Posted tagged ‘child development and education’

Nugent Builders Volunteers Work On Preschool Playground

July 24, 2018

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The Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory’s playground is shaping up to be a true community project, with expert builders sharing their time and expertise to make it a special place.

A team from Nugent Builders was the latest to spend a day on the playground, volunteering to design and build mud tables, fences, and other features. Nugent Builders is a local, family-owned business.

“It’s all about helping kids,” said Mike Miner, the company’s director of commercial construction.

Miner said CEOs Rick and Carol Nugent believe in the importance of community service, and the company has strong ties to Grand Rapids Community College.  Residential Construction Administrator Karen McCambridge and Commercial Superintendent Ben Nugent are GRCC grads – and Karen also is an adjunct professor.

Recap: Michigan map party at the Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory

June 18, 2018

On Friday, June 15, GRCC family and friends celebrated the arrival of a ‘Michigan and the Great Lakes’ map in our Preschool Outdoor Learning Environment at the Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory.  Participants, including Dr. Pink, brought their favorite rock to help leave a permanent mark on GRCC’s new map.

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The event also celebrated the retirements of learning lab instructors Cheryl Botham, Paula Kunst, and Penny Folsom, who have a combined 99 years of GRCC teaching experience!  Happy retirement, Cheryl, Paula, and Penny!

Learning Lab instructors Cheryl Botham, Paula Kunst, and Penny Folsom pose for a retirement party photo. Each wears a sash that read "Retired and Fabulous!"

Celebrate Retirees at GRCC Preschool Open House TOMORROW, 6/15

June 14, 2018

Join us for a punch and cookie reception to say happy retirement to Cheryl Botham, Paula Kunst, and Penny Folsom — are all retiring this semester from the Laboratory Preschool. Combined they have worked at GRCC for 99 years!

Friday, June 15, from 4-5:30 p.m.

Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory

Celebrate Retirees at GRCC Preschool Open House on Friday, 6/15

June 7, 2018

Join us for a punch and cookie reception to say happy retirement to Cheryl Botham, Paula Kunst, and Penny Folsom — are all retiring this semester from the Laboratory Preschool. Combined they have worked at GRCC for 99 years!

Friday June 15 from 4-5:30 p.m.

Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory

Raider Salute to Facilities staff

June 4, 2018

Kathleen Neumann, the Child Development Community Liaison at GRCC, has a Raider Salute for Facilities:

I want to send a shout out to our awesome facility staff who helped move our Early Learning Community Play and Learn Group!
You guys are great!

GRCC In the News, 4-24-18

April 24, 2018

GRCC Will Be Offering Two Drone Courses

April 21, 2018; Deep Aero Drones

Farmers, construction industry, inspection, survey, search and rescue are some of the areas where drones are majorly being used. Colleges are also showing an interest in the drone technology, and Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) will be offering two drone courses that will increase peoples skill set and offer more economic opportunities.

Grand Rapids Community College offers free laptop vending machine (M Live)

April 23, 2018; avnetwork.com

Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) is among higher education institutions providing free laptop vending machines to give students greater access to technology and more flexibility.

Low-income Grand Rapids preschoolers are catching up. Will Lansing notice?

April 24, 2018; Bridge Magazine

GRAND RAPIDS — In some of the poorest neighborhoods in Grand Rapids, in places inured to academic failure, children are grasping at a chance to defy the odds.

… “This makes a tremendous impact,” said Dr. Nkechy Ezeh, founder and CEO of ELNC said of the program. “We know that the brain is ready to learn, really from 0 to 5. We have to strike while the iron is hot.”

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Nkechy Ezeh is a GRCC alumna.)

Teachers of Tomorrow Scholarship Winners

October 10, 2017

Monday evening the Child Development & Education department celebrated the Teachers of Tomorrow Scholarship winners with an awards dinner. These students were hand selected to receive the scholarships to assist in their teacher education journey. Congratulations to all scholarship winners!

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GRCC In the News, 1-23-17

January 23, 2017

GRCC holds grand opening dedication, open house for new preschool facility

Jan. 21, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Grand Rapids Community College marked the grand opening of the Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory with a dedication and community open house on Saturday.

Members in the News January 2017

Jan. 20, 2017; Merit

GRCC Replaces Nearly $590,000 in Textbooks Through Open Educational Partnerships

Through its new partnerships with the OpenStax program and other providers of free digital resources, Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) has replaced almost $590,000 in textbooks with free or substantially less expensive versions. Last February, GRCC joined Rice University’s OpenStax program, which provides free, high-quality peer-reviewed textbooks. During the fall semester, more than 90 GRCC class sections used the open-educational resource (OER) texts.

Together again

Jan. 22, 2017; Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

Grand Valley State University’s Sibs and Kids Weekend will be a time of reconnection for GVSU students and their families. To celebrate this annual event, GVSU will be hosting a variety of activities Friday, Jan. 27, and Saturday, Jan. 28. Most of the activities will occur in the Kirkhof Center, although a few will happen in various other campus locations, as well as off campus.

