Posted tagged ‘early college’

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 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, 5-8-17

May 8, 2017

Change Ups: WMU Cooley Law School associate dean inducted into alumni ROTC Hall of Fame

May 5, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… AWARDS

Retired Col. Scott Haraburda is Grand Rapids Community College’s 2017 Distinguished Alumnus. Haraburda is a 1981 graduate from then Grand Rapids Junior College; chemistry professor Joe Hesse was named the college’s 2017 Emeritus Faculty; and president Dr. Steven C. Ender received the President Emeritus Award. Ender retired in April.

School district plans $17M renovation of high school

May 5, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local school district is planning to renovate a high school into a “center for college preparation and career technical education.”

… In a joint venture with Grand Rapids Community College, GRPS will launch its first Early Middle College program at the renovated Ottawa Hills High School.

GRBJ: Ferris programs help Latinos hone business skills

May 8, 2017 WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Throughout her 10 years in educational leadership and her work in the nonprofit sector, Lorena Aguayo-Marquez has worn many hats. Now, she wants to focus on the work that truly motivates her.

That’s why Aguayo-Marquez, program assistant for adult education programs at Grand Rapids Community College, signed up for the Latino Talent Initiative, a professional development program established in 2014 by the Latino Economic and Business Development Center (LEBDC) at Ferris State University.

GRCC Athlete Jeff Drake Todd

May 5, 2017; Grand Rapids Times

Jeff Todd is one of Grand Rapids Community College’s best basketball team players with a scoring average of 21.3 points per game as the Raiders combo point guard and shooting guard. In this interview with the GR Times, he talks about how he learned that grades come first the hard way, the influence of his parents on his college career, future plans and more.

Sinclair baseball edges Cuyahoga to win conference championship

5/7/17 Dayton Daily News (Ohio)

Sinclair split a doubleheader with Cuyahoga on Sunday to clinch the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference championship.

… The Tartan Pride travel to Grand Rapids Community College for a non-conference doubleheader on Monday.

Innovation Central, Montessori students’ 2017 prom a royal night

May 5, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Students from Grand Rapids Public Schools’ Innovation Central High School and Grand Rapids Montessori joined together for a royal night at their prom Friday, May 5.

The two schools — which are on the same campus — held their prom at Grand Rapids Community College’s Raider Grille. The theme was “where the royals meet.”

GRCC In the News, 5-5-17

May 5, 2017

Grand Rapids superintendent thanks county voters, outlines renovations in annual speech

May 5, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids Public School district plans to pour more money and resources into Ottawa Hills High School during the coming school year.

… The disclosure of those details comes four months after the district made public plans to offer enrollment to up to 50 to eligible Ottawa Hills High School sophomores for a program set to launch next school year through a partnership with Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) where students can earn high school and college credit at the same time.

GRCC In the News, 4-3-17

April 3, 2017

Relatives pay tribute to man killed on highway trying to help friend

April 2, 2017; FOX 17

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. A man who police say was killed while merging too slowly onto US-131 last month has been laid to rest.

… (William) Wilson-Wade had just started working as a sales associate at AT&T and was a 2010 graduate of Forest Hills Central. He previously attended GRCC and Central Michigan University.

Change Ups: Gaddy is Women’s Resource Centers new CEO

March 31, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… EDUCATION

… Grand Rapids Community College teamed up with Kent Intermediate School District on Launch U, a tuition-free early college program. Students in the four-year Launch U program will graduate with a high school diploma and a GRCC associate degree in mechanical design, tooling and manufacturing technology, or industrial technology. Launch U was created in partnership with local school districts, GRCC and area manufacturing representatives.

Attracting talent will be focus of Summit Up! Event

April 3, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Summit Up! event in which more than a dozen business leaders will discuss methods of attracting, developing and retaining talent.

… Other speakers will include Jacob Maas, CEO of West Michigan Works!, Kevin Stotts, president of Talent 2025 and Bill Pink, incoming president of Grand Rapids Community College.

Inside Track: Putting his mark on Grand Rapids

March 32, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Isaac Norris finds similarities between his love of music and his work as an architect.

… Meeting an architect with the same skin color at a young age showed him becoming an architect was possible, so his interests growing up from drawing and painting to building model cars all made sense as he entered the working world. He received an associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College before venturing to the University of Detroit School of Architecture now called University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture for a bachelor’s degree.

