Sept. 23, 2019; Community College Daily
… Francisco Ramirez, a Grand Rapids Community College (Michigan) admissions and enrollment coordinator, will serve on the board of directors for the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance, which works to ensure equal access and opportunity in the Lakeshore community for people of all ethnic backgrounds.
Aquinas College names new vice president for advancement
Sept. 23, 2019; MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Gina Covert will the new vice president for advancement for Aquinas College, President Kevin Quinn announced Monday, Sept. 23.
… Covert earned an associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College and a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Phoenix. She also holds a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy designation from the American College of Financial Services.
Davenport receives $4M grant for cybersecurity students
Sept. 24, 2019; Midland Daily News
Davenport University received a five-year, $4 million grant from the National Science Foundation to train and educate the nation’s next generation of cybersecurity experts as part of their CyberCorps Scholarship for Service program.
… Led by Lonnie Decker and Mark McKinnon of Davenport University, and Andrew Rozema of Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC), the program will provide 28 students with scholarships that cover their full-tuition, any education-related fees and living costs. In return, graduates are guaranteed a full-time cybersecurity role at a government entity.
West Michigan Rising: A Grander Grand Rapids and Saugatuck Untucked
Sept. 23, 2019; EDGE Los Angeles
I’d been away from Grand Rapids for 20 years — so as excited as I was to return to my leafy Midwestern hometown after all this time, I honestly wasn’t sure what I’d find. I’d heard about how the city had blossomed, and that it was now way more than just the Furniture Capital of the World and the site of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. But would reality live up to the growing hype?
… Grand Rapids’ dining scene has improved dramatically since my day, thanks in no small part to the fact that the city is now home to one of the top culinary schools in the country, the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education. Skilled and adventurous local chefs make ample use of the fertile farms surrounding the city, helping to put it on a growing number of “undiscovered foodie destination” lists. Grand Rapids has also been dubbed Beer City USA for its robust lineup of more than 40 craft breweries — be sure to stop in at Belgian/French-inspired Brewery Vivant (with its fun pub set in a former funeral home) for a tour and obligatory Big Red Coq.
(Travel article by Dan Allen. It appeared in many EDGE-affiliated sites.)