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GRCC In the News, 11-17-17

November 17, 2017

Report finds gaps in funding, services for Kent Co. kids

Nov. 16, 2017; WOOD Radio

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A new report shows large gaps in services and funding for young children in Kent County.

… Claudia Jones works at one of the childcare centers that partners with First Steps Kent. As a preschool assistant instructor at the GRCC Early Childhood Learning Lab and a mother of three, she has seen the benefits of preschool.

GR Mag’s top weekend picks

Nov. 16, 2017; Grand Rapids Magazine

Get in the holiday spirit or take flight with dragons this weekend in GR. You can also join the celebration of a 10-year-old favorite, attend a performance by contestants from one of the most popular reality TV shows and in classic Beer City fashion, learn about how some of the city’s favorite brews got their distinct flavors. This weekend is jam-packed with events you won’t want to miss.



If the name wasn’t enticing enough, Grand Rapids Public Museum has partnered with New Holland Brewing and Grand Rapids Community College for a beer tasting and interactive presentation event. Starting with New Holland’s famous Dragon’s Milk, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the process of determining flavor that the brewers wanted for featured beers and find out which New Holland beers were accidental discoveries.

55 Holiday Gift Experience Ideas — Your Local Shopping Guide for Kids and Families

Nov. 16, 2017;

If you’d like to give or receive experiences rather than toys this holiday, here’s your list!

… Gifts for Mom

… Sign her up for language classes at Grand Rapids Community College. Then plan an international trip to let her use her new skills!

GRCC In the News, 11-16-17

November 16, 2017

U.S. Labor Department names West Michigan Works! medical assistant apprenticeship program a role model for other states

Nov. 15, 2017; (press release by state Department of Talent & Economic Development)

LANSING, Mich. — The Medical Assistant Registered Apprenticeship Program in West Michigan is helping health care providers fill a critical shortage of talent, and has been saluted as a national Promising Practice by the U.S. Department of Labor.

… Spectrum Health, Mercy Health and Cherry Street Health Services worked together and created the one-year program. Grand Rapids, Muskegon and Montcalm community colleges partnered with the health care providers, developing a shared curriculum addressing the skills common to all three employers. West Michigan Works! holds the standards for the program and serves as the intermediary between the partners.

New middle college program to provide associate degrees

Nov. 15, 2017; (KISD newsletter)

Kentwood Public Schools, MI — A goal at the high school is for every student to receive college credit from at least one class before they graduate, said Evan Hordyk, the district’s executive director for secondary education. Well-established Advanced Placement (AP) opportunities, plus a middle college launching next fall, will make that possible.

East Kentwood students are already tallying up college credits by choosing from a slate of 21 AP classes. Soon they will be able to earn a free associate degree from Grand Rapids Community College by completing a fifth year of high school while dually enrolled as a college student.

Report finds gaps in funding, services for Kent Co. kids

Nov. 16, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A new report shows large gaps in services and funding for young children in Kent County.

… First Steps Kent officials will lay out exactly how they determined their numbers during a 10 a.m. news conference at Grand Rapids Community College’s Applied Technology Center.


Update on United Way campaign

November 16, 2017

An update on GRCC’s United Way campaign:

  • 116 donors have submitted pledge forms.
  • $30,830 raised.

You still have time – through next week – to submit your form!

A special thanks to the 20 campaign captains!

GRCC In the News, 11-15-17

November 15, 2017

GRCC hosts Community Science Day, Nov. 18

Nov. 14, 2017; La Prensa

GRAND RAPIDS — Families can explore robotics, light and color, and DNA during Grand Rapids Community College’s Community Science Day on Nov. 18, 2017.

Coin challenge raises $129.74 for United Way

November 14, 2017

Three GRCC teams competed for sweet treats in the United Way Coin Collection Competition: IT, Tassell M-TEC, and Human Resources.

Between the three teams, we raised a total of $129.74! The overall winners were HR with $63.02 raised; next was IT with $50.71, and then M-TEC with $16.01.

GRCC In the News, 11-13-17

November 13, 2017

Q&A: Dr. Bill Pink, President of Grand Rapids Community College

Nov. 12, 2017;

Dr. Bill Pink is Grand Rapids Community College’s 10th president, replacing Dr. Steven Ender who retired in May. Pink has been with GRCC since 2015, having served as the college’s vice president and dean of workforce development. Prior to GRCC, Pink was vice president of academic affairs at Oklahoma State University. An educator for 25 years, Pink’s background includes an associate degree from York College in Nebraska, a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Christian University, a master’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma and a doctorate from the University of Oklahoma. Pink spoke with MiBiz about the need for GRCC to stay relevant for employers and how the college is designing courses to make that a reality.