Q&A: Michelle Urbane Theater Manager, GRCC’s Spectrum Theatre

March 31, 2017; Revue

The Spectrum Theater, located on Fountain Street in Grand Rapids Community College’s campus, houses four theater troupes and is always bustling with activity. Managing all that activity is Michelle Urbane, theater manager. On top of managing the box office, Urbane directs and performs in shows and can always be seen running from one place to the next, always with a big smile on her face.

Comprehensive Therapy Center CWC Awards Finalist

March 31, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Our next finalist for the Connecting with Community Awards is the Comprehensive Therapy Center.

… It started with a summer camp called Therapy and Fun, which meets three times a week during the summer, from June to August. This camp model allows therapists and volunteers to come together to provide dance, music, and reading to the children in the camp. Volunteers for the summer camp can be children as young as 5th graders. The camp recruits their volunteers from area middle and high schools, such as Kent Intermediate School District. They also have partnered with GVSU speech pathology graduate students, Davenport occupational program students, and the GRCC OT program to gain volunteers that can invest in their children.

GRCC In the News, 3-23-17

March 23, 2017

Tuition-free early college program to build talent pipeline for in-demand jobs

March 22, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – As manufacturers gather in Detroit today for a summit on advancing the industry’s future, local companies are working with Kent ISD and Grand Rapids Community College to create a new pipeline of workers to meet labor demands.

GRCC welcomes its first African-American president

March 22, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids Community College’s first African-American president says he’s humbled to fill the role.

Is the craft beer market in Grand Rapids saturated?

March 22, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Pour a cold one and consider: the number of craft breweries in Grand Rapids has tripled since 2011, the year before beer lovers voted it “Beer City, USA.”

… Professionalizing the industry is the goal of a new Grand Rapids Community College certificate program, which has 30 people enrolled in its first year of offering coursework and hands-on training at its own Fountain Hill Brewery.

Making transferring easy

March 22, 2017; The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

Grand Valley State University has been chosen as a member of Phi Theta Kappa’s 2017 Transfer Honor Roll, which recognizes the university’s support of community college transfers.

… “We have an advisor at Grand Rapids Community College, which is really our main feeder school for community colleges,” (Bonnie) Ulmer-DeGraves said. “We have someone there from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Tuesday to meet with potential students and make sure they’re on the right path for transferring into Grand Valley.”

Monica’s Gourmet Cookies to debut on QVC

March 22, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A favorite Grand Rapids cookie brand will get the QVC spotlight next week.

… The former caterer (Monica Mitidieri) is a graduate of Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute of Culinary Education.

Words of encouragement

March 22, 2017; Commercial-News (Danville, Ill.)

DANVILLE — Zachary Pangborn has attempted nearly 300 shots this season.

On Wednesday afternoon in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament at the Mary Miller Gymnasium, the Grand Rapids Community College freshman missed six of his first seven field goal attempts and he was just 1-of-5 at the free-throw line.

Sí, se puede! Standing up for immigrants & farm workers in Grand Rapids

March 23, 2017; rapidgrowthmedia.com

Lupe Ramos-Montigny remembers three summers of her childhood, seasons now decades ago, like they were yesterday: the months when she would travel with her parents, Ysidro and Maria, and seven of her nine siblings from her hometown of Weslaco, Texas north to Michigan. There, Ramos-Montigny, now a Grand Rapidian who serves on the State Board of Education, would spend the 10th, 11th and 12th summers of her life harvesting beets in a town at the tip of the Mitten State’s thumb, Caseville, and picking cherries in Old Mission Peninsula, a region just north of Traverse City.

… Since then, the march has gone on to draw hundreds of people each year, with such officials as Olivarez, the Aquinas College president; Grand Rapids Community College President Steven Ender; Grand Valley State University Vice President Jesse Bernal; Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Teresa Weatherall-Neal; Grand Rapids Police Chief David Rahinsky, and various elected officials attending the event last week.

Experimenting with healthier ingredients at home

March 22, 2017; WZZM

Liz Weber is a Registered Dietitian at Mercy Health Saint Marys.

… Seek out local cooking classes. Downtown Market, Grand Rapids Community College, Sur La Table, The Local Epicurean, and Williams-Sonoma are all great resources available in the Grand Rapids area that provide cooking classes.

