Lyons Industries boosts college tuition assistance benefit
Lyons Industries of Dowagiac recently increased the college tuition benefit for employees who want to brush up their skills. The company now reimburses up to $1,500 per calendar year for educational courses to all regular, full-time employees after 90 days of continuous service. Eligible expenses include tuition, books and registration fees.
Youth Council honors ‘Flame Keepers’ at SMC
Cass County Youth Council honored four “Flame Keepers” at its 10th annual Child Abuse Prevention Month luncheon before an audience of 153 April 18 at Southwestern Michigan College. “If we can get kids into a positive environment early, it’s so much better,” President Dr. David Mathews said in his welcome, noting Tri-County Head Start has a center on SMC’s Dowagiac campus. Early Childhood Education program director Ranee Conley attended, as did instructor Dr. Mary Young-Marcks with social work students.
SMC immerses Niles students in STEM
Edible math, hurricane-proof engineering and characteristics of living things engaged Niles Eastside Connections sixth, seventh and eighth graders March 22 at Southwestern Michigan College.
Renovated SMC Fitness Center reopens
Following a quick renovation, the Fitness Center on Southwestern Michigan College’s Dowagiac campus reopened for business on June 5. Plumbing in the Charles O. Zollar Building, built in 1970, had developed drainage issues which SMC’s award-winning Building and Grounds Department wanted to address, as it does proactively with maintenance concerns across campus. It was determined the best time to tackle this project was immediately following this spring’s graduation to minimize disruption for students.
SMC helps build Pat Ham playground
A dozen Southwestern Michigan College volunteers got Patrick Hamilton Elementary School’s community build off to a swift start May 17. SMC unpacked new playground equipment, provided preliminary assembly and dug post holes so poured concrete footings could set before final installation May 18.
Bosch renews grant for 2019 SMC STEM camp
Bosch Community Fund’s board has awarded a $5,850 grant enabling Southwestern Michigan College to continue offering a STEM summer camp in early August 2019. Last summer’s camp consisted of four workshops — one each for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics — for 230 students from across Michiana entering grades 4-6.