GRCC In the News, 6-29-20

GRCC president elected to national board

June 24, 2020; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink was elected to the American Association of Community Colleges’ board of directors.

GRCC Holland campus still on track for fall 2021 opening

June 25, 2020; The Holland Sentinel

HOLLAND — Grand Rapids Community College’s plan to open a consolidated campus in Holland is still on track despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

In a former shopping mall, Austin Community College sees a new way to learn

June 24, 2020; educationdive.com

From the outside, the former Highland Mall in Austin, Texas, looks like a typical shopping center, with room for dozens of boutiques and department stores. But visitors passing through the large glassy entrance on its west side are greeted by something else: an expansive learning center run by Austin Community College.

… Grand Rapids Community College, in Michigan, purchased a former J.C. Penney in January. It plans to renovate the space for $12 million in order to consolidate programs spread across four nearby locations.

Greenville Tool & Die CEO retires after 65 years with company

June 26, 2020; The Daily News (Greenville)

GREENVILLE — After working with Greenville Tool & Die for a total of 65 years, Dale Hartway’s time with the company will soon come to an end.

… Graduating from Greenville High School in 1956, Hartway decided to pursue his career at Greenville Tool & Die  as he turned down the scholarship from Ferris State. He began working full-time and was quickly brought into the company’s apprenticeship program while attending classes at Grand Rapids Community College.

Dux senior Camden Keatley learned to expect the unexpected on baseball diamond

June 24, 2020; The Holland Sentinel

ZEELAND — Camden Keatley found his grandparents’ backyard quite resourceful.

… While he won’t get his senior year to show off his ability, Keatley hasn’t stopped working. He plans to attend GRCC for two years before branching out to a bigger school to major in architecture, but wants to use his time in Grand Rapids to see if he can balance academics and a collegiate baseball career.

Despite COVID-19 cancellations, 2020 Rosa Parks scholars have plans for college

June 24, 2020; The Detroit News

Whenever someone asked Carlos-Aldo Lopez-Resendiz what he wanted to be when he grew up, his answer would change based on whatever TV show he was watching.

… (Penina) Iradukunda, 20, and her family sought refuge in Michigan from their home country, Rwanda, four years ago. While in high school, Iradukunda was on the student council, tutored middle school students and was part of a program for international students. Iradukunda is planning on going to Grand Rapids Community College to become an accountant.

2 candidates interviewed for Ionia County Road Department director

June 27, 2020; The Daily News (Greenville)

IONIA — After interviewing two candidates for the vacant position of Ionia County Road Department managing director, county officials were split.

… (Troy) Waterman, who lives in Ionia, works as the manufacturing manager of Ventra Ionia, which makes bumpers and grilles for the SUV and truck industry. He is also a member of the Ionia City Council. He said he has an associate degree in engineering from Grand Rapids Community College in 1986 (Hodges later commented that he had never heard of an associate degree in engineering).

Family living

June 24, 2020; Grand Rapids Magazine

Todd and Becky Ernst both grew up in the Grand Rapids area, attending East Kentwood High School. The pair dated for three years during high school and then parted ways, reconnecting 12 years later, and marrying in 2001.

Todd attended Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University, and Becky attended GRCC before the pair started their careers. Today, Todd is a broker/owner of River Grand Properties, a boutique real estate brokerage, and he owns a small events production company and the DJ collective Soundscape Design. Becky has been a pre-construction administrator at Rockford Construction for over 20 years.

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