GRCC In the News, 6-24-16

Kent County commissioners approve Switch tax breaks

June 23, 2016; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Kent County commissioners unanimously approved tax breaks for tech company Switch.

… At the commission meeting, Switch Vice President Adam Kramer said they are working with Grand Rapids Community College on job and training programs.

Optimism keeps Johnson Memorial Scholarship winner moving ahead

June 23, 2016; MLive

Samantha Henry graduated with her class at Hudsonville High School in June 2016. Five years ago, there was a big question as to whether that would happen.

… Sam plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College. She is still thinking about career plans, but is happy to have treatments and therapy behind her.

Grand Valley State committed to advancing Latino student success

June 23, 2016; MLive

In August, about 80 students and their families will be welcomed at Grand Valley State University for the third annual Laker Familia, an orientation specific to Latino and Latina students.

… Our work for and with Latino students goes beyond Grand Valley’s campus. For example, we have partnered with Grand Rapids Community College on several pipeline programs for middle and high school students, and we have joined with the Hispanic Center of West Michigan to bring 60 Latino youth to campus for a college readiness program, Supporting Our Leaders.

(This is a guest column by GVSU President Tom Haas.)

GRCC In the News, 6-23-16

Announcing our 75 new undergraduate transfer scholars

June 21, 2016; jkcf.org (Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s website)

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation today announced it has awarded Undergraduate Transfer Scholarships each worth up to $40,000 annually to 75 outstanding community college students with financial need from 21 states who are transferring to four-year colleges.

… Daniel Gebrezgiabhier, Grand Rapids Community College

Hometown Hero Paul Coulson

June 23, 2016; WCSG

Congratulations to our latest Hometown Hero of Grand Rapids, Paul Coulson! Paul works as a police officer for Grand Rapids Community College, ensuring campus safety and serving as department chaplain.

$1M in scholarships investment in students, community

June 22, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The more than $1 million in scholarships awarded to 630 students by the Grand Rapids Community Foundation is an investment in their potential and the impact they can have in the Grand Rapids area, according to GRCF President Diana Sieger.

… Awards to send students to Michigan colleges included: $142,400, Grand Valley State University; $116,500, Michigan State University; $73,000, Grand Rapids Community College; $65,450 Ferris state University; and $62,200, University of Michigan.

Online sale is today

Grand Rapids Community College will be hosting an Online Sale on June 23. This sale, running from 7 am to 7 pm, will feature retired College technology and resources including laptops, desktops, monitors, electronics, lost & found items, and many others! A specific inventory listing will be available the day of the sale.

The online sale may be accessed by visiting GRCC’s Online Store http://grcconlinestore.pixafyhosting.com/index.php. Please keep in mind that no inventory will be displayed until 7 am. For more information please visit GRCC’s Purchasing Department website http://www.grcc.edu/purchasing/onlinestore.

Disclaimer: Grand Rapids Community College does not guarantee complete sets. All items will be sold as is. Inventory must be picked up the following day of the sale. Purchased items must be removed from the college campus within two weeks from date of sale as indicated above (by appt).

Policies Updated

6.22 APSS Code of Ethics (revised):

  • Replaced Educational Support Professional (ESP) with Alliance of Professional Support Staff (APSS) throughout.

 

14.6 Hazard Communication (revised):

  • Updated wording in Policy Statement to read: “The College has adopted a hazard communication program which is available for review by all employees at grcc.edu/sds.”
  • Changed the annual update from March to October.
  • Updated website link throughout.

GRCC In the News, 6-22-16

GRCC supports job creation by local employers with training
6/20/16 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College has entered into its 12th Michigan New Jobs Training Program agreement, providing local companies assistance that ranges from highly specialized and customized training to basic skill development for new jobs.

 

Mike Steele named pitching coach at Wichita State
6/21/16 KSN-TV
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Mike Steele has been named the pitching coach for the Wichita State baseball program.
…Steele played collegiately for two seasons at Central Michigan University after spending his freshman year at St. Clair County Community College and his sophomore season at Grand Rapids Community College.

 

Restaurant Week Grand Rapids a dining delight in August
6/21/16 theriver-fm.com
Restaurant Week Grand Rapids (RWGR) announced yesterday that over 50 restaurants, including 10 new participants, in the Greater Grand Rapids Area will take part in the 12- day culinary event from August 10 – 21, 2016.
…RWGR not only promotes the Greater Grand Rapids culinary scene, but also helps The Secchia Institute for Culinary Education students with educational support.

Online sale to be held June 23

Grand Rapids Community College will be hosting an Online Sale on June 23. This sale, running from 7 am to 7 pm, will feature retired College technology and resources including laptops, desktops, monitors, electronics, lost & found items, and many others! A specific inventory listing will be available the day of the sale.

