GRCC In the News, 9-29-14

Inside Track: Chef turns his focus to teaching life skills to local youths

Sept. 26, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The charred remains of Tommy Fitzgerald’s boyhood home have served as an unlikely spark for helping to steer teens lives in a constructive direction and the reason he recently closed his downtown café.

… Kitchen Sage’s six-month after-school mentorship for teens is held inside the Basilica of Saint Adalbert’s kitchen. It includes internships and externships, such as learning to serve as a host, wait tables at a local eatery, or work with social media. Upon completion, the teens can earn a ServSafe Food Handler Certification and potentially a scholarship to Grand Rapids Community College’s culinary program or some other higher learning institute.

Will $50,000 in ArtPrize Artist Seed Grants alter the course of the $560,000 competition?

Sept. 29, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — ArtPrize, the world’s largest art prize, has the clout to change lives with its twin $200,000 grand prizes.

… Tracy Snelling, who entered “The Stranger,” a short film about a man who wanders the world, found the opportunity to be in ArtPrize would give him the nudge to complete the project. His work is on view at Grand Rapids Community College’s Collins Art Gallery.

Library love story leads to handmade business

Sept. 28, 2014; MLive

Sometimes handmade business partnerships start in the most unlikely ways.

… “What Marianne is leaving out… is that she basically had never made a terrarium in her life was very inspired and then decided ‘I’m going to start a terrarium business,’ stopped her job and started up Bird and Feather,” explained (Sean) Maginity, a Grand Rapids Community College grad.

Skippers go 1-3 at Raider Invitational

Sept. 28, 2014; The Times Herald (Port Huron)

GRAND RAPIDS — The St. Clair County Community College volleyball team went 1-3 on the weekend at the Grand Rapids CC Raider Invitational.

Unfinished business: Sanderson Jr. picks up where Sr. left off

Sept. 28, 2014; The Times Herald (Port Huron)

DeAngielo Sanderson Sr. is reliving his dream.

… Sanderson Sr. averaged a school record 10.7 yards per carry his junior year while electrifying fans at Memorial Stadium. But he suffered an injury early in his senior season and attended Grand Rapids Community College, where they changed him to a cornerback. He said he rebelled when moved and only lasted one season before returning home.

Grand Rapid Area Chamber of Commerce PAC endorses in GRCC, school board races

Sept. 26, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee (PAC), the Friends of West Michigan Business, endorsed Friday, Sept. 2, for the first time in the races for the Grand Rapids Board of Education and Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees.

GRCC In the News, 9-19-14

Community-wide initiative aimed to help college grads succeed

Sept. 18, 2014; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Bettering the lives of college graduates, that’s the focus behind a community wide initiative announced Thursday.

Grand Rapids mayor George Heartwell joined the superintendent of Grand Rapids Public Schools and seven west Michigan colleges, namely Aquinas College, Calvin College, Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University and Western Michigan University. They put this commitment in writing.

GRCC celebra sus 100 años de fundado con una actividad recreativa

Sept. 19, 2014; El Vocero

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN (EVH). — El Grand Rapids Community College celebró con un picnic el pasado sábado 13 de septiembre los 100 años de su fundación.

Chef shares some fall favorites at final demonstration

Sept. 18, 2014; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — Micky Johnson, executive chef at Salt and Pepper Savory Grill and Pub, shared recipes highlighting fall produce during the season’s final installment of the Chef Series at the Holland Farmers Market.

Johnson, began his career at the Queen’s Inn where he found his passion for food and the hospitality industry. He received a degree in hospitality from Grand Rapids Community College for Culinary Arts and a business degree from Davenport University. Throughout the years, he found himself employed at several West Michigan restaurants.

College notes: John Haley is Hillsdale’s version of Jerry Rice, sets school record with 268 yards receiving

Sept. 18, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Jerry Rice has been retired for 10 years, but the greatest receiver in NFL history is still an inspiration.

… Rosalyn Wise, Grand Rapids Community College: The sophomore (Greenville) led the team with 10 kills and 9 digs as the No. 2 Raiders beat the No. 18 Muskegon CC 3-2 on Sept. 12 after being down 0-2. Teammate Abbie Gortsema (GR South Christian) had eight kills.

… Kurt Sprague, Grand Rapids Community College: Sprague (Byron Center) shot a 2-over 75 to finish second at the Ancilla College Fall Inviational at the Swan Lake Resport in Plymouth, Ind. GRCC won the event by 18 strokes. Teammate Zach Bialak won with a 1-over 73.

