Employment Expertise: Community colleges provide high-demand skills
8/9/21 The Holland Sentinel
Community colleges offer many short-term training programs that can lead to a stable career in a high-demand industry. Working in one of our region’s high-demand industries (agribusiness, construction, health care, information technology, manufacturing) can mean high growth potential, job security and higher wages.
To learn more about training programs through community colleges, we spoke with Julie Parks, interim dean at the School of Workforce Development at Grand Rapids Community College.
Goodwin, Smith move on in South Haven mayoral race
8/8/21 South Haven Tribune
Two candidates vying to become South Haven’s mayor will now square off in November’s general election.
… (Ahmmad) Goodwin served on the South Haven Housing Commission for four years. He is employed at Vibracoustic’s test lab engineering facility. He graduated from South Haven High School, and obtained an associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College and a certification in personal and physical conditioning from Blue Heron Academy.
Kuyper College initiative makes college affordable
8/6/21 Grand Rapids Business Journal
Kuyper College is being proactive in helping students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree but lack the finances.
… “We all know that college is extremely expensive to get a bachelor’s degree,” said Marc Andres, program director of the Business Leadership program at Kuyper College. “We have a great community college in Grand Rapids. Community college is very affordable, but everyone knows that getting a bachelor’s degree is very expensive no matter if the college is public, private, local or out of state. It is very, very expensive and we all know that, so in response to that need, we at Kuyper College are partnering with businesses in the community so that they can provide employment to help pay for a large portion of the cost of college.”