GRCC In the News, 8-20-14

Healthier west Michigan economy a drag on GRCC enrollment

Aug. 19, 2014; WGVU

Grand Rapids Community College’s 2014-2015 academic school year begins in less than one week at. While there are plenty of students buying text books and preparing for a semester of studies, their numbers are down from last year.

A festival of innovation

Aug. 18, 2014; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — This is the season for back to school, but there is something to be learned every day! The Grand Rapids Public Museum is partnering with the Geek Group and GR Makers for the Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire.

(Article doesn’t mention it, but GRCC is a sponsor of this event.)

Tenants get first look at townhouses that replace dilapidated Madison Square apartments

Aug. 19, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — JoAnna Brown yelped in delight as she entered the kitchen at her new home on Gilbert Street SE.

… Brown, a 26-year-old criminal justice major at Grand Rapids Community College, said the three upstairs bedrooms and two bathrooms also will improve the quality of life for her sons, ages 6 and 11.

Jordan Shimmell steps into the Doghouse: A Cruiserweight Destined to Be Champion – Interview

Aug. 18, 2014; doghouseboxing.com

With the kind of resume Jordan Shimmell, of Hudsonville, MI, had as an amateur, he looks like a sure thing to be fighting for a professional championship within 2 to 3 years. He is 16-0 (13) as a pro. His father, Dennis Shimmell Jr., and advisor Al Haymon, plan to do it the right way and not rush the 25 year-old in before he is ready.

… Jordan’s younger brother Niall boxed prior to joining the Air Force. Jordan was on the Dean’s list at Grand Rapids Community College. He played football in high school and was part of a rock band. He also performed in a school play. He has a love of off-roading with dirt bikes, go-karts, golf carts, lifted 4x4s, quads, etc. He goes to sand dunes and trails.

GRCC In the News, 8-19-14

GRCC enrollment down 5.4 percent as first day of school approaches

Aug. 19, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – With one week to go until the start of fall classes, enrollment at Grand Rapids Community College is down 5.4 percent from the same time last year, administrators said Monday.

Restaurant Week Grand Rapids Kicks Off Its 5th Anniversary to Celebrate Wonderful Dining in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Aug. 18, 2014; sys-con.com

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — (Marketwired) — 08/18/14 — In 2010 Experience Grand Rapids saw an opportunity to create Restaurant Week Grand Rapids to showcase its newest food trends and restaurant scene that was developing and thriving in this successful Michigan city. Now in its 5th year, Restaurant Week Grand Rapids has become one of the most popular events in Grand Rapids that was recently voted the #1 Travel Destination for 2014 by Lonely Planet.

… One dollar from every Restaurant Week meal sold during the 2014 event will be donated by each of the restaurants to a student scholarship fund at Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College, one of the top 20 culinary schools in the nation. Since 2010, Restaurant Week Grand Rapids participating restaurants have donated almost $75,000 to the GRCC Secchia Institute Student Scholarship Fund. Grand Rapids benefits greatly from the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education as many of the students and graduates of the school remain in the community and work in the hospitality industry.

The irrepressible charm and talent of Edye Evans Hyde: The Local Spins Artist Spotlight

Aug. 15, 2014; localspins.com

Grand Rapids jazz singer Edye Evans Hyde’s love for her craft is irrepressible so much so, that even brain surgery last year didn’t silence her for long.

… Hyde’s rise to her stature as one of West Michigan’s most respected jazz vocalists — a singer who won jazz album of the year honors for her Magic In His Eyes album at the 2013 WYCE Jammie Awards — actually has fairly humble beginning that reach back more than 30 years when she met her husband, Michael, at Grand Rapids Junior College.

Orientation kicks off today

Our Orientation program kicks off today for our brand new students who will be attending this Fall. If you come across a new student, please be sure to welcome them to campus. Below is some information that might be helpful to you should you happen upon any lost students.

Orientation is on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Tuesday and Thursday there is a morning (9-12) and afternoon session (1:30-4:30). On Wednesday, we have a afternoon (1:30-4:30) and an evening session (6-9). The first two weeks we kick off out of the Music building so any students should be directed there and the remaining program begins in the ATC auditorium. Students will also be led to the 5th Floor Cook for their registration portion by an ambassador. Students attending at the Lakeshore have the option to participate in orientation at that location (different times/dates).

We have 14 ambassadors who will be working hard all summer to make our new students feel welcome. Be sure to say hi to them as you see them walking around campus.

If you have any questions or comments, please direct them to Lori Cook at ext. 3099.

GRCC signs up new students at Allegan Tech Center

Once again GRCC staff (Angela Long (Admissions & Enrollment/Counseling), Angela Salinas (Admissions & Enrollment Center) and Miguel Espinoza (Lakeshore Campus) ventured out into the community and to represent the College on Thursday May 8 at the Allegan Tech Center Decision Day event. This was an opportunity to help graduating seniors sign up for Orientation and prepare for Fall start at GRCC as well as answer questions for juniors. The GRCC table was a fun place to be as we debuted our new prize wheel (spin the wheel, answer a question, get a piece of candy!) as well as interest card drawings for GRCC t-shirts. There were nearly 500 students from Allegan County high schools in attendance at the event. Future students were able to get helpful information and materials and get their questions answered about GRCC!

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Ready, Set, Enroll!

The Admissions and Enrollment Center will hold an event — Ready, Set, Enroll! — on Monday, March 24th, for prospective students for the Summer and Fall Semester. The event is from 4:00 to 6:00 PM in the Enrollment Center. Students can apply, talk with a financial aid representative, a counselor, take the Accuplacer test, and receive assistance registering for classes.

