Cass County 100+ Women Who Care adopted Roadrunner Kitchen, Southwestern Michigan College’s new student food pantry, at a recent meeting at Bonine House near Vandalia. From an initial $2,400 donation delivered to the college by Trustee Becky Moore, other members’ checks continued to arrive as this gift keeps on giving. “So far we have received $3,565 in donations. Absolutely amazing!” Director of Library Services Colleen Welsch, PTK co-advisor, said.
The 22 high-achieving Southwestern Michigan College graduates inducted into Alpha Beta Gamma international community college business honor society boost SMC’s growing population of honors students, the Board of Trustees heard May 21 from Dr. Stacy Young, dean of the School of Business and Advanced Technology, and Leon Letter, ABG advisor. “Sometimes people wrongly think community colleges only provide last-resort access to higher education. But we’re also the college of first choice for a lot of high-achieving students who could have been admitted to four-year institutions,” President Dr. David Mathews said.
Southwestern Michigan College Board of Trustees heard from its attorney Monday about the unanimous 37-0 Michigan Senate vote on May 15 advancing legislation sponsored by Sen. John Proos to clarify a statewide issue and establish once and for all that part-time college student workers should not be enrolled in the teachers’ retirement system. Leading up to the Senate action, Attorney General Bill Schuette released a statement supporting both Senate Bill 888 and Rep. Aaron Miller’s House Bill 5679. “Our community colleges have been operating in good conscience since the beginning,” Schuette said.
United Way of Southwest Michigan awarded Southwestern Michigan College a three-year, $25,000 per year grant to continue providing counseling services to students. Teens are more aware of issues with anxiety and depression and are seeking help — not just at SMC, but at colleges nationwide. SMC identified the need through a pilot program utilized 75 times during the 2016-2017 academic year and sought funding for expanding the services going forward. SMC tries to identify any factors that might interrupt a student’s successful path to graduation and intervene where possible. Early intervention is a priority because a mental health issue is one of the top reasons students leave college.
Southwestern Michigan College’s 28-member spring 2018 class received associate degrees in nursing (ADN) pins May 5 in the theatre of the Dale A. Lyons Building on the Dowagiac campus.