Posted tagged ‘GRCC In the News’

GRCC In the News, 4-25-18

April 25, 2018

City of Wyoming swears in new ‘Top Cop’

April 25, 2018; WZZM

WYOMING, Mich. – Long-time Wyoming Police Chief James Carmody will officially step down today, paving the way for Captain Kim Koster to be the new head of the department.

… Koster’s own promotion makes her the first woman police chief in the City of Wyoming. It is a role she is honored to have, but one she seems reluctant to assign too much significance to. Koster believes Kent County is full of good leaders, of both genders, and cites Kent County Undersheriff Michelle Young and Grand Rapids Community College Police Chief Rebecca Whitman as examples of women who she has modeled her career after.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Kim Koster and Michelle Young are GRCC alumnae.)

Director takes joy in teaching student musicians, to see what they can do and where they go

April 24, 2018; schoolnewsnetwork.org (KISD newsletter)

The Northview High School Jazz Band has burned through another take of Duke Ellington’s “Rockin’ in Rhythm” at a peppy pace, when director Greg Wells decides it’s time for a pep talk.

… He started out studying physics and engineering at Grand Rapids Community College but went back to music his sophomore year, earning a bachelor’s at WMU and his master’s at Michigan State University.

 

GRCC In the News, 4-24-18

April 24, 2018

GRCC Will Be Offering Two Drone Courses

April 21, 2018; Deep Aero Drones

Farmers, construction industry, inspection, survey, search and rescue are some of the areas where drones are majorly being used. Colleges are also showing an interest in the drone technology, and Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) will be offering two drone courses that will increase peoples skill set and offer more economic opportunities.

Grand Rapids Community College offers free laptop vending machine (M Live)

April 23, 2018; avnetwork.com

Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) is among higher education institutions providing free laptop vending machines to give students greater access to technology and more flexibility.

Low-income Grand Rapids preschoolers are catching up. Will Lansing notice?

April 24, 2018; Bridge Magazine

GRAND RAPIDS — In some of the poorest neighborhoods in Grand Rapids, in places inured to academic failure, children are grasping at a chance to defy the odds.

… “This makes a tremendous impact,” said Dr. Nkechy Ezeh, founder and CEO of ELNC said of the program. “We know that the brain is ready to learn, really from 0 to 5. We have to strike while the iron is hot.”

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Nkechy Ezeh is a GRCC alumna.)

GRCC In the News, 4-23-18

April 23, 2018

Workforce issues haunt West Michigan community leaders

April 20, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Leaders from business and community organizations are stepping up efforts to address West Michigan workforce issues.

… “If we aren’t focused on it now, we’re going to find ourselves in a world of hurt,” said Bill Pink, president of Grand Rapids Community College. “It’s not in 2025. It’s too late by then.”

Social justice a common thread at sew shop

April 20, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

After years in government and nonprofit roles, Janay Brower felt she was no longer cut out for safety net approaches. She wanted to address social problems, such as homelessness and poverty, on the front end.

… Brower started making connections with Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids Community College, and makers and nonprofits all over the country to find out who was doing what, how they were doing it, where they were getting the talent and what it would take to maker her business happen.

Heart surgeon writes book about his popular afternoon teas

April 20, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Getting on Dr. Luis Tomatis’ schedule for afternoon teas takes some patience.

… “I write in English but my English isn’t very good,” said Tomatis, who turned to Phil Jung, a former English professor at Grand Rapids Community College, to help him with the rewrites, and Gary Eberle, a retired Aquinas College English professor, for the editing.

GRCC In the News, 4-20-18

April 20, 2018

College In MI Offers Free Laptop Vending Machine

April 19, 2018; Vending Market Watch

At Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, MI, students can access laptops out of a vending machine just like they would a granola bar.

Funeral services set for well-know Grand Rapids pastor

April 19, 2018; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Funeral services have been announced for well-known Grand Rapids pastor Clifton Rhodes.

… In 2015, Rhodes was awarded the Grand Rapids Community College’s Giant Among Giants award.

Holland Judge Named to State Corrections Panel

April 19, 2018; WHTC

LANSING, MI (WHTC-AM/FM) — Brad Knoll has a new state responsibility.

The Chief Justice of the Holland District Court was named on Thursday by Governor Rick Snyder to the Michigan Community Corrections Board, filling a vacancy on the 13-member panel through March 31, 2021 created by the resignation of Beth Gibson. Currently in his fourth six-year term on the 58th District Court bench, Knoll is also an adjunct professor of criminology and political science at Grand Rapids Community College and a faculty member of the Michigan Judicial Institute.

