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GRCC In the News, 8-17-17

August 17, 2017

Man sentenced to life in prison for killing woman on GRCC campus

Aug. 16, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A 20-year-old man was sentenced to life in prison with no parole Wednesday, Aug. 16, for fatally stabbing a homeless woman.

Marcus Bivins approached Jeanne Huntoon, 34, near a parking ramp on the Grand Rapids Community College campus at about 2:30 a.m. April 30, 2016, police said, later stabbing and beating the woman to death.

Street preacher battles two city ordinances, says they stifle free speech

Aug. 15, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – If you’re reciting scripture on a city sidewalk and someone complains, are you breaking the law?

… (Stephen) Nylen is outreach and evangelism chair at New City Fellowship OPC, 700 Burton Street SE, according to his Facebook page. He studied at Grace Bible College and Grand Rapids Community College and attended Ottawa Hills High School.

 

GRCC In the News, 8-15-17

August 15, 2017

Race initiative leader: Lack of progress exposed

Aug. 14, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — West Michigan groups focused on equality are speaking out as racially-charged protests continue in Charlottesville, Virginia.

… “It was something we saw that we did not want to look at,” Dr. Bill Pink, co-chair of the new initiative and president of Grand Rapids Community College, said of racism. “It was ugly. We want to believe that we’re beyond that.”

Chamber announces ATHENA winner

Aug. 10, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local chamber of commerce has selected a health insurance executive as the recipient of its annual award geared toward women in leadership roles.

… The other 2017 ATHENA Award finalists were Lori Burgess, executive director Kent County Girls on the Run; Carol Van Andel, executive director of the David and Carol Van Andel Foundation; Nkechy Ekere Ezeh, CEO of Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative; and Christy Buck, executive director of the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan.

… 2017 ATHENA Young Professional Award finalists

… Lorena Aguayo-Marquez, DGRI

… Alyssa Veneklase, Gold Coast Doulas LLC

(Lorena Aguayo-Marquez works in Academic Outreach; Nkechy Ekere Ezeh and Alyssa Veneklase are GRCC alumnae.)

GRCC In the News, 8-14-17

August 14, 2017

Culinary institute hosts tryouts for international pastry competition

Aug. 13, 2017; Grand Rapids Magazine

A group of six pastry chefs from across the country vying to represent the United States at the 2019 Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie in Lyon, France, will compete in the kitchens of the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College. The competing chefs are experts in sugar and chocolate.

West Michigan group aims to reduce food waste

Aug. 3, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — West Michigan throws away about 132,000 tons of food waste, and Southwest Michigan about 106,000 tons.

… Founding council members include representatives from SpartanNash, Meijer, Cocoa, Organicycle, Barfly Ventures, Bells Brewery, Gordon Food Service, Mercy Health, Spectrum Health, Creative Dining Services, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Kent County Department of Public Works, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Secchia Institute at Grand Rapids Community College, Lake Michigan College, and Feeding America West Michigan.

Annual softball game played in memory of fallen Grand Rapids police office

Aug. 11, 2017; WZZM

GRANDVILLE, MICH. – This July marked 10 years since the death of Grand Rapids Police Officer Robert Kozminski and on Friday evening, an annual softball game was played in his memory.

Dozens came out to Wedgewood Park in Grandville for the game. While there, three students received the Officer Robert A. Kozminski Scholarship to aid them this fall. All three students are currently enrolled in the Grand Rapids Community College Police Academy.

Gravel Bottom Brewery plans two-part expansion in Ada, Grand Rapids

Aug. 13, 2017; mibiz.com

ADA — Matt Michiels has known for the last two years that he needed to expand his growing West Michigan craft brewery.

… “I know what I don’t know, and the restaurant is something that I’m going to need help on,” Michiels said, adding that he hopes to leverage connections at Grand Rapids Community College and within the industry.

GRCC In the News, 8-7-17

August 7, 2017

Change Ups: Updates planned for GRCC technology center

Aug. 4, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Grand Rapids Community College’s Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center will be updated and expanded, thanks in part to $6,367,250 in state funding that will cover half the cost of the $12,734,500 project. The development will focus on computer and manufacturing programs. Students completing these programs are in high demand, and so it’s important for GRCC to keep its classrooms current with the latest equipment and tools used in these industries, according to Amy Koning, dean of the School of Workforce Development.

Cascade Engineering embraces innovation

Aug. 4, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Sustainability drives innovation at Cascade Engineering, and the plastic injection molding company is constantly driven toward innovation to better serve a wide variety of industries.

