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Kim Barnes

Navigator, serving Oakland, Mid-Michigan and Saginaw Chippewa Community Colleges

Kim Barnes is the Michigan Reconnect navigator for Oakland Community College. She has worked in higher education for 27 years with experience in student and academic support services, including academic advising, financial aid, records, tutoring, and compliance. Her compliance work saw her specialize in disability services, Title IX, Clery, MIOSHA, security, and emergency preparedness, and she has aided international students with recruiting, advising, registering, support services, and documentation. Previously, Kim served as the Associate Vice President of Security Operations and Systems and was the Associate Vice President of Student and Academic Support Services for Mid-Michigan College prior to that. She was a key contributor in securing two federal grants - Title III and TRIO -  that expanded opportunities and provided wrap-around services for first-generation, low-income people, as well as individuals with disabilities. Inspired by her educational journey of 20 years as a non-traditional, first-generation college student working full-time, raising a family, and caring for aging family members, Kim is passionate about helping others achieve their educational goals.

She holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Northwood University and a master's degree in education from Central Michigan University.

Contact: BarnesK6@michigan.gov