Posted tagged ‘alumni’

Recap: camaraderie and community at Kids Food Basket volunteer event

July 18, 2018

The GRCC Alumni Association hosted a volunteer event at Kids Food Basket on Tuesday, July 17th.  Alumni got to connect with fellow Raiders while preparing sack lunches, and then they reconvened for a social hour at Vander Mill. It was a great chance to catch up with former students, hear what they’ve been doing since leaving GRCC, and give back to our community at the same time.

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Faculty, staff, and current students are always welcome to participate in GRCC Alumni Association events. Mark your calendars for the next one – Yoga on the Plaza – on Thursday, September 13th, from 6-7:30 p.m.! Visit the Alumni Association Events page for more information: https://grcc.edu/grccfoundation/alumnirelations/alumnievents

 

GRCC alumni compete in, win Chef Lab Competition

July 16, 2018

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Creative Dining held a 3-day culinary training called Chef Lab last week for 40 of their chefs and managers.  Fourteen of the employees who attended are GRCC Secchia Institute alumni.

The first day of Chef Lab was held at GRCC’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education kitchen and amphitheater.

The second day was held at Gordon Food Service Headquarters where a Chef Lab Competition took place.  The winning team consisted of 3 of the 14 GRCC alumni: Todd Hurtz, Brady Newcomer, and Ryan Hartman.

Congratulations to Todd, Brady, Ryan, and all of the GRCC staff and alumni who participated in this year’s Chef Lab culinary training!

GRCC In the News, 7-9-18

July 9, 2018

Education, business leaders push talent

July 6, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

With Michigan’s lack of talent at the forefront of concerns in the business community, the area’s education and business leaders are working to better prepare young people for the workforce.

… Grand Rapids Public Schools and Grand Rapids Community College recently announced another new partnership, which will extend the existing Grand Rapids Learning Center partnership which helps identify a career path or transition to college to better include all students in the city.

Grand Rapids African American Institute: bridging the gap in healthcare professions

July 5, 2018; WGVU

Marcus Jones, a Black American student at Grand Rapids Community College on the Occupational Therapist track was first exposed to the profession when he began working at a Spectrum Health Hospital downtown Grand Rapids.

Pathways to careers: Initiative to improve access for people of color to health care jobs

July 7, 2018; mibiz.com

GRAND RAPIDS — Creating a level playing field for people of color in Michigan who want to pursue careers in the health care sector will lay the foundation for their success and the state’s future economic growth.

… Aquinas College, Calvin College, Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University and Hope College will participate in the study to develop college-specific plans of action to engage students of color in reducing barriers to them choosing to study health care professions.

Restauranteur Roundtable: Grand Rapids restaurant owners struggle with talent, city’s still-developing foodie culture

July 7, 2018; mibiz.com

Talent issues dominate most business discussions these days, and that’s certainly true among entrepreneurs in Grand Rapids restaurant scene.

… How well do the local culinary schools around the region do in training the next generation of workers for your restaurants? Are you recruiting from them?
(Geoff)  GASKIN: (Chef Oscar Moreno) went out and spent a lot of time with the Secchia Institute at GRCC, and we have three that came from there that work at MeXo. I will say, they have stood out a little bit more than the others. Their chef coats a little buttoned up more. … They’re coming out now and describing the food.

45 teams earn MCCAA All-Academic Team Awards

July 1, 2018; mccaa.org

The Michigan Community College Athletic Association is proud to announce that 45 teams have earned MCCAA All-Academic Team honors. To earn the honors a team must have a cumulative grade point average for all members of the team must be 3.00 or higher for both semesters combined.

Mott Community College had six teams (Volleyball, Softball, Men’s Cross Country, Women’s Cross Country, Men’s Basketball and Golf) earn All-Academic Team honors. Grand Rapids Community College had five teams. Ancilla College, Lansing Community College, Macomb Community College and Muskegon Community College had four teams each. Softball was the sport with the most All-Academic Teams with 11, while Volleyball had seven teams. Women’s cross country had six teams, while Women’s Basketball has five teams.

