GRCC In the News, 12-11-14

Community College Programs Can Lead To Big Payoffs In The Right Fields

Dec. 11, 2014; NPR

When it comes to higher education, we’ve all heard the talking points: More people than ever are pursuing four-year degrees despite skyrocketing tuition costs because they don’t have many other choices if they want to be competitive in the workforce.

(Article includes a photo of GRCC dental students.)

Learning at the University of Life

Dec. 11, 2014;

Compassion. Selflessness. Balance. Character. Social consciousness. Humility. Uplifting. And peace, love and understanding.

… Michael Schavey is the director of the department of experiential learning at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC). He points to their school’s Armen Awards, an annual program that recognizes faculty and students for service learning work, as a specific example of GRCC’s commitment to make service learning a significant part of the student experience.

Grand Rapids shelter helps one teen find escape

Dec. 11, 2014; Bridge magazine

Looking back, DaVionte Shannon recalled a time when each day seemed like a tightrope walk.

… He graduated from Union High School in Grand Rapids in June 2013 and plans to enroll in January at Grand Rapids Community College. He pays the rent through a job as a caretaker at an area nursing home.

GRCC In the News, 12-10-14

New GRCC board member takes oath of office

Dec. 9, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College has a new board member.

The DanceOff raises $4,500 for Well House, crowns Breah Simpson champion

Dec. 9, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Hundreds of dance fans watched Grand Rapids native Breah Simpson, 21, become the first champion of The DanceOff, a local dance competition held on Saturday, Dec. 6 ,at The Pyramid Scheme.

“My heart dropped when they called my name,” said Simpson, who recently received certification as a personal trainer from Grand Rapids Community College. “Dance is my way of communicating. My dream job is to work at a studio.”

Frontiers: Meeting Student Needs Through Online Programming

Dec. 10, 2014;

Wyoming Public Schools, MI — When her mother died last summer, Wyoming Senior Tashia Sheneman lost a permanent place to live and has since moved several times. One of the few constants in her life is Wyoming’s Frontiers Program, where she receives much more than instruction.

… “I’m good. I’m doing better than I was out there,” said Tashia, referring to the traditional high school program. “I feel like you have more support … and it’s more on your time and it prepares you for college,” she added, sharing plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College before attending Ferris State University to pursue her career goal of becoming a probation officer.


Learn about The WELL on December 5

Come learn about The WELL, a new student group created to promote excellence in female African-American students at GRCC by empowering them around leadership and learning.  Students are supported through a partnership with GRCC African-American staff and faculty who will provide leadership and guidance.

Join us for lunch and door prizes Dec. 5, 2014, from noon to 1:30 p.m., in the Sneden Hall Multipurpose Room.

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Learn about The WELL on December 5

Come learn about The WELL, a new student group created to promote excellence in female African-American students at GRCC by empowering them around leadership and learning.  Students are supported through a partnership with GRCC African-American staff and faculty who will provide leadership and guidance.

Join us for lunch and door prizes Dec. 5, 2014, from noon to 1:30 p.m., in the Sneden Hall Multipurpose Room.

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GRCC In the News, 11-7-14

Heritage Hill shooting not random incident, police say

Nov. 6, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Police are looking for a person who shot a man in the leg at a Heritage Hill apartment about 11:30 a.m. on Thursday

… Grand Rapids Community College issued an alert about the shooting, telling students and staff to exercise caution and to contact police if they have any information about the shooting.

All about education at the Griffins

Nov. 6, 2014; WOTV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) — Thousands of kids traveled to Van Andel Arena on November 5 for the 14th annual Grand Rapids Griffins Matinee Game. The game has become a major educational event for West Michigan schools. Students can take part in learning experiences before taking in a Griffins game.

This year, the Griffins welcomed organizations such as the American Red Cross, E.S.C.A.P.E. Fire Safety and Jake the Fire Safety Dog, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, and the GRCC Dental Hygiene Program to provide a variety of health and wellness educational displays and exhibits for students and teachers.

Interactive election map: See where GRCC votes came from

Nov. 7, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Tuesdays election was a big night for Steelcase executive Deb Bailey, who won one of two open seats on Grand Rapids Community College’s Board of Trustees.

Cedar Springs Athletic Boosters Athletes of the Month

Nov. 6, 2014; The Post (Cedar Springs)

Senior Justin Jones was named October Student Athlete of the Month for Cross Country. Justin has participated in Cross country all 4 years in high school, and is a team captain. Justin is a returning OK Bronze All-Conference runner and is on pace to do it again this season. He started the season strong finishing 4th in each of the first two races. Justin also participates in basketball and runs track. This is done all while maintaining a 3.4 GPA.

