GRCC In the News, 10-9-19

School, city and college partner on public works class

Oct. 8, 2019; schoolnewsnetwork.org (Kent Intermediate School District)

While hoisting stop signs and ushering classmates through a faux work zone, East Kentwood students learned the daily duties of flaggers — the neon vest-clad road workers who help keep work zones safe.

… About 40 students are spending two afternoons per week learning about public works and related jobs. By the end of the school year, they will have had 400 hours of instruction. The pilot course involves a partnership between the after-school ARCH program, the City of Kentwood Department of Public Works and Grand Rapids Community College. Students will earn certifications — including flagger certification — along with hands-on experience in the field.

Wyoming sculptor, photographer opens expressive exhibition at GRCC’s Collins Art Gallery

Oct. 7, 2019; WKTV

Wyoming resident Jon Lopez’ early day job is managing a Bagel Beanery on Clyde Park Avenue SW, where he is often present at the crack of dawn getting ready for the morning rush of caffeine seekers and bagel lovers.

… And one of the self-titled Clay Alchemist’s favorite characters-come-to-life is a green octopus called Charlie, who will be present at the current exhibition “GRCC Alumnus: Jonathan Lopez”, at GRCC’s Collins Art Gallery. The exhibition held a soft opening Sept. 30, plans a opening reception on Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 3-7 p.m., and will run through Oct. 25.

Grand Rapids Chapter of Sweet Adelines place 5th in the world in competition

Oct. 8, 2019; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich — They took to the stage from all over the world. Song, Dance, Four-part harmony acapella style. Barbershop at its best.

(In the interview with team leader Diane Thompson, the partnership between the Grand Rapids chapter and GRCC’s Madrigal Ensemble is mentioned.)

More fun coming to Holland with Adventure Park announcement

Oct. 8, 2019; 95.7 FM

More fun is coming to Holland as the Holland Sentinel reported that Urban Air Adventure Park is opening a location at The Shops at Westshore.

… Mall officials told the Holland Sentinel that Urban Air Adventure Park should open May 2020 if construction goes as planned.  Once done the trampoline park will be housed in what used to be Chuck E. Cheese and just behind what was JC Penney at one point before becoming Grand Rapids Community College in the next few weeks.

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