GRCC in the News – 1/10/12

Why more should have been done to save GRCC football program (commentary)
Published: Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 10:30 AM | Grand Rapids Press

It didn’t take long for the unfortunate news concerning the discontinuation of the Grand Rapids Community College football program to spread. Within an hour of posting the announcement Monday afternoon on, floods of tweets, Facebook recommendations and comments made their way through cyberspace.  (More)

Walker renews contract with Grand Rapids Community College for shooting range
Published: Monday, January 09, 2012, 9:32 PM | Advance Newspapers

The Walker City Commission has approved an agreement with Grand Rapids Community College that will allow the college law enforcement academy to continue to use the city’s shooting range.  (More)

Police, fire transitions are well under way
By HEIDI FENTON | The Holland Sentinel | Posted Jan 09, 2012 @ 11:23 PM

Holland — Holland Police Capt. Bob Buursma can’t say he had to pull on coveralls and walk into a burning building last year. But still, he’s trained to do it. […] Fire Capt. Chris Tinney expects to begin classes in a police academy — possibly at Grand Rapids Community College — this winter.  (More)

Grand Rapids Community College sacks football program
The Holland Sentinel | Posted Jan 09, 2012 @ 03:24 PM

Holland — Grand Rapids Community College has discontinued its football program, the school announced Monday. Several reasons were cited for the decision, including budget concerns, increasing out-of-state travel, Title IX compliance issues, personal obstacles for football players and the departure of coach Tony Annese to Ferris State University.  (More)

GRCC ending football program
WZZM | 7:51 PM, Jan 9, 2012

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) – After 80 years, Grand Rapids Community College is ending its football program, citing budget concerns and the recent departure of its head coach, Coach Tony Annese. GRCC made the surprise announcement Monday afternoon on its website.  (More)

Winners of ice sculpting competition announced
The Holland Sentinel | Posted Jan 09, 2012 @ 12:08 PM

Holland — This past weekend, a total of 21 students from six colleges in Michigan and Ohio competed in National Ice Carving Association Collegiate Invitational in downtown Holland. The first place team with the highest overall score were newcomers Henry Ford Community College. Grand Rapids Community College took second place, while the University of Akron placed third.  (More)

Henry Ford CC Team, Columbus Artist Capture Top Honors in Holland Ice Sculpting
Holland Sentinel | Monday, January 09, 2012 11:18 a.m. EST

HOLLAND, MI (WHTC) – Henry Ford Community College took top team honors in the fourth annual Downtown Holland Ice Sculpting Competition this past week. The suburban Detroit squad dethroned defending champion Grand Rapids Community College to advance to the national finals in three weeks in Frankenmuth. Brian Edwards of Columbus Culinary Institute was the individual winner for his rattlesnake creation.  (More)

What angry GRCC football players had to say after college kills program
Published: Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 7:06 AM | Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — Nearly 50 Grand Rapids Community College football players, along with coaches and athletic director Charlie Wells, gathered Monday afternoon to listen to the devastating news of the program’s fate.  (More)

A road too much traveled leads to dead end for GRCC football
Published: Monday, January 09, 2012, 8:28 PM | Grand Rapids Press

The Grand Rapids Community College didn’t lose a football game this season, but the program ultimately couldn’t beat the scarcity of opponents.  (More)

GRCC football program ends, but leaves legacy of NFL players, hall of fame coaches
Published: Monday, January 09, 2012, 5:54 PM | Grand Rapids Press

While the 2011 season will be the last for the Grand Rapids Community College football team, it also was the best when it came to National Junior College Athletic Association All-Americans.  (More)

GRCC discontinuing its football program – Money cited, plus housing for student athletes
Monday, 09 Jan 2012, 3:34 PM EST | By Dani Carlson

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Grand Rapids Community College announced Monday that it is pulling the plug on its football program immediately. GRCC officials cited four reasons, one of which was the recent departure of head coach Tony Annese.   (More)

GRCC football program canceled, college president announces
Published: Monday, January 09, 2012, 3:33 PM | Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS – Grand Rapids Community College discontinued its intercollegiate football program, effective immediately. The announcement was made by GRCC President Steven Ender after a meeting with current football players and assistant coaches.  (More)

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