Posted tagged ‘Enrollment’

Jason and Lisa Schueller welcome new son

August 4, 2017

Jason Schueller (Enrollment Center) and his wife, Lisa, had a baby boy on Tuesday, August 1st.  Sullivan Douglas Schueller weighed in a 8.5 pounds and is 22 inches long.  Congratulations to Jason and his family!

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GRCC In the News, 6-12-17

June 12, 2017

Summer safety tips for motorcyclists, drivers

June 11, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – As the temperature continues to rise this summer, so do the number of motorcycles on the road. Be sure you know how to stay safe if you’re riding one, or if you’re driving near one!

WZZM 13 asked Grand Rapids Community College Bike Safety Instructor Steven Lick to share some tips on how to stay safe while riding, as well as what drivers should be on the look out for.

St. Patrick ready for Regional

June 9, 2017; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

PORTLAND — The varsity baseball coaching staff of St. Patrick set a goal this year and there is a certainty that comes with goals. If you set one goal and attain it, good things always come from it. Some coaches put their eye on one thing – a conference title, or maybe even a regional title if they think their team might be good enough heading into a season.

… That foundation comes from (Bryan) Scheurer’s past, and his present. He played ball on St. Patrick fields from 1993-96 and then, without any offers at the next level signed up with Doug Wabeke at Grand Rapids Community College and his nationally acclaimed baseball team. He only played one year at GRCC and they won a national championship. “After your team wins a national championship, you gain a bit more notice,” Scheurer said, tongue in cheek. He jumped on the Chippewa bandwagon, accepting a scholarship from Central Michigan University. He played center and batted lead off for Steve Jaksa and learned some of the intricacies of hitting from Dave Grewe. He earned honors as an Academic All-American and he still holds a place in the Chippewa all-time record books bagging 18 doubles in 2001.

Michigan Virtual Charter Academy to Hold In-Person Graduation Ceremony

June 9, 2017; WMBF

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — (BUSINESS WIRE) Michigan Virtual Charter Academy (MVCA), a full-time online public charter school, authorized by Grand Valley State University and serving grades K-12, will hold a commencement ceremony for the Class of 2017 on Saturday, June 17th.

… Members of the Class of 2017 report being accepted to the following colleges and universities: Michigan State University, Schoolcraft College, North Central College, Grand Rapids Community College, Wayne Community College, Alpena Community College, Spring Arbor University, Saginaw Valley State University and Lansing Community College.

GRCC In the News, 6-9-17

June 9, 2017

New restaurant to open at former Forest Hills Inn spot

June 8, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, MI –  Nearly a year after longtime Forest Hills Inn closed, a new restaurant is under construction on the site.

… (Adam) Watts has long been part of the West Michigan restaurant scene, having served as executive chef at numerous restaurants. The Grand Haven native graduated from the Secchia Institute for Culinary Arts at Grand Rapids Community College, and began his restaurant career at the famed Tapawingo Restaurant in Northern Michigan. He has since spent time as a chef in Scotland, California and Colorado. Locally, he helped open Rustica in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids Brewing Company and Slows Bar-BQ in the Downtown Market.

Central, Cyber School graduates celebrate success

June 8, 2017; Grand Haven Tribune

Families and friends cheered as pictures of Wednesday night’s graduates played in a slideshow.

… Looking ahead to the fall, 16-year-old Emma Chase said she plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College and later study to be a doctor.

Service office open late on Tuesdays

June 8, 2017

Some GRCC service offices will be open late on Tuesdays during the summer:

  • Enrollment Center —  The last placement test begins at 5:30 p.m. The phones will be open until 6:45 p.m. Walk-in appointments will be accepted until 7 p.m.
  • Financial Aid — The phones are open until 6:45 p.m.; walk-in appointments will be taken until 7 p.m.
  • Counseling Center — Tuesday evening services include appointment scheduling. The phones are open until 6:45 p.m. You can walk in to make an appointment until 7 p.m.

