GRCC In the News, 8-2-17

Betsy DeVos sees Grand Rapids Community College’s impact

Aug. 1, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Tuesday, Aug. 1, how “exciting and encouraging” it was to see how Grand Rapids Community College’s programs are continuing to develop to support students.

Michigan native Betsy DeVos visits Grand Rapids to promote community college training

Aug. 1, 2017; The Detroit Free Press

GRAND RAPIDS — From sampling the slow-cooked brisket at the Peter Secchia Institute for Culinary Education to talking with grade school kids participating in a summer camp that teaches construction skills, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos returned to Michigan this week to continue her promotion of education that goes beyond traditional public schools and universities.

“I think we should be emphasizing the multitude of pathways to higher education, recognizing and acknowledging that we have many different kinds of students, many different personalities,” she said Tuesday after touring several programs offered at Grand Rapids Community College. “I’ve heard from many students who have originally pursued a four-year college or university program only to find out that they didn’t like sitting at a desk job. We need to not only support and encourage those opportunities, but to also make sure students know about the multitude of options.”

DeVos visits Grand Rapids job training programs focused on skilled trades

Aug. 1, 2017; Michigan Radio

Traditional four-year universities aren’t the only path to higher education and good jobs. That was the message today from U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

DeVos met with Grand Rapids Community College students and faculty as a part of a nationwide tour to see different approaches to higher education. The visit was focused on apprenticeships and the need for skilled trades workers.

(Similar articles ran in other media outlets.)

Caroline Lowcountry Kitchen Focuses on Authentic Cuisine

Aug. 1, 2017; Grand Rapids Magazine

Chef Tom Pugh ate his way through Charleston, South Carolina the heart of low country cuisine to ensure the authenticity of his newest venture.

… Pugh attended Grand Rapids Community College’s culinary school and has a long history of working with seafood. He initially worked the seafood counter for a D&W grocery store and spent 10 years at Bonefish Grill in Grand Rapids.

Love craft beer? See what Atwater Brewery is cooking up for Restaurant Week GR

Aug. 1, 2017; FOX 17

Restaurant Week GR is just a little over a week away, with 70 restaurants ready to make countless dishes to give people a taste of Grand Rapids.

… For every meal sold, each restaurant will donate $1 to the Secchia Institute of Culinary Education Student Scholarship Fund at Grand Rapids Community College.


Update on printer installation, training

Update: An August 22 training session has been added.

By now you may have seen Konica Minolta personnel crisscrossing the campus, delivering new multifunction printers (MFPs) to various building locations. Due to initial delays, the delivery and installation schedule has been accelerated this week. The team plans to install 57 printers this week, and 52 next week. Here’s where we stand as of 12:00 PM on August 1, 2017:

Printers Pushed to the Destination:

Printers have been delivered and pushed into place in the buildings of the Devos Campus, in Cook Hall, College Park Plaza, and the Main Building.

Installation Status:

Printers have been functionally installed across the Devos campus, and installations have begun in Cook Hall. Those installations may be completed by end of day today. College Park Plaza will be next for installations.

Ready-To-Use Update:

Please do not use the new printers yet. Although we’re close to the units being fully functional we’re still ironing out small details. We’ll send out another message as soon as the printers are ready to be used by staff and students.

You’ll receive an update every day from the project team as printers are installed and are released for general use. Thank you for your patience as we go through this change to our community.

Any questions may be directed to Olwen Urquhart at

Konica Minolta Multifunction Printer User Training:

Training will be held at multiple times in multiple locations — you can select any session. Student lab coordinator training will be on August 22 at a time to be determined.

  • Friday, August 4, in the ATC auditorium from 10-11 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 9, in the Calkins auditorium from 10-11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 2-3 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 15, in the Calkins auditorium from 10-11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 2-3 p.m.
  • Friday, August 18, in the ATC auditorium from 10-11 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 22, in the Calkins auditorium from 10:30-11:30 a.m.