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GRCC In the News, 5-23-14

May 23, 2014

Have Job, Will Enroll

May 23, 2014; Inside Higher Ed

WASHINGTON — A growing number of startups want to play the matchmaker role between community colleges and employers. One of them, WorkAmerica, makes an unusual offer as part of their pitch: students get a legally binding job offer before they enroll at one of the company’s partner colleges.

… College instructors can also issue badges on the platform. Dillow said Workforce IO has collaborated with Grand Rapids Community College, in Michigan, as well as an Illinois campus of Everest College, a for-profit institution.

Graduation 2014: Hamilton High School

May 22, 2014; The Holland Sentinel

… What are your plans after graduation?

… Dillon VanDerKamp: “I’m going to GRCC for sales and marketing.”

Student Graduates after Riding Train of Death through Mexico

May 23, 2014; schoolnewsnetwork.org (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)

During the last day of his senior year at Wyoming High School, Jose Sanchez-Bueso completed his final chemistry exam, finishing off the semester with three A’s and two B’s on his report card.

… He is enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College for this fall, and plans to attend a four-year university after receiving his associate’s degree to become a mechanical engineer.

Growlers Land Duo of Crafty Lefty’s

May 22, 2014; MLive

Kalamazoo, MI – The Kalamazoo Growlers have added two left handed pitchers to their inaugural season roster. Dillon Haviland of Duke University and Luke Bolka of East Carolina University will bring collegiate experience as well as dynamic arms to the Growlers pitching staff.

… The Growlers have also added temporary players Jeremy Carrell of Wayne State as well as Jacob Waters and Dylan Van Putten of Grand Rapids Community College to aid the Growlers in early season games.

GRCC In the News, 5-19-14

May 19, 2014

GRCC students earn awards at national business professionals competition

May 16, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College students took home eight awards at a Business Professionals of America completion in Indianapolis.

Grupos minoritarios de GRCC aumentan pese a prohibición de Acción Afirmativa

May 16, 2014; El Vocero

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN (EVH).- Tras la aprobación de la Suprema Corte de Justicia de los Estados Unidos de ratificar la Prohibición de la Acción Afirmativa en el estado de Michigan, tal como se había aprobado en el año 2006 por un grupo de seis magistrados de la corte del estado, desde entonces universidades y colegios han acatado la ley, dejando de dar privilegios a las minorías a la hora de asistir en busca de educación superior.

Pese a la drástica ley, aun existen centros de educación avanzada donde estadísticamente los números en porcentajes de las minorías siguen aumentado.
En ese sentido, en la ciudad de Grand Rapids autoridades del Community College (GRCC) explicaron como están trabajando con los grupos minoritarios interesados en asistir al centro, tras la aplicación de la prohibición de la Acción Afirmativa.

West Ottawa seniors celebrate their next steps in Decision Day Party

May 18, 2014; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — With cheerleaders lining the halls, college mascots giving out high fives and the drum line playing, West Ottawa High School was in celebration mode on Thursday.

… “At first I didn’t want to go to college,” (Darah) Kok said. But with the urging of some friends and teachers, he decided to look into it.
“People started telling me (college) changes your life. I didn’t want to waste my life.”

Kok plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College in the fall on a full ride scholarship.

SECOM-GRCC Partnership Recognized at Annual Armen Awards Celebration

May 16, 2014; SECOM newsletter

Service, innovation, and collaboration are at the heart of Grand Rapids Community College’s annual Armen Awards, a competitive program designed to promote innovative thinking. Created and supported by longtime GRCC supporter Armen Oumedian, the program rewards student teams who design and implement projects that benefit a community organization.

Muskegon sports briefs: Muskegon Community College drops 13-inning marathon in regional baseball

May 16, 2014; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — It’s going to be a quick turnaround for the Muskegon Community College baseball team.

… The game ended after midnight and MCC (35-17) faces an elimination game at 11:30 a.m. Friday against Grand Rapids Community College in Battle Creek.

