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My Town Holland: Careerline Tech Center students gain work experience while helping community

My Town Holland: Careerline Tech Center students gain work experience while helping community

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Students from the Automotive Services Assistant Program at Careerline Tech Center in Holland are gaining real-world work experience at Holland Rescue Mission Auto Center. In this first year of the collaboration, students have detailed ten donated cars and helped increase car sales and therefore donations to the Holland Rescue Mission.

“As a Work Readiness classroom our ultimate goal is to give students the tools they need to be successful in any job, both now and in the future,” Rich Riolo, Automotive Services Assistant Program instructor for CTC, said. “Along with car detailing, this program also teaches students employability skills and aims to place students on a job site by the end of the year to gain valuable work experience.”

My Town: Michigan host families for exchange students

My Town: Michigan host families for exchange students

Aspect Foundation is a nonprofit organization that can show families how to have a cultural adventure of a lifetime.

Host families, married adults and single adults are encouraged to host an international high school student for a semester or an academic year.

Aspect Foundation works with students of nearly 30 different countries that all share the same vision-- to experience life the American way. The students are ages 15-18 years and chosen by their English proficiency, maturity and academic excellence with a variety of different abilities and interests.  They arrive in August.

Potential host families can view student profiles or get more information at www.aspectfoundation.org or call 1-877-966-6498 or 1-800-US-YOUTH.  

My Town: A tribute to National Blue Ribbon School award winner Lakeshore Elementary

My Town: A tribute to National Blue Ribbon School award winner Lakeshore Elementary

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HOLLAND, Mich.-- State Rep. Amanda Price presented Lakeshore Elementary School with a special state tribute from the Michigan Legislature, signed by Price, Sen. Arlan Meekhof and Gov. Rick Snyder, to commemorate its exemplary achievement as a 2013-14 National Blue Ribbon School award winner.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to recognize Lakeshore Elementary as a National Blue Ribbon Award recipient and the entire school community for this outstanding accomplishment,” said Price, R-Park Township. “The collaboration between staff and parents has created a nurturing environment in which, with the continued commitment of Lakeshore’s educators, students are continuing to excel academically.”

Lakeshore Elementary is part of the West Ottawa Public School District and serves over 400 students from kindergarten to fifth-grade.

My Town: CTC students receive state-of-the-art dental chairs

My Town: CTC students receive state-of-the-art dental chairs

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The Dental Careers program at Careerline Tech Center started the 2015 school year with state-of-the-art dental chairs allowing students to gain hands-on experience with technology used in today’s dental offices.

“These chairs allow our students to gain experience on the high-tech equipment found in the current work environment and gives our students an advantage when applying for jobs after high school,” said Denise Callaghan, dental careers instructor for CTC. “Receiving these chairs as a donation from Dr. Darren Riopelle at Little Smiles provides our students with real-world experience and helps set the stage for a successful career.”

My Town: No school, no problem! Four tips to keep your student learning over the holidays

My Town: No school, no problem!  Four tips to keep your student learning over the holidays

During the winter break from school, many students will pack away their books and turn their attention away from learning. 

To help ensure your students are still learning, statewide virtual learning school, Michigan Connections Academy, is sharing activities you can do as a family to keep your young students busy and their brains active over the break.

1.       Practice math while baking holiday cookies. Students struggle with fractions and always want to know when they will “use math in real life.” The perfect time to practice fractions is while you are baking cookies. Two-thirds of a cup plus 1/3 of a cup equals one whole cup, which your child will see as you work on making those cookies, helping develop a real life connection to what they are learning in school.

My Town: Spring Lake High School students donate hundreds of toys

SPRING LAKE,  Mich. -- WZZM 13 is celebrating the end to yet another successful Toys for Tots School Spirit Challenge, thanks to an army of students scattered across West Michigan.

More than 40 schools participated in this year's drive, collecting more than 11,000 toys. Spring Lake High School is donating 250 toys to the cause.

For additional toy totals and videos, visit the WZZM 13 Toys for Tots page.

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids hires school recruiters

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids hires school recruiters

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The Diocese of Grand Rapids has hired two more people to ramp up enrollment for its Catholic schools.

Dan Plachta will serve as an admissions enrollment field consultant, guiding the diocese’s 29 schools in outreach and recruitment. While supporting current students, the diocese plans to focus on traditionally underserved groups who could take advantage of school tuition assistance, which is quadrupling to $1,000,000.

Plachta is an alumnus of Blessed Sacrament School (now All Saints Academy) and Catholic Central High School in Grand Rapids.

“As a graduate of Catholic schools in the diocese, Dan brings a personal passion for the importance of Catholic education in West Michigan,” said David Faber, superintendent of Catholic schools.