GRCC student part of winning MWest Challenge team

The MWest Challenge is a student venture competition designed to create cross collaboration between students that span across several universities from West Michigan. Through MWest, entrepreneurially minded students are able to develop and grow new ventures based on their own ideas.

MWest involves nine West Michigan colleges and universities, representing 75,000 students from: Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Kendall College of Art and Design, Davenport University, Aquinas College, Calvin College, Cornerstone University, Kuyper College, and Hope College.

In this year’s competition, GRCC student Jake Dabkowski was part of the three-student team that won.

Pictured below are Felix Pierero (GRCC), Aiden Wysocki (Kendall), Jake Dabkowski (GRCC), Matthew Veenhoven (Kendall), and Jonathan Moroney (Kendall):

Felix Pierero (GRCC), Aiden Wysocki (Kendall), Jake Dabkowski (GRCC), Matthew Veenhoven (Kendall), and Jonathan Moroney (professor from Kendall) posing with the 'Camper Medication' MWest Challenge victory check.

GRCC In the News, 6-5-17

Change Ups: Wolverine earns historic preservation award

June 2, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… The following Grand Rapids Community College teams were winners at the recent MWest Challenge student venture competition: Shelby Rose received $1,500 as the second-place winner of the Innovation Showcase People’s Choice Award; Mark Saint Amour and Andrew Johnson won a $750 Impact Award; and Rebecca Peterman won the $500 Impact Award for Wholesome Eats.

Painkillers, heroin take lives of 84 in Kent Co. in 2015

June 2, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — They were strangers on earth, but dozens of people who died in 2015 will be forever connected by the way their lives ended.

… Among them were a 20-year-old Grand Rapids Community College student who first tried painkillers with friends as a teen, a 24-year-old man whose got hooked on pain meds after a snowboarding injury, a 25-year-old man who started experimenting with pills and pot with friend in his teen years  and a 30-year-old mom who according to an aunt began experimenting early in life in an effort to escape a tough childhood.

Local student, entrepreneur open Monster Graphics Studio

June 3, 2017; The Holland Sentinel

Belicia Hernandez wears a number of hats.

It is a list that starts with her being a college student at Grand Rapids Community College. Along with that, she coaches eighth grade volleyball at a local school. Lastly, she is also a business owner.


June 2, 2017; (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)

Godwin Heights Public Schools, MI — Senior D’Nyszha Brand was accepted into six colleges: Baker College, Ferris State University, Wayne State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Aquinas College and Western Michigan University.

GRCC In the News, 4-17-17

Getting their business off the ground

April 16, 2017; The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

The MWest Challenge, a student business-plan competition designed to create cross-collaboration between students in the West Michigan area, will hold its final event Friday, April 21. The event will take place in the Loosemore Auditorium of the DeVos Center.

… The competition is catered to business-minded students not only from Grand Valley State University, but from eight other West Michigan colleges and universities as well. MWest represents 75,000 students from GVSU, Grand Rapids Community College, Hope College, Calvin College, Davenport University, Aquinas College, Kendall College of Art and Design, Cornerstone University and Kuyper College.


GRCC In the News, 4-13-17

Morning News

April 13, 2017; WZZM

Family and friends of a man killed in an assault will be honoring his memory tonight. … Julius Vinson was a student at Grand Rapids Community College hoping for a career in real estate.

Tomorrow’s automobile: Grand Rapids is shaping the future of transportation in the United States

April 13, 2017;

Grand Rapids may have made a name for itself years ago in furniture, but today there’s an equally impressive technological revolution happening on its streets.

… A distance from the tire plants on the east side of the state, Lacks Enterprises is designing and rolling out rims and new interior finishes in West Michigan. Engines are being built throughout the state, but many of them will be powered by the technology researched by Johnson Controls, in Holland. And when the industry calls for more talent, students in the advanced automotive department at Grand Rapids Community College will be available to work.

Business students tour Guiding Light Mission

Students in Sharon Palmitier’s business ethics class took a field trip to Guiding Light Mission last week. The Rev. Ken Kraft, development and partner relations manager, led them on a tour. They learned that Guiding Light works with men on jobs and recovery and relies on donations from corporations and individuals to fund its work.

Students donated backpacks, laundry bags and tote bags to the organization.

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GRCC In the News, 4-9-15

Colleges produce business plan competition

April 8, 2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Forty-one college teams representing nine schools will compete next week for roughly $30,000 in startup capital during a regional business plan competition.

… Schools across the region will be represented at the event: GVSU, Aquinas College, Calvin College, Kendall College of Art and Design, Cornerstone University, Davenport University, Grand Rapids Community College, Kuyper College and Hope College.

GRCC students to participate in March 28 fashion show

Students from Grand Rapids Community College and surrounding area are set to use their modeling skills to rip the runway at the MeVo Fashion Show this week.

The fashion show will feature works from Ricki Brazil, KSwim by Krista Renee and pieces from a local boutique Shop Studio Thrift. It will also be an opportunity for design students to present original pieces in hopes of a $500.00 scholarship and bragging rights of the Viewer’s Choice Student Designer title.

Among many attendees set to make an appearance at this year’s fashion show is Angela Simmons, who made her debut on the hit reality shows Run’s House and Daddy’s Little Girls with her father Rev. Run, the founding member of the iconic hip-hop group Run DMC.

Doors open at 6:00 PM on March 28. The fashion show starts at 8:00 PM. Tickets are available through Eventbrite at All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the production of a MeVo summer children’s fashion show titled “The Moment”.

For more information, or to inquire about press-passes or VIP seating opportunities, please contact Renyshia Pierce at (616)240-4075 or