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Upcoming fall festival promises fun for all

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Would you like to help students achieve their dreams of going to college? Are you looking for a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon in Mid-Michigan?

Mark your calendar for Mid Michigan Community College’s (MMCC) 25th annual Fall Festival, sponsored by Family Fare Supermarkets—a fundraising event that directly supports scholarships for MMCC students. This year’s festival will be held on Sunday, Sept. 17, at the college’s Harrison campus from noon to 4 p.m.

The Harrison campus will transform into a festival atmosphere with fun children’s games and inflatables, homemade ice cream, a WWI display, Harrison area woodcarvers, a blacksmith, and live onstage entertainment including the Louis Ell Family and Central Area Concert Bands.

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Event tickets provide attendees a pork BBQ meal, complete with baked beans, corn on the cob, and desserts, all donated by Family Fare Supermarkets. Ticket stubs also provide entry into the festival’s raffle. Winners do not need to be present at the Fall Festival to claim their prizes. To celebrate the 25th Festival Anniversary, MMCC will be giving away 25 in-district contact hours – a $4,200 value! Plus, ticket holders also have the chance to win a big screen TV, donated by Wood’s Household Furniture, and shopping sprees at Family Fare Supermarkets, among other prizes.

As part of the day’s festivities, MMCC will host a car, truck and motorcycle show, filling the front lawn with classic vehicles. Other festival events include children’s games, Timber Trail running races, health fair, with participation from over 13 agencies and service organizations, and an animal adoption event sponsored by The Clare County Animal Shelter.

More than 60 classic cars on display

This community event raises more than $20,000 for scholarships each year. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 on the day of the event. Early ticket sales are available online at midmich.edu/bbq.

For more information about MMCC’s Fall Festival, visit midmich.edu/bbq or contact Carol Darlington at cdarlington@midmich.edu or (989) 386-6625.

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MMCC announces new VP of Academic Services

Mid Michigan Community College (MMCC) has selected Dr. Jennifer Fager to serve as the next Vice President of Academic Services.  Fager currently serves as the director of university assessment at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and was selected to join MMCC after a nation-wide search.

“We are pleased to welcome Jennifer to our team,” noted Dr. Christine Hammond, MMCC President. “Her expertise, experience, and drive will be great assets as we continue to build high-quality academic programs.”

Fager holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and a Ph.D. in Administration, Curriculum, and Instruction, all from the University of Nebraska. She began her career in higher education as an assistant professor at South Dakota State University, and has subsequently held both faculty and administrative positions in public and private institutions in Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, and Nevada.

Highly regarded for her expertise in outcomes assessment, Dr. Fager has presented at national and regional conferences, provided consultation to higher education institutions, and led outcomes assessment efforts at the institutional level. In addition to her roles and responsibilities in higher education, she has also served as an elected member of her local school board.

“I appreciate the opportunities afforded me at UW-Eau Claire and the support and latitude provided me, but I am very excited about the opportunities that await me both professionally and personally,” said Fager. “The team at MMCC has been very welcoming, and I look forward to becoming part of the MMCC story.”

Fager joins MMCC at a very exciting time.  In addition to launching a new Advanced Integrated Manufacturing degree, the college is expanding its online offerings, hiring new faculty members, and working to reduce textbook costs.  The college’s new academic pathways project provides a clear map for completing a certificate or degree. The academic division is also expanding apprenticeship and internship opportunities, to more closely tie the skills learned in the classroom to the skills needed on the job.

Fager will transition to her new role at MMCC in July.  Current VP of Academics, Dr. Michael Jankoviak will be retiring in February after 25 years at MMCC.

“We are so appreciative of Mike’s leadership and vision over the years,” said Hammond.  “He has laid a solid foundation from which Jennifer can continue to build academic programs that prepare students to complete a degree and engage as vital members of the local workforce.”

Fager said she welcomes feedback and input from the community as she works to meet local workforce needs.  She can be reached at jfager@midmich.edu or at (989) 386-6622.

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Corrections training academy graduates

A group of sheriff’s officers and Mid students recently completed the Local Corrections Officer Training Academy held on the Mt Pleasant Campus of Mid Michigan College.

