Posted tagged ‘Criminal Justice’

Criminal Justice students learn about Alternative Directions organization

November 9, 2017

The Criminal Justice Department invited Alternative Directions to campus to speak with students about job opportunities that are available right now at this organization. They work very closely with Probation and Parole along with Correctional agencies.

We are working even closer with our industry providers to help our students secure good jobs in the field and to give our industry partners immediate access to our students to hire and place in internships.

A man representing Alternative Directions sits behind an information table in Sneden’s lobby. Criminal Justice students stand on the other side of the table.

 

GRCC In the News, 10-6-17

October 6, 2017

In brief
10/6/17  Herald Palladium
COLOMA An Illinois man was treated at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph, after accidentally shooting himself in the leg Wednesday at the Coloma Rod and Gun Club.
… Sheriff’s deputies complete training: Two Berrien County Sheriff’s deputies, Timothy Morris and Derrick Allred, graduated recently from the first Local Corrections Officer Academy at Grand Rapids Community College.

Five years of high school can net East Kentwood students a college degree
10/5/17  MLive
KENTWOOD, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is expected to sign an agreement Monday, Oct. 9, with Kentwood Public Schools for its sixth tuition-free Early/Middle College program.

MI bill targets loophole allowing felons into police academies
10/5/17  WoodTV.com
LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) Felons are being accepted into Michigan police academies and receiving weapons training because of a loophole, according to Republican Sen. Rick Jones of Grand Ledge.
… Former Flint officer Jermain Reese, who is now a professor of criminal justice at Grand Rapids Community College, says he fully supports the proposed change.

GRCC In the News, 9-21-17

September 21, 2017

New Sheriff’s Corrections Academy launched by GRCC with local agencies

Sept. 20, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The new Sheriff’s Corrections Academy launched by Grand Rapids Community in partnership with local sheriff’s departments will graduate its first students on Sept. 29.

G.O.A.T: Marshall Top 10 football players of all time – No. 5 – 6

Sept. 20, 2017; Battle Creek Enquirer

The countdown continues as the Battle Creek Enquirer ranks the top 10 high school football players ever at Marshall.

… No. 6: Jamar Wimberly Class of 2010

Wimberly is one of the top running backs ever at Marshall as he helped the Redhawks to a state championship in 2009 with a dominating senior season. Wimberly holds the school record for rushing yards in a season with 2,509 and in a career with 3,899. He is also No. 1 for touchdowns in a season with 32 and in a career with 48. An all-state selection, Wimberly was a standout on both sides of the ball as well as being a shutdown defensive back on defense. Wimberly went on to play defensive back at the next level, helping Grand Rapids Community College to an undefeated regular season with 37 tackles and 12 pass breakups. He later went to star at Ferris State, where he had 56 tackles and two interceptions as a senior.

Guitarist Brian Morris in conversation

Sept. 20, 2017; Interlochen Public Radio

Brian Morris is a professor and director of guitar studies at Grand Rapids Community College. He’s also a member of the Grand Rapids Guitar Quartet, and that ensemble will be performing this Saturday with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra.

 

 

GRCC In the News, 9-5-17

September 5, 2017

GRCC’s renovated Music Center benefits students & audiences

Sept. 2, 2017; Grand Rapids Magazine

Audiences will benefit as much as students from Grand Rapids Community College’s renovated Albert P. Smith Music Center, according to Kevin Dobreff, director of Grand Rapids Community College’s music program.

Ionia County Sheriff Miller welcomes new deputy

Sept. 3, 2017; Ionia Sentinel Standard

IONIA COUNTY — A Jenison native is the newest member of the Ionia County Sheriffs Office road patrol division.

…A graduate of Jenison High School, (Tyler) Kohl has an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Grand Rapids Community College and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Ferris State University. After Ferris, he completed the Mid-Michigan Police Academy at Lansing Community College. Becoming a police officer is just something he’s known he wanted to do, he said.

DeVos speaking invite to MSU center sparks backlash

Sept. 1, 2017; The Detroit News

Some faculty and students at Michigan State University want President Lou Anna Simon to rescind an invitation for U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to speak at the grand opening of the university’s Grand Rapids Research Center later this month, arguing that the Trump cabinet member is an enemy of public education.

… During a visit last month to Grand Rapids Community College, DeVos told reporters, “Actually, President Trump and I are very big proponents of continuing to support teachers and develop teachers.”

GRCC In the News, 7-11-17

July 11, 2017

East Grand Rapids welcomes 4 new summer bike patrol cadets

July 10, 2017; MLive

East Grand Rapids has four new summer bike patrol cadets to help the Public Safety Department provide a greater presence throughout the city during warmer months.

