Welding
On October 6, the Pinckney Community High School Manufacturing & Welding Program visited three of their program sponsors to celebrate Manufacturing Day, which is a national initiative to bring awareness to job and career opportunities in the manufacturing sector and address the skilled labor shortage. 
 
Pinckney's program has been in the forefront of producing skilled students for the workforce and was recently acknowledged for these efforts as teacher, Mark Stein, was awarded the Program for Outstanding Quality Award by the Michigan Industrial and Technology Education Society in recognition of providing opportunities to our students upon graduation for college and career readiness.
 
Lowry

Yesterday evening, we had the opportunity to honor and celebrate 23 of our New Tech students as they graduated from their internships with our business partner, Lowry Solutions of Brighton (http://www.lowrysolutions.com/). These amazing students completed internships at Lowry that involved creating computer images, distributing laptops throughout the state and country, vetting companies for financial integrity and organizing trade shows. Although we have New Tech students doing exciting internships throughout the local area (and even over seas), Lowry has become our biggest participant and has even created a department to oversee the internship program there. The testimonies that were shared by the mentors at Lowry confirmed the talent, knowledge, skills and character our students possess here in Pinckney. One of the mentors even stated that our students were "too skilled and smart" to be working at Lowry :-) The internship opportunity is just one of many great experiences our students have while attending Pinckney Community Schools. Great job to all as our students once again made us proud!

Pchs Homecoming Mb
We had a great Homecoming weekend here in Pinckney that started with a fantastic parade on Friday afternoon and concluded with a night of music, dancing and fun Saturday evening with the Homecoming dance. In between these two events, our Pirate football team defeated Milford to not only earn their 6th victory of the season, but they also clinched a MHSAA playoff spot. The final regular season game is scheduled for this Friday evening at home against Walled Lake Northern, which should be a great game as both teams come into the contest with 6-2 records. 
 
I appreciate all of the community support we received over the weekend as the energy that was present throughout was extraordinary!
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The American Welding Society (AWS) Pinckney Community High School Student Chapter hosted a visit from AWS President, David L. McQuaid. Mr. McQuiad presented on D1.5 Bridge Welding Code, Careers in Welding, and benefits of AWS membership.

Pictured from left to right is Kurt Poyhonen, Jacob Kestner, Kevin Corrigan, Mr. David L. McQuaid - AWS President, Mr. Don DeCorte - AWS Counselor, Mr. Mark Stein - CWI CWE, Mr. Robert Wilcox - AWS Detroit District Director, and Dr. James Darga.

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Merit Network is pleased to announce that Pinckney Community High School and Wayne State University have been selected to establish two new Cyber Range Hubs in Southeast Michigan. A Cyber Range Hub is a facility that will contain a computing and networking infrastructure to provide certification courses, cybersecurity training exercises and product hardening/testing through a direct connection to the Michigan Cyber Range.

“We are honored to be selected as one of the Michigan Cyber Range Hubs through the Advance Michigan Defense Collaborative,” said Rick Todd, superintendent of Pinckney Community Schools. “This is a great opportunity not only for our students, but for the surrounding communities and businesses. The Cyber Range will expand our current technology and cybersecurity education program by providing realistic, hands-on cybersecurity training.“

Merit Network was a sub-recipient of an Advance Michigan Defense Collaborative (AMDC) grant to establish the Cyber Range Hubs and recently conducted a request for proposals process to select two locations within a 13 county region of Southeast Michigan. The publicly-accessible hubs will help meet the growing demand for cybersecurity training, making each hub a community magnet for IT security and economic development in their region.

"Wayne State is proud to strengthen our relationship with Merit Network by providing a Cyber Range Hub at our Advanced Technology Education Center in Macomb," said Ahmad Ezzeddine, associate vice president for educational outreach and international programs at WSU. "This hub will allow us to expand our offerings in cybersecurity to students, as well as professional development training to clients and secure software testing for our corporate partners. We look forward to developing graduate, undergraduate and non-degree programs focused on cybersecurity, and preparing our students to be leaders in this growing industry."

