GRCC In the News 11/29/2021

Ep.38 Dr. Bill Pink, President, Grand Rapids Community College

11/22/21; The Michigan Opportunity (Michigan Economic Development Corp. podcast)

President Dr. Bill Pink ardently guides us on the grand path of the future workforce, through the prism of Grand Rapids Community College and the constantly evolving opportunities

Chefs training for disaster relief kitchens

11/22/21; WOOD Radio

A group of local chefs are learning the ins and outs of running a disaster relief kitchen.

Grand Rapids Community College held a two day disaster training with World Central Kitchen, an international relief agency that gets disaster victims food across the globe.

New scholarship available for front-liners ineligible for federal aid


A new scholarship will create a tuition-free pathway for essential workers not eligible for federal financial aid.

… At Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC), the scholarship can be used as early as the Winter 2022 semester, and registration for classes is now open.


11/23/21; Community College Daily (American Association of Community Colleges)

… Local chefs train to run disaster relief kitchens

A sandwich assembly line is not the kind of place you would normally find chef Jennifer Fillenworth, executive chef at Root Farmacy in Grand Rapids and an adjunct instructor at Grand Rapid Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.

 ‘Somebody also needs to feed the first responders:’ Local chefs learn how to respond to disasters

11/23/21; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Tuesday’s chilly 40-degree temperatures didn’t stop over a dozen chefs from learning how to make a large pot of paella at Grand Rapids Community College. They were on the patio deck near the library, bundled up in hats, gloves, and coats taking turns stirring the paella rice and adding the vegetables.

 ‘It’s imperative that we listen’: What the Rittenhouse verdict meant in 5 classrooms


Educators across the country have found themselves in the role of legal analyst, discussion leader, and counselor in recent days, as two divisive court cases involving race, profiling, and vigilantism captured the nation’s attention.

… Torie Fritz, world history instructor, Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Fritz discussed the Rittenhouse verdict with the high school students in her world history course Monday. One white male student talked about the legality of guns in some cases. Fritz felt that as a white educator, she also needed to make space for a Black student who said, “it just makes me feel like I could be next. I could be the next person to have my life taken from me.”

Morning News

11/24/21 FOX 17

(Alumni brewery map.)

Local chefs learn to cook for large numbers during disasters

11/24/21; 95.7 FM

Local chefs in Grand Rapids recently received training on how to cook for large numbers of people and first responders during a large disaster.

… According to FOX 17, local chefs attending Grand Rapids Community College learn to make a large pot of paella. Paella is a mixture of rice and vegetable and can go a long way when trying to feed a community.

Professor co-authors antiracism glossary

11/24/21; (Kent Intermediate School District)

A group of college educators is amplifying voices of people of color in creating a 48-word, 18-page antiracism glossary, with examples of experiences in their own lives to support the definitions.

From “acculturation” to “tone-policing,” the Antiracism Glossary for Education and Life was developed by a team of eight scholars who are involved in a group called Colleagues of Color for Social Justice, including GRCC English Professsor Mursalata Muhammad. The glossary is published in the Spring/Summer 2021 edition of the Journal of College Academic Support Programs

Ferris State University is part of the announced Aspen-AASCU Transfer Intensive 2021-22 cohort

11/24/21; Ferris State University press release

The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program (Aspen) and the American Association of State Colleges & Universities (AASCU) Division of Academic Innovation and Transformation today announced the selection of Ferris State University to the inaugural two cohorts of the Aspen-AASCU Intensive: Transfer Student Success and Equity.

The 30 institutions join 29 other two-and four-year partnerships in the first two Intensive cohorts. Ferris, through its partnership with Grand Rapids Community College, was selected from an applicant pool of 97 institutions and three systems from 24 states, representing a total enrollment of over 1.3 million undergraduate students.

Restaurant Week Grand Rapids raises $5K for culinary students

11/24/21; Grand Rapids Magazine

The 12th annual Restaurant Week Grand Rapids event supported 50 restaurants and raised $5,000 for the Grand Rapids Community College Secchia Institute for Culinary Arts.

Restaurant Week Grand Rapids raises $5K for culinary students

11/24/21; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The 12th annual Restaurant Week Grand Rapids event supported 50 restaurants and raised $5,000 for the Grand Rapids Community College Secchia Institute for Culinary Arts.

Outstanding Design – Historic Preservation: Ender Hall, Grand Rapids, Michigan

November/December 2021; American School & University

Ender Hall highlights the DeVos Campus of Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC). This historic structure, built by a Grand Rapids lumber baron for his family at the turn of the century, is being transformed into a student-focused, resource-filled hub for GRCC. The structure had seen a variety of tenants and uses over its life; consequently, the original integrity of the home was difficult to see. Progressive AE has worked to uncover the historical attributes of this majestic home to carefully integrate new programs there. The result is a place where students can gain access to needed resources for technology, skills development, mentorship, student success, and campus employment with career planning and recruiting.

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