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Ten tips for helping students move into their first dormitory

August 16, 2014

Ten tips for helping students move into their first dormitory

The college experience can be an influential part of a person’s life, so it’s natural that you’d want to get your son or daughter settled in right. Students discover their true interests at school, do some soul searching and form lasting friendships. While living in the dorms can be an exciting experience, the move can be torturous if not done efficiently.

Here are ten tips to help make a move more manageable.

1. Know the dimensions of their dorm room before the move. Bringing too much stuff without having a place for each item can cause clutter and claustrophobia to develop, which won’t help their study habits.

2. Make a checklist of belongings they may want to bring. Categorizing materials into subsequent lists will help individuals make sure they do not forget anything of importance.

3. Students who plan ahead for their move often have a stress-free experience. Collect free, foldable boxes and containers from local merchants and friends to help make packing a breeze. Boxes also are available from moving companies like Stevens Worldwide Van Lines.

4. Leave belongings at home if they will be of little use at school. While it may be tempting to bring an expansive book collection, if there is no room for it, leave it at home.

5. Students who are moving into a space that they must furnish themselves can save some money by purchasing those goods from discount stores such as Goodwill or Salvation Army. Plan a visit to a local thrift store so that you can discuss the essentials together.


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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