News at Noon
May 3, 2019; WZZM
Besides Tulip Time, Holland is also celebrating Latino culture this weekend. Grand Rapids Community College’s Lakeshore campus and Latin Americans United for Progress for Fiesta 2019!
Verify: should you wash your chicken?
May 2, 2019; WZZM
MICHIGAN, USA — It’s become the great chicken debate. Should you wash your chicken before you cook it?
… Our sources are the Food and Drug Administration and Werner Asbenger, the Program Director at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College.
May 5, 2019
James K. Robinson: “I was one of those late developers in life, and when I graduated from high school in the bottom third of my class, I got turned down at every college I applied to. Thanks goodness for Grand Rapids Junior College. I was the oldest of six kids; we couldn’t afford a big anyway. So, community college gave me a phenominal opportunity – a chance to do something with my life …”
(This is a podcast by Owens Community College President Steve Robinson. His father, James K. Robinson, was assistant attorney general under President Clinton.)
Young mom surpasses expectations to get to graduation day
May 3, 2019; schoolnewsnetwork.org (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)
Two weeks before the start of her freshman year at Godwin High School, Ahnaka Ortiz-Rodriguez landed in the emergency room with abdominal pain. Her mom was with her while they awaited test results. Ahnaka believed she was experiencing some stomach issues, something she dealt with as a child. When the doctor walked in, Ahnaka and her mom heard the unexpected: “Your daughter’s pregnant.”
… Ahnaka plans to enroll in Grand Rapids Community College, a choice she made because it will allow her to live at home with her daughter. She has already earned credits toward college through dual enrollment, and intends to study nursing, a decision influenced by her experience of having many compassionate and supportive nurses when she had Izzy at Spectrum Health.
Server forms recovery nonprofit
May 3, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal
For someone committed to getting sober, working in a restaurant or bar with the sights and smells of beer all day can be tough.
… As a result, she (Nance McGorman) decided to pursue a social work degree to be better equipped to help with those issues. She will be starting pre-social work classes this month (May) at Grand Rapids Community College and hopes to continue her education further after that with the goal of becoming a licensed recovery coach.
Ally Longstreet voted Grand Rapids Press Athlete of the Week 3
May 3, 2019; MLive
Wayland senior Ally Longstreet has been swinging a big bat for the Wildcats this spring.
… Longstreet, an outfielder, plans to continue her softball career at Grand Rapids Community College next year. Longstreet is a three-sport athlete. She was a diver on the swim team this past fall, and she played basketball, too.
Township joins fight against nonprofit tax exemptions
May 4, 2019; Grand Haven Tribune
GRAND HAVEN TWP. — Grand Haven Township has entered the fold to prevent nonprofit businesses from receiving tax exemptions for providing minimal charity.
… Algoma, Plainfield and Sparta townships in Kent County, the City of Kentwood, Rockford Public Schools, Kent Intermediate School District, and Grand Rapids Community College are also part of the agreement.
GRCC to host summer camp with musicians who mash classical, popular genres
April 23, 2019; schoolnewsnetwork.org
Think about Shakespeare and hip-hop, said pianist and composer Brendan Hollins.
… Kevin Dobreff, program director for the GRCC Music Department, is happy to host.
New Ann Arbor Huron football coach aims to snap state’s longest losing streak
May 3, 2019; MLive
ANN ARBOR — Ann Arbor Huron Athletic Director Tony Whiren was searching for someone who can help change the culture of the football program, which has lost 39 straight games — the longest active streak in the state.
… (Antaiwn) Mack served as linebackers coach at Grand Rapids Community College from 2008-11 under Tony Annese, who is now the head coach at Ferris State. Mack, who attended Ypsilanti Lincoln, most recently served as co-defensive coordinator at Ypsilanti in 2014, the last time the Grizzlies reached the playoffs.