Arts briefs 11/13/17

11/13/17 The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

‘My Life as a Zucchini’ film showing

As part of the Tournées French Film Festival, Grand Valley State University, in conjunction with Grand Rapids Community College and their respective French sections, will be co-presenting the film “My Life as a Zucchini,” or “Ma vie de courgette.” The showing will be held on GVSU’s Pew Campus in the DeVos Centers Loosemore Auditorium on Wednesday, Nov. 15, starting at 7 p.m.

Comerciantes y residentes de la avenida S Division se reúnen para discutir el futuro de zona comercial

Nov. 10, 2017; El Vocero

Representantes de la Ciudad de Grand Rapids, de organizaciones de desarrollo urbano y líderes de organizaciones sociales encabezaron la reunión.

… Los dirigentes participantes fueron, Mariano Ávila del WGVU, Jeremy DeRoo, de LINC UP, el comisionado de la ciudad Joe Jone, Tamben Bustance del GRCC woodrick centery Sergio Cira Reyes del Urban Core Colletive.

(Representatives of the City of Grand Rapids, urban development organizations and leaders of social organizations led the meeting.

… The participating leaders were: Mariano Ávila from WGVU, Jeremy DeRoo from LINC UP, City Commissioner Joe Jone, Tamben Bustance from GRCC Woodrick Center and Sergio Cira Reyes from Urban Core Colletive.)

Exercise Science students serve meals at Degage Ministries

November 13, 2017

The Exercise Science Club and Exercise Science students observed Veterans Day by providing service at Degage Ministries serving meals.

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MI-ACE Women’s Networking Group collects 740 pairs of socks

November 13, 2017

The GRCC MI-ACE Women’s Networking Group would like to thank our GRCC Community for their contributions to the Sock Drive. We collected 740 pairs of new socks. We will be giving 185 pairs of socks to four organizations including:

  • GRCC’s Food Pantry
  • Degage Ministries
  • The Veteran’s Home
  • Mel Trotter Ministries

Again, thank you so much for your generosity. Blessings!

GRCC, GVSU partner on Tournees Film Festival

November 13, 2017

The French programs at GRCC and GVSU continue with the second annual Tournees Film Festival this month!

Admission to all the films is free, and everyone is welcome.

Tournées Film Festival 2017; Film Schedule: * “Frantz” (2016) Monday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. - Loosemore Auditorium, GVSU * “Ma Vie de Courgette” (2016) Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. - Loosemore Auditorium, GVSU * “Le Fils de Joseph” (2016) Thursday, Nov. 16, at 4 p.m. - ATC Auditorium, GRCC * “La Noir de …” (1966) Thursday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. - ATC Auditorium, GRCC * “L’Avenir” (2015) Friday, Nov. 17, at 4 p.m. - ATC Auditorium, GRCC * “Marguerite” (2016) Friday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. - ATC Auditorium, GRCC

The lineup:

* “Frantz” (2016) Monday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. – Loosemore Auditorium, GVSU

* “Ma Vie de Courgette” (2016) Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. – Loosemore Auditorium, GVSU

* “Le Fils de Joseph” (2016) Thursday, Nov. 16, at 4 p.m. – ATC Auditorium, GRCC

* “La Noir de …” (1966) Thursday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. – ATC Auditorium, GRCC

* “L’Avenir” (2015) Friday, Nov. 17, at 4 p.m. – ATC Auditorium, GRCC

* “Marguerite” (2016) Friday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. – ATC Auditorium, GRCC

GRCC In the News, 11-10-17

November 10, 2017

Daybreak Early Edition

Nov. 10, 2017; WOOD TV

West Michigan is celebrating out country’s veterans this week. … Grand Rapids Community college will host a service and a free lunch.

Michigan’s last surviving WWII fly girl recalls her time in the sky, blazing new paths

Nov. 10, 2017; The Detroit Free Press

GRAND RAPIDS — Jane Doyle held a heavy bronze medal in her creased hands, running her fingers over the engraved surface.

… It wasn’t until she enrolled in what was then Grand Rapids Junior College in 1939 that Doyle considered flying an airplane was something she could do.

Change Ups: Rose & Westra relocates

Nov. 9, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal


… Grand Rapids Community College named its newly renovated recital hall for mezzo-soprano Linn Maxwell Keller. The state-of-the-art Linn Maxwell Keller Recital Hall provides options for acoustic adjustment and includes seating for 104, which can be deployed or retracted to create rehearsal space for large groups. Linn Maxwell Keller, who died in 2016, was an ardent supporter of GRCC’s music program.