Coach Garrett Lacy comments “Justin is one of two co captains that we have on the team this year. He does a great job of leading by example on and off the field. Justin has worked hard to prepare for his senior year logging the most miles on the team this past summer. He is an exemplary student and does a great job managing his time amongst three varsity sports.” Right now he is also taking dual enrollment classes at Grand Rapids Community College along with his high school work at Cedar Springs, as well as being an integral part of the cross-country team.

GRCC In the News, 11-5-14

Senior Wellness: seniors & driving

Nov. 4, 2014; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM)– Our ability to drive is often a skill we take for granted. Mike Faber from the Older Learner Center at Grand Rapids Community College stopped by the WZZM 13 studio with what to do if you or a loved ones’ driving skills are being affected by factors that come with old age.

Deb Bailey, Cynthia Bristol elected to GRCC Board of Trustees

Nov. 5, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Incumbent Deb Bailey and newcomer Cynthia Bristol won seats Tuesday on Grand Rapids Community College’s Board of Trustees, Kent County election results show.

Censorship on Michigan’s College Campuses Must Stop

Nov. 4, 2014;

Recently two Michigan colleges were exposed trying to censor students.

GRCC In the News, 11-4-14

Encore U: It’s Never Too Late To Go To College

Nov. 3, 2014; Forbes

Here is a figure that may stun you: The number of Americans who are 55 and older will grow to 112 million by 2030, according to the United States Census Bureau. That is an increase from 76 million today. Viewed another way, the population of Americans age 55 and older will double in the next 25 years.

… Here are a few examples of Encore U campuses and how they are helping to prepare older adults for new careers:

… Grand Rapids Community College: This campus has created an Older Learner Center to meet the educational needs of older men and women in its community through public events and training programs. For example, they provide health education programming that is funded by the Kent County Senior Millage. These services benefit local residents age 60 and over.

Student Describes Experiences, Obstacles of Living in Poverty

Nov. 4, 2014;

Godfrey Lee Public Schools, MI — Lee High School senior Jordan Lovett headed to cross-country practice after her final class of the day.

… The dual enrollment English course offered at Lee through a partnership with Grand Rapids Community College means Jordan already will have three credits under her belt when she graduates. She plans to soon begin applying for grants and scholarships, with help from high school staff members.

GRCC In the News, 10-30-14

How Daniel Lopez learned to stop fearing the worst, and started planning for the best

Oct. 29, 2014; Michigan Radio

It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.

… (Daniel) Lopez is 18 years old, a freshman at Grand Rapids Community College. This trip came about through a partnership between the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology and an organization called Park Journeys, which takes high school juniors and seniors on trips to national parks. Lopez went to Yellowstone in July. But the final phase of the program is a trip to Washington D.C.

See how much GRCC Board of Trustees candidates have received in campaign contributions

Oct. 29, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The four Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees candidates have raised more than $83,000 in contributions, according to campaign finance records released last week.

$10,810 in donations: One GRCC trustee funds campaign of board hopeful

Oct. 29, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees candidate Jim Harvey has lots of supporters, ranging from elected officials, church leaders and organizations such as Right to Life of Michigan and Citizens for Traditional Values.

Show Gun offense a hit at American Canyon

Oct. 29, 2014; Napa Valley Register (Calif.)

AMERICAN CANYON — The terminology for the offensive linemen is the same as last year. The same blocking schemes are in place from last year.

… (Tony Annese) He took over as head coach at Grand Rapids Community College in 2009 and turned the Raiders into a national junior college power. GRCC claimed the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II National Championship under his guidance in both 2009 and 2011.

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.

GRCC In the News, 10-24-14

GRCC student killed in Holland fire wanted to be professional chef

Oct. 23, 2014; MLive

HOLLAND, MI — Jeremiah Smith, the 29-year-old man killed in a house fire Saturday, was attending Grand Rapids Community College in hopes of becoming a professional chef.

GRCC psychology lecture series examines creativity, death, self-justification

Oct. 23, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids Community College psychology department will host three lectures from November through March, focusing on topics ranging from creativity to death to self-justification.

IONIA: New public safety officer sworn in

Oct. 23, 2014; The Ionia Sentinel-Standard

IONIA, Mich. — A new officer has joined the Ionia Department of Public Safety, and he has training in all three areas needed by the city: police, fire and medical.

… Joshua McCarthy is a 2009 graduate of Jenison High School. He graduated from Grand Valley State University Police Academy, and holds an associate’s degree in fire science from Kalamazoo Valley Community College and a second associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College. Joshua McCarthy is Police-, Firefighter 1 and 2- and Basic Emergency Medical Technician-certified.

