SC4 Foundation awards $186,233 in scholarships

The SC4 Foundation has a long history of helping area students from all walks of life succeed. This spring the Foundation continues that tradition by awarding $186,233 in scholarships for the upcoming academic year. Recipients are pursuing a variety of majors, from health sciences to business to communications.

“Education changes lives, and providing access is even more crucial in these uncertain economic times,” said SC4 President Dr. Deborah Snyder. “Our donors contribute to the future of individual students and to our community through their generosity.”

Two of this year’s recipients were awarded scholarships from newly established funds – the Marysville Police Explorers Scholarship Fund and the Janet S. Albrecht-Hillaker Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Established by Dick Hillaker in memory of his late wife, Janet, the Albrecht-Hillaker Memorial provides scholarships to full-time SC4 students who are graduates of Port Huron High School or Port Huron Northern High School. Janet taught kindergarten for more than 30 years, so this scholarship has a preference for supporting education majors.

The first student to receive the Albrecht-Hillaker Memorial is Port Huron High School graduate Jenna Holzberger. She plans on attending SC4 for two years before transferring to a 4-year university to pursue her bachelor’s in elementary education.

“My desire is to return to St. Clair County and start my career as a kindergarten teacher and coach,” Holzberger said. “I had the incredible opportunity of having a kindergarten teacher at Michigamme Elementary who inspired me to become a teacher.”

The Marysville Police Explorers Scholarship Fund was created by Officer Dan LeVey of the Marysville Police Department for criminal justice majors at SC4 who are current or former participants of an Explorers or Cadet Program in St. Clair County.

Natalie Stroh is a recent graduate of the Marysville Explorers program who has had a life-long passion for law enforcement. She will continue her criminal justice studies this fall at SC4 and is the first student to receive the Marysville Police Explorers Scholarship.

Natalie Stroh
Natalie Stroh

“One of the noteworthy improvements to the scholarship process for the SC4 Foundation is application cycles that are open year-round. Any remaining scholarship dollars at the end of a cycle are made available to eligible applicants,” said William Oldford, President of SC4 Foundation. Check the SC4 website for more information.

Scholarships are a big part of what the SC4 Foundation does, but it’s not the only way it helps students pursue their educational goals. The Foundation also supports other projects and programs that provide students with better learning experiences.

Unrestricted giving to the SC4 Foundation allows greater flexibility to how dollars are used to better meet current college priorities. In recent years, the Foundation has helped expand the SC4 Experience Center programming, provided funding for local students to visit the Experience Center, as well as grants towards the Tarbosauras skeleton cast added to the Nasr Natural Science Museum.

“The greatest gift a donor can leave is an unrestricted gift the SC4 Foundation can use for greater impact on campus,” Oldford said. “SC4 Foundation is proud to offer donors the opportunity to support the college’s priority areas, including their long-term vision for student success and enhancements on campus.”

The St. Clair County Community College Foundation started in 1963 to raise friends and funds to benefit SC4 and the students it serves.

SC4 Creates Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

PORT HURON – A new Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion has been created at St. Clair County Community College to advance the college’s efforts in providing educational access and support for all. As part of the enhanced focus, a national speaker series will be launched on campus to support diversity, equity, and inclusion awareness and action this fall.

The series will kick-off October 9 with Jen Fry, a nationally recognized social justice educator speaking on campus. Another initiative is a campus book discussion. The college has ordered several books suggested by Ms. Fry on topics of equity, white privilege, and racism which will be available for faculty and staff to read this summer and fall. Informal book discussion sessions will be coordinated on campus this fall through the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to foster understanding.

SC4 also will officially recognize Juneteenth, the commemoration of the emancipation of slaves after the Civil War, as a college holiday on June 19 each year.

“The trustees are very supportive of these efforts to ensure that the college is a place where all are welcomed to learn and grow,” said SC4 Board of Trustees chair Dr. Nicholas DeGrazia. “The new Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will be instrumental as we continue toward our goals of growth, sustainability, and creating a stronger community that reflects the world we live in.”

