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. Continue reading Former television news director prefers ‘paying it forward’

Hall of Fame Inductees 2020

Three teams and 12 individuals are inducted in the Skippers Athletics Hall of Fame

Three teams and 12 individuals were inducted into the Skippers Athletics Hall of Fame Saturday, Feb. 22, at the SC4 Fieldhouse. It is the fourth class bringing the total of membership to forty-two individuals and 14 teams. The three teams entering the Hall of Fame are the 1994 men’s golf team, coached by Ross Green; the 1994 baseball team, coached by Rick Smith; and the … Continue reading Three teams and 12 individuals are inducted in the Skippers Athletics Hall of Fame

SC4 alumnus living dreams thanks to good education

If there’s one thing St. Clair County Community College alumnus Jim Earley has learned as a lifelong educator and administrator, it’s the importance of a good education if you want to make dreams come true. “My educational and career path provided the opportunity to live my dream—a dream of service and making a difference to help ensure the communities in which I lived were in … Continue reading SC4 alumnus living dreams thanks to good education

Creative director credits SC4 for helping develop his creative passion

Like many high school graduates, Jeffrey DeLange was not quite sure of his career path when he graduated from Algonac High School and enrolled at St. Clair County Community College in 1989. “I was interested in being creative but did not really have a career path,” he said. At SC4, DeLange took classes from a number of professors who helped him understand his interests and … Continue reading Creative director credits SC4 for helping develop his creative passion

Globetrotting professional women’s basketball player grateful for SC4 experience

When she joined the St. Clair County Community College Skippers women’s basketball team in 2012, Rachel Kehoe never imagined her basketball career would lead her to play with professional teams in France, Spain, Malta, Germany, Serbia, Finland, Ireland and now Denmark. “I chose SC4 because I liked how I fit with athletics and academics,” said the St. Clair High School graduate. “I also liked that … Continue reading Globetrotting professional women’s basketball player grateful for SC4 experience

Qatar native finds friendship, encouragement and passion at SC4

Qatar native Nasser Al-Attiyah found friendship, influential professors and a new passion nearly halfway around the world at St. Clair County Community College in Port Huron, Mich. Nasser Al-Attiyah graduated in 2007 from Qatar Academy, an international I.B. school in Doha, Qatar. Connected to the Port Huron area through family members who had previously attended SC4, Al-Attiyah enrolled at the college in fall 2010. “My … Continue reading Qatar native finds friendship, encouragement and passion at SC4

SC4 alumnus making mark on communities and youth in Arizona, Washington

St. Clair County Community College alumnus Sean Barton is committed to providing stability and growth for communities and youth through sports and education. Barton currently serves as director of curriculum and strategic initiatives at STEM Sports in Phoenix where he leads strategic planning efforts and manages and develops a curriculum that fuses STEM and sports for students in grades K through 8. Prior to that … Continue reading SC4 alumnus making mark on communities and youth in Arizona, Washington

SC4 a great place to start according to alumnus Dan Damman

Attorney Daniel A. Damman says there’s no debate about it: St. Clair County Community College is the best place for area students to start their higher education. A 1994 St. Clair High School graduate, Damman (pictured above with wife Therese) attended SC4 for two years, earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Michigan State University in 1999 and earned his Juris Doctorate from Wayne … Continue reading SC4 a great place to start according to alumnus Dan Damman

WPHM’s Paul Miller on right wavelength thanks to SC4 start

Port Huron’s own Paul Miller has been getting up and starting the morning with thousands of area listeners each weekday for 17 years now. The St. Clair County Community College alumnus is the man behind the microphone as the host of the WPHM AM-1380 morning show. A 1986 graduate of Port Huron Northern High School, Miller went on to attend SC4 and earn his associate … Continue reading WPHM’s Paul Miller on right wavelength thanks to SC4 start

SC4 alumna realizes career and service dreams

Thanks to St. Clair County Community College, alumna Patricia F. Tibble never had to give up her dreams of joining the military and becoming an educator. Tibble serves as the health/physical education and tech teacher at Fort Gratiot Middle School as well as a reservist with the U.S. Navy at Selfridge in Clinton Township. Tibble grew up in a small country town in Texas. Her … Continue reading SC4 alumna realizes career and service dreams

SC4 honors life of Dr. Mark Setter (1954-2019), names him Alumnus of the Year

Dr. Mark Setter, who passed away on Feb. 2, 2019, has been named the 2019 St. Clair County Community College Alumnus of the Year. Dr. Setter attended SC4 following graduation from Port Huron Northern High School in 1972. He completed his associate degree at SC4 in 1974, graduating summa cum laude, before earning a degree in dentistry from the University of Michigan with a post-graduate … Continue reading SC4 honors life of Dr. Mark Setter (1954-2019), names him Alumnus of the Year

