GRCC In The News, 12-17-18

Metallica does good in Grand Rapids
12/14/18 Grand Rapids Magazine
We already know Metallica rocks, but now the heavy metal band is earning even greater respect in Grand Rapids for a $100,000 gift it’s giving to Grand Rapids Community College.

Metallica Launches Scholarship Initiative
12/17/18 Look to the Stars
Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation and the American Association of Community Colleges have launched the Metallica Scholars Initiative: $1 Million in grants to go to 10 community colleges.
… In keeping with AWMH’s philosophy of enabling Metallica to give back to communities that have supported the band, the recipient colleges are all AACC members and based in and around stops on Metallica’s 2017-2019 WorldWired Tour. The 10 sites are:
… Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Northeast-area athletes making an impact on the college level
12/14/18 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS – The fall sports season has ended, the winter season is getting into full swing at colleges and universities around the region, and numerous local athletes are making contributions on the collegiate level this season. Following is a look at former high school athletes from Cedar Springs and Rockford competing at the college level.
… Aaliyah Sargent is turning in a strong sophomore season with the Grand Rapids Community College women’s basketball team. A Cedar Springs graduate, Sargent is averaging 9.1 rebounds, 3.8 points, and 2.7 assists per game.

News 8 at 6 p.m.
12/15/18 WOOD TV
Reporter Evan Dean: “This year, Adam Quinn has run and run a lot. In fact, in 2018, he has run more than 2,018 miles. If you’re doing the math at home, that’s an average of five miles a day. During his quest to run the year, Adam has finished four marathons, including Boston. Just look at all these medals. What you won’t know, if you spot Adam running through the winding trails of Rockford, is that he has autism — but that’s the point. His dad says it doesn’t define him.”
Allan Quinn: “It really isn’t who he is. Over the years, we kept trying to say, ‘You do things just like anyone else. You’re just different in how you do it.'”
Dean: “We were there to day as he set out to finish the final two of those 2,018 miles. He finished fast and welcomed by a crowd of family and friends in downtown Rockford. Adam, overcome with emotion after completing the challenge and seeing his loved ones. … Adam’s parents hope his story spreads a smile and encourages inclusion. To them, their son is so many things: a GRCC students, a great dancer, a friend, a brother and, oh yeah, a pretty good runner, too.”

Condolences to Steve Abid

We extend our condolences to Steve Abid on the passing of his wife Maureen Abid of 41 years on Friday, December 14, 2018.

Visitation is scheduled for Monday, December 17, at Arsulowicz Brothers Mortuary 3525 Remembrance Rd NW, Grand Rapids from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 18, at 11 a.m. at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Belmont, MI.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the St. Mary’s Lacks Cancer Center or the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research.

Maureen’s obituary is available online.

GRCC In The News, 12-14-18

Metallica Donates $1 Million to 10 Community Colleges
12/14/18 Inside Higher Ed
Hall of Fame rock band Metallica is donating $1 million to 10 community colleges across the country as part of a partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges.
… The colleges that were selected will each receive $100,000 and are based in and around stops on Metallica’s 2017-2019 WorldWired Tour:
… Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan

Metallica awards job training grant to GRCC
12/13/18 The Fabricator (publication of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association)
The heavy metal band Metallica is awarding Grand Rapids Community College a $100,000 grant to connect more nontraditional students to in-demand welding jobs.

…And Justice for All: A $1M Donation for Community Colleges — For a Change
12/13/18 Nonprofit Quarterly
When thinking of education philanthropists, the heavy metal rock band Metallica probably does not rise to the top of many people’s lists, but this week the band announced that its All Within My Hands Foundation (AWMH) would award $100,000 grants to 10 community colleges across the country with the goal of helping more than 1,000 students achieve their career goals.
… The band has partnered with American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), a trade association that represents over 1,1100 community colleges, on the project. The 10 colleges receiving what Metallica has called its first cohort of grantees are the following:
… Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Hero of the Day? Heavy metal band Metallica grants $100K to GRCC for welding program
12/12/18 mibiz.com
GRAND RAPIDS — Grand Rapids Community College will receive $100,000 from heavy metal band Metallica to support new programming, the school announced today.

Metallica Is Donating $1,000,000 to US Community Colleges in New Charity Initiative
12/12/18 ultimate-guitar.com
Metallica has announced a new charity initiative through their All Within My Hands Foundation – a donation of $1 million in grant money to select community colleges.
… The 10 community colleges that have been selected are:
… Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, MI

Metallica’s foundation awards grant to college
12/13/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
The foundation started by the heavy metal band Metallica is giving a job-training grant to a local college.
The All Within My Hands Foundation, created in 2017, will provide Grand Rapids Community College with a $100,000 grant to connect more non-traditional students to welding jobs.

