GRCC In the News, 2-17-17

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ Prepared Remarks at the Community College National Legislative Summit

Feb. 16, 2017; U.S. Department of Education

Below are the prepared remarks delivered today, Feb. 16, by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos at the 2017 Community College National Legislative Summit, hosted by the Association of Community College Trustees and the American Association of Community Colleges.

… I’m also very pleased to note that over the years, I’ve hired many talented individuals who were graduates of GRCC — Grand Rapids Community College.

College names Giants

Feb. 16, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

As part of an annual tradition dating back more than three decades, a local college has honored a group of African-American leaders for their contributions to the community.
Grand Rapids Community College recognized 13 honorees at its 35th-annual Giants Awards & Banquet this month at DeVos Place.

Great guards: Ball, Pierce helping Spring Lake boys succeed in a tough new league

Feb. 16, 2017; Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

SPRING LAKE — There’s nothing that Spring Lake varsity basketball coach Bill Core likes more than having a great senior point guard in the lineup.

… “I’ve decided I like basketball the best,” said (Isaiah) Pierce, who is considering Grand Rapids Community College. “Coaches have told me that if that’s what I’m considering, now is the time to go for it. So I’ve been lifting and trying to get stronger and working on my shot a lot.”


Education Department, Counseling Center provide session on suicide prevention

The Education Department and GRCC Counseling Center presented “Warning Signs of Suicide in Students” on Wednesday, February 15. Suicide Prevention is an important topic to talk about and the Counseling Center prepared students with potentially life-saving training. A big thanks to all who came and made the seminar a huge success.

Faculty and students are seated at tables in rows. They look at a video screen showing suicide statistics.


Preschool hosts training sessions for child-care providers

GRCC’s Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory provides free monthly training sessions for in-home child-care providers.

From 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 21, the topic will be “Using Children’s Books to Build Cultural Competence.” A training certificate will be provided. RSVPs are appreciated, but not required; contact Kathleen Neumann at (616) 234-4004 or

Upcoming topics are:

  • “Using the GRCC Resource Room” from 6:30-8 p.m. March 21.
  • “Hands-On Exploration for Young Children” from 6:30-8 p.m. April 11.
  • “Learn About Early On Kent County” from 6:30-8 p.m. May 2.

Two children sit on the floor of a preschool classroom.


Photos from Creating Connections

The GRCC Foundation held its 9th annual Creating Connections breakfast on Thursday, Feb. 16. This wonderful morning was spent with scholarship “owners” connecting with their scholarship recipients. Guests were treated to a hot breakfast, warm welcome by Dr. Mullins and Dr. Ender, as well as two GRCC student speakers, Dawyne Johnston and April Shirey.  We spotlighted the James D. And Sally A. Skidmore Business Scholarship.

Scholarship support is critical in helping students pursue a college degree. We cannot thank our faithful scholarship donors enough for their continued support of our students.

A special thank you to Facilities, Bayard Brooks, Jared Staub, Luba Petrash and her team, and Media for their hard work in making this event spectacular for our donors and students! On behalf of the GRCC Foundation, Thank you!

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