January 23, 2013; MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — In the world of higher education, online learning is growing.
That’s especially true at Grand Rapids Community College, where enrollment in online classes is up about 17 percent since the winter 2012 semester.
January 23, 2013; WZZM 13
GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) – The Secchia Institute for Culinary Education is one of the finest cooking schools in the country. Before students at the Grand Rapids Community College program learn about cooking though, they must be certified in sanitation and cleanliness. That’s of special concern when there are flu outbreaks like we’re experiencing now.
January 24, 2013; rapidgrowthmedia.com
A viable and attractive city must be diverse. This doesn’t just mean that your census shows you have a statistically diverse population, it means when one goes to your city’s urban core, that statistical data is reflected in who they see living, working, and playing in the streets and establishments. The Grand Rapids-Kent County Convention/Arena Authority (CAA) wasn’t seeing the diversity reflected in their three entertainment venues — the DeVos Place Convention Center, The Van Andel Arena, or the DeVos Performance Hall — so they decided to form the Community Inclusion Group (CIG).
… But it’s not just about entertainment events. The team also works to host inclusive community events. One example is the Giants banquet. This 30-year-old event, previously held on campus at Grand Rapids Community College, awards African-American community members who have made advancements for the quality of life in Grand Rapids. MacKeigan refers to convincing the event to move to the DeVos Place, a more expensive venue, and working with them to secure additional sponsoring as one of their biggest successes. “They took the risk and their revenue has greatly exceeded the increased expenses and created a much better event,” he says. This mutually rewarding event mirrors other receptions and events held at the DeVos Place, and works to help provide a positive experience for communities who may not have come to the downtown area for other reasons before.