Recent corrections academy graduates

County Sheriff Officers Paige Eaves (Isabella), Elizabeth Jones (Gladwin), Nathaniel Bladecki (Arenac) and Mid Michigan College Pre-Service students Angela Firman (St. Louis), Luis Loya, and Josh Phenix (Alma) completed the program.

The 16-week academy offers a comprehensive, interactive instruction in various disciplines for Mid students and local correction officers from various Michigan Sheriff Departments. Training topics include custody and security, defensive tactics, first aid, suicide awareness, fire safety, and interpersonal communications.

The academy, which is certified by the Michigan Sheriffs’ Coordinating and Training Council, is an important element of providing the necessary skills for maintaining a safe, secure environment for correction officers, inmates, and county residents.

“Congratulations to our graduates who are dedicated to learning important skills in order to safely and effectively manage our inmate population. The training helps our corrections officers develop and practice the tools necessary to be successful in a high stress environment,” noted Barney Ledford, Criminal Justice Coordinator at Mid.

For additional information on Mid’s Local Detention Academy, visit midmich.edu/academics or contact Barney Ledford at bledford@midmich.edu or (989) 339-6961.


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Spring/Summer 2018 Honors Students

The Honors Students for Mid Michigan College, Spring/Summer 2018 Semesters, are below.

To achieve President’s or Dean’s List honors, a student must have completed at least 12 credit hours during the semester. President’s List recognition is awarded to students who earned a 4.0 grade point average. Students who earned a 3.5 – 3.999 grade point average are included on the Dean’s List.

Scholars List recognition is for students who earned a letter grade in 6 or more but fewer than 12 college-level credit hours with a 3.5 or higher grade point average for that semester.

President’s List

Lexi Strope Mt. Pleasant
Timothy Matthews Mt. Pleasant

Dean’s List

David Meyers Beaverton
Hailey Gandy Canadian Lakes
Shuqin Zhang Harrison
Faith Denman Mecosta
Arionna Crispin Mt. Pleasant
Saini Liu Mt. Pleasant
Steven Schlegel Weidman

