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GRCC In the News, 10-27-17

October 27, 2017

Beer and Dragons at Public Museum
10/27/17 100.5 FM
The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) is partnering with New Holland Brewing and the Grand Rapids Community College brewing students in November and it’s all about Beer and Dragons!

GRCC In the News, 10-20-17

October 20, 2017

GRCC takes new approach to helping students choose, pursue degrees
10/19/17  MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Beginning this winter, Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) is launching Academic Pathways, a new approach to student success and college completion.

Morning Buzz: 5 things to know for October 19
10/19/17  Fox 17
1. The grandson of civil rights leader Cesar Chavez will wrap up his Grand Rapids trip today.
…On Wednesday he [Andres Chavez] spoke to students at Grand Rapids Community College, calling on the next generation to make life better for immigrants.

GRCC in the News, 10-12-17

October 12, 2017

QB Casey Therriault, ‘White Tiger’ once profiled on ESPN, is retiring

10/11/17  MLive

Grand Rapids native Casey Therriault, a quarterback whose odyssey has included time in prison for manslaughter, a featured piece on ESPN and, most recently, plans for a movie biop from Sony Pictures, says he’s retiring as a player.

…The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Therriault starred at Wyoming Park High School where he graduated in 2007, and he played at Grand Rapids Community College. In 2009, he led the now-defunct program to the National Junior College Athletic Association championship game and a 9-1 record.

 

‘It’s my dream come true’

10/11/17  Grand Haven Tribune

MUSKEGON Kylee VanTol’s excitement is infectious as she discusses her upcoming performance on the Frauenthal Center’s stage.

…VanTol was previously involved in Spring Lake High School’s 2012 production of The Sound of Music. She is currently a Grand Rapids Community College student through Noorthoek Academy and a Grand Haven Community-Based Instruction student. She’s also on the board for the academy and an assistant for Covenant Life Church’s Regatta program.

 

UIX: Costume couture takes on different roles in West Michigan

10/12/17  Rapid Growth Media

An old joke about penguins goes like this: two of them are standing on an iceberg, and one of them says to the other, “you look like you’re wearing a tuxedo.” And the other one replies, “How do you know I’m not?”

…Olson found work as head of visual merchandising in a clothing store at Woodland Mall. Prior to that, obtained a degree in Fashion Merchandising at Grand Rapids Community College, an undergraduate degree in fine arts at Northern Michigan University, and took classes in graphic design at the then Kendall School of Design.

GRCC In the News, 10-10-17

October 10, 2017

Cascade Township names candidates for vacant fire chief position
10/9/17  MLive
Cascade Township has started the final interviewing process with the top five candidates for their vacant fire chief position.
…[Gregory Ginebaugh] obtained his bachelor’s degree in fire science from Lake Superior State University in addition to an associate’s degree in fire science from Kalamazoo Valley Community College and an associate’s degree in general studies from Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC president praises Kentwood’s relationship with the community college
10/9/17  MLive
KENTWOOD – Dr. Bill Pink, president of Grand Rapids Community College, said when it comes to running an institution of higher learning, two words that remain ingrained in his mind are “relevant” and “responsive.”

Student loan fraud often involves stolen identities
10/9/17  Credible
These days, it’s not unusual for students attending graduate school to take on six-figure student loan debt.
…Schools allegedly targeted by Rogers allegedly included Grand Rapids Community College and Kalamazoo Valley Community College. Prosecutors said Rogers did not attend the classes that he enrolled his victims in, and spent the aid he obtained in their names on himself.

GRCC In the News, 10-9-17

October 9, 2017

Man indicted in $150K student-loan scheme at GRCC, KVCC
10/6/17  MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A Grand Rapids man is accused of using others’ identities to obtain $150,000 in fraudulent student loans and Pell Grants.
… He enrolled online at Grand Rapids Community College, Kalamazoo Valley Community College and Texas Southern University. He then sought student loans and grants.

Grand Rapids man charged with student loan and grant fraud
10/6/17  WZZM13
GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Brandon Kenon Rogers, 31, is facing student loan and grant fraud charges after defrauding the U.S. Department of Education of approximately $150,000 in a wire fraud scheme. Rogers is also charged with identity theft as a part of the scheme.
… According to the Department of Justice, Rogers used others’ identities and posed as them when applying for student loans and Pell Grants in their names. He also enrolled in local community colleges, including Grand Rapids Community College and Kalamazoo Valley Community College using those identities.

