GRCC In the News 06/08/2022

New gluten-free fast casual restaurant now open in Grand Rapids

6/6/22 100.5 FM

Papa Chops Eatery on 28th Street near Breton Road is now open.

… A diagnosis of celiac disease in 2019 inspired Muller to enroll in culinary school at Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute, to be able to cook food for his family at home. It set him on a new career path. Celiac disease, which is estimated to affect 1 out of 100 people worldwide, is an autoimmune disease in which the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine.

West Mich. higher ed sees major recent leadership turnover


West Michigan colleges and universities saw significant leadership turnover during the spring, bringing in a new crop of presidents as workforce development proves crucial during a widespread talent crunch.

Throughout a three-month span this spring, Ferris State University, Calvin University, Muskegon Community College and Aquinas College all announced the appointment of new presidents. Grand Rapids Community College named an interim president as it searches for its next leader.

Kent County names first coordinator of immigrant, refugee Welcome Plan


Kent County has appointed Hollin De La Cruz as its welcome plan coordinator, a newly created position to oversee the county’s formal efforts to welcome immigrants and refugees.

… De La Cruz starts in the new role on June 13. She previously served as a program navigator for the Integrated English Literacy and Crisis Education grant for Kent ISD Adult Education. De La Cruz has a bachelor’s degree in French from Grand Valley State University, an associate degree from Grand Rapids Community College, and is proficient in Spanish and French.

Lack of parts and mechanics adds weeks to car repairs in Michigan

6/7/22 Bridge Magazine

LANSING — Nicholas Randall may extend work days at Redline Auto Services to 12 hours, spanning from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays then staying open on the weekends.

… Chad Lodenstein, who leads the automotive department at Grand Rapids Community College, said this is the highest demand for car mechanics in the job market he has ever seen.

Coastal Container’s $25M expansion expected to create 60 new jobs


Coastal Container Corp., a full-service provider of packaging supplies serving multiple industries — including agriculture, automotive, e-commerce, and food and beverage — is investing $25 million to expand its operations in the city of Holland. 

… Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) is providing assistance to the company through a Michigan New Jobs Training Program valued at $400,000, and the Holland Board of Public Works is aiding the expansion through an Economic Development Incentive Rider, whose value is still undetermined. 

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