SC4 to host Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration Jan. 18

St. Clair County Community College and its Global Diversity Advisory Council will present a celebration event for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Due to the pandemic, this year’s celebration was pre-recorded and will be available for viewing beginning at 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 18, on the college’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion event page. Visitors may view the recording at their convenience any time after it is made available.

The theme of this year’s event is “Where Do We Go From Here.”

The event will feature a celebration of Dr. King’s legacy with a diverse variety of speakers, musicians and other performances.

Visit the event page to preview the program for the event and also watch two videos of Dr. King’s 1967 speech at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Atlanta, entitled “Where Do We Do From Here?”

For details or more information, contact the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at dei@sc4.edu.

Time at SC4 prepared alumnus Lauren Tuckey for professional illustration career

For as long as she can remember, Lauren Tuckey has enjoyed drawing things. Now she’s enjoying seeing her work in print as the illustrator of her first children’s book.

After graduating from Yale High School in 2013, she chose to go to SC4 to save tuition costs and stay close to her family in Port Huron. While taking general education classes, Tuckey also took plenty of art classes on the side.

“In my art classes, I made many of my closest friends,” Tuckey said, “and was able to work on diverse art projects I wouldn’t have been able to do from home. I was featured in and worked on the annual Patterns book, too.”

She learned from her many talented art instructors, as well as other SC4 faculty, but has a special memory of one class that changed her approach to her art.

“Color and Design with Doug Frey was the most beneficial art class I took,” Tuckey explained. “He helped me step out of my comfort zone as an artist and explore techniques and styles that helped me sculpt the more well-rounded style I have now.”

After graduating from SC4, Tuckey had the chance to work with an author from North Carolina, Phil Routszong, to create illustrations for a children’s book titled Hobgoblin Humbug, which was published in October and is available for ordering through Amazon. She also stays busy illustrating custom portraits through her shop on Etsy.

Tuckey is a strong believer in the importance of community colleges.

“Colleges like SC4 are a great asset to students who want to save some money while still gaining a valuable education, experience, and great memories,” she said. “I’m thankful for everything SC4 equipped me with as I move forward as a professional illustrator.”

Photo: SC4 alumnus Lauren Tuckey (right) with author Phil Routszong and their book Hobgoblin Humbug.

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 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

December 3rd worldwide celebration of International Day of People with Disabilities

The International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPD or IDPwD) was established in 1992 by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly to increase understanding and awareness of disability issues and the abilities of people with disabilities; promote the full and effective participation in society for the dignity, rights and well-being of people with disabilities; and celebrate the achievements and contributions of people with disabilities. It is observed worldwide on December 3 each year.

This year, during the annual celebration of people with disabilities, the 2020 theme ‘Not all Disabilities are Visible’ also focuses on spreading awareness and understanding of disabilities that are not immediately apparent, such as mental illness, chronic pain or fatigue, sight or hearing impairments, diabetes, brain injuries, neurological disorders, learning differences and cognitive dysfunctions, among others. 

According to the WHO World Report on Disability, 15 percent of the world’s population, or more than 1 billion people, are living with disability. Of this number, it’s estimated 450 million are living with a mental or neurological condition— and two-thirds of these people will not seek professional medical help, largely due to stigma, discrimination and neglect. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, isolation, disconnect, disrupted routines and diminished services have greatly impacted the lives and mental well-being of people with disabilities right around the world. Spreading awareness of invisible disabilities, as well as these potentially detrimental— and not always immediately apparent— impacts to mental health, is crucial as the world continues to fight against the virus.

Around the world, physical, social, economic and attitudinal barriers prevent people with disabilities face from participating fully and effectively as equal members of society. They are disproportionately represented among the world’s poorest individuals. People with disabilities lack equal access to basic resources, such as education, employment, healthcare and social and legal support systems. They also have a higher rate of mortality. Yet disability as a whole has remained largely invisible in the mainstream development agenda and its processes.

St. Clair County Community College is firmly committed to making higher education accessible to students with disabilities by removing barriers and providing programs and support services necessary for them to benefit from the instruction and resources of the College. SC4 Disability Services provides support and resources for students with or without a documented disability. Students do not need to have documentation of a disability to discuss strategies for college success. For more information, visit our Disability Services website.

Information obtained from IDPWD.org.

Lessons learned at SC4 impact daily life for Meteorologist Colton Cichoracki

Colton Cichoracki is living his dream. He’s a meteorologist with ABC12 News (WJRT-TV) in Flint. He’s had the same drive and aspiration to be a meteorologist his entire life. While there were other stops along the way to Cichoracki’s success, it started at St. Clair County Community College almost a decade ago.

“I was a Blue Water Middle College Academy student from Memphis,” Cichoracki explained.

“I was in the very first cohort of the program in the fall of 2011, so I was entering into something that hadn’t been done before, and I’m glad I did. It was a fantastic experience and I’m a huge advocate of the middle college concept.”

Looking back, Cichoracki recalls how each of his professors cared about him as an individual.

“I never had a bad professor. In fact, I liked many of them so much that I took multiple classes from them,” he recalled. “I took two political science classes with Ethan Flick and two English classes with Chris Hilton. I remember taking Patricia Frank’s history class where we re-enacted military battles in the courtyards on campus! The impact that SC4’s professors had on me is something I carry with me today.”

Cichoracki earned his Associate in Arts degree from SC4 in 2014 and then transferred to Central Michigan University, where he majored in meteorology (with a minor in mathematics) and graduated in 2017. He started his career at KQ2 News in St. Joseph, Missouri, before moving back to Michigan to his current job in Flint.

He credits SC4 with helping him get off to a great start.

“Community college got me where I wanted to be,” Cichoracki said. “They serve such a critical role in the community, helping people grow academically and professionally. I tell everyone who’s graduating from high school to go to a community college first. You can get a lot of your general education classes done at a much lower price, and it’ll give you the experience of how to succeed in college before moving on to a university.”

The wide range of students, particularly in their ages, is another pleasant memory for Cichoracki.

“When I was at SC4, I was often the youngest person in my class,” he said. “But there were other students in their seventies in the class as well. They were doing the same thing I was, though, working to better themselves. Their age or background didn’t matter. SC4 gave us the means to succeed and make something of ourselves.”

Cichoracki also recommends community college for students who aren’t quite sure what direction they’re headed yet.

“Go to a community college, take some classes in a field you might be interested in, and see if it’s what you want to do,” he suggested. “At CMU, I saw so many people change their majors again and again, spending so much money each time to start over. You don’t need to do that. Community colleges can help you figure out what you want to do, and you’ll be much better off for it.”

Watch Colton in a recent weather broadcast on ABC12 News (WJRT-TV) below or check out his professional Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ColtonCichorackiABC12.

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.