Posted tagged ‘GRCC In the News’

GRCC In the News, 7-20-17

July 20, 2017

Guilty verdict in murder near GRCC parking ramp

July 19, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A jury has convicted a man guilty of stabbing and killing a woman in an apparently random attack on Grand Rapids Community College’s campus last year.

50 years after Grand Rapids riot, city officials focus on racial equity

July 19, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Some racial divides in Grand Rapids have changed little since 1967.

… This February at her second state of the city speech, (Mayor Rosalynn) Bliss announced a racial equity initiative. She is putting together a group led by her and Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink. They will start meeting this October to come up with a plan for intentional changes to address economic disparities in African American and Hispanic communities in the city.

Restaurant Week Grand Rapids 2017 Goes out to Lunch

July 19, 2017; experiencegr.com

Restaurant Week GR gives diners a chance to explore local cuisine with unique and tasty choices at great prices on August 9 20. Thanks to the addition of lunch this year, you can close your kitchen and discover great food at over 70 area restaurants throughout the Greater Grand Rapids area.

… Restaurant Week GR isn’t just about feeding hungry customers. Did you know $1 from every meal sold goes toward the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education Student Scholarship Fund at Grand Rapids Community College? Since the launch of Restaurant Week GR in 2010, the fund has received over $110,000 in donations that directly benefit future chefs. This means every Restaurant Week GR meal not only supports local chefs, but you also support the future of Grand Rapids’ culinary landscape.

GRCC In the News, 7-19-17

July 19, 2017

GRCC gets state support for $12.7M building renovation, expansion

July 18, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is getting help from the state to expand and renovate a building to provide the capacity to meet the demands of the growing information technology and manufacturing sectors.

Prosecutor asks jury to find Marcus Bivins guilty of first-degree murder

July 19, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Opening statements got underway this morning in the trial of Marcus Bivins.

He’s charged with killing a homeless woman outside Grand Rapids Community College more than a year ago.

Grand Rapids 1967 riot: When anger, oppression erupted into ‘chaos’

July 18, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – When the 1967 riot broke, Nathaniel Moody, just 12, saw the grocery store and pharmacy where his mother shopped burn down on South Division Avenue.

…  Ellen James, a former Grand Rapids Community College trustee, said many whites did not appreciate the challenges facing the black community.

 

GRCC In the News, 7-18-17

July 18, 2017

These 3 new Michigan childcare centers offer the most advanced facilities for children and adults

July 14, 2017; Model D Media

The latest research suggests that high-quality early childhood education has positive long-term effects that last well into adulthood. Unfortunately, demand for early education outstrips access to these facilities. And often the quality is poor.

… In 1974, Phyllis Fratzke, founder of the child development program at Grand Rapids Community College, brought young children and college students together to create learning experiences for both. In January, GRCC opened a brand-new facility, the Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory, based on Fratzke’s education model.

Former WASP, other seniors get a chance to ‘soar like an eagle’

July 17, 2017; MLive

Jane Doyle, 95, stood on the tarmac at Sparta’s Paul C. Miller Airport recently looking at the 1942 Boeing Stearman biplane she had just taken a ride in.

… She graduated from Grand Rapids South High School in 1940 and knew then that she wanted to learn to fly. “The junior college (Grand Rapids Community College) had a flight school then, so I did the 70 hours of ground school there and then 30 hours of flight training at the Kent County Airport to earn my private pilot’s license,” she said.

Trial underway for man accused in 2016 murder on GRCC campus

July 17, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. (WZZM) – Testimony is expected to get underway Tuesday in the trial of a Grand Rapids man accused of killing a 34-year-old woman in a random attack on the Grand Rapids Community College campus more than a year ago.

 

GRCC In the News, 7-17-17

July 17, 2017

GVSU, GRCC announce campus expansions in Grand Rapids

July 14, 2017; mibiz.com

GRAND RAPIDS — Two higher educational institutions plan to spend more than $82 million combined to expand their downtown campuses.

The state’s 2018 fiscal year budget, signed today by Gov. Rick Snyder, includes allocations for expansions at both Grand Valley State University and Grand Rapids Community College.

