GRCC student wins national scholarship

Congratulations to Juan Cisneros Sr, GRCC student and Adult Education ESL Program student worker, the recipient of the national MS Scholarship Foundation scholarship.

Juan Sr will receive $1,000 for college tuition and a beautiful engraved plaque.

Rick Szczepanski, Adult Education ESL Program Professional Tutor, finished his 18th year of offering scholarships through the Mary J. Szczepanski “Never Give Up” MS Scholarship Foundation.


Teachers of Tomorrow Scholarship Winners

Monday evening the Child Development & Education department celebrated the Teachers of Tomorrow Scholarship winners with an awards dinner. These students were hand selected to receive the scholarships to assist in their teacher education journey. Congratulations to all scholarship winners!

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GRCC In the News, 10-29-14

Restaurant Week 2014 brings culinary institute fund within striking distance of six figures

Oct. 28, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The final act of the 2014 Restaurant Week promotion from Experience Grand Rapids resembled how it began, with a great meal and a perfect pairing.

While both diners and restaurants benefit from the annual celebration of local cuisine featuring meals paired with everything from wine and beer to ciders, coffees, and teas, it is the duet of Restaurant Week and the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College that couples great meals with a great cause.

Mott Community College volleyball team seeks first regional title in program history

Oct. 28, 2014; MLive

FLINT — The storied run continues for the Mott Community College volleyball team, and this time they’re looking to make history.

… After back-to-back wins to reach the finals, including a four-set victory over No. 12 Grand Rapids Community College in the semis, Mott lost in five sets to No. 17 Oakland.

GRCC In the News, 9-2-14

Ronald Weidenfeller

Aug. 29, 2014; News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)

Ronald L. Weidenfeller, 67, of Apex, NC passed away on Monday August 25th. Ron was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He graduated from Catholic Central High School and continued on to receive a BA from the University of Notre Dame, an MA from Grand Valley State University and an MBA from Western Michigan University. Ron was a professor of Business at Grand Rapids Community College for 33 years.

Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire: See photos of creations displayed at public museum

Aug. 30, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Families gathered Saturday at the Grand Rapids Public Museum for the first annual Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire, an event that featured a variety of models and displays.

… The event was to feature exhibits ranging from rockets and robots to handmade crafts and more. It was organized by GR Makers, The Geek Group, Grand Rapids Community College, Genesis Inc. and the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

Change Ups: Borroughs launches modular cabinet line

Aug. 29, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal


… Grand Rapids Community Foundation announced it has broken the $1 million mark in scholarships, and Grand Rapids Community College noted that $62,000 of that amount went to its students. This year, the foundation provided 642 scholarships, with 44 of those awards going to GRCC students.

400+ open positions available at job fair

Aug. 29, 2014; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Dozens of companies are looking to fill more than 400 positions at a job fair Friday (August 29).

… Michigan Works! is hosting the fair Friday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Grand Rapids Community Colleges M-TEC at 622 Godfrey SW.

GRCC In the News, 8-18-14

GRCC students receive $62,000 in scholarships from community foundation

Aug. 16, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids Community Foundation has awarded 44 scholarships totaling $62,000 to students at Grand Rapids Community College this year, the college announced in a news release.

BACC Culinary Arts student recognized with scholarship

Aug. 15, 2014; WTVB (Coldwater)

COLDWATER – It’s another feather in the cap for the Branch Area Careers Center and its award winning culinary arts programs with a BACC student recognized as representing the best of the best in the state. The Michigan Restaurant Association Educational Support Foundation recently presented $16,000 in scholarships at its board of directors meeting for post-secondary studies in culinary arts, restaurant management, or similar field. Careers Center student Nick Blanton is a scholarship recipient. Blanton will attend the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education of Grand Rapids Community College.

See GRandJazzFest 2014 open with large crowds, smooth sounds at free shows

Aug. 17, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Guitarist Matt Marshak played Marvin Sapp, and trumpeter Rick Braun played flugelhorn to kick off the Grand Rapids Jazz Festival.

… Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra and vocalist Edye Evans Hyde opened the festival at 12:30 p.m., and Braun finished his set shortly before 9:30 p.m. and the beginning of a few rain drops.

(Article doesn’t mention it, but Edye Evans Hyde is a GRCC alumna.)

Multer blows away field at 37th Calhoun Amateur Golf Championship

Aug. 18, 2014; The Battle Creek Enquirer

Jared Multer had luck on his side just in case he needed it.

… “I’m just really happy to have won one of these. It means a lot to me. When I first got out of high school, I was playing good golf, but I still needed to improve. And I’ve worked really hard on my game to get it where it is today. My dream was always to win one of these (CalAms) and to play golf at a Division I school, which I wasn’t ready for when I graduated from Lakeview and then started playing college golf at Grand Rapids Community College. But now, my game is where I want it to be, I’m headed to Eastern Michigan … and to have won this today while playing with good friends and with a lot of other good golfers in the field, this is just really special.”


Architectural Design Student Wins Scholarship to Lawrence Technological University

Micah Wiersma won the Best of Show, in the Motor City mixed-media arts competition. It was an arts competition sponsored by Lawerence Technological University. The muse for the competition was founded upon Detroit’s classic nickname, The Motor City, and challenged aspiring artists, designers, and architects to deconstruct, challenge, expand, contract and otherwise reposition this well-worn phrase.

