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.
SMC, IUSB tackle invasive species together
Southwestern Michigan College and Indiana University South Bend honors students re-teamed Oct. 26 to catalog and contain invasive species in the pollinator field at the southeast corner of the Dowagiac campus. For Earth Day in April 2018, SMC traveled to South Bend to help IUSB clean up St. Joseph River banks. Alternating fall/spring collaborations will continue. “It’s a way to bring the classroom to real life,” said Gary Franchy, SMC Honors Program co-founder with fellow mathematics instructor Mark Pelfrey.
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.
Nursing students explore cultural diversity
Nineteen cultural-sensitivity projects by 38 Southwestern Michigan College nursing students were displayed Oct. 24 in the Dale A. Lyons Building.