Archive for the ‘GRCC In the News’ category

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.

GRCC In the News, 3-11-15

March 11, 2015

Cream of the ice cream crop

March 6, 2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Chris McKellar almost didn’t go to the Making It In Michigan Conference and Trade Show in Lansing last November. He was booked as an exhibitor at the National Ice Cream Retailers Association trade show in Kentucky on the same day.

… The Firehouse Guitars job also introduced him to good food. He attended musical instrument trade shows in Nashville and Anaheim and often dined at fine restaurants with reps from well-known guitar companies such as Fender and Taylor. Then began a personal quest to learn where great food comes from; he eventually enrolled at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC motiva a estudiantes latinos durante presentación de Conferencia Latina 2015

March 7, 2015; El Vocero

En el evento tras la presentación de la proyección de cine Underwater Dreams, los panelistas Luis Enrique Aranda, Cristian Alonso Arcega-Rojas y Lorenzo Alberto Santillan Barrera, expusieron a los estudiantes sobre sus vivencias luego de haber ganado competencias robóticas en la NASA y US Navy, y las dificultades que han enfrentado por residir como indocumentados nacidos en México.

Things to do on Sunday, March 15

March 10, 2015; MLive

… Mar. 15

Instrumental Ensembles Concerts: St. Cecilia Music Center, 24 Ransom Ave. NE, Grand Rapids. 2-4 pm. $5/adults, $3/students and seniors. www.grcc.edu/music/performance-calendar

GRCC In the News, 3/9/15

March 9, 2015

GRCC News:

Teaching children to code, promoting nutrition: GRCC students participate in community projects

3/7/15 Mlive.com

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Five groups of Grand Rapids Community College students are putting their knowledge to the test. They’re participating in a “service learning” contest, known as the Armen Awards, in which they use their skills to help schools and community groups with public service projects. The top three teams will receive awards, according to the college.

New Presidents or Provosts

3/9/2015 Inside Higher Ed

Laurie Chesley, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Grand Rapids Community College, in Michigan, has been promoted to provost there.

Paws painted pink, tails wag during LaughFest event for dogs

3/8/15 Mlive.com
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — LaughFest is going to the dogs — literally. Grand Rapids Community College’s Ford Fieldhouse became host to many four-legged friends Sunday afternoon for the annual festival’s “People and Pets” event.

GRCC In the News, 3-6-15

March 6, 2015

GRCC readies to tap into craft beer industry with new certificate program

March 5, 2015; rapidgrowthmedia.com

Every vibrant city needs a great school to train the next generation of leaders and innovators. Beer City is no different.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation has awarded a $2.9 million grant that will allow Grand Rapids Community College to purchase equipment for its machine tool, welding, HVAC, and automotive programs — as well as a new craft beer program.

Chef Angus

March 5, 2015; FOX 17

(Video of Chef Angus’ appearance on “Morning Mix”)

Local pro football hopefuls prepare for tryouts in Chicago and at Grand Valley State

March 5, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Area college football players looking to impress and land a job – maybe not in the NFL, but somewhere as a pro – will be involved in upcoming pro camps.

… Two others are scheduled to perform at the Chicago combine in Corey Stone, a defensive lineman from Ferris State and former member of Grand Rapids Community College team, and running back Bronson Hill, a Grand Rapids Catholic Central grad from Eastern Michigan.

Preview: Chipola travels to play State College of Florida

March 5, 2015; Jackson County Floridan

The Chipola baseball team puts its nine-game winning streak on the line when they head to No. 2 state ranked State College of Florida for a three-game set this weekend.

No. 4 state ranked Chipola (17-5) is coming off a five-game sweep at home vs. Grand Rapids and Alabama Southern. Chipola plays State College of Florida (18-4) on Friday at 5 p.m. then a doubleheader (12/2:30 p.m.) on Saturday in Manatee-Sarasota.