… (Aaron) Huizenga, 27, of Jenison, is currently attending the Grand Rapids Community College Police Academy and plans to receive his associate’s degree in criminal justice by October. After finishing up at GRCC, Huizenga wants to continue working in law enforcement and follow his dreams of serving and protecting the community.

(Justin) Bradford, 26, was born and raised in Grand Rapids and is an army veteran. He currently is enrolled in the Grand Rapids Community College Police Academy as well. Upon graduation in October, he hopes to get a job in law enforcement.

(Evan) Randall, 29, of Kentwood, completed his studies at Grand Rapids Community College in 2013 and is now attending Ferris State University.

GRCC In the News, 1-24-17

January 24, 2017

College opens $7.2M learning lab downtown

Jan. 23, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local college has opened a 24,000-square-foot facility downtown that aims to meet the needs of its child development students and preschoolers.

Grand Rapids Community College opened the Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory at 210 Lyon St. NE on Saturday.

College approves $300K bond to train glass maker’s workers

Jan. 23, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local college has approved $300,000 in funding to help train workers at a growing manufacturing facility in the region.

Grand Rapids Community College’s Board of Trustees last month agreed to link funds from diverted State of Michigan income tax to support training for 33 newly created positions at Engineered Glass in Holland Township.

Morning News

Jan. 24, 2017; WZZM

Imagine what it would feel like to walk across the stage at your high school graduation and leave with no one but two diplomas. That will soon be the reality for dozens of students here at Ottawa Hills. The program is called early middle college. It is the latest partnership between Grand Rapids Public Schools and Grand Rapids Community College.

Downtown restaurant appoints chef

Jan. 23, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A downtown restaurant is getting a new chef.

… (Stephan) VanHeulen, who attended the GRCC Secchia Culinary Institute, began his career at AHC+Hospitality, cooking for restaurants within the groups portfolio in Grand Rapids, which includes Cygnus27.

Kozminski remembered as hero at fundraiser for memorial

Jan. 23, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Dozens turned out to Celebration! Cinema North Monday for a screening of the movie “Patriots Day” as part of a years-long push to raise money for a memorial to fallen Grand Rapids police officers.

… $35,000 of the money raised will go toward the scholarship fund that pays for one year of tuition at Grand Rapids Community College for a student who hopes to work in law enforcement. Kozminski’s parents choose the recipient of that scholarship.

The City of Grand Rapids Looking For Your Help to Make Our Neighborhoods Better

Jan. 23, 2017; 104.9 FM

The City of Grand Rapids is looking to get residents, neighborhood associations, businesses, non-profits, and government officials together, to help build stronger neighborhoods in Grand Rapids. They’re holding the Third Annual Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit on Saturday, March 4th, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. And it’s free!

… There will be childcare available if you register in advance, and GR Public Schools will also be offering free neighborhood transportation to and from the event! Bicycle racks, and discounted parking in the GRCC Bostwick Parking Ramp will also be available. There will also be Spanish-English translation services.

GRCC In the News, 1-19-17

January 19, 2017

Six new Muskegon police officers

Jan. 18, 2017; MLive

A new class of police recruits received their badges from Muskegon Police Chief Jeffrey Lewis on Jan. 17, 2017. Each was sworn in as new officers and took the oath of office, pledging to protect citizens and lead unsullied personal lives.

… He (Steven Clark) attended the police academy at Grand Rapids Community College. Clark has worked for the Roosevelt Park Police Department, Muskegon County Sheriff’s Office and the Montague Police Department.

… Stephen Host grew up in Grand Rapids where he graduated from West Catholic High School. He attended Grand Rapids Community College and then Grand Valley State University, receiving a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in 2015. He attended the police academy at Grand Rapids Community College from which he graduated in October 2016. Host is enlisted in the Michigan Army National Guard and holds the rank of sergeant E-5.

… Adam Sherman was raised and currently resides in Coopersville. He is a licensed EMT and paid on-call firefighter. Sherman attended Grand Rapids Community College where he earned and associate degree in criminal justice and graduated from the police academy in October 2016.

… Max Wozniak grew up in Grand Rapids and graduated from East Grand Rapids High School. He first worked in the food service industry before switching careers to law enforcement. Wozniak attended the police academy at Grand Rapids Community College where he also obtained an associate degree in criminal justice in October 2016.

NCMC celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan. 17, 2017; Petoskey News

Around the country, the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were celebrated on Monday.

… A workshop luncheon titled Our Changing Community was hosted by Tamber Bustance, manager of Inclusion Services for Grand Rapids Community College’s Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion.

GRCC In the News, 11-21-16

November 21, 2016

$6 million grant aims to create worker pipeline for senior living, other employers

Nov. 20, 2016; McKnight’s Senior Living

Four Michigan senior living communities are partners in a $6 million grant awarded to Grand Rapids Community College and designed to address healthcare workforce needs in the western part of the state.

