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East Lansing company delivers service to Grand Rapids property owners

A Lansing-based internet service provider with nearly two decades of experience is making it presence felt in West Michigan.

GVSU hires director for accelerator initiative

Grand Valley State University named Steven Hodas as the executive director of GV NextEd Accelerator, a GVSU initiative that is designed to reduce institutional barriers to learning and develop new approaches and support for learners, educators and families.

Calvin University president will not renew contract following 2021-22 year

Michael Le Roy will be stepping down as president of Calvin University after the 2021-22 academic year, opting not to renew his contract, the university said.
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Gov. Whitmer: Expand preschool to 22,000 4-year-olds in Michigan

EAST LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday proposed expanding government-funded preschool to 22,000 eligible but unenrolled 4-year-olds in Michigan, saying too many cannot access an "incredible opportunity" because of inadequate funding.

WMU Foundation receives record $500M gift from alumni

The Western Michigan University Foundation is the recipient of the largest gift for a public institution of higher education in U.S. history.

Cornerstone University names new president

Cornerstone University’s board of trustees unanimously appointed Dr. Gerson Moreno-Riaño as its 12th president.

Byron Center breaks ground on 5/6 school

School board members, administrators, students and project partners of Byron Center Public Schools recently broke ground on the new Nickels Intermediate Building.
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Gov. Whitmer proposes eliminating longtime school funding gap

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer proposed using a budget surplus to finally eliminate a funding gap among K-12 districts, 27 years after Michigan overhauled the financing of public education.

Davenport offering scholarships to General Electric employees

Davenport University is partnering with the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency to offer four-year scholarships to General Electric employees.

GVSU joins national effort to refine learning

Grand Valley State University is partnering with five other universities and colleges nationally to give students the opportunity to find solutions to some of higher education’s most challenging problems through the launch of REP4, Rapid Education Prototyping for Change, Learners, Community, Equity.

First lady Jill Biden to tour GRCC pop-up vaccine clinic

First lady Jill Biden will be visiting Grand Rapids Community College on Thursday as it hosts a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at GRCC’s Administration Building, 415 E. Fulton St.

Aquinas College launches accounting and auditing program

Aquinas College is offering a new accounting and auditing certificate program in response to an increasing demand for nonaccounting professionals to partner with financial teams.

Grand Rapids Community College trustee resigns, citing health

Grand Rapids Community College trustee Kathy Crosby is stepping down from her position on the school’s board of trustees to focus on her health.

West Michigan high school student receives $40K scholarship, Amazon internship

A Delton Kellogg High School senior was one of 100 students in the country to receive a $40,000 scholarship to continue studying computer science in college this fall.

Air Zoo partners to promote STEM careers by offering flight experiences

The Air Zoo Aerospace and Science Center is partnering with a nonprofit to offer free educational flight experience to middle and high school students in the greater Kalamazoo area.

Banker uses position to teach kids about finances

One United Bank of Michigan employee is on a mission to ensure children understand the value of money before they grow older.

Kent District Library opens Ada branch; facility includes community center

The Amy Van Andel Library – Ada Community Center is officially open following a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday.
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Grand Rapids-area schools can make own quarantine policies

GRAND RAPIDS — Schools in some of West Michigan's largest counties can make their own COVID-19 quarantine policies, local health departments said Friday.

Aquinas College students will return to campus this fall

Aquinas College plans to bring its students back on campus and resume normal in-person classes and student activities for the fall 2021 semester.
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Michigan Legislature OKs exempting graduations from virus order

LANSING — A split Michigan Legislature voted Wednesday to exempt high school graduation ceremonies from the state's order that restricts crowd sizes due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Leading Educators announces fellowship to advance racial justice

Kent County educators now have an opportunity to join a free professional learning fellowship that focuses on anti-racist teaching and racial equity.

Hudsonville Public Schools breaks ground on new school

Hudsonville Public Schools, the largest school district in Ottawa County, is constructing a new school building.

Cornerstone opens $3.5M nursing facility

Cornerstone University opened its Mary De Witt Center for Nursing for students to become licensed registered nurses.

UFP Industries puts workers on path to success

The talent shortage is real, and one local company is working to solve it with a training program that turns employees into leaders.

Coalition works to bring recess back to schools

A new coalition is raising awareness around the lack of recess and is advocating for the increase in physical activity, play and recess for all students in Michigan.

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