GRCC In the News, 9-5-13

Exhibit of military combat boots, decorated by female veterans, on its way to ArtPrize 2013

Sept. 4, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — ArtPrize 2013 opens two weeks from today, and work is beginning to arrive.

An exhibition of military combat boots, decorated by women who are veterans, goes on temporary display Thursday at Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC Pays Tribute To Female Veterans

Sept. 4,2013; WOOD Radio

Grand Rapids Community College this week will display a collection of combat boots decorated by female veterans.

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow explains why federal job training proposal will help GRCC, West Michigan

Sept. 4, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Pumping federal dollars into a community college job training program would give West Michigan’s economy a boost and help fill a skills gap that has left some employers unable to find qualified workers, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow said Wednesday.

Stabenow, speaking at Grand Rapids Community College, said she wants to create a federal program that would double the number of businesses and workers eligible to participate in the Michigan New Jobs Training Program.

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow unveils plan to double number of workers in high-skilled job-training programs

Sept. 4, 2013; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM/AP) — U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow has unveiled a plan designed to boost states’ high-skilled job-training programs.

… She shared details of the proposal Wednesday at Grand Rapids Community College.

Mary Ellen McNaughton exhibits at DCM

Sept. 2, 2013;

Enjoy seeing a retrospective of artwork by artist Mary Ellen McNaughton. A lifetime of creative expression, this show features lively, colorful and often whimsical drawings, paintings, mosaics and sculptures. Inspired by mythology, nature, folk art, and other artists through time, Mary Ellen lives here in Grand Rapids. When not doing art, she enjoys her organic garden, reading and walking her dog, Lorca. Art, Spirituality and Nature these are her passions. Find them in this exhibit! Most of the 34 works are available for purchase through the Dominican Center front desk.

… She continued to paint, mostly images that pertained to the nebulous, to spiritual visions, only to become the collector of her own works. Diverging from painting, she felt drawn to creating in three dimensions in clay and so signed up for an adult ceramics class. She flourished under the instruction of June Gorman, becoming her assistant to load the kiln. Even though her first work exploded (again!), she eagerly learned from her mistakes and successes. Those first creations found their way to the John Ball Park Art Fair and sold (but not the paintings). Soon she borrowed a glass blower’s kiln and set up a studio in her home. More classes followed, an adult pottery class and one at GRCC, but her true direction was handbuilding: coil, slab and pinchpot!

NDSU’s opponent seeing turnaround start to take shape

Sept. 4, 2013; (N.D.)

FARGO — Ferris State was 1-10 in the first year tight end Jace Heneveld spent on campus, a time when football was nowhere near the popularity of hockey at the school located in Big Rapids, Mich.

… One of the transfers, senior offensive lineman Carlin Landingham, began his career at North Dakota State as part of the 2008 recruiting class. He made the NDSU two-deep chart for the 2009 season opener but later transferred to Grand Rapids Community College (Mich.).

GRCC In the News, 9-4-13

U.S Sen. Debbie Stabenow to promote investing in job training during GRCC appearance

Sept. 3, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow is to appear Wednesday at Grand Rapids Community College to promote a plan to grow the number of businesses participating in Michigan’s New Jobs Training Program.

Sen. Stabenow coming to W. Mich. to promote job training

Sept. 3, 2013; WWMT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Senator Debbie Stabenow is coming to West Michigan, promoting legislation aimed at training job-seekers. She will be at Grand Rapids Community College on Wednesday afternoon for the New Skills for New Jobs act.

Teachers Experimenting with Google Glass to Energize Ed

Sept. 3, 2013;

As the use of technology grows in the education sector, Google, among other technology companies, is keen to attract students and teachers to its products and services. Google has committed to innovation that it sees as a game-changer in education with Google Glass, a wearable device that puts the power of a computer on an optical display for the user.

Andrew Vanden Heuvel, a high school science teacher in Michigan, was selected by Google to purchase one of the Glass devices for $1,500 and use it as an early Explorer user of the new technology. Vanden Heuvel is using Google Glass to virtually take his students to amazing places in the world to learn about physics, science, math and more, according to Todd R. Weiss of Eweek:

(Article doesn’t mention it, but Andrew Vanden Heuvel teaches at GRCC.)

