Posted tagged ‘Community’

GRCC In the News, 5-25-17

May 25, 2017

Baby among those killed by opioids in Kent County’s deadliest year

May 24, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — At only 10 months old, Chance Powell was the youngest victim of the opioid epidemic in Kent County in 2015, the deadliest year the county has seen yet.

… When Jonathan Eisenman moved to Grand Rapids from Bay City, Mich., his mother thought it would be good for him. At age 15, the boy who loved to skate and write hip-hop lyrics started taking Norco with a friend. When the pills ran out, the teens switched to heroin. The family tried everything they could think of to get him clean, and thought it had worked. After high school, Jonathan moved to Grand Rapids to live with his older brother and attend Grand Rapids Community College.

Fleis scholarship winners announced

May 25, 2017; Leelanau News

A record number of scholarship applications were made and 72 were reviewed by the Fleis Education Fund selection committee.  Tina Poulias, who is studying medicine at Grand Rapids Community College, won the scholarship in memory of Jim and Rita (Fleis) Cwengros.

Jordan Brown flashes phenomenal speed in Rockford outfield and on base paths

May 24, 2017; MLive

ROCKFORD As a senior, Jordan Brown took over in center field for the Rockford baseball team and ran with it.

…”The amount of work he has put in this season is paying off, and I look forward to seeing what a year at Grand Rapids Community College does for him. He has the natural ability to be a great Division I baseball player. He has the tools that you can’t teach.”

GRCC In the News, 5-24-17

May 24, 2017

Man lured to robbery: ‘He wanted to shoot me’

May 23, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man looking for a good deal on a computer found himself looking down the barrel of a gun in what police call robbery by appointment.

… The 25-year-old Grand Rapids Community College dean’s list student was looking for a good deal on a MacBook Pro and found one on the online app OfferUp, which is similar to Craigslist. It turned out the deal was too good to be true.

West Michigan military: See achievements by local service men and women

May 23, 2017; MLive

… Retired Army Col. Scott Haraburda, was named Grand Rapids Community College’s 2017 Distinguished Alumnus. Haraburda received an associate degree in 1981 from what was then Grand Rapids Junior College. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Central Michigan University, a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, and master’s and doctoral degrees in chemical engineering from Michigan State University.

Academic Decision Day ‘Sends the Right Message’

May 23, 2017; schoolnewsnetwork.org (KISD newsletter)

Comstock Park Public Schools, MI — Anyone who knows high school knows about college decision day, when senior athletes make a show of signing with a college sports team.

… It was a proud day as well for Donovan Crandall, whom Bolthouse encouraged to accept a hefty financial aid package to attend Grand Rapids Community College.

Class of 2017 prepares to graduate from Holland-area schools

May 23, 2017; The Holland Sentinel

After 13 years of school or sometimes a little bit longer hundreds of Holland-area students are about to earn their high school diploma.

Descent into opioid addiction captured on video

May 23, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man’s determination to show a drug-addicted friend just how far she had fallen offers a rare and raw glimpse into the world of opioid addiction.

… She (Kelly Galbraith) now works at a private drug treatment center and attends Grand Rapids Community College.

Partners honor activists at César Chávez event

May 23, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A group of community partners have honored the legacy of civil rights activist César Chávez and recognized three change-makers.

… A number of colleges supported the event, including Aquinas College, Calvin College, Kendall College of Art and Design, Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University and Western Michigan University Grand Rapids.

Up close: How determination kept Tri-unity Christian seniors’ dreams alive

May 23, 2017; MLive

Rayven Mondy’s season was gone in an instant when the Tri-unity Christian senior guard took a trip to the hospital last January after she injured her knee in a game on Jan. 24.

… Mondy’s future looks bright now that she has had surgery and is undergoing rehabilitation. Plus, she recently signed with Grand Rapids Community College to continue her basketball career and education. Mondy said she was drawing interest from a number of schools before the injury occurred, and she added that GRCC was the school that stuck with her through the whole ordeal.

 

 

GRCC In the News, 5-22-17

May 22, 2017

Street Talk: Rapid transformation

May 19, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… Challenge accepted

Grand Rapids Community College was well represented recently at the MWest Challenge student venture competition, which provides students with an opportunity to develop and grow new ventures based on their own ideas.

Personal chef authors canning cookbook

May 19, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local food-preservation expert and culinary instructor has written a book on canning and cooking with preserved food.

… Devereaux received a personal chef certification from Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education in 2014.

GRPS, Florida A&M announces pipeline and major scholarships

May 19, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Florida A&M is awarding West Michigan students with major scholarships to announce a new pipeline between Grand Rapids Public School and the university.

… The partnership with Florida A&M comes as part of renewed commitment to Ottawa Hills students. Other plans for the school include: a major bond renovation, Early Middle College program with Grand Rapids Community College to help students gain free associate degrees; college and career preparations programs, including homeland security, cosmetology, technology, communications and engineering; and increased partnerships with other HBCUs.

