GRCC In the News, 11-7-22

GRCC student 1 of 10 in nation to attend weekend retreat for blind musicians

11/4/22 FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) student has been selected to attend a special event featuring an American Idol finalist.

Apply now for Michigan Achievement Scholarship

11/4/22 WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A new state scholarship will provide thousands of dollars for tuition, and many high school students are expected to qualify.

… Grand Rapids Community College spokesperson Dave Murray said the funding will cover the majority of tuition each year for up to three years.

New Michigan Achievement Scholarship could help make college more accessible


The new Michigan Achievement Scholarship could provide future college students with $2,750 to $5,500 a year to help cover the cost of tuition, helping to remove financial barriers to getting a life-changing college education.

… The $2,750 scholarship geared for community college students will cover much of Grand Rapids Community College’s tuition and fees. Students can potentially receive more support through federal Pell Grants, which could help students cover additional expenses, such as transportation and childcare.

News at 6:30 p.m.

11/6/22 WZZM

(Volleyball team headed to national tournament.)

Grand Rapids community mourns prominent pastor’s death

11/4/22 MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Beloved Grand Rapids Bishop Dennis McMurray has died at the age of 63.

… In October, McMurray was named the 2022 GIANT Among Giants for his contributions in shaping the history, culture and quality of life in the Grand Rapids community at the annual event hosted by Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC).

Doing what he loves by teaching tech, inspiring students

11/4/22 School News Network (Kent Intermediate School District)

Kent City — It’s a Monday morning in Jeremy Smith’s multimedia class, which he starts by sounding out his high school students on their weekends — volleyball and football team wins, first place in marching band competition, a 15th birthday. Then he gives them their rundown for the coming week: turn in forms to start selling yearbook ads; create sports graphics for that week’s varsity games; finish making videos for athletics and Homecoming. 

… Smith found his passion for teaching after graduating from Maple Valley Junior/Senior High School in Vermontville, then enrolling at Grand Rapids Community College. Calculus convinced him an engineering major wasn’t for him, but he enjoyed tutoring other students in history. 

Stimulus funding requests underscore staffing ‘crisis’ for disability service providers


A trio of West Michigan nonprofits are requesting millions of dollars in federal stimulus funding to help combat a longstanding and worsening workforce shortage among service providers for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

… However, the pursuit of funding continues elsewhere, including for a share of Ottawa County’s ARPA funding that MOKA requested as part of a partnership with Grand Rapids Community College, (Tracey) Hamlet said.

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