GRCC In the News 02/07/2023

Community college plans Center for Automation to boost talent pipeline

2/6/23 Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local community college unveiled plans for a hub to train the next generation of advanced manufacturing and automation workers. 

Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) announced late last week, alongside U.S. Sen. Gary Peters and U.S. Rep. Hillary Scholten, it plans to create a $998,000 Center for Automation. 

Check out these Black History Month events in Grand Rapids for 2023

2/6/23 MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — West Michigan residents have a host of events to choose from to celebrate Black History Month, from lectures to cooking classes to museum exhibits.

… Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) will host Grand Rapids Pride Center Executive Director Jazz McKinney for a keynote address at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at the college’s Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center Auditorium, 151 Fountain St. NE. McKinney has worked in the mental health field for over 10 years and has done racial justice advocacy work for nearly two decades.

Early Learning Neighborhood Collective looking for more teachers

2/6/23 FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mi. — Children who attend a quality pre-school program get a boost and studies show they’re more prepared as they move on to kindergarten and elementary school. The impacts can often be felt long after those formative years, making early childhood education crucial on so many levels. But there are plenty of children missing out.

… But this community problem may have a community solution. The ELNC (Early Learning Neighborhood Collective) has established an apprenticeship program – hoping to partner parents with teachers, get them on the job training, to grand rapids community college and finally into the empty classrooms. Dr. (Nkechy) Ezeh is confident they can find people perfect for these positions. “I want the community to know we need them. There are so many people sitting out there that love the children, love working with children. They love seeing children being happy, exploring, being free. If you are one of those people we need to come on in we can train you we can give you all the skills you need.” Skills that will have an impact – by making sure more children will have a place where they’re learning, growing and loved.

Ottawa County details $57 million in ARPA money payouts


Ottawa County will distribute $57 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) money. The federal aid is intended to address the economic impact of the pandemic and ensure a strong and equitable recovery. The county will use the money to help increase staffing numbers for nonprofits, improve and expand natural areas available to the public, create more affordable housing, and other projects.

… GRCC direct care provider certification programs

Nonprofits Benjamin’s Hope, Harbor House Ministries, Heritage Homes Inc., and MOKA Corp., organizations that work to improve the lives of and care for those with developmental differences or mental illness, in partnership with Grand Rapids Community College and Community Mental Health

2022 Newsmaker: Jen Schottke

2/3/23 Grand Rapids Business Journal

… GRCC is a partner on the West Michigan Construction Institute, which is working with area public school systems, including Northview High School, Jenison High School and Grand Rapids Public Schools.

Chartreuse Sisters: A Taste of France

2/6/23 Revue

Alyson and Mallory Caillaud-Jones, born to a Muskegon father and a French mother, spent their childhood summers in the south of France. The village of Roquebrun was not large, its population never straying much from the mid-hundreds. 

… “Somehow being an actor in Grand Rapids seemed more realistic than being a baker,” said Mallory, laughing. Still, she enrolled in Grand Rapids Community College’s culinary program. One semester in, the pandemic hit, forcing a pause: a potential dealbreaker.

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