Burwell appointed to Mason County Promise Zone board.

March 8, 2022

Vic Burwell

Burwell appointed to Mason County Promise Zone board.

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Vic Burwell has been appointed to the Mason County Promise Zone Authority Board. Burwell is one of two legislatively-appointed members of the 11 member board. He was appointed March 1 by Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey.  

Burwell, a former elementary/secondary teacher, college administrator and retired business leader, said he had a “strong understanding of the importance for students of Mason County to obtain some form of post-high school education.” 

Burwell emphasized the necessity of training, certifications, and college degrees for local students, and noted that he has full confidence in the Promise partnership with West Shore Community College in connecting students to such educational opportunities.  

“My own children have attended WSCC, graduated, and transferred to other colleges with wonderful preparation,” Burwell said. “The quality of the education available at WSCC for our students is, without question, excellent.  Students who attend WSCC are well prepared to continue their education at other universities or to enter the workforce following one of their many certificate or associate degrees.”  

Burwell has already participated in local Promise board activities as a student success committee member. 

“Mason County is blessed and fortunate to have West Shore Community College in our county,” Burwell said.  “The Promise scholarship has provided a very cost-effective option for tuition and fees, that without it, may have reduced or eliminated post-high school educational opportunities for many families of our area.”

Burwell will serve a four-year term, which will continue through March 2026, with the option for legislative renewal. In the years ahead, Burwell said he is looking forward to using his networking connections within Mason County, from his 60 years of life experiences to further develop the awareness of Promise and how it can benefit the students and the community.” 

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