GRCC In the News, 11-28-16

GRCC’s next college president talks about making an impact

Nov. 22, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The next president of Grand Rapids Community College says he confident about assuming the responsibility because his life’s journey has strategically shaped him into the leader he is today.

It’s time for West Michigan to fix itself

Nov. 25, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal editorial

This cannot be overstated.

… For example, Grand Rapids Community College this month received a $6 million grant to maintain its medical assistant apprenticeship program. Last year at this time, there were 90 openings for qualified medical assistants in West Michigan. The first apprenticeship class is almost done with its studies and will be joining the full-time workforce in January. But with a class of just about 20, it will come nowhere near filling the employment needs of health care providers in the area.

Explore GRCC’s Dental Program

Nov. 22, 2016; WOTV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) — Maranda was joined in studio by some Dental Assistant and Dental Hygienist students from Grand Rapids Community College. Learn about the three year Hygienist program and the 10-month Assistant program. These students get to do hands on work out in the West Michigan community. They teach people to “ReThink your Drink.” Check out the video above to see how much sugar you’re consuming in your favorite drinks.

Photo Flash: Opera Grand Rapids Hosts 13th Annual Collegiate Vocal Competition

Nov. 22, 2016; Broadway World

Opera Grand Rapids’ 13th annual Collegiate Vocal Competition held this past weekend included winners from Grand Valley State University, Western Michigan University and Grand Rapids Community College. The competition, which provides West Michigan’s finest budding vocal artists the opportunity to compete in a professionally-judged competition for cash prizes, received 26 applicants, named eight finalists and selected five winners. Scroll down for photos from the competition!

… Alexandra Galla, mezzo-soprano from Western Michigan University, and Grace VanHoven, soprano from Grand Rapids Community College, won second and third prizes in Division I, respectively. Opera Grand Rapids named two winners in its Division II-Natalie Saigh, mezzo-soprano, and Jared Montgomery, baritone, of Western Michigan University.

MSU to help increase student success in Grand Rapids

Nov. 22, 2016; FOX 47

Michigan State University has joined a Grand Rapids-area community initiative to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups entering and graduating from Michigan colleges.

… In addition to MSU, other higher education institutions partnering with TCTC are: Aquinas College, Calvin College, Cornerstone University, Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Northwood University and Western Michigan University.

 

Toothbrush orders due today

The Dental Assisting program is taking orders for toothbrushes and Crest Professional Strength Whitestrips as a fundraiser.

The following items are available:

  • Cross Action Soft Bristle toothbrushes, size 35 — $5 for six and $10 for a dozen.
  • Oral-B Genius Pro 8000 rechargeable electric toothbrush (not available in retail yet) — $85 (will sell for $199 in stores).
  • Children’s Oral B Stage 3 (for ages 5 to 7) — $5 for six and $10 for a dozen.
  • Children’s Oral B Stage 4 (for ages 8 to 12) — $5 for six and $10 for a dozen.
  • Crest Professional Strength Whitestrips (42 upper and 42 lower strips) — $30.

Contact Julie Bera at jbera@grcc.edu or ext. 4542 and make checks payable to GRCC. Orders are due Nov. 28, and items will be delivered the second week of December.

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Toothbrush, Whitestrip orders due by Nov. 28

The Dental Assisting program is taking orders for toothbrushes and Crest Professional Strength Whitestrips as a fundraiser.

The following items are available:

  • Cross Action Soft Bristle toothbrushes, size 35 — $5 for six and $10 for a dozen.
  • Oral-B Genius Pro 8000 rechargeable electric toothbrush (not available in retail yet) — $85 (will sell for $199 in stores).
  • Children’s Oral B Stage 3 (for ages 5 to 7) — $5 for six and $10 for a dozen.
  • Children’s Oral B Stage 4 (for ages 8 to 12) — $5 for six and $10 for a dozen.
  • Crest Professional Strength Whitestrips (42 upper and 42 lower strips) — $30.

Contact Julie Bera at jbera@grcc.edu or ext. 4542 and make checks payable to GRCC. Orders are due Nov. 28, and items will be delivered the second week of December.

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GRCC In the News, 11-21-16

$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.

Photos from Community Science Day

Students, staff and faculty from GRCC’s biological sciences, physical sciences, exercise science, dental assisting, nursing, radiologic technology and occupational therapy programs organized the Community Science Day on Nov. 19.

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Dental Assisting program holds fundraiser

The Dental Assisting Program is taking orders for toothbrushes and Crest Professional Strength Whitestrips as a fundraiser.

