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GRCC In The News, 12-14-18

December 14, 2018

Metallica Donates $1 Million to 10 Community Colleges
12/14/18 Inside Higher Ed
Hall of Fame rock band Metallica is donating $1 million to 10 community colleges across the country as part of a partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges.
… The colleges that were selected will each receive $100,000 and are based in and around stops on Metallica’s 2017-2019 WorldWired Tour:
… Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan

Metallica awards job training grant to GRCC
12/13/18 The Fabricator (publication of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association)
The heavy metal band Metallica is awarding Grand Rapids Community College a $100,000 grant to connect more nontraditional students to in-demand welding jobs.

…And Justice for All: A $1M Donation for Community Colleges — For a Change
12/13/18 Nonprofit Quarterly
When thinking of education philanthropists, the heavy metal rock band Metallica probably does not rise to the top of many people’s lists, but this week the band announced that its All Within My Hands Foundation (AWMH) would award $100,000 grants to 10 community colleges across the country with the goal of helping more than 1,000 students achieve their career goals.
… The band has partnered with American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), a trade association that represents over 1,1100 community colleges, on the project. The 10 colleges receiving what Metallica has called its first cohort of grantees are the following:
… Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Hero of the Day? Heavy metal band Metallica grants $100K to GRCC for welding program
GRAND RAPIDS — Grand Rapids Community College will receive $100,000 from heavy metal band Metallica to support new programming, the school announced today.

Metallica Is Donating $1,000,000 to US Community Colleges in New Charity Initiative
Metallica has announced a new charity initiative through their All Within My Hands Foundation – a donation of $1 million in grant money to select community colleges.
… The 10 community colleges that have been selected are:
… Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, MI

Metallica’s foundation awards grant to college
12/13/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
The foundation started by the heavy metal band Metallica is giving a job-training grant to a local college.
The All Within My Hands Foundation, created in 2017, will provide Grand Rapids Community College with a $100,000 grant to connect more non-traditional students to welding jobs.

GRCC offers new certification in Supply Chain Operations Management
12/14/18 (KISD newsletter)
While Santa Claus may have elves for toy-making and Rudolph to guide his sleigh, many West Michigan companies need more qualified manpower to ensure the economical and efficient production of items and delivery to wherever they need to go and fast.
… Grand Rapids Community College is paving the way to equip people with introductory skills and meet the needs of employers to manage all facets of bringing goods from producer to consumer as seamlessly as those bow-tied presents come from the North Pole, down the chimney and end up under the Christmas tree.

GRCC trustee recount finished, winners decided
12/13/18 WOOD TV
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — With a recount completed, officials have declared the winners of the election for the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees.

Board of Canvassers completes vote recount for GRCC trustees
12/14/18 FOX 17
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Kent County Clerk Lisa Posthumus Lyons says the Kent County Board of Canvassers has completed a recount of votes cast in the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees race.

Programmer’s instruction led to election night tech trouble / 12-13-18
12/13/18 The Hastings Banner
Barry County Clerk Pamela Palmer’s Election Day nightmare began with a simple question to Governmental Business Systems. GBS is the company that provided the software the county used in November to compile election results.
… Unfortunately, that’s not the case for the Grand Rapids Community College race in Kent County.

Recount for GRCC trustees board confirms win by candidate initially declared loser
12/14/18 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A recount for a spot on the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees has confirmed that Sheryl Siegel actually won the position, not the person initially certified as the winner.

Finalizado el recuento de GRCC, Kathy Crosby y Sheryl Siegel ganaron elecciones
12/13/18 El Vocero
GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN (EVH) .- Con un recuento finalizado, los funcionarios declararon a los ganadores de la elección para el Consejo de Administración de Grand Rapids Community College.
(GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN (EVH) — With a final count, officials declared the winners of the election to the Grand Rapids Community College board of trustees.)

PR society elects board officers and members
12/13/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
The region’s public relations society has named its new leaders.
… New board members
… Dave Murray, Grand Rapids Community College

GRCC In The News, 12-13-18

December 13, 2018

GRCC welding program gets $100K from Metallica
12/12/18 WOOD TV
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Grand Rapids Community College’s welding program is getting a $100,000 gift from the heavy metal band Metallica.

