GRCC In the News 02/24/2022

FAFSA form is first step is cutting education costs


Community college continues to be an affordable option for people looking for skills training or to begin their college education. 

This semester, one in five Grand Rapids Community College students is having their tuition covered by a grant or scholarship program, removing cost as an obstacle to a life-changing education.

West MI police academies recruitment numbers drop ‘significantly’

2/22/22 WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — As a deputy shortage continues across West Michigan, multiple sheriffs told News 8 that a major cause is a declining number of recruits.  

… The director of the part-time police academy at Grand Rapids Community College, Dave Kok, told News 8 they saw 50 to 60 applicants a year from 2016 to 2021, but that number dropped “significantly” in 2022. He said he believes the numbers “are going to swing around.”  

One in Five GRCC Students with Dr. Bill Pink

2/23/22 WOOD Radio                  

(President Pink interviewed about students attending GRCC tuition-free.)

Financial aid specialists will help GRCC students complete federal form to get money for school

2/23/22 MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College officials are urging students to take advantage of state and federal grants and scholarship opportunities that may be available to them by filling out their federal financial aid applications.

Rotary Club names Fred Meijer service award winner

2/23/22 Grand Rapids Business Journal

The Rotary Club of Grand Rapids named its recipients of the Frederik Meijer Service Above Self Award.

… The Custers have served several organizations, such as the Western Michigan University Foundation, the Grand Rapids Community College Foundation, Hope on the Hill Foundation and Clark Retirement Community. Dave Custer also is a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Grand Rapids, member and past chair of the Grand Rapids Economic Club, member and past president of Cascade Hills Country Club and director at Irwin Seating.

He’s a leader who is always learning

2/23/22 (Kent Intermediate School District)

Kent ISD — Didasi Mbongya readily shares his secret for leadership: accept as many opportunities as possible.

… Sound like enough opportunities accepted? Not for 21-year-old Mbongya. He also attends Grand Rapids Community College, where he is working toward a career in international relations, and works a third-shift manufacturing job. He’s also a catechist and member of the parish council at his church.

Grand Rapids renames streets for César E. Chávez and Martin Luther King Jr.

2/23/22 MLive

Grand Rapids Community College President Dr. Bill Pink speaks to the crowd gathered for the indoor ceremony held for the unveiling of the renamed César E. Chávez Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Street signage installation at Iglesia de Dios Manantial de Vid church in Grand Rapids on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022. (Daniel Shular |

(This was a photo gallery.)

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