GRCC In the News, 5-15-17

Change Ups: Allen named Catholic Charities CEO

May 12, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal


… Grand Rapids Community College automotive technology students Bentley Streling and Adam VanPortfliet placed second and third, respectively, in the recent SkillsUSA state championship.

Perpetual growth fuels Switch

May 12, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

More than 1,000 contractors have had a hand in the Switch Pyramid campus in Gaines Township since legislation passed in December 2015 to bring the data center company to West Michigan.

… Switch has multiple partnerships in the works with Michigan companies, including a renewable energy initiative set to be released soon. (Adam) Kramer confirmed a second year of its partnership with ArtPrize and talked about its workforce development with Grand Rapids Community College.

Clothing line founders get creative

May 12, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Last year, Jack VanGessel and three of his friends launched Southern Hound, a clothing line inspired by popular styles and culture originating from the South.

But a couple of months after the start of their new venture, the four business partners were beginning to feel dissatisfied with the amount of money they were paying for creative services. VanGessel, a student at Grand Rapids Community College, and co-founder Conor Conaboy, a student at Michigan State University, brainstormed ideas and concluded one day, it might be a fun endeavor to start their own creative agency. That day came sooner than they expected.

Inside Track: Dentist seizes business opportunity

May 12, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

John Bruinsma never would have guessed the artificial taste of a sugar-free lollipop would one day lead to the taste of a $2,000 bottle of scotch.

… Growing up in Grand Rapids, Bruinsma always had a passion for science. After graduating from high school ahead of schedule, he went on to continue his education at Grand Rapids Community College.

Our LGBT Fund raises $520,000 to support services in West Michigan

May 14, 2017; MiBiz

GRAND RAPIDS — The growth of a fund established three years ago by a same-sex couple from Grand Rapids proves there’s interest in addressing issues the LGBT community faces in West Michigan.

… (Simon) Kittok, who works for Grand Rapids Community College, said the fund was created to offer more opportunities for transgender individuals to make good lives for themselves.

Excellence in Education nominations due today

The Excellence in Education Award was established in 1989 to honor an individual Grand Rapids Community College employee for his or her contributions to the college, higher education and the community. In 2000, the award was expanded to provide recognition in the form of a staff award, and a separate full-time faculty award. In 2010, an additional award was added for an exemplary adjunct faculty member.

The nomination deadline is Monday, May 15, 2017.

Nomination information for:


WMHIP information meeting on May 16

The WMHIP-Informational Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 16, 2:00-3:30 p.m. in the ATC 168 Auditorium. Our Gallagher representative will be reviewing our current plan options and answering health insurance questions.  If you wish to make health plan enrollment changes, the Mid-Year Open Enrollment deadline is Friday, May 19, at 5:00 p.m.

Mid-Year Open Enrollment information and BC/BS resources can be found on our HR webpage.

You do not need to complete a mid-year open enrollment form if you want to maintain your current plan.

If you have questions, please contact Vicki Vicencio (ext. 4175) or  Maria Belmares Herrera (ext. 4052) for assistance.

Honors Program workshop set for May 19

Faculty are invited to attend the Honors Program Workshop. The first workshop is scheduled for Friday, May 19, from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. These workshops will help faculty become familiar with the new Honors Program and understand how you can participate through offering Honors Projects.

GRCC Honors Program Workshop

Who: You (full time faculty)

What: Honors Program Workshop

When: May 19 from 10a – 12p (lunch included)

Where: Main Building, Level G2, Room 55

RSVP: Send an EMAIL RSVP by NOON on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 to Tracey Lacy (

*please include any dietary restrictions