GRCC In the News, 8-19-19

First GRCC Students to Receive Metallica Scholarship Graduate

Aug. 18, 2019; WGRD

More than a dozen students got recently graduated from Grand Rapids Community College, and it’s thanks in part to Metallica.

Greta Van Fleet to join Metallica on South American tour

8/17/19 WZZM

Michigan rock band Greta Van Fleet are joining a legendary metal band on a South American tour.

… GRCC was one of 10 colleges selected nationwide for the Metallica Scholars grant. The first class to benefit from the grant graduated on Monday.

1,000 expected to gather Sunday for annual Blessing of the Students

Aug. 17, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – More than a thousand people are expected to attend the annual Blessing of the Students on Sunday, Aug. 18, at Grand Rapids Christian High School Eagles Stadium.

… Event speakers include: Interim Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Ronald Gorman, Grand Rapids Christians Schools Superintendent Tom DeJonge, Grand Rapids Police Chief Eric Payne, Catholic Schools Superintendent David Faber, Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink, and Kuyper College President Patricia Harris.

Bay College announces nine Men’s Basketball recruits

Aug. 16, 2019; uppermichiganssource.com

ESCANABA, Mi. — Bay College has announced a nine-player recruiting class for the 2019-2020 Men’s Basketball Team. Six of the nine players are from the U.P. or surrounding area.

… The Norse return 5 letter winners from last season’s roster and open the 2019-20 regular season at Grand Rapids Community College on Friday, November 1, while their first home contest will be on Monday, November 18 when they host UW-Marinette at 8pm.

GRCC In the News, 8-16-19

CEO Spotlight with Dr. Bill Pink, President of GRCC

8/15/19 spreaker.com

(Radio interview with President Pink.)

10 Things to Do This Weekend

Aug. 15, 2019; WGRD

Restaurant Week GR continues through the weekend. We have a Greek Festival, a Block Party, Find Your Roots, Catch a Baseball Game, Go ORVing for Free, Enjoy some Comedy, Visit the Princesses at the Zoo, Catch some Jazz Music, and Swim with your Dog! You are going to have a busy weekend!

… 1. Restaurant Week GR

Various Locations around Grand Rapids, MI

Runs through Sunday, August 18th, 2019

Cost: Varies

Restaurant Week GR is your chance to Taste the City! Savor specially priced lunches, dinners or both at 70+ area restaurants. Each restaurant will create a special menu highlighting fresh, local ingredients for the event. Restaurant Week GR has provided over $150,000 to students through an endowed scholarship fund at the Grand Rapids Community College Secchia Institute for Culinary Education. Participating locations donate $1 for every Restaurant Week GR meal sold.

GRCC In the News, 8-15-19

First Grand Rapids Community College Students to Receive Metallica Scholarship Graduate

Aug. 14, 2019; Yahoo News

From heavy metal to welding metal Grand Rapids Community College graduated more than a dozen people Monday thanks to Metallica.

Transitions: Tarleton State U. Names Finalist for President, Millersville U. Selects Chief Diversity Officer

Aug. 14, 2019; The Chronicle of Higher Education

… CHIEF ACADEMIC OFFICERS

Appointments

… Brian Knetl, interim provost at Harper College, has been named provost and executive vice president for academic and student affairs at Grand Rapids Community College.

Football Position Breakdown: Pass Catchers

Aug. 15, 2019; The Eastern Echo (Eastern Michigan University’s student newspaper)

The wide receiving group for the Eagles is one of the most talented in the MAC as EMU has 16 receivers on the depth chart. The collective is as follows: Line Latu, Isaac Holder, Hassan Beydoun, Michael Thompson, Keyan Marshall, Tanner Knue, De’Anthony Ball, Amir Spivey, Joe Nowden, Eddie Daugherty IV, Noah Cameron, Dylan Drummond, Quian Williams, Logan Giordano, Matthew Sexton and Arthur Jackson III.

… Gunnar Oakes is also returning at the tight end position. He caught 11 passes, compiled 143 yards and scored one touchdown in 11 games. He started three games. The other three tight ends are Tre’Shown Fields, Bryson Cannon and Bryce Kemp. Fields is a senior out of Grand Rapids Community College. Cannon and Kemp are from South Carolina and Iowa, respectively, and will look to carve out time on the field.

