GRCC In the News, 4-4-14

Uniserv Director Served County with Integrity, Humor, Honesty

April 3, 2014; schoolnewsnetwork.org (KISD newsletter)

Kent ISD, MI — Henry William “Bill” Dungey, Jr. was a lifelong advocate for justice, a champion of causes, and a towering presence who evoked warmth and kindness wherever he went. For Kent County school districts, those qualities made him one of the area’s finest negotiators, say local superintendents and administrators.

… Dungey was honored in 2010 with a Giants Award from Grand Rapids Community College for helping the Kent County Education Association partner with the Salvation Army’s Booth Family Services’ Angel Baby Initiative, which donates diapers, baby food, car seats, toys and educational items to infants in need.

Obituaries today: Catherine Barrow-Williams, 83, trailblazing singer and missionary

April 4, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Catherine Barrow-Williams spent her life opening doors.

… Honored with the Ethel Coe Humanities Award at the 2005 Grand Rapids Giants Awards, Barrow-Williams appeared in a production of “Showboat” with Circle Theatre, sang arias from Bizet’s “Carmen” for summer concerts at Garfield Park, and sang with the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus during her many years in West Michigan.

Charsie Sawyer, professor of music at Calvin College, who nominated Barrow-Williams for the award sponsored by Grand Rapids Community College and several African-American organizations, called her “a real trailblazer.”

Autocam Invests In Education And Innovation

April 4, 2014; prnewswire.com

KENTWOOD, Mich., April 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Autocam Corp is a leading precision manufacturer for both the automotive and medical industries and recently announced it is sponsoring Governor Rick Snyder’s Governor’s Education Summit taking place on April 24, 2014. Autocam is committed to investment in education, jobs creation and advanced manufacturing technologies.

Autocam has offered talent development programs for technicians and engineers for nearly 25 years in efforts to close the skills gap in the advanced manufacturing workforce. The company formalized its technician-training program in 2012 to create the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP), a progressive learn-and-earn educational program through the Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) using formal and on-the-job training to jumpstart the careers of young talent.

College notes: Grand Valley slugger brought a big bat with him from Bronx

April 3, 2014; MLive

… Kyle Orlowski, Aquinas College: Orlowski, a senior outfielder, tripled and went 2-for-4 with two RBIs in a 13-10 win over Siena Heights on March 30. Orlowski (Kenowa Hills/GRCC) is batting .313 and leads the team with 14 runs scored. It was the first game for Aquinas (9-7) in more than a week.

GRCC In the News, 3-3-14

More than 50 businesses participating in GRCC job fair

March 1, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A Grand Rapids Community College job fair on March 11 will feature 59 employers representing industries ranging from manufacturing to health care and government.

GRCC hosting annual Latino Youth Conference ; more than 1,000 eighth-graders expected to attend

March 1, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College will host its annual Latino Youth Conference on Tuesday, an event that features workshops in leadership, education, self-esteem and career preparation.

Delta part of auto training articulation agreement

March 2, 2014; Midland Daily News

Five Michigan community colleges, including Delta College, have joined together to create a pilot program that will allow students in automotive technology programs to transfer among the schools with no loss of credits or repetition of course work as they pursue their certifications and degrees.

The Automotive Technology Articulation Agreement will allow students in automotive technology programs to transfer among Delta College, Grand Rapids Community College, Lansing Community College, Montcalm Community College and Mott Community College. Automotive technology programs were chosen for the pilot because they already adhere to nationally recognized automotive technician training standards.

Dee Dee Bridgewater: Passionate and poised with Grand Rapids Symphony

March 2, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Dee Dee Bridgewater, who starred in the Broadway show, “The Wiz,” as Glinda the Good Witch, got to sing one of the musical’s showstoppers, “If You Believe.”

… Duane Davis, retired director of vocal music at Grand Rapids Community College, organizer of the Grand Rapids Community Chorus, led the 68 voices and orchestra in his arrangements of a couple of old-school gospel tunes, including a powerful version of James Cleveland’s “Let Him in Today.”

Shirley Daniels, 88, worked her way up from serving salads to serving as a community leader

Feb. 28, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Shirley Daniels, a tenacious, elegant and community-minded pioneer, worked her way up from serving salads to serving as a leader on boards and institutions. Daniels died Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at the age of 88.

