GRCC In the News, 9-14-15

GRCC lands federal grant for apprenticeships

Sept. 11, 2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The federal government awarded a Michigan-based program federal funding through its American Apprenticeship initiative to expand apprenticeships in the Grand Rapids and Detroit metropolitan areas.

The U.S. Department of Labor awarded more than $3.9 million in grant funding Sept. 9 to the Michigan Apprenticeship Program Plus a collaboration between Grand Rapids Community College, Macomb Community College, employers and organizations one of the public-private partnerships intended to create and expand apprenticeship programs to meet high-growth and high-tech industries.

Change Ups: Williams appointed to WMCAT top spot

Sept. 11, 2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal


Grand Rapids Community College and Western Michigan University have signed an agreement that provides GRCC students with a seamless path to WMU programs by mapping out which classes students need to take at GRCC to transfer to WMU for their third and fourth years.

Is a four-year college degree for you? Students consider alternative careers

Sept. 11, 2015; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– Rising college tuition and the through of paying off students debt for years could be enough to make some students reconsider their path once they graduate high school.

… “The industry right now needs chefs,” explains Dan Gendler, Program Director of the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College.

Inside Track: Cuellar puts the focus squarely on education

Sept. 11, 2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal

As a business owner, Noël Cuellar doesn’t want to create jobs; he wants to create careers.

… “Not being the type of person that takes rejection well, I realized I’m lacking skills,” he said. “That’s when I started taking classes at Grand Rapids Community College. I excelled at it, and within two years of classes, I was training the technicians.”

College, state programs prepare veterans for life after military

Sept. 13, 2015; Crain’s Detroit Business

Phil Larson remembers taking off a uniform he no longer would wear as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force and asking himself questions as he moved into civilian life: “Who am I? What’s my meaning?”

… The university (Grand Valley State University) also has a new veteran resource representative, shared with Grand Rapids Community College.