GRCC In The News, 9-05-18

Workforce programs yield big ROI
9/4/18 Community College Daily
When community colleges educate and train people for higher-paying jobs, they not only improve individuals’ lifestyles, but that investment benefits employers, taxpayers and local and state governments.
… Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC)’s relationships with West Michigan Works, other business groups and employers has proven to be quite fruitful in ensuring the college provides training programs that lead to good jobs, says Amy Mansfield, dean of workforce development.

UCO Alumni Association announces 2018 Distinguished Alumni award recipients
9/4/18 The Edmond Sun (Okla.)
The University of Central Oklahoma Alumni Association will recognize six recipients of its Distinguished Alumni Award at its annual 2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5, in the Grand Ballroom of Nigh University Center.
… Bill Pink, Ed.D., is the 10th president of Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Prior to his role as president at GRCC, Pink served as vice president and dean for workforce development at GRCC, as vice president for academic affairs at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City and as an associate dean in the UCO College of Education and Professional Studies.

Former homecoming king knows grades matter… and a little AC/DC helps
9/4/18 (KISD newsletter)
As he walks through the hallways of Kent Career Tech Center, Ryan Graham lights up the corridors with his big smile and enthusiastic greeting. “Happy Monday!” he exclaims as he holds the door open for a group of students headed toward their classes.
… Education and degrees: Attended Grand Rapids Community College after graduating from Lowell High School, transferred to Central Michigan University, where he graduated in 2001 with degrees in Earth Science and English.

Fountain Hill Brewery Opens Today, Hours and Dates for Fall and Winter

Logo for the GRCC Fountain Hill Brewery. Logo features stylized images of grain, water, hops, and bubbles

The Fountain Hill Brewery will be open from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday evenings on the dates listed below:

Fall 2018:

  • September: 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27
  • October: 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31
  • November: 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 28, 29

Winter 2019:

  • January: 23, 24, 30, 31
  • February: 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28
  • March: 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28
  • April: 3, 4, 10, 11

Want to receive the latest updates about the Fountain Hill Brewery? Join the Friends of Secchia Institute for Culinary Education e-Club.

You can also follow the Fountain Hill Brewery on Facebook.

Two HVAC Students Receive Scholarships

Ryan Nyland and Jeremiah Meendorp, both HVAC students here at GRCC, have received the illustrious Rees Scholarship, sponsored by the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI).

The Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation was established to assist with the recruitment and competency of future heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) technicians by awarding scholarships to qualified students who are enrolled in an institutionally accredited school.

Each year, the foundation awards scholarships of up to $2,000 to qualified students enrolled in an HVACR program at an accredited institution.

The HVAC Program here at GRCC is accredited through The Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, & Refrigeration Accreditation, located in Arlington, VA.

Congratulations to Ryan and Jeremiah!

SSPD Grants: September 2018 Funding Opportunity

The deadline for the submission of grant applications for the Support Staff Professional Development (SSPD) program is September 28, 2018, at 4:30 p.m.

The SSPD application packet and SSPD Guidelines are available on the Grants Department web page at Please note that applications must include a supervisor’s approval form, a budget form, and budget documentation. If you have any questions about SSPD grants, please contact Lisa Dopke, Interim Director of Grant Development, at 234-3340 or Good luck!

New Electronic Vehicle Charging Stations in Bostwick Parking Ramp

ChargePoint logo for EV charging stations

Two new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations are available for staff, student, and visitor use within the Bostwick Parking Ramp.  The staff charging station is located near the staff parking entrance off Fountain NE.  The student/visitor station is located near the Bostwick NE ramp entrance.  Each station is able to accommodate two cars at a time on adjacent parking spaces.  Only electric vehicles that are using the charging stations may park in the designated spots which are painted green.

The EV charging stations are fully managed by ChargePoint, one of the world’s largest EV charging networks. Support is available 24/7 from ChargePoint either through the app or the support number listed on the station’s interactive screen. For additional information, and to use the station, drivers simply download the ChargePoint mobile app and sign up for a free ChargePoint account. Full details on how to access EV charging stations through ChargePoint can be found at the ChargePoint website including training videos and FAQs.  (

The cost to use an EV station is 15 cents per kilowatt hour. In order to use a station, you must have a ChargePoint account. In addition to station usage fee, users must have a valid parking permit or pay the designated parking fees. To ensure that access is available to as many users as possible, vehicles using the charging stations must be moved to a regular parking space within the Bostwick Ramp or exit the ramp when fully charged. When the vehicle is charged, ChargePoint will send the user a notification that the car is charged, and that they have 30 minutes to move the vehicle. After the 30 minute time period the user will be charged $1.00 per hour.

If the EV charging stations in the Bostwick Parking Ramp are highly utilized, more stations will be considered in the future.

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