GRCC In the News, 9-22-16

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.

 

GRCC In the News, 8-17-16

GRCC students get a break on bus fare

Aug. 16, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College and the Rapid have partnered to offer a semester-long bus pass to students, faculty and staff at a 30-percent discount, according to Lisa Freiburger, vice president for finance and administration.

Aquinas College President Juan Olivarez stepping down

Aug. 16, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Aquinas College President Juan Olivarez is retiring after six years at the helm, the Board of Trustees announced Tuesday, Aug. 16.

… Prior to coming to Aquinas, Olivarez was the president and CEO of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation. He had previously served for nearly 10 years as the president of Grand Rapids Community College, a school he worked at for 18 years.

‘Their Views Have to be Heard’

Aug. 16, 2016; schoolnewsnetwork.org (KISD newsletter)

Grand Rapids Public Schools – GRPS, MI   About six minutes into their sports radio talk show, Jakhari Carroll and Joseph Spicer get into their first debate of the day: whether Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is worth the largest contract extension in NFL history.

… Come this fall, Jakhari will attend Grand Rapids Community College with a plan to transfer to Wayne State University’s broadcast journalism program. Joseph heads to Ferris State University with an eye on a career in civil engineering. But they plan to continue their show, which Womack says could expand to more days with increased listenership.

Polish Festival brings food, music, polka to downtown Grand Rapids

Aug. 16, 2016; therapidian.org

The Polish Festival 2016 will be held on August 26-28, 2016 at Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids. Celebrating Polish contributions to society through the centuries, the festival features a historical and cultural booth featuring the “Winged Warriors.” Winged Hussars, also known as the Polish Winged Warriors, were one of the most effective military forces in the world. In the 16th and 17th century, Winged Hussars were used as elite Polish shock troops. They were known for their wings of long feathers worn on their backs or attached to the saddles of their horses. In a group of forces they were quite a sight to behold.

… The Polish Heritage Society of Grand Rapids uses part of the proceeds from the festival to award students of Polish descent scholarships to Grand Valley State College, Aquinas, and Grand Rapids Community College.

Retirement reception scheduled for June 14

Come help celebrate 191 years of GRCC service!!  On Tuesday, June 14th, from 11:30 – 1:30 in the ATC banquet rooms, we’re going to honor all of these folks in a single retirement reception!!  Please stop by for some refreshments and congratulate our friends and colleagues!!!

  • Cherry Scaturro – Finance & Administration
  • Jim Fox – Human Resources
  • Connie Crumpton-Armijo – Campus Police
  • Jane Mohr – Cashier’s Office
  • Oene Pomper – Facilities
  • Karen Tolhurst – Facilities
  • Gary Tolhurst – Facilities
  • Tom Smith – Facilities
  • Joe Huffman – GRCC Eprint

GRCC In the News, 6-9-16

Partnering with Employers to Spur Enrollments and Grow

June 7, 2016; EvoLLLution

As state budgets are dwindling and the job market is picking up, community colleges are being pushed to be more innovative in their work to attract and retain students. At Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC), an employee education partnership with McDonald’s aimed at creating access to degree programming is just one such example. In this interview, Bill Pink reflects back on the process of establishing their partnership with McDonald’s and shares his thoughts on how this partnership could help them to develop a partnership model to take forward.

McDonald’s Hamburger University grads can score community college credit

June 9, 2016; MLive

FRANKENLUST TOWNSHIP, MI — Nicholas Leveto didn’t expect his high school McDonald’s job to propel him toward building that Mexican restaurant his family always hoped to start but never had the business know-how to run.

… A similar deal is already in-place at Grand Rapids Community College, and one is soon coming to Mott Community College, (Tony) D’Anna said. D’Anna and Flint-area McDonald’s owner-operator Sam Cox are spearheading the Delta College and Mott Community College partnerships.

25-cent bus subsidy for students, faculty, not in GRCC’s budget next year

June 8, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Next year, the Grand Rapids Community College budget won’t include funding to subsidize bus ridership on The Rapid to allow students, staff and faculty to pay 25 cents, officials said Wednesday, June 8.

Teams set for June 15 Champions of Character High School All-Star Games

June 8, 2016; MLive

A number of the top graduating senior basketball players are now gearing up for the annual Champions of Character High School All-Star Games.

… GIRLS

… Karli Warning 5’6 Wayland  GRCC

The Grand River is becoming a paddlers’ paradise

June 8, 2016; MLive

GR Paddling gets a call from folks interested in kayaking near Grand Rapids but are unsure which tributary might make the best adventure. That’s where Jeff Neumann comes in.

… “We’ve had one couple so far who came from Chicago so he could propose to her. It was very cool,” said Neumann, who retired from teaching electronics at Grand Rapids Community College to open GR Paddling with his wife, Rita, and their son, Mark.

 

You’re Invited!

Come help celebrate 191 years of GRCC service!!  On Tuesday, June 14th, from 11:30 – 1:30 in the ATC banquet rooms, we’re going to honor all of these folks in a single retirement reception!!  Please stop by for some refreshments and congratulate our friends and colleagues!!!