Science Day brings hands-on learning to Grand Rapids community

Nov. 18, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The second annual Community Science Day, hosted by Grand Rapids Community College, is taking over campus on Nov. 19.

Inside Track: Changing people’s lives

Nov. 18, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Dennis Van Kampen remembers journeying with a friend to Juarez, Mexico, in 1988 for what would prove to be far from the typical touristy experience.

… When he was younger, Van Kampen felt destined for a career in law enforcement. After graduating in 1988 from Grand Rapids Community College with a degree in criminal justice, Van Kampen worked as a reserve officer for the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department.

First Lady Michelle Obama presents WMCAT with national award

Nov. 17, 2016; rapidgrowthmedia.com

There is big news.

… (Keloni) Seawood-Walton became a part of WMCAT while attending Grand Rapids Montessori School and graduated in spring 2016. She now is working part time as an apprentice at WMCAT’s Ambrose Print Shop while attending Grand Rapids Community College.

Keeping Jeanna Huntoon’s memory alive

Nov. 21, 2016; WZZM

MUSKEGON, MICH. – It’s been a little over six months since the murder of Jeanne Huntoon.

The 34-year-old was stabbed to death near Grand Rapids Community College in April. Authorities have charged Marcus Bivens with her murder.

Grand Rapids wins battle of the Raiders

Nov. 18, 2016; KTIC

The Central Community College Raiders saw their season come to an end with a 3-1 loss to the Grand Rapids Community College Raiders in the consolation bracket of the NJCAA Division II National Tournament.

GRCC In the News, 11-17-16

November 17, 2016

M-CAM Seeks to Bolster Michigan’s Advanced Manufacturing Workforce

Nov. 16, 2016; xconomy.com

During the turbulent election season we all recently endured, a big topic of conversation was trade — specifically how certain policies such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) have harmed the domestic manufacturing sector and hollowed out the middle class. Among the many campaign promises made by President-elect Donald Trump was a pledge to renegotiate some of these trade agreements to help bring manufacturing jobs back from overseas.

… M-CAM is a collaboration between Bay College, Grand Rapids Community College, Kellogg Community College, Lake Michigan College, Lansing Community College, Macomb Community College, Mott Community College, and Schoolcraft Community College. Now in the third year of a four-year, $24.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, the program trains students in four key areas of advanced manufacturing: welding, CNC/machining, mechatronics, and production operations.

Grand Rapids to honor fallen officer with commemorative road signs, memorial

Nov. 16, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A half-mile portion of Tamarack Avenue NW will soon receive a commemorative designation in honor of a fallen Grand Rapids Police Department officer.

… Additional donations will go toward the Robert A. Kozminski Memorial Scholarship, which pays full tuition for a year for one Grand Rapids Community College student interested in law enforcement. The recipient is selected by Kozminski’s parents, Robert and Maria.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Robert Kozminski is an alumnus of GRCC’s Police Academy.)

GRCC In the News, 9-21-16

September 21, 2016

GRBJ: Community college opening brewery in downtown Grand Rapids

Sept. 20, 2016; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – A college downtown is testing the theory that beer does make you smarter.

Grand Rapids Community College said today it will open Fountain Hill Brewery in downtown Grand Rapids located on the first floor of the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center, at 151 Fountain St. NE with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday.

Top 10 finalists, Facebook award announced in Consumer’s Energy, ArtPrize student contest

Sept. 20, 2016; MLive

WYOMING, MI – Consumer’s Energy announced the top 10 finalists in its annual SmartArt competition in coordination with ArtPrize, and a new People’s Choice Award on Facebook Tuesday, Sept. 20.

… Judges from Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University and Grand Rapids Community College with judge the competition. However, there could be two winners with the introduction of the Facebook contest.

MCC joins manufacturing articulation agreement

Sept. 20, 2016; candgnews.com

LANSING — Representatives from eight state community colleges — including Macomb Community College — met Sept. 8 for a press conference in Lansing to announce details of an articulation agreement.

… The coalition colleges also include Bay College in Escanaba, Grand Rapids Community College, Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor, Lansing Community College, Mott Community College in Flint, and Schoolcraft College in Livonia.

Women bridge gap in leading Kent, Ottawa county law enforcement

Sept. 19, 2016; WOOD TV

OLIVE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — While there’s nothing unique about women in law enforcement, it is rare to see them in leadership roles.

… Kent County’s Michelle LaJoye-Young and Ottawa County’s Valerie Weiss have nearly 50 years combined experience in law enforcement. The pair is among just three undersheriffs in the state of Michigan.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but both Michelle LaJoye-Young and Valerie Weiss are GRCC alumnae.)

