GRCC In the News, 4-14-16

News 8 Daybreak

4/14/16 WOTV

College students here in West Michigan are helping low-income families make sure their taxes are done on time. Accounting students from Davenport University, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids Community College and Cornerstone are providing free tax prep help.

Class is in session: How one Grand Rapids group is redefining failure in the workplace


Four years ago a small audience gathered at Wealthy Street Theatre in Grand Rapids to talk about a rather unconventional topic: failure. They listened to leaders and well-known artists in their community openly own their past struggles and change the conversation that surrounds failure. The event was an immediate success, and Failure:Lab was born. Since then, this form of social expression and storytelling has gone viral on a global scale. In just the last few months Failure:Lab events have taken place in Pittsburgh, Detroit, Atlanta, SXSW in Austin, and India.

… When asked if there were any lasting effects as a result of the program, she (Kathy Crosby) replied, “The word ‘failure’ itself isn’t as frightening. We pitch ideas to the board and can comfortably and confidently describe next steps if it happens to fail. We aren’t afraid to use that word anymore.” In addition to Goodwill Industries, 58 student leaders from the Grand Valley State University Hauenstein Center have taken part in the program, as well as the Grand Rapids Community College administrative team.

New Grand Rapids School Board member Jen Schottke is committed to GRPS and its mission


After interviewing five highly qualified candidates to fill the seat vacated by David LaGrand, who was elected to the 75th District State House seat, the Grand Rapids Board of Education unanimously selected Jennifer Schottke at the end of March. She will be sworn in this Monday, April 18.

… Schottke serves as Director of Workforce Development & External Affairs for the Associated Builders & Contractors Association, Inc. (ABC). In this role, she connects students with the skilled trades. Schottke works with ABC, Grand Rapids Community College and its M-TEK (Michigan Technical Education Center), as well as businesses throughout the area. This blend of experience and skills brings a new perspective to the board, and this was one of the reasons members wholeheartedly backed Schottke.

Lowell Area School Board April meeting

4/6/16 The Lowell Ledger

The Lowell Area Schools Board of Education met at the Runciman Administration Building, 300 High St., on Monday, April 11. Board member Brian Krajewski did not attend the meeting; his absence was unexplained. The meeting lasted about 25 minutes and was attended by eight members of the public.

… “This is for a boys and girls swim team in cooperation with South Christian and Caledonia,” (Superintendent Greg) Pratt said. “It is the highest area of interest that’s out there, but yet not enough to have a team on our own. This group of young people would work with Caledonia primarily and then a few students from South Christian. They would swim out of the Grand Rapids Community College pool. […] Much like other teams of this nature, they’re self-funded. Students would have to raise the funds for that type of sport.”

Grad Fest 2016

On Tuesday, April 12th, we hosted Grad Fest for our students who will be participating in GRCC’s commencement ceremony. Students were able to get their cap and gown, interact with several departments and receive information from them that is good to have as they leave our institution, and receive a gift from Alumni Relations. We saw 381 students that day, and know we will have even more students who plan to participate in commencement after this event. This event provides faculty and staff the opportunity to say congratulations to our students on this significant milestone in their lives!

We also were able to capture student stories on video that day. Please take a minute to watch this video to see what graduating student, Earnette Wracncher, says about her experience and the role we have all played in her education journey here at GRCC. This is why we do what we do!

Thank you to all the volunteers that helped make this event so successful again this year!

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