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GRCC In the News, 9-2-19

College wins grant to expand apprenticeships

Sept. 2, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local college has received a federal grant to expand registered apprenticeship opportunities.

Grand Rapids Community College received $140,000 as one of 80 colleges selected for the Expanding Community College Apprenticeship Initiative. The initiative is led by the American Association of Community Colleges in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor.

Reach the Students Earlier: Building a Passionate Medical Manufacturing Workforce

Aug. 30, 2019; Medical Product Outsourcing magazine

The skilled labor shortage, which according to a Deloitte and Manufacturing Institute study threatens to render two million American manufacturing jobs vacant by 2025, has begun to affect the medical device industry.

… Sam Brusco: What efforts, if any, does your company make to reach out to schools to generate interest in the industry? (Colleges, trade schools, high schools, even middle or grade schools?)

Shane Vandekerkhof: Most of our outreach is the community colleges who have developed or are developing plastics programs. We have partnerships with Central Community College in Columbus, Neb., Davis Technical College in Clearfield, Utah, University of Wisconsin-Stout in Stout, Wis., and Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Mich. These partnerships vary from eDART equipment to hosting classes to some of them developing their own RJG Qualified Trainers or having our courses as part of a curriculum. On a more local level, we will bring in high school and middle school students for a site visit. We have done this at our facility in Gibsonville, N.C. and also in Traverse City, Mich. We have also had visits from elementary school students.

Want to play for the Guelph Youth Music Centre’s String Orchestra?

Aug. 30, 2019; Guelph Today (Ontario, Canada)

The Guelph Youth Music Centre (GYMC) String Orchestras, made up of junior and intermediate, will be open for auditions on Saturday, Sept. 7. This will be the first season with new conductor, Joy Schuster.

… She (Joy Schuster) also played with the Niagara Symphony during her years in Hamilton. In 1993, she moved to Denver, Colorado, where she completed her Master of Arts in Suzuki Pedagogy. Upon graduation, Joy was elected a member of the Society of Pi Kappa Lambda. She moved back to her home town of Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1996 where she taught with the Grand Rapids Community College Suzuki program and directed a Music Together program.