GRCC In The News, 10-01-18

Manufacturers invite students to explore
9/28/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
West Michigan manufacturers will host 260 events next week to dispel misconceptions about the industry and fire up students interest in future jobs.
… Swoboda currently offers tooling and mechatronics technician apprenticeship opportunities through Grand Rapids Community College and the state’s MAT2 program.

Morning News at 6 a.m.
9/29/18 WZZM
(No transcript is available, but a report on Oktoberfest at John Ball Zoo talked about GRCC students decorating lunch bags for Kids’ Food Basket.)

Report: Immigrants contribute $3.3 billion to Kent County economy
GRAND RAPIDS — Immigrants now living in Kent County are making a significant impact on the local economy.
… During the 1960s and 1970s, many Latinos migrated to Detroit because of job opportunities with the Big Three automakers, said Carlos Sanchez, a board member with the Hispanic Center of West Michigan and director of Ferris State University’s Latino Business and Economic Development Center.
(This article doesn’t mention it, but Carlos Sanchez is a member of the GRCC board of trustees.)

Community Forums for Equity and Inclusion Officer Post Begin Today

Grand Rapids Community College is running a series of faculty and community forums this week and next to meet the four finalists for the position of equity and inclusion officer.

B. Afeni McNeely Cobham, a visiting associate professor at Salem State University, will be interviewed today, October 1, in room 168 of the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center (ATC), 151 Fountain St. NE.

  • The faculty forum will run from 12:30 – 1:15 p.m. at the ATC.
  • The community forum will run from 2:15-3:15 p.m. in the same location.


The other finalists for the position include:

  • Jessica Cruz, chief diversity and inclusion officer at Northern Michigan University,  who will interviewed October 3, in room 168 of the ATC.
  • Salvador Lopez, associate director of diversity recruitment at Grand Valley State University, who will be interviewed October 10 in room 124 of the ATC.


The person selected for the position will work with stakeholders – students, faculty, staff and community members – to ensure that GRCC is a leader in equity and inclusion.

This position also will oversee the Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion, which has worked for 12 years on educating and honoring the dignity of all people through community celebrations such as the Giants Awards and through educational opportunities like student workshops, the Latino Youth Conference, and the Institute for Healing Racism.


Note:  Dwight Hamilton, chief diversity officer at Rosalind Franklin University, withdrew his candidacy.

Gerontology Panel this November at DeVos Campus

Gerontology Panel poster. Poster features three images of older adults. An older woman listens to headphones with a younger woman; an older woman and man ride bikes; and an older man teaches four younger students in an academic setting. The text on the poster reads: "Gerontology Panel. Thursday, November 1, 2018. 4:30-6 p.m. GRCC's DeVos Campus, Sneden Hall, Room 108."

Information about this panel discussion:

  • What: Gerontology Panel
  • When: Thursday, November 1, 2018, from 4:30-6 p.m.
  • Where: GRCC’s DeVos Campus, Sneden Hall, Room 108
  • Who: A panel of community experts will answer questions about issues in Gerontology and share volunteer opportunities for working with older adults.
  • Why: Learn more about GRCC’s Gerontology Certificate program.

The Gerontology Panel is free and open to any students, faculty, staff, and community members who would like to attend.

Contact Kate Byerwalter, Ph.D. at or (616) 234-4405 for more information.