GRCC In The News, 8-23-18

GRCC: safety first, as volleyball team prepared to head home from Hawaii
8/22/18 FOX 17
ALLENDALE, Mich. — The Grand Rapids Community College volleyball team is scheduled to depart Hawaii on Thursday night, hours before Hurricane Lane is forecasted to pay a rather rude visit to the island state.

MSU home run king Mike Eddington takes over at Grand Rapids JC
8/22/18 MLive
Mike Eddington, a former Grand Rapids Community College baseball player who went on to break Michigan State University’s home run record, has been hired to coach the GRCC baseball team.

Grand Rapids plans career academies for Ottawa Hills High
8/22/18 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Public Schools plans to offer a half-dozen career academies in fields in demand in West Michigan at Ottawa Hills High Schools.
… The district already has an Early/Middle College program at Ottawa Hills High, located at 2055 Rosewood Ave. SE, that launched last year. After a five years, students can earn a diploma and an associate of arts degree from Grand Rapids Community College.

OpenStax Partner Schools Expected to Save Students $17.4M on Textbooks
8/23/18 (marketing website)
Houston, Tex. — Eleven U.S. colleges and universities that partnered with Rice University-based nonprofit publisher OpenStax last summer to encourage the use of freely available learning materials expect to save their students nearly $17.4 million on textbook and materials costs in the coming academic year. Most of the projected savings — $10.7 million — are a result of initiatives implemented during OpenStax’s institutional partnership program.
… Current partner schools from previous years are Alamo Colleges (Texas); Auburn University (Alabama); BCcampus (British Columbia); Central New Mexico Community College; College of the Canyons (California); Grand Rapids Community College (Michigan); Lansing Community College (Michigan); Maricopa Community Colleges (Arizona); Northern Essex Community College (Massachusetts); The Ohio State University; Pasadena City College (California); Salt Lake Community College (Utah); South Florida State College; Tarrant County College (Texas); Tulsa Community College (Oklahoma); UMass Amherst; University of Arizona; University of Connecticut; University of Idaho; University of Georgia; University of Oklahoma; University System of Georgia; University of Texas, San Antonio; Utah State University; Virginia Tech; and Washington State University.

Winning the right to be heard: Melvin Thomas poised to engage youth in urban classrooms
Melvin Thomas didn’t know it at the time, but his career serving youth began at a funeral: the service of his cousin who was murdered at the age of 16 in Thomas’ home town of Benton Harbor. Thomas was just 21 when he attended, and is still affected by the emotional experience of that day.
… Thomas was attending Grand Rapids Community College at the time, he was struggling with daily life and his classes.

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