GRCC offers help with FAFSA

The Financial Aid Office and the Admissions and Enrollment Center are partnering on a new event – FAFSA Fest! FAFSA Fest will take place in March and April to help students complete their 14/15 FAFSA or who simply have questions about the FAFSA process. Reminder, returning students who plan on receiving financial aid for the 14/15 academic year, which begins in the Fall, should complete their FAFSA NOW!

Students should bring their 2013 federal tax return and their parents federal tax return, if applicable, or simply come with your questions.

FAFSA Fest will take place in the Enrollment Center on the following dates and times:

  • March 13 9:00 – 12:00
  • March 27 2:00 – 5:00
  • April 10 9:00 – 12:00
  • April 24 2:00 – 5:00

GRCC offers help with FAFSA form

The Financial Aid Office and the Admissions and Enrollment Center are partnering on a new event – FAFSA Fest! FAFSA Fest will take place in March and April to help students complete their 14/15 FAFSA or who simply have questions about the FAFSA process. Reminder, returning students who plan on receiving financial aid for the 14/15 academic year, which begins in the Fall, should complete their FAFSA NOW!

Students should bring their 2013 federal tax return and their parents federal tax return, if applicable, or simply come with your questions.

FAFSA Fest will take place in the Enrollment Center on the following dates and times:

  • March 13 9:00 – 12:00
  • March 27 2:00 – 5:00
  • April 10 9:00 – 12:00
  • April 24 2:00 – 5:00

GRCC offers help with FAFSA forms

The Financial Aid Office and the Admissions and Enrollment Center are partnering on a new event – FAFSA Fest! FAFSA Fest will take place in March and April to help students complete their 14/15 FAFSA or who simply have questions about the FAFSA process. Reminder, returning students who plan on receiving financial aid for the 14/15 academic year, which begins in the Fall, should complete their FAFSA NOW!

Students should bring their 2013 federal tax return and their parents federal tax return, if applicable, or simply come with your questions.

FAFSA Fest will take place in the Enrollment Center on the following dates and times:

  • March 13 9:00 – 12:00
  • March 27 2:00 – 5:00
  • April 10 9:00 – 12:00
  • April 24 2:00 – 5:00

Hispanic Student Organization members attend leadership conference

Francisco Ramirez and Jose Mora took seven members of the Hispanic Student Organization to the 2014 United States Hispanic Leadership Institute Conference last weekend in Chicago. USHLI is a national, nonprofit, nonpartisan and tax-exempt organization that organizes and conducts leadership development programs in 40 states.

The students who attended were HSO members Flora Garcia (President), Christoffer Ramirez (Vice President), Yadira So (Treasurer), Gabriel Stapert (Secretary), Yolanda Cruz-Olguin, Andrea Valazquez and Manuel Uribe. The group met one of our former U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Antonia Novello.

GRCC was approached by other institutions’ student groups to engage in projects to create a network of information for Latin@ students.

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Nominate an Outstanding Adult Learner from GRCC

Please support our adult and non-traditional students at GRCC by nominating them for the Grand Rapids Area Higher Education (GRAHEN) Outstanding Adult Learner (OAL) award. The OAL Banquet, held on April 16, 2014, recognizes and honors the academic achievements and community contributions of adult students from local higher education institutions.

Information and nomination forms are available by contacting the Admissions office.

The deadline for nominations is February 28.

Please contact Angela Salinas (Recruiter for Adult Enrollment and Outreach Coordinator) at ext. 3420 or angelasalinas@grcc.edu with any questions and/or to submit nominations.

Thank you for your support and participation!

Enrollment Center shares student’s gratitude

The Admissions and Enrollment Center would like to share this response we recently received from a student while we were doing enrollment outreach efforts. A very nice response that reflects all the good work being done by everyone at GRCC!

Thank you for checking on me. I am transferring Full-time to Davenport starting Winter of 2014, and will no longer be attending GRCC. I have taken everything possible that I could on GRCC for my Degree Plan, including my 3rd year. I am grateful for all the money GRCC has helped me save, and what I have learned while attending GRCC.

GRCC participates in Bilingual College Fair

On Thursday evening November 14, Angela Salinas (Admissions) and Marisol Blanco (College Success Program) represented GRCC at the first bilingual college fair held at Cesar Chavez Elementary School hosted by the West Michigan Hispanic Center. Nearly 100 students and their parents attended the event to inquire about higher education and obtain informative materials.

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Francisco Ramirez picked as finalist for Advocate Award

On November 7, 2013, Francisco Ramirez was among one of the finalists for the Advocate Award at the 2013 Young Nonprofit Professionals of Grand Rapids Leadership Awards. The Advocate Award will go to an individual who is always advocating for their cause. You can’t see this person anywhere without hearing about their favorite green organization, how many children are hungry in our community, or how voting will change everything! This person is on the street talking about their cause and raising community-wide awareness each and every day.

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GRCC teams up with Stellafly’s Grad Pix program

On Tuesday, October 29th, Admissions & Enrollment Center staff fanned out across Grand Rapids to partner with Stellafly’s Grad Pix program. Stellafly provides free professional photography sittings to all Grand Rapids Public School seniors. GRCC representatives were on hand to congratulate students, give them a drawstring bag of goodies, encourage them to pursue post secondary education, and answer any questions they had about GRCC. We met with nearly 300 students at 6 different schools.

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