 

 

Cameron Lotter wins scholarship

March 17, 2014

Congratulations to Cameron Lotter, who won the prize scholarship for this year’s Career Showcase. The business administration major received his scholarship today from Paula Sullivan, associate dean of the School of Workforce Development; and business professors Mark Jasonowicz and Bethann Talsma. Don’t let Cameron’s MSU gear fool you: He is looking at Ferris State of Grand Valley State universities after graduation and hopes to eventual own an excavating company.

From left: Mark Jasonowicz, Paula Sullivan, Cameron Lotter and Bethann Talsma.

From left: Mark Jasonowicz, Paula Sullivan, Cameron Lotter and Bethann Talsma.

 

GRCC In the News, 3-5-14

March 5, 2014

GRCC offering job fair March 11

March 5, 2014; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — The Grand Rapids Community College will host a job fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 11 at the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center, 151 Fountain St. NE.

GRCC students earn 1st place in Business Professionals of America competition

March 4, 2014; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — Students from Grand Rapids Community College took first place in eight categories during the recent state Business Professionals of America competition.

GRCC joins statewide marketing association

March 4, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A new association is connecting marketing and communications professionals at community colleges across the state.

Marketing and communications representatives from 28 community colleges, including Grand Rapids Community College, joined the Michigan Community College Marketing and Communications Association, which is affiliated with the Michigan Community College Association.

GRCC urges students, faculty to ‘Run, Hide, Fight’ in event of mass shooting

March 4, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – In an effort to improve emergency preparedness, the Grand Rapids Community College Police Department is teaching faculty and staff how to respond if a mass shooting occurs on campus.

GRCC In the News, 3-4-14

March 4, 2014

GRCC’s BPA team brings back eight 1st-place awards from state competition

March 3, 2014; News International

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College students recently took first place in eight categories at the state Business Professionals of America competition.

LaughFest FUNderwear 5K offers ‘brief’ jog through Grand Rapids

March 3, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — It’s as close to streaking as you can legally get unless the weather inspires you to wear your underwear over warmer clothes during LaughFest’s FUNderwear run Sunday, March 9.

The race starts at 10 a.m. at the GRCC Ford Fieldhouse, 111 Lyon St. NE; on-site registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Runners can also pre-register for $30 online at laughfestgr.org. Registration includes an official T-shirt while supplies last.

Fountain Street Church holds Mardi Gras fundraising event

March 4, 2014; WZZM

Grand Rapids (WZZM) – If a trip to New Orleans is not in the picture this Mardi Gras do not to worry. Fountain Street Church is bringing a taste of Bourbon Street to Grand Rapids.

… “Why would people not from Fountain Street church want to come? There are several reasons. One of which is this is a venue for not just church but for the GRCC Diversity Learning Center lectures, the Hauenstein center for other groups like LaughFest so we want to invite the community to help support not just the church but the work we do for the larger community,” said Fred Wooden, senior minister for the church.

Muskegon Community College sports recap: Wrestling earns top-10 finish at NJCAA National Championships

March 3, 2014; MLive

… WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: The Jayhawks (16-11) won a pair of games last week. MCC defeated JCC, 86-52, on Feb. 26. MCC led 43-21 at halftime and increased its lead in the second half. Krystal Geers led MCC with 20 points and 16 rebounds, and Abby Rodriguez added 17 points and eight steals.

… The Jayhawks host Grand Rapids Community College Tuesday in the opening round of the Region XII Tournament.

… SOFTBALL: The Jayhawks (0-5) lost all five games they played at the NFCA Lead Off Classic. MCC opened the tournament with a 12-1 loss to No. 9 Wallace-Hanceville on Feb. 28.

… The Jayhawks aren’t scheduled to play again until they travel to take on Grand Rapids CC on March 21.

