GRCC In the News, 6-30-14

Change Ups: Heslinga joins land trust nonprofit

June 27, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Justin Heslinga has joined the Land Conservancy of West Michigan as its stewardship coordinator. Heslinga will manage the organizatio’ns 16 nature preserves, including the related environmental care and maintenance programs, events, outreach and volunteers. His background includes the development of ecological assessments and management plans, botanical inventories, endangered species surveys, educational conservation workshops and outreach materials as senior staff scientist and botanist for Cardno JFNew and natural resources technician for the Huron-Clinton Metroparks.


Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education has been named one of Americas Top 20 Culinary Schools by FSR magazine. Criteria included schools that combine classroom theory with hands-on work in well-equipped on-campus classrooms and labs; provide off-campus experience through internships and externships; reach out to off-campus culinary professionals; and have small class sizes and accessible instructors.

Grand Rapids City Manager Appoints New Grand Rapids Police Chief

June 27, 2014; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (June 27, 2014) — The Grand Rapids City Manager announced the new city police chief Friday.

… He (Greg Sundstrom) also thanked his Advisory Team, comprised of Tom Almonte, Assistant to the City Manager; Christine Arnold, Director of the Woodrick Diversity Learning Center at Grand Rapids Community College; Johnny Brann, Jr., local restaurant owner; Mari Beth Jelks, Managing Director of Administrative Services at the City of Grand Rapids; Joe Jones, Grand Rapids Urban League President; Ralph Mason, retired Grand Rapids Police Lieutenant; and Catherine Mish, City Attorney.

Dow grad Allen playing pro ball, coaching college ball

6/28/14 Midland Daily News

It’s a growing trend among Major League Baseball clubs to hire former catchers as coaches.

… (Michael) Allen currently plays for the Normal CornBelters of Minor League Baseball’s independent Frontier League in Normal, Ill. After graduating from Dow, he went on to redshirt at Saginaw Valley State University for a year before heading to Grand Rapids Community College for one more year and then ending his collegiate career with three years at Davenport University.

100th Gala – Payroll Deduction Option for Employees

We hope your calendars are already marked for Tuesday, October 14th for the 100th Anniversary Gala! Starting July 1st, employees have the option to purchase their gala tickets through payroll deduction. Invites aren’t scheduled to go out until August, but we wanted to offer this option to employees first. Individual tickets for the gala are $150. The payroll deduction form includes several options of when to turn in the form and how much will be deducted from the corresponding paychecks. For all the details regarding the gala, visit our website. We are looking forward to celebrating with you!

GRCC In the News, 6-27-14

Construction alliance earns statewide honor

June 26, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

An industry-wide initiative has been recognized by the Michigan Works! Association for its accomplishments in building the talent pipeline for opportunities in construction throughout West Michigan.

… Norm Brady, president and chief executive officer at the ABC Western Michigan Chapter, said the Prosperity Award recognized the collaborative arrangement that has developed among the three associations of CWDA and its strategic partners: Michigan Works! Kent & Allegan Counties and Grand Rapids Community College.

Four GRCC certificate programs now approved for federal student aid

June 26, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Four certificate programs at Grand Rapids Community College are now eligible for student financial aid.

Bruce Willis movie ‘The Prince,’ from Grand Rapids director Brian Miller, to debut in August

June 27, 2014; MLive

The new movie from Grand Rapids-born director Brian Miller, “The Prince,” has a new trailer and an official release date. The action-thriller stars Jason Patric, Bruce Willis and John Cusack.

… The director attended Grand Rapids Community College and studied filmmaking at Grand Valley State University before moving to Los Angeles in 2003.

Learn how to cook in the moment

June 26, 2014; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — Salt of the Earth’s Executive Chef, Matthew Pietsch, will host the Chef Series at the Holland Farmers Market on Saturday. Beginning at 10 a.m., Pietsch will share ideas for recipes that will allow cooks to shop at the Farmers Market in the morning and have a gourmet meal ready that same night for dinner.

