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Business competition in California results in job certifications for tech students

Business competition in California results in job certifications for tech students

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On May 6, 2015, Muskegon Area Career Tech Center (MACTC) students Xavier Baron (Oakridge), Matthew Visger (Montague) and Jailon Jamison (Fruitport) traveled to Anaheim, California to compete with the brightest and most skilled computer whizzes in the nation.

The three Muskegon Area Career Tech Center (MACTC) students qualified by earning top spots at the state-level Business Professionals of America (BPA) Leadership Conference. Though the teens didn’t place in the top ten this year, they enjoyed the challenge and the opportunity to visit the West Coast including a visit to Disneyland. While there, Xavier earned a Security Fundamentals and a Networking Fundamentals certification. Matthew also earned his Networking Fundamentals certification. These certifications will allow them to bypass entry-level classes and open the door to places of employment.

St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish Prayer Shawl Ministry Passes 150 Mark in Donated Items To Community

GRAND HAVEN, Mich., MAY 14, 2015--Since 2007, an informal group of women from St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish has been knitting and crocheting hand made shawls, lap robes, afghans, hats, mittens, scarves and similar items to give veterans, infants, middle schoolers, hospitalized persons, those in nursing homes, parish members and community friends comfort.  Now in its eighth year, the group--known as the Parish Prayer Shawl Ministry--has passed a major milestone of donating 150 items to persons in the lakeshore community and as far away as Haiti.

Young Professionals sought for Future 15 Award

Young Professionals sought for Future 15 Award

Nominations are currently being sought for the Third Annual “Future 15” awards program in Muskegon, MI. This program recognizes 15 outstanding, up and coming young professionals making a difference in the Muskegon Lakeshore region. Nomination forms are available on line at www.surveymonkey.com/s/2015future15 or at the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce office.

The nomination criteria is as follows: Business, Non-Profit, Government or Service-oriented professionals who are under 40 years of age as of December 31, 2015 are eligible for recognition and those recognized must live or work in Muskegon County. Recipients are eligible every three years to be part of the Future 15 award.

The first two years of this program produced more than 100 young professionals’ nominations. “It is important that these young professionals be recognized by their community for their leadership and innovation,” said Cindy Larsen, President of the Muskegon Lake shore Chamber of Commerce.

Memorial Police Service to be held in Muskegon

Memorial Police Service to be held in Muskegon

Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 5:30pm, is the scheduled time for the Muskegon Police Officers Memorial Service.

Due to construction at the Hall of Justice, this year’s memorial service will be held at Heritage Landing, at the Paul C. Johnson Pavilion. Enter Heritage Landing off 7th St. and drive left until you reach the parking area.

Everyone is Welcome.

Lost Boat Ceremony in Muskegon at USS Silversides Museum

Lost Boat Ceremony in Muskegon at USS Silversides Museum

On Sunday, May 24, 2015, the USS Silversides Submarine Museum will hold the 29th Annual Lost Boat Ceremony to honor the 52 USN submarines that were lost during WW11 and the over 3500 men who are still on “eternal patrol.”

The ceremony will begin at 11:00am with a fly over by a local warbird group, The Hooligans. The keynote address will be delivered by Captain Michael B. Ryan, commanding officer and professor of Naval Science at the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps Unit at the University of Notre Dame. The ceremony concludes with the starting of the Silversides’ engines.

You are invited to a free lunch following the ceremony and will have time to explore the museum and vessels at no charge up until 1:00pm.

If interested and wanting more information, contact Frank Marczak, Associate Director, at 231-755-1230 or e-mail to: fmarczak@silversidesmuseum.org

Whitehall Middle School science teacher wins national award

Whitehall Middle School science teacher wins national award

News Release:

Susan Tate, Whitehall Middle School science teacher, recently was awarded the 2015 Paul DeHart Hurd Award. Tate was honored for demonstrating both exemplary science teaching performance in the middle level classroom, and leadership in sharing these skills and ideas with others.  The award was presented by the National Middle Level Science Teachers Association (NMLSTA), a Division Affiliate of the National Science Teachers’ Association.

Tate won  a $1,000 prize from Delta Education, Inc., a complimentary membership for one year in the NMLSTA, and a plaque.  To be eligible to receive the award, entrants must be members of the NMLSTA, a full-time middle level classroom science teacher, and have three years teaching experience.

Job Fair, May 11, 2015 in Holland, MI

Job Fair, May 11, 2015 in Holland, MI

As a service to our community, the City of Holland and WORKFORCE will host a Job Fair on Monday, May 11, 2015 at the Holland Civic Center located at 150 W. 8th St., Holland, MI from 3 – 6pm.

There is no charge to participate or to attend. Below is a list of businesses participating in this Job Fair:

ITW Drawform

Zeeland Farm Services

Dykhuis Farms

Zeeland Lumber


JR Automation

Holland Hospital

Taco Bell


GVSU. Meijer Campus (Higher Education Opportunities)

GRCC (Higher Education Opportunities)




The list of participants is growing daily. A great way to explore new opportunities in the working world.