Ric Underhile named interim executive director of Noorthoek Academy

Dr. Ric Underhile

Dr. Ric Underhile

Dr. Ric Underhile has been named interim executive director of Noorthoek Academy.

Now in its 30th year, Noorthoek is a private nonprofit organization that works in partnership with GRCC to provide a post-secondary, college experience in the arts and sciences for people with special needs.

Underhile has served as a member of Noorthoek’s board of trustees since 2018 and as director of Grants Management and associate vice president for Advancement at Aquinas College for the past five years. His administrative background in education also includes five years as associate dean of Interdisciplinary Studies at GRCC.

GRCC In the News, 1-16-20

GRCC lowers prices at 2 dining locations to help students with food insecurity

Jan. 15, 2020; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) announced Wednesday the prices at two campus dining locations have been rolled back to make eating on campus more affordable for students battling food insecurity.

“We’re calling it history”: GRCC proud to offer tuition-free education for Grand Rapids students

Jan. 16, 2020; rapidgrowthmedia.com

Grand Rapids Public Schools recently announced the Grand Rapids Promise Zone Authority’s intent to approve a development plan for the creation of a scholarship. Starting with the Class of 2020, students who live in the City of Grand Rapids and graduate from one of its eligible high schools can earn a certificate or associate degree at Grand Rapids Community College tuition-free.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday 2020 events in the Grand Rapids area

Jan. 16, 2020; MLive

The federal holiday to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., is Monday, Jan. 20.

… For example, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University and Davenport University offer an Inter-Campus Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. Events take place on all three campuses over two days.

Holland success story shows training and coaching key to better-paying jobs

Jan. 16, 2020; rapidgrowthmedia.com

When Karuna Khadka immigrated to the United States from Nepal in 2017, her biggest challenge was learning a new language and figuring out how to find a job.

… Khadka qualified for an America’s Promise Grant (APG), a program administered by Grand Rapids Community College to provide healthcare training for underserved populations, which in this case is women and minorities.

Ottawa County’s workforce shortage puts more attention on training

Jan. 16, 2020; rapidgrowthmedia.com

With an unemployment rate under 3%, Ottawa County has one of the lowest in the state. As a result, employers are responding in creative ways to address retention and recruitment. We asked Allise Wilkerson, talent solutions manager for West Michigan Works! about the opportunities the talent shortage is creating for workers.

… A lot of employers are investing in training for their employees. There’s been an increase in apprenticeships and working with different training providers, like Grand Rapids Community College and M-TEC, to upskill current employees so they can advance to higher positions. Tuition reimbursement, apprenticeships, and on-the-job training programs can be a big draw for people because education can be expensive. Not everybody has the ability to take out loans or pay for it out of pocket. Offering access to training and career pathways also sends a message to current and potential employees that they have the opportunity to grow in the organization.

Dood takes over as Lakeview village manager

Jan. 15, 2020; Daily News (Greenville)

LAKEVIEW — Lakeview’s police chief who stepped in as interim village manager last October has been given the job permanently.

… (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).

Alum Gregory Swets opens chiropractic office in Grand Rapids

Dr. Gregory Swets, a former biodiversity student at GRCC, is now a physician at den Boer Chiropractic here in Grand Rapids. Dr. Swets treats multi-system disorders utilizing tenants of functional medicine and chiropractic, treats musculoskeletal disorders, and “educates patients to the best of my ability, to empower themselves in their own healing.”

Dr. Swets received his degree from the National University of Health Sciences in Chicago, Illinois.  His office is at 600 Broadway Ave.