GRCC In the News, 08/17/2021

Nikole Hannah-Jones, John Leguizamo heading GRCC speakers series

August 16, 2021; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Pulitzer Prize-winner Nikole Hannah-Jones and Emmy Award-winner John Leguizamo are among the speakers highlighting the Grand Rapids Community College’s 2021-22 Diversity Lecture Series and Latino Heritage Month.

Michigan colleges set fall requirements for masks and COVID-19 vaccines

August 16, 2021; Bridge Magazine

As college students prepare to return to their campus, universities across the state are instituting different pandemic mandates for students this fall semester in hopes of slowing the rise in COVID-19 cases.

… As of Monday, here is what some colleges and universities in Michigan are mandating to combat COVID-19 and its Delta variant:

… Grand Rapids Community College is requiring all individuals to wear masks in campus buildings regardless of vaccination status. The college said it plans to adjust when necessary as it continues to review federal, state and local guidance. 

Sweet spots

August 16, 2021; Grand Rapids Magazine

… Chef Wilfredo Barajas is a culinary art educator with a professional background as a culinary chef. He has traveled the country and worked in some of the best kitchens in the industry, such as Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, The Peninsula Hotel in Chicago and many other venues. Along the way, he has studied under some of the industry’s best culinary professionals. Barajas shares his journey and passion for cooking in the kitchen and walks us through what the GRCC culinary program looks like.

… (Quote from MDRD pastry chef Doug Orr) “I decided to turn toward pastry during my second year of culinary school, right here in Grand Rapids. I was attending Grand Rapids Community College to be a savory chef, yet was amazed by master pastry chef Gilles Renusson who, at the time, also happened to be the pastry chef here at the Amway Grand Plaza. When I saw him write on a cake in chocolate, it changed my world and my career path. Soon after witnessing that, I became his intern, developing skills, understanding, technique and experience. I am forever grateful to call him a friend, and because of him, I now teach cake decorating at GRCC as an adjunct instructor.”

… (Quote from Edgewood Bakery owner Rita Selles) “While I have always baked for family and friends, I decided in 2015 to enroll at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education right here in Grand Rapids. I loved the Baking and Pastry Certificate program — and I soon knew I wanted to start my very own bakery business. In the fall of 2017, Edgewood Bakery opened as a home-based bakery.”

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