GRCC In the News, 8-30-19

Morning News

Aug. 30, 2019; FOX 17

If you’re going to watch a sports game at Grand Rapids Community College, you’ll have to pay to get in. GRCC is now charging admission to volleyball and basketball games held at Ford Fieldhouse. It’ll cost $3 to get in for anyone 10 years old and up. But students and staff will still get in for free when they show their RaiderCard. You can also purchase season passes. Proceeds will help create additional athletic scholarships.

New Higher Education Programs Of 2019

Aug. 29, 2019; digitalmediasolutions.com

The downturn in undergraduate student enrollment at many universities is putting pressure on marketers to deliver. In this environment, higher education institutions are developing their programs to cater to the various needs of students and employers. Higher education marketers can reference the New Higher Education Programs of 2019 list to better understand their competition and focus on streamlining and improving their school’s programs.

… Precision Production

Welding Skills Certificate Program (CIP Code: 48.0508) – Grand Rapids Community College

This program will prepare students for entry-level positions over two semesters so they can enter jobs in the manufacturing, petroleum, aerospace, automation and medical fields.

FastTrack finishes up with successful summer

It has been another successful summer for the FastTrack Program! Over 370 students participated in the FastTrack program this summer at GRCC’s Main Campus and Lakeshore Midtown location.

Offered in June, July, and August, FastTrack is a three-week, free summer prep program for students to brush up on their math, writing, and reading skills and retake the Accuplacer and ALEKS PPL placement tests before starting their writing and math classes this academic year.  Throughout the program, students meet with Student Success Coaches, who help students navigate GRCC and its services as they prepare for the upcoming academic year.

A great thank you to the students who participated in FastTrack and to the staff and faculty who helped these students have an excellent start to their time at GRCC! To learn more about FastTrack, please visit the College Success Center’s website.

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Learning opportunities for September

Take a look at the upcoming learning opportunities for the month of September.

You can see locations and descriptions — and register — online.

 

9/10/19

2:00-3:30 p.m.

Active Shooter Response Training

 

9/11/19

3:00-4:30 p.m.

Screening Committee Training

 

9/13/19

9:00-10:30 a.m.

Advanced Gmail

 

9/17/19

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Goal Crushing Productivity

 

9/18/19

1:30-3:00 p.m.

Strategic Planning at GRCC

 

9/20/19

9:00-11:00 a.m.

GRCC Accounts & You

 

9/20/19

9:00-10:30 a.m.

25Live PRO training

 

9/24/19

1:30-3:00 p.m.

Diffusing Rude Behavior

 

9/25/19

10:00-11:30 a.m.

Online Ordering

 

9/26/19

3:00-4:30 p.m.

Advanced Calendar

 

9/27/19

12:00-1:30 p.m.

Retirement Planning

Professional development opportunities schedule now available

The much anticipated schedule of GRCC employee professional development learning opportunities is now available!

You can view session titles, descriptions, dates, times and locations — and register — online!

Posters will be distributed to departments soon!

We are trying something new and different this year and only releasing the offerings one semester at a time. You can see the titles and dates on the printed poster, but registration for Winter and Spring/Summer 2020 learning opportunities won’t open until early December 2019.

To further add to your learning possibilities, all employees are welcome to attend sessions with Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE), as well as Counseling and Career Development Mind & Body Wellness offerings.

Have questions or need more information? Contact Angela Salinas at angelasalinas@grcc.edu or ext. 2567.

For questions about CTE sessions contact Toy McNeal at tmcneal@grcc.edu or ext.  2278.

GRCC In the News, 8-29-19

2019 Blessing of The Students

Aug. 23, 2019; Grand Rapids Times

This year, elementary, middle school, high school and college students, school teams, community and church youth groups as well as their families were all invited to attend the event held Sunday, August 18, 2019, at the Grand Rapids Christian Eagles Stadium.

… (Veruynca) Williams: Yes, I was very pleased. It was wonderful. There were six area school superintendents, two college presidents, but we had the participation of five area colleges who were on program and supported the event: Grand Rapids Community College (President, Bill Pink), Kuyper College, Aquinas College, Cornerstone University. I found out that we had students participating who were from Calvin University.

Admission to be charged for volleyball, basketball games

GRCC’s Athletics Department will charge admission for volleyball and basketball games at Ford Fieldhouse, with proceeds going to create additional athletics scholarships.

Admission will be $3 for spectators age 10 and older, starting with today’s volleyball home opener against Lansing Community College.

