Manufacturers, state educators adopt new apprenticeship training model
May 21, 2015; mibiz.com
While workforce development and attraction requires a range of strategies, West Michigan manufacturers have begun to embrace an apprenticeship model of continuing education to combat the so-called talent gap.
… “We’re seeing a huge increase in apprenticeships — it’s probably the biggest increase we’ve seen in one particular area,” said Amy Koning, associate dean of operations at Grand Rapids Community College. Non-traditional students and their employers have seen the particular need to hone their skills.
27 stories above Grand Rapids, a dining destination gambles on Latin cuisine
May 20, 2015; MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Cygnus 27 is flying in a new direction.
… (Tim) Moreno started kitchen work at age 17, working seasonally at the Macatawa Bay Yacht Club for several years before moving to Grand Rapids. He started working private parties and banquets at Amway while attending culinary school at Grand Rapids Community College. He arrived at Cygnus as a line cook following stints elsewhere in the hotel at GP Sports Bar and Bentham’s.
Rockford senior Josh Stephan is long and strong off the tee
May 21, 2015; MLive
ROCKFORD — Rockford senior golfer Josh Stephan is the driving force on a team loaded with long-ball hitters.
… Stephan plans to play golf at Grand Rapids Community College next fall.
On and off diamond, Byron Center softball’s senior leaders help team through changes, tragedy
May 20, 2015; MLive
When you think of the work of senior leaders on a high school softball team you likely think of someone leading by example at practice, in the classroom, after a tough loss occasionally maybe with a little verbal outburst during a game or a tasty treat sugar rush at an off-season practice.
… In addition to (Maylynn) Kapteyn, a three-year varsity player signed to play softball at GRCC next year, the other seniors are catcher Aubrey Herrema, infielder Briana Wendland and utility player Michaela May.