GRCC In the News, 4-29-16

Wyoming teens earn diplomas and degrees from GRCC

April 28, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Twenty-nine Wyoming High School students involved in the Middle College program have something most teenagers don’t – an associate’s degree and a high school diploma.

7 communities picked for federal healthcare job program

April 28, 2016; Becker’s Hospital Review

The White House has chosen seven communities as pilot sites for its new Health Career Pathways program, a federal initiative aimed at expanding career pathways and connecting Americans to healthcare jobs, according to The Sacramento Bee.

… Here is what the seven communities have committed to, as stated by the White House.
In Grand Rapids and Muskegon, Mich., Mercy Health West Michigan, a regional health ministry of Livonia, Mich.-based Trinity Health, will interview all candidates that meet agreed-upon hiring agreements and are referred to them by the public workforce system, West Michigan Works, which will work with Grand Rapids, Muskegon, and Montcalm Community Colleges, NAACP and Goodwill to find and train up to 300 people annually for healthcare professions.

Expanden programa universitario gratis para estudiantes en Grand Rapids

April 28, 2016; El Vocero

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN (EVH) — La Grand Rapids Community Foundation, una institución sin fines de lucro que se dedica, entre otras cosas, a la promoción de la educación universitaria en diversas escuelas públicas de Grand Rapids, anunció que expandirá su programa para que estudiantes que cursan sus estudios en la Union High School también califiquen para un programa de becas que patrocina dicha fundación.

Hasta el presente solo los estudiantes que estaban enrolados en las escuelas intermedias Harrison y Westwood y que terminaban sus estudios de high school en la Union eran los únicos beneficiarios de las becas. Con la expansión del programa cualquier estudiante que esté cursando estudios en la Union aunque no haya pasado por las escuelas antes señaladas, tendrá derecho a aplicar por las becas que ofrece la fundación. Comenzando con los graduandos de la clase del 2020, cualquier estudiante de la Union High School, que haya cursado los 4 años en dicha escuela y con promedio mínimo de grados de un 2.0 o mejor, será elegible a dos años de entrada gratis en el Community College de Grand Rapids.

(GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN –The Grand Rapids Community Foundation, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated, among other things, to promoting higher education in various public schools in Grand Rapids, announced it will expand its program to students who are studying at Union High School to also qualify for a scholarship program sponsored by the foundation.

To date only students who were enrolled in middle schools and Harrison and Westwood and finished their high school studies in the Union were the only beneficiaries of the grants. With the expansion of the program any student who is studying at Union but has not passed through the aforementioned schools shall be entitled to apply for the scholarships offered by the foundation. Beginning with the graduating class of 2020, any student at Union High School, who has completed 4 years at the school and with minimum average grade of 2.0 or better, will be eligible for two years of free entry into the Community College of Grand Rapids.)

Northview senior Danielle Anderson finding happiness through softball

April 28, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS — Some people play sports because their friends do, some because they like it.

… “After school, I am planning on going to Grand Rapids Community College,” (Danielle) Anderson explained. “I hope to play softball there, but right now they don’t have a coach. I plan on going to college and playing softball. Most definitely in the future, I want to coach softball. I like helping people in general. Making people happy makes me happy.”

Some spots remain for learning opportunities

Quick, grab a spot! Spaces are filling up quickly for this year’s remaining learning opportunities!

  • RUN! HIDE! FIGHT! Join us for a 90 minute Active Shooter training session presented by our very own Police Chief, Rebecca Whitman. This course will describe what an active shooter is, detail the “Run, Hide, Fight” response, explain ways to recognize and report potential threats to our campus, as well as answer any questions you may have. Whether you’re a new employee completing compliance trainings or an existing employee who would like a refresher, we would love to have you join us on Monday, February 8th from 3:00pm – 4:30pm.
  • Thinking about taking the next step in your career? If so, please come to the Resumes and Cover Letters workshop hosted by our very own Human Resources Generalists, Christine Coon and Jim Fox! In this session, you will learn the basic steps to promote your strengths and experiences to land you your next role! This workshop will be held on Tuesday, May 10th from 1:00pm – 2:30pm.
  • Formation retreats are a long-standing tradition at GRCC and this year, we are once again pleased to offer this opportunity to faculty and staff. Based on the work of Dr. Parker Palmer, formation is a three-day, two-night professional development opportunity in which participants reflect on what they believe about their work, reconnect to the passion that brought them to the work, and renew themselves as practitioners. Two retreats will be held this year, both at the picturesque Gilchrist Retreat Center near Three Rivers, Michigan. The Introduction to Formation Retreat will run from May 11 – 13, and the Continuing Formation Retreat for prior participants will be held May 8 – 10. The retreats are offered at no cost to GRCC employees, but enrollment in each retreat is limited to 10 participants, so register early. If you would like more information, visit the GRCC Formation Retreat web page at . Again, enrollment is limited, so register today!
  • Institutional Learning Outcomes include the knowledge, skills, and competencies embedded within every aspect of the college to inspire and enhance each student’s transferable learning skills. They represent the broad categories of competence including critical thinking, communication skills, as well as social and personal responsibility. Please attend our ILO’s Explained workshop on Wednesday, June 1st from 9:30am – 11:30am to learn how we help provide our students with the skills that enable them to have successful futures!

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Congratulations to Noah DeSmit

Congratulations to Noah DeSmit for winning best local TV and cable (30 minute time slot) for the “Cooking with Angus” series at the 5th Annual Eclipse Awards. The 12 part series features Chef Angus Campbell from Secchia Institute for Culinary Education and two GRCC students as they traveled and learned about food preparation first-hand in Italy and Scotland. Each week, Chef Angus shares his global culinary experiences, both the culture and the cuisine. Many thanks to GRCC Foundation Donors for supporting this work. Congrats to Noah and Chef Angus and the whole team in our I.T. Media Technologies department!

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Linda Witte, Workforce Training receive state Impact Award

Congratulations to Linda Witte and Workforce Training Team for being a recipient of the State of Michigan’s Impact Award presented by the Michigan Works! The Impact Award was given for strategic partnership and collaboration with community partners to create a U.S. Department of Labor Registered Medical Assistant Apprenticeship Program.

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