GRCC In the News, 4-19-18

April 19, 2018

Not your average vending machine

April 18, 2018; AACC 21st Century Center (American Association of Community Colleges)

In Michigan, Grand Rapids Community College students are preparing for exams with the help of an unusual resource: a laptop vending machine.

Curtis Davison commits to Livingstone College

April 18, 2018; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Curtis Davison has committed to play basketball at Livingstone College next season.

Davison averaged 24.4 points per game at Grand Rapids Community College this winter, which was fourth in NJCAA Division 2.

Funeral services set for celebrated pastor with 55-year career

April 18, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Funeral services are Saturday for a well-known and revered Grand Rapids pastor who had a 55-year career behind the altar.

… (The Rev. Clifton) Rhodes led Messiah Missionary Baptist Church for 45 years and in 2015 was awarded the Grand Rapids Community College’s Giant Among Giants award.

West Michigan’s Jubal Brass to appear in concert on April 29

April 18, 2018; MLive

Jubal Brass, an 18-member brass choir, will present an evening of worship through Christian music at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at Georgetown Bible Church, 4114 Baldwin St., Hudsonville.

… Jubal Brass has a long history of leaders with notable music credentials. Tuba player Paul Hoelzley, co-founder of Jubal Brass, directed the ensemble for two years until he resigned to teach at Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music in Cleveland. The other co-founder, John Scripps, then directed for two years until Charlie Buffham took over the baton. Buffham was a music teacher at Grand Rapids Community College, and served as both conductor and arranger for Jubal Brass. John Varineau then came to Michigan as a music professor at the Grand Rapids Baptist College (now Cornerstone University) and as the assistant conductor of the Grand Rapids Symphony. He directed Jubal Brass for 15 years.

GRCC In the News, 4-18-18

April 18, 2018

Grand Rapids Community College offers free laptop vending machine

April 18, 2018; University Business

Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) is among higher education institutions providing free laptop vending machines to give students greater access to technology and more flexibility.

Captain promoted to lead Wyoming Department of Public Safety

April 18, 2018; MLive

WYOMING, MI — The Wyoming Department of Public Safety has found its next police and fire chief.

… (Kimberly) Koster graduated from the FBI National Academy. She received her associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Junior College, her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Grand Valley State University, and her master’s degree in criminal justice administration from Ferris State University.

Grand Rapids man gets 48 months, ordered to pay $18,746 on student loan fraud conviction

April 17, 2018; WWMT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge announced Tuesday that U.S. District Judge Paul Maloney sentenced Brandon Kenon Rogers, 31, of Grand Rapids, to 48 months in prison and ordered him to pay $128,746 in restitution for committing student loan, grant and tax fraud.

… Investigators determined that Rogers enrolled online in local community colleges, including Grand Rapids Community College and Kalamazoo Valley Community College, using those same identities. Rogers used the loans and grant funds for his own purposes without actually attending the classes. Rogers also used the stolen identities to obtain fraudulent income tax refunds.

Wellet Senior Student Athlete Award winner

April 18, 2018; WTVB

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) – Coldwater High Schools Jamie Wellet has been selected as a 2017-18 Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan Outstanding Senior Student Athlete Award winner.

… Wellet, along with her twin sister Jasmine, will be attending Grand Rapids Community College in the fall, where they will both be members of the volleyball program.

GRCC In the News, 4-17-18

April 17, 2018

Grand Rapids Community College offers free laptop vending machine

April 16, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) is among higher education institutions providing free laptop vending machines to give students greater access to technology and more flexibility.

GRCC In the News, 4-16-18

April 16, 2018

Not your average vending machine

April 13, 2018; Community College Daily

In Michigan, Grand Rapids Community College students are preparing for exams with the help of an unusual resource: a laptop vending machine.

Michigan Dairy Plant Plans $21.3 Million Expansion

April 13, 2018; Dairy Herd Management

A dairy plant in Western Michigan is planning an expansion that will add 62 jobs over three years and cost $21.3 million.

… “Agropur’s decision to invest $21.3 million and create more than 60 jobs is a tremendous win for West Michigan and the region’s growing food processing sector,” says Thad Rieder, Senior Business Development Manager, The Right Place. “By partnering with the City of Wyoming, West Michigan Works!, Grand Rapids Community College and MEDC, The Right Place has been able to coordinate talent, training, and financial tools to boost Agropur’s internal return for this important expansion.”

Change Ups: Cooley Law students garner Leadership Achievement Award

April 13, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… HUMAN SERVICES

… The Pregnancy Resource Center elected its directors: chairman, Adam T. Donovan, Rim Guard; vice chair, Jason Granger, Intellisys Capital; treasurer, Rick Rusthoven, KSS Enterprises; past chair, Peter Baldwin, AMDG Architects; secretary, Lynn Prince, Grand Rapids Community College; and Andrea Reynolds, Kent Career Tech Center.

