GRCC In the News, 1-12-16

Recent Rockford graduate earns Eagle Scout rank

Jan. 11, 2016; MLive

ROCKFORD — A recent Rockford High School graduate has earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

… (Bradley) Bussing is a student at Grand Rapids Community College. He plans to transfer to Michigan State University to study veterinary medicine. He is the son of Dawn and Derek Drudy and Bill and Renee Bussing.

Extruder Custom Profile launches partnership with Mexico high school

Jan. 11, 2016; Plastics Today

We often read about companies that start apprenticeship programs in partnership with their local high schools and technical or community colleges. But Custom Profile, a plastic profile extrusion company in Grand Rapids, MI, has taken a big leap geographically to form an alliance with a technical high school in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, across the Rio Grande from El Paso, TX.

… The company’s apprentice program combines 2,000 hours of on-the-job training with two Grand Rapids Community College classes and is certified by the Department of Labor. Individuals enrolled in the program can receive an Extruder Operator Certificate upon completion. “The extruder operator, who understands set-up, is one of the most difficult positions we have to fill. Typically they work as an operator first, so that they learn both aspects of the extrusion process,” said (HR manager Jenny) Redes. “We have 10 people currently in the program and have approval for up to 14. We need to find people who want to be in manufacturing and who are committed to education on their own time.”