GRCC In the News, 11-18-19

‘Getting ready for the robot revolution’

Nov. 15, 2019; (Kent Intermediate School District)

When asked why he joined the Kelloggsville Middle School robotics club, Avery Ganger had a simple answer: “I’m getting ready for the robot revolution.” He had a half-smile on his face that made it clear he was half-kidding.

… A GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) grant from Grand Rapids Community College pays for the kits for the eighth grade students and a stipend for Dickinson, while Kelloggsville is paying for kits for sixth and seventh graders, plus snacks and transportation home for club members and a stipend for Campbell.

Comité Puertorriqueño celebra con éxito Encuentro de dos Culturas

Nov. 15, 2019; El Vocero

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan (EVH).- El Comité Cultural Puertorriqueño (PRCC) y el Centro Hispano del Oeste de Michigan, celebraron con éxito por quinta vez su reunión anual “El Encuentro de dos Culturas”, que no es más que “una fiesta de encuentro con gente de a pie que hacía mucho que no se veía ”.

… El evento se celebró el sábado 09 de noviembre, en el Grand Rapids Community College, donde Lea Tobar ha desempeñado mucho años de labor. Dos se han llevado a cabo en el Centro Hispánico y tres fuera. Fue gratuito, abierto al público, con música, comida y bebidas, pero sin alcohol.

(GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan (EVH) .- The Puerto Rican Cultural Committee (PRCC) and the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan, successfully held for the fifth time their annual meeting “The Meeting of Two Cultures”, which is nothing more than “a party of meeting with people on foot who had not seen each other for a long time ”.

… The event was held on Saturday, November 9, at the Grand Rapids Community College, where Lea Tobar has worked for many years. Two have been carried out in the Hispanic Center and three outside. It was free, open to the public, with music, food and drinks, but no alcohol.)

BRANN’S STEAKHOUSE & GRILLE exalta labor comunitaria de Lea Tobar

Nov. 15, 2019; El Vocero

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN (EVH). Cuando Lea Tobar llegó el 7 de julio de 1961 a esta parte de los Estados Unidos para curarse del parásito conocido como “bilharziasis”, Tobar dijo que no se imaginó jamás que este sería el motivo que Dios utilizaría para llevarla a cumplir su destino lejos de Puerto Rico. Así lo entiende porque se define como “una mujer de fe” que no cree en casualidades más “sí en la voluntad divina”.

… Cuando se pensionó a los 30 años mientras era directora de una escuela, ya se había trazado un camino del que no se podía jubilar, se había convertido en un pilar para la comunidad hispana de Gran Rapids en sus distintas funciones, ya fuera como ayudante o consejera durante 5 años en el Grand Rapids Comunity College.

(GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN (EVH) .- When Lea Tobar arrived on July 7, 1961 to this part of the United States to cure the parasite known as “bilharziasis”, Tobar said he never imagined that this would be the reason that God He would use it to take her to fulfill her destiny far from Puerto Rico. This is understood because it is defined as “a woman of faith” who does not believe in coincidences more “yes in the divine will.”

… When she retired at age 30 while she was a school principal, a path had already been drawn from which she could not retire, she had become a pillar for the Hispanic community of Grand Rapids in her different functions, either as an assistant or counselor for 5 years at the Grand Rapids Community College.)

GRCC Alumni Association, Human Resources partner on ‘Breakfast with Santa’

Santa Claus is coming to GRCC! The GRCC Alumni Association is hosting its 2nd annual Breakfast with Santa event on Saturday, December 7th. from 8:30-10:30 a.m.

New this year: GRCC Human Resources is collaborating with the Alumni Association on the event and has 50 spots available for GRCC employees (who aren’t alumni) and their families.

Tickets are limited, so don’t wait to sign up! In the spirit of holiday giving, all ticket revenue will go directly to the GRCC Alumni Scholarship Fund to help GRCC students. Ticket costs: $5 adult, $3 children 3-12, and free for children 2 and under.

Register for tickets at

If you have any questions, please contact Corey Turner, Alumni Relations Manager, at or 616-234-3025.

GRCC In the News, 11-15-19

Kentwood alternative high school students join GRCC’s ‘Workforce Fridays’ program

Nov. 14, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College expanded its “Workforce Fridays” program, allowing Kentwood’s Crossroads Alternative High School students the opportunity to learn skilled trades and earn certificates for jobs.

Celebrate The Season With Two Spectacular GR Symphony Shows!

Nov. 14, 2019; Broadway Grand Rapids

In West Michigan, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and with it comes thoughts of decorating, baking, shopping and listening to holiday music. With timeless music and thrilling acrobatics, the Grand Rapids Pops are preparing to make the spirits bright with the sublime sounds of the season.

… Students at Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education are creating a sugary wonderland filled with ballerinas in stained-glass sugar, bells made from blown sugar, and much more for display opening Dec. 5 and continuing through Dec. 22.

