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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.

Aquinas hosts Grand Rapids Area College Fair

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Teenagers looking ahead to the next step in their education will be able to go to a College Fair in Grand Rapids tonight.

Aquinas College is hosting the Grand Rapids Area College Fair. More than 70 institutions from around the nation will be represented.

Students and parents will be able to meet with people from the schools and get information on educational programs and admission deadlines.

The fair is open to West Michigan high school students from 12-2 p.m., and the general public from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

The free event is at Aquinas' Sturrus Sports & Fitness Center, 1580 E. Fulton St.

Festival of the Arts organizers unveil 2015 poster

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- It's never too early start thinking about summer 2015 -- and what better way, than talking about Festival of the Arts.

Festival is held every June in downtown Grand Rapids, and celebrates the arts.

Wednesday, we got our first look at the Festival poster created by Pete Kemme. It shows a crowded downtown street, with a mix of people, vendors, and music.

Festival is always held during the first full weekend in June: the 5th, 6th, and 7th this coming year.

Diplomat Pharmacy closing G.R. location

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A pharmacy that caters to patients who need specialized medications is shuttering a West Michigan location.

Diplomat Pharmacy's store on Fulton Street in Grand Rapids is closing.

Diplomat is one of the two largest compounding pharmacies in the area that offers personalized medications. The company, based out of Flint, is not saying much about why it's closing that location on Fulton.

The Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations gave WZZM 13 this short statement Wednesday: "There is a transition plan in place and patient care will not be interrupted."

Mel Trotter Ministries Brown Bag Food Drive begins

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Every year, the Brown Bag Food Drive asks the community to step up and donate non-perishable food to help make Thanksgiving and Christmas food boxes for families in need. The campaign runs October 22 through December 3.

Mel Trotter Ministries' Director of Marketing and Communications, Cindy Smies, stopped by the WZZM 13 News at 5 on Wednesday to talk about the drive.

The goal is to collect 35,000 pounds of non-perishable food items that will be used to fill over 1,200 holiday meal boxes and supplement the food pantry.

Slows BBQ to open in Grand Rapids Downtown Market

GRAND RAPIDS (Detroit Free Press) -- Slows Bar BQ will begin serving its low-and-slow smoked brisket, ribs and pork in Grand Rapids next spring after being selected as the first of only two restaurants to operate in Grand Rapids' Downtown Market, an innovative $32-million facility showcasing local food producers and purveyors.

The choice of Detroit's nationally known 'cue joint was announced by Downtown Market president and CEO Mimi Fritz and other officials in a news conference at the complex this afternoon.

In an interview with the Free Press last week, Fritz said the privately owned, mixed-use market began searching for the right restaurant tenant 2½ years ago, while the building was still under construction; it first approached Slows just two months ago.

Leadership Training Programs at Davenport University

Leadership Training Programs at Davenport University

Managers of all levels are invited to participate in the “Leadership for Performance” and “Finance for the Non-Financial Manager” training programs provided by Davenport University. These 2-day programs will advance participants’ abilities to lead others, get tasks accomplished and acquire their organizations results.

The Leadership Performance program takes place on November 18 & 19 from 8:30am – 4:30pm and the Finance for the Non-Financial Manager program takes place on December 2 & 3 from 8:30am - 4:30pm. Both training programs will take place at the Davenport’s Peter C. Cook Center located at 45 Ottawa NW in Grand Rapids.

Visit: www.davenport.edu/ipex/business-skills-certifications for more information & to register.