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My Town: Tech Center Students “Go All Out” at National FFA Convention

My Town: Tech Center Students “Go All Out” at  National FFA Convention
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LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (MAISD)--  Eight students from the Environmental/Veterinary Sciences (EVS) program at the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center (MACTC) recently attended the 87th Annual National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Kentucky, October 29–November 1, 2014.

This year’s theme was “Go All Out.” There, students were exposed to agricultural careers, colleges, workshops, entertainment,  and an expansive Career Show including Bayer Cropscience, Dow AgroSciences, John Deere, and others. 

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids boosts tuition assistance; deadline nears

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids boosts tuition assistance; deadline nears

The Diocese of Grand Rapids is boosting tuition assistance for students, but time is running out to apply for it.

The deadline for applying for first round funding is Nov. 22.  The first round of grants will be announced in early February and distributed in early fall.

Bishop Walkowiak recently announced the Diocese is more than quadrupling tuition assistance, from $240,000 to $1 million each year.  The funding boost, made possible through donations and diocese scholarship accounts, is part of a three-year effort to make Catholic schools affordable to more families.  According to Private School Aid Service, even after all tuition assistance is distributed, Catholic school families still need $1.2 million a year.

Mona Shores Holiday Arts & Crafts Show On November 1

Mona Shores Holiday Arts & Crafts Show On November 1

The public is invited to the 35th Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Show at Mona Shores High School from 9:00am to 3:00pm on Saturday, November 1.

At an admission of $1.00, guests are invited to check out one-of-a-kind homemade crafts for purchase in three gyms and the cafeteria at 1121 W. Seminole Road in Mona Shores.

School of Choice for Teachers

School of Choice for Teachers

Thanks to Schools of Choice programs in Michigan, students are afforded the opportunity to choose a school environment that best meets their learning needs. These programs also offer our state’s educators opportunities to teach in environments that are best suited for them. Just as some teachers flourish in a traditional school, there are those who prefer teaching at a virtual public school, such as Michigan Connections Academy, the school where I teach.

I work with an incredible team of teachers – they are state-certified, specially trained in online learning, recognized as Highly Qualified under the guidelines of the No Child Left Behind Act—and live in Michigan. In fact, even though we teach in a virtual school, more than 60 teachers travel to the school’s office in Lansing every day to lead online instruction for more than 1,700 students across Michigan in grades kindergarten through 12.

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids Awarded AdvancED Accreditation

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids Awarded AdvancED Accreditation

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids, a “blended” tuition-free public high school for students in grades 9-12, has been awarded accreditation from the national accreditation commission, AdvancED. The accreditation report praised Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids for its ability to: effectively use technology to align student schedules based on needs; provide students with immediate feedback on assignments; and to operate the school in an efficient manner for student success.

“Receiving the AdvancED accreditation demonstrates our commitment to excellence and the high quality of our school,” said Dan McMinn, Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids principal.

K-12 teachers to exhibit art; Compete via Facebook for supplies

K-12 teachers to exhibit art; Compete via Facebook for supplies

K-12 teachers to exhibit art; Compete via Facebook for supplies

Over 20 local visual art teachers will exhibit their work and compete via Facebook for art supplies. The contest is part of the Muskegon Area Arts and Humanities Festival (AHfest). It includes local teachers that spent this past summer creating artwork around the 2014 AHfest theme, “About Time.”

 

The public is invited to view the art pieces at the Bettye Clark Cannon Gallery on the second floor of the Hilt Building in the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Muskegon. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours on show nights.

 

Public to explore, snack, and enter to win prizes at Tech Center open house

Public to explore, snack, and enter to win prizes at Tech Center open house

Public to explore, snack, and enter to win prizes at Tech Center open house

Explore high-tech classrooms and labs, enjoy student-made refreshments, and check out great giveaways from WSNX live on-site during an open house at the newly expanded Muskegon Area Career Tech Center (MACTC) from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 16, 2014.

 

Community members are invited to meet students and staff while touring the 73,000 square-foot career and technical education facility that serves over seven hundred high school students each day. Of the fourteen on-campus classes featured, one of the newest highlights is the state-of-the-art Graphic Production Technologies Lab. Products designed and created by students will be on display and available for purchase. The new Food Theory Lab for Catering & Culinary Management students will also be open for guests to tour.