GRCC In the News 01/24/2023

Miles of Smiles, public defender among social justice award winners


More than 37,000 patient visits, 22,000 filings, and 21,000 sealants have reduced dental disease for young Miles of Smiles patients.

… Miles of Smiles received the health services award. The Miles of Smiles mobile dental unit run by the Ottawa County Department of Public Health provides on-site preventive and restorative dental services for financially qualifying, uninsured, and Medicaid insured Ottawa County residents. Services are provided at schools, migrant camps, Head Start Centers, and Ottawa County Department of Public Health clinics via a 40-foot mobile unit equipped with a waiting area, laboratory, two operatories, digital x-ray and a wheelchair lift. A volunteer network of more than 100 dentists, hygienists, and Grand Rapids Community College dental hygiene students work as dental healthcare providers. Through Miles of Smiles, kids can get quality dental care right at school, so they don’t miss school days, and the families can depend on good and safe care without having to miss work.

Business Journal recognizes Newsmaker finalists

1/23/23 Grand Rapids Business Journal

Shaking off the effects of a worldwide pandemic, the West Michigan business community moved ahead on firmer footing last year as plans that were dormant for several months finally came to fruition.

… For now, though, here is the first look at the finalists in each of the categories for Grand Rapids Business Journal’s 2022 Newsmakers of the Year.


… Juan Olivarez, Grand Rapids Community College

(GRCC alum and trustee Salvador Lopez and alums Preston Sain and Eva Alexander are also finalists.)

Lt. Gov. Gilchrist hosts roundtable in GR on Michigan Reconnect Program

1/23/23 FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II was in Grand Rapids on Monday to discuss the impact of the Michigan Reconnect program.

Lt. Gov. Gilchrist joined Michigan Reconnect students, Grand Rapids Community College officials, and business leaders at a roundtable to discuss the impact the Michigan Reconnect program has had on creating good-paying jobs around the state and how an expansion of the program would grow Michigan’s economy even further.

Michigan Reconnect program helped 18k Michiganders go back to school

1/23/23 WZZM

Michigan’s Lieutenant Governor visited Grand Rapids Community College today to talk about the success of “Michigan Reconnect.”

Whitmer likely to talk gun violence at State of the State

1/23/23 WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Michigan Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist said this week’s State of the State address will likely include comments on legislation aimed at tackling gun violence.

… Gilchrist was at Grand Rapids Community College Monday for a roundtable discussion on Michigan Reconnect, which covers tuition for an associate’s degree for people 25 and over. Gilchrist talked with students and instructors about the program’s successes and what he would like to see continued and expanded, also suggesting we may hear more about that in the governor’s speech.

Lt. Governor Gilchrist to hold roundtable in Grand Rapids ahead of State of the State Address

1/23/23 WILX

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WILX) – Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II will be joining Michigan Reconnect students, Grand Rapids Community College officials, and business leaders on Monday at a roundtable.

Grand Rapids, GRCC offer ‘Water Pool-ooza’ events to promote sustainability, conservation, careers

1/24/23 MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Community College and the city of Grand Rapids are teaming up to help families learn more about drinking water during two events called “Water Pool-ooza” in February and March.

Lt. Gov. Gilchrist visits GRCC to discuss impact of MI Reconnect Program

1/24/23 WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Ahead of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s annual State of the State address on Jan. 25, Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist visited Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) on Monday to speak with faculty and staff regarding the impact of the state’s Michigan Reconnect Program.

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