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DTE Energy holds job fair in Kentwood

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- DTE Energy is holding a job fair Thursday in Kentwood.

It's happening at 4420 44th Street, Suite B from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

DTE is looking for customer care representatives to work in a call center. Eligible candidates should have a high school diploma or equivalent experience. The position pays $12.20 per hour with incentives and the potential to make up to $14.50 per hour. It also includes benefits.

If you're interested in getting in on the job fair you're asked to "dress for success" and bring a printed and electronic copy of your resume.

Loaded gun found in carry-on luggage at Ford Airport

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - A 38-year-old man was arrested at Gerald R. Ford International Airport for carrying on a loaded gun.

The loaded 9mm Kahr PM9 was found in the carry-on luggage of the man on Tuesday. He was intending to fly from Grand Rapids to Dallas/Fort Worth. He was arrested on local charges.

The TSA says that this is the sixth weapon to be discovered in carry-on luggage at Ford Airport this year.

Anyone who brings firearms to security checkpoints are referred to law enforcement and are subject to criminal penalties. The TSA has the ability to impose a civil penalty. Fines can range from $1,500 up to $11,000 for a single civil penalty for firearms brought to a security checkpoint.

Davenport offers job guarantee for accounting students

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Davenport University is offering an incentive to students with an interest in accounting.

The school announced Wednesday morning an Employment Guarantee for all accounting students. If you can't find a job in accounting within six months of graduation, you can get more education at Davenport.

At a morning news conference, Davenport President Dr. Richard Pappas said: "Accountablity is more than words - it's a backing up of what we believe are our excellent programs at Davenport University."

My Town Kentwood: Senior living community expanding

My Town Kentwood: Senior living community expanding

KENTWOOD, Mich.--  A senior living community is expanding in Kentwood.

Holland Home will break ground on a new rehabilitation center and memory care assisted living center late this month.  The work will take place at Holland Home’s Breton Rehabilitation & Living Centre off 44th Street.

The multi-million dollar project includes expanding the rehabilitation gym, adding a state-of-the-art equipment for therapy, as well as constructing a 15-bed, single-story private living space for people with conditions affecting their memory.

The project is expected to create 10 to 15 new jobs. The new space should open late next year.

Breton Rehabilitation & Living Centre was voted one of the 100 best nursing homes in the country by “U.S. News & World Report” and is rated five stars by Medicare Compare.  

My Town: Davenport University open house for Urban Education Master's Program Aug. 20

My Town: Davenport University open house for Urban Education Master's Program Aug. 20


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Davenport University)– Davenport University is proud to announce that it has received approval from the Michigan Department of Education as well as from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) to offer the Michigan Alternate Route to Interim Teaching Certification (MARITC) through its new College of Urban Education. Recruitment of the first cohort of students for Davenport’s Master of Urban Education program is now underway, with classes scheduled to begin Oct. 29.

“Davenport’s College of Urban Education will change how teachers and education leaders are prepared to serve in urban K-12 settings,” said Dr. Richard Pappas, President of Davenport University.  “We are proud of our partnership with Grand Rapids Public Schools and Innovation Central High School, where DU students will gain valuable experience teaching right from the start.” 

My Town: Four fun ways to prepare for heading back to school

My Town: Four fun ways to prepare for heading back to school

The start of the 2014-15 schools year is just around the corner.

As a parent, don’t let the start of a new school year catch you off guard- start preparing your students now to hit the books this fall.  While some activities, like waking up early, may be met with less enthusiasm, back-to-school preparation can be fun. 

Educators at Michigan Connections Academy have developed four fun, yet educational, activities parents and students can do together to help prepare for a successful start to the new school year— and the best part is the students won’t even realize they are learning!

My Town: Tim Hortons serves up sweet treat for Special Olympics Michigan

My Town: Tim Hortons serves up sweet treat for Special Olympics Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Grand Rapids area Tim Hortons are serving up some sweet smiles for a good cause.

Now through Aug. 17, participating Tim Hortons Café and Bake Shops will be selling Smile Cookies to benefit Special Olympics Michigan’s Young Athletes program.  The cookie is chocolate chunk with a smiley face draw on it in pink and blue frosting.  Each treat is $1 and available while supplies last.

The Young Athletes Program introduces children ages 2-7 with intellectual disabilities to sports, fostering their physical, cognitive and social development.

This is the second year for the Smile Cookie program in Grand Rapids; last year, participating businesses collected more than $5,000 for Special Olympics Michigan in just 10 days.