Scholars List

Andrea Gustavison Alma
Leo Hall Alma
Drew Mitchell Alma
Maya Stahl Alma
Ashley Thompson Alma
Roberto Vidal Alma
Jorie Bennett-Walsweer Barryton
Kelsey Barber Beaverton
Brandi Borchardt Beaverton
Skylar Crego Beaverton
Seth Gerow Beaverton
Katelyn Hansen Beaverton
Benjamin Nichols Beaverton
Rebecca Neal Big Rapids
Sidney Lint Blanchard
Erin McDonald Blanchard
Lauryn Wisner Blanchard
Jared Zieris Boyne Falls
Amy Dykhouse Cadillac
Stephanie Humphrey Cadillac
Jeremy Coleman Clare
Hannah David Clare
Rachael Doyle Clare
Karly Humphrey Clare
Elliott Martinez Clare
Clarissa Reyna Clare
Kenneth Smith Clare
Austin Walton Clare
Anthony Montague Clio
Mitchell German Coleman
Michael Oliver II Detroit
Francesca Bettega East Tawas
Madison Cutler Edmore
Timothy Moravik II Edmore
Adam Kozinski Edwardsburg
Cora Mallory Elwell
Jesse Taylor Evart
Jason Barber Farwell
Angela Henderson Farwell
Hailey Hochstetler Farwell
Meagan Huisjen Farwell
Darryl Johns II Farwell
Michelle Montini Farwell
Masyn Simon Farwell
Maggie Terry Fennville
Stephanie Wojtkowiak Gaylord
Ryan Brown Gladwin
Nicholas Fisher Gladwin
Scott Furgeson Jr Gladwin
William Harbison Gladwin
Gabrielle Lester Gladwin
Mikaela Muma Gladwin
Serene Newby Gladwin
Michaelle Smith Gladwin
Andrea Osborne Greenville
Allison Ayers Harrison
Bridgett Case Harrison
Jessica Claffey Harrison
Julie Corcoran Harrison
Erykah Curns Harrison
Abigail Fillhard Harrison
Britney Hale Harrison
Elora Hartley Harrison
Debra Lenning Harrison
Joni Linville Harrison
Tina Parks Harrison
Jessica Reamer Harrison
Alaynie Shook Harrison
Emma Snowden Harrison
Allia Walker Harrison
Alexa Wheeler Harrison
Emmett Heine Houghton Lake
Lori Tedford Houghton Lake
Desereh Annear Iron Mountain
Cassidy Otto-Dove Iron River
Lauryn Ball Ithaca
Kara Kindel Ithaca
MacKenzie Thompson Ithaca
Cameron Harper Jenison
Holly Abbott Lake
Edgar Espinoza Reedy Lake
Bethany Jones Lake
Tori Boynton Lake City
Amber Hoover Lake Isabella
Madison Barnette Leroy
Renee Marvin Leroy
Allyson Stokely Leroy
Blake Werner Leroy
Abigail Brainerd Marion
Tammy Heuker Marion
Mickia Ribic Mecosta
Alicia Sapp Mecosta
Shaylin Anderson Midland
Shawn Bade Midland
Tiffany Brady Midland
Andrew Hays Midland
Brandon Hopp Midland
Kelsey Prince Midland
Alisha Strye Midland
Tara Charboneau Mt. Pleasant
Duane Dangler Mt. Pleasant
Derrick Gaitan Mt. Pleasant
Rebecca Gore Mt. Pleasant
Audrey Hamilton Mt. Pleasant
Kayla Kenny Mt. Pleasant
Autumn King Mt. Pleasant
Brian Kuenzer Mt. Pleasant
Brooke MacDonald Mt. Pleasant
Connie Marshall Mt. Pleasant
Molly Pelowski Mt. Pleasant
Seth Philpot Mt. Pleasant
Tori Strope Mt. Pleasant
Deyi Xu Mt. Pleasant
Nicole Yeboah-Addo Mt. Pleasant
Lacey Bigelow Mt. Pleasant
Alison Bjerke Mt. Pleasant
Ali Bonayyan Mt. Pleasant
Jaylen Browder Mt. Pleasant
Amanda Chritz Mt. Pleasant
Amanda Dalrymple Mt. Pleasant
Paige Dickins Mt. Pleasant
Kenneth Doetsch Mt. Pleasant
Meiqi Fang Mt. Pleasant
Kim Fritz Mt. Pleasant
Paige Hendrie Mt. Pleasant
Gilbert Herrera Mt. Pleasant
Grant Hine Mt. Pleasant
Katie Howland Mt. Pleasant
Heather Justice Mt. Pleasant
Courtney Lamparski Mt. Pleasant
Emari Layton Mt. Pleasant
Ryan Lesosky Mt. Pleasant
Jake Loomis Mt. Pleasant
Mirinda Sides Mt. Pleasant
Hairong Wang Mt. Pleasant
Zhimin Zhang Mt. Pleasant
Yue Zhu Mt. Pleasant
Grace Zimmerman Mt. Pleasant
Makaylah Parker Prudenville
Audrey Banks Remus
Miranda Frayre Remus
Marissa Henning Remus
Michelle Nelson Remus
Russell Nelson II Remus
Trevor Purdy Remus
Jennifer Riesenbeck Remus
Maurgan Chiarenzelli Riverdale
Chadwick Duncan Riverdale
Joseph Schafer Riverdale
Lorrie Taylor Riverdale
Lenagrace House Rosebush
Emily Onica Rosebush
Sara Venema Rosebush
Kent Jackson Saginaw
Brandon Youngs Sears
Todd Perkins Shelby Township
Jason Armstrong Shepherd
Ashlie Artibee Shepherd
Emily Bindschatel Shepherd
Lucel Gager Shepherd
Kelly Kinkead Shepherd
Courtney Lovejoy Shepherd
Andrea Luplow Shepherd
Samantha Moeggenberg Shepherd
Taylor Myers Shepherd
Noah Schafer Shepherd
Kaitlin Story St. Louis
Connie Delong St. Louis
Christina Roe St. Louis
Karlie Doyle Stanwood
Marissa Frye Stanwood
Nichole Wymer Sumner
Chad Wallman Vestaburg
Krista Faber Weidman
Danele Pasch Weidman
Mykena Witgen Westphalia
Rachel Fox White Cloud
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MMCC hosts job fair Oct. 6

Mid Michigan Community College (MMCC) will host its first annual job fair 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6. This event is free, open to the public, and will feature many local employers who are interested in hiring qualified local residents.

