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Jason Kennedy chosen as new Superintendient

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The ludington area school district board of directors choose a new superintendent last night after a final round of interviews. Before making their choice, board members commented on the difficult choice, with both applicants being strong candidates for the position. In the end, it was Jason Kennedy who has been chosen to lead the Ludington Area School district after the retirement of Andrea Large in the end of June. Jason Kennedy began his interview by expressing joy at staying in the area recently and thanked the administrative team as they showed him around the district and system. Communication and putting the kids first were common themes in his answers throughout the interview. In regards to plans for the future Kennedy said, “I have 15-20 years left in education, I would love nothing more than to put down roots in ludington and be here a long time.”

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West Shore hosts Nurse Career fair

Nursing Career Day (NCD), an annual event sponsored by West Shore Community College’ s Nursing and Allied Health Division, was held wednesday in the college’s Tech Center Atrium.

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Now in its 15th year, NCD is designed to create a forum for WSCC nursing students and alumni to connect with employers and, healthcare-related organizations, as well as undergraduate and graduate schools of nursing.

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“It gives our students an opportunity to speak with prospective employers and colleges for those students wishing to further their education beyond West Shore.” stated the college’s Director of Nursing Ruth Freebury. “Many students have found employment from this event and the students have been busy preparing their resumes and thinking about questions they might ask of the vendors related to education or employment.”

Twenty two hospitals, healthcare-related organizations, and colleges were represented at this year’s event.

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Vanderwall bill continues student options

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State Rep. Curt VanderWall has submitted legislation to give students added flexibility in their educational class choices. Currently, Michigan merit standards allow for one foreign language course requirement to be met by completing a career/technical education (CTE) or visual/performing arts course to graduate high school. Graduating seniors after 2021 would not be eligible to use this option as this provision is set to expire.  VanderWall’s bill removes the 2021 expiration date and allows students to continue having this option. Representative Vanderwall explains the value to students, “It give a lot more flexibility to the student. Not every child is geared toward a foreign language or go into something on that line and this gives them the opportunity to use their hands or explore some different options.”

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