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My Town: Muskegon Community College gets grant for Downtown Center equipment

My Town: Muskegon Community College gets grant for Downtown Center equipment

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich.—Muskegon Community College students are getting a financial boost to learn new skills.

MCC’s Downtown Center is getting a $4.1 million grant to purchase equipment to train skilled trade students in a variety of fields, including welding, machining and manufacturing automation.

“These are skills that are highly sought after by area employers, which will give Muskegon Community College graduates a good start on establishing promising careers,” said Marcia Hovey-Wright, who represents a large swath of Muskegon County. “This grant will allow the college to install state-of-the-art equipment that will ensure Muskegon has highly trained workers, which in turn will attract companies with good-paying jobs to locate and grow in our community.”

MCC will provide $2.6 million and voter-approved bonds will cover the remaining cost of the $7.2 million project.

Is kindergarten too young for virtual learning?

Is kindergarten too young for virtual learning?

As parents across Michigan register their five year olds for kindergarten, many may wonder if virtual learning is the right solution for their child. Others may believe kindergarten is too young for virtual learning. Before deciding, parents are encouraged to attend a Kindergarten Round-Up session hosted by Michigan Connections Academy. Experts in virtual learning will be on hand to provide critical insight on this 21st century learning alternative.  

Michigan Connections Academy offers a complete online learning experience from home for students in grades K-12 that combines a high quality education, flexible scheduling, Michigan-certified teachers and an innovative, award-winning curriculum. 

My Town: Career Tech Center chefs bring home gold

My Town: Career Tech Center chefs bring home gold

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On Feb. 20, 2015, the Baker College of Muskegon Culinary Institute of Michigan hosted 63 hospitality students from seven career tech centers in Northwestern Michigan for the 2015 SkillsUSA Regional Competition. These students competed in four areas: Culinary Arts, Commercial Baking, Food & Beverage Service, and Team Banquet. Muskegon Area Career Tech Center (MACTC) students earned gold medals in all three events.

Team Banquet members Chef McCayla Dixon (Oakridge), Sous Chef Kaley Billman (Oakridge), Prep Cook Leah Stokes (Montague), Pastry Chef Samantha Wilson (Whitehall), and Server Kathy Allen (Whitehall) prepared and served a four-course “Taste of the Caribbean” menu. This gold medal winner included coconut lentil soup, watercress pineapple salad, Jamaican jerk pork tenderloin with black bean stew and rice, and finished with Cuban coffee custard.

My Town: Muskegon-area students advance to HOSA state conference

My Town: Muskegon-area students advance to HOSA state conference

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More than 400 high school students went head-to-head at the Feb. 6 Region 6 Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Future Health Professionals Leadership Conference, with 152 students earning medals and 330 students qualifying to advance to the Michigan HOSA State Leadership Conference. It is set for April 16-17, at the Grand Traverse Resort, Williamsburg.

The regional conference was held at the new Health Science Center at Baker College of Muskegon. Approximately 40 faculty, staff and students from the Baker College health sciences programs judged the 39 HOSA skills and knowledge events in the areas of health professions and emergency preparedness. The top 10 students in each event qualified to participate in the state conference.

My Town: Whitehall Middle School teams advance to finals

My Town: Whitehall Middle School teams advance to finals

WHITEHALL, Mich.-- Four teams from grades 6-12 were challenged in a nationwide competition through Scholastic Lexus Eco-Challenge in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Three of these teams from Whitehall Middle School qualified in the Central Region. Each team won $10,000, which will be divided between team members, their teacher/advisor for school supplies, and to the school.

The three teams are—the Upcycling Vikes, the Ring, Ring Recyclers, and the Bead Banishers. Each team has a photo album with a description of their project on the Facebook page.

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/WMSEcoAction.

AQUINAS COLLEGE AGREEMENT WITH MCC OFFERS STUDENTS CREDIT TRANSFER OPTIONS

AQUINAS COLLEGE AGREEMENT WITH MCC OFFERS STUDENTS CREDIT TRANSFER OPTIONS

 

 

AQUINAS COLLEGE AGREEMENT WITH MCC OFFERS STUDENTS CREDIT TRANSFER OPTIONS

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Feb. 11, 2015 – On Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, Aquinas College and Muskegon Community College (MCC) signed an agreement that gives students more options for transferring course credits.

 

An articulation agreement between the two institutions allows students who have earned an Associate in Science and Arts degree from MCC, with a minimum 2.0 GPA in all transferrable courses, to transfer up to 64 credits to Aquinas College toward a bachelor’s degree. Students must meet other transfer course requirements, as outlined in the agreement.

 

Aquinas President Juan Olivarez, Aquinas Provost Gilda Gely, MCC President Dale Nesbary and MCC Vice President for Academic Affairs and Finance Teresa A. Sturrus were on hand to sign the agreement at MCC’s campus.

My Town: Optimists recognize top students; offer cash prizes for contests

My Town: Optimists recognize top students; offer cash prizes for contests

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On January 28 and February 4, 2015, Mona Shores Optimist Club members celebrated the successes of area high school students with a recognition luncheon at Baker College. Two students from each of the 14 Muskegon Area high schools were honored for their academic success and for best reflecting the Optimist Creed. The creed charges members to expect only the best, wear a cheerful countenance, forget the mistakes of the past, and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

The students briefly shared their accomplishments and plans for the future, followed by a speech from Baker College President Lee Coggin on January 28, and Baker College Business Department Chair Tim Stein on February 4. At the close of the luncheon, each student was awarded a gold keychain and certificate.