Change Ups: Blandford Nature Center founder receives inaugural award

July 14, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… GRANTS

Grand Rapids Community College received a $50,000 grant from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation to create more health care career opportunities for minorities. The grant will fund a 10-day Health Care Scrubs Camp for Grand Rapids Public Schools students. High school juniors and seniors will learn in GRCC simulation labs, work in a decontamination unit at St. Mary’s Hospital, participate in a culinary medicine workshop at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education, and take part in a disaster drill.

Chef Clark introduces new take on Italian cuisine

July 11, 2017; Grand Rapids Magazine

Chef Clark Frain is excited to bring contemporary Italian cuisine, including crudo offerings, which means raw in Italian, to downtown Grand Rapids.

… After a stint at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College he landed at Gibsons. “I had a great experience there,” he said. “I started refining my technique and learning about high quality ingredients.”

Inside Track: Building a brotherhood

July 14, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Andre Fields knows firsthand the painful combination of poverty, fatherlessness and systemic racism that haunts many of his black male students.

… Fields, an associate professor and counselor at Grand Rapids Community College, started a leadership development fraternity for black male students at GRCC called Alpha Beta Omega (ABO) in 2012.

 

 

GRCC In the News, 7-14-17

July 14, 2017

Column: After 65 years of marriage, Barrington couple has advice for newlyweds

July 13, 2017; The Chicago Tribune

The significance of The Beatles song, “When I’m Sixty-Four” pales in comparison to 65 years of marriage. Marie and Curt Verschoor, of Wyngate in Barrington, recently celebrated that momentous number, so I asked them about their keys to wedded bliss.

… Curt went on to the University of Michigan while Marie spent two years at Grand Rapids Community College to save money before attending the University of Michigan.

GRCC In the News, 7-12-17

July 12, 2017

Local Spotlight: Deavondre Jones motivates through dance

July 11, 2017; therapidian.org

When talking to Deavondre Jones and hearing him speak about his past or his plans for the future, his fervor and drive are infectious. It makes sense that at 23, he has already developed a company that mixes the performing arts and public speaking, amongst many other ventures.

… Jones moved to Grand Rapids after graduating high school to attend Grand Rapids Community College. He remained in school even after his friends who accompanied him dropped out, but when he returned home for the holidays his sophomore year, he felt disheartened; while he was progressing in life, he saw that his family was still disenfranchised and struggling.

GRCC In the News, 7-11-17

July 11, 2017

East Grand Rapids welcomes 4 new summer bike patrol cadets

July 10, 2017; MLive

East Grand Rapids has four new summer bike patrol cadets to help the Public Safety Department provide a greater presence throughout the city during warmer months.

… (Aaron) Huizenga, 27, of Jenison, is currently attending the Grand Rapids Community College Police Academy and plans to receive his associate’s degree in criminal justice by October. After finishing up at GRCC, Huizenga wants to continue working in law enforcement and follow his dreams of serving and protecting the community.

(Justin) Bradford, 26, was born and raised in Grand Rapids and is an army veteran. He currently is enrolled in the Grand Rapids Community College Police Academy as well. Upon graduation in October, he hopes to get a job in law enforcement.

(Evan) Randall, 29, of Kentwood, completed his studies at Grand Rapids Community College in 2013 and is now attending Ferris State University.

GRCC In the News, 7-10-17

July 10, 2017

Change Ups: Delabbio retires

July 7, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… EDUCATION

Carlos Sanchez was appointed to Grand Rapids Community College’s board of trustees. Sanchez is director of the Latino Business and Economic Development Center at Ferris State University.

New initiatives emerge to address West Michigan’s housing crisis

July 9, 2017; mibiz.com

While West Michigan’s affordable housing crisis may pale in comparison to situations in other larger metro areas, disparate groups are taking a hands-on approach to the problem.

… “(Construction) is not as diverse as it ought to be,” (Jeremy) DeRoo said, adding LINC UP is working with Grand Rapids Community College to break down the cultural barriers associated with the industry. “When you give them more in-depth training, by the time they show up on a job site, they know what it looks like, how it runs and they have the technical abilities more firmed up.”

