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Dowagiac schools make masks optional for students, staff

DOWAGIAC — Dowagiac Union Schools have announced new COVID-19 protocols for the 2021-2022 school year In a statement posted the district’s website, Superintendent Jonathan Whan ... Read more

3 hours ago by Staff Report.

Students help design SMC esports arena

DOWAGIAC — “I don’t know what I was expecting, but this is better,” Brooke Johnson said about Southwestern Michigan College’s new Esports Arena in the ... Read more

3 days ago by Submitted.

Purdue University Fort Wayne, SMC sign transfer agreement

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Purdue University Fort Wayne has signed an articulation agreement with Southwestern Michigan College. This agreement will allow students from SMC to ... Read more

6 days ago by Submitted.

Southwestern Michigan College’s accreditation reaffirmed through 2031

DOWAGIAC — After a thorough review and evaluation process conducted regularly for most colleges and universities throughout the United States, the Higher Learning Commission has ... Read more

1 week ago by Submitted.

Berrien, Cass counties hosting backpack, school supply drives

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN – Students in need will have the opportunity to receive school supplies for the upcoming school year, as area organizations are hosting giveaway ... Read more

1 week ago by Caleb Steensma.

Cassopolis Public Schools superintendent resigns

CASSOPOLIS — Cassopolis Public Schools Superintendent Angela Piazza has resigned. The board of education accepted the resignation in a unanimous vote at a special board ... Read more

1 week ago by Sarah Culton.

SMC ETS ventures back outdoors

DOWAGIAC — After last summer’s homebound Zoom camps, Southwestern Michigan College Educational Talent Search Director Maria Kulka eagerly got her students up and moving with ... Read more

1 week ago by Submitted.

Former SMC instructor accepts plea deal in sexual misconduct case

CASSOPOLIS – A former Southwestern Michigan College instructor accused of having improper relations with a student he was counseling has accepted a plea deal just ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Debra Haight.

Students experiencing homelessness remain hard to identify after year with remote education

By CHRISTINA CLARK christina.clark@leaderpub.com SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN – Throughout the pandemic, educators and students have navigated new challenges both in classrooms and during remote instruction. The ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Christina Clark.

Emily Schrock returns to SMC in alumni position

DOWAGIAC — Southwestern Michigan College announces that alumna Emily Schrock returned July 19 as alumni relations and development coordinator. Schrock, valedictorian of Constantine High School’s ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Submitted.

Following name change, Heritage Southwest unveils new signs, website

CASSOPOLIS — A local school district finally has a new face to match its new name. Heritage Southwest Intermediate School District, which serves Dowagiac, Cassopolis, ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Sarah Culton.

PAW Inc. to present ‘Legally Blonde Jr.’ this weekend

EDWARDSBURG —Performing Arts Workshops, better known as PAW Inc., students will have Michiana thinking pink when they present their production of “Legally Blonde Jr.” this ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Submitted.

Edwardsburg schools will not require masks, quarantining come fall

EDWARDSBURG — As districts across southwest Michigan recently began announcing looser COVID-19 protocols for the coming school year, Edwardsburg Public Schools is following suit. Wednesday, ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Staff Report.

Dowagiac Board of Education approves interactive monitor systems for K-8 classrooms

DOWAGIAC — State-of-the-art technology will soon be coming to Dowagiac Middle School and Dowagiac elementary schools. The Dowagiac Union Schools Board of Education unanimously approved ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Max Harden.

Township considers sharing expense of school resource officer with Brandywine Middle/High School

NILES TWP. — Brandywine High School could have a school resource officer on campus this fall if Brandywine officials can reach an agreement with Niles ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Debra Haight.

‘Return to normal’: Brandywine will not require vaccinations, face coverings unless mandated by local or state agency

NILES — As Berrien County students and teachers return to school next month, they can expect to do so without masks, so long as COVID-19 ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Ambrosia Neldon.

Buchanan approves event to celebrate local Olympian

BUCHANAN — Buchanan commissioners Monday gave a shout out to Buchanan’s own Hannah Roberts, who will be competing in the Tokyo Olympics at the end ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Debra Haight.

Michigan Works! awarded $2 million grant to train workers in southwest Michigan

BENTON HARBOR — Michigan Works! Berrien, Cass, Van Buren was awarded a $2 million Michigan Learning and Education Advancement Program grant from the Michigan Department ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Submitted.

Tri-County Head Start recognizes employees

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN Tri-County Head Start closed out this year with a recognition program dedicated to covering the successes of this past year with both in-person ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Submitted.

Edwardsburg hires new primary school principal

EDWARDSBURG — New faces will be in Edwardsburg classrooms this fall. Monday evening, the Edwardsburg Public Schools Board of Education met for its regular meeting. ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Sarah Culton.

Steve’s Run moves back to downtown Dowagiac Oct. 9

DOWAGIAC — Steve’s Run, the 47th Original Road and Trail Race, hosted virtually in 2020, not only returns as a live event on Oct. 9, ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Submitted.

Cassopolis student named to dean’s list at Miami University

OXFORD, Ohio — John Aleva was named to the dean’s list at Miami University, located in Oxford, Ohio, for the 2020-21 spring semester. Miami University ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Submitted.

One year after COVID hiatus, Fitch Camp makes triumphant return

DOWAGIAC — The sounds of children splashing in the lake and basketballs bouncing on the concrete court were music to Chris Cox’s ears. Cox, the ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Max Harden.

SMC announces Laura Odenwald as dance team volunteer coach

DOWAGIAC — Southwestern Michigan College’s new dance team coach has journeyed from Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg, Maryland, to Dowagiac’s Cherry Grove Road. Laura ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Submitted.

Parent raises concerns about safety at Cassopolis Middle School

CASSOPOLIS — A Cassopolis parent has expressed concerns about safety and security at district schools. At a special board meeting called by the Cassopolis Public ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Sarah Culton.

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