Apprenticeship luncheon slated

GRAYLING — An informational luncheon on apprenticeships in the region is scheduled for June 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Community Room B at Kirkland Community College, located at 4800 W. Four Mile Rd. in Grayling.

The session will discuss the definition of an apprenticeship, how to develop a program and how to use an apprenticeship to fill gaps in the workforce. Presenters include Kathleen Fox, director of workforce development and apprenticeships at Kirkland Community College; Natasha Allen, chief operating officer from Michigan Works 7B; Collin Hoffmeyer, business solutions manager from Michigan Works Northeast Consortium; and Evelyn Szpliet, Northwest Michigan Works manager of apprenticeships and business resource networks.

There is no cost to attend, but the session is limited to 100. RSVP to Szpliet at

Rail Conference set for August

EAST LANSING — The annual Michigan Rail Conference is scheduled for Aug. 7-9 at the Henry Center at 3535 Forest Rd. on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing.

The keynote speaker is Ronald Batory, administrator for the Federal Railroad Administration. Derek Taylor, vice president of the Southern Region for the Canadian National Railroad, will deliver the opening speech for the conference.

Hosts of the event include the Michigan Department of Transportation, Michigan Tech University's Rail Transportation Program, MSU and the Michigan Railroads Association. The conference is designed for government officials, transportation industry professionals, students and other members of the public.

Log on to to register. More information about the event is available by contacting Amanda Kerttu at or (906) 487-2429.

Magazine honors CBS Solar

COPEMISH — Trade publication General Contractors magazine named Copemish-based CBS Solar one of America's Best Residential Solar Contractors.

CBS Solar custom designs and builds each system to individual needs of each homeowner or business. President Allan O'Shea said in a release that the company has quietly been on the leading edge of the solar power movement in Michigan.

The 30 percent federal tax credit established in 2006 is set to begin in 2020 incrementally diminishing, the release said, and the ability to utilize the full tax deduction in 2019 is driving a lot of business for solar companies.