Mechanical Design Student see Welding at Tassell M-TEC

The students in DR 180-Mechanical Concepts class from the Mechanical/Architectural Design department had the chance to see how the different welding processes work at Tassell M-TEC today.  These students are studying how parts are manufactured so as they design them in our program, they understand how they will be made.  This class is part of our Mechanical Certificate as well as our Associate degree at GRCC.  Our students were able to see Nick Pinckney perform various techniques using the TIG welder on multiple materials.  John Doneth and Mike Cooper had the students try out welding themselves using the Virtual Welders.

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GRCC In the News, 1-30-15

Former Grand Haven man goes missing in Grand Rapids

Jan. 29, 2015; The Grand Haven Tribune

Timothy Groenhout, a graduate of Grand Haven High School in the early 1990s, was last seen in downtown Grand Rapids at about 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21.

… Tim graduated from the Culinary Arts School at Grand Rapids Community College, worked as a chef in downtown Grand Rapids and then headed to Seattle to also work as a chef. He recently moved back to Grand Rapids from Washington, and was living with his girlfriend and looking for a job.

More than 250 positions open at job fair in GR

Jan. 30, 2015; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Michigan Works! is hosting a job fair Friday on the campus of Grand Rapids Community College.

Check out list of U.S. foreign policy topics for Great Decisions series

Jan. 29, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Asia, check. Africa, check. Europe, South America and the Middle East: check, check, check.

… Admission is $15, or $10 for members of the World Affairs Council. Students from Aquinas College, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids and Montcalm community colleges, and Davenport, Grand Valley State, Ferris State and Western Michigan universities get in free.

College notes: Heart surgery as youth leads GVSU’s Taylor Wiercinski to become great diver

Jan. 29, 2015; MLive


… Michael Miller, Grand Rapids Community College: Miller (Caledonia/Grace Bible) had a season-high 21 points against Lansing CC on Jan. 21. He drained five 3-pointers and is averaging 8.9 points per game.

DeMarcus Stuckey, Grand Rapids Community College: Stuckey (GR Catholic Central) had back-to-back 27-point games against Jackson CC and Lansing CC last week. Stuckey leads the Raiders (10-7) in scoring with 21.3 points per game.


… Jayla Branch, Grand Rapids Community College: Branch has become a dominant scorer for the Raiders. The freshman guard (Wyoming) had 31 points in a 66-61 loss to Glen Oaks CC on Jan. 21. She was 10-of-26 from the field and drained six 3-pointers. She is averaging 14.6 points per game.

Area high school grads making an impact on college sports scene

Jan. 29, 2015; MLive

Following is a look at some area high school graduates who have been making news both in the winter season on the collegiate level.

… Jayla Branch is making a big impact with the Grand Rapids Community College women’s basketball team. A freshman from Wyoming High School, Branch is second on the team in scoring with 14.6 points per game and leads the team in steals with 3.6 per game. Branch is also averaging 2.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. Branch scored a season-best 31 points in a game against Glen Oaks Community College and recorded seven steals against Schoolcraft.

Ferris States Tony Annese has interviewed for CMU head coach job, still on radar

Jan. 29, 2015; The Morning Sun (Mount Pleasant)

Multiple sources this week have confirmed Ferris State head coach Tony Annese has interviewed for the open head coach job at Central Michigan.

… Annese proceeded to take over a program at Grand Rapids Community College that had gone a combined 7-11 the previous two seasons.

Tassell M-TEC students meet with governor

Two GRCC students from the Tassell M-TEC were recognized Monday by Governor Snyder as examples of what individuals can do to move ahead through education and certificate attainment at the Michigan WorkReady Communities launch: Derrick Johnson, M-TEC Fast Track Program, and Trevor Glupker, M-TEC Construction Jump Start Program.

The event was sponsored by Talent 2025 and held at the Gentex Corporation. WorkReady Communities is part of the initiative to raise credentials of the West Michigan workforce.

