GRCC In the News, 3-31-15

Family saddened, finds closure with body discovery

March 30, 2015; Grand Haven Tribune

Timothy Groenhout, 39, of Grand Rapids went missing on Jan. 21 from downtown Grand Rapids.

… Tim graduated from the Culinary Arts School at Grand Rapids Community College, worked as a chef in downtown Grand Rapids and then headed to Seattle to also work as a chef. He recently moved back to Grand Rapids from Washington, and was living with his girlfriend and looking for a job.

Engaging Students Through Community Connections

March 30, 2015; (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)

Godfrey Lee Public Schools, MI — During Steve Rierson’s Lee High School physics class, students become pretend members of the Wyoming City Council, researching alternative energy sources for possible city use.

… The 19-year high school teacher takes his job beyond the walls of Godfrey-Lee Public Schools. By day, Rierson is in the Lee biology, physics, forensics, and anatomy classes. His evenings are spent as an adjunct professor at Kendall College of Art and Design teaching natural science, and at Grand Rapids Community College teaching human anatomy and physiology.

Grand Rapids tapping successful black men to mentor at-risk male students

March 30, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Retired educator Robert Hurd will be among local men attending a training session Tuesday, March 31, for volunteer coaches who will mentor black male students in Grand Rapids Public Schools’ Grade School to Grad School (G2G) program.

… GRPS’ initiative is being done in collaboration with Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Urban League, Boy Scouts of America, Grand City Sports, and Western Michigan University Cooley Law School.

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