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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;

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


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.

Additional Windows 10 workshops added to Fall Staff Development

October 11, 2017

Additional Windows 10 workshops have been added to Staff Development’s fall schedule of offerings:

  • November 29, (2:00 – 3:30 p.m.)
  • December 7, (10:00-11:30 a.m.)

Course Description:

Windows 10 has arrived at GRCC! This new operating system has replaced Windows 7, and there are some changes we would like to share with you. Come and join us for this basic introduction to Windows 10, and learn how to navigate the changes.

Register at:


GRCC In the News, 7-19-17

July 19, 2017

GRCC gets state support for $12.7M building renovation, expansion

July 18, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is getting help from the state to expand and renovate a building to provide the capacity to meet the demands of the growing information technology and manufacturing sectors.

Prosecutor asks jury to find Marcus Bivins guilty of first-degree murder

July 19, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Opening statements got underway this morning in the trial of Marcus Bivins.

He’s charged with killing a homeless woman outside Grand Rapids Community College more than a year ago.

Grand Rapids 1967 riot: When anger, oppression erupted into ‘chaos’

July 18, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – When the 1967 riot broke, Nathaniel Moody, just 12, saw the grocery store and pharmacy where his mother shopped burn down on South Division Avenue.

…  Ellen James, a former Grand Rapids Community College trustee, said many whites did not appreciate the challenges facing the black community.


GRCC In the News, 7-17-17

July 17, 2017

GVSU, GRCC announce campus expansions in Grand Rapids

July 14, 2017;

GRAND RAPIDS — Two higher educational institutions plan to spend more than $82 million combined to expand their downtown campuses.

The state’s 2018 fiscal year budget, signed today by Gov. Rick Snyder, includes allocations for expansions at both Grand Valley State University and Grand Rapids Community College.

Change Ups: Blandford Nature Center founder receives inaugural award

July 14, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal


Grand Rapids Community College received a $50,000 grant from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation to create more health care career opportunities for minorities. The grant will fund a 10-day Health Care Scrubs Camp for Grand Rapids Public Schools students. High school juniors and seniors will learn in GRCC simulation labs, work in a decontamination unit at St. Mary’s Hospital, participate in a culinary medicine workshop at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education, and take part in a disaster drill.

Chef Clark introduces new take on Italian cuisine

July 11, 2017; Grand Rapids Magazine

Chef Clark Frain is excited to bring contemporary Italian cuisine, including crudo offerings, which means raw in Italian, to downtown Grand Rapids.

… After a stint at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College he landed at Gibsons. “I had a great experience there,” he said. “I started refining my technique and learning about high quality ingredients.”

Inside Track: Building a brotherhood

July 14, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Andre Fields knows firsthand the painful combination of poverty, fatherlessness and systemic racism that haunts many of his black male students.

… Fields, an associate professor and counselor at Grand Rapids Community College, started a leadership development fraternity for black male students at GRCC called Alpha Beta Omega (ABO) in 2012.



GRCC In the News, 7-6-17

July 6, 2017

National CyberWatch Center Announces Winners in Inaugural Innovations in Cybersecurity Education Program

July 6, 2017;

Some of the most creative and unique ideas for teaching a complicated subject like cybersecurity comes from the educators themselves. That’s why the National CyberWatch Center designed a competition for Innovations in Cybersecurity Education. Among the 44 submissions, five ideas were selected as winners that were honored at the 2017 Community College Cyber Summit on June 28.

… Winners were selected in five categories:

… Lab ActivityNetwork Defender-Threat Hunting Honors Project by Andrew Rozema, Grand Rapids Community College, which is a live fire ethical hacking lab for students to test hacking and skills in a safe environment.

GRCC In the News, 10-17-16

October 17, 2016

Grand Rapids Community College names 4 finalists for president

Oct. 14, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A Grand Rapids Community College search committee has named four finalists, including an internal candidate, who will vie to become the college’s 10th president.

IT firm will get $180K from state to add 25 jobs

Oct. 15, 2016; MLive

KENTWOOD, MI — The state is rewarding a Kentwood IT firm with a $180,000 grant for expanding in Michigan instead of Virginia.