GRCC In the News, 9-16-14

With fall enrollment down 5.4 percent, GRCC must cut budget by $1 million

Sept. 15, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Fall enrollment is down 5.4 percent at Grand Rapids Community College, the steepest drop in the schools fall headcount since a downward slide that began in 2011.

24 years of tradition: Rockford to induct hall of fame athletes

Sept. 15, 2014; MLive

ROCKFORD, MI — Two athletes and two coaches are to be inducted into the Rockford High School Athletic Hall of Fame this fall.

… In 1994 she (Shannon Fletcher) and her high school sweet heart, Mike Mengyan, were married and over the next four years had three daughters, Ashley, Taylor and Jessica. In 2000 Shannon enrolled in a nursing program at Grand Rapids Community College graduating in the top five percent of her class with a 3.9 GPA.

Muskegon Community College sports recap: Deanna Near’s record-breaking Spartan Invitational earns MCC athlete of week honors

Sept. 15, 2014; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — A record-breaking weekend in East Lansing has earned Deanna Near Muskegon Community College Athlete of the Week honors.

… VOLLEYBALL: The Jayhawks volleyball program is doing considerably better than either of the soccer programs, despite dropping a Thursday, Sept. 11 match to Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC In the News, 9-11-14

* Note: MLive’s home page features GRCC’s Community Picnic today.

Top 5 things to do around Grand Rapids include Fiesta Mexicana, Eastown Street Fair, GRCC Picnic

Sept. 11, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Street fairs and beer festivals will help you sneak some summertime activities into September. Add these five events to your social calendar.

… GRCC 100th Anniversary Community Picnic

Wolters twins reunite in senior year at GVSU

Sept. 8, 2014; The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

For the past decade, as Kaitlyn and Kourtney Wolters have matured into the adults they are now; their volleyball skills have followed suit, developing and growing from high school to college.

After playing alongside one another from grade school to prepping at Unity Christian High School, and for two years playing together at Grand Rapids Community College, it made for a unique transition in 2013 when the Wolters twins found themselves separated on and off the court for the first time.


GRCC In the News, 9-4-14

Ask The Educator

Aug. 22, 2014; WGVU

(Video of Tina Hoxie participating on a panel to discuss education topics, specifically MTA and 100th anniversary fall activities.)


Sept. 3, 2014; University of Minnesota-Duluth’s athletics department website

The University of Minnesota Duluth opens its 2014 campaign with four matches in three days at the Michigan Technical University Keewenaw Classic beginning with a match against a long-time rival receiving votes in the initial American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Top 25 poll.

… Also graduating was the team’s starting setter, and duties will fall on a new addition as the team adds a pair of freshmen and Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College junior transfer Stacy Kalsbeek.

GRCC In the News, 9-3-14

First day of school brings changes for students

Sept. 2, 2014; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (WZZM) – Tuesday was the first day of school for thousands of students across West Michigan, and with a new school year come some changes. Superintendents from Rockford, Wyoming, and Grand Rapids Christian Schools talked with WZZM 13 about their changes. Security was a big topic of discussion for each.

… (Superintendent Tom) Reeder also gave an update on the Wyoming schools’ “middle college” program, a collaboration with Grand Rapids Community College.

Film director Brian Miller to host workshop at GRCC’s Spectrum Theater

Sept. 2, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Director Brian Miller is returning home to take part in a one-night only workshop for those looking for tips on how to make it in the movie business.

Miller, an East Grand Rapids native who most recently directed two films starring Bruce Willis, will be at GRCC’s Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain St. NE, on Wednesday, Sept. 10. Miller was also at the directorial helm of the film Caught in the Crossfire starring Curtis 50 Cent Jackson, which was filmed in Grand Rapids.

Why Grand Rapids’ first Maker Faire called ‘hugely successful’ by organizers

Sept. 3, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — If you build it, they will come.

… The Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire, organized by GR Makers, Grand Rapids Community College and Genesis Inc., as well as the Geek Group and Grand Rapids Public Museum, followed the Maker Faire model of celebrating the work of do-it-yourself creativity and tinkering.

Local athletes compete at collegiate level

Sept. 3, 2014; Cadillac News

… Grand Rapids Community College sophomore Katlyn Agren (Cadillac H.S.) has 15 digs and two assists in early-season action for the Raiders’ volleyball team.