GRCC gets $100k grant from Metallica
12/12/18 FOX 17
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College received a grant today from one of the legends of heavy metal music.

Metallica awards GRCC with a $100K job-training grant
12/12/18 WZZM
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Metallica is helping GRCC students out!

GRCC receives $100,000 grant from legendary heavy metal band Metallica
12/12/18 WWMT
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) — Grand Rapids Community College was awarded a $100,000 grant by Metallica.

Metallica awards $100K grant to Michigan college
12/12/18 The Detroit Free Press
GRAND RAPIDS — Metallica is helping GRCC students out.

METALLICA To Donate $1 Million To 10 Community Colleges Across America
12/12/18 Metal Injection
Metallica has been doing a whole lot of good with their new charity All Within My Hands Foundation and they’re clearly not slowing down anytime soon. The band has announced they’ll donate $100,000 to 10 community colleges across the United States, with each college awarding the money to over 1,000 enrolled students so they can more effectively enter the workforce.
… Here are the 10 community colleges that will receive the funding.
… Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Heavy metal band Metallica awards GRCC $100K grant to support workforce training
12/12/18 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) is among 10 colleges nationwide awarded a $100,000 grant from the heavy metal band Metallica to support students training to enter the workforce.

Rock Group Metallica Awards $100K Grant To Teach ‘Heavy Metal’ Michigan Welders
12/12/18 WWJ
GRAND RAPIDS (WWJ) – The heavy metal rock band Metallica has awarded $100,000 to help train ‘heavy metal’ Michigan welders.

Metallica awards GRCC with $100k job-training grant
12/12/18 WGRD
Metallica is helping out students here in Grand Rapids!

Robroy Shifts Leadership of Robroy Enclosures
12/12/18 The Electrical Distributor Magazine
BELDING, Mich. — Effective January 1, 2019, Craig Mitchell will be promoted to President of Robroy Enclosures.
Mitchell joined Robroy Enclosures in 2009 as General Manager and became Vice President of Operations & Administration in 2018. Prior to joining the organization, he served for 15 years as a plant manager for Key Plastics. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Cornerstone University and an Associate’s Degree in Automated Manufacturing from Grand Rapids Community College.

Recount in Grand Rapids Community College race to begin Thursday
12/12/18 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The recount in the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees race, prompted by a data entry error, will begin Thursday, Dec. 13, according to Kent County Clerk Lisa Posthumous Lyons.

Nonprofit works to stem trafficking of homeless youth with stable residency program
Even on overcast days, sunlight bathes the interior of the newly built Covenant House Michigan, Grand Rapids. That’s because 60 percent of the three-story, 17,000 square-foot building is made of glass.
… That’s a key reason why Covenant House spent more than two years establishing community partnerships with other youth drop in centers, including, but not limited to: Grand Rapids HQ, Mel Trotter Ministries Youth Emergency Shelter, Inner City Christian Federation, area school districts, Grand Valley State University, and Grand Rapids Community College.

UIX: Finding work in West Michigan with new tools and guidance
After months of searching, Joe Bonyea is excited to have a job. But he also had fun looking for it, too.
… The cost of the training employers, as well as the worker’s wages, are covered through the help of state grants, which means trainers are most often attracted from Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC In The News, 12-10-18

December 10, 2018

Area athletes making an impact on the college level
12/9/18 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS – The fall sports season has ended the winter season its getting into full swing at colleges and universities around the region and numerous local athletes are making contributions on the collegiate level this season. Following is a look at former high school athletes from Caledonia, East Kentwood, Grand Rapids Catholic Central and South Christian that are competing at the college level.
… Sammie Ryans, an East Kentwood grad, is turning in a solid sophomore season with the Grand Rapids Community College men’s basketball team. Ryan is averaging 15.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.

