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GRCC Homecoming 2017

October 12, 2017

“GRCC has not had a homecoming in a long time. That changes now!”

Homecoming 2017 will take place the week of October 16th. There are activities that you can take part in throughout the week. On Thursday, October 19th, faculty, staff, students, and alumni are all invited to a Raider Tailgate. The tailgate will take place in the Raider Grille from 5-6:30 p.m. Food will be provided, and there will be family-friendly activities. Then head on over to the Fold Fieldhouse to cheer on our GRCC Volleyball team as they take on the Lake Michigan Red Hawks.

For more information about all of the Homecoming activities, please visit

GRCC Homecoming 2017 flier

GRCC In the News, 5-3-16

May 3, 2016

GRPD: Suspect arrested in homicide at GRCC

May 2, 2016; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Grand Rapids Police arrested a man in connection to a homicide that happened over the weekend near Grand Rapids Community College.

Food Network founder returns to Grand Rapids

April 29, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Food Network founder and Grand Rapids native Jack Clifford will be in town this weekend promoting his book, The Least Likely to Succeed, which details how he went from a boy who was voted least likely to succeed in high school to founding a popular and successful television network.

… With (Elmo) Wierenga’s encouragement, Clifford enrolled in Grand Rapids Junior College, now Grand Rapids Community College, and later transferred to Western Michigan University.

KVCC Tries German Model to Help Manufacturers Solve “Skills Gap”

May 2, 2016; WMUK

Many Michigan manufacturers are facing a problem that they call a skill gaps. As more and more of their skilled employees retire, manufacturers need new workers to operate advanced technologies. And unfortunately, they say, very few new workers have the education or experience to fill in, leaving hundreds of jobs unfilled. But there’s hope. Kalamazoo Valley Community College is trying out a new program that’s connecting employers with young students to fill the pipeline again.

… “So who do we find with these skill-sets?” says Julie Parks, the director of workforce training at Grand Rapids Community College.


… Parks says manufacturers know they can’t wait around for students anymore. So now, they’re taking a new approach. Manufacturers are going to college and paying for students’ educations as a way to ensure they can hire them later on.

GRCC In the News, 1-7-16

January 7, 2016

GRCC receives $45K grant for industrial sewing, logistics programs

Jan. 6, 2016;

GRAND RAPIDS — The JPMorgan Chase Foundation recently awarded Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) a $45,000 grant to develop the institutions industrial sewing and logistics programs.

GRCC receives JPMorgan Chase Foundation grant for logistics

Jan. 6, 2016; American Journal of Transportation

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A $45,000 grant from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation will allow Grand Rapids Community College to develop certification programs in the high-growth fields of logistics and industrial sewing.

Better Bites: Roasted Beet and Kale Salad
1/6/16 WZZM “News at Noon”
Chef Mark Kngshott is here and he’s making roasted beet and kale salad.
… He finished his culinary arts degree from GRCC in 2006.
A man in a chef jacket prepares a salad as a woman watches.

GRCC In the News, 1-5-16

January 5, 2016

Custom Profile Announces Multiple Community Partnerships

Jan. 4, 2016; WAND TV

WALKER, Mich., Jan. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Walker, Mich.-based Custom Profile, a leading manufacturer of extruded plastic products primarily for the appliance and office furniture industries, announced today that it has partnered with communities in Juarez, Mexico and Grand Rapids, Mich. to support a number of education initiatives.

… Custom Profile has also committed to working with schools and community partners in the Grand Rapids area. Through Grand Rapids Community College’s (GRCC) Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC, the company participated in the Manufacturing Readiness course a 40-hour certificate program dedicated to preparing students for entry level work in West Michigan manufacturing. The company has launched a Department of Labor certified Apprentice Program for Set-Up Extruder Operators, which combines 2,000 hours of on-the-job training with two classes at Grand Rapids Community College and provides an Extruder Operator Certificate upon completion.

Maner Costerisan Announces New Department Heads

Dec. 28, 2015; (Lansing Chamber of Commerce site)

Lansing, MI — Maner Costerisan is pleased to announce Jim McNeeley, CPA and Trey Williams, CPA are new heads of the firm’s business accounting services and audit/assurance departments, respectively.

