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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.

GRCC In the News, 1-24-17

January 24, 2017

College opens $7.2M learning lab downtown

Jan. 23, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local college has opened a 24,000-square-foot facility downtown that aims to meet the needs of its child development students and preschoolers.

Grand Rapids Community College opened the Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory at 210 Lyon St. NE on Saturday.

College approves $300K bond to train glass maker’s workers

Jan. 23, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local college has approved $300,000 in funding to help train workers at a growing manufacturing facility in the region.

Grand Rapids Community College’s Board of Trustees last month agreed to link funds from diverted State of Michigan income tax to support training for 33 newly created positions at Engineered Glass in Holland Township.

Morning News

Jan. 24, 2017; WZZM

Imagine what it would feel like to walk across the stage at your high school graduation and leave with no one but two diplomas. That will soon be the reality for dozens of students here at Ottawa Hills. The program is called early middle college. It is the latest partnership between Grand Rapids Public Schools and Grand Rapids Community College.

Downtown restaurant appoints chef

Jan. 23, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A downtown restaurant is getting a new chef.

… (Stephan) VanHeulen, who attended the GRCC Secchia Culinary Institute, began his career at AHC+Hospitality, cooking for restaurants within the groups portfolio in Grand Rapids, which includes Cygnus27.

Kozminski remembered as hero at fundraiser for memorial

Jan. 23, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Dozens turned out to Celebration! Cinema North Monday for a screening of the movie “Patriots Day” as part of a years-long push to raise money for a memorial to fallen Grand Rapids police officers.

… $35,000 of the money raised will go toward the scholarship fund that pays for one year of tuition at Grand Rapids Community College for a student who hopes to work in law enforcement. Kozminski’s parents choose the recipient of that scholarship.

The City of Grand Rapids Looking For Your Help to Make Our Neighborhoods Better

Jan. 23, 2017; 104.9 FM

The City of Grand Rapids is looking to get residents, neighborhood associations, businesses, non-profits, and government officials together, to help build stronger neighborhoods in Grand Rapids. They’re holding the Third Annual Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit on Saturday, March 4th, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. And it’s free!

… There will be childcare available if you register in advance, and GR Public Schools will also be offering free neighborhood transportation to and from the event! Bicycle racks, and discounted parking in the GRCC Bostwick Parking Ramp will also be available. There will also be Spanish-English translation services.

GRCC In the News, 1-19-17

January 19, 2017

Six new Muskegon police officers

Jan. 18, 2017; MLive

A new class of police recruits received their badges from Muskegon Police Chief Jeffrey Lewis on Jan. 17, 2017. Each was sworn in as new officers and took the oath of office, pledging to protect citizens and lead unsullied personal lives.

… He (Steven Clark) attended the police academy at Grand Rapids Community College. Clark has worked for the Roosevelt Park Police Department, Muskegon County Sheriff’s Office and the Montague Police Department.

… Stephen Host grew up in Grand Rapids where he graduated from West Catholic High School. He attended Grand Rapids Community College and then Grand Valley State University, receiving a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in 2015. He attended the police academy at Grand Rapids Community College from which he graduated in October 2016. Host is enlisted in the Michigan Army National Guard and holds the rank of sergeant E-5.

… Adam Sherman was raised and currently resides in Coopersville. He is a licensed EMT and paid on-call firefighter. Sherman attended Grand Rapids Community College where he earned and associate degree in criminal justice and graduated from the police academy in October 2016.

… Max Wozniak grew up in Grand Rapids and graduated from East Grand Rapids High School. He first worked in the food service industry before switching careers to law enforcement. Wozniak attended the police academy at Grand Rapids Community College where he also obtained an associate degree in criminal justice in October 2016.

NCMC celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan. 17, 2017; Petoskey News

Around the country, the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were celebrated on Monday.

… A workshop luncheon titled Our Changing Community was hosted by Tamber Bustance, manager of Inclusion Services for Grand Rapids Community College’s Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion.

