GRCC In the News, 8-13-20

Wolverine, Metallica nonprofit partner on boots for a cause

Aug. 12, 2020; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local footwear brand is partnering with Metallica’s nonprofit to roll out two pairs of limited-edition boots, with all proceeds going to educate skilled trades students.

… Wolverine and AWMH’s partnership will benefit three “exceptional” U.S. community college trade programs — Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC), Lone Star College (Houston) and Wichita State University Tech (Wichita, Kansas). Each school will receive a $100,000 joint grant from Wolverine and Metallica Scholars — a major workforce education initiative that provides direct support to community colleges — as well as Wolverine boots to help students get started in their careers.

GRCC In the News, 8-12-20

Rock band Metallica partners with Wolverine to provide trade skills scholarships in Michigan

Aug. 11, 2020; WXYZ

ROCKFORD, Mich. — Michigan-based bootmaker, Wolverine, has partnered with Metallica to launch two special edition work boots that will give 100% of the proceeds to benefit skilled trade workers.

… The partnership between Wolverine and AWMH will benefit three exceptional community college trade programs across the country – Grand Rapids Community College (Grand Rapids, Michigan), Lone Star College (Houston, Texas) and WSU Tech (Wichita, Kansas), each receiving a $100,000 joint grant from Wolverine and Metallica Scholars, and Wolverine boots to help students .get started in their career.

‘This extra burden’

Aug. 11, 2020; Health Beat (Spectrum Health newsletter)

The woman lay in the emergency department, in terrible pain from a tear in her stomach.

… Hankondo Sibalwa, a nurse who immigrated from Zambia, once worked as a licensed practical nurse in a pediatric clinic—and was the only Black male health care provider on staff.

One day, a mother asked him to speak to her son, an African-American teenager, about the importance of education. Sibalwa advised the young man to go to Grand Rapids Community College after high school.

“Check it out. See if it’s for you,” he said.

A few years later, Sibalwa attended GRCC himself, studying to become a registered nurse. As he walked across campus one day, a young man called out to him. It was the teenager Sibalwa had advised several years earlier.

“I’m here because of you,” the young man said.

Condolences to Amy Kirkbride

We extend condolences to Amy Kirkbride and her family after the passing of her husband, Christopher Kirkbride, on Monday.

Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the Arsulowicz Brothers Remembrance Mortuary, 3525 Remembrance Road NW, and 10-11 a.m. Friday at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 2510 Richmond NW. A Memorial Mass starts at 11 a.m. Friday at the church; seating may be limited because of COVID-19 restrictions.

GRCC In the News, 8-11-20

Metallica & Wolverine team up for limited edition work boots benefitting trade schools

Aug. 10, 2020; Maxim

Work boot brand Wolverine and rock legends Metallica are joining forces on two special edition boots that benefit America’s future skilled trades work force.

… The partnership between Wolverine and AWMH will benefit three exceptional community college trade programs across the country – Grand Rapids Community College (Grand Rapids, Michigan), Lone Star College (Houston, Texas) and WSU Tech (Wichita, Kansas), each receiving a $100,000 joint grant from Wolverine and Metallica Scholars, and Wolverine boots to help students get started in their career.

Fast Break – Episode 15 – Tony Annese – Ferris State Head Football Coach

Aug. 10, 2020; WOOD Radio

This week we highlight the unbelievable coaching career of Tony Annese and the coaching tree that he has grown across the state of Michigan! Over 30 plus years as the head man on the sidelines and has won at every stop he has made, including 3 high school football state championships, 2 NJCAA Div. II National Championships at Grand Rapids Community College and has taken Ferris State to the NCAA Div. II Semifinals 3 of the last 4 seasons with a national runner-up finish in 2018!! In this episode, you will hear the stories behind his incredible journey as a football coach.

GRCC In the News, 8-10-20

News at 5 p.m.

Aug. 7, 2020; FOX 17

Anchors: “Grand Rapids Community College is helping students navigate the pandemic and do what’s best for their education. They created new advising programs. The college says it knows many university students are reconsidering their fall semester plans as some are being encouraged to spend the semester at home. And GRCC says with classes set to begin in a couple weeks, transferring schools now to stay local and not have to move out of town could seem impossible. But the new advising program can help students register and weigh their options to start the semester on short notice.”

Ionia County to recommend new Road Department director hire, despite experience concerns

Aug. 8, 2020; The Daily News (Greenville)

IONIA — After interviewing two candidates with no road experience and little to no financial experience, Ionia County officials are still going to recommend that one be hired as managing director of the Road Department.

… Of the two candidates who were interviewed Thursday, neither one has any type of college degree. (Stacy) Green studied general studies at Lansing Community College and accounting at Baker College of Owosso. Commissioners asked (Troy) Waterman to clarify his resume claim that he has an “associate in engineering” (something Hodges noted doesn’t exist). Waterman said he studied engineering for two years at Grand Rapids Community College (1984 to 1986), but admitted he didn’t have a degree.

Information Technology annual summer lab refresh update

Information Technology is currently conducting our annual Summer maintenance on all classroom and lab computers. All classroom, multimedia, and lab computers will be reimaged or replaced during this process.

If you are returning to campus during the next week and would like to know if a particular computer lab or classroom multimedia system is available for use, view our live status sheet here.

If you have any additional questions or concerns you may contact our Support Desk at 616-234-4357.

GRCC In the News, 8-7-20

‘It’s about jealousy,’ family of Grand Rapids double-homicide victims say after man charged

Aug. 6, 2020; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — In her grief, Quin Lee hopes she can be an advocate for women trying to escape abusive relationships.

… Fatima Lee said her son (Quavon Lee) had attended Grand Rapids Community College and completed a first segment in an auto mechanics course of study. He was talking with friends about opening up a shop.

GRCC nursing students achieve 100% passing rate

Aug. 6, 2020; Grand Rapids Business Journal

All 50 students from Grand Rapids Community College’s nursing program who took the licensing tests for registered and practical nurses for the first time passed their examinations, according to a National Council of Licensure Exams summary that covered the first six months of 2020.

Raider Salute for Sandy Gregory, Kristie Welling

A Raider Salute from Erica Manning, Admissions and Enrollment:

I would love to give a Raider Salute to Sandy Gregory and Kristie Welling for helping a lost student on campus today. Sandy walked the student over to the Enrollment Center and made sure they were in the right spot, and Kristie walked the student to their car to make sure they didn’t get lost while retrieving their forgotten wallet.