MI DNR looking for 2022 recruits for Conservation Officer Academy
If you have ever wanted to become a DNR conservation officer, your time is now.
… MCOLES Law Enforcement Basic Training Academy‘s are available at the following schools:
… Grand Rapids Community College
GRCC’s Jonathan Marshall adds to ‘virtual revolution’ with concerts in unusual locales
12/22/21 Local Spins
On Jan. 1, 2020, many of us rang in the new year with bright eyes and an abundance of hope for a fresh spin around the sun. Searching for deep significance in an arbitrary number, bottles popped, fireworks crackled and we sang in a chorus of celebration.
… Jonathan Marshall, guitarist of 25 years and an instructor in the Grand Rapids Community College Music Department, decided this was not the time to sit around and let his strings collect dust.
Grand Rapids Community College already seeing higher enrollment ahead of winter 2022 semester
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is seeing more students enrolling for classes ahead of the winter semester compared to this time last year, college officials say.
Anishinaabek Neighbors: Belinda Lin Bardwell
12/23/21 Traverse City Record-Eagle
GRAND RAPIDS — Native American students in higher education comprise about 1 percent of the U.S undergraduate population and less than 1 percent of the graduate population.
… “In high school I had a counselor tell me that I would never get in anywhere other than GRCC,” she (Belinda Lin Bardwell) said. After enrolling in a semester at Grand Rapids Community College, she cycled through years of dropping out and going to school.
How Tony Annese turned a mediocre football program into a national championship
12/23/21 The Pioneer (Big Rapids)
BIG RAPIDS – It was a matter of a few seasons for Tony Annese to show he could not only produce winning and conference championship contending teams at Ferris but also could build a program which would win heavily, make the playoffs and compete for a national title.
… “It was the pure desire to take on a challenge,” he said. “I had coached on the high school level and the junior college level. So the next step and challenge was to take on a Division II program. The other reason was I wasn’t confident Grand Rapids Community College (his team before Ferris) was going to keep their program, which proved to be true. As soon as I took the Ferris job, they chose to drop the program after they had had it for a long time.”
Inside Track: McLemore’s artistic skills make messages pop
12/24/21 Grand Rapids Business Journal
Most artists’ handiwork is displayed in art galleries or at private viewings. Randy McLemore’s craftsmanship can be viewed along highways, sidewalks, storefront windows, interior signs and more.
… Following college, McLemore worked stints in computer graphics for a number of eclectic nonprofit and for-profit organizations including Grand Rapids First Church in Wyoming; Barfuss Creative Services; Grand Rapids Community College; and Flashes of Allegan. He ultimately concluded working in advertising wasn’t for him.
New Grand Rapids Promise Zone director looks to connect students to ‘life-changing’ opportunities
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Ashlee Mishler has spent her career connecting students to life-changing opportunities and experiences that she plans to lean on as the new Grand Rapids Promise Zone director, Grand Rapids Community College recently announced.
Former area athlete discusses her collegiate rowing career
12/26/21 The Pioneer (Big Rapids)
MORLEY — Breanna Berry is getting ready for her sophomore season at Michigan State in a very unique sport: rowing.
… Earlier this month, she attended the signing ceremony of her younger sister Braelyn to play volleyball at Grand Rapids Community College and talked about her sports career at MSU.
6 South Lyon High School band students will march in the Tournament of Roses Parade
12/26/21 The Detroit Free Press
Six students from South Lyon High School will march in the annual Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day 2022 in Pasadena, Calif.
… Eight students from other Michigan high schools and a Grand Rapids Community College student were also selected for the 2022 honor band.
Arkansas transfer Jordyn Gates returns home to GV
12/29/21 The Lanthorn (Grand Valley State University student newspaper)
After two seasons of volleyball at the University of Arkansas, sophomore setter Jordyn Gates is returning home to continue her career at Grand Valley State University.
… Volleyball runs in the Gates family, as her mother not only coached but played colligate volleyball at Arizona State University, while her two older sisters also played volleyball at Grand Rapids Community College and Purdue University Fort Wayne.
Meijer Scholar Athlete: Kobe Kambestad
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — One might think it’s an extra burden when the head coach is your father but that’s not the case with this week’s Meijer Scholar Athlete.
… Kobe (Kambestad) has a 3.7 GPA. He thinks he might go to GRCC where he’ll have an opportunity to continue his basketball career.
Western Michigan professors secure $29.5M grant to support Grand Rapids-area children
KALAMAZOO, MI — Two Western Michigan University professors are expanding educational opportunities for Grand Rapids-area children with the help of a nearly $30 million grant.
… The program is a partnership between WMU and 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, the release said.
West Michigan native and U of M student calling Orange Bowl
12/30/21 WOOD TV
MIAMI (WOOD) — When Amer Betkas’s parents arrived in America they didn’t speak a word of English and came with only the shirts on their backs. They were refugees, fleeing war-torn Bosnia. Now, they call Caledonia, home.
… After graduating high school in West Michigan and attending Grand Rapids Community College for two years, Bektas transferred to Michigan. He got involved with radio broadcast because of his passion for sports.
GRCC gallery to feature student’s work in January
1/1/22 The Holland Sentinel
GRAND RAPIDS — An art gallery on the campus of Grand Rapids Community College will display the work of a student who was inspired by a recent fellowship opportunity.
Local Eats: The Winchester in Grand Rapids offers ‘neighborhood bar’ experience, seasonal dishes
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Paul and Jessica Lee opened The Winchester restaurant in 2008 to honor a “hometown bar” feeling and put a twist on classic club sandwiches.
… During his sophomore year, Lee transferred to Grand Rapids Community College to continue studying, and eventually wanted to transfer to the East Coast.
This Year in West Michigan
1/1/22 WOOD TV
(Tri-County student who earned high school diploma and GRCC associate degree.)
Med device manufacturer remains optimistic about building talent pipeline
Last month, Autocam Medical Devices LLC graduated its fourth class of CNC machinist apprentices under a program that’s meant to lure young professionals to the skilled trades. John C. Kennedy, president and CEO of the contract manufacturer of medical devices, is using the program to grow his talent pipeline while the company is on the verge of a major expansion. Autocam Medical is in the process of building an additional 100,000-square-foot facility in Kentwood that will support 250 new jobs and roughly double the company’s workforce. Kennedy recently talked with MiBiz about building a talent pool amid an ongoing skilled trades shortage, as well as his leadership principles that helped guide the company through the COVID-19 pandemic.