GRCC In the News, 7-7-17

July 7, 2017

College wins grant from foundation

July 6, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local college has received a grant from the foundation of a global financial company to create health care career opportunities for minorities.

The JPMorgan Chase Foundation gifted Grand Rapids Community College, or GRCC, the $50,000 grant.

Optimists hear from Habitat for Humanity staff member

July 7, 2017; The Alpena News

Colin Bruning, volunteer coordinator of Habitat for Humanity Northeast Michigan, spoke to the Optimist Club of Alpena at their recent morning breakfast meeting held at JJ’s Steak and Pizza House.

Bruning graduated from Alpena High School. He then attended Grand Rapids Community College and later graduated from Calvin College with a degree in organizational communications. Being an active member of the Alpena community, he has had his position at Habitat for the last two years.

GRCC In the News, 7-6-17

July 6, 2017

National CyberWatch Center Announces Winners in Inaugural Innovations in Cybersecurity Education Program

July 6, 2017; benzinga.com

Some of the most creative and unique ideas for teaching a complicated subject like cybersecurity comes from the educators themselves. That’s why the National CyberWatch Center designed a competition for Innovations in Cybersecurity Education. Among the 44 submissions, five ideas were selected as winners that were honored at the 2017 Community College Cyber Summit on June 28.

… Winners were selected in five categories:

… Lab ActivityNetwork Defender-Threat Hunting Honors Project by Andrew Rozema, Grand Rapids Community College, which is a live fire ethical hacking lab for students to test hacking and skills in a safe environment.

GRCC In the News, 7-5-17

July 5, 2017

Local students get chance to learn about public works careers

July 5, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – For four days, kids going into seventh, eighth and ninth grade in the fall have a chance to learn about public works careers in their backyard. Grand Rapids Community College is partnering with local municipalities to offer a summer camp.

All Area Baseball Player of the Year

July 3, 2017; The Greenville Daily News

GREENVILLE — Not since 1993 has a Greenville baseball team reached 20 wins in a season. This year, however, the Yellow Jackets managed to win 22 games, and much of their success was thanks to senior Calvin Syrjala, The Daily News Baseball Player of the Year.

… “Calvin is a great hitter to all fields and an exceptional athlete. He is a great player and has put a lot of time in over the years,” Kohler said. “He has earned the recognition and we look forward to watching him play at Grand Rapids Community College (next fall).”

Lean Waste Walk Form

June 29, 2017; moldmakingtechnology.com

Steve Brammer has worked for a variety of custom and captive molding operations in manufacturing and process engineering roles ranging from engineer to engineering manager.  He also serves as an adjunct instructor for Grand Rapids Community College teaching plastics and manufacturing classes. He shares industry insight regularly via his LinkedIn page and this post caught my attention, so I wanted to share it.

GRCC In the News, 7-3-17

July 3, 2017

Movement with a Message: DanceSpire offers hope while cutting a rug

June 30, 2017; Revue

Deavondre Jones just wants to do two things: Dance and inspire others. With DanceSpire, the 23-year-old is doing just that, combining motivational speaking and dance routines to reach high-school and college students around the state.

… Now, after attending Grand Rapids Community College and Columbia College in Chicago, Jones is on a path to make his younger self proud with DanceSpire. We talked with Jones about where it all started and how he got to where he is today.

Gov. Rick Snyder makes appointments, reappointment to the Midwestern Higher Education Compact

June 30, 2017; michigan.gov (state press release)

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Dr. Bill Pink of Ada and Tyler Sawher of Lansing, as well as the reappointment of David Eisler of Big Rapids to the Midwestern Higher Education Compact.

… Pink is the president of Grand Rapids Community College. He previously served as the vice president of Oklahoma State University and the associate dean of the University of Central Oklahoma. Pink holds an associate degree from York College, a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Christian University, a master’s degree in secondary education from the University of Central Oklahoma, and a doctorate in curriculum and leadership from the University of Oklahoma. He will represent members at large and fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Stephen Ender.

