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Ben Mitchell

Ben Mitchell
Mechanical Engineering '06

Ben Mitchell grew up in a devout household in the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan where emphasis was placed on helping others. He traveled with his father to places such as Kenya and Peru on short-term medical missions. When he was in Kenya, a missionary explained that engineers have the greatest potential to influence the largest number of people. During high school, Ben participated in a youth mission trip to Tijuana. A result of the mission trips, his family decided to adopt three Vietnamese children when he was a junior.

All of these experiences had a great influence on Ben’s outlook on life. He decided to major in mechanical engineering and enrolled at Lake Superior State University. Near the end of his senior year, he decided to volunteer for the Peace Corps to help others.

His two-year commitment began in the fall of 2007 and took Ben to Burkina Faso in western Africa. He resides in the village of Tansila, population 3,000, approximately 10 km from the Mali border. His host organization is the local cotton growers union. It works cooperatively with other villages to improve and expand their production techniques. He serves as an agribusiness advisor as a part of the Small Enterprise Development program which helps create market linkages and assists with the advancement of business skills.

Charter Schools

In 2011, Concord Academy - Petoskey was identified as a "School of Excellance" by the  Michigan Department of Education!

Concord Academy of Petoskey

Mission Statement:

Concord Academy will provide an inspiring and challenging educational environment conducive to development of critical and creative thinking through the integration of the arts with mathematics, technology, and the sciences.

Concord Academy of Petoskey Location

Address:
2468 Atkins Road
Petoskey, Michigan 49770
Telephone:
(231) 439-6800
Fax:
(231) 439-6803
Website:
www.concordpetoskey.com

Concord Academy of Petoskey Contact Information

Director:
Robert Ollar
bollar@concordpetoskey.com
Management Company:
Lakeshore Educational Management
Executive Director: Denise Sandison
lakeshoreed@charter.net
Board of Directors:
President: Jean Frentz, frentzje@aol.com
Vice President: Dave Carlson, davecarlson@kiddleavy.com
Treasurer: Thomas Tietjen, stet401@hotmail.com
Secretary: Ruth Milks, ishwolf@gmail.com
Member: Valerie St. Pierre Smith, onawadecembers@hotmail.com
LSSU Oversight Officer:
Nick J. Oshelski
Executive Director Charter Schools
noshelski@lssu.edu

Charter Contract (pdf)

Majoring in Sociology...

Carrie McBride

Carrie McBride
Sociology
Caro, MI

I love the small tight-knit community on campus.You always see someone you know while walking to class.Your professors know you on a first name basis. [ more ]

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