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Schools Featuring Optimal Flexibility Hold Informational Events for Michigan Families

As families continue to seek school options featuring greater flexibility and control for their children’s education, Michigan’s leading virtual and blended learning schools – Michigan Connections Academy, Great Lakes Cyber Academy and Nexus Academy’s three campuses in Grand Rapids, Lansing and Royal Oak – have scheduled a variety of information events throughout October.

Interested families are encouraged to attend upcoming events to learn more about how virtual and blended learning works, meet teachers and familiarize themselves with the schools’ award-winning curriculum.

“We have seen a huge change in our son’s self-confidence and motivation to learn since

My Town Kentwood: School piano sale Sept. 12-13

My Town Kentwood: School piano sale Sept. 12-13

KENTWOOD, Mich.—Michigan State University is selling off a collection of pianos previously used by students of the College of Music.

The Kawai acoustic and digital pianos were loaned to the college by Kawai America and West Michigan Piano.  The collection, along with pianos loaned to Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and more than 100 other new and used pianos, will be on sale at a fraction of regular retail value.

The sale is Friday, Sept. 12 and Saturday, Sept 13 at West Michigan Piano, located at 3600 29th Street SE in Kentwood.

Schools with Unique and Flexible Learning Models Host Information Sessions

The new school year has arrived and some families may still be undecided on the best education option for their child.

My Town: Start of school filled with photos and well-wishes

My Town: Start of school filled with photos and well-wishes

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- The 2014-2015 school year is officially underway for West Michigan students.

On Sept. 2, which was the official start of classes for most schools, State Superintendent Mike Flanagan released this statement: 

"It’s a great day to be Back to School in Michigan !

Let me take a moment to wish everyone a positive and successful school year.

Our team here at the Michigan Department of Education, the State Board of Education, and I appreciate the hard work and daily dedication teachers, administrators, school board members, and other school staff devote to our children in Michigan.

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

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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: School agreement expected to grow West Michigan's health industry

My Town: School agreement expected to grow West Michigan's health industry

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Two West Michigan schools are teaming up to help grow West Michigan’s health industry.

Grand Rapids Community College and Davenport University have signed a deal to allow students who finish the medical assistant program at GRCC to transfer to Davenport for a health degree.  As part of the seamless transfer process, students must also pass a certification exam of American Medical Technologists or the American Association of Medical Assistants.

Davenport University President Dr. Richard Pappas says the transfer agreement will help grow the area’s skilled health workforce, in addition to benefiting students.

Davenport offers associates degrees in medical assisting and bachelor’s degrees in a variety of health areas, including medical case management, health services administration and nursing.