GRCC In the News, 7-18-17

These 3 new Michigan childcare centers offer the most advanced facilities for children and adults

July 14, 2017; Model D Media

The latest research suggests that high-quality early childhood education has positive long-term effects that last well into adulthood. Unfortunately, demand for early education outstrips access to these facilities. And often the quality is poor.

… In 1974, Phyllis Fratzke, founder of the child development program at Grand Rapids Community College, brought young children and college students together to create learning experiences for both. In January, GRCC opened a brand-new facility, the Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory, based on Fratzke’s education model.

Former WASP, other seniors get a chance to ‘soar like an eagle’

July 17, 2017; MLive

Jane Doyle, 95, stood on the tarmac at Sparta’s Paul C. Miller Airport recently looking at the 1942 Boeing Stearman biplane she had just taken a ride in.

… She graduated from Grand Rapids South High School in 1940 and knew then that she wanted to learn to fly. “The junior college (Grand Rapids Community College) had a flight school then, so I did the 70 hours of ground school there and then 30 hours of flight training at the Kent County Airport to earn my private pilot’s license,” she said.

Trial underway for man accused in 2016 murder on GRCC campus

July 17, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. (WZZM) – Testimony is expected to get underway Tuesday in the trial of a Grand Rapids man accused of killing a 34-year-old woman in a random attack on the Grand Rapids Community College campus more than a year ago.


August 1 luncheon to continue ‘Belonging’ conversation

Join us for lunch and conversation about last month’s workshop on “Belonging:  The Heart and the Head of the Matter” with Dr. Jamie Washington. We will reflect on the workshop and ask for your feedback as we move forward in emphasizing community in Grand Rapids Community College:

Belonging Feedback Forum Luncheon

Tuesday, August 1, 2017, from noon-1:30 p.m., ATC 122-124

Please register online.

Faculty and Staff Centennial Scholarship awarded for 1st time

To honor the college’s 100th year celebration, the Faculty Association created the Faculty and Staff Centennial Scholarship.  For the first time since the scholarship’s inception, it was awarded to two deserving GRCC students for the 2017-18 academic year.

Scholarships were awarded based on scholastic achievement to students who have earned at least 12 credits at GRCC.  They were asked to submit a short essay explaining why they feel they deserve the scholarship. A committee made up of representatives from across campus selected the recipients.

We are pleased to announce and congratulate the first 2017-18 scholarship recipients for the Faculty and Staff  Centennial Scholarship: Connor Hartley and Mackenzie Omness.  Both have been awarded $1,000! Connor graduated from Rockford High School in 2016.  He is studying Pre-Med with a long-term career goal of working in the field of orthodontics. Mackenzie graduated from Grandville High School in 2017.  She is studying Occupational Therapy at GRCC.  She will also be playing basketball for GRCC this fall!

We are very grateful to all the faculty and staff who have helped make these scholarships possible for Connor and Mackenzie.  We wish these students all the best in their academic endeavors.