Middle college program earns national recognition
5/16/22 Grand Rapids Business Journal
A local community college recently earned national accreditation for its middle college program and was one of the first in the U.S. to be recognized for using its own faculty.
Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) earned accreditation from the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships’ (NACEP) accreditation commission. The commission granted accreditation to 25 concurrent enrollment programs nationwide, bringing the total of NACEP accredited programs in the country to 134.
Michigan is Getting a New Ramen Restaurant with Homemade Noodles
5/16/22 WRIF FM
Who doesn’t love ramen? Add to that, ramen with homemade noodles, and you have a very special dish. Now, Michigan is getting a new ramen restaurant featuring homemade noodles and many more treats.
… Noodle Pig is the brainchild of Chris Wessely, an East Grand Rapids City Commissioner and Grand Rapids Community College culinary graduate. It’s described as a “a fast-casual concept, where customers can create their own ramen bowl or choose from seven signature options,” according to MLive, with all food being made in-house, from the noodles to the bone broth. The restaurant will also feature an authentic noodle-making machine, direct from Japan. Noodle Pig also wants to be able to sell beer, wine, and boozy boba drinks, so it’s requesting a liquor license, which I’m sure it will get.
GRCC offering Summer Career Camps for students
5/16/22 FOX 17
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Grand Rapids Community College Workforce Training Team is offering a special camp for students in grades 6-9 to help spark an interest in a future career.
Michigan Students Among Winners of Havenpark Communities Academic Scholarship
5/18/22 yahoo.com (from press release)
HOLLAND, Mich., May 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Two Michigan students were among the 19 recipients of academic scholarships from Havenpark Communities, an operator and developer of manufactured home communities. The awards are part of Havenpark’s expansion of its Education Success program, which offers financial support, mentoring, and other education initiatives to increase education access and opportunity for residents.
David Sanchez, who will be starting his third semester at Grand Rapids Community College, said the scholarship would supplement the full-time job he balances while dealing with the high costs of books, tuition, and other expenses, while Brenden Sears, who will start at Michigan Technological University, said the funds will go a long way toward his tuition.
Retired president to helm Grand Rapids Community College during replacement search
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A retired president is returning to help Grand Rapids Community College during a search for a new president.
Community college appoints interim president
5/18/22 Grand Rapids Business Journal
A former Grand Rapids Community College president is returning to serve in the interim.
President emeritus appointed interim president at GRCC
5/18/22 schoolnewsnetwork.org (Kent Intermediate School District)
Juan Olivarez, GRCC president from 1999 to 2008, will return to the helm of the community college, for the interim.
Grand Rapids Community College appoints Juan Olivarez as interim president
5/19/22 The Holland Sentinel
GRAND RAPIDS — Grand Rapids Community College is turning to a former leader of the college to serve as its interim president.
Grand Rapids college explores major land deal for police, fire training center
5/19/22 Crain’s Detroit Business
Grand Rapids Community College is close to purchasing 47 acres north of the city to build a major public safety training facility.
El Presidente Emérito Juan Olivarez se desempenara como presidente interino de GRCC
5/19/22 El Vocero
Community College a lo largo de 10 años de crecimiento como presidente, regresará al cargo de manera interina mientras la junta directiva de GRCC busca un sucesor permanente del presidente saliente Bill Pink.
(Community College over 10 years of growth as president, will return to the role on an interim basis as the GRCC board of directors searches for a permanent successor to outgoing president Bill Pink.)
Big Rapids basketball guard commits to Grand Rapids Community College
5/19/22 The Pioneer (Big Rapids)
BIG RAPIDS – It’s off to Grand Rapids Community College for Big Rapids’ DeMarcus (DJ) Lee.
‘She does what she needs to do’
5/20/22 schoolnewsnetwork.org (Kent Intermediate School District)
Wyoming — There are many ways to describe Adriana Ortiz-Torres.
… Now she has made friends and gotten involved. She joined the National Honor Society, Campus Life and Alpha Wolf 11 Leadership Council. She excels in math and English, and has already taken five dual enrollment classes through Grand Rapids Community College. She also works full time as a host at Rockwell Republic, a restaurant in downtown Grand Rapids.
Registration open for GRCC summer classes
5/20/22 WOOD TV
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Summer is a great time for college students to stay on track with their coursework. Grand Rapids Community College’s second summer semester starts June 28, and there are still about 1,600 seats available.
GRCC automotive program gives Grand Haven grad opportunity to shift gears
When Sophia Lonnee graduated from Grand Haven High School last year, she had plans to enroll at two different universities.
… Lonnee found the Automotive Tech Job Training Program at Grand Rapids Community College. She feels like she made the right move.
JSA, Twin Hills host NJCAA D2 Men’s National Championship
5/20/22 Joplin Globe (Mo.)
Joplin Sports Authority, in partnership with Twin Hills Golf and Country Club, hosted the 2022 NJCAA Division II Men’s National Championship on Tuesday through Friday at the Twin Hills course.
… Joining those four teams were sixth-ranked Heartland Community College (Normal, Ill.), seventh-ranked Meridian (Mississippi) Community College, eighth-ranked Walters State (Tennessee) Community College, 10th-ranked Northeast (Nebraska) Community College, 13th-ranked Hawkeye (Iowa) Community College, 14th-ranked Abraham Baldwin (Georgia) Agriculture College, 15th-ranked Cleveland State (Tenn.) Community College, 21st-ranked Grand Rapids (Michigan) Community College, 23rd-ranked Illinois Valley Community College, 27th-ranked Mineral Area (Mo.) College, Black Hawk (Ill.) Community College, Bryant and Stratton (Wisconsin) College, Glendale (Arizona) Community College, South Mountain (Ariz.) Community College, Oakland (Mich.) Community College and Muskegon (Mich.) Community College.
How Calhoun County agencies are combating a first responder shortage
5/21/22 Battle Creek Enquirer
Sara Gleason said she often hears the same question.
… In west Michigan, there are regional full-time police academies at Grand Rapids Community College and Kalamazoo Valley Community College. Those regional academies require an associate’s degree or higher, and as at KCC, their cadets are scooped up quickly by law enforcement agencies before they even graduate.
‘A dream come true’ in GR: Inside Monsoon restaurant
5/21/22 WOOD TV
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The dishes are stacked and the place settings are ready inside Grand Rapids’ next culinary experience: Monsoon Vietnamese Cuisine, which co-owner Phong Nguyen expects to open June 1.
… Monsoon marks a milestone for Nguyen, who came from Vietnam to Grand Rapids a decade ago to study culinary arts at Grand Rapids Community College. He continued learning at Ferris State University, graduating with a hospitality and management degree in 2020.
Professional Chef Services will cook for you in your own home
5/21/22 Midland Daily News
Perry Zeilinger, 49, is the owner of Professional Chef Services. His slogan: “No time to cook? No problem. We can take care of everything.”
… Zeilinger has been married to his wife, Guerline, for 14 years. She works for Morley. Zeilinger is a graduate of Frankenmuth High School. He attended the career center in Saginaw, where he learned about food service. That led to his decision to go to Grand Rapids Community College, where he earned an associate’s degree in culinary arts.