GRCC offers new certification in Supply Chain Operations Management
12/14/18 schoolnewsnetwork.org (KISD newsletter)
While Santa Claus may have elves for toy-making and Rudolph to guide his sleigh, many West Michigan companies need more qualified manpower to ensure the economical and efficient production of items and delivery to wherever they need to go and fast.
… Grand Rapids Community College is paving the way to equip people with introductory skills and meet the needs of employers to manage all facets of bringing goods from producer to consumer as seamlessly as those bow-tied presents come from the North Pole, down the chimney and end up under the Christmas tree.

GRCC trustee recount finished, winners decided
12/13/18 WOOD TV
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — With a recount completed, officials have declared the winners of the election for the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees.

Board of Canvassers completes vote recount for GRCC trustees
12/14/18 FOX 17
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Kent County Clerk Lisa Posthumus Lyons says the Kent County Board of Canvassers has completed a recount of votes cast in the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees race.

Programmer’s instruction led to election night tech trouble / 12-13-18
12/13/18 The Hastings Banner
Barry County Clerk Pamela Palmer’s Election Day nightmare began with a simple question to Governmental Business Systems. GBS is the company that provided the software the county used in November to compile election results.
… Unfortunately, that’s not the case for the Grand Rapids Community College race in Kent County.

Recount for GRCC trustees board confirms win by candidate initially declared loser
12/14/18 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A recount for a spot on the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees has confirmed that Sheryl Siegel actually won the position, not the person initially certified as the winner.

Finalizado el recuento de GRCC, Kathy Crosby y Sheryl Siegel ganaron elecciones
12/13/18 El Vocero
GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN (EVH) .- Con un recuento finalizado, los funcionarios declararon a los ganadores de la elección para el Consejo de Administración de Grand Rapids Community College.
(GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN (EVH) — With a final count, officials declared the winners of the election to the Grand Rapids Community College board of trustees.)

PR society elects board officers and members
12/13/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
The region’s public relations society has named its new leaders.
… New board members
… Dave Murray, Grand Rapids Community College

GRCC In The News, 12-13-18

GRCC welding program gets $100K from Metallica
12/12/18 WOOD TV
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Grand Rapids Community College’s welding program is getting a $100,000 gift from the heavy metal band Metallica.

GRCC gets $100k grant from Metallica
12/12/18 FOX 17
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College received a grant today from one of the legends of heavy metal music.

Metallica awards GRCC with a $100K job-training grant
12/12/18 WZZM
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Metallica is helping GRCC students out!

GRCC receives $100,000 grant from legendary heavy metal band Metallica
12/12/18 WWMT
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) — Grand Rapids Community College was awarded a $100,000 grant by Metallica.

Metallica awards $100K grant to Michigan college
12/12/18 The Detroit Free Press
GRAND RAPIDS — Metallica is helping GRCC students out.

METALLICA To Donate $1 Million To 10 Community Colleges Across America
12/12/18 Metal Injection
Metallica has been doing a whole lot of good with their new charity All Within My Hands Foundation and they’re clearly not slowing down anytime soon. The band has announced they’ll donate $100,000 to 10 community colleges across the United States, with each college awarding the money to over 1,000 enrolled students so they can more effectively enter the workforce.
… Here are the 10 community colleges that will receive the funding.
… Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Heavy metal band Metallica awards GRCC $100K grant to support workforce training
12/12/18 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) is among 10 colleges nationwide awarded a $100,000 grant from the heavy metal band Metallica to support students training to enter the workforce.

Rock Group Metallica Awards $100K Grant To Teach ‘Heavy Metal’ Michigan Welders
12/12/18 WWJ
GRAND RAPIDS (WWJ) – The heavy metal rock band Metallica has awarded $100,000 to help train ‘heavy metal’ Michigan welders.

Metallica awards GRCC with $100k job-training grant
12/12/18 WGRD
Metallica is helping out students here in Grand Rapids!

Robroy Shifts Leadership of Robroy Enclosures
12/12/18 The Electrical Distributor Magazine
BELDING, Mich. — Effective January 1, 2019, Craig Mitchell will be promoted to President of Robroy Enclosures.
Mitchell joined Robroy Enclosures in 2009 as General Manager and became Vice President of Operations & Administration in 2018. Prior to joining the organization, he served for 15 years as a plant manager for Key Plastics. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Cornerstone University and an Associate’s Degree in Automated Manufacturing from Grand Rapids Community College.

Recount in Grand Rapids Community College race to begin Thursday
12/12/18 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The recount in the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees race, prompted by a data entry error, will begin Thursday, Dec. 13, according to Kent County Clerk Lisa Posthumous Lyons.

