BY RICK SCHULTE
It’s no secret many school districts — including the Woodhaven-Brownstown School District —have had to roll up their sleeves and come up with creative means for funding. That’s because traditional revenue sources have had less to offer in recent years.
The Woodhaven-Brownstown Education Foundation has grown to become as innovative as the projects it helps to fund. While many items are covered through annual funding, there are some items geared toward adding to the educational experience. (read more…)
BY PAT ANDREWS
The face of post-high school education is changing and with it a return to tradesmen and women who will make a good living and a major difference in the workforce of the future. It is about time, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and a local company based in Taylor.
Hancock Enterprises, founded some 75 years ago by the late John Hancock Sr., a native of Grosse Ile, has offered its employees not just a job, but a career.
A private company in the all-important sheet metal work industry, it was family-owned. When the senior John Hancock died, his son, John Hancock Jr., best known to all as “Corky” was at the helm. Like his father, he promoted vocational education. The success of the company and wages comparable to those of college graduates is admired throughout the state of Michigan and the country.
The junior Hancock died last August at the age of 73, but part of his legacy is in keeping students in the modern-day world of well-paying, highly skilled jobs for those who seek classes and courses through apprenticeships, on-the-job-training and vocational programs at community colleges. Expensive, four-year degrees are not required, but solid transferrable skills and continued learning are the end product.
Mr. Hancock’s widow, Catherine Teifer, grew up in Downriver and, as a couple, they were well-known for their charitable work and the operation of the Oak Tree Horse Farm in South Rockwood. A former business owner in the floral service field, she knew firsthand what talented hands and knowledge could accomplish. She called upon friends and mourners paying respects to her husband to help begin a scholarship fund in his name, explicitly for the industrial trades. (read more…)
BY ERIC HOSHAW
Bridgette Halcomb, a 2004 Trenton High School graduate, recently earned a national award that recognizes excellence in early childhood education.
The Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation honored Holcomb, a child care teacher at the Riverside Child Care and Learning Center in Riverview, with its 2017 Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children’s Tylenol National Child Care Teacher Award.
Halcomb was selected from a pool of applicants nationwide and received an award of $1,000.
“I absolutely felt honored to receive an award for doing simply what I love to do.” Halcomb said. “The TLLCCF put such an emphasis on honoring early education teachers who have such a huge part in the foundation of little lives because the career is thought of by some as simply babysitting or just playing all day.” (read more…)
Classes will be offered at the Church, at 2250 Edsel Drive in Trenton, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays Aug. 15-17 and Aug. 22-24 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. with an hour for additional help if needed.
Teachers will be available to aid students in preparing for a successful start to the school year. All staff are retired certified teachers with child safety certification. The classes will be offered to any interested students in the St. Paul area. A number of spots will be available and registration is required.
Check out the church website at splconline.com for more information and to register. Informational meetings for parents will be held at the church at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, and also at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14. (read more…)
Trenton High School staff members Michael Walters and Dan Taylor were named the recipients of Teacher of the Month awards for the month of June by state Rep. Darrin Camilleri (D-23rd District), who announced the awards during a visit to Trenton High School. (read more…)