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New WorkLife Programming Advisory Committee Formed

The Michigan Tech V. P. for Administration Ellen Horsch has formed a new committee, the WorkLife Programming Advisory Committee.   According to their website, the committee came into existence at the end of 2014.  The WorkLife Programming Advisory Committee is charged with:

  • Regularly assessing WorkLife quality at the University.
  • Reviewing and providing input on University policy to support WorkLife blending.
  • Benchmarking other institutions’ WorkLife programs.
  • Providing programming and resources to the campus community that support a high quality of WorkLife blending for all.

Persons interested in participating in the Committee’s work are invited to get in touch with the Committee chair, Ann Kitalong-Will, who can be reached at amkitalo@mtu.edu. Subcommittees are being formed on the following topics (per blogposting 29Jan2015):

  1. Childcare and eldercare issues and concerns
  2. Policies that support a good work-life blend for University employees
  3. Mentoring opportunities
  4. IT service, software, and technology infrastructure needs that support worklife quality and flexible work options
  5. Professional and career development needs and interests

There is also a survey link posted on their blog, inviting community members to express their priorities with regard to work-life issues.

The committees, task forces, and groups formed by the V.P. for Administration’s office “research, analyze, and recommend ways to improve administrative operations at Michigan Tech to help enable a pleasant, productive, and safe work environment.”  These groups (as of 8Feb2015) are:

  1. Benefits Liaison Group
  2. Health and Safety Task Force
  3. Incident Command Team
  4. Memorial Union Vision Purpose Group
  5. The Tech Community Wellness Committee
  6. Reengineering Personnel Management Systems Task Force
  7. WorkLife Programming Task Force



Childcare Resources in Houghton County

BHK Child Development Board (funded through grants).   BHK has several excellent child care centers where low-income children have first chance for slots.

Child Care Center US:

Houghton County Childcare Referral Agencies:
4C of Upper Peninsula
104 Coles Dr., Ste. F
Marquette MI 49855
Call (906) 228-3362 or Toll Free (866) 424-4532 (For In-State Use Only)
Email: ktaylor@4c-up.com
For more information, visit http://www.4c-up.com

Little Huskies Child Development Center

The Little Huskies Child Development Center,at Michigan Tech, managed by Gretchen’s House Childcare Centers,  is an on-campus pre-school and childcare center (infants/toddlers) serving the Michigan Tech community.  The facility is accredited by the National Association For the Education of Young Children.

From the website:

The Little Huskies Child Development Center exists to encourage and support each child to grow and develop in a caring and nurturing environment.  The Center will be an asset to the University and supports the first goal of the University’s Strategic Plan to attract and support world-class faculty, staff, and students.  The Center is one of the many people-focused work-life initiatives intended to provide an outstanding work and educational environment for Michigan Tech faculty, staff, and students.

Little Huskies gives priority to children whose parents or legal guardians are students or employees of Michigan Tech.

The Michigan Tech Little Huskies Childcare Center is located between the Student Development Complex tennis courts and the Forestry Complex on MacInnes Drive.  Square footage is 4,400 square feet.  The center is licensed for 44 children with a maximum of 8 infants, 16 toddlers and 20 pre-school age children.