GRCC In the News, 7-15-19

Manufacturer dials into workforce training

July 12, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

If you want something done right, do it yourself — such is the philosophy on display at Autocam Medical when it comes to creating a skilled workforce.

The Kentwood-based contract manufacturer of precision surgical and medical components and devices has for the past several years participated in a CNC Machinist Apprentice Program in which it sends entry-level or other workers to Grand Rapids Community College to receive classroom instruction and training in computer numerical control (CNC) machining.

Survey reveals immigrant challenges

July 12, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A group of community leaders is taking the next step for better immigrant inclusion in Kent County.

… The task force includes the four collaborating organizations, as well as the city of Grand Rapids’ Office of Diversity and Inclusion, The Right Place, the city of Wyoming and the Wyoming Public Safety Department, Justice for Our Neighbors, Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, Kent County Health Department, Kent ISD, Literacy Center of West Michigan, Kaufman Interfaith Institute at Grand Valley State University, Treetops Collective, Refugee Education Center, Bethany Christian Services, African Collaborative Network, African Resource Center, WGVU, Michigan Office for New Americans, Grand Rapids Community College, Welcoming Michigan, Fifth Third Bank, Grand Rapids Community Foundation, Kent County, Spectrum Health, Cascade Engineering, Hispanic Center of Western Michigan and Kentwood Public Schools.

Street Talk: The future is now

July 12, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… Early learners

Grand Rapids Community College’s Early Learning Laboratory recently received a transformation any child would be excited to explore. A carpenter at Rockford Construction, Fernando Zamudio brought GRCC’s vision to life in his latest project that renovated the playground into a space that sparks imagination.

Dental practice spreads joy with community outreach

July 12, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

It’s been more than five months since Lisa Weller woke up with a new set of teeth.

… After she graduates high school, (Arnela) Hamzagic plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College to become a dental hygienist. She also has siblings who plan to attend college and worries that her parents will not be able to financially support all of them.

ICANN Announces Participants NextGen@ICANN66

July 12, 2019; icann.org (press release)

LOS ANGELES – 12 July 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has announced the names of the individuals who will participate in the NextGen program at ICANN66, to be held in Montréal, Canada, from 2 to 7 November 2019.

… The individuals selected as ICANN66 NextGen participants are:

… Austin Bollinger, Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC In the News, 7-11-19

Wreath-laying ceremony to mark President Ford’s 106th birthday

July 10, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – To commemorate the life of the late President Gerald R. Ford, a wreath-laying ceremony will be held next week marking the late president’s 106th birthday.

… Presenters at the ceremony will include Susan Ford Bales, the Fords’ daughter; Dr. Stephen Barton, Grand Rapids Community College director of choral activities, to sing the National Anthem; Rev. Stephen Holmgren, from Grace Episcopal Church, for invocation; and Major Glen Caddy, to offer benediction.

Salvation Army names new commander for metro Detroit

July 10, 2019; Crain’s Detroit Business

The Southfield-based Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division has named Maj. Timothy Meyer as its new general secretary and metro Detroit area commander.

… She (Maj. Lori Meyer) holds an Associate of Applied Science in early childhood education and training from Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC In the News, 7-10-19

Public invited to hear presentations from GRCC’s 4 finalists for provost

July 9, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is inviting the public to hear presentations from its four finalists for provost and executive vice president for academic and student affairs beginning Monday, July 15.

Violence reduction group says Grand Rapids SE Side area should be city’s focus

July 9, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — An evidence-based violence reduction program believes Grand Rapids should target the Baxter neighborhood and surrounding areas, where the city’s “violence problem” is “largely focused.”

… Public meetings were held at Neland Avenue Christian Reformed Church, the Salvation Army Kroc Center, and city hall, with about 110 people attending one of the three meetings. Attendees included representatives from Friend of the Court, Grand Rapids Police Department, Mercy Health, Realism is Loyalty, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Kent County Prosecutor’s Office, Baxter Neighborhood Organization, the mediation center, several churches and the city of Grand Rapids.

GRCC In the News, 6-26-19

Economic Club names board members

June 25, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The Economic Club of Grand Rapids has a new board chair and group of board members.

… Newest Economic Club board members

… Bill Pink, president, Grand Rapids Community College

Students speak, district listens

June 25, 2019; schoolnewsnetwork.org (Kent Intermediate School District)

A strategic plan that will guide the district into the future is expected to be brought to the Board of Education this year.

… Students also see value in the middle college program, which allows students to attend high school for five years and finish with both a diploma from Cedar Springs and an associate degree from Grand Rapids Community College.

