Dream of 1992 ‘finally happening’ in Grand Rapids, says San Chez owner at 20-year mark
March 24, 2013; MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Twenty years ago, the Heartside neighborhood was a collection of homeless shelters, tenement housing and abandoned buildings that few would have called an ideal spot for an upscale bistro serving tapas.
… And the restaurant on the ground floor, a gamble between a pair of former Steelcase chefs, enjoys the status of a culinary pioneer in a city that’s made great strides recently toward cementing a reputation as a tourism and culinary destination.
“What I wanted to happen in 1992 is finally happening in Grand Rapids,” said Dan Gendler, owner of San Chez Tapas Bistro and program director at Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education, his alma mater.
Program shows more than pearly whites; Students assist real patients with dental needs
March 22, 2013; Dentistry IQ
IONIA – Twenty-one female students are learning many aspects of the dental career field first-hand, thanks to Heartlands Institute of Technology.
… Dental occupations is a two-year program that fulfills a high school math credit, certifies the students in CPR, can provide college credit at Grand Rapids Community College, Davenport University and Ferris State University and allows second year students to serve an internship at a local dentist office.
Grandville Schools contract bypasses right to work, reduces annual pay increases
March 23, 2013; MLive
GRANDVILLE, MI — The Grandville Public Schools Board of Education on Thursday approved a two-year contract with its teachers union, an agreement that gradually reduces salaries and comes days before the implementation of new right-to-work laws.
… Grand Rapids Community College reached a new contract earlier with its 849-member faculty association. Grand Rapids Public Schools has reached a tentative agreement with its teachers union, but the school board has not yet approved it.
BallinMichigan.com column: Watching the small college teams in postseason tournaments
March 25, 2013; Detroit Free Press
With the season over for all of the state’s non-Division I teams, instead of doing traditional power rankings, we’ll just take a look at how the teams from Michigan that happened to advance to national tournaments fared. The state’s NAIA teams were all already eliminated when the last edition of these power rankings ran, so this week well look at how the JUCO, Division II and Division III teams playing in the postseason finished their seasons.
… Grand Rapids Community College: Grand Rapids earned its second straight berth in the national tournament, but was unable to pick up a win. GRCC lost to Moraine Valley, the eventual runner-up for the national title, in its first game and also lost its first game in the consolation bracket.