GRCC In the News, 3-5-15

March 5, 2015

1 adjunct, 3 colleges and a look inside the life of part-time professors

March 5, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – For Michael Miller, every minute counts.

… He’s teaching seven courses this semester – three at Grand Rapids Community College, two at Aquinas and two at Kendall College of Art and Design. Between the classwork, there’s lesson plans to craft, meetings to attend and lots of papers to grade.

10 events at LaughFest 2015 you don’t want to miss

March 4, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Gilda’s LaughFest, the nation’s first-ever, community-wide festival of laughter opens Thursday for 10 days of mirth and merriment in West Michigan.

… FUNderwear Run – Victoria’s Secrets are secrets no longer at LaughFest’s FUNderwear Run through the streets of downtown wearing your underwear as outerwear over your running clothes. The 3.1 mile trek, at 10 a.m. March 8, is a fundraiser for Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids and ends with LaughFest’s “People and Pets” at Grand Rapids Community College’s Ford Fieldhouse.

Aquinas indoor track & field ready for Nationals

March 4, 2015; MLive

Geneva, OH- The Aquinas College indoor track & field team’s are ready to compete at this weekend’s NAIA Indoor National Championships, held in Geneva, Ohio. Coach Dave Wood will lead a group of 28 student-athletes down to the Spire Institute. The Saints will look for strong performances and personal bests in a variety of events.

… On the women’s side, Erika Heston (Haslett/Haslett) and Tori DeSira (Dewitt/GRCC) will compete in the 60 Meter Hurdles.

GRCC In the News, 3-3-15

March 3, 2015

New adviser to push skilled trades issues for Snyder

March 2, 2015; The Detroit News

Detroit Gov. Rick Snyder has tapped a veteran West Michigan public school superintendent to be his new senior education adviser focused on improving the state’s pipeline of skilled trades workers.

… As head of the Ottawa ISD, (Karen) McPhee has overseen a technical education program that partners with area schools, businesses and Grand Rapids Community College to help students find career pathways in the skilled trades, according to Snyder’s office.

Eagles rebound, take pair from Grand Rapids

March 3, 2015; WTXL

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (March 2, 2015) — The TCC Eagles sweep a doubleheader from Grand Rapids Community College, 7-3 in Game One and 16-2 in Game Two at Eagle Field on Monday.

Lady Pioneers take first two from Cleveland State

March 2, 2015; The Tennessean

GALLATIN — It wasn’t an ideal way to open the season for the Volunteer State Community College softball team, but Sunday’s doubleheader against visiting Cleveland State produced ideal results.

… Vol State was originally scheduled to play Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College in a doubleheader on Sunday. It would have given the Lady Pioneers four games that day, but rain prevented that from happening. The first game which began shortly after 7 p.m. was stopped in the fourth inning after field conditions became unplayable, and the contest had not reached the point of being ruled official.

GRCC In the News, 3-2-15

March 2, 2015

The state of American well-being

Feb. 27, 2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Although a number of factors such as the rate of uninsured and life evaluation have improved across the country, Gallup-Healthway’s latest State of American Well-Being places Michigan among the bottom 10 states.

… Laura Kennett, assistant professor of exercise science at Grand Rapids Community College, said although she would like to see more detail regarding the design of the survey, she was not surprised by Michigan’s results.

“Unfortunately, Michigan has ranked low for awhile, and part of the reason it doesn’t surprise me is because the information we have around chronic disease in Michigan — what are called preventive health behaviors among Michigan adults — is lower than many other states,” said Kennett. “If people are not engaging in these preventive health measures, then obviously their health is not going to be well.”

Michigan: a state of impoverishment

Feb. 27, 2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Grand Rapids Business Journal reports in depth this week on Gallup-Healthway’s latest State of American Well-Being, a study that ranks Michigan in the bottom 10 among all states.

