAQs. SC4 admissions and financial aid staff will be available for questions.

To reserve your spot and receive Zoom login information, email recruitment@sc4.edu by Tuesday, Nov. 17.

Registration for SC4 winter classes opens Nov. 2

Registration for winter semester classes at St. Clair County Community College opens Monday, Nov. 2. There is no deposit required to register, and classes fill up fast. Students are encouraged to register as soon as possible in order to get the classes they need to complete their degree programs or successfully transfer to a four-year institution.

SC4’s in-district tuition and fees are about one-third of the average cost at one of Michigan’s four-year public universities. Additionally, SC4 students may also benefit from financial aid packages, scholarships, grants and loans.

From Nov. 2 to 13, there is no payment required until the final due date of Nov. 20. Partial payments will be accepted through Nov. 19. From Nov. 14 to Jan. 15, 2021, full payment is required at time of registration. Payment plans are also available.

A list of available classes can be found at sc4.edu/schedule. New students can apply to SC4 at sc4.edu/admissions/starthere. Current students can register online in the SC4 Portal Service Center or on the SC4 mobile app. The winter semester begins Monday, Jan. 11.

For more information, contact SC4 Enrollment Services at enrollment@sc4.edu or (810) 989-5500.

National Respiratory Care Week at SC4

Respiratory therapists have demanding responsibilities related to patient care and are a vital component of the health care team.

The respiratory therapy program at St. Clair County Community College uses an integration of classroom and practicum experiences in hospitals, outpatient testing facilities and physician offices.

Respiratory therapy is not the most popular choice in the healthcare field, but it’s one of the most important careers when it comes to taking care of critically ill patients.

“I teach at SC4 to educate, train, and produce competent, skilled and confident future respiratory therapists,” said instructor Tami Stafford. “With the implementation of the state-of-the-art clinical simulation lab, the students are able to experience real-life patient scenarios where they must critically think and are challenged to make clinical decisions based on a patient by patient case.”

This week, students took their classroom learning into the lab to complete a “Mock Code” patient care scenario. All students in the program must be certified in Basic Life Support and must be able to competently perform all skills needed in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The mock code scenario is a replica of a patient requiring CPR, which is directed and run by Dr. Michael Basha, SC4 Respiratory Therapy Medical Director.

“This scenario allows the students to apply the skills they have learned, understand the roles of everyone involved in this type of situation, including the physician, respiratory therapists and nurses,” said Stafford. Students are trained and must perform the procedure required for establishing an artificial airway, which includes clinical skills of bag-mask ventilation, intubation, securing the airway and assessing the patient. “This scenario brings it all together, so the students see how everyone works together as a team.”

Students graduating from the program receive an Associate in Applied Arts and Science degree and become eligible to take the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC) credentialing examinations. With successful completion of the program, students can work in adult, pediatric and neonatal intensive care units, emergency rooms, labor and delivery, regular nursing floors, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, diagnostic testing, and home care.

Once the students successfully complete this program, they will have over 1,000 hours of live clinical experience in a variety of hospital settings which gives them a well-rounded experience in all areas of the profession. “I love watching the students’ growth throughout the semesters and how they sometimes impress and surprise themselves by what they have learned and what they know how to do,” said Stafford.

This week is also recognized as National Respiratory Care Week. To show appreciation, students sent gift bags of full of individually wrapped “Lifesavers” to all the respiratory therapists and hospitals that support the SC4 Respiratory Therapy Program. Over 300 bags were made and distributed to respiratory therapists who work the front lines at Ascension St. John River District Hospital, Garden City Hospital, Henry Ford Hospital Detroit, Lake Huron Medical Center, Marlette Regional Hospital, McLaren Macomb, McLaren Port Huron, and McKenzie Health System.

SC4 is a pioneer in health sciences education and offers a wide-array of in-demand program and certificate options. To learn more about the SC4 respiratory therapy program and other health sciences programs, visit our website at sc4.edu/health.

SC4 President’s Honor List for Summer 2020

A total of 218 St. Clair County Community College students earned a spot on the President’s Honor List for the 2020 summer semester, which ended Aug. 7.

Students must take at least six credits and have a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher to make the list.

President’s Honor List for the 2020 summer semester, ordered by hometown:

Algonac — Alexis Semaan.

Allenton — Shelby Husovsky.

Almont — Chelsee Berger, Maria Bussone, Alyssa Soave and Timothy Wolf.

Armada — Kayla Campis and Nicole Sawitzky.

Attica — Miranda Pekala.

Avoca — Samantha Chauvin, Camryn Griffith, Emily Kean, Sarah Koch, Joseph Robinson and Doug Schoenberg.

Berlin Township — Dylan McCarroll.

Birmingham — Olivia Freshwater.

Bloomfield Hills — Roxanne Martin.

Brockway Township — Abigail Westrick.

Brown City — Isabel Woodall.

Burtchville Township — Brooklynn Wilton.

Capac — Kari Bastian, Benjamin Geliske, Dakota Killingbeck, Priscilla King, Terra King and Kathryn Oliver.

