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GRCC In The News, 10-18-18

October 18, 2018

Community college, Wyoming districts, teaming up to improve student success
10/17/18 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS – Grand Rapids Community College received a $2.1 million federal grant to help four school districts increase the number students who are prepared to enter and succeed in a postsecondary program.

GRCC receives $2.1 million federal grant to help students
10/17/18 WOOD Radio
Oct. 17, 2018 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Students in four Wyoming area school districts will gain academic assistance to boost their chances for success in college and beyond through a partnership with Grand Rapids Community College and a $2.1 million, six-year grant from the U.S. Education Department.

Grand Awards spotlighting theater scene
10/17/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
The Grand Awards will celebrate the best of the Grand Rapids theater community this weekend.
… Other performers will represent their colleges: Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Cornerstone University and Aquinas College.

Film to show Berlin Wall history
10/17/18 The Holland Sentinel
HOLLAND — A film about the Berlin Wall will be shown Oct. 22.
… Audience discussion following the film will be moderated by Grand Valley State University professor Jason Crouthamel and Grand Rapids Community College professor Gordan Vurusic.

4 running for 2 seats on Grand Rapids Community College board
10/17/18 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Four candidates are running for two seats on the Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) Board of Trustees in the Nov. 6 general election.

Popular Course Planner Embeds New Search Tool to Help Students Identify Classes with Free or Low-Cost Course Materials
10/18/18 prnewswire (press release service)
AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Responding to student demand for ways to reduce the cost of college, student success leader Civitas Learning today announced the launch of new search technology specifically designed to help students find courses that offer open educational resources (OER). This would allow students to reduce costs for required course materials while still accessing a complete educational experience.
… Prior to its wider launch, the OER search technology has been successfully piloted at institutions within the California State University system and Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan.

Ciudad de Grand Rapids celebra 65 Aniversario de los Derechos Civiles y Cena de Gala
10/17/18 La Prensa
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — La Comisión de Relaciones Comunitarias de la Ciudad de Grand Rapids realizó el pasado viernes 21 de septiembre de 2018, la celebración del 65 Aniversario de los Derechos Civiles y Cena de Gala. El tema de este año fue: “Generaciones trenzadas: pasado, presente y futuro”, en donde se celebró y honro el pasado, se observó el estado actual de los derechos civiles en Grand Rapids y se ayudo a diseñar el futuro de la ciudad.
… Por otra parte, la Comisión de Relaciones Comunitarias de Grand Rapids estableció desde 1998 el Premio de Derechos Civiles Helen Jackson Claytor. Este año los galardonados con dicho premio, fueron:
Elias Lumpkins, ex comisionado Third Ward en la ciudad de Grand Rapids, ex decano de estudiantes de Grand Rapids Junior College y actual miembro de la junta de la Fundación de Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC).
… Lorena Aguayo-Márquez, Especialista de Reclutamiento de la Comunidad Kellogg en Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC).
(GRAND RAPIDS, M — The Community Relations Commission of the City of Grand Rapids held the celebration of the 65th Anniversary of Civil Rights and Gala Dinner last Friday, September 21, 2018. This year’s theme was: “Braided Generations: Past, Present and Future,” where the past was celebrated and honored, the current state of civil rights in Grand Rapids was observed and the future of the city was helped.
… The Community Relations Commission of Grand Rapids established the Helen Jackson Claytor Civil Rights Award in 1998. This year, the winners of this award were:
Elias Lumpkins, former Third Ward commissioner in the city of Grand Rapids, former dean of students at Grand Rapids Junior College and current board member of the Grand Rapids Community College Foundation (GRCC).
… Lorena Aguayo-Márquez, Kellogg Community Recruitment Specialist at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC).)

