Baker College to offer courses in Manistee
Cadillac, MI
03/10/2015 02:51 PM

Baker College of Cadillac will offer four general education courses in Manistee beginning spring quarter, which starts Monday, April 6. The courses meet requirements for most certificate, associate and bachelor’s programs at Baker College, and the credits earned are transferable to other colleges and universities. They are open to high school graduates and, through a dual enrollment program, current high school students.

“By providing required courses for most higher education programs right here in Manistee, Baker College is helping lead the way to make college more accessible and to build a college-going culture in Manistee County,” said Tim Ervin, resource development director for Alliance for Economic Success (AES). 

AES is among the many organizations and businesses that support Launch Manistee, a community-based initiative that supports the success of children, students and the economic well being of the county. One of the goals of the initiative is to double the number of county residents aged 25 to 64 who have earned a post-secondary degree or comparable credential by 2025.

“Currently, 30 percent of the target group in the county have post-secondary degrees or certificates, but 96 percent of the county’s graduating seniors recently applied for college,” Ervin said. “Providing options for local access to college is critical to achieving our goal in 10 years.”

The four general education courses are:

=      Microsoft Excel 2013 and Microsoft Word 2013, 2 college credits each; taught by Kris Kranz, Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Tribal Government network administrator who also teaches at Baker College’s Cadillac campus.

=      English 101, 4 college credits; taught by Jan Bigalke, Manistee Catholic Central School principal and teacher.

=      Math 108, 4 college credits; taught by Jason Allen, Manistee Catholic Central School teacher.   

The courses will be offered in the evenings at Manistee Catholic Central High School, 1200 U.S. Highway 31 South, Manistee. Students who enroll in courses that total six or more credits may qualify for financial aid.

“We are tremendously impressed by the work of the many organizations and individuals who support Launch Manistee,” said Kelly Smith, Baker College of Cadillac president. “We’ve always drawn students from the Manistee area to our Cadillac campus, but this is a great beginning for Baker College to help increase local access to high quality education that fills a need. As a career college, we look forward to helping students attain the education and training needed for successful careers.” 

Smith, who is an AES board member, said that Baker College administration is also working with Manistee County interests to provide select culinary programs locally through the Baker College of Muskegon Culinary Institute of Michigan (CIM). The CIM is accredited by the American Culinary Federation (ACF) with Exemplary status, an achievement that places it as one the finest culinary programs in the U.S.

For information about courses offered in Manistee, contact Cheri Sprik in the admissions office at 888.313.3463 or 231.876.3119 or cheri.sprik@baker.edu.

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Cheri Sprik
888.313.3463
 
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