GRCC In the News, 5-21-18

Change Ups: AppleTree & Gilden Woods relocates HQ to larger facility
5/18/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
Grand Rapids Community College was designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense. The program’s goal is to promote higher education and research in cyberdefense and train professionals with such expertise.

Inside Track: Educator connects theory and practice
5/18/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
Born and raised in a small village in Nigeria, Nkechy Ekere Ezeh was shocked when she came to the U.S. as an adult and heard the messages bombarding low-income minority parents.
… Ezeh’s pathway into the education profession started with a practical motivation. She was pregnant and needed to learn how to raise a child, as her family was far away, and she didn’t know anyone here. She enrolled in a child development class at Grand Rapids Community College and never left the education field afterward.

Engineering student who is grandmother will study in Switzerland
5/18/18 GVSU press release
Starting another degree three decades after being in a college classroom would be difficult for anyone.
… She (Andrea Schwallier) took CNC machine courses at the Geek Group, a nonprofit organization in Grand Rapids, and finished a welding class at Grand Rapids Community College. “It seemed if I were going to do this, I should go full time,” she said.

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