TODAY: GRPS, Grade School to Grad School for Girls Conference event at GRCC

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GRCC is excited to host the GRPS Grade School to Grad School for Girls event on our main campus today.  315 students and staff are scheduled to attend today’s events, including GRPS Superintendent Neal.  If you see them today, make sure to say “Hello!”

GRCC In the News, 5-23-18

MAPA announces 2018 MAPA Educational Development Scholarship Fund recipients
5/22/18 MotorAge
MAPA is pleased to announce the recipients of MAPA’s 2018 Educational Development Scholarship Fund have been chosen by Lansing’s Capital Region Community Foundation. Three (3) $1,000 scholarships were awarded, in addition to a $500 scholarship for the recipient of the 2018 Jud Morrison Memorial Achievement of Excellence Award. MAPA congratulates these very deserving students:
… Brooke Peckham, Sponsored by Auto-Wares Group of Companies located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Brooke will be a Junior enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Michigan in the fall of 2018 majoring in Human Resources Management to support the growing Car Care Industry. Brooke is the daughter of Charles and Merriea Lubben of Cedar Springs, Michigan. Brooke’s MAPA Educational Development Scholarship Fund scholarship is in conjunction with the University of the Aftermarket Foundation who supports careers within the automotive aftermarket industry field.
Brooke Peckham also was awarded the distinguished 2018 Jud Morrison Memorial Achievement of Excellence Award named in memory of MAPA co-founding father and past chairman of the board of directors, Justin H. Morrison. Brooke’s academic achievements and outstanding community service record exemplifies the high standards and commitment to excellence that Jud Morrison stood for.

Grandville Wins OK Red Conference Outright
5/22/18 MLive
The Grandville Bulldogs (22-4, 13-3) claimed an outright OK Red Conference Championship on Tuesday with a 10-0 victory over the East Kentwood Falcons on Senior Night. The Bulldogs shared the title last season but the twelve returners (nine seniors) from last season didn’t want to share this year. Grandville has posted a 13-3 conference record with two league games left on the schedule.
… The Grandville seniors honored on Senior Night:
Tommy Blitchok – 1B (attending University of Michigan), Bret Chesla – P (Albion College), Pat Clark – P (Davenport University), Trevor Gelfius – P (University of Alabama), Zac Fillmore – OF (Grand Valley State University), Keaton Hamilton – DH/P (Hope College), Seth Puhar – 3B (Grand Rapids Community College), Parker Sisovsky – P (Kalamazoo College), Spencer Woodruff – P (Michigan State University)

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson addresses trends and concerns for ‘boomers’ on bikes
5/22/18 (state press release)
Noting their disproportionate involvement in crashes, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson today encouraged baby boomers who ride a motorcycle or are thinking about it to take a returning-rider safety course, even if they rode in their younger days.
… The Michigan Rider Education Program first offered a three-wheeled vehicle safety course through a public sponsor in 2015.  This year, in a pilot program with Can-Am, 12 Can-Am Spyders have been loaned to three-wheeled vehicle rider education courses at Grand Rapids Community College and Schoolcraft College. Three-wheeled vehicle safety courses are also available through select private sponsors listed on the Michigan Rider Education Program training locator Web page.

Middle school girls receive empowering messages at Beautiful U
5/22/18 WOOD TV
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) – If you could go back, what would you tell yourself in middle school? Empowering mind, body, and soul is what Maranda’s Beautiful U is all about! 140 seventh and eighth grade girls from five school districts across West Michigan came together for an afternoon of fun and education.
… An exciting part of Beautiful U is the tasty food and snacks! Secchia Institute for Culinary Education, Meijer, and Milk Means More partnered up to educate girls on what they need to fuel their bodies. Calcium and protein are extremely important for girls in the developmental teen and pre-teen years. With snacks like yogurt and cheese, girls got a healthy (and yummy) boost of nutrients they need.

GRCC In the News, 5-22-18

Class of 2018 prepares to graduate from local high schools
5/20/18 The Holland Sentinel
It’s a high school senior’s favorite time of year: graduation.
… According to the district (Calvary Schools), more than 90 percent of the graduates go on to college to places like Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Hope College, Spring Arbor University and Indiana Wesleyan University.
… About 48 percent of Hamilton grads overall were enrolled in college six months after graduation last year, with about 54 percent from Hamilton High and 4 percent from Pioneer Tech. Hamilton grads tend to choose GVSU, GRCC, Hope College, Western Michigan University and Davenport University.
… Last year, 54 percent of grads overall were enrolled in college within six months, with 58 percent from the high school and 6 percent from Dunes. West Ottawa students tend to choose GRCC, GVSU, Hope, Western Michigan and Central Michigan. West Ottawa High School principal Todd Tulgetske said this years class has grads headed to Yale, Stanford, University of Chicago, Notre Dame and many others.
… Last year, 40 percent of Holland grads overall were enrolled in college within six months, with 46 percent from the high school and 2.4 percent from VR Tech. The most popular college choices for Holland Public students are GRCC, Hope College, GVSU, Central Michigan and Michigan State.
… Last year, 62 percent of Zeeland East grads and 63 percent of Zeeland West grads were enrolled in college in six months. Zeeland East students favor GRCC, GVSU, Ferris State, Central Michigan and Hope. Zeeland West is similar, except Western Michigan makes the top five for West while Central does not.
… Last year, 35.3 percent of graduates were enrolled in college in six months. Last years iCademy grads enrolled at Cornerstone University, GRCC, the University of South Carolina and Davenport University.

