GRCC In the News, 7/16/2021

GRCC: Summer enrollment soars above pre-pandemic levels

July 12, 2021; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College announced Monday that summer enrollment has topped pre-pandemic levels as many students take advantage of state programs covering in-district tuition.

GRCC summer enrollment surpasses pre-pandemic levels thanks to tuition-free state programs

July 15, 2021; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Enrollment is soaring even higher than pre-pandemic levels at Grand Rapids Community College this summer thanks to tuition-free state programs that are encouraging Michiganders to earn their degrees.

 ‘Apprenticeships are game-changers:’ Skilled trade industry excited about $10M grant

July 15, 2021; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Thursday morning, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced that the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity was awarded a $10,000,000 federal grant. She said it’ll create apprenticeships and employment opportunities for women, people of color, people with disabilities and those without a high school diploma or GED.

… That was the same word Julie Parks of Grand Rapids Community College used to describe the announcement.

NMU Alumni Association announces 2021 Alumni Awards

July 15, 2021; The Mining Journal (Marquette)

MARQUETTE — The Northern Michigan University Alumni Association has announced the four recipients of 2021 Alumni Awards who will be honored during Homecoming this fall.

… Blair is the director of student life and conduct at Grand Rapids Community College where she has implemented and maintained numerous service projects and efforts to address barriers to success. She advocates for student support in mental health, COVID-19 relief, and housing and food insecurity. In 2020, she led her team to establish a wider-reaching campus food pantry, with a new location and enough food to supply students in need. Prior to her role with GRCC, Blair worked at NMU for more than 10 years, where she advised student government, created a new program for NMU’s first-generation college students and provided leadership for the student conduct program.

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