Trail Blazer Award:

Saline Community Education-Liberty Club

Saline Community Education launched a new program in January 3, 2011 called Saline Liberty Club which is a program to help adults with disabilities. The program, designed to help participants live safely and more independently in the community, provides adults 26 and older – when state aid ends – with opportunities for community-based learning, exercise, socialization, practicing job skills, artistic expression and gaining new skills.  The main goal of the program is to help participants build friendships, get and stay connected to the community, and assist them by providing them the building blocks to grow toward living a more independent life. The program started with 8 participants in 2011 and in 2014 we currently have 30 participants enrolled.

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Outstanding Educator of the Year:

Cindy Siegers from Allegan Public Schools Adult Education Program

Cindy has put in several extra hours to develop strategies and put together material that has allowed our students to be successful in passing the new GED tests. This has been demonstrated by the 100% of students passing the test- 37 test and 6 full batteries since January. Cindy has also written her methods and shared them with other Adult Educators in the Region. She now collaborates with several of them as they strive to help their students be successful. Cindy demonstrates success in teaching to the GED and gives other educators hope that strategies can be developed and our students will be successful.

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Director of the Year:

William Sutter from Consolidated Community Schools

Bill is an outstanding mentor. Taking time to teach budgeting and general management of our program. He has been a great resource and has been supportive and helped us to see the bigger picture and all of its implications.

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Program of the Year:

Mt Pleasant Community & Adult Education

Mt Pleasant Community and Adult Education (MPCAE)  has been a community resource center for Mid-Michigan residents for over 40 years.  MPCAE programs range from preschool to Adult Education.  MPCAE provides support to k-12 programs not only in Mt. Pleasant, but throughout Isabella County.  In order to provide quality services effectively and efficiently, MPCAE has become an expert at securing and leveraging resources.  Currently, MPCAE staff provide academic instruction at 4 sites in the Mt. Pleasant area.  Along with ABE, HSC, and GED Prep, for adult and alternative students, staff also provide the academic component for two programs serving adjudicated youth in Isabella County.  In order to do this, staff rotate through the various sites daily providing individualized instruction to students in grades 7 through adult from 8:00 a.m.-8:30 p.m. daily.  MPCAE also operates a summer program for both alternative and adult students.

MPCAE other programs and services include:

  • Diversion program through the City Attorney’s and County Prosecuting Office, which assigns and monitors completion of Community Service for first time offenders.  This program supplied local non-profit agencies with over 5,000 hours of community service in 2013.
  • Great Starts Readiness Program-4 year old preschool, full and half day programs.
  • Title 1D Transition Counselor-provides support services to help adjudicated youth transition back to school, post-secondary or employment.
  • Isabella County’s only Pearson VUE GED Testing Center.
  • WAY/Oasis-blended online alternative program.

MPCAE has always been an innovator in bringing resources to the Mt Pleasant Community.  In a partnership with the City of Mt. Pleasant, MPCAE was awarded a 5.1 million dollar 21st Century Community Learning Center grant, PEAK (Partners Empowering All Kids), to provide afterschool and summer programming at all 10 district buildings in 2001.  Through collaboration with many community partners, and a strong infrastructure, PEAK is still providing afterschool and summer programs in Mt. Pleasant, 10 years after the grant funding ended.  MPCAE was also instrumental in bringing GOTR (Girls on the Run), a running and empowerment program for 3-8 grade girls to Mt. Pleasant.  This program has since grown to 26 sites in the Mid-Michigan area.  MPCAE’S  creative side was highlighted last year with the development of the GED Hero radio advertising campaign that was used throughout Mid-Michigan to inform individuals about the change to the new GED and encourage them to get in and finish their old tests.  MPCAE’s success can be attributed to the staff’s strong involvement with MACAE throughout the years.  MPCAE staff serve in leadership roles on the MACAE Board and have utilized the professional development resources and available networking opportunities.  This involvement has resulted in MPCAE’s staying connected with current educational best practices and maintaining collaboration locally and throughout the state.

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President’s Award:

Michigan’s Children

Michigan’s Children is the only statewide independent voice working to ensure that public policies are made in the best interest of children from cradle to career and their families. We focus on influencing public policies that can reduce disparities in child outcomes such as the academic achievement gap.

Michigan’s Children works to inform you on issues that policymakers are debating and provide active and immediate ways for you to get involved in public policy debates affecting children, youth and their families.

Michigan’s Children identifies opportunities to influence public policies on behalf of children who face the most challenges in life – children from low-income families; children of color; and children, youth and families shouldering other challenging circumstances. This includes immediate opportunities to influence public policy debates as well as long-term opportunities to shift the conversations taking place in Lansing and Washington, D.C.