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Roadside Emergency Kit a Perfect Gift for the College Bound

School is almost back in session and students across the country will soon be packing up their cars and heading off to college. If you are searching for that perfect gift for the college-bound kid in your life, the Car Care Council suggests putting together a roadside emergency kit.

“A roadside kit is easy to assemble, not too expensive and extremely useful, plus it could be a life saver in the event of an emergency,” said Rich White, executive director of the Car Care Council. “While it’s always a good idea to be prepared for the unexpected while on the road, the best option is to avoid breakdowns and car trouble wherever possible. Performing basic maintenance and observing a regular service schedule can help avoid unforeseen road emergencies.”

Roadside emergency items can fit into a small duffle bag or rubber storage tote and include the following:

– Jumper cables

– Emergency flares

– Flashlight with batteries

– Blankets and extra clothes

– Non-perishable snacks and bottled water

– First aid kit, including essential medications

– Portable USB charger to keep the cell phone running even if the car is not

– Ice scraper, snow brush and small shovel for winter driving

– The Car Care Guide, available free of charge at

Visit the Car Care Council’s website to access a number of tips and resources for vehicle maintenance, including a free custom service schedule.

The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For a copy of the council’s Car Care Guide or for more information, visit

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Tips to jump-start your college application

Whether your summer plans involve flipping burgers, lounging at the shore, or obsessively watching every World Cup game, we recommend five simple steps that won’t overly-detract from your summer vacation but will give you a leg up in the college admissions process come the frenetically-paced autumn months that loom ahead.

1. Demonstrate Interest

Carve out a few moments to show your prospective colleges some love. Trust us, with yield rate statistics causing admissions officers many restless nights, making schools feel wanted can leave a favorable impression. Whether or not a student showed interest in the form of a campus visit, an email, or time surfing the university website can become a factor come admission time. Colleges want great students, but they really want great students who are genuinely interested in attending their institution.

2. Request Letters of Recommendation

Separate yourself from the panicked masses who, in a few months time, will be begging their favorite teacher to crank out a recommendation 48 before their application deadline. Trust us, recommenders will appreciate your proactive approach and may even utilize the extra time to write a more thoughtful, detailed letter. Additional tips include supplying your recommender with a resume to better inform their testimonial as well as picking an individual who knows you intimately rather than someone prominent who doesn’t know you at all (admissions officers see mountains of generic letters from Congress members signed in autopen).

3. Work on the Common App Essays

There will be no further changes to the common app essay prompts in the 2014-15 admissions cycle, which means you are free to begin them now. Click here for brainstorming advice on each of the five prompts that will help you decide which essay will inspire your best story and win the hearts and minds of admissions officers. Trying to pre-write and generate ideas can cause undue stress when attempted weeks from an application deadline, in the middle of studying for exams. Let the ideas flow while the gentle (and sort of creepy) melodies of the Mr. Softee truck still play on.

4. Complete the Students Activities Resume

When it comes to listing your extracurricular achievements, the goal is not to fill a single-spaced page in 6 point font with a record of every single action you’ve ever taken as a human being. Admissions personnel are looking for depth over breath and want to see evidence of leadership, commitment, and burgeoning passion that will carry over to their respective campus. In other words, leave off that afternoon as a freshman when you attended a Model U.N. interest meeting, only to embarrassingly realize that it was not, as you assumed, a club for building miniature replicas of embassy buildings.

5. Finalize your College List

Developing your college list can be a lot more challenging than it sounds. It’s easy to get caught up dreaming about one’s top choice school, yet it’s important to have not just multiple irons in the fire, but the right irons (all you blacksmiths out there know what I’m talkin’ about!). Remember admission to Ivy and Ivy-level colleges can never be taken for granted so you’ll need to diversify that portfolio. Also make sure to pick at least one financial safety school in case you end up on the short end of the merit aid chase.

Rising seniors, Enjoy this well-earned respite from hard work. Relish the opportunity to enjoy a late breakfast while taking in a Honduras/Ecuador scoreless tie. That being said, if you can find an hour here and there to work on the above activities, you will thank yourself in just a few short months.

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Stay competitive with your Small Business!


Get your small business the information to be competitive in the global marketplace. Learn the basic tools to initiate or expand into international markets. Topics covered include: risk assessment, supply chain management, finance, freight forwarding, insurance, product classification, export regulations, and marketing. Come away with numerous resources to grow your international business. Schoolcraft College will be offering this 5-week program beginning Thursday, September 15th (9 am – 3:30 pm). The program costs $245/person and you may view registration details, at:  Questions? Contact Schoolcraft College MI-SBTDC at (734) 462-4438.

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