Business Club signing up students for Grand Rapids bus trip
Southwestern Michigan College Business Club elected 2018-19 officers and discussed a Grand Rapids bus trip Friday, Oct. 12, at the first fall-semester meeting. Students at both campuses were linked to the organizational meeting Sept. 19, with advisors Leon Letter at the Barbara Wood Building in Dowagiac and Jane Mitchell at the Niles Campus. Officers elected include President Yaritza Castillo, Vice President Blake Landon, Secretary Alyssa Gregory and Treasurer Darrian Ellsworth.
United Way grant funds SMC counseling services
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.