GRCC in the News – 12/19/11

Profile: How rock producer, performer Michael Crittenden has helped shape West Michigan’s music scene
Published: Sunday, December 18, 2011, 6:28 AM | Grand Rapids Press

Musicians and acquaintances call him “The Colonel.” At first glance, there is absolutely nothing military-like about Michael Crittenden’s wry smile, rumpled garb and laid-back demeanor. […] After high school, Crittenden briefly attended Michigan State University and Grand Rapids Community College while working and “doing a lot of socializing.”  (More)

Forum explores ways to improve education and produce qualified workers
Published: Monday, December 12, 2011, 9:24 PM | Grand Rapids Press

KALAMAZOO — For all the talk about the need for job creation, Sheri Welsh said one of the biggest frustrations she faces as head of a job-placement company is the lack of qualified candidates for open positions. […] Steven Ender, president of Grand Rapids Community College, said a major issue is many high school graduates are not ready for higher education. He said his institution enrolls a third of the high school graduates in the GRCC service area, and slightly more than half need at least one remedial class.  (More)

Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids awards $28,100 in minigrants to 12 area groups
Published: Saturday, December 17, 2011, 7:00 AM | Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS – The Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids has awarded $28,100 in grants for local arts and cultural organizations. Christmas comes early for 12 groups in West Michigan, funded through the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs. […] The 12 funded groups are: Grand Rapids Community College – $3,984 (More)

Guiding Light Mission helps chef climb out of addiction (column)
Published: Saturday, December 17, 2011, 5:44 AM | Grand Rapids Press

Josh VanOveren was behind the wheel, driving back to Grand Rapids from Kentucky. Next to him was his 3-year-old daughter, Angelina Elizabeth. Waiting for him was his grandmother’s house, where he and Angelina could live rent-free. Behind him, he hoped, was the substance addiction he’d battled for years. […] VanOveren had great potential as a chef. Growing up in a church-going, musical family, he studied cooking at the Kent Career Technical Center and at the Culinary Institute of America in New York. He has a culinary management degree from Grand Rapids Community College.  (More)

Company that manages rebuilding Grand Rapids buildings growing faster than expected
Published: Saturday, December 17, 2011, 1:29 PM | Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — In 2005, when it came time for Terrell Daniels to locate an office for his security systems contracting company, he could have selected a site in any of the neighborhoods around greater Grand Rapids. […] Pride, this year, has completed about $600,000 worth of projects, including a joint contract with Rockford on the renovation of Warren Hall at Grand Rapids Community College.  (More)

Grand Rapids Press touts GRCC’s Annese as potential coaching candidate for Ferris
Published: Friday, December 16, 2011, 8:45 PM | Crimson and Gold Report – Mlive

One of the candidates who is being rumored to be in line for the Ferris State University football head coaching position is Tony Annese, the current head coach at Grand Rapids Community College and a former high school coach in the Grand Rapids area.  (More)

Ferris State AD Perk Weisenburger: Football program needs ‘new energy and direction’
Published: Friday, December 16, 2011, 12:00 PM | Grand Rapids Press

The pressure to win isn’t exclusive to NCAA Division I-A football. It exists everywhere, including the D-II level, where coach Jeff Pierce was fired last month despite the Bulldogs posting a winning season and Pierce reaching a milestone with his 100th victory at the school. […] Tony Annese, former high school coach at Jenison and Muskegon and current Grand Rapids Community College coach, is expected to emerge as one of the leading candidates for the opening.  (More)

How does Michigan stack up on checklist for education reform? (Julie Mack blog)
Published: Thursday, December 15, 2011, 11:30 AM Updated: Thursday, December 15, 2011, 1:11 PM

Michigan is going great guns on reforming its K-12 system along the lines suggested by the College Board. But improving access and affordability to preschool and higher education? Not so much. […] Reducing the college dropout rate was a main topic of conversation at Monday’s forum, with the presidents of Western Michigan and Ferris State universities and Grand Rapids Community College all agreeing that more can and should be done.  (More)

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