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GRCC In the News, 2-19-18

February 19, 2018

Workforce development initiatives show signs of progress

Feb. 18, 2018;

By focusing on an internal culture that favors employee retention and support for external training initiatives, some West Michigan executives say they’ve largely avoided any problems associated with labor shortages.

… A founding member of the CWDA, ABC of West Michigan also works closely with organizations like Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) and Michigan Works!, largely as a means of identifying where specific gaps exist in construction training, developing curriculum and securing funding for the training programs.

Manufacturers solve problems internally, bring training in-house

Feb. 18, 2018;

Over the last few years, manufacturers have developed extensive in-house training programs in a move to combat skilled worker shortages.

… “This program provides the specific skills we are looking for while allowing our tradespeople to share their knowledge with others before retiring,” (Steelcase manager of corporate communications and public relations Katie) Woodruff said. “We have partnered with (Grand Rapids Community College) who provides an educational component, while our current tradespeople provide the on-the-job training. … We have had a mix of internal and external candidates join our apprentice program, which has proven to be a great balance.”

AMP Lab @WMU leverages partnerships to address talent shortage

Feb. 18, 2018;

GRAND RAPIDS — With the new AMP Lab @WMU that’s set to open this fall, Western Michigan University wants to leverage public- and private-sector partnerships to help local manufacturers innovate and access talent.

… The initiative also tapped into other institutions across the region, including Grand Rapids Community College, Ferris State University, Central Michigan University, Aquinas College and others.

Grand Rapids Community College celebrates 10th annual Creating Connections Breakfast

Feb. 16, 2018;

On Thursday, February 15, 2018, Grand Rapids Community College brought scholarship donors and recipients together through their 10th annual Creating Connections Breakfast. While enjoying eggs, bacon, and other delicious morsels prepared by GRCC’s culinary arts faculty and students, donors and recipients had the opportunity to interact and share their stories.

Sen. Stabenow to unveil new plan to help young people train, find work in Michigan

Feb. 19, 2018; WWMT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow will make a stop in West Michigan Monday to talk about her new “New Skills for New Jobs” agenda.
Sen. Stabenow (D-Michigan) will be at Grand Rapids Community College’s Michigan Technical Education Center Monday at 11 a.m.

8 apply for vacant Forest Hills School Board seat, NAACP calls for diversity

Feb. 18, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Forest Hills School Board received eight applications to fill a vacancy on the seven-member board, officials announced Friday, Feb. 16.

… Oscar Neal is a professor of mathematics and statistics at Grand Rapids Community College. He wants to help the district in developing youth by lending his advisory and planning skills. He cites enhancing performance and resourcefulness as key strengths and says he thrives on finding resolutions to problems. Neal, who is black, said his experience, educational qualifications and skills can be an asset.

Foul shots count for LMC women

Feb. 17, 2018; The Herald-Palladium (St. Joseph)

BENTON TOWNSHIP — It was a foul game against Grand Rapids Community College on Friday night.

Grand Rapids officials express concern over students violating housing codes downtown

Feb. 19, 2018; The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

Officials from the city of Grand Rapids and Grand Valley State University wish to remind students living downtown of compliance codes upheld by the city.

… “The city of Grand Rapids has dealt with the issue for at least 20 or 30 years,” he (Grand Rapids compliance supervisor Eric Jordan) said. “We’ve always had Calvin (College) and Aquinas (University), Grand Rapids Community College. In the past 10 years, Ferris (State) has increased its operations down in the city, as well as GVSU.”

Scholarship ‘owners’ connect with recipients at Creating Connections Breakfast

February 16, 2018

The GRCC Foundation held its 10th annual Creating Connections Breakfast on Thursday, February 15. 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. Pink, as well as two GRCC student speakers, Amanda Barnett and Raymond King. We spotlighted the Alexa and Alek Zapata 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, Libor Ondras, Luba Petrash and her team, and Klaas  Kwant 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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‘Black Panther’ viewing supports GRCC scholarship

January 29, 2018

On February 16 at 7:30 p.m., come support a GRCC scholarship fundraiser by watching the premiere of Marvel’s “Black Panther” movie at Celebration Cinema South.

