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Evening Classes will be offered for January 2013 Production Technician Academy

The next Production Technician Academy at Kalamazoo Valley Community College begins on January 30, 2013. Evening classes are now being offered. Classes will run from 4 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Graduation will be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4.  Informational sessions about the Academy are set for 4 p.m. on Dec. 18 and Jan. 16 at The Groves Campus.

The Academy was designed by local employers who were looking for a way to meet the growing demand for qualified production workers and fill local manufacturing jobs. Cutting-edge, advanced technologies have fostered a new manufacturing environment with automated machines, computer-driven processes and integrated electronic systems. The Production Technician Academy is a competency-based, fast-track, industry-designed training program to prepare production workers for an advanced manufacturing environment.

WMU grad student wins coveted NEA creative writing fellowship

WMU grad student wins coveted NEA creative writing fellowship

A Western Michigan University graduate student is one of 40 people nationwide to be awarded a 2013 National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship.

As a fellowship recipient, Traci D. Brimhall, a doctoral student in the WMU creative writing poetry program, was awarded a $25,000 cash prize. She hopes to graduate in spring 2014.

After waiting several weeks and not hearing from the NEA, Brimhall decided to call, fearing she had entered her email address wrong. Other writers she knew who had applied had already gotten rejections. She was told she had been approved, but that Hurricane Sandy had caused a delay in notifying the winners.

"The acknowledgement of my work is great," Brimhall says. "But there are so many other deserving people who didn't get an award. I'm very grateful."

Launch MI Lab seeks lean bioscience startups

Launch MI Lab seeks lean bioscience startups

Written by  Mike Brennan

KALAMAZOO — Richard West developed his expertise in clinical flow cytometry as he worked for several big employers, including Spectrum Health and Van Andel Institute in Grand Rapids. He also helped build the stem cell engineering lab at DeVos Children’s Hospital.

But in 2010, West caught the entrepreneurial bug and founded his self-described dream company, West Labs Scientific LLC.

In his new venture, West and a part-time assistant perform flow cytometry, vet hematology and blood chemistry, DNA content analysis, cell imaging and whatever it takes to keep his customers happy.

Your Future is Calling — The New GED Test Begins on January 1, 2014

Your Future is Calling — The New GED Test Begins on January 1, 2014

From: http://www.kalamazoopublicschools.com

The U.S. GED Testing Services is changing the GED test and announced that its new version will be released on January 1, 2014. This announcement and the launch of the “Your Future is Calling” campaign is to make people aware that they need to finish their GED test before the new one is released. The 2002 GED test scores will expire when the new test is released.

The GED test contains five parts that can be taken separately, but all components must be passed with a minimum of 2,250 total points or an average of 450. The current test subjects are literature, writing, math, social studies and science.

WMU - Men's and women's soccer teams carry highest GPAs in Division I

WMU - Men's and women's soccer teams carry highest GPAs in Division I

by Deanne Puca, WMU News

KALAMAZOO—Members of the Western Michigan University men's and women's soccer teams were honored by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America for carrying the highest team grade point averages for 2011-12 in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I.

The men's team carried a 3.45 GPA, which not only led Division I but was fourth among all divisions combined. The Bronco women's team boasted a 3.65 GPA, tying for fifth among all divisions.

The NSCAA Team Academic Award is given to soccer programs that have achieved a minimum team grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. A total of 726 college soccer teams, 222 men and 504 women, posted a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

It was the first season the WMU men's team have earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award and the third for the women, including the last two seasons.

Popular women's store founders next up in Entrepreneurship Forum

Popular women's store founders next up in Entrepreneurship Forum

The co-founders of one of downtown Kalamazoo's most popular retail stores for women's clothing will be the next presenters in a Western Michigan University speaker series that focuses on entrepreneurship.

Patti Reinholt and Susan Terranella-Hoffman, co-founders of Cakes Boutique, will speak at 8 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14, in 2150 Schneider Hall as part of the Haworth College of Business Entrepreneurship Forum. The event is free and open to the public and begins with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting Kayla Hunt at (269) 387-6059 or kayla.j.hunt@wmich.edu. Free parking is available in the nearby Fetzer Center parking lot.

Kalamazoo hosts Great Lakes Invitational Model U.N. conference Nov. 28 to Dec. 1

Nearly 330 students from across Michigan will soon be in Kalamazoo to tackle some of the world’s biggest issues.

The high school students are coming to the Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Kalamazoo from Nov. 28 to Dec. 1 to participate in the Great Lakes Invitational Model United Nations (GLIMUN) conference. During the simulation, students role-play as diplomats of various countries to create a United Nations experience.

“The students work 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on all of the same topics that the real world is facing right now,” said Nick Stratton, Secretary General of GLIMUN. “All of the topics come directly from United Nations, and these kids are acting as our countries and focusing on finding solutions to the world’s problems.”