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Civic Engagement Week to include discussion of marijuana ballot proposal

September 14, 2018

A panel of experts will lead a discussion of the marijuana legalization ballot proposal on Sept. 19 as part of GRCC’s Civic Engagement Week.

The presentation, from 3-4:30 p.m. on the Student Center’s second-floor multipurpose room, will include time for students’ questions. The discussion will be of special interest to Social Sciences and Criminal Justice students.

State voters will decide Nov. 6 whether to legalize recreational marijuana. The Sept. 19 discussion, presented by the Student Life Office, will center on drug education and civic engagement.

Panel members are:

GRCC receives Diversity Champion Award

September 14, 2018

Grand Rapids Community College was saluted as a 2018 Diversity Champion by Corp! magazine on Thursday.

The award was given in recognition of campus efforts to promote diversity and inclusion.

According to Corp!, the diversity champion category is for community organizations and nonprofits meeting criteria that include:

  • Being responsible for creating, sustaining, or promoting special programs, initiatives, strategies to capitalize on opportunities or respond to challenges tied to diversity, advancement of women and community support.
  • Encouraging community awareness, understanding and relationships in the name of diversity and inclusion.
  • Promoting diversity education and training.
  • Highlighting diversity events and accomplishments.
  • Fostering civic involvement to promote diversity and inclusion.

A recent example of these efforts is the “Build with Us” recruiting event that GRCC’s Purchasing Department co-hosted with the city of Grand Rapids. Service providers learned how to register as a supplier or subcontractor for the city and college, and GRCC’s computer lab was available for them to sign up during the event.

GRCC was one of 21 organizations statewide named a diversity champion. The magazine also saluted 27 Diversity Focused Companies and 29 individuals as Diversity Business Leaders.

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Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire open to all, this weekend at the Public Museum

August 16, 2018

Grand Rapids is a creative community, and that talent will be on display this weekend at the Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire.

GRCC associate professor Moss Ingram has been involved with planning the event – billed as the “Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth.” It is planned for the Grand Rapids Public Museum from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., August 18 and 19.

The family-friendly event attracts makers as young as 10 though the mid-80s, showcasing robotics, drones, sewing and jewelry work, 3D printing, virtual reality, glass blowing, specialty foods and drinks, and more.

Artisans will show off their completed and in-progress work and share their experiences with people interested in learning how to tinker and invent, hoping to entertain and inspire as well as grow the maker community.

Additional details and tickets are available at grandrapids.makerfaire.com.

GRCC In the News, 8-14-18

August 14, 2018

Pregnant mother of 4 killed in crash ‘always put family first’

Aug. 13, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Nancy Orozco is being remembered by her friends and family as a “loving mother, wife and sister who always put her family first.”

… Nancy Orozco spent most of her life in Grand Rapids, where she lived with her husband, Oscar Reyes, and four children. She graduated from Union High School in 2008 and later attended Grand Rapids Community College.

Young gardeners with Grand Rapids Urban League cook up their harvest with GRCC students

Aug. 13, 2018; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Urban League and Grand Rapids Community College are cooking up a special meal Monday.

Entries wanted for Barry County Artists Exhibition / 8-11-18

Aug. 11, 2018; The Hastings Reminder

The Thornapple Arts Council and Historic Charlton Park will host the juried fourth annual Barry County Artists Exhibition at Historic Charlton Park in the fall.

… As her sons entered high school, she (Patti Sevensma) focused on becoming a professional photographer and also began taking art classes at Grand Rapids Community College, along with local instructor Loretta Sailors, who has been a significant influence on her work.

Photos from Urban League visit

August 14, 2018

About 50 teens in the Grand Rapids Urban League have been working in community gardens all summer and needed to know how best to prepare their harvest. Staff at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education stepped up Monday with expert advice. After working in the GRCC kitchens, the teens hosted their families and served the meal that they had prepared.

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GRCC In the News, 8-13-18

August 13, 2018

The future begins with our children

Aug. 10, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Let me tell you about a young man named Jason. Like many other teenagers growing up in an inner-city environment, he struggled in school and didn’t think he was going to make it.

Jason was fortunate. He had adults to support him, motivate him and make sure he stayed on the right track. This past spring, he graduated from one of our great high schools in our Grand Rapids Public Schools and will attend Grand Rapids Community College as part of our culinary arts program this fall.

