GRCC In the News, 4-12-17

Kellogg Foundation to fund GR mayor’s racial equity project

April 11, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Battle Creek-based W.K. Kellogg Foundation has announced it will be providing a $300,000 grant for Mayor Rosalynn Bliss’ Racial Equity Initiative announced during her State of the City address last month.

… Bliss will be co-chairing the initiative with Bill Pink, incoming president and dean for workforce development at Grand Rapids Community College.

Finding Refuge: Ester Kamaliza

March 23, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Ester Kamaliza spent five years trying to get to America, another five years later– and she’s finally a U.S. citizen.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Ester Kamaliza is a GRCC student.)

Glen Oaks Golfers Finish Ninth

April 11, 2017; Three Rivers Commercial-News

GRAND RAPIDS — The Glen Oaks Community College men’s golf team opened its season with a ninth-place score of 370 in Monday’s Grand Rapids Community College Invite held at Egypt Valley.

GRCC In the News, 9-28-16

Muskegon Community College golf team finishes third at its own tournament

Sept. 27, 2016; Local Sports Journal

The Muskegon Community College golf team finished third at its own invitational tournament over the weekend at Thoroughbred Golf Club.

Grand Rapids Community College won the event with 324 points, followed by Jackson College (343), MCC (353), the Ancilla College Gold team (367) and the Ancilla College Red team (409).

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; (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, 6-1-16

Competency hearing ordered for man accused of murder on GRCC campus

June 1, 2016; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – The man accused of killing a woman and dragging her body on the campus of Grand Rapids Community College will undergo a competency exam, a judge decided Tuesday.

Effort to memorialize Kozminski, other fallen GRPD officers

May 31, 2016; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Family, friends and community members are working to build a memorial for fallen Grand Rapids Police Officer Robert Kozminski in a park on the city’s West Side.

… The fundraising effort, organized in partnership with the West Grand Neighborhood Association, aims to raise $30,000 to install the memorial and another $35,000 to contribute to the Robert A. Kozminski Memorial Scholarship, which pays for one year of full tuition at Grand Rapids Community College for a student whose goal is to work in law enforcement. The recipient is chosen by Kozminski’s parents.

GRCC golfer Devin Capron finishes tied for 78th at NJCAA nationals

May 31, 2016; MLive

Plymouth, Ind GRCC’s Devin Capron tied for 78th overall in the 2016 NJCAA DII National Tournament at the Swan Lake Resort with rounds of 79, 74, 82, and 80 to finish his freshman season at GRCC strong while competing at the highest level.

GRCC In the News, 5-11-16

Free dental care on the move

May 10, 2016; WOTV

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

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

Meeting needs through middle college

May 10, 2016;

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

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

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

May 10, 2016; MLive

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

GRCC In the News, 4-26-16

FACT SHEET: White House Launches New $100 Million Competition to Expand Tuition-Free Community College Programs that Connect Americans to In-Demand Jobs

April 25, 2016; (White House press release)

Today, the Vice President and Dr. Biden will highlight how communities are coming together to make education tuition-free for hard-working students. This announcement celebrates the 27 new free community college programs that have launched in states, communities and community colleges and the additional investment of $100 million for America’s Promise Job-Driven Training grants (America’s Promise Grants) to connect more Americans to education and in-demand jobs. The Vice President and Dr. Biden will make these announcements at the Community College of Philadelphia, which modeled a free community college program after the President’s America’s College Promise plan this time last year.

… Partnership with Communities to Adopt Common Skills and Career Pathways for Healthcare Workers. Brought together by Hope Street Group, seven founding Health Career Pathway Communities composed of 15 healthcare systems, 11 community colleges and systems, 7 workforce boards, and 12 community-based organizations will adopt common skill and career pathways and support more than 1,000 disadvantaged Americans with training and placement into healthcare jobs with paid internships, career counseling, etc. HPCs include: Grand Rapids and Muskegon, MI; Denver, CO; Minneapolis, MN; Charlotte, NC; Bronx, Westchester and Hudson Valley, NY; New York City, NY; and Sacramento, CA.

‘Dream bike’ returned to Marine after FOX 17 investigation

April 25,2016; FOX 17

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Last week, Allen Lipscomb thought he’d never see what he called his dream bike ever again. Just days earlier, the retired Marine and current student at Grand Rapids Community College left an afternoon class to find his $2,300 cycle missing off the rack it had been chained up to.

GRCC Golf wins 8th straight Western Conference Championship

April 25, 2016; MLive

Battle Creek, Mich — GRCC’s golf team, led by Capron, Alderink and Overbeek who swept the top three places individually, finished first at the 2016 Western Conference Championship at Bedford Valley Golf Course to capture their 8th consecutive Western Conference Championship. The Raiders shot rounds of 312, 313 and 311 to finish +72, 35 strokes ahead of second place Muskegon Community College.