… While there, she began attending Grand Rapids Junior College at night. She wrote her first assignments on paper bags, so her GM co-workers presented her with a new typewriter.

LaughFest 2014: Clean laughs, dirty words, sunglasses in the dark, underwear outdoors

March 3, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Gilda Radner, battling ovarian cancer, lost her funny for a while only to find it again.

… Days before LaughFest opens, tickets no longer are available for 29 events including Gaffigan’s show in Grand Rapids Community College’s Ford Fieldhouse on March 7.

Sharks sweep Panthers

March 3, 2014; Highlands Today (Sebring, Fla.)

AVON PARK – Just when South Florida State thought it was safe to go back in the water, the Miami Dade College Sharks came swimming into town.

… The Panthers host Grand Rapids Community College Tuesday afternoon at 5 p.m. SFSC opens conference play on March 20, when St. Petersburg College comes to Panther Field.

No. 2 UWF continues its roll

March 2, 2014; Pensacola News Journal (Fla.)

Both starting pitchers delivered strong performances as the No. 2 University of West Florida baseball team won a doubleheader Saturday against Christian Brothers in Memphis, Tenn.

… The Pirates beat Grand Rapids Community College 16-3 in the first game, then beat Kalamazoo Valley Community College 6-3 in the second game.

TCC Baseball Completes Sweep of Chatt Valley

March 2, 2014; WCTV

Tallahassee – A passed ball in the bottom of the eighth inning allowed Quincy Nieporte to race home from third with what proved to be the winning run and help NJCAA No. 16/FCSAA No. 4 Tallahassee Community College complete an improbable comeback in a 12-11 win over NJCAA No. 5 Chattahoochee Valley (Ala.) Community College on Sunday afternoon at Eagle Field.

… Now 17-5, the Eagles will host Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College for a four-game series. The teams will play doubleheaders on Monday and Tuesday. The action begins at 3:30 p.m. both days.

Lady Cougars Participate in Hunger Games Food Drive

Feb. 28, 2014; comvoicesonline.com

KALAMAZOO (MICH.)-The Kalamazoo Valley Community College Lady Cougars basketball team did its part to fight hunger in the Kalamazoo community. The team participated in the Michigan Community College Athletic Associations First Annual MCCAA Hunger Games, aiding food banks in the 19 communities of MCCAA schools.

… Kalamazoo Valley’s Hunger Game collection date was held on Jan. 29 during the home game against Grand Rapids Community College. Donations were given to Kalamazoo’s Loaves and Fishes food bank. “Our basketball team collected enough food to fill a grocery cart and then some, and there was also at least $40 in monetary donation given as well,” said Maureen Brown, Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach.

GRCC In the News, 2-25-14

GRCC partners with other community colleges on transfer agreement for automotive technology programs

Feb. 24, 2014; News International

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College has joined four other state community colleges to offer transfer opportunities to students in automotive technology programs.

5 Michigan community colleges to let automotive students transfer among the schools

Feb. 22, 2014; The Republic (Columbus, Ind.)

LANSING, Michigan — Five Michigan community colleges are partnering on a pilot program to let students in automotive technology programs transfer among the schools without losing credits or having to repeat course work.

Delta College, Grand Rapids Community College, Lansing Community College, Montcalm Community and Mott Community Colleges have signed the agreement. It was announced Friday by Nigel Francis, the state’s senior automotive adviser.

(This was an Associated Press article that also appeared in Michigan Radio, USA Today and mrftech.com.)

Executive chef to take over ownership of Campus Grill

Feb. 22, 2014; The Chronicle-Telegram (Lorain County, Ohio)

Starting in June, Campus Grill will have a new owner as Frank Butcher officially takes over the business from his good friend and mentor, Nick Patouhas.

… “I knew that’s what I wanted to do, and at 15 I started as a line cook on third shift Friday and Saturday nights. After high school I went to college to major in culinary arts at Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan. I never did anything else.”

GRCC In the News, 2-24-14

GRCC promoting the value of internships, co-op jobs

Feb. 21, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – More than 400 Grand Rapids Community College students were involved in internships or co-op jobs last year, officials announced Friday, Feb. 21.

5 community colleges to let auto students transfer

Feb. 22, 2014; The Kansas City Star

LANSING, Mich. — Five Michigan community colleges are partnering on a pilot program to let students in automotive technology programs transfer among the schools without losing credits or having to repeat course work.

