GRCC in the News – 6/17/11

Principal’s Message to Central Grads: ‘Wow’ – Farmington’s alternative high school graduates a class of 49 students.
MI Patch | By Joni Hubred-Golden

On Thursday night, 49 Farmington Central students completed their high school education in a graduation ceremony held at Farmington High.  […] For Davonte Portis, Farmington Central represents a chance he thought he’d never have — to complete his education. A speaker during the ceremony, he said he had been to a number of schools before finding success at Central. Portis will continue his education at Grand Rapids Community College, and eventually hopes to become a computer engineer.  (More)

Medical Mile food court nears finish line in Grand Rapids with Smashburger, Qdoba, Zoup signed on
Published: Thursday, June 16, 2011, 4:57 PM | Chris Knape | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — The thousands of people working in and visiting the Michigan Hill health complex will have a host of new places to grab a bite to eat with the opening of a food court in July. […] “There are 12,400 people working here just connected to this space by the pedestrian bridges, plus 18,000 (Grand Rapids Community College) students near here per day,” Muller said. “This won’t be their only option, but it will be one of them.”  (More)

GRCC trustees announce tuition increase
Friday, June 10, 2011 | MiBiz

GRAND RAPIDS – Despite significant cost reductions, including across-the-board budget cuts, cost-saving changes to health insurance plans and a reduction in employee benefits, Grand Rapids Community College board of trustees voted to raise tuition for the 2011-2012 school year in a budget work session this week.  (More)

Reminder – Division Traffic Change Begins Monday

Division Avenue will be different Monday morning.

This weekend, weather permitting, workers will paint new travel lanes on Division Avenue from Michigan Street to Wealthy Street. The new striping will be installed in conjunction with a year-long study to evaluate how the changes affect traffic patterns and the urban environment. This project, dubbed Revision Division, will convert the existing 5- and 4- lane street to a 3-lane street along several blocks in the corridor.

All travelers are encouraged to pay close attention to road markings, traffic signals, walk signals and street signs. Throughout the study period, lane modifications, signals and signs may be adjusted as necessary to address safety or congestion issues for motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users of the street.

These changes will be evaluated over the next year and community feedback is welcome and encouraged as the project progresses.

If you have a question, comment or would like more information, please visit You can also contact the Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority at or (616) 456-3219.

Photos – Job Training Graduation

Job Training Graduation June 2011

On June 9, 2011, GRCC’s Job Training program graduated a new class of skilled workers into West Michigan’s workforce.  Board members Richard Ryskamp M.D. and Rick Verburg were on hand and several individuals spoke at the graduation ceremony including Michael Julien (Vice President, Taxes & Administration at Meijer), Fiona Hart – GRCC Dean, and George Wait – Tassell M-TEC Director.

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Congratulations graduates!