Former AFL quarterback Tony Kimbrough takes the reins at East Kentwood

Sept. 1, 2014; MLive

KENTWOOD — First-year head football coach Tony Kimbrough spent 2013 as East Kentwood’s defensive coordinator, but now that he’s in the top spot for the first time in his career, he expects to return to his offensive roots, where he spent quite a few seasons either at GRCC, Western Michigan University, or in the Arena Football League.

GRCC In the News, 8-21-14

Bastendorff shooting victim David Hortman was just visiting the Oregon coast

Aug. 20, 2014; Coos Bay World (Coos Bay, Ore.)

COOS BAY — David Hortman decided to take a jaunt west after working at an RV rally in Redmond last week.

… Hortman was a 1989 graduate of nearby Kenowa Hills High School and attended Grand Rapids Community College and Kent Career Technical Center.

Founders beer, Love’s Ice Cream will kickoff ArtPrize 2014 volunteer rally

Aug. 20, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — ArtPrize is offering bribes to prospective volunteers.

… Grand Rapids Community College hosts the gathering from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with tastes of Love’s Ice Cream’s locally-sourced, organic frozen treats, and the debut of Founders Mosaic Promise, the official beer of ArtPrize 2014, and the second of five annual, specialty brews inspired by the urban exhibition and art competition.

Reese grads reunite for final season of college careers

Aug. 20, 2014;

REESE — The Reese High School volleyball team had its Class C state title hopes dashed in 2010 when they were knocked off in the semifinals by eventual champs Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central.

… The 61 middle-hitter (Chelsea Stockmeyer) got her start at Grand Rapids Community College before transferring to Oakland Community College for her sophomore season.

Baylor tight end tandem poised for important role in Brile’s offense

Aug. 21, 2014; Waco Tribune (Waco, Texas)

TreVon Armstead was stunned when the Baylor coaches asked him to move to tight end last fall.

… Before arriving at Baylor last year, (Gus) Penning had already been to two junior colleges. After redshirting as a true freshman, Penning left Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College when the school dropped the football program.

GRCC In the News, 5-30-14

Michigan governor highlights shortage of skilled workers at business policy conference

May 30, 2014;

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. – Michigan can gain a competitive edge over other states by filling a skills gap that leads to good jobs going unfilled because of a lack of qualified candidates, Gov. Rick Snyder said Thursday.

… A similar program is Grand Rapids Community College’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership.

Sarah Waller: The Tech Center’s Iron Chef

May 30, 2014; (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)

Kent ISD, MI — Let it be said here and now OK, so written here and now that the raspberry patch in my back yard cannot grow fast enough, and I have a diminutive warrior of a teaching chef to blame.

… Sarah (Waller) learned from among the best, beginning with instructors with the award-winning culinary program at Grand Rapids Community College, where she enrolled in 2001.

Campaign launched to spread the word about free preschool in Kent County

May 29, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – If your child will be age 3 or 4 by Wednesday, Oct. 1, Kent County educators and children’s advocates want you to apply for free preschool through either through the Great Start Readiness Program, Head Start or private scholarships.

… Free preschool partners in Kent County include Great Start Readiness Programs, which is sponsored by Grand Rapids Public Schools, David D. Hunting YMCA, Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative, Grand Rapids Ellington Academy of Arts and Technology, Head Start, Hope Academy, and Grand Rapids Community College. More partners will be added in June 2014.

Grand Rapids’ downtown housing market has reached ‘a point of critical mass,’ report concludes

May 29, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids downtown apartment market has reached a point of critical mass that is likely to attract new investors and new developers, a Chicago-based commercial real estate firm concluded in a report published this week.

… One exception was the Lofts at 5 Lyon, a former office building that has been converted to student housing. Rents in the building near Grand Rapids Community College are at $2.31 per square foot the most expensive in the downtown market, thanks to the owners ability get $2,480 a month for a 4-bedroom apartment.

Silver Line bus to start running in August

May 29, 2014; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The new Silver Line bus system will start running to downtown Grand Rapids a matter of months.

… Thirty-four stops have been set up on the Silver Line route, four of which are still under construction. The bus route will run down Division Avenue and then loop by Mercy Health Saint Mary, the community college and the Medical Mile; along Monroe Avenue downtown; and then around to The Rapid central station off Grandville Avenue SW.

