Keg registration repealed

 Gov. Rick Snyder signed Sen. Goeff Hansen’s legislation repealing a state law that failed to achieve the goal of curbing underage drinking. Senate Bill 372, now Public Act 166 of 2017, eliminates a 2010 law establishing “keg registration requirements” that proponents had hoped would discourage those under 21 from drinking, especially on college campuses.

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“The intent of the law was a noble one, but it was misguided,” said Hansen, R-Hart. “Instead of cutting down on underage drinking, the implementation of keg tags seems to have simply changed the type of alcohol being purchased.” Under the earlier law, to purchase a keg, the buyer was required to show identification and list their name, address and phone number on a receipt. In addition, a $30 keg deposit would not be returned unless the keg tag remained intact when the empty keg was returned.


Workforce development granted to Michigan Works!

The state has awarded nearly one million dollars to Michigan Works! West Central to help employers with workforce development. The money was made available through the Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF). “While the state did increase the amount of money awarded this year, we also tripled the number of applications we filed compared to last year,” said Michigan Works Executive Director Paul Griffith.


Business Services Director Merri Bennett worked with companies in Lake, Mason and Oceana counties who filed applications. In those counties, 15 companies received more than $473,000 in grants through West Central, to train 389 employees including,


Ward promoted to President

Scott Ward has been voted in as the fifth President of West Shore Community College. The board voted unanimously to install Mr. Ward as president immediately. Ward served as acting/interim president from September 2014 to July 2015, following the retirement of former president Charles Dillon and again as interim president, since June 2017, following the resignation of Dr. Kenneth Urban.Trustees spoke highly of Mr. Ward during the discussion, Chairman Smith saying that Ward has not only has the credentials to lead but due to service as Interim President twice, had earned the position. Trustee Ennis highlighted the importance of understanding the community the college serves and pointed towards work  Mr. Ward has already done to raise money and with the Community.

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“It is a great honor and privilege to be asked to serve in this new role.” stated Ward. “In 2009, President Dillon asked me was whether I believed that the West Shore Community College vision of becoming one of America’s premier community colleges was attainable. After eight years of working with our students, faculty, staff, the board of trustees and our amazingly supportive community, I believe even more strongly the answer is ‘yes.’ I look forward to working collaboratively with all groups to advance the WSCC vision.” Contract details will be brought to the next trustee meeting for review.

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