… The firm is also tapping into Grand Rapids Community College, which approved a $200,000 revenue bond in June to provide free training for newly hired workers. The bond is supposed to be paid back with the state income tax paid by those employees who will be earning more after they gain the new skills. The state-funded training is part of the Michigan New Jobs Training Program that aims to provide a pathway for people to earn a living wage.

Vectorform named top tech company of year

Oct. 14, 2016; Crain’s Detroit Business

Royal Oak-based Vectorform LLC was named the top technology company of the year at the 16th annual Automation Alley awards gala Friday night at the Detroit Yacht Club on Belle Isle.

… Other awards announced Friday night:

… The Outstanding Educational Initiative Award went to Michigan Apprenticeship Program Plus, a joint venture of Grand Rapids Community College and Macomb Community College to train up to 600 over five years in manufacturing and technology through a federal grant of $3.9 million.

College’s diversity series continues with globalization discussion

Oct. 15, 2016; MLive

The diversity lecture series sponsored by Grand Rapids Community College’s Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion, is intended to provide insight and understanding of multicultural issues.

Gov. Rick Snyder makes appointments to the Building the 21st Century Economy Commission

Oct. 14, 2016;

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the initial appointments to the Building the 21st Century Economy Commission, created by Executive Order 2016-14.

… Jessica Ann Tyson of Kentwood is the president and owner of JA PR Group, LLC. In 2016, she was issued the Community Leadership Award by the Michigan Republican Party and the Seeds of Growth Leadership Award by Grand Rapids Opportunity for Women. Tyson attended Kalamazoo Valley Community College and Grand Rapids Community College.

Dozens of HBCUs to recruit students during college fair in Grand Rapids

Oct. 14, 2016; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – West Michigan students thinking about college are invited to attend a special college fair this weekend.

… The HBCU College Readiness Fair is Saturday, Oct. 15 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. It’s taking place at the GRCC Ford Field Gymnasium which is located at 111 Lyon NE in Grand Rapids.

FSU program prepares minorities for college

Oct. 14, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Approximately five years ago, Tony Baker noticed a troubling trend on the campus of Ferris State University.

… The benefit for Ferris comes from establishing strong partnerships with schools and the community. In addition to its partner school systems, Ferris works with the Doug and Maria DeVos Foundation, the Hispanic Center of West Michigan, AT&T, Destination Education, Latin Americans United for Progress, the Hispanic Center of Oceana County and Oceana County College Access Network to run the program. The school also works with local institutions Kendall College for Art and Design in Grand Rapids and Grand Rapids Community College in Holland which provide classroom space.

GRCC In the News, 7-29-16

July 29, 2016

Listen Up: NaNa Mafe Wo (I Miss You)

July 29, 2016; Modern Ghana

US based Ghanaian musician NaNa is out with this new highlife single titled Mafe W o( I miss you).

NaNa, who is currently a computer Science student at Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan decided to test the waters with this new tune and depending on how well Ghanaians( who this song was made for) accept this song will decide whether to pursue his interest in the music business alongside studies or drop music and only focus on studies.

Four seats draw five trustee applicants in Thornapple Township

July 28, 2016; The Hastings Banner

The race is on in Thornapple Township for four open trustee positions, and five applicants including incumbent Ross DeMaagd are in the running for the prize. DeMaagd, a Republican, will be joined by fellow Republican challengers Curt Campbell, Jake Jelsema, Andrew Lindemulder and Sandra L. Rairigh.

… Jake Jelsema, 30, lives on Twin Creek Drive and is a small business owner.

… What experience or education qualifies you for this position? I currently oversee a budget of over $5 million and a staff of 20 employees. I am also trained in financial and managerial accounting. I have an associate degree form Grand Rapids Community College, a bachelor’s degree from Aquinas College with a double major in political science and history, and a law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School with specialization certificates in administrative law and constitutional law.

… Andrew Lindemulder, 28, lives on Holes Avenue and is an information technology director.

