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Aquinas College expands dual enrollment agreement with three area Catholic High Schools

February 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

Aquinas College is expanding its dual enrollment agreement with three high schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids to make additional college-level courses available. In the 2015 to 2016 school year, West Catholic High School will expand its existing dual enrollment courses, while Catholic Central High School and Muskegon Catholic Central High School will begin offering two classes as part of new dual enrollment agreements. “Following a successful pilot program with West Catholic, we wanted to not only expand the program within that high school, but also begin to bring it to other Catholic schools,” said Dr. Gilda Gely, Aquinas College provost. “When considering which classes would best fit each school, we worked closely with the administration in the high schools to identify areas not currently taught, as well as those that would most benefit the students. The classes we’ll be offering will help further prepare students for college by introducing them to the rigor of higher education while giving them transferable college credit.” Aquinas will offer two classes at Catholic Central – Principles of Management in the fall and Personal Finance in the spring. Two classes will also be offered at Muskegon Catholic Central – Personal Finance in the fall and Intro to Cultural Anthropology in the spring. West Catholic is adding Personal Finance, Logic, Principles of Management and Business Communication, and will continue to offer Principles of Management. These classes will be available to junior and senior level high school students who will be eligible to earn 12 college credits by taking one college course each semester for both years. Students interested in the courses must first apply and be admitted to Aquinas College. The courses are held on the high school’s campus, but are Aquinas courses taught by Aquinas professors. “The demand for dual enrollment classes this year has exceeded our expectations,” said Cynthia Kneibel, principal at West Catholic High School. “Our spring Principles of Management class is full, as was our Accounting course this past fall. Aquinas has been a marvelous partner.  I feel blessed that our students can take Catholic college courses right here on our campus.” “Catholic Central is grateful for this partnership with Aquinas College, the opportunities it provides for our students, and the strength it affords Catholic […]

Rockford Area Historical Society News and Updates

February 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

Terry Konkle – President One great source to gather information on what was happening in the Rockford school system is the newspapers put out by the students over the years. The earliest ones were called “Rockford Rocket”. Recently, I used two of the papers in researching some aspects of the school’s athletic history, but I also found other information that I thought readers might find interesting . The papers were dated April 17, 1928 and May 15, 1928 and both contained positive educational details of the Rockford school system. In the April paper mention is made about the fact that Rockford High School (RHS) had been evaluated by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and had been placed on the organization’s approved list. The school would receive a certificate to be placed in the building to confirm this award. The certificate would show that the high school had maintained a significantly high standard, and the status would be good for one year. The following quote shows the importance of the honor: “It means that a student graduating from RHS will be admitted to any college or university in the 20 states making up the North Central group without having to pass an entrance examination.” The May “Rockford Rocket” contained a letter from John J. Lee, inspector for the Michigan State Department of Public Instruction. He had visited the school on April 16 and the letter reported his findings. He started with this statement: “I was pleased to spend the entire day in your school for I have known for several years of the splendid school system in your town and was glad to note the work it is doing.” He then went on to elaborate on some of the things that really impressed him. He liked the school organization and the way records were kept. He said: “Rockford School is one of the best administered and organized schools of its size in Michigan or even among towns considerably larger.” Mr. Lee went on to say: “The building and equipment are excellent and rooms throughout the entire building serve well the purpose for which they are used. The work of the teachers and pupils throughout the entire school was very pleasing. The attitude […]

Rockford’s Mackenzie Vallad Signs with Cornerstone University

February 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

Mackenzie Vallad saw her dreams come true when she made it official and signed to play both softball and volleyball at Cornerstone University. On Tuesday, February 3, at 3:00 P.M. in the Ram’s Den at Rockford High School, Mackenzie signed the official papers to play softball at Cornerstone with Coach Jim Farrell present. The room was filled with family, fellow Rockford Varsity softball teammates, many friends, former and present coaches, and most importantly, Mackenzie’s number one fan, her Grandpa Dennis Weaver. Although Mackenzie had three or four other offers, she said Cornerstone was her choice because she wanted to attend a Christian university and this school seemed like the right fit for her. Cornerstone softball coach added that Mackenzie was “exactly what we were looking for.” He continued by saying, “Not only is she a leader on the field, but I know she will be a leader off the field as well.” Coach Farrell could not be more right. Mackenzie not only played both volleyball and softball throughout high school, but she was also named captain, she serves on her school’s student council, she created a peer listening group at Rockford High School, she speaks to people about depression, and she is very involved with her church as well. Following this big day, on Wednesday, February 4, at 4:00 P.M. at Cornerstone University, Mackenzie will sign officially to play volleyball at Cornerstone. Numerous kids may sign to play sports in college, but Mackenzie’s story is different. She will be playing two sports at the college level, and she will continue to impact people through sports and even more importantly, through her leadership opportunities. As Cornerstone’s Coach Jim Farrell said, “I am thrilled and thankful to have her on my team, but I am even more excited to see what the Lord has in store for her. “

More about Beekeeping!

February 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

The more bees, the more fruit and honey! The Izaak Walton League will be hosting a Beekeeping program on Saturday, Feb. 21, from 2:00 to 3:30. Jamie Sansone from the Aquinas College Beekeeping Club will be leading the presentation, with time for questions and discussion about the basics and newer methods. As honeybee populations ran into trouble in recent years, more attention had to be focused on their survival. Issues involving mites, habitat, and pesticides were concerns shared by many people wanting to engage in sustainable lifestyles. Students at Aquinas College formed a club and have been successfully maintaining hives on the Marywood Academy Campus. As Jamie Sansone did research with local area beekeepers, she got more involved, is now expanding it into her career. After graduating this spring, she will be moving to Costa Rica to manage hives for a medicinal herb farm. She will be bringing samples of local bread and honey, show pictures, describe the basics, and open up a discussion. If last week’s great article about Jeff Harkema got your attention in the Squire, this is another chance to find out more about beekeeping. Everyone is welcome, from the simply curious to experienced beekeepers who may have advice to share. The Ikes’ request a $5. donation at the door; or free for members. Their Conservation Center is at 5641 Myers Lake Ave., half-mile north of Cannonsburg Ski Area. To save your place in the class, please rsvp to Next month’s class will be an introduction to Foraging Wild Foods, on March 21. The Izaak Walton League promotes sustainable ecologies, a love of the outdoors, and also future careers by awarding scholarships to area seniors pursuing environmental studies.

Local students graduate from WMU

February 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

Western Michigan University has announced the December graduations of students from Rockford and Belmont. From Belmont, Elizabeth Grace Bell earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Student Integrated Curriculum. Jessica Marie Mooney graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Communications. Alexis Nicole Tuffs received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accoutancy. Nathan A. VanKammen earned his Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Civil Engineering. From Rockford Nicholas Lee Keikkinen received a Masters of Business Administration in Business Administration. Barbara R. Peay graduated with a Masters of Arts in Counselor Education: Clinical Mental Health. Shannon Lee Wilson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Earth Science: Secondary Education.

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