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GRCC In the News, 9-22-17

September 22, 2017

Grand Rapids Community College investiture for new president Sept. 29

Sept. 21, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS – Bill Pink’s investiture as Grand Rapids Community College’s tenth president is set for Friday, Sept. 29 at Fountain Street Church.

Downtown AMP Lab to tackle shortage of manufacturing talent

Sept. 21, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Construction is underway at Western Michigan University’s downtown Grand Rapids $3 million manufacturing laboratory.

AMP Lab @WMU, an Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Laboratory, is being built in collaboration with West Michigan manufacturers and Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) to address the shortage of skilled trades and engineering employees in the region.

PHOTOS: New Teachers join J-L district 2017

Sept. 21, 2017; Gaylord Herald-Times

… Dan Serba

… What did you study and where did you graduate from?

I have an associate’s degree in elementary from Grand Rapids Community College, a bachelor’s degree in K-fifth grade education, sixth- through eighth-grade social studies, and kindergarten through eighth physical education and health. I also received my master’s degree from the University of Phoenix in educational leadership, supervision, and administration.

Association names Excellence in Construction winners

Sept. 21, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local association has honored the construction industry’s best work over the last year.

… Other award winners

… GC/CM: New Construction $5-10 Million: Rockford Construction for work on Grand Rapids Community College Early Childhood Learning Laboratory

GRCC In the News, 9-21-17

September 21, 2017

New Sheriff’s Corrections Academy launched by GRCC with local agencies

Sept. 20, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The new Sheriff’s Corrections Academy launched by Grand Rapids Community in partnership with local sheriff’s departments will graduate its first students on Sept. 29.

G.O.A.T: Marshall Top 10 football players of all time – No. 5 – 6

Sept. 20, 2017; Battle Creek Enquirer

The countdown continues as the Battle Creek Enquirer ranks the top 10 high school football players ever at Marshall.

… No. 6: Jamar Wimberly Class of 2010

Wimberly is one of the top running backs ever at Marshall as he helped the Redhawks to a state championship in 2009 with a dominating senior season. Wimberly holds the school record for rushing yards in a season with 2,509 and in a career with 3,899. He is also No. 1 for touchdowns in a season with 32 and in a career with 48. An all-state selection, Wimberly was a standout on both sides of the ball as well as being a shutdown defensive back on defense. Wimberly went on to play defensive back at the next level, helping Grand Rapids Community College to an undefeated regular season with 37 tackles and 12 pass breakups. He later went to star at Ferris State, where he had 56 tackles and two interceptions as a senior.

Guitarist Brian Morris in conversation

Sept. 20, 2017; Interlochen Public Radio

Brian Morris is a professor and director of guitar studies at Grand Rapids Community College. He’s also a member of the Grand Rapids Guitar Quartet, and that ensemble will be performing this Saturday with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra.

 

 

GRCC In the News, 9-20-17

September 20, 2017

Motorcyclist dies after driver, 85, pulls into his path

Sept. 15, 2017; MLive

JAMESTOWN TOWNSHIP, MI — A 23-year-old Saranac man died after a vehicle pulled into his path at Adams Street and Eighth Avenue.

Police identified Devon Kurzhals as the motorcyclist.

(Devon Kurzhals was a recent graduate from the radiologic technology program.)

Local artists featured in ArtPrize

Sept. 19, 2017; Grand Haven Tribune

Beginning Wednesday, 175 venues throughout Grand Rapids will showcase more than 1,300 pieces of art in the ninth annual ArtPrize. Among them will be entries completed by local artists.

… David Miller

Entry title: Theatre Engine: Puzzle

Category: Time-Based

Venue: Grand Rapids Community Colleges Spectrum Theater Lobby

Tony Kimbrough named Coach of the Week

Sept. 19, 2017; detroitlions.com

Detroit — The Detroit Lions have named Tony Kimbrough of East Kentwood High School the week four recipient of the 2017 Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan High School Football Coach of the Week Program.  Kimbrough’s East Kentwood Falcons defeated Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern 46-32 to run their record to 4-0 on the season.