College notes: FH Central grad Jason Stacy has soccer goal go viral with help of ESPN SportsCenter

Oct. 23, 2014; MLive

… Drew Pennington, Grand Rapids Community College: Pennington (GR Forest Hills Northern) finished tied for 15th at the Kohler Collegiate Classic at Whistling Straights, home of the 2015 PGA Championship on Oct. 21. He shot a 155 (75-80) to help the Raiders to an impressive fifth-place finish.

Laura Willson continues North Branch’s tradition of volleyball excellence

Oct. 23, 2014; MLive

North Branch senior Laura Willson may be next in line to hold the exclusive Miss Volleyball title for the Broncos, who’ve had two athletes earn that statewide honor.

… North Branch starts its players young, as Willson began in the fourth grade, and continues to model leadership by inviting former players to summer camps.

“They bring their knowledge from college,” Willson said. “Micaela Deshetsky (2013 graduate, Grand Rapids Community College player) came back and helped me and Mady be better captains. She told us we need to make this team better.”

GRCC In the News, 10-13-14

Grand Awards 2014: ‘Spamalot’ at Circle Theatre, ‘The Hatpin’ at GRCC lead awards

Oct. 12, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — From the volume of cheering at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Sunday night, one would have thought the 18th annual Grand Awards was handing out more money than the half million in prizes awarded at the same venue just two days before during the ArtPrize Awards.

… In the battle for most awards, it was a duel between swords and hatpins as Circle Theatre’s production of Spamalot and the Grand Rapids Community College production of The Hatpin each garnered five awards. Civic Theatre’s Les Miserables and Venus in Fur at Actors Theatre, each won four awards.

ArtPrize Awards 2014: Artists react to winning $20,000 in public vote

Oct. 11, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Robert Shangle was not expecting to win an award at ArtPrize 2014.

… Grand Rapids’ Gretchyn Lauer won best two-dimensional work for her oil painting “Outcry,” a close-up portrait of a weeping teenage girl, located in DeVos Place. Marc Sijan, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, won the three-dimensional prize for his Grand Rapids Art Museum work, a lifelike resin sculpture titled Reciprocity, depicting a man carrying his elderly father on his back.

(This article does not mention it, but Gretchyn Lauer is a GRCC student.)

Grand Valley State, Lansing CC flourish at Muskegon Community College’s Jayhawk Cross Country Invitational

Oct. 10, 2014; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — Collegiate athletes from across Michigan converged on the University Park Golf Course on Friday, Oct. 10 for Muskegon Community College’s Jayhawk Cross Country Invitational.

… Rounding out the field was Lake Superior State (118), Macomb College (167), Mott Community College (225), Muskegon Community College (250), Indian Hills Community College (254), Hope (262), St. Clair College (267), Jackson (293), Adrian (307), Alpena Community College (328) and Grand Rapids Community College (341).

… In the women’s race, Lansing CC (39) took the overall win, Calvin College (53) finished second and Lake Superior State (140) came in third. The rest of team scoring included St. Clair College (148), Hope (153), Macomb College (154), Cleary University (156), MCC (184), Mott CC (201), Sault College (213) and GRCC (285).


GRCC In the News, 10-8-14

ArtPrize 2014: Meet Final 20 artist Gretchyn Lauer, ‘Outcry’

Oct. 6, 2014; MLive

Name: Gretchyn S. Lauer, Grand Rapids

… About the artist: I am a pianist living and working in Grand Rapids as a piano teacher, currently going to school at Grand Rapids Community College and hoping to transfer to the University of Michigan for a master’s degree in piano. I have never had art lessons, and this is my first large oil painting.

Michigan’s 1st fashion incubator boosts state’s clothing and accessory designers

Oct. 8, 2014; MLive

LANSING, MI — Michigan’s first incubator devoted solely to fashion design will give budding clothing and accessory designers a shot at developing a collection and taking it to production.

… Higher education institutions including Michigan State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University and Lansing Community College have fashion programs. But (Jeff) Henry said no single school had access to all of this equipment. Some are working on non-industrial home sewing machines, and others use large printers instead of the plotter for patterns. The software they use also may not be as robust, he said.

Paying for college with a credit card rings up extra fees

Oct. 7, 2014; The Detroit Free Press

Paying for one’s college tuition by going online and using a credit card sounds super convenient. But it’s also a really easy way to get hit with hundreds of dollars in extra fees.