Delta College, Grand Rapids Community College, Lansing Community College, Montcalm Community and Mott Community Colleges have signed the agreement. It was announced Friday by Nigel Francis, the state’s senior automotive adviser.

Higher education giving reaches record levels

Feb. 21, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The record high in charitable giving to colleges and universities is proving that people and organizations do, in fact, value education but maybe not as many of them.

… The amount of financial contributions to U.S. academic institutions in 2013 did not surprise Donald MacKenzie, executive director of the Grand Rapids Community College Foundation.

Muskegon’s Dancing with the Local Stars has all the right moves

Feb. 22, 2014; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — The crowd ended up on its feet dancing, thousands of dollars were collected for food pantries and few people seemed to enjoy themselves more than the performers doing the actual work.

… Dancing with the Local Stars 2014 Participants:

… Heather Sandberg (star), deputy chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, with Patrick Johnson (pro), a Grand Rapids Community College dance faculty instructor, co-owner of PT Arts, LLC Consulting and director of West MI Flight Academy

Kalamazoo Valley women’s basketball move into first place in MCCAA with 62-56 win over No. 6 Lake Michigan

Feb. 22, 2014; MLive

Coach Ron Welch was pretty sure that the drubbing that his team took earlier this league season at Lake Michigan was an anomaly. Today they proved it with a gritty 62-56 win over the No. 6-ranked Redhawks to move into first place in the Western conference of the MCCAA by a half game.

… “It’s a good day to be a Cougar!” exclaimed Welch. “I’m really proud of this group. That’s a terrific basketball team we beat today. Our effort was awesome! I wouldn’t be surprised to see a rematch down the road in post season, but today we’re going to enjoy this one, then focus on GRCC.”

GRCC In the News, 2-3-14

GRCC on 7.5 percent enrollment decrease: ‘Improved economy has more people back to work’

Jan. 31, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Enrollment at Grand Rapids Community College fell by 7.5 percent this semester, a drop administrators attribute to West Michigan’s improving economy and fewer non-traditional students signing up for classes.

World Affairs Council opens foreign policy series

Jan. 31, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Grand Rapids will be having a discussion Monday about whether or not Edward Snowden is a traitor, a hero or both.

… Feb. 24: U.S.-Israeli Relations in a Changing Middle East, armchair discussion with Dr. Yael Aronoff, chair of Israel Studies, James Madison College, Michigan State University; moderated by Dr. Michael DeVivo, Grand Rapids Community College

Industry assembles Construction Workforce Development Alliance

Jan. 31, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

What do you do when work-force development challenges, a negative image and overall economic peril knock at your industry’s door?

… The second order of business and certainly the most ambitious part of the CWDA’s plan is to develop an educational construction curriculum and certification through ABC and Grand Rapids Community College that could eventually be used in community colleges across West Michigan. This initiative is called the Construction Core Certification.

Wolverine steps up to help young builders

Jan. 31, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Earlier this winter, Gideon Sanders watched as students loaded into buses wearing sweatshirts, baseball caps and sneakers.

… Paired with the Design & Construction Academy, among others, are Rockford Construction, Triangle Associates, Progressive AE, The Christman Co., Michigan State University, Ferris State University and Grand Rapids Community College.

Super Bowl another work day on the field for Carl Paganelli Jr. of Grand Rapids

Feb. 2, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Once again, Carl Paganelli Jr. has to work on Super Bowl Sunday and, as usual, it will be his most scrutinized work day of the year.

(Article doesn’t mention it, but Mr. Paganelli is a GRCC alumnus.)

Watch as GRCC’s Courtney Hill never touches the floor with game-winning buzzer beater

Jan. 31, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Community College basketball player Courtney Hill proved you don’t have to set your feet for a great shot.

GRCC In the News, 12-20-13

GRCC graduate describes how training program helped him land computer technician job

Dec. 19, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – As an employee of Personal Business Systems in Grandville, Nico Tipton spends his days doing what he loves — working with computers.

Tipton, a computer technician at the small business, located on Chicago Drive, said he landed the job thanks to a training program he recently completed at Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC to showcase career, educational opportunities for high school musicians

Dec. 18, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is opening its campus to high school students interested in music next month for an event known as High School Music Fiesta.