Kimbrough has coached for 21 seasons and is currently in his 4th season as a head coach at East Kentwood.  He was an assistant at East Kentwood for four seasons, Grand Rapids Community College for three seasons, and Western Michigan University for two seasons, in addition to coaching in the Arena Football League for eight seasons.  The Falcons have made two state playoff appearances under Kimbrough, advancing to the Division 1 semifinals in 2014 where they lost to eventual champion Clarkston.  His career record is 25-11 (69.4%).  On Friday, September 22, the Falcons host the 3-1 Grandville Bulldogs in an Ottawa-Kent Conference Red Division battle.

GRCC In the News, 9-19-17

September 19, 2017

Juan Palacios: ‘We are not stealing these jobs’

Sept. 18, 2017; Bridge magazine (newsletter for The Center of Michigan)

DACA status: Expires August 2019. “It means I have two years to figure it out, to talk to lawmakers and as many people as I can,” Palacios said.

… Ambitions: Palacios said he’s putting $6,000 aside to become a certified electrician in a six-month program offered by Grand Rapids Community College. “They hook you up with a job,” he said. “My goal is to eventually buy a house.”

Monserrat Velazquez: She canceled her flight to Mexico when DACA was announced

Sept. 18, 2017; Bridge magazine

DACA status: Expires in December. She will seek a two-year extension.

… Achievements: She is a manager in a suburban Grand Rapids restaurant. She earned an associate degree in business administration from Grand Rapids Community College.

Denis Martinez: ‘Sometimes, I feel like America doesn’t want me.’

Sept. 18, 2017; Bridge magazine

DACA status: Expires in January 2020.

… Achievements: He graduated from Godwin Heights High School, joining in wrestling, football, track and cross-country. He now attends Grand Rapids Community College. He also works a part-time job at a mall and lifts weights six days a week to stay fit.

The Rapid seeks patron feedback for possible transit improvements

Sept. 18, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The Rapid has announced the launch of an online feedback tool aiming to gather information from the community on the area’s transit system.

… Although she had not heard of the study, Grand Rapids Community College nursing sophomore Anna Peterman said improvements are needed at bus stops.

GRCC In the News, 9-18-17

September 18, 2017

Anxiety and uncertainty: Fallout from Trump administration’s plan to rescind DACA

Sept. 17, 2017; mibiz.com

West Michigan educators and at least one business group say the Trump administration’s plan to rescind the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals program already is leading to anxiety and uncertainty.

… Universities and colleges across Michigan including Western Michigan University, Michigan State University, Grand Valley State University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Kalamazoo College and Kalamazoo Valley Community College have responded with resolutions of support for their DACA students and called for a legislative fix from Congress.
GRCCs Faculty Council recently passed a resolution opposing the DACA decision and supporting the positions of the GRCC administration and Board of Trustees.

Call to action issued on Challenge Scholars

Sept. 15, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The president of the Grand Rapids Community Foundation says Challenge Scholars is more than about giving families money to pay for college, but preparing and guiding teenagers through the transition from high school to college for a successful career and life.

… Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) announced that all incoming freshman to Union, starting with the class of 2020, will have at least a two-year, tuition-free option for college or career training at the college. GRCC has also committed Success Coaches to work with students to identify college and career goals.

Women in Auto Care Announce 2017 Scholarship Winners

Sept. 15, 2017; Tire Review

Women in Auto Care awarded $65,000 in scholarships this year to 22 female students who are studying to enter the auto care industry.

… The 2017 scholarship winners are listed below:

Post-Secondary Students

… $2,500 Brooke Peckham, Grand Rapids Community College

In Trump era, politics are more visible than ever at Grand Rapids’ ArtPrize

Sept. 17, 2017; The Detroit Free Press

GRAND RAPIDS — When Donald Trump stumbled into last year’s ArtPrize competition, he was still a long-shot presidential candidate running what looked like a losing campaign.

