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GRCC In the News, 4-24-17

April 24, 2017

Prominent restaurateur, local Latino community leader dies

April 23, 2017; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Marshall Chavez, owner of the El Sombrero restaurant and prominent Latino community leader in West Michigan, has died.

… In 1969, Chavez open the El Sombrero restaurant in Grand Rapids after he and his family settled in the city nearly two decades prior, his obituary reads. Chavez was born in Cuero, Texas in 1935 but upon moving to West Michigan attended Grand Rapids Community College, formerly Grand Rapids Junior College, and Western Michigan University.

Kentwood Women’s Club awards scholarships

April 20, 2017; MLive

Lisa Giles and Hannah Robinson, both East Kentwood High School seniors, were selected as this year’s Kentwood Women’s Club scholarship recipients.

… She (Robinson) has taken advanced courses in world history, language and composition, literature and biology. She has taken some college-level courses from Davenport University and Grand Rapids Community College. Hannah has been on the Honor Roll for four years and the All Academic Varsity Team two years. For three years she has been in National Honor Society. Her senior class elected her as class president.

Belding’s Breimeyer to play basketball at GRCC

April 21, 2017; The Greenville Daily News

BELDING — Dave Glazier is used to allowing freshman players to flourish on his Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) women’s basketball team. Soon, he will have another freshman who can bring a whole new attitude to the Raiders team.

Veteran core leading Hopkins baseball team to strong start

April 21, 2017; MLive

HOPKINS — Led by a strong core of veterans, the Hopkins baseball team is off to a strong start this spring.

… (Zach) Brechting, who is planning to pitch in college at Grand Rapids Community College, has 28 strikeouts in 17 2/3 innings pitched. Brechting has allowed just six walks and is holding opposing batters to a .105 batting average.

The Last Snow Pile in G.R.

April 24, 2017; WOOD TV (weatherman Bill Steffen’s blog)

This pic. was taken last Friday by Kyle Piers.  This is the famous (I’ve mentioned it a number of times on the blog over the years) last snowpile of winter.

… One is a pile off the parking ramp at Grand Rapids Community College downtown.

GRCC In the News, 4-14-17

April 14, 2017

Family and friends of fatal beating victim gather for vigil

April 13, 2017; MLive

Julius Vinson III was severely injured in the early morning hours of Friday, March 31 along Vineland Avenue SE south of 28th Street.

… Relatives of Vinson said he was studying at Grand Rapids Community College and hoped to become a Realtor.

Former local man opens GR eatery

April 13, 2017; Grand Haven Tribune

A former Spring Lake Township resident has turned his experience at a local restaurant into a business of his own.

… (George) Chittenden attended Grand Rapids Community College’s Peter Secchia Culinary Institute, graduating in 2011. He then worked at the upscale Bay Pointe Inn on Gun Lake, 30 miles south of Grand Rapids. He lives in Wayland and commutes to his Grand Rapids restaurant.

9,000 students engage in interactive career exploration

April 13, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – DeVos Place was all abuzz Thursday, April 13, when nearly 9,000 middle and high schools showed up to be exposed to an innovative, hands-on career event.

… For example, she (Alejandra Cruz) said she enjoyed the virtual reality integrated welding exhibit from Grand Rapids Community College’s M-TEC.

GRCC In the News, 4-3-17

April 3, 2017

Relatives pay tribute to man killed on highway trying to help friend

April 2, 2017; FOX 17

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. A man who police say was killed while merging too slowly onto US-131 last month has been laid to rest.

… (William) Wilson-Wade had just started working as a sales associate at AT&T and was a 2010 graduate of Forest Hills Central. He previously attended GRCC and Central Michigan University.

Change Ups: Gaddy is Women’s Resource Centers new CEO

March 31, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… EDUCATION

… Grand Rapids Community College teamed up with Kent Intermediate School District on Launch U, a tuition-free early college program. Students in the four-year Launch U program will graduate with a high school diploma and a GRCC associate degree in mechanical design, tooling and manufacturing technology, or industrial technology. Launch U was created in partnership with local school districts, GRCC and area manufacturing representatives.

Attracting talent will be focus of Summit Up! Event

April 3, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Summit Up! event in which more than a dozen business leaders will discuss methods of attracting, developing and retaining talent.

… Other speakers will include Jacob Maas, CEO of West Michigan Works!, Kevin Stotts, president of Talent 2025 and Bill Pink, incoming president of Grand Rapids Community College.

