Michigan’s largest community college, Oakland County Community College (OCC), is expanding its campus footprint in Southfield to accommodate the tremendous growth of its health and science programs. The college is adding nearly 70,000 square feet of space to the 92,322 square foot campus at 22322 Rutland Drive, just south of Nine Mile Road.
OCC ExpansionThe $25.3 million OCC renovation and expansion includes new biology, anatomy and physiology labs; a state-of-the-art surgical technology program lecture lab that replicates an operating room; enhanced space for the respiratory therapy program; new classrooms and enlarged nursing labs. As many as 2,000 additional students will be able to attend OCC when the expansion is complete in 2011. The campus was originally designed to serve a maximum of 2,500 students. However, OCC has experienced a 114 percent increase in enrollment over the past decade.
The Southfield project is the largest construction undertaking in OCC’s 45-year history. “This important expansion enables OCC to train more of the personnel that will be looking after the health of Oakland County residents in the decades to come,” said OCC Chancellor Tim Meyer.
Funding for the renovation and expansion of OCC comes from an annual .8 mill property tax levy approved in 2001 by Oakland County voters. The money is earmarked for building restorations, technology upgrades, scholarships and development of new academic programs.