GRCC In the News, 1-2-20

Office furniture exec wins college alumni award

Jan. 1, 2020; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A leader in the office furniture industry has won an outstanding alumni award.

… (Dave) Custer was a first-generation student at Grand Rapids Junior College. In 1967, he transferred his GRJC credits to Western Michigan University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree.

College president joins national board

Dec. 23, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local college president has been elected to a national education board.

Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink was elected to the American Council on Education’s board of directors, comprised of leaders from across the nation working to shape public policy and help more students gain a quality education.

GRCC promotes sustainability with ‘zero waste’ events

Dec. 23, 2019; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids Community College is working to improve sustainability, one of the college’s strategic goals, with its very first “zero waste” events.

Change Ups: Reeg joins Exalta Health as advancement director

Dec. 27, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal


… Grand Rapids Community College received its third Impact Award in five years from West Michigan Works! With help from Grand Rapids Community College Workforce Training, the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District and West Michigan Works!, Nepal native Aruna Khadka completed the Certified Nurse Assistant training program, is working in the field and plans to continue her education. Khadka’s success — and the collaboration supporting her journey — earned GRCC Workforce Training the award.

Cooking up awards

Jan. 2, 2019; Grand Rapids Magazine

When someone with as notable a career as French master pastry chef Gilles Renusson is asked how they got into culinary arts, you might expect to hear something about a calling or a “gut feeling.” But for Renusson, it was simple: playtime was over.

… It was after those eight great years that Renusson decided to take a different path. While on the competition circuit, he’d met Robert Garlough, a fellow chef who was the founder of the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College. The two became fast friends.

Grand Rapids Community College- High School – Workforce Friday’s

Dec. 21, 2019; Technical Education magazine

In our continuing effort to find and share the best practices of educational collaborations that help skilled trades training, we feature Grand Rapids Community College and the High Schools they serve.

On Fridays, 33 Crossroads students, primarily seniors but some juniors, head over to GRCC’s Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Certificates earned could lead to various jobs and/or apprenticeships.

Top Stories of 2019

Dec. 29, 2019; The Holland Sentinel

… Honorable mention

… Grand Rapids Community College bought the J.C. Penney building and consolidate the Lakeshore campus.

Parents refilled prescriptions for son with autism after his drowning, police say

Dec. 23, 2019; MLive

OTTAWA COUNTY, MI – The parents of a teen with autism who drowned in their backyard pool continued to fill his prescriptions after he died, and used the drugs themselves, an investigator said.

The allegations come two weeks after the father, Timothy Koets, 50, a professor at Grand Rapids Community College on administrative leave, was ordered to stand trial on a charge of involuntary manslaughter.

Carter, Culver and Tovar are newest deputies at Ionia County Sheriff’s Office

Dec. 20, 2019; The Daily News (Greenville)

IONIA — Ionia County Sheriff Charlie Noll has hired three new deputies who he thinks are not only great additions to the department but great assets to the community.

… (Jayson) Tovar has cousins in law enforcement and an aunt with a law enforcement degree, and that made him want to pursue it as well. He graduated from Grand Rapids Community College Police Academy in April.

… (Aubrey) Culver has been on the job for just one week, but she is no stranger to the Ionia County. She grew up in Lowell and graduated from Saranac High School in 1994. She is a 2006 graduate of the Grand Rapids Community College Police Academy.

… (Prentice) Carter, who also began his new job one week ago, was born and raised in the city of Grand Rapids. He is a 2015 graduate of the Grand Rapids Community College Police Academy and brings some experience in law enforcement with him.

Ovell Barbee Is a Product of the Community

Dec. 23, 2019; American Healthcare Leader

If you asked Ovell Barbee how he would describe himself, you would probably hear something along the lines of, “I’m a foodie and a runner.” But if you asked that same question of anyone who knows Barbee, you would get a completely different answer.

… But the Equity Pledge isn’t the only pledge Barbee has made to help improve the Grand Rapids community. Since moving back to Michigan, Barbee has repaid all of the scholarship monies he received from nonprofit organizations, a goal he established for himself. He most recently paid back the final one to the Grand Rapids Community College Foundation on behalf of the Ta-wa-si group. He has also committed to covering the cost of books and supplies for one local student’s four-year education every year.

Student groups focused on diversity earn pins, hear messages of empowerment

Dec. 20, 2019; (Kent Intermediate School District)

Cynthia Browne has come a long way since she started her first class at GRCC. She remembers being afraid to ask questions and confused by how things worked.

3 to be interviewed Monday for Lakeview village manager job

Dec. 21, 2019; The Daily News (Greenville)

LAKEVIEW — The search for a new village manager could be nearing the finish line.

… (Darin) Dood received his police academy/criminal justice certification from Grand Rapids Community College in December 2000. He also holds an associate degree in business administration from Grand Rapids Community College (December 1996).

Hospitality company hosting food and beverage awards

Dec. 30, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The Grand Rapids Hotel District, headed by AHC+Hospitality, is hosting the first West Michigan Food & Beverage Industry Awards.

The celebration will honor the achievements of the growing food and beverage industry in West Michigan and present Angus Campbell, retired GRCC culinary professor, with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

As food banks face dwindling supplies after the holidays, Dancing with the Local Stars aims to fill gap and tackle hunger

Dec. 20, 2019; Muskegon Times

As thousands of people face hunger in Muskegon County—about 25,000 to be specific—the largest-ever cast of “Dancing with the Local Stars” is determined to curb that number and ensure more of our neighbors know where their next meal is coming from.

… This year’s dance professionals are:

… Patrick Johnson, PT Arts, LLC Consulting Co-Owner & West Michigan Flight Academy President & CEO & Retired Dance Faculty Instructor Grand Rapids Community College, 12-year participant

West Ottawa beats Ottawa Hills for second win in 24 hours

Dec. 22, 2019; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — West Ottawa is off to an impressive start to the 2019-20 campaign. Steve Windemuller’s group began the season by beating Zeeland West, a team that won 15 games last season, 56-49.

… The game was a part of the inaugural Raider Shootout hosted by Grand Rapids Community College and Windemuller says it was good to get his team to face a tough test like the Bengals.

Don’t forget to update webpages

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