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My Town: Muskegon Area Earth Week includes beach cleanups and gardening workshops

My Town: Muskegon Area Earth Week includes beach cleanups and gardening workshops

MUSKEGON, Mich.—Earth Day is April 22, but Muskegon County conservation groups are spending eight days raising awareness while helping the environment.

Muskegon Area Earth Week began April 19 and runs through April 27.  This year’s events include a guided hike if Five Lakes Nature Preserve, rain barrel, sustainable gardening, and hydroponics workshops,  hazardous waste and medication collection, beach day clean-ups and an Earth Fair.  Nearly all of the events are free.  The detailed schedule is as follows:

 

Rain Barrel Workshop

Tuesday, April 22, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Big Blue Hydroponics, 590 Ottawa St, Muskegon
Click here for directions.

My Town: Tech Center students earn $66,000 in scholarships at state competition

My Town: Tech Center students earn $66,000 in scholarships at state competition

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (MUSKEGON Intermediate School District)-- Auto Collision/Refinishing and Catering & Culinary Management students from the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center (MACTC) tested their skills against their peers at the 2014 SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference April 11–13, 2014 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids. Winners from both classes earned over $66,000 in scholarships and prizes.

MAISD Board sets first round interviews for new Superintendent

MAISD Board sets first round interviews for new Superintendent

MAISD Board sets first round interviews for new Superintendent

 

The Muskegon Area Intermediate School District Board of Education has invited four candidates to interview to replace retiring Superintendent Dave Sipka. The invitations were extended near the end of a special board meeting on Friday, April 11 with consultant Gary Rider. Rider is the Regional President of the Michigan Leadership Institute who was selected by the Board to lead the search effort.

 

During the meeting, Rider presented nineteen applicants to the Board. The Board reviewed their resumes, and then Rider facilitated the process to narrow the field to those the Board wanted to invite to interview. The board also discussed the importance of feedback from parents, students, staff, and the community during the process, and began to develop interview questions.

 

My Town: Kalamazoo Children's Choir to sing during Tigers game

My Town: Kalamazoo Children's Choir to sing during Tigers game

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—West Michigan will be well-represented during the Detroit Tigers’ opening weekend at Comerica Park.

During the game against the Orioles Saturday, April 5, the 120 children that comprise the Kalamazoo Children’s Chorus will sing the national anthem.  Taylor Stevens, an alumna of KCC, will be directing the chorus.

"This is so exciting for the children and for me," Stevens said.  "We've never done anything like this before."   

During the game, Mona Shores High School’s ball teams will also be accepting a $10,000 Grand Slam Grant check.  Coach William Lent will also throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Career Tech Center students earn top spots in CAD competition

Career Tech Center students earn top spots in CAD competition

Career Tech Center students earn top spots in CAD competition
Lance Zelent (Whitehall), a Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Student from the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center (MACTC), earned second place at the 2014 State Drafting Contest held at Muskegon Community College on March 21. MACTC students Brendan Nelson (Orchard View) placed third and Jake Chvala (Orchard View) placed fourth.

 

All three students competed in the AutoCAD division by solving engineering problems. Their solutions were evaluated based on accuracy, dimensioning, geometric tolerances, proper layer usage, and placement of views.

 

Muskegon Community College and The American Foundry Society sponsored the event. Nearly 100 students from Allegan, Kent, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, and Ottawa counties participated. The competition involved four different categories: Sketching, AutoCAD, 3D Solid Modeling, and 3D Solid Modeling Assembly.

 

Muskegon Opportunity leaders encouraged by latest survey results

Muskegon Opportunity leaders encouraged by latest survey results

Muskegon Opportunity leaders encouraged by latest survey results

Leaders of Muskegon Opportunity, a local college access network, are encouraged by results of a new state-wide study that shows that more than 96 percent of adults feel a college education is important for a young person in Michigan to be successful in the labor market and their career. Also, aspirations are high among those with children under 18. Of those surveyed with children, 93 percent believe it is likely their child will get a college education.

 

Although aspirations are high, the survey shows that affordability is still perceived as a barrier for many. More than 67 percent of Michigan residents disagree that a college education is reasonably affordable for people in Michigan.

 

Career Tech Center computer students advance to national competition

Career Tech Center computer students advance to national competition

Career Tech Center computer students advance to national competition

On April 29, high school students Nick Kortman and Charlie Fairchild of Orchard View, Travis Cochran of Ravenna and Alex Woellhaf of North Muskegon will travel to Indianapolis to contend with their peers--the brightest and most skilled computer whizzes in the nation.

 

The four Muskegon Area Career Tech Center (MACTC) students qualified by earning top spots at the state-level Business Professionals of America (BPA) Leadership Conference held March 20 to 23, at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids. They will be among several hundred students gathering for the BPA National Leadership Conference that begins on April 30 and runs through May 4, 2014.