Derrick King named Wyoming Lee boys basketball coach

July 5, 2018; MLive

Wyoming — Lee’s boys basketball team won four games last winter, but Derrick King has a plan to get the Rebels on track.

King, who served as an assistant coach for the Grand Rapids Community College men’s team this past winter, was recently hired to coach the Rebels.

 

New Wyoming superintendent wears GRCC pride

July 3, 2018
Craig Hoekstra, wearing a GRCC alumni shirt, stands by a wall painted with the Wyoming school district logo of a wolf in an apple.

Craig Hoekstra

Craig Hoekstra started this week as the Wyoming school district’s new superintendent and decided to wear the shirt he received from GRCC Alumni Relations on his first day: “In getting ready this morning, I thought this would be the perfect shirt to wear for many reasons as the college was big part of my journey.”

GRCC In the News, 7-2-18

July 2, 2018

Gov. Snyder sets talent plan in motion

June 29, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder approved the Marshall Plan for Talent last week, which will invest $100 million to be used over the next five years in an effort to improve the states talent pool.

… Bill Pink, president of Grand Rapids Community College, said people are getting “hung up” on concerns like this.

“People think that it’s such an either-or. It can be both,” Pink said.
He said someone could start in an entry-level trade job and later choose to pursue the education required to become a manager or higher position. And many of those companies will pay for their employees to pursue that education, he said.

Cory Wharton: Age, Baby, & Facts to Know about the MTV Reality Show Hottie

July 2, 2018; earnthenecklace.com

MTV’s “Ex on the Beach” season finale took place on June 28, 2018. Cory Wharton, who’s been a familiar face on multiple MTV reality shows, took to Twitter yesterday to urge his fans to watch the last episode. Many might remember the hunky reality star from “The Real World” and “The Challenge,” and after watching him last night, a lot of the viewers are curious to know more about him.

… Cory then attended Grand Rapids Community College for almost two and half years. Before he attended GRCC, Cory studied sports management at Ohio Dominican University.

GRCC In the News, 6-27-18

June 27, 2018

Spectrum Theater becomes accessible to hearing impaired

June 26, 2018; Grand Rapids Magazine

In celebration of its newly installed hearing loop system, Spectrum Theater at Grand Rapids Community College is offering a free performance of “Snow White, the Queen’s Fair Daughter” for deaf and hard-of-hearing children and their parents, teachers and friends.

GRCC nursing faculty exposing Boys & Girls Clubs teens to career

June 27, 2018; MLive

As Baby Boomers age and the overall need for health care continues to grow, the demand for nurses and other in-demand health care careers will continue increases, officials say.

GRCC’s nursing instructors and students will lead three summer workshops for high schoolers in the club’s Career Pathways Program.

Google IT training coming to GRCC

June 26, 2018; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Just one more course at Grand Rapids Community College and Ryan Linak will be out in the real world.

Two alumni credit Laker Connections for their academic success

June 26, 2018; gvsu.edu

Juan Mascorro-Guerrero and Gloire Rubambiza found their way to Grand Valley from Mexico and Uganda, respectively.

… Mascorro-Guerrero graduated from Thornapple Kellogg High School and then enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College, under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. At one point, he was working three jobs to pay off his college debt.

GRPD to hold first two ‘Speed of Trust’ events Wednesday

June 27, 2018;  WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Police Department will hold the first sessions of a community trust building initiative Wednesday, June 27.

“Speed of Trust” will be at Grand Rapids Community College from 8 a.m. to noon. There is an alternate session from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

GRCC In the News, 4-25-18

April 25, 2018

City of Wyoming swears in new ‘Top Cop’

April 25, 2018; WZZM

WYOMING, Mich. – Long-time Wyoming Police Chief James Carmody will officially step down today, paving the way for Captain Kim Koster to be the new head of the department.