… This year’s Sibs and Kids Weekend will be hosted by the Laker Traditions team, along with assistance from organizations like Spotlight Productions and the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids. In addition, the Grand Rapids Community College will be partnering with the YMCA to provide volunteers for one of Saturdays main events, Night at the YMCA.

World Affairs Council of Western Michigan Announces 2017 Great Decisions Global Discussions, Expansion into Holland

Jan. 21, 2017; 24-7pressrelease.com

Global health issues, nuclear proliferation, the complexity of U.S.-Saudi and U.S.-China relations are a few of the dynamic topics being explored as the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan launches its 2017 Great Decisions Global Discussion Series.

… In addition to strong participation from World Affairs Council members and the general community, more than 100 college students will take the series through their respective political science or international departments. Local participating colleges include Aquinas College, Calvin College, Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Hope College, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Montcalm Community College and Western Michigan University.

American Law Society Recognizes Gary P Schenk

Jan. 21, 2017; military-technologies.net

Grand Rapids, MI, January 20, 2017 (PR.com) — Gary P. Schenk is a partner at Schenk, Boncher & Rypma based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Gary’s practice focuses primarily on commercial, business, contract, and corporate law and associated litigation. His profound knowledge of commercial real estate has made him an expert advisor for both large and small business owners.

… Other notable associations and accomplishments include: serving on committees for the Grand Rapids Bar Association and the State Bar of Michigan; he was a past member of the Grand Valley State University Foundation, the Grand Valley University Friends of the Arts; he is a Fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation and previously served on the Lawyer Referral Committee of the Grand Rapids Bar; additionally, he has served a term as Chairperson of the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees.

Jayhawks women’s team stifles Grand Rapids CC with tough defense

Jan. 21, 2017; Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

MUSKEGON — The Muskegon Community College women’s basketball team didn’t lose any defensive intensity over the two-week holiday break.

The Grand Rapids Community College Raiders will attest to that.

Photos, video from preschool’s grand opening

January 23, 2017

GRCC held a ribbon-cutting for the new Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory on Jan. 21.

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GRCC In the News, 12-20-16

December 20, 2016

Head Start receives $675K grant to launch ‘Grow Your Own’ project

Dec. 19, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Head Start for Kent County received a three-year, $675,000, grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to promote the success of kids through a “Grow Your Own” project that will help staff earn degrees and launch a Parent Leadership program.

… She said the nonprofit, located at 2626 Walker Ave. NW, has agreements with Aquinas College, Central Michigan University and Grand Rapids Community College to provide courses on site potentially as early as this March, making it more convenient for their staff.

Andre Fields leads Teacher Education Seminar presentation

December 9, 2016

The Education Department hosted the second Teacher Education Seminar of the semester on Tuesday, December 6.

Dr. Andre Fields came and spoke to future educators about overcoming racial bias in the classroom. A big thank you to Dr. Fields for the great presentation.

Andre Fields stands in front of a video screen as students, seated at tables, watch.

GRCC In the News, 11-16-16

November 16, 2016

Michelle Obama welcomed WMCAT, other national arts winners to White House

Nov. 15, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology was among 12 arts organizations honored by the White House Tuesday, Nov. 15, for its dedication to enriching and transforming the lives of young people through the arts.

… WMCAT Executive Director Daniel Williams accepted the award Tuesday with Keloni Seawood-Walton, a spring graduate of GRPS’ Montessori theme school, who studied fashion and photography teen labs and has now transitioned to the apprenticeship program as a Grand Rapids Community College student.

State awards local nonprofit $175K to conduct preschool pilot

Nov. 15, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The state has allocated $175,000 for the Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative (ELNC) to conduct a pilot to evaluate the relative impact on vulnerable children of one versus two years of preschool.

… “This research will lay the foundation for the case to publicly fund 3-year-old preschool for vulnerable children,” said ELNC founder and CEO Nkechy Ekere Ezeh.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Nkechy Ekere Ezeh is a GRCC alumna.)

Child development and education department hosts Kids’ Food Basket event

October 19, 2016

The Child Development and Education Department and the CD 215 Adult/Child Interaction class was proud to host a Kids’ Food Basket brown bag decorating event! Students decorated over 200 paper bags that will be used by Kids Food Basket to provide children with nutritious meals. A big thank you to all students who stopped by to decorate a bag for a great cause. Make sure to look out for other opportunities to decorate a bag around campus this week!

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Child Development and Education Department holds transfer fair

October 12, 2016

The Child Development and Education Department held a Teacher Education Transfer Fair on October 11. Over 30 students in the program took advantage of the fair to connect with multiple universities to decide their next steps in education. A big thank you to all of the students and colleges who helped make the transfer fair a success!

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Child Development and Education to hold advising days next week

October 4, 2016
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