The new hubs will benefit from the relationships that the Michigan Cyber Range has established with cybersecurity curriculum providers, industry partners and government agencies. Each hub will provide certification courses in over 20 cybersecurity disciplines, including penetration testing, computer forensics, network security and much more.

"The demand for skilled IT security professionals is extremely high, and Merit is very happy to be working with our innovative education partners in southeast Michigan to continue to develop programs to develop our regional workforce,” said Joe Sawasky, president and CEO of Merit Network. “Through focused collaboration, we're able to provide complete end-to-end programs in the Merit Cyber Range to teach, test and train the next generation of technology security professionals."

The Cyber Range Hubs at Pinckney Community High School and Wayne State University are expected to be operational by this fall. Cyber Range Hubs in the region have previously been created at Selfridge Air Force Base, the Velocity Center and General Dynamics Land Systems.

About Michigan Cyber Range

The Michigan Cyber Range prepares cybersecurity professionals to detect, prevent and mitigate cyber-attacks in a real-world setting. Like a test track or a firing range, the Michigan Cyber Range enables individuals and organizations to conduct “live fire” exercises: simulations that test the detection and reaction skills of participants in a variety of situations. The Michigan Cyber Range also offers certification courses for a number of cybersecurity disciplines, with instruction available on-site and live online. A full training schedule may be found at the Merit Michigan Cyber Range web site:

www.merit.edu/cyberrange/

The Michigan Cyber Range is hosted and facilitated by Merit Network in partnership with the State of Michigan and with the sponsorship of DTE Energy.

About Merit Network

Merit Network, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation owned and governed by Michigan’s public universities. Merit owns and operates America’s longest-running regional research and education network. In 1966, Michigan’s public universities created Merit as a shared resource to help meet their common need for networking assistance. Since its formation, Merit Network has remained on the forefront of research and education networking expertise and services. Merit provides high-performance networking and IT solutions to Michigan’s public universities, colleges, K-12 organizations, libraries, state government, healthcare, and other non-profit organizations.

For more information: www.merit.edu

For press/media contact:

Pierrette Templeton
Merit Network, Inc.
Phone: (734)527-5734
Email: ptempleton@merit.edu

 

Bonds

PINCKNEY COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

2016 REFUNDING BONDS, SERIES A AND SERIES B

Pinckney, Michigan - The Board of Education Pinckney Community Schools is proud to announce the successful sale of its 2016 Refunding Bonds, Series A in the amount of $30,085,000 and 2016 Refunding Bonds, Series B in the amount of $20,810,000.  The 2016 Refunding Bonds, Series A were issued for the purpose of refunding a portion of the School District’s outstanding 2010 School Building and Site Bonds, Series C (Build America Bonds) and paying a portion of the costs of issuing the Bonds.  The 2016 Refunding Bonds, Series A reduce the School District interest expense approximately $2,317,861 for the taxpayers by reducing debt payments over the next 20 years.

The 2016 Refunding Bonds, Series B Bonds were issued for the purpose of refunding outstanding indebtness of the School District to the State of Michigan under the State of Michigan School Bond Qualification and Loan Program and to pay a portion of the costs of issuing the Bonds. The Series B Bonds reduce the repayments to the State of Michigan by a total estimated amount of $2,121,943.  The estimated reduction in repayments is based upon the current School Bond Loan Fund interest rate of 3.50%.

Pinckney Community SchoolsBonds were well received by the bond market.  We were able to take advantage of current low interest rates that meet the goals of the District which resulted in a total of $4,439,804 savings for our taxpayers.

For further information contact:

Mr. Richard Todd, Superintendent of Schools

Ms. Linda L. Moskalik, C.P. A - Assistant Superintendent for Finance & Operations

(810) 225-3900

Katrina And Mike Bishop

Congrats to the winner from PCHS, Katrina Gensterblum!