GRCC In the News 12/20/2021

‘Bad’ shooting Hamtramck makes 12 3-pointers in win against Godwin Heights

12/18/21 MLive

GRAND RAPIDS – Hamtramck boys basketball coach Dennis Foster Jr. has a word or two for the way his team shot in Saturday afternoon’s 81-54 win over Godwin Heights.

… Saturday’s game was a homecoming for Foster, who played basketball at Grand Rapids Community College in the mid-1990s.

“It’s great coming home,” Foster said. “I played in Grand Rapids for two years at Grand Rapids Community College for David Selmon, so this is great.

Economic development official seeks a shovel-ready, talent-rich lakeshore

12/19/21 mibiz.com

As the president of Lakeshore Advantage Corp., the economic development organization for Allegan and Ottawa counties, Jennifer Owens is on the frontlines of newly ramped up efforts to land major projects in Michigan. Owens is part of statewide coalitions pushing for more tax incentive tools, which could help in landing new tenants at potential industrial sites on her lakeshore turf. Owens recently discussed these efforts that exploded after Ford’s announcement to invest $11.4 billion outside of Michigan, as well as making the case to lakeshore voters about the need for a local community college.

… (Owens quote) Access and affordability of higher education. In our region right now, we do not have an in-district community college. What we’re seeing is to get higher-paying jobs above the ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) threshold, you need education above the high school level, which we’re lacking. We’ve been working with Grand Rapids Community College and are looking at a millage in Holland, Zeeland and West Ottawa. We’ve taken a step back to educate the greater public that we don’t have an in-district community college.

‘A monumental thing’: Ferris State wins first DII national championship in dominating fashion

12/19/21 The Detroit News

Ferris State waited a long time for this moment.

… For (Tony) Annese, this actually is his third national title; he won two at Grand Rapids Community College before he was hired by Ferris State ahead of the 2012 season.

DII football champ Ferris State: This is for those who came back, those who came before us

12/19/21 The Detroit News

In the lead-up to Saturday’s Division II national championship game, the Ferris State football team sat down for a team meeting that lasted about an hour.

… Things have been trending this direction for several years for Ferris State, which in 2012 hired (Tony) Annese away from Grand Rapids Community College, where he won two national championships. Annese went 7-4 his first season and 8-3 his second. He hasn’t had fewer than 10 wins or missed the playoffs (2020’s cancellation notwithstanding) since 2013.

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