Incoming Volleyball Class Named to PrepVolleyball.coms Top 100

May 29, 2014;

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — has included Central Michigan’s 2014 recruiting class in its national Top 100.

… The Chippewas will also benefit in the back row as 5-11 junior Nicole Czehowski transfers from Grand Rapids Community College, where she played on the Raiders National Junior College Athletic Association Division II National Championship team in 2012.


GRCC In the News, 4-11-14

Aquinas baseball sweeps Cornerstone

April 10, 2014; MLive

Grand Rapids, MI- The Aquinas College baseball team swept a conference double-header from cross-town rival Cornerstone yesterday at DeWitt Field. The Saints took game one 7-1, and won 6-4 in the nightcap. Aquinas is now 14-11 on the season and 6-5 in WHAC play.

The top of the lineup was key for the Saints in game one. Kyle Orlowski (Grand Rapids/GRCC), Brendan Penny (Grand Rapids/Catholic Central) and Taylor Pawlanta (Grand Rapids/Forest Hills Eastern), the Saints’ 1-3 hitters, each had three hit games. Orlowski scored three runs and Pawlanta drove in two. Third-baseman Greg Baranyai (Hillman/Alpena) had two RBI for the Saints. Junior David Foster (Mt. Pleasant/MCC) earned the win, allowing just one run in seven innings while striking out six.

Hawkins inks letter-of-intent with MU

April 10, 2014; Observer & Eccentric (Farmington Hills)

Livonia Stevensons Amanda Hawkins is among Madonna University women’s volleyball coach Jerry Abraham initial 2014 recruiting class that was announced on Wednesday.

Hawkins, a first-team All-Observer selection, is joined by junior college transfers Emily Johnson (Grandville), a 6-foot outside and middle hitter from Grand Rapids Community College, along with 5-8 setter Spencer Stokes (Clio) of Oakland Community College.

Senior sharpshooter earns Grand Rapids Press/ Player of the Year honors

April 10, 2014; MLive

HAMILTON, MI — Hamilton senior Ashley Overbeek wasn’t in high school yet when her future varsity coach first realized that she was going to be a special player.

… “I have been talking to some coaches, but I might take some time off, go to Grand Rapids Community College next year and then see what happens next,” Overbeek said.

After stepping up in Sugar Bowl, OU’s Dionte Savage fueled by competition

April 10, 2014; Tulsa World (Okla.)

NORMAN — Prison is a hard place, but Dion Savage didn’t mind shedding a few tears.

… Savage (Dion Jr.) attended Arizona Western for one football season, then returned home because he was homesick. He enrolled at nearby Grand Rapids Community College but stopped attending classes.

GRCC In the News, 3-20-14

Godwin Heights students to earn college credit early through GRCC partnership

March 19, 2014; MLive

WYOMING, MI — Godwin Heights students will be college bound next school year without leaving their high school as the school district becomes the latest to enter into a partnership with Grand Rapids Community College for an early college high school.

How GRCC may eliminate projected $1.9 million budget deficit

March 20, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College may trim discretionary spending and use money originally intended for deferred maintenance to plug a projected $1.9 million deficit in the school’s 2014-15 budget.

GRCC’s Bert Bleke has advisory role with group creating education hub in Steelcase pyramid

March 19, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College board chairman and former Grand Rapids schools superintendent Bert Bleke has taken an advisory role with the group developing the Steelcase pyramid building into a hub to prepare students for high-tech jobs.

‘Kick Butts’ carnival aims to stop smoking among young people

March 19, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Anti-smoking activism took the form of a carnival at Grand Rapids Community College on Wednesday March 19.

Thompson moves on to Div. 1 UD Mercy

March 19, 2014; The Davison Index

GRAND RAPIDS — A two-year stint at Grand Rapids Community College has set Davison grad David Thompson up to take the next step to Div. 1 collegiate golf. Thompson has made the verbal commitment and will sign his national letter-of-intent sometime in early April.

MSU, WMU among six volleyball teams to play in showcase at Cornerstone

March 19, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The fifth annual Volleyball Showcase, featuring Western Michigan vs. Michigan State in the featured match, will take place Saturday at Cornerstone University.

The showcase put on by the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame at the Mol Arena begins at 4 p.m. with Cornerstone facing Aquinas and Grand Rapids Community College against Davenport. The WMU-MSU contest follows at 6 p.m.

GRCC In the News, 12-11-13

See GRCC’s transfer rate, what 4-year schools enroll most of its former students

Dec. 10, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College’s transfer rate is slightly higher than the national benchmark, according to a new report by the college.

