GRCC In the News, 8-12-20

Rock band Metallica partners with Wolverine to provide trade skills scholarships in Michigan

Aug. 11, 2020; WXYZ

ROCKFORD, Mich. — Michigan-based bootmaker, Wolverine, has partnered with Metallica to launch two special edition work boots that will give 100% of the proceeds to benefit skilled trade workers.

… The partnership between Wolverine and AWMH will benefit three exceptional community college trade programs across the country – Grand Rapids Community College (Grand Rapids, Michigan), Lone Star College (Houston, Texas) and WSU Tech (Wichita, Kansas), each receiving a $100,000 joint grant from Wolverine and Metallica Scholars, and Wolverine boots to help students .get started in their career.

‘This extra burden’

Aug. 11, 2020; Health Beat (Spectrum Health newsletter)

The woman lay in the emergency department, in terrible pain from a tear in her stomach.

… Hankondo Sibalwa, a nurse who immigrated from Zambia, once worked as a licensed practical nurse in a pediatric clinic—and was the only Black male health care provider on staff.

One day, a mother asked him to speak to her son, an African-American teenager, about the importance of education. Sibalwa advised the young man to go to Grand Rapids Community College after high school.

“Check it out. See if it’s for you,” he said.

A few years later, Sibalwa attended GRCC himself, studying to become a registered nurse. As he walked across campus one day, a young man called out to him. It was the teenager Sibalwa had advised several years earlier.

“I’m here because of you,” the young man said.

Condolences to Amy Kirkbride

We extend condolences to Amy Kirkbride and her family after the passing of her husband, Christopher Kirkbride, on Monday.

Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the Arsulowicz Brothers Remembrance Mortuary, 3525 Remembrance Road NW, and 10-11 a.m. Friday at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 2510 Richmond NW. A Memorial Mass starts at 11 a.m. Friday at the church; seating may be limited because of COVID-19 restrictions.