Category Archives: Education

New CMU program bridging generation gaps

(Photo courtesy of CMU)

(Photo courtesy of CMU)

Three generations are mixing at Central Michigan University, thanks to a new program implemented this fall.

Bridges Together is a learning development program where preschoolers get to hangout with seniors 60 or older and CMU students. Continue reading

Legislation would create 6 new college promise zones


A proposal in Lansing would add six college promise zones to the state.

Promise zones create local scholarships and helps pool money from the school district to pay tuition costs of students attending college. Continue reading

$10 million STEM institute coming to Midland

MSU CREATE for STEM Institute logo

MSU CREATE for STEM Institute logo

A new 10-million dollar science, technology, engineering and math institute is coming to Midland.

The facility will be funded by Michigan State University, Dow Chemical Company, The Herber H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, the Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation, and the Charles J. Strosacker foundations.
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Sault tribe receives $300K for education programs

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians recently received over a quarter million dollars from the federal government to bolster their education programs. Continue reading

STEM Classes in the offering for sault area middle schoolers

Middle Schoolers in Sault Ste. Marie will have the opportunity to enroll in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics courses.

Middle Schoolers in Sault Ste. Marie will have the opportunity to enroll in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics courses.

Middle schoolers in Sault Ste. Marie Michigan are taking advantage of a new series of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics classes that were recently approved by the Board of Education. Continue reading

Michigan has new science standards for K-12 students

schoolsuppliesMichigan K-12 students will have to meet new science standards.

The standards aim to increase interest in science by applying lessons to real-life situations. That’s in a state where only 12 percent of fourth graders scored proficient on the state science exam – and less than 30 percent in higher grades.
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Speaker: Road talks getting in the way of DPS rescue, other big issues

State House Speaker Kevin Cotter (R-Mt. Pleasant)

State House Speaker Kevin Cotter (R-Mt. Pleasant)

Republican leaders in the state Senate hope to hold a vote this week on a road funding plan.

Many lawmakers are becoming more eager to get roads out of the way so they can move onto other major issues.

Not only does Gov. Rick Snyder want the Legislature this year to commit hundreds of millions of dollars to rescue Detroit Public Schools – lawmakers are also set to take up a major overhaul of Michigan’s energy policy. Continue reading

Otsego County is celebrating reading with a best-selling author


The Otsego County Library will be hosting a best-selling author next week Monday, November 2nd, to talk about her book — which is set in northern Michigan.

Emily St. John Mandel is the author of Station Eleven. The book was chosen for this year’s Great Michigan Read Program — a book club for libraries across the state.

Jackie Skinner is the Public Services Librarian at the Otsego County Library.

She said a book set in northern Michigan was exciting for the community to read.

“We’re dealing with universal themes that you would normally encounter in fiction, but it gives you that extra added benefit of a local perspective — you know part of it is set in northern Michigan, so there is a lot of familiarity to it.”

Skinner said the community is grateful Mandel is able to come to Gaylord.

“She is going to be coming and giving a presentation at the Gornick auditorium at the Gaylord High School at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, so, we’re very fortunate to have her come through. It’s a nationally known book, it’s been a bestseller, it’s on the national book award finalist list.”

Madel will be discussing her book and giving a presentation, along with time for questions and a book signing.

The event is free and open to the public. Door will open at 6:30 at the Gaylord High School auditorium, and the program will begin at 7.

Lawmakers grill education officials about why test results took so long

schoolsuppliesLawmakers are not happy about the time it took for state education officials to release the latest round of standardized test results.

Students struggled in all grades and subjects on the new M-STEP test which replaced the MEAP.
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CMU receives multi-million dollar grant to expand STEM programs

Science and math camp at CMU

Science and math camp at CMU

Central Michigan University has received a five-million dollar grant to help expand STEM programs.

The donation from the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation will help create more science, technology, engineering and math programs, also known as STEM, for children ages 10 to 15. Continue reading

Americorp: the domestic Peace Corps

Americorp Logo

Americorp Logo

Imagine a group like the Peace Corps that, instead of focusing on international issues, puts its effort into domestic problems.
For example, instead of providing clean water for third world countries, they clean wells for low-income rural homes in Michigan.
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Vernal Pools: the overlooked ecosystem

Epperly at Little Traverse Conservancy

Epperly at Offield Nature Preserve

The State of Michigan is attempting to register the location of every natural feature within its borders.

One recent college grad is working to identify a lesser known type of ecosystem that is often overlooked due to its temporary nature.
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Bill would reinstate Michigan’s ban on sex offenders near schools

schoolsA state Senator wants to reinstate Michigan’s ban on sex offenders near schools.

In April, a federal judge struck down the law that said registered sex offenders must stay at least a thousand feet away from schools. He said the rule was unconstitutionally vague because it’s too difficult for people to figure out where the zones begin and end. Continue reading

State Superintendant’s son killed in car crash Monday morning

State Superintendant Brian Whiston

State Superintendant Brian Whiston

A tragic car accident this morning has taken the life of the son of state superintendent Brian Whiston.

Officials say State Superintendent Brian Whiston’s son Ryan was killed in a multi-car crash on his way to work.

It occurred in Oakland County’s Waterford Township.

Ryan was the oldest of Brian and Beth Whiston’s four children. He was 32 years old.