GRCC In the News, 6-9-14

More West Michigan firms partner with higher education to secure talent

June 8, 2014; mibiz.com

Talent pipelines are more than just buzzwords among West Michigan companies looking to bolster their workforce development activities.

… “I’ve never seen employers be more involved (in workforce development) or put more money on the table,” said Julie Parks, director of workforce development at Grand Rapids Community College.

Distance learning offers convenience, but it’s not for everyone

June 8, 2014; mibiz.com

There is little debate that the Internet has acted as a disruptive force for a broad range of industries, higher education included.

Like many higher education institutions around the country, West Michigan organizations such as Grand Valley State University, Calvin College and Grand Rapids Community College have begun to offer distance learning classes where students don’t need to be in a classroom. Rather, they simply need a computer with an Internet connection.

$335 million: Higher ed building projects turn to other sources of capital as state funding wanes

June 8, 2014; mibiz.com

The next year and a half is shaping up to be a busy period for higher education building projects.

… At Grand Rapids Community College, the majority of the school’s $35.3 million in capital projects are for the renovation and modernization of existing facilities. Almost every project includes upgrades to HVAC, lighting and electric services as well as exterior wall and window replacements.

The largest of the college’s ongoing projects is an approximately $15.7 million renovation of the Cook Academic Hall. This project, funded in part through a state of Michigan capital outlay, is a complete renovation, creating state-of-the-art learning spaces for nursing and allied health programs and general purpose classrooms for math, English and business.

MICHIGAN BRIEFS: Dow helps remove unwelcome abstract expressionism

June 8, 2014; Crain’s Detroit Business

… Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University signed an agreement to make it easier for students to transfer between the two institutions, The Associated Press reported.

Video: Baby falcon banded atop Kent County Courthouse

June 6, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Two baby Peregrine falcons of the estimated 12 in West Michigan received banding today from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

… The best viewing points of the nest is Crescent Park or looking west from the top of the Grand Rapids Community College parking ramp, said John Wills, a citizen activist from Grand Rapids that has been involved in falcon preservation since the ’80s.

Grads with Grit: Meet Jose

June 7, 2014; WOTV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) — Jose Sanchez Bueso had a long journey before he could graduate from Wyoming High School. At the age of 15, alone, he left Honduras and journeyed to Guatemala and Mexico before finally getting to Michigan. Jose says it was a struggle because he came here not knowing any English.

He says his best advice is to tell people not to give up, you can’t get anywhere if you give up. Jose’s next step is to go to GRCC, he hopes to become a mechanical engineer.

Saranac Promise really does make a dent

June 8, 2014; WOOD TV

SARANAC, Mich. (WOOD) — A new program is helping students at Saranac Community Schools pay for their college education.

… Leighton Bell is a sophomore at Grand Rapids Community College. He works two jobs to fund his education. This year and last, he received help in the form of a $1,000 scholarship from the Promise.

Georgia Highlands College Names New President

June 7, 2014; Coosa Valley News (Rome, Ga.)

Donald J. Green, vice president for Extended and International Operations, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Mich. has been named as the next president of Georgia Highlands College in Rome by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Green will assume his new post on Sept. 8, 2014.

… His higher education career also includes administrative and teaching posts at Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, Mich., and Davenport University, Grand Rapids, Mich. Green also operated a consulting firm, D. Green and Associates.

 

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