DeShaun Thrower takes on two sports at Ferris State

May 19, 2017; WZZM

Ferris State football coach Tony Annese and men’s basketball coach Andy Bronkema are unsure how it’s going to work out, but they’re both excited to add a player with DeShaun Thrower’s skills to their respective teams next season.

… He (Thrower) also liked the connection he shared with Annese, who coached Muskegon High to three state championships in the mid-2000s before leaving to take over Grand Rapids Community College’s football program in 2009.

GRCC team shows off ‘ginger’ knowledge in WorldQuest 2017

May 19, 2017

The annual WorldQuest Competition sponsored by the West Michigan World Affairs Council was held Thursday, May 18, at Aquinas College.  This “almost famous” world trivia competition features teams from local educational institutions, businesses and nonprofit organizations.  Questions focus on foreign policy, international relations, geography, economics, history, art, literature, pop culture and this year featured a 10-question category devoted entirely to beer.  The GRCC team was comprised of:  Provost Laurie Chesley, Dean Mike Vargo, Social Science Department members Yan Bai, Heather Richards, Gordan Vurusic, Dillon Carr and “Captain” Steve Abid.  Although GRCC didn’t place in the top three this year, a strong showing was made in the “Ginger” category involving questions pertaining to the color red – most of which focused on history-making redheads.  The Aquinas College team was this year’s winner.

Steve Abid sits in a chair. Standing behind him are Yan Bai, Heather Richards, Laurie Chesley, Gordan Vurusic, Mike Vargo and Dillon Carr. A sign that Abid holds says: "GRCC Raiders."

GRCC In the News, 5-17-17

May 17, 2017

Bert Bleke leaving GRCC Board of Trustees, candidates sought to fill vacancy

May 16, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Bert Bleke announced he would leave his position on the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees, effective June 8, during the board’s Monday, May 15, meeting.

Fencing on parking garages in Grand Rapids deters suicides, falls

May 17, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The city of Grand Rapids installed special fencing on the top of its parking garages three years ago to help prevent suicides or falls. The move came after three people had died.

… In January, a person was injured in what police say was a likely suicide attempt at a Grand Rapids Community College parking garage in the city. It had no fencing.

GRCC In the News, 5-16-17

May 16, 2017

A dozen summer camp ideas for the Grand Rapids area

May 15, 2017; MLive

School for West Michigan students will end some time in June, depending on the district, charter, or faith-based school. Here are some of the more affordable summer camp options, including some free programs. Slots are filling up fast, so get your applications in.

… Free GRCC Forensic Chemistry Camp

Grand Rapids Community College wants to provide West Michigan-area high school students, who have an interest in science, the opportunity to use analytical instrumentation to find the perpetrator of a simulated arson crime. The free camp, limited to 24 students, will be held at the Science Center Monday, June 26, through Friday, June 30 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Visit the website for application details.

Dirty Dining: Target 8 tests find potentially hazardous buffet

May 15, 2017; WOOD TV

WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — The buffet at Oriental Asian Buffet is a big draw, with steam tables offering up everything from frog legs to salmon to crab rangoons.

… Restaurants must keep hot food at least 135 degrees, something (William) DeHaan stresses to his class at Grand Rapids Community College.

2017 Heritage Hill Tour of Homes includes 7 private homes, 4 public buildings

May 15, 2017; MLive

A restored 1874 Italianate mansion; an 1882 “stick style” house with working gas and electric light fixtures, an 1875 Gothic cottage with an elegant winding staircase and a 1909 Amberg house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright are on the list this year for the Heritage Hill Tour of Homes.

… Tickets the weekend of the tour are $25.00 and are sold at the GRCC DeVos campus, 435 East Fulton. Free shuttle bus transportation for the tour route is provided.

Forensic science chemistry camp runs June 26 to 30

May 16, 2017

High school students will use sophisticated technology to solve a simulated arson in GRCC’s free forensic science chemistry camp.

The Physical Sciences Department, in collaboration with the National Science and Perrigo foundations, offers the free summer camp to high school students. They will get the chance to use gel electrophoresis, infrared spectroscopy and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry.

This summer’s camp runs from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday from June 26 to 30.

While the camp is free, enrollment is limited to 24 students, and spots are expected to fill up quickly. An application can be found here. Applicants will be notified about camp acceptance by email within one week of program coordinators receiving the camp application.  Detailed camp information will then be sent to attendees.

GRCC In the News, 5-12-17

May 12, 2017

Robert Kozminski and other fallen officers of West Michigan honored in police memorial

May 11, 2017; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A police officer who bravely gave his life while on duty in Grand Rapids 10 years ago was honored at Richmond Park on Thursday along with several other officers who made the same sacrifice.

