Kalamazoo Valley Community College

Michael Crouser

Jack Torrey and his brother, Page Burkum formed The Cactus Blossoms in chilly Minneapolis, far from the deep heart of Texas, which is what you might think of when you hear their classic country sound. The brothers have been touring for a year on the success of their first major album, You're Dreaming, which won accolades in Rolling Stone, NPR, and other media outlets. Their songs will become part of the soundtrack of the rebooted Twin Peaks television series on Showtime, which debuts in May. The Cactus Blossoms perform in Kalamazoo on Friday, February 17 at 7:30 pm in Dale B. Lake Auditorium at Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

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Many Michigan manufacturers are facing a problem that they call a “skill gaps.” As more and more of their skilled employees retire, manufacturers need new workers to operate advanced technologies. And unfortunately, they say, very few new workers have the education or experience to fill in, leaving hundreds of jobs unfilled. But there’s hope. Kalamazoo Valley Community College is trying out a new program that’s connecting employers with young students to fill the pipeline again.


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An extra year of high school can soon mean an Associate's Degree or two years of progress toward a Bachelor's Degree in Kalamazoo County. 

After extra year of high school students could transfer to four year college of enter workforce with a skilled trade

The campus will focus on a variety of health topics including community wellness and sustainable food production.

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