Partners: Kentwood donates truck to help GRCC Public Works Academy boost training for municipal careers

Kentwood mayor and President Pink standing in front of a donated Public Works vehicle.

Students in Grand Rapids Community College’s Public Works Academy gain hands-on experience preparing for rewarding careers in area municipalities — a training that just got better through a donation from the City of Kentwood.

Kentwood leaders delivered a 2005 Sterling dump truck with an underbody plow on Monday, which will help students prepare for a variety of roles in the field of public works.

“This donated truck will give GRCC students an opportunity to earn their commercial driver’s license for public works and get experience in the type of truck they will use on the job when they are hired by a municipality or employer who requires that license – our graduates will be ready for work on Day 1,” said Julie Parks interim dean of the School of Workforce Development.  

“The vehicle will also be an important component in recruiting the next generation of public works employees. Our summer public works camp, middle school and high school outreach activities will include the use of the truck.  It will provide another opportunity for students to learn about careers in a vital field.”

GRCC’s Public Works Academy launched in 2018 to help local communities fill vitally important jobs. At the time, it was the first municipal workforce training program in Michigan and the third in the nation.

The academy is a partnership that includes public works departments for the cities of Grand Rapids, Kentwood and Grand Haven, in addition to the road commissions from Kent, Muskegon and Van Buren counties, the Michigan Department of Transportation, Prein&Newhof, Rowe Professional Services Co. and the west Michigan chapter of the American Public Works Association.

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GRCC In the News, 7/20/2021

Deadline nears for thousands of Michigan residents offered free tuition

July 19, 2021; Bridge magazine

Nicole Freeman didn’t waste any time when she heard last September that she was eligible for free community college.

… The 30-year-old is now enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College to earn certification as a medical assistant, a job she says will likely increase her annual income by about $10,000 a year, to more than $40,000.

Belding grad Logan Campbell signs with Minnesota Twins

July 19, 2021; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

Belding graduate Logan Campbell’s baseball career has reached its next stop, as the former Belding star signed a deal with the Minnesota Twins on Thursday. 

… Campbell’s baseball career has taken him across the country already. He started his college career at Mesa Community College in Arizona, then transferred back to Michigan at Grand Rapids Community College. After a year there, he went to the University of Charleston in West Virginia. 

Sparta native finishing unique marijuana industry program at LSSU

July 19, 2021; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A West Michigan native is looking to tap into the cannabis growing industry in Michigan.

… He (Noah Yates) transferred out of GVSU and then took classes at Grand Rapids Community College before enrolling at the university in Sault Ste. Marie in the fall of 2020.

CFHZ grants to boost services for seniors, patients and youth

July 19, 2021;

The Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area (CFHZ) has announced its first round of competitive grants awarded this year for projects and strategies that support, improve, and enhance the Holland/Zeeland area.

… Grand Rapids Community College
Issue area: Education
$20,000 for the Lakeshore Campus project
Funding will help with the capital cost of building a consolidated, 21st-century, state-of-the-art campus located in Holland, Michigan. This campus will provide Ottawa County residents with higher education and workforce training credentials to create pathways to well-paid careers in order to create an equitable region where everyone can prosper. Having a centralized local campus with room to grow and adapt to changing educational and workforce needs will have a lasting impact for many individuals and their families, as well as the community as a whole.

Video: Grand Rapids Community College’s Dr. Pink brings awareness to Minority Mental Health Month

July 19, 2021; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV)-GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV)-Grand Rapids Community College President, Dr. Bill Pink, is joining forces with additional community leaders for National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.