WSCC offers Financial Aid workshops

West Shore Community College’s Financial Aid Office will host a series of financial aid workshops for prospective college students and their families. Anyone considering going to college are encouraged to attend a workshop.

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Workshops will be held:

Brethren – Oct. 10, 1 p.m.

Manistee – Oct. 16, 6:30 p.m.

Manistee Catholic Central – Oct. 18, 6:30 p.m.
Bear Lake – Oct. 25, 1 p.m.
Ludington - Oct. 25, 6 p.m.
ASM Tech – Nov. 1, 11 a.m. at WSCC
Mason Co. Central & Mason Co. Eastern – Nov. 2, 6 p.m., at MCC

The college has also scheduled several FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Completion Workshops where current and future applicants are encouraged to attend a free work session with WSCC Financial Aid staff members who will guide applicants through the FAFSA form completion and submission process. These workshops will be held in:

Grant brings historical re-enactors to White Pine Village

Mason County Historical Society has been awarded a grant of $11,250 from the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). The grant will help fund first-person interpreters at Historic White Pine Village during the 2018 summer season.

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The interpreters will have scripts prepared by Mason County Historical Society Executive Director Dr. Rick Plummer and other historians.  The interpreters will strive for historical accuracy by wearing authentic costumes and artifacts and will be trained to interact and improvise with visitors in the persona of historical characters.

WSCC Receives Internal Presidential Applicant

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West Shore Community College Trustee Chairman Bruce Smith met with Director of Human Resources Debbie Campbell yesterday to review all internal applicants for the position of the president of West Shore Community College. One internal candidate applied and has met the qualifications.  The internal candidate is Interim President Scott Ward.

Per Board Policy, the Board Executive Committee will meet to explore options and the next steps in the presidential search process.  Any recommendation(s) from the Board Executive Committee will be presented to the Board of Trustees at the next meeting on Monday, October 16, 2017.

Lakeshore food club opens

The New Lakeshore food club opens for the first time today. Monica Schuyler, Executive Director for Pennies from Heaven says the program was a long time in the making, “When this idea started 3 years ago, we pulled all the pantries together and started talking about it and realized everyone was doing a little bit and everyone had high demand. We could do a lot more together than we could in our little pantries once a month.” Partnerships continue within the Lakeshore Resource Network with different service agencies and within the community ”We are trying to work with local farmers [and] local grocery stores to reduce waste and keep it local and fresh. We’re already partnering with Little Red Organics and the Farm Bureau association to see what we can do.”

Lakeshore Food Club

The club is open to residents of Mason County at 200% the poverty level or below. Memberships cost $10 per month with points provided based upon household size. “We are [hoping] with a membership you would get an excess of two weeks worth of food if you budget responsibly. [We are] always going to have fresh fruit and vegetable. We’re going to try to keep frozen and canned. We’re going have dairy, butter, oils and eggs, meat. Much more stocked and like a grocery store than other pantries.” More information about the Lakeshore Food Club and the Lakeshore Resource Network can be found online at

Convenient Care closes early

 Convenient Care

On Monday, Oct. 2, all Spectrum Health Convenient Care Walk-In Clinic locations will close at 5 p.m. for a system upgrade. Primary care medical services are still available online through MedNow telehealth service for common illnesses and ailments. Emergency Departments are unaffected by the temporary hours change.
All Convenient Care locations will resume regular business hours Tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 3. In Ludington, regular Convenient Care hours are:
Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

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