GRCC In the News, 6-5-17

June 5, 2017

Change Ups: Wolverine earns historic preservation award

June 2, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… The following Grand Rapids Community College teams were winners at the recent MWest Challenge student venture competition: Shelby Rose received $1,500 as the second-place winner of the Innovation Showcase People’s Choice Award; Mark Saint Amour and Andrew Johnson won a $750 Impact Award; and Rebecca Peterman won the $500 Impact Award for Wholesome Eats.

Painkillers, heroin take lives of 84 in Kent Co. in 2015

June 2, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — They were strangers on earth, but dozens of people who died in 2015 will be forever connected by the way their lives ended.

… Among them were a 20-year-old Grand Rapids Community College student who first tried painkillers with friends as a teen, a 24-year-old man whose got hooked on pain meds after a snowboarding injury, a 25-year-old man who started experimenting with pills and pot with friend in his teen years  and a 30-year-old mom who according to an aunt began experimenting early in life in an effort to escape a tough childhood.

Local student, entrepreneur open Monster Graphics Studio

June 3, 2017; The Holland Sentinel

Belicia Hernandez wears a number of hats.

It is a list that starts with her being a college student at Grand Rapids Community College. Along with that, she coaches eighth grade volleyball at a local school. Lastly, she is also a business owner.

#accepted

June 2, 2017; schoolnewsnetwork.org (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)

Godwin Heights Public Schools, MI — Senior D’Nyszha Brand was accepted into six colleges: Baker College, Ferris State University, Wayne State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Aquinas College and Western Michigan University.

New student orientation kicks off today

May 2, 2017

Our large group orientations begin today! We will be welcoming 150 students and their guests to campus on Tuesday, May 2, to kick off the orientation season.  Orientation on Tuesday begins at 12:30.  Our ambassadors will be directing our guests around campus and you will recognize them by their matching blue polo shirts.  Should you encounter any lost students, please give them a warm GRCC welcome, and direct them to the Raider Grille.  Orientations will take place twice a week, every week, but the days and time will vary; however ,they will always kick off in the Raider Grille.  All sessions are in 25Live.  Thank you all for helping us welcome our new Fall students to campus!

Orientation — directing students

March 21, 2017

Fall-start orientations began last week. We are off to a really great start! If you encounter a lost student who is here for orientation, you can direct them to the Enrollment Center. Please feel free to contact Evan Macklin directly as well. If you would like Evan’s cell number, please email him directly.

College Scheduler: New software makes class scheduling quick and easy

March 20, 2017

We know how challenging it is for students to find classes that fit their busy schedule. College Scheduler is a new tool in the online center for student to use to make the perfect class schedule quickly with no pen and paper, and no pain. Watch this video to learn how it works.

The low-cost textbook feature is coming soon, so continue to encourage students to use Classfinder to search for classes that offer these low or no cost online textbook options. Once in Classfinder, students should click the “Open Educational Resource” checkbox.

Admissions and Enrollment to host high school counselors on Feb. 10

February 9, 2017

Admissions & Enrollment is hosting our annual High School Counselor Update Breakfast on Friday, February 10th. The event will take place in the Preschool multipurpose room beginning at 8 a.m. We have communicated the location and directions with the attendees and will have signs and staff directing attendees to that location. But we did want to make all staff aware, just in case someone gets lost and shows up in your office.  Please send them up to the Preschool!

Service areas to have extended and Saturday hours

January 3, 2017

Service areas will be offering extended hours and a Service Saturday in preparation to the start of the Winter semester.  The Academic Advising and Transfer Center, Cashiers, Enrollment Center, Financial Aid, Student Life and Student Records will be offering extended hours on the following days and times:

Week of January 2-6:

  • Tuesday-Thursday, Jan. 3-5 — 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 6 — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Service Saturday, JAN. 7 — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Academic Advising and  Student Records will be working from the Enrollment Center)

Week of January 9-13:

  • Monday-Thursday, Jan. 9-12 — 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 13 — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Bookstore will also be offering extended hours, please visit its website for complete details.