CW’s reality series ‘Capture’ resumes tonight without Grand Rapids siblings in the game

Sept. 3, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — On CW’s reality series “Capture,” Grand Rapids siblings James and Rebecca Wallington were riding high at the end of the fourth episode of the show inspired by the film “The Hunger Games.”

(Article doesn’t mention it, but James Wallington is a GRCC alumnus.)

Game Notes: Central Michigan vs. New Hampshire

Sept. 3, 2013;

… (Cody) Kater transferred to CMU from Grand Rapids Community College, where he guided the Raiders to a perfect 11-0 record in 2011, directing an offense that averaged 50 points and 509 yards per game.

The Great(er) Grand Rapids Tour Returns

Ever wonder where your trash goes?

If you are looking for ways to reduce waste for your business or
home, this expedition will take you where most are forbidden to go!

The Great(er) Grand Rapids Garbage Tour takes you on a 5.5 hour
journey through the main Kent County facilities which manage
post-consumer waste.

Your expedition warms up at the incinerator, where trash becomes
electricity. Bring a sack lunch. We’ll eat at the recycle center,
learn from the experts, and follow the garbage produced from our
picnic. We’ll see mountains of yard waste diverted for compost and
mulch before getting up-close and personal at the local landfill.
Sells out fast, so register now!

We will visit:
-Waste to Energy Incinerator
-Recycling Facility
-Butterworth Yard Waste Site
-South Kent Landfill
-Free parking
-Wear long sleeves, long pants, and closed toe shoes
-Don’t forget your sack lunch
-Cost: $43 per person, $33 for GRCC students
(616) 234-3400
October 22, 2013
10:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

The bus tour will start and end at the Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC,622
Godfrey Ave. SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Automotive students teach faculty, staff about tire alignment

On June 6, the Automotive Job Training students at Tassell M-TEC had a unique opportunity to teach employees about alignment and why it is important for your cars. The students created a YouTube video explaining the process of diagnosing an alignment issue and how to fix it. After watching the employees watched the video, the students took them out to the cars to demonstrate their skills.

Four automotive students graduated on June 6, and  all of them have employment lined up.

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Tassell M-TEC employees help Kids Food Basket

The Tassell M-TEC employees collected and donated snack items to the Kids Food Basket during the month of May. We set a goal of collecting 150 individual items, and far surpassed our goal with an end result of almost 1,000 individual items! These included pudding cups, fruit cups, juice boxes, Cherios, and snack bags.

Elly Bainbridge, Elleena Chrzan, Cheryl Cole, Anny Cuculista, Kristen Seevers, and Mandy Vanderhill volunteered during the noon hour packing meals for Kent County children in need at Kids Food Basket on May 30, 2013.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this donation and made progress toward ending child hunger in Kent County!


Tassell M-TEC hosts celebration for Anthony Helmholdt, Joseph Knol

This week, the Tassell M-TEC said goodbye to Anthony Helmholdt and welcomed back to Joseph Knol. Tony filled in for Joe as Automotive Lab Assistant for both Automotive Technology and the Job Training Automotive Program for about 12 weeks while Joe was on medical leave. We are so grateful to Tony for a job well done and thrilled to have Joe back with a clean bill of health. To celebrate the occasion, students and staff surprised Joe and Tony with cake, fruit and treats!

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Tassell M-TEC employees visit seniors

A group of Tassell M-TEC employees recently had lunch with seniors at the United Methodist Community Center while delivering some donations. The donated items, including crossword puzzles, lotions and other personal hygiene items, tissues, pens and yarn, will be used as prizes for the weekly bingo games and for other needs around the facility.

“Our goal was to donate 50 items, and we collected and donated 66 items!” said Mandy Vanderhill. “Thank you for your generosity!”



Tassell M-TEC surpasses book donation goal

IMG_20130329_114258_571_1During March, National Reading Month, the Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC participated in the Read n’ Give Campaign through The LEAGUE Michigan and Heart of West Michigan United Way. These organizations collected books from schools and organizations all over West Michigan and will distribute them to Schools of Hope, Camp Blodgett, and the Salvation Army. GRCC was asked to put its name first on the list of those who read the book, and the next child to read it will then donate to someone else.

We set a goal of donating 50 books, but far exceeded this goal by collecting and donating 158 books to this campaign. A huge thank you goes out to everyone who participated in this project!