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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.

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.