Watch it LIVE: GRCC Men’s Basketball plays Essex County (NJ) today at 2 p.m.

The Grand Rapids Community College Men’s Basketball team has advanced to the NJCAA National Tournament. GRCC plays #6 seed Essex County (NJ) today at 2pm ET, in Daville, IL.  Watch it live.

If the Raiders win today, they will play tomorrow, March 23 at 9 p.m. ET. If they should lose, they will play at 12 p.m. ET. All games can be seen on NJCAATV (available on Apple TV, FireTV and Roku).

GRCC In the News, 3/22/17

Year away from competition helps Multer find his game
3/22/17, Battle Creek Enquirer
For Jared Multer, the decision to put down the clubs wasn’t easy…for convincing him to try his hand at college golf. The two teamed up at Grand Rapids Community College in 2013.

GRCC Men’s Basketball Advances to NJCAA National Tournament
3/21/17, Mlive.com
The Grand Rapids Community College Men’s Basketball team will continue their inspiring post season run on Wednesday, March 22, when the Raiders face the Essex County Wolverines (NJ) in the NJCAA Sweet 16.

Inspired by Nation of Islam, man helps police catch robber
Suni M. Musawwir didn’t stop to consider the danger of the pursuit as he chased a man throughout Grand Rapids’ southeast side…degrees from Illinois State, Kendall College of Art and Design, and Grand Rapids Community College, and is pursing an architectural career to build housing for the poor.

GRCC In the News, 3-21-17

Skilled trade training program launches in W MI

March 20, 2017; WOOD TV

WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — Austin Bonter is a machine build apprentice with specialty manufacturer AutoMatrix in Wyoming. It’s his job to transfer designs from paper to a computer and make a workable machine.

… Kent Intermediate School District, Grand Rapids Community College and several local manufacturers are partnering on the program to get high school students interested in an industry that many declared dead on arrival just a few years ago.

Patriots to host forum on emergency preparedness

March 20, 2017; The Holland Sentinel

The Ottawa County Patriots will focus on emergency preparations for manmade and natural disasters at their next public forum on Tuesday, March 21.

… Lt. Col. Denny Gillem, U.S. Army (Ret.), hosts the radio program “The Frontlines of Freedom” and teaches classes in American Government at Grand Rapids Community College. After graduating from West Point, Lt. Col. Gillem served more than 22 years in various positions, including as a combat leader in Vietnam and as a war planner in Europe and the Middle East at U.S. Readiness Command in Florida.

Sweet Sixteen Pursue National Title in Danville!

March 20, 2017; vermilioncountyfirst.com

Sixteen (16) National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Men’s Basketball teams from across the country have earned the title of regional champions and will represent their regions in the upcoming NJCAA Division II Mens National Basketball Championship held at Danville Area Community College Tuesday, March 21-Saturday, March 25, 2017 in the DACC Mary Miller Gymnasium.

… Alphabetical List of Teams 2017:

… Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, MI

 

‘Landmarks of Grand Rapids’ available on streaming video

Landmarks of Grand Rapids : A Look at the Neighborhoods of Sacred Heart Church, Heritage Hill, and Eastown is now available via streaming video through GRCC!  This local documentary “brings to life three significant areas of Grand Rapids: the Sacred Heart Church parish, Eastown, and Heritage Hill. Residents, activists, and scholars, including Dr. Norbert Hruby, Mary Alice Williams, Caroline Matecki, Fr. Ed Hankiewicz, Fr. Dennis Morrow, Joyce Makinen, Tom Logan, and Barbara Roelofs, share their memories of the past and describe how these neighborhoods have helped Grand Rapids become the vibrant city it is today.”

Librarian Steven Putt collaborated with Lori DeBie, Mike Klawitter, Klaas Kwant, and Simon Kittok to recreate a streamable, close-captioned version of the hour-long documentary that was produced in 2007 by the now-dormant Grand Rapids Area Council For The Humanities. The result – scholarship about local neighborhoods has become much more accessible than in the past.  Since posting, it has received more than 100 views!

