GRCC In the News, 11-2-15

Area high school grads making an impact on college sports scene

Nov. 1, 2015; MLive

The fall season is wrapping up for local college athletes, and a number of former area high school standouts have contributed to their college teams. Following is a look at some area high school graduates who have been making their mark on the college scene this fall.

… Carter VerSluys is a freshman with the Grand Rapids Community College cross country team. A Sparta grad, VerSluys placed 12th at the Jackson Community College Jets Invitational and also placed 62nd at the Lansing Invitational.

Preschool faculty raise money for CASA Thanksgiving meal

GRCC Preschool faculty are raising money to support CASA’s annual Thanksgiving meal for children in Kent County who are in the court system because of abuse and neglect. These children are often taken from their homes and placed in temporary foster homes and this event provides an opportunity for siblings to reconnect.

Please help us at this time of giving thanks! Penny Folsom and Paula Kunst will be collecting monetary donations through November 19 – a receipt will be provided as needed. The Thanksgiving meal will be served November 23 at a local church.

CASA of Kent County is a nonprofit program that’s primary focus is to serve children in child protective proceedings by appointing screened, trained community volunteers to advocate in the best interest of children who are temporary or permanent wards of the court. CASA volunteers serve to present information to the court, reduce the time a child spends in out-of-home care, and provide continuity for the child by having at least one person who is involved with the case from the beginning until the end.

Latino Student Support Team celebrates Dia de los Muertos

The Latino Student Support Team invites you to celebrate and learn about Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead)! In Mexico and many other countries, it’s a time of celebration and remembrance in which altars are built to commemorate the lives of departed loved ones.

Through 7 p.m. today, stop by the College Success Center (room 113 in Sneden) for Horchata, coffee, tamales, and pan dulce (sweet bread). We look forwards to seeing you!

Photos, candles and figurines are set up on a grouping of three tables covered with striped cloths.

Our 2015 United Way campaign is kicking off today!

United Way funding is invested into more than 50 nonprofit agencies in West Michigan. Those agencies are working to increase graduation rates, provide access to affordable housing and healthcare, support workforce development, and provide healthy food to the people who need it most.

 Dedicated volunteers review and assess each agency based on their ability to demonstrate success in their programming, governance, financial health and administration. This process allows your donation to make a significant impact on peoples lives through a single contribution. Learn more at

It takes an entire community to make a difference, and we need you. Start today at one of the remaining kickoff events:

-351 Main Building 3 p.m.
-ATC, 3 p.m.
-SCC Multipurpose room 3 p.m.

Thank you for contributing to this year’s campaign.