Baker College of Owosso is a nonprofit co-educational institute located in Owosso. It was founded as Muskegon College in 1888 and the Owosso campus was established in 1983. The institute has brought the joy of career fulfillment to thousands of graduates through its career-focused education and training. Unlike other institutions, this is a career-oriented college, with one main mission: to provide job specific training so that the students can enter a personally rewarding career right out of college.
The college offers more than 140 certificates, associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s degree programs and a doctorate degree in highly-demanded fields of study business, engineering/ technology, health, education, human service, office administration, and computers. Some of the certificates Clerical Bookkeeping; Addiction Studies; Agriculture Technology; Baking and Pastry; Child Care Assistant; Dental Assisting; Elementary Mathematics; Health Unit Coordinator; Microsoft Networking Professional; Phlebotomy Technician; Small Business Management/ Entrepreneurship; Therapeutic Massage; and Web Development.
Students can choose from many different associate’s of applied science degree programs which often facilitate quick entry into promising, lifelong careers. For students who want to continue their studies, the associate’s degree allows entry into another institution, typically at the junior level.
Associate of Applied Science
Associate of Business
Associate of Nursing
Bachelor of Business Administration
Bachelor of Health Services Administration
Bachelor of Human Services
Bachelor of Information Technology and Security
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education
Bachelor of Science in Education
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
Bachelor of Science in Digital Media Technology
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
An accelerated program in business administration is available. Applicants must hold a relevant associate’s degree and submit a resume detailing their business experience. The Dean of the program reviews each applicant’s information and makes the final determination as to who earns admission. The program is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education.
Certificate programs require fewer credit hours than associate’s degrees and are more targeted in terms of career training. Many certificate programs can be completed within a year and offer a great deal of flexibility for busy students.
For students who are unable to attend a traditional classroom, undergraduate and graduate degrees can be earned online. This program offers 24-hour accessibility and uses a “blackboard” Internet-based system. All courses have scheduled start and end dates with assignment deadlines.
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Freshman students seeking admission must send their completed application form along with official transcripts and ACT/ SAT score. Getting a transfer to the institute is easy. Students seeking a transfer must submit the official transcripts from all previously attended institutes. Applicants from countries other than the United States in both its online and resident undergraduate and graduate programs are welcome. Students from non-English speaking countries must take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) test or any other equivalent test to provide a proof of their proficiency in the English language.
The institute offers financial assistance to the students through various mediums, such as: scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study aids. Some of the scholarships offered are the American Association of University Women Scholarship; an Admissions Scholarship; Chesaning Kiwanis; Charles W. Crowe Memorial Scholarship; Sam Duncan Scholarship; Frederick and Dorothy Baker Scholarship; George W. Hoddy Scholarship; General Telephone Scholarship; James J. & Cathy Rummell Lennon Scholarship; Owosso Rotary Scholarship/Rotary Club of Owosso; and Shiawassee Valley Personnel Association Scholarship.
Grants are the type of gift aids which need not be returned. Some of the federal and state grants are the Michigan Competitive Scholarship; Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants; Michigan Tuition Grant; Federal Pell Grants; and Jewell Educational Fund. Loans through the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) to enable students to pay for college are available, however, this type of financial aid must be returned with interest. Some of the loans are Federal Stafford Loans, Federal PLUS Loans, and Federal Graduate PLUS Loans.
Work-study programs to enable the students take up part-time jobs to meet the educational expenses are offered. Apart from helping students pay for college, work-study programs also enable students to gain work experience in their field of interest.
The Owosso campus is home to diverse student clubs and organizations such as the Pharmacy Tech Club; Student Nurses Association; Teachers as Lifelong Learners (TALL); Creative Writing Club; Residence Hall Association; Drama/Theatre Club; Pharmacy Tech Club; Radiography Club; Automotive Club; and Circle K. The Office of Student Life also sponsors a variety of events and activities for the overall development of the students.
The Owosso Library houses a variety of materials to support students through their learning process. It provides access to more than 30,000 print titles, 100 article databases, and 25,000 e-books. It houses more than 55 computers as well as scanners and free printing. The librarians assist students in finding a wealth of information on diverse topics. Online Baker students can also access the library.
The library also provides wireless internet service for students with laptop computers, thus allowing them to study from anywhere in the building. The library’s also houses a study cafe that contains journals, magazines, and various career study materials. There are also two group study rooms available with reservation, and a quiet study room.
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Campus is located only four blocks south of the busy downtown. It is a home away from home, with rolling and wooded hills, and the archetypal European style of Swiss chalets, a pleasant site for your college education and campus lifestyle. The classroom buildings, snack shop, gymnasium, student center, bookstore, and apartment-style residence halls are located in a historic and safe community. Some of the places of interest are Amos Gould House; Curwood Castle; Hopkins Lake; James S. Miner River Walkway; Comstock Cabin; Durand Depot; Rails-to-Trails; Shiawassee River; Shiawassee Arts Council Gallery; and the Thomas E. Dewey Boyhood Home.
Students can also participate in the various community events such as Cruise to the Castle; Curwood Festival; Historic Home Tour; Performances by the Owosso Community Players; Mid-Winter Pow-Wow; Steam Railroading Institute; and Summer shows at the Mitchell Performing Arts Amphitheater.
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The Early Learning Center, or E.L.C., is affiliated with its Early Childhood Education (E.C.E.) program. As an instructional model for the E.C.E. students on campus, the center provides the following programs: Infant Program, Wobbler Program, Toddler Program, Preschool Program, Older Preschool/Michigan School Readiness Program, School-Age Child Care, and Parent Involvement/Parent Education Programs. The students have the opportunity to observe various age groups of children, learning how children grow and develop.
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