The Ticker

Aug. 15, 2019; uni-watch.com (uniform blog)

… NBA News: Embarrassing move by the Bulls — it appears the ad patch on their jerseys will no longer be in a matching team color. Awful (from Ryan Cotter). … Pariah Brewing Company in San Diego has a beer named after LeBron James (from Andrew Cosentino). … New uniforms for Grand Rapids Community College. … Andy Bronson, a alumni from Plattsburgh State in New York, saw a post from his alma mater that showed a lacrosse team mostly made up of Plattsburgh alums wearing jerseys inspired by the 1990s Utah Jazz.

GRCC In the News, 8-14-19

GRCC graduates first Metallica Scholars from its welding program

Aug. 13, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Krista Steffens says that the heavy metal band Metallica has changed the trajectory of her life.

Steffens, 28, a married mother of two, graduated Monday, Aug. 12, from a Grand Rapids Community College welding program as a Metallica Scholar. She said she has a new, higher paying job with benefits as a welding fabricator.

First Metallica Scholars grads

Aug. 9, 2019; Community College Daily

Edwin Ponce Juarez went to work in a distribution center warehouse after graduating from high school, but he knew there were opportunities for better-paying jobs in the professional trades.

He became a “Metallica Scholar,” gaining in-demand skills through the welding program at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) in Michigan.

GRCC receives national grant initiative to increase registered apprenticeship opportunities, help students gain an education, on-the-job training

Aug. 13, 2019; La Prensa

GRAND RAPIDS, MI, August 6, 2019:  Grand Rapids Community College has been awarded a $140,000 grant to participate in a national effort to expand registered apprenticeship opportunities, helping students gain a quality education in addition to on-the-job training in a rewarding career.

Jets Sign Veteran CB Marcus Cooper, Waive TE Nick Truesdell

Aug. 13, 2019; newyorkjets.com

The Jets have signed seventh-year cornerback Marcus Cooper and waived TE Nick Truesdell.

… The well-traveled Truesdell, who played collegiately at Cincinnati and also attended Grand Rapids Community College, most recently signed with the Jets on Aug. 10. He previously signed with the Jets on Aug. 4 before being released two days later. Truesdell had a couple of stints in the Indoor Football League (IFL) and multiple stops in the Arena Football League (AFL) and had brief stays with the Colts and the Vikings and most recently played with the Salt Lake Stallions in the Alliance for American Football.

Warner’ Rodney Martin honored on distinguished roster of ’16 Over 60’

Aug. 14, 2019; legalnews.com

A model of excellence, Warner Norcross + Judd attorney Rodney D. Martin is well-suited to be in the class of 16 Over 60 honorees.

… Over and above that, Martin’s work on diversity and inclusion has resulted in receiving the Grand Rapids Bar Association President’s Award and, as part of the Rosa Parks Sculpture Committee, the 2012 William Glenn Trailblazer Award, part of the Grand Rapids Community College Giants Awards.

GRCC In the News, 8-13-19

First GRCC students to receive Metallica scholarship graduate

Aug. 12, 2019; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College sent more than a dozen people out into the world of work Monday, and it’s all thanks to Metallica.

Metallica Scholars celebrate their graduation from GRCC

Aug. 12, 2019; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — “I was actually in housekeeping at a hotel and I didn’t really know what I wanted to do,” says Uniqua Sparks.

That’s when the mother of three heard about the Metallica Scholars program at Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC welding graduates: ‘Thank you, Metallica’

Aug. 12, 2019; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The first students whose welding education at Grand Rapids Community College was made possible by heavy metal band Metallica graduated Monday night.

Newsmakers

Aug. 12, 2019; Community College Daily

… Appointments

… Brian Knetl is the next provost and executive vice president for academic and student affairs at Grand Rapids Community College (Michigan). He is currently interim provost at Harper College in Illinois. Knetl previously was Harper College’s associate provost for academic affairs, dean of liberal arts and founding associate dean of the Center for Adjunct Faculty Engagement.

