Eddy Currents advance to state
The Eddy Currents 2.0 FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Robotics Team will be attending the Michigan FLL Championship in mid-December after a strong showing against 22 other teams. In the “Lancer-Bot-Mania” qualifying tournament Nov. 11 at Lakeshore High School in Stevensville they received the Tournament Champion’s Award, recognizing a team that fully embraces the league’s core values while achieving excellence and innovation in both the Robot Game and Project. The Eddy Currents also achieved the highest Robot Game score of the day, earning them the Robot Performance Award.
SMC student Shawnee Gunnett already working for Big C
One hundred and 80 high school students attending Southwestern Michigan College’s Saw Dust Day Nov. 3 were exposed to potential employers Big C Lumber, Morton Buildings, Functional Homes in Coloma, Miles Distributors of ceramic tile in South Bend and Dowagiac’s Judd Lumber Co., Michigan’s oldest lumberyard at 158. All extolled skilled trades’ abundant opportunities. Shawnee Gunnett perhaps best personifies current strong demand. Gunnett, from Lawton, already joined Big C, whose truss display overlooked SMC’s small house, which she helped build. “I started where you guys are,” she said. “Now I’m an estimator/designer for roof trusses and I can do walls and floors.” All before graduating from SMC next spring.
Zolman shares four pieces of advice at Green Flag Day
Nate Zolman advised area high school students attending Southwestern Michigan College’s automotive technology Green Flag Day Oct. 27 first as a potential employer with 125 employees at Zolman’s Tire and Auto Care locations in Niles, Mishawaka, Granger and South Bend. Zolman, father of five teen-agers, including one studying computers at SMC, offered four “super-easy ways to stand out in a positive way for your career choice.”
SMC alumna opens Christmas store
Southwestern Michigan College alumna Melissa (Clanton) Gunn Nov. 1 opened Deck the Halls in downtown Dowagiac, where it will be her favorite holiday year-round. Ornaments by Bronner’s in Frankenmuth — “the world’s largest Christmas store” — and Old World Christmas Factory in Spokane, Wash., cover an entire wall.
Landlords honor Lawson with $7,500 endowment
Niles-based Southwest Michigan Landlord Association April 18 created a $7,500 Southwestern Michigan College endowment honoring founder Phillip R. Lawson. Mr. Lawson, who earned an SMC associate degree in 1991, died Jan. 2, 2016. He was 71. The non-profit corporation formed to help landlords be more professional and to provide tenants quality housing.