… Cascade’s center for innovation is staffed with undergraduates from Grand Rapids Community College and Ferris State University in Big Rapids. There also are Ph.D.-level scientists on staff who head the formulation and understanding of the properties of plastics used.

The Public Schools Near Betsy DeVos’ Hometown Are Doing Great

Aug. 7, 2017; NPR

Betsy DeVos was back in western Michigan last week. It was her first public visit to the area where she grew up since being named education secretary. She visited a science-focused summer learning program and Grand Rapids Community College, and met privately with superintendents from across the state.

The Omelette Shoppe serving more than breakfast for Restaurant Week GR

Aug. 4, 2017; FOX 17

Restaurant Week GR is less than a week away, and for the first time a majority of the 70 restaurants participating will be serving a lunch option.

… For every meal sold, each restaurant will donate $1 to the Secchia Institute of Culinary Education Student Scholarship Fund at Grand Rapids Community College.

Nick Truesdell On His Crazy Road To Vikings Training Camp

Aug. 6, 2017; CBS Minnesota

MANKATO, Minn. (WCCO) — There are great stories every year in training camp, as football players give it their best to try to earn one of the 53 spots on the roster.

… In 2011 he (Nick Truesdell) enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College, and promptly tore his ACL in the very first game, of what turned out to be Grand Rapids’ final season —¬†they cancelled the football program at the end of the year.

 

GRCC In the News, 8-4-17

August 4, 2017

Recapping the summer of apprenticeships

Aug. 3, 2017; AACC 21st Century Center (American Association of Community Colleges newsletter)

It’s been the summer of apprenticeships. They’ve been the focus of congressional committee hearings and White House executive orders. Earlier this week, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visited Grand Rapids Community College (Michigan) to learn more about apprenticeships and the skilled trades.

Colorful summer dishes served at Gravity Taphouse Grille during Restaurant Week GR

Aug. 3, 2017; FOX 17

Restaurant Week GR is approaching quickly, getting ready to show off the best dishes from 70 restaurants in the Grand Rapids area.

… For every meal sold, each restaurant will donate $1 to the Secchia Institute of Culinary Education Student Scholarship Fund at Grand Rapids Community College.

Ferris Transfer Student Open House college admission on the spot!

Aug. 3, 2017; WOTV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) — Join Ferris State University to learn how you can transform your college credits or associate degree into a bachelor’s degree. Program advisors, financial aid experts and admissions officers will make sure you have the information you need to take the next step. Make sure to bring all of your questions and copies of your transcripts. Qualified students will be admitted to the university on the spot!

… By partnering with Grand Rapids Community College they are able to offer select Ferris degree programs close to where you live and work.

3 candidates seek 2 Ward 1 slots in primary

Aug. 4, 2017; The Herald-Palladium (St. Joseph)

SOUTH HAVEN — Three candidates in the city’s Ward 1 will square off in the primary election on Tuesday.

… He (Ahmmad Goodwin) graduated from South Haven High School and has an associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College.

Where Second Ward city commission candidates stand on affordable housing

Aug. 3, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids City Commission is reminded at nearly every meeting by activists and residents of the affordable housing crunch in the city – but not all of the three candidates for a Second Ward seat on the commission put the issue as top priority.

… (Mayor Rosalynn) Bliss and the rest of the city commission have thrown their support to (Joe) Jones – who has drawn a number of establishment endorsements from across the city, including Grand Rapids Public Schools leadership, Grand Rapids Community College officials, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce and the Grand Rapids Fire Department union.

Staging a Change: The life of Fred Sebulske, Grand Rapids godfather of theater

Aug. 3, 2017; Revue

Hate letters. State government threats. Mayoral involvement. Armed police in the theater.

… Criticism continued to elevate as the opening night got closer. Hate letters from across the country were sent to cast members. After the first couple of performances, the show had to be moved. Grand Rapids Community College which owns Spectrum Theater was facing threats to lose state funding over the play’s controversy.

GRCC In the News, 8-3-17

August 3, 2017

Housing advocates get $500K grants for neighborhood projects

Aug. 2, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — LINC Up and Habitat for Humanity of Kent County are getting $500,000 each for affordable housing projects in the city’s southeast and southwest neighborhoods from NeighborWorks America’s Project Reinvest: Neighborhoods.

LINC Up will use the funding to build five affordable homes in the Madison Square Neighborhood in partnership with Grand Rapids Community College’s MTEC construction program, according to an Aug. 2 announcement of the awards.

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Aug. 2, 2017; Community College Daily

DeVos visits Grand Rapids Community College to promote training

Detroit Free Press

From sampling the slow-cooked brisket at the Peter Secchia Institute for Culinary Education to talking with grade school kids participating in a summer camp that teaches construction skills, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos returned to Michigan this week to continue her promotion of education that goes beyond traditional public schools and universities.

