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Down to four: Where the search for Kent ISD’s next superintendent stands

Down to four: Where the search for Kent ISD’s next superintendent stands

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Leaders of the Kent Intermediate School District are narrowing their search for the ISD’s next superintendent.

Board members will begin interviewing the four finalists this week.  The candidates include Ron Caniff, superintendent of Grandville Public Schools; Dr. Curtis Finch, superintendent of the Mecosta-Osceola ISD; Tom Martin, superintendent of West Ottawa Public Schools; and Dr. Sara Magana Schubel, superintendent of East Grand Rapids Public Schools.

Finch will be first up for questioning.  His interview will take place at 6 p.m. on Monday.  Shubel and Caniff will be interviewed Wednesday, starting at 6 p.m.; Martin will answer the Board’s questions on Thursday.  The second round of interviews will take place Tuesday, March 31.

My Town: Author of “How to Walk to School” addresses need for strong neighborhood schools

My Town: Author of “How to Walk to School” addresses need for strong neighborhood schools

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Jacqueline von Edelberg will tell the story of how she and other neighborhood moms galvanized their community to transform a struggling neighborhood school into one of Chicago’s best at an event on Thursday, March 12 at Congress Elementary School.

Von Edelberg co-authored the book “How to Walk to School: Blueprint for a Neighborhood School Renaissance,” which inspired East Hills Loves Congress and the Congress neighborhood/school initiative.

My Town EGR: Aquinas College Contemporary Writers Series to include author Peter Ho Davies

My Town EGR: Aquinas College Contemporary Writers Series to include author Peter Ho Davies

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - On March 18, the Aquinas College Contemporary Writers Series presents fiction writer Peter Ho Davies. He is the author of “The Welsh Girl” (2007) and the story collections “The Ugliest House in the World” (1997) and “Equal Love” (2000). 

My Town: Aquinas College receives college prep grant for GRPS students

My Town: Aquinas College receives college prep grant for GRPS students

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Aquinas College has been selected as the recipient of a $25,000 grant from the Douglas and Maria DeVos Foundation. The Believe to Become Summer Learning Academy grant will fund the AQ College Prep Academy, a summer dual-enrollment college prep experience for high school students in Grand Rapids Public Schools.

“We appreciate the Foundation's confidence in Aquinas,” said Dean of Curriculum Kathy Kremer, Ph.D. “Completing college courses and prep activities on our campus over the summer will set the students up for success in higher education.”

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: GRCC and Aquinas sign agreement for honors program

My Town: GRCC and Aquinas sign agreement for honors program

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Grand Rapids Community and Aquinas colleges recently signed an articulation agreement that will give GRCC Honors Program students a seamless transfer to Aquinas' Insignis program.

“GRCC is proud to collaborate with Aquinas in supporting academically talented students,” said President Dr. Steven C. Ender. “Our Honors program students are now assured of a clear path to Aquinas’ program, and Aquinas knows that they’re prepared to excel.”

Established in 2004, GRCC's Honors program provides an enhanced learning environment for high-achieving students through honors courses, opportunities for community engagement and Study Away trips.

My Town: Contractors create internships for GRCC students

My Town: Contractors create internships for GRCC students

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Contractors involved in Grand Rapids Community College’s $15 million campus-wide renovation project are building work experiences for students while creating new learning spaces.

Gov. Rick Snyder has declared that February is Cooperative Education and Internship Month, and more than 400 students can attest to the importance of the internships and co-op opportunities that GRCC provides. This past year, GRCC asked companies involved in the recent capital bond issue to help create on-the-job experiences for students.

C2AE was the first company to respond to GRCC’s request. C2AE principal Dennis Bekken, a Kalamazoo Valley Community College alumnus, said he welcomed the opportunity to help GRCC students gain workplace experience.