Grand Rapids Christian announces new boys basketball coach

April 15, 2018; MLive

Grand Rapids Christian’s boys basketball program is losing an experienced, successful coach now that Mark Warners has stepped down.

… Christian athletic director Jason Heerema announced Sunday that Eric Taylor has been hired to coach the Eagles. Taylor has served as an assistant under Warners for the past four seasons, and before that, he was the Grand Rapids Community College women’s coach for three seasons. He was named Western Collegiate Coach of the Year in 2010.

GRCC In the News, 4-13-18

April 13, 2018

Agropur expanding Michigan dairy processing facility

April 12, 2018; Feedstuffs

Wisconsin-based Agropur Inc. plans to expand $21.3 million to expand its existing local facility in Wyoming, Mich., resulting in the creation of 62 new jobs over the next three years. The plant mainly produces various shelf-stable dairy products that are distributed across the country.

… “Agropur’s decision to invest $21.3 million and create more than 60 jobs is a tremendous win for west Michigan and the region’s growing food processing sector,” said Thad Rieder, senior business development manager at The Right Place. “By partnering with the city of Wyoming, West Michigan Works!, Grand Rapids Community College and MEDC, The Right Place has been able to coordinate talent, training and financial tools to boost Agropur’s internal return for this important expansion.”

GRCC In the News, 4-12-18

April 12, 2018

Due to Popular Demand, Michigan College Announces Drone Courses

April 11, 2018; Unmanned Aerial

Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) in Michigan says it is responding to local demand for courses on how to pilot a drone.

News 8 Daybreak

April 11, 2018; WOOD TV

A seven-week training program between Grand Rapids Community College and the Public Works Academy starts today. It’s funded by a grant and gives trainees some skills for in-demand jobs. You must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma. We checked this morning and there’s still one seat left for this program, so check it out if you’re interested.

Grace announces hiring of new bowling coach

April 11, 2018; MLive

Grand Rapids, MI – The Grace Bible College Tigers men’s and women’s bowling program officially has its leader.  After an extensive search, Amber Belmont has been named the head coach of the Grace bowling team by athletic director Gary Bailey.  Amber is currently an academic advisor for the adult education program at Grace.  Amber’s husband Hector, who will be her assistant coach, is also employed by Grace in the traditional enrollment department.  Amber and Hector have been married for six years now and they reside in Wyoming, Michigan, with their three daughters Faith (7), Lily (5), and Hannah (1).

Amber was a four-year bowler at Wyoming Lee High School, earning All-Conference honors as a senior.  She was also the Drum Major in Lee’s marching band.  She currently is taking classes at GRCC and Grace.

Graham receives Saranac Outstanding Student award

April 11, 2018; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

Jarrod Graham was honored as the Saranac Outstanding Student Award for the month of March.

… Jarrod’s plans after high school are to attend Grand Rapids Community College and then transfer to Ferris State University. What Jarrod likes best about Saranac is the positive environment within the school.

GRCC In the News, 4-11-18

April 11, 2018

Citing high demand, GRCC launches drone classes

April 10, 2018; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Once the bare apple trees start to bud at Jeff VanderWerff’s orchard near Sparta, it will be time for takeoff.

… Drones aren’t being utilized only by farmers. Workers in construction, real estate and local news including 24 Hour News 8 use the devices. Grand Rapids Community College has taken notice.

GRCC In the News, 4-10-18

April 10, 2018

Grand Rapids Community College offering two spring drone courses

April 9, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Realtors, farmers and the construction industry are among dozens of groups with an interest in drones.

Colleges have noted this interest, and Grand Rapids Community College is among a growing number responding to area demands for drone classes.

News 8

April 9, 2018; WOOD TV

Some college students are struggling with basic needs, according to a new study … more than a third of college students are struggling to find food and housing.

We reached out to Grand Rapids Community College this afternoon. They tell us the college operates a food pantry to help students in need. The number of students using that resource has declined in recent years.

College Honors

April 9, 2018; White Lake Beacon

The following local students were among 25 Muskegon Community College students who were inducted into the college’s Beta Xi Xi chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society during its 26th ceremony at MCC held March 14 in the Blue and Gold Room on campus.

… Assisting with the 2018 ceremony was Morgan Brown, the PTK Regional President from Grand Rapids Community College.

Grand Rapids poet David Cope releases latest anthology

April 9, 2018; Grand Rapids Magazine

David Cope’s poems are derived from the experiences hes cultivated over the years. They are snippets of inner monologues, conversations and moments in time that capture soulful characters through thoughtfully painted portraits and expressive accounts of real situations.

