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GRCC In The News, 12-14-18

December 14, 2018

Metallica Donates $1 Million to 10 Community Colleges
12/14/18 Inside Higher Ed
Hall of Fame rock band Metallica is donating $1 million to 10 community colleges across the country as part of a partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges.
… The colleges that were selected will each receive $100,000 and are based in and around stops on Metallica’s 2017-2019 WorldWired Tour:
… Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan

Metallica awards job training grant to GRCC
12/13/18 The Fabricator (publication of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association)
The heavy metal band Metallica is awarding Grand Rapids Community College a $100,000 grant to connect more nontraditional students to in-demand welding jobs.

…And Justice for All: A $1M Donation for Community Colleges — For a Change
12/13/18 Nonprofit Quarterly
When thinking of education philanthropists, the heavy metal rock band Metallica probably does not rise to the top of many people’s lists, but this week the band announced that its All Within My Hands Foundation (AWMH) would award $100,000 grants to 10 community colleges across the country with the goal of helping more than 1,000 students achieve their career goals.
… The band has partnered with American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), a trade association that represents over 1,1100 community colleges, on the project. The 10 colleges receiving what Metallica has called its first cohort of grantees are the following:
… Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Hero of the Day? Heavy metal band Metallica grants $100K to GRCC for welding program
12/12/18 mibiz.com
GRAND RAPIDS — Grand Rapids Community College will receive $100,000 from heavy metal band Metallica to support new programming, the school announced today.

Metallica Is Donating $1,000,000 to US Community Colleges in New Charity Initiative
12/12/18 ultimate-guitar.com
Metallica has announced a new charity initiative through their All Within My Hands Foundation – a donation of $1 million in grant money to select community colleges.
… The 10 community colleges that have been selected are:
… Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, MI

Metallica’s foundation awards grant to college
12/13/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
The foundation started by the heavy metal band Metallica is giving a job-training grant to a local college.
The All Within My Hands Foundation, created in 2017, will provide Grand Rapids Community College with a $100,000 grant to connect more non-traditional students to welding jobs.

GRCC offers new certification in Supply Chain Operations Management
12/14/18 schoolnewsnetwork.org (KISD newsletter)
While Santa Claus may have elves for toy-making and Rudolph to guide his sleigh, many West Michigan companies need more qualified manpower to ensure the economical and efficient production of items and delivery to wherever they need to go and fast.
… Grand Rapids Community College is paving the way to equip people with introductory skills and meet the needs of employers to manage all facets of bringing goods from producer to consumer as seamlessly as those bow-tied presents come from the North Pole, down the chimney and end up under the Christmas tree.

GRCC trustee recount finished, winners decided
12/13/18 WOOD TV
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — With a recount completed, officials have declared the winners of the election for the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees.

Board of Canvassers completes vote recount for GRCC trustees
12/14/18 FOX 17
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Kent County Clerk Lisa Posthumus Lyons says the Kent County Board of Canvassers has completed a recount of votes cast in the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees race.

Programmer’s instruction led to election night tech trouble / 12-13-18
12/13/18 The Hastings Banner
Barry County Clerk Pamela Palmer’s Election Day nightmare began with a simple question to Governmental Business Systems. GBS is the company that provided the software the county used in November to compile election results.
… Unfortunately, that’s not the case for the Grand Rapids Community College race in Kent County.

Recount for GRCC trustees board confirms win by candidate initially declared loser
12/14/18 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A recount for a spot on the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees has confirmed that Sheryl Siegel actually won the position, not the person initially certified as the winner.

Finalizado el recuento de GRCC, Kathy Crosby y Sheryl Siegel ganaron elecciones
12/13/18 El Vocero
GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN (EVH) .- Con un recuento finalizado, los funcionarios declararon a los ganadores de la elección para el Consejo de Administración de Grand Rapids Community College.
(GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN (EVH) — With a final count, officials declared the winners of the election to the Grand Rapids Community College board of trustees.)