Not your average student: Colleges and nonprofits prep workers for construction trades

RapidGrowthmedia.com

It’s almost impossible to pick what your average student looks like, says Scott Mattson, job training manager at Grand Rapids Community College (Michigan).

What’s In a Name?

Aug. 2, 2017; Women’s Lifestyle magazine

For Abigail Yoo, names have the power to boldly define who we are.

… Yoo left home after high school and began working full time to support herself. A few years down the road, she enrolled at GRCC. Having started a retail business with her husband, she took a number of business classes. Her passion for art eventually motivated her to take courses in art history and technique.

Brewery Vivant Escoffier Farmhouse Wild Ale to be re-released on August 6

Aug. 2, 2017; beerpulse.com

(Grand Rapids, MI) — Brewery Vivant set to re-release the beloved Escoffier beer on Sunday August 6, in conjunction with Restaurant Week Grand Rapids and the official announcement of new Executive Chef, Chris Vander Meer. Escoffier is a mixed culture farmhouse wild ale and the next in the Plein de Vie (full of life) series of wood and wild beers. First brewed in 2012 as a collaboration between Brewery Vivant and New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, CO) as a straight brettanomyces fermentation, Escoffier was later proclaimed one of the Best Beers in the World by Draft Magazine. This years re-release was cellared for over a year to let the flavors properly develop and presents with a deep orange-red hue, brett fruity-funkiness on the nose and a slightly spicy fruity character on the sip. It clocks in at 11.2% ABV.

… Chef (Chris) Vander Meer has been cooking with Brewery Vivant since 2011 and progressing into the role of Sous Chef and most recently Chef de Cuisine. After earning a degree in culinary arts from Grand Rapids Community College, Vander Meer traveled and gained experience along the Maine coastline. He returned to Grand Rapids honing his craft in kitchens around the city. He brings a wealth of experience, attention to detail, and passion for excellence with him into his new role at the brewery. “We’re happy to have Vander’s leadership in the back of the house.” Says Jason Spaulding, President and Owner of Brewery Vivant, “He understands how to take locally-sourced, quality ingredients and turn them into wonderful dishes.”

What Kitchen 67 is serving up for Restaurant Week GR

Aug. 2, 2017; FOX 17

Restaurant Week GR is approaching quickly, getting ready to show off the best dishes from 70 restaurants in the Grand Rapids area.

… For every meal sold, each restaurant will donate $1 to the Secchia Institute of Culinary Education Student Scholarship Fund at Grand Rapids Community College.

 

 

GRCC In the News, 8-2-17

August 2, 2017

Betsy DeVos sees Grand Rapids Community College’s impact

Aug. 1, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Tuesday, Aug. 1, how “exciting and encouraging” it was to see how Grand Rapids Community College’s programs are continuing to develop to support students.

Michigan native Betsy DeVos visits Grand Rapids to promote community college training

Aug. 1, 2017; The Detroit Free Press

GRAND RAPIDS — From sampling the slow-cooked brisket at the Peter Secchia Institute for Culinary Education to talking with grade school kids participating in a summer camp that teaches construction skills, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos returned to Michigan this week to continue her promotion of education that goes beyond traditional public schools and universities.

“I think we should be emphasizing the multitude of pathways to higher education, recognizing and acknowledging that we have many different kinds of students, many different personalities,” she said Tuesday after touring several programs offered at Grand Rapids Community College. “I’ve heard from many students who have originally pursued a four-year college or university program only to find out that they didn’t like sitting at a desk job. We need to not only support and encourage those opportunities, but to also make sure students know about the multitude of options.”

DeVos visits Grand Rapids job training programs focused on skilled trades

Aug. 1, 2017; Michigan Radio

Traditional four-year universities aren’t the only path to higher education and good jobs. That was the message today from U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

DeVos met with Grand Rapids Community College students and faculty as a part of a nationwide tour to see different approaches to higher education. The visit was focused on apprenticeships and the need for skilled trades workers.

(Similar articles ran in other media outlets.)

Caroline Lowcountry Kitchen Focuses on Authentic Cuisine

Aug. 1, 2017; Grand Rapids Magazine

Chef Tom Pugh ate his way through Charleston, South Carolina the heart of low country cuisine to ensure the authenticity of his newest venture.

… Pugh attended Grand Rapids Community College’s culinary school and has a long history of working with seafood. He initially worked the seafood counter for a D&W grocery store and spent 10 years at Bonefish Grill in Grand Rapids.

