GRCC In the News, 5-29-15

Mackinac Island Policy Conference fosters collaborative discussion on education

May 28, 2015; The Michigan Daily (University of Michigan student newspaper)

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. — The luxury of the Grand Hotel, carriage rides to the stables for dinner, lunch with live music, yoga on the longest porch in the world and cocktail hours created a facade for the work done at the 35th annual Michigan Policy Conference on Mackinac Island.

… Later in Closing the Skills Gap: Building a World-Class Talent Pipeline a panel moderated by Chris Holman, founder and CEO of Michigan Business Network, and consisting of Stephanie Comai, director of the State of Michigan’s Talent Investment Agency; David Dauch, chairman, president and CEO of American Axle Manufacturing; Bill Pink, vice president and Dean of Workforce Development at Grand Rapids Community College; and John Russell, president and CEO of CMS Energy and Consumers Energy, discussed other possible ways of implementing Snyder’s skilled trades vision. The discussion surrounded the implementation of a STEM-focused curriculum so students leaving high school already have the technical skills the workforce demands of them.

Tyler Pols gets some unexpected help in winning our Grand Rapids baseball poll

May 28, 2015; MLive

Tyler Pols is certainly a deserving winner of our MLive/Grand Rapids Press baseball poll, but the Byron Center senior picked up some unexpected votes along the way.

… Pols plans to play next season at Grand Rapids Community College and then transfer to an NCAA Division I program.

Top Grads: Oakridge High School announces its top 2015 graduates

May 29, 2015; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — Oakridge High School has announced its top 10 graduates for the class of 2015.

… Kelton Lewis, son of Robert and Sara Lewis. He was a member of National Honor Society and has received high school academic awards. He plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College and then transfer to Western Michigan University to study computer engineering.

Power puff

May 28, 2015;

Superstitions in baseball are as old as the game itself. From not stepping on the foul line to not talking about a no-hitter while it’s in progress to eating the same meal before every game while you’re on a winning streak. Superstitions are everywhere in the national pastime.

… (Brian) Portelli came up with phrase “Get the cheese puff” when he played at Grand Rapids community college in Michigan before coming to FIU. Initially the phrase didn’t catch on, but eventually FIU reliever Chuck Cormier started yelling it whenever Portelli was at bat. Portelli hit .350 this season so obviously he was on to something. With Cormier’s help the phrase spread throughout the FIU dugout.