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Photos from Creating Connections

February 17, 2017

The GRCC Foundation held its 9th annual Creating Connections breakfast on Thursday, Feb. 16. This wonderful morning was spent with scholarship “owners” connecting with their scholarship recipients. Guests were treated to a hot breakfast, warm welcome by Dr. Mullins and Dr. Ender, as well as two GRCC student speakers, Dawyne Johnston and April Shirey.  We spotlighted the James D. And Sally A. Skidmore Business Scholarship.

Scholarship support is critical in helping students pursue a college degree. We cannot thank our faithful scholarship donors enough for their continued support of our students.

A special thank you to Facilities, Bayard Brooks, Jared Staub, Luba Petrash and her team, and Media for their hard work in making this event spectacular for our donors and students! On behalf of the GRCC Foundation, Thank you!

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Volunteers needed for SCHOLARfest

February 6, 2017

Are you available the evening of Thursday, March 23?  We are looking for 10 to 15 volunteers to help at SCHOLARfest, honoring Dr. and Mrs. Ender!

What we need:

  • Parking Help
  • Greeters
  • Registration

All volunteer positions will be assigned.

If you would like to help, please contact Lisa Brown at (616) 234-3739 or

GRCC SCHOLARfest 2017. Honoring Dr. Steven C. and Karen G. Ender.

SCHOLARfest to honor the Enders

February 3, 2017

SCHOLARfest 2017 will honor President Dr. Steven C. Ender and his wife, Karen!

President Ender, who retires after this year’s commencement, has left a legacy that will have an impact on students and the community for generations to come. Share this special occasion with us!

SCHOLARfest will take place 6-9 p.m. March 23 at DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave. NW. The program, which includes performances by Music Department faculty and students, begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $150 per person; proceeds benefit the Dr. Steven C. and Karen G. Ender Scholarship fund.

RSVP by March 6.

GRCC SCHOLARfest 2017. Honoring Dr. Steven C. and Karen G. Ender.


Photos from Holiday Open House

December 14, 2016

The President and Foundation Holiday Open Houses were a combined event this year.

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GRCC Foundation’s holiday dinner fundraiser set for December 6

November 28, 2016

Proceeds from this special dinner will benefit SICE scholarships and the BHMS Why We Can’t Wait Civic Engagement Scholarship Fund.

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Get ready for #GivingTuesday

November 22, 2016

#GivingTuesday  – on the Tuesday following Black Friday and Cyber Monday — celebrates the act of giving.

On Tuesday, November 29, the Grand Rapids Community College family and community will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. It is the opportunity to join more than 10,000 partners around the world in encouraging giving on #GivingTuesday. Just as the retail world has benefited from coordinating national shopping days across many brands and platforms, #GivingTuesday does the same for organizations dedicated to serving our communities through philanthropy.

Why should you give to the GRCC Foundation on #GivingTuesday?

  • Your donation celebrates and encourages support for the Grand Rapids Community College Foundation.
  • A dedicated day of giving has tremendous power to positively impact the lives of our students and the vitality of our community.
  • You can be part of a national movement that not only raises funds but increases awareness about the impact giving can make.
  • Giving to the GRCC Foundation online is an easy way to support what matters to you from the comfort of your own home.
  • You can use the growing popularity of #GivingTuesday to remind family, friends and neighbors of the GRCC Foundation mission and how generosity can change the lives of others.
  • Your donation shows that the mission of the GRCC Foundation matters!

What does my gift on #GivingTuesday do for GRCC students?

Your #GivingTuesday gift directly impacts the lives of students by providing unrestricted dollars that go directly to support student scholarships. Scholarships remove barriers for our students that may otherwise impede their ability to complete a certificate or degree.

Your donation today helps to move us one step closer towards our goal of one day providing scholarships to ALL GRCC students in need. Your support of a student today is critical to the creation of our community leaders of tomorrow!

Save the date! November 29. #GivingTuesday

Last chance!  Dining to donate with Divani

October 25, 2016

Divani is teaming up with the GRCC Foundation and will be donating 10 percent of its sales every Tuesday in October to a new scholarship fund established in the Foundation. This scholarship fund was established in honor of their executive chef and Secchia Institute for Culinary Education alumnus, Jeff Baird. Enjoy some wonderful food made by a SICE alum, while supporting current GRCC SICE students.

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GRCC Foundation hosts Relational Beverage Scholarship fundraising dinner

October 18, 2016

On Friday, October 14, the GRCC Foundation and SICE held a one-of-a-kind interactive dining experience fundraiser. Guests were able to experience the GRCC Fountain Hill Brewery and enjoy a gourmet meal, prepared by students and faculty in GRCC’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education. This interactive dinner featured five courses paired with a coffee, a wine, and a beer. Guests were entertained during dinner by a discussion led by a panel of beverage experts. Guest were then able to vote for their favorite beverage pairing.