GRCC In The News, 10-17-18

October 17, 2018

Women in skilled trades hone skills, explore careers, network with industry experts
10/16/18 schoolnewsnetwork.org (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)
Camille Reed is a business owner who wants to learn more about the construction industry. Brenna Mosley is a 2018 East Kentwood High School graduate with a dream to run an architecture and construction firm. Serena Small is a stay-at-home mother pursuing a degree in construction management. Elma Balic is an architectural drafter who wants to get away from her desk and into the field.
… Grand Rapids Community College is hosting the 10-woman cohort, the first for Grand Rapids, in space at the GRCC Leslie E.Tassell M-TEC. GRCC instructors lead sessions on carpentry and safety. Another cohort is planned for next fall.

What to know about Ferris State basketball playing Duke – yes, Duke
10/17/18 MLive
BIG RAPIDS – Nice sequence of events for the Ferris State basketball program – win a national title, return for the next season, play Duke.
… The Bulldogs, who opened practice Monday, will face Grand Rapids Community College on Friday in an exhibition before playing alumni on Sunday.

GRCC In The News, 10-16-18

October 16, 2018

Early enrollment gives GRPS students path to GRCC
10/15/18 WOOD TV
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — New numbers show efforts to encourage more Grand Rapids high school students to go to college are working.
Grand Rapids Community College saw a 31 percent increase in the number of Grand Rapids Public Schools graduates signing up for classes. According to GRCC, the number of students from GRPS rose from 116 in 2017 to 152 this year.
(This report also appeared on WOOD Radio.)

United Way welcomes new staff members
10/15/18 Grand Haven Tribune
The Greater Ottawa County United Way recently announced the addition of two staff members to its team.
… (Jennifer) Bryant has a background in fund development and education. She has worked in the non-profit, secondary and post-secondary sectors for more than 10 years. She joins the United Way from the Grand Rapids Community College Upward Bound program, where she guided first-generation and low-income high school students to higher education.

Greater Ottawa County United Way hires two
10/15/18 The Holland Sentinel
Greater Ottawa County United Way has added two staff members to its team. Jennifer Bryant is the new campaign associate, and Lisa Bassage is administrative assistant.
… Bryant, who lives in Grand Rapids, has a background in fund development and education. She has worked in the nonprofit, secondary, and post-secondary sectors for more than 10 years. She joins United Way from Grand Rapids Community College Upward Bound program.

GRCC In The News, 10-12-18

October 12, 2018

New Comstock Park High School principal likes direction school is heading
10/11/18 MLive
Dan Holden says the first weeks on his new job as Comstock Park High School principal have been focused on building on what is already in place.
… Dual enrollment is an option for students, Holden said. He said that program allows student credit at Comstock Park High school and college credit. The school district partners with Davenport and Grand Rapids Community College. The students take the college courses at night.

GRCC In the News, 10-11-18

October 11, 2018

BWW Previews: THE MAGIC FLUTE at Opera Grand Rapids Kicks Off a Fresh New Season!

Oct. 10, 2018; Broadway World

A couple weekends ago, September 28th, I was fortunate enough to attend the season kick off for the 51st season of Opera Grand Rapids. … Season kick off artist included: Avalon Cutts-Jones, Camille DeBoer, Cheri Reid, Jason Coffey, Jon Lovegrove, Madelaine Lane, Sarah Allmon, Sara Brown, Sarah Faasse, Trend Broussard, and we can’t forget piano player for all these wonderful artist Dr. Kenneth Bos. Dr. Bos also has played for the Michigan High School Honors choir programs, and teaches music at Grand Rapids Community College.

Schuette foot-dragging on 3M PFAS lawsuit, say Democrats

Oct. 12, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Michigan Democrats are criticizing Attorney General Bill Schuette for a sluggish response to PFAS contamination, saying the Republican candidate for governor is forcing state regulators to voluntarily request information from 3M rather than using the power of his office to compel disclosures.

… The criticism was leveled by Michigan Democrats in conjunction with the Sierra Club, who appeared at Grand Rapids Community College alongside Belmont residents affected by PFAS contamination from waste dumping in the area by shoemaker Wolverine World Wide.

