International Girls in ICT Day sparks technology interests at Baker College




The first International Girls in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Day at Baker College’s Muskegon campus opened the door to opportunity for the nearly 60 eighth-graders from Muskegon County schools who attended.


Based on post-event surveys, it appears the event met its goal of sparking an interest in ICT among the attendees. Several noted they are going to join their school’s robotic team. Most found the experience applicable to many facets of their lives, and, for one, the workshop led to the realization: “Girls can do anything a man can do, including engineering.”


“There is critical need for trained talent in the ICT industry now – male or female,” said Mark Verhoeven, Baker College of Muskegon program director of networking and security. “However, females are an untapped resource – they are underrepresented in the industry and few are in our IT programs at Baker College.


“Females bring different perspectives and abilities that can enhance innovation. It’s most imperative females are included in the development process of new technology because they will most likely be among the end users. Plus, the ICT industry offers well-paid, challenging careers.”


In addition to Baker College, there were three signature sponsors “without whom this event would not be possible,” Verhoeven said. They are cPanel Inc., Arconic and ADAC Automotive. The event was free to the girls who were introduced to careers in ICT through hands-on projects and presentations by speakers in various professions and a Baker College student.


For more information about Baker College information technology programs, contact Debbie Smith, in the admissions office at or 231.777.5200, or visit




Baker College of Muskegon student wins gold, silver, other top-10 rankings at 3rd national BPA competition


MUSKEGON, Mich. – For the third consecutive year, Baker College of Muskegon student Leah Devore has brought home multiple top-10 awards from the Business Professionals of America (BPA) National Leadership Conference.


At the 2017 conference, May 10-14, in Orlando, Florida, she placed first in fundamental word processing, second in federal income tax accounting, sixth in project management concepts and eighth in accounting mathematics concepts. The Lincoln native is on track to graduate with a bachelor’s in accounting in June.


“Leah demonstrated that what she’s learned at Baker College is on par with the best in the nation,” said Lee Coggin, J.D., Baker College of Muskegon president. “Her hard work is paying off, not only for the competition but it is helping to identify her as a standout who can contribute to the success of her employer on day one.”


Devore’s previous national awards include first place in federal income tax accounting and multiple top-10 awards for college accounting and for financial math and analysis concepts. She qualified for the national competitions at the annual Michigan BPA conferences.


She is working part time for a not-for-profit organization and would like to stay in Muskegon and work full time in bookkeeping, which, she says, “will allow me to use all the skills I’ve learned at Baker College.” Her next goal is to become a certified accountant.


Mark Verhoeven, Baker College director of computer networking programs and BPA team advisor, accompanied Devore to the national competition. He is one of a handful of certified BPA Local Chapter Advisors in Michigan.


The four-day national convention drew more than 6,000 students and advisors from across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. It was comprised of various activities, including competitions, leadership development workshops, networking, certification options in software programs, national officer elections and nationally known speakers.


BPA has more than 45,000 members through chapters in 25 states and Puerto Rico and is known as the premier career and technical student organization for students pursuing business-related careers.


For more information about Baker College business and computer technology programs, contact Debbie Smith in the Baker College of Muskegon admissions office at 231.777.5200 or or visit



Students earn $26,000 in scholarships at MI Industrial Technology Challenge


Muskegon Area Career Tech Center (MACTC) Auto Collision/Refinishing, Computer-Aided Design, and Machining/Engineering Technology students competed at the Michigan Industrial and Technology Education Society (MITES) State Finals at Saginaw Valley State University, May 10–13, 2017. The competition compared over 5,300 student projects in various industrial technology categories from high schools and tech centers throughout Michigan. The projects were judged by industry professionals based on accuracy, craftsmanship, and difficulty.


Three first place prizes went to Muskegon Area Career Tech Center students. Auto Collision/Refinishing student Brendon Frees (Holton) earned first place in General Auto Body for his street rod entry. Computer-Aided Design (CAD) student Kyle Milliron (Oakridge) earned two first place awards, one in Architectural Topographic Map and the other in Architectural Presentation.