LSU to host ‘Feria de las Flores’ to welcome in the spring

March 22, 2017; The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

For almost sixty years, the Feria de las Flores event in Medellin, Colombia, has been one of Latin America’s most vibrant events. Grand Valley State University’s Latino Student Union (LSU) will bring some of the events famous flair to one of its bi-annual dinner-dances taking place Friday, March 24.

… In addition, two singers will perform songs in Spanish, followed by a semi-formal dinner and then traditional Mexican and Colombian dancing. Students from the Grand Rapids Community College’s Hispanic Student Organization will also participate.

GRCC In the News, 3-21-17

March 21, 2017

Skilled trade training program launches in W MI

March 20, 2017; WOOD TV

WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — Austin Bonter is a machine build apprentice with specialty manufacturer AutoMatrix in Wyoming. It’s his job to transfer designs from paper to a computer and make a workable machine.

… Kent Intermediate School District, Grand Rapids Community College and several local manufacturers are partnering on the program to get high school students interested in an industry that many declared dead on arrival just a few years ago.

Patriots to host forum on emergency preparedness

March 20, 2017; The Holland Sentinel

The Ottawa County Patriots will focus on emergency preparations for manmade and natural disasters at their next public forum on Tuesday, March 21.

… Lt. Col. Denny Gillem, U.S. Army (Ret.), hosts the radio program “The Frontlines of Freedom” and teaches classes in American Government at Grand Rapids Community College. After graduating from West Point, Lt. Col. Gillem served more than 22 years in various positions, including as a combat leader in Vietnam and as a war planner in Europe and the Middle East at U.S. Readiness Command in Florida.

Sweet Sixteen Pursue National Title in Danville!

March 20, 2017; vermilioncountyfirst.com

Sixteen (16) National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Men’s Basketball teams from across the country have earned the title of regional champions and will represent their regions in the upcoming NJCAA Division II Mens National Basketball Championship held at Danville Area Community College Tuesday, March 21-Saturday, March 25, 2017 in the DACC Mary Miller Gymnasium.

… Alphabetical List of Teams 2017:

… Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, MI

 

GRCC In the News, 3-20-17

March 20, 2017

News 8 Daybreak

March 20, 2017; WOOD TV

We’ll learn more today about a new partnership that could help fill a manufacturing gap in West Michigan. Manufacturers are working with the Kent ISD and Grand Rapids Community College.

LINC Up looks to address affordable housing

March 17, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Community-driven economic development organization LINC Up is hoping to address the affordable housing dilemma by starting right around the corner.

Braving the return of winter weather, state and local officials were on hand last week to celebrate the announcement of LINC Ups new partnership with Grand Rapids Community College. The program will provide hands-on experience for construction students while building affordable housing in southeast Grand Rapids. The announcement was held at 507 Umatilla St. SE, the site of the first new home construction.

NJCAA Division II National Tournament Capsules

March 18, 2017; Commercial-News

… DISTRICT 9

GRAND RAPIDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE

GRCC In the News, 1-25-17

January 25, 2017

Grand Rapids Public Schools partner with GRCC for Early Middle College Program

Jan. 25, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Imagine what it would feel like to walk across the stage at your high school graduation and leave with not one, but two diplomas. That will, soon, be the reality for dozens of students at Ottawa Hills, in Grand Rapids.

… “I think that is a wonderful opportunity for any kid attending Ottawa Hills to be enrolled in that program,” said Chris Sain, with Grand Rapids Community College.

Lutheran Northwest grad to lead new USPBL club

Jan. 24, 2017; C&G News

ROCHESTER — Earlier this January, the United Shore Professional Baseball League unveiled its newest franchise, the Westside Woolly Mammoths. The club joins the league’s three previously established teams, beginning play at Jimmy Johns Field in Utica on May 11.

… Following his standout prep career, (Shane) McCatty spent two years at Grand Rapids Community College before transferring to Oakland University. He worked his way up to becoming the No. 1 starter for the Golden Grizzlies before being drafted by the Washington Nationals in 2009.

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, 1-10-17

January 10, 2017

Grand Rapids latest to offer 5 years of high school to earn college degree

Jan. 10, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Public Schools is the latest school district in Kent and Ottawa counties to offer students the chance to earn a high school diploma and an associate’s degree through the five-year Early/Middle College high school program.

The district is currently registering up to 50 eligible Ottawa Hills High School sophomores for the program set to launch next school year through a partnership with Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC).