GRCC students, staff and faculty will be admitted free when they show their RaiderCard.

The Athletics Department will offer season-long, regular-season passes for families and friends and student-athletes. Passes for the eight volleyball home games would cost $40. Passes for men’s basketball and women’s basketball would cost $75, based on 14 home games. The passes would admit up to six people.

GRCC In the News, 8-28-19

Heavy-metal ready

Aug. 27, 2019; schoolnewsnetwork.org (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)

Uniqua Sparks’ last name is fitting. While she’s welding heavy metal — mask on and fire blazing — the sparks fly.

… Sparks is a student in the first cohort of Metallica Scholars Introduction to Welding at Grand Rapids Community College. Fourteen students graduated Aug. 12 from the eight-week course held at the Tassell M-TEC, 622 Godfrey Ave. SW.

Dr. Bill Pink: Leading GRCC to be the Most Affordable, Quality Educational Option in the City

Aug. 28, 2019; Grander magazine

Dr. Bill Pink, President of Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC), grew up in Texas and lived in Oklahoma for 20 years before moving to Grand Rapids over four years ago. He describes this transition from the warmth of the south to the colder Michigan weather as one that has been mostly enjoyable for him, his wife, and teenage daughter, as they become a part of the West Michigan family.

Kathleen L. Bruinsma: Committed to Serving and Making Grand Rapids Truly Welcoming for All

Aug. 28, 2019; Grander magazine

Upon meeting Kathleen L. Bruinsma, local lawyer and member of the Board of Trustees at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC), she was excited about sitting down with Grander Magazine for this Back to School edition. Discussing her background in law, Bruinsma’s passion for education and inclusion showed even more, as she spoke on both, particularly inclusion, relating it to the power structure in Grand Rapids, as well as the work and representation that needs to be achieved.

First Look Frenzy: Jefferson J-Hawks

Aug. 27, 2019; WIFR

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) — The hurdle is pretty high if you are the head coach of Jefferson football. Jake Arnold is getting his first chance to leap over it this season as he begins his stint as head coach of a program which has not had a winning season since 1993.

It’s been 25 seasons of losing football for the J-Hawks, who now have a winner on their side. While Arnold has been in the building for the last five years, the Plainfield North alum brings a positive mentality, after winning a national championship with Grand Rapids Community College. Arnold believes the talent is here to turn things around, especially with a team that was within one score in three of its 2018 losses.

Grand Valley State football addresses its Ferris State problem

Aug. 27, 2019; MLive

ALLENDALE – Grand Valley State has a distinguished football history in NCAA Division II, including four national championships, six title games, 19 NCAA playoff appearances and 17 conference titles.

… Before 2012, the Lakers had won 11 in a row and 14 of 15 against the Bulldogs, who weren’t even their top rival. That was Saginaw Valley State. But that changed quickly when Ferris State hired Tony Annese. He had success at high school (three state titles in 22 years) and junior college (two national titles in three years at Grand Rapids Community College), but he had never coached at the NCAA level.

GRCC In the News, 8-27-19

Newsmakers

Aug. 26, 2019; Community College Daily

… Appointments

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has reappointed Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink to the Midwestern Higher Education Compact. Pink was originally appointed in 2017 by then-Gov. Rick Snyder. His new term expires in March 2023. The compact focuses on providing greater higher education opportunities and services in the Midwestern region, with the aim of furthering regional access to, research in and choice of higher education for residents.

GRCC First Day of Classes with Dr. Bill Pink

Aug. 26, 2019; WOOD Radio

Dr. Bill Pink, president of Grand Rapids Community College, joined West Michigan’s Morning News to talk about this new year of classes at GRCC.

GRCC In the News, 8-26-19

News 8 Daybreak

Aug. 26, 2019; WOOD TV

Prepare for a full morning commute as most schools are back in session as well as GVSU and GRCC today.

Change Ups: Hon to oversee F&V’s source water protection staff

Aug. 23, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… EDUCATION

Grand Rapids Community College tapped Brian Knetl, interim provost at Harper College in Palatine, Illinois, as provost and executive vice president for academic and student affairs.

NJCAA: Southern Idaho, Coffeyville, Owens try to repeat as national champs

Aug. 25, 2019; volleyballmag.com

National Junior College Athletic Association volleyball is under way.

