SMC Auto Club plans projects
Southwestern Michigan College’s new Auto Club has already exceeded Kyle Schrock’s expectations. At October’s inaugural meeting, “I thought we’d do a community service project. They were talking about raising money to give back to people who are less fortunate,” Schrock said.
SMC celebrates Diversity Week
Southwestern Michigan College’s second annual Diversity Week celebrated Hanukkah, Diwali, Kwanzaa and Mawlid un-Nabi Dec. 3-6 in the Dowagiac campus’ Student Activity Center. The emphasis of the week was to highlight other cultural observances that occur in November and December.
SMC students observe ML King Day
Students ate pizza in the SAC theatre while discussing Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” on Martin Luther King Jr. Day Jan. 21.
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.