GRCC In the News, 8-14-17

Culinary institute hosts tryouts for international pastry competition

Aug. 13, 2017; Grand Rapids Magazine

A group of six pastry chefs from across the country vying to represent the United States at the 2019 Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie in Lyon, France, will compete in the kitchens of the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College. The competing chefs are experts in sugar and chocolate.

West Michigan group aims to reduce food waste

Aug. 3, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — West Michigan throws away about 132,000 tons of food waste, and Southwest Michigan about 106,000 tons.

… Founding council members include representatives from SpartanNash, Meijer, Cocoa, Organicycle, Barfly Ventures, Bells Brewery, Gordon Food Service, Mercy Health, Spectrum Health, Creative Dining Services, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Kent County Department of Public Works, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Secchia Institute at Grand Rapids Community College, Lake Michigan College, and Feeding America West Michigan.

Annual softball game played in memory of fallen Grand Rapids police office

Aug. 11, 2017; WZZM

GRANDVILLE, MICH. – This July marked 10 years since the death of Grand Rapids Police Officer Robert Kozminski and on Friday evening, an annual softball game was played in his memory.

Dozens came out to Wedgewood Park in Grandville for the game. While there, three students received the Officer Robert A. Kozminski Scholarship to aid them this fall. All three students are currently enrolled in the Grand Rapids Community College Police Academy.

Gravel Bottom Brewery plans two-part expansion in Ada, Grand Rapids

Aug. 13, 2017;

ADA — Matt Michiels has known for the last two years that he needed to expand his growing West Michigan craft brewery.

… “I know what I don’t know, and the restaurant is something that I’m going to need help on,” Michiels said, adding that he hopes to leverage connections at Grand Rapids Community College and within the industry.

GRCC Employees on the Move through August 21, 2017

Please congratulate those who have moved and been promoted.



Nathaniel Lloyd


Effective 6-26-17


Jimmie Baber

School of Workforce Development

Effective 7-17-17


Jyson Beasley, Jr


Effective 7-24-17


Dustan Armock


Effective 7-24-17


Carmen Andert


Effective 8-24-17


Heather Klare

Radiologic Technology

Effective 8-24-17


William Knapp

Distance Learning & Instructional Technologies

Effective 8-7-17


David McMullin

Enterprise Applications

Effective 8-21-17


Carmen Andert


Effective 8-24-17


Heather Klare

Radiologic Technology

Effective 8-24-17





Jennifer Kelly

From:  APSS, Payroll Specialist

To:  Meet & Confer, Payroll Specialist

Effective 6-26-17


Krystle Duthil

From:  Support Professional, Dental

To:   Support Professional, School of Workforce Development

Effective 7-5-17


Joseph Krussell

From:  Custodian, Student Community Center

To:  Grounds

Effective 7-17-17


William Firn

From:  Contingency, Athletic Director

To:  Meet & Confer, Athletic Director

Effective 6-26-17


Patrick VanOtteren

From:  Adjunct

To:  Assistant Professor

Effective 8-24-17




Steven Ender


Effective 6-30-17


Catherine Marlett-Dreher

Performing Arts-Theater

Effective 6-30-17


James Peterson


Effective 6-30-17


Susan Vanderlende


Effective 6-16-17


Paula Termeer


Effective 7-1-17


Mary Molloy


Effective 4-29-17


Kellie Gregory


Effective 7-21-17


Jennifer Bryant

Upward Bound

Effective 8-5-17


Duane David

Media Technologies

Effective 8-5-17


Orletta Caldwell


Effective 8-18-17


Foundation lunch, Music Center tours on August 24

Please join us for a free picnic lunch to be served at Art & Bev’s and the Art & Bev’s Learning Commons Terrace on Thursday, August 24, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

In addition to lunch, please take some time tour the newly renovated Music Building. A faculty and staff open house will also be held from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.