SNN: Wyoming Middle College

Sep 17, 2018
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This year, 65 sophomores started Middle College in Wyoming, up from 50 last year. About 150 students have graduated the program since it began. Lauren Kramer is planning to add her name to that list without spending a dime on a college degree. 

Outside her “Principles of Economics” class, Lauren Kramer adds up ways she’s benefiting from being a student at Wyoming High School AND Grand Rapids Community College.

Grand Valley State University

U.S. News & World Report has released its Best Colleges Rankings and Grand Valley State University is receiving high marks once again.

Grand Valley  is experiencing a déjà vu with U.S. News and World Reports 2019 Best Colleges Rankings. Grand Valley is listed 3rd for "Top Public Regional Universities in the Midwest." In 2018 it held that position. Coming in at number one is Truman State University and number two is University of Northern Iowa.

Administrators at Ferris State University say fall semester classes will be starting as scheduled even though many faculty members are going on strike. The strike by tenured teachers at the university in Big Rapids was beginning Monday after a Sunday negotiating session didn't result in a new contract agreement with the Ferris Faculty Association, which represents tenured teachers.

Grand Valley State University officials Friday dedicated a building on its Allendale campus after President Arend. D. “Don” Lubbers and his wife Nancy. What was once known as the Student Services Building will now be known as The Lubbers Student Services Center.

Housing several departments including Admissions, Financial Aid, Dean of Students Office, and Registrar's Office, the Lubbers Student Services Center comes nearly 17 years after President Lubbers retired in 20o1.

Officials cut ribbon on GRPS Public Museum High School

Aug 16, 2018

Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Teresa Weatherall-Neal and Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss were joined by a number of city officials Wednesday afternoon to cut the ribbon on the school district’s new Public Museum High School.

Located within the Grand Rapids Public Museum, the new high school aims to offer a different type of learning experience, as students will engage with city archives and museum resources for research and projects.

Dr. Chris Hanks is the Principal at Grand Rapids Public Museum School.

Grand Valley State University

A one-of-a-kind offer is being made to every teacher in the state providing free professional development workshops.

Grand Valley State University and its Charter Schools Office are offering the program. The university operates 78 charter schools across the state. It offers those teachers professional development workshops.

“Our professional development workshops are opportunities for teachers to come together and really study the practice of teaching.”

SNN: Wyoming Class Library

Aug 6, 2018
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Sometimes all it takes is the right story….and one inspiring teacher…to turn students away from their phones and screens and onto a world between the covers of actual books. 

A Wyoming Junior High classroom is a testament to the power of words. English teacher Katie Sluiter’s encourages eighth-graders to choose from her library of 1,000 popular works. It’s a collection that keeps on growing.

Grand Valley State University has completed what school officials are calling “the first step in expanding the school’s health campus in downtown Grand Rapids.”

SNN: Wyoming Summer Jobs

Jul 16, 2018
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Teen Outreach, which meets weekly during the school year, is helping students bridge the time between graduation and college in beneficial ways.

Zayveon Hymon is spending the summer on a construction crew, doing minor repairs, major projects and gaining valuable experience before moving on to college and careers. For Twenty hours a week he learns to use the tools of the trade and build his résumés alongside Dale Cross, owner of Wyoming-based Sarge Construction.

SNN: Kentwood Civic Camp

Jul 9, 2018
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The Declaration of Independence was signed two-hundred-and-forty-one years ago, making the USA an independent nation. An August event takes a deeper dive into that document and the laws of the land.

If you really want to understand what our nation’s forefathers had in mind when they got together to create the United States of America, an upcoming summer camp could be for you. Kentwood Public Schools and the Michigan Center for Civic Education are teaming up to offering a free summer workshop in August.