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GRCC In the News, 3-19-18

March 19, 2018

Grand Rapids Community College rides momentum into national tournament

March 17, 2018; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich — The Grand Rapid Community College men’s basketball team heads to the NJCAA national tournament winners of 8 of their last 9 including 2 wins over Ancilla college which has been ranked 1 or 2 in the country all season.

Change Ups: Jones receives honorary doctorate for improving cancer treatment

March 16, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal


… Grand Rapids Community College and Spectrum Health honored the first students who received need-based Spectrum Health Care Professionals Education Scholarships. The 96 students are sophomores in GRCC’s Associate Degree Nursing, Practical Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant and Radiologic Technology programs. Scholarships ranged from $3,000-$4,000 with almost $350,000 awarded for 2017-18. Students in the Medical Assisting program will be eligible for the 2018-19 scholarships.

Carlos Sánchez lanza candidatura de GRCC

March 18, 2018; El Vocero

GRAND RAPIDS MICHIGAN (EVH) .- Carlos Sánchez, director del Centro de Negocios y Desarrollo Económico Latino de Ferris State University, anunció su candidatura al consejo de administración de Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC).

(GRAND RAPIDS MICHIGAN (EVH) .- Carlos Sanchez, director of the Center for Business and Latin Economic Development at Ferris State University, announced his candidacy to the board of directors of Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC).)

Arts briefs 3/19/18

March 19, 2018; The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

… GRCC to present the play ‘Dead Man’s Cell Phone’

From Thursday, March 29, to Saturday, March 31, Grand Rapids Community College will be presenting the play “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” by Sarah Ruhl. Ruhl, who is a MacArthur Fellow and Pulitzer Prize finalist, set the comedy in a quiet cafe, where a constantly ringing cell phone forces a woman to confront her assumptions about mortality, redemption and technology.

Medical marijuana clinic rolls with changes

March 16, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

With the possibility of Michiganders voting on marijuana legalization in November, a Grand Rapids-based clinic is keeping an eye on legislation that could affect its bottom line.

… (Paul) Farage and (Tony) Holmes knew each other from attending Grand Rapids Community College then Grand Rapids Junior College. They had stayed in touch off and on over the years, Farage living in Hawaii and California and Holmes in Chicago.

Poet David Cope to hold reading at Kentwood library

March 16, 2018; MLive

David Cope, former poet laureate of Grand Rapids, will read from his latest release, “The Invisible Keys,” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, at the Kentwood branch of the Kent District Library, 4950 Breton SE.

… Cope, a longtime Grand Rapids Community College professor and poet, was named Grand Rapids poet laureate by the Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids in 2011.

GRCC In the News, 2-5-18

February 5, 2018

Construction workers are in a constant state of training

Feb. 2, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The construction industry relies on continuing education.

… (President Norm) Brady said ABC works with Grand Rapids Community College, where more than 300 future electricians are enrolled in its apprenticeship program at the M-Tec Center. Upon completion of the coursework, students will receive a license from the U.S. Department of Labor.

GRCC retiree Ellen James honored as 2018 Giant Among Giants

Feb. 4, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Most students on the Grand Rapids Community College campus don’t even know the names of members of the school’s Board of Trustees.

The Vibrance of Veverly Austin

Feb. 2, 2018; Women’s Lifestyle magazine

When Veverly Austin walks into a room, she commands it. Her dynamic personality and welcoming smile draws her audience in, and as she speaks of her accomplishments, her eyes reflect the passion and excitement that made it all possible. Though she radiates confidence, it took years of practice and self-reassurance to get to where she is today.

… In 2017, Austin received the W.W. Plummer Humanitarian of the Year award from Grand Rapids Community College for her outstanding service to the West Michigan community. She also recently received a Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses award as well as a Giant award. This year, Austin will host the Giant Awards.

