GRCC In the News, 7-28-16

Making it in Grand Rapids: How the startup community is preparing entrepreneurs for the ‘real world’


Can you teach entrepreneurship? This question may not have a straight answer, but is it even the right question? There are those in the Grand Rapids startup community who are not only working to educate entrepreneurs as much as possible but are also changing the question by asking not if it can be taught, but how it can be taught.

… This blending of skillsets is called “intrapreneruship” and is something that Professor Felix Pereiro, Business Department Head at the Meijer Center for Business Studies at GRCC, also recognizes as an integral part of an entrepreneurship education. “Can students discuss innovation and the creative process? Can they solve complex problems, lead and produce results? Companies are looking for these traits,” says Pereiro. That is why programs like those at GVSU and GRCC are so important to the next generation of entrepreneurs and those that choose to enter into a company. According to a 2014 survey of 3,335 human resources professionals conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), 54 percent of respondents indicated that job applicants lacked critical thinking and problem solving skills.

News Briefs

7/27/16 Community College Week

… 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.

122 candidates file for school board seats in Kent, Ottawa counties

7/27/16 MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Eleven candidates are vying for three, four-year seats on the nine-member Grand Rapids Board of Education in the Tuesday, Nov. 8, general election.

… Here is a rundown of candidates who filed for Grand Rapids and other Kent and Ottawa county area school districts.

… Raynard Ross, an associate dean for Student Success & Retention Services at Grand Rapids Community College, is seeking a second term.

Radio personality tries a 3rd time to unseat county board incumbent

July 27, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Radio personality Robert Womack hopes his third try will be the charm as he challenges 17th District County Commissioner Candace Chivis in the Aug. 3 Democratic primary election.

… Chivis, who was first elected to the board in 2010 and counts former State Rep. Robert Dean and former Grand Rapids Community College board member Ellen James as her supporters, said Womack is focusing on issues that fall outside of the county board’s purview.