Faces of Ferris: Ryan Hodges

Aug. 12, 2019; ferris.edu

The excellent level of success offered by Ferris State University’s football team in the last seven seasons has made other college programs watchful, and active in their attempts to emulate those achievements.

… “Coach Brady and I had a decade of working together with Coach Annese from our days at Grand Rapids Community College then on to Ferris,” (Ryan) Hodges said. “For four of the previous five seasons, we shared the coordinator’s duties on defense and divided up administrative roles and other behind-the-scenes work for the program. After combining much of my effort with Ryan, it called for some quick adjustment, since I now have more responsibilities.”

GRCC In the News, 8-12-19

New Provost Named at Grand Rapids Community College

Aug. 9, 2019; ccnewsnow.com

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Brian Knetl will be Grand Rapids Community College’s next provost and executive vice president for academic and student affairs, President Bill Pink announced Thursday, Aug. 8.

Street Talk: Patriotic partners prosper

Aug. 9, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… On the job

Grand Rapids Community College has been awarded a $140,000 grant to participate in a national effort to expand registered apprenticeship opportunities.

Northview unveils alternative schooling program

Aug. 9, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Northview Public Schools is launching an alternative high school program to expand career pathways and flexible learning options.

… Some students will spend time at Leslie E. Tassell M-Tech at Grand Rapids Community College. Others will spend their time with companies or other organizations.

Jets Sign TE Nick Truesdell, Waive CB Derrick Jones

Aug. 10, 2019; newyorkjets.com

The Jets have signed tight end Nick Truesdell and waived cornerback Derrick Jones.

The well-traveled Truesdell, who played collegiately at Cincinnati and also attended Grand Rapids Community College, first signed with the Jets Aug. 4 before he was released two days after. He had a couple of stints in the Indoor Football League (IFL) and multiple stops in the Arena Football League (AFL) and had brief stays with the Colts and the Vikings and most recently played with the Salt Lake Stallions in the Alliance for American Football. The 6’5”, 246-pounder combined to catch 127 balls for 1,527 yards with 38 touchdowns in the AFL.

New J-Hawks coach treating Jefferson like a ‘startup’

Aug. 11, 2019; Rockford Register Star (Ill.)

ROCKFORD – In November 1993, Jefferson was finishing up its eighth playoff season in the previous nine years under football coach Joe Blume.

… “I don’t care about the history. (Winning) has to happen sooner or later,” said (Jacob) Arnold, a Plainfield North graduate who played football at Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan and the College of DuPage before finishing up at Rockford University.

GRCC In the News, 8-9-19

New provost named at Grand Rapids Community College

Aug. 8, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Brian Knetl will be Grand Rapids Community College’s next provost and executive vice president for academic and student affairs, President Bill Pink announced Thursday, Aug. 8.

Grand Rapids Community College Gets $140,000 Grant To Expand Apprenticeship Opportunities

Aug. 8, 2019; mitechnews.com

GRAND RAPIDS – Grand Rapids Community College has been awarded a $140,000 grant to participate in a national effort to expand registered apprenticeship opportunities, helping students gain a quality education in addition to on-the-job training in a rewarding career.

Native American Heritage Fund announces 2019 grant recipients

Aug. 9, 2019; nativenewsonline.net

MARSHALL, Mich. — The Native American Heritage Fund (NAHF) Board selected projects in seven Michigan communities as recipients of the fund’s 2019 grants, at the Board’s July 29 meeting.

The 2019 NAHF grants include:

… Grand Rapids Community College – $5,285 to support the Grand Rapids Community College Education and Reconciliation Project including a trip to the Ziibawing Center of Anishinaabe Culture and Lifeways and a Native American Speaker’s Forum

$11,000 Awarded to Local Trans Students

Aug. 8, 2019;  therapidian.org

For the 2019-2020 cycle, Grand Rapids Trans Foundation (GRTF) is thrilled to award a total of $11,000 to six local college students. In the past four years since its inception, the Foundation has awarded over $30,000 in scholarships to local students.

… Read more about this year’s six chosen applicants below!