Check out the Library’s DVD from the Audiovisual Media Collection, OR, watch GRCC TV (Comcast Cable Channel 903 (Digital) and AT&T U-verse Channel 99):

  • Tuesday, March 21st at 3:46 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 22nd at 2:50 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 23rd at 9:09 a.m. and 3:25 p.m.
  • Friday, March 25th at 10:10 a.m., 11:53 a.m., 2:50 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

GRCC In the News, 3-20-17

News 8 Daybreak

March 20, 2017; WOOD TV

We’ll learn more today about a new partnership that could help fill a manufacturing gap in West Michigan. Manufacturers are working with the Kent ISD and Grand Rapids Community College.

LINC Up looks to address affordable housing

March 17, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Community-driven economic development organization LINC Up is hoping to address the affordable housing dilemma by starting right around the corner.

Braving the return of winter weather, state and local officials were on hand last week to celebrate the announcement of LINC Ups new partnership with Grand Rapids Community College. The program will provide hands-on experience for construction students while building affordable housing in southeast Grand Rapids. The announcement was held at 507 Umatilla St. SE, the site of the first new home construction.

NJCAA Division II National Tournament Capsules

March 18, 2017; Commercial-News

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Cap and gown vouchers available

Commencement celebrates the academic accomplishment of our students, and to ensure each graduate has the opportunity to participate in commencement, a cap and gown voucher is available. Through the generous donations of faculty and staff, the Sponsor-A-Grad program guarantees that each graduate who cannot afford the cost of a cap and gown, receives one.

If you know of a student who is not participating because of the cost, please contact the Student Affairs Office.  The voucher can be mailed to the student, or sent to you, if you would like to personally give it to the student.

Physical Sciences hosts STEM event

Last month, the Physical Sciences Department hosted a collaborative public outreach event led by faculty and students from GRCC and Van Andel Institute. The event, titled “Fall in Love With STEM” was part of a series of similar events sponsored by the Association of Women in Science West Michigan chapter. The GRCC site featured a unique “Exploration Station” format, where middle-school-aged registrants investigated scientific disciplines across science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, making this a true STEM event.

From the Physical Sciences Department, Assistant Professor Ashley Campanali led a station on engineering and Assistant Professor Lauren Woolsey led a station on astronomy. From the Mathematics Department, GRCC student Rachel Swem led her own station on mathematics and game theory. From the Biological Sciences Department, Professor Leigh Kleinert organized a station that was run entirely by the following GRCC students as part of their service learning program: Shelsy DeLeon-Lopez, Afrika Earvin, Alma Garcia-Bautista, Mollie Hettinger, Brendan Howe, Jenna Meyers, Mauricio Perez, Monica Rivera, Taylor Swift, Megan Thomas, and Ana Villagomez.

Sincere thanks and congratulations to all those involved, including the countless volunteers and support staff who made this event possible! Other station leaders include Alison Bernstein (MSU), Jamie Grit (VAI), Marie Adams (VAI), Allie Weber (VAI), and Jacqueline Peacock (FSU). Julie Turner led the VAI logistics and event registration, and Lauren Woolsey led the GRCC logistics and event setup. Photos in this post were taken by Katie Krajnak from VAI. Dozens of families attended this inaugural event, and we look forward to expanding the event in future years!

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College Scheduler: New software makes class scheduling quick and easy

We know how challenging it is for students to find classes that fit their busy schedule. College Scheduler is a new tool in the online center for student to use to make the perfect class schedule quickly with no pen and paper, and no pain. Watch this video to learn how it works.

The low-cost textbook feature is coming soon, so continue to encourage students to use Classfinder to search for classes that offer these low or no cost online textbook options. Once in Classfinder, students should click the “Open Educational Resource” checkbox.

Valley City Linen scholarship winners announced

Congratulations to Secchia Institute for Culinary Education students Jesse Ortiz and Jarrod Benjamin who each received a scholarship from Valley City Linen.  Jeff Jeltema, Vice President of Valley City Linen, presented the students with the award this morning.  Thank you to Valley City Linen for their continued support of students enrolled in our culinary institute.

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