From food industry burn-out to local smoke star
12/9/18 Crain’s Detroit Business
David Diephouse thought he was done with the food business.
A graduate of the culinary program at Grand Rapids Community College, Diephouse spent 16 years in the industry before burning out and quitting in 2000. He had been a line cook, a pastry chef and worked for a catering company, among a series of food-industry jobs.

These Cooking Classes Will Create an Experience to Remember and Offer Some Valuable Life Skills, Too!
With Grand Rapids’ tradition of locally sourced produce and meats, diverse culinary heritages, and simple love for great food, it’s no surprise that West Michigan offers amazing cooking classes for kids and adults.
… 2. GRCC Cooks — Your Community Kitchen. Grand Rapids
Savor the world-class facilities and well-seasoned instructors of Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education. Learn the fundamentals of knife skills, soups, sauces, sushi or vegan cooking, and become familiar with world culinary traditions like those of Thailand, South America, Vietnam and Africa. (616) 234-3837

Another tough pill for Minnesota State Mankato in D-II football playoffs
12/9/18 Minneapolis Star Tribune
MANKATO — Tony Annese spent 25 years coaching football at four high schools in Michigan and was successful enough to become a member of the state’s coaching Hall of Fame. In 2009, he was named as the coach at Grand Rapids Community College.

News 8 Daybreak
12/10/18 WOOD TV
It was a milestone win for head coach Tony Annese — his 300th career win as a professional coach. He has already won three state titles at the high school level and led Grand Rapids Community College to two national junior high school titles.

Change Ups: Wolverine launches interactive display at airport
12/7/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
West Michigan Sports Commission announced Jim Horman, Progressive AE, was elected chair; Deb Kay, immediate past chair; Mike Donnelly, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, vice chair; Bob Partridge, Grand Rapids Community College (retired), treasurer; and Scott Bernecker, Merrill Lynch, secretary.

GRCC In The News, 12-06-18

December 6, 2018

Richard Henry Ric Curry Jr.
12/5/18 Richland Source (Mansfield, Ohio)
Richard Henry Curry Jr., 65, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday Dec. 2, 2018 at Ohio Health MedCentral Mansfield Hospital.
Ric was born Friday, Sept. 25, 1953 to Richard (Elizabeth Hanson) Curry Sr. and he was lifetime resident. Ric graduated from Mansfield Senior High in 1971. He attended Rio Grande University and Grand Rapids Community College where he played baseball, and he continued softball with various teams in Mansfield. He was a true fan to Cleveland Browns, Cavaliers, Ohio State, and Mansfield Senior High.

How Instagram Is a Lifeline and Death Knoll for Homoerotic Artists
12/5/18 Out Magazine
Martin Bedolla had already been posting his illustrations on Instagram (@martinbedolla) for about two years prior to 2016, but that year marked a turning point for the artist. “A friend of mine suggested I do Kinkcember,” Bedolla wrote in a post on December 1. He was citing one of a series of monthly themes, like Inktober and MerMay, that serve as prompts for visual artists on social media. “Naturally, I said sure. Ha ha. First up. Bondage.”
… Art first came to Bedolla in a way it does for many teens: through doodling. But after enrolling at Grand Rapids Community College and taking a few drawing classes, he declared fine art as a major and took his practice more seriously, later attending Kendall College of Art and Design. “After I graduated, I actually started exploring what I wanted my style to be and what I wanted to say with my work,” Bedolla says. “Initially, I always thought nudes — like, classical nudes — were fascinating and sensual. So I started there.”

These 2-year schools have the worst ‘on time’ graduation rates in the U.S.
12/6/18 Palmetto Business Daily (Fla.)
Williamsburg Technical College, Midlands Technical College and Aiken Technical College are among two-year schools in the U.S. with the lowest ‘on time’ graduation rates, according to a Higher Education Tribune analysis of federal data.
(GRCC is listed on the chart at No. 83.)

‘The end of an era and a sad day’ Arizona Western College is latest community college to drop JUCO football
12/5/18 Arizona Republic
Arizona Western College in Yuma is the latest community college in the state to announce it is ending its football program.
… Among the junior colleges that have cut football since 2010: Rock Valley College, Joliet Junior College and Harper College, all in Illinois, and Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan. All of the schools cited financial reasons.