GRCC In the News, 3-23-16

Grand Rapids graduation rates climb above 50 percent, dropout figures fall

March 11, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Public Schools saw a 6.6 percent increase in high school graduation rates, moving above 50 percent for the first time in years, according to data released by the state Thursday.

… Below are the alternative school 2015 graduation rates:

… Grand Rapids Learning Center – 50 percent

Wolfpack golfers win Ron Marshall spring fling tournament

March 22, 2016; Daily Leader (Brookhaven, Miss.)

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — The Co-Lin Wolfpack golf team won the Ron Marshall Spring FlingTournament held at Goose Pond Colony Golf Course in Scottsboro, Alabama. The Wolfpack 22 shots ahead second-place John A. Logan College (IL). Co-Lin freshman Philip Heine captured medalist honors shooting a 67 in the final round for a three-day total of 215 (74-74-67) one stroke ahead of Jordan Hanre of Rend Lake College (IL).

Finishing in third place was Rend Lake College (IL) at 916, Walters State Community College (TN) at 921, Vincennes University (IN) at 924, Mineral Area College (MO) at 954, Grand Rapids Community College (MI) at 927, Kalkaskia College (IL) at 988, and Lincoln Trail College (IL) at 991.

GRCC In the News, 3-21-16

Snyder looks to boost funding for popular skilled trades training program

March 20, 2016;

Gov. Rick Snyder is asking state lawmakers to increase funding for the popular Skilled Trades Training Fund program as part of his budget for the 2017 fiscal year.

… Thirteen apprenticeship positions have received reimbursement for their training at Grand Rapids Community College or Kalamazoo Valley Community College, (Kim) Kohlhoff said. Additionally, Buist Electric has hired 10 more employees who have benefited from the training.

Grand Rapids needs more chefs, servers, and food industry professionals

March 18, 2016; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. (WZZM) – More than a dozen new restaurants and breweries are expected to open this year in the Grand Rapids area, and there’s a need for more food service professionals.

Dan Gendler is the program director at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education. He sees first-hand the need for workers.

Ender to retire, GRCC to name new president in 2017

March 18, 2016; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. (WZZM) – Grand Rapids Community College leaders are beginning their search for a new president.

GRCC Baseball finishes the weekend 1-2 at #8 Sinclair

March 21, 2016; MLive

Dayton, OH — GRCC’s Raider baseball team traveled south to visit the NJCAA’s #8 Tartons of Sinclair Community College where they lost 2-of-3 games over two days. The Raiders second win of the season leaves their record at 2-12 overall while Sinclair adds their second loss for a 13-2 overall record.

Alderink leads GRCC to 7th place finish at Spring Fling

March 21, 2016; MLive

Scottsboro, AL — As the third and final round of the 15th annual Ron Marshall Spring Fling came to a close, the Raiders of GRCC, who competed as a four-person team, finished in 7th place out of 9 possible positions. The Spring Fling marked GRCC’s first competitive rounds of the 2016 season. First year head coach John Forton was pleased to see an improvement from his team over the three day event and hopes to build on last season’s NJCAA Division II 7th place finish.

Laker love

March 20, 2016; The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

For many students at Grand Valley State University, getting married and settling down is a far-off dream for the future. But for some GVSU students, their relationship is a big part of their reality as a student.

… (Mackenzie) Frederick, a Cedar Springs, Michigan native, and (Dominic) Bartnick, a Rockford, Michigan native, attended Grand Rapids Community College together before transferring to GVSU to study education.

GRCC In the News, 11-20-15

Greenville’s Forton accepts GRCC golf coaching job

Nov. 19, 2015;  The Daily News (Greenville)

GREENVILLE — Plenty of people have a passion. John Forton’s passion is golf.

… Forton, a longtime PGA teaching professional, recently accepted the men’s golf head coaching position at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC). It’s been a lifelong dream to coach at the collegiate level.

Chefs share some recipes for your Thanksgiving dinner

Nov. 19, 2015; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — It’s time to talk turkey about your Thanksgiving dinner. Traditional menus go something like this: turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, fruit salad and dessert. If your menu needs a little ramping up, local chefs have shared some of their recipes to add to your table.

… (Terry) Tucker grew up in Hamilton and has a degree in culinary arts from Grand Rapids Community College. Even while in college, he kept his fingers in the food business. “I worked my way through college decorating cakes for Family Fare.”

Showing Respect for Community’s Veterans

Nov. 13, 2015; (KISD newsletter)

School districts across Kent ISD marked Veterans Day in ways big and small on Wednesday. Here’s a sample of how a few schools honored those who have served and are serving in the U.S. armed forces.