… Laura Kennett, assistant professor of exercise science at Grand Rapids Community College, is quoted in the Business Journal’s page one article: “People don’t realize there are more people in Michigan living at or below the poverty line than other states. Unfortunately, there is plenty of research, plenty of data that shows we can predict people’s health outcomes based on how much money they make and their education.”

Highlights for the month of March

Feb. 27, 2015; MLive

… 26. Wrapping up Grand Rapids Community College’s International Guitar Series is the acclaimed Canadian Guitar Quartet, which is set to perform at 7:30 p.m. The performance will be in the Recital Hall at GRCC’s Music Center, located on the corner of Ransom Avenue and Lyon Street.

FIU Panthers outfielder Brian Portelli caps weekend blitz

March 1, 2015; The Miami Herald

Whenever an FIU Panther hits a home run, he is greeted at the plate not with a high-five or a head-bump, but a standard handshake. The uniquely understated celebration seems to say “Nice to meet you, Gentleman Slugger.”

… Thomas plucked (Brian) Portelli out of baseball obscurity while working a winter camp in Detroit as a visiting instructor. Fat chance an unknown out of Division II Grand Rapids Community College would develop into a contributor, never mind a star. But Thomas took that chance anyway.

MSU Democrats travel to D.C. for retreat

Feb. 27, 2015; The State News (MSU’s student newspaper)

After a Republican sweep in the 2014 midterm elections, MSU College Democrats are reevaluating some strategies to increase membership.

… (Brianna) Shamsuddoha said MSU College Democrats had eight representatives at the retreat. Central Michigan University, Grand Rapids Community College and Northern Michigan University’s College Democrats chapters also sent delegates to the retreat.

GRCC In the News, 2-27-15

February 27, 2015

Craft beer program, virtual welding machines: How GRCC will spend $2.9 million state grant

Feb. 27, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College will use a $2.9 million state grant to buy new equipment and expand its workforce development programs, an investment administrators say will benefit students as they train for jobs in high demand fields.

MEDC grant delivers $2.9 million to GRCC

Feb. 26, 2015; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) — Grand Rapids Community College can start a new craft beer program, thanks to a multi-million dollar grant.

GRCC play ‘From White Plains’ tackles bullying issues

Feb. 26, 2015; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) — Grand Rapids Community College’s theater department is performing a play that focuses on bullying, compassion and suicide.

GRCC In the News, 2-26-15

February 26, 2015

MEDC approves $50 million grant to Michigan community colleges

Feb. 25, 2015; mibiz.com

The state of Michigan recently approved a grant to aid community colleges in purchasing equipment and training for students studying skilled trades. Approximately $14.3 million of the states $50 million grant program, coined the Community College Skilled Trades Equipment Program (CCSTEP), was distributed to institutions in West Michigan.

Grand Rapids Community College, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Kellogg Community College, Montcalm Community College, Muskegon Community College and West Shore Community College were among the recipients of the grant.

Senior Wellness: Lifelong Learning

Feb. 24, 2015; WZZM

(Mike Faber, of the Older Learner Center, was featured on this segment.)

Effort aims to boost number of college-bound GRPS grads

Feb. 25, 2015; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) – A wide variety of educational and career groups have come together to help more GRPS students attend college.

… College students shared their experiences about the transition from high school. Isaiah Townsend, a 2014 Ottawa Hills High School grad now attending GRCC, described how he was scared of failing. He said he benefited from mentors who convinced him college was for him.

Meijer Scholar Athlete, Chase Huntey

Feb. 26, 2015; WZZM

This week’s Meijer Scholar Athlete is Chase Huntey, a senior from Morley Stanwood High School, with a 3.96 GPA. Huntey, has been named All-Conference twice, in football, baseball and basketball. His future is on the diamond, where he’ll play and go to Grand Rapids Community College.

Chipola baseball hosts five-game stand this weekend

Feb. 25, 2015; Jackson County Floridan

The Chipola baseball team kicks off a five-game homestand on Friday at 11 a.m. vs. Grand Rapids Community College.