PR society elects board officers and members
12/13/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
The region’s public relations society has named its new leaders.
… New board members
… Dave Murray, Grand Rapids Community College

GRCC In The News, 12-13-18

December 13, 2018

GRCC welding program gets $100K from Metallica
12/12/18 WOOD TV
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Grand Rapids Community College’s welding program is getting a $100,000 gift from the heavy metal band Metallica.

GRCC gets $100k grant from Metallica
12/12/18 FOX 17
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College received a grant today from one of the legends of heavy metal music.

Metallica awards GRCC with a $100K job-training grant
12/12/18 WZZM
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Metallica is helping GRCC students out!

GRCC receives $100,000 grant from legendary heavy metal band Metallica
12/12/18 WWMT
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) — Grand Rapids Community College was awarded a $100,000 grant by Metallica.

Metallica awards $100K grant to Michigan college
12/12/18 The Detroit Free Press
GRAND RAPIDS — Metallica is helping GRCC students out.

METALLICA To Donate $1 Million To 10 Community Colleges Across America
12/12/18 Metal Injection
Metallica has been doing a whole lot of good with their new charity All Within My Hands Foundation and they’re clearly not slowing down anytime soon. The band has announced they’ll donate $100,000 to 10 community colleges across the United States, with each college awarding the money to over 1,000 enrolled students so they can more effectively enter the workforce.
… Here are the 10 community colleges that will receive the funding.
… Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Heavy metal band Metallica awards GRCC $100K grant to support workforce training
12/12/18 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) is among 10 colleges nationwide awarded a $100,000 grant from the heavy metal band Metallica to support students training to enter the workforce.

Rock Group Metallica Awards $100K Grant To Teach ‘Heavy Metal’ Michigan Welders
12/12/18 WWJ
GRAND RAPIDS (WWJ) – The heavy metal rock band Metallica has awarded $100,000 to help train ‘heavy metal’ Michigan welders.

Metallica awards GRCC with $100k job-training grant
12/12/18 WGRD
Metallica is helping out students here in Grand Rapids!

Robroy Shifts Leadership of Robroy Enclosures
12/12/18 The Electrical Distributor Magazine
BELDING, Mich. — Effective January 1, 2019, Craig Mitchell will be promoted to President of Robroy Enclosures.
Mitchell joined Robroy Enclosures in 2009 as General Manager and became Vice President of Operations & Administration in 2018. Prior to joining the organization, he served for 15 years as a plant manager for Key Plastics. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Cornerstone University and an Associate’s Degree in Automated Manufacturing from Grand Rapids Community College.

Recount in Grand Rapids Community College race to begin Thursday
12/12/18 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The recount in the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees race, prompted by a data entry error, will begin Thursday, Dec. 13, according to Kent County Clerk Lisa Posthumous Lyons.

Nonprofit works to stem trafficking of homeless youth with stable residency program
12/13/18 rapidgrowthmedia.com
Even on overcast days, sunlight bathes the interior of the newly built Covenant House Michigan, Grand Rapids. That’s because 60 percent of the three-story, 17,000 square-foot building is made of glass.
… That’s a key reason why Covenant House spent more than two years establishing community partnerships with other youth drop in centers, including, but not limited to: Grand Rapids HQ, Mel Trotter Ministries Youth Emergency Shelter, Inner City Christian Federation, area school districts, Grand Valley State University, and Grand Rapids Community College.

UIX: Finding work in West Michigan with new tools and guidance
12/13/18 rapidgrowthmedia.com
After months of searching, Joe Bonyea is excited to have a job. But he also had fun looking for it, too.
… The cost of the training employers, as well as the worker’s wages, are covered through the help of state grants, which means trainers are most often attracted from Grand Rapids Community College.

