Winds change; turbine plant closes
March 16, 2013; WOOD TV
BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) – A wind turbine plant has closed just months after announcing a $2.5 million expansion and plans to add 90 workers.
… As part of this expansion project, Grand Rapids Community College partnered with The Right Place, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Altronics Energy, by providing Michigan New Jobs funding to build the skill sets for the workforce needed in this industry. The new employees were to be trained under a $200,000 contract during the next six years.
Julie Parks, the director of workforce training at GRCC, told 24 Hour News 8 that never happened because on Feb. 18 she received a letter from Altronics Energy that stated, in part, the company was “in process of conducting an orderly liquidation.”
Change promised for Grand Rapids Public Schools
March 16, 2013; WZZM
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) – Saturday morning’s annual Grand Rapids Public Schools State of our Schools address inspired the crowd of mostly parents and teachers.
(Transcript of the speeches follows; Deondra Henderson, representing Believe to Become, thanks GRCC in her remarks.)
Unions, boards circumventing right-to-work laws should be held accountable, but not by GOP
March 15, 2013; MLive (editorial)
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Teachers unions in Grand Rapids and other areas of the state are clearly and legally trying to circumvent the newly signed right-to-work laws by trying to lock in contracts prior to the legislation going into effect on March 28.
… The law affects contracts that expire after March 27. Unions, including those in Grand Rapids Public Schools, Grand Rapids Community College and Rockford, are trying to delay the impact of right-to-work laws by years getting new deals inked before then.
A highlight of local women who find the sweetness in life through the business of baking and decorating
March 15, 2013; MLive
For the love of cake, but not my love, and all things sweet, I have eaten some of the most beautiful cupcakes in the name of research. Celebrating women and showcasing their talents in baking, cake decorating, and business this month, I hope you are inspired by their unique stories. From traditional to contemporary, from weddings and birthdays to everyday indulgence, these four West Michigan women share joy and happiness through flour, sugar, butter, and love.
… On the second floor of a duplex home is where it all began for Katie Webster when she decided to fill a need in the market in her hometown of Holland four years ago. Although her mom didn’t do much cooking, Webster experimented in the kitchen growing up, making a few messes while she learned on her own. She pursued a degree in culinary management from Grand Rapids Community College, but ironically didn’t take many pastry classes.
Meridian’s Hockemeyer cherishing his last year of collegiate baseball at Evansville
March 15, 2013; Midland Daily News
Although Meridian graduate Jason Hockemeyer is having the time of his life playing Division I baseball for the University of Evansville (Ind.), he knows that each game he plays for the Purple Aces brings him closer to the end of his collegiate career.
… He had spent two seasons as an outfielder for Grand Rapids Community College while earning his associate’s degree, before heading to Evansville to suit up and continue his dream.
Badgers football: Genyk glad to be back in Big Ten
March 16, 2013; Wisconsin State Journal
Senior tight end Jacob Pedersen was driving back home to Menominee, Mich., for a wedding anniversary party when he got a text from teammate Brian Wozniak that the University of Wisconsin football team was changing coaches at their position.
… The pull Genyk feels from the Big Ten started at an early age. His dad, George Genyk, was a guard at Michigan and a captain of the 1959 team. Jeff Genyk joined Northwestern in 1992 after a year at Grand Rapids Community College and was responsible for the Wildcats’ special teams in his final seven seasons.
Enjoy the Sunday sunshine because rain and snow appear likely during the next few days
March 17, 2013; MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Enjoy the sun today because it may be scarce this week.
(Story has file photo taken at GRCC.)