After reopening their doors in August, Spartan Spirit Shop saw a decline in the number of customers that walk through the door. Retail manager Stephene Benkert says she thinks this could have something to do with football being canceled. But now that its back, she expects things to pick back up a little. This time of the year isn’t just for sports apparel shopping. For seniors graduating in December, it’s also about ordering their cap and gown for winter graduation.
Seniors at Michigan State University are coping with having
their final year cut short. The spread of the Coronavirus has caused universities across
the nation to switch to online teaching for the remainder of the semester. Kelsey Nickerson, a senior at MSU said it was so abrupt. “I was so confused for like a second I was happy and
then I was like I don’t know if I’m ever going back to class,” Nickerson
said. Campus looks like a ghost town as many students have packed
up their things and returned to their permanent homes.
Kerry Pahl said her daughter attended Holt schools for a year before moving back to the Lansing School District. “She liked the teachers, and had to work harder because of the higher academic standards. Holt schools have a pretty good reputation,” she said. The numbers bear that out. The U.S. Census website says that 94.5 percent of the population of Holt ages 25 and over are a graduate of high school.
By Brittany Flowers
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter
ST. JOHNS — The percentage of people 25 years of age or older with a bachelor’s degree in St. Johns is lower than the county, state, and national percentages. The national average of people 25 and older with a bachelor’s degree is 28.8 percent, while the percentage in the state of Michigan is at 25.9 percent, the county with 27.7 percent, and the percentage in St. Johns falls at only 20.2 percent, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
The massive expenses behind higher education in America have been a hot button issue for many years. Every year, thousands of students graduate with thousands of dollars of student loan debt to their name. It may seem like an unbearable vicious cycle to most, but Michigan State University’s Office of Financial Aid stresses that there are options available that will keep students from going into default. Reaching default haunts credit scores for years, affecting what purchases a person can make. Graduates today are using plans that tie loan payments to income. These income-based programs are built to make loan repayment manageable and make life easier for those who struggle to find a job, although the Financial Aid staff does warn about interest collecting when you miss payments.
By JUSTINE McGUIRE
Capital News Service
LANSING – On-time high school graduation rates are down in Leelanau County, but is that a bad thing? 2011 graduation statistics look worse in Leelanau County, but it’s because Suttons Bay High School has taken on at-risk students whom the district knows won’t graduate in the standard four years, said Principal Raphael Rittenhouse. He said other districts around the state try to get at-risk students to drop out before they bring down graduations statistics – before ninth grade – or send them to alternative schools for the same reason. Suttons Bay has as many online students from districts across Michigan as local in-classroom students, Rittenhouse said. Many had been turned away from other districts.