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GRCC In the News, 5-02-18

May 2, 2018

Where college students can find emergency money and housing
5/1/18 ABC News
College students without a financial safety net are in a tough spot when unexpected costs arise.
… For example, at Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, assistance is available for students who face emergencies such as losing their job, eviction or utility shut-off. The fund has provided students with over $78,000 in grants and loans since 2014, according to Dave Murray, a school spokesperson.
(This article appeared in 99 other media outlets, including the Houston Chronicle and The New York Times.)

Kent ISD works to grow, bolster Adult Ed after taking over school programs
5/1/18 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A social worker and community outreach specialist are now working with Kent ISD’s Adult Education Program in its mission to help adults obtain the knowledge and skills for employment and self-sufficiency, officials say.
… Eight students in the program have completed Grand Rapids Community College’s Certified Nurse Assistant program.

SpartanNash Scan Campaign To Support Special Olympics In Eight States
5/1/18 The Shelby Report (retail food industry newsletter)
The SpartanNash Foundation is launching its second companywide retail fundraising campaign of 2018. This campaign will support Special Olympics athletes and State Summer Games in Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. SpartanNash and its charitable giving arm are inviting store guests to join them in supporting Special Olympics through the retail scan campaign, which runs May 2-13.
… In Michigan, the Healthy Athlete is Kayla Cornell. Cornell has competed in Special Olympics since seventh grade, participating in gymnastics, alpine skiing, volleyball, swimming, track and field, poly hockey and softball. She is a graduate of Rockford High School and plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College. She is a manager at a local retail store, and as the SpartanNash Healthy Athlete of the Year, Cornell lives a healthy lifestyle by avoiding pop.

The Four
5/1/18 WWTV
Today is decision day in the country, which means most colleges and universities require potential incoming freshmen to either accept or decline admittance. Baldwin High School celebrated with their own decision day today.
(Video shows an unidentified student announcing that he will attend GRCC in the fall.)

GRCC In the News, 5-01-18

May 1, 2018

GRCC Graduation Live
5/1/18 WorldNews Network
Live from Grand Rapids Community College, the 2018 Commencement.

New schools chief worked his way up to leadership
4/27/18 (KISD newsletter)
Dream big, work hard and make it happen: That’s the mantra of Craig Hoekstra, a familiar face in the district, who this week was selected as the new superintendent.
Hoekstra is an example of turning that philosophy into reality. After deciding to leave his job as a linen delivery driver to pursue college, the 1990 Wyoming Park High School graduate worked as a night custodian at the former Newhall Junior High. He also took classes to get his associate’s degree at Grand Rapids Community College. From there he worked up the ranks as an educator and administrator, most recently as Wyoming’s associate superintendent for instructional services.

81 high school seniors honored at Kalamazoo RESA awards breakfast
4/30/18 MLive
KALAMAZOO, MI – Eighty-one Kalamazoo County high school seniors were honored at the annual Kalamazoo RESA Seniors Awards Breakfast on Thursday, April 26.
… Trevor Patterson
… College: Grand Rapids Community College
Career: Business

Sports briefs: Hunter Kehoe, Logan Briggs, Patriot Game, GT Bay Gymnatics
4/30/18 Traverse City Record-Eagle
… BATTLE CREEK — Logan Briggs was 3-for-4 with four RBIs to lead Kellogg Community College to an 8-0 win over Grand Rapids Community College.

College Roundup: Local athletes competing at the collegiate level
5/1/18 Cadillac News
… Lansing Community College sophomore Gabby Hoaglund (Cadillac H.S.) got the win in the Stars’ 8-0 victory over Lake Michigan College on April 24. She allowed no runs on two hits and no walks while striking out one.
Sophomore teammate Jodi VanPelt (Cadillac H.S.) added a hit and an RBI. VanPelt also had a hit in a 10-1 win over Grand Rapids CC on Friday.

Swiss continues record season for SVSU baseball
5/1/18 Petoskey News
… The wins just keep on rolling in for Lansing Community Colleges softball team.
… (Hannah) Hoth finished last week with one hit, two runs scored and four RBIs to help the Stars top Lake Michigan College, Grand Rapids Community College and Ancilla College.

