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Locals March for Our Lives

There were two local demonstrations this weekend protesting as a result of the school shootings that have taken place across the country. Attendees report the Manistee March for Our Lives had a small but vocal group. Kathy Wiejaczka, who is running for 101st Seat in the Michigan House, was in attendance and spoke to the group. The candidate opposing Rep Curt VanderWall for the Senate seat, Mike Taillard, also spoke in Manistee. In Ludington approximately  70 people gathered in front of the courthouse with signs, garnering both waves and rude gestures. The student led movement had a lack of youth participation, with many questioning why. Some cited spring break for lack of students, others questioned parental support.

A Brush Fire

Sunday evening the Fountain Fire Department responded to a grass fire on Sugar Grove Road. This is a reminder of the current burn ban in Effect. 15 counties in the center of the state has been issued a burn ban by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

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The ban prohibits leaf and debris burning due to dry conditions. Included in the ban are Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Mason, Lake, and 12 other counties.You can see the complete map online at http://www.dnr.state.mi.us/burnpermits/

New Student Drama Club

comedy 157719 960 720The Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA), in Ludington is starting a new free drama club for area students in grades 3-5.

The club, headed by Trinja Hendrickson, will allow young children an opportunity to experience the art of acting through improvisation, character development, non-verbal exercises and a lot of fun while learning about dramatic arts.

Drama club will meet Thursday evenings from 6-7:30 p.m. in the LACA Performance Hall beginning April 12 and will conclude May 17. The club will not meet May 3.

In order to register, contact LACA at 231-845-2787

Sober Living coming to Mason County

Connexion Point will be announcing plans for opening the First Sober Living facility during tonight's open forum meeting. “We offer what’s called an IOP: intensive outpatient program. People can come back here, and hook up with us and maintain their sobriety." Said Dr. Michelle Kuster "But, what’s missing in many cases is, they struggle so long that they burn all their bridges so to speak. They have no transportation, maybe no housing and maybe no job. So what’s that transition look like? That is what we’re offering now; transitional living, also known as sober living.”
Tonights open forum will Discuss the role of a sober (recovery) living facility, how the facility may affect our community. Attendees will also hear Statements from those who have participated in a Sober Living. The Meeting will begin at 6:30pm at The Q Smokehouse

Trustees Approve Digital Literacy Program

The West Shore Community College Board of Trustees on Monday approved a new associate of arts degree program in digital literacy. Students will be able to enroll in the program for the fall 2018 semester. The two-year program is the first at West Shore to join the arts and sciences curriculum and the occupational curriculum to create a single, interdisciplinary program.

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Students will gain broad, overlapping skills in information retrieval, critical analysis, and evaluation, as well as digital marketing, computer programming, and digital composition. The program will include units on legal and ethical standards such as copyright, fair use, security, and privacy.

“This new program addresses one of the most sought after attributes in graduates, communication skills. Not only will students be able to immediately use this degree in the workplace, but they can also transfer all credits to the University of Michigan,” said WSCC President Scott Ward.

“The program will give students long-term employment flexibility in today’s knowledge society,” said West Shore Professor of Humanities John Wolff.

The program meets Michigan Transfer Agreement requirements that help students transfer to related programs in four-year institutions and provides a foundation for programs including English, media studies, public policy, marketing, design, and many other traditional majors.

With strong support from the University of Michigan School of Information, the digital literacy program was also designed as preparation for the U of M bachelor of science in information (BSI). One hundred percent of BSI graduates have secured full-time employment with an average starting salary of $70,000.

Wolff, in collaboration with faculty members from West Shore’s communications and occupational divisions, designed the program with student and employer needs in mind.

A February 2017 survey of 350 business owners in the College district showed digital literacy skills are in demand. Nearly half the respondents indicated a willingness to offer paid internships to digitally literate students, and 67 percent said they hope to hire one or more digitally literate employees in the next three years.

The interdisciplinary curriculum of the digital literacy degree will include courses in composition, communications, and digital marketing, as well as real-world or service-learning opportunities. Students may choose electives from across the curriculum in accordance with their education plans and career goals.

In conjunction with the digital literacy program, several West Shore faculty are participating in internal professional development training activities to increase digital literacy across the curriculum. These efforts will help ensure that all students will graduate with 21st-century skills and the ability to adapt to rapidly changing employment situations throughout their careers, said Wolff.

To learn more about the new program, contact the college’s Office of Student Services.

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