GRCC honors Distinguished Alumni Kevin Belk, Tom Rademacher

On Wednesday, May 22nd, the college celebrated our newest Distinguished Alumni, Chief Kevin Belk and Tom Rademacher. Belk is currently the Chief of Police for the Grand Rapids Police Department, and Rademacher is a retired columnist from the Grand Rapids Press. Family and friends gathered to honor these two individuals.

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GRCC In the News, 5-29-13

GRCC to become more energy efficient

May 23, 2013;

Grand Rapids Community College is making some changes to become more energy efficient, resulting in an estimated $850,000 in savings over 15 years.

Why Ferris State and GRPS teamed up to offer parents a free college class

May 28, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The parents of eight Harrison Park students now have a college class under their belt in a partnership between the school and Ferris State University.

… At least three parents who completed the course applied to Grand Rapids Community College, she said. Others told Ewigleben they intend to pursue their GED.

Mel Trotter Ministries names Bill Jones CFO

May 28, 2013; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The nonprofit Mel Trotter Ministries has named a new CFO.

… He (Bill Jones) previously served as a computer applications adjunct professor at Grand Rapids Community College, a principal/franchisee at Liberty Tax Service and the president and CEO of the School of Missionary Aviation Technology in Ionia, Mich.

Silver Coast Winery Receives Award At 2013 Tasters Guild International Wine Judging Competition

May 28, 2013; (North Carolina)

May 28, 2013 – Ocean Isle Beach, NC – Silver Coast Winery proudly announces their 2008 Touriga was awarded a bronze medal at the 26th Annual International Wine Judging held May 1-4, 2013 at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College in the State of Michigan. With this additional award they are now up over 350 national and international medals garnered from various competitions since they opened their doors in May of 2002.


GRCC police officers to benefit leukemia research with Grand Rapids Triathlon

GRCC Police Officers Bo Peters and Chris Armstrong will be participating in their first triathlon on Jume 9. They will be participating in the sprint distance of the Grand Rapids Triathlon. Both Officers have been training for this event for months. They have decided to use this event as a fundraiser. Both Bo and Chris have been directly impacted by Leukemia. Chris’ mother passed away in 2005 as a result of Leukemia and Bo’s father is currently battling Leukemia. They are asking for your support. They have established a website that makes for a secure and easy way to contribute to the Leukemia Research Foundation. They hope the funds they raise will assist the Leukemia Research Foundation in their efforts to find better forms of treatment and maybe some day even a cure. Any amount helps.

Thank you

Wellness Department works with Older Learner Center

The first collaboration between the Wellness Department and Older Learner Center Participants took place this summer. The GRCC students in the Walking for Fitness Class (Instructor Melanie Schiele Gady) and Older Learner Participants (Instructor Lannie Collard) talked about the importance of taking care of your health at every stage in your life. The Older Learner Center Participants each shared their personal story, their health journey, and how making good choices has helped them in regards to their total wellness and the aging process. The class also talked about the Wellness Dimensions. We finished up the class with all participants completing a walking and resistance training circuit. We all worked out together and supported each other. Stay healthy and fit: Fit 4 Life!