GRCC In the News, 5-19-14

GRCC students earn awards at national business professionals competition

May 16, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College students took home eight awards at a Business Professionals of America completion in Indianapolis.

Grupos minoritarios de GRCC aumentan pese a prohibición de Acción Afirmativa

May 16, 2014; El Vocero

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN (EVH).- Tras la aprobación de la Suprema Corte de Justicia de los Estados Unidos de ratificar la Prohibición de la Acción Afirmativa en el estado de Michigan, tal como se había aprobado en el año 2006 por un grupo de seis magistrados de la corte del estado, desde entonces universidades y colegios han acatado la ley, dejando de dar privilegios a las minorías a la hora de asistir en busca de educación superior.

Pese a la drástica ley, aun existen centros de educación avanzada donde estadísticamente los números en porcentajes de las minorías siguen aumentado.
En ese sentido, en la ciudad de Grand Rapids autoridades del Community College (GRCC) explicaron como están trabajando con los grupos minoritarios interesados en asistir al centro, tras la aplicación de la prohibición de la Acción Afirmativa.

West Ottawa seniors celebrate their next steps in Decision Day Party

May 18, 2014; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — With cheerleaders lining the halls, college mascots giving out high fives and the drum line playing, West Ottawa High School was in celebration mode on Thursday.

… “At first I didn’t want to go to college,” (Darah) Kok said. But with the urging of some friends and teachers, he decided to look into it.
“People started telling me (college) changes your life. I didn’t want to waste my life.”

Kok plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College in the fall on a full ride scholarship.

SECOM-GRCC Partnership Recognized at Annual Armen Awards Celebration

May 16, 2014; SECOM newsletter

Service, innovation, and collaboration are at the heart of Grand Rapids Community College’s annual Armen Awards, a competitive program designed to promote innovative thinking. Created and supported by longtime GRCC supporter Armen Oumedian, the program rewards student teams who design and implement projects that benefit a community organization.

Muskegon sports briefs: Muskegon Community College drops 13-inning marathon in regional baseball

May 16, 2014; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — It’s going to be a quick turnaround for the Muskegon Community College baseball team.

… The game ended after midnight and MCC (35-17) faces an elimination game at 11:30 a.m. Friday against Grand Rapids Community College in Battle Creek.



Raider Salute to Mike Boerman

A GRCC student found herself in a serious situation after taking WE 156 with Mike Boerman. Here is what she did to apply the knowledge she learned in class:

Hi my name is Hope Warren and I was in your M&W First Aid class this past semester. I just had to drop you a line to thank you. My son recently choked on a penny and because of you I was able to stay calm and do what I needed to do. I had to perform CPR on my baby; it was one of the most difficult situations I have ever been in, but because of your class and your voice in my head I was successful and my son is okay. Thanks again for stressing how serious this class is to our everyday life.

Workforce Training receives Spirit Award

Congratulations to Workforce Training for receiving the Spirit Award for Outstanding Collaboration from LINC Community Revitalization, Inc.!

“It was an honor to be recognized for doing the work we love and making a difference in our community,” says Julie Parks, Executive Director of the Tassell M-TEC and Workforce Training. “Jeff Byrd and John VanElst change lives for the better every day.  This award recognizes the teams work.”

Workforce Training was specifically recognized for the work that has been done in association with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in the area training for the deconstruction industry. Through partnerships with local employers, career coaches and neighborhood groups, Workforce Training continues to have a positive impact on area families and community.

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Preschool seeks donations for Diaper Drive

The GRCC Preschool is collecting change and diapers for a Diaper Drive sponsored by The Great Start Parent Coalition of Kent County May 12th through May 23rd. Bring change to Jeanne at the Preschool and diapers and/or change to Staci in the Education Department (Room 13 of the Data Center)The Facts

  • 1 out of every 4 babies born in Kent County is born into poverty.
  • Safety net programs, such as W.I.C. and food stamps, do NOT cover the costs of diapers.
  • Most childcare centers do not accept cloth diapers, and parents must supply a steady stream of disposable diapers. Furthermore, many families have limited access to laundry facilities and many coin-op laundry facilities cannot allow cloth diapers for health reasons.
  • An adequate supply of disposable diapers can cost up to $75 per month.

The Impacts

  • Many babies are often forced to spend the entire day or longer in a single diaper, because the family cannot afford to buy an adequate supply.
  • Inadequate diaper changing increases the risk of numerous health problems.
  • Studies show a baby crying from being in a soiled diaper for a prolonged period of time is at a greater risk of physical abuse by the caregiver.

Hillery Haney, students depart for Morocco

Professor Hillery Haney departed on Sunday, May 18th, making her way along with 12 students on a 12-day experience to Morocco as part of HU 219 Global Studies through International Travel.

She would like to invite you to attend her student presentation session scheduled for Monday, June 9th from 9:30-1:00pm at the ATC Room 147. Guests are free to come and go as their schedule permits.

Learn more about Study Away [here].