GRCC in the News – 1/24/12

Obama’s State of the Union to discuss plans for manufacturing, jobless – Proposal to boost workers’ skills in speech
The Detroit News | By David Shepardson | JANUARY 24, 2012 AT 7:17 AM

Washington— President Barack Obama will lay out a blueprint for “an America built to last” in Tuesday’s State of the Union address, putting forth proposals on manufacturing, energy, higher education and boosting training for workers. […] The White House said Bryan Ritterby of Holland will attend the State of the Union as a guest of the first lady. Ritterby had been in the furniture manufacturing industry for more than 25 years, but he was laid off in 2009. He attended a training program at Grand Rapids Community College in conjunction with a new startup company, Energetx Composites.  (More)

Chicago-area college’s call to punt on football offers lesson to other schools
John Keilman, Chicago Tribune reporter | January 24, 2012

I’ve driven past the football field at Harper College a million times, but somehow it never quite registered that the field belonged to a team. It does — or at least, it did. […] Two schools in its conference, Joliet Junior College and Grand Rapids Community College, had just shed their squads, prompting Harper officials to rethink whether it still made sense to offer the sport. The answer they settled on was “no.”  (More)

Grand Rapids Community College to ask Kent County voters to approve $100 million bond
By Lindsey Smith | Michigan Radio | 10:14PM Mon January 23, 2012

Voters in Kent County will decide on a millage increase for Grand Rapids Community College this May. The college’s board of trustees voted to put the question on the May ballot Monday night.  (More)

GRCC Trustees approve tax increase request
8:24 AM, Jan 24, 2012 | WZZM 13

Grand Rapids (WZZM) – Voters defeated the last two requests. But this time trustees at Grand Rapids Community College are hopeful voters will approve an appeal for higher property taxes.  (More)

Divided Grand Rapids Community College trustees approve sending $100 million tax increase request to voters
Published: Monday, January 23, 2012, 8:24 PM | Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS – A divided Grand Rapids Community College board approved sending a $100 million tax increase request to voters in May, saying the downtown campus needs renovations to protect the region’s investment in the college and its students.  (More)

Energetx employee Bryan Ritterby of Holland to sit with Michelle Obama during State of the Union
Published: Monday, January 23, 2012, 8:22 PM | Grand Rapids Press

HOLLAND — They say the view for the State of the Union is pretty good from the First Lady’s box. […] [Bryan] Ritterby completed the Grand Rapids Community College composite materials class and was hired by Energetx in April of 2010 after being laid-off in Feb. 2009 from Haworth following 28 years working in the furniture manufacturing industry.  (More)

Energetx tech to sit by Michelle Obama – Bryan Ritterby a guest for State of the Union
WOOD TV | Monday, 23 Jan 2012, 8:01 PM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – A lab technician at Energetx Composites in Holland will be one of the guests sitting with First Lady Michelle Obama at the State of the Union speech in Washington Tuesday night, a White House official told 24 Hour News 8. Bryan Ritterby was in the furniture manufacturing industry for 25 years until he was laid off in February 2009. He then went through the Composite Technician Training Program at Grand Rapids Community College that was developed in conjunction with Energetx .  (More)

New Ferris State football coaching staff has familiar faces from West Michigan
Published: Monday, January 23, 2012, 7:33 PM | Grand Rapids Press

BIG RAPIDS — The staff being assembled by new Ferris State University football coach Tony Annese includes some familiar faces. […] Ryan Brady and Ryan Hodges were part of Annese’s coaching staff at Grand Rapids Community College for the past three seasons and will join him at Ferris.  (More)

Virtual Bert Bleke? Trustee attends Grand Rapids Community College meeting from afar
Published: Monday, January 23, 2012, 5:11 PM | Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS – Grand Rapids Community College trustees allowed member Bert Bleke to participate in Monday’s meeting via an online program, but said they’ll discuss whether such an arrangement should be allowed in the future.  (More)

West Michigan couple tries expert’s advice to improve household finances
Published: Monday, January 23, 2012, 6:30 AM | Grand Rapids Press

When my husband and I made a New Year’s resolution to take steps forward in our finances, I thought that a list of changes to make — keep to a strict grocery budget, limit eating out, bundle our TV/phone/Internet — would be a first step in the right direction. […] I’m a freelance writer, with no set income. We have two daughters in college — paying their way through Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University — and two sons still in public school.  (More)

Teen dancing for Super Bowl trip DQ’d – Music in Deavondre Jones’s audition is copyrighted
Monday, 23 Jan 2012, 4:51 PM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – A Benton Harbor teen who was leading the way in a national competition that would have sent him to the Super Bowl has been disqualified. Deavondre Jones, a Grand Rapids Community College freshman, was participating in the nationwide Jingle Dreams competition.  (More)

Larger than life: Giant Awards 2012 showcase leaders in Grand Rapids community
January 23, 2012 | South Florida Scene

Members of a Grand Rapids African-American village who have worked to make life improved for others will be respected Saturday with Giants awards. It’s a 30th year member from Grand Rapids Community College have concurred people and groups in fields such as medicine, business, education, justice, humanities and more.  (More)

Actors’ Theatre presentation of Tony-nominated ‘Next Fall’ will make audiences think
Published: Saturday, January 21, 2012, 7:00 AM | Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — Luke is a devout believer who thinks his homosexuality is a sin; Adam is an atheist who believes in everything but God. […] “I was just fascinated by the piece — it makes you think,” said Kaechele, program director for theater at Grand Rapids Community College, and a frequent freelance director for Actors’ Theatre, Circle Theatre and other community theater groups.  (More)

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