… Koster’s own promotion makes her the first woman police chief in the City of Wyoming. It is a role she is honored to have, but one she seems reluctant to assign too much significance to. Koster believes Kent County is full of good leaders, of both genders, and cites Kent County Undersheriff Michelle Young and Grand Rapids Community College Police Chief Rebecca Whitman as examples of women who she has modeled her career after.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Kim Koster and Michelle Young are GRCC alumnae.)

Director takes joy in teaching student musicians, to see what they can do and where they go

April 24, 2018; schoolnewsnetwork.org (KISD newsletter)

The Northview High School Jazz Band has burned through another take of Duke Ellington’s “Rockin’ in Rhythm” at a peppy pace, when director Greg Wells decides it’s time for a pep talk.

… He started out studying physics and engineering at Grand Rapids Community College but went back to music his sophomore year, earning a bachelor’s at WMU and his master’s at Michigan State University.

 

GRCC In the News, 4-24-18

April 24, 2018

GRCC Will Be Offering Two Drone Courses

April 21, 2018; Deep Aero Drones

Farmers, construction industry, inspection, survey, search and rescue are some of the areas where drones are majorly being used. Colleges are also showing an interest in the drone technology, and Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) will be offering two drone courses that will increase peoples skill set and offer more economic opportunities.

Grand Rapids Community College offers free laptop vending machine (M Live)

April 23, 2018; avnetwork.com

Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) is among higher education institutions providing free laptop vending machines to give students greater access to technology and more flexibility.

Low-income Grand Rapids preschoolers are catching up. Will Lansing notice?

April 24, 2018; Bridge Magazine

GRAND RAPIDS — In some of the poorest neighborhoods in Grand Rapids, in places inured to academic failure, children are grasping at a chance to defy the odds.

… “This makes a tremendous impact,” said Dr. Nkechy Ezeh, founder and CEO of ELNC said of the program. “We know that the brain is ready to learn, really from 0 to 5. We have to strike while the iron is hot.”

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

GRCC In the News, 4-18-18

April 18, 2018

Grand Rapids Community College offers free laptop vending machine

April 18, 2018; University Business

Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) is among higher education institutions providing free laptop vending machines to give students greater access to technology and more flexibility.

Captain promoted to lead Wyoming Department of Public Safety

April 18, 2018; MLive

WYOMING, MI — The Wyoming Department of Public Safety has found its next police and fire chief.

… (Kimberly) Koster graduated from the FBI National Academy. She received her associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Junior College, her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Grand Valley State University, and her master’s degree in criminal justice administration from Ferris State University.

Grand Rapids man gets 48 months, ordered to pay $18,746 on student loan fraud conviction

April 17, 2018; WWMT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge announced Tuesday that U.S. District Judge Paul Maloney sentenced Brandon Kenon Rogers, 31, of Grand Rapids, to 48 months in prison and ordered him to pay $128,746 in restitution for committing student loan, grant and tax fraud.

… Investigators determined that Rogers enrolled online in local community colleges, including Grand Rapids Community College and Kalamazoo Valley Community College, using those same identities. Rogers used the loans and grant funds for his own purposes without actually attending the classes. Rogers also used the stolen identities to obtain fraudulent income tax refunds.

Wellet Senior Student Athlete Award winner

April 18, 2018; WTVB

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) – Coldwater High Schools Jamie Wellet has been selected as a 2017-18 Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan Outstanding Senior Student Athlete Award winner.

… Wellet, along with her twin sister Jasmine, will be attending Grand Rapids Community College in the fall, where they will both be members of the volleyball program.

GRCC In the News, 3-30-18

March 30, 2018

GRCC mourns death of alumnus, longtime supporter Armen Oumedian

March 29, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is mourning the death of alumnus and longtime supporter Armen Oumedian, who died on Wednesday, March 28.

GRCC montará Torneo de baloncesto NJCAA Región XII en 2019, 2020

March 29, 2018; El Vocero

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN. – Los mejores jugadores de baloncesto comunitarios de la región se presentarán en West Michigan durante los próximos dos años, con la selección de  Grand Rapids Community College  para albergar el torneo de baloncesto NJCAA Región XII en la temporada 2019 y 2020.

(GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN. – The best community basketball players in the region will perform in West Michigan for the next two years, with the selection of Grand Rapids Community College to host the NJCAA Region XII basketball tournament in the 2019 and 2020 seasons.)

West Shore earns high ranking for nursing

March 29, 2018; Ludington Daily News

West Shore Community College has been recognized as the No. 2-ranked LPN program in Michigan by the Annual PracticalNursing.org State LPN Program Rankings.

… WSCC had an overall score of 98.08, just behind Muskegon Community College, which had 99.64 total points. Lansing Community College was ranked third with 98.02 points. Grand Rapids Community College was ranked seventh with 97.04 points. More information about the ranking methodology is available at www.practicalnursing.org.

Maranda’s Guide to Spring Break Fun!

March 20, 2018; WOTV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) Spring break is here and if you’re staying close to West Michigan, there are so many options for family fun! Check out Maranda’s Guide to Spring Break Fun, including her picks of the day! To get a list of family-friendly activities emailed to you each week, click here!

… Kent District Library

Staying in town for spring break? We can help keep your kids happy, busy and entertained… and we will even sneak in a little education (but they will never know)!

… Big Time Builders at M-Tech

Get your hands on a virtual welder and try out some construction techniques and other maker projects at West Michigan’s premier training center. Try these unique maker projects at GRCC’s Leslie E Tassel M-Tech. For grades 4-8.
Wednesday, April 4, 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
M-Tech, 622 Godfrey Ave SW, Grand Rapids

 

GRCC In the News, 3-29-18

March 29, 2018

Beacon of Soul: Forty Acres Soul Kitchen plants its flag in ‘Gentrification Central’

March 28, 2018; Revue

Forty Acres Soul Kitchen, a modern adaptation of traditional Southern-style food opening this month, will be Grand Rapids’ only African American-owned full-service restaurant — that means a host, waitstaff, full bar and food menu. Let that sink in for minute. In the states second-largest city of 200,000 people. In 2018.

… (Chef Trimell) Hawkins, 34, attended the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College. He was formerly the executive chef at Black Heron on the West Side. He said the menu reflects classic dishes he grew up on and putting a new spin on it, reinventing some soul food classics.

One more trophy lift for Peter Firlik at Addix Champions all-star game

March 28, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS – Peter Firlik is getting used to lifting big basketball trophies.

… The Stripes team was coached by Kim Elders, the head coach of Cornerstone University and his assistant Eric DeSantis. The Stars team was coached by Luke Bronkema and Mel Selmon of Grand Rapids Community College.

David Cope’s latest ‘American Elegy’: The Invisible Keys

March 28, 2018; therapidian.org

So, what’s in a retrospective collection of poems spanning 1975 to 2017?

“My whole life,” says David Cope, former G.R. Poet Laureate and Grand Rapids Community College Professor. There are poems about workers and the union, protest poems about war and environmental destruction. “Always war,” Cope says. “Every war America has been involved in during my lifetime.” But there are also poems about love, family, and a deep connection with the natural world.

 

 

 

GRCC In the News, 3-28-18

March 28, 2018

“Dead Man’s Cell Phone” offers insights into the impact of technology on relationships

March 27, 2018;  Grand Rapids Magazine

The “loopy and whimsical” play “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” takes audiences on a journey that explores how technology can bring people together in the “most abnormal way possible.”

The GRCC Players are staging the play, written by Sarah Ruhl and first performed in 2007, on March 29 31 at GRCC’s Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain St. NE.

Lean Goes Beyond Manufacturing

March 27, 2018; Michigan Business Network

On this segment of The Leaning Edge features Alen Ganic. Alen studied supply chain management and also received CPIM Supply Chain Management certification from APICS (The Association for Operations Management) and Lean certification from Grand Rapids Community College.

