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21st century schools invite families to learn more about online and blended education

21st century schools invite families to learn more about online and blended education

With the new school year right around the corner, many families may still be undecided on the best education option for their child.

To ensure the perfect fit, families can learn more about 21st century learning at free information sessions and events scheduled at Michigan’s leading virtual and blended learning schools – Michigan Connections Academy, Great Lakes Cyber Academy and Nexus Academy’s three campuses in Grand Rapids, Lansing and Royal Oak.

My Town: GVSU and DHS awarded research grant for family support program

My Town: GVSU and DHS awarded research grant for family support program

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The Michigan Department of Human Services is teaming up with Grand Valley State University to measure the success of a family support program in more than 150 Michigan schools.

A three-year, $1.05 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation will go toward measuring the impact of the Pathways to Potential program in Michigan.  The program places DHS case workers in schools to make it easier for children and their families to address barriers to their safety, health, education, attendance and self-sufficiency.

“We know that many children struggle in school because of outside of school challenges affecting both students and their families,” Gov. Snyder said. “The goal of Pathways to Potential is to reduce or eliminate those challenges by conveniently connecting families to the services they need to help everyone become more successful.”

My Town GR West: Survey reveals Michigan parents overwhelmingly pleased with 21st century education

My Town GR West: Survey reveals Michigan parents overwhelmingly pleased with 21st century education

According to a recent parent satisfaction survey, families enrolled at Connections Education’s tuition-free, online and blended public schools across Michigan continue to be overwhelmingly pleased with their children’s educational experience.

My Town: GRPS looking for exchange student hosts

My Town: GRPS looking for exchange student hosts

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Grand Rapids Public Schools are looking for families who would like to host international exchange students during the next school year.

Several students from overseas will be attending school in the fall, as part of the districts efforts to expand its global education program. The following teenagers are need places to stay:

My Town: Grand Valley State University approves tuition hike

My Town: Grand Valley State University approves tuition hike

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—  Students will have to pay more to attend Grand Valley State University next year.

Last Friday, GVSU’s Board of Trustees approved raising tuition rates by approximately three percent.  The increase means students will pay $298 more per academic year, bringing annual tuition to $10,752 for a full-time undergraduate Michigan resident.

GVSU says the tuition increase is the lowest it’s approved in a decade.  The budget also includes a three percent wage increase for faculty and staff members and a  $3.1 million increase in student scholarships and grants, bringing the student financial aid budget to $38 million.

My Town GR West: Remnants of shuttered GRPS school up for auction

My Town GR West: Remnants of shuttered GRPS school up for auction

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— What’s left of Covell Elementary School is going on the auction block this week.

Grand Rapids Public Schools will be auctioning off the remaining assets of the former school from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.  Items up for bid became available for viewing on Biddergy’s website and at Covell Elementary School Wednesday.  They include vehicles, kitchen equipment, sporting goods, shop equipment, preschool items, furniture, desks, tools and electronics.  Several oak dining tables, a trampoline, pianos and ball pit balls are all on the auction block.

Bids will be accepted on Biddergy’s website.  Those who do not have computer access but wish to place a bid can contact the auction company at (866) 260-1611.

My Town EGR: West Catholic students to earn credits from Aquinas College

My Town EGR: West Catholic students to earn credits from Aquinas College

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Students of West Catholic High School will have a new opportunity to earn college credits beginning this fall.

The school is teaming up with Aquinas College to create a dual enrollment pilot program.  Eligible juniors and seniors will have a chance to take Principles of Accounting in the fall and Principles of Management in the spring.  The college courses will have the same rigor and expectations as those taught on Aquinas’ campus, but will be taught at the high school by Aquinas faculty.  West Catholic students will not need to pay additional tuition for the classes, but will be required to purchase their own books.