Local athletes compete at collegiate level

March 4, 2014; cadillacnews.com

… Grand Rapids Community College sophomore Amanda Steig (Reed City H.S.) was 3 for 3 with three RBIs and two runs scored in the Raiders’ season-opening softball win over Davenport University’s JV, 16-5, on Friday in Clermont, Fla.

GRCC In the News, 1-24-14

January 24, 2014

RapidChat: Mary Brown

Jan. 23, 2014; rapidgrowthmedia.com

RapidChat is a regular feature profiling interesting, diverse, and talented individuals in West Michigan as they talk informally about life, hobbies, work, food, and favorite local haunts. This week, we’re pleased to introduce Mary Brown. Part student, part educator, she’s an Organization Development and Learning Professional with her nose in a book, an interest in zombies, and a soft spot for the unusual suspects.

… MB: I teach in the Psychology and Business departments at Grand Rapids Community College. I am an adjunct professor. At GRCC I tell the students, let’s learn organically together and the students build the content and it morphs and goes in the direction of their interests and how they can apply it back to their interests and their lives. I don’t like to make everything predictable.

Krystal Geers works way into big role on Muskegon Community College women’s basketball team

Jan. 23, 2014; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — Krystal Geers doesn’t mind rolling up her sleeves and getting to work.

… Recknagel said Geers’ production has really taken off since a 29-point, 16-rebound performance while matched up against Delta College standout Taylor Mantyla in a 76-60 loss on Dec. 23. Since then, Geers’ highlights are 31 points against Lake Michigan Community College and a triple-double against Grand Rapids Community College.

Raider Salute to Mark Jasonowicz, accounting students

November 26, 2013

Mark Jasonowicz (Business Faculty) and his students in his Accounting courses collected approximately 100 lbs. of food and $300.00 worth of Meijer Gift Cards for the Student Food Pantry. The donations will definitely help during the next few weeks as we approach the holiday season.

For all of those who are attending the Employee Breakfast on Friday, December 13th, please don’t forget that the Student Life Office will be collecting any non-perishable food items at the entrance. Any donation is greatly appreciated! For a list of the high need items, please visit the following webpage http://www.grcc.edu/studentlife/studentfoodpantry

A big THANK YOU to Mark and his students!

Students decorate tree for museum fundraiser

November 21, 2013

Elaine Gordon, Cassie Dille and Nikki Avery, students in GRCC’s Fashion Merchandising and Interior Design program, decorated a tree for the Muskegon Art Museum’s Festival of Trees fundraiser.

The GRCC students’ tree is called The Midas Touch and here’s how it’s described: “Straight out of King Midas’ court, this tree is golden perfection. With a monochromatic color scheme of gilded ornaments, ribbon, and even the tree itself, it is a breathtaking addition to any room. The Midas Touch is a classic yet exciting design that can be enjoyed for years to come.”

The museum, 296 W. Webster Ave. in Muskegon, is hosting an opening event with live music at 5:30 p.m. November 22; tickets cost $30, with proceeds going to the museum.

The exhibit runs through December 1. For more information, click here.

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Students decorate tree for museum fundraiser

November 20, 2013

Elaine Gordon, Cassie Dille and Nikki Avery, students in GRCC’s Fashion Merchandising and Interior Design program, decorated a tree for the Muskegon Art Museum’s Festival of Trees fundraiser.

The GRCC students’ tree is called The Midas Touch and here’s how it’s described: “Straight out of King Midas’ court, this tree is golden perfection. With a monochromatic color scheme of gilded ornaments, ribbon, and even the tree itself, it is a breathtaking addition to any room. The Midas Touch is a classic yet exciting design that can be enjoyed for years to come.”

The museum, 296 W. Webster Ave. in Muskegon, is hosting an opening event with live music at 5:30 p.m. November 22; tickets cost $30, with proceeds going to the museum.

The exhibit runs through December 1. For more information, click here.

