Posted tagged ‘athletics’

Basketball team places 6th in national tournament

March 27, 2017

Congratulations to the men’s basketball team, which placed 6th in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament!

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.

Basketball team advances to NJCAA quarterfinals

March 23, 2017

The men’s basketball team defeated Essex County College on Wednesday 74-72. GRCC advances to the quarterfinal round of the NJCAA Division II National Tournament, playing Louisburg College at 9 p.m. today. The game will be streaming live at njcaatv.com .

GRCC In the News, 3-21-17

March 21, 2017

Skilled trade training program launches in W MI

March 20, 2017; WOOD TV

WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — Austin Bonter is a machine build apprentice with specialty manufacturer AutoMatrix in Wyoming. It’s his job to transfer designs from paper to a computer and make a workable machine.

… Kent Intermediate School District, Grand Rapids Community College and several local manufacturers are partnering on the program to get high school students interested in an industry that many declared dead on arrival just a few years ago.

Patriots to host forum on emergency preparedness

March 20, 2017; The Holland Sentinel

The Ottawa County Patriots will focus on emergency preparations for manmade and natural disasters at their next public forum on Tuesday, March 21.

… Lt. Col. Denny Gillem, U.S. Army (Ret.), hosts the radio program “The Frontlines of Freedom” and teaches classes in American Government at Grand Rapids Community College. After graduating from West Point, Lt. Col. Gillem served more than 22 years in various positions, including as a combat leader in Vietnam and as a war planner in Europe and the Middle East at U.S. Readiness Command in Florida.

Sweet Sixteen Pursue National Title in Danville!

March 20, 2017; vermilioncountyfirst.com

Sixteen (16) National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Men’s Basketball teams from across the country have earned the title of regional champions and will represent their regions in the upcoming NJCAA Division II Mens National Basketball Championship held at Danville Area Community College Tuesday, March 21-Saturday, March 25, 2017 in the DACC Mary Miller Gymnasium.

… Alphabetical List of Teams 2017:

… Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, MI

 

GRCC In the News, 3-20-17

March 20, 2017

News 8 Daybreak

March 20, 2017; WOOD TV

We’ll learn more today about a new partnership that could help fill a manufacturing gap in West Michigan. Manufacturers are working with the Kent ISD and Grand Rapids Community College.

LINC Up looks to address affordable housing

March 17, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Community-driven economic development organization LINC Up is hoping to address the affordable housing dilemma by starting right around the corner.

Braving the return of winter weather, state and local officials were on hand last week to celebrate the announcement of LINC Ups new partnership with Grand Rapids Community College. The program will provide hands-on experience for construction students while building affordable housing in southeast Grand Rapids. The announcement was held at 507 Umatilla St. SE, the site of the first new home construction.

NJCAA Division II National Tournament Capsules

March 18, 2017; Commercial-News

… DISTRICT 9

GRAND RAPIDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE

GRCC In the News, 3-14-17

March 14, 2017

New partnership focuses on affordable homes in Grand Rapids

March 13,2017; WZZM

Grand Rapids Community College is working with the non-profit group LINC Up to train residents in construction trades — tuition-free.

Grand Rapids Community College raises tuition $2 per contact hour

March 13,2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College students will pay 1.8 percent or $2 more per contact hour in tuition for the 2017-18 academic year.

Celebrate spring’s coming with music

March 13,2017; Charlevoix Courier

PETOSKEY — The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra will celebrate the coming of spring with music that celebrates and creates the mood for romance. Whether its a minuet, a czarda or a tango, the performance will deliver a special warmth to chase away the chill of winter beginning at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 26, for the Sunday Series Concert at the First Presbyterian Church of Harbor Springs, 7940 Cemetary Road, Harbor Springs.

… Brian Morris, guitarist, will perform in the Piazolla, Schubert and Hubay pieces. Brian has twice been director of the Mid-America Guitar Ensemble Festivals and has been a member of the Grand Rapids Community College Music Faculty.

Big week ahead for basketball teams from Grand Rapids area

March 13, 2017; MLive

Take a look at what’s happening in Grand Rapids sports for the week of March 13.

… Grand Rapids Community College is still around, too. The Raiders play in the NJCAA DII National Tournament March 21-25 in Danville, Illinois.

 

GRCC In the News, 3-13-17

March 13, 2017

“Morning News”

March 13, 2017; WZZM

Grand Rapids Community College plans to announce a new partnership aimed at training construction workers to build homes.

What economies across the state can learn from West Michigan’s success

March 9, 2017; Michigan Public Radio

West Michigan is one of the most economically healthy regions in our state. It’s been cited as the fifth fastest-growing city in the country.

