GRCC In the News, 08/31/2021

Six individuals slated for induction into Olivet College Athletic Hall of Fame

August 27,2021; Olivet College news release

OLIVET, Mich. – Six individuals have been chosen for induction into the Olivet College Athletic Hall of Fame, Class of 2021. The individuals are Kellen Beckwith, Megan (Rimmel) Hessbrook, Erica (Anderson) Knowlton, Kyle Lackscheide, Michael McClary and Chris Shelhart. All six will be formally inducted as part of the college’s Alumni Awards ceremony October 8 and then honored in the festivities prior to the Homecoming football game the next day.

… Lacksheide, a 2006 Olivet graduate, was a three-year letterwinner on the offensive line for the football team. He was a 2004 and 2005 All-MIAA First Team selection. Lacksheide helped block for the Comet Wing-T offense, which broke the NCAA Division III single-game rushing yards record with 670 against Ohio Wesleyan University. The offense also set single-game school records for points (78), total yards (695), rushing attempts (89), rushing touchdowns (10), total touchdowns (11) and first downs (33). With that offense, Olivet also set single-season records for rushing yards (4171), points (458), total yards (4931), rushing attempts (692) and rushing touchdowns (53).

Since his time at Olivet, Lackscheide earned a master’s degree in engineering from University of Alabama in 2015. He lives in Ada, Michigan, and serves as a professor of residential construction at Grand Rapids Community College.

Whitmer applauds school districts that implement mask policies

August 27,2021; WZZM

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is praising school districts and county health offices that have put mask mandates in place for the upcoming school year. 

… Earlier this week, the governor visited Grand Rapids Community College and indicated she has no plans to issue a statewide mask order. 

Community college enrollment maintains as pandemic causes broader drop in financial aid applications

August 29,2021; mibiz.com

Michigan’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion and submission rates decreased for the second year in a row by nearly 5 percent, indicating lower college enrollment and ongoing challenges for the already sparse talent pipeline. 

… Grand Rapids Community College provides tuition-free education through Michigan Reconnect, Futures for Frontliners and the Grand Rapids Promise Zone. GRCC had a large increase in FAFSA completion rates, which is up 26.8 percent over this time last year. 

“Filling out the FAFSA is key to taking advantage of these opportunities,” said GRCC Communications Director Dave Murray. “We had a ‘Don’t Fear the FAFSA’ campaign earlier this year, directing students to a special GRCC financial aid hotline we created to help people with questions about the application. We don’t want anyone to miss out on a life-changing education because they struggle with the application.”

High school programs give West Michigan students a path to manufacturing careers

August 29,2021; mibiz.com

As the new class of students arrived at Northview Next this year, they may have noticed some new advanced manufacturing training tools. 

… The program steered toward manufacturing when (Drew) Klopcic and his staff aspired to create an on-site lab so that students didn’t have to go elsewhere — like the Kent Career Technical Center or Grand Rapids Community College — for hands-on training.

Red Hawks earn two wins in season opener at Owens

August 30,2021; Hickory Daily Record (N.C.)

The 12th-ranked Catawba Valley Community College volleyball team recorded two victories during its season opener this past week at the Owens Invitational in Perrysburg, Ohio.

The Red Hawks defeated Mott Community College and Kalamazoo Valley Community College during the event, but fell in a pair of ranked match ups with No. 2 ranked Parkland College (Ill.) and No. 11 ranked Grand Rapids Community College (Mich.).

GRCC renovations put student services under one roof

August 30,2021; schoolnewsnetwork.org

While standing inside the newly renovated Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall, Angelique Nyarwaka said it’s nice to have a new one-stop enrollment experience on campus.

“I think it’s very helpful for new students,” said the second year GRCC student about several Grand Rapids Community College student services now being housed under one roof. “I have a sister coming from New York and she is going to be coming here. It will be very nice for her to have all of the services in one space.”

NCMC seeks membership into national sports association for two-year colleges

August 30,2021; Petoskey News-Review

PETOSKEY — The Timberwolves are looking for some competition.

… Among the Michigan colleges in Region 12 include Alpena Community College, Delta College, Glen Oaks Community College, Grand Rapids Community College, Henry Ford College, Jackson College, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Kellogg Community College, Kirtland Community College, Lake Michigan College, Lansing Community College, Macomb Community College, Mid Michigan College, Mott Community College, Muskegon Community College, Oakland Community College, Schoolcraft College, Southwestern Michigan College, St. Clair County Community College and Wayne County Community College.

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