08-01-2019 School News & Calendar

English as a Second Language offered on all LMC campuses

Registration is now open to the community for non-credit English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at Lake Michigan College. Courses will run September 23 through November 14 on LMC’s Benton Harbor, Niles, and South Haven campuses. Students will learn about U.S. culture and American English language through instruction in speaking, listening, reading and writing, as well as field trips throughout Berrien County. At the end of a class, students will be prepared to use their new language skills socially, in the workplace or to prepare for further study at LMC. Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced level classes are available in the evening and day. Non-native English speakers over the age of 18 are welcome regardless of visa status or previous language training. Course instructors have credentials in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) and at least five years of experience teaching English to adults. “In comparison to last fall, we’re pleased to offer a wider variety of classes this September that meet the demands of non-native English speakers in the Berrien County area. Friends and relatives from abroad who are visiting family can benefit from our ‘Conversation and Culture’ classes. Newly hired employees or temporary workers in business can benefit from our ‘Email Writing’ class to help them better communicate in the work place. Those looking to apply to colleges and universities in Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois as an international student can work on completing their applications by taking our ‘TOEFL iBT Test Preparation’ class. And most important of all – we’ll be able to offer beginner- and low-intermediate-level classes for those in the early stages of language learning,” said ESL Program Administrator, Daniela Ortiz. Most classes are eight-weeks long with two class sessions per week. Classes are scheduled either Mondays and Wednesdays, or Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. or in the morning, depending on which class a student takes. For more information and registration, visit www.lakemichigancollege.edu/ esl-ce or contact esl@lakemichigancollege.edu or (269) 927-4557. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate of completion from LMC. The registration deadline is Thursday, September 12, 2019.

Watervliet All Class Reunion reservations due August 9

Watervliet Public Schools All Class Reunion is Saturday, August 17 at Watervliet Middle School, 450 East St. Joseph Street. Social hour begins at 11:00 a.m., with lunch being served at noon. Anyone that graduated from, or attended the Watervliet Public School system is welcome to attend. Current and former school employees are welcome as well. Besides the social hour and lunch, tours will be available for the Middle and High School buildings and grounds. Reservations are $15 per person, and are due by Friday, August 9. A downloadable reservation form and more information may be found on the “Watervliet All Class Reunion” page on Facebook. More information is also available by calling Marsha Stennecke Cole at 269-463-3712, or Donna Gillard Curtis at 269-463-6680.

Author to present on Kalamazoo inventor at VBRGS meeting

Cynthia Jeffrey, author of the book “Kalamazoo’s Extraordinary Inventor Jay B. Rhodes 1865-1931” will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Van Buren Regional Genealogical Society on Monday, August 19, beginning at 7 p.m. Jay B. Rhodes, a former resident of Kalamazoo, is credited for over 230 patents, his earliest when he was just 13 years old. Yet little is known of the man who has come to be known as “Kalamazoo’s Edison” and “Patent King.” Cynthia’s extensive research has uncovered many stories, newspaper articles and photos which will be included in her presentation and many authentic Rhodes artifacts that will be on display. There will be copies of the book available for purchase. This meeting is free and open to the public – everyone is welcome! It will be held at the Van Buren Conference Center, 490 South Paw Paw Street in Lawrence. The VBRGS welcomes anyone with an interest in genealogy and local history. For more information about this and other programs, email vbrgs@yahoo.com, visit their website at vbrgs.org, or check out their Facebook page, VBRGS Southwest Michigan Genealogy.

4th Annual “Breastfeeding on the Bluff” event to celebrate breastfeeding in Berrien County

The Berrien County Health Department, in partnership with the Berrien County Breastfeeding Coalition, will host the 4th annual “Breastfeeding on the Bluff” event occurring on Saturday, August 3 starting at 9:30 a.m. in Lake Bluff Park across from the St. Joseph Public Library in St. Joe. The “Breastfeeding on the Bluff” event taking place on August 3 is part of the “2019 Global Big Latch On”, a global breastfeeding awareness celebration, where moms across the globe are linked in simultaneous breastfeeding, which occurs annually during World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7). Mothers, fathers, fa