GRCC In The News, 12-05-18

December 5, 2018

Add This To Your Playlist: Week Four- A Walk in the Park
When I was first creating this playlist, I knew that the songs tied together somehow, but I wasn’t quite certain what that aspect was. Upon further reflection, I realized that these are all songs you can easily lose yourself in. Each one has a very distinct feeling and a specific image that I picture while listening to the song. This week, I thought Id do something a little different and take all of you along with me on a journey of visualization.
… Song Five: Lavender Hue by Emma Bieniewicz
… This song easily evokes a sunrise for me because of how incredibly soft and peaceful it is. I think that the word lavender also connotes a sense of relaxation and brings with it a dream-like quality. Emma Bieniewicz studies Violin and Viola Performance at Grand Rapids Community College and grew up in Ada, Michigan.
(Entertainment blog published in student publication at Hofstra University.)

The snowy season doesn’t stop the November project from heading outdoors
12/4/18 Grand Rapids Magazine
Exercising outdoors year-round at 6:01 a.m. through wind, rain and snow might sound like torture to some, but there is a dedicated bunch of people in Grand Rapids that do it every Wednesday morning. They call themselves the November Project.
… Anyone is welcome to join. All you have to do is show up at the corner of Lyon Street and Bostwick Street, near the Grand Rapids Community College Ford Fieldhouse, at 6:01 a.m. on a Wednesday.

GRCC In The News, 12-04-18

December 4, 2018

See who’s competing in Muskegon Dancing with the Local Stars

12/3/18 MLive

MUSKEGON, MI – The cast and organizers of the 11th annual Dancing with the Local Stars hope to reach $1 million in overall fundraising with the their next event.

… Patrick Johnson, PT Arts, LLC consulting co-owner, and West Michigan Flight Academy president and CEO, and Grand Rapids Community College dance faculty instructor, 11-year participant

GRCC In The News, 12-03-18

December 3, 2018

Colleges receive $5.6M to support underserved students
11/30/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
Four area colleges have received $5.6 million in federal grants for programs to help cohorts of underserved students graduate and succeed in the workplace.
Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Ferris State University and Calvin College each received grants for programs that together support education from middle school through doctorate degrees, each using mentorship and hands-on learning to improve results.

2nd problem: Some couldn’t vote for GRCC trustee
11/30/18 WOOD TV
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Officials have discovered a second, unrelated error in the election for the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees.

Kent County Clerk apologizes for second election mistake in GRCC race
12/1/18 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – For the second time this week, Kent County Clerk Lisa Posthumus Lyons is apologizing for an election mistake involving the Nov. 6 Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees race.

Clerks: Voters in two Allegan Co. precincts had race omitted from Nov. ballot
11/30/18 FOX 17
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Kent County and Allegan County Clerks have found that voters in two Allegan County precincts did not get to vote in a race in November for Grand Rapids Community College trustee.

GRCC Trustee election left off ballots in two Allegan County townships
11/30/18 WZZM
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – In the Nov. 6 midterm election, the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees race was not included on ballots in two Allegan County Townships, Leighton and Wayland. One precinct within each township falls in the GRCC election district.

Kings Brewery announces new name, talks bringing African American owned brewer to GR
11/30/18 Grand Rapids Magazine
After finding out a brewery in California already has the name Kings Brewery, Terry Rostic and Jamaal Ewing launched a contest to rename their soon to open Grand Rapids brewery.
… Along with hoping to attract other businesses back to the area, he (Rostic) hopes to foster more entrepreneurial or brewing minds. One of his major goals for the brewery is to put a student through the Grand Rapids Community College brewing program every year.
(This article doesn’t mention it, but Terry Rostic is a GRCC alumnus.)