… Pietsch is a West Michigan native who has been involved in the hospitality industry since 1997. After he graduated from the Grand Rapids Community College Culinary Arts program, he held an apprenticeship with the US National Pastry Team. He worked throughout West Michigan for several years as an executive pastry chef and later relocated to Dearborn, where he operated the famed Opus One kitchen and managed Opus Ones corporate food service program for Ford Advertising.

Women’s Club scholarship winner

June 26, 2014; The Post (Cedar Springs)

The Cedar Springs Women’s Club awards an annual $1,000 scholarship to a female of any age who resides in the Cedar Springs School District. She may be considering any type of skill training or degree program. The award is made without regard to race, creed, color, religion or national origin.

… Kate (Miller) is a very motivated young woman who is planning to attend Grand Rapids Community College for a year and then transfer to Central Michigan University to work for a Bachelors in Kinesiology and a minor in Spanish. She hopes for a career as a Physical Therapist.

Grand Rapids’ next police chief is a two-man race, forum crowd says

June 26, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A public safety director in Port Huron could be the frontrunner for city police chief, based on an informal survey of people who attended the second public forum featuring four finalists for the job.

… The committee members are Tom Almonte, assistant to the city manager; Christina Arnold, director of GRCC’s Woodrick Diversity Learning Center; Johnny Brann, Jr., restaurateur; Mari Beth Jelks, the city’s managing director of administrative services; Joe Jones, Grand Rapids Urban League president; Ralph Mason, retired Grand Rapids police lieutenant; Catherine Mish, city attorney; and Sundstrom.


Golden Trophy goes to Neal McGladdery, Marty DeVries, GRCCePRINT

Facilities’ “Golden Trophy” has been making the rounds, recognizing many GRCC employees who provide stellar customer service:

  • Neal McGladdery received it for his demo work.
  • Marty DeVries received it for the “stuff” he puts up with.
  • The entire print shop staff received it, with Bill Klein accepting on all of their behalf.

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Security Updates to Internet Explorer

Improvements include:

  • Homepage will be set to to prevent malicious programs from changing the default homepage
  • Automatic pop-up blocking will be enforced
  • Adding websites to the Trusted Sites Zone will be managed by IT
  • Internet Explorer will automatically remove temporary internet files when browser is closed

GRCC In the News, 6-25-14

GRCC spends $55,000 on search firm to find new provost

June 24, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College has hired AGB Search, a Washington D.C.-based consulting group, to search for the college’s new provost.

Restaurant Week GR returns with ‘Perfect Pairings’ theme and local dining deals

June 24, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Summer in West Michigan means the return of Restaurant Week Grand Rapids and the chance to sample cuisine made from fresh, local ingredients over the 12-day food festival.

… One dollar from every meal sold during the 2014 event will be donated by each of the restaurants to a student scholarship fund at the highly acclaimed Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College. Since 2010, Restaurant Week Grand Rapids participating restaurants have donated almost $75,000 to the fund.

U.S. News & World Report has just published a community college directory. To see GRCC’s page, click here.

Volunteers needed to staff College Channel van

This Saturday, the College Channel van will be at the Wealthy Street Bizarre Bazaar to collect GRCC stories from community members.  If you would like to volunteer any time between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to canvass the crowd or operate the recording equipment, please contact Klaas Kwant at

Here’s the first video of stories:



GRCC In the News, 6-24-14

GRCC launches provost search

June 23, 2014; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College recently launched a search for a new provost-executive vice president for academic and student affairs.

Allendale quarterback leads Legends team to victory in Muskegon All-Star Classic

June 21, 2014; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — Allendale’s Haiden Majewski got a chance to showcase his football skills in the Muskegon area Saturday night.

… Majewski broke his ankle in Allendale’s first playoff game last fall and was happy to get the chance to play again. He’s going to Grand Rapids Community College to play baseball.