GRCC In the News, 7-8-13

At GRCC, nearly half of recent high school graduates unprepared for college-level work

July 8, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Forty-seven percent of Kent County public high school graduates who enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College last fall weren’t prepared for college-level courses in math, reading or English.

3 West Michigan business leaders named finalists for Enrst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 award

July 5, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Three business leaders are national finalists for Enrst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 award.

They are Amy Proos, CEO of Proos Manufacturing Inc in Grand Rapids; Chuck Reid, president of Charter House Innovations and Noel Cuellar, founder and CEO of Primera Plastics Inc.

… The son of migrant farm workers from Texas, Cuellar overcame language barriers and childhood reading problems to graduate from Holland High School. His career in manufacturing began on the production line at the Holland Heinz pickle plant before joining the former automotive parts manufacturing company Prince Corp. (now Johnson Controls Inc.) on the production line. While at Prince Corp. he took night courses in plastics manufacturing at Grand Rapids Community College and was promoted to production technician.

Community Solar: GVSU workshops in Muskegon to give participants a roadmap beginning July 9

July 6, 2013; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — Those interested in exploring and implementing community solar projects are being offered a four-week, 12-hour seminar through Grand Valley State University’s Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center in Muskegon.

… The four sessions, includes a group of speakers moderated by MAREC Program Director Kim Walton and Grand Rapids Community College instructor Mary McGraw.

Restaurant Week gets ready to serve local goodies

July 5, 2013; Grand Rapids Business Journal

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Local chefs, locally grown foods and the local food-service industry are in the spotlight this summer thanks to Downtown Market and Experience Grand Rapids.

… Participating restaurants will donate $1 from every meal sold to the scholarship fund at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College, which has produced many of the local chefs that are designing and preparing the events meals. Over the past four years, the event has donated nearly $60,000 to the fund.

Triumph Music Academy scales enrollment 250 percent

July 5, 2013; Grand Rapids Business Journal

To call Triumph Music Academy ambitious might be selling its quartet of co-founders short.

… Hughes said that the organization has received referrals from Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University and Guitar Center, which has endorsed the school as the best place to go in town for private music lessons, as well as offered its students a discount on instrument purchases.

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