Young musicians to work with GRCC faculty, students in first High School Music Fiesta

Dec. 19, 2013; News International

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — High school students who are ready to take their music to the next level will learn about exciting career options and get college-level instruction this January at Grand Rapids Community College Music Departments first music honors day.

GRCC In the News, 12-18-13

Community college degrees are in demand

Dec. 17, 2013; MLive (reprint of Bridge magazine article)

To see the difference between yesterday’s skilled-trade career and today’s, Michael Hansen offers what’s happening at BOSS Products, a snowplow manufacturer in Iron Mountain.

… “What (students are) asking for is in three or four current areas: Business, nursing, culinary and computer information systems. Those four have great interest,” said Fiona Hert, dean of the School of Workforce Development at Grand Rapids Community College. But there’s also a series of skills employers want punctuality, a team player, critical thinking, flexibility. And these, she and others added, are the ones that will take students furthest in their careers.

Bay College will be part of Career Jump Start program

Dec. 18, 2013; up.secondwavemedia.com

Bay College in Escanaba is going to be one of ten Michigan community colleges that will be part of the Career Jump Start Program, designed to link students with career training opportunities.

… The others are located at Alpena Community College, Delta College, Grand Rapids Community College, Jackson College, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Lansing Community College, Mott Community College, North Central Michigan College and The Workforce Intelligence Network.

GRCC In the News, 12-17-13

Community college degrees in demand

Dec. 16, 2013; Bridge magazine

To see the difference between yesterday’s skilled-trade career and today’s, Michael Hansen offers what’s happening at BOSS Products, a snowplow manufacturer in Iron Mountain.

… “What (students are) asking for is in three or four current areas: Business, nursing, culinary and computer information systems. Those four have great interest,” said Fiona Hert, dean of the School of Workforce Development at Grand Rapids Community College. But there’s also a series of skills employers want — punctuality, a team player, critical thinking, flexibility. And these, she and others added, are the ones that will take students furthest in their careers.

Jared Rodriguez speaks to literacy advocacy

Dec. 16, 2013; therapidian.org

Jared Rodriguez, new Advisory Council co-chairperson to the Community Literacy Initiative (CLI), has a rich background of advocacy work in Grand Rapids and in the state of Michigan. Most recently, he founded and served as President of the West Michigan Policy Forum before launching the Calder Group earlier this year.

… Our greatest strength is the sincere interest in impacting positive change for all citizens. I’m a firm believer that our greatest natural resource is our people and building coalitions through collaborative thinking/doing is a major part of our community culture. Our short-term need is to develop a comprehensive community asset inventory and engage community, business and education-focused organizations (including CLI, the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce, Community Schools, Talent2025, First Steps, Aquinas College, GRCC, etc.), touching literacy in a non-duplicative effort.

Local athletes compete at collegiate level

Dec. 17, 2013; Cadillac News

… Delta College sophomore forward Austin Marine (Pine River H.S.) scored 12 points and grabbed five rebounds in the Pioneers’ 78-63 men’s basketball loss to Grand Rapids Community College on Wednesday.

 

‘Age of Champions’ to be shown today

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Age of Champions is the inspirational story of a group of athletes–a 100-year-old tennis champion, 86-year-old pole-vaulter, team of basketball grandmothers, and a pair of swimming brothers–all chasing gold at the National Senior Olympics. The film captures the triumphant spirit of these competitors as they tackle the challenges of old age with grace, humor, and optimism.

The Gerontology Student Organization (G-Club) will present the film on NOVEMBER 21, 2013 from 4:30 p.m.-5:45 p.m. at Calkins Science Center, Auditorium Room 348. It is co-sponsored by the Student Occupational Therapy Assistant Organization (S.O.T.A).

Faculty and staff who would like to register for this event may do so here.

For more information contact Delicia Wilondja at 616-234-2122 or dwilondja@grcc.edu

‘Age of Champions’ to be shown on November 21

JOIN US FOR A FREE SHOWING OF AGE OF CHAMPIONS

INSPIRE YOUR INNER CHAMPION AND LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE

Age of Champions is the inspirational story of a group of athletes–a 100-year-old tennis champion, 86-year-old pole-vaulter, team of basketball grandmothers, and a pair of swimming brothers–all chasing gold at the National Senior Olympics. The film captures the triumphant spirit of these competitors as they tackle the challenges of old age with grace, humor, and optimism.

