GRCC In the News, 11-15-22

GRCC working to address ASL interpreter shortage

11/14/22 WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A 2019 survey from the Michigan Department of Civil Rights found that 7.4% of people across the state live with some form of hearing disability — being completely deaf or hard-of-hearing — and there aren’t enough certified American Sign Language interpreters to meet the demand.

Grand Rapids Community College has seen the need and is taking action. It is working to add more courses and partner with a nearby school to address the interpreter shortage.

Islam Hoxha, refugjati nga Rahoveci që po shkëlqen si asistent në kolegjet amerikane

11/14/22 Rahoveci24 (Rahoveci, Kosovo)

Për publikun sportdashës në Rahovec, Islam Hoxha është një emër i njohur.

… Në fillim të sezonit 2022-2023, Islam Hoxha angazhohet si asistent trajner në ekipin e basketbollit të Grand Rapids Community College(Kolegj Publik në Michigan), ku po korr suksese të mëdha.

(For the sports-loving public in Rahovec, Islam Hoxha is a well-known name.

… At the beginning of the 2022-2023 season, Islam Hoxha is engaged as an assistant coach in the basketball team of Grand Rapids Community College (Public College in Michigan), where he is reaping great success.)

(This article also appeared in Raho Gazeta, a Kosovo newspaper.)

Whitehall Sports Hall of Fame welcomes new induction class

11/14/22 White Lake Beacon

WHITEHALL — Last Saturday’s Whitehall Sports Hall of Fame banquet saw a new venue – the White Lake American Legion Algot Johnson Post 69 on Colby St. – but the same warmth and memories the annual event is known for.

… (Kurt) Huizenga starred in four sports at Whitehall, but most notably baseball, going on to play at Grand Rapids Community College and Aquinas College. He still holds the career batting average record at the latter school, an astonishing .443. He played pro baseball for a while after college and assistant coached under Warren Zweigle for many years. His son Casey is continuing the family tradition of coaching in the Viking programs, and former Viking Terrell Harris, who is now part of the family as well, is pursuing a career in education too.

Compassionate care earns Watson a DAISY Award at Gerber Hospital

11/14/22 Spectrum Health press release

FREMONT, Mich., Nov. 14, 2022 – Ladonna Watson, RN, an inpatient charge nurse at Corewell Health™ Gerber Hospital (formerly Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Hospital), was selected as the hospital’s latest recipient of The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

… As a young girl, Watson knew she wanted to be a nurse. She earned her nursing degree from Grand Rapids Community College and came to Gerber Hospital in 2006. She shared that one of the most rewarding aspects of being a nurse is the feeling you get when you know you’ve taken good care of someone, and they get to go home.

Her volunteer efforts led to saving a life

11/14/22 RDH Magazine

Each week the RDH PIRA (Patient Impact & Rise Above) recognition program, sponsored by Water Pik, Inc., features a dental hygiene clinician who excels in his or her role and goes the extra mile. The past two and a half years have been a challenge for many clinicians and as we return to the operatory, we want to acknowledge those who provide patient care—clinicians who are changing their patients’ lives, influencing their patients’ health, and making a difference every day. This week we honor Teri Herdon, BAS, RDH.

… “I teach dental hygiene at Grand Rapids Community College, work in private practice, and serve as a CDCA-WREB-CITA examiner. I love the variety from all these activities. I love my relationships with my students, patients, and coworkers. When teaching, I learn also, and I take the knowledge to my practice to help my team and patients.

Silver Line moves to Wave card, cash payments

11/14/22 WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Payment options are changing for The Rapid bus service’s Silver Line.

… The Silver Line Bus Rapid Transit service was designed to quickly move people up Division Avenue and to the Medical Mile and downtown Grand Rapids, easing traffic and parking congestion around Grand Rapids’ hospitals and Grand Rapids Community College. It started running in 2014.

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