Meet the Faculty
Michele Rupar is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the state of Georgia and a licensed funeral director in the state of Ohio. She is a certified grief counselor and hold a Master’s Degree in Psychology. She is a graduate of John Carroll University and holds a BA in Sociology with a concentration in Cultural Diversity. Her focus and studies have been in death & dying and critical illness in children. In 1999, she was the Third Place winner of The North Central Sociological Association Undergraduate Student Paper Competition for a controversial paper on “Same-Sex Domestic violence: Social and Political Issues.” She represented the North East Ohio Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of America as their Team-In-Training Honorary Patient Ambassador from 1993-1997, where she served as their key note speaker delivering motivational speeches at events hosted in Chicago, Illinois, Albuquerque, New Mexico, San Diego, California and Anchorage, Alaska. She has lectured at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where she taught medical professionals about “Parenting a Child with Critical Illness” and “Death & Dying from a Parent’s Perspective.” She served on the Board of University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Family Faculty (Cleveland, OH) from 1993 – 1998, where she advised and advocated for families with critically ill children. She is a Certified Online Instructor (COI) and holds a Master’s Degree in the Science of Psychology. She is a certified Grief Counselor with the American Academy of Grief Counseling. Grandmother of 8 and a member of the Statesboro First Methodist Church.
National Board Examination:
After January 1, 2004, each accredited program in Funeral Service Education must require that each funeral service student take the National Board Examination (NBE) as a requirement for graduation. The annual passage rate of first-time takers on the National Board Examination (NBE) for the most recent three year period for this institution and all ABFSE accredited funeral service education programs is posted on the ABFSE website (www.abfse.org).
To become licensed in Georgia, a student must successfully complete the course of study at an accredited Funeral Service Education program, pass the national and/or state examinations, and complete a required apprenticeship.
The Funeral Service Education program at Ogeechee Technical College has as its central aim the recognition of funeral service personnel as members of a human services profession; members of the community in which they serve; participants in the relationship between bereaved families and those engaged in the funeral service profession; professionals knowledgeable of and compliant with federal, state, provincial/territorial, and local regulatory guidelines in the geographic area where they practice, as well as professionals sensitive to the responsibility for public health, safety, and welfare in caring for human remains. The Funeral Service Education program also has the following objectives: to enlarge the background and knowledge of students about the funeral service profession; to educate students in every phase of funeral service and to help enable them to develop proficiency and skills necessary for the profession; to educate students concerning the responsibilities of the funeral service profession to the community at large; to emphasize high standards of ethical conduct; to provide a curriculum at the post-secondary level of instruction; and to encourage student and faculty research in the field of funeral service.
Programs of Study
*Denotes Title IV eligible program (PELL).
**This academic program is designed to meet specific state or professional needs. It is not accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education. Students graduating from this program are not eligible to take the National Board Examination or any state board examination for which graduation from an ABFSE accredited program is required.
Program Purpose Statement
The Associate of Applied Science in Funeral Service Education is designed to prepare students for a career in funeral service. All aspects of funeral service will be taught within the scope of this program. Academic and technical skills will be taught in the areas of general business, industry regulations and laws, embalming and restorative art skills, funeral service applications, funeral home management, grief counseling, etc. The goal is to prepare the student for successful completion of all necessary board examinations and to prepare the student for the rigors of daily work within the funeral service industry. The goals of the Funeral Service Education program are to promote and improve the standards of funeral service education and professionalism, to expose funeral service students to all aspects of the profession, and to foster a desire to serve the public interest in an ethical, dignified manner. All Funeral Service Education students must take the National Board Examination to graduate from the program.
FSRV 1010 - History of Funeral Service
FSRV 1020 - Funeral Service Law and Ethics
FSRV 1030 - Funeral Service Management and Directing
FSRV 1050 - Funeral Service Practicum
FSRV 2000 - Anatomy for Funeral Service
FSRV 2010 - Pathology for Funeral Service
FSRV 2020 - Chemistry for Funeral Service
FSRV 2030 - Embalming Techniques
FSRV 2060 - Restorative Art
FSRV 2100 - Funeral Service Seminar