Change Ups: King Media earns first place standing
10/6/17  Grand Rapids Business Journal
President and founder of King Media, Coleen King, won first place in the PR News Agency Elite Awards in the category of Digital/Social. The agency received the award for work performed for Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant. In 2016, King Media planned a multichannel campaign to help Tabor Hill earn a spot in the USA Today 10Best American Winery Restaurant competition. King Media’s social media campaign enabled Tabor Hill Winery to climb from 16th place to fourth place, earning top 10 honors.
… Grand Rapids Community College recently graduated 11 people from its new training program for corrections officers.

U.S. Green Building Council Announces LEED Homes Award Winners
10/6/17  Coatings World
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced the recipients of its annual LEED Homes Awards, which recognizes projects, architects, developers and homebuilders who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and innovation in the residential green building marketplace.
… In 2016 Kent County’s Habitat for Humanity chapter built 15 homes earning LEED certification 10 receiving Gold and five Silver. To date, Habitat Kent has built 158 LEED-certified homes. On average, Habitat Kent’s LEED certified homes save homeowner’s $67.12 per month over an average Michigan home. Habitat Kent also partners with Grand Rapids Public School and Grand Rapids Community College to provide professional green construction experience to the next generation workforce.

GRCC In the News, 10-6-17

October 6, 2017

In brief
10/6/17  Herald Palladium
COLOMA An Illinois man was treated at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph, after accidentally shooting himself in the leg Wednesday at the Coloma Rod and Gun Club.
… Sheriff’s deputies complete training: Two Berrien County Sheriff’s deputies, Timothy Morris and Derrick Allred, graduated recently from the first Local Corrections Officer Academy at Grand Rapids Community College.

Five years of high school can net East Kentwood students a college degree
10/5/17  MLive
KENTWOOD, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is expected to sign an agreement Monday, Oct. 9, with Kentwood Public Schools for its sixth tuition-free Early/Middle College program.

MI bill targets loophole allowing felons into police academies
10/5/17  WoodTV.com
LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) Felons are being accepted into Michigan police academies and receiving weapons training because of a loophole, according to Republican Sen. Rick Jones of Grand Ledge.
… Former Flint officer Jermain Reese, who is now a professor of criminal justice at Grand Rapids Community College, says he fully supports the proposed change.

GRCC In the News, 10-5-17

October 5, 2017

GVSU to host forum on supply, demand of health care jobs
10/4/17  Grand Valley Lanthorn
Grand Valley State University’s Office of the Vice Provost for Health is hosting The Health Care Talent Pipeline, a panel discussion on the supply and demand of jobs in the health care industry and how higher education institutes can meet the needs of employers and employees in the field.
… The panelists include Norman Beauchamp, dean of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine; Laurie Chelsey, provost of Grand Rapids Community College; Pamela Ries, senior vice president and chief human resources officer for Spectrum Health; Wanda Stokes, director of the Talent Investment Agency for the state of Michigan; and Maria Cimitile, GVSU provost and executive vice president for academic and student affairs.

The 30 Best Culinary Schools
10/3/17  TheBestSchools.org
Plenty of us enjoy cooking, but few take it to the professional level. For those who choose to go pro, the culinary industry presents a large job market with lots different options for employment and specialization, as well as mobility. However, while getting into the industry might not be difficult (there is always a need for dish washers and table bussers), working your way up to head chef or restaurant owner isn’t such a clear path.
… 18. Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College (Grand Rapids, Michigan)  The Secchia Institute for Culinary Education is part of Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC), a public, not-for profit institution.
TheBestSchools.org Releases Its Ranking of Best Culinary Schools
10/4/17  WTOC.com
TheBestSchools.org, a leading online publication for ranking schools and degree programs, has now published its ranking of “The 30 Best Culinary Schools.”
… Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, Michigan

 

 

GRCC In the News, 6-27-17

June 27, 2017

Community Foundation awards $1.2M in college scholarships
6/26/17 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids Community Foundation announced Monday, June 26, that it awarded $1.2 million in scholarships to 677 high school and college students.
…Students at Grand Valley State University were awarded the most scholarship dollars at $148,600, followed by Michigan State University at $118,000, and Grand Rapids Community College with $84,050.
http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2017/06/community_foundations_awards_1.html