… McNeeley graduated summa cum laude from Northwood University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting. In addition, he attended Lansing Community College and Grand Rapids Community College. McNeely is a member of the AICPA and the MICPA. He is treasurer of the Delta-Side Business Association. McNeely currently resides in DeWitt, Michigan with his wife, Debbi, and their two sons.


GRCC In the News, 1-4-16

January 4, 2016

Health care organizations predict healthy 2016

Jan. 1, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The past year was filled with announcements from the areas health care leaders. It seemed as soon as a ribbon-cutting occurred, a new multi-million-dollar project was announced.

… Pine Rest will join Mercy Health, Cherry Health, Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids Community College, Muskegon Community College, Montcalm Community College and West Michigan Works to introduce a new U.S. Department of Labor-approved medical assistant apprenticeship program. The first class of students will begin this month.
“There is a huge need in the community for medical assistants,” said Linda Witte, program developer and manager of health programs for GRCC Workforce Development. “As employers are growing, the number of physicians to take care of the increased number of people who are eligible for health care, they need staff, and that would be medical assistants.”

How living as an undocumented immigrant inspired musician Diana Gameros

Dec. 29, 2015; PBS Newshour

For Mexican-born singer-songwriter Diana Gameros, music has always been a deeply personal endeavor, acting as both a lifeline and a retreat from the world’s complications.

… Gameros moved to Michigan and studied music for four years at Grand Rapids Community College. Her dream of becoming a musician “gave me all the drive to do whatever I had to do to be here,” she said.

New DNR agents patrol Branch County

Dec. 30, 2015; Hillsdale Daily News

COLDWATER — Issac Tyson, one of the two new Department of Natural Resources officers for Branch County, started this fall, joining Joshua Jackson, who began work earlier this year.

… Tyson, originally from Sparta, located north of Grand Rapids, spent six years in the Marine Corps reserves while studying law enforcement at Grand Rapids Community College and Ferris State University, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree.

Q&A: Jenelle Marie Davis

Dec. 29, 2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Jenelle Marie Davis is the founder of, the STD expert for, a Hepatitis C expert for, the spokesperson for, and an adjunct professor at Grand Rapids Community College.

In the Kitchen with Chef Gilles

Dec. 29, 2015; Revue

Someone was about to get chewed out by Chef Gilles Renusson when they returned to class on Monday.

Late on a Friday afternoon in November, the world-renowned pastry chef at Grand Rapids Community College noticed a dirty baking sheet on a nearby desk in his kitchen lab, apparently left behind by a student earlier that day. It was quiet here, presumably after what is a reportedly hectic environment.

Workforce agency appoints leaders

Dec. 29, 2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A newly formed regional workforce entity has its leadership in place.

… Board members

… Bill Pink, Grand Rapids Community College

Regional Health names chief nursing officer

Dec. 24, 2015; Prairie Business (Grand Forks, N.D.)

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Laura Wightman has been selected Regional Health’s chief nursing officer. In this new position, Wightman will oversee nursing throughout the health system. She will work closely with market presidents, physician and nursing leadership in Regional Healths hospitals, clinics, hospice, home care and senior care facilities. She will lead efforts in regard to nursing leadership development, standardization of patient care and implementation of best practices throughout the health system.

Wightman comes to Regional Health from St. Agnes Medical Center in Fresno, Calif., where she was chief nursing officer. Wightman previously worked as chief nursing officer for Mercy Hospital Grayling in Grayling, Mich. Her career in the Michigan marketplace included senior leadership roles as administrator of a surgical center, director of a heart and vascular service line, site director of perioperative services and clinical director of home care. Wightman also served as adjunct faculty for Saginaw Valley State University in Saginaw, Mich., Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich., and Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Mich.

College notes: Wayland’s Presley Hudson is only a freshman, but leads CMU in scoring

Dec. 24, 2015; MLive


Alex Musert, Northern Michigan University: Musert had 15 points and a season-high nine rebounds in a 73-71 loss to Findlay on Dec. 12. The junior forward (GR Christian), who transferred from Grand Rapids Community College, is fourth on the team with 8.9 points per game and second with 5.3 rebounds.

Meijer Scholar Athlete: Nicholas Turowski

Dec. 24, 2015; WZZM

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) — This week’s Meijer Scholar Athlete is Comstock Park’s Nicholas Turowski.