MiBiz Growth Report: Feb. 5, 2018

Feb. 4, 2018;

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Feb. 5, 2018

… Expansion: Walker-based Axis Company LLC plans to invest $4 million into a new facility. The automation provider expects to create 50 jobs in West Michigan when it builds the new plant at an undisclosed location in Kent County, according to a statement from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. Axis received a performance-based $400,000 Michigan Business Development Program grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund, as well as $125,000 via the Michigan New Jobs Training Program from Grand Rapids Community College. The company specializes in designing, programming and building robotic automation and assembly equipment. The Right Place Inc., a Grand Rapids-based economic development organization, helped Axis facilitate incentives for the project.

Change Ups: Hastings introduces wireless temperature probe

Feb. 2, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… Business Services

… The Right Place Inc. appointed new board members to the 2018 Right Place board of directors, with its leadership remaining unchanged. Reappointed officers: chair, Brian Walker, Herman Miller; vice chair, Sean Welsh, PNC Financial Services and treasurer, Mitch Joppich, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Executive committee appointments: Richard P. Haslinger, West Michigan Region Chase. New board appointments: Wayman Britt, Kent County, Jeff Needham, Consumer Healthcare-Americas, Perrigo Co.; Bill Pink, Grand Rapids Community College; Garrick Rochow, Consumers Energy; Rob Spohr, Montcalm Community College; and Bob Wolford, Miller Johnson.

Opera Grand Rapids Announces STABAT MATER and FOUR SACRED SONGS

Feb. 3, 2018; Broadway World Detroit

Opera Grand Rapids announces upcoming performances of STABAT MATER by Gioachino Rossini and FOUR SACRED SONGS by Giuseppe Verdi on Saturday, March 24 – 3:00 PM at Christ Memorial Church, Holland and Sunday, March 25 – 7:30 PM at First Park Congregational Church, Grand Rapids.

… Soloists:

… Jon Lovegrove | Tenor

Tenor Jon Lovegrove has recently performed with GVSU Opera Theatre as Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi), the Kent Philharmonic Orchestra as Rodolfo (La Bohème), and with Opera Grand Rapids as Shem (Noah’s Flood) and Remendado (Carmen). He has been a member of the OGR chorus since 2007. In that time, he has appeared in multiple productions, including I Dream, Rigoletto, and The Barber of Seville. He is one of OGR’s Emerging Artists and has also performed the role of Timothy in 2nd Act Opera’s production of Help, Help, the Globolinks! Mr. Lovegrove was a soloist for the Michigan premier of Benjamin Britten’s The World of the Spirit with the Evangelical Choral Society in 2013. He has performed with the ECS on multiple other occasions. Mr. Lovegrove holds an Associate’s Degree in Vocal Performance from Grand Rapids Community College. While pursuing that degree, he was a member of the Grand Rapids Community College Choir, Madrigal Singers, and Shades of Blue Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

From state prison to state capitol

Feb. 3, 2018; Traverse City Record-Eagle

GRAND RAPIDS — Salvador Gutierrez knew he had hit rock bottom when he landed in prison on a couple of drug charges.

… Gutierrez moved to Grand Rapids, where he also is enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College and is working on a degree in industrial technology. He plans to get into an apprenticeship program and work toward getting his journeyman’s card.

MHSAA facing severe official shortage

2/3/18 WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — An umpiring clinic was held at Grand Rapids Community College Saturday to help sharpen fundamentals and mechanics of the state’s officials.

Board of Trustees meeting to begin at 3:15 p.m. Jan. 15

January 12, 2018

Don’t forget that the January 15, 2018, GRCC Board of Trustees meeting will begin at 3:15 p.m.

Also on Jan. 15, the Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with media activist, attorney and writer April Reign, who will present “Social Media: Pursuing Justice in the Digital Age” from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the 168 ATC.

Then, at 6 p.m. at Fountain Street Church, the 32nd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration will be held in partnership with Opera Grand Rapids, GVSU and Davenport University.