… That memorial was made possible thanks to several volunteers, donors and vendors. The Kozminski family also started a memorial scholarship that is awarded to a student of the Grand Rapids Community College whose career goal it is to be in law enforcement and attend the police academy.

Army Col. Scott Haraburda named 2017 GRCC Distinguished Alumnus

May 12, 2017; Spencer Evening World (Ind.)

A Spencer Army veteran, engineer and inventor is Grand Rapids Community College’s 2017 Distinguished Alumnus.

Preschool holds bake sale to benefit DeVos Children’s Hospital

May 12, 2017

The Meadow Room at GRCC Early Childhood Learning Laboratory held a bake sale at the preschool on Thursday, May 11, to conclude their project study of “Cookies.” The proceeds from the bake sale will be used to purchase toys for DeVos Children’s Hospital. GRCC’s new president, Dr. Bill Pink, and executive director of the GRCC Foundation, Kathy Mullins, were some of their satisfied customers.

President Pink and Kathy Mullins buy cookies during the preschool’s bake sale.

GRCC In the News, 5-10-17

May 10, 2017

Look inside Switch’s upgraded Kent Co. pyramid

May 9, 2017; WOOD TV

GAINES TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Inside the former Steelcase research and development facility –now the Switch Pyramid Campus — there is patented technology protecting the data storage of companies like eBay, DreamWorks Animation, News Corporation and eHarmony.

… “We’ve been working with Grand Rapids Community College to develop the same type of program in partnership without internal training program called Switch University. So that we can take people who have some of the basic skill sets that would work in this environment and train them up to and train them up to where they need to be. The reception has been phenomenal,” (Adam) Kramer said.

For these seniors, degrees already in sight

May 9, 2017; schoolnewsnetwork.org (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)

Cedar Springs Public Schools, MI — Three years ago, 25 district sophomores decided to get an early start on college. All are well on their way to graduating this fall, having already saved thousands on higher education.

Enrolled in the district’s Middle College program — a collaboration with Grand Rapids Community College — the initial cohort of students is the first from Cedar Springs to finish high school with as many as 39 college credits.

Preschoolers to get hands-on learning with grant-funded museum exhibits

May 9, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – More than 1,500 children will gain hands-on learning experiences this summer as a part of the $25,000 grant from PNC Bank.

The PNC Foundation awarded the Grand Rapids Public Museum the grant on Tuesday, May 9 to create two exhibits – “Wales: Giants of the Deep” and “Creatures of Light.” The foundation partnered with students from Head Start for Kent County, YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids and the GRCC Laboratory Preschool, and it will bring a total of 1,500 preschoolers to the museum to see the exhibits.

 

 

GRCC In the News, 5-4-17

May 4, 2017

Women Veterans Expo being held in Grand Rapids

May 3, 2017; WWMT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – The Battle Creek V.A. is working to address the needs of women veterans.

The event, Women Veterans Expo 2017, is happening Wednesday at Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC In the News, 5-3-17

May 3, 2017

Crews break ground on GRPD fallen officer memorial

May 2, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Construction is underway for a memorial to fallen Grand Rapids police officers.

… The original fundraising goal was $65,000, which would have paid for the memorial and a scholarship fund. That goal was increased to $75,000 so direct more money to the scholarship fund, which pays for one year of tuition at Grand Rapids Community College for a student who hopes to work in law enforcement. (Robert) Kozminski’s parents choose the recipient of that scholarship.

NL trio signs

May 2, 2017; Argus-Press (Owosso)

(Photo caption) New Lothrop students Autumn Severn, Claudia Freed and Nicole Theodore all signed on to play collegiate sports Monday in the New Lothrop High School auditorium. Severn, second from left, will play volleyball at Grand Rapids Community College. She is pictured seated with longtime New Lothrop volleyball coach Sheri Warner, who retired after last season. Freed, third from right, and Theodore, far right, will both play basketball at Mott Community College. The duo is pictured with New Lothrop girls basketball coach Jim Perry.

5 a.m. News

May 3, 2017; WWMT

The Battle Creek VA is working to address the needs of women veterans. The event, Women Veterans Expo 2017, is happening today at Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC In the News, 5-2-17

May 2, 2017

Retired Steven Ender talks about his tenure at GRCC

May 1, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Steven Ender beamed with pride recently talking about his love for Grand Rapids Community College students, and how refreshing it was that they come without any sense of entitlement, but an understanding the experience will move them further ahead in their lives.

Celebrating Failure

May 1, 2017; Revue West Michigan

Failure is not a word that many people take lightly. It’s certainly not something many would like to admit they are dealing with or have experienced. And yet, a local business-turned-movement is celebrating five years of failure this month.