… At the other extreme, many community colleges including Macomb County Community College, Wayne County Community College and Grand Rapids Community College do not have an extra fee for using a credit card to pay tuition.

Volleyball rivalry renewed: Grand Rapids Community College remains in first after sweeping Muskegon CC

Oct. 7, 2014; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — Each season, the premier volleyball rivalry in the MCCAA comes between Western Conference foes Muskegon Community College and Grand Rapids Community College. And this season is shaping up no different.

Area Briefs

Oct. 8, 2014; South Bend Tribune (Ind.)

… Bethel College’s Brian Ulrich carded a 5-over 77 to post a 149 and earn medalist honors and lead the Pilots to a runner-up finish at the Taylor Invitational Tuesday.

Grand Rapids Community College bested the Pilots by two strokes, 605-607, for the tournament crown.

GRCC In the News, 10-3-14

GRCC lecture by MSU cardiologist to focus on cholesterol, heart attacks and strokes

Oct. 2, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A lecture at Grand Rapids Community College will focus on the role cholesterol plays in heart attacks and strokes.


Silver Line: Is it living up to the hype?

Oct. 2, 2014; WoodTV8

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Silver Line has been running through metro Grand Rapids for more than a month, and Rapid officials said things are going well so far.

…She said the Rapid is seeing a lot of Grand Rapids Community College students and Spectrum Health employees riding the Silver Line.

GRCC In the News, 9-22-14

Former president visits Grand Rapids this week

Sept. 21, 2014; Michigan Radio

Former President Jimmy Carter will be in Grand Rapids on Monday.

President Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter are scheduled to appear at Grand Rapids Community College as part of the school’s diversity lecture series.

GRCC Older Learning Center hosting events in honor of college’s 100th anniversary

Sept. 19, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community Colleges Older Learning Center, which is dedicated to providing outreach and educational opportunities for the region’s elderly residents, is celebrating the institution’s 100th anniversary with two free discussions.

Inside Track: Judo inspires Grand Rapids lawyer in and out of court

Sept. 19, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Whether he’s defending a client inside a courtroom or slamming an opponent on a judo mat, one thing about Eric Richards remains consistent.

… At Grand Rapids Junior College — now Grand Rapids Community College — Richards said he began applying himself after finding wonderful professors who inspired him to study history. He eventually went on to study history at Michigan State University, but found that, like many students are finding today, jobs for someone with his major just weren’t there.

Grand Rapids area mayors team with volunteers in Grand River Cleanup

Sept. 20, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Area mayors and hundreds of volunteers took to the Grand River as part of the annual Mayors’ Grand River Cleanup.

(Article doesn’t mention GRCC, but the photos show A.J. Helmus, Mario Rivera, Hana Christoffersen and other GRCC Biodiversity Club members.)

Expungement Workshop in Grand Rapids

Sept. 19, 2014; FOX 17

As part of the United Way’s annual Day of Caring, Jubilee Jobs teamed up with Cooley Law School and others to hold an Expungement Workshop.

(The segment doesn’t mention it, but GRCC participated in the event.)

Editorial: Press endorses Debra Bailey and Mike Paskewicz, the 2 best candidates for GRCC Board

Sept. 21, 2014; MLive

Four candidates are vying for two, six-year seats on the seven-member Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees in the Nov. 4 election. The best candidates to help guide the college are Debra Bailey and Mike Paskewicz.


GRCC In the News, 9-17-14

Who’s riding the Rapids new Silver Line

Sept. 16, 2014; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The new Rapid Silver Line buses hit the road late August, promising a shorter commute down one of the busiest stretches into downtown Grand Rapids.

… Rapid officials say Medical Mile employees and Grand Rapids Community College students make up a bigger percentage of the Silver Line Riders.

CultureMesh builds cultural networks for those a long way from home

Sept. 16, 2014;

OMAHA — America has been known as the melting pot of creeds and cultures since the early 1900s. After more than a century, the nickname remains relevant today.

… “When I was a student at Grand Rapids Community College, I was hired as a campus academic tutor, and my first student was from Ethiopia who needed help with English,” (Ken) Chester said. “I thought, ‘This person is totally different than me; they won’t want to talk.'”

College Notebook: Locals hit D-1 links

Sept. 16, 2014; Battle Creek Enquirer

The Lakeview High School boys and girls golf teams have been perennial powers in the area, thanks in part to a steady stream of talent to come through each program.

… (Jared) Multer transferred to the Eastern Michigan University men’s golf team after two years playing at Grand Rapids Community College. The junior currently sports a 74.33 average over six rounds for the Eagles. He was in action Tuesday at the Golfweeks Conference Challenge in Burlington, Iowa.