Polish Heritage Society Brings Lenny Gomulka & Chicago Push to Grand Rapids to Celebrate 40th Anniversary of Dozynki Polish Festival

June 24, 2019; therapidian.org

In honor of the 40th anniversary of its annual Dozynki Polish Festival, the Polish Heritage Society of Grand Rapids is bringing the internationally known Lenny Gomulka & Chicago Push band to play two nights of the three-day event in August.

… The Dozynki Polish Festival is the major fundraiser for the Polish Heritage Society of Grand Rapids, a non-profit organization founded in 1963 to perpetuate and advance the Polish culture that has been so integral to metro Grand Rapids. Among a number of its activities, the society awards scholarships annually to students of Polish descent who attend Aquinas College, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College, and Davenport University.

GRCC In the News, 6-25-19

Man arrested after struggle with GRCC police

June 24, 2019; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids Community College says a man was arrested after causing a disturbance on campus Monday.

GRCC launching new welding program to help meet market demand

June 24, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – When industries or construction are booming as they are in West Michigan, the need for welders increases greatly.

Grand Rapids Community College is launching a new Welding Skills Certificate program fall semester designed to help students gain the necessary skills quickly, so they can enter the workforce and help meet demand.

Men’s Cross County Adds Five For This Fall

June 22, 2019; wsuathletics.com (Wayne State University)

DETROIT — Wayne State University men’s cross country head coach Grant Lofdahl will enter his third year at the helm this fall with the biggest and deepest roster in his tenure.

Lofdahl and his staff have added five newcomers who will join the squad this August.  Two of the five are junior college transfers from Grand Rapids Community College in Sam Borisch (Comstock Park, Mich.) and Trystan Thayer (Grand Rapids, Mich. / Forest Hills Central).  Joining via an NLI are Ransom Allen (Ithaca, Mich.) and Donald O’Keefe (Troy, Mich.), while Jeremy Cavallo (Davisburg, Mich. / Clarkston) will be attending WSU via a Letter of Commitment.

Entrepreneurial effort plants focus on workforce development

June 21, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The Zeeland-based economic development agency is taking what it has learned from participating in Michigan’s Talent Pipeline Management Academy, launched by Consumers Energy in 2017, and applying it to workforce advancement initiatives along the lakeshore.

… Lakeshore Advantage also is collaborating with educators at Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Thompson M-TEC and the Careerline Tech Center, and all of that contact is involving manufacturing.

Small Business Opportunities with the City of Grand Rapids

June 22, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The City of Grand Rapids Micro Local Business Enterprise, or MLBE, Program is a certification designation for local, small and minority businesses created in 2009 to provide incentives for smaller companies when bidding with the city.

The program is for construction, goods and services and professional services companies seeking to bid competitively with the City of Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Rapids Public Schools.

‘A light that cannot and will not be put out’

June 21, 2019; schoolnewsnetwork.org

In her own words, Gloria Bliss-Ramos has had a “lot gone on” during her high school years. But that didn’t stop her from finishing high school and planning her future.

… Gloria said she is concentrating on becoming the best mother she can be, and has set her sights on a four-month tech program offered at Grand Rapids Community College.

Meet MLive’s 2019 softball and baseball Dream Teams from Muskegon

June 24, 2019; MLive

MUSKEGON – After a bit of a breather, the high school softball and baseball Dream Teams have returned for the Muskegon area.

… Nick Stever, Montague | Senior infielder/pitcher

Stever was the Wildcats’ top player, batting .410 with 25 RBIs and 18 runs scored. On the mound, the Grand Rapids Community College-bound right-hander went 4-1 with a 1.86 ERA in 10 appearances with one save. He was a four-year starter, who earned all-conference, all-district and all-region honors multiple times.

String orchestra welcomes new conductor

June 23, 2019; Guelph Today (Ontario, Canada)

The Guelph Youth Music Centre (GYMC) is pleased to present its new Youth String Orchestras (Junior and Intermediate) conductor, Joy Schuster, who will take up her duties in the fall.

… Upon graduation, Joy was elected a member of the Society of Pi Kappa Lambda. She moved back to her home town of Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1996 where she taught with the Grand Rapids Community College Suzuki program and directed a Music Together program.

GRCC In the News, 6-19-19

John Bos all-star games honor OK conference baseball and softball players

June 18, 2019; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — All-conference baseball and softball players from the OK Conference got a final chance play a high school game and represent their league Tuesday night at Cornerstone University.

