GRCC In the News, 11-18-19

‘Getting ready for the robot revolution’

Nov. 15, 2019; (Kent Intermediate School District)

When asked why he joined the Kelloggsville Middle School robotics club, Avery Ganger had a simple answer: “I’m getting ready for the robot revolution.” He had a half-smile on his face that made it clear he was half-kidding.

… A GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) grant from Grand Rapids Community College pays for the kits for the eighth grade students and a stipend for Dickinson, while Kelloggsville is paying for kits for sixth and seventh graders, plus snacks and transportation home for club members and a stipend for Campbell.

Comité Puertorriqueño celebra con éxito Encuentro de dos Culturas

Nov. 15, 2019; El Vocero

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan (EVH).- El Comité Cultural Puertorriqueño (PRCC) y el Centro Hispano del Oeste de Michigan, celebraron con éxito por quinta vez su reunión anual “El Encuentro de dos Culturas”, que no es más que “una fiesta de encuentro con gente de a pie que hacía mucho que no se veía ”.

… El evento se celebró el sábado 09 de noviembre, en el Grand Rapids Community College, donde Lea Tobar ha desempeñado mucho años de labor. Dos se han llevado a cabo en el Centro Hispánico y tres fuera. Fue gratuito, abierto al público, con música, comida y bebidas, pero sin alcohol.

(GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan (EVH) .- The Puerto Rican Cultural Committee (PRCC) and the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan, successfully held for the fifth time their annual meeting “The Meeting of Two Cultures”, which is nothing more than “a party of meeting with people on foot who had not seen each other for a long time ”.

… The event was held on Saturday, November 9, at the Grand Rapids Community College, where Lea Tobar has worked for many years. Two have been carried out in the Hispanic Center and three outside. It was free, open to the public, with music, food and drinks, but no alcohol.)

BRANN’S STEAKHOUSE & GRILLE exalta labor comunitaria de Lea Tobar

Nov. 15, 2019; El Vocero

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN (EVH). Cuando Lea Tobar llegó el 7 de julio de 1961 a esta parte de los Estados Unidos para curarse del parásito conocido como “bilharziasis”, Tobar dijo que no se imaginó jamás que este sería el motivo que Dios utilizaría para llevarla a cumplir su destino lejos de Puerto Rico. Así lo entiende porque se define como “una mujer de fe” que no cree en casualidades más “sí en la voluntad divina”.

… Cuando se pensionó a los 30 años mientras era directora de una escuela, ya se había trazado un camino del que no se podía jubilar, se había convertido en un pilar para la comunidad hispana de Gran Rapids en sus distintas funciones, ya fuera como ayudante o consejera durante 5 años en el Grand Rapids Comunity College.

(GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN (EVH) .- When Lea Tobar arrived on July 7, 1961 to this part of the United States to cure the parasite known as “bilharziasis”, Tobar said he never imagined that this would be the reason that God He would use it to take her to fulfill her destiny far from Puerto Rico. This is understood because it is defined as “a woman of faith” who does not believe in coincidences more “yes in the divine will.”

… When she retired at age 30 while she was a school principal, a path had already been drawn from which she could not retire, she had become a pillar for the Hispanic community of Grand Rapids in her different functions, either as an assistant or counselor for 5 years at the Grand Rapids Community College.)

GRCC Alumni Association, Human Resources partner on ‘Breakfast with Santa’

Santa Claus is coming to GRCC! The GRCC Alumni Association is hosting its 2nd annual Breakfast with Santa event on Saturday, December 7th. from 8:30-10:30 a.m.

New this year: GRCC Human Resources is collaborating with the Alumni Association on the event and has 50 spots available for GRCC employees (who aren’t alumni) and their families.

Tickets are limited, so don’t wait to sign up! In the spirit of holiday giving, all ticket revenue will go directly to the GRCC Alumni Scholarship Fund to help GRCC students. Ticket costs: $5 adult, $3 children 3-12, and free for children 2 and under.

Register for tickets at

If you have any questions, please contact Corey Turner, Alumni Relations Manager, at or 616-234-3025.