Judge sentences man to prison for fraud
5/21/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
A man has been sentenced to prison for committing student loan and grant fraud and tax fraud.
… (Brandon Kenon) Rogers obtained the identity of others and used their information to apply for student loans and Pell grants to enroll in Grand Rapids Community College and Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

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.

Online Professional Development credit: “Vets on Campus”

Please set aside 45 minutes to complete the “Veterans on Campus” training found at the link below. Not only do you receive professional development, but GRCC could earn a $500 student veteran challenge grant to support a military-connected student.

As part of the Consortium of Michigan Veteran Educations (CMVE), we have access to this online training module focused on building military cultural competency. It is less than an hour in length and also includes other helpful resources guides. We encourage you to view the training. To login and begin the training, visit using Chrome or Firefox as your browser. Click “create a username and password”, and use the enrollment key: michiganvets to access the training modules. You may also need to disable your pop-up blocker.

To have this professional development added to your training summary, please contact Staff Development at

Phi Theta Kappa Represents GRCC well at Regional Conference

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This weekend, the GRCC chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (Alpha Upsilon Kappa – AUK) attended their Regional Conference with 18 (of the 28) chapters in the region to participate in leadership building, service opportunities, a college fair, social activities and the awards gala.  2017-2018 has been an exciting year for the chapter and this was very evident at the Regional Awards Gala.

The chapter was able to travel 10 students, an advisor for the weekend and Dr. Pink came for the awards gala.  The 2017-2018 executive board (elected student leaders) were present and recognize for all their accomplishments over the past year.  The 2018-2019 newly elected executive board were there as well to begin to learn the ropes along with an alumni and other chapter members.


The 2017-2018 GRCC Executive Board is:

  • President: Morgan Brown
  • Vice President: Marcus Barissi
  • Treasurer: Ernesto (“Ernie”) Farias
  • Secretary: Drewyn Talley
  • Vice President of Hallmarks: Eli Paparella


The 2018-2019 GRCC Executive Board is:

  • President: Tikvah Finn
  • Vice President: Stephany Mendez-Ortega
  • Treasurer: Brian Guadarrama
  • Vice President of Hallmarks: Phillip Kamp


The Alpha Upsilon Kappa chapter was recognized at the regional conference for all their work over the 2017-2018 year.  See below for the specific awards, scholarships, and recognition they received:

  • Morgan Brown was recognized with the other three Regional Officers for their winning submission for the National Fellowship Award.
  • Marcus Barissi was recognized with the other students in the room who were their campuses Coca-Cola All American Scholarship nominee’s.
  • Morgan Brown & Lynnae Selberg were recognized with the others who had completed the 5 Star Competitive Edge program through PTK.  This is a 5 level comprehensive soft skills/ critical thinking/ leadership development training program for students and advisors.
  • The following students and advisors were recognized for earning a “challenge coin”.  To earn a challenge coin you must exemplify the 4 pillars (scholarship, service, leadership and fellowship) of PTK over the year and be nominated by someone in the region.  There were 15 challenge coins handed out and 5 went to GRCC.
  • Bailey Cummings – Service
    • Ernie Farias – Fellowship
    • Marcus Barissi – Scholarship
    • Erin Busscher – Scholarship
    • Drewyn Talley – Leadership
  • There were 4 regional scholarships awarded and 2 went to GRCC students.  The following students received a regional scholarships based on their essay and submitted letters of recommendation:
    • Marcus Barissi won the Richard Trombley Scholarship Award
    • Morgan Brown won the Thomas Obee Scholarship Award
  • The 2017-2018 Executive Board was 1st runner up in the region for the Distinguished Chapter Officer Team Award.
  • Erin Busscher & Lynnae Selberg were recognized as one of the three recognized Distinguished Advisor Teams.
  • Erin Busscher was recognized with the Paragon Advisor Award (given to new advisors who demonstrate excellence in chapter leadership).
  • Lynnae Selberg won the 1st place in the region for the Distinguished Advisor Award.
  • The chapter was recognized for earning a 5 Star level with all of their work from 2017-2018.  This is their 4th year in a row reaching a 5 star level.  To see all that is involved in earning a 5 star level –
  • The chapter was recognized as 2nd runner up in the region for their 2017-2018 College Project and write up regarding this work.
  • The chapter was recognized as 1st runner up in the region for their 2017-2018 Honors in Action Project and write up regarding this work.
  • The chapter was recognized as 1st runner up in the region for Most Distinguished Chapter for their combined scores from all their work in the 2017-2018.  In 2015-2016 the chapter was 3rd runner up (their best placing prior to this year).

