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Clear Educational FOCUS = THRIVING Community

What is

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Create a THRIVING community by engaging and leading Muskegon County to success in three educational focus areas:

Ready for Kindergarten Icon   1.    ALL students Ready for Kindergarten

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  2.    ALL students proficient in Reading and
         Math by 3rd Grade

3A.   ALL students Career Aware by 9th Grade

THRIVE College Ready 3B.   ALL students able to Access College



Our mission is to establish clear educational focus areas for our community, leading to successful graduates who contribute to a THRIVING economy and a vibrant culture in Muskegon County.


LaTonya Beene
United Way
Dale Nesbary
Musk. Community College
Megan Byard-Karaba
Muskegon Opportunity
Steve Olsen
Northern Machine Tool Co.
Louis Churchwell
Kay Olthoff
Community Leader
Dakota Crow
Boys & Girls Club
Steve Parker
Longview Consulting
Shannon Delora
Muskegon Area ISD
Stephen Pettifor
Muskegon Area CTC
Kyle Fiebig
Muskegon Area CTC
Kelly Richards
Muskegon Area Dist. Library
Jim Fisher
Second Act, LLC
Christine Robere
United Way - Lakeshore
Kathleen Flynn
Muskegon Area ISD
Kathy Rohlman
West Michigan Works!
Wyneice Hairston
United Way
Lisa Sabourin
Employers Assoc. West MI
Amy Heisser
Jared Schuitema
West Michigan Works!
Lisa Hungerford
Muskegon Area CTC
Joel Selby
Muskegon Area ISD
Justin Jennings
Muskegon Public Schools
John Severson
Muskegon Area ISD
Jane Johnson
Muskegon County DHHS
Val Shelby
Early College Muskegon
Allison Keessen
Muskegon Area ISD
Bob Szymoniak
Fruitport Community Schools
John Kraus
Muskegon Area ISD
Kristin Tank
Muskegon Area ISD
Cindy Larsen
Chamber of Commerce
Darryl Todd
Muskegon Area First
Randy Lindquist
Muskegon Area ISD
Michelle Wahlberg
Muskegon Area ISD
Janelle Mair
Community Foundation
Kari Wiersema
Muskegon Area CTC
Aaron Maike
Baker College
Shelley Williams
White Lake Comm. Library
Melissa Moore
READ Muskegon
Kim Wood
Comm. United Methodist