GRCC In the News, 8-19-14

GRCC enrollment down 5.4 percent as first day of school approaches

Aug. 19, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – With one week to go until the start of fall classes, enrollment at Grand Rapids Community College is down 5.4 percent from the same time last year, administrators said Monday.

Restaurant Week Grand Rapids Kicks Off Its 5th Anniversary to Celebrate Wonderful Dining in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Aug. 18, 2014;

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — (Marketwired) — 08/18/14 — In 2010 Experience Grand Rapids saw an opportunity to create Restaurant Week Grand Rapids to showcase its newest food trends and restaurant scene that was developing and thriving in this successful Michigan city. Now in its 5th year, Restaurant Week Grand Rapids has become one of the most popular events in Grand Rapids that was recently voted the #1 Travel Destination for 2014 by Lonely Planet.

… One dollar from every Restaurant Week meal sold during the 2014 event will be donated by each of the restaurants to a student scholarship fund at Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College, one of the top 20 culinary schools in the nation. Since 2010, Restaurant Week Grand Rapids participating restaurants have donated almost $75,000 to the GRCC Secchia Institute Student Scholarship Fund. Grand Rapids benefits greatly from the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education as many of the students and graduates of the school remain in the community and work in the hospitality industry.

The irrepressible charm and talent of Edye Evans Hyde: The Local Spins Artist Spotlight

Aug. 15, 2014;

Grand Rapids jazz singer Edye Evans Hyde’s love for her craft is irrepressible so much so, that even brain surgery last year didn’t silence her for long.

… Hyde’s rise to her stature as one of West Michigan’s most respected jazz vocalists — a singer who won jazz album of the year honors for her Magic In His Eyes album at the 2013 WYCE Jammie Awards — actually has fairly humble beginning that reach back more than 30 years when she met her husband, Michael, at Grand Rapids Junior College.

SSPD Grants: September 2014 Funding Opportunity

The deadline for the submission of grant applications for the Support Staff Professional Development (SSPD) program is 4:30 p.m., September 19, 2014. The SSPD application packet and SSPD Guidelines are available in the GRCC Internal Grants area of the Grants Office website at Please note that applications must include a Supervisor’s Approval Form, a budget form and budget documentation. If you have any questions about SSPD grants, please contact Lisa Dopke, Associate Director of Grants & Resource Development at 234-3340 or

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