Posted tagged ‘business department’

GRCC In the News, 8-18-17

August 18, 2017

WOS Launches Learning Center in Detroit, Orletta Caldwell to Lead

Aug. 17, 2017; businessinsider.com

DETROIT, Aug. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Workforce Opportunity Services (WOS)the leading non-profit organization geared towards aligning individuals from underrepresented groups with transformative career opportunities is expanding its impact as a resource for individuals living in underserved communities through establishing a new learning center in Detroit, Michigan.

… Orletta Caldwell, a Detroit native who has over 30 years of administrative and leadership experience, will serve as the coordinator of the new learning center; overseeing all of its operations. Over the course of her career, she has held positions at Josten’s Inc., Camp Barber, and Grand Rapids Community College.

(This press release ran in many media outlets.)

GRCC In the News, 7-3-17

July 3, 2017

Movement with a Message: DanceSpire offers hope while cutting a rug

June 30, 2017; Revue

Deavondre Jones just wants to do two things: Dance and inspire others. With DanceSpire, the 23-year-old is doing just that, combining motivational speaking and dance routines to reach high-school and college students around the state.

… Now, after attending Grand Rapids Community College and Columbia College in Chicago, Jones is on a path to make his younger self proud with DanceSpire. We talked with Jones about where it all started and how he got to where he is today.

Gov. Rick Snyder makes appointments, reappointment to the Midwestern Higher Education Compact

June 30, 2017; michigan.gov (state press release)

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Dr. Bill Pink of Ada and Tyler Sawher of Lansing, as well as the reappointment of David Eisler of Big Rapids to the Midwestern Higher Education Compact.

… Pink is the president of Grand Rapids Community College. He previously served as the vice president of Oklahoma State University and the associate dean of the University of Central Oklahoma. Pink holds an associate degree from York College, a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Christian University, a master’s degree in secondary education from the University of Central Oklahoma, and a doctorate in curriculum and leadership from the University of Oklahoma. He will represent members at large and fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Stephen Ender.

Inside Track: The ultimate team player

June 30, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

When Chris Sain Jr. was a kid growing up in southeast Grand Rapids, sports weren’t just his hobby — they were his way to stay out of a life of crime, or worse, a life cut short.

…. So Sain moved back home and took a job with GRCC, where he now works as coordinator of student retention, in tandem with his work building Grand C.I.T.Y.

Jubilee celebrates its tenants, Study Hall

June 30, 2017; The Holland Sentinel

There were two reasons to celebrate at Jubilee Ministries this week: the completion of the renovations to the Study Hall and the tenants that fill the Midtown Center.

… Others sharing the three floors of the building are Lakeshore Non-Profit Alliance, Latin Americans United For Progress, Destination Education, Development Strategies, Grand Rapids Community College, Higher Ground Foundation, Holland Community Chorale, Jubilee Ministries, Midtown Counseling, Taking Root Ministries, Young Life, Brownson Properties and Zeeland/Holland Adult Education.

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, 5-19-17

May 19, 2017

MAPA Announces 2017 MAPA Educational Development Scholarship Fund Recipients

May 18, 2017; aftermarketnews.com

The Michigan Automotive Parts Association (MAPA) has announced the recipients of MAPA’s 2017 Educational Development Scholarship Fund, chosen by Lansing’s Capital Region Community Foundation. Three $1,000 scholarships were awarded, in addition to a $500 scholarship for the recipient of the 2017 Jud Morrison Memorial Achievement of Excellence Award.

The recipients include:

… Brooke Peckham Sponsored by Auto-Wares Group of Companies located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Peckham will be a junior enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in the fall of 2017 majoring in human resources management to support the growing car care Industry. Peckham’s MAPA Educational Development Scholarship Fund scholarship is in conjunction with the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, which supports careers within the automotive aftermarket industry field.

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, 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, 4-11-17

April 11, 2017

$300K grant to help fund racial equity push in GR

April 10, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids Community Colleges first African-American president will help lead a task force aimed at erasing racial disparities in Grand Rapids.

Meet Civic Investor Paola Mendivil: Champion of Grand Rapids, the Latina community

4/10/17 therapidian.org

Born and raised in Mexico City, Paola Mendivil came to Tijuana, Baja California when she was 12.

… But after graduating high school, Mendivil received a scholarship to attend Grand Rapids Community College. Although she may have doubted herself, she knew people were watching her and looking at her as an example. She knew friends that didn’t have the same opportunity that she did.

GRCC In the News, 4-5-17

April 5, 2017

Assault victim’s family asks tipsters to come forward

April 4, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Family members of a young man who died following an assault gathered Tuesday to make a public statement for the first time since the incident happened.