Film festival expands cultural knowledge through art

Nov. 14, 2019;

While studying abroad is one of the options students have to expand their knowledge of different cultures at Grand Valley, the Tournees Film Festival is another way to bring different perspectives to campus.

Starting at Grand Valley in 2016, the festival is made possible by a 5-year grant from the French Consulate in Chicago. The French American Cultural Exchange, a non-profit organization in New York, proposes a certain number of French films each year to be shown at festivals. Grand Valley also partners with the French program at Grand Rapids Community College to put on this event.

Once a patrol officer, new Kentwood police chief rose through the ranks

Nov. 14, 2019; MLive

KENTWOOD, MI – Richard Roberts, the deputy police chief in Kentwood, will succeed retired police Chief Thomas Hillen.

… Roberts earned an associate degree in criminal justice at Grand Rapids Community College, and attended the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia., and Northwestern University Traffic Institute’s police staff and command.

Fountain Street reopening delayed

This week’s early snow and cold will delay the opening Fountain Street.

Crews are unable to pave the road due to the conditions, pushing back the reopening until Nov. 21 or 22.

Apologies for the inconvenience, but the work is part of the renovations for the Wisner-Botrall Applied Technology Center, creating a state-of-the-art learning space for GRCC students. This will be an amazing facility that will benefit our college and community as a whole.

Thank you for your patience!

GRCC In the News, 11-14-19

New police chief appointed in Kentwood

Nov. 14, 2019; WZZM

KENTWOOD, Mich. — Richard Roberts has been named the new police chief for the city of Kentwood.

… Before joining Kentwood Police, Roberts received his associate degree in criminal justice from Grand Rapids Community College and graduated from Northwestern University Traffic Institute’s police staff and command.

Incumbent Third Ward commissioner ready for first full term

Nov. 12, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Nathaniel Moody had no city commission experience when he was appointed in July 2018 to fill David Allen’s seat representing Grand Rapids’ Third Ward.

… Moody has sat on the fiscal committee since being appointed. He also sits on the Grand Rapids Community College Foundation Board, the Grand Rapids Area Association of Pastors, and Children’s Advocacy Council Board.

Courses lead the way into engineering and computer science

Nov. 12, 2019; (Kent Intermediate School District)

As today’s technology gets into the hands of younger and younger kids, a high school class of coders looks extremely natural creating an app.

… “We are working to align the courses with GRCC for dual credit for our students,” (Ed) Beickman said. “The dual credit is something that we are aiming for next school year.”

Kaylee Bakker signs with GVSU; Hecht to GRCC, Steffen to Cornerstone

Nov. 13, 2019;The Holland Sentinel

ZEELAND — A year after committing to play basketball at Grand Valley State University, Kaylee Bakker made it official on signing day.

… Last week, Zeeland West senior Kara Hecht signed with Grand Rapids Community College for volleyball.

These Grand Rapids athletes expect to sign during early-signing period

Nov. 13, 2019; MLive

High school athletes in select sports can sign their National Letter of Intent beginning Wedneday, and a number of Grand Rapids athletes are getting out their pens.

… South Christian

Grand Rapids Community College is next for Jerad Berkenpas. Berkenpas is a standout pitcher for the Sailors.

25 greatest football players of all time from the Ann Arbor area

Nov. 13, 2019; MLive

ANN ARBOR – There have been players from the Ann Arbor area that have left a legacy on the football field.

… 14. MARCUS BERNARD, Ypsilanti

Bernard didn’t receive attention from Division 1 programs during his time at Ypsilanti but made up for it at Grand Rapids Community College and then Jackson State where he recorded 25 sacks in two seasons. He played for the Cleveland Browns and Arizona Cardinals finishing his career with 72 tackles and 15 sacks in five seasons.

25 greatest football players of all time from the Muskegon area

Nov. 12, 2019; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — You have to go back more than 100 years to trace the roots of high school football in the Muskegon area.

… 19. CODY KATER, Montague

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Kater was one of the most prolific quarterbacks to ever come out of the Muskegon area. He was a three-year starter for Montague High School, leading the Wildcats to back-to-back state titles in 2008 and 2009 and a combined 27-1 record those two seasons. He finished his high school career with a school-record 6,361 passing yards in his career and 79 touchdown passes. His senior season, he passed for 2,866 yards and 35 TDs and he ran for 899 yards and 12 TDs en route to earning Associated Press Division 5-6 player of the year honors. Kater, a two-time all-stater, was chosen to play in the 2010 MHSFCA East-West All-Star Game. Also an all-stater in basketball, who finished as Montague’s all-time leading scorer, Kater took his football talents to Grand Rapids Community College under legendary coach Tony Annese, leading the Raiders to an 11-0 record in 2011. He played three years of Division I football at Central Michigan University. He currently coaches football and girls basketball at his Montague alma mater.

