GRCC In the News, 1-13-14

See ice sculptors battle warmer weather in Downtown Holland competition

Jan. 12, 2014; MLive

(Photo gallery includes pictures of GRCC competitors Levi Knoll and Jessica Miller.)

Mayor Heartwell’s State of the City Speech

Jan. 11, 2014; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, (WZZM) – This is the transcript to Mayor George Heartwell’s 11th State of the City Address Saturday morning:

… We can also build on the talent we have right here in Grand Rapids … those men and women with some college under their belts who, for whatever reasons, had to discontinue that degree work before completion. You can go back to school. You can complete that degree. By doing so you improve your chances for economic security and you add significantly to the vitality of your community’s economy. Our community college, private colleges, and state universities have agreements in place to transfer credits easily to ensure Associate and Baccalaureate degrees. Other initiatives like GRCC’s Alpha Beta Omega program for African American males, and their Fast Track and TRIO programs exemplify the ways to help students complete college.

Award-winning West Michigan jazz quartet Brad Fritcher + trois going for it with creative modern jazz

Jan. 10, 2014; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — At first blush, growing up on a 300-acre Michigan farm doesn’t sound like an ideal breeding ground for a jazz musician.

… “Right when I met Dutcher, we clicked right away,” recalls (Brad) Fritcher, a Flint native who plans to complete his college degree at Grand Valley State University, where Snedeker and upright bassist Ryan Wallace are students. Drummer Christian Van Duinen attends Grand Rapids Community College. “It’s just been a good mix. We all have the same sense of humor.”

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