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Federal student aid filing tips at Spring Lake District Library

Federal student aid filing tips at Spring Lake District Library

SPRING LAKE, Mich.--Do you know when your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) forms are due?

 Students and parents are invited to attend a free presentation about how to successfully complete FAFSA forms on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 7:00 p.m. at Spring Lake District Library. Staff from the financial aid office at Grand Valley State University will share information about filing deadlines, which documents are needed to complete FAFSA forms, types of financial aid that are available, how to determine eligibility for need based aid, and how to avoid scams. Attendees are encouraged to bring their questions.

For more information about this program, call the library at (616) 846-5770, ext. 107. The library is located at 123 E. Exchange Street in Spring Lake.

Grand Haven Area Public Schools named Academic State Champ

Grand Haven Area Public Schools named Academic State Champ

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- Bridge Magazine has again named Grand Haven Area Public Schools an Academic State Champ, placing in the top 10 percent of all Michigan school districts.

Bridge uses a value-added ranking system which measures a school's test scores adjusted for student family income, which is often a predictor of academic achievement. Essentially, Bridge's Academic State Champs are recognized for over-achievement, rather than achievement.

"What is great about this recognition is that it takes into consideration our student demographics, which demonstrate our students are outperforming their peers in other school districts," adds Mary Jane Evink, GHAPS curriculum director. "This is also a reflection of our district's intentional focus to close the achievement gap. Through programs such as the Multi-Tier System of Support (MTSS), our staff meets the needs of students who require extra help. In this way we leverage our resources to ensure success for all."

Early Childhood EXPO and Preschool Fair

Early Childhood EXPO and Preschool Fair

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- Families of area preschoolers are invited to attend the Early Childhood EXPO and Preschool Fair on Thursday, Jan. 30, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Grand Haven Community Center.

Sponsored by Grand Haven Area Public Schools and The Tri-Cities College Access Network (T-CAN), families will have the opportunity to learn about scholarship opportunities, meet area preschool directors, learn about their programs, and find the best fit for their child. Attendees will also have the chance to win developmentally-appropriate learning toys and games for children.

For more details check out the GHAPS Preschool page on Facebook.

Boomerang to connect businesses with future workers

Boomerang to connect businesses with future workers

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.— A registration deadline is approaching for businesses to sign up for this year’s Boomerang event.

Boomerang connects local businesses with high school students, helping youth explore career possibilities while encouraging them to stay in the area.  This year’s Boomerang is April 29.  Local businesses will spend the day interacting with nearly 700 students from Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Central High Schools.

 Businesses have until Saturday, Feb. 1 to register early for this year’s event to receive $20 off the regular fee of $145. Registration forms are available by emailing the Grand Haven Chamber of Commerce at slulofs@grandhavenchamber.org

 For more information about Boomerang, contact the Chamber at (616) 842-4910.

Careerline Tech Center opens newly renovated culinary classroom

Careerline Tech Center opens newly renovated culinary classroom

HOLLAND, Mich.—Nearly 6,000 square feet of newly renovated space is now open to a new generation of chefs.

Last summer, Careerline Tech Center began transforming the space into a teaching arena like no other high school in Michigan.  The new facility allows students to train on commercial grade equipment typically found in elite culinary colleges.  The equipment includes a steam/convection oven, new fryer and two broiler ovens.  Construction crews also added a demonstration lab with tiered seating and video monitors for optimal viewing.

“Our program is at capacity and the students are amazed at the new facilities,” says Joe Carmolli, culinary and pastry arts instructor for CTC. “Recent graduates told me they wish they could come back to experience the new lab. They are a little jealous.” 

Hope students and faculty take honors in regional theatre festival

Hope students and faculty take honors in regional theatre festival

HOLLAND, Mich. – While most Hope College students were beginning their classes, 39 of their peers and three faculty members were busy participating in the Region III Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, held in Saginaw Jan. 7-12.

Students are nominated to participate in the festival based on work created during the previous calendar year.  In addition to being chosen to attend, multiple Hope students received further recognition during the event.

Hope theatre faculty member Michelle Bombe chairs the regional organization, which this year included 1,300 participants from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.  In addition, more than 50 guest artists participated from all over the United States and Canada.

Several students were nominated to participate in the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship auditions based on their performance in a production at Hope during 2013, with two receiving semi-finalist or finalist recognition.

Avoiding winter break brain drain: Tips to keep students focused

Avoiding winter break brain drain: Tips to keep students focused

With the winter break approaching for students across Michigan, so too approaches the end of one semester and the beginning of another.

To facilitate a smooth transition while keeping students’ minds sharp and focused during their time off, Great Lakes Cyber Academy educators recommend a series of time-tested tips for maintaining the momentum so  the second half of the school year is even better than the first.