GRCC In the News, 10-27-14

Students pay it forward in Kalamazoo with Cougars Creating Community event

Oct. 24, 2014; MLive

KALAMAZOO, MI — Early Friday morning, students from Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Grand Rapids Community College, Western Michigan University and the Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine fanned out across the Kalamazoo area with the sole purpose of paying it forward.

Inside Track: Troy Yarbrough is happiest when he’s building something

Oct. 24, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Growing up, Troy Yarbrough discovered he had a knack for grasping the intricacies of science and mathematics.

… He enrolled at Union High School but then dropped out, eventually earning his high school diploma in 1984 through the alternative high school program offered at Grand Rapids Community College.

… He first worked as a finish carpenter starting in 1991, becoming a licensed builder in Michigan that same year and enrolling in Grand Rapids Community College with an emphasis on its carpentry program. His fondness for swinging a hammer hasn’t dampened through the years.

Tony Kimbrough at home and having fun leading the East Kentwood gridders

Oct. 26, 2014; MLive

EAST KENTWOOD — An outstanding quarterback during his playing days, East Kentwood head football coach Tony Kimbrough always had coaching in his blood.

… From Creston, Kimbrough went on to coach at both Western Michigan University and Grand Rapids Community College, before eventually arriving at East Kentwood.

Two MIOSHA seminars begin in February

In February, Workforce Training will present two seminars in the Construction Trades covering Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards.

Construction – Part 32 Aerial Work Platforms & Devices will provide an overview of the common hazards associated with aerial work platforms using case studies of actual accidents or photos of hazardous conditions. MIOSHA construction safety standards will be discussed, as well as the development and the importance of an accident prevention program.

This seminar runs 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. February 5, 2013, at Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC. It costs $105 per person. To enroll, click here.

A 10-hour MIOSHA program presents an overview of the agency’s regulations for the construction industry. The information is intended to help participants  develop an accident prevention plan, as required by MIOSHA. The program will include an overview of MIOSHA inspection procedures, as well as the most frequently cited MIOSHA violations in the construction industry. Students will receive a 10-hour card upon successful completion of the class.

Two sessions are available: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. February 27 and 28, 2013, and 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 21 and 22. Both meet at Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC. The cost is $170 per person. To enroll, click here.

GRCC Construction Trades Students Build Wheelchair Ramp (Photos)

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John Doane’s Construction Trades class has partnered with the Home Builder’s Association, and Home Repair Services for the past two years to build a wheelchair ramp for a needy family in Grand Rapids. All of the materials are donated by local businesses and the labor is provided by volunteers. This particular ramp was built for a elderly man on the Northwest side of Grand Rapids. The students were on this particular project for 4 days.

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Photos – GRCC Net Zero House is a First in West Michigan

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They’ve done it again. GRCC construction trades students have built another home for a Habitat for Humanity of Kent County family. But this one is different! It is Kent County’s first “net-zero” home. “Net-zero” means the home should create or save enough power to create zero utility expenses. You can see the large solar panels on the roof – and the sign out front that lists all the agencies that worked together to make this house happen.

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At Tuesday’s Open House the new homeowner Karen Libette (looking down from loft) was on hand to meet visitors and the building crew, led by GRCC Instructor Duane McIntyre, was there to answer questions. Karen, her five children and her mother, will move in on October 22 after the net-zero house is on the Spring and Fall Parade of Homes to show off its special sustainable qualities.

Notice the difference between the photo of the foundation, taken last February, which looks pretty small and the photo of the 5-bedroom house as it looks today.

Reminder: Net-Zero Energy Home Open House Today

The Job Training Residential Construction class invites you to an open house at 335 Fryling, to see one of the only “Net-zero energy” homes in the state and meet the students who have been working on it TODAY from 2-4 p.m. The home features passive solar heating and hot water, thermal mass, a wind turbine and “a tight envelope” with natural ventilation. The class worked in partnership with the FSU Energy Center, GRPS Academy of Design and Construction, and Habitat for Humanity.

There will be snacks and refreshments. Fryling Street is East of Division off of Wealthy in downtown Grand Rapids – just East of a small strip mall. Parking on the street may be scarce, look for alternate parking behind the strip mall. See you there!

Open House for Residential Construction “Net-Zero Energy Home” 5/31/11

The Job Training Residential Construction class invites you to an open house at 335 Fryling, to see one of the only “Net-zero energy” homes in the state and meet the students who have been working on it, from 2-4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31. The home features passive solar heating and hot water, thermal mass, a wind turbine and “a tight envelope” with natural ventilation. The class worked in partnership with the FSU Energy Center, GRPS Academy of Design and Construction, and Habitat for Humanity.

There will be snacks and refreshments. Fryling Street is East of Division off of Wealthy in downtown Grand Rapids – just East of a small strip mall. Parking on the street may be scarce, look for alternate parking behind the strip mall. See you there!

