GRCC In the News, 9-23-19

Pedestrian struck by car in Kentwood

Sept. 23, 2019; WOOD TV

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WOOD) — A college student was hit by a car while crossing a street in Kentwood Monday morning.

The Kent County sheriff’s deputies told News 8 that before 7 a.m. Monday a Grand Rapids Community College student was hit while crossing 60th Street near Division Avenue as she was heading to the bus stop.

Feds look to hire Davenport, GRCC cybersecurity grads

Sept. 19, 2019; WOOD TV

CALEDONIA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The federal government is looking for students just like Davenport University freshman Damian Cole.

… Only Davenport students in a cybersecurity program or Grand Rapids Community College students in their second year of an approved AAS program are eligible for the scholarships. Aside from GPA and other academic requirements, students must pass a background check.

Grand Rapids Community College starting Blackjack Dealer Academy

Sept. 19, 2019; 95.7 FM

Grand Rapids Community College has announced a partnership with Gun Lake Casino to begin a Blackjack Dealer Academy this fall.

Patisserie Perfection

9/20/19 (Kent Intermediate School District)

As a 14-year-old boy in Le Mans, France, Gilles Renusson remembers the tension he felt showing his parents a bad report card.

… “It was 50 years ago I started my apprenticeship: Monday, the 15th of September, 1969,” said Renusson, reminiscing as he led a tour of the Secchia Institute of Culinary Arts, where he has taught for 28 years. He lauded the school’s kitchens, equipment and, most effusively, the work of his colleagues.

ITB Packaging investing $3.5M in Holland expansion

Sept. 22, 2019; The Holland Sentinel

HOLLAND — ITB Packaging LLC announced $3.5 million in private investment expected to create at least 65 jobs over three years in Holland.

… “With ITB Packaging’s focus on growth and innovation, we are pleased to partner with Lakeshore Advantage and Grand Rapids Community College to provide this customized workforce hiring and training plan that will help meet ITB Packaging’s goals,” said Jacob Maas, chief executive officer of West Michigan Works. “ITB Packaging is a valuable asset to the West Michigan community and we champion their expansion.”

KVCC secures brewpub license to sell student-made beers

Sept. 22, 2019;

KALAMAZOO — In the four years since Kalamazoo Valley Community College launched its sustainable brewing program, it could use student-made beers for tastings and instructional purposes, but not offer it for sale in its on-campus full-service restaurant.

… The KVCC program joins college-based brewpubs at Grand Rapids Community College and Livonia-based Schoolcraft College, both of which were licensed in 2016.

Big Splash Week concludes with beach clean up

Sept. 23, 2019; The Lanthorn (Grand Valley State University student newspaper)

On Saturday, Sept. 21, Grand Valley State University’s Community Service Learning Center (CSLC) invited GVSU students to help clean up the Grand Haven Public Beach in partnership with the Alliances of the Great Lakes and the Making Waves Initiative.

… The CSLC has a variety of service opportunities this year. Their next volunteering event is Make a Difference Day on Oct. 12, and is typically one of their largest. Students from Grand Rapids Community College are also invited, and the CSLC projects 70 students from Grand Rapids Community College to come participate. Cornerstone students were also invited to the Nonprofit and Volunteer Internship Fair Sept. 12.

The Mad Scientist Vision

Sept. 20, 2019; Inside Higher Ed

I gave a talk at the Michigan Student Success Summit in Lansing on Thursday.  It was a chance to reconnect with my Aspen colleague Bill Pink, now the President of Grand Rapids Community College, and a chance to talk to folks doing the same kinds of work that we’re doing, but in a different context.  It reminded me of why it’s helpful to switch contexts every so often.

(Blog by Matt Reed, vice president for learning at Brookdale Community College.)

Siena Heights cross country teams fourth at Knight-Raider Invite

Sept. 21, 2019; Daily Telegram (Adrian)

The Siena Heights men’s and women’s cross country teams both had fourth place finishes Friday with men taking fourth at Grand Rapids Community College’s Knight-Raider Invite while the women fourth at the Raider Invite at Caledonia.

Report: Misdemeanors burdening MI criminal justice system

Sept. 20, 2019; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Despite a 22% drop in arrests statewide in the past decade, tens of thousands of people are still being jailed for nonviolent offenses like failure to appear in court, possessing marijuana and shoplifting, a new report concludes.

… The forum, which is open to the public, runs until 4 p.m. at Grand Rapids Community College’s Student Community Center. The public is invited to provide testimony from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Training opportunity: Intergroup dialogue

CAP 3.2 and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion invite participants to the next installment of Intergroup Dialogue (IGD).

IGD training will take place on October 17 and 18 on the GRCC campus.

Intergroup Dialogue (IGD) is “face-to-face facilitated conversation between members of two or more social identity groups. The goal is to foster healthy relationships by increasing understanding through the use of personal storytelling, empathetic listening, and interpersonal inquiry.

We encourage participation in Cohort 2 from stakeholders that value:

  • Awareness of intergroup issues and inequities in our society
  • Exploring diverse social identities and increasing cultural competence
  • Developing the stamina and aptitude to hold constructive dialogues when personal interest conflict.

Growth in these areas increases our capacity to teach, learn, and mentor diverse students, and have a positive impact on the campus culture.

The Intergroup Dialogue project, led by facilitators from the University of Michigan, will challenge you; but also lead to positive growth.

Registration is FREE

IGD is available to all GRCC employees, but there is limited space. Please join us for this two-day journey by submitting an RSVP via Eventbrite.

**Employees can use this opportunity for professional development credits.

Check out what some of our colleagues in Cohort 1 had to say about the training:

Library offers voter registration assistance

Check to make sure you’re registered to vote in this November’s elections. Preview your ballot so you’ll be prepared when you walk into the voting booth. Thanks to last year’s passage of a statewide ballot proposal, registered voters are now also eligible to vote via an absentee ballot without stating their reason.

Need help registering? The Library offers assistance on Monday Sept. 30 from 11-1 in the Library Lobby. Register, or prove that you’re registered, and get a free coffee cup.

Voting is a privilege – use it!

Mayor Proclaims GEAR UP Week

Mayor Jack Poll has issued a proclamation to celebrate National GEAR UP Week, Sept. 23-28, 2019, in the City of Wyoming. GRCC GEAR UP Wyoming serves 825 students in the districts of Wyoming, Kelloggsville, Godwin Heights, and Godfrey Lee.


Across 44 states, GEAR UP serves 707,970 students enrolled in 3,842 secondary schools. In FY 2018, Congress appropriated $350 million for GEAR UP programs. That year GRCC GEAR UP Wyoming was the only cohort partnership grant awarded in Michigan.

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