Southwestern Michigan College Foundation Director Robert Rhoa and his wife, Karen, awarded $7,000 to establish criminal justice scholarships in memory of their son, Brian. Ten $500 scholarships will be distributed during the 2016-17 academic year.
SMC plans a $9.6 million expansion to its 12,047-square-foot 1970 Nursing and Health Education Wing, creating a 29,086-square-foot facility for fall 2018 classes. SMC expects to break ground in May concurrently with the Class of 2017 commencement for the 14-month construction.
Southwestern Michigan College Board of Trustees accepted $15,000 In gifts at its June 20 meeting on the Dowagiac campus.
There’s no “B” in STEM, but business is an essential element alongside Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, 24 Cass County high school students learned during the June 20-24 robotics camp Southwestern Michigan College hosted. The collaboration between SMC, Lewis Cass Intermediate School District (LCISD), area FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics and local school districts happened thanks to an $11,850 Bosch Community Fund grant.
The summer gala kicks off July 21 as American Idol contender Jared Knox takes the stage at Beckwith Park. Knox, who is said to be one of the finest up-and-coming musicians in southwestern Michigan, has opened for such country greats as Lorrie Morgan, Chris Cagle and Tracy Lawrence.