GRCC In the News, 9-24-20

GRCC awarded $3.6M in federal grants to support low-income and first-generation students

Sept. 23, 2020; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Community College received two federal grants totaling $3.6 million to strengthen support services for low-income and first-generation students, officials say.

GRCC plans virtual information sessions, direct ways to connect ‘Frontliners’ with tuition-free education

Sept. 23, 2020; La Prensa

GRAND RAPIDS, Sept. 17, 2020: Grand Rapids Community College is planning a series of virtual information meetings and has set up a new hotline to help people who worked in essential industries during the COVID-19 shutdown attend GRCC tuition-free through the state’s Futures for Frontliners program.

One Good Thing: Metallica, GRCC and Wolverine

Sept. 23, 2020; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A really great college program is getting even better, thanks to a local company.

Wolverine Worldwide is getting involved with The Metallica Scholars program, currently in place at Grand Rapids Community College.

COVID-19’s financial impacts extend beyond food and housing:

Sept. 23, 2020; rapidgrowthmedia.com

As COVID-19 continues to take its toll on Kent County residents’ health and household budgets, government agencies and nonprofit organizations have responded with policies and actions supporting food security, help with housing, and medical support. While many of us complain about not having haircuts or gray roots growing in, our income-challenged Kent County neighbors have more pressing hygiene issues — the added expense of disposable diapers, incontinent supplies, laundry soap, deodorant and other hygiene essentials can come at a very high cost.

… A Mother’s Touch will provide diapers and personal care items to mothers in its recovery programs. Ama International will provide personal basic hygiene items and diapers to families in crisis and Title 1 students. The Grand Rapids Community College Foundation will provide personal hygiene products to students in need who are pursuing their postsecondary education. Meaning In Colors, Buist Community Assistance CenterFamily Network of Wyoming, Living In Fulfillment Everyday, Inc., Fe De Reino/Kingdom Faith, and Volunteers in Service will provide hygiene items to their wider range of clients.

Creating Thoughtful Environments for Early Learners

Sept. 23, 2020; schoolconstructionnews.com

As the global pandemic unrolled across the country, participation in early childhood programs dropped dramatically. Data from the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) shows enrollment dropped by half. It is too early to understand the impact this pandemic will have on young learners, but research does show children who have access to high-quality Pre-K programs do better in school.

… Many Pre-K schools embrace the principle of a prepared environment to facilitate student exploration and independent learning. For the Early Learning Laboratory in Grand Rapids Community College, our goal was to design a space where students had the freedom to explore and have access to stored materials to use for creative projects. This freedom also engenders responsibility as students know to use the materials respectfully and return them to their location when finished. Also through this method, students shape their learning experience depending on their level of curiosity. A thoughtfully designed space promotes this curiosity in an organized and flexible environment. Through technology integration, the classroom design gives students access to devices when appropriate, while not making these the focus of the space.

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