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GRCC In the News, 6-19-17

June 19, 2017

City launches initiative for racial equity

June 16, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss promised in her 2016 State of the City address that she would focus on racial equity, and she intends to keep her word.

Bliss and Bill Pink, president of Grand Rapids Community College, sent out invitations this month calling for community leaders to join a group that will address racial disparities in the local workforce.

First class of GRPS Challenge Scholars aims for free college

June 16, 2017; therapidian.org

Francisco McKnight just finished his freshman year at Union High School, but he’s already thinking ahead to college. That’s due in large part to the fact that, as a Challenge Scholar, he’s guaranteed up to four years tuition-free at nearly 50 Michigan colleges if he keeps his grades and attendance up.

… Others in Union’s freshman class could qualify for up to two years tuition-free at Grand Rapids Community College under the program, which aims to help students from low-income families go to college. But all students still have three years left to qualify for the four-year award.

Delays help City Built find its niche

June 16, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

When Edwin Collazo and Dave Petroelje first announced City Built Brewing Co. in fall 2015, the brewing industry was a different beast.

… Collazo used to live, as a freshman at Grand Rapids Community College, in the Belknap Lookout area, and never imagined the Sackner Building, where the brewery is, would be the place he works.

Restaurant Week GR 2017 Returns with a New Twist

June 8, 2017; experiencegr.com

Mark your calendar and get ready to make your plans because Restaurant Week GR 2017 is only a couple of months away! Back for its eighth year, Restaurant Week GR delights diners as they try new restaurants as well as new dishes at old favorites. Now is the time to check out who’s participating.

… If you’re still not convinced that Restaurant Week GR is the best thing to hit your taste buds, here’s another reason to dine out. Each year, Restaurant Week GR partners with the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education Student Scholarship Fund at Grand Rapids Community College, donating $1 from each meal to the program. To date, Restaurant Week GR has contributed over $110,000 to its endowed scholarship fund, which benefits the future chefs of West Michigan.

GRCC In the News, 6-12-17

June 12, 2017

Summer safety tips for motorcyclists, drivers

June 11, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – As the temperature continues to rise this summer, so do the number of motorcycles on the road. Be sure you know how to stay safe if you’re riding one, or if you’re driving near one!

WZZM 13 asked Grand Rapids Community College Bike Safety Instructor Steven Lick to share some tips on how to stay safe while riding, as well as what drivers should be on the look out for.

St. Patrick ready for Regional

June 9, 2017; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

PORTLAND — The varsity baseball coaching staff of St. Patrick set a goal this year and there is a certainty that comes with goals. If you set one goal and attain it, good things always come from it. Some coaches put their eye on one thing – a conference title, or maybe even a regional title if they think their team might be good enough heading into a season.

… That foundation comes from (Bryan) Scheurer’s past, and his present. He played ball on St. Patrick fields from 1993-96 and then, without any offers at the next level signed up with Doug Wabeke at Grand Rapids Community College and his nationally acclaimed baseball team. He only played one year at GRCC and they won a national championship. “After your team wins a national championship, you gain a bit more notice,” Scheurer said, tongue in cheek. He jumped on the Chippewa bandwagon, accepting a scholarship from Central Michigan University. He played center and batted lead off for Steve Jaksa and learned some of the intricacies of hitting from Dave Grewe. He earned honors as an Academic All-American and he still holds a place in the Chippewa all-time record books bagging 18 doubles in 2001.

Michigan Virtual Charter Academy to Hold In-Person Graduation Ceremony

June 9, 2017; WMBF

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — (BUSINESS WIRE) Michigan Virtual Charter Academy (MVCA), a full-time online public charter school, authorized by Grand Valley State University and serving grades K-12, will hold a commencement ceremony for the Class of 2017 on Saturday, June 17th.

… Members of the Class of 2017 report being accepted to the following colleges and universities: Michigan State University, Schoolcraft College, North Central College, Grand Rapids Community College, Wayne Community College, Alpena Community College, Spring Arbor University, Saginaw Valley State University and Lansing Community College.

GRCC In the News, 6-9-17

June 9, 2017

New restaurant to open at former Forest Hills Inn spot

June 8, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, MI –  Nearly a year after longtime Forest Hills Inn closed, a new restaurant is under construction on the site.