GRCC In the News, 1-16-17

January 16, 2017

‘She would want people to forgive,’ father of hit-and-run victim says

Jan. 13, 2017; MLive

WYOMING, MI — Cliff Fender isn’t sure what motivated a plow truck driver to flee after striking and killing his daughter along a Wyoming street.

… (Chelsea) Crawford grew up in the Wayland area and attended Wayland Union schools. She took some classes at Grand Rapids Community College after high school.

Inside Track: A long, winding road

Jan. 13, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Bill Pink believes one of the biggest favors you can do for yourself in life is to grab hold of the thing you love and chase after it.

So, its no surprise to the 10th president of Grand Rapids Community College life has led him to this point.

Events honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in W MI

Jan. 16, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — People across the nation will honor civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday.

In West Michigan, Grand Rapids Community College will host a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Program at 6:30 p.m. at Fountain Street Church. The program will feature keynote speaker Kevin Powell.

GRCC In the News, 1-13-17

January 13, 2017

Partners opening Southern restaurant

Jan. 6, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A new takeout restaurant in town is cooking up a Southern-style menu.

… Michael Stapert, a graduate of the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at GRCC, will serve as executive chef.

9 names for the Western Michigan football coaching job

Jan. 11, 2017; The Detroit Free Press

It’ll be tough for Western Michigan to find someone to fully replace football coach P.J. Fleck, who is headed to Minnesota.

… One of the best offensive minds in the Midwest, (Tony) Annese has won at multiple levels, including taking the Bulldogs to the NCAA Division II semifinal this fall. He won three Division 2 state championships at Muskegon High, two national championships in three seasons at Grand Rapids Community College and has taken Ferris from the GLIAC basement to a national power. His veer offense has been unstoppable, and three Bulldogs are in the NFL. One of his biggest achievements was turning a hardly recruited defensive end in Jason Vander Laan into one of the greatest rushing quarterbacks in college football history. Vander Laan won back-to-back Harlon Hill trophies, and his 5,953 career rushing yards are the most by any college QB.

GRCC In the News, 1-5-17

January 5, 2017

“News 8 Daybreak”

Jan. 5, 2017; WOOD TV

The man accused of killing a woman on Grand Rapids Community College’s campus last year, Marcus Bivins, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing today.

Construction firm adds to team

Jan. 4, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local construction firm has hired seven new employees.

… She (Christina Cummings) has an arts and sciences degree from Grand Rapids Community College.

Jayhawks women’s team stifles Grand Rapids CC with tough defense

Jan. 4, 2017; Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

MUSKEGON, MI — The Muskegon Community College women’s basketball team didn’t lose any defensive intensity over the two-week holiday break.

The Grand Rapids Community College Raiders will attest to that.

GRCC In the News, 1-3-17

January 3, 2017

 

Amanda Price bill opens possibility for lowering community college costs

Dec. 30, 2016; Grand Haven Tribune

Gov. Rick Snyder has signed House Bill 4265, sponsored by state Rep. Amanda Price, R-Park Township, that would give voters in counties that don’t border community college districts the chance to approve joining a district.

… “Think of Grand Rapids Community College,” Price said. “If we wanted it here in Holland, we would have to go through the whole process of becoming accredited, which is not likely to happen even in Ottawa County. We have to be a contiguous district, but there are several school districts and communities in between.”

Grand Rapids murders up slightly from last year; nine of 12 deaths involved a gun

Dec. 29, 2016; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. (WZZM) – As 2016 draws to a close, the city of Grand Rapids is ending the year with an uptick in murders.

… Here is a look at the city’s dozen murders so far this year:

… April 30, 2016: Jeanne Huntoon, 34, was found beaten and fatally stabbed next to a Grand Rapids Community College parking ramp on Bostwick Avenue NE. A 19-year-old man has been charged with her murder.

Bill Pink Raising the Bar at Every Level

Dec. 27, 2016; Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Throughout his youth, Dr. Bill Pink had one academic goal. “I wanted to leave my mark on every school that I left, and so I wanted to have my name up on the wall,” says Pink, who was unanimously voted in November to become the next president of Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan.

