GRCC In the News, 10-22-15

Life After High School in Michigan: A State of Opportunity special

Oct. 21, 2015; Michigan Radio

Students across Michigan are in their senior year of high school, gearing up for graduation and trying to make plans for what to do next. The popular narrative is that you get your high school diploma, go to college, and then embark on a career in a field related to your degree.

… Scott Mattson, program manager of the Michigan Technical Education Center (M-TEC) at Grand Rapids Community College, has noticed a huge increase in the number of students enrolling in skilled trades right out of high school. Mattson talks about what this means for Michigan’s economy and what it takes to prepare students to fill these jobs.

West Michigan Molding touts Chinese vertical presses

November 2015 issue, Plastics Machinery magazine

The artwork displayed on a stainless steel table inside this factory is a sight to behold. It is not a piece that would hang on the wall or ever be displayed in a museum, unless the museum was for molds and tooling.

… A cell leader supervises each group that works on one press; the leaders are more knowledgeable about that particular area and wear orange to differentiate them from other employees. The plant operates on closed-loop process control. Under a system from RJG Inc., WMM sends its process engineers to Grand Rapids Community College for a master molder program.

Enrollment down 5.8 percent at Cornerstone University, fewer adults return to classroom

Oct. 21, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Cornerstone University’s fall enrollment has dropped 5.8 percent, the third consecutive year the Christian school has seen fewer students sign up for classes.

… At Grand Rapids Community College, the student population has been dropping for several years since peaking in 2010. GRCC administrators have attributed the drop to an improving economy and fewer state and federal dollars available for retraining displaced workers.

Robocalls urging no vote on GRPS bond denounced as false, misleading

Oct. 21, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Voters are getting robocalls slamming Grand Rapids Public Schools’ $175 million bond proposal, urging them to send the district a message by voting no.

… (Bert) Bleke, president of the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees, said a lot people go around saying Grand Rapids is a wonderful place but it is not going to be a wonderful place if you don’t bring everyone along. He said all students deserve good, safe learning environments.

‘It Bathes The Pleasure Centers’: BORNS Channels ‘Dopamine’

Oct. 20, 2015; Michigan Radio

Pop singer Garrett Borns, known more commonly by his stage name BORNS, became an instant sensation when his song “Electric Love” went viral earlier this year. The song, hailed as an “instant classic” by Taylor Swift, catapulted BORNS into the national spotlight before he’d even started to prep his debut album. Now, that album, Dopamine, is out. Much like his breakout hit, it looks to capture pleasure, longing and fantasy.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Garrett Borns is a GRCC alumnus.)