GRCC In the News, 2-24-14

GRCC promoting the value of internships, co-op jobs

Feb. 21, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – More than 400 Grand Rapids Community College students were involved in internships or co-op jobs last year, officials announced Friday, Feb. 21.

5 community colleges to let auto students transfer

Feb. 22, 2014; The Kansas City Star

LANSING, Mich. — Five Michigan community colleges are partnering on a pilot program to let students in automotive technology programs transfer among the schools without losing credits or having to repeat course work.

Delta College, Grand Rapids Community College, Lansing Community College, Montcalm Community and Mott Community Colleges have signed the agreement. It was announced Friday by Nigel Francis, the state’s senior automotive adviser.

Higher education giving reaches record levels

Feb. 21, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The record high in charitable giving to colleges and universities is proving that people and organizations do, in fact, value education but maybe not as many of them.

… The amount of financial contributions to U.S. academic institutions in 2013 did not surprise Donald MacKenzie, executive director of the Grand Rapids Community College Foundation.

Muskegon’s Dancing with the Local Stars has all the right moves

Feb. 22, 2014; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — The crowd ended up on its feet dancing, thousands of dollars were collected for food pantries and few people seemed to enjoy themselves more than the performers doing the actual work.

… Dancing with the Local Stars 2014 Participants:

… Heather Sandberg (star), deputy chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, with Patrick Johnson (pro), a Grand Rapids Community College dance faculty instructor, co-owner of PT Arts, LLC Consulting and director of West MI Flight Academy

Kalamazoo Valley women’s basketball move into first place in MCCAA with 62-56 win over No. 6 Lake Michigan

Feb. 22, 2014; MLive

Coach Ron Welch was pretty sure that the drubbing that his team took earlier this league season at Lake Michigan was an anomaly. Today they proved it with a gritty 62-56 win over the No. 6-ranked Redhawks to move into first place in the Western conference of the MCCAA by a half game.

… “It’s a good day to be a Cougar!” exclaimed Welch. “I’m really proud of this group. That’s a terrific basketball team we beat today. Our effort was awesome! I wouldn’t be surprised to see a rematch down the road in post season, but today we’re going to enjoy this one, then focus on GRCC.”

Pharmacy Technician course begins April 8

The need for certified Pharmacy Technicians is growing dramatically in the West Michigan area. If you are interested in working in the medical field, or are currently working in a pharmacy but would like to be certified, GRCC’s Pharmacy Technician program will prepare you for the next step.

This 19 week pre-certification class will take you through everything you need to know to be ready to take the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Exam. Using textbooks from the American Pharmacists Association, this course will prepare you to be a pharmacy technician at the retail or hospital level. Course goals include completing an internship at a local pharmacy and taking the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam.

The course starts April 8, 2014. To register, click here.

Heritage creates vegan meal with wine pairings

Vegans! Wine lovers! GRCC’s Heritage restaurant has created a meal just for you on February 25. For reservations, call 234-3700 or click here.