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Pizza garden under way at Tassell M-TEC

Great minds are growing at the Tassell M-TEC this summer! The M-TEC teamwork/communications team invited Ms. Thue’s 5th graders from GRPS’s Southwest Community Campus to plant a pizza garden in raised beds at the M-TEC.! The project will teach the students about soil and composting and will include planting vegetables and spices to be harvested in the fall. The students will be returning for a pizza party that will use the tomatoes, basil, oregano and parsley.

We will update you as the garden grows!

garden with Ms Thue


Photos from visit by Saugatuck High School students

Sophomores from Saugatuck High School visited GRCC on Feb. 6, exploring different programs offered in areas in which they’ve indicated an interest, including health, manufacturing, engineering and the arts.

At Tassell M-TEC, they participated in a lean manufacturing simulation. Working in groups, they tried to make as many airplanes as efficiently as they could out of office supplies by analyzing everything from the plane’s design to how it is manufactured and assembled.

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GRCC In the News, 1-30-14

Tom Rademacher: For hardware store owner, art imitates life in book of short stories

Jan. 29, 2014; MLive

Is he a writer with an appetite for hardware?

Or is he a hardware man with an affinity for writing?

… (Bob) VanderLugt was raised in an old farmhouse on 44th Street SE where his dad raised pigeons and bunnies. He attended a small Christian school that was part of a church, and graduated from South Christian High. He attended Calvin College and Grand Rapids Junior College, and just returned to Calvin two years ago, where at 52 hes zeroing in on a degree in Writing.

GRCC to host job fair tomorrow at M-TEC

Jan. 29, 2014;

It’s time to revisit your resume and take the suit to the dry cleaners as GRCC will be hosting a job fair Thursday at the Leslie M. Tassel M-TEC building located on 622 Godfrey SW in Grand Rapids.

‘Refreshed’ KVCC Lady Cougars get back on track with a 69-51 win over Grand Rapids

Jan. 30, 2014; MLive

Sometimes a little time off is good for the soul, but Kalamazoo Valley Community College women’s basketball Ron Welch is still not convinced that playing a college basketball game without practicing is a great plan. Because of the recent weather related closings of the college the Cougars had practiced once in the last week, on Tuesday.

The Cougars were able to find their footing and defeat Grand Rapids Community College 69-51 on Wednesday.

GRCC In the News, 1-8-14

Grand Rapids ‘Lost Boy’ among many fleeing S Sudan violence

Jan. 3, 2014; The Holland Sentinel

AWERIAL, South Sudan — Phillip Madol once studied in America as one of Sudan’s “Lost Boys” who fled bloodshed and famine. This week he was again caught up in a war as he helped his family flee a town that rebels had overrun in South Sudan.

… Madol, who previously studied at Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan, returned to South Sudan a couple of months ago after hearing his mother was sick. Her health problems are worse now: She was shot and broke a leg in this week’s violence in Bor.

Grand Rapids Police Chief Kevin Belk announces retirement

Jan. 8, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Police Chief Kevin Belk is retiring Feb. 7 after nearly 34 years working for the city, Grand Rapids City Manager Greg Sundstrom announced Wednesday morning.

(Article doesn’t mention it, but Chief Belk was one of GRCC’s 2013 Distinguished Alumni recipients.)

MTV’s ‘The Real World: Ex-plosion’ new season debuts with Grand Rapids cast members

Jan. 7, 2014; MLive

LOS ANGELES — Grand Rapids native Cory Wharton was barely in diapers when the MTV reality show “The Real World” premiered in 1992.

… Wharton, a Grand Rapids Community College graduate who was born and raised in Grand Rapids, recently moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in physical fitness training and chase his dream of stardom.

Snowfall, arctic blast prompts GRCC to cancel Tuesday classes

Jan. 6, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Community College has canceled classes Tuesday, citing the heavy snowfall and frigid temperatures that have descended upon West Michigan.

High-End Homes: Fairy tale mansion in Cascade Township listed for $3.2 million

Jan. 4, 2014; MLive

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, MI — The grand plantation-style mansion at 6801 Burton St. SE is past its glory days of the late 1990s, when philanthropist Leslie Tassell tended zebras and peacocks among the formal gardens and grounds that covered 95 acres.