Proceeds go to the GRCC BHMS – Why we can’t wait scholarship fund: $20 gets you a movie ticket, a small popcorn, and a small drink with $8 for the scholarship. The first 50 ticket purchasers will also receive a Marvel comic, and all ticket holders have a chance to win a Razor scooter.

You can buy tickets online.

Condolences to friends, family of Keith Longberg

January 24, 2018

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of former Language Arts faculty member Keith Longberg, who died Dec. 21. A memorial service was held today.

Longberg was a driving force behind the Million Dollar Faculty initiative in 1984, which raised money for GRCC (then GRJC) Foundation scholarships. He was named Faculty Emeritus in 2007, and the Keith Longberg Trust Scholarship is named for him.

Keith Longberg talks to a student at a Creating Connections breakfast in 2015.

Student food drive competition results

December 1, 2017

Thank you to all the clubs and organizations that participated in the food drive competition. In just 14 days, 285.2 pounds of food was donated to our student food pantry. Because of the great response, we decided to throw two pizza parties for the top two donating clubs. The two winning clubs are Noorthoek Academy and the Hispanic Student Organization. Thank you to everyone who participated!

GRCC In the News, 11-27-17

November 27, 2017

GRCC reports Kent, Ottawa economic impact of $447M, 8,833 jobs

Nov. 22, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College’s economic contribution to Kent and Ottawa counties totaled $447.7 million, according to an economic impact analysis released Tuesday, Nov. 21.

Construction Begun On WMU’s Grand Rapids Manufacturing Lab

Nov. 26, 2017;

GRAND RAPIDS — Construction has begun at Western Michigan University’s Grand Rapids regional location for a state-of the-art manufacturing laboratory.

AMP Lab @WMU, an Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Laboratory, will be built in collaboration with West Michigan manufacturers and Grand Rapids Community College to address the shortage of skilled trades and engineering employees in the region. The Lab will occupy the first two floors of WMU’s downtown Grand Rapids location, which is located on Cherry and Ionia in the city’s Arena District.

Gov. Rick Snyder makes reappointments to the Hispanic/Latino Commission of Michigan

Nov. 21, 2017; (state press release)

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the reappointments of Juan Marinez of Okemos, Carlos Pava of Grand Rapids, Ivonne Soler of Livonia, and Jesse Venegas of Royal Oak to the Hispanic/Latino Commission of Michigan.

… Pava is the COO and co-founder of Voices for Health, Inc. He is a licensed trainer for the Community Interpreter International and a certified healthcare interpreter. Pava holds an associate degree from Grand Rapids Community College and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and business administration from Michigan State University.

Showtime: Sunday, November 26

Nov. 26, 2017; WOOD Radio

Your daily guide to live music performances and entertainment in West Michigan, for Sunday, November 26, 2017.

… GRCC PLAYERS    Spectrum Theatre, 143 Bostwick Ave. NE, 616-234-3946

  • Detroit ’67, December 7 to 9.
  • This Is Our Youth, January 11 to 13, 2018.
  • Dead Man’s Cell Phone, March 29 to 31.

Toys for Tots Drop-Off Locations – 2017

Nov. 22, 2017; WZZM

Full Toys for Tots County-by-County Drop-Off Lists 2017

… Grand Rapids Community College Exercise Science Club    111 Lyon St NE     Grand Rapids

Schubert Male Chorus to perform holiday concert in East Grand Rapids

Nov. 22, 2017; MLive

The Schubert Male Chorus is inviting the community to enjoy its holiday concert, “A Merry Gentlemen Christmas.”

… A portion of all ticket sales help support the Linda and Alan Doering – Schubert Male Chorus GRCC music scholarship.