(Guest column by President Bill Pink.)

Mom accused of starving baby: ‘I dream about her’

Aug. 10, 2018; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — In a jailhouse interview with 24 Hour News 8, the mother of a baby girl who police say starved to death said the child was loved.

… (Tatiana) Fusari and (Seth) Welch are college sweethearts who met while attending Grand Rapids Community College. They’ve been together for seven years and married for three of them, Fusari said.

 

Do you know what this is?

August 1, 2018

Do you know what this is?

Joe Z. has come across this item – it has “Grand Rapids Community College” on it and no other identifying information – and is curious to learn more about it. It’s roughly the size of a disc for disc golf. If you know what it is, email communications@grcc.edu, and we’ll pass the information along.

GRCC In the News, 7-9-18

July 9, 2018

Education, business leaders push talent

July 6, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

With Michigan’s lack of talent at the forefront of concerns in the business community, the area’s education and business leaders are working to better prepare young people for the workforce.

… Grand Rapids Public Schools and Grand Rapids Community College recently announced another new partnership, which will extend the existing Grand Rapids Learning Center partnership which helps identify a career path or transition to college to better include all students in the city.

Grand Rapids African American Institute: bridging the gap in healthcare professions

July 5, 2018; WGVU

Marcus Jones, a Black American student at Grand Rapids Community College on the Occupational Therapist track was first exposed to the profession when he began working at a Spectrum Health Hospital downtown Grand Rapids.

Pathways to careers: Initiative to improve access for people of color to health care jobs

July 7, 2018; mibiz.com

GRAND RAPIDS — Creating a level playing field for people of color in Michigan who want to pursue careers in the health care sector will lay the foundation for their success and the state’s future economic growth.

… Aquinas College, Calvin College, Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University and Hope College will participate in the study to develop college-specific plans of action to engage students of color in reducing barriers to them choosing to study health care professions.

Restauranteur Roundtable: Grand Rapids restaurant owners struggle with talent, city’s still-developing foodie culture

July 7, 2018; mibiz.com

Talent issues dominate most business discussions these days, and that’s certainly true among entrepreneurs in Grand Rapids restaurant scene.

… How well do the local culinary schools around the region do in training the next generation of workers for your restaurants? Are you recruiting from them?
(Geoff)  GASKIN: (Chef Oscar Moreno) went out and spent a lot of time with the Secchia Institute at GRCC, and we have three that came from there that work at MeXo. I will say, they have stood out a little bit more than the others. Their chef coats a little buttoned up more. … They’re coming out now and describing the food.

45 teams earn MCCAA All-Academic Team Awards

July 1, 2018; mccaa.org

The Michigan Community College Athletic Association is proud to announce that 45 teams have earned MCCAA All-Academic Team honors. To earn the honors a team must have a cumulative grade point average for all members of the team must be 3.00 or higher for both semesters combined.

Mott Community College had six teams (Volleyball, Softball, Men’s Cross Country, Women’s Cross Country, Men’s Basketball and Golf) earn All-Academic Team honors. Grand Rapids Community College had five teams. Ancilla College, Lansing Community College, Macomb Community College and Muskegon Community College had four teams each. Softball was the sport with the most All-Academic Teams with 11, while Volleyball had seven teams. Women’s cross country had six teams, while Women’s Basketball has five teams.

Derrick King named Wyoming Lee boys basketball coach

July 5, 2018; MLive

Wyoming — Lee’s boys basketball team won four games last winter, but Derrick King has a plan to get the Rebels on track.

King, who served as an assistant coach for the Grand Rapids Community College men’s team this past winter, was recently hired to coach the Rebels.

 

GRCC In the News, 7-3-18

July 3, 2018

GRCC Nursing program to lead career workshops for Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids

July 2, 2018; La Prensa

GRAND RAPIDS, MI, June 26, 2018 — High school students will learn about an in-demand career option through a partnership between Grand Rapids Community College’s nursing faculty and Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids.

A girl, a goat and a dream

July 2, 2018; Daily News (Greenville)

MONTCALM TOWNSHIP — As Cecilia Brandt, 17, of Cedar Springs, stumbled into the livestock barn with her goat April on Saturday morning, she had no idea she would be leaving with the top prize.

