2017-10-12 / Business

In brief

Skaff partners with Salvation Army for COATS FOR KIDS campaign.

GENESEE COUNTY -- Skaff Furniture Carpet One is partnering with the Salvation Army for this year’s COATS FOR KIDS campaign. The goal of the program is to collect new and gently used coats to help keep Genesee County children warm this winter. Skaff is offering a bonus for those who drop off a new or gently used coat at its showroom, 5301 Hill-23 Dr. Those who drop off coat will get a $50 Skaff gift certificate as a thank you. The campaign started October 5 and will run through November 13. For more information on coat dropoff sites or how to register a child for a coat, see http://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/genesee -- R.S.

More Michigan students finding value in Career and Technical Ed classes

LANSING– Students wanting good jobs in Michigan are realizing Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs in high school can help. CTE programs in Michigan have added nearly 5,000 students since 2015, marking an upward trend in CTE enrollment. There are 109,005 students in CTE courses for 2017. The largest enrollment increase was among 11th- and 12th-grade students, which grew from 32.6 percent of Michigan high school students to 34 percent-- or 3,402 students. Expanded CTE programs and enrollment aligns with the Michigan Career Pathways Alliance initiatives announced in June by Gov. Rick Snyder, TED Director Roger Curtis and State Superintendent Brian Whiston, as well as MDE’s Top 10 in 10 initiative. For additional information, contact: Dave Murray, TED Communications Director (517) 243- 7530 murrayd5@michigan.gov – R.S.

“Starting a Business” Workshops in Flint

FLINT– Three more free “Starting a Business” workshops will be presented before the end of the year at Oak Business Center. “Starting a Business” is designed for individuals who are considering self-employment, or who may be at the beginning stages of starting a business. Following are the dates and registration links (all workshops run1-3:30 pm): *Wednesday, October 11: https:// clients.sbdcmichigan.org/workshop.aspx- ?ekey=60370082 *Wednesday, November 8: https:// clients.sbdcmichigan.org/workshop.aspx- ?ekey=60370083 * Tuesday, December 12: https:// clients.sbdcmichigan.org/workshop.aspx- ?ekey=60370084 For more information, visit the MI-SBDC website at www.SBDCMichigan.org or call the I-69 Trade Corridor regional office in Flint: 810-762-9660. --- R.S.

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