GRCC In the News, 8-17-15

Restaurant Week generates big money for local shops

Aug. 15, 2015; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) — The sixth annual Restaurant Week Grand Rapids started Wednesday and is expected to generate more than $1 million in sales over the next week.

… Last year, 30,000 restaurant meals were ordered, which generated about $1.25 million for the local economy. A dollar of every restaurant meal ordered is donated to a scholarship fund for the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College.

Eight career-building alternatives to a college education

Aug. 14, 2015; The Christian Science Monitor

College isn’t for everyone, and as U.S. student loan debt continues to rise unchecked, many would-be undergraduates are looking for alternatives to the traditional four-year college experience.

… If you’re looking for an alternative path to a fulfilling career, here are eight unconventional options you might not have considered.

1. Try a trade or vocational school.

… Chef — Top U.S. culinary schools include: The Culinary Institute of America, Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, International Culinary Schools at the Art Institutes, Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Schools, Johnson & Wales University and the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College.

Zeeland-based Primera Plastics program creates pathways to careers

Aug. 16, 2015; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — Primera Pathways, a career-starter program at Zeeland-based Primera Plastics, is looking to take on about 10 more young adults.

… At age 24, (Primera Plastics President Noel) Cuellar began schooling at Grand Rapids Community College toward a degree in plastics manufacturing while working at the former Prince Corp. in Holland, according to the release.