GRCC In the News, 3-20-17

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

GRCC In the News, 6-2-16

Man shoots self at Spectrum Butterworth

June 2, 2016; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Police say a 26-year-old man is dead after he shot himself in the head Wednesday just outside the Spectrum Butterworth Hospital emergency room.

… (Sgt. Terry) Dixon said a vehicle linked to the man was later located at the Grand Rapids Community College parking ramp at Fountain Street NE and Ransom Avenue.  He said after searching the vehicle investigators determined there was no threat to the area.

School district estimates Middle College graduates saved $723K

June 1, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Kenowa Hills Middle College students who graduated in May from Davenport University with an associate’s degree – as well as a high-school diploma – saved $723,533 in college expenses, according to the school board.

… The programs are gaining popularity in the state. More than two dozen new early/middle college programs and schools opened this school year in Michigan, including in Cedar Springs in partnership with Grand Rapids Community College.

… GRCC also will launch programs this fall with Grand Rapids Public Schools’ Ottawa Hills High School and the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District.

West Michigan Live – Chef Becky Kwasteniet 5-20-16

May 20, 2016; WOOD Radio

West Michigan Live’s Neal Dionne shares the weekly Foodie segment with Chef Becky Kwasteniet! Becky talks about the effects of fresh food in schools and working at the Baxter Community Center!

(Becky Kwasteniet is a SICE alumna.)

2016 MAPA Educational Development Scholarship Fund Recipients Announced

June 1, 2016; After Market News

The Michigan Automotive Parts Association (MAPA) has announced the recipients of MAPA’s 2016 Educational Development Scholarship Fund, chosen by Lansing’s Capital Region Community Foundation. Three $1,000 scholarships were awarded, in addition to a $500 scholarship for the recipient of the 2016 Jud Morrison Memorial Achievement of Excellence Award.

… Brooke Peckham, sponsored by Auto-Wares Group of Companies located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Peckham will be a sophomore enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, majoring in human resource management to support the growing car care industry in the fall of 2016. Brooke is the daughter of Charles and Merriea Lubben of Cedar Springs, Michigan. Brooke was awarded the distinguished 2016 Jud Morrison Memorial Achievement of Excellence Award named in memory of MAPA co-founding father and past chairman of the board of directors, Justin H. Morrison. Brooke’s academic achievements and outstanding community service record exemplify the high standards and commitment to excellence that Jud Morrison stood for.

Capron completes first season at GRCC; Comets add JV coach

June 1, 2016; Leelanau Enterprise

Grand Rapids Community College freshman Devin Capron carded scores of 79, 74, 82 and 80 to finish in a tie for 78th place last week in the NJCAA Division II National Golf Tournament at Swan Lake Resort in Plymouth, Ind.

From Registrar at GRCC to “Roving Registrar” all over the world

June 1, 2016; grfoundation.org (Grand Rapids Community Foundation publication)

The pursuit of balance and a constant quest for meaning and joy.

… To the more than 30,000 students he (Howard Shanken) served at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) until his retirement in 2010, he was the registrar, a touchpoint who helped newbies and returning students through the maze of admissions and registration for classes each succeeding semester.

 

GRCC In the News, 5-24-16

Careerline Tech, Herman Miller, GRCC launch early college program

May 23, 2016; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — Officials from Ottawa Area Intermediate School District, Herman Miller and Grand Rapids Community College are launching a new, rigorous early college program that combines earning college credits and skilled trade training.

DeWys Manufacturing Inc. Welcomes a New Addition to the Engineering Team

May 23, 2016; Seattle Post-Intelligencer

DeWys Manufacturing Inc., a West Michigan based metal solutions company, is pleased to announce the promotion of Nate Lillibridge as new product development engineer.

… Nate has worked with DeWys Mfg. for five years starting with the maintenance department, where he gained experiences in all aspects of the manufacturing process. This career advancement will make Nate the fifth engineer on the DeWys Engineering team, adding to their depth of knowledge and capabilities for our customers. Nate is currently attending Grand Rapids Community College and taking classes towards his Mechanical Design degree, giving him the skills and knowledge necessary to be an asset to DeWys Manufacturing.