… “You see private businesses that are working every day with Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Michigan Works! and having that open dialogue, saying ‘This not just what I have today in terms of needs for my workforce, but here’s what I’m going to need over the next three-to-five years,'” (Tim) Mroz said. “‘How can you help in your curriculum? How can you help in workforce training to really make those connections, and help us grow our talent pool so that my business can continue growing in the region?'”

Kalamazoo Public Safety to hire, replace 40 officers by 2018

March 7, 2017; MLive

KALAMAZOO, MI — Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley said he expects to hire 40 new officers during the next year-and-a-half.

… Recruits are hired by KDPS and then sent to a police academy either at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Kellogg Community College, Grand Rapids Community College or Grand Valley State University.

Why mentoring is a vital add-on to remedial curriculum

March 6, 2017; Education Dive

… Remedial education is a growing part of the national conversation on college affordability, and it has attracted the attention of lawmakers in states and within the federal government. Campuses which show a commitment to enrolling low-income and minority students, but which don’t complement the enrollment strategy with direct outreach, stand to lose ground in graduation rates and poor internal reviews from students and faculty. Schools like Grand Rapids Community College use online assessment tools to help students self-determine the amount of time and resources they have to fully commit to pursuing a degree.

600 teens attending African American Male Achievement Conference

March 8, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – More than 600 ninth graders from high schools throughout Kent County are expected to take part in the second annual African American Male Achievement Conference today at Grand Rapids Community College.

‘Creatures of Light’ opens at Grand Rapids Public Museum

March 11, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Animals from fireflies to deep-sea squid are the focal point of the Grand Rapids Public Museum’s newest exhibit. “Creatures of Light” exhibit opens on Saturday, March 11.

(One of the photos accompanying this article shows GRCC student Joseph Hileski touring the exhibit.)

Pets and animal lovers play with friends at LaughFest event Sunday

March 12, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Each year, Grand Rapids resident Erica Jager and her dachshund, Cooper, wait for a People and Pets day at Gilda’s LaughFest.

… Jager was among nearly 150 who attended a People and Pets event at GRCC Ford Feildhouse Sunday, one of the most popular parts of Gilda’s LaughFest since 2010. The event featured activities including a parade, costume contest, blessing and other events for animal lovers and their companions.

COLLEGE: Lackawanna sweeps softball doubleheader

March 7, 2017; The Times-Tribune (Scranton, Pa.)

Lackawanna College’s softball team opened its southern swing with a doubleheader sweep of Grand Rapids Community College, posting a pair of shutouts in the squad’s first games in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Indians win 3 of 4 at Classic

March 7, 2017; The Jackson County Floridian

The Chipola Baseball Classic over the weekend yielded mixed results for the 19-4 Indians.
While Grand Rapids Community College wasn’t able to gain any traction and went down 10-0 in flurry of runs on Friday, Saturday’s game against Louisiana State University Eunice saw a 9-2 loss for the Indians.

 

 

Men’s basketball team headed for NJCAA Sweet 16

March 13, 2017

The GRCC men’s basketball team won the Region 12, District 9 Championship this past weekend, defeating Ancilla College 81-70. GRCC will now travel to Danville, IL. next week (March 21-25) for the NJCAA National Tournament and a shot at a national championship.

Fourteen young men make the No. 1 sign with their fingers. The two in the center hold up plaques.

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, 3-2-17

March 2, 2017

GRCC diversity series to discuss issues with ‘mass incarceration’

March 1, 2017; MLive

The Grand Rapids Community College diversity lecture series is continuing with  Dawn Porter, a criminal justice system reformer, attorney and filmmaker, on Wednesday, March 15.

Hankins earns GLIAC Player of the Year honor, Hoth homers for LCC

March 1, 2017; Petoskey News

… Aron Lee, a 2016 Petoskey graduate, recorded six points and six rebounds for the Kalamazoo Valley men’s basketball team in a 97-84 loss to Grand Rapids Community College last Friday.

Comedian Jim Gaffigan bringing his ‘Noble Ape Tour’ to DTE

Feb. 27,2017; MLive

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Get ready to laugh with one of the top comedians in the around. Jim Gaffigan is returning to Metro Detroit in 2017.

(The photo accompanying this article shows Gaffigan performing at Ford Fieldhouse.)

Basketball teams advance to NJCAA District Tournament

March 2, 2017

GRCC’s basketball teams advance to NJCAA District Tournament play with wins over Jackson College, as the women’s team won 70-60 and the men 81-69.  GRCC’s 7th-seeded women will travel to Lake Michigan College on Tuesday, March 7th, to face the No. 2-seed Redhawks in the first round of NJCAA District G play.  GRCC’s 4th-seeded men’s team will play host to the fifth-seeded Mid-Michigan Community College on Tuesday, March 7th, for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff of NJCAA District 9 play.