… (Adam) Watts has long been part of the West Michigan restaurant scene, having served as executive chef at numerous restaurants. The Grand Haven native 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. He has since spent time as a chef in Scotland, California and Colorado. Locally, he helped open Rustica in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids Brewing Company and Slows Bar-BQ in the Downtown Market.

Central, Cyber School graduates celebrate success

June 8, 2017; Grand Haven Tribune

Families and friends cheered as pictures of Wednesday night’s graduates played in a slideshow.

… Looking ahead to the fall, 16-year-old Emma Chase said she plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College and later study to be a doctor.

GRCC In the News, 5-24-17

May 24, 2017

Man lured to robbery: ‘He wanted to shoot me’

May 23, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man looking for a good deal on a computer found himself looking down the barrel of a gun in what police call robbery by appointment.

… The 25-year-old Grand Rapids Community College dean’s list student was looking for a good deal on a MacBook Pro and found one on the online app OfferUp, which is similar to Craigslist. It turned out the deal was too good to be true.

West Michigan military: See achievements by local service men and women

May 23, 2017; MLive

… Retired Army Col. Scott Haraburda, was named Grand Rapids Community College’s 2017 Distinguished Alumnus. Haraburda received an associate degree in 1981 from what was then Grand Rapids Junior College. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Central Michigan University, a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, and master’s and doctoral degrees in chemical engineering from Michigan State University.

Academic Decision Day ‘Sends the Right Message’

May 23, 2017; schoolnewsnetwork.org (KISD newsletter)

Comstock Park Public Schools, MI — Anyone who knows high school knows about college decision day, when senior athletes make a show of signing with a college sports team.

… It was a proud day as well for Donovan Crandall, whom Bolthouse encouraged to accept a hefty financial aid package to attend Grand Rapids Community College.

Class of 2017 prepares to graduate from Holland-area schools

May 23, 2017; The Holland Sentinel

After 13 years of school or sometimes a little bit longer hundreds of Holland-area students are about to earn their high school diploma.

Descent into opioid addiction captured on video

May 23, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man’s determination to show a drug-addicted friend just how far she had fallen offers a rare and raw glimpse into the world of opioid addiction.

… She (Kelly Galbraith) now works at a private drug treatment center and attends Grand Rapids Community College.

Partners honor activists at César Chávez event

May 23, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A group of community partners have honored the legacy of civil rights activist César Chávez and recognized three change-makers.

… A number of colleges supported the event, including Aquinas College, Calvin College, Kendall College of Art and Design, Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University and Western Michigan University Grand Rapids.

Up close: How determination kept Tri-unity Christian seniors’ dreams alive

May 23, 2017; MLive

Rayven Mondy’s season was gone in an instant when the Tri-unity Christian senior guard took a trip to the hospital last January after she injured her knee in a game on Jan. 24.

… Mondy’s future looks bright now that she has had surgery and is undergoing rehabilitation. Plus, she recently signed with Grand Rapids Community College to continue her basketball career and education. Mondy said she was drawing interest from a number of schools before the injury occurred, and she added that GRCC was the school that stuck with her through the whole ordeal.

 

 

GRCC In the News, 5-22-17

May 22, 2017

Street Talk: Rapid transformation

May 19, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… Challenge accepted

Grand Rapids Community College was well represented recently at the MWest Challenge student venture competition, which provides students with an opportunity to develop and grow new ventures based on their own ideas.

Personal chef authors canning cookbook

May 19, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local food-preservation expert and culinary instructor has written a book on canning and cooking with preserved food.

… Devereaux received a personal chef certification from Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education in 2014.

GRPS, Florida A&M announces pipeline and major scholarships

May 19, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Florida A&M is awarding West Michigan students with major scholarships to announce a new pipeline between Grand Rapids Public School and the university.

… The partnership with Florida A&M comes as part of renewed commitment to Ottawa Hills students. Other plans for the school include: a major bond renovation, Early Middle College program with Grand Rapids Community College to help students gain free associate degrees; college and career preparations programs, including homeland security, cosmetology, technology, communications and engineering; and increased partnerships with other HBCUs.

DeShaun Thrower takes on two sports at Ferris State

May 19, 2017; WZZM

Ferris State football coach Tony Annese and men’s basketball coach Andy Bronkema are unsure how it’s going to work out, but they’re both excited to add a player with DeShaun Thrower’s skills to their respective teams next season.