Nonprofit earns $500K grant
6/26/17 Grand Rapids Business Journal
A local economic development nonprofit has been awarded a $500,000 grant to support its neighborhood revitalization projects.
…The Project Reinvest Neighborhood funds will be used to build five new single-family homes in Madison Square and renovate 1258 Madison Ave. SE to continue developing local construction companies. Construction has already begun on two of the five homes via LINC UP’s partnership with Grand Rapids Community College’s Construction Trades.
http://www.grbj.com/articles/88305-nonprofit-earns-500k-grant

V-S education students nat’l winners
6/27/17 The Advertiser-Tribune
PHOENIX Vanguard-Sentinel Career and Technology Center students again are bringing home national titles.
…Also coming home with a gold medal is Brittany DuMonte, a senior from Columbian High School.
…DuMonte is attending Grand Rapids Community College, pursuing a degree in early childhood education.
http://www.advertiser-tribune.com/news/local-news/2017/06/v-s-education-students-natl-winners/

Youth prevalent throughout All-Area North Baseball listings
6/26/17 MLive
Deep state tournament runs by both West Catholic and Sparta capped a strong season of baseball for North-area teams. The Falcons and Spartans are well-represented on this year’s Advance North All-Area Baseball Team, and with six of the first-team selections being juniors and six of the second-team selections being juniors or sophomores, the future looks bright for area programs.
…[Jordan] Brown used his outstanding speed and quickness to impact the game both on defense and on offense. A first-team OK Red outfielder, Brown hit .329 this season, with a .398 on-base percentage. Brown, who will be playing at Grand Rapids Community College next season, scored 22 runs, along with 19 RBI, 11 stolen bases, 5 doubles, and 2 home runs.
http://highschoolsports.mlive.com/news/article/-909472340370732145/youth-prevalent-throughout-all-area-north-baseball-listings/

 

GRCC in the News, 5/23/17

May 23, 2017

GRCC plans to expand online courses, improve quality
5/22/17 Mlive
Grand Rapids Community College plans to expand and strengthen the quality of online courses, according to GRCC Provost Laurie Chesley.
“We have made very conscientious efforts to have high level, quality online courses and to make sure that faculty and students are well prepared to be successful, and we are continuing those efforts,” she said.

GRCC In the News, 3/22/17

March 22, 2017

Year away from competition helps Multer find his game
3/22/17, Battle Creek Enquirer
For Jared Multer, the decision to put down the clubs wasn’t easy…for convincing him to try his hand at college golf. The two teamed up at Grand Rapids Community College in 2013.

GRCC Men’s Basketball Advances to NJCAA National Tournament
3/21/17, Mlive.com
The Grand Rapids Community College Men’s Basketball team will continue their inspiring post season run on Wednesday, March 22, when the Raiders face the Essex County Wolverines (NJ) in the NJCAA Sweet 16.

Inspired by Nation of Islam, man helps police catch robber
Suni M. Musawwir didn’t stop to consider the danger of the pursuit as he chased a man throughout Grand Rapids’ southeast side…degrees from Illinois State, Kendall College of Art and Design, and Grand Rapids Community College, and is pursing an architectural career to build housing for the poor.

GRCC In the News, 3-17-17

March 17, 2017

Marchers take over GR to honor Cesar Chavez
3/16/17 WOOD TV
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Hundreds of people gathered in Grand Rapids Thursday to honor labor leader and civil rights activist Cesar E. Chavez.
… This year’s honorees were Aquinas College President Juan Olivarez and Grand Rapids Community College President Steven Ender.

GRCC in the news, 2-16-16

February 16, 2016

Switch helps expand job training in Las Vegas

2/15/16; Wood-TV

LAS VEGAS (WOOD) — Switch and the clients it will bring to a new West Michigan facility will obviously need to hire network supervisors, software testers and systems engineers. But many of the jobs Switch will need to fill have less to do with computers and more to do with keeping the place up and running.

 

Holland DPS announces police officer, firefighter of the year

2/15/16; WHTC

HOLLAND (WHTC) — Holland’s Department of Public Safety announced its annual police officer and firefighter of the year honors. Chief Matt Messer says the awards go to firefighter Jim Ruiz and Office Joe Slenk. Messer said annual honors are one way to show the public that police officers and firefighters are regular people dedicated to their jobs.

