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Western Career Prep High School Wins “Reach Hire” Award

The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce announced today that Western Career Prep High School has won the 2016 Reach HIRE Award, sponsored by Michigan Works Southeast.   The Reach HIRE award honors an individual or organization that has displayed an extraordinary commitment to developing today’s workforce to support the future of Jackson County’s economy.  Award criteria include: measurable job growth/retention, collaboration with education and creativity.   Western Career Prep High School partners with local businesses, allowing students to explore various careers through guest speakers, industry specific field trips, and work-study opportunities.  The program offers a unique work-study opportunity that allows students to earn their final high school credits while they work full time with area businesses.   “Over the past few years, our staff has dedicated a tremendous amount of time and effort to create a program that prepares students with the skills needed to be successful employees after high school,” commented Principal Jared Vickers.  “While exploring career pathways, students at Western Career Prep High School earn their high school diploma and develop career goals for life after high school.”   In addition, Western Career Prep High School has transformed the high school experience from focusing on just earning a…

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Splash Pad Aquatic Park Construction Begins at Cascades

Construction has begin on a long-anticipated Splash Pad Aquatic Park at the Cascades, located in Sparks Foundation County Park. Scheduled to be completed and open for use next summer, the finished product will include above-ground water spray features and a zero-depth surface that will be suitable for children of all ages.   Jackson County Parks Director Jeff Hovarter said he is enthusiastic about the opportunities that this project presents for park visitors.  “We are excited to get this project underway," said Hovarter.  "The splash pad is going to provide the community with a family-friendly experience that will add a whole new dimension to the Cascades.”    The project is being constructed adjacent to the Cascades Falls south entrance and will be built in two phases. Construction this year will include a new pump house and installation of the splash pad surfacing. In the spring of 2017, the play components will be added, and a grand opening will be planned for some time in late June.     The County of Jackson awarded the construction contract to a locally owned and Jackson-based company, 5 Leprechauns LLC.  Funding for the project is coming from a variety of private, non-profit, and public sources.…

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Guest Host:  BETH SHAFER, United Way of Jackson;  Carolyn Bloodworth, Director, Consumers Energy Foundation;  Tony Hollow, Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters;  Jane Myers, Executive Director, Do’chas;  George Veach, Kiwanis Club Travel Adventure Film Series;  Lois Dunning, Energizing Education;  Dea Talmage & Jill Yehl, Henry Ford Allegiance Health ‘Lights of Love’

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Jackson County’s Drug Summit III Planned for December 9

(photo-Andy's Angels founder Mike Hirst.  Photo by Ryan Kerwin, JTV) Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney Jerry Jarzynka and Jackson County Sheriff Steve Rand have announced the third Jackson County Drug Summit will be held on Friday, December 9th at Jackson College. The Summit will focus on the devastating problem of heroin and prescription opioid use in our community and in particular, the connection and relationship between prescription drugs and heroin. Six sessions will be offered, and will cover the following areas: Family Impact, Medical, Prevention, Law Enforcement, and Treatment and Recovery. Each will feature experts in their areas who will share their experience and knowledge, and be available to answer questions. The goal of the Summit is create public awareness, and serve as a call to action to our community for a coordinated and aggressive County-wide response to fight this serious drug issue which is causing death, destruction and crime. This is the third in an annual series devoted to the community's heroin and prescription opioid use.  Coordinators of the Summit also meet on a quarterly basis to provide a continuous strategy in information sharing, planning and resources on the issue. Speakers include Jarzynka, Rand, Andy's Angels founder Mike Hirst, Dr. Rami…

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Guest Host:  JIM FRANCIS, Jackson Community Federal Credit Union;  Highlights from JTV Sports HS Football State Final Lumen Christi Catholic School;  Sarah Slamer, Director, Jackson Friendly Home;  In the Kitchen with Personal Chef Lisa Spampinato;  Lynda Waldron, Director, Jackson County RoseQueen Pageant, with current RoseQueen, Ashley Sierminski;  Judy Gail Krasnow, Jackson Journeys, Prison Tours;  Ed Mathein & Jeff Hoch, Jackson County Animal Shelter Volunteers, Finley’s Smokehouse Dog of the Week (Replay from November 28th)

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