Jessica Brown will lead the office as Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and will work to develop a comprehensive and cross-functional emphasis on these critical issues at SC4. Brown has more than a decade of higher education experience, having worked previously at Davenport University, Rochester College, and Macomb Community College before joining the SC4 team in 2014. She has served as the director of the college’s TRIO Student Support Services program since September 2015. The program works with first-generation and other high-risk college students to support them throughout their college career and has been very successful in increasing student retention and graduation. She also is a member of SC4’s Global Diversity Advisory Council. Brown has Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Strategic Management degrees from Davenport University.

SC4 faculty, staff honored for years of service

St. Clair County Community College honors 31 faculty and staff members for their dedicated service to SC4.

“SC4 faculty and staff are dedicated to doing everything possible to provide students with a great learning experience,” said SC4 President Dr. Deborah A. Snyder. “We are pleased to honor and recognize retirees and employees for their continued commitment and service.”

Retiring employees

  • Suzanne Bacheller of Clyde Township, science, technology, engineering and math secretary, 22 years.
  • Mary Hawtin of Port Huron, executive assistant to the President, 27 years.
  • Patricia Macey of Port Huron, social science secretary, 35 years.
  • Darlene Pauly of Fort Gratiot, veteran and sponsorship billing representative, 30 years.
  • Kathy Ruby of Fort Gratiot, psychology professor, 23 years.
  • Holly Sanchez of North Street, graphic designer, 33 years.

Employees honored with service awards

5 years

  • Paul Costanzo of Fort Gratiot, assistant director of admissions.
  • Katarzyna Mantha of Sarnia, biology instructor.
  • Katherine McCullough of Algonac, associate degree nursing clinical instructor.

10 years

  • Michael Belleman of Port Huron, business and economics professor.
  • David Goetze of Port Huron, directory of behavioral intervention and support services.
  • Lisa Haerens of Brockway Township, library technician.
  • Martha Pennington of Port Huron, advising and retention specialist.
  • Rita Radzilowski of Port Sanilac, business professor.
  • Mark Rummel of Port Huron, digital and creative services coordinator.

15 years

  • Mary Kay Brunner of St. Clair, chief financial offices and vice president of administrative services.

20 years

  • Kraig Archer of St. Clair, sociology professor.
  • Paul Bedard of Fort Gratiot, mathematics professor.
  • Colleen Forsgren of Marysville, computer information technologies professor.
  • Robert Hunckler of Fort Gratiot, geography professor.
  • Kim Kelley of St. Clair, humanities secretary.
  • Tom Kephart of Marine City, director of admissions and marketing.
  • Chrystal Lilly of Chesterfield, marketing and communication secretary.
  • Jacalyn Rummel of Port Huron, accounts payable clerk.
  • Suzanne Schiappacasse of Clinton Township, psychology professor.
  • David Sheldon of Fort Gratiot, biological science professor.
  • Tamara Turney of Fort Gratiot, associate degree nursing professor.
  • Scott Zeller of Fort Gratiot, library and technology services secretary.

30 years

  • Joseph Gibbons of Jeddo, chemistry professor.
  • Kelly Lindsay of Port Huron, testing center representative.

35 years

  • Patricia Macey of Port Huron, social science secretary.
  • Laurie Smith of Port Huron, cataloging and acquisitions technician.

 

 

SC4 honors the 96th annual class of graduates

Commencement is an opportunity to honor our graduates who have worked hard to achieve their goal of earning a college credential. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, our May 8 Commencement event was cancelled.

“We are very proud of our graduates and look forward to recognizing their hard work and determination. The College has begun planning a future event to acknowledge the outstanding efforts and accomplishments of our graduates,” said Vice President of Student Services Pete Lacey.

Details regarding a new commencement date will be shared with all graduates via a special letter of invitation once finalized.

Visit sc4.edu/commencement to view the lists of our December 2019 graduates and the graduation candidates for May and August 2020 (as of April 23, 2020). The faculty and staff of St. Clair County Community College are proud of our students’ achievements and wish everyone the very best in their next ventures.