Take advantage of global engagement opportunities in December
KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Western Michigan University and the extended Kalamazoo community will offer numerous global engagement opportunities in December. Highlights include West African drumming classes, Kalamazoo Institute of Art tours and the Rootead Youth Dance Showcase.
… Thursday, December 6
… “Separatist Movements and the Quest for Independence: A Case Study in the South Pacific” lecture 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Sneden Hall, Grand Rapids Community College, hosted by Grand Rapids Community College Social Sciences Department. This lecture will be led by Dr. Cadey Korson from Massey University of New Zealand. Free.

Free-throw shooting hurts Lumberjacks in loss to GRCC
12/3/18 The Alpena News
It was an uncharacteristic Saturday night for the Alpena Community College men’s basketball team.
Generally, the Lumberjacks are usually a strong free-throw shooting team, but on Saturday, Alpena had an off night from the charity stripe, going 2-10 from the line down the stretch and lost a close hard-fought game to Grand Rapids Community College by a final score of 87-80 at Park Arena.

Mott Community College faculty vote ‘no confidence’ in college VP
11/30/18 MLive
FLINT, MI – Mott Community College unionized faculty members have voted “no confidence” in one of the college’s top administrators.
… (Amy) Fugate was a finalist for the Kalamazoo Valley Community College president job earlier this year. In 2016, she was named one of three finalists for the Grand Rapids Community College presidency, but withdrew from further consideration.

GRCC In the News, 11-30-18

November 30, 2018

Carlos Sánchez fue certificado por error como ganador de las elecciones al Consejo Administrativo del GRCC
11/29/18 El Vocero
GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN (EVH) .- El Condado de Kent certificó erróneamente a Carlos Sánchez como ganador para uno de los puestos en el Consejo Administrativo del Grand Rapids Community College.
(GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN (EVH) .- Kent County erroneously certified Carlos Sanchez as the winner for one of the positions on the board of trustees of Grand Rapids Community College.)

Zachary Richard Limanen
11/29/18 Mesabi Daily News (Virginia, Minn.)
Zachary Richard Limanen was born to his loving parents, Rodney and Dorothy (Savela) Limanen on July 23, 1984 at Virginia Regional Medical Center in Virginia, MN.
… Following his graduation, Zac attended Grand Rapids Community College. He worked alongside his brother, Bryan, and brothers-in-law, Isaac and Brenden, learning carpentry, masonry, and electrical skills. Most recently Zac was employed by Cram Concrete out of Waterville, MN and previously employed through Redfield Masonry out of Glenwood, MN.

Mental health foundation hires executive director
11/29/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
A local mental health providers foundation has named its new executive director.
… Previously, he’s (Donald MacKenzie) worked in a number of positions: associate vice president of advancement for Grand Rapids Community College; senior principal at the Chicago-based fundraising consulting firm Jerold Panas, Linzy & Partners; executive director of Junior Achievement of Kalamazoo and Van Buren counties; director of planned and estate giving for the Western Michigan University Foundation; as well as owner of a fundraising consulting firm.

GRCC In The News, 11-29-18

November 29, 2018

Grand Rapids Chamber producing talent summit
11/29/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
The Grand Rapids Chamber is hosting a summit downtown this week focused on the talent shortage.
… Bill Pink, president of Grand Rapids Community College, will lead the event with a keynote address.

News 8 at 5:30 p.m.
11/28/18 WOOD TV
A recount that was supposed to begin today to sort out an issue with the Grand Rapids Community College board of trustees has been put on hold. The recount will still happen eventually; it’s just not clear when the election recount petition was filed in Kent County yesterday, after officials certified the wrong winner of the race. A data entry error named Carlos Sanchez the winner of the seat, but it’s believed that Sheryl Siegel actually won. We’ll keep you updated on when the recount will begin.

Michigan football would get new life in 12-team College Football Playoff
11/29/18 The Detroit Free Press
“Go Hop! I screamed.
… (Tony) Annese is an expert voice when it comes to playoff football at every level. In 22 years as a high school coach (Montrose, Ann Arbor Pioneer, Jenison and Muskegon), he went to the playoffs 15 times and won three state titles. He led Grand Rapids Community College to a pair of national titles. And now, he has guided Ferris into the NCAA Division II football playoffs for five straight years. The Bulldogs are one win from the Final Four.
(Opinion article by columnist Jeff Seidel.)

