Friday, April 12, 2013
Held at the Orchard Ridge campus, the event helps women decide whether they want to take classes at Oakland Community College.
The Womencenter at Oakland Community College, in cooperation with the American Association of University Women – Farmington Branch, will present “Back to School Day,” May 10 at OCC’s Orchard Ridge Campus in Farmington Hills. The event, designed for women of all ages interested in attending OCC, will address a variety of issues. Free and open to the public, it runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the campus’ J Building, Room 306. A light lunch will be served. These informational and interactive sessions will assist women in the decision-making process of returning to school at OCC. Topics include: How to get started; the admissions process; financial concerns; stress and time management; balancing work, family and school; and academic and career…
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Students and educators say any stigma is fading from the nation's community colleges. A growing number of students are choosing 2-year programs to find high-paying jobs—in fields where businesses are actually hiring.
For 21-year-old Vinnie Haynes, the $1,900 annual tuition for two years at community college is not only a great deal, it’s a gateway to a career. “Basically they offer the same courses as a four-year college, and it costs a quarter of the price,” said the welding student at Washtenaw Community College in Michigan. Haynes is like a growing number of college students who are seeing community college programs as a way to quickly land great-paying jobs in industries that are actually hiring and for less money than they’d pay for a bachelor’s degree at a bigger school. Community colleges once were seen as a place to go when you couldn’t get into a four-year school, but students say that’s not the case anymore. Community colleges, for many, are …
Share your photos and video whether your student is just entering kindergarten or beginning his or her senior year.
Farmington Public Schools buses are rolling this morning, and we'll be out taking photos on this first day of the 2012-2013 school year. We can't be everywhere, so please share photos and video of your child's first day of school. Whether she's getting on a bus for the first time, or he's getting into the car to start his last year of high school, we want to see those smiling faces! Just log in (or sign up), then click "Upload Photos or Videos". When a window opens to your computer, locate and select the photos you've taken (hint: save them to your computer desktop). Once they're uploaded, be sure to add a caption telling us who's in the photo, and when and where it was taken. If you need assistance, email editor Joni Hubred-Golden, joni.…
In Michigan, more than 600 vehicles illegally passed participating school buses during the study.
As Farmington Schools students head back to school, a national association representing directors of pupil transportation warns that motorists across the country continue to illegally pass school buses as many as 16 million times a year. The National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS) last month released the results of its 2nd annual survey on illegal passing of school buses. About 20 percent of the nation’s school bus drivers, from 28 states, participated in a one-day survey to report how many times motorists passed their stopped school buses while the buses were stopped displaying their flashing red lights and stop arms. In Michigan, 1,439 participating drivers reported 609 illegal passing …
Monday, September 3, 2012
Consider these alternatives to sugary treats.
Monday, September 3, 2012
The first day of school is just around the corner and shortly you’ll be receiving a phone call or finding a note in the backpack asking you to furnish a treat for a school celebration. Given the latest news from The Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation stating that Michigan currently comes in 5th on the list of states with the highest obesity rates, we all need to look at what we consider a treat. Before you reach for the sugar canister; consider the following choices: Adults are role models for children when it comes to eating healthy and while sweets don’t need to be totally eliminated from our diets, we can make the choice to try something different and in turn send the message to children that a treat isn’t…
Friday, August 31, 2012
Incoming students meet upperclassmen who will help answer their questions and keep them on track all year.
North Farmington High freshmen got a rousing welcome Thursday morning with a program designed to help support them throughout the school year. Around 8 a.m., members of the school's Link Crew high-fived students as they poured into the school's gymnasium. Teacher Kevin Ozar, a Link Crew adviser, led a few "wake up" activities and talked to students about the importance of getting involved in activities and events. Teacher Amy Donato, who also advises the group, said the Link Crew program pairs every incoming freshman with an older student who can help them make choices and get involved. "The purpose is to help them be more successful," she said, "so they're not only supported by the staff, but by their peers during the school day."
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Busch's and Botsford team up to teach Farmington area kids about health snacks and lunches.
As we move closer to the unofficial end of summer, families have an opportunity today to get ready for a healthy start to the school year. Here's what else you should know: There may be some patchy fog around the metro area this morning, so check our real-time traffic map for road conditions. The National Weather Service predicts a sunny day with a high around 80, and a clear night with a low around 60. This workshop for kids ages 8-13, held at Busch's Fresh Food Market in Farmington Hills, focuses on getting a healthy start to the new school year. Botsford Hospital dietitians will lead aisle tours to identify specific offerings for special dietary needs, give out tasty samples and more. Registration is required; call 248-427-7400 or …
Monday, August 27, 2012
Enjoy a splashing good time at Heritage Park in Farmington Hills tonight.
The City of Farmington Hills has another family-friendly event planned this evening, with lots of fun, food and a special movie showing under the stars. Here's what else you should know: The National Weather Service predicts storms will move through the area today, with the possibility of heavy rainfall in some areas. The rain is expected to move out by evening. Today's high is expected to fall in the low 80s and tonight's low, around 60. Enjoy the splash pad, bouncer, games, Nature Center tours, trail hikes, and more today, during this free event starting at 6 p.m. Dinner will be available for a nominal fee, and the evening will wrap up with the movie “The Smurfs” shown in the park starting at 8 p.m. To learn more, call 248-473-1800. …
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Southeastern Michigan's cadre of twenty-something Patch local editors sat down this week to offer the only advice we're qualified to offer.
With the first day of school looming large, parents in Farmington and Farmington Hills may be stuck for words of wisdom to offer their children. As always, Patch rises to the challenge of making your life ridiculously easy. While Farmington-Farmington Hills Patch editor Joni Hubred-Golden claims to be too old to remember her high school days, these much younger Mitten Patch editors speak from recent experience. If one or more of these short essays resonates with your family, feel free to share them. Anyone who tells you high school will be the best time of your life is lying. It's only the pre-game to life. Your friendships will change, relationships will start and end, tests will be aced and failed, but even a year after you graduate, …
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Farmington Schools officials say a new option mandated by the state Dept. of Education may not be all that it seems and urge parents to attend a Thursday forum on the topic.
Michigan parents now have the option of moving their children out of schools identified by the state as having large achievement gaps between high- and low-achieving learners. But Farmington Public Schools (FPS) officials say the choices may be limited, and parents should look closely at the available schools before making up their minds. To help parents sort through the details, the district is hosting a forum Thursday, 7 p.m., at the Ten Mile Building, 32789 W. 10 Mile Rd. in Farmington. Time is short; parents have to apply for transfers by Aug. 30. Associate Superintendent of Instructional Services Michele Harmala said transfers are only an option for students in schools that are identified as "Focus" schools based on achievement gaps …