… She’s also already begun thinking about how she will use the scholarship. Brandt wants to attend Grand Rapids Community College for a time, before transferring to Grand Valley to study biochemistry. After that, she’d like to get accepted into an upper-level veterinarian school.

Nation’s top 2022 basketball player Emoni Bates enrolls at Ypsilanti Lincoln

July 2, 2018; MLive

YPSILANTI — There will be an added buzz inside Ypsilanti Lincoln’s gym during the 2018-19 high school basketball season.

… Elgin (Bates) and (head coach Jesse) Davis played at Grand Rapids Community College together and have remained friends for the past 30 years.

Skirka Named New Murray State Baseball Head Coach

July 2, 2018; West Kentucky Star

MURRAY – Murray State Director of Athletics, Allen Ward, announced the hiring of Dan Skirka as the ninth head coach of the Racer Baseball program.

… Skirka’s first collegiate assistant coaching position was at Grand Rapids Community College in 2007-08 where his team advanced to the NJCAA World Series. He spent the 2008-09 season at Ouachita Baptist working under former Murray State player Chris Moddelmog.

New position at GVSU to study diversity, equity issues in nonprofit sector

July 2, 2018; gvsu.edu

Leaders in the field of philanthropy from across the country have noticed a shortcoming in how the nonprofit sector applies principles of diversity, equity and inclusion throughout its critically important and economically substantial work.

… (Juan) Olivarez brings nonprofit leadership and higher education experience to the position, having served as president of Aquinas College for six years and Grand Rapids Community College for almost 10 years. He also served several years as the president and CEO of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation where he championed innovative community initiatives that focused on improving education opportunities for all people.

GRCC In the News, 6-29-18

June 29, 2018

Colleges, nonprofit work to increase diversity in health care workforce

June 28, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids African American Health Institute (GRAAHI) and seven West Michigan colleges are partnering to increase diversity in the health care workforce by reducing barriers to minority students seeking educational opportunities.

… The higher education institutions involved in the initiative include: Grand Valley State, Davenport and Ferris State universities, Aquinas College, Calvin College, Grand Rapids Community College, and Hope College.

 

 

GRCC In the News, 6-28-18

June 28, 2018

Former inmates will get job training under $1.5M grant program

June 27, 2018; MLive

Former jail and prison inmates returning to Grand Rapids will receive job training through a $1.5 million federal grant awarded to Goodwill of Greater Grand Rapids.

… Goodwill provides some job training itself, but also partners with community organizations, such as Grand Rapids Community College and trade unions.

GRCC In the News, 6-27-18

June 27, 2018

Spectrum Theater becomes accessible to hearing impaired

June 26, 2018; Grand Rapids Magazine

In celebration of its newly installed hearing loop system, Spectrum Theater at Grand Rapids Community College is offering a free performance of “Snow White, the Queen’s Fair Daughter” for deaf and hard-of-hearing children and their parents, teachers and friends.

GRCC nursing faculty exposing Boys & Girls Clubs teens to career

June 27, 2018; MLive

As Baby Boomers age and the overall need for health care continues to grow, the demand for nurses and other in-demand health care careers will continue increases, officials say.

GRCC’s nursing instructors and students will lead three summer workshops for high schoolers in the club’s Career Pathways Program.

Google IT training coming to GRCC

June 26, 2018; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Just one more course at Grand Rapids Community College and Ryan Linak will be out in the real world.

Two alumni credit Laker Connections for their academic success

June 26, 2018; gvsu.edu

Juan Mascorro-Guerrero and Gloire Rubambiza found their way to Grand Valley from Mexico and Uganda, respectively.

… Mascorro-Guerrero graduated from Thornapple Kellogg High School and then enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College, under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. At one point, he was working three jobs to pay off his college debt.

GRPD to hold first two ‘Speed of Trust’ events Wednesday

June 27, 2018;  WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Police Department will hold the first sessions of a community trust building initiative Wednesday, June 27.

“Speed of Trust” will be at Grand Rapids Community College from 8 a.m. to noon. There is an alternate session from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

GRCC In the News, 6-26-18

June 26, 2018

Change Ups: Hauenstein exhibition opens in July

June 22, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… EDUCATION

Grand Rapids Community College trustees unanimously approved a $112.3-million budget for the 2018-19 academic year, a spending plan that includes the lowest tuition increase in nearly two decades.