… Recently, the company (Failure: Lab) did a workshop with Dell, Inc. in Austin, Texas and finished up projects in New York and Florida. They have also facilitated workshops locally with Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University and businesses such as Steelcase and Herman Miller.

GRCC In the News, 5-1-17

May 1, 2017

Graduation ceremonies this weekend for GVSU and GRCC

April 28, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Graduates across the country are closing the book on their college careers as commencement ceremonies take place.

… Friday was also the last commencement ceremony for retiring Grand Rapids Community College President Dr. Steven C. Ender.

Community partners fill need for nursing assistants

April 28, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Facing a shortage of certified nursing assistants, West Michigan health care leaders asked Grand Rapids Community College to start a CNA training program.

Change Ups: Adtegrity to relocate

April 28, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… EDUCATION

… Secchia Institute for Culinary Arts student Tammy Vander Werf received Grand Rapids Community College’s Arthur Andrews Award, which goes to the Delta Pi Alpha student with the highest cumulative GPA and the greatest number of honor points. Vander Werf will receive a culinary arts degree with an emphasis in baking and pastry arts.

In Constant Growth: ACT Apprentice Chris Overway

April 28, 2017; therapidian.org

“I will continue doing art and creating.”

… After the program, Chris (Overway) will be graduating and moving onto Grand Rapids Community College, where he wants to continue doing art. Ultimately Chris says he wants to sell his art and do it professionally, because it is his ultimate passion. Regardless of the circumstances, Chris will find inspiration and find a way to create.

Makenna Pronk a reliable source of goals for Zion Christian soccer team

April 28, 2017; MLive

BYRON CENTER — When the Zion Christian girls soccer team puts a goal in the back of an opponent’s net, chances are good senior Makenna Pronk has been a part of the play.

… After high school, Pronk plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College.

Jazz at GRandJazzFest This Summer Will be Fantastic and Free

April 28, 2017; 100.5 FM

It’s one of the most anticipated festivals in Grand Rapids. GRandJazzFest, August 19 and 20 is back for its sixth year at Rosa Parks Circle, in downtown Grand Rapids.

… It’s free thanks to presenting sponsor DTE Energy Foundation, the City of Grand Rapids, Gilmore Collection, GR and Jazz, IntentPR, Corporate Live, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Amway Hotel Corporation, Experience Grand Rapids, Icon Sign, Matt Huizenga Videography, Meijer, MoxieMen, Steelcase, Configura, Fancy Faces, Grand Rapids Community College, Hilger Hammond, Kitchen 67, Levens Strand & Glover, Rick and Mary Stevens, Rockford Construction, Swift Printing, and other sponsoring organizations and individuals.

 

GRCC In the News, 4-27-17

April 27, 2017

Students celebrate year end at GRCC’s Noorthoek Academy

April 26, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – College students with disabilities in Grand Rapids, are celebrating their accomplishments this year.

Students of Noorthoek Academy at Grand Rapids Community College were honored for a successful school year Wednesday, April 26.

As construction industry faces shortage of workers, West Michigan groups innovate to fill gap

April 27, 2017; rapidgrowthmedia.com

The demand for the design and construction of new buildings for housing and mixed-use business applications has been on the rise in Grand Rapids. The influx of residents into the city, as well as the growth of a variety of local industries, from manufacturing to tourism, has created new demand for construction. Yet, the pool of trained and experienced constructions workers has remained static, if not outright shrinking. Area companies are facing unforeseen challenges in meeting the demand for both new construction and for skilled workers, which they are addressing by employing a number of strategies. Included in these strategies are new local training programs and alliances between construction trade associations.

… In addition to the training model developed by the CWDA, another key West Michigan program that delivers construction skills training can be found at the Michigan Technical Education Center (M-TEC), which is part of Grand Rapids Community College.

How coworking spaces are growing an entrepreneurial community in Grand Rapids

April 27, 2017; rapidgrowthmedia.com

The Oxford Dictionary defines coworking as “the use of an office or other working environment by people who are self-employed or working for different employers, typically so as to share equipment, ideas and knowledge.” According to the 2017 Global Coworking Survey, by year-end, there will be approximately 14,000 operational coworking spaces worldwide. Additionally, the report shows these coworking spaces will be focusing on increasing membership, generating more income, hosting more events and having a stronger sense of community.

… Each coworking space also offers networking and educational opportunities. The Factory has a coLearning program, which offers classes on a variety of topics including: HTML, CSS, design thinking and app development. They also host Coffee With Creators every Wednesday morning, which is open to the public. Through a partnership with Start Garden, Urban LINC periodically hosts 5×5 Nights, providing entrepreneurs with the opportunity to connect with others in the community and gain exposure for their business ideas. (Jeremy) DeRoo states Urban LINC has also been working with other local organizations including Grand Rapids Community College, Michigan Works! and Hope Network on a variety of workforce development related initiatives.