[Video/Photos] GRCC Completes 300th Habitat for Humanity House

Habitat for Humanity 300th House

On Thursday, Habitat for Humanity of Kent County announced the beginning of their 300th house for a local family – and guess who is building it. Correct, GRCC students. This home is the 18th house that a class and instructor from GRCC have built.

The house is at 335 Freyling SE, a tiny street that runs north off busy Wealthy – just a block west of our Learning Corner. The entire project, known as Wealthy Heights, will also revitalize the housing stock on Donald and Robey streets to create middle and low-income housing.
If everything goes according to plan this will be the first Net Zero home built in our area. Zero Net means the house draws or returns energy from the power grid it is on and should produce no energy loss – and no utility bills.

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In the photos you can see the existing red house and the foundation for the yellow house; a rendering of how they will look later this year; the whole GRCC crew, and the architect with instructor Duane McIntyre. You can also see how the relatively small crowd fills the whole street (sans sidewalks) and how the houses were built right up to the property line, which is characteristic of all the streets in Wealthy Heights.

Read the full press release here…

State Farm Presents Check to Habitat for Humanity for LEED-Certified, GRCC-Remodeled Home

GRCC Habitat for Humanity House State Farm Check Presentation 11/23/10

Yesterday, State Farm Insurance presented Habitat for Humanity with a $20,000 check and added the organization to its list of Education Partnership Programs.  The money will go toward a home on 822 Alpine NW that is currently being completely remodeled by students from GRCC’s Construction Trades program (which has partnered with Habitat for Humanity since 2005).

GRCC Habitat for Humanity House State Farm Check Presentation 11/23/10

In addition to being restored from top to bottom, the home will also be LEED-certified when it is completed; allowing it to function as a laboratory for teaching students cutting-edge home building techniques that are part of the nationwide trend of sustainable design.  The students working on this project under the direction of GRCC professor Keith Ferguson all have inspiring personal stories (some of which were shared yesterday) which include pursuing retraining after job losses in the manufacturing industry.

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THIS is a great example of how “GRCC Works.”  For a full slideshow including all the pictures from the site, click here.

GRCC Habitat for Humanity House State Farm Check Presentation 11/23/10

Podcasts Featuring GRCC Employees Phil Green, Kristin Seevers and David Selmon

Lynne Jarman-Johnson, Interim Executive Director of Communiations at GRCCLynne Jarman-Johnson, Interim Executive Director of Communication at GRCC hosts a radio show on WJRW AM 1340 and recently featured GRCC employees on two episodes:

SCORE! GRCC Construction Trades Students Hit Gold; Second LEED Building Award in One Week; Third for Year

LEED Gold-Certified Habitat for Humanity House

For the second time this week, GRCC, in partnership with Habit for Humanity of Kent County, has been informed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) that a house remodeled by GRCC students has earned LEED Gold status. The two houses that earned USGBC recognition this week are at 735 Crofton SW and 905 Logan SE.

A third home built by the Green Construction Remodeling class, 756 Hogan SW, also received LEED Gold earlier this year.

“We’re just doing our part to prepare our students to work in Grand Rapids, the city with the most green buildings per capita in the U.S.,” said lead instructor on the Logan St. house, Keith Ferguson, smiling as he showed the latest LEED letter to colleague Duane McIntyre, who led the class that built the Crofton St. home.    For more information, click here.

GRCC-Built Habitat for Humanity Home Achieves “LEED Gold” Status

Congratulations are in order for Duane McIntyre and the rest of the Construction Trades program for achieving the feat of building homes for the needy, providing hands-on service learning opportunities for our students AND doing so in an environmentally-sustainable way.  The home built by GRCC’s Construction Trades students on 735 Crofton Street SW was just granted “LEED Gold” status.

Reading from the letter sent by the U.S. Green Builders Council:

“USGBC is extremely pleased to approve the certification of the LEED home(s) at 735 Crofton Street SW, Grand Rapids, MI, USA built by Habitat for Humanity of Kent County, and supported by the LEED for Homes Provider, Alliance for Environmental Sustainability. This project received a “LEED Gold” rating. Congratulations!”

Brian Shultz (Construction Trades) Receives Campus Compact Award

Brian ShultzGRCC faculty member Brian Shultz of the Construction Trades program was recently hored with the Michigan Campus Compact Award for Service-Learning Contributions.  Nominated by his peers (including Dr. Urminda Firlan), Shultz was deemed to have made outstanding contributions in service-learning and community service while simultaneously engaging students.  From the release announcing his receipt of the award:

“Shultz commits himself to connecting construction trades, students, and the community to help make a difference in the lives of others. In 2006, he developed a partnership with Habitat for Humanity that resulted in the first Habitat LEED certified affordable home. Other projects include partnering with Goodwill Industries, Habitat, and GRCC to offer a summer construction program for transitioning felons back into the work world, and leading a team of GRCC students and staff to the Bahamas for a learning adventure on sustainable best practices. Shultz continues to move forward with his vision of community leadership by engaging students in the community while providing innovative learning opportunities.”