GRCC In the News, 11-16-16

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

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

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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Teachers of Tomorrow Scholarship Ceremony

The Education Department was proud to host the Teachers of Tomorrow Scholarship Dinner and Awards Ceremony Tuesday night. The event honored 50 students who received scholarships through the Teachers of Tomorrow funds. The Teachers of Tomorrow Scholarships are given to students in hopes that they will be able to use the money to work less and study more. This allows students to get through their degrees and out into the world of teaching. Congratulations to all the recipients of this amazing scholarship!

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GRCC In the News, 6-8-16

Teaching French not a language but a lifestyle

June 7, 2016; (KISD newsletter)

Wyoming Public Schools, MI — As a Crock-Pot of beef bourguignon simmered, high school students in Amy Wood’s class took time developing their palates for Parisian food.

… The 17-year Wyoming teacher, who attended Grand Rapids Community College and Aquinas College, traveled four times to France during her junior year in high school, and studied abroad through Aquinas and with Wyoming students in 2001 and 2006. She hopes to offer another trip for students someday.

GRCC In the News, 4-18-16

“La licencia de conducir me cambió la vida”, afirma un dreamer

April 14, 2016; Univision

Cuando estaba en su último año de secundaria, el mexicano Juan Mascorro sentía que era el único chico en su clase que no podía conducir. “No me hacía sentir bien”, recuerda el joven, quien prefería caminar las varias millas entre la escuela y su hogar en Middleville, Michigan, que tomar el bus escolar todas las tardes.

… Una dreamer que se beneficiaría es Sendy López, una amiga de Mascondo no pudo acogerse a DACA por no cumplir el requisito de haber estado continuamente en Estados Unidos desde el 15 de junio de 2007. La joven podría obtener un permiso de trabajo y protección de la deportación si la Corte Suprema mantiene viva la expansión de DACA, que establece como fecha límite el 1 de enero de 2010.

… El joven estudia ahora en Grand Rapids Community College y pronto se irá a Ferris State University, donde terminará su bachillerato en criminología para luego estudiar derecho. “Quiero ser abogado de inmigración”, asegura.

(When he was in his last year of high school , the Mexican Juan Mascorro felt he was the only boy in his class who could not drive. ” I did not feel good ,” says the young man, who preferred to walk the several miles between school and home in Middleville , Michigan, to taking the school bus every afternoon.

… A dreamer who would benefit is Sendy Lopez , a friend of Mascondo who could not qualify for DACA not meet the requirement of having been continuously in the United States since June 15, 2007. She could get a work permit and protection from deportation if the Supreme Court upholds the expansion of DACA , which sets a deadline of January 1, 2010.

… The young man is now studying at Grand Rapids Community College and will soon go to Ferris State University, where he will finish his degree in criminology and then study law. ” I want to be immigration attorney ” he says.)

(Both Juan Mascorro and Sendy Lopez are GRCC students.)

Local immigrant rights advocates travel to DC for Supreme Court arguments

April 18, 2016; Michigan Radio

The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments today on President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

… “Sometimes we just stand on the sidelines, said Jacqueline Lopez, a student at Grand Rapids Community College, as she was about to board a DC-bound bus. “And this is just a way to be out there and stand with our community.”

… Dennis Martinez also attends GRCC. He says he has friends who will be affected by the ruling.

Change Ups: Magnifico inducted as ACA Fellow

April 15, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal


Grand Rapids Community College’s Lisa Freiburger, vice president for finance and administration, and Bill Pink, vice president and dean of the School of Workforce Development, were awarded The Aspen Institutes Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence. They join the inaugural class of 40 Aspen Presidential Fellows.

Lassiter Early College High School hosts Michigan community college leaders

April 15, 2016;

Leadership from Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan visited Dr. Wright L. Lassiter Jr. Early College High School at El Centro College this week to learn what makes the Blue Ribbon School successful.

“He has not been forgotten.” Remembering slain Kalamazoo police officer Eric Zapata

April 16, 2016; MLive

KALAMAZOO, MI — “It doesn’t seem possible that it’s been five years, but in five years, he has not been forgotten and he is in our hearts,” Connie Bernal said Saturday at a recognition ceremony for her son Eric Zapata.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Eric Zapata is a GRCC Police Academy alumnus.)

News 8 Daybreak

April 18, 2016; WOOD TV

Today is tax deadline day. If you need more time, you may be able to get an automatic six-month extension. You need to file form 4868, which you can find at You also might be able to get some free help. Accounting students from Grand Rapids Community College and Cornerstone University are providing free tax preparation.

Early Childhood Fair April 23 Offers Dozens of Resources

April 15, 2016;

Kent ISD, MI — Finding just the right childcare provider or preschool for your child takes a lot of time and leg-work. Even Michael Ghareeb, director of Early Childhood at Kent ISD, understands.

… In addition to PNC Bank, sponsors include Apple Tree and Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool, Cindy Minnema with Berkshire Hathaway Real Estate, Comprehensive Therapy Center, Crowning Lotus, Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative, Easter Seals of Michigan, Grand Rapids Community College, Great Start to Quality, ISJ Academy, Head Start for Kent County, Horizons Developmental Resource Center, Kent District Library and Michigan State University Extension.

