n North Central Michigan College, Petoskey, has been named a Military Friendly School by Victory Media for the second year. The 2014 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.
n TBA Credit Union has award Classroom Improvement Grants to three local schools. Traverse City High School was granted $542 toward new math textbooks, Eastern Elementary received $1,000 to kick-start a student-run television studio and TCAPS Montessori at Glen Loomis was awarded $1,000 toward the purchase of classroom iPads.
“TBACU allocates funds each year to support the Classroom Improvement Grant Program and has donated $5,000 to local schools in 2013 alone,” said Karen Browne, President and CEO of TBA Credit Union.
n TBA Credit Union will continue a $20,000 partnership with Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS). Since 2010 TBA Credit Union has been a TCAPS Partner In Education with sponsorship funds being allocated toward Learning Enrichment and Athletic Programs (LEAP). LEAP offers activities such as KidzArt, Drama Kids, Taste of the Arts and athletics to students.
n Ashley Addis, daughter of Frank and Lori Addis, of Lake Ann, graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science degree in biopsychology, cognition and neuroscience in the spring of 2013. She is now attending graduate school at the Tulane University School of Public Health to earn her master’s degree in public health-nutrition.
n Aimee Ruder Cloud, of Traverse City, a 2007 graduate from Shenandoah University’s Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy, recently received the Distinguished Alumna Award for Young Career Achievement. Currently employed at Munson Medical Center, Cloud has had an outstanding career as a pharmacist and is focused on the treatment and well-being of those suffering from cancer.
n The early childhood education (ECE) associate degree program offered at Baker College of Cadillac and seven other Baker College campuses across the state has earned accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
Baker College joins nearly 160 colleges across the country that offer NAEYC-accredited programs. Accreditation standards include promotion of child development and learning, building family and community relationships and content knowledge to build meaningful curriculum.