Casco Township — Daley Boyd.

China Township — Katie Tyrrell and Kristin Malcolm.

Clay Township — Anya Gerstenberg, Jenna Graham, Ashley Huber and Marianne Karos.

Clifford — Amanda Pratt.

Clyde Township — Jordan Berg, Madison Berg, Melissa Graham, Kelly Peters, Emma Purdy and Mackenzie Witt.

Columbus Township — Kimberly Berman, Alison Billeaudeau, Amber Delor, Kalie Foxwell and Carrie Rush.

Cottrellville Township — Kelly Bonam.

Croswell — Pertrilla Brown, Eden Jenkins, Matthew Kerrigan and Breanna Ngow.

Deckerville — Mitchell Noble.

East China Township — Desaray DeSnyder, Daniel Ferrone, Adrianne Henderson, Elsa McClure, Charles McKay and Kelsey Russell.

Emmett — Angela Heiden and Matthew Wetter.

Fair Haven — Matthew Privaloff.

Fort Gratiot — Zachary Brockway, Bailey Compton, Julia Cope, Dofonso Fernando, Ryan Hunt, Amanda Isaac, Larissa John, Ethan Kane, Taylor Kelley, Hope Knowlton, Jordyn Knowlton, Jon Laffrey, Madison Loviska, Roman Lucido, Michele Niehaus, Clara Scheid, Alexis Shreeve, Jennifer Steinke, Sophia Vani, Ian Wilson and Luke Zeller.

Goodells — Eva Wiegand.

Greenwood Township — Morgan Asselin.

Harbor Beach — Skylar Deer.

Imlay City — Dominique Perreault, Kayla Schocke and Shelby Webb.

Jeddo — Heather Porter and Maxwel Terry.

Kimball Township — Allison Cole, Andrea Dunn, Gale Kicinski, Davon Morris, Garrett Royce, Jenna Russell, Beth Seibert, Brianna Swantek and Paj Yang.

Lexington —Riley Bongard, William Patterson and Naomi Wildey.

Marine City — Hailey Butler, Melanie Carlson, Emily Dart, Thomas Kaminski, Conner Mathews, Jamie Stanislawski and Alyssa Westrick.

Marlette — Rebecca Jar.

Marysville — Mathew-James Alcorn, Sirena Bond, Aric Chojnowski, Eric Decker, Hunter Fite, Karlie Franz, Jacob Gilbert, Gwyneth Glombowski, Kaitlynn Kindsvater, Zane King, Kirsten Kish, Isabella Mills, Ashley Nevarez, Cade Perrin, Angella Rathsack, Adam Tuckey and Hannah Wiegand.

Melvin — Caitlin Houde.

Memphis — Taylor Kreger, Jenna Lesch and Casondra Sumpter.

Miami, Fla. — Ariel Dominguez.

Mussey Township — Sherri Domzalski, Pamela Lerash and Danielle Sawyer.

New Baltimore — Ashley Kraft.

New Haven — Christene Marcum.

North Branch — Katrina Guldi.

Port Huron — Morgan Alexis, Christopher Ballard, Kiera Barnes, Alexander Bird, Alexzandra Carr, Kayla Cartier, Faith Chmielewski, Noel Cosby, April Cox, Lindsey Crane, Elizabeth Dewey, Kaitlyn Douglas, Shylah Drouillard, Rachel Dubs, A.J. Fagan, D. Hope Galarza-Amaro, Porfirio Garcia, Latonya Harmon, Camille Harrison, Katherine Hollingsworth, Morgan James, Desiree Markopoulos, Syrys Molesworth, Remy Reynolds, Niurka Rodriguez, Dawn Silk, Adrienne Slossar, Daniele Soper, Lindsay Thoms, Lily Vella, Kobi Voelker, Stacey Wahl, Haley Werth, Nicholas Wik, Cheyna Williams, Julia Wing and David Wolven.

Port Sanilac — Olivia Espinoza.

Richmond — Regina Long and Isabella Tollis.

Riley Township — Shelby Enders and Emily Wyszczelski.

St. Clair — Avery Aiello, Katelyn Bartholomew, Julianna Cataldo, Maranda Decker, Brenda Domagalski, Julie Felbarth, Andre Fleury, Zacchaeus Gilbert, Joshua Hilton, Allison Kaczperski, Sharon Kalbaugh, Therese Kalbaugh, Leigh Knox, Sumner Malcolm, Morgan Mead, Zachary Nicholson, Robert Pelka, Bailey Sazehn, Jeffrie Seros, Sarah Shell, Jacqueline Sikora, Noah Simone and Brendan Weeks.

Sandusky — Rachael Roff.

Smiths Creek — Ross Hinkley.

Swartz Creek — Kallie Albert.

Toronto, Ont. — Jamal Armstrong.

Troy — Jen Minchella.

Wales Township —Emily Marchand, Alexandra Smith and Jacob Weidner.

Yale — Caleb Bollaert, Jada Janes, Joseph Nunley, Carleigh Randolph, David Regan, Kaycee Reid and Franki Whittaker.