Love craft beer? See what Atwater Brewery is cooking up for Restaurant Week GR

Aug. 1, 2017; FOX 17

Restaurant Week GR is just a little over a week away, with 70 restaurants ready to make countless dishes to give people a taste of Grand Rapids.

… For every meal sold, each restaurant will donate $1 to the Secchia Institute of Culinary Education Student Scholarship Fund at Grand Rapids Community College.

 

GRCC In the News, 7-31-17

July 31, 2017

Gov. Rick Snyder makes appointment to the Hispanic/Latino Commission of Michigan

July 28, 2017; michigan.gov

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of Carlos Pava of Grand Rapids to the Hispanic/Latino Commission of Michigan.

… Pava is the COO of Voices for Health, Inc. He is a licensed trainer for the Community Interpreter International and a certified healthcare interpreter. Pava holds an associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and business administration from Michigan State University. He will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Osvaldo Rivera.

Where are they now? Catching up with area college athletes

July 28, 2017; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

The Ionia Sentinel-Standard doesn’t just keep track of your favorite prep sports players. We are working hard to bring you the stats and stories of those who moved on to college athletics. Even though they’ve moved away from their home towns doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten them. Here is the first in a series of where Ionia County athletes are and what they are doing.

… JOSIE MANION Saranac 2016

Josie is a guard for the Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) Raider basketball team. As a freshman, Josie played in 28 games. She averaged 26.4 minutes per game and tallied an average of 5.5 points. She had a field goal percentage . 245 and a free throw percentage of .571. She averaged 4.2 rebounds per game and she had 1.8 assists per game.

MADDIE ALBERT Lakewood 2016

Maddie took to the court as a freshman as a guard for the GRCC Raiders. She played in 26 games and averaged 26.9 minutes of playing time per game. Maddie averaged 6.5 points per game and had a field goal percentage of .318. She tallied a free throw percentage of .717 and tallied 4.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.

Grand Rapids Christian’s Jordyn Gates commits to Arkansas, and she’s only 14

July 28, 2017; MLive

Jordyn Gates made a trip to the University of Arkansas this summer, hoping to make a good impression on the school’s volleyball coaches during a day camp.

… Maddy Gates, who will be a senior at Christian in the fall, has verbally committed to Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne. Their older sister, Taylor Gates, played volleyball at Grand Rapids Community College, while her brother, Brent Gates Jr., plays hockey at Minnesota and was drafted in the third round by Anaheim in 2015.

GRCC In the News, 7-28-17

July 28, 2017

Noco Provisions opens in former site of Forest Hills Inn

July 27, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The corner of Forest Hills Avenue and Cascade Road is once again a culinary destination.

… The Grand Haven native (chef Adam Watts) graduated from the Secchia Institute for Culinary Arts at Grand Rapids Community College, and began his restaurant career at the famed Tapawingo Restaurant in Northern Michigan.

GRCC In the News, 7-27-17

July 27, 2017

Victim ID’d as former athlete

July 25, 2017; The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, Ind.)

When Tyon Woods was killed Saturday night just before midnight, he was leaving the annual family block party at Hanna Homestead Park at East Lewis and Chute streets.

(Tyon Woods was a former GRCC student.)

Not your average student: Colleges and nonprofits prep workers for construction trades

July 26, 2017; rapidgrowthmedia.com

“It’s almost impossible to pick what your average student looks like,” says Scott Mattson, job training manager at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC). Referring to the college’s construction and electrician training programs, Mattson echoes a sentiment of the construction industry in general: the workforce is constantly evolving. Despite shifting with technology and the economy, construction is a sector that remains constant in one vital area: the need for professional, skilled workers.

A more diverse Grand Rapids Fire Department embodied by 2017 recruits

July 26, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – From a young age, Ashley Deyo was immersed in the world of public safety. Raised by her firefighter father, she was encouraged to follow in his footsteps into a career dominated by men.

… During his interview for the Grand Rapids fire chief job, (John) Lehman said he learned city officials shared his desire to further diversify the fire department. With a similar goal in mind for the police department, the city hosted neighborhood meetings and a joint recruitment night at Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC In the News, 7-18-17

July 18, 2017

These 3 new Michigan childcare centers offer the most advanced facilities for children and adults

July 14, 2017; Model D Media

The latest research suggests that high-quality early childhood education has positive long-term effects that last well into adulthood. Unfortunately, demand for early education outstrips access to these facilities. And often the quality is poor.

… In 1974, Phyllis Fratzke, founder of the child development program at Grand Rapids Community College, brought young children and college students together to create learning experiences for both. In January, GRCC opened a brand-new facility, the Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory, based on Fratzke’s education model.