GRCC hosts certification classes for spinning instructors

Dec. 10, 2013; News International

Dec. 9, 2013 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Area fitness professionals can add spinning classes to their skill sets after attending certification training Dec. 7 at Grand Rapids Community College.

Molly Maynard named NAIA All-American

Dec. 10, 2013; MLive

Grand Rapids, MI — Aquinas College women’s volleyball player Molly Maynard has been honored by the NAIA as an All-American. The junior from Williamston was named to the All-America Honorable Mention team.

… Maynard was also named First-Team All-WHAC and was named the conference “Newcomer of the Year” after transferring from Grand Rapids Community College. Molly helped the Saints to a 25-10 record and WHAC semi-final appearance this season.

Delta College garnering national attention after sweeping Lynn Conway Classic

Dec. 10, 2013; MLive

UNIVERSITY CENTER — The Delta College women’s basketball team is now on the national radar.

… Although the Pioneers (7-1) didn’t crack the top 20, they sit just on the outside and have a chance to make some more noise Wednesday, Dec. 11 when they travel to Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC in the News, 12-4-13

Nancy Ayres conveys growth

Dec. 3, 2013; Grand Rapids Business Journal

At a time when the bottom line for many businesses in Grand Rapids took a drubbing, Nancy Ayres broke the mold.

… She is a strong advocate for workplace development, having played an active role for several regional organizations: FIRST Robotics, Kent/Allegan Workforce development board, The Right Place, Manufacturers Council, Economics Club of Grand Rapids, and Grand Rapids Community College Foundation.

Volleyball team ends season strong

Dec. 3, 2013;

Parkland’s volleyball program finished with a record of 52 wins and three losses, earning their sixth straight trip to the National Tournament in Toledo, Ohio. There, however, the Lady Cobras fell to the top seeded Cowley County Community College in a five set affair to earn the 2013 National Runner-Up.

… Several against quality opponents such as seventh ranked Kirkwood Community College, fourteenth ranked Des Moines Area Community College, sixth ranked Illinois Central Community College, twice over seventeenth ranked Lincoln Land Community College, nineteenth ranked Moraine Valley Community College, third ranked Johnson County Community College and the defending National champions and sixteenth ranked Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC In the News, 11-26-13

Eight teams will compete for GRCC service learning award

Nov. 25, 2013; News International

Nov. 25, 2013 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The eight service learning projects that will compete for Grand Rapids Community College’s Armen Awards this year cover a range of disciplines, from automotive training and child psychology to nursing.

Abby Aiken named GLIAC player of the year, Deanne Scanlon earns coach of the year honors

Nov. 25, 2013; The Holland Sentinel

Bay City — The No. 13 Grand Valley State volleyball team put together a tremendous regular season, going 17-1 in league play and winning the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship, and the Lakers were represented well in the postseason awards.

… (Kaitlyn) Wolters has been tremendous in her first season in Allendale, as the Lakers are 26-2 with her as the team’s starting setter. She has dished out 1,021 assists this year, while her 10.11 assists per set are the sixth-most in the league. Wolters has been equally good defensively – ranking third on the team in digs (293) and fifth in total blocks (44) – as she has been on offense. The junior has recorded 105 kills and a .310 hitting percentage, while serving up 20 aces, tied for fourth-most on the team. Wolters, a transfer from Grand Rapids Community College, is a first-time All-GLIAC honoree.

GRCC In the News, 11-25-13

Colleges partner with GR Community Foundation on scholarship packages

Nov. 24, 2013;

Incentives offered by four West Michigan colleges are helping make a college degree more of a reality for students attending Westwood Middle School and Harrison Park School.

Earlier this month, officials with Aquinas College, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University announced the creation of scholarship packages at their respective schools to support the Grand Rapids Community Foundations Challenge Scholars program.

Editorial: New scholarship a game-changer for Grand Rapids students

Nov. 22, 2013; MLive

Four institutions of higher learning are making an important investment in one of our community’s greatest assets, as their four presidents announced Nov. 8.

… Joining the Grand Rapids Community Foundations multi-million dollar initiative focusing upon students at three West Side elementary schools are four local institutions of higher learning: Aquinas College, Grand Valley State University, Ferris State University and Grand Rapids Community College.