To highlight College Application Month, which takes place during October for local high school students, the Job Fair will kick off 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m. with a session for local high school seniors to help them focus on their futures and raise awareness of career options in the local area.

Participants and employer representatives who register will hear futurist speaker Keith Brophy during lunch from 11 a.m. – noon. Brophy has served as State Director of the Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) since 2015 and has extensive experience launching and building various national businesses that began in Michigan. He frequently speaks on future trends in regional and national venues, including providing testimony before state subcommittees on advances in business technology and testimony before a U.S. congressional subcommittee on mobile health innovation.

The MMCC Job Fair will be open to the public 12:30 – 4:30 p.m., and job seekers are encouraged to dress for success and bring several copies of their resume to share with local employers.

Many local employers are planning to attend, including MidMichigan Health, Burch Tank, Isabella Bank, JD Metalworks, Michigan Masonic Home, and StageRight among others.

Employers who attend will benefit from networking opportunities, access to a large pool of applicants, and the opportunity to build awareness of their company among the MMCC student body. Employers wishing to have a presence at the event should pre-register at midmich.edu/jobfair.

For more information about MMCC’s Job Fair, visit midmich.edu/jobfair or contact Annette Sturdavant at asturdavant@midmich.edu or (989) 386-6614.

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Student honors lists for Spring 2017

Following is the list of honors students for Mid Michigan Community College, Spring 2017 semester. The students are grouped by hometowns.

To achieve President’s or Dean’s List honors, a student must have completed at least 12 credit hours during the semester. President’s List recognition is awarded to students who earned a 4.0 grade point average; students who earned a 3.5 – 3.999 grade point average are included on the Dean’s List.

Scholars List recognition is for students who earned a letter grade in 6 or more but fewer than 12 college-level credit hours with a 3.5 or higher grade point average for that semester.

Congratulations to all students who have achieved this high level of success.


Hessel: Shaun Horn


Long Beach, California: Mannan Adlakha

Beaverton: Jazmin Steele

Edmore: Steven Smith

Farwell: Jodie Brewer

Gladwin: Austin Deering

Mecosta: Kristy Ferrier

Mt. Pleasant: Zainab Almohammedali, Zhiyuan Cheng, Abbey Jerome, Maria Pannullo


Artesia, New Mexico: Connie Delong

Alma: Emilio Campos, Laura Dringenberg, Lynsey Hitsman, Richard Jewell, Stephen Maharaj, Matthew Miller, David Rose, Katherine Teed, Roberto Vidal,

Ann Arbor: Dustin Rabb

Bay City: Ryan Burgdorf, Maranda Krueger

Beaverton: Mariah Broka, Joslyn Dwyer, Jeremy Farrow, Megan Farrow, Laurie Hafler, Hogan Hayes, Ryan Metzger, Andrea Newman, Travis Shields, Alexander VanBuren

Big Rapids: Angel Crim

Blanchard: Jacob Allen, Gabriel Wilde

Boon: Kayla Clough

Cadillac: Shasta Cronkhite, Ryan Hearth

Canton: Matthew Morgan

Clare: Allison Ayers, Renee Bingham, Andrew Crowe, McKenzie Greenacre, Lara Helka, Audrey Houghton, Karly Humphrey, Tessa Huovinen, Katelyn Laing, Amanda MacDonald, Rachel Magnus, Rikki Riley, Ryan Seiter, Kristin Sentz, Macy Sykora, Amielynn Warner, Jesse Warner, Corinne Wezensky

