GRCC In the News, 3-12-14

GRCC to host 2nd Annual West Michigan Construction Summit this Thursday

March 11, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Community College is hosting its second annual West Michigan Construction Summit on Thursday, March 13. The event allows skilled trades suppliers to meet with project managers and buyers from the public and private sectors.

Employers Hope to Fill 600 Positions with Job Fair

March 11, 2014; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Mar 11, 2014) — It’s considered their biggest job fair to date as employers hoped to fill 600 jobs during the Grand Rapids Community College annual job fair.

Michigan community colleges beset by cuts in aid, loss of tax revenues

March 12, 2014; The Detroit Free Press

Two days before the deadline for students to apply for Oakland Community College’s licensed practical nursing program for last fall, the faculty got shocking news the program was being shut down immediately.

Numbers: Headcount shows declining enrollment at Michigan community colleges

March 12, 2014; The Detroit Free Press

Michigan’s community colleges are seeing a dip in student enrollment partly because of an improving economy, as shown from the fall headcount in the last two years.

… Grand Rapids — 16,613 (2013) 17,465 (2012)

(This is a sidebar to the previous article.)

Rachel Hood sustains community

March 11, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Rachel Hood, executive director for the West Michigan Environmental Action Council since 2007, is an unapologetic greenie.

… Hood has also served on a number of boards: the West Michigan Strategic Alliance Green Infrastructure Task Force, Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds Development Team, West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum Board, Green Grand Rapids Advisory Committee, Grand Rapids Community College Sustainability Team, Greater Grand Rapids Children’s Environmental Health Steering Committee, Grand Rapids Youth Boxing Foundation, Progressive Womens Alliance Candidate Committee and Michigan Clean Water Fund PAC.

Open house provides Heartlands, college information

March 11, 2014; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

Ionia, Mich. — The Heartlands Institute of Technology hosted an open house Thursday to introduce current students to colleges and to provide incoming students with an opportunity to explore Heartlands programs.

… Students enrolled in a Heartlands Institute of Technology can earn free college credits with Ferris State University, Baker College, Davenport University, Grand Rapids Community College, Lansing Community College and Montcalm Community College.

KVCC Board of Trustees votes to ban tobacco use on campus

March 11, 2014; MLive

KALAMAZOO, MI — The days of being able to light up at Kalamazoo Valley Community College are coming to an end.

… As of January, more than 1,180 U.S. colleges and universities had gone smoke-free, with more than 800 of those banning all on-campus tobacco use. In Michigan, nine community colleges have banned tobacco use outright, including Grand Rapids Community College, Lansing Community College, Jackson Community College, Muskegon Community College and Glen Oaks Community College. Another three community colleges, including Henry Ford, have adopted smoke-free policies.

Jared Bradford, small in stature, has big impact on Grace Bible’s run to national tournament

March 11, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Gary Bailey likes to recruit big point guards. Or at least that’s what he’s been used to during his coaching career.

… “He’s a force inside,” Jesky said of the Jenison graduate (Kyle Hoek). “We lucked out with him. He was driving a buddy to an open gym at Kuyper. He was just taking classes at GRCC and now he’s playing with us.”

Chris Tucker interview: Star brings movie memories to stage in LaughFest act

March 12, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Chris Tucker is alive and well, even if you haven’t seen him in a while.

… He will perform during LaughFest 2014 at the GRCC Ford Fieldhouse, 111 Lyon St. NE, on Friday, March 14, at 8 p.m. It will be Tucker’s first visit to Grand Rapids and he admits he isn’t familiar with the city.

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