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February 2016 Newsletter – Michigan Community Action

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MCA Catalyst – February 2016

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TEACH Scholarship aids professional development

Melissa Hodges always wanted to be a teacher, but as a single mother without the means to go to college, her dream seemed out of reach. Now, as a two-time recipient of the TEACH scholarship, thanks to encouragement from Community Action of Allegan County (CAAC), Hodges has earned an associate degree with high honors and is pursuing a bachelor's in Family and Child Development at Western Michigan University…

Dr. Melissa Blount: Leaders need community connection, understanding

Leaders who craft social policies need to connect with and better understand the communities they serve in order to be effective, says Dr. Melissa Blount, who spoke at the Community Action Partnership's 2016 Management and Leadership Training National Conference in New Orleans In January…

Energy efficiency investment brings long-term savings

Energy efficiency reduces energy use overall, helping decrease everyone's utility bills. Low- and fixed-income households spend a greater proportion of their income on energy costs than do higher-income families. While 4 percent of the average U.S. household's income goes toward utility bills, low-income households spend 17 to more than 50 percent of their income on utilities...

Join colleagues March 15-18 in Washington, D.C., for NCAF'S Legislative Conference

The National Community Action Foundation's annual legislative conference will host congressional speakers and other national leaders to discuss current issues in Washington, D.C.

Nominations for 2016 Community Action Awards due

MCA will host its annual Community Action Awards presentation April 28 as part of the annual Day at the Capitol event.

Governor's Economic and Education Summit set for March in Grand Rapids

The Governor's Economic and Education Summit will take place Tuesday, March 15, in Grand Rapids, featuring keynote speaker Jaime Casap, chief education evangelist at Google. The event is designed to encourage collaboration between the education and business communities to attract, retain and develop Michigan's professional talent. The summit brings together educators, business leaders and workforce professionals from across Michigan with the goal of expanding the state's ability to compete in the knowledge-based economy of the future

MCA staff member to offer ROMA training

Program and Policy Specialist Maddy Kamalay is entering the final phase of certification as a Results Oriented Management and Accountability trainer and is looking for opportunities to conduct the Introduction to ROMA training curriculum for member agencies…

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