GRCC In the News, 12-4-17

GRCC’s economic impact tops $447M

Dec. 1, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A recent economic impact study found Grand Rapids Community College had a total impact of $447.7 million on Kent and Ottawa counties in the 2015-16 fiscal year.

Partnership helps refugees find construction jobs

Dec. 1, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The construction industry in West Michigan is experiencing a skilled worker shortage, leaving some companies unable to adequately staff projects.

… To join the program, refugees were required to have some basic conversational skills to understand the curriculum. The Literacy Center provided testing, and a group of 20 eligible refugees was identified. Students began classes in March, two days per week at the Grand Rapids Community College M-TEC building. An NCCER-certified instructor and a Literacy Center ESL teacher taught the classes. In addition to being taught NCCER Core Curriculum, students also received an OSHA-10 card.

New reporter starts at Sidney Herald

Dec. 2, 2017; Sidney Herald (Mont.)

My (Nicole Hoffman) interest in journalism started at a very young age. I was one of six students in my eighth grade class to volunteer for the after school newspaper, a term I would use loosely in that situation. It was a brochure style piece of paper that got passed out once a month that you’d normally find scattered on the floors, thrown into trash cans or used to make paper airplanes and spit wads.

… I went to Grand Rapids Community College from 2006 until 2009. I spent a year as a staff writer for The Collegiate, the newspaper at GRCC.

HVAC student receives Rees Scholarship

The Rees Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce that Grand Rapids Community College student Christopher Lewis is the recipient of a $2,000 scholarship award.

The purpose of the Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation is to assist with the recruitment and competency of future Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning, and Refrigeration technicians by awarding scholarships to qualified students who are enrolled in an institutionally accredited school.

GRCC’s HVAC Program is accredited by the Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA).

Congratulations, Chris!

Exercise Science offers stress-busting fitness sessions

The Exercise Science Department will be offering FREE Stress Busting Fitness Classes. Beginners welcome — bring a friend!

  • Tuesday, Dec. 5, 12:20-1 p.m. in Calkins Science Building Room  140 – Yoga with Danielle.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 6, 3:15-4:15 p.m. Multipurpose Room of Student Center – Zumba with Beth.
  • Thursday, Dec. 7, 10:00-10:45 a.m. Calkins Science Building 140 – Yoga with Cheryl.

Photos from Honors Program meet-and-greet

On Thursday, November 30, 2017, GRCC faculty and staff attended the GRCC Honors Program Fall Meet & Greet to get to know current and new Honors students. The event featured a welcome speech from GRCC President Dr. Bill Pink, an induction ceremony, information sharing, faculty introductions as well as games and prizes.

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