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2017-12-06 / Front Page

Showers to Retire after Nearly 50 Years in Education, Michigan Works!

Jim Showers Jim Showers After spending 16 years at Michigan Works!, former Tahquamenon Area Schools superintendent Jim Showers is celebrating his retirement with an Open House at the Luce County Michigan Works office Thursday, December 7 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Showers graduated from the University of Findley in 1967 with a BA in Physical Education and Recreation and a minor in History. Immediately following his graduation he was drafted into the Army and served in Vietnam as an administrative specialist. He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1969.

After his discharge Showers went on to earn a master’s degree in Education Administration from Central Michigan University. He spent 33 years working in education, including being an assistant principal at Reed City Public Schools; a middle and high school principal, and later the superintendent, at Tekonsha Public Schools; and superintendent at Tahquamenon Area Schools.

Following his retirement from the field of education, Showers took a job with Mackinac Island Carriage Tours as a horse and carriage driver. During the winter months he took a part-time job at Michigan Works! administering the Job Club Program, a classroom initiative designed to teach potential employees necessary skills for the workplace.

“Working with Jim was a lesson in expecting things to work out,” stated Dulcey Kantola of Michigan Works! of Mackinac County. “He has a positive side to life, coupled with his distinct sense of humor. It kept our staff meetings and agenda deadlines exciting. He is a coworker who could be depended upon to help out and have your back, so to speak.”

He later became a case manager for the Partnership Accountability Training and Hope program, designed to identify barriers hindering participants from gaining employment. His part-time position became a full-time position, resulting in 16 years of dedicated service to Luce County job seekers.

Kantola concluded, “Jim once told me, ‘Service is the rent we pay for living on this Earth. It’s the very purpose of life, and not something we do in our spare time.’ Jim has been one outstanding personality and a strong role model of hope for many who face hopelessness in an economic crisis. I will dearly miss this man and his outstanding community service as well.”

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