GRCC In The News, 03-04-19

Street Talk: Courts go fee free
3/1/19 Grand Rapids Business Journal
… Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II toured Grand Rapids Community College’s Wisner Bottrall Applied Technology Center last week, speaking with students and faculty about education leading to careers in the culinary arts.

Inside Track: Pursuing a lifelong dream
3/1/19 Grand Rapids Business Journal
When Ali Ghebleh moved from his home country of Iran in 1980 to obtain an MBA from Central Michigan University, he intended to return and open a business with his brothers.
… In the meantime, he took a few classes at Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education, not to learn about cooking, but to learn about the business of running a restaurant.

Bill to end mandatory career readiness test pleases educators, vexes business leaders
3/1/19 Sault Ste. Marie Evening News
High school juniors would no longer have to take the ACT WorkKeys career readiness test under a bill with broad legislative backing a move touted by educators as a way to save time, money and student stress.
… She (Delaney McKinley, the senior director of government affairs for the Michigan Manufacturers Association) named the Grand Rapids area as particularly reliant on WorkKeys test results, as a great collaboration between West Michigan Works!, Grand Rapids Community College and local employers has led to a greater adoption of the assessment in that region.

GRAAHI preps initiative to diversify health care workforce
GRAND RAPIDS — Along with welcoming new leadership, the Grand Rapids African American Health Institute is preparing to launch a major initiative later this year to bring greater diversity to the regions health care workforce.
… GRAAHI partnered with seven West Michigan colleges and universities on the initiative GVSU, Aquinas College, Calvin College, Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College and Hope College.

Hawks open softball season with two victories
3/3/19 Herald-Mail (Hagerstown, Md.)
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Hagerstown Community College opened its season with a pair of victories in the FastPitch Dreams Classic on Sunday.
The Hawks edged Grand Rapids Community College in eight innings. Elizabeth Churchman and Madi Renn each singled and later scored on an error. Emily Talbert went the distance, allowing five hits and three walks while striking out 14.

Road Closure today-Wednesday: Lyon St NW

From 8 a.m. today – 4 p.m. Wednesday, Lyon St. NW will be closed from Ottawa Ave to Ionia Ave.

WHERE: Lyon St., from Ottawa Ave to Ionia Ave.

WHEN: Monday, March 4, 2019, 8:00 a.m. – Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 4 p.m.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK: Exterior building work with a crane.

CLOSURE TYPE: Full closure.


  • Eastbound: Ottawa to Pearl to Ionia.
  • Westbound: Ionia to Michigan to Ottawa.