SC4 alumnus flourishes thanks to faculty connection, support

For St. Clair County Community College alumnus Jake Louks, SC4 offered the chance to connect with faculty in an invaluable way. “At another university I attended before SC4, I felt like one of thousands,” Louks said. “I felt like college wasn’t for me because I didn’t like the big lecture-style courses I had at the university. At SC4, I was able to connect with faculty. … Continue reading SC4 alumnus flourishes thanks to faculty connection, support

SC4 alumna writes future, drives change in region

St. Clair County Community College alumna Michelle Eberle is using her experience and expertise in marketing and communication to help drive change in her community. Eberle currently works for the Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce where she is responsible for social media efforts, email campaigns, event support and website management. She also published her first book, the “31 Day Wedding Prayer Journal,” under The Rebel Bride … Continue reading SC4 alumna writes future, drives change in region

Washington, D.C.-based alumna credits SC4 for changing worldview

Growing up without public schooling, Grace Haskin didn’t think she had a chance of going to college. “I received a homeschooling education of sorts, but it was heavily biased and severely lacking,” Haskin said. “Higher education, especially for women, was not valued. Aside from the Internet, my siblings and I were very isolated from the outside world.” Haskin, who knew she wanted to go to … Continue reading Washington, D.C.-based alumna credits SC4 for changing worldview

SC4 alumna, Port Huron parks and recreation director bettering community through focus on play and advocacy

Port Huron Parks and Recreation Director Nancy Winzer considered a number of career options upon graduation from high school. “I looked into both college- and non-college-track career opportunities,” Winzer said. “Part of that was because I recall being told once that college was not something that was in my future. I realized, though, that it was important for me to pursue higher education and earn … Continue reading SC4 alumna, Port Huron parks and recreation director bettering community through focus on play and advocacy

SC4 a transformative experience for world-traveling alumna nurse

Grace Titus says the degree in nursing she received from St. Clair County Community College has been life changing. The Port Huron Northern High School graduate never dreamed it would take her to far-off places like Central America, Africa and the Middle East. Titus, 32, lives in Chicago where she is currently training for a career in air medical/flight nursing. “I decided to go into … Continue reading SC4 a transformative experience for world-traveling alumna nurse

Chicago-based alumnus cultivates career path with start at SC4

Chris Dimick has spent the past 12 years working along Lake Michigan’s beautiful shoreline in downtown Chicago. An accomplished writer and editor, his professional journey to the Windy City started nearly 350 miles away at St. Clair County Community College. Dimick graduated from Marysville High School in 1997. Like many high school graduates, he wasn’t exactly sure of his next steps. “I enrolled at SC4 … Continue reading Chicago-based alumnus cultivates career path with start at SC4

Alumnus thriving as cybersecurity expert and Arizona State University adjunct professor

St. Clair County Community College alumnus Alexander Neff credits his alma mater for helping him keep pace while pursuing his career along today’s information superhighway. Neff, 33, of Mesa, Ariz., is employed as a cybersecurity and compliance manager for VisualVault and recently became an adjunct professor at Arizona State University. “Everything I learned prepared me to jump into my career full steam and allowed me … Continue reading Alumnus thriving as cybersecurity expert and Arizona State University adjunct professor

SC4 alumna fulfills dream of becoming a nurse, leader in health care

Caren Kosal didn’t have to roam far from home to make her dreams of becoming a nurse come true. Kosal, who earned her associate degree in nursing from St. Clair County Community College in 2006, today serves as the trauma program manager at McLaren Port Huron. “The SC4 nursing program helped me fulfill a lifelong dream of becoming a nurse,” she said. “It is a … Continue reading SC4 alumna fulfills dream of becoming a nurse, leader in health care

Internship leads to full-time employment in Texas for SC4 alumna

When St. Clair County Community College alumna Emily Walsh enrolled in the Blue Water Middle College Academy (BWMCA) in 2016, she had no idea her path would lead to full-time employment in Texas in just three short years. Walsh, who walked with her Port Huron Northern High School peers at the school’s Commencement Ceremony in June 2018, secured a digital marketing internship with the USA … Continue reading Internship leads to full-time employment in Texas for SC4 alumna

SC4 a springboard for world traveler, professor and photographer

Port Huron native David Zurick has been across the globe to places like Nepal, India and Tibet as an academically trained geographer and self-taught photographer. Yet, Zurick traces his footsteps back to his first degree at St. Clair County Community College. “It was the first step along the path,” he said. A Port Huron Northern High School graduate, Zurick, 64, just wrapped up a 31-year … Continue reading SC4 a springboard for world traveler, professor and photographer

SC4 to unveil Health Sciences Building and hospital simulation wing at grand opening Sept. 27