The proceeds from this event will support SICE culinary and craft brewing student scholarships. Thank you to the SICE faculty and students for helping to make this event so successful!

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Dining to donate with Divani

October 3, 2016

Divani is teaming up with the GRCC Foundation and will be donating 10% of their sales every Tuesday in October to a new scholarship fund established in the Foundation.  This scholarship fund was established in honor of their executive chef and Secchia Institute for Culinary Education alumnus, Jeff Baird.  Enjoy some wonderful food made by a SICE alum, while supporting current GRCC SICE students.

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Condolences to family, friends of Raymond Boozer

September 8, 2016

GRCC extends condolences to the family and friends of Raymond Boozer, who died August 31. He was dean of continuing education at GRJC and director of the Community College Foundation.

GRCC Foundation FREE Picnic Lunch

August 24, 2016

Please join the GRCC Foundation staff for a free picnic lunch from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. August 25 on Dr. Juan R. Olivarez Student Plaza as our way of saying welcome back and THANK YOU for all you do for our students!

We hope to see you there!

Note: In the event of rain, the picnic will be inside the Student Center – Raider Grille.

GRCC In the News, 8-15-16

August 15, 2016

100-plus degree temp forces GRCC to cancel classes at Ford Fieldhouse

Aug. 12, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College announced Friday morning that all classes in its Ford Fieldhouse are canceled for the day due to extreme heat.

Daybreak Saturday

Aug. 13, 2016; WOOD TV

A leader in the Grand Rapids Latino community will be laid to rest this morning. Martin Morales died Monday from surgery complications. … In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Martin Morales Scholarship Fund at Grand Rapids Community College.

Wounded Warriors hit a home run in Fond du Lac

Aug. 13, 2016; Fond du Lac Reporter (Wis.)

FOND DU LAC – Back in 2009, the mother of a local Marine who was injured in a roadside bombing in Afghanistan said she had faith her son would one day walk, even run again.

… Wege, of rural Campbellsport, and Army veteran Saul Bosquez, of Brownsville, have played on the team since it was founded in 2011. Shortstop Bosquez lost his lower left leg and two right toes to an improvised explosive device in 2007 while patrolling in Iraq. He played high school, American Legion and two seasons of junior college baseball at Grand Rapids Community College before joining the Army.



GRCC In the News, 7-25-16

July 25, 2016

Colleges leverage apprenticeship model for medical careers

July 24, 2016;

Amid growing demand for health care talent, the partners behind a medical assistant apprenticeship program now look to expand the model to other in-demand areas.

Surgical technicians and sterile processing technicians are just two areas under consideration for extending the apprenticeship program that launched last year at Grand Rapids Community College, in which students work part time for a year in a clinical setting as they receive classroom training.

Search ‘success’ rates at Michigan’s universities, community colleges

July 25, 2016; MLive

New state data shed fresh light on how long it takes students to earn degrees from Michigan’s public universities and community colleges.

Landmark 151-year-old mansion put on the block by college foundation

July 23, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Heritage Hill is a hot real estate market these days.

… The Grand Rapids Community College Foundation is taking advantage of the robust market by putting its 151-year-old McCabe-Marlowe House on the market for $575,000.

Grand Rapids icon Yesterdog turns 40

July 23, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Forty years ago, Bill Lewis opened Yesterdog with one goal in mind.

… Before Yesterdog, Lewis says he was a hippie who worked odd jobs to pay for his travels. He also served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, from 1967-69. He later earned an associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College, but he credits his restaurant training to working in the kitchen at Mr. Fables, another iconic Grand Rapids eatery.

GRCC In the News, 7-18-16

July 18, 2016

Change Ups: JR Automation to build $5.6-million facility

July 15, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal


Spectrum Health and Grand Rapids Community College announced the creation of the GRCC Health Care Professionals Education Scholarship Fund to assist students interested in health sciences or health care careers. The GRCC Foundation will begin making scholarship awards from the fund in the 2017-18 academic year. The amount of each scholarship award will be based on financial need.

Protest draws diverse crowd, teens talk cooperation with police as means to change

July 17, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Sixteen-year-old Danielle McMillon doesn’t want to be misunderstood.

… Sara Brooks, who works at Grand Rapids Community College and the Grand Rapids Urban League, tried to explain the Black Lives Matter movement.

Ivy Tech regional chancellor moves to statewide COO role

July 18, 2016; Herald Bulletin (Anderson, Ind.)