… He (Thrower) also liked the connection he shared with Annese, who coached Muskegon High to three state championships in the mid-2000s before leaving to take over Grand Rapids Community College’s football program in 2009.

GRCC In the News, 5-15-17

May 15, 2017

Change Ups: Allen named Catholic Charities CEO

May 12, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… EDUCATION

… Grand Rapids Community College automotive technology students Bentley Streling and Adam VanPortfliet placed second and third, respectively, in the recent SkillsUSA state championship.

Perpetual growth fuels Switch

May 12, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

More than 1,000 contractors have had a hand in the Switch Pyramid campus in Gaines Township since legislation passed in December 2015 to bring the data center company to West Michigan.

… Switch has multiple partnerships in the works with Michigan companies, including a renewable energy initiative set to be released soon. (Adam) Kramer confirmed a second year of its partnership with ArtPrize and talked about its workforce development with Grand Rapids Community College.

Clothing line founders get creative

May 12, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Last year, Jack VanGessel and three of his friends launched Southern Hound, a clothing line inspired by popular styles and culture originating from the South.

But a couple of months after the start of their new venture, the four business partners were beginning to feel dissatisfied with the amount of money they were paying for creative services. VanGessel, a student at Grand Rapids Community College, and co-founder Conor Conaboy, a student at Michigan State University, brainstormed ideas and concluded one day, it might be a fun endeavor to start their own creative agency. That day came sooner than they expected.

Inside Track: Dentist seizes business opportunity

May 12, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

John Bruinsma never would have guessed the artificial taste of a sugar-free lollipop would one day lead to the taste of a $2,000 bottle of scotch.

… Growing up in Grand Rapids, Bruinsma always had a passion for science. After graduating from high school ahead of schedule, he went on to continue his education at Grand Rapids Community College.

Our LGBT Fund raises $520,000 to support services in West Michigan

May 14, 2017; MiBiz

GRAND RAPIDS — The growth of a fund established three years ago by a same-sex couple from Grand Rapids proves there’s interest in addressing issues the LGBT community faces in West Michigan.

… (Simon) Kittok, who works for Grand Rapids Community College, said the fund was created to offer more opportunities for transgender individuals to make good lives for themselves.

GRCC In the News, 5-12-17

May 12, 2017

Robert Kozminski and other fallen officers of West Michigan honored in police memorial

May 11, 2017; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A police officer who bravely gave his life while on duty in Grand Rapids 10 years ago was honored at Richmond Park on Thursday along with several other officers who made the same sacrifice.

… That memorial was made possible thanks to several volunteers, donors and vendors. The Kozminski family also started a memorial scholarship that is awarded to a student of the Grand Rapids Community College whose career goal it is to be in law enforcement and attend the police academy.

Army Col. Scott Haraburda named 2017 GRCC Distinguished Alumnus

May 12, 2017; Spencer Evening World (Ind.)

A Spencer Army veteran, engineer and inventor is Grand Rapids Community College’s 2017 Distinguished Alumnus.

Photo shows future alumna

May 12, 2017

Judith Larsen, from Grants and Resource Development, shared this photo of her mother, future GRJC alumna Geraldine Czerew Hupp, as the lead drum majorette at Davis Technical High School, which is now GRCC’s Main Building. Geraldine is in the center of the bottom photo:

“She would lead the band in practice down Winchester Alley — right next to my office.  This is from the school paper, ‘The Beacon,’ around 1942.”

A page of an old Davis Technical High School yearbook shows photos of the marching band and the three majorettes. The headline reads: "Rat-a-Tat-Tat, Boom, Boom, Tech Band!"

GRCC In the News, 5-8-17

May 8, 2017

Change Ups: WMU Cooley Law School associate dean inducted into alumni ROTC Hall of Fame

May 5, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… AWARDS

Retired Col. Scott Haraburda is Grand Rapids Community College’s 2017 Distinguished Alumnus. Haraburda is a 1981 graduate from then Grand Rapids Junior College; chemistry professor Joe Hesse was named the college’s 2017 Emeritus Faculty; and president Dr. Steven C. Ender received the President Emeritus Award. Ender retired in April.

School district plans $17M renovation of high school

May 5, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local school district is planning to renovate a high school into a “center for college preparation and career technical education.”

… In a joint venture with Grand Rapids Community College, GRPS will launch its first Early Middle College program at the renovated Ottawa Hills High School.