… She (Jane Baessler Doyle) became interested in flying in 1940 while a student at Grand Rapids Junior College, now Grand Rapids Community College, when she learned of a flight program being offered by the Civilian Training Program.

Feutz Honored by Mechanical Service Contractors Association for Work with Students

Nov. 16, 2015;

A Ferris State University Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration associate professor has received an award from the Mechanical Service Contractors of America, for his work with students in the program.

… (Mike) Feutz earned his associates degree in HVACR from Grand Rapids Junior College, now Grand Rapids Community College; a Bachelor of Science degree in HVACR Engineering Technology and a Master of Science in Career and Technical Education, from Ferris; and his Ph.D in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University.

Grand Rapids’ oldest black Baptist church celebrates 125th anniversary

Nov. 19, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Messiah Missionary Baptist Church in Grand Rapids was the realization of one pioneering woman’s dream.

… Today, some 800 people are members of the church that has flourished because of “God’s grace, good leadership and strong membership,” according to the Rev. Eric Williams, associate pastor.

… “He (the Rev. Clifton Rhodes Jr.) was one of the first African Americans to graduate from the school there and went on to become a part of the board of trustees,” said Williams, who is executive director for equity affairs at Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC In the News, 10-2-15

Late enrollment surge helps GRCC avoid $1.5M budget deficit

Oct. 1, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College’s fall headcount has dropped again, but a late surge in enrollment helped keep the decline from being even steeper than expected, administrators say.

GRCC police: Mass shootings best stopped before they happen

Oct. 1, 2015; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WZZM) — A small community college in Oregon is in shock after a gunman killed at least 10 people and injured another seven. People around the country are asking how it could have been avoided, just the latest in a run of mass shootings across the country.

“I think this is won way before the point where someone picks up a gun,” says Grand Rapids Community College police lieutenant Jeffrey Hertel.

“West Michigan Live”

Sept. 30, 2015; WOOD Radio

What are your thoughts on the new Donald Trump tax plan? CEO of Financial Gravity Holdings, Inc. John Pollock dives further into the matter. Water was recently discovered on Mars! Manager of the Chaffee Planetarium Ken Cott talks about the significance of the discovery. Lastly, it’s Manufacturing Week! We bring in Executive Director of the Tassell M-Tec and Workforce Training at GRCC Julie Parks to discuss the state of manufacturing in West Michigan. It’s a busy final day of September 2015 on West Michigan Live!

“Morning News”

Oct. 2, 2015; WZZM

Silent Observer is reminding students of a program it’s established to prevent and solve school crimes here in Kent County. “Fast 50” began in 1998 and now exists in more than 60 middle schools and high schools, along with Calvin College and Grand Rapids Community College.

A television screen: Silent Observer Reminder About “Fast 50.” WZZM 13. Began in 1998 in Kent Co. Exists in more than 60 middle schools  & high schools, Calvin and GRCC. Loaded guns, knives, drugs, vandalism & threats.”

College Notes: Capron shares first at Muskegon CC Invite

Oct. 1, 2015; Traverse City Record-Eagle

MUSKEGON — Suttons Bay’s Devon Capron shot a 1-over-par 73 to share first-place individual honors with three others at the Muskegon Community College Fall Invitational.

Capron’s top score helped Grand Rapids Community College shoot a team score of 293, which put them in first place for the tournament. It was the Raiders’ first tournament win this season.

Aquinas volleyball wins third straight match

Oct. 1, 2015; MLive

Grand Rapids, MI- With a 3-0 sweep of Siena Heights at the Sturrus Sports & Fitness Center, the Aquinas College women’s volleyball team won its third consecutive league match. The win moved Aquinas into a three-way tie for sixth place in the league standings. Overall, the Saints improved to 8-6 on the season and to 4-5 in the WHAC.

A flawless first set gave Aquinas the early momentum. The Saints tallied a .407 attack percentage in the first set en route to the 25-11 victory. The next two sets proved to be more competitive, but the Saints hung on to win 26-24 and 25-22. Sophomore Cammy Means (Kentwood/East Kentwood) led the Saints with 11 kills, while Brooke Wieland (Lake Odessa/Lakewood) dished out 32 assists. Junior Katlyn Agren (Cadillac/GRCC) totalled 20 digs, while senior Anna Fencil (Jenison/Jenison) chipped in with a dozen.

Junior nickelback stepping into primetime role for GV

Oct. 1, 2015; The Lanthorn (Grand Valley State University student newspaper)

When Marquez Gollman was attending Grand Rapids Community College, he stayed in a house that was falling apart piece-by-piece.