… He’s taking two AP classes this semester and is dual-enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College, which he hopes can translate into a chance to play football and study engineering in college.

Baylor TE Gus Penning (Jenison) has talent, will travel

Dec. 27, 2015; The Detroit Free Press

ORLANDO — After one year of college football one where he didn’t even play in a game Gus Penning thought his career may be over.

… Grand Rapids Community College ended its football program after the 2011 season and Penning, of Jenison, was one of the casualties, even more than many others because he had redshirted as a freshman.

Son of Former Holland Mayor Tabbed to Circuit Court Bench

Dec. 22, 2015; WHTC

BATTLE CREEK, MI (WHTC) – The son of former Holland Mayor Lou Hallacy has received a judicial appointment from Governor Snyder. John Hallacy will fill a vacancy in the Calhoun County Circuit Court bench until this coming November, when the seat will be contested in an election to complete the final two years of Conrad Sindt’s term.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Judge Hallacy is a GRCC alumnus.)

Tom Rademacher: After nearly 40 years with Press, it’s time to say farewell

Dec. 31, 2015; MLive

Over the course of nearly four decades, countless readers have asked me to define the most memorable piece written for my beloved Grand Rapids Press. And in this moment, I’m inclined to answer, “Today’s,” because it’s my last. But of course, there were too many others. Others of real import. And there are no words to convey the sense of gratitude I have for what never felt like work, only opportunity. For a kid who was born and raised in Grand Rapids and really never left its embrace, I was blessed not only with a window on the world, but privileged to bring to your front porch the stories of people both struggling and soaring. I was only as good as the editors and photographers who dressed my stuff in headlines and pictures. And ever-cognizant of the fact that no writer bats a thousand, I made just as many mistakes as I hit home runs.

(This column doesn’t mention it, but Tom Rademacher is a GRCC alumnus.)

GRCC In the News, 12-21-15

December 21, 2015

Electric Car Plugs into Aerodynamics

Dec. 18, 2015; (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)

Byron Center Public Schools, MI —  Byron Center High School senior Trevor Hofman’s specially designed sprockets will help electric cars zoom around the Berlin Raceway, in Marne. The sprockets’ interior is embellished with dog bone and paw print-shaped cutouts, in honor of the Bulldog mascot.

… Machines buzz and sparks fly as students work in teams to perfect their vehicles. Machinery includes two tool room CNC mills, recently donated by Grand Rapids Community College, and a 3-D printer.

Farmington Hills welcomes new police officer

Dec. 21, 2015; Farmington Voice

New Farmington Hills Police Officer Victoria Ward was sworn in December 14, by City Clerk Pam Smith.

Ward holds an Associate’s Degree in Law Enforcement from Grand Rapids Community College. She worked as a security supervisor at Gerald Ford International Airport and completed 90 hours of internship with the City of Wyoming Police Department.

In November 2015, Ward graduated from the Grand Rapids Community College Police Academy, where she was promoted to squad leader and was described as hardworking, dedicated and honest.

GRCC In the News, 12-18-15

December 18, 2015

Gov. Rick Snyder makes reappointment to the Board of Barber Examiners

Dec. 18, 2015; (state website)

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the reappointment of Kelly Mitchell, of Grand Rapids, to the Board of Barber Examiners.

… Mitchell has been with Multi-Automatic Tool & Supply Co. for over 14 years as a sales professional in office management. She is the current outreach vice chair for the Michigan Republican Party, is an at-large member for the Michigan Republican State Party Executive Committee, and a member of the Michigan Conservative Energy Leadership Council. Mitchell earned an associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College and a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Spring Arbor University.

Inside the Game presented by Classic Auto Wash: Saints-Lions connections


… .Saints Wide Receivers Coach John Morton played at Grand Rapids Community College and then played at Western Michigan from 1992-92

Grand Rapids Sister City: Spotlight on Perugia, Italy

12/18/15 (Grand Rapids Convention & Visitors Bureau website)

Grand Rapids is proud to sing, “we are family” with sister city Perugia, Italy. The Cittă Gemelle relationship established in 1993, made Perugia the third of Grand Rapids five sister cities.

… This past summer, Chef Angus Campbell from the Secchia Institute of Culinary Arts at Grand Rapids Community College was able to visit Perugia to explore the wonderful flavors their city has to offer!