Inside Track: Putting his mark on Grand Rapids

March 32, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Isaac Norris finds similarities between his love of music and his work as an architect.

… Meeting an architect with the same skin color at a young age showed him becoming an architect was possible, so his interests growing up from drawing and painting to building model cars all made sense as he entered the working world. He received an associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College before venturing to the University of Detroit School of Architecture now called University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture for a bachelor’s degree.

Q&A: Michelle Urbane Theater Manager, GRCC’s Spectrum Theatre

March 31, 2017; Revue

The Spectrum Theater, located on Fountain Street in Grand Rapids Community College’s campus, houses four theater troupes and is always bustling with activity. Managing all that activity is Michelle Urbane, theater manager. On top of managing the box office, Urbane directs and performs in shows and can always be seen running from one place to the next, always with a big smile on her face.

Comprehensive Therapy Center CWC Awards Finalist

March 31, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Our next finalist for the Connecting with Community Awards is the Comprehensive Therapy Center.

… It started with a summer camp called Therapy and Fun, which meets three times a week during the summer, from June to August. This camp model allows therapists and volunteers to come together to provide dance, music, and reading to the children in the camp. Volunteers for the summer camp can be children as young as 5th graders. The camp recruits their volunteers from area middle and high schools, such as Kent Intermediate School District. They also have partnered with GVSU speech pathology graduate students, Davenport occupational program students, and the GRCC OT program to gain volunteers that can invest in their children.

GRCC In the News, 3-31-17

March 31, 2017

Vikings sign three players, including veteran combine standout TE Nick Truesdell

March 30, 2017; ESPN

The NFL is a league for long shots and the Minnesota Vikings just signed three.

… The 6-foot-5, 245-pound tight end (Nick Truesdell) was signed last year by the Indianapolis Colts in late July, but did not make the team. He has also had tryouts with the Packers and Bengals since finishing college at Grand Rapids Community College in 2013. Truesdell has played for a number of indoor football teams, including the Colorado Axemen, Bemidji Ice and Portland Steel.

GRCC In the News, 3-30-17

March 30, 2017

GRCC opens new nursing assistant training facility

March 29, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Grand Rapids Community College has opened a new facility to train it’s nursing students.

Report: Giants offer tight end Nick Truesdell a contract

March 30, 2017; giantswire.usatoday.com

Earlier this week, the NFL revitalized its veteran combine idea and held a Pro Players Combine in Phoenix, Arizona. Hundreds of non-vested veterans seeking an NFL contract were in attendance, and at least one caught the eye of the New York Giants.

… (Nick) Truesdell, who played college football at the University of Cincinnati before transferring to Grand Rapids Community College, went undrafted in 2013. He’s since bounced around from team to team and league to league, playing for six different teams in the AFL and IFL before signing with the Colts for two days last season. He also spent time in Green Bay Packers camp.

GRCC In the News, 3-28-17

March 28, 2017

Ready to deepen relationships

March 27, 2017; Grand Haven Tribune

Six months into his role as pastor of St. Patrick-St. Anthony Catholic Parish in Grand Haven, Father Chuck Schwartz said he feels stronger than ever that this is the path he was supposed to be on.

… A graduate of Grand Rapids City High, Schwartz took a couple years off school before getting an associates degree from Grand Rapids Community College.

Tiny Desk Contestant Diana Gameros: ‘How Can I Dissolve Borders?’

March 26, 2017; NPR

Earlier this year, NPR Music held the third installment of the Tiny Desk Contest, our annual search for a talented, unsigned musician to play a Tiny Desk concert here at NPR headquarters. More than 6,000 bands and artists entered, and many (including this year’s winner, Tank and the Bangas) were new to the Contest. But we also saw a number of familiar faces some of whom have been with us since the beginning.

Diana Gameros is one of those three-time entrants. After submitting videos in 2015 and 2016, the 35-year-old singer-songwriter filmed this year’s entry on a cold morning, as dawn broke over the San Francisco Bay. As she sings, the camera zooms out to reveal a spectacular view of the Golden Gate Bridge.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Diana Gameros is a former GRCC student.)

John Morton has what it takes to turn Jets offense around

March 29, 2017; The Jet Press

Offensive coordinator John Morton has done it all in the NFL and on the college level. From his beginnings as a wide receiver for Grand Rapids Community College to Western Michigan to the NFL, CFL, and overseas, Morton has been on a mission. Have no doubt Morton has what it takes to turn the offense around for the New York Jets.

