GRCC In the News, 1-15-19

Son feels President Gerald R. Ford’s presence at GRCC’s fieldhouse rededication

Jan. 14, 2019; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Michael Ford says his family is proud to be associated with the recently renovated Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse at Grand Rapids Community College.

Witness: Weed deal gone bad led to teen’s death

Jan. 14, 2019; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The cousin of fatal shooting victim James King said the two were trying to sell marijuana in a strip mall parking lot when one of the customers opened fire, trying to rob them.

… Her son was a senior at East Kentwood High School, with plans to go to Grand Rapids Community College, she said. He wanted to be an architect.

HCC among 30 Colleges listed as Bellwether Award Finalist

Jan. 14, 2019;

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (1/14/19) — The Community College Futures Assembly issued a call for Bellwether Award nominations in the fall of 2018 and 30 finalist colleges in three categories were competitively chosen from the applicants. Hopkinsville Community College was among that list of finalists.

… The Community College Futures Assembly has the following programs as 2019 Bellwether Finalist programs:

… Workforce Development: Public and/or private strategic alliances and partnerships that promote community and economic development.

… Grand Rapids Community College Grand Rapids, Michigan – Creating the Public Works Pipeline

T2C Studio receives a $150,000 Wege Foundation Grant Award

Jan. 13, 2019;

There is never a quiet moment in T2C Studio. The sound of laughter, flipping notebook pages, and chatter constantly echoes across the glass panels ringing around this brightly colored, open-aired space in the main branch of the Grand Rapids Public Library.

… Financial issues add to the challenge of navigating the higher education system. Natasha Nash, a student at Grand Rapids Community College, cleans at a local school for thirty hours per week. Part-time work helps Nash make tuition and rent payments, but it also makes it difficult to find time to study.

Pre-proposals for Study Away experiences due Feb. 1

The Department of Experiential Learning is now accepting Pre-Proposals for short-term travel experiences during the Summer 2020 semester.

Full-time faculty submit a Pre-Proposal outlining the initial details of the travel experience (locations, budget, dates of travel, and how the experience meets course outcomes). This form is due Friday, February 1.

Upon approval of the Pre-Proposal, faculty then submit the Full-Proposal, which fleshes out more details of the travel experience. The Full-Proposal is due Monday, April 1.

If you have any questions regarding the creation of a short-term travel experience (Study Away), please contact the Study Away Faculty Coordinator, Hillery Haney at or 616-234-4380.

Faculty leading these travel experiences are supported by the Department of Experiential Learning which assists in marketing and recruitment, vetting student applications, managing student payments and provider invoices, student travel orientations, and overall risk management support.

You can find Study Away Proposal Process guidelines online.

The students take in the sights at Chartres Cathedral, a medieval Roman Catholic cathedral in Chartres, France.

TRIO will hold Summer Research Fair on Jan. 23

TRIO/Student Support Services is holding Summer Research Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 23 in the Raider Grille.

Participating programs include:

  • The University of Michigan UROP Community College Summer Fellowship.
  • Michigan Technological University MICUP.
  • The University of Michigan School of Information.
  • Van Andel Institute.
  • Summer Health Professions Education Program.
  • PTK/Office of Experiential Learning.

Information on a variety of opportunities will be available. Come, learn, get involved and make a difference! Snacks will be provided.



A student points to a posterboard describing his research project.

Photos from rededication of Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse

It was a full house for the rededication of the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse on Monday. Mike Ford, son of President Ford and first lady Betty Ford, was joined by community leaders, students and GRCC staff in celebrating the transformation of the fieldhouse to enhance learning, support student-athletes’ performance, and create a more comfortable environment for spectators and community events.

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