Collegiate wins 6 awards at MPA gala

The Collegiate won six awards at the 2018 Michigan Press Association Convention and Gala last week.

The following GRCC students were recognized for their work:

The full Collegiate article about the awards winners can be read here:

Full MPA award results can be viewed here:


GRCC In the News, 5-18-18

MeXo highlights Mesoamerican cuisine with bold flavors and bright colors
5/17/18 Grand Rapids Magazine
If you think you know Mexican food, think again. MeXo brings pre-Hispanic, Mesoamerican cuisine (think before the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors to Mexico) to Grand Rapids in a way that still says 2018.
… Chef Oscar (Moreno) has been tapped by the both Grand Rapids Community College and the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to mentor young (and aspiring) Latino chefs, so we’re sure to see much more to come from his involvement and his kitchen.

Tour historic Heritage Hills homes this weekend
5/18/18 WOOD TV
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Heritage Hills Neighborhood Weekend Tour of Homes kicks off Saturday, May 19 and runs through Sunday, May 20.
… Tickets are $25 the weekend of the tour and can be bought at Grand Rapids Community College’s DeVos Campus, located at 435 East Fulton Street. Advance tickets are $18 and can be bought at the following locations: Family Fare and D&W Food stores, Lake Michigan Credit Unions, Martha’s Vineyard, Art of the Table, the Heritage Hill Association and online.

GRCC In the News, 5-17-18

News 8 at 5:30 p.m.
5/16/18 WOOD TV
Caledonia residents will soon be able to take Grand Rapids Community College classes. Today, GRCC and the Caledonia school district announced an agreement to offer courses in the former Glenmor High School building. Caledonia joins other Grand Rapids Community College regional sites in Grandville, Lowell and Rockford. General education courses will be offered at the building off Kraft Avenue in the late afternoon and evenings starting with the fall semester.

Governor Snyder appoints judge to Community Corrections Board
5/16/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
A local judge has been tapped to represent district court judges statewide on the Michigan Community Corrections Board.
… (Bradley) Knoll is also an adjunct professor of criminology and political science at Grand Rapids Community College and a faculty member of the Michigan Judicial Institute.

Michigan This Morning
5/17/18 WWTV
Six students at Traverse City West signing letters of intent to play sports at the collegiate level. … In baseball, Sam Briggs going to Grand Rapids Community College and Luke Klug going to Lansing Community College.

Emergency closing at Ransom Street

There is a steam leak in the underground line in Ransom Street between the Music Building and the Student Center, which has also impacted AT&T utilities.  Facilities is in the process of coordinating an emergency repair, which will force a street closure at the north end of Ransom.  This means there will be no left turn from Lyon Street onto Ransom, so individuals needing to access the Bostwick Ramp will need to enter Ransom from Fountain Street.  All exiting ramp traffic will also need to turn right toward Fountain Street.

This repair will begin as soon as Facilities can coordinate the work and coordinate with the City.   At this point, the estimated length of the project is unknown, as that will need to be determined once they can assess the damage.

Please share this information with your constituents as a “heads-up” that this closure will be coming.  Contact Victoria Janowiak if you have questions!

Road Work near DeVos Campus!

Beginning Monday, May 21st, the City will begin a resurfacing project on Prospect between Fountain to Fulton.  The project is scheduled for May 21 thought June 15th.  The notice states that limited to no access to driveways will occur.  That may make it difficult to access the DeVos campus and the Admin building.  Additionally, due to our DeVos campus parking resurfacing project, parking is limited on the DeVos campus.  Please be aware of these issues if you need to visit the Admin building or Sneden Hall.  If parking by the Admin building is full, please use the student parking entrance and park on the top of the Sneden ramp.   Thank you for your patience!

GRCC In the News, 5-16-18

Making a difference in our schools
5/15/18 WOOD TV
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Here in West Michigan, there’s a shortage of diverse preschool teachers in the workforce, so Aquinas College is working to make a difference through free training.
Here to tell us more about the PREP program is Dr. Nkechy Ezeh, the Early Childhood Education Program Director, along with Beanka Masefiade and Sirak Kurban, two of the PREP Recruiters.
(In the interview that follows, Kurban talks about creating partnerships with nonprofits, specifically mentioning GRCC.)

Determined grad finds her way from life-altering earthquake to success
5/15/18 (KISD newsletter)
The first thing you may notice about Roodflore Winkels is her smile. Get to know her a bit, and her determination and accomplishments could very well make you smile.
… She plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College in the fall and pursue a career in accounting. She has secured an internship with a local accounting firm for part of the summer.