GRCC In the News, 11-22-19

East of Grand Rapids, local race gets early momentum

Nov. 21, 2019; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Since U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, I-Grand Rapids, broke from the Republican party on the Fourth of July, national pundits and even President Donald Trump have given their predictions for the future of Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District.

… (Brandon) Sinclair has a lengthier resume than most 20-somethings. This recent graduate of Grand Rapids Community College and Ferris State University studied business administration. He also served as an executive at the Michigan Department of the Attorney General, working on human trafficking issues. Sinclair also worked for the Kent GOP, volunteered for the GRCC Foundation Board, and earned his Eagle Scout certification.

Northeast swept by Grand Rapids at National Tournament

Nov. 21, 2019; KTIC

CHARLESTON, W.V. – Critical errors proved to be costly for the Northeast Community College volleyball team on Thursday.

Grand Rapids Community College ultimately capitalized on the miscues by the Hawks (21-17) to take the opening round match in three sets (25-23, 25-18 and 25-23) in the NJCAA DII Volleyball National Tournament at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston, W.V.

Q&A: Yoshi Saka and Matt Swiontek

Nov. 1, 2019; Grand Rapids Magazine

During last winter’s polar vortex, a group of dedicated fitness enthusiasts headed outdoors at 6:01 a.m. for an invigorating workout. They are part of the November Project, a workout community that has chapters across the country.

… Today, the group meets weekly on Wednesdays at 6:01 a.m. — no matter the weather — at the corner of Lyon Street and Bostwick Avenue by the Grand Rapids Community College Ford Fieldhouse. Typically, 30-40 people show up for the just over 30-minute workouts, which are a mix of running and bodyweight exercises arranged in a circuit “so no one gets left behind.”

How Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens are getting an unusual boost from a Michigan high school

Nov. 21, 2019; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI – Lamar Jackson won the Heisman Trophy at Louisville and he’s emerged as a frontrunner to capture the NFL MVP award as a revolutionary quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens.

… “Against Rockford in 2007, when they beat (Muskegon) in the game that was televised nationally, I was really frustrated by the fact that they attacked us so much and a lot of times when you’re in a spread set, you’re reducing the box a little bit and so I was trying to kind of think of a way to not make the box so cluttered,” recalled (Tony) Annese, the current Ferris State head coach, who built the No. 2 nationally ranked Bulldogs into a powerhouse after a successful stint at Grand Rapids Community College following his Muskegon High coaching tenure.

Photos from Latinx Alumni and Student Dinner

The inaugural Latinx Alumni and Student Dinner was held Nov. 14 with special guests Jennifer Smith, Sonya Hernandez, Hannah Castanon, Jocelyn Medina and Natalie Alvarado. Students and alumni enjoyed networking while listening to music by the Son de Mexico and sharing a dinner catered by El Granjero Mexican Grill restaurant.

A special thank you from event organizers to:

  • The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
  • ALAS.
  • The Hispanic Student Organization.
  • Bayard Brooks
  • Secchia Banquets and Catering at GRCC.

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December learning opportunities

There are still a handful of learning opportunity sessions available to participate in before the end of this year. You can sign up online.

Note: you can begin registering for Winter & Spring 2020 learning opportunities beginning Tuesday, November 26!


Tuesday December 3

Budget 101


Wednesday December 4

GRCC Purchasing Policy


Friday December 6

Grief & Providing Support


Tuesday December 10

Active Shooter Response Training (evening session)


Wednesday December 11

Emotional Intelligence

Toothbrush sale orders due before Nov. 23

GRCC’s Dental Assisting Club is holding a toothbrush sale. To order, email before Nov. 23.

Items for sale:

  • 12 adult manual brushes for $10.
  • 12 child manual brushes for $10.
  • 12 toddle manual brushes for $10.
  • 6 adult manual brushes for $5.
  • 6 child manual brushes for $5.
  • 6 toddler manual brushes for $5.
  • Powerbrush for $80.
  • Packages of whitening strips for $35