Time change for Jan. 15 Board of Trustees meeting

January 8, 2018

The January 15, 2018, GRCC Board of Trustees meeting will begin one hour earlier than previously scheduled. The meeting will begin at 3:15 p.m. This will allow time for board members and meeting attendees to also attend the 32nd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, which will be held at Fountain Street Church at 6 p.m., in partnership with Opera Grand Rapids, GVSU and Davenport University.

Also, earlier that day, the Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with media activist, attorney and writer April Reign, who will present “Social Media: Pursuing Justice in the Digital Age” from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the 168 ATC.

Board holds swearing-in ceremony for Carlos Sanchez

August 22, 2017

Carlos Sanchez was ceremonially sworn in as a new Board of Trustees member at the Monday meeting.

David J. Koetje swears in Carlos Sanchez in the boardroom.

GRCC In the News, 7-24-17

July 24, 2017

Change Ups: Willi selected for Blackboard MVP program

July 21, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Grand Rapids Community College instructional technologist and designer Meegan Willi was selected to participate in the Blackboard MVP program. She will receive access to professional development and share her insights and expertise. Blackboard is the course-management system GRCC faculty uses. To be selected for the MVP program, applicants must prove themselves to be not only leaders in the education technology community but also experts in Blackboard itself and skilled in helping others use it.

See the new tuition rates for West Michigan colleges

July 20, 2017; MLive

The cost of attending college every year gets higher every year. Colleges and universities across the state usually raise tuition prior to the new academic year, often there is also an increase in financial aid to help offset the impact.

… The Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees voted to raise tuition 1.8 percent or $2 more per contact hour for the 2017-18 academic year.

‘I wanted to fight back’: Reflections on the 1967 Grand Rapids riot

July 19, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Fifty years ago, racial tensions in Grand Rapids erupted for three days of civil unrest on the city’s Southeast Side. The riot ran from July 25-27 in 1967.

… (Eli) Lumpkins, who later served as dean of students and alumni services at Grand Rapids Community College, was teaching summer school that July.

GRCC In the News, 7-19-17

July 19, 2017

GRCC gets state support for $12.7M building renovation, expansion

July 18, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is getting help from the state to expand and renovate a building to provide the capacity to meet the demands of the growing information technology and manufacturing sectors.

Prosecutor asks jury to find Marcus Bivins guilty of first-degree murder

July 19, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Opening statements got underway this morning in the trial of Marcus Bivins.

He’s charged with killing a homeless woman outside Grand Rapids Community College more than a year ago.

Grand Rapids 1967 riot: When anger, oppression erupted into ‘chaos’

July 18, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – When the 1967 riot broke, Nathaniel Moody, just 12, saw the grocery store and pharmacy where his mother shopped burn down on South Division Avenue.

…  Ellen James, a former Grand Rapids Community College trustee, said many whites did not appreciate the challenges facing the black community.


GRCC In the News, 7-10-17

July 10, 2017

Change Ups: Delabbio retires

July 7, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal


Carlos Sanchez was appointed to Grand Rapids Community College’s board of trustees. Sanchez is director of the Latino Business and Economic Development Center at Ferris State University.

New initiatives emerge to address West Michigan’s housing crisis

July 9, 2017;

While West Michigan’s affordable housing crisis may pale in comparison to situations in other larger metro areas, disparate groups are taking a hands-on approach to the problem.

… “(Construction) is not as diverse as it ought to be,” (Jeremy) DeRoo said, adding LINC UP is working with Grand Rapids Community College to break down the cultural barriers associated with the industry. “When you give them more in-depth training, by the time they show up on a job site, they know what it looks like, how it runs and they have the technical abilities more firmed up.”

Carlos Sanchez to fill vacant board seat

June 20, 2017
Carlos Sanchez stands by the table in the board of trustees meeting room.

Carlos Sanchez

During a June 19 meeting, the board of trustees selected Carlos Sanchez to fill a vacant seat.