Alizae Holliman, they/them pronouns

GRCC, Philosophy/Writing

AWARDED: $2500

… Ariana Moore, she/her pronouns

GRCC, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

AWARDED: $1000

10 things to do this weekend: August 9th-11th

8/8/19 104.9 FM

Restaurant Week GR is underway! There are also a few festivals going on this weekend. It’s the Anniversary of Gerald R. Ford being sworn in as our 38th President, so it’s a reason to celebrate at the Presidential Museum. We also have Concerts, Comedy, Movies, Baseball, and Super Party Wonder Day!

… Restaurant Week GR is your chance to Taste the City! Savor specially priced lunches, dinners or both at 70+ area restaurants. Each restaurant will create a special menu highlighting fresh, local ingredients for the event. Restaurant Week GR has provided over $150,000 to students through an endowed scholarship fund at the Grand Rapids Community College Secchia Institute for Culinary Education. Participating locations donate $1 for every Restaurant Week GR meal sold.

GRCC In the News, 8-8-19

e-Headlines

Aug. 7, 2019; Community College Daily

Michigan college earns grant to grow apprenticeships as part of federal push

Restaurant Week: get a taste of your city

Aug. 7, 2019; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Today marks the start of Restaurant Week GR, the best time of year to go out to eat in Grand rapids!  Here with all the details on how you can get in on the fun is Janet Korn from Experience Grand Rapids and Chef Shaun from The Pub at Paddock.

… Participating restaurants donate $1 from every meal purchased during RWGR to the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education Student Scholarship Fund at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC). This helps fund students education in the culinary programs. Over the course, RWGR has donated more Than $150,00 to these scholarships.

GRCC In the News, 8-7-19

GRCC earns grant to grow apprenticeships as part of federal push

Aug. 6, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College received a three-year, $140,000 grant to grow registered apprenticeships for students and support the local workforce, as part of a federal effort to expand apprenticeships.

Muskegon semi-pro football player is heart and soul, just like in Big Reds days

Aug. 7, 2019; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI – Even though his Muskegon High School football-playing days concluded more than 10 years ago, some things have not changed about Jason Hannett.

… Hannett has emerged as one of the leaders for the Mustangs. After his Big Reds career ended, Hannett played one season at Grand Rapids Community College under Annese. He spent a stint playing semi-pro ball for the Grand Rapids Force. Last year, while living in Texas, he played for the Dallas Bulldogs. His mother moved to Texas when Hannett was in 10th grade, and he went down there for a bit to broaden his horizons.

GRCC In the News, 8-5-19

Change Ups: Wierich appointed to separate art positions

Aug. 2, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… EDUCATION

Grand Rapids Community College launched a new degree in pre-sports management. Students who complete the associate program can then transfer to complete a Bachelor of Science in sports management at Grand Valley State University.

Jets Sign TE Nick Truesdell, Waive OL Tyler Jones

Aug. 4, 2019; newyorkjets.com

The Jets made a pair of moves Sunday, signing TE Nick Truesdell and waiving OL Tyler Jones.

The well-traveled Truesdell, who played collegiately at Cincinnati and also attended Grand Rapids Community College, had a couple of stints in the Indoor Football League (IFL) and multiple stops in the Arena Football League (AFL). He also had brief stays with the Colts and the Vikings and most recently played with the Salt Lake Stallions in the Alliance for American Football. The 6’5”, 246-pounder combined to catch 127 balls for 1,527 yards with 38 touchdowns in the AFL.

Tough spring took a toll, but mid-Michigan generational farmer hopeful

Aug. 4, 2019; The Hastings Banner

Tim Stuart is a 36-year-old farmer who manages approximately 750 acres that he shares with his dad.

… Stuart attended Grand Rapids Community College and earned an associate’s degree in automotive technology, but he returned to the farm with his father.

Memorial tourney going strong in 14th year

Aug, 4, 2019; The Hastings Banner

It has been long enough now that the young men and women chosen to receive the Emily Duits Memorial Scholarship Award, for a graduating senior at Lakewood High School each spring, don’t have their own memories of Duits.

… She’ll (Savannah Stoepker) use the award towards her coming years at Grand Rapids Community College, where she will be a member of the women’s softball team. She has plans right now to study towards a degree in secondary education, eventually moving on to a school like Grand Valley State University.