GRCC In The News, 11-28-18

November 28, 2018

Data entry error prompts recount in the GRCC Board of Trustees race
11/27/18 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Votes will be recounted in the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees race following a data entry error, Kent County Clerk Lisa Posthumus Lyons said Tuesday, Nov. 27.

Recount over GRCC trustee election mistake
11/27/18 WOOD TV
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — An election recount petition has been filed in Kent County after officials certified the wrong winner of one race.
A data entry error caused the Kent County to certify to the state that Carlos Sanchez had won a seat on the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees when, in fact, the seat will go to Sheryl Siegel.

Workforce training programs show big economic impact
11/27/18 (KISD newsletter)
A year ago, Elizabeth Jose Pena wasn’t sure what her next career step should be. “I was a lost individual… I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my life.”
What a difference a fast-paced training program can make. On Dec. 14, Pena will graduate from Grand Rapids Community College’s Medical Assistant Program. “This program caught my attention because I was able to work, support my family and continue my education without having to feel like I was being held back due to not making enough money,” she said.

GRCC In The News, 11-27-18

November 27, 2018

Funding roundup
11/26/18 Community College Daily
… Michigan
Grand Rapids Community College’s English as a Second Language Integrated Workforce Training Program got a boost with a $100,000 grant from the Fifth Third Bank Foundation. The GRCC program helps residents build language skills in the context of technical vocabulary, employability skills and job readiness outcomes. Students work with a success coach who provides intensive counseling, financial literacy education and case management services.

Wrong winner certified in GRCC trustee election
11/26/18 WOOD TV
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Kent County mistakenly certified the wrong winner for a seat on the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees.

Domestic Violence Awareness Night this Friday at GRCC
11/27/18 95.7 FM
This Friday night, November 30th, come to a Domestic Violence Awareness Night at Grand Rapids Community College. The event will benefit the children of Tia Randall, a domestic violence victim who was allegedly murdered by her boyfriend. Tia left behind two children, Dalaylah, 7 and Reginald, 4.

Bank foundation awards $300K to nonprofits
11/26/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
A bank foundation has awarded six West Michigan organizations grants totaling $300,000.
Grants from the Fifth Third Foundation’s 2018 Strengthening Our Communities Fund went to Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women, or GROW, Northern Initiatives, Women’s Resource Center, The Literacy Center of West Michigan and Start Garden.

‘White Tiger’ QB Casey Therriault unretires and signs with German team
11/21/18 MLive
Casey Therriault is returning to the Germany to play football.
… The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Therriault starred at Wyoming Park High School where he graduated in 2007, and he played at Grand Rapids Community College. In 2009, he led the now-defunct program to the National Junior College Athletic Association championship game and a 9-1 record.

Ypsilanti Lincoln’s Emoni Bates, nation’s top-ranked freshman, scores 32 in debut
11/27/18 MLive
YPSILANTI — Monday’s high school basketball debut for Ypsilanti Lincoln’s Emoni Bates might have been hyped by many.
… “I knew Emoni was ready,” said his father, E.J. Bates, who played with Lincoln coach Jesse Davis at Grand Rapids Community College. “It was all good being able to watch him perform, see them jitters fly off of him real fast and see him settle in.”

Who’s next at Central Michigan after firing of coach John Bonamego?
11/24/18 The Detroit News
Central Michigan athletic director Michael Alford wasted little time in making a change in leadership on the heels of the worst football season in the program’s long and rather-successful history.
… (Tony) Annese took over Ferris State in December 2011, and has gone 72-14 (entering Saturday’s playoff game against Northwest Missouri State), following successful stints at Grand Rapids Community College and as a high-school head coach in Muskegon. He certainly knows the terrain, key for recruiting.