Well-known for its excellence and training in the health sciences, St. Clair County Community College will unveil its renovated Health Sciences Building to the broader community at its Grand Opening Celebration beginning at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 27. Construction on the $9.8 million Capital Outlay project began last summer and was finalized on time and on budget to open for students in August. The … Continue reading SC4 to unveil Health Sciences Building and hospital simulation wing at grand opening Sept. 27

California-based alumnus and civil engineer improving quality of life for Orange County residents

Todd Dmytryshyn credits St. Clair County Community College for getting his career flowing in the right direction. The SC4 alumnus is an engineering manager at Moulton Niguel Water District in Laguna Hills, Calif. Dmytryshyn, 35, of Irvine, Calif., grew up in Marysville and graduated from Port Huron High School in 2002. He graduated summa cum laude from SC4 in 2005 with an Associate of Arts … Continue reading California-based alumnus and civil engineer improving quality of life for Orange County residents

Alumna gets head start on career, focuses on environmental chemistry

For 2016 Capac High School graduate Megan Jamison, the Blue Water Middle College Academy (BWMCA) was too good an opportunity to pass up. “My experience at SC4 was very memorable. I was able to get a head start on my college career, explore different fields of study and earn a degree just one year out of high school,” said Jamison, who enrolled in the BWMCA … Continue reading Alumna gets head start on career, focuses on environmental chemistry

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, … Continue reading Hard work pays off for career-changing SC4 alumna Annette Caulfield

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. 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 … Continue reading Alumnus Todd Goldman playing role in downtown revitalization efforts

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

SC4 radiologic technology program celebrates impressive six-year, 100 percent first-time passage rate on national exam

The St. Clair County Community College radiologic technology program has continued for a sixth year its impressive 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. Eleven SC4 graduates passed the 2019 exam, bringing the total number of SC4 graduates passing on their first try to 61 since the program … Continue reading SC4 radiologic technology program celebrates impressive six-year, 100 percent first-time passage rate on national exam

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

Local police chiefs credit SC4’s criminal justice program for career success

Police chiefs helping lead the way in two cities in Michigan’s thumb region say the criminal justice program at St. Clair County Community College helped them secure opportunities in their profession. Imlay City Police Chief Scott Pike and Yale Police Chief Brian Mahaffy both attended SC4 to earn degrees and further their careers. Pike, of Clyde Township, graduated cum laude from SC4 with an associate … Continue reading Local police chiefs credit SC4’s criminal justice program for career success

Dr. David H. Sturtz honors parents, supports SC4 students with new $50,000 endowed scholarship

“There’s an old saying: ‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step,’” says Dr. David H. Sturtz, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and St. Clair County Community College alumnus. “My mother was an avid reader and believer in higher education, though neither of my parents attended college. St. Clair County Community College was there for me. It’s where I got my start.” … Continue reading Dr. David H. Sturtz honors parents, supports SC4 students with new $50,000 endowed scholarship

SC4 education made a difference for two long-serving local mayors

The mayors of St. Clair County’s largest city and one of its smallest towns both say St. Clair County Community College was there when they needed it. Pauline Repp of Port Huron and Bill Cedar of St. Clair are both the longest-serving mayors in their respective towns. Repp, 68, is serving her 10th year as mayor of Port Huron. She retired in 1989 after 20 years … Continue reading SC4 education made a difference for two long-serving local mayors

Alumni spotlight: Fredrick Michael Ennis, Ph.D.

College was not a topic of conversation when Dr. Fredrick Michael Ennis was growing up. Yet the seeds that the Ferris State University professor sowed at St. Clair County Community College continue to flourish today. “I decided to attend SC4 my senior year at Capac High School in 1978,” he said. “At that time, there were typically two choices: Work for General Motors or go … Continue reading Alumni spotlight: Fredrick Michael Ennis, Ph.D.

SC4 to honor hundreds of graduates at 95th annual Commencement Ceremony 

PORT HURON – St. Clair County Community College’s 95th annual Commencement Ceremony takes place this evening at 6 p.m. in the McMorran Place Arena. This year, 628 graduates have successfully completed degree and certificate programs in various fields of study. Students from across Michigan, Canada and as far as New Jersey and Arizona have earned associate degrees and certificates in arts, business, general education, applied … Continue reading SC4 to honor hundreds of graduates at 95th annual Commencement Ceremony 

Alumni spotlight: Angela Rochon

SC4 alumna Angela Rochon is the embodiment of a college success story. Fiercely motivated, her passion for her work is well known and has led her in a variety of directions throughout her lifetime. From psychiatric therapist, social worker and educator to motivational speaker and author of a memoir, she’s an inspiration to those around her. Rochon and her husband, Louis Rochon, both 74, got … Continue reading Alumni spotlight: Angela Rochon

