GRCC In the News, 10-5-15

Change Ups: Hot Rod Harley-Davidson marks anniversary

Oct. 2, 2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal


… Achieving the Dream named Grand Rapids Community College one of 19 community colleges nationwide to earn Leader College distinction, a designation awarded to community colleges that commit to improving student success and closing achievement gaps.

“My West Michigan”

Oct. 2, 2015; WZZM

Local community colleges say they have steps in place to handle deadly school shootings like the one in Oregon. Police at Grand Rapids Community College say they prepare for active shooting situations. They work with Grand Rapids city police on drills and reviews of their readiness. But they say the best way to prevent an attack is through faculty members working with counselors to spot unusual behavior from students.

A television screen shows students walking past the Campus Police station. Underneath it says: “Top Stories. GRCC taking steps to prevent a massacre.”

Gov. Rick Snyder makes appointments to Midwest Higher Education Compact

Oct. 2, 2015;

LANSING, Mich. — Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Steven Ender, of Grand Rapids, Karen McPhee, of Lowell, and Brian Whiston, of Okemos, to the Midwestern Higher Education Compact.

… Ender is president of Grand Rapids Community College, a position he has held since 2009. He has experience with Westmoreland County Community College, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Ender earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Virginia Commonwealth University and both a master’s in student personnel in higher education and a doctorate of education in counseling and student personnel services from the University of Georgia.

Superintendente de las Escuelas Públicas de Grand Rapids llama a votar por bonos para las escuelas

Oct. 3, 2015; El Vocero

La Superintendente expresó, que esta vez el objetivo de los bonos no solamente será para mejorar las estructuras y los edificios escolares, sino que será parte del Plan de Transformación que lleva a cabo la institución donde se incluyen aspectos relacionados con el aprovechamiento académico de los estudiantes: Nuestros estudiantes merecen lo mejor, tanto en lo que al personal académico se refiere como a los recursos que la tecnología nos ofrece hoy día, dijo la Superintendente.

… La Superintendente por otro lado destacó, que en esta ocasión la campaña en pro de los bonos escolares está respaldada por amplios e importantes sectores de la comunidad. Entre otros citó: El Consejo de Educación del distrito, la Asociación de Maestros, la Asociación de oficiales de la Policía, Miembros de la legislatura estatal, el Procurador del Kent County William Forsyth, Sheriff Lawrence Stelma, el Consejo de las escuelas Cristianas de Grand Rapids, miembros representantes del Consejo de la Ciudad, el ex Alcalde John Logie, comisionados del Condado de Kent, miembros del Consejo del Grand Rapids Community College y otros importantes líderes de la comunidad religiosa y política.

Photo Flash: Michigan Premiere of HEATHERS THE MUSICAL at Actors’ Theatre Grand Rapids

Oct. 2, 2015;

Actors’ Theatre is kicking off its 35th season with the hit musical Heathers the Musical which got its start from the 1988 cult film Heathers starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater, and became an Off-Broadway musical sensation in 2014. Check out photos from the show below!

… Performances October 8-10, 15-17, 22-24 at 8pm
Performed at Spectrum Theater – 160 Fountain St. (on GRCC’s campus)
Tickets: Adults – $28, Senior/Student – $22, Student rush – $10
(student rush tickets are available 1 hour prior to each performance)
Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the box office at 616.234.3946

Students serve as Kids Food Basket ambassadors

CD 215 students represented Kids Food Bank on Friday 9/25 & Saturday 9/26 at the Oktoberfest West Michigan event held at the John Ball Zoo. This was the 8th year that students from the fall semester of CD 215 were ambassadors for the KFB organization, an Oktoberfest West Michigan charity partner. CD 215 students speak to families who attend the event about Kids Food Basket, sharing information about children in Kent, Muskegon and Ottawa counties who are food insecure. Children and their families are encouraged to decorate sack supper bags. Thirty percent of the Oktoberfest proceeds are donated to KFB each year. Many of the students in CD 215 will continue to volunteer at Kids Food Basket throughout the rest of the semester. Professor Vilmont would like to thank her students for their participation again this year. She is very proud of their dedication to their community.

Six women, a toddler and a young boy stand in a tent behind a table with paper sacks, crayons and markers behind it.