GRCC In The News, 9-24-18

Grand Rapids New Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory Will Train Next Generation
9/21/18 Industry Week
The Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Laboratory located in downtown Grand Rapids on at Western University Michigan opened on Sept. 19. It occupies 15,000-square-feet but houses a lot of dreams.
A collaborative effort between the Grand Rapids Community College and West Michigan manufacturers, it aims to serve as a program to cultivate the next generation of engineers, designers and other skilled individuals to serve the manufacturing industry.

Morning News
9/23/18 FOX 17
Western Michigan University is opening a new lab for manufacturing students. The $3 million facility opened its doors earlier this week on Ionia and Cherry Street in downtown Grand Rapids. Just a year ago, the university announced a collaboration with Grand Rapids Community College and West Michigan manufacturers addressing industry needs. The facility will include opportunities for students to earn college credits in prototyping, training, small-scale manufacturing. The president of GRCC says that the program will benefit the community and students in the area for the future. Bill Pink, GRCC president: “This is a collaboration of people and organizations that got together and said, ‘We need to do more in the area of advancing manufacturing in West Michigan because we all know the talent need is huge and it’s not going away tomorrow.'”

Kalamazoo-based WMU Opens Manufacturing Lab in Downtown Grand Rapids
Kalamazoo’s Western Michigan University Wednesday announced it has opened its 15,000-square-foot AMP Lab in downtown Grand Rapids.
The Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Laboratory comes a year after the university announced a collaborative effort with Grand Rapids Community College and western Michigan manufacturers to address talent needs in the manufacturing industry.

The talent gap opportunity
9/24/18 Crain’s Detroit Business
Growing up, Derrek Schwab listened as everybody even his wood-shop and metal-shop teachers told him he needed to go to college.
… For details on how to begin, including a step-by-step guide to the process and an ROI calculator for your business, visit or call the apprenticeship hotline at 734-229-3559. Here are some specific apprenticeship programs, to give you an idea of the diversity of options.
… Michigan Apprenticeship Program Plus (MAP+), a partnership between Grand Rapids and Macomb community colleges, MIWorks!, employers and others. Learn more:
… Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP), in partnership with Grand Rapids Community College and local employers.

College notes: Autumn Severn on a roll for Raiders
9/21/18 The Argus-Press (Shiawassee County)
Autumn Severn is on a nice roll at the setter position for Grand Rapids Community College.

Late commitment to golf at GRCC left Rohrback feeling nervous
9/23/18 Traverse City Record-Eagle
SUTTONS BAY — Suttons Bay graduate Evan Rohrback looked around and felt a little nervous.
… Rohrback first reached out to Grand Rapids Community College coach John Forton last December, expressing interest in joining the team. The interest proved mutual, but Rohrback played football, basketball, and golf, and he was never able to schedule an official visit to the school.

Artist paints forgotten history along the Grand River
9/21/18 Grand Rapids Magazine
Growing up, Grand Rapids artist Alan Compo was surrounded by art all the time. He attended Grand Rapids Community College and took art classes, but most of his learning about art came from Native American artists.

Artistic Achievement
9/22/18 The Daily News (Greenville)
A dozen local artists have created offerings for the 10th annual ArtPrize contest, ranging in inspiration from Michigan nature and wildlife to Haitian creations to Greek mythology to Japanese art.
… Lisa Spielmaker
… Background: I enjoy all forms of art, and appreciate all forms of creation. Art in all forms is a thing of beauty. I strive to bring that realistic natural beauty into my art. Art is like an eloquent language that everyone can understand and appreciate. It brings everyone together without words and can have a profound impact on society. That is why I enjoy art so much. I am a 1998 graduate of Grand Rapids Community College focusing on art and art history. I have two pieces of art that are part of their permanent collection.

Morning News at 6 a.m.
9/24/18 WZZM
With the November election just around the corner, the Secretary of State is making it easy for people to get ready for the election. Starting today, their mobile offices will visit state universities across the state, offering voter registration and other services to students, faculty and staff and area residents. Here are some of those stops. It will be at Grand Rapids Community College today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. then GVSU on Tuesday and Western Michigan on Wednesday.

Hope women’s cross country places fifth at GRCC Raider Invite
9/22/18 MLive
The Hope College women’s cross country team had another outstanding meet on Saturday by placing fifth out of 14 teams at the Grand Rapids Community College Invitational.

Hope men’s cross country takes seventh at GRCC Raider Invite
9/22/18 MLive
The Hope College men’s cross country team came in seventh place overall out of 13 teams overall competing at the Grand Rapids Community College Invitational on Saturday.

Cross Country Finishes Eighth at Raider Invitational
9/22/18 MLive
Grand Rapids, Mich. – The Alma College men’s and women’s cross country team ran in the Raider Invitational on Saturday (Sept. 22), hosted by Grand Rapids Community College.

Visual Arts Professor Filippo Tagliati receives ArtPrize Artist Seed Grant

Associate Professor Filippo Tagliati in the Visual Arts department attended an awards ceremony on September 20th for the Frey Foundation’s Artist Seed Grants, where he and his collaborative team were awarded a $2,000 grant to support their submission into this year’s competition.  The grants were awarded to artists who “demonstrated both financial need and artistic merit.”

Here a link to the ArtPrize article regarding the awards:

And here is Filippo’s ArtPrize entry for this year:

His project will be on display at the SiTE:LAB venue, 415 Franklin SE, for the duration of ArtPrize.

Deadline for SSPD grant applications is approaching!

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!

Recap: Making Friends and Food at GRCC’s First ‘Seasonal Cooking’ Event

The GRCC Foundation and Secchia Institute for Culinary Education hosted a new seasonal cooking experience last Thursday – “Seasonal Cooking: A physician, a farmer, and a chef walk into a kitchen…”

Image of the Seasonal Cooking advertisement. The image features a variety of garden vegetables above the words, "Seasonal Cooking. "A physician, a farmer, and a chef walk into a kitchen..." Learn about the importance of local, seasonal produce to your overall health and well-being through this hands-on cooking class, presented by the GRCC Foundation. Come cook with us!"

This GRCC Foundation friend-raiser gave guests time to experience GRCC as they never have before, beginning the evening in the Pietro and Regina Amphitheater, followed by time spent cooking together in the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education kitchens, and ending with dinner and discussion.

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Thanks to everyone who helped make this Seasonal Cooking event such a wonderful experience!