Coleman: Maegan Jenkins, Jennifer King

Decker: Brady Orchard

Deckerville: Curtis Fritch

Elwell: Samantha Bennett, Bryan Garcia

Evart: Lorrie Conk, Pamela Henry, Virginia Kunitzer, Nicholas Simon

Farwell: Tammy Gingery, Darryl Johns II, Michelle Lackowski, Michelle Montini, Hannah Reger, Kristina Smith, Kara Thompson, Emily Vaughan

Gladwin: Hunter Burmeister, Steven Cingano, Amber Davies, Ashley Falls, Johnathan Libbey, Lauren Mose, Krysteena Ross, Grace Shaw

Grayling: Torrey Messerschmidt

Harrison: Cassandra-Ro Busch, Bridgett Case, Crystal Cushing, Melissa Homa, Robert Keller, Norma Lopez, Madelyn McLavy, Daniel Moore, Emma Snowden

Hope: Susan Smith

Houghton Lake: Justin Steckert

Ithaca: Emily Reeves, Stacey Schafer, Taylor Shaw, Holly Walker

Lake: Holly Abbott, Angella Akans, Edgar Espinoza Reedy, Erin Grant, Alexis Osborn, Gregory Saupe

Lake Isabella: Shelby Carter

Leonard: Anthony Mallia

Marion: Michael Allen, Tammy Heuker, Alyssa Kogler

McBain: Trevor Gernaat

Middleton: Brittany Newell

Midland: Lyndsy Billington, Andrew Hays, Haley Heldt, Ryelle Johnson, Jessica Longstreth, Alisha Strye

Milan: Rachel Cosgro

Morley: Racheal Branham

Mt. Pleasant: Rabiatu Abdullahi, Erika Ahlswede, Caitlyn Aho, Ali Al Rumaih, Taqi Alkhamees, Ahmed Almohammedali, Mustafa Alnakhli, Alhassan Aloraiedh, Mohammed Alshalfi, Tyler Anderson, Jordan Arbogast, Mary Baidoo, Andrew Bechtel, Emily Bellinger, Lacey Bigelow, Myles Conroy, John Cotton, Jawaher Dabas, Benjamin Davis, Kenneth Doetsch, Hilary Elmore, Robert Elmore, Ekram Fallatah, Elizabeth Ferden, Kim Fritz, Kenta Gilmore, Emily Gomolski, Marianna Hagerman, Mohammed Hariri, Brittany Hartman, Jacob Hawkins, Jacqueline Henderson, Daniel Hernandez, Jacquelyn Hillis. Bethany Hoornstra, Katie Howland, Sara Jamison, Heather Justice, Jesse Kalitta, Thomas Kirklin, Christopher Lang, Lucas Maxwell, Joshua McGuire, Megan McKenna, Crystal Morningstar, Cody Peiffer, Nicole Pierson, Nathan Polizzi, Kayla Pung, Britney Roll, Hannah Rowden, Matthew Simpson, Tyler Slating, Jennifer Smith, Calvin Smith, Candace Stelly, Lexi Strope, Kaylee Tait, Edward Teesdale-Sherman, Hannah Thayer, Song Wang, Joshua Weathers, Tori Wilson, Linran Zhang, Qi Zhou

Port Austin: Breyton Meeks

Reed City: Christina Block

Remus: Jennifer Martin, Ann McCormick, Anna Weaver

Riverdale: Aubree Catlin, Rylee Donley, Lorrie Taylor

Rudyard: Kayla Coffey, Jakob Steikar

Saginaw: Salim Almahri

Sanford: Shannon Spencer

Sault Ste. Marie: Madyson Piche

Shepherd: Jason Armstrong, Jacob Darnell, Christopher Dickman, Machelle Schlorff, Kenton Smalley, Brandon Stressman, Marcus Sura, Sara Venema, Kerigan Williams, Carrie Willoughby

Sparta: Sebastian Schisel

St. Louis: Jarred Bott, Hannah Noack, Cody Bovee, Cameron Glover, Mikala Harper, Kaitlin Story, Mikeal Waltz, Belinda Wilson

Sumner: Spence Demull

Vestaburg: Erin Allbee, William Spencer

Weidman: Alexis Goss, Megan Griffus, Nicole Ross

Wheeler: Jacob Contreras

Wixom: Mitchell Cooper

Yale: Taylor Reid

Unknown: Khalid Alahmed, Anwar Almohammedali, Amnah Alnemer, Sarah Hajri, Anna Koerber

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MMCC welcomes new cross country coach

Mid Michigan Community College (MMCC) recently named Jason Byrne the new coach for its men’s and women’s cross country teams. Byrne is from Shepherd, where he was a team captain in both cross country and track and field. He is a graduate of Central Michigan University with a B.S in Education.

