U.S. Labor Department names West Michigan Works! medical assistant apprenticeship program a role model for other states
Nov. 15, 2017; michigan.gov (press release by state Department of Talent & Economic Development)
LANSING, Mich. — The Medical Assistant Registered Apprenticeship Program in West Michigan is helping health care providers fill a critical shortage of talent, and has been saluted as a national Promising Practice by the U.S. Department of Labor.
… Spectrum Health, Mercy Health and Cherry Street Health Services worked together and created the one-year program. Grand Rapids, Muskegon and Montcalm community colleges partnered with the health care providers, developing a shared curriculum addressing the skills common to all three employers. West Michigan Works! holds the standards for the program and serves as the intermediary between the partners.
New middle college program to provide associate degrees
Nov. 15, 2017; schoolnewsnetwork.org (KISD newsletter)
Kentwood Public Schools, MI — A goal at the high school is for every student to receive college credit from at least one class before they graduate, said Evan Hordyk, the district’s executive director for secondary education. Well-established Advanced Placement (AP) opportunities, plus a middle college launching next fall, will make that possible.
East Kentwood students are already tallying up college credits by choosing from a slate of 21 AP classes. Soon they will be able to earn a free associate degree from Grand Rapids Community College by completing a fifth year of high school while dually enrolled as a college student.
Report finds gaps in funding, services for Kent Co. kids
Nov. 16, 2017; WOOD TV
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A new report shows large gaps in services and funding for young children in Kent County.
… First Steps Kent officials will lay out exactly how they determined their numbers during a 10 a.m. news conference at Grand Rapids Community College’s Applied Technology Center.