The online sale may be accessed by visiting GRCC’s Online Store http://grcconlinestore.pixafyhosting.com/index.php. Please keep in mind that no inventory will be displayed until 7 am. For more information please visit GRCC’s Purchasing Department website http://www.grcc.edu/purchasing/onlinestore.

Disclaimer: Grand Rapids Community College does not guarantee complete sets. All items will be sold as is. Inventory must be picked up the following day of the sale. Purchased items must be removed from the college campus within two weeks from date of sale as indicated above (by appt).

GRCC In the News, 6-21-16

GRCC board approves $108M budget for next year

June 20, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees on Monday, June 20, unanimously approved a $107.9 million budget for 2016-17, which reflects a tuition increase, enrollment decline and new initiatives to improve student success.

STEM-themed conference connects students to mentors, friends

June 20, 2016; MLive

It may not sound like fun to you, but Yajiing Wang is looking forward to listening to speeches at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders, June 29 through July 1, in Lowell, Mass.

“I’m so excited because I’m interested in mathematics and probably in college will major in engineering,” said Yajiing. She plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College first to accumulate basic college credits. She is happy for the opportunity to “listen to the mentors’ ideas, the future of technology, and to make more friends.”

50+ restaurants to participate in Restaurant Week GR

June 20, 2016; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — More than 50 restaurants are expected to take part in Restaurant Week Grand Rapids in August.

… Restaurant Week also helps support students at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education. One dollar of every meal sold during Restaurant Week will be donated to the Secchia Institute for Culinary Educations Student Scholarship Fund at Grand Rapids Community College. Since 2010, more than $110,000 has been raised for the scholarship fund.

Interim tapped to oversee raising funds for Aquinas College

June 20, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Aquinas College announced Patricia Castiglione as the new vice president and executive director of the Aquinas College Foundation Monday, June 20, dropping her interim tag.

… Prior to her interim role, Castiglione was the director of major and planned gifts at Aquinas where she has worked since 2013. She has also served as Grand Rapids Community College’s director of annual giving and was vice president at TeMON Consulting.

GRCC In the News, 6-16-16

Grand Rapids Trans Foundation launches, works to support low-income students

June 16, 2016; rapidgrowthmedia.com

Members of a new Grand Rapids-based nonprofit are standing up to say: It is not OK that transgender residents experience unemployment at twice the rate of the general population. It is not OK that transgender individuals are four times more likely than the general population to have an annual income of $10,000 or less. It is not OK that someone who is transgender often faces homelessness, violence, harassment, depression, and more.

… And its not just LGBT groups that are embracing individuals who are transgender — change is happening across the area, with (Simon) Kittok noting that Grand Rapids Community College, for example, passed a transgender policy allowing students and staff to use the bathroom or locker room of the gender with which they identify. Grand Valley State University too has landed praise for being inclusive and was recently named one of the top 50 colleges or universities in the country when it comes to being LGBT-friendly.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Simon Kittok works in GRCC’s IT department.)

State expands sexual assault education initiative

June 15, 2016; WGVU

A Michigan campus sexual assault program expands to high schools this year.

… Both (Sarah Prout) Rennie and (first lady Sue) Snyder spoke this week at an educational conference at Grand Rapids Community College.

Jewish Theater presents ‘Two Jews Walk Into A War’

June 15, 2016; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – The Grand Rapids Jewish Theater presents the comedy ‘Two Jews Walk Into A War’ this week. The story follows two Jewish men living in Kabul. They are the last two remaining Jews in Afghanistan and must share the only synagogue that hasn’t been destroyed by the Taliban. But, they hate each other and rarely see eye to eye. Their mission is to repopulate the Jewish community in Kabul.

It opens Thursday June 16 and runs through June 26 at Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain St. NE. That is on the GRCC campus in downtown Grand Rapids. Performances will be on Thursday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased either by calling the Box Office at 616-234-3946 or by going online.

Michigan man’s video stings snag sex predator arrests

June 15, 2016; The Detroit News

Grand Rapids Never before has catching alleged sexual predators been so much fun.

… He (Zach Sweers) is a graduate of Grand Rapids Community College who makes money building websites, he said.

High schools join forces for next season’s aquatics teams

June 15, 2016; Lowell Ledger

Lowell High School will join forces with Caledonia and South Christian High schools next school year as the Arrows dive back into the pool with both boys and girls aquatic teams.
Caledonia will be the lead in the newly formed partnership which will kick off next fall with the ladies’ season of swim and dive contests; gentlemen will compete in the winter.

The team will be practicing inside the aquatic facilities of Grand Rapids Community College and host no home meets due to the fact that none of the three schools have pools in their districts.