GRCC In The News, 11-20-18

November 20, 2018

Veteran core to lead Rockford girls basketball team in competitive OK Red
11/19/18 MLive
ROCKFORD – Playing in the loaded OK Red Conference, a girls basketball team needs plenty of depth and athleticism to succeed.
… Senior center Danielle Lamancua leads the list of returning players. A 6-foot post player, Lamancua is an outstanding rebounder and hard worker who provides a presence in the post. A talented player that will be going on to the next level, Lamancua is committed to Grand Rapids Community College.

Alanson’s Oom standouts for Finlandia hoops, Charlevoix’s Hankins plays strong for Xavier
11/20/18 Petoskey News-Review
The start of the season hasn’t been so kind to Finlandias men’s basketball squad, but Jacob Oom has stood out for the Lions.
… Former Alanson star Brooke Nguyen scored seven points and recorded one rebound, steal and assist in Alpena Community Colleges 64-57 loss to Grand Rapids Community College on Friday.

GRCC In The News, 11-19-18

November 19, 2018

GRCC workforce training generates $423M
11/16/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
Grand Rapids Community College’s noncredit workforce training programs in 2016 had an estimated $423.4-million economic impact and supported about 4,465 jobs in Kent and Ottawa counties.

Change Ups: McNeely Cobham selected as GRCC’s chief equity, inclusion officer
11/16/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
B. Afeni McNeely Cobham will serve as Grand Rapids Community College’s chief equity and inclusion officer. Selected after a national search, McNeely Cobham will work with stakeholders students, faculty, staff and community members to ensure GRCC is a leader in equity and inclusion. An expert in race, identity and culture in American higher education, McNeely Cobham also will oversee the Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion, which focuses on educating and honoring the dignity of all people through opportunities such as the Institute for Healing Racism, student workshops, the Latino Youth Conference and the Giants Awards.
Grand Rapids Community College students David Dekens and Marqea Lee earned Grand Awards. Dekens received Outstanding Lead Actor in a College Production for his role in the GRCC Players production “This Is Our Youth”; Lee received Outstanding Lead Actress in a College Production for her role in the GRCC Players production of “Detroit ’67.” GRCC alumni received several Grand Awards: Outstanding Direction: Michelle Urbane; Outstanding Sound Design: Sam Johnson; and Outstanding Lighting Design: Catherine Marlett-Dreher.

Eating the colors of the rainbow
11/16/18 HealthBeat (Spectrum Health newsletter)
Slicing, dicing and grating.
That’s what a group of about 25 students from Grand Rapids Public Schools spent their morning doing in the Grand Rapids Community College Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.

Governor appoints, reappoints residents to 18 boards, commissions
LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder today announced 29 appointments and reappointments to multiple boards and committees.
… Electrical Administrative Board
Robert Werbrouck of Wyoming is the vice president of business development at Consolidated Electrical Contractors and earned his electrical apprenticeship from Grand Rapids Community College. He will represent electrical journeymen and replace Ernest Harju.

Capital City Classic vs. The Soul Bowl: Former JSU players share memories of rivalry game experience
11/16/18 HBCU GameDay
JACKSON,MS — Roughly 72 miles separate Jackson State and Alcorn State in distance from each other. However, when the two arch-rivals face each other on the gridiron for what some still consider as the Capital City Classic but now referred to as the Soul Bowl, it is more than just a season finale.
… In 2009, he (Casey Therriault) led Grand Rapids Community College to a 9-1 record and an appearance in the National Junior College Athletic Association championship game before making his way to JSU in 2010, where he would leave his mark in the books statistically and elevate the Tigers to where they were prior to the 2009 campaign.

ACC men, women suffer road losses at GRCC
11/17/18 The Alpena News
GRAND RAPIDS — The Alpena Community College women’s basketball team nearly put together an incredible comeback on Friday, but in the end, suffered a tough 64-57 loss to Grand Rapids Community College at Aquinas College.

Still winning big
11/17/18 The Stokes News (King, N.C.)
A year after vying against each other for the Western Piedmont Athletic Conference championship, three local athletes are set to try for something even better.
… Although they’ll have to do it without Sizemore, the team earned the No. 10 seed in the event and will open up against Grand Rapids Community College on Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston, West Virginia.

