sterling heights http://michiganradio.org en Sterling Heights has a multilingual driving school http://michiganradio.org/post/sterling-heights-has-multilingual-driving-school <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Anyone who lives in Michigan knows you are at a real disadvantage if you don&rsquo;t have a driver&rsquo;s license.</span></p><p>But, let&rsquo;s say you are an Iraqi who has fled to the U.S. to escape the violence. You&rsquo;re trying to launch your new life here and you need a way to get to a job or get your kids to school. You need a driver&rsquo;s license, but you haven&rsquo;t lived here long enough to get fluent in English. So how do you get on the road?</p><p>That&rsquo;s where you might turn to John Bitti. He runs the Madamma Driving School in Sterling Heights, and he teaches would-be drivers in English, Arabic, or Chaldean.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 18:57:51 +0000 Stateside Staff 14865 at http://michiganradio.org Sterling Heights has a multilingual driving school Stateside: Operation Kindness fights bullying in Sterling Heights school http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-operation-kindness-fights-bullying-sterling-heights-school <p>On any given day, as many as 160,000 students stay home from school because they’re afraid to face the bullies they may encounter in classrooms, lunchrooms and school hallways.&nbsp;</p><p>As author Patricia Polacco noted in her interview with Cyndy, it seems that peer-to-peer programs are most effective and pack the most power against bullies.</p><p>Such a program is going on at Jeannette Middle School in Sterling Heights, part of the Utica Community Schools.</p> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 19:04:15 +0000 Stateside Staff 9365 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Operation Kindness fights bullying in Sterling Heights school Ford adds 225 jobs in Sterling Heights to build hybrid transmissions http://michiganradio.org/post/ford-adds-225-jobs-sterling-heights-build-hybrid-transmissions <p>Ford Motor Company is hiring 225 workers to run a new hybrid-electric transmission assembly line at the Sterling Heights plant.<br /><br />The Associated Press reports Ford is investing $220 million in the Van Dyke Transmission plant to make the new transmission.</p><p>Ford used to purchase its hybrid transmissions from Japan, but the Van Dyke plant&#39;s new assembly line will construct Ford&#39;s first domestically designed and produced hybrid transmission.<br /><br />Hybrid versions of the C-Max, Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ midsize sedans will sport the new transmission beginning this fall, as well as the plug-in hybrid versions of the Fusion and the soon-to-be-released C-Max.</p><p>In a<a href="http://www.wcax.com/story/19179780/ford-celebrates-production-launch-of-the-only-front-wheel-drive-hybrid-transmission-to-be-made-in-north-america"> press release</a>, the company says the plant already added 130 jobs as part of the launch, and the remaining employees will start work by the end of the month.</p><p>Ford says the plant is now the only producer of front-wheel-drive hybrid transmissions in North America, though General Motors Co. makes rear-wheel-drive hybrid transmissions in Maryland, the AP reports.</p><p><em>-Elaine Ezekiel, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 18:09:38 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8522 at http://michiganradio.org Ford adds 225 jobs in Sterling Heights to build hybrid transmissions Defense Dept cuts contract, costing potential jobs in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/defense-dept-cuts-contract-costing-potential-jobs-michigan <p><a href="http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=62351">The Secretary of Defense</a> says he wants to cancel a defense contract that would eliminate hundreds&nbsp;of&nbsp;potential new jobs in Michigan.&nbsp;</p><p>The contract would be for an amphibious vehicle for the U.S. Marine Corps. The Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle was intended to replace a Vietnam era model. <a href="http://generaldynamics.com/">A Sterling Heights based division of General Dynamics</a> is the contractor that has been developing the 40 ton vehicle.</p><p>Peter Keating is a company spokesman. He says canceling the program now will cost as much as moving forward with production.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>"<em>We would expect our congressional delegation in Washington DC to take a look at that and in their wisdom decide if it’s something they’d like to support."&nbsp;</em></p></blockquote><p>The marine vehicle has been plagued with cost overruns and other problems since the Reagan administration.&nbsp;&nbsp; Escalating costs prompted the U.S. Marine Corps to cut in half the number of Expeditionary Fighting Vehicles it planned to purchase. Keating insists past problems have been resolved.&nbsp; Thu, 06 Jan 2011 21:16:37 +0000 Steve Carmody 783 at http://michiganradio.org Defense Dept cuts contract, costing potential jobs in Michigan Gov. Granholm makes announcement in Sterling Heights http://michiganradio.org/post/gov-granholm-makes-announcement-sterling-heights <p><strong>Update: 3:20pm</strong>:</p><p><a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20101206/BUSINESS0103/101206042/1319/Marchionne-Granholm-celebrate-plants-survival">The Detroit Free Press</a> reports on what we expected from the announcement at Chrysler's Sterling Heights Assembly Plant.</p> Mon, 06 Dec 2010 20:20:10 +0000 Mark Brush 476 at http://michiganradio.org Gov. Granholm makes announcement in Sterling Heights