  • Cherry Scaturro – Finance & Administration
  • Jim Fox – Human Resources
  • Connie Crumpton-Armijo – Campus Police
  • Jane Mohr – Cashier’s Office
  • Oene Pomper – Facilities
  • Karen Tolhurst – Facilities
  • Gary Tolhurst – Facilities
  • Tom Smith – Facilities
  • Joe Huffman – GRCC Eprint

GRCC In the News, 5-12-16

GRCC’s proposed $108M budget reflects 6 percent enrollment decline

May 11, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Community College’s proposed general fund budget for the 2016-17 school year is virtually balanced, but enrollment is projected to drop 6 percent.

Meeting needs through middle college

May 9, 2016; Community College Daily (American Association of Community Colleges publication)

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.

Confessed killer says his ‘mind clicked over’ when he stabbed woman

May 11, 2016; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. In a jailhouse interview with FOX 17, the confessed killer of a Grand Rapids woman near a parking ramp said his “mind snapped.”

… It is a crime partially seen in chilling parking ramp surveillance video: while Huntoon lay helpless on the sidewalk between a parking ramp and the Grand Rapids Community College campus, it showed Bivins pacing near her. Then Bivins is seen dragging Huntoon out of the camera’s view.

Student refund process changing July 1

Changes to the student refund process:

  • Beginning July 1, 2016, Higher One will be called Bank Mobile.
  • Students will no longer receive a GRCC Refund Access Card (inactive debit card) in the mail from Higher One in order to activate their refund preference.
  • They will now receive a Refund Selection kit from Bank Mobile with a Personal code to validate identity. (Same bright green envelope) Only the students that want to open an account with Bank Mobile will receive a debit card.
  • Bank Mobile will not be re-carding all our prior students. The Higher One card they have will continue to work.
  • Beginning May 4, students will have access to any Allpoint ATM machine to access their funds. (CVS, 7 Eleven, Target, Costco)
  • Higher One ATM machines in the Learning Center and the Main Building will be removed this spring. We will be replacing the ATM machine in the Student Center with an Allpoint ATM from Cardtronics.

GRCC In the News, 4-18-16

“La licencia de conducir me cambió la vida”, afirma un dreamer

April 14, 2016; Univision

Cuando estaba en su último año de secundaria, el mexicano Juan Mascorro sentía que era el único chico en su clase que no podía conducir. “No me hacía sentir bien”, recuerda el joven, quien prefería caminar las varias millas entre la escuela y su hogar en Middleville, Michigan, que tomar el bus escolar todas las tardes.

… Una dreamer que se beneficiaría es Sendy López, una amiga de Mascondo no pudo acogerse a DACA por no cumplir el requisito de haber estado continuamente en Estados Unidos desde el 15 de junio de 2007. La joven podría obtener un permiso de trabajo y protección de la deportación si la Corte Suprema mantiene viva la expansión de DACA, que establece como fecha límite el 1 de enero de 2010.

… El joven estudia ahora en Grand Rapids Community College y pronto se irá a Ferris State University, donde terminará su bachillerato en criminología para luego estudiar derecho. “Quiero ser abogado de inmigración”, asegura.

(When he was in his last year of high school , the Mexican Juan Mascorro felt he was the only boy in his class who could not drive. ” I did not feel good ,” says the young man, who preferred to walk the several miles between school and home in Middleville , Michigan, to taking the school bus every afternoon.

… A dreamer who would benefit is Sendy Lopez , a friend of Mascondo who could not qualify for DACA not meet the requirement of having been continuously in the United States since June 15, 2007. She could get a work permit and protection from deportation if the Supreme Court upholds the expansion of DACA , which sets a deadline of January 1, 2010.

… The young man is now studying at Grand Rapids Community College and will soon go to Ferris State University, where he will finish his degree in criminology and then study law. ” I want to be immigration attorney ” he says.)

(Both Juan Mascorro and Sendy Lopez are GRCC students.)

Local immigrant rights advocates travel to DC for Supreme Court arguments

April 18, 2016; Michigan Radio

The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments today on President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

… “Sometimes we just stand on the sidelines, said Jacqueline Lopez, a student at Grand Rapids Community College, as she was about to board a DC-bound bus. “And this is just a way to be out there and stand with our community.”

… Dennis Martinez also attends GRCC. He says he has friends who will be affected by the ruling.

Change Ups: Magnifico inducted as ACA Fellow

April 15, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… EDUCATION

Grand Rapids Community College’s Lisa Freiburger, vice president for finance and administration, and Bill Pink, vice president and dean of the School of Workforce Development, were awarded The Aspen Institutes Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence. They join the inaugural class of 40 Aspen Presidential Fellows.

Lassiter Early College High School hosts Michigan community college leaders

April 15, 2016; thehub.dallasisd.org

Leadership from Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan visited Dr. Wright L. Lassiter Jr. Early College High School at El Centro College this week to learn what makes the Blue Ribbon School successful.