… The founder of the former auto parts-maker Lescoa, Tassell contributed to the construction of engineering and health professions buildings at Grand Valley State University and was a key contributor to Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Grand Rapids Community College also named its Michigan Technical Education Center for Tassell, a major donor.

Things to do on Sunday, January 12

Jan. 7, 2014; MLive

GRCC Student Exhibition (Art/Museums), GRCC Collins Art Gallery, 143 Bostwick Ave. NE. Free. Contact for details. Information: 234-3544

Lakers fall to Grand Rapids Community College

Jan. 4, 2014; The Morning Sun (Mount Pleasant)

The Mid-Michigan Community College men’s basketball team fell to visiting Grand Rapids Community College on Saturday afternoon by a final of 82-75.

Tassell M-TEC hosts holiday breakfast for companies

This morning, bright and early, the faculty and staff of the Tassell M-TEC welcomed more than 50 companies to an appreciation breakfast. Many of the attendees represent employers who hire our Job Training Students and serve on various Advisory Committees. Many tours were given and breakfast was enjoyed. Thanks to everyone at the Tassell M-TEC for helping make this event such a huge success!

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Tassell M-TEC staff help out at United in Christ/Black Hills Community Center

Yesterday, some staff from the Tassell M-TEC volunteered to help organize and price items at the United in Christ/Black Hills Community Center Christmas store.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the donations. The M-TEC was able to give a generous donation to the store. The donations will provide parents in the Black Hills the opportunity to purchase gifts for their children at a large discount, while maintaining their dignity of providing Christmas for their children.

Thank you also to those that The Executive Director was very thankful for our involvement and giving of our time and encouraged us to seek out more volunteer opportunities in the future.

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GRCC In the News, 9-12-13

College sports roundup: Spring Arbor University women’s soccer coach picks up 200th career victory

Sept. 11, 2013; MLive

ANN ARBOR, MI The Spring Arbor University womens soccer team scored a quick goal Tuesday against Concordia and rode the fast start to a 4-2 victory, the 200th win in coach Jason Crists career.
…Indiana Wesleyan took the championship with scores of 302-300602 followed by Grand Rapids Community College (309-297606) and Bethel College (309-305614).

HU opens up golf season at IWU Invitational

Sept. 10, 2013;

MARION, Ind. – It was a rough start for the Forester golf team as they sat in last place after day one of the Indiana Wesleyan University Fall Invitational but Coach Greens squad bounced back on Tuesday to outshot their closest opponent by 21 strokes to jump up a spot by days end. …Indiana Wesleyan won the invitational with a 602 followed by Grand Rapids Community College (606), Bethel (614), Mount Vernon (625), Spring Arbor (626), Taylor (628), Saint Francis (632), Grace (657), HU (657) and Olivet Nazarene (672).

Grand Rapids Mich.: Resurgence on the River

October/November 2013; Mother Earth News

Communities dealing with serious economic and environmental challenges might look to this city in western Michigan for lessons in how to turn things around.
…Strong interest in locally produced foods is aided and abetted by the top-notch Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College. Grand Rapids is a great place for beginning chefs, Lane says, which works out well for those of us here who like to eat.

Michigan Works! Program for Trade Adjustment Assistance

Sept. 11, 2013; WHTC

(WHTC) — A federal program, Trade Adjustment Assistance, helps U.S. workers who have lost their jobs as a result of foreign trade. Michigan Works! Kent & Allegan Counties is looking for individuals who could be eligible for funding through the program. An orientation will be held on Friday, September 20th at Grand Rapids Community College M-Tech from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

UCOM hosting third annual Healthy Foods Cook Off as part of Hunger Action Week

Sept. 11, 2013; The Rapidian

Champion of the 2012 Healthy Foods Cook Off, Catherine Behrendt of WZZM’s Take Five, and her sous chef/brother Michael Herendeen are returning to United Church Outreach Ministry (UCOM) to defend their title and take on two new chef teams as part of Hunger Action Week.
…A veteran of the GRCC Kids Cook Off from many years ago, Erik is the least experienced chef of the group.