… What experience or education qualifies you for this position? I am currently the IT director for a large furniture manufacturer in Grand Rapids. Previously, I worked for a multi-national corporation, overseeing contracts in the millions of dollars. I have a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Ferris State University and an associate degree from GRCC.

Faculty Spotlight: Andrew Rozema

February 9, 2016
A man with glasses stands in front of a wall with plaques.

Andrew Rozema

Andrew Rozema is a full-time professor in the Computer Information Systems Department at Grand Rapids Community College. From taking classes at GRCC as a junior in high school, becoming an adjunct instructor, and beginning his full-time role in 2014, Rozema has been a part of the GRCC community for more than half of his life. In his full-time position, Rozema teaches a variety of Computer Information Systems classes including Microcomputer Operating Systems, Routing and Switching Essentials, Ethical Hacking I and II, Principles of Information Security, and Computer Forensics. These courses build the foundational understanding of operating systems and networks.

Professor Rozema credits much of his success in the classroom with the professional development that he has received at GRCC through the Center for Teaching Excellence. By merging the skills that he had acquired through a career in broadcasting and information technology with personal experiences and effective professional development, he is able to create best practices in the classroom. Some of these best practices include using video creation to ensure that lectures get captured in the classroom and brought online for students to review, using online discussion forums during in-seat classes to ensure that all students are involved in class discussions, and using virtualization technologies to allow students to interact with technology that people are using in the real world.

In addition to his work in the classroom, Professor Rozema stays busy with other work within the CIS Department and the college. Departmentally, he has worked with colleagues to redesign the entire CIS curriculum, focusing specifically on aligning the information security curriculum with the Committee on National Security Systems standards. College-wide, he is actively involved in the Academic Governing Council and the Curriculum Approval Committee. For the past two years Professor Rozema has been involved in organizing and presenting at Faculty Learning Day, as well as continuing professional development at retreats and seminars like Great Teachers and Trends.

Professor Rozema continues to embrace the freedom to pursue his interests in IT and information security and advance the mission and vision of his department and college. He says, “I’m all about the Open Door. As somebody who walked in it and then through it, and then on to greater things, I love that this institution gives anyone willing to work for it amazing opportunities.” Thank you for continuing to provide these opportunities for our students.

CIS students attend GrrCON Hacker Conference

October 15, 2015

Six students in the information security program attended the recent GrrCON Hacker Conference, competing to see who could collect the most business cards for industry contacts and potential internships!

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CIS to hold Advising Day on October 8

October 6, 2015
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GRCC In the News, 10-6-15

October 6, 2015

GRCC hopes to produce class of ethical hackers

Oct. 2, 2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Grand Rapids Community College has become a training ground for digital guardians to keep digital thieves away from your digital treasures.

“ArtPrize: Why These Finalists”

Oct. 5, 2015; WOOD TV

Up next on the 2-dimensional juried shortlist is “Guryong Village in Seoul” by Soohyun Kim showing at the Grand Rapids Community College Collins Gallery.

Framed photos line a wall in a photo shown on a television screen. Underneath it says: 2D Juror Pick "Guryong Village in Seoul" Soahyun Kim. GRCC Collins Gallery.

SIRHA RIO 2015 – Coupe du monde de la pârtisserie

Oct. 5, 2015; Guia do Profissional de Hotelaria & Restaurantes

Durante o Sirha Rio, GL events promoverá a seletiva brasileira da Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie (CMP). O evento é referência na arte da alta pâtisserie no mundo inteiro, revelando novos talentos da área. No Rio, será no dia 14 de outubro, no Centro de Convenções SulAmérica. Quatro candidatos competirão pela chance de ir para a etapa Latino Americana do concurso, no México, em 2016. De lá sairá a equipe que vai representar o continente na final mundial em Lyon, em 2017.

… Flavio Federico

Federico começou a fazer suas próprias receitas aos seis anos, incentivado pela família. Mais tarde se formou nos Estados Unidos pela Grand Rapids Community College, fez especialização na École Lenôtre na França, e tem também diploma de padeiro no SENAI. Começou a trabalhar com Laurent Suaudeau como chef de confeitaria e logo se tornou o chef executivo de confeitaria do Hotel Hilton São Paulo Morumbi. Passou também pelo cargo de chef executivo de confeitaria e padaria do grupo Fasano. Foi chef proprietário da Flavio Federico Dolci, empresa que tocou por onze anos. Hoje se dedica ao mercado de consultorias.

