GRCC in the News: 2/3/11

Coopersville’s Nick Dekraker among GRCC football players off to four-year colleges
Published: Thursday, February 03, 2011, 9:00 AM | Dean Holzwarth | The Grand Rapids Press

As a member of the Grand Rapids Community College football team the past two seasons, Coopersville’s Nick Dekraker lined up against the likes of Georgia Military College, College of DuPage and Joliet Junior College.  (More)

Grassroots Upstart Lighthouse Communities Becomes LINC with New Plans, New Tools
Deborah Johnson Wood | Thursday, February 03, 2011 | Rapid Growth

Malikah Pimpleton had an idea, a business plan and cash flow projections for a take-and-bake pizzeria — take-and-bake meaning that low-income individuals could purchase a pizza using EBT because it would not be considered prepared food, as in a traditional parlor. […] To-date, Gonzalez has met with the Michigan Small Business Technology and Development Center, Grand Rapids Community College and the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber and plans to meet with other community stakeholders.   (More)

Stroke Info (From the GRCC WE Team and AHA)

From the GRCC WE Team and the American Heart Association – Stroke Info:

Stroke is the No. 3 cause of death in America. It’s also a major cause of severe, long-term disability. Stroke and TIA (transient ischemic attack) happen when a blood vessel feeding the brain gets clogged or bursts. The signs of a TIA are like a stroke, but usually last only a few minutes. If you have any of these signs, don’t wait more than five minutes before calling for help.

Call 9-1-1 to get help fast if you have any of these, but remember that not all of these warning signs occur in every stroke.

Signs of Stroke and TIAs

  1. Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  2. Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  3. Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  4. Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  5. Sudden severe headache with no known cause

Also, check the time so you’ll know when the first symptoms appeared. It’s very important to take immediate action. Research from the American Heart Association has shown that if given within three hours of the start of symptoms, a clot-busting drug can reduce long-term disability for the most common type of stroke.

Go Red for Women and wear red tomorrow, Friday, February 4.