Alumni Spotlight: George Armitage

George Armitage was like many high school graduates when he left Port Huron High School in 2008. He knew he wanted to go to college, but he was undecided as to what career path to pursue. Today, the 29-year-old Grand Rapids resident and licensed professional counselor at Grand Valley State University’s Counseling Center credits St. Clair County Community College for giving him the opportunity to … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: George Armitage

SC4 alumni make an impact on and off SVSU baseball diamond

The season is underway for two St. Clair County Community College alumni as assistant coaches for Saginaw Valley State University’s baseball team. Dr. Jay Scott and Jason Ball are spending a lot of time on the road keeping up with the team’s 50-game schedule that has already taken them to Atlanta, St. Louis and Nashville, while still returning home for work and family. Both Scott … Continue reading SC4 alumni make an impact on and off SVSU baseball diamond

SC4 education a tradition for the Seppo family

There was no question where Brenda Seppo was going to college after graduating from Port Huron Northern in 1976. Her parents, W. Helen and the late Harley Smith, both taught classes at St. Clair County Community College. “Both of my parents taught there, so we had little choice as to where we were going,” said Seppo, 60, of Lakeport. “It was a good choice anyway … Continue reading SC4 education a tradition for the Seppo family

Mission Accomplished: Marine City woman completes nursing degree with boost from scholarship

Dec. 13 marked a major achievement for Nikki Leonard, 24, of Marine City. She graduated from the Licensed Practical Nurse program at St. Clair County Community College. From her earliest years, Nikki says she knew someday she would be a nurse. So, she started taking pre-requisite courses for nursing and then decided to take a break from school before entering the program at SC4. During her … Continue reading Mission Accomplished: Marine City woman completes nursing degree with boost from scholarship

Alumni spotlight: Callie Oppertshauser

Callie Oppertshauser credits much of her success to the time she spent at St. Clair County Community College. A Port Huron High School graduate, Oppertshauser, 29, participated in dual enrollment through the Blue Water Middle College Academy for an intermediate algebra class her senior year and graduated in 2008 with a 3.2 grade point average. “It wasn’t good enough to get into any of the … Continue reading Alumni spotlight: Callie Oppertshauser

SC4 names Randy Fernandez 2018 Alumnus of the Year

Marysville City Manager Randy Fernandez has been named the 2018 St. Clair County Community College Alumnus of the Year. “SC4 played a big part in my life and helped prepare me for my career serving this community,” Fernandez said. “I’m very humbled and honored to receive this special recognition.” Not only did he attend the college but so did his five siblings, two sons and … Continue reading SC4 names Randy Fernandez 2018 Alumnus of the Year

Free College Day: Call for instructors and speakers

St. Clair County Community College will host its 17th annual Free College Day Saturday, March 16, 2019, and is seeking instructors and speakers for the event. This college-wide community outreach program offers a day of free, hour-long classes between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. for learners of all ages. Last year, community members filled close to 2,000 seats in 107 classes. Faculty and staff members, as … Continue reading Free College Day: Call for instructors and speakers

For the Wiltons, Success at Blue Water Middle College Academy Runs in the Family

The Blue Water Middle College Academy gave Sharon Wilton’s two daughters a jump on the game with free associate degrees thanks to the partnership between the St. Clair County Regional Educational Service Agency, area school districts and St. Clair County Community College. Wilton, March of Dimes development manager, said she is amazed at the paths her daughters, Emily and Meghan, have taken since earning degrees … Continue reading For the Wiltons, Success at Blue Water Middle College Academy Runs in the Family

SC4 president puts the emphasis on ‘community’ with new Experience Center

St. Clair County Community College President Dr. Deborah Snyder began in her role in 2016 focused on enhancing the student experience and re-establishing the college as an integral community partner. That’s why just four months into her term the visionary alumna, who had already launched numerous other initiatives, boarded a bus with SC4 faculty and staff members to visit the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. “I … Continue reading SC4 president puts the emphasis on ‘community’ with new Experience Center

SC4 grads make a difference for MediLodge

John Dillon has always been fascinated by the medical field. He started his career working as a certified nurse aid at MediLodge, a skilled nursing facility with 35 locations in Michigan. In 2004, he earned his associate degree in nursing at St. Clair County Community College. Now he works as a registered nurse for MediLodge of Port Huron. “I chose nursing because the medical field … Continue reading SC4 grads make a difference for MediLodge

Marissa Hartley

Internationally based alumna zeroes in on future as national security analyst, credits St. Clair County Community College start

Marissa Hartley is less than a year away from completing her master’s program in International Security at the University of Bristol in England, and zeroed in on becoming a national security analyst or defense contractor. Continue reading “Internationally based alumna zeroes in on future as national security analyst, credits St. Clair County Community College start”