GRCC In The News, 10-10-18

October 10, 2018

Lakeshore Chamber rounds up trio of culinary stars for next Leadership Connections
10/9/18 moodyonthemarket.com
Coming on the heels of a rousing sendoff by their inaugural speaker, Jeff Noel from Whirlpool Corporation, the Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce is more than doubling down on their next entry — they’re triple-teaming the audience with a trio of people making a huge difference on the culinary scene in Michigan’s Great Southwest.
… Luis Amado, CEPC, is a native of Guadalajara, Mexico with a Palestinian and Spanish Background. Chef Amado began his career at the age of 14 as a pastry cook at his family locally owned Pastry Shop in Guadalajara, Mexico. He moved to the US to Study culinary arts and Graduated from Grand Rapids Community College in 1992, after which he traveled to Europe and worked in Spain and Belgium to develop his knowledge of classical European Pastry. He returned to the US in 1994 and worked as Executive Pastry Chef and Executive chef of private country clubs and fine dining restaurants throughout California, Indiana and Michigan. From 1988 to 2016 he served as director for the Baking and Pastry Arts Program at Baker College of Muskegon, where he developed the curriculum, taught classes and coached students for national and international competitions. He is currently the Culinary Management Chair at Lake Michigan College where he developed the curriculum and teaches a variety of classes.

School News Network: GRCC, Tech Center create a recipe for student bakers to earn college degree
10/9/18 WKTV
West Michigan is home to high-caliber chefs, bakers and other culinary experts and the level of skill is evident in the cuisine and flavors served at ethnic restaurants, fine dining establishments, casual diners, pastry shops and bistros.
… Now there’s an easy way for Joslynn (Skutt) to transition smoothly from high school student to pastry aficionado with the goal of adding her own style and flavor to the scene. Thanks to a new partnership between the Tech Center and Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education, she is among 40 students earning 20-25 free GRCC credits, about a third of the 67-credit associates degree.

Morning Mix
10/9/18 FOX 17
Kicking things off for the 2018-19 season for the Jewish Theater of Grand Rapids is a story of a family who have experienced a miracle — or have they? Where do we perform? Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain St. NE in downtown Grand Rapids, on the GRCC campus.

GRCC In The News, 10-09-18

October 9, 2018

GRCC, Tech Center create a recipe for student bakers to earn college degree
10/5/18 Business Telegraph (London)
West Michigan is home to high-caliber chefs, bakers and other culinary experts and the level of skill is evident in the cuisine and flavors served at ethnic restaurants, fine dining establishments, casual diners, pastry shops and bistros.
… Now there’s an easy way for Joslynn (Skutt) to transition smoothly from high school student to pastry aficionado with the goal of adding her own style and flavor to the scene. Thanks to a new partnership between the Tech Center and Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education, she is among 40 students earning 20-25 free GRCC credits, about a third of the 67-credit associates degree.

News at 5 p.m.
10/8/18 FOX 17
Our Brody Carter takes us inside Yoga Blue Studio in Grandville, which offers hot yoga classes and something for everyone!
“Let me introduce myself. My name is Jodi. I’m a mom, wife, sister, aunt, former Police Academy director, friend and yoga teacher. … I was the Police Academy director at Grand Rapids Community College for 12 years, and I am proud to have graduated approximately 500 new officers.”

Emoni Bates, 6-8, draws interest from MSU, UM as freshman season approaches
10/8/18 The Detroit News
Ypsilanti — Emoni Bates was working hard on his game at Ypsilanti Lincoln on the final Friday in September after finishing his first month of high school.
… Lincoln head coach Jesse Davis played with E.J. Bates at Grand Rapids Community College.

Two Warrior runners named GLIAC Athlete of the Week
10/3/18 The South End (Wayne State University student newspaper)
The Wayne State men’s and women’s cross-country teams are looking to post their first victories of the season when they return to the track on Oct. 6.
Both teams finished second at the Grand Rapids Community College Raiders Invitational in Grand Rapids on Sept. 22.