“He has not been forgotten.” Remembering slain Kalamazoo police officer Eric Zapata

April 16, 2016; MLive

KALAMAZOO, MI — “It doesn’t seem possible that it’s been five years, but in five years, he has not been forgotten and he is in our hearts,” Connie Bernal said Saturday at a recognition ceremony for her son Eric Zapata.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Eric Zapata is a GRCC Police Academy alumnus.)

News 8 Daybreak

April 18, 2016; WOOD TV

Today is tax deadline day. If you need more time, you may be able to get an automatic six-month extension. You need to file form 4868, which you can find at irs.gov. You also might be able to get some free help. Accounting students from Grand Rapids Community College and Cornerstone University are providing free tax preparation.

Early Childhood Fair April 23 Offers Dozens of Resources

April 15, 2016; schoolnewsnetwork.org

Kent ISD, MI — Finding just the right childcare provider or preschool for your child takes a lot of time and leg-work. Even Michael Ghareeb, director of Early Childhood at Kent ISD, understands.

… In addition to PNC Bank, sponsors include Apple Tree and Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool, Cindy Minnema with Berkshire Hathaway Real Estate, Comprehensive Therapy Center, Crowning Lotus, Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative, Easter Seals of Michigan, Grand Rapids Community College, Great Start to Quality, ISJ Academy, Head Start for Kent County, Horizons Developmental Resource Center, Kent District Library and Michigan State University Extension.

Vocal Jazz Ensemble and IUnison featuring special guest Kurt Elling

April 18, 2016; bloomingtonscene.com

Vocal Jazz Ensemble and IUnison featuring special guest Kurt Elling – Duane Davis, director; Ly Wilder, associate director – – Vocal Jazz Ensemble and IUnison

… Duane Shields Davis, originally from Cleveland, recently retired as Director of Vocal Music at Grand Rapids Community College, after 39 years as a full-time teacher music educator. He continues to serve as Chorus Master for Opera Grand Rapids, a position he has held since 1986. Duane recently became the Instructor of Vocal Jazz at Western Michigan University.

GRCC In the News, 4-8-16

40 Exceptional Leaders Tapped for Inaugural Class of the Aspen Presidential Fellowship

April 7, 2016; Bloomberg

The Aspen Institute today announced its inaugural class of the Aspen Presidential Fellowship, selecting 40 extraordinary leaders with the drive and capacity to transform community colleges to achieve higher levels of student success.

… 2016-17 Aspen Presidential Fellows

… Lisa Freiburger, Grand Rapids Community College (MI)

… Bill Pink, Grand Rapids Community College (MI)

Petoskey’s Goble places second for NMU, Walda pitches scoreless frames

April 7, 2016; The Petoskey News

Petoskey alumnus Sarah Goble finished second in the 5000 meters run with a time of 19:27.21 helping Northern Michigan take second place at the Augustana Vikings Olympics in Rock Hill, Illinois on Saturday, April 2.

Grand Rapids Community College pitcher and Harbor Springs grad Ean Walda earned his second save of the season in a 3-2 win over Davenport on Tuesday.

Fake IDs at Ferris

April 6, 2016; The Torch (Ferris State University’s student newspaper)

Fake IDs have opened the possibilities for underage drinkers to gain access to alcohol, bars and clubs.

… “One time this kid came in and one of my co-workers at the time was a resident advisor at Ferris, and she said she knew him and he might be underage,” said Grunst Brothers clerk and Grand Rapids Community College associate welding student Lucas Armand. “So I checked his ID and it was out of date. It had been expired for four years and it said he was 30 years old. I told him his ID was definitely expired, and I couldn’t sell to him. He was cool about it and he left.”

Lisa Freiburger, Bill Pink selected for Aspen Presidential Fellowship

A head-and-shoulders photo of a woman

Lisa Freiburger

Lisa Freiburger, vice president for finance and administration, and Bill Pink, vice president and dean of the School of Workforce Development, were awarded the prestigious Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence.

The Aspen Institute, a Washington, D.C-based educational and policy studies organization, announced that Freiburger and Pink join the inaugural class of the Aspen Presidential Fellows, a diverse group of 40 extraordinary leaders with the drive and capacity to transform community colleges to achieve higher levels of student success.

A head-and-shoulders photo of a manFreiburger and Pink were selected through a rigorous process that considered their abilities to take strategic risks, lead strong teams and cultivate partnerships, and focus on results-oriented improvements in student success and access. The 2016-17 Aspen Presidential Fellows hail from 17 states and 30 community colleges of varying sizes. They will begin their program in July at Stanford with anticipated completion in spring 2017.

“It was an honor to nominate Lisa and Bill, as I believe they both have exceptional leadership ability and will be future community college presidents,” said President Dr. Steven C. Ender. “The Aspen Presidential Fellowship will allow them to take part in the national discussion on improving student success and retention.”