GRCC In the News, 11-11-16

November 11, 2016

GRCC board updated on declining enrollment, student trends

Nov. 10, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The fall semester is in full swing at Grand Rapids Community College, but as projected there are fewer students compared to last year, an enrollment slide seen by 22 of the state’s 28 community college programs.

Morning News

Nov. 11, 2016; FOX 17

In Grand Rapids, hundreds marched last night in protest of President-elect Trump. … Philip Huynh, GRCC student: “I’m here to observe to give love to give everyone a hug. I’m not siding on either side. I’m more of an independent.”

GRCC In the News, 10-24-16

October 24, 2016

Community invited to meet finalists for GRCC president

Oct. 21, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The community is invited to meet the four finalists for the president’s position at Grand Rapids Community College during their visits in November.

Senior conference puts focus on college, careers

Oct. 21, 2016; schoolnewsnetwork.org (KISD newsletter)

Grandville Public Schools, MI — Senior Cahari Rhodes is sure of a few things about his post-high school plans: find a school with a strong performing arts program and pursue a career that involves music and dance.

… For session four, Francisco Ramirez, admissions and enrollment coordinator at Grand Rapids Community College, led a talk on all things GRCC, including how and where to apply for financial aid, why it’s important to keep up your grades, transferring to a four-year institution and GRCC programs and classes.

Veterans Spotlight: From the Navy to the Coast Guard, Richard Vandepels has been all over

Oct. 22, 2016; The Holland Sentinel

Richard Vandepels has spent his life in and out of the military, a total of 23 years, with the majority in the U.S. Coast Guard. He has served all over the world and has no problem recalling all the places he’s been and all the ways he served.

… Following this time served, attended Grand Rapids Junior College (now Grand Rapids Community College) where he received a degree in electronics technology. The economy had taken a downturn, and there were no jobs to be had. So, in 1975, he headed back to the Navy where he was stationed in Alameda, Calif. There he was in the Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 85 for three years. “We would deploy once a year with a Canadian ship,” he recalled.

GRCC In the News, 10-14-16

October 14, 2016

Michigan Gave Colleges $500,000 to Fight Sex Assault. Here’s How They Spent It.

Oct. 14, 2016; The Chronicle of Higher Education

Last year Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan announced a new grant program aimed at preventing sexual assault on the state’s college campuses. More than 30 institutions applied, and a mix of private, public, and community colleges — 22 in total — received a slice of the pie.

… The challenges Grand Rapids Community College faces in preventing campus sexual assault are different from those at four-year colleges. But Kimberly DeVries found that most of the available resources and national training programs are geared toward the four-year experience.

Business Journal names 40 Under Forty class

Oct. 12, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Forty of West Michigan’s top young professionals will be honored this month by the Grand Rapids Business Journal.

… Honorees

… Sara Brooks

… Chris Sain Jr.

… Daniel Schoonmaker.

(Chris Sain is coordinator of retention, and Sara Brooks is adjunct faculty. Daniel Schoonmaker is a GRCC alumnus.)

Daybreak News

Oct. 14, 2016; WOTV

We’re pleased to announce that the Challenge Scholars program is expanding. Beginning next fall, any students in ninth grade with a GPA of at least a 2.0 can attend Grand Rapids Community College for up to two years.

Downtown Development Authority wants to expand boundaries by 200 acres

Oct. 13, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) voted to expand its boundaries by nearly 200 acres to encompass 873 acres that would stretch from Leonard Street on the north to the southwest side along Grandville Avenue SW.

… Hoping to gain approval from other taxing authorities, the DDA staff has been lobbying officials from Kent County, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Grand Rapids Community College, the Monroe North Tax Increment Finance Authority as well as the Westside and North Quarter Corridor Improvement Districts

 

Math course registration requirements changing

October 3, 2016

Students enrolling in math courses starting Winter 2017 will be required to take the ALEKS math placement assessment first. ALEKS will take the place of the math portion of Accuplacer, which will still assess English proficiency. After a student takes ALEKS, they will be placed into math courses based on course prerequisites or ALEKS placement scores.