News 8 at 5:30 p.m.

June 25, 2018; WOOD TV

Google today announced an IT professional certificate that will be available at Grand Rapids Community College. The certificate aims to train students with no prior experience to be IT support professionals in about eight months. Since its inception nearly five months ago, nearly 40,000 students have enrolled in the online program. Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink said the certificate will provide students with in-demand skills. IT support is one of the fastest growing fields in the nation with more than 150,000 open positions.

News 8 at 7 p.m.

June 22, 2018; WOOD TV

More colleges are going tobacco-free. The CDC says more than 2,000 colleges were smoke- or tobacco-free last year, up from about 800 in 2012. … Western Michigan and Grand Rapids Community College are both now tobacco free.

Successful spring sports season at St. Patrick

June 25, 2018; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

The 2018 St. Patrick School spring sports season has officially come to an end.

… Individual honors for our baseball team include:

… William Simon: honorable mention CMAC and has been invited to walk on at Grand Rapids Community College

Street Talk: Completely sustainable

June 22, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A nonprofit that promotes sustainable business looks like it will remain sustainable.

… Outgoing board members include Dave Rinard, Steelcase, who was selected to receive WMSBF’s 2018 President’s Award; Alison Sutter, city of Grand Rapids; Sharon Darby, Cascade Engineering; Lynette Wolf, Lake Michigan College; Sara Yob, Grand Rapids Community College; and Darwin Baas, Kent County Department of Public Works.

Heritage Hill Tour of Homes tickets available

May 14, 2018

As an annual sponsor, GRCC received 25 complimentary tickets for the Heritage Hill Tour of Homes scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20th.

If you’re interested in tickets, please contact Vicki Janowiak at x-3565 or vjanowia@grcc.edu

GRCC In the News, 4-27-18

April 27, 2018

Accelerated technical training program graduates 15

April 26, 2018; Allegan News

Fifteen Allegan County students in a program that pairs a second chance to complete a high school education while arming them with skilled labor credentials, celebrated completion on Wednesday, April 18, at Allegan Public Schools administration building.

… The partners involved include Allegan Alternative  Education, Allegan Adult Education, Plainwell Renaissance Adult Education, West Michigan Works, Grand Rapids Community College, Michigan Career & Technical Institute, Lake Michigan College, Michigan Rehabilitation Services, Allegan County Community Action,  Love INC, the Linking Center, 70×7 Life Recovery, Bridges of Hope Allegan County, area employers, and other community based organizations.

Teen scholarship recipient credits mentor with turning his life around

April 26, 2018; FOX 17

KENT COUNTY, Mich. — Eben Gardner is one of 15 students who received a $2,000 scholarship from Lake Michigan Credit Union to help pay for higher education. However, the Cedar Springs High School senior said the road wasn’t easy.

… Gardner is headed to Grand Rapids Community College to study business. Lake Michigan Credit Union said it’s been able to award $361,500 to 222 students over the years through its Hutt Scholarships.

Kidney Walk celebró caminata sobre prevención de enfermedad renal crónica

April 26, 2018; El Vocero

Kidney Walks han sido una parte integral en la recaudación de fondos desde 1996 y se presentan en todo el estado Michigan.

… La misma fue dedicada en honor al doctor Bill Pink, presidente de Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) quién realizó el corte del listón para dejar oficialmente iniciado el recorrido de la caminata, que abarcó tres millas dentro del área verde del parque.

(Kidney Walks have been an integral part of the fundraising since 1996 and are presented throughout the state of Michigan.

… It was dedicated in honor of Dr. Bill Pink, president of Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) who made the cut of the ribbon to officially start the walk, which covered three miles within the green area of the park.)

Jayhawks baseball team splits doubleheader with Grand Rapids Community College

April 26, 2018; Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

The Muskegon Community College baseball team split a doubleheader against Grand Rapids Community College on Thursday.

Jayhawks take two tight softball wins, top Grand Rapids Community College

April 26, 2018; Local Sports Journal

Muskegon Community College eked out a pair of one-run wins over Grand Rapids Community College in Western Conference softball action on Wednesday.