Open house TODAY for new Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer Executive Director

December 13, 2018

The image is a flyer for the welcome party for Dr. B. Afeni McNeely Cobham. It features their picture in the center. The text reads: “You are cordially invited to an open house to welcome Dr. B. Afeni McNeely Cobham, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer Executive Director of the GRCC Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion. Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. 4-6 p.m. Heritage Restaurant. Hors d'oeuvres will be served. Please RSVP by Dec. 6, 2018, to Jennifer Smith at (616) 234-3390 or jesmith@grcc.edu.” At the bottom of the flyer is the logo for GRCC’s Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion.

You are cordially invited to an open house to welcome Dr. B. Afeni McNeely Cobham, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer Executive Director of the GRCC Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion.

TODAY, Dec. 13, 2018, from 4-6 p.m. at the Heritage Restaurant.

Hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Please RSVP by Dec. 6, 2018, to Jennifer Smith at (616) 234-3390 or jesmith@grcc.edu.

 

Retirement party for Ron Graves this afternoon in White Hall

December 13, 2018

Ron Graves Retirement Party

Please join us for a Retirement party for Ron Graves in the Financial Services department:

  • When: TODAY, December 13, from 3-5 p.m.
  • Where: White Hall Dining Room

Come and celebrate Ron’s retirement and thank him for his years of service!

Retirement Party for Mike Rydman today in Main

December 13, 2018

After 31 years of teaching, Philosophy Professor Mike Rydman will retire at the end of this semester. Please join the Language and Thought Department for a Retirement Party today, December 13, from 4-6 p.m. in the Art Gallery – 4th floor of the Main Building.

GRCC retiree biography: Janice Chapman

December 12, 2018

Photo of Janice Champan

Janice Chapman will be retiring from GRCC at the end of fall semester. Janice has worked for GRCC for 9 ½ years as an Assistant Professor in the English Department and prior to this worked at an Alternative High School in Wyoming.

Janice taught developmental English and currently is teaching Integrated Reading and Writing. When asked about her favorite memory at GRCC, Janice said “I have enjoyed reconnecting with some of the students I taught from the Wyoming School District. I have also enjoyed being at the frontlines, acting as a bridge to help students that are underprepared for college. I would say this has been my calling.”

In retirement, Janice is going to enjoy more of her role as Mimi-Jan to 6 amazing little Chapmans. Janice looks forward to having more time for her art and The Arts. Janice and her husband, Don, plan to hike and camp- immersing themselves in the National Parks. They want to play hard while they are healthy. They plan to continue managing their rental properties and if they get bored might flip a few houses.

We wish you all the best in your retirement, Janice. Please stay in touch! Thank you for all that you did for GRCC and our students. You have really made difference in the lives of many. Enjoy retirement!

GRCC employees: get your Holiday Breakfast on this Friday morning at the Student Center!

December 12, 2018

The 2018 GRCC Holiday Breakfast – Friday, December 14

Reminders:

– Doors open to serve breakfast at 7:30 a.m. in the 2nd floor of the Student Center!

Program begins in the Raider Grille at 8:30 a.m.

– Wear your ugly sweater for the 2nd annual competition!

– Bring a donation of either 1. food for the Food or Snack Pantry, or 2. new winter gear for students (hats, scarves, gloves, & mittens).

 

Can’t wait to see you there!

Recap: GRCC Lakeshore students give back at Midtown Center

December 12, 2018

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GRCC Lakeshore students donated their time and energy last week at the Midtown Center in Holland. Jason Stevens, Phil Flipse, Esmeralda Hernandez, and La’teju Simmons met on December 4 to help pack hygiene kits for students at Narrow Gate, a residential facility for drug rehabilitation.

The hygiene kits were distributed to Narrow Gate students on December 7 in Marcellus, Michigan.

Kudos to both our students and also event organizer Gwen Rubio, Adult Ed and ESL instructor for the Zeeland/Holland Adult Education Program.

