GRCC In the News 12/21/2021

News 8 at 5:30 p.m.

12/20/21 WOOD TV

(Beverly Drake’s passing.)

WMU education professors receive $29.5M grant to support Grand Rapids children, families

12/20/21 Western Michigan University press release

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A $29.5 million grant will help two Western Michigan University faculty members expand educational opportunities for thousands of children and their families. Drs. Patricia Reeves and Jianping Shen were awarded the grant through the U.S. Department of Education’s Promise Neighborhoods Program. One of the largest federal grants in University history, it will fund the Grand Rapids Southeast Promise Neighborhood Project.

… Western along with a group of partners, including Baxter Community Center, Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative, Family Futures, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Kent Intermediate School District and LINC UP, will create a complete continuum of cradle-to-career solutions for both educational programs and family and community supports, with great schools at the center. 

Annese: “The catalyst of our greatness is love”

12/20/21 The Pioneer (Big Rapids)

BIG RAPIDS – Ferris State’s national championship in football was rewarding for so many reasons for head coach Tony Annese.

… Annese recorded a 195-41 (.826) mark as a head coach in four stops at the high school level before totaling a 30-4 (.882) record in three years as the head coach at Grand Rapids Community College.  His overall career mark at all levels is 325-61 (.842) to date and includes three prep state championships and two national JUCO crowns. He claimed his 300th win in 2018 with the national semifinal victory at Minnesota State.

State issues $2M in grants to build talent pipeline with training centers, employers


The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity has issued more than $2 million in grants designed to build a more robust pipeline between adult education and workforce training programs and local businesses that are looking to hire.

(This article is illustrated with a courtesy photo from GRCC.)

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