GRCC In the News, 12-14-15

December 14, 2015

Donor receives award for philanthropy

Dec. 13, 2015; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — This year, the Grand Rapids Community Foundation awarded the Jack Chaille Community Philanthropy Award to Armen Oumedian, retired senior Vice President of Rapistan.

… He created GRCC’s Armen Awards which gives cash awards to faculty members who go above and beyond in educating students through innovative projects.

Meet the Chefs: Tastemakers from San Chez, Winchester and Electric Cheetah

Dec. 11, 2015; Revue

You may know your resident servers and bartenders, but do you know who’s masterminding your favorite dishes? Revue chatted with a few local chefs about how they got started in the kitchen and what’s new on each of their menus.

… Aaron Stek: San Chez

… When did you first decide to become a chef?

My first real taste was at Schuler Books & Music and Café on 28th Street when they first opened that place up. That was around 1995 or so. That’s where the interest was sparked and the whole notion of going to school for the culinary arts was put into my brain. I went to Grand Rapids Community College, their culinary program. The staff I was working with at Schuler inspired me to go. Today, there are a lot more people interested in this career compared to when I first started. When I went to school we certainly had full classes and all of that, but now you have to plan a year or two in advance if you want to go there.

(The article also talks to SICE alumnus Brian Oosterheert.)

GRCC In the News, 12-11-15

December 11, 2015

Diana Gameros Sings the Immigrant’s Love and Loss

Dec. 10, 2015; KQED

For Mexican-born singer-songwriter Diana Gameros, music has always been a deeply personal endeavor, acting as both a lifeline and a retreat from the world’s complications. Her soulful, emotionally-charged music, recorded on her debut album Eterno Retorno, tells a journey of love, loss, and hope, rooted in her own coming-of-age story as an undocumented immigrant in America. “Music for me has always been an outlet,” Gameros tells KQED Arts, “a way to be on my own and be okay.”

… But Gamero’s American story has an innocence, involving a Michigan boy she fell in love with and wide-eyed dreams of becoming a professional musician. “That gave me all the drive to do whatever I had to do to be here,” says Gameros, who moved to Michigan and studied music for four years at Grand Rapids Community College.

Top 5 things to do around Grand Rapids include Gunnar and the Grizzly Boys, ‘Nutcracker’ party, ‘Dogfight’

Dec. 10, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Find options for your social calendar with this list of things to do around West Michigan.

… Actors’ Theatre current production “Dogfight” is a pop-rock musical adaptation of a 1991 film starring River Phoenix and Lili Taylor. The Vietnam War-era story of soldiers cruelly wagering on which guy can bring the ugliest girl to a dance transforms into a tale of forgiveness when one of the girls rewrites the rules of the game and teaches the power of love and compassion.

Directed by Actors’ Theatre founder Fred Sebulske, tickets are $28. Remaining shows are at 8 p.m. December 10-12 and 17-19 at Grand Rapids Community College’s Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain St. NE. More at

GRCC In the News, 12-7-15

December 7, 2015

Construction execs embrace collaboration in workforce development efforts

Dec. 6, 2015;

With the economy several years into a sustained-yet-slow recovery, general contractors and subcontractors say they need to get creative to surmount a critical workforce development hurdle.

… Participating in the roundtable were:

… Scott Mattson, jobs training manager at Grand Rapids Community College

Winter semester enrollment decreases

Dec. 6, 2015;  The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

As Grand Valley State University transitions between semesters in the new year, many students enroll at the university while others graduate or decide to leave.

… “About half of the transfer students admitted in the winter semester come from Michigan community colleges,” (Philip) Batty said. “This includes about 30 percent from Grand Rapids Community College.”

Muncie ice sculptor captivates “DWNTWN”

Dec. 4, 2015; Ball State Daily (student newspaper)

A mist of ice chips flew into the air as chainsaws, grinders and other sculpting tools brought an artistic vision to life.

… (Stephen) Koch began competing in regional ice carving competitions as a student studying culinary arts at Grand Rapids Community College. Although he has a passion for cooking, Koch said the ice was different, grabbing.


GRCC In the News, 11-30-15

November 30, 2015

Apprenticeship program aims to create health care careers

Nov. 27, 2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A new apprenticeship program that will be offered by a trio of community colleges in West Michigan beginning in January is aimed at creating careers in the health care field.

