Gogebic Community College conducts open house

HOUGHTON – Jessica Oja came to the Gogebic Community College open house at its Copper Country Mall location Saturday to see if the college could help her with her goal of becoming a special education teacher.

Oja, a senior at Calumet High School, said she was thinking she might get an associate’s degree at Gogebic, then transfer to a four-year university.

Oja’s mother, Katie Oja, said she encouraged to Jessica to consider what post-secondary institution to go to based on her career needs.

“It’s basically a good idea to look into the job market because you’ll be doing that the rest of your life,” she said.

Stacy Crouch, director of off-campus operations at the Gogebic College Copper Country Mall location, said classes there, which were in their fifth week, included nursing, general education, business and EMS/EMT courses.

The purpose of the open house was to let members of the community know what they college has to offer, Crouch said.

“So many people don’t know we’re here,” she said.

Crouch said GCC opened a location in Hancock in the 1990s, then in 2007 it moved into the location in the Michigan Works! office in the Huron Centre in Houghton.

There are currently 265 students attending the GCC mall location, Crouch said.

“It’s a good, stable number right now,” she said.

Crouch said there are advisors who can help people interested in taking classes on site in the mall location. Appointments aren’t needed to take tours of the facility.

“That’s our whole point for being here,” she said.