Inside Track: The ultimate team player

June 30, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

When Chris Sain Jr. was a kid growing up in southeast Grand Rapids, sports weren’t just his hobby — they were his way to stay out of a life of crime, or worse, a life cut short.

…. So Sain moved back home and took a job with GRCC, where he now works as coordinator of student retention, in tandem with his work building Grand C.I.T.Y.

Jubilee celebrates its tenants, Study Hall

June 30, 2017; The Holland Sentinel

There were two reasons to celebrate at Jubilee Ministries this week: the completion of the renovations to the Study Hall and the tenants that fill the Midtown Center.

… Others sharing the three floors of the building are Lakeshore Non-Profit Alliance, Latin Americans United For Progress, Destination Education, Development Strategies, Grand Rapids Community College, Higher Ground Foundation, Holland Community Chorale, Jubilee Ministries, Midtown Counseling, Taking Root Ministries, Young Life, Brownson Properties and Zeeland/Holland Adult Education.

GRCC In the News, 6-30-17

June 30, 2017

Home Is Where the Heart Is

Spring 2017 Mission & Ministry (magazine by the Grand Rapids Dominican Sisters)

“Dominicans are preachers of truth. One truth is that each of our lives is a story of movement, change, and letting go. Movement reflects itinerancy, a core attribute of St. Dominic’s vision. And letting go is a reflection of the vow of poverty, holding everything with a light grasp. That’s core to our Dominican spirit. After the letting go, there is again a ‘taking up.’ We pray and study and live, trusting the movement of God in our lives,” says Maureen Geary, OP, prioress of the Congregation.

… Chris Wood, OP, is one of these nurses.

… Now as a nursing instructor, she is helping Grand Rapids Community College roll out new teaching methodologies in healthcare by focusing on patient care experiences in a clinical environment like Marywood Health Center.

(The article, which also features GRCC nursing students, begins on page 9.)

GRCC In the News, 6-28-17

June 28, 2017

Rice News Release: OpenStax’s 2016 partner schools expected to save students $8.2M

June 27, 2017; newsroomamerica.com

HOUSTON — (June 27, 2017) — Eleven U.S. colleges and universities that partnered last summer with Rice University-based nonprofit publisher OpenStax (https://openstax.org/) to boost the use of freely available textbooks and learning materials on their campuses expect the program to save their students nearly $8.2 million — about $4 million more than projected — in the coming academic year.

… OpenStax’s other longstanding institutional partners include Auburn University (Alabama), BCcampus (British Columbia), Central New Mexico Community College, Grand Rapids Community College (Michigan), Maricopa Community Colleges (Arizona), Ohio State University, Salt Lake Community College (Utah), Tarrant County College (Texas), the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the University of Idaho, the University of Georgia, the University of Oklahoma, the University of Texas at San Antonio, the University System of Georgia and Virginia Tech.

 

GRCC In the News, 6-26-17

June 26, 2017

College certificates at Kent ISD delayed a year, degree program starting

June 23, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A plan to offer Kent ISD students the opportunity to earn college certificates in advanced manufacturing fields next school year is being delayed due to low enrollment.

Well House receives grant for green jobs, housing

June 23, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local housing-for-homeless nonprofit will give its tenants a new set of tools in their toolbox while allowing them to gain a new lease on life.

… The grant will fund sustainability workshops for tenants and neighbors, peer-to-peer mentoring and connecting tenants to GRCC’s Residential Construction Program. Training topics will include lead safety, dust containment, zero-waste goals, renewable energy sources and more.

Destination Education holding college prep workshops for Holland High grads

June 25, 2017; The Holland Sentinel

There’s an unfortunate phenomenon that can happen to high school graduates in the summer between graduation and the first semester of college.

… Two more free workshops are slated. College 101: Understanding Resources on Campus will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 13, at the Grand Rapids Community College Lakeshore Campus on the third floor of the Midtown Center, 96 W. 15th St. in Holland. College 102: Understanding College Life will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10, in room 158 of Hope College’s Martha Miller Center, 257 Columbia Ave. in Holland.