SMC graduated 403
Southwestern Michigan College graduated 403 students in the Class of 2019 at its 52nd Commencement. SMC awarded 158 Associate in Arts (AA) degrees, 35 Associate in Science (AS) degrees, 171 Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degrees and 39 certificates.
Dowagiac graduates first Early Middle College class
While their peers are just a year into higher education, the first eight Early Middle College participants graduated from Southwestern Michigan College on May 4. This partnership between SMC and Dowagiac Union High School allowed them to earn an associate degree for free by extending their secondary career one year for “grade 13.”
Craft, Roschyk win SMC math/science awards
During a week when Southwestern Michigan College is honoring its best students through numerous events, the Math/Science Department April 26 honored two of its finest students, Abigail Craft and Anaya Roschyk. Craft received the Darrin Williams Memorial Scholarship, the highest award the department bestows. Roschyk received the department's Appreciation Award, won by Craft in 2018, Chair Ria Thomas announced.
SMC student accepted for U-M summer research fellowship
After graduating from Southwestern Michigan College on May 4 with his associate in science degree, Abednego T. Saah heads for Ann Arbor. Saah, who wants to be a doctor, was accepted for the Community College Summer Research Fellowship Program sponsored by UROP, the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program at the University of Michigan.
Outstanding graduates hear Dr. Schmidt
Southwestern Michigan College Foundation President Dr. Carole Schmidt drew on “Wizard of Oz” wisdom to address the Outstanding Graduate Reception April 18 in the theatre of the Dale A. Lyons Building on SMC’s Dowagiac campus.
Business honor society inducts SMC students
Ten high-achieving Southwestern Michigan College graduating students were inducted April 10 into Alpha Beta Gamma (ABG), the international community college business honor society. They represent the latest group of SMC’s growing honors student population.
Phi Theta Kappa inductees hear Faculty of the Year
Instructor Jim Benak spoke April 26 at Mathews Conference West on Southwestern Michigan College’s Dowagiac campus at the induction of 17 students into Sigma Psi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for community colleges. His four pieces of wisdom for students developing themselves for the workforce are to be open-minded, flexible, resilient and mindful that “there’s only one of you.”
SMC first two-year school with criminal justice honor society
After winning its fifth straight SkillsUSA state title over spring break, Southwestern Michigan College’s criminal justice program notched another notable achievement this month, becoming the first Michigan community college with an American Criminal Justice Association Lambda Alpha Epsilon chapter.
Third Honors Showcase fills SMC art gallery
Exemplary Southwestern Michigan College students displayed their work at the third Honors Showcase Dec. 12 in the art gallery of the Dale A. Lyons Building on the Dowagiac campus. Fifteen students in SMC’s Honors Program presented posters and answered questions, simulating a professional conference experience unheard of for most college freshmen and sophomores.
SMC accepting applications for new paralegal program
Students can apply now for Southwestern Michigan College’s new paralegal program, with classes beginning next fall. “If you look at Michigan’s ‘hot jobs,’ paralegal is the sixth-fastest-growing associate degree program,” according to Leon Letter, one of two attorneys on SMC’s faculty. “All programs above it are in medical fields. Paralegal is the biggest non-medical demand for jobs, and there’s a huge opportunity on this side of the state.” Letter said the nearest paralegal program is in Grand Rapids, with most in metropolitan Detroit.