GRBJ: Ferris programs help Latinos hone business skills

May 8, 2017 WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Throughout her 10 years in educational leadership and her work in the nonprofit sector, Lorena Aguayo-Marquez has worn many hats. Now, she wants to focus on the work that truly motivates her.

That’s why Aguayo-Marquez, program assistant for adult education programs at Grand Rapids Community College, signed up for the Latino Talent Initiative, a professional development program established in 2014 by the Latino Economic and Business Development Center (LEBDC) at Ferris State University.

GRCC Athlete Jeff Drake Todd

May 5, 2017; Grand Rapids Times

Jeff Todd is one of Grand Rapids Community College’s best basketball team players with a scoring average of 21.3 points per game as the Raiders combo point guard and shooting guard. In this interview with the GR Times, he talks about how he learned that grades come first the hard way, the influence of his parents on his college career, future plans and more.

Sinclair baseball edges Cuyahoga to win conference championship

5/7/17 Dayton Daily News (Ohio)

Sinclair split a doubleheader with Cuyahoga on Sunday to clinch the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference championship.

… The Tartan Pride travel to Grand Rapids Community College for a non-conference doubleheader on Monday.

Innovation Central, Montessori students’ 2017 prom a royal night

May 5, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Students from Grand Rapids Public Schools’ Innovation Central High School and Grand Rapids Montessori joined together for a royal night at their prom Friday, May 5.

The two schools — which are on the same campus — held their prom at Grand Rapids Community College’s Raider Grille. The theme was “where the royals meet.”

GRCC In the News, 5-3-17

May 3, 2017

Crews break ground on GRPD fallen officer memorial

May 2, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Construction is underway for a memorial to fallen Grand Rapids police officers.

… The original fundraising goal was $65,000, which would have paid for the memorial and a scholarship fund. That goal was increased to $75,000 so direct more money to the scholarship fund, which pays for one year of tuition at Grand Rapids Community College for a student who hopes to work in law enforcement. (Robert) Kozminski’s parents choose the recipient of that scholarship.

NL trio signs

May 2, 2017; Argus-Press (Owosso)

(Photo caption) New Lothrop students Autumn Severn, Claudia Freed and Nicole Theodore all signed on to play collegiate sports Monday in the New Lothrop High School auditorium. Severn, second from left, will play volleyball at Grand Rapids Community College. She is pictured seated with longtime New Lothrop volleyball coach Sheri Warner, who retired after last season. Freed, third from right, and Theodore, far right, will both play basketball at Mott Community College. The duo is pictured with New Lothrop girls basketball coach Jim Perry.

5 a.m. News

May 3, 2017; WWMT

The Battle Creek VA is working to address the needs of women veterans. The event, Women Veterans Expo 2017, is happening today at Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC In the News, 4-24-17

April 24, 2017

Prominent restaurateur, local Latino community leader dies

April 23, 2017; FOX 17

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

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

Kentwood Women’s Club awards scholarships

April 20, 2017; MLive

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

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

Belding’s Breimeyer to play basketball at GRCC

April 21, 2017; The Greenville Daily News

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

Veteran core leading Hopkins baseball team to strong start

April 21, 2017; MLive

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

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

The Last Snow Pile in G.R.

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

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

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

GRCC In the News, 4-14-17

April 14, 2017

Family and friends of fatal beating victim gather for vigil

April 13, 2017; MLive

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

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

Former local man opens GR eatery

April 13, 2017; Grand Haven Tribune

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

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

9,000 students engage in interactive career exploration

April 13, 2017; MLive

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

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

GRCC In the News, 4-3-17

April 3, 2017

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

April 2, 2017; FOX 17

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

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

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

March 31, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… EDUCATION

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

Attracting talent will be focus of Summit Up! Event

April 3, 2017; MLive

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

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

Inside Track: Putting his mark on Grand Rapids

March 32, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

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

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

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

March 31, 2017; Revue

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

Comprehensive Therapy Center CWC Awards Finalist

March 31, 2017; WOOD TV

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

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

GRCC In the News, 3-31-17

March 31, 2017

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

March 30, 2017; ESPN

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

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

GRCC In the News, 3-30-17

March 30, 2017

GRCC opens new nursing assistant training facility

March 29, 2017; WZZM

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

Report: Giants offer tight end Nick Truesdell a contract

March 30, 2017; giantswire.usatoday.com

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

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