The USA’s training program to win the Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie

Jan. 5, 2017; So Good

USA is one of the Top 7 Countries which, having registered the highest scores in the last three editions of the Coupe du Monde of the Pâtisserie, has a direct ticket to the final this January in Lyon. “We will compete side by side teams with more resources and more favorable training environments, but we still believe we have a chance to shine brightly with a new training program. We hope to have planted the seeds for future participants,” say Gilles Renusson and Anthony Valla, president and vice president of the Club Coupe du Monde USA respectively.

… It has been a long preparation process in which everyone involved has invested time and effort. The first meetings and brainstorming took place at the end of 2015 at Midwest Import in a suburb of Chicago, and they began to look for the best original ways to represent the idea of acrobats in all aspects of the competition. The team was guided again by their loyal group of advisors. Nick Antonakis and Robin Van Rooyen from Grand Rapids Community College Art Department contributed their precious graphic and design expertise. Randy Finch and Luba Petrash were with Victor when planning his ice carving. Sylvain Leroy was again driving the tastings, and Roy, Christophe, and Ewald Notter provided directions about the chocolate and sugar sculptures.

Beer Month GR 2017: An Essential Guide

Jan. 9, 2017; experiencegr.com

Momentum in Beer City USA shows no signs of slowing down. Because of unquestionable demand and the abundance of beer-related activities, what was once lovingly referred to as Beer Week could no longer be contained to just 7 days (well, we might’ve stretched a week by a day or two, give or take).

… The current edition, which started being distributed in the fall of 2016, has a grey cover. To all those new breweries included that have opened their doors since the original edition was published, welcome to the party in Grand Rapids: Atwater GR, Bier Distillery (yep, they brew, too), Creston Brewery, Elk Brewing (Comstock Park), Greyline Brewing Co., New Holland Brewings The Knickerbocker Brewpub & Distillery, Schmohz Brewing Co. (new to the passport, not new to the GR beer scene) and Fountain Hill Brewery (at Grand Rapids Community College) the country’s only federal and state licensed brewpub owned and operated on a college/university campus.

GRCC In the News, 10-5-16

October 5, 2016

Middle college: Head start, financially smart

Oct. 4, 2016; schoolnewsnetwork.org (KISD newsletter)

Wyoming Public Schools, MI — Mitch Hendrickson earned 62 credits and an associate’s degree while still a high school student, for free. On top of that, he’s a full year ahead of his peers at Central Michigan University.

… Wyoming High School students tally college credits through the Middle College program beginning their sophomore year. By adding a fifth year as Wyoming students– with college classes that year taken on the Grand Rapids Community College campus– they complete their associate’s degree.

Interview with Dr. Steven Ender on the GRCC Music Center Renovation

Oct. 3, 2016; acdami.org (American Choral Directors Association-Michigan newsletter)

This following interview is with Dr. Steven Ender, President of Grand Rapids (MI) Community College (GRCC). GRCC is undertaking a renovation of the GRCC Music Center which houses the NASM accredited music program at GRCC. Dr. Stephen Barton, Director of Choral Activities and Chair of the Vocal Department at GRCC, conducts the interview.

GRCC In the News, 9-19-16

September 19, 2016

Herman Miller, GRCC, Careerline Tech sign agreement on early college program

Sept. 18, 2016; The Holland Sentinel

An alliance between Careerline Tech Center, Grand Rapids Community College and Herman Miller on an early college and work program was made official on Thursday, Sept. 15.

Finding talent remains challenging for West Michigan contractors

Sept. 18, 2016; mibiz.com

Despite ongoing concerns about a talent gap, employment in West Michigan’s construction industry continues to rise.

… The steady growth in the industry has led to largely flat enrollment and in some cases, negligible declines for Grand Rapids Community College’s construction trades program, according to Scott Mattson, jobs training manager at the school.

Beer and business: GRCC’s Fountain Hill Brewery responds to industry’s growing hiring needs

Sept. 15, 2016; rapidgrowthmedia.com

Beer City needs beer employees and who better to provide high quality education and training for our metropolis’s brewing and food operations than Grand Rapids Community College and the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education?

Initiative looks to aid ITT exiles

Sept. 16, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Earlier this month, as millions of students across the nation loaded up bookbags for the first day of classes, more than 40,000 ITT Technical Institute students and 8,000 faculty members were left with nowhere to go.