Youth interaction policy unveiled by Grand Rapids police

March 27, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A new Grand Rapids Police Department policy guiding officer interactions with youth is now in effect after the final draft was presented to the city commission Tuesday, March 27.

… It instructs officers to prioritize the least-restrictive options when dealing with youth, according to Raynard Ross, a leading member of the public-safety task force and Grand Rapids Community College associate dean.

‘I can finally exhale,’ man’s quest to feel comfortable in his own body nearly complete

March 27, 2018; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Beau VanSolkema lived the first few decades of his life in the wrong body.

… He has been in therapy ever since that day. VanSolkema enrolled in classes at Grand Rapids Community College and got involved with the LGBT community on campus. It was there that VanSolkema established his voice as an LGBT identifierwhile advocating for others. He also began to learn more about the transgender spectrum.

Emma Pachulski receives Scholar-Athlete Award

March 27, 2018; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

EAST LANSING — Emma Pachulski, a senior from Saranac High School, received the Michigan High School Athletic Associations Scholar-Athlete Award. Pachulski was honored at the 2018 MHSAA Boys Basketball Finals at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing, March 24. She was honored at the event by Don Simon, executive vice president for Farm Bureau Insurance, and John E. Jack Roberts, executive director of the MHSAA.

… Pachulski will be using the scholarship funds while attending Grand Rapids Community College and studying theatre & media arts. Pachulski will also be playing volleyball as a GRCC Raider.

GRCC In the News, 3-23-18

March 23, 2018

New officer joins Hastings Police Department / 3-22-18

March 22, 2018; Hastings Banner

Officer Nate Pickett is the newest member of the Hastings Police Department.

… Pickett is a 2004 graduate of Ionia High School and a 2017 graduate of the police academy program at Grand Rapids Community College.

Reeths-Puffer appoints board member to fill vacancy

March 23, 2018; MLive

MUSKEGON TOWNSHIP, MI – Reeths-Puffer Public Schools Board of Education gained a new member this month.

… (Sonya) Hernandez is an adjunct instructor at Grand Rapids Community College, a commissioner on the Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan, and the director of the Y Achievers program and Youth in Government at the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids.

Unarmed black youths held at gunpoint distrust police a year later

March 22, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Just 13, Kaleil Harris has already decided he doesn’t like police. He doubts that will change.

… A public-safety task force — chaired by City Attorney Anita Hitchcock with Deputy Police Chief Eric Payne and Grand Rapids Community College Associate Dean Raynard Ross as leading members – is to unveil a police “youth policy” on March 27.

25 Grand Rapids Staycation Ideas

March 22, 2018; grkids.com

Your kids are on break from school, so you want to plan some fun activities that don’t break the bank or require serious travel. We get it and we are here to help!

… 17. Enjoy fine dining (at a lower cost) at The Heritage Restaurant, GRCC’s acclaimed culinary school restaurant.

 

 

 

GRCC In the News, 3-22-18

March 22, 2018

Witnesses say mutual fight led to man’s death; mother in doubt

March 21, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — After almost a year of investigation, police and prosecutors found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing in the April 2017 death of a 25-year-old Grand Rapids man.

… (Julius Melvin) Vinson’s family described the 25-year-old as a “jokester” who was well-loved by his family and others. He studied business at Grand Rapids Community College, and wanted to be a real estate agent.

Grand Rapids Community College raises tuition $1

March 21, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College students will see their tuition increase by $1 this fall – the lowest hike in nearly two decades, officials say.

‘He’s a fighter’ 2-year-old diagnosed with rare Vanishing Bone disease

March 21, 2018; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — An Ottawa County boy is battling a disease so rare, less than 300 cases have been reported in the entire world.

… Antonio (Aguillon) has been at the hospital nonstop, getting a lot of help from friends and family.  A coworker of his at Grand Rapids Community College started a GoFundMe page to help with the family’s medical expenses.

Collegiate Men’s Basketball: SUNY Ulster eliminated from national tourney with loss to Grand Rapids

March 21, 2018; Daily Freeman (Kingston, N.Y.)