Jackson College softball team walks off twice in one week

March 27, 2017; MLive

JACKSON — The spring sports season is still young but the excitement has already been high for the Jackson College softball team.

… Jackson College is now 7-8-1 on the season as it gets set for its double-header on Tuesday March 28 against Grand Rapids Community College.

Mid Michigan Community College men’s basketball makes strides in first year as NJCAA Division II program

March 27, 2017; The Morning Sun (Mount Pleasant)

With athletics in general, expecting the unexpected is always a good bit of advice.

… The previous three years as an NJCAA Division III program, the Lakers won their region by defeating Lorain Community College to qualify for districts. But the move to Division II provided a new set of challenges during the MCCAA campaign and into the postseason, which saw MMCC square off March 7 versus Grand Rapids Community College in a District 9 showdown to open the NJCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Tournament.

GRCC In the News, 3-23-17

March 23, 2017

Tuition-free early college program to build talent pipeline for in-demand jobs

March 22, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – As manufacturers gather in Detroit today for a summit on advancing the industry’s future, local companies are working with Kent ISD and Grand Rapids Community College to create a new pipeline of workers to meet labor demands.

GRCC welcomes its first African-American president

March 22, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids Community College’s first African-American president says he’s humbled to fill the role.

Is the craft beer market in Grand Rapids saturated?

March 22, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Pour a cold one and consider: the number of craft breweries in Grand Rapids has tripled since 2011, the year before beer lovers voted it “Beer City, USA.”

… Professionalizing the industry is the goal of a new Grand Rapids Community College certificate program, which has 30 people enrolled in its first year of offering coursework and hands-on training at its own Fountain Hill Brewery.

Making transferring easy

March 22, 2017; The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

Grand Valley State University has been chosen as a member of Phi Theta Kappa’s 2017 Transfer Honor Roll, which recognizes the university’s support of community college transfers.

… “We have an advisor at Grand Rapids Community College, which is really our main feeder school for community colleges,” (Bonnie) Ulmer-DeGraves said. “We have someone there from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Tuesday to meet with potential students and make sure they’re on the right path for transferring into Grand Valley.”

Monica’s Gourmet Cookies to debut on QVC

March 22, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A favorite Grand Rapids cookie brand will get the QVC spotlight next week.

… The former caterer (Monica Mitidieri) is a graduate of Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute of Culinary Education.

Words of encouragement

March 22, 2017; Commercial-News (Danville, Ill.)

DANVILLE — Zachary Pangborn has attempted nearly 300 shots this season.

On Wednesday afternoon in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament at the Mary Miller Gymnasium, the Grand Rapids Community College freshman missed six of his first seven field goal attempts and he was just 1-of-5 at the free-throw line.

Sí, se puede! Standing up for immigrants & farm workers in Grand Rapids

March 23, 2017; rapidgrowthmedia.com

Lupe Ramos-Montigny remembers three summers of her childhood, seasons now decades ago, like they were yesterday: the months when she would travel with her parents, Ysidro and Maria, and seven of her nine siblings from her hometown of Weslaco, Texas north to Michigan. There, Ramos-Montigny, now a Grand Rapidian who serves on the State Board of Education, would spend the 10th, 11th and 12th summers of her life harvesting beets in a town at the tip of the Mitten State’s thumb, Caseville, and picking cherries in Old Mission Peninsula, a region just north of Traverse City.

… Since then, the march has gone on to draw hundreds of people each year, with such officials as Olivarez, the Aquinas College president; Grand Rapids Community College President Steven Ender; Grand Valley State University Vice President Jesse Bernal; Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Teresa Weatherall-Neal; Grand Rapids Police Chief David Rahinsky, and various elected officials attending the event last week.

Experimenting with healthier ingredients at home

March 22, 2017; WZZM

Liz Weber is a Registered Dietitian at Mercy Health Saint Marys.

… Seek out local cooking classes. Downtown Market, Grand Rapids Community College, Sur La Table, The Local Epicurean, and Williams-Sonoma are all great resources available in the Grand Rapids area that provide cooking classes.

LSU to host ‘Feria de las Flores’ to welcome in the spring

March 22, 2017; The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

For almost sixty years, the Feria de las Flores event in Medellin, Colombia, has been one of Latin America’s most vibrant events. Grand Valley State University’s Latino Student Union (LSU) will bring some of the events famous flair to one of its bi-annual dinner-dances taking place Friday, March 24.

