National Apprenticeship Week upcoming

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Apprenticeship opportunities are being highlighted during National Apprenticeship Week November 13-17. The week’s activities will include an Apprenticeship Information Session Tuesday, November 14 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm at the Manistee Northwest Michigan Works! Center.  There will also be an Apprenticeship Open House Wednesday, November 15 from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm at the West Shore Community College Tech Center. Employers who utilize apprentices report higher productivity and retention rates in addition to a substantial return on investment.   The events are open to the public and there is no charge. Those interested in attending can register by contacting Sharon at 231-922-3757.


Grants awarded


The Advisory Board of the Community Foundation for Mason County (CFMC) recently approved grant awards to a variety of community organizations in support of projects throughout Mason County. A total of $43,815 was awarded from Unrestricted and Field of Interest Funds through the competitive application process, overseen by numerous volunteer committees.  Fall grant awards are:

  • Caritas Food Pantry - $2,500
  • City of Scottville - $3,000 – police department laptop
  • Friends of Ludington State Park - $9,565 – building an accessible playground
  • Lakeshore Food Club - $5,000 – food pack program
  • Ludington & Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce  - $3,750 – LEAD Regional Recreation Trails
  • Ludington Area Arts Council - $5,000 – critical heating system upgrades
  • Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association - $2,500 – port holes for Ludington Breakwater Lighthouse
  • Sandcastles Children’s Museum - $5,000 – infant/toddler discovery zone
  • Optimist Club of Ludington - $5,000 – concessions trailer
  • Community Cats TNR - $500 – trap-neuter-return free-roaming cats
  • West Shore Community College - $2,000 – entrepreneurship initiatives

“The generosity of our donors and the excellent work of community nonprofits makes a difference in our community,” said Andrea Large, CFMC executive director. “We look forward to seeing these programs in action.”

Grant applications are accepted twice each year, once in the spring and again in the fall. Nonprofit organizations interested in seeking grant support from the Community Foundation are encouraged visit for additional information about the process. 


WSCC Foundation elects officers


 The West Shore Community College Foundation recently held its annual meeting and elected its board officers. Each officer was elected to a one-year term.

            The board of directors will be led by Mark Sandstedt (chairman), Gary Ferguson (vice chairman), and Dan LaMore (secretary/treasurer).

            Sandstedt stated, “The college’s foundation truly makes a difference in students’ lives by providing scholarships and funding in support of quality academic programming. The college is a leader in driving the region’s economy and I’m honored to help lead an organization that exists to help students succeed, which in turn also drives a healthy local economy.”

            Sandstedt has served on the board for the past four years. Along with his wife, he owns MS Creative Services, a full service marketing agency in Manistee. He is active in the community as president of the Manistee Chippewa 350 Athletic Boosters Club and is a board member of the Industrial Development Corporation.             Ferguson is a retired engineer who was employed for 25 years at Metalworks in Ludington and Fab-Lite in Manistee.  He is active in the community having organized and supervised the Ludington Youth Sailing School, a non-profit school for children. He is also on the Mason County Veterans Endowment Board that serves emergency needs for honorably discharged Mason County veterans and is a frequent Ludington State Park volunteer.

            LaMore is a senior vice president for the Christman Company construction managers which has ten offices throughout the Midwest. The company has completed many projects in Mason, Manistee and Oceana counties. LaMore has homes in Pentwater and Onekama and serves on several voluntary boards including Habitat for Humanity and Mission Development International from Nashville.

            Carolyn Schnepel, of Ludington, and Deborah Smith Olsen, of Baldwin, were reelected to a new term on the board. The remaining board members are Mike Ennis, Tom Paine, Brian Pyrah, Jim Scatena, Ron Steiner, Willie Reed, William Roach, Richard M. Wilson, Jr., and Zelal Umran.

            James Barker stepped down as a board member and the foundation presented a service award to him for his leadership since May 2014. He remains on the college’s board of trustees.  Barker, who is a 1993 alumnus of the college, is the president of Munson Healthcare Manistee Hospital.

            The mission of the foundation is to develop and provide resources to advance the college’s mission of serving students and the community.

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