GRCC In the News, 6-27-17

Community Foundation awards $1.2M in college scholarships
6/26/17 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids Community Foundation announced Monday, June 26, that it awarded $1.2 million in scholarships to 677 high school and college students.
…Students at Grand Valley State University were awarded the most scholarship dollars at $148,600, followed by Michigan State University at $118,000, and Grand Rapids Community College with $84,050.
http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2017/06/community_foundations_awards_1.html

Nonprofit earns $500K grant
6/26/17 Grand Rapids Business Journal
A local economic development nonprofit has been awarded a $500,000 grant to support its neighborhood revitalization projects.
…The Project Reinvest Neighborhood funds will be used to build five new single-family homes in Madison Square and renovate 1258 Madison Ave. SE to continue developing local construction companies. Construction has already begun on two of the five homes via LINC UP’s partnership with Grand Rapids Community College’s Construction Trades.
http://www.grbj.com/articles/88305-nonprofit-earns-500k-grant

V-S education students nat’l winners
6/27/17 The Advertiser-Tribune
PHOENIX Vanguard-Sentinel Career and Technology Center students again are bringing home national titles.
…Also coming home with a gold medal is Brittany DuMonte, a senior from Columbian High School.
…DuMonte is attending Grand Rapids Community College, pursuing a degree in early childhood education.
http://www.advertiser-tribune.com/news/local-news/2017/06/v-s-education-students-natl-winners/

Youth prevalent throughout All-Area North Baseball listings
6/26/17 MLive
Deep state tournament runs by both West Catholic and Sparta capped a strong season of baseball for North-area teams. The Falcons and Spartans are well-represented on this year’s Advance North All-Area Baseball Team, and with six of the first-team selections being juniors and six of the second-team selections being juniors or sophomores, the future looks bright for area programs.
…[Jordan] Brown used his outstanding speed and quickness to impact the game both on defense and on offense. A first-team OK Red outfielder, Brown hit .329 this season, with a .398 on-base percentage. Brown, who will be playing at Grand Rapids Community College next season, scored 22 runs, along with 19 RBI, 11 stolen bases, 5 doubles, and 2 home runs.
http://highschoolsports.mlive.com/news/article/-909472340370732145/youth-prevalent-throughout-all-area-north-baseball-listings/

 

GRCC In the News, 6-26-17

College certificates at Kent ISD delayed a year, degree program starting

June 23, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A plan to offer Kent ISD students the opportunity to earn college certificates in advanced manufacturing fields next school year is being delayed due to low enrollment.

Well House receives grant for green jobs, housing

June 23, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local housing-for-homeless nonprofit will give its tenants a new set of tools in their toolbox while allowing them to gain a new lease on life.

… The grant will fund sustainability workshops for tenants and neighbors, peer-to-peer mentoring and connecting tenants to GRCC’s Residential Construction Program. Training topics will include lead safety, dust containment, zero-waste goals, renewable energy sources and more.

Destination Education holding college prep workshops for Holland High grads

June 25, 2017; The Holland Sentinel

There’s an unfortunate phenomenon that can happen to high school graduates in the summer between graduation and the first semester of college.

… Two more free workshops are slated. College 101: Understanding Resources on Campus will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 13, at the Grand Rapids Community College Lakeshore Campus on the third floor of the Midtown Center, 96 W. 15th St. in Holland. College 102: Understanding College Life will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10, in room 158 of Hope College’s Martha Miller Center, 257 Columbia Ave. in Holland.

GRCC In the News, 6-21-17

High school students attend weeklong police academy

June 20, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Several West Michigan high school students are spending the first week of summer break training for their future.

… The program is backed by the police departments in East Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Grand Rapids, Grandville, Rockford, Walker and Wyoming, as well as the Grand Valley Department of Public Safety, Michigan State Police Rockford Post, Kent County Sheriffs office and Grand Rapids Community College Department of Public Safety.

Trump’s food stamp cuts would have ‘huge impact’ in West Michigan

June 20, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Imagine living on a budget of only $1.39 per meal. Now scale that back to $1.04 for each meal.