… In addition, two singers will perform songs in Spanish, followed by a semi-formal dinner and then traditional Mexican and Colombian dancing. Students from the Grand Rapids Community College’s Hispanic Student Organization will also participate.

GRCC In the News, 3-16-17

March 16, 2017

‘Yes for Kids’ millage campaign to expand career training, tech courses kicks off

March 15, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – The Strong Schools, Strong Communities proposal on the May 2017 ballot has launched its official campaign ‘Yes for Kids’ on Wednesday.

… Community members, campaign supporters, school superintendents, teachers, parents and students were all in attendance, along with Grand Rapids Community College Vice President and Dean of School of Workforce Development Bill Pink; Grand Rapids Public Schools Board Member Maureen Slade; and DeWys Manufacturing CEO Jon DeWys to learn more about the proposal.

‘Una vita in cucina’, a Castellana sfida ai fornelli per 12 team internazionali di studenti

March 15, 2017; Baritoday

Studenti degli istituti alberghieri di tutto il mondo arrivano a Castellana per il concorso “Una vita in cucina” 20 24 marzo 2017

Portogallo, Serbia, Messico, Stati Uniti, Regno Unito e, naturalmente, Italia. Gli studenti dei 12 migliori istituti alberghieri nel mondo si ritrovano a Castellana Grotte, nelle cucine della scuola “Consoli”, per provare a vincere il titolo di “miglior chef e pasticciere” al concorso “Una vita in cucina”. La competizione, che si terrà dal 20 al 24 marzo prossimo, è stata presentata questa mattina dallassessore allIstruzione, Formazione e Lavoro della Regione Puglia Sebastiano Leo, dal presidente della Fondazione Consoli Edoardo Consoli , dal dirigente dellIstituto Angelo Consoli Giuseppe Vernì e dall’assessore metropolitano ai Beni culturali Francesca Pietroforte.

… Le squadre – Le squadre saranno composte da due allievi e un team coach che avrà esclusivamente funzioni di coordinamento e supporto. Gli istituti che partecipano  sono il B. Scappidi Castel San Pietro Terme, il G. Varnelli di Cingoli, l’IPAA F. Todaro – ITE V. Cosentinodi Rende, il Luigi Einaudidi Canosa di Puglia, l’E. Cornaro di Jesolo, il “Perotti di Bari, il “Moro di Santa Cesarea Terme, l’Escola de Hotelaria e Turismo do Portoa Porto, il College of Hotel Management di Belgrado in Serbia, l’Instituto Culinario De Mexico a Puebla in Messico, il Secchia Institutefor CulinaryEducation del Grand Rapids Community College nel Michigan, Stati Uniti e il City of Glasgow College a Glasgow in Scozia.

(Puglia Sebastian Leo, the chairman of the Consoli Edward Jones Foundation, the Institute’s director “Angelo Consoli” Giuseppe Vernì and the Councillor for Cultural Heritage metropolitan Francesca Pietroforte.

… Teams – Teams will be composed by two students and a coach that team will have only coordination and support. The institutions involved are the “B. Run away “of Castel San Pietro Terme, the” G. Varnelli “of tracks, l ‘” IPAA F. Todaro – ITE V. Cosentino “of Rende, the” Luigi Einaudi “of Canosa di Puglia, the’ ‘E. Cornaro “di Jesolo,” Perotti “in Bari, the” Moro “Santa Cesarea Terme, l ‘” Escola de Hotelaria e Turismo do Porto “in Porto, the” College of Hotel Management “from Belgrade in Serbia, l'” Culinary Instituto De Mexico “in Puebla, Mexico, the” Secchia Institutefor CulinaryEducation “the Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan, United States and the” City of Glasgow College “in Glasgow in Scotland.)

LAFCU appoints Shupe as chief lending officer

March 14, 2017; The Ionia Sentinel-Standard

LANSING — LAFCU has announced the appointment of Michael “Mic” Shupe as chief lending officer.

… A graduate of Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Shupe holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He also earned an associate degree in fine arts from Grand Rapids Community College. He has held certification as an alpine patroller through the National Ski Patrol since 2012.

From virtual reality to online libraries, how technology is revolutionizing education in GR

March 16, 2017; rapidgrowthmedia.com

If you could work in any field you wanted and money wasn’t a factor, what would you be?