After high school, Byrne served four years in the United States Marine Corps. After returning home, he competed in and captained the cross country and track and field teams for Lansing Community College (LCC). In his final year at LCC, he was awarded Academic All-Conference and was a NJCAA National Qualifier in the 3,000 Meter Steeplechase.

“I’m super excited to be a part of athletics at MMCC. There is strong support for all the athletic teams from the leadership level, and I look forward to contributing to the future success of our teams,” Byrne said. “MMCC’s cross country program is still in its infancy, but I am confident that we can make a competitive and lasting program, one that our whole school can be proud of. I thank all of the administrators for this opportunity and now it’s time to get to work. Go Lakers!”

Jason has coached varsity cross country and track and field for over 10 years and has coached 21 All-Conference Athletes, 4 Conference Champions, 3 Regional Champions, 13 State Qualifiers, 2 All-State Athletes and 1 State Champion.

“Mid is excited to bring Jason on board as an experienced athlete and coach. His knowledge of the sport of cross country will be valuable to the athletes and for the growth of the program,” said MMCC Athletic Director Ryan Harkrader.

Mid competes in both the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA). Currently, MMCC supports five varsity teams: men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, and men’s and women’s bowling. Recruitment for next year is underway. Interested athletes can get more information and complete a Player Information Form at midmich.edu/athletics.

For more information about MMCC’s athletic teams, visit midmich.edu/athletics or contact Athletic Director Ryan Harkrader at rharkrader@midmich.edu or (989) 773-6622 x548.


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Shepherd High School enhances learning spaces

Shepherd Public Schools and Mid Michigan Community College (MMCC) are furthering their partnership to offer a more robust space for students taking college courses while still in high school.

The four-room Laidley Building has been recently remodeled to function as a mini satellite campus for the dual enrolled and Early College students at Shepherd High School.

The Laidley Building on the Shepherd High School campus has been upgraded to equip the classrooms with state-of-the-art equipment, transforming them into full-functioning learning environments. A ribbon-cutting event is set to take place 9-11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 25, at 100 Hall St. in Shepherd. MMCC President Christine Hammond will be in attendance along with Superintendent Bunker and many others from Shepherd Public Schools (SPS) to commemorate this joint venture.

“Shepherd is continuing to enhance their dual-enrollment offerings for students,” commented Brent Mishler, Director of Admissions at Mid Michigan Community College. “MMCC is proud to partner with such a supportive educational provider and we look forward to expanding Shepherd’s Early College program as well.”

Early College, which might be described as a “school within a school,” allows enrolled students to earn their high school diplomas while also earning college credentialing through MMCC. Program participants, if they choose, can complete their full associates degrees from MMCC before they graduate from high school. In order to complete the curriculum requirements for both high school and the college’s associate degrees, Early College students attend five years of high school rather than the standard four.

“Shepherd has a history of encouraging students to take college classes while still in high school,” noted Shepherd High School Principal, Joe Passalacqua. “The Laidley Building renovation is another example of Shepherd’s commitment to providing higher education options to students and supporting them during their educational journeys.”

“We’re excited to use this dedicated space that will allow our partnership with Shepherd to continue to grow and offer higher learning opportunities to students,” said Rick Smith, MMCC’s Associate Dean of Academic Outreach.

To learn more about the Laidley Building ribbon cutting or the Shepherd High School Early College Program, contact Shepherd High School Principal, Joe Passalacqua, at (989) 828-6601. To learn more about MMCC’s dual enrollment programming or its other off-campus and Early College efforts, contact Rick Smith at rjsmith2@midmich.edu or (989) 386-6622, ext. 631.

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