GRCC In the News, 3-25-15

Makerspace partners with community college

March 24, 2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A nonprofit makerspace and community college are partnering to help give students more hands-on skilled trades experience.

The Geek Group in Grand Rapids said this month that students enrolled in a workforce development program at Grand Rapids Community College will be offered a scholarship through the college, covering 50 percent of a special $150 cost for a six-month membership at the makerspace.

Kentwood honors police officer of the year

March 16, 2015; MLive

KENTWOOD – A police officer who has been instrumental in building a group that pairs officers with students in need of support has been honored with the city’s Officer of the Year award.

… “It was truly a surprise and honor to receive the award,” said (Officer Jeff) Augustyn, who leads the Kids and Officers Partnering in Schools, or KOPS, program at Crossroads School and Lighthouse Academy Charter School, and also serves as a community services officer, reality-based training instructor, Kentwood Citizens Police Academy instructor, and Grand Rapids Community College’s Police Academy instructor. He is a former member of the Special Response Team as well.

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