GRCC In the News, 5-3-16

GRPD: Suspect arrested in homicide at GRCC

May 2, 2016; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Grand Rapids Police arrested a man in connection to a homicide that happened over the weekend near Grand Rapids Community College.

Food Network founder returns to Grand Rapids

April 29, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Food Network founder and Grand Rapids native Jack Clifford will be in town this weekend promoting his book, The Least Likely to Succeed, which details how he went from a boy who was voted least likely to succeed in high school to founding a popular and successful television network.

… With (Elmo) Wierenga’s encouragement, Clifford enrolled in Grand Rapids Junior College, now Grand Rapids Community College, and later transferred to Western Michigan University.

KVCC Tries German Model to Help Manufacturers Solve “Skills Gap”

May 2, 2016; WMUK

Many Michigan manufacturers are facing a problem that they call a skill gaps. As more and more of their skilled employees retire, manufacturers need new workers to operate advanced technologies. And unfortunately, they say, very few new workers have the education or experience to fill in, leaving hundreds of jobs unfilled. But there’s hope. Kalamazoo Valley Community College is trying out a new program that’s connecting employers with young students to fill the pipeline again.

… “So who do we find with these skill-sets?” says Julie Parks, the director of workforce training at Grand Rapids Community College.


… Parks says manufacturers know they can’t wait around for students anymore. So now, they’re taking a new approach. Manufacturers are going to college and paying for students’ educations as a way to ensure they can hire them later on.

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