GRCC In the News, 4-30-18

April 30, 2018

Change Ups: Penning named member of Arthur W. Page Society
4/27/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
Grand Rapids Community College has a laptop vending machine available to its students located in the GRCC Student Community Center’s counseling area. Students can use the laptops for free by swiping their college ID card.
Secchia Institute for Culinary Education student Heather Stadt received Grand Rapids Community College’s Arthur Andrews Award, which goes to the Delta Pi Alpha student with the highest cumulative GPA and the greatest number of honor points. Stadt will receive this spring her Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences in Culinary Arts.

Corrections officers complete academy training
4/30/18 Herald-Palladium (St. Joseph)
Six Berrien County Sheriff’s Office deputies have recently completed a local corrections officer training academy.
Deputies Heather Saberniak, Brittany Zabel, Nicholas Jewell and David Helfman attended the academy at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. Deputies Victoria Doan and Amanda Tober attended the academy at Grand Rapids Community College.

Mushroom Head Malt Company debuts at Steele Street Brewing in Ionia
4/28/18 Ionia Sentinel-Standard
SARANAC — Mushroom Head Malt Company products made its debut last weekend in Ionia at Steele Street Brewing.
… The Vierzens also learned Monday that the head brewer of the B.O.B. in downtown Grand Rapids is interested in their product, and Grand Rapids Community College is bringing their brewing class out to see their setup in the fall.

MCC’s Vandenbrand finishes in first place at Jayhawk Invitational golf tournament
4/28/18 Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)
Muskegon Community College golfer Tyler Vandenbrand finished in first place individually at the Jayhawk Invitational at Stonegate Golf Course on Friday.
… The MCC team finished second in the event with a score of 326, just behind first place Grand Rapids Community College, which won the event with a 324.

GRCC In the News, 4-4-18

April 4, 2018

The Brothers Bronkema
4/3/18 The Torch (Ferris State University Newsletter)
Landing a head coaching position can be difficult for some but for the family of Ferris men’s basketball head coach Andy Bronkema, it seems to run in the blood.
… Luke [Bronkema] has just recently finished his second campaign as the Grand Rapids Community College Raiders basketball head coach. In two seasons, he has led the Raiders to a record of 43-22 and a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) District 9 championship in 2017-18.

Public Works Academy to provide skills for local jobs
4/3/18  Community College Daily
Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) has teamed up with local municipalities on a Public Works Academy that will give people in-demand skills and guaranteed interviews for open jobs.

Invitan a participar en Segunda Ceremonia Anual para Latinos Graduados de Colegios
4/3/18  La Prensa Toledo
LANSING, MI: La Comisión Hispana de Michigan (HLCOM, por sus siglas en inglés) invita a todos los estudiantes latinos de Michigan a participar en la Segunda Ceremonia Anual para Latinos Graduados de Colegios que se llevará a cabo el próximo 6 de abril [2018] de 6:00 a 9:00pm, en Lansing Center, número 333 avenida E Michigan, de esta ciudad.
… Entre los registrados se encuentran graduados de licenciaturas y maestrías de las siguientes escuelas: Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Lake Michigan College, Michigan State University, Mott Community College, Palmer College of Chiropractic, Siena  Heights University, University of Michigan, Wayne State University y Western Michigan University.
(The Hispanic [Latino] Commission of Michigan (HLCOM) invites all Latino students in Michigan to participate in the Second Annual Graduate Ceremony for Colleges that will be held on April 6 [2018] from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., at the Lansing Center, 333 E Michigan Avenue, of this city.
…Among those registered are graduates of bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the following schools: Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Lake Michigan College, Michigan State University, Mott Community College, Palmer College of Chiropractic, Siena Heights University, University of Michigan, Wayne State University, and Western Michigan University.

GRCC In the News, 2-13-18

February 13, 2018

Student senate looks at credit structuring, upcoming elections 

2/12/18 The Lanthorn (GVSU’s student newspaper)

At its general assembly Thursday, Feb. 8, the Grand Valley State University student senate discussed the current credit block at GVSU, a potential partnership with the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts and the upcoming Student Senate Week.
… “All I did was email [the UICA],” said Rachel Jenkin, chair of the campus affairs committee. “I asked about, on average, how much it costs per month for these universities, how many students are coming and how long the partnership has happened. They said that they had just created the partnership with GRCC (Grand Rapids Community College) a month ago, so they’re fairly new to all of it. Then they explained how it’s $5, and they just contact the university at the end of each month, and the university pays $5.”

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
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
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. Releases Its Ranking of Best Culinary Schools
10/4/17, 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.

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.

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.

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.


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
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.