AR 105 students tour Kerkstra Prescast plant

Students from the AR 105:  Construction Materials 1 class toured the Kerkstra Precast Inc. plant in Grandville.  Kurt DeKock, director of operations, gave students an extensive tour of the Kerkstra Precast Inc. facilities, solidifying information that is covered in the class.  Kerkstra Precast Inc. has given students of the AR 105 class tours of the plant for more than 10 years.  They have been a very good partner in the education for our GRCC students!  Thank you!

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GRCC In the News, 4-3-17

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


… 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, 2-9-17

Eight new employees now working for TowerPinkster

Feb. 9, 2017; Second Wave Southwest Michigan

Eight new employees have joined TowerPinkster, an architecture and engineering firm that specializes in education, healthcare, commercial, and governmental building design.

… Allyson Andrews and Marissa Dotson have joined the TowerPinkster as interns. Andrews is an Architectural Intern from Grand Rapids Community College where she is earning her Associate of Arts. She recently earned her Engineering Technology Computer-Aided Drafting and Design certificate from Kent Career Technical Center. Dotson is a senior studying Interior Design at Western Michigan University.

GRCC In the News, 2-1-17

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, 8-29-16

50 Best Culinary Schools in the US 2016

Aug. 29, 2016;

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the demand for chefs and head cooks at restaurants and other establishments will grow 9%, faster than most other industries in the country. With the popularity of cooking shows and competitions, more and more people are discovering the field of culinary arts and what it takes to be successful in the industry. Earning a certificate or degree in the field not only provides the experience and training needed to get your foot in the door, it also provides a  foundation for upward mobility to become future leaders and trend setters in the industry.

… #30. Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College-Grand Rapids, Michigan

Bosnian brothers build on heritage

Aug. 26, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Growing up in Bosnia, Rudy Kadiric remembers handing nails to his father as they built a pole barn. Today, Kadiric and his brother, Muhamed, are continuing the family’s carpentry heritage in Grand Rapids.

… Kadiric worked various construction jobs while going to school at Grand Rapids Community College, where he graduated in 2005 with a degree in architectural drafting and design. In 2006, the brothers decided to utilize the family history and work experience as carpenters and opened their small operation.

News 8 Daybreak

Aug. 29, 2016; WOOD TV

… It’s not only the high schools heading back to the classroom. Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University will be both starting their school years. Traffic may be impacted.

Former Comstock Park coach welcomed back to sidelines with victory

Aug. 26, 2016; MLive

It has been over 30 years since Tim Johnson wore headphones on the football field at Comstock Park.

… Johnson served as a coach at Grand Valley State and then at Grand Rapids Community College before he became Comstock Park’s baseball coach.

Faculty lead Study Away trips to Alsace-Lorraine, New York, Morocco

Experiential Learning currently has three Study Away programs traveling the world.  We have five faculty member leading 4 programs. The first program is lead by Chef Heckwolf and Chef Ahmed as they travel the Alsace-Lorraine region learning about culinary practices of the region as part of the HU 219 course. The second program to is Professor Overdevest as they travel around New York City and learning about Art History and architectural as part of a AT 106 course. The last program currently traveling is led by Professor Haney as they travel Morocco in a deep cultural immersion as part of a HU 219 course. Later in August, Professor Knoppers will be taking a group nursing students to Costa Rica as part of practicum courses associated with the nursing program.

You can visit our Study Away website for more information to learn more about our short-term, faculty-led Study Away programs.

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GRCC In the News, 5-14-15

Coast Guard commander with high-profile rescue credits his dad, Michigan upbringing for success

May 14, 2015; MLive

MOBILE, ALABAMA — When he graduated from West Catholic High School at 17, Chris Cederholm wanted to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps. His father, a U.S. Army veteran who taught at Grand Rapids Community College, refused to sign the needed form.

… Years later, after walking into a U.S. Coast Guard recruitment station while searching for the U.S. Navy recruiter, he came to understand the mission and values of the lower-profile service. He enlisted as a reservist in the Coast Guard in 1990 while pursuing a degree in architecture from GRCC as well as a bachelor’s degree in history from Grand Valley State University.

Grand Rapids company known for its ad work to shoot film this summer

May 13, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — It’s a big year for Gorilla. The Grand Rapids company opened a West Coast office, sold a web series about NBA player Chris Kaman to Mark Cuban’s network and is gearing up to shoot its first feature film in West Michigan.

… Raised as a homeschooler, nearly everything (Eric) Johnson knows about the business is self-taught. He took classes at Grand Rapids Community College and attended Compass Film Academy, now known as Compass College of Cinematic Arts, before an internship took him to set of “Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius” in Atlanta. There, he met Machiela, also a West Michigan native, who had recently completed film school in Florida.

Byron Center baseball regains OK Green crown with sweep of Hamilton doubleheader

May 13, 2015; MLive

The Byron Center baseball team needed two wins this week in the team’s final OK Green three-game conference series against Hamilton to win the title outright. Turns out the Bulldogs will not need the scheduled final game of the series.

… (Tyler) Polls struck out 14 and allowed only three hits over seven innings of the shutout. The Grand Rapids Community College commit raised his record to 6-0 with a .70 ERA with the win.