Student story: From Harvard to community college
9/27/22 aacc21stcenturycenter.org (American Association of Community Colleges)
When you have a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Indiana University and a master’s in education from Harvard, where do you go next?
For Abbie Groff-Blaszak, it was Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC).
Adding zip to students’ acceptance letters
9/27/22 Community College Daily (American Association of Community Colleges)
It started after leaders at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) heard from an applicant who received a letter from the Michigan college.
Leading with enthusiasm, energy and a lot of positivity
9/28/22 schoolnewsnetwork.org (Kent Intermediate School District)
Comstock Park — Warren Cody is bubbly, vivacious, a go-getter who knows how to make an impression. Admitting that people often hear him before they see him, the senior describes his leadership style as “energetic and loud.”
… Despite the challenges, he is in the top 4 percent in his class of 120. When he enters college next fall he will have a semester of college credits under his belt already. He’s taken two AP classes in psychology and government and politics, and is currently enrolled in five that include AP statistics, chemistry and language arts as well as interpersonal communications and medical terminology at Grand Rapids Community College.
20 YEARS OF STATE CHAMPS! 20 STATE CHAMPIONS SERIES: 2004 Rockford Rams
Rockford — The 2004 Rockford Rams football team made an indelible imprint on the program. propelling it forward and establishing its state-championship tradition.
… Both (Spencer) Klukowski and (Josh) Rauser played in college at Northwood. O’Rourke played college baseball at Grand Rapids Community College and then Ouachita Baptist, where he played in the NCAA Division II World Series. Zach Breen (Grand Valley State) shared backfield duties with O’Rourke on the ’04 Rams. Breen was co-captain of the squad alongside Klukowski.
Northern Michigan University’s new president vows to engage rural students
9/29/22 Bridge Magazine
Northern Michigan University has named a university leader from Montana as its next president.
… Former Grand Rapids Community College president Bill Pink began the presidency at Ferris State University in July.
A new high school program aims to beef up West Michigan’s technical workforce
9/30/22 Crain’s Detroit Business
GRAND RAPIDS — Western Michigan University is rolling out a certificate program for high school students who want careers in design and manufacturing.
… “If they … take the manufacturing track, it can set them up for a multitude of things: They can go to GRCC, and it maps directly into an associate degree there; they can go to Western, where it maps into a four-year degree there; or they can go straight into the workforce, where employers will employ them at a step above entry-level, because they already have a skill set that a lot of incoming employees don’t have,” (Kimmy) Beuchler said. “If they do the design side, they’ll basically knock a full semester off a product design bachelor’s degree with Western.”
When Her Bike Was Stolen, Their Relationship Turned a Corner
9/30/22 The New York Times
A month after Rachel Christine Koppelman purchased a mountain bike from Gregory Alan Saxton, in October 2016, it was stolen from the bicycle shop where Mr. Saxton was working as the head mechanic.
… Mr. Saxton, 35, who grew up in Holland, Mich., had moved to Aspen in 2010 after attending Grand Rapids Community College, in Grand Rapids, Mich. He liked that Ms. Koppelman was familiar with fishing from growing up around lakes and streams in Colombia, Mo., and that she had an interest in mountain biking.
Bishop McMurray named 2022 GIANT Among Giants
10/1/22 WOOD TV
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A pastor with a long history of community leadership is this year’s GIANT Among Giants.
Bishop Dennis J. McMurray received the honor Saturday night during the annual GIANTS banquet hosted by Grand Rapids Community College.
ArtPrize 2022 ‘shows what Grand Rapids has accomplished’ says executive director
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – ArtPrize, the annual interactive art competition that draws thousands to Grand Rapids, came to a close Friday night at the 2022 awards celebration.
… Juried Winners: $10,000 for winner, $2,500 for honorable mention
… Digital: Gary Mesa-Gaido, ‘Derivations of a Gothic Arch Part 2′ (GRCC Paul Collins Gallery) Honorable Mention: Charles Cusack, ‘Algorithm + You = Art’ (House Rules Lounge)
(Noorthoek Academy Big Step walk.)
Bishop Dennis J. McMurray named 2022 GIANT Among Giants, 11 others honored
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Bishop Dennis J. McMurray was named the 2022 GIANT Among Giants on Saturday for his contributions in shaping the history, culture, and quality of life in the Grand Rapids community.
… “Bishop McMurray’s intellectual depth, unwavering love of family, pastoral service, and advocacy for justice exemplifies the core ethos of servant-leadership,” said B. Afeni McNeely Cobham, Ph.D, Grand Rapids Community College’s chief equity and inclusion officer, in a news release. “His contributions to the Grand Rapids community are immeasurable.”