Monthly Archive:: June 2014

Message from the President

Affordable access to high-quality college education has never been a greater need. Southwestern Michigan College is proud to continually expand academic offerings on both our campuses, Niles and Dowagiac. College represents a great investment. There is an

Experience Southwestern Michigan College

With three residence halls, Southwestern Michigan College’s Dowagiac campus is home to 390 students who count on an array of activities to experience total college life. There are events on-campus and off, including academic speakers, to enrich

Business Degrees Flexible Enough to Lead Anywhere

Whether you want to position yourself for an optimal entry-level opportunity, advance to a bachelor’s degree or vie for a job promotion, Southwestern Michigan College business programs connect with desired career niches. Demand to hire graduates with

Information Technology: Work-study experience ‘makes stuff come to life’

Tiffany Brooks of Dowagiac worked five years at a local factory, Contech, until it closed. “With it being a car industry job, they didn’t tell me at Michigan Works! I would be unable to get a job,

How to avoid massive student loan debt and get a great education at Southwestern Michigan College

Five years ago Shelby Willis was a beauty queen interested in teaching. May 3 the Southwestern Michigan College admissions advisor received her bachelor’s in Business Administration from Ferris State University. Not only did she accomplish that feat

Make Friends With FAFSA

All students applying to college should know about FAFSA. Also known as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, everyone — rich, poor or somewhere in between — should plan to fill out a FAFSA application as

What’s the Difference?

A glossary of financial aid terms: •  GRANTS are gifts that do not need to be paid back. Grant decisions are based on family income, household size, reported assets, and the number of children in college. The

‘Hospitals Want Our Nurses’

Southwestern Michigan College graduates achieved a 100-percent pass rate on their state boards in both practical and registered nursing during the first quarter of 2014. “They think critically and they’re very well-prepared for the workforce,” Nursing and

Criminal Justice Program Offers More than Badges and Guns

Southwestern Michigan College’s criminal justice program debuted in the fall of 2013 with 60 students. By the spring of 2014, it grew past a hundred majors, ranking it in the top three behind only pre-nursing and communication.

Prospective Nurse Found Her Passion in Probation

Southwestern Michigan College adjunct faculty Valerie Johnson, runner-up to a Detroit woman for the Michigan Department of Corrections’ first Probation Officer of the Year, started college intending to become a nurse. After graduating from Dowagiac Union High

You should know…

Associate in Applied Science is a two-year degree designed to prepare you for a career and to easily enter the workforce. Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees are basically the first two years of a