Greenville Department of Public Safety welcomes 2 new officers

Dec. 23, 2016; The Daily News (Greenville)

GREENVILLE — The Greenville Department of Public Safety has welcomed two new officers to its ranks.

… After graduating from the Grand Rapids Community College Police Academy program this past October, (Marcus) Roy was selected for a full-time job along with DeWitt after the city received 35 applications for two open positions.

Dancing with the Local Stars tickets go on sale Jan. 2

Dec. 28, 2016; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — The Women’s Division Chamber of Commerce has announced that tickets for its annual Dancing with the Local Stars charity event will be available on Jan. 2.

… The 2017 participants include:

… Becky Kuznar, Occupational Therapist, Rehabilitation Program Manager, Lake Woods Nursing & Rehabilitation Center with Patrick Johnson, Co-Owner PT Arts – LLC Consulting; Dance Faculty Instructor, GRCC; President & CEO, West Michigan Flight Academy

Gov. Rick Snyder makes reappointments to the Michigan Asparagus Marketing Advisory Board

Dec. 20, 2016; michigan.gov (state press release)

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the reappointments of Sarah Greiner of Hart and Eric Herrygers of Hart to the Michigan Asparagus Marketing Advisory Board which develops and implements asparagus marketing programs.

… Greiner is an owner/operator of Todd Greiner Farms Packing, LLC which grows fruits, vegetables and evergreens; they also operate a fresh asparagus packing facility.  Greiner holds an associate’s degree in allied health from Grand Rapids Community College. She will continue to represent Northern-Central Michigan Growers.

National Endowment for the Arts awards $60,000 to West Michigan poet, Grand Rapids Symphony, UICA

Dec. 30, 2016; MLive

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded a West Michigan poet a $25,000 Creative Writing Fellowship for 2017.

… Principal Pops Conductor Bob Bernhardt leads the performance on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Along with Hathaway, the one-night only show features the Grand Rapids Community Chorus organized by Duane Davis, retired director of vocal music at Grand Rapids Community College.

Thomas Wilcher would consider leaving Cass Tech for right college job

Dec. 30, 2016; The Detroit Free Press

Thomas Wilcher plans to leave all his options on the table.

… Wilcher’s role models include Ferris State coach Tony Annese, who won three prep titles at Muskegon and then left to coach Grand Rapids Community College, where he won two national titles. Now, Annese is building an NCAA Division II power at Ferris State.

GRCC In the News, 12-6-16

December 6, 2016

Surfin’ 616: The Outer Vibe Returns to Grand Rapids

Dec. 5, 2016; Revue

Two words: surf disco.

… Before The Outer Vibe was a nationally recognized eclectic pop-rock band, its five members met locally on the Grand Rapids Community College campus. Since then, they’ve released numerous EPs, along with a full-length album in 2015 titled Full Circle. For that album, the band worked with producer Brad Dollar (Grateful Dead, The National) and mastering engineer Joe LaPorta (Imagine Dragons, Foo Fighters, Vampire Weekend).

New coach brings championship mindset to East Grand Rapids boys basketball

Dec. 2, 2016; MLive

EAST GRAND RAPIDS — First-year East Grand Rapids boys basketball coach Derrick Owens has a lot of championship game experience at both the high school and collegiate levels.

… (Derrick) Owens coached Detroit St. Martin dePorres to three state titles as head coach, and assisted successful basketball programs at Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University.

GRCC In the News, 12-2-16

December 2, 2016

Community colleges could more easily expand their tax districts under proposed legislation

Dec. 2, 2016; MLive

Ottawa County has plenty to brag about: Strong population growth, low unemployment and miles of Lake Michigan shoreline that residents from throughout Michigan and beyond flock to each summer.