… On Sept. 15, T2C Studio, an organization launched by TCTC, hosted an ITT Student College Fair at the Kroc Center to provide students with more information and allow for one-on-one connections to be made with some of the areas local colleges. Counselors, admissions and financial aid personnel from seven West Michigan schools — Aquinas College, Calvin College, Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University and Western Michigan University — were on hand to answer questions about transfer credits, financial aid and class availability.

Belknap event offers job, housing, education resources

Sept. 15, 2016; GVSU press release

Residents of the Belknap community will be able to connect with a variety of resources related to job training, workforce development, employment opportunities, child care and education and housing issues during an open house, September 15.

… Eighteen community organizations, educational institutions and businesses will be participating, including Rockford Construction, Spectrum Health, Mercy Health, Lake Michigan Credit Union, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Grand Rapids Community College and the City of Grand Rapids.

Badgers football: Derrick Tindal overcomes rough surroundings, personal tragedy to excel for UW

Sept. 17, 2016; Portage Daily Register (Wis.)

Anyone close to Derrick Tindal particularly those from his hometown of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. wanted to make sure the cornerback’s absence from the University of Wisconsin football team in 2014 didn’t extend any further than it had to.

… He signed with Michigan before failing to gain admission, and the same happened after attempting to transfer to Louisville. Dorsey played for Grand Rapids Community College in 2011 and did not qualify academically at Hawaii the next year. He then played one season at Arizona Western Community College, spent one year in the Arena Football League in 2014 and hasn’t been heard from since.

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, 8-22-16

August 22, 2016

Coalition seeks free tuition for advanced manufacturing community college students

Aug. 21, 2016; mibiz.com

GRAND RAPIDS — A statewide coalition of community colleges, including Grand Rapids Community College, is vying for federal grant dollars that would provide free tuition for students in key advanced manufacturing programs.

Number of high schoolers taking GRCC courses is growing

Aug. 19, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The number of Kent County students enrolled in college classes at Grand Rapids Community College concurrent with their high school studies is growing, according to Dan Clark, dean of academic outreach.

Parental predicament: Save for retirement or pay for college?

Aug. 19, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

All across the nation, college tuition prices continue to rise, and the state of Michigan is no different.
In June, the University of Michigan’s Board of Regents voted to increase in-state tuition by 3.9 percent, while in-state tuition at Michigan State University jumped 3.7 percent for freshmen and sophomores and 3.9 percent for juniors and seniors. Here in West Michigan, Grand Valley State University the regions largest voted to increase tuition by 4 percent, while Grand Rapids Community College saw a 2.8 percent rise in tuition.

Greening of the Great Lakes

Aug. 21, 2016; WJR AM

“Dr. Kurt Kind will continue our coverage from the governor’s Energy Excellence Award. We have the winners of the best communication or education program. The winner is Habitat for Humanity of Kent County in Grand Rapids … Grand Rapids Community College takes one to three houses per year …”

Final day of Restaurant Week Grand Rapids

Aug. 21, 2016; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Sunday is the final day of Restaurant Week Grand Rapids, so if you haven’t taken part, now is the time! Executive Chef Nick Snacker from Ganders, located at the Double Tree Inn, and Kate Herron from Experience GR joined the weekend morning news team to demonstrate one of the dishes they’ve been featuring during the event.

… Restaurant Week Grand Rapids not only promotes the local culinary scene, but also helps The Secchia Institute for Culinary Education students with educational support.  “Since 2010, Restaurant Week participating restaurants and sponsors have contributed over $110,000 to the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education’s Student Scholarship Fund at GRCC. Participating restaurants donate $1 for every Restaurant Week meal sold to the scholarship fund that is granted to selected students within the Institute’s culinary program,” explained Kate.

Grand Rapids Maker Faire at GRPM

Aug. 19, 2016; Women’s Lifestyle

Think of a science fair and a county fair merging together to create something entirely new for all. The third annual Maker Faire comes to Grand Rapids, celebrating the Maker movement and the innovative minds in our community.

Both established and local makers feature rockets and robots, DIY science and technology, urban farming and sustainability, alternative energy, bicycles, unique hand-made crafts, local food, and educational installations. Visitors see installations from the GR Makers, the Geek Group, GRCC and other local West Michigan inventors, innovators, and tinkerers.