… She (Molly Kooi) enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College in 2015 and then Grand Valley State University in 2016, where she is pursuing a major in health communication. Kooi still works part-time for Goodwill, but between her class load and taking care of her son, she can typically only work one or two shifts each week.

‘Belonging: The Heart and Head of the Matter’ is June 22

Jamie Washington

Jamie Washington

Much research has been done on the impact of a sense of belonging. Most leaders in business, education, and government would agree that creating a culture in which people feel wanted and included is one of their biggest challenges.

We are pleased to announce that GRCC’s Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion and the College Action Project 1.1.3-Inclusion Team are bringing Dr. Jamie Washington to campus on June 22 to talk with faculty and staff about their role in creating a culture of belonging.

Here’s the schedule for his visit:

  • 9-10:30 a.m. — breakfast in ATC rooms 120-122.
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — lunch in ATC room 124.
  • 1:30-3 p.m. — discussion in the Spectrum Theater.

More information and a registration link are available here.

The sessions are designed to invite participants to consider their individual and collective roles for creating a culture of belonging. If you have questions, please let CAP co-chairs Sophia Brewer, sbrewer@grcc.edu, or Tamber Bustance, tbustance@grcc.edu, know.

GRCC In the News, 6-20-17

Grand Rapids Restaurant Week expands to include lunch

June 19, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Restaurant Week Grand Rapids is expanding to include lunch, organizers announced Monday, June 19.

… Since 2010, Restaurant Week participating restaurants and sponsors have contributed over $110,000 to the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education’s Student Scholarship Fund at Grand Rapids Community College.

East Grand Rapids elects new chair, vice chair for Parks Commission

June 19, 2017; MLive

The East Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Commission has named two longtime residents as their new chair and vice chair for 2017-2018.

… (Rick) Sprague, who received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in public administration from Grand Valley State University, works as a transportation planner for the Kent County Road Commission and as an adjunct professor at Grand Rapids Community College.

Carlos Sanchez to fill vacant board seat

Carlos Sanchez stands by the table in the board of trustees meeting room.

Carlos Sanchez

During a June 19 meeting, the board of trustees selected Carlos Sanchez to fill a vacant seat.

Sanchez is director of the Latino Business and Economic Development Center at Ferris State University. He previously was program coordinator for the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, diversity specialist at Spectrum Health, executive director of the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and interim executive director of the Hispanic Center of West Michigan. He has served on the boards of the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, the Center for Community Leadership and the Dyer-Yves and Grand Rapids Community foundations.

GRCC retiree biography: Jim Peterson

Jim Peterson has worked at GRCC since 2005 as the executive director of Financial Services. Jim had the following information to share about his experiences at GRCC and plans for retirement:

I have been at GRCC for over 12 years, serving as executive director of Financial Services. In January 2005, I was hired by then VP Bob Partridge. Prior to joining GRCC, I served in a similar role at Muskegon Community College for about 15 years, and prior to that worked for a CPA firm.

I got to know Bob, as well as Todd Hurley, Sharon Gates, Cherry Scaturro and others through the Michigan Community College Business Officers Association. They were a fun group and really seemed to enjoy working at GRCC. I felt fortunate to have the opportunity to join them.  GRCC is a much larger place than MCC, and, at first, I wondered what I had gotten myself into. I guess I realized I belonged at GRCC when I learned that many others also found PeopleSoft to be a bit frustrating!

However, GRCC challenged me and gave me the opportunity to work in areas such as labor negotiations, insurance and risk management and with the Foundation.  During it all, I had the pleasure and privilege to work, learn and laugh with a great group of colleagues, not only in Finance and Administration, but throughout the college. Deciding to retire has been difficult. I will miss much about my day to day work and interactions at GRCC

My interests outside of work include cycling (I even started bike commuting to work last summer), skiing and traveling. My wife and I have had the opportunity to participate in medical mission trips to Central America in recent years, and hope to do so again in the future. We also have a small condo in the Petoskey area, where I hope to be able to spend some more time overseeing (I’m no DIY’er!) some much needed updates.

Jim, on behalf of your GRCC community, we all wish you the very best in retirement. Thank you so much for your service to GRCC!

As a reminder, Jim’s retirement reception will be held June 21 from 3-5 p.m. on the first floor of White Hall on the Devos campus.

