GRCC In the News 06/02/2022

Look twice, save a life: State officials remind drivers to drive safely around motorcycles this summer

6/1/22 WZZM

Look twice and save a life  that’s what Michigan state officials are reminding drivers on the roads this summer, to double check for motorcyclists.

… “I’m a pretty strong advocate for having the students take responsibility for their driving,” Steven Lick, Grand Rapids Community College Motorcycle Safety Rider Education program director, says.

JR Automation CEO discusses company’s growth trajectory in Holland


JR Automation Technologies LLC — which designs, builds and integrates automated manufacturing and robotic technology on a global scale — has unveiled yet another expansion effort in Holland. 

… MiBiz recently spoke with Craig Ulrich, who took over as JR Automation’s CEO in February 2021, on how the company continues to find opportunity in Holland, especially in a tight industrial real estate market.

… I think we just have a strong technical background here. I think we have strong ties with (Grand Rapids Community College) with the apprenticeship programs there. The Holland school districts are very supportive — we do get a large amount of recruitment out of all the different school districts throughout, not just Holland, but in all other surrounding school districts. They really have a strong commitment to trades, which is kind of nice. You don’t find that in a lot of other areas around the country. I feel like we have a pretty good pipeline coming out of our high schools and I think we have a really nice program where we can put our young apprentices through the program at GRCC. It just works really well for us.

SmartArt contest names finalists

6/1/22 Grand Rapids Magazine

A high school student art competition with a clean energy focus selected its finalists.

… Finalists were chosen by a panel of art professionals from Kendall College of Art & Design, Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University.

State Plans Economic Growth as Workforce Shortages Continue


Michigan is open for business.

… Bill Pink is the president of Grand Rapids Community College and the incoming president of Ferris State University. He sees first hand that businesses need graduates but graduates need to see the business.

News at 6 p.m.

6/1/22 FOX 17

(Coverage of Kalamazoo Growlers game featuring GRCC alum Ryan Dykstra.)