GRCC In the News, 2-13-20

Grand Rapids Promise Zone approved by state treasury, program will start this school year

Feb. 12, 2020; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich — The Michigan Department of Treasury has approved the Grand Rapids Promise Zone Authority’s Development Plan, which will provide free tuition to Grand Rapids Community College for Grand Rapids students.

Insurance company appoints shareholders

Feb. 12, 2020; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local insurance company has nearly doubled its number of shareholders.

… (Phil) Arndt is a licensed insurance agent and chartered benefit consultant. Arndt studied accounting and business administration at Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University. He serves as president of the Hopkins Youth Sports Program and is United Way volunteer.

… (Ryan) Root is a licensed insurance agent of almost 18 years and a benefits adviser to employer groups. He is a member of The Employers Association and the National Association of Health Underwriters West Michigan chapter. He studied business administration and sales at Grand Rapids Community College.

Wyoming High School Hall of Fame to induct six Friday

Feb. 13, 2020; MLive

First place in the OK Gold Conference will be at stake when Wyoming hosts Grand Rapids Christian in boys basketball Friday night.

… (Paul) Agema played on Wyoming Park’s 1984 state championship winning football team, starring at wide receiver and defensive back. He was an all-state selection in 1984 and 1985, and he set the school record for longest punt return for a touchdown, covering 95 yards. Football wasn’t his only game. He also was all-conference in basketball and baseball and selected the school’s 1986 athlete of the year. Agema went on to play football at Grand Rapids Community College and Western Michigan.

Mom of teen who drowned in icy pool pleads to drug charge

Feb. 12, 2020; WOOD TV

GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Michelle Koets, the wife of a Grand Rapids Community College professor charged in their impaired son’s drowning death in the family’s backyard pool, pleaded no contest to a drug charge.

Emeritus Faculty nominations due Feb. 14

Nominations for the 2020 Emeritus Faculty Award are being accepted through Friday, February 14, 2020.  This award was established in 1985 to honor those instructors and administrators whose dedication and creativity have left an indelible mark on the lives of students and colleagues at GRCC.  During their tenure at GRCC and since their retirement, they have continued to promote GRCC’s “Commitment to Excellence.”

Please submit online nominations by noon on Friday, February 14, 2020.  If you prefer a paper nomination form, please contact to request one.  For more information, you may visit the website.

‘Educated Here, Employed Here’ — share your GRCC pride

This year, Alumni Relations has been celebrating the over 450 amazing people that made their careers at their alma mater! If you missed it in this week’s Pink Ink, here is your chance to check out the faculty and staff who were “Educated Here, Employed Here!”

There is a very limited quantity of pennants still available for those that missed their chance during Homecoming. Contact Corey Turner at or 616-234-3025 if you’d like to receive one.