GRCC In the News, 6-29-16

Spectrum Health, GRCC, broker $12M deal for students

June 28, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College on Tuesday announced the establishment of a $7 million scholarship fund with Spectrum Health to aid needy students pursuing careers in healthcare or the health sciences.

$7 million scholarship fund to help healthcare students

June 28, 2016; FOX 28

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) – Grand Rapids Community College has established a $7 million scholarship fund with Spectrum Health to help students pursuing careers in healthcare or the health sciences.

The surprising truth about American manufacturing

June 29, 2016; The Christian Science Monitor

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. — The decline in American manufacturing is a common refrain, and not just from Donald Trump. “We don’t make anything anymore,” he told Fox News last October, while defending his own made-in-Mexico clothing line.

… “We’ve never had so much attention from manufacturers. They’re calling and saying: ‘Can we meet your students?’ They’re asking, ‘Why aren’t they looking at my job postings?'” says Julie Parks, executive director of workforce training at Grand Rapids Community College in western Michigan.

Event honors Oumedian family legacy

On Monday, June 27th, friends and family of our dear friend, Armen Oumedian, gathered to celebrate the Oumedian family legacy here at GRCC.  We are so thankful for Armen’s generosity to this college and our students.

The GRCC Foundation was also excited to surprise Armen that night with the creation of the Armen Oumedian Consecutive Giving Club. This newly established club is in honor of the philanthropic legacy that Armen and the entire Oumedian family has created at Grand Rapids Community College. The goal of the Armen Oumedian Consecutive Giving Club is to encourage consecutive years of participation in giving back to GRCC. In true Armen fashion, this club is meant to build on past giving successes, always looking to increase future giving to benefit GRCC – moving the college and our students toward the next big thing!

Stay tuned for more information from the Foundation on the Armen Oumedian Consecutive Giving Club.

Thank you, Armen, for all that you do!

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Faculty members receive online/hybrid certification

Please join the Center for Teaching Excellence and the Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies Department in congratulating our faculty members who have just completed GRCC’s Online/Hybrid Certification Course. Completion of this intense six-week course enables each of these faculty members to teach online and hybrid courses, providing our students with more options than ever to achieve their educational goals.

Congratulations to:

  • Emily Ballard
  • Wilfredo Barajas
  • Jennifer Bourbina
  • Richard Garn
  • Jenna Hess
  • Michael Mitchell
  • Michael Mulvihill
  • Martha Owocki
  • Theresa Powers
  • Steven Rierson
  • Stacy Slomski
  • Danielle Terpstra
  • Anwar Thomas

The next OHCC cohort will be in the Fall 2016 Semester. Please visit the Center for Teaching Excellence’s registration page at to register.