This is the second year in a row, an Architectural and Mechanical Design Student has won a $40,000 Scholarship to Lawrence Technological University. The award is $10,000 annually renewable for four years.

Teachers of Tomorrow Scholarship deadline extended

Due to a low number of applicants, the Teachers of Tomorrow Scholarship deadline has been extended to May 1st at 5:00pm. Information about the scholarships and an application can be found at

Please note that you must have already turned in the Foundation scholarship application to Financial Aid by March 17th, this deadline has NOT been extended.

GRCC In the News, 1-31-14

Video: Courtney Hill Of Grand Rapids CC Hit An Absurd Buzzer-Beater Three To Defeat Kalamazoo Today

Jan. 31, 2014

For those of you that missed today’s stunner of a game between Grand Rapids Community College and Kalamazoo, we’ve got you covered. With 17.5 seconds remaining, the Raiders trailed the Hornets by three with the ball not only did Grand Rapids Arthur Pearson hit a clutch three to tie it up nine seconds left on the clock, but the Raiders actually managed to get a chance at the buzzer after a stop, too. Courtney Hill had to pull off an incredible mid-air catch-and-shoot combo to get the shot off in time, and he executed to perfection game over.

Edge maintain local roots with latest signings

Jan. 30, 2014; The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Ill.)

The Bloomington Edge on Thursday announced the signings of four more players with ties to Bloomington-Normal.

… (Brandon) Newbern (6-4, 205) excelled at Grand Rapids Community College before joining ISU, where he suffered knee injuries in fall camp that knocked him out of consecutive seasons. Eagle (6-1, 185) came to ISU as a walk-on from California and never appeared in a game for the Redbirds.

Former Lansing firefighter, sights now set on nursing, gets scholarship to help others

Jan. 30, 2014; The Lansing State Journal

Gretchen Kohsmann knew it was time for a change.

… “It’s our 55th anniversary and we came up with 5 in 5,” said EmploymentGroup CEO Mark Lancaster, who said the scholarships will benefit students at three state community colleges — KCC, Kalamazoo Valley Community College and the Community College of Grand Rapids.

LaughFest 2014: 16 shows sold out, limited seating for Jim Gaffigan in Grand Rapids

Jan. 31, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Gilda’s LaughFest 2014 has sold out 16 shows including the festival debut of Maria Sings and one of two shows with Maria Bamford.

… Gaffigan’s appearance March 7 has only handicapped-accessible seating remaining in the Grand Rapids Community College Ford Fieldhouse. The earlier of two shows by Bamford on March 8 in the Wealthy Theatre is sold out, but tickets remain for the later event.


GRCC In the News, 11-11-13

West Michigan college presidents announce special scholarship packages for Grand Rapids students

Nov. 8, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Four West Michigan college presidents announced Friday, Nov. 8,they have created special scholarship packages to support the Challenge Scholars initiative helping Grand Rapids students perform better academically and stay on the college track.

Aquinas College, Grand Valley State University, Ferris State University, and Grand Rapids Community College are seeking to enhance the initiative launched in 2011 by the Grand Rapids Community Foundation targeting students in three West Side schools: Harrison Park, Westwood Middle and Union High School.

GRCC seeks state funding as it looks to make new preschool building a reality

Nov. 8, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College says its laboratory preschool program needs a new home.

Kent County’s dental checkup reveals oral health crisis, report finds

Nov. 8, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Kent County underwent a dental checkup recently, and the results were not good.

… Now, the group is focused on addressing two areas of concern: access to dental care and education. It has been involved in efforts to provide dental care to older adults at Grand Rapids Community College and to create a dental clinic in Kentwood. A partnership between the county and nonprofit Michigan Community Dental Clinics plans to open the clinic in the former library building at 4700 Kalamazoo Ave. SE.

Wright’s Second Half Leads No. 9 Express Women Past No. 10 Monroe College 74-58

Nov. 10, 2013; ABC 13 (Toledo, Ohio)

Paige Wright (Northrop/Fort Wayne, Ind.) led the No. 9 Express women’s basketball team past No. 10 Monroe College 74-58 in the championship game of the Owens Tip Off Classic tonight.

… The Express (4-1) have now won four straight after their season-opening two-point loss to Kirkwood College. Their next action will be Nov. 13 at Grand Rapids Community College beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Red-hot Lakers push winning streak to 14 games

Nov. 10, 2013; Grand Valley Lanthorn

The players representing the Grand Valley State University women’s volleyball team have been all smiles on the court lately after a jubilant ascent to the top of the GLIAC.

… The Hudsonville, Mich., native (Kaitlyn Wolters) has been a difference maker for the team after transferring from Grand Rapids Community College, where she won a NJCAA National Championship in 2012. Her championship mentality has brought confidence to a young team that has just two seniors on its roster.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship Offers $30,000 for Transfer Students

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is accepting nominations for the largest scholarships available to transfer students and recent alumni from community colleges. The “Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Program,” will award up to $30,000 annually per recipient to help current students and recent alumni from community colleges and two-year institutions pursue four-year degrees at any accredited college or university.  The Foundation provides up to $30,000 per year to each of approximately 50 deserving students selected annually, making it the largest private scholarship for two-year and community college transfer students in the country.  Deadline is November 29, 2011.  “Open House” style workshops and information sessions for applicants will take place from 1:30 to 3:30 PM on October 21 and 28 in room 336 of the Student Center.  Email Fatima Nieves @ fnieves for more details.

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