Welcome party tomorrow for Dr. B. Afeni McNeely Cobham

December 12, 2018

The image is a flyer for the welcome party for Dr. B. Afeni McNeely Cobham. It features their picture in the center. The text reads: “You are cordially invited to an open house to welcome Dr. B. Afeni McNeely Cobham, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer Executive Director of the GRCC Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion. Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. 4-6 p.m. Heritage Restaurant. Hors d'oeuvres will be served. Please RSVP by Dec. 6, 2018, to Jennifer Smith at (616) 234-3390 or jesmith@grcc.edu.” At the bottom of the flyer is the logo for GRCC’s Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion.

You are cordially invited to an open house to welcome Dr. B. Afeni McNeely Cobham, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer Executive Director of the GRCC Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion.

Tomorrow, Dec. 13, 2018, from 4-6 p.m. at the Heritage Restaurant.

Hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Please RSVP by Dec. 6, 2018, to Jennifer Smith at (616) 234-3390 or jesmith@grcc.edu.

 

Last day for Quiet Café this semester

December 12, 2018

The Quiet Café is open today, December 12, from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. with limited menu options.

Both the Sneden Café and the Raider Grille are now closed for the remainder of the semester.

 

Campus Dining options will re-open on January 7, 2019.

Partnership with Knickerbocker – New Holland brews support for scholarships

December 11, 2018

A photo of Dr. Pink and Fountain Hill Brewery members posing with a giant check written out to the GRCC Foundation.

GRCC is proud of its community partnerships! The craft brewing program of GRCC’s Secchia institute for Culinary Education teamed up with The Knickerbocker — New Holland Brewing in Grand Rapids and created a special brew – the appropriately named “Syllabus.” New Holland named the Secchia Institute the brewery’s Community Tap for November, with a portion of sales benefiting GRCC students. Last week, The Knickerbocker team presented President Bill Pink and Chef Werner Absenger, Secchia Institute for Culinary Education program director, a check for $1,000 for scholarships for students in the craft brewing program. They were joined by professors Jacob Brenner and Amanda Harper of the Fountain Hill Brewery.

GRCC retiree biography: Ron Graves

December 11, 2018

Ron Graves has worked for GRCC since January 2000 and noted that he will be just shy of 19 years at the College. Ron began in the Cashier’s Office as the Student Tuition Refund Specialist and currently works in Financial Services as one of the two Accounts Payable Support Professionals. Ron stated that “the people I have worked with at GRCC have made coming to work each day so enjoyable. In my current position, my coworkers really care about each other and their families. That is what I will miss most, the friendships we shared every day.”

Ron shared story where he and his wife were invited to their daughter’s nursing program open house a few years ago. He noted that “all the quests were asked to say their name and where they worked. After the ceremony, the instructor came up to me and asked me if I worked in the Cashier’s Office. I said yes, and she told me it was I that helped her get through college. You see, she was stressing about how she was going to pay for classes at GRCC, and she told me it was I that helped explain the FACTS program, and it allowed her to concentrate on her classes instead of her finances. When she told me that, I felt great. I didn’t think I ever made a difference in someone life here at GRCC, but in fact I did!” This is such a powerful story and only one of the many students, faculty, staff, and community members Ron helped throughout the years.

Ron has great plans for his retirement, which involves a lot of warm weather! Ron’s wife isn’t retiring until July 2019, but that hasn’t stopped them from planning. “We are going to Florida in March 2019 to look for a spot to take our fifth wheel and park it for the winter months starting Oct. of 2019. We are also planning to take my youngest granddaughter to Cancun this spring as a graduation gift. We are planning to be in Florida Oct. – April, and here in Michigan the rest of the time.”

Ron is so thankful that Jane Mohr gave him a start in the Cashier’s Office 18 plus years ago. “I love my co-workers, and I hope we can get together on occasion to rehash the good times we had here at GRCC.”