(GRCC alumnus Flavio Federico is competing in the Brazilian trials of the Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie.)

Ohio State notebook: Urban Meyer laments loss of Corey Smith for season

Oct. 6, 2015; The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio)

As Ohio State coach Urban Meyer turned his attention to a game on Saturday against Maryland, he took pause over one occurrence in the victory at Indiana, the loss of senior receiver Corey Smith.

… Smith is lost for the season, which was to have been his last at Ohio State, though Meyer said he might appeal for an injury-hardship sixth year of eligibility. Smith, from Akron, had played at Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College in 2011 and then at East Mississippi CC in Scooba, Miss., in 2012 after the Grand Rapids school closed its football program.

Grand Rapids High School Junior Wins Top Prize in Consumers Energy Sponsored Student Art Competition

Oct. 5, 2015; (industry newsletter)

WASHINGTON, D.C. October 5, 2015 (RealEstateRama) — A Grand Rapids Public Schools junior’s painting depicting the benefits and beauty of energy efficiency has earned her a $1,000 college scholarship and prominent display of her winning creation in downtown Grand Rapids as ArtPrize heads into its final week.

… The Top 20 were then judged by a panel of experts from Kendall College of Art & Design at Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University. About two weeks ago, Consumers Energy and GRPS hosted the Top 20 students and their teachers at the districts headquarters to announce the Top 10 finalists and to celebrate everyone’s achievements. The remaining top finalists received a variety of prizes; all 20 students received a special T-shirt with all of their names included on the back and a rendering of the Top 10 banner on the front.

Muskegon Community College recap: Volleyball sweeps Ancilla, sets up big week

Oct. 5, 2015; MLive

The Muskegon Community College women’s volleyball team cruised to a 25-11, 25-20, 25-10 win over Ancilla College Tuesday to set up a huge week.

… MCC hosts defending conference champion Grand Rapids Community College Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. and Kalamazoo Valley on Thursday in a pair of matches with huge title implications.

GRCC In the News, 9-4-15

September 4, 2015

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

GRCC In the News, 7-27-15

July 27, 2015

Change Ups: Children’s museum marks 18th anniversary

July 24, 2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… Grand Rapids Community College’s computer information systems department has reached a partnership with Cisco Networking Academy, CompTIA Academy and Microsoft IT Academy to provide students pursuing computer careers with access to the latest curricula and certifications.

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

July 25, 2015; The Detroit Free Press

GRAND RAPIDS — Dashcam 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.

GRCC In the News, 6-5-15

June 5, 2015

Why you should try Festival of the Arts 2015’s new smartphone apps

June 14, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Apps for Festival of the Arts 2015 in Grand Rapids have arrived.

… The app, developed by a team of students at Grand Rapids Community College, led by Andrew Rozema, is a first for Festival of the Arts.

… “I think we will hit the initial goal here, which was to give users a map of where they were so that they would know what the events directly around them looked like and that would take them into the appropriate area of the website,” said Rozema, an assistant professor of computer information systems.

Major donations expand Muskegon Community College downtown space, entrepreneurial program

June 3, 2015; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — Muskegon Community College’s presence in downtown has just expanded by nearly 24,000 square feet with the announcement of two major gifts to the college’s entrepreneurial studies program.

… (Nick) Sarnicola said when he was a student at Grand Rapids Community College, he had trouble finding a place where he could pursue entrepreneurial studies. With the help of mentors, he said he was able to build his fortune with a company named Visalus, which sells nutritional supplements through independent promoters. Sales in 13 countries have surpassed $1 billion, he said.

Spartans aim to contend at MHSAA Golf Finals

June 4, 2015; Battle Creek Enquirer

There might not be a sport that is more difficult to predict than golf.

… (Matt) Alderink is in his fourth varsity season and is committed to play at junior college power Grand Rapids Community College. He said the Spartans feel good about their chances this weekend.