GRCC In the News, 9-20-16

September 20, 2016

Community college becomes Fiat Chrysler training site

Sept. 19, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local community college is now a certified Fiat Chrysler training site.
Grand Rapids Community College announced that it has joined the network of Fiat Chrysler-certified technical training sites.

Area students receive Law Enforcement Education Program scholarships

Sept. 16, 2016; The Holland Sentinel

The Law Enforcement Education Program recently named Jenna Klokkert, of Fennville, and Austin Lynema, of Zeeland, among the 22 students nationwide who will receive $1,000 scholarships to encourage their pursuit of law enforcement and public safety careers.
Klokkert is a student at Grand Rapids Community College, and Lynema is a student of Grand Valley State University.

GRCC’s 11th ranked men’s XC take 2nd at MSU, women take 3rd

Sept. 19, 2016; MLive

On Friday September 16th GRCC’s men’s and women’s cross country teams made the trek down I-96 for the MSU Spartan Invitational and toed the line for what was their toughest race of the season.

Kelley: A family guide to visiting ArtPrize

Sept. 19, 2016; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – ArtPrize in Grand Rapids used to be like the World’s Biggest Ball of Yarn. It was fun because it was large and bizarre and a good excuse to stretch your legs after a car ride.

… Local artists:

… Stanley Skopek of Battle Creek, Flight in Wind at GRCC Spectrum Theater Lobby, 160 Fountain NE

GRCC In the News, 8-30-16

August 30, 2016

From the projects to West Michigan

Aug. 29, 2016; Grand Haven Tribune

An adult always had to open the door when someone knocked to make sure you wouldn’t be robbed. Children were called in from outside before 6 p.m., and most of those kids wouldn’t continue school beyond the third grade.

… (Ramon) Soto married his longtime girlfriend and started attending classes at Grand Rapids Community College, where he obtained an associate’s degree in criminal justice. Along the way, he and his wife, Isi, had a son, so Soto continued to struggle to support his family and get through school.

Rockford’s school year starts smoothly

Aug. 29, 2016; MLive

ROCKFORD, MI — Around 8,000 Rockford Public Schools’ students returned to class Monday, Aug. 29, with relative ease and a great deal of enthusiasm for the new year, according to Superintendent Michael Shibler.

… “Our early college classes with Grand Valley State University and Ferris State University start today. We also have a dual enrollment program with Grand Rapids Community College.”

GRCC In the News, 7-8-16

July 8, 2016

‘Black Lives Matter’ March in Holland

July 8, 2016; WTVB AM

HOLLAND (WHTC) — Thursday’s “Black Lives Matter” march in Holland, from Maple Avenue Ministries to the city’s police headquarters on Eighth Street, resulted in more than a show of solidarity against police brutality.

… “If something happens like that in Holland, what would we do? Is there an action plan available? These are things we need to know,” said Theenda “Miss Cookie” Yarbrough, the mother of four and grandmother of one grandson. She’s been active for years in promoting Juneteenth activities and racial reconciliation. Yarbrough also earned an associates degree in criminal justice from Grand Rapids Community College; she said police procedures haven’t been followed in the fatal shootings of unarmed black men.

A big move in preparation for ArtPrize 2016

July 5, 2016; therapidian.org

For SiTE:LAB, a Grand Rapids-based arts non-profit, and Julie Schenkelberg, a Brooklyn- and Grand Rapids-based artist, moving house recently meant raising a house on Franklin Street SW off its foundation, rotating it and moving across the lot it to a new location on Rumsey Street SW in preparation for Schenkelberg’s project at SiTE:LAB for ArtPrize 2016.

… Documenting the house move in photos and video even became a group endeavor with SiTE:LAB, Stephen Mallon, and Sidecar Studios working together to cover all the angles. The GRCC Photography Program provided support and camera equipment for the documentation.

GRCC to host Metro High School Police Academy

June 20, 2016

The Metro High School Police Academy will be at Devos Campus on Wednesday, June 22, from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.  There will be several police cars on and around the Devos campus throughout the day. GRCC staff and students will not be able to park in the east lot between Mable Engle and Lettinga house during that time.

GRCC In the News, 4-13-16

April 13, 2016

Wixom police welcomes Pulaski to department

April 13, 2016; Spinal Column (West Oakland)

The City of Wixom recently welcomed officer Eric Pulaski to the Wixom Police Department. Pulaski was sworn in on the morning of Monday, March 21 by Clerk Cathy Buck. He is a former part-time police officer for the City of Walled Lake and is a graduate of Grand Rapids Community College and Police Academy. He is pictured above with Director of Public Safety Charles Yon.