… Eric Kunnen, Associate Director of eLearning and Emerging Technologies at GVSU, has spent the last 24 years focused on technology in higher education. He has led Grand Rapids Community College’s online learning efforts into the digital age, and left as director of the college’s distance learning department to pursue his dreams at GVSU.

 

GRCC In the News, 3-3-17

March 3, 2017

‘To College, Through College’ summit to help students of color

March 2, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – The local group To College, Through College Initiative hosted its annual summit in hopes to drive change for students of color and call onto the community to help them get to and navigate college successfully.

The summit, “Changing the Narrative,” included highlights such as a keynote address from Dr. Bill Pink, a panel discussion of students, parents and school and college representatives and an update on the T2C Studio, Grand Rapids Center for College Success.

Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative: preparing children for a quality education

March 2, 2017; WOTV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) — Studies have shown that children who don’t receive early care are 40% less likely to go to college and sadly 70% more likely to be involved in a crime. Early education is crucial for children to be ready for kindergarten. This is where the Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative steps in to help. In 2010, research showed, prior to ELNC, that only two out of every ten children entering kindergarten were ready. Each year, the ELNC classrooms use creative curriculum, and children are assessed three times through the Gold Online assessment. All classrooms have earned a rating of 4 or 5 stars, out of a 5 star rating system. After five years in helping GRPS students, 91% of ELNC graduates are ready for kindergarten.

ELNC is two things. It’s a collaborative of nine non-profit organizations, including eight neighborhood-based organizations that deliver preschool and other related services. One of the nine organizations is the ELNC. The ELNC is a 501(c)3 registered organization. The program is headed up by Dr. Nkechy Ezeh, the Associate Director for Early Education at Aquinas College.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Nkechy Ezeh is a GRCC alumna.)

Tallahassee Community College Baseball Extends Win Streak To Six Games

March 2, 2017; WTXL

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (March 2, 2017) — Tallahassee Community College’s baseball team won a season-high sixth straight game on Thursday, knocking off Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College, 15-4, at Eagle Field.

GRCC In the News, 2-23-17

February 23, 2017

“Morning News”

Feb. 22, 2017; WZZM

Grand Rapids Community College is holding its second round of job fairs for both students and the public today.

Passionate motivator Dennis Neat still going strong in 30th season as Forest Hills swim coach

Feb. 22, 2017; MLive

The guys on the state-ranked Forest Hills United swim team have their own theories why Dennis Neat has been such a popular and successful coach over the past three decades.

… Neat swam at Ottawa Hills High School before graduating in 1979. He swam two years at Grand Rapids Community College, then walked on at Ball State, swimming two more years.

GRCC In the News, 2-17-17

February 17, 2017

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ Prepared Remarks at the Community College National Legislative Summit

Feb. 16, 2017; U.S. Department of Education

Below are the prepared remarks delivered today, Feb. 16, by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos at the 2017 Community College National Legislative Summit, hosted by the Association of Community College Trustees and the American Association of Community Colleges.

… I’m also very pleased to note that over the years, I’ve hired many talented individuals who were graduates of GRCC — Grand Rapids Community College.

College names Giants

Feb. 16, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

As part of an annual tradition dating back more than three decades, a local college has honored a group of African-American leaders for their contributions to the community.
Grand Rapids Community College recognized 13 honorees at its 35th-annual Giants Awards & Banquet this month at DeVos Place.

Great guards: Ball, Pierce helping Spring Lake boys succeed in a tough new league

Feb. 16, 2017; Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

SPRING LAKE — There’s nothing that Spring Lake varsity basketball coach Bill Core likes more than having a great senior point guard in the lineup.

… “I’ve decided I like basketball the best,” said (Isaiah) Pierce, who is considering Grand Rapids Community College. “Coaches have told me that if that’s what I’m considering, now is the time to go for it. So I’ve been lifting and trying to get stronger and working on my shot a lot.”

 

GRCC In the News, 2-3-17

February 3, 2017

Former Harbor Beach teen dies in crash

Jan. 30, 2017; Huron Daily Tribune

COURTLAND TOWNSHIP — A 19-year-old Rockford woman, formerly of Harbor Beach, died following a two-vehicle crash that took place on M-57 and Berrigan Avenue on Friday morning.

According to the Michigan State Police Rockford Post, troopers were called to the scene around 8:35 a.m., where Kaylin Roggenbuck was traveling east on M-57 and struck the rear of a flatbed truck, which was stopped waiting to make a left hand turn onto Berrigan Avenue.

