July 25, 2017; The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, Ind.)
When Tyon Woods was killed Saturday night just before midnight, he was leaving the annual family block party at Hanna Homestead Park at East Lewis and Chute streets.
(Tyon Woods was a former GRCC student.)
Not your average student: Colleges and nonprofits prep workers for construction trades
July 26, 2017; rapidgrowthmedia.com
“It’s almost impossible to pick what your average student looks like,” says Scott Mattson, job training manager at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC). Referring to the college’s construction and electrician training programs, Mattson echoes a sentiment of the construction industry in general: the workforce is constantly evolving. Despite shifting with technology and the economy, construction is a sector that remains constant in one vital area: the need for professional, skilled workers.
A more diverse Grand Rapids Fire Department embodied by 2017 recruits
July 26, 2017; MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – From a young age, Ashley Deyo was immersed in the world of public safety. Raised by her firefighter father, she was encouraged to follow in his footsteps into a career dominated by men.
… During his interview for the Grand Rapids fire chief job, (John) Lehman said he learned city officials shared his desire to further diversify the fire department. With a similar goal in mind for the police department, the city hosted neighborhood meetings and a joint recruitment night at Grand Rapids Community College.