Plan failed? Draw up a new one

June 18, 2019; schoolnewsnetwork.org

Two years ago, Chris Hribek will tell you, his high school career was a disaster with failing grades, attendance issues and a big attitude problem.

… Thanks to some tough love by teachers at the Career Academy and a new attitude toward school, Chris got his diploma this spring. Now he’s thinking about going to Grand Rapids Community College to learn welding.

Hausserman named Sentinel-Standard Boys’ Golfer of the Year

June 18, 2019; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — Consistency.

… (Tyler) Hausserman was referring to Egypt Valley Country Club, where he’ll play as a member of golf team at Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC In the News, 6-18-19

Elected officials, parents, educators bid GRPS superintendent farewell at final meeting

June 18, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – At the end of Grand Rapids Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal’s final school board meeting Monday, there was emotional public comment from elected officials, parents, educators and community leaders praising her leadership.

… City Commissioners Senita Lenear and Joe Jones, County Commissioner Robert Womack, and GRCC President Bill Pink were also among those who spoke of her positive impact and influence on the district and the city.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Teresa Weatherall Neal is a GRJC alumna.)

GRCC In the News, 6-17-19

Electric vehicle charging station at GRCC now available for public use

June 14, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The public can now use the electric vehicle charging station in the lower level of the Grand Rapids Community College parking ramp on Bostwick Avenue, officials announced this week.

Metallica Gives Back

June 14, 2019; allwithinmyhands.org (All Within My Hands Foundation)

Our extended Metallica Family at Blackened American Whiskey had a chance encounter with a Metallica fan whose buddy, it turns out, is a Metallica Scholar. That brief encounter led to us learn all about our first Spotlight Scholar, Jason Church. We think his story is worth sharing, and it all started over whiskey…

Jason was the recipient of AWMH’s Metallica Scholars grant funding at Grand Rapids Community College, encouraging him to continue his training and get his welding certification.

Brother and sister work hard for ‘a better future, a better life’

June 14, 2019;  schoolnewsnetwork.org (Kent Intermediate School district)

Anyelin and Yustin Vasquez Lopez are well aware of the Guatemala they came from, the America they came to, and what it will take to succeed here.

… She and her brother are powered by their dreams, as they go from their graduation ceremony at Calvin College toward Grand Rapids Community College this fall.

Fundraising Lunch in Grand Rapids to Help Former Foster Youth Go to College

June 13, 2019; michigan.gov (press release)

LANSING, Mich. – Seat reservations are still available for the fifth annual Fostering Futures Scholarship Trust Fund Benefit to be held on June 26 at Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids.

… Seventeen Michigan colleges and universities have programs to assist former foster care students:  Delta College, Eastern Michigan University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Lansing Community College, Michigan State University, Mott Community College, Northwestern Michigan College, Saginaw Valley State University, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, University of Michigan-Flint, Washtenaw Community College, Wayne County Community College, Wayne State University and Western Michigan University.

Pewamo-Westphalia falls in extras in Division 3 baseball semifinal

June 14, 2019; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

EAST LANSING — The Pewamo-Westphalia baseball team had allowed under 40 runs total to its opponents this season en route to a school-record 31 wins.

… “I tried to get them off-balance by throwing my curveball and then slider, plus I was able to locate my fastball well and trust my fielders to make plays behind me,” (Ethan) Thelen said, who will continue his baseball career next season at Grand Rapids Community College, said. “My arm feels really good right now, but it will probably be a different story tomorrow.

GRCC In the News, 6-13-19

GRCC increases efforts to tackle student homelessness, housing insecurity

June 12, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is working toward a goal of establishing a single-stop resource center to better support students struggling with food, housing and other forms of financial insecurity.

Grand Rapids Community College Demonstrates Impact of Non-Credit Workforce Development Programs

June 12, 2019; beforeitsnews.com (blog)

Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) commissioned an Economic Impact Study to better understand the effect of its non-credit workforce development programs. In the past, it has been difficult for colleges to quantify the impact of workforce development programs with confidence, due to a lack of methodologies designed specifically for non-credit programs.

GRCC In the News, 6-11-19

10 fun ideas for Grand Rapids-area kids to try over summer break

June 10, 2019 MLive

As of Friday, June 6, the school year had ended for the vast majority of students in Kent and Ottawa counties.

… Grand Rapids Community College offers a few workforce training summer camps at the Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC Center, 622 Godfrey St. SW. The only one with availability now is the Manufacturing Camp for June. Register online by visiting the website.

