GRCC In the News, 10-9-13

Federal grant will make low-cost day care available for GRCC students with children

Oct. 8, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A federal grant will help put daycare within reach for a small number of low-income parents attending Grand Rapids Community College.

West Michigan home builders struggle with a labor shortage

Oct. 8, 2013; MLive

WYOMING, MI — West Michigan home builders say they need more workers as life returns to an industry that was on the ropes just five years ago.

… “We have the programs, but nobody’s going through the training,” said Duane McIntyre, a construction instructor at Grand Rapids Community College, where only five students have enrolled in the school’s residential construction program.

Oct. 8, 2013: Wolverine third quarter beats expectations; Michigan Energy Conference slated for Oct. 24

Oct. 8, 2013;

The Right Place, in partnership with Ferris State University and the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center, will host the Michigan Energy Conference on Oct. 24 at Frederik Meijer Gardens. The event runs from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes a panel discussion featuring local university presidents from Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College and Ferris State. John Quackenbush, chairman of the Michigan Public Service Commission will give a keynote speech followed by two breakout sessions each with three energy-specific topics to choose from led by regional business leaders. See more and register at

UPDATED: Lakeshore Head Start to stay open during federal shutdown

Oct. 8, 2013; The Holland Sentinel

Holland — The federal government’s shutdown will not shut down Lakeshore Head Start.

… “(It will mean) definitely less stress,” said Briana Farrell, whose 1-year-old daughter Neelah is in Head Start day care while Farrell attends nursing classes at Grand Rapids Community College. “I was having a hard time finding someone every day for her. Now I don’t have to worry. I can go to school.”

Elyse Ray, Beka German return to Muskegon, lead No. 8 Muskegon Community College volleyball team

Oct. 8, 2013; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — Muskegon Community College volleyball players Elyse Ray and Beka German did not begin their collegiate athletic careers with the Jayhawks.

… The two spikers are big reasons why the Jayhawks are ranked No. 8 in the nation and in second place in the conference behind seventh-ranked Grand Rapids (21-3, 7-0). Muskegon, which fell to Grand Rapids in a tough four-setter on Sept. 17, hosts the Raiders at 5 p.m. Thursday.

College notebook: Kellogg CC women’s soccer coach resigns

Oct. 8, 2013; The Battle Creek Enquirer

Kellogg Community College women’s soccer coach Barth Beasley resigned on Oct. 4, ending his tenure with the program he helped start three years ago.

… KCC (volleyball) snapped its 11-match losing streak on Oct. 1 with a three-set victory over Lake Michigan (25-16, 25-21, 25-19). In that contest, Tristen Erhedt (Pennfield) led the way with 11 kills and three digs. Also for the Lady Bruins, Tara VanDenberg (Pennfield) recorded eight digs and Cortney Pipher (Lakeview) had 26 assists. On Oct. 3, seventh-ranked Grand Rapids CC swept the Lady Bruins by scores of 25-15, 25-16, 25-19. In the loss, KCC was led by Lauren Richardson with five kills, while Carmen Odell (Marshall) had seven digs and Pipher had 20 assists.

Honors biology students visit brewery

GRCC Honors Biology 101 Students with Professor Laurie Foster visited Founder’s Brewing recently. Students had an amazing experience there meeting with the Brewmaster and Microbiologist and explored every aspect of the craft of beer making.

Some of the highlights were:

  • Reviewing the students knowledge of cell respiration and fermentation.
  • Examining hops, yeast varieties and types of grains.
  • Exploring the impact that temperature has on the brewing process.
  • Identifying their many “greening” efforts of the grain waste, purification of water, C02 recapture, etc.
  • Appreciating the role of a brew master in fine tuning the production.
  • Learning of the historical significance of beer making in America.
  • Watching the product move into storage, bottling and packaging.
  • Discussing the economic ups and downs of the industry.

For more information about the GRCC Honors Program see

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