Literacy and Beyond partners with SC4 and Stebbins Family Fund to provide Scholarship Support to graduates of the 2GEN GED Program

Literacy and Beyond is proud to announce the formation of the 2GEN G.R.A.D.S. (Graduates Receiving Associate Degree Support) Scholarship in partnership with St. Clair County Community College (SC4) and the Stebbins Family Fund of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan (CFSEM).

The competitive 2GEN G.R.A.D.S. Scholarship is available for graduates of the 2GEN GED program and is renewable for up to three years while recipients are attending SC4. The 2GEN G.R.A.D.S. Scholarship provides each student with yearly stipends of $500 for books and $1200 for transportation needs or to help cover the cost of childcare while attending classes.

SC4’s Kim Foxwell will serve as a dedicated college and career advisor for 2GEN G.R.A.D.S. recipients. She will guide students from application through graduation at SC4. Foxwell will spend 15 hours weekly divided between the 2GEN Learning Center and on SC4’s campus providing recipients with comprehensive advising and assistance with other campus services including tutoring, scheduling, workshops, and other support services designed to ensure student success and degree completion.

“I’m honored to join the Literacy and Beyond team and their visionary 2GEN program, because I’m committed to helping students achieve their educational and vocational dreams,” Foxwell said. “St. Clair County Community College aims to create conditions for student success through the personalized support of students from application to graduation.”

“We are extremely grateful to SC4 and the Stebbins Family Fund for partnering with us in this innovative project to support our amazing 2GEN graduates,” Literacy and Beyond Executive Director, Mike Hinkley shared. “We continue to be inspired by the commitment and resilience of our 2GEN graduates and are committed to supporting them as they pursue their next educational goal of earning an associate degree at SC4.”

$1 Million fund created to help SC4 Students

PORT HURON – SC4 is providing $1,000,000 in emergency aid funding to support SC4 students impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The money is available to currently enrolled SC4 students who are experiencing additional financial need caused by the public health emergency. Awards are available to help students who are working toward the completion of a certificate or degree.

This one million dollars in funding to support SC4 students includes $954,739 received as part of the Federal Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act recently approved by Congress, as well as additional college emergency scholarship funds dedicated to supporting students. Awards are in addition to any other financial aid support the student may have received.

Students experiencing challenges are asked to complete a brief form online at sc4.edu/CARES. Additional details about the program are also available on that webpage.

Emergency aid is intended to help students with expenses that may affect their ability to attend SC4, including things such as housing, transportation, basic living needs and other college-related costs. Students experiencing hardships due to unemployment or reduced financial support from their families are encouraged to apply.

Former television news director prefers ‘paying it forward’

Simple beginnings don’t always make headline news, but one former television news director thinks it’s newsworthy that he got his start at St. Clair County Community College.

A 1966 graduate of SC4, Jim Collins interviewed people like former vice president Hubert Humphrey, reported on the great gasoline shortage of the 1970s and investigated deadly PCB’s in cattle feed.

“I was fulfilling a dream, exploring new areas, cultures and certainly opportunities,” he said. “It all started with a couple of years at SC4.”

Collins grew up in Emmett, the oldest of three children. He graduated from St. Stephen High School in 1964 and then decided to attend Port Huron Junior College, which a few years later became St. Clair County Community College.

“When it came time to attend college, (SC4) was the readily available and affordable option,” he said. “I was working to pay the bills on the night shift at a shop in Capac. My parents helped with some tuition, housing and meals and plenty of encouragement. Starting at a four-year school would have been wasted on me, not to mention totally out of reach financially. I wasn’t ready for it.”

Collins received his associate degree in spring of 1966 with plans to attend Michigan State University. He graduated from MSU with a Bachelor of Arts in television and radio in 1968. He was in East Lansing during “the height of the Vietnam War and a career path seemed difficult at best, but I was not drafted.”

He got his first job at a radio station in western Michigan and continued on to Wisconsin and Minnesota to pursue his career in radio news. Collins was working in Duluth, Minn., when he made the switch to television, which expanded the type of people he was able to interview.

