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Baker College of Cass City to reveal new welding lab to community Feb. 11: Equipment,

 demonstrations to be featured

1/31/2014 –                                 Published by Baker College,                                 (Cass City,                                  MI)                            
CASS CITY, Mich., Jan. 31, 2014 — Baker College of Cass City will host a free open house for community members to view its new 5,000 square-foot welding lab, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 11, at the Baker College of Cass City Industrial Center, 6201 Church St., Cass City.
The lab, a renovated area within a former milk plant, supports the college’s newly launched welding program.
“The former milk plant is a natural fit for industrial training,” said Karen Easterling, Cass City campus director. “We’re excited to show the community the impressive rehabbed facility and the state-of-the-art equipment available for student use in training for welding careers.”
At the open house, attendees will:

  • Tour the lab
  • See the metals fabrication equipment
  • View demonstrations
  • Meet faculty and members of the administration

The lab accommodates up to 24 students. There are 12 two-man workstations. Each station has a MIG (metal inert gas) and TIG (tungsten inert gas) welder. Other equipment that is shared by class members includes multiple torches, a plasma cutter, bench cutter, drill press, grinder, tube bender, band saws and a Scottsman Sheener steel cutter.
Easterling said that the welding program was added to Baker’s curriculum to help meet the needs of employers in the agricultural, manufacturing and refinery industries, especially those located in the thumb area of Michigan.
The one-year certificate and two-year associate degree program provides training for those who have interest in becoming a welding engineer, welding inspector, structural ironworker, custom vehicle designer and metal art sculptor, among other welding professions.
Upon completion of the degree program, graduates will have acquired the skills and knowledge necessary for entry-level employment in the welding industry—skills including oxyacetylene welding, cutting and brazing, shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding and destructive weld testing methods. The curriculum meets or exceeds the requirements set by the American Welding Society.
For more information about the welding lab open house and the welding program, contact Baker College of Cass City admissions at 989.872.6000 or
The largest private college in Michigan, Baker College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It is a nonprofit higher education institution, serving more than 35,000 students on 12 campuses and in three satellite locations. Baker grants certificates and associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business, health sciences, education and human services, and various technical fields, as well as a doctorate of business administration. As a career college, the Baker College system is pleased to report that 97 percent of its available graduates are employed. For more information about Baker College, please check out our website at


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2014 Northwood Auto Show dates announced

MIDLAND, Mich., Jan. 31, 2014 — Northwood University’s 51st Annual International Auto Show is set for the weekend of October 10, 11 and 12, 2014. The show is North America’s largest student-run outdoor new car auto show and is held on the Michigan Campus of Northwood University located at 4000 Whiting Drive in Midland. The theme for this year’s show is “Take the Wheel” focusing on connecting consumers to their vehicles.

The Auto Show is free of charge and open to the public. Show hours are Friday, October 10, from noon to 6 p.m., Saturday, October 11, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, October 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition, a Classic Car Show will be held on Sunday, October 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Auto Show will offer a variety of displays and exhibits throughout the campus in addition to food, information and entertainment.

The General Chair for this year’s show is junior Kristin Hammond from Alma, Michigan. She and the 14-member executive board, in addition to over 600 other students, will be involved in creating the show which attracted approximately 60,000 visitors last year. It is held during Northwood University’s Homecoming weekend during the peak of the fall color season on the heavily wooded campus. This year’s show will feature well over 500 new cars, trucks, semis, recreational, specialty and promotional vehicles plus an extensive aftermarket exhibit.

For more information contact Michael Duffy, public relations chair, at 989.837.4823.

ABOUT NORTHWOOD UNIVERSITY Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida, mid-Michigan and northern Texas. Adult Degree Programs are available in eight states with many course delivery options including online. The DeVos Graduate School offers day, evening and weekend programming in Michigan, Texas and Florida. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise provides system-wide expertise in family enterprise, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and new business development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China (Changchun and Wuxi), Malaysia and Sri Lanka.  

Veteran Homeownership Seminar

This is EXCELLENT!! Howard Hanna and Cuyahoga Land Bank helping out veterans .

Straight from City Hall

The Cuyahoga Land Bank, in partnership with Howard Hanna, is offering a free class on a variety of programs to meet the needs of today’s home buyers on Saturday January 18, 2014 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at 800 St. Clair Avenue, Cleveland Ohio.

There will be Finance Managers on hand to explain all programs for veterans, graduates, renters, and 1st time home buyers .

Veteran Homeownership Seminar Flyer

Homeownership seminar flyer


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Moving Industry’s Best, Safest Drivers and Fleets Announced

February 1 , 2014


(Alexandria, VA) — The nation’s top van operators (drivers) and safest company fleets in the U.S. moving industry during 2013 have been selected for annual honors by the American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA).

The 2013 Super Van Operator Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Richard J. Toth of Deerfield Beach, Fla., who drives for Graebel Van Lines of Aurora, Colo. Dennis D. Putnam, Jr. of Clifton Ford, Va., who drives for Hilldrup Moving & Storage, a United agent in Stafford, Va., is Super Van Operator for Household Goods; while Bryan Brownell of Enid, Okla., a driver for Boulevard Moving & Storage, a Mayflower agent in Waukesha, Wisc. picks up Super Van Operator honors in the Special Commodities category. Rookie Super Van Operator for 2013 is David L. Harber of Indiana, Pa., who drives for McNaughton Brothers Moving & Storage, an Allied Van Lines agent in Indiana, Pa.

AMSA’s Super Van awards recognize drivers who provide safe, reliable, and customer-oriented household goods truck transportation. Judging criteria include miles driven, accidents (preventable or non-preventable), lifetime driving record, time out of service for any hours-of-service or equipment violations, financial responsibility, community involvement, customer service, driving awards and outside interests and activities.

AMSA also presents a series of annual fleet safety awards to recognize carriers demonstrating the best overall safety performance during the year. The 2013 Fleet Safety Award winner in the over 50 million miles category is United Van Lines of Fenton, Mo., for the second consecutive year. Graebel Van Lines of Aurora, Colo. again receives the award in the 20 million to 50 million miles category; as well as the Fleet Safety Improvement Award. The five to 20 million miles award goes to JK Moving Services of Sterling, Va. Interstate Van Lines of Springfield, Va. is the winner in the under five million miles category. ABC-Fry-Wagner Moving & Storage, a United agent based in Lenexa, Kan., wins the award in the intrastate category for the third straight year. All of the winners are certified ProMovers, AMSA’s program to help consumers easily identify a quality, professional mover.

“AMSA congratulates these exemplary drivers and companies,” said AMSA President & CEO Linda Bauer Darr. “They have demonstrated the highest level of dedication to safety for their customers and themselves during the past year, and as a result each has enhanced our industry’s image and record by being strongly committed to safe operations.”

All awards will be presented during AMSA’s 95th Annual Education Conference & Expo in San Diego from February 9-12, 2014.