The following items are available:

  • Cross Action Soft Bristle toothbrushes, size 35 — $5 for six and $10 for a dozen.
  • Oral-B Genius Pro 8000 rechargeable electric toothbrush (not available in retail yet) — $85 (will sell for $199 in stores).
  • Children’s Oral B Stage 3 (for ages 5 to 7) — $5 for six and $10 for a dozen.
  • Children’s Oral B Stage 4 (for ages 8 to 12) — $5 for six and $10 for a dozen.
  • Crest Professional Strength Whitestrips (42 upper and 42 lower strips) — $30.

Contact Julie Bera at jbera@grcc.edu or ext. 4542 and make checks payable to GRCC. Orders are due Nov. 28, and items will be delivered the second week of December.

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GRCC In the News, 5-11-16

Free dental care on the move

May 10, 2016; WOTV

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WOTV) — There’s a bus that rolls up to Ottawa County schools, but it’s not carrying students, athletes, or equipment. It’s carrying a fully equipped dentists office!

Miles of Smiles is a program through the Ottawa County Health Department that comes to about 30 schools to provide free dental services for children ages 0 to 20 in Ottawa County. Forty dentists volunteer their time for the program over the course of a year, along with help from Grand Rapids Community College, the Ottawa County Health Department, and volunteers.

Meeting needs through middle college

May 10, 2016; universitybusiness.com

Middle college programs, which allow qualified high school students to simultaneously work toward a diploma and a certificate or associate degree by completing a 13th year of high school, have been a big win for students, colleges and industry partners across the country.

That’s certainly been the case for Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) in Michigan. GRCC is poised to launch its third middle college program this fall, the first with a corporate collaborator.

GRCC golf tied for third before last day of MCCAA State Tournament

May 10, 2016; MLive

Port Huron, Mich. — After two rounds of play in the 2016 MCCAA State Championship, GRCC’s golf team shares third place with Henry Ford College at +64, each with rounds of 320.

GRCC In the News, 10-19-15

Community colleges can diversify skill sets

Oct. 16, 2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal

LANSING — Community colleges serve as educational stepping-stones to higher learning institutions and trade schools, creating a gateway for students who want to advance their education, enter the workforce or enrich their skills.

The trade aspect of a job training program creates an opportunity for students to efficiently become part of the workforce, said Wayne Rodgers, a welding and fabrication professor at Grand Rapids Community College.

Free & reduced-cost dental visits at GRCC

Oct. 18, 2015; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– Grand Rapids Community College offers dental visits at a fraction of the cost, while allowing students to obtain the experience they need.

There will be a campus wide Fall Open House, Saturday, October 31.

It’ll be from 10 am to 1 pm at GRCC’s downtown campus. The cost is free.

New center in GR helps youth in need

Oct. 18, 2015; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — On the first of the month, a new center opened in Grand Rapids to help youth in need of help.

… In January, she (Jameilla Ross) plans to start college at Grand Rapids Community College and then transfer to Ferris State University to study psychology.

Muskegon ties between coaching staffs for OK Black showdown

Oct. 16, 2015; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — Coaches Shane Fairfield of Muskegon and Matt Koziak of Mona Shores will be on opposite sidelines in tonights OK Black football showdown.

… Koziak and Fairfield both fall under the coaching tree of Tony Annese and Koziak said 95 percent of what he learned about the game came from Annese. Annese spent nine seasons at Muskegon and led the Big Reds to state championships in 2004, 2006 and 2008 before going on to take over programs at Grand Rapids Community College and now Ferris State.

City eyes housing strategy

Oct. 16, 2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal

After six months of investigation, Grand Rapids has a strategic plan ready to target housing issues in the city.

… “There is tremendous momentum in this community. I think we have some good guidelines here. They need to be fleshed out, but I would encourage the commission to endorse the work that has been done so far,” said (City Commissioner Ruth) Kelly. “I think we need to include Grand Rapids Public (Schools), GRCC, GVSU, our senior advocates, and those who are not yet on board. We will go after them and seek their support. I think we can do this with those partners.”

GRCC In the News, 3-27-15

GRCC holds free dental screening days

March 27, 2015; WOTV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) — Children and families can get free dental screenings at events held by Grand Rapids Community College’s Dental Hygiene Clinic.

Promoting skilled trades, Geek Group offers scholarships to GRCC students

March 19, 2015; rapidgrowthmedia.com

Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) students who are enrolled in a Workforce Development Program will now have access to a 50 percent scholarship for a six-month membership program to the Geek Group.