GRCC In the News, 9-11-15

GRCC getting federal dollars for apprenticeships

Sept. 9, 2015; WOOD Radio

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced that millions of federal dollars will go to two Michigan community colleges, including Grand Rapids Community College, to fund apprenticeship programs.

Lost Boy from Sudan Inspires Teachers, Offers Hope in Midst of Tragedy

Sept. 10, 2015; (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)

Cedar Springs Public Schools, MI — Deng Jongkuch spoke of the horrors he survived, and the children he later helped, as one of the Lost Boys of Sudan. But his story of Africa inspired more than 300 teachers and administrators in Cedar Springs.

… Jongkuch’s journey from terror to success holds lessons for Cedar Springs schools, she said afterward. He earned an associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College and holds a master’s degree in public health.

Time management workshop set for September 15

Human Resources/Staff Development will kick off their 2015-16 learning opportunities events with a Time Management workshop next Tuesday, September 15th from 1-3 PM. This is an especially relevant topic as we begin the fall semester here at GRCC. Please consider attending. Registration is available online at or by calling Staff Development at ext. 4285.

GVSU hosts event for higher ed young professionals

Networking opportunity for Higher Ed Young Professionals

Thursday, Sept. 17th from 5:30–7 p.m., J. Gardella’s, 11 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Is higher education “youth-friendly?” As a new generation of professionals emerge in higher education, we need open dialogue about taking initiative, being innovative and encouraging young talent. Join your peers in a networking event hosted by Grand Valley State University. This will be a casual and non-structured event, so please feel free to extend this invitation to colleagues, friends and partners. We also welcome those who do not currently work in higher education, but have an interest in the field. RSVPs are appreciated but not necessary. To RSVP please email


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Visitation today for Trustee Ryskamp

Trustee Richard Ryskamp passed away late Tuesday afternoon after a valiant battle with cancer. Trustee Ryskamp had a passion for GRCC and the students we serve and we are better as an institution for having had him on our Board of Trustees.

Visitation is scheduled for 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. September 11 at Stroo Funeral Home, 1095 68th St. SE. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. September 12 at Dutton United Reformed Church, 6950 Hanna Lake SE; refreshments will follow.

To read the obituary, click here.