Community college degrees in demand
Dec. 16, 2013; Bridge magazine
To see the difference between yesterday’s skilled-trade career and today’s, Michael Hansen offers what’s happening at BOSS Products, a snowplow manufacturer in Iron Mountain.
… “What (students are) asking for is in three or four current areas: Business, nursing, culinary and computer information systems. Those four have great interest,” said Fiona Hert, dean of the School of Workforce Development at Grand Rapids Community College. But there’s also a series of skills employers want — punctuality, a team player, critical thinking, flexibility. And these, she and others added, are the ones that will take students furthest in their careers.
Jared Rodriguez speaks to literacy advocacy
Dec. 16, 2013; therapidian.org
Jared Rodriguez, new Advisory Council co-chairperson to the Community Literacy Initiative (CLI), has a rich background of advocacy work in Grand Rapids and in the state of Michigan. Most recently, he founded and served as President of the West Michigan Policy Forum before launching the Calder Group earlier this year.
… Our greatest strength is the sincere interest in impacting positive change for all citizens. I’m a firm believer that our greatest natural resource is our people and building coalitions through collaborative thinking/doing is a major part of our community culture. Our short-term need is to develop a comprehensive community asset inventory and engage community, business and education-focused organizations (including CLI, the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce, Community Schools, Talent2025, First Steps, Aquinas College, GRCC, etc.), touching literacy in a non-duplicative effort.
Local athletes compete at collegiate level
Dec. 17, 2013; Cadillac News
… Delta College sophomore forward Austin Marine (Pine River H.S.) scored 12 points and grabbed five rebounds in the Pioneers’ 78-63 men’s basketball loss to Grand Rapids Community College on Wednesday.