GRCC In The News, 10-08-18

October 8, 2018

GRCC, Tech Center create a recipe for student bakers to earn college degree
9/5/18 schoolnewsnetwork.org (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)
West Michigan is home to high-caliber chefs, bakers and other culinary experts and the level of skill is evident in the cuisine and flavors served at ethnic restaurants, fine dining establishments, casual diners, pastry shops and bistros.
… Now there’s an easy way for Joslynn (Skutt) to transition smoothly from high school student to pastry aficionado with the goal of adding her own style and flavor to the scene. Thanks to a new partnership between the Tech Center and Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education, she is among 40 students earning 20-25 free GRCC credits, about a third of the 67-credit associate’s degree.

Holland grill company offering culinary scholarship
10/7/18 The Holland Sentinel
Grilla Grills, a wood pellet smoker grill company in Holland, has launched a new scholarship for a culinary student enrolled in the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College.

Drive Announce 2018-19 Promotions
10/4/18 oursportscentral.com
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Drive, the Official NBA G League Affiliate of the Detroit Pistons, announced the team’s promotional schedule for the 2018-19 season earlier today.
… Friday, November 30 – Grand Rapids Community College Jersey Takeover Night

Undersheriff Michelle Young appointed Kent County Sheriff
10/5/18 The Post (Cedar Springs)
There’s going to be a new sheriff in town.
… She (Michelle LaJoye-Young) also went to school while working for the Kent County Sheriff’s Office. She attended the Grand Rapids Community College Police Academy; received her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University and Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Western Michigan University. She graduated from Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command in 2012.

Pink receives Distinguished Alumni Award from UCO
10/5/18 oceagles.com (Oklahoma Christian University publication)
EDMOND, Okla. (Oct. 5, 2018) — Another one of former Oklahoma Christian basketball player Bill Pink’s alma maters honored him Friday, as the University of Central Oklahoma presented him with a Distinguished Alumni Award.
Pink, 51, now is the president at Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College, a position he’s held since November 2016. OC honored the Abilene, Texas, native last November as a Distinguished Alumnus, and yet another of his alma maters, York (Neb.) College, inducted him into its Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016.

Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids performing “Miracle on South Division Street”
10/5/18 WZZM
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Starting on October 10, Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids is performing “Miracle on South Division Street” and they are inviting you to join them for a night on the town.
The theatre group will be performing several shows at Grand Rapids Community College’s Spectrum Theatre. That address is 160 Fountain Street. NE.

GRCC In The News, 10-05-18

October 5, 2018

Ivy Tech Names Vice Chancellor, Dean
10/4/18 Inside Indiana Business
Ivy Tech Community College has named John Cowles vice chancellor for student success for its Indianapolis campus. He previously served in a similar role for Grand Rapids Community College since 2013. During his time there, he was the lead for Achieving the Dream and Higher Learning Commission Persistence and Completion Academy work. Cowles also previously served as an advisory board member for the Michigan College Access Network since 2017. He has 19 years of experience at Grand Rapids Community College as a tenured faculty member, program director, associate dean and dean. In total, Cowles has 25 years of experience in higher education.

Michigan college campuses have protocols to ensure student and faculty safety
10/5/18 The Arab American News
DEARBORN — Curious about how often students at Michigan’s colleges are robbed or busted for drug and alcohol abuse? While those may seem like primary problems to deal with, colleges are also taking many safety precautions to maintain student and faculty safety.
…Colleges that have taken the protocol into action include Grand Rapids Community College, Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, including the Dearborn and Flint campuses, and Western Michigan University.

COLLEGE NOTES: Jackson has INT in Kalamazoo win
10/4/18 The Argus-Press
Taylor Jackson continues to have a strong season for the Kalamazoo College football team.
…Autumn Severn, Grand Rapids Community College (New Lothrop)

GRCC In The News, 10-04-18

October 4, 2018

GRPS, Kent First Steps, GRCC partner for Play and Learn Groups
10/4/18 Fox 17 News
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Parents and caregivers in the Kent County area can attend these learning groups to better prepare their children for a positive start to the school year.
…Grand Rapids Public Schools, Kent First Steps, and Grand Rapids Community College are partnering up to create Early Learning Communities Play and Learn Groups. Representatives with Play and Learn say the groups support community-based learning experiences and strengthen familial relationships.