“I considered myself fortunate to meet and talk one-on-one with people like Hubert Humphrey, Walter Mondale and others of note,” he said. “But it was often more interesting telling the stories of ordinary folks who were doing extraordinary things.”

They moved back to Michigan, with Collins working at WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, first as a reporter and then as the station’s assignment manager. He became a news director in Chattanooga, Tenn., and later Greensboro, N.C., for their CBS affiliate before finishing his career as the city of Greensboro’s communications manager.

“I feel very strongly that our society needs reporters asking hard questions, shining light into the dark spaces of lies, deceit and deception,” he said. “Finding people to ask those questions should not be limited to only those wealthy enough to attend a four-year institution. There are other means to achieve organized thought, writing and presentation skills.”

Collins supports giving today’s young people the opportunity to attend college.

“I recognize that people offering scholarships are often characterized as ‘paying it back’” he said. “I prefer ‘paying it forward’; leaving something for the future, and SC4 can certainly be a great place to start. I chose to support student scholarships at SC4, because I know it can mean something for a student to be able to open the door to an education.”

 

SC4 donates safety equipment to St. Clair County Emergency Management Response Team

Donations to the St. Clair County Emergency Management Response Team

In an effort to assist health care and emergency response workers in the community facing critical shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE), St. Clair County Community College faculty and staff reviewed supplies to determine items on hand that may be useful to the county’s health care and emergency response workers.

They donated and delivered more than 125 gowns and Tyvek suits, 170 boxes of gloves, 700 masks and various other protective equipment to the St. Clair County Emergency Management Response Team for distribution.

“The donations from the college were very helpful,” said Justin Westmiller, emergency management director of St. Clair County. “We kept some of it, but most was given to hospitals, EMS and fire departments.”

If you are looking to donate supplies or other resources to help emergency and health care workers, the Emergency Management Response Team is accepting donations at three locations.

“If anyone wants to donate, there are three locations,” said Westmiller. “at the main entrances of Marysville High School, Port Huron Northern and Port Huron High School.”

Registration open for summer 2020 classes at SC4

Registration for summer classes at St. Clair County Community College is now open, providing a great opportunity for students of all backgrounds to earn valuable credits at a fraction of the cost of a four-year institution.

SC4 students continuing their education, guest students from other institutions and community members looking to take courses for personal enrichment are encouraged to browse the full list of available summer courses online at sc4.edu/schedule.

Many courses that qualify for the Michigan Transfer Agreement are available, covering a range of subjects.

Business classes, including business communications, accounting, management and marketing, are being offered, as is fluid power, technical math, introductory classes in criminal justice, graphic arts, CAD, mold design, and microcomputer applications — a gateway class to most any computer information systems degree at the college.

Additionally, students looking to complete health science prerequisites such as human anatomy and physiology, and medical terminology can benefit from summer courses.

Many summer classes are offered online. Courses also are offered in varied lengths of six, eight, 10 and 12 weeks for students to create flexible schedules.

Summer semester begins Monday, May 18. Students not currently enrolled can start the application process at sc4.edu/admissions/starthere. Current students can register online through their student portal or on the SC4 mobile app. To speak with an admissions representative about options, or for details on how to get started, call 810-989-5571.

SC4 seeking employers for annual Career Fair April 23

The 2020 St. Clair County Community College Career Fair will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 23. The annual event will bring hundreds of students, alumni and community members to the SC4 Fieldhouse in search of career opportunities.

The college is partnering with the Blue Water Chamber, Economic Development Alliance, Macomb/St. Clair Michigan Works and the City of Port Huron/McMorran for this year’s event, and is currently seeking employers in search of qualified candidates for their open positions.

“The Career Fair is a great opportunity for employers in our region and across the country to showcase their company, network with other employers and, above all, find the best candidates from our community’s rich talent pool,” said Bonnie DiNardo, director of community and alumni relations at SC4. Participating employers also have the opportunity to post positions on Career Coach, the college’s online employment system for students and alumni.

The Career Fair is expected to fill to capacity once again this year — interested employers are encouraged to register as early as possible and no later than April 3. Employers can find detailed information and convenient online registration at sc4.edu/careerfair.