Retirement reception for Jamie Hitchings on June 29

The retirement reception for IT analyst Jamie Hitchings will be held on Thursday, June 29, from 2- 4 p.m. in the IT lobby, room 130 in Sneden Hall.  Weather permitting, we might also celebrate on the garden of the Sneden patio, which is just down the hall from the IT office.  Please join us in saying “thank you” and “happy retirement” to Jamie.

New location for Jamie Washington’s presentation on June 22

The Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion and the College Action Project 1.1.3-Inclusion Team are bringing Dr. Jamie Washington to campus on June 22 to talk with faculty and staff about their role in creating a culture of belonging.

Here’s the schedule for his visit — note the new location for his talk:

  • 9-10:30 a.m. — breakfast in ATC rooms 120-122.
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — lunch in ATC room 124.
  • 1:30-3 p.m. — discussion in the Spectrum Theater.

More information and a registration link is available here. If you have questions, please let CAP co-chairs Sophia Brewer, sbrewer@grcc.edu, or Tamber Bustance, tbustance@grcc.edu, know.

GRCC In the News, 6-19-17

City launches initiative for racial equity

June 16, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss promised in her 2016 State of the City address that she would focus on racial equity, and she intends to keep her word.

Bliss and Bill Pink, president of Grand Rapids Community College, sent out invitations this month calling for community leaders to join a group that will address racial disparities in the local workforce.

First class of GRPS Challenge Scholars aims for free college

June 16, 2017; therapidian.org

Francisco McKnight just finished his freshman year at Union High School, but he’s already thinking ahead to college. That’s due in large part to the fact that, as a Challenge Scholar, he’s guaranteed up to four years tuition-free at nearly 50 Michigan colleges if he keeps his grades and attendance up.

… Others in Union’s freshman class could qualify for up to two years tuition-free at Grand Rapids Community College under the program, which aims to help students from low-income families go to college. But all students still have three years left to qualify for the four-year award.

Delays help City Built find its niche

June 16, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

When Edwin Collazo and Dave Petroelje first announced City Built Brewing Co. in fall 2015, the brewing industry was a different beast.

… Collazo used to live, as a freshman at Grand Rapids Community College, in the Belknap Lookout area, and never imagined the Sackner Building, where the brewery is, would be the place he works.

Restaurant Week GR 2017 Returns with a New Twist

June 8, 2017; experiencegr.com

Mark your calendar and get ready to make your plans because Restaurant Week GR 2017 is only a couple of months away! Back for its eighth year, Restaurant Week GR delights diners as they try new restaurants as well as new dishes at old favorites. Now is the time to check out who’s participating.

… If you’re still not convinced that Restaurant Week GR is the best thing to hit your taste buds, here’s another reason to dine out. Each year, Restaurant Week GR partners with the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education Student Scholarship Fund at Grand Rapids Community College, donating $1 from each meal to the program. To date, Restaurant Week GR has contributed over $110,000 to its endowed scholarship fund, which benefits the future chefs of West Michigan.

Move to Windows 10 starts this month

Starting June 23, Information Technology will begin migrating all classroom instructor stations to Windows 10. All lab computers will be migrated in July. All GRCC computers assigned to faculty and staff will be migrated to Windows 10 by request after the start of the Fall semester.

Please direct any questions or concerns to windows10@grcc.edu or call the IT Support Desk at (616) 234-4357.

GRCC Employees on the Move through June 8, 2017

Please congratulate those who have moved and been promoted.

WELCOME TO GRCC

Julia Yob

Support Professional, Communications

Effective 5-22-17

 

Deven Swanigan

Labor Relations & EO Generalist, General Counsel

Effective 6-12-17

 

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR NEW POSITION

Donald Dykstra

From: Custodian II

To: Head Custodian I

Effective 5-15-17

 

Stephen Gonzalez

From: Grounds

To: Utility Maintenance

Effective 6-5-17

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE

Kristina Kozub

Student Success Coach, College Success Center

Effective 5-6-17

 

Marcia Lee

Support Professional, Library & Learning Commons

Effective 6-16-17

 

Sammye Zollman

Nursing Professor, Faculty

Effective 6-23-17