Ron, we look forward to having you return and rehash all of the wonderful memories – you have made a difference at GRCC and had a large impact on the lives of our students and campus community. We wish you the best in your retirement and hope you stop by throughout the year to share your adventures!

Please join Ron Graves at his retirement reception on Thursday, December 13, from 3-5 p.m. in the White Hall Dining Room.

 

Sign-up sheet available now for Winter semester Information Stations

December 11, 2018

A message from Joe Courtade, Coordinator of Student Life and Conduct:

“Dear GRCC Family,

I know it’s hard to believe we’re talking about welcoming students back when they haven’t even left yet, but I wanted to get this information out to folks earlier rather than later. January 7-9, we will once again be welcoming students to the new semester at our well-stocked Information Stations across campus. Student Life couldn’t pull this off without your help–we’re hoping you will consider volunteering some of your time again!

The Information Stations will be at Sneden, Main, Student Center, Calkins Science, and the ATC this coming semester at varying times. See our Winter 2019 Info Station Sign Up Google Sheet to sign up for a time.

Let me know if you have any questions, and as always I appreciate your commitment to assisting our students!”

Contact information: (616) 234-2543 or josephcourtade@grcc.edu

 

 

Retirement Party for Mike Rydman this Thursday

December 11, 2018

After 31 years of teaching, Philosophy Professor Mike Rydman will retire at the end of this semester. Please join the Language and Thought Department for a Retirement Party this Thursday, December 13, from 4-6 p.m. in the Art Gallery – 4th floor of the Main Building.

GRCC In The News, 12-10-18

December 10, 2018

Area athletes making an impact on the college level
12/9/18 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS – The fall sports season has ended the winter season its getting into full swing at colleges and universities around the region and numerous local athletes are making contributions on the collegiate level this season. Following is a look at former high school athletes from Caledonia, East Kentwood, Grand Rapids Catholic Central and South Christian that are competing at the college level.
… Sammie Ryans, an East Kentwood grad, is turning in a solid sophomore season with the Grand Rapids Community College men’s basketball team. Ryan is averaging 15.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.

From food industry burn-out to local smoke star
12/9/18 Crain’s Detroit Business
David Diephouse thought he was done with the food business.
A graduate of the culinary program at Grand Rapids Community College, Diephouse spent 16 years in the industry before burning out and quitting in 2000. He had been a line cook, a pastry chef and worked for a catering company, among a series of food-industry jobs.

These Cooking Classes Will Create an Experience to Remember and Offer Some Valuable Life Skills, Too!
12/9/18 grkids.com
With Grand Rapids’ tradition of locally sourced produce and meats, diverse culinary heritages, and simple love for great food, it’s no surprise that West Michigan offers amazing cooking classes for kids and adults.
… 2. GRCC Cooks — Your Community Kitchen. Grand Rapids
Savor the world-class facilities and well-seasoned instructors of Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education. Learn the fundamentals of knife skills, soups, sauces, sushi or vegan cooking, and become familiar with world culinary traditions like those of Thailand, South America, Vietnam and Africa. (616) 234-3837

Another tough pill for Minnesota State Mankato in D-II football playoffs
12/9/18 Minneapolis Star Tribune
MANKATO — Tony Annese spent 25 years coaching football at four high schools in Michigan and was successful enough to become a member of the state’s coaching Hall of Fame. In 2009, he was named as the coach at Grand Rapids Community College.

News 8 Daybreak
12/10/18 WOOD TV
It was a milestone win for head coach Tony Annese — his 300th career win as a professional coach. He has already won three state titles at the high school level and led Grand Rapids Community College to two national junior high school titles.

Change Ups: Wolverine launches interactive display at airport
12/7/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
… SPORTS
West Michigan Sports Commission announced Jim Horman, Progressive AE, was elected chair; Deb Kay, immediate past chair; Mike Donnelly, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, vice chair; Bob Partridge, Grand Rapids Community College (retired), treasurer; and Scott Bernecker, Merrill Lynch, secretary.