Carrera / caminata 5K Turkey Trot a beneficio de las Escuelas Públicas de Grand Rapids

Nov. 12, 2019; La Prensa

GRAND RAPIDS, MI, 12 XI 19: El 28 de noviembre se llevará a cabo la carrera / caminata de 5K en el Oeste de Michigan, que comienza y termina en el Van Andel Arena, en el centro de la ciudad, a partir de las 8am. El Grand Rapids Turkey Trot es presentado por Blue Care Network of Michigan y las inscripciones ya están abiertas.

… Algunos de los patrocinadores, son: Michigan Fitness Foundation, Governor’s Council, Metro Health University of Michigan Health, MVP athletic Clubs, Grand Rapids Community College, Lake Michigan Credit Union, Meijer, Dean Transportation, The YMCA, Wolverine Coil Spring Co., entre otros.

(GRAND RAPIDS, MI, 12 XI 19: On November 28 the 5K race / walk will be held in West Michigan, which begins and ends at the Van Andel Arena, in the city center, starting at 8am The Grand Rapids Turkey Trot is presented by the Blue Care Network of Michigan and registration is now open.

… Some of the sponsors are: Michigan Fitness Foundation, Governor’s Council, Metro Health University of Michigan Health, MVP athletic Clubs, Grand Rapids Community College, Lake Michigan Credit Union, Meijer, Dean Transportation, The YMCA, Wolverine Coil Spring Co., among others.)

Michigan Secretary of State hosting public workshops in West Michigan

Nov. 13, 2019; WWMT

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Assistant Secretary of State Heaster Wheeler are hosting free public workshops in West Michigan.

… On Wednesday, Benson will speak at the workshop at Grand Rapids Community College, which runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.


Sign up for CPR/AED/First Aid training on Friday, November 22

Spaces are available for additional participants in the Friday, November 22nd, CPR/AED/First Aid training. The training will be from 8:00am-12:00pm in Room 108 Sneden.

Tim O’Connor from HeartBeat LLC will be coming in to facilitate.

Heartbeat LLC, a certified American Heart Association Training Center, was founded by Tim O’Connor over twenty years ago. Since that time tens of thousands of individuals have been trained in American Heart Association CPR and First Aid.

Tim is an American Heart Association certified BLS instructor, Firefighter, Emergency Medical Technician, and a member of the Kentwood Professional Firefighters Union. Tim has an outstanding track record serving businesses, churches, fire departments, and the private sector for all their emergency medical training needs.

Join us to learn life-saving information and skills! Register online.

Please note: this session is a training and will not result in participants earning Red Cross or American Heart Association official certification.

Have questions or need more information about this session – please contact

Additional Spots available in G-Suite for education professional development class

There are still several spots available in next Tuesday’s G-Suite for education professional development course. The course will be held Tuesday, November 19th from 3-4:30pm in Rm 351 RJF. This course will explore additional applications in the G Suite for Education environment including Google Docs/Sheets/Slides, Google Forms, Google Drive & Team Drives, Google Keep, as well as Google Meet.

Sign up on the Professional Development site!

Library offers ‘Cookbook Heaven’

Culinary students look through cookbooks.Cookbook Heaven – you’ll find it on the 1st floor of GRCC’s Library & Learning Commons! GRCC recently received a cookbook collection of 6000 titles! Librarians, students, and faculty of the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education, and local ISD culinary programs have been selecting from it for the last week. Now, we’re opening it up to everyone on campus! The books are FREE – and we have bags and boxes to make it easy for you to take what you want!

Mathematics Seminar to focus on cardioid

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that it will host its next Mathematics Seminar on Wednesday, November 20, 3-4 PM in 102 Cook.

Our speaker is GRCC mathematics instructor Brian Hadley.  For the title and abstract of his talk, please see below.

In mathematics, “cardioid” refers to a heart-shaped curve introduced to many students using equations of varying complexity.  Brian’s talk will offer the opportunity to appreciate the beauty of one of the most famous curves in mathematics, without using complicated equations.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Refreshments will be served at 2:45 PM.

A multiplication table getting to the “heart” of Mathematics

We will look at a simple use of multiplication to construct the mathematical shape known as the cardioid. While attempting to build a bridge between the discrete and continuous branches of mathematics, we will pause a moment to appreciate the visible beauty and patterns that Mathematics uncovers.

Jordan Marie Brings Three White Horses Daniel to speak today

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is sponsoring a lecture by Jordan Marie Brings Three White Horses Daniel at 3 p.m. Nov. 12 in the ATC auditorium. This presentation is free and open to the public.

Daniel, a member of the Kul Wicasa Oyate, is known for her efforts fighting pipelines and other environmental damage, offensive mascots, and the crisis of missing and murdered Native American women and girls. She is the founder of the Rising Hearts Coalition, which works to elevate awareness of indigenous issues and efforts.

Under the banner #RunningForJustice, she uses distance running as a platform to raise awareness about missing and murdered indigenous women.