GRCC baseball team out-hits Andrew College, but falls twice to tough NJCAA Division I opponent

The Grand Rapids Community College baseball team out-hit Andrew College on Wednesday, but lost 10-9 and 9-6 to another tough NJCAA Division I team.

In game one, Dylan Chargo and Fernando Rivera-Calderon combined for six of the team’s 12 hits, while Zacarias Salinas and Tommy Reid each had two hits.

In the nightcap, GRCC fell behind 7-1 after two innings, but scored five runs in the next two frames to cut the deficit to just one.  Andrew College tacked on two runs in the bottom of the sixth to finish the scoring. 

Jeremy Marble took the loss in his second start of the season, but allowed just one earned run while striking out four batters.

Luke Huerta, Trevin Laming and Chargo all had two hits, including a home run by Chargo, his first of the year.

Students can apply for all life-changing GRCC Foundation scholarships with just one application

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Filling out one form can make a life-changing difference to Grand Rapids Community College students.

The Grand Rapids Community College Foundation awarded $1.3 million in scholarships to 1,642 students during the 2021-2022 fiscal year – all available by completing just one application!

“A scholarship can lift so much anxiety from a student’s shoulders,” said Kristine Babcock, the foundation’s interim executive director. “Using one application makes the process easier – and less stressful – for students, ensuring that we can connect as many of them as possible with the funds they need to pursue their goals.”

The application can be found at, and the priority deadline is March 15.

Receiving the Clearing Sky Christensen/WN+J Business Scholarship helped Tiara Garcia reach her long-held goal of a college degree. She struggled, and eventually dropped out, in her first attempt at higher education in 2009.

“It wasn’t until last year I realized I had student loan debt but no degree to show for it,” she said. “So, I thought about my goals in life and where I was and decided to go back to school.”

It was a different experience for her in her second attempt: She passed all her classes and was on the Dean’s List every semester.

“Receiving the scholarship means I have succeeded and the hard work has really paid off,” said Garcia, who plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in human resources. “A lot of people believe that there isn’t help out there, but this shows that there is.”

GRCC In the News, 3-9-23

Community college to offer business leadership development training

3/8/23 Grand Rapids Business Journal

A new workforce training program coming to West Michigan will provide small and mid-sized organizations with essential leadership training. 

The Preparation for Leadership program is scheduled to launch April 27 at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC), providing local employees of smaller businesses with the skills they need to be leaders in the workplace. 

Michigan State shooting: University lacked security common on other campuses

3/8/23 Bridge Magazine

Oakland University professors felt vulnerable in their own classrooms.

… Northern Michigan, U-M Flint and most buildings at Western Michigan can be shuttered remotely. The capability is also present at the three private schools that responded — Kalamazoo College, the University of Detroit-Mercy and the College for Creative Studies — and at five of the community colleges: Wayne County, Grand Rapids, Washtenaw, Delta and Schoolcraft.

Conference celebrates, empowers young Black men

3/8/23 WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — For the first time since the pandemic, young Black men from across Kent County came together in person for a conference where they got to hear from leaders in the community who look like them.

The African American Male Achievement Conference is in its 8th year. It invites students from across Kent County to Grand Rapids Community College to talk about challenges, choice and change.

Se celebró con gran éxito el Latino Youth Conference 2023

3/8/23 El Vocero

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN (EVH)  El Latino Youth Conference (LYC) se celebró una vez más este año, esta vez de manera presencial ya que debido a la pandemia se realizó una ceremonia virtual los años anteriores. El LYC es una ceremonia que honra y celebra a los estudiantes de octavo grado, motivándolos a seguir una educación superior después de la escuela secundaria.

El evento se llevó a cabo en el Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC), donde más de 700 estudiantes de octavo grado se unieron con vítores y aplausos. Con música hispana de fondo, sesiones grupales individuales enfocadas en salud y bienestar, finanzas, oportunidades universitarias después de la escuela secundaria, y muchos discursos motivadores de líderes de GRCC.

(GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN (EVH) – The Latino Youth Conference (LYC) was held once again this year, this time in person as a virtual ceremony was held in previous years due to the pandemic. The LYC honors and celebrates eighth grade students, motivating them to pursue higher education after high school.

The event was held at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC), where more than 700 eighth grade students joined in cheers and applause. With Hispanic background music, one-on-one group sessions focused on health and wellness, finances, post-high school college opportunities, and plenty of motivational speeches from GRCC leaders.)