GRCC In the News, 4-28-14

High Schools Partner with GRCC to Get College Credits Early

April 25, 2014; (KISD newsletter)

Godfrey Lee Public Schools, MI — Godwin Heights and Godfrey-Lee high schools have joined the trend of offering high school students a way to earn college credit right at their own schools, in a new partnership with Grand Rapids Community College.

Change Ups: EMT deemed a star

April 18, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… Grand Rapids Community College announced the following students are award recipients for their leadership skills, academic excellence and campus involvement: Arielle Brown, Cedric and Sandy Ward Leadership Award; Yolanda Cruz-Olguin, Benham Service and Civic Engagement Award; Todd Johnson, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award; and Rafael Pastrano, Brian Kloet Campus Involvement Award.

Junior Valentine has rhythm-happy musical gumbo

April 24, 2014; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — Over a career spanning more than two dozen years, Junior Valentine has played countless gigs with a bevy of bands steeped in R&B, blues and rock, taught guitar, bass and ukulele to more than 400 students and toured the country.

… A chance encounter with young, progressive bluegrass mandolinist Jason Wheeler and an inquiry from percussionist and Grand Rapids Community College instructor Brandan Grinwis has produced an eclectic trio unlike anything else in West Michigan a rootsy, rhythm-happy outfit that meshes elements of blues, R&B, funk, Island music, folk and bluegrass to simmer up a tasty of styles.

Central Michigan quarterback battle includes Montague’s Cody Kater again

April 28, 2014; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — Cody Kater is trying to win back the starting quarterback job at Central Michigan University.

… It was a tough blow for Kater, who led Montague to back-to-back state titles in 2008-09. He originally committed to CMU, but followed Butch Jones when he left to become the head coach at Cincinnati. Kater went from Cincinnati, to Grand Rapids Community College and then to CMU. He spent the 2012 season as a backup for the Chippewas before winning the job last season.

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