DANVILLE, ILL. — SUNY Ulster was eliminated from the NJCAA Division 2 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday as Grand Rapids Community College (Michigan) held off the Senators 98-88.

Battle Creek’s Best Bracket – Today’s Boys Elite Eight Region

March 21, 2018; Battle Creek Enquirer

So your bracket is busted and you don’t have any reason to pay attention to March Madness any longer. Well, you are in luck.

… No. 3 Jeremiah Davis vs. No. 6: Khylen Watkins

No. 3: Jeremiah Davis Harper Creek Class of 2017: As a senior, Davis led Harper Creek in scoring with 18.9 points, 3.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds a contest in his final year on a 15-9 team. He finished his career as a two-time All-City player and an honorable mention All-State selection. Davis played his freshman year at Grand Rapids Community College.

UIX: Offstage engineering makes a big difference in local music

March 22, 2018; rapidgrowthmedia.com

Making music takes talent. Making a record takes commitment. But making it all sound good, takes experience.

… A sound engineer of 25 years, and currently Associate Professor of Recording Technology at Grand Rapids Community College, (Tim) Heldt was working with cutting edge equipment that few outside of his profession could afford, or understand.

Southwest Michigan slates 2018 Chávez awards dinner

March 21, 2018; La Prensa

KALAMAZOO: Southwest Michigan will celebrate the life and work of civil rights leader César E. Chávez on Saturday, March 24, 2018 during an annual scholarship fundraising dinner that includes the presentation of regional awards and scholarships.

… He (Juan Olivarez) served as the seventh president of Aquinas College from 2011 to 2017 and eighth president of Grand Rapids Community College from 1999 to 2008. In addition, he was a GRCC dean for 20 years; president and CEO of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation for three years; and a teacher, school psychologist and administrator with the Grand Rapids Public Schools system for many years.

Kent County considers early childhood tax for November ballot

March 21, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Early childhood education advocates in Kent County are once again working to place a county tax millage request on the ballot.

… There are also additional millages levied by the Kent Intermediate School District, Grand Rapids Community College, Kent District Library and the Inter Urban Transit Partnership — better known as The Rapid — and by local school districts and local units of government.

GRCC In the News, 3-20-18

March 20, 2018

Brothers coaching biggest games of their careers on same day

March 19, 2018; MLive

Andy and Luke Bronkema, brothers and college basketball head coaches who talk nearly every day, will really have something to discuss late night Tuesday.

… Luke Bronkema will lead Grand Rapids Community College in the opener of the NJCAA Division II National Tournament at 7:30 p.m. in Danville, Ill., against host Danville Area Community College.

Live from the League, Day 2

March 20, 2018; Inside Higher Ed

The cheerleaders were gone on Monday, leaving a noticeable void in their wake. But the show must go on.

… Kathy Mullins, the development director at Grand Rapids Community College, did a talk on the use of scholarships to improve student success. I went in thinking that it would be about front-loading scholarship offers in a student career, to use them for recruitment, but it wasn’t. Instead, she focused on Sara Goldrick-Rab’s data on student food and housing insecurity, and the ways that carefully re-targeted scholarship aid allowed students with complicated lives to remain in, and complete, their programs.  I was happy to have been wrong.

(From the Confessions of a Community College Dean blog.)

Honoring the legacy of César Chávez

March 19, 2018; therapidian.org

The legacy of César Chávez was honored Thursday, March 15, 2018 as residents and community leaders gathered at the Cook Library Center, 1100 Grandville Ave SW and marched to Potter House Chapel for a community gathering for the 18th annual César E. Chávez Social Justice March & Community Gathering.

… Daniel Carachero, a freshman at Davenport University; Kevin Curiel-Vazquez, a junior at Western Michigan University, and Grand Valley State University senior Juan Mascorro-Guerrero walked in unity with community leaders.

(Although this article doesn’t mention it, Kevin Curiel-Vazquez and Juan Mascorro-Guerroro are GRCC alumni.)