(Kaylin Roggenbuck was a GRCC student.)

Hit the line hard: Enjoying the hype of committing

Feb. 2, 2017; The Daily News (Greenville)

This is the time of year I always love, when National Signing Day is upon us.

… Here is a list of local student-athletes that have signed letters of intent, so far:

… Cal Syrjala, Grand Rapids Community College baseball

… Courtnee Nicholson, Grand Rapids Community College softball

Get to know Ypsilanti Lincoln’s boys basketball team

Feb. 2, 2017; MLive

The Railsplitters have had a successful first two months of the season with a 9-4 record, despite featuring three sophomores, a junior and a senior in their starting lineup.

… He (coach Jesse Davis) played for Willow Run prior to his 1995 graduation and added two years of college basketball at Grand Rapids Community College.

MCC men’s hoops squad edges Ancilla for sixth-straight victory

Feb. 3, 2017; Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

Muskegon Community College’s men’s basketball team had four players score in double figures in the Jayhawks 87-83 victory over Ancilla College on Wednesday.

… MCC is back in action on Friday as it travels to face rival Grand Rapids Community College. Tip off is 7:30 p.m.

MCC women’s hoops squad still in hunt for league title, beats Ancilla College

Feb. 3, 2017; Local Sports Journal

Muskegon Community College’s women’s basketball team remained in second place and in contention for a league title following Wednesday’s 62-52 victory over Ancilla College.

… MCC pays a visit to face rival Grand Rapids Community College on Friday, with tip off set for 5:30 p.m.

GRCC alumnus Arick Davis to speak on Feb. 3

February 2, 2017

Arick Davis, a GRCC alumnus and former TRIO student peer mentor, will be discussing his experience as a former student, student employee, 2016 New Venture Competition winner for We Inspire and MICUP-Michigan Tech alumni.

Friday February, 3

12-1:30 pm

201 Cook Hall (Business Lab)

We Inspire is a web app designed to connect students, teachers and work professionals together in order to provide students an opportunity to learn more about career paths that often go unnoticed.

To learn more, visit weinspire.life

 “Be thankful for what you have and for all of the people that support you. We Inspire believes in community. Giving a little to help a lot.”   -Arick Davis

GRCC In the News, 2-1-17

February 1, 2017

Hope College faculty member to receive Giants Award

Jan. 31, 2017; The Holland Sentinel

Edye Evans Hyde of the Hope College music faculty will receive the Ethel Coe Humanities Award during the 35th annual Giants Awards and Banquet Ceremony on Feb. 4 in Grand Rapids.

… The Giants Awards recognize African-Americans for exceptional contributions in shaping the history and quality of life in Grand Rapids and are coordinated by Grand Rapids Community College’s Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion.

Construction firm names director of operations

Jan. 31, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local construction firm has a new director of operations.

… He (Jeremy Amshey) holds a construction management degree from Ferris State University and an associate’s degree in architectural graphics from Grand Rapids Community College.

Jets hire Saints’ John Morton as offensive coordinator

Jan. 31, 2017; The Daily Progress (Charlottesville, Va.)

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets found someone to lead their offense. Next up: the search for a quarterback.

… (John) Morton, a former wide receiver at Grand Rapids Community College and then Western Michigan, spent time on the practice squads of Oakland, Green Bay and Jacksonville. He also played briefly in the CFL and World League of American Football.

GRCC In the News, 1-25-17

January 25, 2017

Grand Rapids Public Schools partner with GRCC for Early Middle College Program

Jan. 25, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Imagine what it would feel like to walk across the stage at your high school graduation and leave with not one, but two diplomas. That will, soon, be the reality for dozens of students at Ottawa Hills, in Grand Rapids.

… “I think that is a wonderful opportunity for any kid attending Ottawa Hills to be enrolled in that program,” said Chris Sain, with Grand Rapids Community College.

Lutheran Northwest grad to lead new USPBL club

Jan. 24, 2017; C&G News

ROCHESTER — Earlier this January, the United Shore Professional Baseball League unveiled its newest franchise, the Westside Woolly Mammoths. The club joins the league’s three previously established teams, beginning play at Jimmy Johns Field in Utica on May 11.

… Following his standout prep career, (Shane) McCatty spent two years at Grand Rapids Community College before transferring to Oakland University. He worked his way up to becoming the No. 1 starter for the Golden Grizzlies before being drafted by the Washington Nationals in 2009.