GRCC In the News, 10-30-19

Services held for Barry County couple killed in hit-and-run

Oct. 26, 2019; Hastings Reminder

Memorial services were held Friday for a couple originally from Barry County who were killed in a hit-and-run crash in Grand Rapids last weekend. … Tracy Curtiss Fuhr was a 1981 Thornapple Kellogg High School graduate who later attended Grand Rapids Community College.

‘It’s a nightmare:’ Professor’s arrest in death of son with severe autism rocks family

Oct. 29, 2019; MLive

OTTAWA COUNTY, MI – Samuel Koets, 16, had severe autism – he couldn’t talk or care for himself. To his parents, he was just their precious son.

… Last week, after nearly seven months of investigation by Ottawa County sheriff’s detectives, the father, a professor at Grand Rapids Community College, was charged with involuntary manslaughter, a 15-year felony.

College launching vehicle safety program

Oct. 28, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Several municipalities are partnering with a local college on a safety training program for commercial vehicle operators.

Grand Rapids Community College’s Public Works Academy in launching the program in collaboration with the cities of Grand Rapids, Kentwood and Grand Haven and the road commissions in Kent and Van Buren counties.

See all the career-focused academies in Grand Rapids Public Schools

Oct. 28, 2019; MLive

Grand Rapids Public Schools offers six career-focused academies on two campuses – five at Innovation Central High School and one at Ottawa Hills High School that opened this school year.

… Academy of Design & Construction

… Partnerships include:

… Grand Rapids Community College, Ferris State University’s Construction, Design, and Management Program, Michigan State University’s School of Planning, Design and Construction.

… Ottawa Hills’ first career academy only launched this school year. However, the graduation rates have been on the rise. Last school year, an early middle college program started at the school, allowing students to earn both their diploma and an associate degree from Grand Rapids Community College.

Super Chefs! Shannon and Sophie do Scotland proud

Oct. 29, 2019; North Edinburgh News

HNC Hospitality students eighteen-year-old Shannon McNeil and twenty-one-year-old Sophie Taylor won two gold, three silver, and two bronze medals at the Nations Cup held at the prestigious Secchia Institute for Culinary Education in the Grand Rapids, Michigan.

News at 11

Oct. 29, 2019; WWTV

Ferris State has a new addition to its coaching staff for men’s hoops, and it’s a northern Michigan native. … And he already has a strong connection with the head coach, Andy Bronkema. His brother, Luke Bronkema, will join the staff as an advanced scout. Luke is also a McBain native and he coached at Grand Rapids Community College for three seasons.

Magic, Michael, LeBron … Emoni Bates? Meet the 15-Year-Old Next in Line

Oct. 29, 2019; Sports Illustrated

He should not be on the cover of Sports Illustrated. You should not be reading about him. He is slipping out of his bi-level house in a Ypsilanti, Mich., subdivision in the morning darkness, wearing a hoodie and holding a fork and a plate of waffles and eggs, just a teenager who snagged a few extra minutes of sleep. He climbs into the passenger seat of his father’s Ford Expedition, because he isn’t old enough to drive himself to school yet. It’s another mundane day in the life of a sophomore high school basketball player, except this one has a goal: “To try to be the best player—ever.”

… This is why E.J. keeps his hands on every beaker and set of tongs. The Bateses chose Lincoln High largely because E.J. has known coach Jesse Davis since they were teammates at Grand Rapids Community College almost 30 years ago. Darryl Hudson, Emoni’s skill-development coach, has tutored him for 10 years. Ryan Sidney, who has also worked with Emoni, babysat him when he was one. They aced the auditions before they even knew they were trying out. Anybody who shows up now has to earn E.J.’s trust.

What to know about serving on Michigan’s redistricting commission

Oct. 29, 2019; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The state is now accepting applications for voters who want to serve on the new Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission, which was created by the passing of Proposal 2.

… On Tuesday, Benson held a press conference at Grand Rapids Community College to educate the public about the application process. She was joined by a leader of the group Voters Not Politicians, which championed the effort to get Proposal 2 on the 2018 ballot.

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