ANDERSON — The changes at Ivy Tech Community College continue as the chancellor over the region that includes the Anderson campus will move up to a statewide position.

… (Andrew) Bowne’s experience includes serving as the associate vice president for College Advancement at Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan. Prior to that, he served as the executive director for Workforce Training and Economic Development.

Pokémon GO: “Gotta catch ’em all” in Grand Rapids

July 15, 2016;

If you’ve seen countless people in the last week wandering the streets of Grand Rapids, or anywhere for that matter, looking down at their phones, you can bet they aren’t checking their emails.

… If you’re on the hunt for Pokémon GO bragging rights, some other gyms in the Grand Rapids area include: The Blue Bridge, Douglas Park, Fish Ladder Park, Frederik Meijer Gardens, the 6th Street Bridge, the Belknap mural, and multiple area college campuses, such as Calvin College, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, and Aquinas College.

GRCC In the News, 7-13-16

July 13, 2016

Medical assistants needed to meet industry demand

July 12, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – This week Grand Rapids Community College held graduation for its most recent class of medical assistants to meet the growing demands of the heath care industry, officials said Tuesday, July 12.

Apprentices Mark Halfway Point to New Careers in Health Care

July 11, 2016; Mercy Health website

Twenty-four aspiring medical assistants recently took a break from their classwork to celebrate the halfway point in the MA Registered Apprenticeship Program (MARAP). Program partners Grand Rapids Community College, Muskegon Community College, West Michigan Works!, Mercy Health, Cherry Health and Spectrum Health were there to share in the milestone celebration and hear about the students’ journeys-to-date.

American Mold Builders Association (AMBA) Awards Scholarships

July 12, 2016; Prototype Today

The National office of the American Mold Builders Association (AMBA), Indianapolis, IN, recently announced the recipients of its 2016 Scholarship Awards Program. AMBA’s National Scholarship Program to date has awarded over $263,000 nationally since the program’s inception in 1991. The annual Scholarship Program continues to demonstrate AMBA’s commitment to the industry, education and offering valuable member benefits.

… The 2016 AMBA National Scholarship Program awarded $1,000 to the following recipients (including their respective AMBA member companies):

… James Worst, attending Grand Rapids Community College (Paragon D&E).

The USA gets ready for the Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie

July 11, 2016; So Good magazine

The American team has begun training so as to get good results in the next Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie, which will take place in Lyon in 2017. The USA is one of the Top 7 Countries which, having registered the highest scores in the last three editions of the competition, has a direct ticket to the final.

The team is formed by Victor Dagatan, Kitchen Artist at the Ritz Carlton Buckhead (Atlanta), in charge of ice; Rabii Saber, Executive Pastry Chef at the Four Seasons (Orlando), who will be in charge of chocolate, and Bill Foltz, winner of the prize for the best sugar piece in the 2011 World Cup, responsible for sugar and team captain. Robert Nieto, executive pastry chef at Kendall Jackson winery in Napa Valley (California), and Nicolas Chevrieux, runner-up of the last US Pastry Competition, will be travelling to France as assistants. Besides, Gilles Renusson will participate as team manager and Christophe Feyt as team coach, with the help of Roy Pell.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Gilles Renusson is a SICE professor.)

Officials comment on Ivy Tech leader’s exit

July 12, 2016; The Star Press (Muncie, Ind.)

MUNCIE, Ind. — Andrew Bowne, currently chancellor for Ivy Tech Community College’s East Central and Richmond regions, has been named senior vice president and chief operating officer for the statewide community college, Ivy Tech announced on Tuesday.

… Prior to joining Ivy Tech, Bowne served at Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan as the associate vice president for college advancement. Before his leadership in the development function, he served as the executive director for workforce training and economic development. In addition to his work in community colleges, he has worked in traditional economic development roles, as well as in workforce development leadership for manufacturing companies in West Michigan.

Former Portland coach Ray Kimball joins Davenport as women’s assistant coach

July 12, 2016; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — Two years ago, Portland girls head coach Ray Kimball left the school and program that had incredible success. He left to become the Athletic Director at his alma mater, Lansing Waverly.

It didn’t take Kimball long to get the itch to coach again. Just one year later, he found himself as the head coach of the Grand Rapids Community College Raiders Women’s Basketball program.

Harper Golf Open raises record funds to support students

July 12, 2016; Daily Herald (Chicago suburbs)

Nearly 130 area golfers gathered recently for some friendly competition — and to make a meaningful difference in the lives of students.

… The auction also featured dueling gift baskets from both Harper College President Dr. Ken Ender and twin brother Dr. Steve Ender, who serves as president at Grand Rapids Community College.