Grand Rapids Community College, Muskegon Community College and Montcalm Community College have teamed with Mercy Health, Cherry Health, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital and Spectrum Health and West Michigan Works! to develop a medical assistant apprenticeship program, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor.

West Michigan colleges open doors for international students

Nov. 26, 2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A report says there are thousands of international students on West Michigan college campuses contributing to a top-10 ranking for the state and several colleges’ study-abroad programs are among the nation’s most active.

… The report breaks down the international student enrollment at a number of institutions: Western Michigan University, 1,967; Calvin College, 467; Ferris State University, 458; Grand Valley State University, 394; Kalamazoo College, 141; Calvin Theological Seminary, 118; Hope College, 87; Lake Michigan College, 71; Kalamazoo Valley Community College, 49; Grand Rapids Community College, 43; Aquinas College, 20; Kuyper College, 16; and Kellogg Community College, 11.

3 soloists perform with orchestra’s Messiah

Nov. 27, 2015; Petoskey News

PETOSKEY — Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra will bring the Messiah to Northern Michigan at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 17-18, at St. Francis Xavier Church in Petoskey. The Messiah has become a Christmas tradition, one which is eagerly anticipated every year. This year, in addition to conductor Libor Ondras, chorus master Peter Sims and the Great Lakes Chamber Chorus, three soloists will perform. Amy Cross, soprano, Katherine Jannakos, alto and Tom Cilluffo, tenor are the guest soloists.

… Alto Katherine Jannakos cannot remember a time when she hasn’t been involved in music. She comes from a very musical family, and early on studied music theory and flute. She didn’t start singing until high school, and later began serious voice study at Grand Rapids Community College. It was there that she discovered her gift and passion for classical vocal performance. After three years she left Grand Rapids Community College and completed her degree at Oberlin Conservatory. In addition to classical music Katherine loves Orthodox liturgical music. She has been music director at St. Paul’s Orthodox Cathedral in Dearborn Heights, Michigan for the past three years.

Locals strive to give hope, love to foster children

Nov. 27, 2015; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — Children who have been removed from their families and are struggling to find a place in the world are being taken in and taken care of in a variety of ways in the Holland area.

… (Amber) Clingman earned an associates degree in juvenile services from Grand Rapids Community College, and is finishing up a bachelor’s degree in social work at Grand Valley State University.

Holland’s Community Action House EPIC program helps set, achieve goals

Nov. 26, 2015; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — Gratitude changes everything.

… Through EPIC, (Marisol) Ramirez obtained internships at Lakeshore Disability Network and Community Action House. A speaker from Grand Rapids Community College encouraged her to continue her education. This fall, she enrolled there and is on her way to an associate’s degree in social work.

Students get a Jump Start on College Applications

Nov. 27,2015; (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)

Wyoming Public Schools, MI — Felicia McCrary has an important role at Wyoming High School: help students get into college. She recently did just that, co-organizing a week of events during which 250 seniors sat down and applied.

… During English class, seniors in the Class of 2016 applied to colleges using Chromebooks, sent out transcripts and completed applications. Nearly every senior applied to Grand Rapids Community College.

See who’s participating in 2016 Dancing with Local Stars charity event

Nov. 25, 2015; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — The Women’s Division Chamber of Commerce has announced the participants for its annual Dancing with the Local Stars charity event.

… The 2016 Dancing with the Local Stars participants include:

… Sonya Hernandez, Adjunct Professor, Grand Rapids Community College; State Commissioner, Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan, with Byron Doss, Instructor, Social Dance Studio, Grand Rapids

… Cassy Arsenault, Reporter, FOX 17, West Michigan, with Patrick Johnson, GRCC Dance Faculty Instructor; Co-owner PT Arts, LLC Consulting; President & CEO, West MI Flight Academy.

GRCC In the News, 11-24-15

November 24, 2015

Dr. Robert J. Gosling (1922-2015): Rehabilitation specialist holistic medicine leader

Nov. 24, 2015; The Toledo Blade (Ohio)

Dr. Robert J. Gosling, who became a physiatrist, specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation, when the field was new, died Saturday of heart and lung failure in BrookHaven Retirement Community, Brookville, Ohio. He was 93.

