GRCC In the News, 5-22-17

Street Talk: Rapid transformation

May 19, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… Challenge accepted

Grand Rapids Community College was well represented recently at the MWest Challenge student venture competition, which provides students with an opportunity to develop and grow new ventures based on their own ideas.

Personal chef authors canning cookbook

May 19, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local food-preservation expert and culinary instructor has written a book on canning and cooking with preserved food.

… Devereaux received a personal chef certification from Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education in 2014.

GRPS, Florida A&M announces pipeline and major scholarships

May 19, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Florida A&M is awarding West Michigan students with major scholarships to announce a new pipeline between Grand Rapids Public School and the university.

… The partnership with Florida A&M comes as part of renewed commitment to Ottawa Hills students. Other plans for the school include: a major bond renovation, Early Middle College program with Grand Rapids Community College to help students gain free associate degrees; college and career preparations programs, including homeland security, cosmetology, technology, communications and engineering; and increased partnerships with other HBCUs.

DeShaun Thrower takes on two sports at Ferris State

May 19, 2017; WZZM

Ferris State football coach Tony Annese and men’s basketball coach Andy Bronkema are unsure how it’s going to work out, but they’re both excited to add a player with DeShaun Thrower’s skills to their respective teams next season.

… He (Thrower) also liked the connection he shared with Annese, who coached Muskegon High to three state championships in the mid-2000s before leaving to take over Grand Rapids Community College’s football program in 2009.

Adult Education program celebrates student achievements

Event: Adult Education Achievement Celebration 2017

When: May 18th, 2017

Maurilia Ortiz Blakely Scholarship recipients: Sandra Parra and Maria Montañez, each student will receive $1,000 scholarship for 2017-2018 academic year.

14 Students completed the program:  Students who obtain a score of 236 or higher in the reading and 228 or higher in the Listening Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems (CASAS). Students have successfully reached the highest level of English proficiency per State requirements and are now ready for Adult Secondary Education.

120 Students advanced to the next English level: There are six English Language Functioning levels: Low Beginning, High Beginning, Low Intermediate, High Intermediate, Advanced and Adult Secondary. Students are honored in advancing a level in CASAS.

50 Students obtained a National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC): Students receive a certificate showing that they demonstrated skills in Reading for Information, Applied Math, and Locating Information. Certificates are awarded at four levels; Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze. The certificate is recognized by employers nationwide, as a critical indicator for workplace success.

25 students completed the preparation class for the U.S. Naturalization application and test.

Please see the program below for details:

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Nomination deadline extended for faculty, adjunct Excellence in Education Awards

The deadline for nominations for the Faculty (Full-time and Adjunct) Excellence in Education Awards has been extended until Friday, June 9.

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.

Nomination information for:


Questions: Contact Deb DeWent, ext. 3921 or