GRCC In The News, 03-15-19

Metallica’s James Hetfield Meets With Grand Rapids Community College Leaders To Discuss Workforce
Metallica recently gave Grand Rapids Community College a $100,000 grant to provide more opportunities for nontraditional students to get welding skills that could lead to jobs in the future.

Metallica rocks West Michigan
3/13/19 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The iconic rock band Metallica played to a sold out crowd at Van Andel Arena on Wednesday, March 13, as part of their WorldWired Tour. The group opened the show playing “Hardwired” off their latest album, 2016’s “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct.”
… Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink, third from left, caught up with Metallica guitarist James Hetfield, center, prior to the show to present a decorative steel guitar crafted by GRCC welding professors. GRCC was one of 10 colleges selected nationwide for a $100,000 Metallica Scholars grant, which the college will use to launch an intensive welding program targeted toward nontraditional students that takes less time to complete than traditional courses.

Metallica’s James Hetfield visits Grand Rapids Community College; gifts school with $100,000 grant
3/14/19 (metal music site)
Metallica singer/guitarist James Hetfield was greeted with gifts from Grand Rapids Community College on Wednesday, reports Metallica was in town to play at Van Andel Arena, but before the concert, Hetfield caught up to talk with GRCC President Bill Pink about skilled labor and helping people get jobs.

Metallica remains master of metal with artful spectacle at first Grand Rapids show in 10 years
3/14/19 Local Spins
“Master of Puppets” is a song that transcends mere hearing, listening or even music itself, and becomes a full-blooded experience like a memory of a great dramatic journey thats an essential part of you.
(This concert review includes a link to our Metallica press release.)

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Metallica recently gave Grand Rapids Community College a $100,000 grant to provide more opportunities for nontraditional students to get welding skills that could lead to jobs in the future.

3/14/19 WOTV
It (the Bach Festival) was started in 1997 by Linn Maxwell Keller. It became part of the Grand Rapids Symphony in 2016. … When you think of classical music, you think of sophisticated adults, but there are a lot of great things for the little ones. We have children’s events at the Grand Rapids Community College Laboratory Preschool.

Pistol the pup helps celebrate People & Pets!
3/14/19 WZZM
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — People & Pets has been apart of LaughFest since the beginning! It’s a great FREE event where animal lovers can bring their beloved pet to GRCC Ford Fieldhouse from 10-2 Sunday, March 17, and take part in games, contests and see numerous different vendors.

2 SWWC Culinary Arts Program Students Medal at Skills USA Regional
3/15/19 The Saline Post
Two students in the South & West Washtenaw Consortium culinary arts program medalled at the regional and will move on to the state competition.
… The regional took place at Oakland Community College Feb. 8. Schultz and Hill compete at the state competition held at Grand Rapids Community College April. 6.

Spots still open for March 22 wellness professional development on label-reading

Knowing what you’re putting in your body starts with being able to decipher the labels on food. We’ll look at which categories are of the most importance. We will also examine the front labels on foods and what they mean: ‘Organic?’ ‘Non-GMO?’ ‘Natural?’

Register on the Professional Development page.

GRCC Welding crafts guitar sculpture as Metallica ‘thank you’

Dr. Pink, Julie Parks, and GRCC staff and families pose with Metallica guitarist James Hetfield has he hold the full-sized black metal guitar sculpture made by the GRCC Welding Dept.

Shout out to the Welding Department for creating a rock-worthy tribute to the band Metallica in thanks for the welding grant that they recently awarded to GRCC – our welding superstars made a full-size black metal guitar statue as thanks! The metal ‘guitar’ is engraved with the Metallica logo and the words “GRCC Welding.” Metallica guitarist James Hetfield, pictured above, is clearly delighted with the tribute.

Way to go, Welding Dept.!

Raider Salute to Chef Bob Schultz, culinary students for making Make a Wish magic in the kitchen yesterday

HUGE Raider Salute to Chef Bob Schultz and GRCC culinary students Sidney Hyde, Amanda Barnett, and Tom Brown from the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education – this amazing crew shared their talents with Make-A-Wish Michigan and a very special “wish kid” now known as Chef Forrest.

The 5-year-old chef, with parents Nicole and Bo, attended the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education yesterday and learned how to prepare Mexican cuisine.

The visit to GRCC was the last stop in a week-long adventure for Chef Forrest, who prepared meals and desserts in West Michigan eateries.

Thank you Chef Schultz, Sidney, Amanda, and Tom for helping make Chef Forrest’s wish come true – you rock!

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Register now for the GRCC Golf Scramble and Cookout

Sign for the GRCC golf outing. Image shows a pink golf ball with the dark blue GRCC label in the crook of a tree. The text reads: "GRCC Scramble & Cookout. May 3, 2019. Alpine Golf Course, 6320 Alpine Ave NW, Comstock Park, MI. Come join your coworkers for a fun day of golf and dinner! $55.00 per person for golf and dinner. $20.00 per person for dinner only. 10:00 a.m. Registration. 11:00 a.m. Shotgun Start. 4:00 p.m. Social Hour. 5:00 p.m. Dinner Buffet."

The GRCC Golf Scramble and Cookout returns!

For those of you participated last year, and for those of you who missed out on the fun, mark your calendar for Friday, May 3, 2019.

Don’t miss out on a great time with lots of golf, food, and prizes!

The registration form is available on Google Drive.

REGISTRATION FORM: Payment must accompany your registration. First come, first served basis (25 team limit/limited seating). Registration will be accepted through April 12, 2019, or until team/dinner limit has been reached.

Recap: President Pink, college leaders participate in Cesar Chavez social justice march


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President Bill Pink and other GRCC leaders and students participated Thursday in the 15th Annual Cesar E. Chavez Social Justice March and Community Gathering.

The event was focused on demonstrating unity in our community, walking arm-in-arm commemorating Chavez’s vision to engage all, particularly the youth, to carry on his values and timeless vision for a better world.

GRCC representatives joined Mayor Rosalyn Bliss and other city leaders and volunteers in a march down Grandville Avenue from Cook Library to The Potter’s House in Grand Rapids.

Begin Sexual Assault Awareness Month with ‘Healing through Advocacy’ at the Library

Digital poster for the Healing through Advocacy event at GRCC. The text reads: "Healing through Advocacy. Sexual Assault Awareness Month. A Discussion of the Process of Healing and Growth through Education and Activism. April 2. 1-2:30 p.m. Learning Resource Center Library, Room 2 West Side."

Did you know that April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month?

Begin April on a mindful note with the Healing through Advocacy event at the Library.

  • WHEN: April 2, 1-2:30 p.m.
  • WHERE: Learning Resource Center Library, Room 2, West Side

Panelists at the event include:

  • Kimberly DeVries, GRCC Title IX Coordinator
  • Patti Haist, YWCA West Central Michigan Director of Clinical Services
  • Stacey Heisler, LPC, NCC, Counseling and Career Development, Counselor/Interim Program Director
  • Morgan McCaul, Victim Rights Activist and Survivor

Morgan McCaul is a survivor involved in the MSU Nassar case, and has been committed to advocating for sexual assault survivors and promoting legislative activism, especially among college students.

Ms. McCaul will also be the keynote speaker for the event.

A Q&A session will follow the panel. Refreshments will be provided.

Sponsored by GRCC’s Library and Learning Commons and GRCC’s Office of Student Life and Conduct.