GRCC In the News, 09/20/2021

Holland Mayor Nathan Bocks calls on community to ‘step up,’ get vaccinated

September 15, 2021; The Holland Sentinel

HOLLAND TWP. — As organizations throughout the state continue to promote the COVID-19 vaccine, Holland Mayor Nathan Bocks visited a clinic hosted by the Grand Rapids Community College Lakeshore Campus and Visit Healthcare on Tuesday morning. 

McCarthy tapped for interim TK superintendent

September 16, 2021; Hastings Banner

The Thornapple Kellogg Board of Education Monday voted unanimously to make Craig McCarthy the district’s interim superintendent while current Superintendent Dan Remenap is on medical leave.

… McCarthy has an associate degree from Grand Rapids Community College, a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Michigan State University, a secondary teaching certificate and vocational teaching certificate from Aquinas College and a master’s in educational leadership and professional development from Western Michigan University.

ArtPrize returns for 2021

September 16, 2021; Grand Rapids Business Journal

After a year off because of the pandemic, ArtPrize is back from Sept. 16-Oct. 3.

… Some venues include Founders Brewing Co., Monroe Community Church, Fountain Street Church, Grand Rapids Children Museum, Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives, Water Colors Aquarium, Western Michigan University, Grand Rapids Community College, The B.O.B., GRNoir Wine & Jazz, Cinco De Mayo, Grand Rapids Garage Bar & Grill, Linear Restaurant, Department of Corrections, AC Hotel Grand Rapids Downtown, Hyatt Place Grand Rapids/Downtown, JW Marriot Grand Rapids, Ottawa-Fulton Ramp, Monroe Center Parking Ramp Stair Tower, Rosa Parks Circle, Campau Park, Creston Neighborhood, Garfield Park, Grand Rapids Center for Community Transformation, Horizon Bank and many more.

GRCC joins national effort to address student food, housing insecurity

September 16, 2021; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A national effort to tackle food and housing insecurity among college students has selected Grand Rapids Community College as one of its first partners.

Four African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Diversity Posts in Higher Education

 September 17, 2021; The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education

… Jevon Willis was appointed director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. He was named assistant director of the center in 2018 and has been serving as interim director since the fall of 2020. During the seven years prior to coming to Hope, Willis taught social work or sociology at Calvin University, Davenport University, and Grand Rapids Community College.

Inside Track: Homeless summer moves McDermott

September 17, 2021; Grand Rapids Business Journal

When Starla McDermott was newly divorced, working and saving up to rent an apartment, she and her three young children had nowhere to go, so for an entire summer, they lived in a tent on the Lake Michigan shoreline in Indiana.

… In 2010, she took an aptitude assessment, and she and the career counselor agreed that her heart was in helping those less fortunate than herself in the Grand Rapids community. As a result, she decided to quit her job, go back to school and take a couple of classes in nonprofits from Grand Rapids Community College.

Hispanic Heritage Month: Chef Dayanny of Hard Rock Stadium

September 17, 2021; MIAbites (Miami)

In Miami, we are very fortunate to have so many talented and accomplished Hispanic and Latino chefs and restaurants, so we encourage everyone to support them this month and year-round.

… But she (Dayanny De La Cruz)admits to always ending up in the kitchens, tasting food and many times thinking, “I can do that better”. That passion for making it better ultimately led her back to the kitchen, this time in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she pursued her Master’s degree in Culinary Arts at the Grand Rapids Community College. She reflects fondly on her time there, praising her professors and mentors, always “feeling love” and graduated with Honors, as the first Latino to receive the prestigious Director’s Award as well as one of only a handful of women.

IT, culinary arts launching as middle-college options

September 17, 2021; (Kent Intermediate School District)

For Sawyer DeGraaf, a new middle-college IT program was too good of a deal to pass up.

… The new IT program is part of Kent ISD’s Launch U program, which also offers opportunities to earn a general associate degree, or an associate degree or certificate in mechanical design. In addition, Launch U is adding a culinary arts program, for which students can earn a GRCC culinary certificate in culinary arts or bakery and pastries.

‘We have a real desire to take care of each other’: GRCC selected for national program that tackles food insecurity

September 17, 2021; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Before Natalie Alvarado left campus on Friday at Grand Rapids Community College, she stopped by the student food pantry and picked up some canned foods, frozen foods, hygiene products and diapers for her toddler son.

Grand Rapids Community College chosen for partnership to address food, housing insecurity

September 19, 2021; The Holland Sentinel

GRAND RAPIDS — Grand Rapids Community College is one of just 27 colleges nationwide to be selected for a project to address food and housing insecurity among college students. 

Court precedents appear to back Biden’s national coronavirus vaccine order, legal experts say

September 19, 2021; MLive

More than 115 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled it was OK for state health officials to pierce residents with a forked needle and intentionally contaminate their blood with a virus from sick cows.

(A photo from a GRCC vaccine clinic illustrates this article.)

GRCC among college institutions tapped for national project to tackle student food, housing insecurity

September 20, 2021; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College has been tapped to join a new national initiative to assist colleges working to tackle student food and housing insecurity.

News 8 Daybreak

September 20, 2021; WOOD TV

(Hope4College collaboration.)

On-campus parking once again point of frustration among GV students this fall

September 20, 2021; The Lanthorn (Grand Valley State University student newspaper)

As Grand Valley State University has seen the return of many in-person classes this semester, students are finding themselves frustrated with one common problem: on-campus parking. High prices, the number of spots available and the lack of alternative parking options in downtown Grand Rapids are raising concerns for students.

… While students usually end up figuring out where to park as the year progresses, the issue of parking permit prices is not exclusive to the start of a new semester. Before the start of the 2020-2021 academic year, commuter permit prices were raised to $240 per semester. Compared to Grand Rapids Community College and Western Michigan’s semesterly costs of $125 and $150 respectively, GVSU’s permit prices are substantially higher.

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