GRCC In the News, 11-9-17

November 9, 2017

Public phase of $4.5M campaign for youth homeless shelter underway

Nov. 8, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Covenant House Michigan launched the public phase of its $4.5 million campaign Wednesday, Nov. 8, for the area’s first homeless shelter for young adults.

… More than 200 students have graduated since the school started, including Ermano Msafiri, a student at Grand Rapids Community College. The native of the Congo, who grew up in a Tanzania refugee camp told the audience about his journey to the U.S. and the support and encouragement received to complete his diploma.

GRCC In the News, 11-8-17

November 8, 2017

GRCC to hold Veterans Day observance on Nov. 10

Nov. 7, 2017; La Prensa

GRAND RAPIDS, MI: Grand Rapids Community College will host a service and a free lunch, both open to the public, in observance of Veterans Day.

Survivors of suicide conference is Nov. 18

November 8, 2017

For the 11th year, the Nursing Department, with its partners from West Michigan Survivors of Suicide, will be presenting a conference on the morning of November 18, 2017, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center. This day has been established to support those who have lost a loved one to suicide and for caregivers to learn more about the impact of suicide and to explore ways suicide can be prevented.

This year, we will have a panel of survivors sharing the difficulties they have encountered and ways that they are finding paths toward healing. Following this panel, one of our graduates from the nursing program at GRCC, Chris Marshall, RN, will be sharing his reflections about the relationship that exists between suicide and substance misuse, from his employment at Pine Rest in the Redwood Unit.

At noon, a box lunch will be provided and the message from the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention will be viewed. A member of the Core Team from GRCC’s Suicide Prevention group will outline the activities and goals accomplished during the first year of the grant from SAMSHA. There will be a brief memorial for survivors that will conclude the day’s events.

Advanced registration is encouraged, but registration will be possible from 8:30-9:00 a.m. on the morning of the conference as well. This event is free and we encourage anyone seeking more information about the event or to register to contact:,, or

GRCC In the News, 11-7-17

November 7, 2017

Public invited to Survivor of Suicide Loss Day conference

Nov. 6, 2017; MLive

A National Survivor of Suicide Loss Day Conference will be held 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Grand Rapids Community College Tech Center, 151 Fountain St. NE.

Macomb CC cross country team heading to the nationals

Nov. 6, 2017; Macomb Daily

When you bring in the largest and most talented mens cross country recruiting class in some years it was bound to add up to a successful season.

… “Our main goal this year was to qualify for Nationals,” (coach David) Munafo said. “We knew it was going to be close with Grand Rapids Community College.”


GRCC In the News, 11-3-17

November 3, 2017

Loaded handgun magazine found in GRCC bathroom was Kentwood officer’s

Nov. 2, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Community College police have identified the origin of a fully-loaded handgun magazine found in a campus bathroom Wednesday, Nov. 1. How it got there remains under investigation.

Painting the Divine

Nov. 2, 2017; Women’s Lifestyle magazine

Chakila Hoskins discovered her artistic gift at the age of seven. Her father drew a sketch of her favorite TV star, Punky Brewster, and then challenged her to do the same. Hoskins’s portrait of the ’80s sitcom character, with her signature pigtails tied up in flower hair bands, turned out to be as incredibly accomplished as her father’s version. She was struck by the positive remarks and affirming words from her parents.

… It would take her several years to regain belief in her artistry. In 2006, working in the retail industry and raising two daughters (she now has three), Hoskins decided to begin taking classes at Grand Rapids Community College.

COLLEGE NOTES: Olivet-Alma features four local talents

Nov. 2, 2017; Argus-Press (Owosso)


Autumn Severn, Grand Rapids Community College (New Lothrop) Severn had 12 assists and five digs as GRCC won the Michigan Community College Athletic Association title Saturday over Muskegon CC. In the previous game in the tournament against Oakland CC, she had 18 assists and nine digs.

Defying gravity: Meet 55″ professional dunker Porter Maberry

Nov. 2, 2017;

If Porter Maberry could sit down and have a conversation with gravity, he might say, “I’m sorry, but I respectfully disagree.” That’s because at 55″ and 145 pounds, he can dunk a basketball on a regulation size hoop.

… After a short stint on the Grand Rapids Community College basketball team, Maberry opted to quit basketball and work full-time lifting furniture.