Top ten finishers from CAD include August Lee (Fruitport) who earned two second place awards–one in Architectural Topographic Map and another in Architectural Presentation; Jared Fleener (Orchard View), fifth place Architectural Presentation; Dakota Wyant (Reeths-Puffer), sixth place Architectural Presentation; Spencer Keene (Reeths-Puffer), sixth place 3D Prototype Models-Single Part; Cameron Whitener (Holton), seventh place Architectural Exterior Rendering; and Collin Hill (Reeths-Puffer), seventh place 3D Prototype Models-Assembly and 3D Prototype Models-Single Part.


Machining/Engineering Technology students earned $26,000 in scholarships for their projects. Scholarship recipients include Jarrin Stott (Fruitport), first place Simple Machined Parts Hand Tool and $11,500 in scholarships; Michael Gayton (Muskegon Community Ed. Center), third place in Single Machined Hand Tools and Parts and $4,500 in scholarships; Eliyah Moore (Muskegon Heights), fourth place Mating Moving Parts and a $2,000 scholarship; Wesley DeLora (Oakridge), fifth place Mating Moving Parts and a $2,000 scholarship; Brandon Rusco (Oakridge), eighth place Machine Crafts and a $2,000 scholarship; Jedidiah O’Brien (Mona Shores), ninth place Single Machined Precision Tool and a $2,000 scholarship; and Michael Morey (Ravenna), tenth place Single Machined Hand Tools and Parts and a $2,000 scholarship. Oscar Stiver (Ravenna) received Honorable Mention in Single Machined Hand Tools and Parts.


The Michigan Industrial and Technology Education Society was established in 1928. It is a professional organization of industrial technology and career technical education educators whose purpose is the development of industrial and technology education at all levels of private andpublic education.



“Birds of Prey” Coming to Muskegon Lake Nature Preserve June 17

Great predators of the sky will swoop into North Muskegon as part of a unique  presentation in June.  On  June, 17, 2017 at 10:.00 am.  the Muskegon Lake Nature Preserve will be presenting the “Birds of Prey”  demonstration from the Outdoor Discovery Center.  It is free to attend and there will be a raffle giving away gift certificates to local restaurant.


Joy Funk and Andrea Woody,  master naturalists,  will be leading the presentation. Funk will discuss the habitats of both common and rare Michigan hawks and owls, as well as their importance to the ecosystem during the presentations.  She will use four to five live birds to help further explain the importance of raptors in nature, including a barred Owl and American kestrel.


The presentation is designed for children 5 and older who will be accompanied by an adult.


The Muskegon Lake Nature Preserve is located in North Muskegon on Lake Ave., just west of the causeway. It has an education program for school kids in the area.


The Muskegon Lake Nature Preserve is operated by the Muskegon Environmental Research & Education Society a 501 C3 organization. The Muskegon Lake Nature Preserve is open every day from dawn to dusk.


For further information contact: Ron Brown at


Michigan’s Adventure Gears Up for Memorial Day Weekend!

Muskegon, Mich. – Summer has arrived and Michigan’s Adventure is ready to make your Memorial Day Weekend the Best Weekend Ever!


Opening weekend will include Tribute to the Armed Forces on May 28 & 29. Michigan’s Adventure will offer FREE admission to active and retired United States military personnel on Sunday and Monday. This will be the thirteenth year that Michigan’s Adventure has extended the offer of free admission to men and women of the Armed Forces during this special event.


As a part of its Tribute to the Armed Forces program, active and retired members of the U.S military will be able to purchase discounted admission tickets for members of their immediate family (maximum of six) at a special military discount price of $26.00 each. The free ticket offer will be available on Sunday and Monday, May 28 & 29, and a valid military ID must be presented. Each year members of the Michigan’s Adventure management team look forward to the opportunity to host the distribution table and meet the brave men and women that give so much to our country.


