GRCC In the News, 2-7-20

An unconventional journey leads to fulfilled dreams for former WMU linebacker Ameer Ismail

Feb. 6, 2020; Western Herald (Western Michigan University’s student newspaper)

When former Western Michigan linebacker Ameer Ismail was cut by Herm Edwards and the Kansas City Chiefs in 2007, he felt like he had failed himself.

… Ismail knew it was time to make a change and transfer. He had heard from multiple people about Grand Rapids Community College and their football program.

SAE alumnus selected for National Outstanding Alumni Award

Feb. 4, 2020; The Record (Sigma Alpha Epsilon publication)

We are excited to announce that Long Beach City College (LBCC) alumnus Dr. Jean-Bernard Durand will receive the 2020 Outstanding Alumni Award from the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). Dr. Durand is one of four community college alumni from across the country chosen to receive the honor this year.

… The Outstanding Alumni Awards were established in 1982. In addition to Dr. Durand, the 2020 Outstanding Alumni recipients are Custer Workplace Interiors CEO/Chairman David Custer of Grand Rapids Community College; Nora Mendez, Executive Director of OC Community Housing Corporation (OCCHC), who attended Santa Ana Community College, and Karen Morris-Priester, an anesthesiologist at Allentown Anesthesia Associates who attended HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College.

Enrollment drops for Winter

Feb. 6, 2020; Agora (Monroe County Community College’s student newspaper)

Monroe County Community College’s enrollment levels have declined for the Winter 2020 semester.

… Community colleges including Washtenaw, Schoolcraft and Grand Rapids have also seen their numbers drop.

Preschoolers get special badges

Preschoolers in the ECLL River Room have been very interested in the ID badges they see staff and their parents wearing, so they took a trip to the Student Center. Brune Garcia, Lina Blair and other Student Life employees made them special versions of the badge and gave them balloons!

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