Marine surprises family at Ford Field

Nov. 24, 2013; WOOD TV

DETROIT (WOOD) – A family of Lions fans got the best present possible for Thanksgiving: a family member, serving overseas, returning home.

… Marine Captain Josh Munsee and Michelle Munsee are from the Grand Rapids area and are lifelong Detroit Lions fans. Josh Munsee attended classes at GRCC and GVSU. The Munsees have three children; Becca (age 5), Henry (age 3), and Anna Grace (10 months).

GRCC volleyball can’t defend national title, finishes 6th at NJCAA tournament

Nov. 23, 2013; MLive

TOLEDO, OHIO — Grand Rapids Community College volleyball coach Chip Will acknowledged it would have been great to win back-to-back titles, but he is extremely pleased with how his young team played in a sixth-place finish at this week’s national tournament

GRCC In the News, 11-22-13

Award-winning science fiction author to speak Thursday night at GRCC library

Nov. 21, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Saladin Ahmed, an award-winning science fiction-fantasy author, will host a lecture at Grand Rapids Community Colleges library at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21.

Who really wrote Mozart’s Requiem? Good luck answering that question

Nov. 22, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem is one of the greatest works in the history of music not written by its composer.

… Soprano Antonina Chekhovskaya, mezzo soprano Mary Creswell, tenor Issachah Savage and bass Kevin Burdette will be soloists in the work that the Grand Rapids Symphony last performed seven years ago this very week in DeVos Hall.

(Article doesn’t mention it, but Antonina Chekhovskaya is a GRCC alumna.)

Career Academy Combines Job Training with Academics

Nov. 22, 2013;

Comstock Park Public Schools, MI — Maddi Saum hopes to become a physician. Jamasen DeKlein wants to get a job in construction or attend Grand Rapids Community College after graduation.

(Article doesn’t mention it, but Antonina Chekhovskaya is a GRCC alumna.)

Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half

Nov. 22, 2013; FOX 17

HAMILTON, Mich.- Five years ago, when baby number three was on the way and there was only going to be 13 months apart from her second child, Lauren Ortiz of Hamilton tried to find ways to save money. She quickly learned that there weren’t really any websites that focused on West Michigan savings opportunities, or at least the places that she loved to shop.

“Originally I started out at GRCC (Grand Rapids Community College) doing a nursing course and I started at the same time because our family. We were growing suddenly, with the children we were having and so we really needed to save money.” 27 year-old Ortiz said. Currently, the need is even more as the Ortiz family proudly includes five children.

Vegan holiday cooking class to instill community, health, fun

Nov. 21, 2013;

Thought Design Learning Studio is ringing in the holidays with their first ever vegan cooking class. Grand Rapids chef, Jason McClearen, will instruct a Vegan Holiday cooking class on Saturday, November 23rd. With the use of four new vegan dishes and their open design kitchen, they hope to continue instilling community and learninga common goal in each of their classes.

… Chef Jason McClearen says that he would like vegan skeptics to show up for the class. He hopes to change peoples views the way his once were. At one point vegan food scared him to bits, says McClearen, but he become a vegan supporter after classes and an internship with Chef Kevin Dunn at GRCC. Now McClearen uses his catering, teaching, and personal chefing to show people the health benefits that veganism can create.

Spartans fall in quarterfinals

Nov. 22, 2013; Creston News Advertiser (Creston, Iowa)

PERRYSBURG, Ohio — Southwestern’s quest for a national volleyball championship was derailed Thursday evening by a powerful team from Oakland Community College of Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

… Defending national champion Grand Rapids (Mich.) was defeated by Parkland in the quarterfinals.

Glen Oaks Vikings eye another successful season

Nov. 21, 2013; Sturgis Journal

“I love it here at Glen Oak’s, over the past fifteen years they have been very good to me, I bleed green and gold.”

… “Grand Rapids CC is the pre-season favorite this year, they are nationally ranked and the team to beat,” said (coach Steve) Proefrock, “Lansing Community College is also looking to be quite tough, so we have our hands full.”

All-GLIAC team: Grand Valley State’s Matt Armstrong named offensive lineman of the year

Nov. 21, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Valley State center Matt Armstrong was named the GLIAC offensive lineman of the year to highlight the post-season awards for the Lakers.

… For Ferris State, (Carlin) Landingham , a former player at Grand Rapids Community College, anchored the programs most prolific run team of all-time, including springing quarterback Jason Vander Laan to a quarterback rushing record. He started every game, and made 10 starts last season.