GRCC In the News 03/07/2022

Amazon to provide free tuition for hourly employees at four Michigan colleges

3/4/22 The Detroit Free Press

Amazon is providing its hourly employees with free tuition at over 140 colleges across the country, including at four Michigan universities. 

The online shopping giant employs 750,000 people on hourly wages, and 26,000 in Michigan, according to the news release. Each Michigan employee will now have access to free education at Eastern Michigan University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University or Henry Ford College.

Amazon Providing Free Tuition For Hourly Workers At 4 Michigan Colleges

3/4/22 CBS Detroit

Amazon is providing free tuition at four Michigan universities to its hourly employees.

… The schools in Michigan partnering with Amazon are Eastern Michigan University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University and Henry Ford College.

Two West Michigan institutions of learning are education partners with Amazon

3/4/22 WGVU

Over the past decade, corporations have been investing in their employees. But in the current economy with worker shortages and increased competition for talent, employee benefit delivery is evolving.

… Grand Valley State University is partnering with Amazon. It’s committing $1.2 billion nationwide. By the year 2025, it hopes to upskill more than 300,000 associates. With two Kent County Amazon Fulfillment Centers, workers are taking advantage of the program. Kara Van Dam, vice provost for Graduate and Lifetime Learning explains the process. It begins with an Amazon associate logging in to the Career Choice portal where they select from area educators Eastern Michigan University, Grand Rapids Community College, Henry Ford College and Grand Valley State University.

Dos hispanos anuncian candidatura a Representante Estatal y Comisionado del Condado de Kent

3/4/22 El Vocero

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN (EVH)- Dos hispanos han anunciado su candidatura para dos puestos importantes, uno en el Estado de Representantes y otro en la Junta de Comisionados del Condado de Kent, esto se produce después de que estos dos cargos fueran recientemente reasignados, para cubrir áreas donde viven principalmente los grupos de minorías étnicas.

… (Ivan) Diaz (Botello) Díaz nació en Grand Rapids y creció en los vecindarios de Burton Heights, Godfrey-Lee y Roosevelt Park y se graduó de las Escuelas Públicas de Godfrey-Lee en 2016, recibió su título de Asociado en Artes de Grand Rapids Community College y actualmente está cursando una licenciatura en Ciencias Políticas en Grand Valley State University, además de servir en la Asociación de Antiguos Alumnos de Lee Soccer y en el Comité Directivo de Equidad Godfrey-Lee, como estadounidense de primera generación y estudiante universitario, tiene el compromiso de velar por las necesidades del distrito ya que posee la experiencia, las habilidades, la motivación y las conexiones para luchar por los problemas de la clase trabajadora.

(GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN (EVH)- Two Hispanics have announced their candidacy for two important positions, one on the State House of Representatives and one on the Kent County Board of Commissioners, this comes after these two positions were recently reassigned, to cover areas where mainly ethnic minority groups live.

… (Ivan) Diaz (Botello) was born in Grand Rapids and grew up in the Burton Heights, Godfrey-Lee and Roosevelt Park neighborhoods and graduated from Godfrey-Lee Public Schools in 2016, received his Associate of Arts degree from Grand Rapids Community College and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Political Science at Grand Valley State University, in addition to serving on the Lee Soccer Alumni Association and the Equity Steering Committee Godfrey-Lee, as a first-generation American and college student, is committed to ensuring the needs of the district as he has the experience, skills, motivation and connections to fight for working class issues.)

Spotlight: Travis Mills

2/24/22 Corporate & Incentive Travel

“Never give up. Never quit.” That’s the message retired Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills, of the 82nd Airborne, shares as a motivational speaker. This mantra is the driving force behind his remarkable life’s journey — his raison d’être — or reason for being.

… A self-described “small-town kid” from Michigan, he attended Grand Rapids Community College until he discovered the military offered the same camaraderie he had so enjoyed as a top football, baseball and basketball player, so he enlisted in 2006, and deployed three times. In 2012, his unit was going to Afghanistan, and while he didn’t have to go, he wanted to. “My guys were going, and I felt obligated to go as well. A month and a half later, I got blown up. I was transferred to Walter Reed where I had to learn to walk, feed myself, dress myself and so much more.”

Kalamazoo County’s first Director of Diversity Equity and Inclusion starts Monday March 7

3/4/22 WWMT

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Appointed by the Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners in February, William Gray is set to begin work as the county’s the first Director of Diversity Equity and Inclusion on Monday, March 7.

… Gray has over 18 years of experience and training in anti-racism work, holding positions leading and coaching DEI success, strategic planning, and program management with organizations like Habitat for Humanity, Grand Rapids Community College, Urban Young Life Grand Rapids, and The Other Way Ministries.

Kalamazoo County hires its first director of diversity, equity and inclusion

3/4/22 MLive

KALAMAZOO, MI — Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners have appointed William “Alvin” Gray as the county’s first director of diversity, equity and inclusion.

… He has held positions leading and coaching DEI success, strategic planning and program management with organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Grand Rapids Community College, Urban Young Life Grand Rapids and The Other Way Ministries, the county said.

Michigan’s Women Brewers: How one day changed a young life

3/4/22 Huron Daily Tribune (Port Huron)

When Sydney Cannarozzi was young, she told us that she “didn’t know that I was going to work in beer. But as a teenager, I always thought that working in beer would be a dream job.”

… “It’s a lot different now,” she said. “I’ve met more women working in production in the last few years than I had in the first six. The brewing school at GRCC and Kalamazoo, there are a lot of women doing these programs. There is a lot of support now. Maybe we, as women, are not questioned as much as before. It’s much more positive.”

Latinx Youth Conference otorga becas de $1,000 a 4 estudiantes 

3/4/22 El Vocero

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN– La Conferencia de Jóvenes Latinx 2022 se llevó a cabo de manera mixta esta vez (virtual y presenial), con la participación de 17 escuelas del oeste de Michigan, con más de 600 estudiantes de octavo grado y premiando a cuatro con becas de $1,000.

El evento se llevó a cabo de 11:00 am a 1:30 pm el pasado martes 1 de marzo, en el GRCC con un contenido pregrabado junto con la presentación principal en vivo, además de talleres presentados en asociación con Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Mercy Health.

(GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN– The Latinx Youth Conference 2022 was held in a mixed format this time (virtual and face-to-face), with the participation of 17 schools from western Michigan, with more than 600 eighth grade students and awarding four with $1,000 scholarships.

The event was held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, at GRCC with pre-recorded content along with the main live presentation, as well as workshops presented in partnership with Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Mercy Health.)

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