GRCC In The News, 11-16-18

November 16, 2018

Eating Clean: Spectrum Health culinary medicine team teaches students healthy habits
11/16/18 FOX 17
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Studies show that eating well improves brain function and promotes learning. That’s why Spectrum Health is putting on a culinary medicine class for Grand Rapids Public School students at Grand Rapids Community College.

Turkey cooking tips during salmonella outbreak
11/15/18 WZZM
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – As millions of Americans prepare for Thanksgiving, theres a deadly salmonella outbreak in raw turkey products.
… Chef Bob Schultz, a professor at Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education, showed us how. He had a chicken on hand, but same rules apply.

Transitions: Alderson Broaddus U. Names President, U. of Texas Campus Appoints Inclusive-Excellence Chief
11/15/18 The Chronicle of Higher Education
… Appointments
… B. Afeni McNeely Cobham, a visiting associate professor at Salem State University and former associate dean of institutional equity at Connecticut College, has been named chief equity and inclusion officer at Grand Rapids Community College.

Mott women’s basketball team remains unbeaten in league play
11/15/18 MLive
FLINT, MI — After building a nine-point lead at halftime, Mott Community College’s women’s basketball team held off a second-half rally by Grand Rapids CC to post a 65-64 victory at Ballenger Field House.

GRCC In The News, 11-15-18

November 15, 2018

Study identifies GRCC’s non-credit programs as as economic and talent generator
11/14/18 WGVU
A new study commissioned by Grand Rapids Community College reveals its noncredit workforce programs yield millions of dollars for West Michigan’s economy.
Googling their way into IT
11/13/18 (KISD newsletter)
Interested in working in the Information Technology field but not sure where to start? Google IT!
That’s what Abigail Lopez did. She is among the first five students and the first woman to earn the Google IT Support Professional certificate through Grand Rapids Community College, which began offering the tech giants online program this fall. Also, GRCC is the first Michigan school to have Google IT graduates, said Julie Parks, executive director of workplace training.

Riding shotgun in ‘Becky’s New Car,’ MCT newcomers not neophytes
11/11/18 The Fishbowl (Lakeshore arts and entertainment blog)
West Michigan actors Eric Dawe and Sophia Powers will make their Muskegon Civic Theatre (MCT) debuts Friday, Nov. 16 when playwright Steven Dietz’s 2008 comedy “Becky’s New Car” opens at the downtown Beardsley Theater.
Neither, however, are new to the stage.
… Powers plays Walter’s daughter, Kensington, a.k.a. Kenni. A theatre student at Grand Rapids Community College, Powers has played such roles as Charmain in “Antony & Cleopatra,” Greta in “Snow White: The Queen’s Fair Daughter” and Anagnos in “The Miracle Worker.”

Cutting Edge CDM 2019
11/14/18 Dessert Professional
Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie is the world’s most prestigious professional dessert competition. Club Coupe du Monde USA will hold a try-out for pastry chefs interested in competing at the 2019 Coupe du Monde at tradeshow SIRHA in Lyon, France (January 26-30, 2019). The tryout will take place on August 14-15, 2017 at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, MI. For more information on trying out for Team USA, email Gilles Renusson (President, Team USA) at

Youthful Red Hawks ready to make a splash in NJCAA tournament
11/14/18 Hickory Record (N.C.)
The Catawba Valley Community College volleyball program is well ahead of schedule.
… (Coach Shannon) Hudson added that many family members were planning to travel with the team to support CVCC’s championship run to the end. The Red Hawks are the No. 10 seed and open against No. 7 Grand Rapids Community College (29-6) on Thursday at 11 a.m. Win and they advance to the quarterfinals later that afternoon. Lose and the best they can play for is ninth place in the double-elimination tournament.

News at 10 p.m.
11/14/18 FOX 17
Cornerstone is one win from that (making the national championship), and it is being led by Kendra Zwart, who has built herself into one of the best players in the country. … Four years ago, when Zwart was making her college decision, she did not have many options. It was either Grand Rapids Community College or Cornerstone that were interested in her for volleyball.