GRCC In the News, 5-21-20

Online or in-person, GRCC plans to reopen this fall with a hybrid course model

May 20, 2020; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink says the college has risen-up and faced challenges in the past and this coronavirus pandemic will be no different.

“The Way Forward: A Virtual Town Hall”

May 20, 2020; WZZM

Anchor Juliet Dragos: “Let’s go to you Mayor Bliss and keep talking about help. In the past, Grand Rapids Community College played a big role in helping to retrain workers. Is there a plan for something similar like that, moving forward?”

Mayor Rosalynn Bliss: “That is exactly right. We are so fortunate to have Grand Rapids Community College in our community, and we have been talking at length with Dr. Pink about what does workforce development look like post this COVID-19 shutdown. And there’s a couple of exciting things in our community, even as we experience this pandemic, and one of them is the creation of a Grand Rapids Promise, where the young people who are graduating from high school right now, going into this fall, they’ll have a scholarship. And we want to make sure that anyone who needs support for building new skills or getting certification that they have the support that they need, and Grand Rapids Community College is going to be key in that work.”

Lakewood volleyball grad Breanna Wickerink transfers to Rochester

May 20, 2020; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

All Breanna Wickerink wanted was a chance to play volleyball in college.

After two years at Grand Rapids Community College, she was an integral part of a team that made a run in the national tournament.

Grand Rapids Polish Festival canceled due to COVID-19

May 20, 2020; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Organizers of the 2020 Grand Rapids Polish Festival have canceled the event this year due to concerns of spreading COVID-19 among attendees, vendors and volunteers.

… The festival is the major fundraiser for the Polish Heritage Society of Grand Rapids, a non-profit organization founded in 1963 to perpetuate and advance the Polish culture that has been a part of the history of metro Grand Rapids. The society also awards scholarships annually to students of Polish descent who attend Aquinas College, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Davenport University and other Michigan colleges and universities.

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