GRCC In the News, 6-13-14

GRCC Secchia Culinary Institute Gets Top Honors from Magazine, Federation

June 12, 2014; WOOD Radio

Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education has picked up another honor from FSR (Full Service Restaurant) Magazine, making their list of America’s Top 20 Culinary Schools.

Tech Center Students Recognized With Breaking Traditions Award

June 13, 2014;

Kent ISD, MI — Rockford High School student Sydney Bogard, who recently graduated from the Tech Center’s Criminal Justice program, was one of 22 Michigan students recently honored with the Michigan Breaking Traditions Merit Award. The award is given to students enrolled in career and technical (CTE) programs who have overcome obstacles and stereotypes to achieve success in their education.

… Kaylee Kuipers, a student from Sparta High School who graduated from the Tech Center’s Information Technology (IT) program, was also a recognized runner-up for the breaking Traditions Award. She said that women in the IT field are rare and expects to have some gender related difficulties when breaking into her career. Despite this potential challenge, Kuiper will duel enroll with GRCC and FSU to pursue a career in software development.

Hause, Marble, and Frodl are named Cedar Springs Athletic Boosters Student Athletes of the Month for June

June 12, 2014; The Post (Cedar Springs)

Senior Anna Hause was named June 2014 Student Athlete of the Month for Soccer.

Anna has been on varsity all 4 years of her high school career. She also has been a 2 year captain for the Red Hawks. Anna is involved with Red Hawk Kids Club, a youth soccer counselor, and is a member of yearbook. Anna has a 3.13 GPA and plans on attending GRCC after graduation.

SICE students travel to Chicago for trade show

Twenty Secchia Institute students volunteered their weekend to travel to Chicago and work at our department’s food show booth at the National Restaurant Association Food Show. They made hundreds of contacts: some for internship jobs and travel, some with suppliers interested in coming to SICE and donating their food and doing teaching demonstrations, and some with college students interested in a good culinary program.

While they rotated through the work times, they also were able to be more casual and experience the show, shake hands with chef stars, and get a few pictures. Evenings were filled with Chicago restaurant exploration.

The Secchia Institute was invited by the NRA and given a free $3,500 booth. While there were dozens of Hospitality Management and Hotel schools, we were one of only 4 culinary schools invited and the only non-private community college. We were in the company of the CIA, Kendall College, and the New England Culinary Institute. Comments from show attendees were that our students were the best dressed and our students looked great – our booth was the best of all the culinary school booths. We showed proud with our students being professionally dressed.

A very successful trip that was led by Dr. Kymberli Flanagan an adjunct instructor with the Secchia Institute. She, with the help of Mike Kidder and Marcia Arp ensured that the display was fantastic, the promotional material professional, and the details arranged. Thank you for again putting the Secchia Institute on the National Stage!

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Kookie Kook Off Kick Off – June 18, 11AM-1PM, Cafeteria/Raider Grille

The Student Center Summer Fun Team has put together a calendar of activities to make the most of our summer co-habitation of the Student Center. One of our first events is both a showcase of GRCC’s best cookie makers, as well as a fundraiser for our Student Food Pantry.

Volunteer bakers will cook up a 4-5 dozen batch of their best cookie (one cookie type per person, one entry per person). These cookies will be available for tasting on Wednesday, June 18 between 11AM – 1PM. Once you have sampled the cookies you need to vote for the best entry, and you vote with your donation to the GRCC Student Food Pantry. A minimum donation of $1 is required to taste the entries and vote for the best cookie.

All the proceeds will be used to purchase a Meijer Gift Card for our Student Pantry so they can fill in the shelves with vital items for our students who are in need this summer! We will also have a great prize for the victorious Kookie Kook Off Kick Off Khampion!

Kookie Makers! Contact Raynard Ross by Monday, June 16th to enter (

All of GRCC’s employees are welcome to join in this event (making cookies and/or tasting the entries)!