YouthQuest Enrichment Program Combats Summer Learning Loss

Enrollment is underway for YouthQuest, an enrichment program that helps area students beat summer boredom while preparing them for the next school year. “Many students experience learning loss during the summer, especially when it comes to reading and math,” said Cheryl Adkins, program director of YouthQuest, which is administered by the Genesee Area Focus Fund, a supporting organization of the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, with support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and 21st Century Community Learning Centers. “One way to mitigate this ‘summer slide’ is to engage…

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MCC Seeks Community Input for 2019-2021 Strategic Plan

Mott Community College (MCC) is planning for the future, and is looking for community input. The College launched its 2019-2021 Strategic Planning process in April, and the College is seeking community input on what MCC should accomplish in the next three years. The public is invited to participate in a Community Conversation for Strategic Planning session with MCC. The first is Wednesday, May 23 at 1 p.m. at the Workforce Development Center (709 N. Saginaw St. Flint, MI 48503) Room 1103. Lunch will be provided, but an RSVP is requested…

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The Weather Channel is Now Black-Owned — Comedian Byron Allen Just Bought it for $300 Million

  (BlackBusiness.org) – Most people know Byron Allen as a funny comedian, but he is also a successful entrepreneur and media mogul as the CEO/owner of Entertainment Studios, Inc., one of the largest independent producers and distributors of film and television. His Los Angeles-based company currently has 41 shows on the air, and owns eight 24-hour HD cable television networks reaching nearly 160 million aggregate subscribers nationwide. And now, his company is the proud new owner of the Weather Channel! The Weather Channel is one of the largest cable television…

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Mayor Weaver Announces New Economic Development Team

(FLINT, Mich.) – Mayor Karen Weaver announced developments regarding her administration’s efforts to improve economic development in the City of Flint by launching a comprehensive strategy to grow jobs and investment. “It’s been years since Flint had its own team focused on economic development, but all that is changing,” said Mayor Weaver at a press conference Monday, April 9. Weaver recognized the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which had a major role in making this change a reality. “We appreciate the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for seeing the promise and importance of investing…

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Immunization Records Now Available Online for Medicaid Beneficiaries Through myHealthPortal and myHealthButton

LANSING, Mich. – Medicaid beneficiaries can now access their immunization records both online and via a mobile app, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has announced. Research has shown that engaging individuals in their own healthcare can lead to healthier behaviors and better health outcomes. To help empower Michigan residents in managing their own health, MDHHS has made it possible for Medicaid, Healthy Michigan Plan and MIChild beneficiaries to download and view immunization records available from the Michigan Care Improvement Registry (MCIR). Prior to this enhancement, beneficiaries…

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MDE Pursing Partnership Agreements with Low-Performing Schools

Lansing, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is seeking to enter into Partnership Agreements with several low-performing schools across the state, including four schools in the Flint School District and one school in the Genesee School District. State officials said their goal is to improve academic achievement levels at schools identified as struggling and needing assistance. “These will be positive, yet pressing, conversations with the leaders of these districts to get their struggling schools back on track,” State Superintendent Brian Whiston said. “We want to provide as many…

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Elder Kevin Poole: Loving God, Serving People

Sheri L. Stuart, Staff Writer Flint, Mich. – On any given day, Elder Kevin Poole can be found whipping up mouthwatering dinner specials for his loyal Facebook following or transporting locals to the airport or any number of special occasions. Elder Poole is the owner of two businesses – KP’s Famous Style Cooking and Poole’s Limo & Transportation Service. He said he’s grateful for the turnaround he’s experienced. Now, life is good. But it wasn’t always that way. “I made bad choices after graduating from high school in ’87. I…

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Michigan Residents Warned to be on the Lookout for Flood-Damaged Vehicles When Purchasing a Car

LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette cautioned Michigan drivers searching for a new vehicle to be on the lookout for flood damaged cars, trucks and SUVs.  Flooding in many parts of the state over the last week has likely damaged vehicles, and many will end up on the used car market. Vehicles with flood damage can appear for sale on the internet or at car lots far away from the storm area, without any mention flood damage or obvious signs of damage. “It is important to do your research before…

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Northridge Academy is only Flint Area School in Top 100 on Mackinaw Center’s Report Card

Special to the Courier Newspaper Northridge Academy, located at 4100 W. Coldwater Road, is the only Flint area conventional or charter school in the top 100 elementary and middle school rankings by the Mackinaw Center for Public Policy. Northridge Academy was ranked number 53.  It also ranked number 30 on the Center’s most improved list. According to a press release, the Center’s CAP Report (Context and Performance Report Card) issued by the Center, the top 100 lists were compiled utilizing a complex formula.  “Unlike other school assessments, the CAP Report…

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Flint Promise Now Accepting Applications

FLINT, Mich. – Flint students can now apply for the Flint Promise scholarship. Flint Promise is available to Flint residents who will graduate from a high school or GED program located in Flint in 2018 or later. The scholarship will cover up to 100 percent of a student’s tuition and book fees after federal grants and other scholarships are applied. Additionally, each Flint Promise student will receive academic and personal support throughout his or her college career. The scholarship may be used at Mott Community College for up to three…

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