8th Ranked GRCC Raiders Rally To Beat Rival #17 Muskegon CC
10/3/18 MLive
In yet another thriller in the Raider/Jayhawk rivalry, GRCC takes down #17 Muskegon Community College to take back control of the MCCAA-West Conference. For the 12th time since 2007, the match would come down to a decisive fifth set, and for the seventh time, the Raiders would come away winners.

Wednesday’s Prep Roundup
10/3/18 Grand Haven Tribune
The Grand Haven boys tennis and girls golf teams, along with the Fruitport and Western Michigan Christian cross country teams, competed in pivotal regular season events on Tuesday and Wednesday. Here’s a recap of how each team performed.
…”The teams were all very close, and I am very happy the way the kids handled the wind overall and the darkness at the end of the day,” said Grand Haven head coach Chris Wilton. “We played GRCC in August and the scores overall were better today than back then. In the second match against Whitehall, most of the team started off slowly, but they all found another gear and competed very well overall in the end.”

Weekday Morning Sports Report – Thursday 10/4/18
10/4/18 WSJM Sports
…Today
Women’s Volleyball
Lake Michigan College at Grand Rapids Community College, 6:30 p.m.

GRCC In The News, 10-03-18

October 3, 2018

Campus Ministry Sparks Lifelong Leadership
10/3/18 The Banner (publication by the Christian Reformed Church in North America)
“Individuals with disabilities are often included somewhere — and then they’re left behind,” said Peter Gordon, a campus minister at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC). “I’m always trying to propel the students forward. What next?”

Kent County appoints first female sheriff
9/27/18 FOX 17
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Kent County has named its new sheriff.
Undersheriff Michelle LaJoye-Young will take over as head of the sheriff’s department starting November 1 to fill the term of Sheriff Larry Stelma, who is retiring. Stelma announced his retirement in August.
(This article doesn’t mention it, but Michelle LaJoye-Young is a GRCC alumna.)

Former teachers now elementary leaders for GRPS
10/2/18 schoolnewsnetwork.org (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)
… Meet Your Principal: Julie Fogg Reyers
… Other positions you have held in education: Adolescent Montessori guide and International Baccalaureate English instructor at the Montessori High School at University Circle, Cleveland, Ohio. Middle and high school English teacher at Grand Rapids Montessori High School. Grand Rapids Community College adjunct faculty and professional tutor in the ATC open computer lab.

GRCC In The News, 10-02-18

October 2, 2018

The Big List (Oct. 1-7): Thomas Rhett, Lettuce, Pokey LaFarge, The Motet, Zhu, Buddy Guy, Luke Winslow King, The Verve Pipe
10/1/18 Local Spins
THE BIG LIST: Oct. 1-7
For an expanded list of upcoming shows at West Michigan venues, check out The REALLY Big List at Local Spins. Have concert listings you think deserve to be spotlighted? Email date, time, ticket prices, location and details to liz@localspins.com.
… UNDER-THE-RADAR PICKS
Folias Duo playing the GRCC International Guitar Series at Albert P. Smith Music Center at 142 Ransom Ave. NE in Grand Rapids, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, $15 adults, $10 students/seniors, $5 GRCC students The International Guitar Series gets rolling with the Folias Duo, aka guitarist Andrew Bergeron and flautist Carmen Maret. They’ll premiere Concerto Garia, a piece they wrote during a residency in Colorado in July, with special guests Kyle Thompson and Marissa Peak. Get details and directions.