Former WASP, other seniors get a chance to ‘soar like an eagle’

July 17, 2017; MLive

Jane Doyle, 95, stood on the tarmac at Sparta’s Paul C. Miller Airport recently looking at the 1942 Boeing Stearman biplane she had just taken a ride in.

… She graduated from Grand Rapids South High School in 1940 and knew then that she wanted to learn to fly. “The junior college (Grand Rapids Community College) had a flight school then, so I did the 70 hours of ground school there and then 30 hours of flight training at the Kent County Airport to earn my private pilot’s license,” she said.

Trial underway for man accused in 2016 murder on GRCC campus

July 17, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. (WZZM) – Testimony is expected to get underway Tuesday in the trial of a Grand Rapids man accused of killing a 34-year-old woman in a random attack on the Grand Rapids Community College campus more than a year ago.

 

GRCC In the News, 7-17-17

July 17, 2017

GVSU, GRCC announce campus expansions in Grand Rapids

July 14, 2017; mibiz.com

GRAND RAPIDS — Two higher educational institutions plan to spend more than $82 million combined to expand their downtown campuses.

The state’s 2018 fiscal year budget, signed today by Gov. Rick Snyder, includes allocations for expansions at both Grand Valley State University and Grand Rapids Community College.

Change Ups: Blandford Nature Center founder receives inaugural award

July 14, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… GRANTS

Grand Rapids Community College received a $50,000 grant from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation to create more health care career opportunities for minorities. The grant will fund a 10-day Health Care Scrubs Camp for Grand Rapids Public Schools students. High school juniors and seniors will learn in GRCC simulation labs, work in a decontamination unit at St. Mary’s Hospital, participate in a culinary medicine workshop at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education, and take part in a disaster drill.

Chef Clark introduces new take on Italian cuisine

July 11, 2017; Grand Rapids Magazine

Chef Clark Frain is excited to bring contemporary Italian cuisine, including crudo offerings, which means raw in Italian, to downtown Grand Rapids.

… After a stint at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College he landed at Gibsons. “I had a great experience there,” he said. “I started refining my technique and learning about high quality ingredients.”

Inside Track: Building a brotherhood

July 14, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Andre Fields knows firsthand the painful combination of poverty, fatherlessness and systemic racism that haunts many of his black male students.

… Fields, an associate professor and counselor at Grand Rapids Community College, started a leadership development fraternity for black male students at GRCC called Alpha Beta Omega (ABO) in 2012.

 

 

GRCC In the News, 7-14-17

July 14, 2017

Column: After 65 years of marriage, Barrington couple has advice for newlyweds

July 13, 2017; The Chicago Tribune

The significance of The Beatles song, “When I’m Sixty-Four” pales in comparison to 65 years of marriage. Marie and Curt Verschoor, of Wyngate in Barrington, recently celebrated that momentous number, so I asked them about their keys to wedded bliss.

… Curt went on to the University of Michigan while Marie spent two years at Grand Rapids Community College to save money before attending the University of Michigan.

GRCC In the News, 7-12-17

July 12, 2017

Local Spotlight: Deavondre Jones motivates through dance

July 11, 2017; therapidian.org

When talking to Deavondre Jones and hearing him speak about his past or his plans for the future, his fervor and drive are infectious. It makes sense that at 23, he has already developed a company that mixes the performing arts and public speaking, amongst many other ventures.

… Jones moved to Grand Rapids after graduating high school to attend Grand Rapids Community College. He remained in school even after his friends who accompanied him dropped out, but when he returned home for the holidays his sophomore year, he felt disheartened; while he was progressing in life, he saw that his family was still disenfranchised and struggling.

GRCC In the News, 7-11-17

July 11, 2017

East Grand Rapids welcomes 4 new summer bike patrol cadets

July 10, 2017; MLive

East Grand Rapids has four new summer bike patrol cadets to help the Public Safety Department provide a greater presence throughout the city during warmer months.

… (Aaron) Huizenga, 27, of Jenison, is currently attending the Grand Rapids Community College Police Academy and plans to receive his associate’s degree in criminal justice by October. After finishing up at GRCC, Huizenga wants to continue working in law enforcement and follow his dreams of serving and protecting the community.

(Justin) Bradford, 26, was born and raised in Grand Rapids and is an army veteran. He currently is enrolled in the Grand Rapids Community College Police Academy as well. Upon graduation in October, he hopes to get a job in law enforcement.

(Evan) Randall, 29, of Kentwood, completed his studies at Grand Rapids Community College in 2013 and is now attending Ferris State University.