GRCC In the News, 8-1-19

New Programs: Cybersecurity, Air-Conditioning and Heating, Sports Management, Data Science, Tech Business, Business Analytics

Aug. 1, 2019; Inside Higher Ed

… Grand Rapids Community College is starting an associate’s degree in pre-sports management.

Recreation program hires new director

July 31, 2019; The Post (Cedar Springs)

The North Kent Community Enrichment Board of Trustees (formerly Cedar Springs Parks and Recreation) voted unanimously Tuesday evening, July 30, to hire Jaime Gunderson as their part-time new director.

… Gunderson holds a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation and a Master’s degree in Sports administration and events. She worked in Parks and Recreation for 1-1/2 years with the City of Walker and spent 10 years as Sports Director for Special Olympics. She is also an instructor at Grand Rapids Community College in the Exercise Science Department. She teaches recreation classes, camping and canoeing, CPR/First aid, swimming, and has also taught basketball and soccer.

GRCC In the News, 7-31-19

Obetts retires from Greenville Public Safety

July 30, 2019; The Daily News (Greenville)

GREENVILLE — As a wide-eyed 20-year-old fresh out of the police academy, Marty Obetts jumped at the first opportunity the moment it was brought to his attention 22 years ago.

… “I was just the typical little kid and it was something I always wanted to do. It was something I picked up on, knowing I wouldn’t have to go to college very long,” he said with a laugh. “I went through Grand Rapids Community College’s program and was hired here in Greenville.”

GRCC In the News, 7-30-19

GRCC, Ferris State deal helps with in-demand hospitality management jobs, officials say

July 30, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – An agreement between Grand Rapids Community College and Ferris State University helps meet the region’s increasing need for qualified restaurant, food and beverage, and hotel management professionals, officials say.

College expanding pre-sports management program

July 29, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local college is growing its pre-sports management program.

Beginning this fall, Grand Rapids Community College students will be able to earn an associate degree in the field and then transfer to complete a B.S. in sports management at Grand Valley State University.

Street Talk: Food for thought

July 26, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… Grand Rapids Community College is hosting an event to introduce young women to the world of careers in health care.

GRCC is teaming up with Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore for a Scrubs Camp for girls in seventh through ninth grades from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. July 29-Aug. 1 at Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC, 622 Godfrey Ave. SW. This is the second week of Scrubs Camp this summer, exposing students to health care career options. This project is a part of a grant from the JP Morgan Chase Foundation.

Removing the barriers of a higher education

July 26, 2019; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) Grand Rapids Community College is the pathway to success for many in West Michigan, but there are so many more people who need help to remove the barriers that are keeping them from getting the education they need. Dr. Kathryn Mullins, Vice President for College Advancement and Executive Director of the GRCC Foundation, is here to tell us about their efforts. The GRCC Foundation provided about 1,000 scholarships last year, but they know there are many more students who need help overcoming obstacles.

Program targets boardroom inclusion

July 26, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A new program is in the works to help the West Michigan nonprofit sector develop and maintain more diverse and inclusive boardrooms.

… Deb Bailey, GRCC board member and former Steelcase corporate relations director, also is providing input as the Ecosystem’s honorary co-chair.

Check out what Rush Creek Bistro is serving for Restaurant Week GR

July 26, 2019; FOX 17

Restaurant Week GR is once again making it’s way to Grand Rapids, where people have a chance to taste dishes from over 70 restaurants.

… It’s so much more than just a week to try a variety of foods, it also helps fund a scholarship program at Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College. Participating restaurants will donate $1 from every meal purchased during Restaurant Week to the scholarship fund to help train the next generation of chefs.

GRCC In the News, 7-26-19

One Good Thing: Grand Rapids Community College

July 25, 2019; WZZM

Nick LaFave: “Going off to college can be an intimidating adventure, so a local college did everything it could to make it a bit easier for their incoming freshmen. Raider Nation Day at Grand Rapids Community College connected new students with campus resources at the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse. GRCC staff wanted to get them acclimated to their new surroundings and just let them know they’re not alone. Current students talked to the new ones about their own transitions from high school to college and how they prepared. There were also sessions on academic success strategies and expectations on their new college culture. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you go off to college – I know I did when I was young – GRCC Raider Nation Day did everything they could to help them in that process and it gets today’s ‘One Good Thing.’”