… Cope will be reading excerpts from “The Invisible Keys: New and Selected Poems” at two local poetry readings this week:

… Thursday, April 12 at the Grand Rapids Community College Library from 7 p.m. 8:30 p.m.

GRCC In the News, 4-9-18

April 9, 2018

Change Ups: Sultan snags LaughFest’s Best of Midwest title

April 6, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… Grand Rapids Community College trustees unanimously approved a 0.88 percent tuition increase for the 2018-19 academic year, the lowest increase in nearly two decades.

GVSU students push for emergency phones on campus

April 6, 2018; WOOD TV

ALLENDALE, Mich. (WOOD) — You’ve likely seen them on various college campuses in West Michigan: blue light emergency call stations that can connect students in distress with the nearest police department.

They’re at Western Michigan University, Hope College, and even Grand Rapids Community College, among others. But you won’t find them at Grand Valley State University in Allendale. Now, a group of students are trying to change that.

Hope College students start DACA scholarship

April 7, 2018; The Holland Sentinel

In October, Hope College students organized a march to support those in the rescinded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protected hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children.

For some students, that march was only the beginning of activism supporting DACA recipients. Four Hope College students — Alejandra Gomez Limon, Emily Salazar, Jonathan Mays and Jocelyn Gallegos — have created a scholarship at Hope specifically for DACA students. Grand Valley State University and Grand Rapids Community College have similar scholarships.

GRCC In the News, 4-5-18

April 5, 2018

Retired GRCC professor recalls working with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

April 4, 2018; WZZM

In the Spring of 1963, retired Grand Rapids Community College Professor Gertrude Croom was a 16 year old living in a very segregated Birmingham, Alabama.

Contractors earn national awards

April 4, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Two West Michigan construction firms were honored for their work at a national awards ceremony.

… Rockford’s (Rockford Construction) work on the Grand Rapids Community College Laboratory Preschool earned it the National Excellence in Construction Pyramid Award. The award honors both general and specialty contractors for innovative and high-quality merit shop construction projects.

College’s Latino business center wins grant

April 4, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local foundation has donated a three-year grant valued at $150,000 to a university’s Latino business center.

… “The Grand Rapids Community Foundation grant will help fund programs that equip young Latino professionals with the skills, resources, and confidence needed to become leaders at work and in their own communities,” said Carlos Sanchez, the center’s (Latino Business and Economic Development Center) director and a foundation board member. “Our Latino entrepreneurs will be more prepared to launch and expand successful businesses and empowered to take ownership of their future.”

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Carlos Sanchez is a member of the GRCC board of trustees.)

GRCC In the News, 4-4-18

April 4, 2018

The Brothers Bronkema
4/3/18 The Torch (Ferris State University Newsletter)
Landing a head coaching position can be difficult for some but for the family of Ferris men’s basketball head coach Andy Bronkema, it seems to run in the blood.
… Luke [Bronkema] has just recently finished his second campaign as the Grand Rapids Community College Raiders basketball head coach. In two seasons, he has led the Raiders to a record of 43-22 and a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) District 9 championship in 2017-18.

Public Works Academy to provide skills for local jobs
4/3/18  Community College Daily
Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) has teamed up with local municipalities on a Public Works Academy that will give people in-demand skills and guaranteed interviews for open jobs.

Invitan a participar en Segunda Ceremonia Anual para Latinos Graduados de Colegios
4/3/18  La Prensa Toledo
LANSING, MI: La Comisión Hispana de Michigan (HLCOM, por sus siglas en inglés) invita a todos los estudiantes latinos de Michigan a participar en la Segunda Ceremonia Anual para Latinos Graduados de Colegios que se llevará a cabo el próximo 6 de abril [2018] de 6:00 a 9:00pm, en Lansing Center, número 333 avenida E Michigan, de esta ciudad.
… Entre los registrados se encuentran graduados de licenciaturas y maestrías de las siguientes escuelas: Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Lake Michigan College, Michigan State University, Mott Community College, Palmer College of Chiropractic, Siena  Heights University, University of Michigan, Wayne State University y Western Michigan University.
(The Hispanic [Latino] Commission of Michigan (HLCOM) invites all Latino students in Michigan to participate in the Second Annual Graduate Ceremony for Colleges that will be held on April 6 [2018] from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., at the Lansing Center, 333 E Michigan Avenue, of this city.
…Among those registered are graduates of bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the following schools: Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Lake Michigan College, Michigan State University, Mott Community College, Palmer College of Chiropractic, Siena Heights University, University of Michigan, Wayne State University, and Western Michigan University.
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