Early season at the park will offer a variety of special events to guests, including American Heroes Week, Season Pass Holder Bring-a-Friend Days, the Scouting Outing, Coaster Campout and special youth events. With the introduction of a new web site in 2017, guests will be able to keep up with the latest news at the park,


Michigan’s Adventure will be open on May 24 for Physics Day. Students from around the state will visit the amusement park and put the skills that they learned in the classroom to work while riding thrill rides and roller coasters.


Funland Farm has returned for a second season. A fan favorite in 2016, the family-friendly area will again offer a variety of farm animals for guests to meet. Furry friends include a miniature donkey, goats, alpaca, llamas, a miniature horse, chickens and more. Funland Farm is included with park admission.


Home to Thunderhawk and Shivering Timbers, Michigan’s Adventure offers a variety of thrill rides, family rides, and kiddie rides. Thunderhawk is Michigan’s only suspended looping roller coaster, and Shivering Timbers has been consistently ranked as one of the finest wooden roller coasters in the world since it was introduced.


Michigan’s Adventure Season Passes are available at a special rate though May 29. Season pass holders are offered a variety of perks, including early water park entry on select days, bring-a-friend days and park discounts. For more information about Michigan’s Adventure, call 231.766.3377, or visit


Michigan’s Adventure is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FUN.” In addition to Michigan’s Adventure, Cedar Fair owns and operates 10 other amusement parks, three outdoor water parks, one indoor water park, and five hotels. Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in California under a management contract.


Contact: Camille Jourden-Mark
Vice President/General Manager
Michigan’s Adventure


See 26 projects, $1 billion in investments coming to Muskegon County

More than $1 billion in investment in the Muskegon lakeshore area is in various stages of development, from recently completed to underway to proposed.

The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce keeps track of these projects, and says, “Watch Us Grow,” a spinoff of the “Watch Muskegon, We’re just getting started” campaign.

Those investments, so far, translate into more than 1,000 open jobs in a Muskegon County where the unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in March.

The Chamber lists 26 projects, totaling about $1.2 billion in investment.


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May 2017 E-vents

May 2017 E-vents. 

Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame Inductees Honored

Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame Inductees Honored


The Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame recently inducted members into the 2017 Environmental Hall of Fame. Bob Garner emceed the evening of May 10 as the inductees were honored.


There were three individuals inducted, Jack Bails, who served 28 years within the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Tanya Cabala, a former teacher and resident of the White Lake area, has been an environmental activist since 1989. She worked with the White Lake group to get White Lake delisted from the area of concern. Merrill “Pete” Petoskey, devoted his personal and professional life to conservation. He paralleled the trajectory of the state’s ever-growing wildlife management regime from the 1940’s through the 1970’s.


Inducted into the Legacy Circle was Marcus Schaaf. Marcus was Michigan’s longest serving state forester, having served from 1910 to 1949.He pioneered nursery operations and reforestation as well as public forest administration.


The Sunrise Youth Award was presented to the Freeman Elementary School of Flint. The students took steps that took the lead down from 20 times the US EPA level to 15 parts per billion.


In the Non-Profit category, the inductee was the Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice. It is dedicated to providing all Detroit residents with the tools they need to play a meaningful role in the decision making process concerning environmental issues.


Former Lt. Governor John Cherry was the guest speaker and spoke about the environment and the role individuals play in protecting it.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 5/22/17-5/29/17


Muskegon County Calendar of Events 05/22/17-05/29/17

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau

View calendar here. 



Brooklyn Bagels

Brooklyn Bagels offers a variety of bagels, breakfast sandwiches, specialty coffee drinks, and baked goods. They have three locations including North Muskegon, Roosevelt Park, and Muskegon. They also offer catering services for events and parties. Click Here for more information on Brooklyn Bagels.

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Volunteer for the Lakeshore Art Festival

A unique blend of arts, crafts, music, food and fun along the shoreline in historic Downtown Muskegon. More than 300 artists and crafters will be showcased with fine art in the park, crafts, children’s activities and Michigan food market – all wrapped up in a huge downtown street party atmosphere!   Come out and join us on July 7th,  and July 8th, 2017.

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