The Gerontology Student Organization (G-Club) will present the film on NOVEMBER 21, 2013 from 4:30 p.m.-5:45 p.m. at Calkins Science Center, Auditorium Room 348. It is co-sponsored by the Student Occupational Therapy Assistant Organization (S.O.T.A).

Faculty and staff who would like to register for this event may do so here.

For more information contact Delicia Wilondja at 616-234-2122 or dwilondja@grcc.edu

Students to present ‘Age of Champions’ film

superherosJOIN US FOR A FREE SHOWING OF AGE OF CHAMPIONS

INSPIRE YOUR INNER CHAMPION AND LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE

Age of Champions is the inspirational story of a group of athletes–a 100-year-old tennis champion, 86-year-old pole-vaulter, team of basketball grandmothers, and a pair of swimming brothers–all chasing gold at the National Senior Olympics. The film captures the triumphant spirit of these competitors as they tackle the challenges of old age with grace, humor, and optimism.

The Gerontology Student Organization (G-Club) will present the film on NOVEMBER 21, 2013 from 4:30 p.m.-5:45 p.m. at Calkins Science Center, Auditorium Room 348. It is co-sponsored by the Student Occupational Therapy Assistant Organization (S.O.T.A).

Faculty and staff who would like to register for this event may do so here.

For more information contact Delicia Wilondja at 616-234-2122 or dwilondja@grcc.edu

Film highlights National Senior Olympics

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JOIN US FOR A FREE SHOWING OF AGE OF CHAMPIONS

INSPIRE YOUR INNER CHAMPION AND LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE

Age of Champions is the inspirational story of a group of athletes–a 100-year-old tennis champion, 86-year-old pole-vaulter, team of basketball grandmothers, and a pair of swimming brothers–all chasing gold at the National Senior Olympics. The film captures the triumphant spirit of these competitors as they tackle the challenges of old age with grace, humor, and optimism.

The Gerontology Student Organization (G-Club) will present the film on NOVEMBER 21, 2013 from 4:30 p.m.-5:45 p.m. at Calkins Science Center, Auditorium Room 348. It is co-sponsored by the Student Occupational Therapy Assistant Organization (S.O.T.A).

Faculty and staff who would like to register for this event may do so here.

For more information contact Delicia Wilondja at 616-234-2122 or dwilondja@grcc.edu

GRCC In the News, 11-4-13

Manufacturing career day at GRCC to feature more than 40 employers

Nov. 2, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is hosting a manufacturing career day from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center, an event that will feature more than 40 companies with open positions.

GRCC hosts Manufacturing Career Day on Nov. 7

Nov. 1, 2013; News International

Nov. 1, 2013 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — More than 40 manufacturing employers with open positions will be at Grand Rapids Community Colleges Manufacturing Career Day from 1-5 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center, 151 Fountain St. NE.

GRCC to host state choral festival

Nov. 1, 2013; News International

Nov. 1, 2013 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Area residents will get a chance to hear some of the state’s most talented choirs with a free concert, the culmination of the annual Michigan Community College Choral Festival at Grand Rapids Community College on Nov. 6.

Restaurant Weeks tally tasty for SICE

Nov. 1, 2013; The Grand Rapids Business Journal

Although the fourth annual event didn’t sell as many featured meals as last year, revenue to the promotions participating restaurants was up from a year ago.

… Restaurant Week also made another contribution to the student scholarship fund of the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College. Each restaurant sets aside $1 from every featured meal sold, and this years effort raised $17,135, bringing the four-year total to $74,670.

26-year-old’s insurance canceled because of ACA

Oct. 30, 2013; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) — As the U.S. House Committee continues its Affordable Care Act hearings, millions of Americans are finding out that their current insurance plans are being canceled.

… Jordan (Cloud) works a part time job and attends Grand Rapids Community College. He felt like he was being responsible by getting insurance and paying for it on his own. “The insurance was the Blue Cross Young Adult, it was a really good plan. Then, I got something in the mail that said it was going to be cancelled and I had to switch plans.”

Volleyball roundup: Brown City struggles at Almont Invite

Nov. 2, 2013; The Port Huron Times Herald

… GRAND RAPIDS — The St. Clair County Community College volleyball team split a pair of matches Saturday at their district at Grand Rapids Community College.