Coldwater places four on Interstate 8 All-Conference volleyball team

Nov. 24, 2017; The Daily Reporter (Coldwater)

COLDWATER — The Coldwater Lady Cardinal volleyball team had one of the most successful seasons in school history in 2017, putting together an astonishing record of 43-6-3 for the year.

… Both Jamie and Jasmine (Wellet) will continue their volleyball and academic careers at Grand Rapids Community College next year.


Students can participate in #GivingTuesday too!

November 27, 2017

Stop by the first-floor Student Center on Tuesday, November 28, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and visit with our Student Alumni Philanthropy Club. They will be hosting a table and taking monetary donations for #GivingTuesday, as well as food donations for the GRCC Student Food Pantry. Anyone who gives a donation can enjoy our hot chocolate bar and be entered to win four tickets to GR Drive basketball game on Friday, December 8, which also happens to be GRCC Night! This event will end our GRCC student club food drive competition, where clubs have donated almost 300 pounds of food to our GRCC Student Food Pantry since November 6! Come support our students’ efforts in giving back!

Student and Alumni Philanthropy Club hosts food drive competition

November 6, 2017

Are you a GRCC club or organization advisor?  Make sure your students know about the Food Drive competition sponsored by the Student and Alumni Philanthropy Club, running now through Nov. 28.

GRCC Student organizations and clubs food drive competition. The Student and Alumni Philanthropy club is hosting a friendly competition to stock up our GRCC Student Food Pantry – just in time for the holidays! The Student Food Pantry provides nonperishable food items and basic necessities to students and their families. Who: GRCC Student Organizations and Clubs. What: A friendly competition between organizations and clubs. Where: Drop off food to the Student Life and Conduct Office. When: Nov. 6-28, 2017. How does it work? Food can be dropped off to the Student Life and Conduct Office, on the Student Center’s first floor, during regular business hours. When the food is dropped off, your donations will be weighed. The donating club and the weight will be recorded by staff. You can donate as many times as you want from Nov. 6 through Nov. 28! For this competition, we are only accepting food donations, not monetary donations. The GRCC Food Pantry will only accept nonperishable items that are not expired or opened. What’s in it for me? You get the satisfaction of helping your fellow students – and the club that brings in the most weight in food will get a pizza party at a club meeting of their choice! For a list of most needed items, please visit: GRCC Student and Alumni Philanthropy Club.

Photos from ‘Growing Community’ fundraiser

September 6, 2017

Last week’s event featuring author and award-winning chef Rick Bayless raised $18,000 for Secchia Institute of Culinary Education scholarships.

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Event featuring chef Rick Bayless raises $18,000 for scholarships

September 5, 2017

On Thursday, August 31, the GRCC Foundation and Secchia Institute of Culinary Education partnered with Beacon Hill to bring author and award-winning chef Rick Bayless to Grand Rapids.  Rick engaged in conversation with guests that focused on the importance of food in building community.   This one-of-a-kind interactive dining experience fundraiser allowed guests to view and experience the GRCC Fountain Hill Brewery and the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.  Guests were entertained during dinner by a discussion of panelists including Rick Bayless and the following local area chefs who prepared a gourmet meal

  • Chef Adam Watts of NOCO
  • Jay Sharkey, Corporate Chef Whirlpool/Creative Dining
  • Chef Austin Gresham, Spring Lake Country Club
  • Chef Andrew Eggert American Culinary Federation Grand Rapids Chapter/Eggert Culinary Innovations
  • Chef de Cuisine Keith Bryant, JW Marriott
  • Executive Pastry Chef Doug Orr, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

Also, St. Julian Wine Company featured their premium wine brand for the evening and Ferris Coffee and Nut provided the wonderful coffee.

The event raised $18,000 for GRCC’s Secchia Institute of Culinary Education culinary and craft brewing student scholarships.

