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.

Radiology students teach preschoolers about bones

The Radiologic Technology Program hosted a “Toy Clinic” with the Preschool Program on October 31 in Julie Lackscheide’s Radiographic Positioning Class. The second year Rad Tech students and their “bone buddy” preschooler toured the lab while learning about the equipment, played Halloween games, matched up bones with their own body outlines, and decorated skeletons. The Rad Tech students gained additional knowledge with the pediatric population, while being able to introduce the preschoolers to the health care setting and learn about bones. At the end of the clinic, each “bone buddy” took home a radiograph of their toy that they brought with them to be seen at the clinic.

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GRCC In the News, 10-9-13

Federal grant will make low-cost day care available for GRCC students with children

Oct. 8, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A federal grant will help put daycare within reach for a small number of low-income parents attending Grand Rapids Community College.

West Michigan home builders struggle with a labor shortage

Oct. 8, 2013; MLive

WYOMING, MI — West Michigan home builders say they need more workers as life returns to an industry that was on the ropes just five years ago.

… “We have the programs, but nobody’s going through the training,” said Duane McIntyre, a construction instructor at Grand Rapids Community College, where only five students have enrolled in the school’s residential construction program.

Oct. 8, 2013: Wolverine third quarter beats expectations; Michigan Energy Conference slated for Oct. 24

Oct. 8, 2013;

The Right Place, in partnership with Ferris State University and the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center, will host the Michigan Energy Conference on Oct. 24 at Frederik Meijer Gardens. The event runs from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes a panel discussion featuring local university presidents from Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College and Ferris State. John Quackenbush, chairman of the Michigan Public Service Commission will give a keynote speech followed by two breakout sessions each with three energy-specific topics to choose from led by regional business leaders. See more and register at

UPDATED: Lakeshore Head Start to stay open during federal shutdown

Oct. 8, 2013; The Holland Sentinel

Holland — The federal government’s shutdown will not shut down Lakeshore Head Start.

… “(It will mean) definitely less stress,” said Briana Farrell, whose 1-year-old daughter Neelah is in Head Start day care while Farrell attends nursing classes at Grand Rapids Community College. “I was having a hard time finding someone every day for her. Now I don’t have to worry. I can go to school.”

Elyse Ray, Beka German return to Muskegon, lead No. 8 Muskegon Community College volleyball team

Oct. 8, 2013; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — Muskegon Community College volleyball players Elyse Ray and Beka German did not begin their collegiate athletic careers with the Jayhawks.

… The two spikers are big reasons why the Jayhawks are ranked No. 8 in the nation and in second place in the conference behind seventh-ranked Grand Rapids (21-3, 7-0). Muskegon, which fell to Grand Rapids in a tough four-setter on Sept. 17, hosts the Raiders at 5 p.m. Thursday.

College notebook: Kellogg CC women’s soccer coach resigns

Oct. 8, 2013; The Battle Creek Enquirer

Kellogg Community College women’s soccer coach Barth Beasley resigned on Oct. 4, ending his tenure with the program he helped start three years ago.

… KCC (volleyball) snapped its 11-match losing streak on Oct. 1 with a three-set victory over Lake Michigan (25-16, 25-21, 25-19). In that contest, Tristen Erhedt (Pennfield) led the way with 11 kills and three digs. Also for the Lady Bruins, Tara VanDenberg (Pennfield) recorded eight digs and Cortney Pipher (Lakeview) had 26 assists. On Oct. 3, seventh-ranked Grand Rapids CC swept the Lady Bruins by scores of 25-15, 25-16, 25-19. In the loss, KCC was led by Lauren Richardson with five kills, while Carmen Odell (Marshall) had seven digs and Pipher had 20 assists.

Wellness students work with preschool kids

The Bear Room has had the opportunity to partner with Jodi Gee’s Elementary Games and Rhythms Class. The students in the class plan activities for a group of children and get the experience of leading the activities with the children from our room. The Bear Room children get to experience some new games that help us build motor skills (and of course run off some energy)! It has been a lot of fun!

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Preschool kids visit fire station

The Bear Room children from the Laboratory Preschool visited the fire station on LaGrave last week. We had a great time learning about the equipment that the firefighters have to carry on each call. One of our teachers even dressed up in the firefighter gear. The children now know how a firefighter is dressed, so if they ever need to be rescued, they will understand that the firefighter, dressed in all of this scary-looking gear, is there to help them. Each child also got a hat and a badge from the firefighters. It was a lot of fun!

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GRCC Lab Preschool Health Expo – Photos


[Corrected] The GRCC Lab Preschool held it’s first Health Expo, Thursday, April 12th. The Expo included information about exercise, healthy snacks, hand washing, sun safety and sleep practices. The Preschool would like to thank GRCC students from nursing that came to do blood pressure, height and weight and vision screening and GRCC students from the Dental and Medical Assistant Programs that came to talk to children about good oral hygiene practices.

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GRCC Preschool Students Visit McCabe Marlowe House to Learn About Home Building

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Children from the GRCC Preschool Laboratory recently visited the McCabe-Marlowe House and the Architectural Design Department to help them learn more about their current study on homes. The children had the opportunity to visit the McCabe-Marlowe House on March 15th where they were given an inside and outside tour of the house, as well as a brief historical perspective of the house.

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On March 16th, the children also took another field trip to the Mechanical and Architectural Design department to gain further knowledge into how homes are designed and built. They were able to look at a variety of blueprints and house models which were displayed to further enhance their understanding of homes. We wanted to offer a special thanks to both Ann Marie Birr from the Foundation and College Advancement Office and Charlotte Pease from the Mechanical and Architectural Design for their efforts for making both of these field trips possible for the children.

Thank you to Officer Robin Kritzman for Visiting the Preschool

Friday, March 23 Officer Robin visited the Dino Room at the GRCC Lab Preschool. The Dino Room is a classroom of 3 to 4 year old children. She began her visit by sharing the tools on her belt. The children had a lot of questions and comments about the different tools that she uses. Officer Robin also read the story Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann. As she was leaving she showed the children the flashing lights on her vehicle. We are excited for her to visit us again.

GRCC Police Officer Robin Kritzman Talking to Preschool Students

GRCC Preschool Students Visit Interior Design Department

GRCC Preschool Class Visits Interior Design Department

On February 29th the Bear Room children from GRCC’s Laboratory Preschool visited the resource room of the Interior Design Department. The visit was prompted by a topic of interest, homes, being studied by the 4 and 5 year old children. Professor Susan Baglien introduced the children to the concept of design boards and then allowed them the freedom to work with the interior design students to build their own board filled with the colors and furniture that they would like to have in their own room.

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The children loved looking through all of the magazines, wallpaper books, fabric and paint samples to find their favorites! We are hoping to connect with the Architectural Design Program as well as visit the McCabe-Marlowe house soon! Thank you for the great opportunity!!