… (Julius) Vinson was a student at Grand Rapids Community College studying business, his family said. He had plans to get involved in real estate.

2017 MWest Challenge offers $45,000 in prizes

February 21, 2017

Encourage your students to participate in MWest Challenge 2017 — an opportunity for them to apply what they have learned in your courses to a real-world problem. The total MWest Challenge prize money is over $45,000 this year! The Intent to Participate & Executive Summary Deadline is Feb. 24, 2017.

Transfer reps to take part in today’s Business Cafe

February 15, 2017

On Wednesday, Feb. 15, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., associate professor of business Brent Spitler, counselor and associate professor Sarah Rose, and representatives from several universities will be on hand to meet with students. This event will kick off in the Business Tutorial Lab (201 Cook) and students will directed to meet with university reps from there.

Transferring to a four-year institution is exciting but it can be a daunting process. To help students through the transition, GRCC has a number of resources available. This session, part of the Business Cafe series, will help put students in contact with some of the many business transfer resources at their disposal. In addition to GRCC faculty and staff, a number of partner institutions will have business program representatives there to help.  Universities represented will include:

The Business Café series consists of drop-in conversations held throughout the semester by Business Department faculty. Each session has a different topic, but all are centered on the theme of academic advising. Coffee and snacks are provided at all meetings. You can find more details about our upcoming sessions on our webpage.

Feb. 15 Business Cafe session looks at transfer resources

February 14, 2017

On Wednesday, Feb. 15, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., associate professor of business Brent Spitler, counselor and associate professor Sarah Rose, and representatives from several universities will be on hand to meet with students. This event will kick off in the Business Tutorial Lab (201 Cook) and students will directed to meet with university reps from there.

Transferring to a four-year institution is exciting but it can be a daunting process. To help students through the transition, GRCC has a number of resources available. This session, part of the Business Cafe series, will help put students in contact with some of the many business transfer resources at their disposal. In addition to GRCC faculty and staff, a number of partner institutions will have business program representatives there to help.  Universities represented will include:

The Business Café series consists of drop-in conversations held throughout the semester by Business Department faculty. Each session has a different topic, but all are centered on the theme of academic advising. Coffee and snacks are provided at all meetings. You can find more details about our upcoming sessions on our webpage.

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

Business class learns from Daddy Pete’s BBQ owners

November 8, 2016

Cory and Tarra Davis, husband and wife, and co-owners of Daddy Pete’s BBQ were guest speakers on Monday, November 7, 2016, at GRCC’s Small Business Management class. Daddy Pete’s formally started as a food truck company in 2013. Their immediate popularity caused them to take on the motto, “The Lines Don’t Lie.” They are well known for being at ArtPrize and Movies in the Park. They recently won the Bacon Fest People’s Choice Award. At the end of November 2016, Daddy Pete’s plans to open a restaurant at 2921 Eastern. They will still have their food trucks present around Grand Rapids. Students in the Small Business class were inspired by the story of Daddy Pete’s beginning and their incredible growth. The couple discussed their challenges of owning a family business, the importance of a business plan, and a message to students: “Do what you love.”

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Business Cafe series: Pursuing a law-related career

October 25, 2016

On Thursday, October 27, from 3-4 p.m., Professor Garry Brand will be exploring multiple paths from GRCC to an undergraduate degree and law school. In addition to the presentation, representatives from WMU Cooley Law School will be available to answer student questions.

This drop-in session will be held in room 213 Cook Academic Hall (right around the corner from the Business Tutorial Lab). As always, this is a drop-in conversation, so students may stay for the entire time or for 5 minutes and enjoy some free coffee and snacks.  There will also be drawings for prizes!

More information is at grcc.edu/businesscafe.

Small Business Management students visit Moosejaw, Start Garden

October 25, 2016

On Monday, October 11, GRCC’s BA283 Small Business Management students took a field trip to Moosejaw in downtown Grand Rapids. General Manager Chris Hagist spoke with the students about the recently opened pop-up shop, Moosejaw. Hagist discussed the company philosophy, why a pop-up shop in Grand Rapids, why and how they chose their location, and the toughest part of opening and maintaining a business.

On October 24, the class took a field trip to Start Garden in downtown. Austin Dean, coordinator of planning and staffing, spoke with students about the role Start Garden plays in new business start-ups. He also spoke about Start Garden’s 5×5 Night, where 5 new start-ups have the opportunity to win $5,000 for their business idea. He also discussed their new initiative, the Tech Shop, which is in its initial stages of development. Successful businesses who have used Start Garden include Sportsman Tracker and Varsity News Network.

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