2019 Rosa Parks Scholars plan to change the world

June 10, 2019; The Detroit News

Detroit — When choosing where to attend high school, Gregory Miller knew he was taking a risk when he picked Cass Technical High School over his neighborhood Renaissance High School.

… Meet the scholars

… Fawzia Ali

Innovation Central High School

College: Grand Rapids Community College

GRCC In the News, 6-10-19

GRCC president discusses role of industry collaboration in higher ed

June 9, 2019; mibiz.com

Since Bill Pink became the tenth president of Grand Rapids Community College two years ago, he has become a leading voice for the state’s network of 28 community colleges. Pink sat down with MiBiz after speaking from the main stage of the Mackinac Policy Conference, an annual gathering of Michigan’s top business and political leaders, to discuss the effect of business executives, education leaders and philanthropy partners coming together to advocate for a better education system.

Change-Ups: ACG Western Michigan Recognized as National Chapter of the Year

June 7, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… SPORTS

Grand Rapids Community College hired Jeff Bauer as the men’s basketball coach. Bauer has experience at the NCAA Division I and II levels, including 11 years at his alma mater, Grand Valley State University. Bauer will be the eighth coach since 1965 to coach GRCC’s men’s basketball team. He replaces Luke Bronkema, who had a successful three-year run with two national tournament appearances: a sixth-place finish in 2017 and eighth-place finish in 2018.

Spotlight on the News Special: Inside the 2019 Mackinac Policy Conference & its “One Michigan” theme

June 7, 2019; WXYZ

MACKINAC ISLAND, MI. — On Sunday, June 9, Spotlight on the News will broadcast its 2019 Mackinac Policy Conference special from the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. The 30 minute broadcast will include a smorgasbord of leaders from Michigan and elsewhere. From Chamber President Sandy Baruah to government leaders such as Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield, State Attorney General Dana Nessel, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to ABC News Political Analyst Matthew Dowd and Grand Rapids Community College President Dr. Bill Pink, tune in for their very candid insights and comments.

GRCC reps ‘raid’ high school to share college info

June 7, 2019; schoolnewsnetwork.org (Kent Intermediate School District)

Union High School juniors Jashiya Moore and Ronjaia McIntosh said they feel excited and nervous about going to college.

… Jashiya and Ronjaia — students who will have college paid for through the Challenge Scholars program — are not alone in having a mix of emotions as they look ahead to college. So Grand Rapids Community College representatives are working to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Mayville’s Rutter inks with Grand Rapids Community College

June 9, 2019; The County Press (Lapeer)

MAYVILLE — From left to right James Brooks, Shelly Brooks, Mayville senior, Alexis Rutter, Coach Brian Skudre and Mayville Head Coach Andrew Morrison are all smiles as Lexi signs her national letter-of-intent to play softball at Grand Rapids Community College Thursday.

Leaving his mark

June 7, 2019; The Daily News (Greenville)

IONIA — Tyler Hausserman is finishing up his high school golfing career how every golfer his age would like to — at the state finals, which takes place today and tomorrow.

… Hausserman is the first golfer under (coach Bryan) Wetherwax’s six years of tutelage to sign with a college team, signing a letter of intent with Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) May 15.

To cap it off

June 7, 2019; schoolnewsnetwork.org 

The Thursday evening before graduation, Lee High School was abuzz with activity as 84 seniors — nervous, excited and anxious to finish the school year — presented their capstone projects to panels of volunteer judges.

… “I think it’s really important to protect the bonds that families need to have,” said Melissa (Montiel), who plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College this fall, then transfer to a four-year school.

‘Church & State’ tackles tough issues on stage

June 7, 2019; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — For ten days in June, Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids is taking on tough issues through their performance of “Church and State.” The play, by Jason Odell, deals with school shootings and gun control discussions in politics.

Performances will be at Grand Rapids Community College’s Spectrum Theatre’s main stage. They will be held at 8 p.m on June 13, 15, 20 and 22. There will also be performances at 3 p.m. on June 16 and 23.

GRCC In the News, 6-7-19

College presidents celebrate three decades of partnership

June 6, 2019; Corp!

The number of Michigan public colleges and universities creating shared relationships is increasing, a point made obvious by the posting of continuous updates by Michigan Association of State Universities from across the lower and upper peninsulas.

But someone had to be first and that came in 1986 with a relationship between the Grand Rapids Community College and Ferris State University.

‘Fix the Damn Roads’ and Forget Education

June 7, 2019; Dome (politics and policy blog)

Mackinac Island—I left the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Michigan Policy Conference with the same feelings I had walking into the Grand Hotel.  More money isn’t going to fix Michigan’s education crisis—at least until we make some radical structural changes.

… Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink reported that by 2020 we will need 175,000 college graduates and another 166,000 with certificates or associate degrees.

 

GRCC In the News, 6-6-19

Mackinac Policy Conference 2019, Part 2: Michigan is getting serious about its education crisis – with solid plans to correct it

May 30, 2019; Saline Journal

The topic of “education” did not come up generally or gently on the first full day of programming at the Mackinac Policy Conference. In fact, it started with a 9:00am session, held before a capacity-plus audience in one of the Grand Hotel pavilion rooms, introduced by a self-described “angry” City of Detroit Arts and Culture Director Rochelle Riley. [1-3]

… In the first “Prepare Michigan” segment, “Framing the Issue,” Dr Bill Pink, President of Grand Rapids Community College, put numbers to the challenge as a way of providing both direction and measures of progress toward goals set. [14,15]

Graciousness and Commitment

June 5, 2019; West Michigan Woman

The first time I met Madison Massara she was a 16-year-old, spinning around effortlessly in a humid, crowded ballet class at Grand Rapids Ballet School.

… Connie Flachs is a West Michigan transplant who has fallen in love with the beauty and community of the Midwest. A passionate communicator, she connects with others through the mediums of dance, writing and activism. Connie is the co-founder of Better Body Image Conference, a nonprofit that advocates for valuing and respecting bodies of all sizes and shapes. She has danced professionally with Grand Rapids Ballet for eight years and performed as a part of various community projects including ArtPrize, the Rapid’s Wave commercial, Embody GR’s Dancing with the Stars, Fountain Street Church, and Eclectic String Music Ensemble. Her curiosity has pushed her to pursue an associate degree from Grand Rapids Community College and a bachelor’s degree in Community Health, Nutrition and Sustainable Food Systems from UMass Amherst. She’s excited to see where her thirst for learning and wanderlust leads her next, and always up to meet new people over coffee. Contact her at conniex721@gmail.com.

GRCC In the News, 6-3-19

Dr Bill Pink – GRCC President at Mackinaw

May 31, 2019; WOOD Radio

GRCC President Dr Bill Pink joined Steve and Rick at the Mackinac Policy Conference.

Statewide education issues take center stage at Mackinac Policy Conference

June 2, 2019; mibiz.com

MACKINAC ISLAND — Education reform took center stage at this year’s Mackinac Policy Conference, the annual gathering of the top business and government leaders in Michigan organized by the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce.

… Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink spoke at the Mackinac Policy Conference about a statewide decline in graduation rates, a lack of available training for skilled trades, and decreased rankings in math, reading, and science. He was joined by Detroit Regional Chamber President and CEO Sandy Baruah and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. During his tenure as governor, Bush was an advocate for school choice, including school vouchers and charter schools.

Grand Rapids Community College collaborates with local theatre group and raises almost $15,000 for culinary scholarships

May 31, 2019; Center for the Advancement of Foodservice Education

Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) culinary students will reap the sweet rewards from a partnership with a local theatre company, Broadway Grand Rapids, and the generosity of theater patrons.

GRBJ: Task force wants to make city SAFE

May 31, 2019; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (GRBJ) – An alliance of Grand Rapids city staff, nonprofit and business organizations is reaching out to the community to gather ideas to reduce violence among youth.

… Community organizations partnered with SAFE include Spectrum Health, the Steelcase Foundation, Network 180, Heart of West Michigan United Way, LINC UP, the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan and Grand Rapids Community College, as well as out-of-state organizations like South Bend Group Violence Intervention in South Bend, Indiana, and NOLA for Life in New Orleans.

From Grief and Recovery to Graduation

May 31, 2019; schoolnewsnetwork.org (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)

The world as Sparta senior Miguel Vazquez knew it changed on December 5, 2018.

… After graduation, Miguel plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College to complete his general education requirements and then pursue a degree in electrical engineering at Grand Valley State University.

Ionia County K-9 handler Dion Sower promoted to sergeant

May 31, 2019; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — Dion Sower knew it was time for a change in his role as he approaches his 17th year with the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office.

… Sower decided to attend the Grand Rapids Community College Police Academy.

Sushi caterer rolls with purpose

May 31, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

After earning a pre-social work degree, Bawi Sung felt whatever career she found next should center on helping her fellow Burmese orphans and refugees.

… Aceu Thawng, who immigrated to Grand Rapids in 2008. Anu then earned a pre-social work degree from Grand Rapids Community College.