GRCC In the News, 7-24-14

See statue of Helen Claytor, latest Grand Rapids Community Legend

July 23, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A statue honoring the late Helen Claytor was unveiled Wednesday, July 23, by the Grand Rapids Community Legends project. It is the sixth statue placed by the initiative, which is funded by the family of former Universal Forest Products CEO Peter Secchia.

The statue of Claytor, a civil rights activist who became the first African-American president of the national YWCA, was placed in Grand Rapids Community College’s Dr. Juan R. Olivarez Student Plaza. Carla Blinkhorn, CEO of the YWCA West Central Michigan, described her feelings about the unveiling as sad and grateful.

GRCC faculty, staff celebrating college’s 100th anniversary with ‘Ways to Give’ project

July 23, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College faculty and staff are celebrating the school’s 100th anniversary with a series of donation projects, ranging from collecting school supplies for children to sending books to inmates of the Kent County Jail.

Autocam brand to live on after acquisition

July 23, 2014; mibiz.com

While Autocam Corp. will be acquired by a Tennessee-based public company in a deal that was announced in July, the automotive supplier does not expect the sale to have much impact on its West Michigan operations.

… Autocam is also expected to continue its employee training programs, which aim to develop a skilled workforce for the company, he said. Through Autocam’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership program with Grand Rapids Community College, the company pays for employees education while they continue to work for the manufacturer. Kennedy said he believes those programs will continue under the new ownership, since many of NN’s talent development needs are similar to Autocam’s.

Michigan District 9 Big League team aspires for spot in ESPN televised final

July 23, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — George Rosinski has authored a resume as a Little League manager that, in scale and context, compares favorably to most any baseball manager that has ever managed a club in the state of Michigan.

… (Brad) Buurstra, now an 18-year-old shortstop and righthanded pitcher that will play at Grand Rapids Community College next season, still relishes each trip to a tournament championship as much as the last.

… Union teammate Devin Husted joins Buurstra on the District 9 roster, as does Grand Rapids Community College sophomore pitcher Domonic Cintorino, a Kenowa Hills alum; all three have played together under Rosinski since the Senior League World Series trip to Bangor, Maine in 2012.

Depth may push Central Michigan football forward

July 24, 2014; The Detroit Free Press

The Mid-American Conference may be sleeping on a football giant at Central Michigan.

… (Cody) Kater had a great high school career at Montague and attended Grand Rapids Community College before transferring to CMU.

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