GRCC In the News, 09/29/2021

Some silver linings in fall enrollments

September 28, 2021; Community College Daily (American Association of Community Colleges)

Fall enrollments at community colleges appear to be fairly flat so far, with a few colleges seeing some upticks and a few seeing small drops.

… “We understand there are great pressures on people’s time,” said Tina Hoxie, associate provost and dean of student affairs at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) in Michigan. “We now have a number of programs that remove cost as a barrier to education, but finding time can still be an obstacle for many students who want to start or come back to finish their education. We’re scheduling classes that are more convenient and allow people to keep moving forward, even if it is through two classes a semester.”

City: Public will weigh in on GRPD chief search in October

September 28, 2021; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — For the second time in less than three years, the process is underway to find a new police chief for Grand Rapids.

… During the Grand Rapids Public Safety Committee meeting on Tuesday, a regional public safety training center presentation presented by Grand Rapids Community College also took place.

Big-screen stories

September 28, 2021; Grand Rapids Magazine

Grand Stand Pictures co-owners Victor Williams, Rodney Brown and Jazmyne Fuentes are looking to bring opportunities to Grand Rapids like what can be found in Atlanta and Hollywood. Williams, who has a music and entertainment background, Brown, a lifelong educator and Fuentes, who has accumulated over a decade of television production experience, joined together in 2019 under a common goal: Tell Grand Rapids’ stories and support the people who uplift them.

… While the production team still is curating expert voices to feature in the documentary, the film is set to feature two academic powerhouses: T.A. El-Amin and Dr. Randal Jelks. El-Amin is a local historian who has taught at Grand Valley State University, Davenport University, Grand Rapids Community College and won the 2011 Phyllis Scott Activist Award. Jelks is a professor at the University of Kansas and has written two award-winning books, one of which focuses on local history, “African Americans in the Furniture City: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Grand Rapids.”

MCC participating in first-ever #RealCollege cohort to retain students with additional needs

September 29, 2021; MLive

FLINT, MI — Mott Community College is one of only 27 higher education institutions across the country participating in the first-ever #RealCollege Institutional Capacity-Building Cohort.

… Mott Community College is one of three institutions from Michigan that is participating. Grand Rapids Community College and University of Michigan-Dearborn are also involved in the cohort.

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