A student can enroll in the course they were placed in, or they can retake ALEKS.

Students will have four chances, with in twelve months, to retake ALEKS. They must wait 48 hours between retakes. To make each attempt worthwhile and to improve their skills with the goal of earning a better score, students must spend at least five hours between retakes working in a ALEKS Prep and Learning Module.

More information is available online.

GRCC In the News, 9-22-16

September 22, 2016

Country’s first college-licensed brewery, pub opening in Grand Rapids

Sept. 22, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is set to open its Fountain Hill Brewery and Peter’s Pub on Friday, Sept.23.

GRCC gains $1M with enrollment dropping less than projected

Sept. 21, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College will have $1 million more to support its students, with enrollment figures coming in better than projected, according to Lisa Freiburger, vice president for finance and administration.

Support organizations to meet with West Michigan business leaders

Sept. 21, 2016; The Holland Sentinel

West Michigan business leaders can connect with support organizations to help move their companies forward at an event Friday, Sept. 30, in Hudsonville.

… Representatives from the following support organizations will be present at the event: Opportunity Resource Fund; Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women; Economic Development Foundation – SBA 504 Loans; Grand Haven Chamber of Commerce; Hudsonville Area Chamber of Commerce; Allendale Chamber of Commerce; West Coast Chamber; Coopersville Chamber of Commerce; Lakeshore Advantage; Business Acceleration Fund (Muskegon Innovation Hub & Holland SmartZone); Start Garden; Varnum Law MiSpringboard; Great Lakes Ag-Tech Business Incubator; Small Business Development Center; MSU Product Center; Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center; Discover Manufacturing; Consumers Energy; Holland BPW; West Michigan Works!; Hello West Michigan; Smart Coast; Community Action House – EPIC Empowerment Program; Employer Resource Network; GRCC MAP+ Apprentice Grant; GRCC Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP); GRCC Workforce Training & M-TEC; Muskegon Community College; Ottawa Area Intermediate School District; Grand Valley State University Career Center; Thompson M-TEC; U.S. Commercial Service; EXIM Bank; Van Andel Global Trade Center; and Muskegon Area First PTAC.

RapidChat: Jordy VandeBunte, an aspiring chef with top security clearance

Sept. 22, 2016; rapidgrowthmedia.com

Jordy VandeBunte is a self-proclaimed “culinary student with a top secret security clearance.” It’s not every day you meet an aspiring chef like VandeBunte: a current student at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at GRCC who used to work for the Central Intelligence Agency. With the Secchia Institute recently being ranked as one of the “top culinary schools of 2016,” we have no doubt his career transition is nothing less than fitting.

NOTUS: Contemporary Vocal Ensemble Dominick DiOrio, conductor

Sept. 21, 2016; bloomingtonscene.com

NOTUS: Contemporary Vocal Ensemble Dominick DiOrio, conductor – Stand Before the Sunrise: Music to Examine Our Privilege featuring Duane Davis, conductor; Jeremy Allen, bass; and Kathryn Lukas, flute – – NOTUS: Contemporary Vocal Ensemble

… Originally from Cleveland, he (Duane Davis) retired as director of vocal music at Grand Rapids Community College. He was recently on jazz faculty at Western Michigan University, where he taught jazz voice and directed Gold Company. After 31 years, he recently retired as chorus master for Opera Grand Rapids., conductor; Jeremy Allen, bass; and Kathryn Lukas, flute

Morning News

Sept. 22, 2016; WZZM

Leaders from Ferris State University and Kendall College of Art and Design are working to help former ITT Tech students get back to class …  It’s happening at Grand Rapids Community College’s Applied Technology Center from 5 to 8 p.m.