Nonprofit works to stem trafficking of homeless youth with stable residency program
12/13/18 rapidgrowthmedia.com
Even on overcast days, sunlight bathes the interior of the newly built Covenant House Michigan, Grand Rapids. That’s because 60 percent of the three-story, 17,000 square-foot building is made of glass.
… That’s a key reason why Covenant House spent more than two years establishing community partnerships with other youth drop in centers, including, but not limited to: Grand Rapids HQ, Mel Trotter Ministries Youth Emergency Shelter, Inner City Christian Federation, area school districts, Grand Valley State University, and Grand Rapids Community College.

UIX: Finding work in West Michigan with new tools and guidance
12/13/18 rapidgrowthmedia.com
After months of searching, Joe Bonyea is excited to have a job. But he also had fun looking for it, too.
… The cost of the training employers, as well as the worker’s wages, are covered through the help of state grants, which means trainers are most often attracted from Grand Rapids Community College.

Open house TODAY for new Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer Executive Director

The image is a flyer for the welcome party for Dr. B. Afeni McNeely Cobham. It features their picture in the center. The text reads: “You are cordially invited to an open house to welcome Dr. B. Afeni McNeely Cobham, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer Executive Director of the GRCC Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion. Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. 4-6 p.m. Heritage Restaurant. Hors d'oeuvres will be served. Please RSVP by Dec. 6, 2018, to Jennifer Smith at (616) 234-3390 or jesmith@grcc.edu.” At the bottom of the flyer is the logo for GRCC’s Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion.

You are cordially invited to an open house to welcome Dr. B. Afeni McNeely Cobham, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer Executive Director of the GRCC Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion.

TODAY, Dec. 13, 2018, from 4-6 p.m. at the Heritage Restaurant.

Hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Please RSVP by Dec. 6, 2018, to Jennifer Smith at (616) 234-3390 or jesmith@grcc.edu.

 

GRCC retiree biography: Janice Chapman

Photo of Janice Champan

Janice Chapman will be retiring from GRCC at the end of fall semester. Janice has worked for GRCC for 9 ½ years as an Assistant Professor in the English Department and prior to this worked at an Alternative High School in Wyoming.

Janice taught developmental English and currently is teaching Integrated Reading and Writing. When asked about her favorite memory at GRCC, Janice said “I have enjoyed reconnecting with some of the students I taught from the Wyoming School District. I have also enjoyed being at the frontlines, acting as a bridge to help students that are underprepared for college. I would say this has been my calling.”

In retirement, Janice is going to enjoy more of her role as Mimi-Jan to 6 amazing little Chapmans. Janice looks forward to having more time for her art and The Arts. Janice and her husband, Don, plan to hike and camp- immersing themselves in the National Parks. They want to play hard while they are healthy. They plan to continue managing their rental properties and if they get bored might flip a few houses.

We wish you all the best in your retirement, Janice. Please stay in touch! Thank you for all that you did for GRCC and our students. You have really made difference in the lives of many. Enjoy retirement!

GRCC employees: get your Holiday Breakfast on this Friday morning at the Student Center!

The 2018 GRCC Holiday Breakfast – Friday, December 14

Reminders:

– Doors open to serve breakfast at 7:30 a.m. in the 2nd floor of the Student Center!

Program begins in the Raider Grille at 8:30 a.m.

– Wear your ugly sweater for the 2nd annual competition!

– Bring a donation of either 1. food for the Food or Snack Pantry, or 2. new winter gear for students (hats, scarves, gloves, & mittens).

 

Can’t wait to see you there!

Recap: GRCC Lakeshore students give back at Midtown Center

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GRCC Lakeshore students donated their time and energy last week at the Midtown Center in Holland. Jason Stevens, Phil Flipse, Esmeralda Hernandez, and La’teju Simmons met on December 4 to help pack hygiene kits for students at Narrow Gate, a residential facility for drug rehabilitation.

The hygiene kits were distributed to Narrow Gate students on December 7 in Marcellus, Michigan.

Kudos to both our students and also event organizer Gwen Rubio, Adult Ed and ESL instructor for the Zeeland/Holland Adult Education Program.

Welcome party tomorrow for Dr. B. Afeni McNeely Cobham

The image is a flyer for the welcome party for Dr. B. Afeni McNeely Cobham. It features their picture in the center. The text reads: “You are cordially invited to an open house to welcome Dr. B. Afeni McNeely Cobham, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer Executive Director of the GRCC Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion. Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. 4-6 p.m. Heritage Restaurant. Hors d'oeuvres will be served. Please RSVP by Dec. 6, 2018, to Jennifer Smith at (616) 234-3390 or jesmith@grcc.edu.” At the bottom of the flyer is the logo for GRCC’s Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion.

You are cordially invited to an open house to welcome Dr. B. Afeni McNeely Cobham, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer Executive Director of the GRCC Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion.

Tomorrow, Dec. 13, 2018, from 4-6 p.m. at the Heritage Restaurant.

Hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Please RSVP by Dec. 6, 2018, to Jennifer Smith at (616) 234-3390 or jesmith@grcc.edu.