GRCC In The News, 10-01-18

October 1, 2018

Manufacturers invite students to explore
9/28/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
West Michigan manufacturers will host 260 events next week to dispel misconceptions about the industry and fire up students interest in future jobs.
… Swoboda currently offers tooling and mechatronics technician apprenticeship opportunities through Grand Rapids Community College and the state’s MAT2 program.

Morning News at 6 a.m.
9/29/18 WZZM
(No transcript is available, but a report on Oktoberfest at John Ball Zoo talked about GRCC students decorating lunch bags for Kids’ Food Basket.)

Report: Immigrants contribute $3.3 billion to Kent County economy
9/29/18 mibiz.com
GRAND RAPIDS — Immigrants now living in Kent County are making a significant impact on the local economy.
… During the 1960s and 1970s, many Latinos migrated to Detroit because of job opportunities with the Big Three automakers, said Carlos Sanchez, a board member with the Hispanic Center of West Michigan and director of Ferris State University’s Latino Business and Economic Development Center.
(This article doesn’t mention it, but Carlos Sanchez is a member of the GRCC board of trustees.)

GRCC In The News, 9-28-18

September 28, 2018

The Folias Duo opens the 2018 GRCC International Guitar Series
9/27/18 WMUK
The Folias Duo, flutist Carmen Maret and guitarist Andrew Bergeron, presents the opening concert of the 2018 Grand Rapids Community College International Guitar Series, next Thursday, October 4th, at 7:30 p.m., in the Albert P. Smith Music Center, 142 Ransom Ave NE in Grand Rapids.

Brewery Guide
9/27/18 Revue
Revue’s compendium of breweries in West Michigan
… Fountain Hill Brewery
… Owned by Grand Rapids Community College, this brewery is only open on specific dates, when the general public gets to taste the exciting results of the Craft Brewing, Packaging and Service Operations certificate program. Open: Check website for dates.

FBI report marks a decline in violent crimes reported on Michigan college campuses
9/26/18 WWMT
KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The latest crime data from the FBI suggest college campuses in Michigan are becoming safer with violent crime reports down in 2017 for a number of schools. However, it’s unclear if less crime is occurring or if fewer incidents are being reported.
… The colleges listed below had zero reports of violent crime in 2017, according to the FBI:
… GRAND RAPIDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE — 14,464 students

ArtPrize 10: The Jurors’ Shortlist
9/24/18 WOOD TV
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Art experts have narrowed down their Shortlist for the best of the best at ArtPrize 10.
(Former GRCC student Alan Compo made the short list for Outstanding Venue for his work outside the UICA. Filippo Tagliati, an associate professor in the Visual Arts Department, and his team have “Belt” on display at another finalist in the Outstanding Venue category: SiTE:LAB on Franklin Street.)

Sturgis, Mendon volleyball teams win
9/27/18 Sturgis Journal
… The Glen Oaks Community College dropped a conference game with Grand Rapids CC 25-21, 23-25, 25-19, 25-15.

Grand Valley State legend Cullen Finnerty was everybody’s ‘Superman,’ up until tragic end
9/27/18 The Detroit News
Detroit — The family had just moved from Redford to Brighton. Cullen Finnerty was 5 at the time.
… In his first year at Grand Valley, as Anes’ backup, Finnerty was part of a group of underclassmen who scrimmaged against Grand Rapids Community College. The game was on astroturf, and he hyper-extended a toe it bent so far back, it touched the top of his foot. (“It looked like the most painful, torturous thing,” Tim said.) It turned out to be a blessing in disguise, earning Finnerty a medical redshirt. That gave him four years of eligibility, starting with the first year after Anes’ departure.

GRCC In The News, 9-27-18

September 27, 2018

Tax proposals, races Kent and Ottawa voters will decide Nov. 6, 2018
9/26/18 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The general election is Nov. 6. Kent and Ottawa county voters will weigh in on multiple tax proposals and candidates for local, state and federal office.
The local proposals run the gamut from bonds for school districts to roads and a new fire station. There are also multiple school board races and the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees to select.