GRCC In The News, 4-22-19

  • GRPS growing partners, interest in career academies at Ottawa Hills
    • 4/18/19 MLive
    • GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Public Schools has 19 partners and counting to assist with the development of six career academies planned for Ottawa Hills High School, officials said Thursday, April 18.
    • … The academies along with the Early Middle College program, launched in 2017-18, are expected to grow enrollment. Students can earn a diploma and associate degree in five years through a partnership with Grand Rapids Community College.
  • Change Ups: Hatfields are new franchise owners of Floor Coverings International
    • 4/19/19 Grand Rapids Business Journal
    • … Government
    • Gretchen Whitmer appointed Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation Executive Committee, overseeing the public-private partnership focused on creating jobs and boosting the state’s economy.
  • Students, parents invited to free West Michigan National College Fair today
    • 4/22/19 MLive
    • GRAND RAPIDS, MI – College associations are invited students and parents to a free West Michigan College Fair Monday, April 22, at DeVos Place Conference Center.
    • … Local higher education institutions as well as those across the state will be in attendance including: Grand Valley State University, University of Michigan, Western Michigan University, Michigan State University, Ferris State University and the Kendall College of Art and Design of FSU, Marquette University, Hope College, Calvin College, Aquinas College, and Grand Rapids Community College.
  • Jack Pieters named Ionia County Sheriff’s Office lieutenant
    • 4/18/19 Ionia Sentinel-Standard
    • IONIA — After 17 years with the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office, Jack Pieters has been promoted to lieutenant of the department.
    • … Pieters has an associates degree from Grand Rapids Community College and served in the Marine Corps Reserve from 1989-98.
  • ‘He’s ready for the world’
    • 4/19/19 (Kent Intermediate School District)
    • Nik Ursiny is in charge of his own future, the thoughtful young man explained as he reflected on how far he’s come to graduation. He’s not letting debilitating illnesses determine his fate.
    • … Nik will graduate May 23 from Byron Center High School. He hopes to attend the Grand Rapids Community College Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Program and pursue a degree in mechanical engineering. Prior to starting college in the fall, he will get paid to work through the program, which partners with AutoCam, a Grand Rapids-based manufacturer.
  • Women in craft beer brew up change
    • 4/19/19 Grand Rapids Business Journal
    • Despite a number of female- and minority-owned breweries popping up in West Michigan, most folks in the craft beer industry say it’s a white man’s world.
    • … She (Graci Harkema) said groups, events and programs Founders is eyeing that already exist include Fermenta, which focuses on female brewers; a festival called Fresh Fest that started in 2018 in Pittsburgh for black brewers; and college brewing science programs such as those at Grand Rapids Community College, Ferris State University and Eastern Michigan University. Founders hopes, through the Brewers Association, to help provide grants and scholarships that are diversity-based, which would create a pipeline of empowerment from the ground up.
  • Michigan Matters
    • 4/21/19 WWJ
    • We’re back and talking with Sand Beruah, Denise Ilitch, and Patti Poppe about a variety of things.
    • … Patti Poppe: “It’s (Mackinac Policy Conference) a big, it’s a very important pillar, it’s Prepare Michigan, and that’s sort of a k through forever education ethos that we’d love to create here in Michigan, but we’ve a great lineup of speakers, talking about that, Bill Pink from the Grand Rapids Community College, followed by Jeb Bush, as we mentioned, and then the Launch Michigan panel, with Doug Rothwell, Tanya Allen from the Skillman Foundation.”
  • Street Talk: A river runs through it
    • 4/19/19 Grand Rapids Business Journal
    • The city of Grand Rapids is partnering with Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids Whitewater and Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. to host an open house for companies interested in learning more about business opportunities associated with the Grand River restoration project.
  • Grand Rapids taking next step towards restoration of rapids
    • 4/18/19 95.7 FM
    • The restoration of the rapids to the Grand River in Grand Rapids is a years-long project which will bring major changes to the look and activities found in downtown Grand Rapids.
    • … The City of Grand Rapids has announced an open house with Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids Whitewater and Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. on Thursday, May 2. The open house is primarily for businesses that provide landscaping, tree removal, trucking, information technology and other services. Their help will be needed when work on the Grand River begins.
  • Open house set to highlight business opportunities for Grand River restoration project
    • 4/18/19 WZZM
    • GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Business owners and local companies interested in learning about the opportunities associated with the Grand River’s restoration project have a chance to do just that in a couple weeks.
    • The free open house event is born from a partnership with the City of Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids Whitewater and Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. It’s set for 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Thursday, May 2 at GRCC Tassell M-TEC, located at 633 Godfrey Ave SW.
  • News 8 at Noon
    • 4/18/19 WOOD TV
    • There may be some business opportunities surrounding the Grand River restoration in Grand Rapids, and the city wants you to know about it. The city is working with GRCC and the Grand Rapids Whitewater Group to host an open house for companies interested in learning about those business opportunities.
  • A young botanist and a former Bend mayor are vying for COCC board seat
    • 4/21/19 Bend Bulletin (Ore.)
    • The candidates for the Central Oregon Community College board’s sole contested race have two similar goals: clamping down on the college’s campus security force and increasing online course offerings. But that’s about all the candidates agree on.
    • … Regardless of who is elected, COCC will see changes in its near future, as Laurie Chesley, a community college vice president in Michigan, will become the college’s new president in July. Like both candidates, she said she hoped to expand online classes. Currently, the college offers between 75 and 100 online courses per quarter, according to college spokesman Ron Paradis.

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