… NJCAA DIVISION 2

National champion — Coffeyville (1, 40-3): Coffeyville dispatched a second straight title game opponent with ease in 2018, but graduate the kids who fueled the title runs, including Adianez Reyes Rivera (5.75/kps, .384, 436 digs). The question will be whether returning libero Danielle Dodge (3.34/dpg) and middle Erianna Murray (175 kills, .359) can withstand what’s become a top-heavy Jayhawk Conference and rivals Johnson, Cowley, and Highland. Still, it’s a light early schedule with only two ranked teams on the docket for the first month, Highland and Lincoln Land.

… 6 — Grand Rapids (9, 31-8): 2018 is hard to judge for the Raiders, mostly because of coach Chip Will’s late-October health concern which sidelined him for a spell (though thankfully he has now recovered). The players to watch will be Lauren Jonker (MH, 124 kills, 95 blocks) and pin-hitter Danielle Johnston (322 kills, 247 digs). Expect entering setters Kailey Carmean and Tori Wolcott to press for playing time immediately. GRCC will face Kirkwood in their third match of the year and Parkland a week later, which should give a good indicator of whether the Raiders return to nationals this season.

LMU picked third in SAC preseason volleyball poll

Aug. 23, 2019; The Middlesboro Daily News

ROCK HILL, S.C. — The South Atlantic Conference announced its 2019 Volleyball Preseason Coaches’ Poll Friday morning and the Lady Railsplitters of Lincoln Memorial University have been picked in a tie with Carson-Newman to finish third in the 12-team league.

… A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan (Northview HS), (Rylee) Storms returns for her senior campaign after capturing All-SAC Second Team accolades a season ago. Finishing the year with 311 kills (2.88/set), which ranked fifth in the league, the 6-foot hitter was named 2018 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division II Southeast All-Region honorable mention and collected SAC All-Tournament Team plaudits. Tallying 25 service aces to go along with her team-leading kills, Storms will begin the fall as LMU’s returning blocks leader after making 80 total in 2018. She also contributed 203 digs (1.88/set) a season ago and has racked up 544 kills (2.55/set) across the last two seasons of play after transferring to Harrogate from Grand Rapids Community College.

Coach Marcus Cribbs joins huddle at Mount Clemens High

Aug. 23, 2019; The Macomb Daily

Don Williams loves football.

… (Marcus) Cribbs starred at Lake Shore, was a junior college All American at Grand Rapids Community College and then went out to have two outstanding seasons at Ferris State University. A defensive lineman, he was invited to a rookie mini-camp tryout by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Dozynki Polish Harvest Festival in Grand Rapids Features Music, Food and Demos This Weekend

Aug. 23, 2019; therapidian.org

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of its annual Dozynki Polish Harvest Festival, the Polish Heritage Society of Grand Rapids has turbocharged the free event this upcoming weekend with top notch entertainment and demonstrations of Polish cooking, dance and crafts.

… The Dozynki Polish Harvest Festival is the major fundraiser for the Polish Heritage Society of Grand Rapids, a non-profit organization founded in 1963 to perpetuate and advance the Polish culture that has been so integral to metro Grand Rapids. Among a number of its activities, the society awards scholarships annually to students of Polish descent who attend Aquinas College, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College, and Davenport University.

Fall athletics competition begins at Kellogg Community College

Aug. 23, 2019; WBCK

Kellogg Community College has brought back one sport this fall that will be a welcome addition to the two other sports set to begin their fall schedules this weekend.

… The Volleyball squad is looking to improve on an 8-16 record last season, where the Lady Bruins won seven straight matches over a two-week stretch. Former Pennfieldhead coach Tom VanWienen returns to the sidelines for his third year at Kellogg, and brings in a young group of just four sophomores and eight freshman. The returning players include Jackie Mason and Madison Ducheney (Marshall), Abigail Howard (Delton) and Madison Jones (Hillsdale). Other local talents include Haidyn Markos (Lakeview), Gabby Costello (Bellevue) and Grace Hall (Pennfield). Their schedule begins August 29th with their second season in the new Miller Gymnasium.

… Thursday, September 12th – *Grand Rapids Community College – 6:30pm

… The second season of Cross Country begins for the Bruins, coming from a successful debut in the MCCAA. The two squads will look to keep their momentum after both squads reached the last season’s National Junior College Athletic Association Division III Championships. The largest individual success came from Maggie Wood (Lakeview), who was named NJCAA Division III Second Team All-American, and Kyle Strong (Vicksburg) earning NJCAA Division III All-American Honorable Mention honors. Erin Lane returns as head coach for the Bruins, who begin their season August 30th.

… Friday, September 20th – *Grand Rapids Community College Meet – TBA