Traverse City Record-Eagle


August 31, 2010

Education In Brief: 08/31/2010

Manufacturing center adds counties

TRAVERSE CITY — More northern Michigan manufacturers will receive training and support through NMC's Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center's (MMTC) expansion into 11 additional counties of the northern Lower Peninsula.

Northwestern Michigan College hosts the regional office of the MMTC. The center is part of the nationwide Manufacturing Extension Partnership program under the National Institute for Science and Technology.

The expansion — taking MMTC's service area from 10 counties to 21 counties — is part of a statewide redistricting. It also aligns with NMC's strategic agenda calling for the college to increase its role in support of economic development, workforce development and community growth.

Through the regional MMTC office assessment services and basic improvement advice are offered at no cost along with a number of low cost introductory training topics. The office is required to maintain an average of 15-to-1 return on investment as reported by clients using the services. Client organizations are surveyed by a national, third-party firm between six and 12 months after project completion to assess project impacts.

Learn more about NMC's manufacturing training at

Deadline Sept. 9 for registration

TRAVERSE CITY — The Grand Traverse Area Retired School Personnel will meet at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14.

The meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn on East Front Street. Loraine Anderson will present a history of the Record-Eagle.

Cost is $12 and includes the meal and gratuity. The reservation deadline is Thursday, Sept. 9; reservations are required and binding unless canceled. Call Linda Czajka, 932-7393.

Westwoods now grade 'looping'

TRAVERSE CITY — Westwood Elementary School will begin "looping" classrooms this year.

The same group of children will move with the same teacher from one grade level to the next, usually staying together for a two-year cycle.

"In the second year, students know what to expect," said principal Sander Scott. "Relationships and routines have already been formed, and the classroom can get right down to the business of learning."

For the 2010-11 school year, there will be three kindergarten-to-first-grade loops, one first- to second-grade loop, and one second- to third-grade loop.

Preschool story time set for September

TRAVERSE CITY — The Peninsula Community Library will hold preschool story time the first and third Thursday of the month.

Story Stew begins Sept. 2 with "My Fresh Box of Crayons." The Sept. 16 program is "Using the Library" and will feature Kelly, the reading dog bear.

Story Stew is held at 11 a.m., lasts about an hour and is free. For more information, call 223-7700.

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