Retiree donates funds to purchase iPads for first grade pilot at Harrison Park School
Dec. 24, 2013; MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – After hearing a Harrison Park School teacher speak enthusiastically about how iPads increase student engagement and achievement, philanthropist Armen Oumedian said he was motivated to donate $5,000 to buy a few more.
… “What I want to do is let the rest of the community know that one person can make a difference,” said Oumedian, who also has given scholarships to students at Grand Rapids Community College and Kettering University.
West Michigan GED students will see more rigorous version of test in 2014
Dec. 30, 2013; MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – For months, West Michigan residents have been scrambling to try to complete their high school equivalence certificate before the test becomes more rigorous on Thursday, Jan. 2.
Local school districts, nonprofit organizations such as Heartside Ministry and Grand Rapids Community College, warned those trying to earn a general equivalency diploma GED – to finish up before the new version takes effect or be forced to start over.
5 noteworthy Grand Rapids Public Schools events of 2013
Dec. 31, 2013; MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — As 2013 ticks to a close, we look back at some memorable events that shaped Grand Rapids Public Schools from January through December 2013.
… In November, four West Michigan college presidents announced they would join the Grand Rapids Community Foundation in partnering with the district on the Challenge Scholars initiative by creating special scholarship packages. Challenge Scholars is a comprehensive program helping Grand Rapids students attending West Side schools perform better academically and stay on the college track. The scholarships begin with the Union High School Class of 2020. The scholarships are from Aquinas College, Grand Valley State University, Ferris State University and Grand Rapids Community College.
Change Ups: Arts grant intended to touch strangers
Dec. 27, 2013; Grand Rapids Business Journal
… Grand Rapids Community College announced 76 people received certificates of completion through its job training programs: automotive technician (eight students); construction electrician (six); green construction remodeling (four); introduction to construction (11); machinists/CNC technician (23); residential construction (five); computer support technician (9); and welding/fabrication technician (10).
GRCC names Giants award honorees
Dec. 26, 2013; Grand Rapids Business Journal
The Woodrick Diversity Learning Center at Grand Rapids Community College has named the honorees for its annual Giants Awards, which recognize African-American individuals or organizations for their exceptional contributions to shaping the history and quality of life of greater Grand Rapids.
Mott Community College joins statewide effort to fill in-demand jobs in the community
Dec. 27, 2013; MLive
FLINT, MI — A Flint college is part of a statewide initiative to bring more awareness to what high demand jobs are needed in specific areas.
… A career liaison specialist position was created at each of the 10 community colleges that participated — Bay de Noc College, North Central Michigan College, Alpena Community College, Grand Rapids Community College, Delta College, Mott Community College, Lansing Community College, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Jackson College and Oakland Community College.
Video: ‘Happy Grand Rapids’ stars a merry city
Dec. 27, 2013; Grand Rapids Business Journal
A fun video showed up on YouTube this Christmas starring Grand Rapids and its very happy residents.
… (Dallas) Wade attends Grand Rapids Community College and has been involved with rap and hip-hip for more than five years. He is also a model with a growing career and will be shooting a calendar in Detroit with a well-known photographer in January.
No. 4 Express Women Cruise Past GRCC 98-44 Behind Carter’s 31 Points
Dec. 22, 2013; ABC 13
Kamilah Carter (Pioneer/Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Eboni Adams (Maple Heights/Cleveland, Ohio) each set new career-highs in scoring to lead the No. 4 Owens CC Express women’s cagers to a 98-44 win over Grand Rapids Community College in the SHAC today.
College Basketball: South Suburban knocks off No. 1 Cincinnati State
Dec. 29, 2013; Southtown Star (Chicago area)
The way things were looking, South Suburban Colleges quest to get back to No. 1 in the nation among junior college Division II schools appeared it would hit a roadblock started by a hot temper and an ice storm a few weeks ago.
… Levy was whistled for two technical fouls and ejected in a 62-59 victory over Lake Michigan College on Dec. 17. He was supposed to serve a one-game suspension for the technicals on Dec. 20 as mandated by the NJCAA in a road game against Grand Rapids Community College. That game was postponed because of an ice storm, and the scoring machine was forced to sit out Sunday. The Thornton graduate is averaging 19.4 points per game.