GRCC In the News, 4-26-16

FACT SHEET: White House Launches New $100 Million Competition to Expand Tuition-Free Community College Programs that Connect Americans to In-Demand Jobs

April 25, 2016; (White House press release)

Today, the Vice President and Dr. Biden will highlight how communities are coming together to make education tuition-free for hard-working students. This announcement celebrates the 27 new free community college programs that have launched in states, communities and community colleges and the additional investment of $100 million for America’s Promise Job-Driven Training grants (America’s Promise Grants) to connect more Americans to education and in-demand jobs. The Vice President and Dr. Biden will make these announcements at the Community College of Philadelphia, which modeled a free community college program after the President’s America’s College Promise plan this time last year.

… Partnership with Communities to Adopt Common Skills and Career Pathways for Healthcare Workers. Brought together by Hope Street Group, seven founding Health Career Pathway Communities composed of 15 healthcare systems, 11 community colleges and systems, 7 workforce boards, and 12 community-based organizations will adopt common skill and career pathways and support more than 1,000 disadvantaged Americans with training and placement into healthcare jobs with paid internships, career counseling, etc. HPCs include: Grand Rapids and Muskegon, MI; Denver, CO; Minneapolis, MN; Charlotte, NC; Bronx, Westchester and Hudson Valley, NY; New York City, NY; and Sacramento, CA.

‘Dream bike’ returned to Marine after FOX 17 investigation

April 25,2016; FOX 17

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Last week, Allen Lipscomb thought he’d never see what he called his dream bike ever again. Just days earlier, the retired Marine and current student at Grand Rapids Community College left an afternoon class to find his $2,300 cycle missing off the rack it had been chained up to.

GRCC Golf wins 8th straight Western Conference Championship

April 25, 2016; MLive

Battle Creek, Mich — GRCC’s golf team, led by Capron, Alderink and Overbeek who swept the top three places individually, finished first at the 2016 Western Conference Championship at Bedford Valley Golf Course to capture their 8th consecutive Western Conference Championship. The Raiders shot rounds of 312, 313 and 311 to finish +72, 35 strokes ahead of second place Muskegon Community College.

Computer programming project wins first place in Armen Awards

The Armen Awards were announced on April 22:

  • First place — Katie Vander Meer’s Introduction to Computer Programming students, who taught computer programming logic to Orchard View Elementary fifth-graders.
  • Second place — Holly VanRyn and students in her Restaurant Leadership and Management course, who teamed up with Baxter Community Center’s mentoring program to teach youth fine-dining etiquette.
  • Third place —  Leigh Kleinert and students in her General Human Anatomy and Physiology course, who partnered with Jenison International Academy to provide an in-person, interactive biology lab for online high school students.
  • Finalist — Lauren Elliott and students in her Introduction to Biology course, who partnered with Blandford Nature Center to give students real-world applications to ecology.
  • Finalist — Margie Erlandson and students in her Fashion Merchandising course, who partnered with Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion to design, produce and deliver hand-crafted quilts for cancer patients.

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