GRCC In the News, 11-19-13

November 19, 2013

MEDIA ALERT: Sen. Mark Jansen to speak to GRCC business students

Nov. 18, 2013; News International

State Sen. Mark Jansen, R-Grand Rapids, and Grand Rapids Community College business students are teaming up to emphasize the importance of a college degree and to help a student food pantry.

 

GRCC In the News, 10-14-13

October 14, 2013

Change Ups: GRCC dedicates Meijer Center

Oct. 11, 2013; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Grand Rapids Community College recently unveiled its Meijer Center for Business Studies. Located on the second floor of the college’s Main Building, the center features three computer labs with double projection images and one learn lab with triple projection images and powered tables for laptop use; two break-out small group work spaces and one large collaboration suite; a boardroom for shared use and professional simulation activities; and a business center for faculty.

… GRANTS: Grand Rapids Community College announced it has received a federal Child Care Access Means Parents in School grant that will provide $99,424 each year for four years to support child-care services to low-income parents enrolled in GRCC’s Occupational Support program.

Students enjoy international flavor

Oct. 11, 2013; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Beginning Thursday, Oct. 17, two-member student teams from Grand Rapids, Barbados, Canada, Mexico and Scotland will compete in the Nations Cup, a three-day international culinary competition hosted by Grand Rapids Community Colleges Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.

State Rep. Winnie Brinks to deliver keynote address at GRCC women’s leadership summit

Oct. 12, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – State Rep. Winnie Brinks is to deliver the keynote address Monday at Grand Rapids Community Colleges Women in Leadership Summit, an event that is to touch on topics ranging from civic engagement to education.

No. 1 Express Men’s Golf Dominates NJCAA D-II National Tournament Preview

Oct. 13, 2013; ABC 13

Blaze Hogan (Big Rapids/Big Rapids, MI) led the No. 1 Owens Community College Express men’s golf team to a first place finish at the eight-team National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) D-II National Tournament Preview Tournament this weekend.

… The Express led after each round of the event as they shot a 292 the first 18, a 296 the second 18 and a 293 today. They finished with a team score of 881 for all 54 holes, while No. 5 Grand Rapids Community College’s 892 was good for second place.

Grand Awards Gala to recognize best Grand Rapids theater productions, raise money for Combined Theater Scholarship

Oct. 14, 2013; MLive

Imagine a bubbly blonde, perpetually dressed in pink, doing battle with a deep, dark dysfunctional family, and they’re all being chased by a mad, razor-wielding barber and three color-coordinated airline stewardesses.

(Article doesn’t mention GRCC, but Tom Kaechele, Marcia VanKuiken and Jean Reed Bahle are nominated for awards.)

Ferris State coach Tony Annese: Beating Grand Valley again ‘a nice selling point’ in recruiting

Oct. 14, 2013; MLive

BIG RAPIDS, MI — Ferris State coach Tony Annese saw the victory Saturday against Grand Valley State as helpful on the field, but also a windfall in recruiting.

… “Well, the other thing is, we recruit against that school,” said Annese, who has deep ties to the Grand Rapids area. He was a former successful coach at Grand Rapids Community College and Muskegon High School before that. Locally, he also coached at Jenison during his 27 years.

Jason Vander Laan does it again as Ferris State makes it two in a row against Grand Valley State

Oct. 12, 2013; MLive

BIG RAPIDS, MI – Whatever happened in Saturday’s game between Grand Valley State and Ferris State was largely going to be determined by Jason Vander Laan.

… The option worked well again against Grand Valley. When Vander Laan wasn’t running, his presence opened the run game for others, too. The Bulldogs ran for 465 yards, including 91 from Jamaal Jackson and 79 yards and two touchdowns from Korey Ringer, a former back with Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC dedicates Meijer Center for Business Studies

October 2, 2013

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Grand Rapids Community College unveiled its Meijer Center for Business Studies during an afternoon ribbon-cutting ceremony on October 1, 2013. The space was dedicated in honor of Meijer for its continued engagement with GRCC Business students and its support of the college.

