GRCC In the News, 8-26-13

Local colleges deal with changing national student loan rates

Aug. 23, 2013; Grand Rapids Business Journal

West Michigan students are safe for now, but local colleges are still uncertain about the future of financial aid legislation.

… Grand Rapids Community College was closely following the news as it came out, said Ann Isackson, GRCC’s director of financial aid. After the bill was signed, the school posted the following on the financial aid page of its website:

“The U.S. Department of Education recently increased the student loan origination fees for Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized loans and for Parent PLUS loans. These increases will take effect for loans first disbursed after July 1, 2013. Due to federal sequestration, Subsidized and Unsubsidized origination fees will rise from 1 percent to 1.051 percent of the loan principal. Parent PLUS origination fees will rise from 4 percent to 4.204 percent of the loan principal.”

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Aug. 25, 2013; The Holland Sentinel (special section called Women Everywhere)

Gabrielle Vilella put her college plans on hold as she took care of her family and entered the workforce. But her desire for a degree didn’t waver.

… Community colleges offer programs in the summer, on weekends and — increasingly — online. In fact GRCC’s newest degree — in information security — can be taken completely online.

Local college, university enrollment increases noted

Aug. 23, 2013; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Students are descending on local college campuses, some in record number. Several West Michigan colleges are anticipating increased enrollment in incoming freshman classes and most are offering new programs of study. Additionally, schools shared information about what areas students are arriving from and how this years numbers compare to 2012-2013.

… Grand Rapids Community College

GRCC said it expects to see 3,700 incoming freshman students this fall.

GRCC renames Bostwick Commons for Juan Olivarez

Aug. 23, 2013; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A Grand Rapids Community College space will bear the name of Aquinas College’s president.

Take Five Summer to Fall Cocktails – 8/23/2013

Aug. 23, 2013; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (August 21, 2013)– Grand Rapids Area restaurants participating in Restaurant Week Grand Rapids will soon learn who the winners are of the judged and people’s choice competition for winning the best cocktail in two categories for the Grand Cocktail 2013 competition held during Restaurant Week Grand Rapids.

… Second and third place finalists will receive dinners at some of the Restaurant Week restaurants and “People’s Choice” winners will receive dinner at the Heritage Restaurant at GRCC operated by the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.

GVSU and Delta College sign reverse transfer agreement

Aug. 24, 2013; MLive

ALLENDALE, MI – Grand Valley State University has signed a reverse transfer agreement with Delta College.

… GVSU’s agreement with Delta brings to 22 the number of reverse transfer agreements the university has with community colleges in Michigan. Other agreements are in place with schools in Jackson, Muskegon, Grand Rapids and Lansing.

Prep football’s No. 1 player: Grand Rapids Christian’s Drake Harris led from Michigan State hoops to Michigan football

Aug. 25, 2013; The Detroit Free Press

GRAND RAPIDS — If only Drake Harris had been more obstinate.

… Instead it is the second week of August, and Harris is not at Christian’s football practice. But instead of playing basketball, he is at Grand Rapids Community College, taking two classes so he can graduate early and enroll at Michigan in January. He will be able to participate in spring football practice and be ready to play football at U-M next fall.

Michigan game-by-game predictions: Will 10-2 be enough to net a B1G title?

Aug. 26, 2013; MLive

ANN ARBOR — In the first two years of Brady Hoke’s tenure at Michigan, the Wolverines accomplished something they hadn’t done in a while.

… Aug. 31 vs. Central Michigan

Dan Enos’ Chippewas will bring a quarterback into Michigan Stadium who has thrown just four passes at the Division I level. Cody Kater was a terrific JUCO player, but this is a long way from the now defunct Grand Rapids Community College. Michigan’s defense should be fine here, and it should allow Devin Gardner to work through any early-season kinks with the new offense. Michigan 38, Central Michigan 10 (Record: 1-0)

Ferris State coach Tony Annese knows there’s no sneaking up on opponents this season

Aug. 23, 2013; MLive

BIG RAPIDS, MI — Coach Tony Annese can’t play the underdog card again after Ferris State won seven games in his first season.

… The Bulldogs went 7-4 overall, 6-3 in the GLIAC North Division in the first year under Annese, the former Muskegon High School and Grand Rapids Community College coach.

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