Vocal Jazz Ensemble and IUnison featuring special guest Kurt Elling

April 18, 2016;

Vocal Jazz Ensemble and IUnison featuring special guest Kurt Elling – Duane Davis, director; Ly Wilder, associate director – – Vocal Jazz Ensemble and IUnison

… Duane Shields Davis, originally from Cleveland, recently retired as Director of Vocal Music at Grand Rapids Community College, after 39 years as a full-time teacher music educator. He continues to serve as Chorus Master for Opera Grand Rapids, a position he has held since 1986. Duane recently became the Instructor of Vocal Jazz at Western Michigan University.

Condolences to Carole Redwine

Condolences to Carole Redwine, longtime Child Development faculty member and the voice of GRCC for many years, on the loss of her husband, Gerald, who passed away on Sunday, April 3, after a very long illness.

Visitation is Friday from 3-6 p.m. at Ivy K Gillespie Memorial Chapel, 1865 Eastern Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507. Services are on Saturday, April 9, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1025 Three Mile Road, Grand Rapids. Family may be greeted from 10-10:45 a.m. Donations may be made to St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church, the Bishop Whittemore Foundation or Faith Hospice, Trillium Woods.

Construction to start on preschool

Rockford Construction is scheduled to start work on the new preschool — possibly as soon as Monday. The work plan includes fencing off the entire site, including the sidewalk on the south side of Lyon Street NE between Claremont Place and Barclay Avenue. The southern-most parking lane could eventually be fenced off, too — but that remains to be determined.

The north sidewalk will remain open throughout the entire project.

GRCC In the News, 9-4-15

GRCC, WMU sign transfer agreement

Sept. 2, 2015; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) — Two West Michigan schools have joined forces to give students a path to an undergraduate degree.

Grand Rapids Community College and Western Michigan University signed an agreement Wednesday to provide GRCC students a seamless path to attend Western. It means GRCC will have specific classes students will take before heading to their third and fourth years of school in Kalamazoo.

GRCC breaks ground on preschool lab

Sept. 1, 2015; WGVU

Grand Rapids Community College has broken ground on a $7.2 million Laboratory Preschool.

Michigan Industrial Sewing Consortium program expands

Sept. 3, 2015; Atlanta Daily World

With Michigan’s mighty manufacturing history at the root of its vision, Detroit Garment Group and Henry Ford College, which in October 2014 launched the state’s Industrial Sewing Certificate Program with SEMCA Michigan Works! and Lear Corporation, have partnered with Grand Rapids Community College, Lansing Community College and St. Clair County Community College to create the Michigan Industrial Sewing Consortium (MISC).

Grand Rapids Scout earns Eagle rank

Sept. 3, 2015; MLive

Matthew Czuhajewski, 18, of southeast Grand Rapids, has received his Eagle Scout designation at a Court of Honor conducted at Trinity United Methodist Church in Grand Rapids.

… He plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College this fall to study computer science.

Expanded Grand Rapids Maker Faire returns this weekend

Sept. 3, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Tinkerers and tech enthusiasts spend a lot of time alone in the shop.

… Last year’s creative do-it-yourself and tinkering event, organized by The Geek Group, GR Makers and Grand Rapids Community College along with the Grand Rapids Public Museum, drew 5,000 visitors to the museum to see robotics, 3D printing, nuclear fusion and more.

Gallery Guide: Exhibitions for the month of September

Sept. 3, 2015; MLive

Those entries shaded advertise in this issue. We suggest you call in advance regarding specific details. Information in this guide is subject to change without notice.

… GRCC COLLINS ART GALLERY Gallery. 143 Bostwick NE, 4th floor Main Building 234-4487 Sept. 24 – Oct. 12 ArtPrize

Students receive scholarships at Teachers of Tomorrow luncheon

On Monday, August 24, The Education/Child Development Department had their annual Teachers of Tomorrow (TOT) luncheon in the ATC. This luncheon is a chance to present education students with the scholarships they have won for the upcoming year. These scholarships allow students the opportunity to work less during the school year and provide them with the flexibility to spend more time on class work and volunteering. There was a wonderful turnout.

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GRCC In the News, 7-24-15

Habitat Kent partners with GRCC students to wrap up construction on MI’s first LEED Gold v4 home

July 23, 2015;

Dedicated back in April, Habitat for Humanity of Kent County has completed construction on the first home in Michigan to meet new LEED Gold v4 standards from the U.S. Green Building Council located at 730 Oakland Ave. SW.

… Brandyn Deckinga is project manager for Habitat Kent’s 730 Oakland Ave. SW project and says the newly certified LEED Gold v4 home was part of the Grand Rapids Community College 100th anniversary build, with the majority of construction led by students studying green construction in the GRCC Tassell M-Tec program.

GRCC to build $7.3M early childhood laboratory preschool

July 23, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College has received a $1.5 million loan from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to build an early childhood laboratory preschool, a $7.3 million project.

What’s required of you in a Michigan traffic stop?

July 23, 2015; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) – Dash-cam video released this week from a traffic stop shows how a confrontation between a Texas woman and the arresting officer escalated.

… We also asked former Flint police officer and Grand Rapids Community College assistant professor Jermaine Reese what’s expected of an officer. The driver might be smoking a cigarette, angry that they got a ticket, or using profanity.