… Dr. Gosling was a 1940 graduate of South High School in Grand Rapids and afterward enrolled in junior college.

GRCC In the News, 11-23-15

November 23, 2015

College Football

Nov. 21, 2015; FOX Sports

Gus Penning, a senior junior college transfer from Grand Rapids Community College and Riverside Community College.

(Live broadcast of Baylor football game.)

Fab Five: For the week of Nov. 22

Nov. 22, 2015; The Holland Sentinel


… (Alicia Stegink) Eppinga and (Leslie) Van Becker are principal cellist and violist of the Grand Rapids Symphony where (Melissa Chung) Hamlen is a member. (Mary) Scanlan retired from Grand Rapids Community College. All are active performers and teachers, and Eppinga presently teaches cello at Hope College.

Mid Michigan Community College womens basketball tops 14th-ranked Macomb to improve to 6-1

Nov. 21, 2015; The Morning Sun (Mount Pleasant)

The Mid Michigan Community College women’s basketball team knocked off 14th-ranked team in the country Saturday as it topped Macomb Community College 71-49 at Morey Courts.

… MMCC hosts Grand Rapids CC at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday from Morey Courts.


Nov. 21, 2015; Hillsdale Daily News

Hillsdale College class competes in Tae Kwon Do tourney

Senior Master Brian Anderson and his Hillsdale College Tae Kwon Do class traveled to Grand Rapids Community College on Nov. 6-7 to compete in the World Class Tae Kwon Do Championship Tournament.

GRCC In the News, 11-20-15

November 20, 2015

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, 11-16-15

November 16, 2015

FOX 17 Morning News

Nov. 16, 2015; FOX 17

The issue of health benefits for domestic partners of Grand Rapids Community College employees will come up for a vote today. The GRCC board of trustees is expected to vote on a proposal this afternoon that would grant benefits to domestic partners of unmarried employees, regardless of sexual orientation.

An image from a TV screen: GRCC Health Benefit Vote. Grand Rapids Community College. Vote on proposal today. Health care to domestic partners. Regardless of sexual orientation. Would begin next year. Vote scheduled for 4:15 p.m.

Friends for Life: How a teenager copes with loss

Nov. 13, 2015; WZZM

It’s Nov. 13, “Friends for Life Day” and as we do on the 13th of every month this is your reminder to know your body, know your normal, and think about breast health.

… Members of the Grand Rapids Community College women’s volleyball team aren’t just freshman Lauren Wieber’s teammates, they’re her family.

Focus on the future with STEM

Nov. 13, 2015; WOTV

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WOTV) — Fifth grade students from Endeavor Elementary and Meadowlawn Elementary schools in Kentwood gathered recently to learn all about STEM. STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Kentwood schools are embracing the teaching of these subjects and work with community partners to teach students hands-on real world application in those fields.

STEM prepares students to be 21st century leaders. The STEM Conference at Grand Rapids Community College encouraged young women to see what they can do in STEM-oriented careers. Hands-on activities got girls involved alongside professionals from companies like Kettering University, Fifth Third Bank, and Gentex.

Ada board approves supervisor’s appointments

Nov. 13, 2015; MLive

The Ada Township Supervisor George Haga’s appointments to the Downtown Development Authority Board and the Zoning Board of Appeals have been approved by the board.

Sarah Andro, owner of Suburba Restaurant, 7277 Thornapple River Drive, will fill a vacancy on the DDA board. Andro is a graduate of Forest Hills Central and has attended Grand Rapids Community College, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Aquinas College. She has a background in business management, has resided in Ada and Cascade area nearly all of her life and has worked in Ada for the past eight years.

Ryan, Agren lead Aquinas volleyball honors

Nov. 14, 2015; MLive

Grand Rapids, MI- Aquinas College was well represented on the All-WHAC selections for women’s volleyball.

Michaela Ryan (Davison/Davison) received her second career All-WHAC First Team accolade as she tallied 2.68 kills per set and had a hitting percentage of .289. Ryan also led the Saints with 87 blocks. Katlyn Agren (Cadillac/GRCC) landed on the All-WHAC Honorable Team as she paced the Saints with 563 digs. Agren’s 4.94 digs per set this season is the fourth-best in Aquinas history.