 

Josh is heading back to Ohio

2/15/16; My Channel 95.7FM

A new adventure starts Monday!

 

Bravo to open 1st Grand Rapids restaurant this week

2/15/16; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Bravo Cucina Italiana will open its first West Michigan restaurant on Thursday, Feb. 18 at Knapp’s Crossing.

 

‘Beer City’ a driver of new craft beer certification

2/15/16; WGVU

In ‘Beer City,’ a ‘Beer School’ opens for students – and business – this year.

GRCC In the News, 12-23-15

December 23, 2015

Road trips are much more fun when there are victories included, and such was the case Tuesday in Grand Rapids for both Schoolcraft College basketball teams.
12/23/15 hometownlife.com
The No. 3-ranked men’s basketball team and No. 10-ranked women’s basketball team took turns defeating their respective opponents at Grand Rapids Community College, in contests that segued into the Christmas break

Fight to the End: Ohio State Wide Receiver Corey Smith
12/22/15 elevenwarriors.com
Smith started his collegiate career at Grand Rapids Community College. He posted 28 receptions, 438 yards, and two touchdowns in what …

GRCC In the News, 4-28-15

April 28, 2015

President Obama turns down invitation to speak at GRCC graduation ceremony

April 28, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Administrators at Grand Rapids Community College aimed big for the school’s spring commencement ceremony when they asked President Barack Obama to deliver the keynote address.

Caring for a loved one? You’re not alone.

April 24, 2015; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — You never know when you might have to become a loved one’s primary caregiver. It can happen gradually over the years, or with a single diagnosis or accident.

… “Its sort of a win-win-win,” explains Mike Faber of the GRCC Older Learner Center. “It was a win for the providers who have resources, for the caregivers in need, and for the community as a whole.”

Glen Oaks softball team drops weekend doubleheaders

April 27, 2015; Three Rivers Commercial-News

CENTREVILLE — The Glen Oaks Community College women’s softball team dropped two doubleheaders over the weekend.
Tom Muckel’s Lady Vikings were swept at home on Saturday by Jackson Community College 10-4 in eight innings and 18-5 and dropped two games on Friday at Grand Rapids Community College 10-1 and 10-2.

Muskegon Community College recap: Kyle Lawson ups pitching record to 8-1

April 27, 2015; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — Kyle Lawson is showing no signs of slowing down.

The sophomore right-hander for the Muskegon Community College baseball team raised his record to 8-1 on the season with last week’s 7-0 shutout against Grand Rapids Community College.

Volleyball adds two student-athletes for 2015

April 27, 2015; The Official Website of Indy Athletics

INDIANAPOLIS — Head Coach Jason Reed and the UIndy volleyball staff has added a pair of student-athletes for the upcoming season. Shelby Ruffner (Chesterton, Ind./Grand Rapids Community College) and Lauren Koopman (Floyds Knobs, Ind./Floyd Central) will be Greyhounds for the 2015 campaign.

GRCC In the News, 3-12-15

March 12, 2015

Senior Wellness: Sharing Life Stories

March 10, 2015; WZZM

(Video of Mike Faber, of the Older Learner Center, on the “Senior Wellness” segment.)

Downtown planners will pay for bricks to rebuild historic State Street

March 11, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A project to rebuild a historic stretch of State Street SE will include brick pavement after all.

… The delay also means the State Street project and a related project to repave Bostwick Avenue NE on the campus of Grand Rapids Community College won’t get done this spring, said Assistant City Engineer Rick DeVries.

Murphy promoted to deputy chief for East Lansing Police

March 11, 2015; The Lansing State Journal

EAST LANSING — When Jeff Murphy started with the East Lansing Police Department 28 years ago, his highest aspiration was sergeant.

… Murphy hired on with East Lansing as a police officer in February 1987 after graduating from the Grand Rapids Community College Police Academy. Police jobs were scarce at the time, and so Murphy figured he would go with whoever hired him and eventually work his way back to his home town.

Hebert throws no-hitter for NWF

March 11, 2015; The Daily Iberian (New Iberia, La.)

Former Loreauville High standout pitcher Evan Hebert threw a no-hitter for the Northwest Florida State College this past Thursday in a 12-0 win over Grand Rapids Community College.