‘Never going to graduate,’ Grand Rapids student finds her way at Turning Point Academy
June 8, 2013; MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Darkresha Wilson, between making bad choices while succumbing to peer pressure and other distractions, considered calling an end to her high school career.
… But she is graduating today because she and her grandmother, Linda McIntosh, found Turning Point Academy two years ago. The academy, a partnership between Grand Rapids Public Schools and Grand Rapids Community College, is designed to help students who aren’t succeeding in the traditional setting and those who have dropped out.
GRCC Giving High School Grads Chance at Jobs and Internships
June 10, 2013; FOX 17
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– Kent County’s youth will have the chance to land jobs and internships thanks to Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC).
The event is called Ready Now! for Youth and GRCC’s Upward Bound Program and School of Workforce Development have joined forces with Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids, Kent Intermediate School District, and other organizations for the event.
Daycamp Just For Grandparents And Grandchildren
6/8/13 FOX 17
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Grand Rapids Community College is hosting their first annual Grandparent/Grandchildren Wellness Day Camp starting next week.
2013 Grand Rapids Triathlon ends with marriage proposal
June 9, 2013; MLive
ADA, MI — Like every other finisher of Sunday’s Grand Rapids Triathlon, Ashley Blaszczak received a commemorative medal upon crossing the finish line.
Blaszczak, however, also received a diamond.
… (Todd) Lawrence, 24, who is a student at Grand Rapids Community College, has been coached by Dave Daprato since winning last year. He won Sunday in 1:01:11.
Painting a future: ‘I was going down the wrong road’
June 9, 2013; The Lansing State Journal
When he was 20, Josh Moore was directionless.
He’d dropped out of Lansing Community College. He was selling marijuana, so he could pay for what he was smoking.
He began to turn his life around in 2005, he said, after being arrested for marijuana possession and now is a full-time artist and apprentice for internationally recognized Grand Rapids-based artist Paul Collins.
(Sidebar about Paul Collins includes comment from GRCC’s Nick Antonakis.)
White Lake festival helps amplify guitar skills for Lakeshore area musicians
June 9, 2013; MLive
MONTAGUE, MI — The faint strum of a musical chord filled Montague’s Book Nook and Java Shop Sunday, June 9, amid chatter and the sound of a coffee machine as a guitarist sat atop the hub’s stage to practice a composition.
… The festival, which began on June 7, featured master classes with local artists and experts, including classical guitarist Brian Morris, a faculty member at Grand Rapids Community College and an associate of the Michigan Arts and Humanities Touring Program.