“We are pleased to be here today dedicating a space that will further allow Grand Rapids Community College to enhance Business education for its students,” said GRCC President Dr. Steven C. Ender. “Meijer has long been a champion of the college and its educational initiatives, and we are grateful for their continued support.”

Located on the second floor of the college’s Main Building, the Meijer Center for Business Studies features:

  • three new computer labs with double projection images, and one “learn lab” room with triple projection images and powered tables for laptop use.
  • two break-out, small group work spaces, and one large collaboration suite for class projects.
  • one board room for shared use and professional simulation activities.
  • a business center for faculty use.
  • hallway seating areas.

“Grand Rapids Community College has been providing educational opportunities for West Michigan residents for nearly 100 years,” said GRCC Board of Trustees Chair Bert Bleke. “The Meijer Center for Business Studies is a fantastic addition to the college’s repertoire as it prepares for the next 100 years of educational excellence.”

The latest from GRCC TV on YouTube: Meijer Center dedication, Alumni Voice Recital

October 2, 2013

“Meijer Center for Business Studies Grand Opening”

“Brysien Beer Concert 9/26/2013″

Dedication set for Meijer Center for Business Studies

September 30, 2013

Main_Building_Study_Area_H_09_2013_015At 2 p.m. Tuesday, representatives from GRCC and Meijer will dedicate the Meijer Center for Business Studies.  The center, located on the second floor of the college’s Main Building, features:

  • three new computer labs with double projection images, and one “learn lab” room with triple projection images and powered tables for laptop use.
  • two break-out, small group work spaces, and one large collaboration suite for class projects.
  • one board room for shared use and professional simulation activities.
  • a business center for faculty use.
  • hallway seating areas.

GRCC Students Help Pack 110,000 Meals

September 23, 2013

Fourteen GRCC students and Adjunct Instructor Rana Woodhull participated in a Feed My Starving Children Mobil Manna Pack event at Bella Vista Church in Rockford on Saturday, September 14 where they helped to pack 110,000 meals for orphanages and children in countries like Haiti and Uganda:

I had been contemplating a way to integrate a hands-on approach to teach “Marketing a Non-profit Organization”, when I discovered an opportunity to experience a non-profit with my students. Students were able to participate in Feed My Starving Children, after which we are doing reflection activities about the importance of marketing for an organization and how that organization impacts ourselves, our communities, and our world.

Students participated in this event throughout the day on Saturday. The students worked in teams packing the meals and in warehousing the packed meals. The students worked together with students from Cornerstone University, members of Bella Vista Church, and many other visitors to the pack site. The students were made aware of the fact that their two hour contribution made such a huge impact on the number of children who would live to see another day and the number of children that would receive one meal a day for the next year. In all, our students helped to pack enough meals to feed 302 children one meal a day for one year. 302 children who would have the opportunity to grow up and make a difference in their own culture. Our students were able to view a video and several photos of the children that are being helped. We were horrified by the condition of the children before receiving the meals we packed and amazed at the condition of the children after receiving the meals for several weeks and months.

Feed My Starving Children is an organization that provides healthy nutrition to impoverished children around the world. FMSC produces a Manna Pack which contains six servings of the vitamins, veggies, soy and rice (It looks somewhat like the contents of packages of Lipton Sides). Each package is hand packed by volunteers at several permanent pack sites as well as at mobile pack sites. Each Manna Pack box contains 36 packages which is 216 meals. We packed 509 boxes on Saturday!

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of the “Feed My Starving Children” volunteer opportunity at your church. I enjoyed being part of such a great group and inspiring event. It’s funny how doing something for others helps us as individuals. ~ Brad Boland, BA 270 GRCC Student

To find out more about Feed My Starving Children or to get involved go to: www.fmsc.org  To find out where this food goes go to: http://www.fmsc.org/countries-we-serve

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