GRCC In the News, 2-27-17

February 27, 2017

GRCC offers class to help increased demand for Certified Nursing Assistants

Feb. 24, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is launching its first training program from a $6 million federal grant to ensure the healthcare industry has access to a pipeline of skilled workers to meet the region’s demand.

Literacy program cultivates hidden talent in employees

Feb. 24, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The Literacy Center of West Michigan realized 16 years ago that the workforce was full of employees with untapped leadership potential: those who struggle with literacy.

… Similarly, last summer, CWE launched a partnership with Grand Rapids Community College and the Hispanic Center of West Michigan to recruit and teach Spanish-speaking community members who wanted to participate in GRCCs machine computer numerical control (CNC) degree.

Trophy cases from Grand Rapids colleges tell unique history of sports

Feb. 26, 2017; MLive

The thrill of victory often includes a nice payoff: hardware. Trophies, plaques and ribbons adorn college athletic departments across the Grand Rapids area. There are all kinds of display cases, from modest to opulent, housed in various locations and each with a history lesson. They are old nets, old photos and trophies of all ages, shapes and sizes. Here is a look at some of them from around West Michigan.

… Grand Rapids Community College

Steps inside the Ford Fieldhouse entrance, and just outside the gym, is a long corridor that is home to the rich history of Raiders athletics. A portrait of former President Gerald R. Ford standing guard over the hardware just adds to the atmosphere.

KVCC women earn 23rd win – and at least a share of title, 68-54

Feb. 25, 2017; MLive

As Grand Rapids Coach, David Glazier said after the contest, “If you don’t shoot in this gym every day, it can be a hard place to play.” He was talking about the ‘wide open spaces’ of GRCC’s Ford Fieldhouse, and it has taken its effect on many a visiting team’s shooting prowess. Even solid teams like KVCC’s sixth-ranked Cougars.

McCallum Returns To The Drive

Feb. 25, 2017; Our Sports Central

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH -The Grand Rapids Drive, the NBA D-League Affiliate of the Detroit Pistons announced today that Ray McCallum has returned to the team’s roster after receiving a GATORADE Call-Up totaling 20 days from the Charlotte Hornets.

… McCallum returns to the Grand Rapids Drive for tonight’s game when the team hosts the Rio Grande Valley Vipers at 7 PM at the DeltaPlex Arena. Tonight’s game is the Drive’s Metro Health Family Night (All Saturday Games) which features 4 tickets, 4 hotdogs, 4 sodas for $44 and is a Jersey Takeover Night sponsored by Grand Rapids Community College. Players will wear custom Navy and White jerseys for the game. The custom jerseys will be able to be bid on throughout the game and the winner of the jersey will be able to meet the player and have their photo taken with them post-game and receive a signed jersey.

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, 2-14-17

February 14, 2017

Change Ups: Thrash among those who received LocalMotion Awards

Feb. 10, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… EDUCATION

… Grand Rapids Community College’s Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion Director Domingo Hernandez-Gomez was accepted into the 2017-18 New Leadership Academy Fellows Program, a partnership between the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good at the University of Michigan and the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education.

GRCC ‘Diversity Lecture Series’ welcomes educator

Feb. 13, 2017; MLive

The Grand Rapids Community College Diversity Lecture Series is continuing with presenter Consuela Ward, an educator, speaker, facilitator, consultant, trainer and coach on diversity and inclusion topics.

GRCC Hoopsters Sweep GOCC

Feb. 13, 2017; Three Rivers Commercial-News

GRAND RAPIDS — The Glen Oaks Community College men’s and women’s basketball teams both lost road games Friday at Grand Rapids Community College.

Jeffrey Drake-Todd named NJCAA Division II National Player of the Week

February 9, 2017

Jeffrey Drake-ToddCongratulations to sophomore guard Jeffrey Drake-Todd, who was honored by the NJCAA as the Division II National Player of the Week for his efforts on the basketball court.

Against Jackson College on Feb. 1, Drake-Todd played 38 minutes, scored 29 points, pulled down 8 rebounds, dished out 5 assists and nabbed 2 steals in a 84-77 win. On Feb. 5, Drake-Todd continued to lead the team when the second-place Muskegon Jayhawks came to town. He displayed tremendous stamina as he played all 40 minutes of the contest, while leading the team in scoring with 26 points on 9 of 18 shooting, securing 4 rebounds, adding 7 assists and 3 steals in the win over rival Muskegon. For the week, Drake-Todd averaged 27.5 points, 6 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 2.5 steals.