… Grand Rapids Community College and Muskegon Community College have campuses in Ottawa, but students there pay a higher out-of-district tuition rate, because the county is outside each college’s tax collection district. The higher rate can put a financial squeeze on cash-strapped students and keep some from enrolling altogether, college officials say.

Former Haslett, Ferris player Lampman a special-teams ace for Saints

Dec. 2, 2016; USA Today

Almost every possible roadblock has gotten in the way of Jake Lampman while he has pursued his dream of playing in the NFL.

… (Tony) Annese joined the Bulldogs after leading the now-defunct Grand Rapids Community College football team to a 30-4 record in three seasons.

Inside the Game: Saints vs. Lions Connections

Dec. 1, 2016; neworleanssaint.com

… Saints Wide Receivers Coach John Morton played at Grand Rapids Community College and then played at Western Michigan from 1991- 92.

GRCC In the News, 11-21-16

November 21, 2016

$6 million grant aims to create worker pipeline for senior living, other employers

Nov. 20, 2016; McKnight’s Senior Living

Four Michigan senior living communities are partners in a $6 million grant awarded to Grand Rapids Community College and designed to address healthcare workforce needs in the western part of the state.

Science Day brings hands-on learning to Grand Rapids community

Nov. 18, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The second annual Community Science Day, hosted by Grand Rapids Community College, is taking over campus on Nov. 19.

Inside Track: Changing people’s lives

Nov. 18, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Dennis Van Kampen remembers journeying with a friend to Juarez, Mexico, in 1988 for what would prove to be far from the typical touristy experience.

… When he was younger, Van Kampen felt destined for a career in law enforcement. After graduating in 1988 from Grand Rapids Community College with a degree in criminal justice, Van Kampen worked as a reserve officer for the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department.

First Lady Michelle Obama presents WMCAT with national award

Nov. 17, 2016; rapidgrowthmedia.com

There is big news.

… (Keloni) Seawood-Walton became a part of WMCAT while attending Grand Rapids Montessori School and graduated in spring 2016. She now is working part time as an apprentice at WMCAT’s Ambrose Print Shop while attending Grand Rapids Community College.

Keeping Jeanna Huntoon’s memory alive

Nov. 21, 2016; WZZM

MUSKEGON, MICH. – It’s been a little over six months since the murder of Jeanne Huntoon.

The 34-year-old was stabbed to death near Grand Rapids Community College in April. Authorities have charged Marcus Bivens with her murder.

Grand Rapids wins battle of the Raiders

Nov. 18, 2016; KTIC

The Central Community College Raiders saw their season come to an end with a 3-1 loss to the Grand Rapids Community College Raiders in the consolation bracket of the NJCAA Division II National Tournament.

GRCC In the News, 11-17-16

November 17, 2016

M-CAM Seeks to Bolster Michigan’s Advanced Manufacturing Workforce

Nov. 16, 2016; xconomy.com

During the turbulent election season we all recently endured, a big topic of conversation was trade — specifically how certain policies such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) have harmed the domestic manufacturing sector and hollowed out the middle class. Among the many campaign promises made by President-elect Donald Trump was a pledge to renegotiate some of these trade agreements to help bring manufacturing jobs back from overseas.

… M-CAM is a collaboration between Bay College, Grand Rapids Community College, Kellogg Community College, Lake Michigan College, Lansing Community College, Macomb Community College, Mott Community College, and Schoolcraft Community College. Now in the third year of a four-year, $24.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, the program trains students in four key areas of advanced manufacturing: welding, CNC/machining, mechatronics, and production operations.

Grand Rapids to honor fallen officer with commemorative road signs, memorial

Nov. 16, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A half-mile portion of Tamarack Avenue NW will soon receive a commemorative designation in honor of a fallen Grand Rapids Police Department officer.

… Additional donations will go toward the Robert A. Kozminski Memorial Scholarship, which pays full tuition for a year for one Grand Rapids Community College student interested in law enforcement. The recipient is selected by Kozminski’s parents, Robert and Maria.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Robert Kozminski is an alumnus of GRCC’s Police Academy.)