Culinary students to meet chef Rick Bayless

August 30, 2017
Rick Bayless

Rick Bayless

Culinary students will meet with award-winning chef and author Rick Bayless on Aug. 31 before he speaks at a dinner to benefit scholarships for the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.

Bayless has written nine best-selling cookbooks, including Mexico — One Plate at a Time, which was named James Beard Best International Cookbook of the Year in 2001. Most of his award-winning restaurants – including Toplobampo, the 2017 Beard Foundation Outstanding Restaurant – are in Chicago.

In 2003, he and his staff established the Frontera Farmer Foundation, which has awarded almost 200 grants totaling nearly $2 million in support of small Midwestern farms. In 2007, he and his team started the Frontera Scholarship, which supports a Mexican-American from the Chicago school district who plans to study culinary arts. Bayless has won many awards for his humanitarian efforts, including the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle, the highest decoration bestowed on foreigners whose work has benefitted Mexico and its people.

The GRCC Foundation and retirement community Beacon Hill at Eastgate are co-hosting a dinner that will feature remarks by Bayless and a panel discussion with chefs Tim England, Adam Watts Jay Sharkey, Austin Gresham, Andrew Eggert, Keith Bryant and Doug Orr, and winemaker Nancie Oxley. Proceeds will fund culinary scholarships.

Foundation lunch, Music Center tours on August 24

August 23, 2017

Please join us for a free picnic lunch to be served at Art & Bev’s and the Art & Bev’s Learning Commons Terrace on Thursday, August 24, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

In addition to lunch, please take some time tour the newly renovated Music Building. A faculty and staff open house will also be held from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Foundation lunch, Music Center tours on August 24

August 14, 2017

Please join us for a free picnic lunch to be served at Art & Bev’s and the Art & Bev’s Learning Commons Terrace on Thursday, August 24, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

In addition to lunch, please take some time tour the newly renovated Music Building. A faculty and staff open house will also be held from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

An Evening with Rick Bayless: Building Community Through Food

August 11, 2017

Join the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education as author and award-winning chef Rick Bayless engages in a conversation focused on the importance of food in building community. The evening, a collaboration with Beacon Hill at Eastgate, will feature the cuisine of several locally renowned chefs.

Held Thursday, August 31, 2017, in The Heritage Restaurant and GRCC Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center.

VIP Ticket: $250 (includes private meet and greet reception with Rick Bayless that includes a photo opportunity, as well as, a seat for the dinner and conversation)

Dinner Only Ticket: $150 (features dinner and conversation with Rick Bayless)

To register, complete your RSVP and payment online.

Building Community through Food. An Evening with Rick Bayless. Join us as author and award-winning chef Rick Bayless engages in a conversation focused on the importance of food in building community. The evening, a collaboration with Beacon hill at Eastgate, will feature the cuisine of several locally renowned chefs. Thursday, August 31, 2017. The Heritage Restaurant, GRCC Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center, 151 Fountain St. NE. 5-6 p.m. Private Reception (entrance only with VIP Ticket) 6 p.m. Dinner. 7:15 p.m. Conversation with Rick Bayless. Tickets. VIP Ticket: $250. Admission to a private meet and greet reception with Rick Bayless that includes a photo opportunity as well as a seat for the dinner and conversation. Dinner Only Ticket (featuring a conversation wit6h Rick Bayless): $150. To register, complete your RSVP and payment online at: or contact Mary Reed at or (616) 234-3930. Proceeds benefit GRCC Secchia Institute for Culinary Education student scholarships.

Proceeds benefit GRCC Secchia Institute for Culinary Education student scholarships.

Back to School Social: GRCC Equality Scholarship fundraiser

August 10, 2017

On Thursday, Aug. 3, the GRCC Foundation, along with John Cowles, Ric Underhile and Art Johnson, hosted a fundraiser for the GRCC Equality Scholarship.  In lieu of admission, donations were accepted.  That night, $7,000 was raised!  Thank you to everyone who supported our students.

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