Sanchez is director of the Latino Business and Economic Development Center at Ferris State University. He previously was program coordinator for the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, diversity specialist at Spectrum Health, executive director of the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and interim executive director of the Hispanic Center of West Michigan. He has served on the boards of the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, the Center for Community Leadership and the Dyer-Yves and Grand Rapids Community foundations.

Board to interview candidates today

June 14, 2017

The Board of Trustees will interview three candidates for the vacant seat from 1-3:30 p.m. today in room 500 in the Main Building.

Here is the schedule:

  • 1:15 p.m. — C.J. Shroll.
  • 2 p.m. — Sheryl Siegel.
  • 2:45 p.m. — Carlos Sanchez.

Brief deliberations will follow at 3:15 p.m., but the board will vote on a candidate during its meeting at 4:15 p.m. June 18.

GRCC In the News, 6-13-17

June 13, 2017

3 candidates apply for Grand Rapids Community College board vacancy

June 13, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College trustees next week are scheduled to choose one of three applicants to temporarily fill the board seat of Bert Bleke, who stepped down June 8.

Millage levy recap from board’s June 5 budget work session

June 6, 2017

The Millage Levy Resolution approved by the Board of Trustees on Monday authorizes the College to collect (levy) property taxes from our district. GRCC’s district covers the same property as the Kent Intermediate School District.

For 2017, the college will be levying 1.7788 mills.  A “mill” is equal to $1 in property taxes per $1,000 of taxable value. For a property with a taxable value of $100,000, the college would collect $177.88. Depending on how long a property has had the same ownership, taxable value will generally approximate one-half or less of its estimated market value.

For 2017, the maximum millage rate that we can levy is 1.7788 mills, which is a reduction from the previous year’s rate of 1.7865.  This reduction is due to the “Headlee” calculation, passed in the mid 1990s as part of Proposal A.

The Headlee calculation says that when the taxable value of a district, in total, increases by more that the average change in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) over the past 12 months, a taxing unit (such as the college, K-12 districts, cities, townships, etc.) must reduce its millage rate so that their increase in property tax revenue does not exceed the CPI. Additions to the tax rolls, such as newly constructed properties, are excluded from the Headlee calculation and thus will generate additional property tax revenue.

The reduction in the college’s millage rate due to the Headlee calculation is permanent. Thus, it will never increase even in years when the taxable value changes less than the CPI, or even decreases. In fact, since 1995, the Headlee calculation has permanently reduced GRCC’s millage rate from 1.9000 mills to 1.7788 mills. Based on the 2017 taxable value, this will result in a revenue loss to the college of approximately $2.7 million.

GRCC In the News, 5-17-17

May 17, 2017

Bert Bleke leaving GRCC Board of Trustees, candidates sought to fill vacancy

May 16, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Bert Bleke announced he would leave his position on the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees, effective June 8, during the board’s Monday, May 15, meeting.

Fencing on parking garages in Grand Rapids deters suicides, falls

May 17, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The city of Grand Rapids installed special fencing on the top of its parking garages three years ago to help prevent suicides or falls. The move came after three people had died.

… In January, a person was injured in what police say was a likely suicide attempt at a Grand Rapids Community College parking garage in the city. It had no fencing.

GRCC In the News, 4-18-17

April 18, 2017

Retiring GRCC president awarded emeritus status

April 17, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College President Steven Ender, who will retire at the end of April, was awarded president emeritus status by the Board of Trustees in a unanimous vote on Monday, April 17.

Fewer students require remediation courses at Grand Rapids Community College

April 18, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Fewer Grand Rapids Community College students need developmental education or remedial classes, officials reported to the Board of Trustees Monday, April 17.

Four high school seniors earn Grandville-Jenison Chamber scholarships

April 17, 2017; MLive

Four area high school seniors who excel in academics, extracurricular activities and serving their communities are this year’s winners of the Grandville-Jenison Chamber of Commerce scholarships.

… Scott (Kremers) plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College and study hospitality and business management.

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.