… Her (Patricia Constantine) entry, “Sineater,” on display at Grand Rapids Community College’s Collins Art Gallery, is a mixed-media triptych. Presented using carnivalesque imagery, its middle panel is a self-portrait that conveys the artist’s guilt about teaching within a system that buries students in debt. Images of Trump and Betsy DeVos also appear with the phrases “I want to build a wall” and “No free lunch,” respectively.

GRCC In the News, 9-14-17

September 14, 2017

GRCC Faculty Council passes resolution supporting DACA students

Sept. 13, 2017; La Prensa

GRAND RAPIDS, Sept. 11, 2017 — Grand Rapids Community College’s Faculty Council recently passed a resolution opposing the decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

 

GRCC In the News, 9-13-17

September 13, 2017

West Michigan colleges respond to DACA repeal

Sept. 12, 2017; The Holland Sentinel

West Michigan colleges are reiterating their support for all students in the wake of the announcement that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought to this country illegally as children, will be repealed.

… Grand Rapids Community College also affirmed its support of DACA students.

USGBC Names LEED Homes Award Winners

Sept. 12, 2017; proudgreenbuilding.com

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced the recipients of its annual LEED Homes Awards, which recognizes projects, architects, developers and homebuilders who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and innovation in the residential green building marketplace.

… Outstanding Affordable Developer Builder / Developer: Habitat for Humanity, Kent County, Mich.

In 2016 Kent County’s Habitat for Humanity chapter built 15 homes earning LEED certification — 10 receiving Gold and five Silver. To date, Habitat Kent has built 158 LEED-certified homes. On average, Habitat Kent’s LEED certified homes save homeowners $67.12 per month over an average Michigan home. Habitat Kent also partners with Grand Rapids Public School and Grand Rapids Community College to provide professional green construction experience to the next generation workforce.

Kellogg Community College volleyball experiencing resurgence with best start since 2010-11

Sept. 12, 2017; Battle Creek Enquirer

Even though it’s ‘Cornflake U,’ Emily Delmotte doesn’t sugarcoat it.

… KCC third-year head coach Tom VanWienen has made an emphasis on recruiting some of the top Battle Creek area volleyball players to keep up with other programs in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association like Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo that have larger pools of high school talent to recruit from.

GRCC In the News, 9-12-17

September 12, 2017

Designer RC Caylan invites you to “An Enchanted Evening”

Sept. 11, 2017; Grand Rapids Magazine

Fashion designer RC Caylan has a bold vision: he wants to turn Grand Rapids into a city known for fashion.

… Caylan came to Grand Rapids nearly six years ago after having fallen in love, and he decided to pursue his passion for fashion design. He enrolled in Grand Rapids Community Colleges fashion merchandising program, earning his associate degree. He then took an internship in Los Angeles.

GRCC In the News, 9-11-17

September 11, 2017

New Kingma’s Market features locally-grown, culinary fare

Sept. 10, 2017; MLive

ADA, MI — For longtime grocer Alan Hartline, the fun of opening of Kingma’s Market second store has been working with a blank slate.

… His oldest son, Andrew, 19, now works at the stores while attending classes at Grand Rapids Community College. He plans to earn a degree in Western Michigan University’s lauded food merchandising program, and help his dad grow the Kingma’s brand.

Travis Pest Control keeps work all in the family

Sept. 8, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

For the past six decades, not even the smallest nuisance has escaped the Travis family’s notice.

… James Travis Sr. attended Grand Rapids Junior College (now Grand Rapids Community College), then transferred to the University of Michigan, where he earned a degree in entomology the study of insects.

3 square miles of art: Grand Rapids, Mich., hosts annual competition

Sept. 10, 2017; Kenosha News (Wis.)

Grand Rapids, Michigan’s second-largest city, finds unusual ways to gain attention. It has produced high-quality furniture for more than a century. It is a nationwide leader in environmental sustainability.

On the city’s Beer City Ale Trail are at least 60 microbreweries, including Brewery Vivant, in a former funeral home. Grand Rapids brews so much beer that its community college one year ago opened Fountain Hill Brewery and Peters Pub on campus, the nation’s first such business owned by a college and operated by students who study craft brewing there.

America, Meet Your New Pastry Olympians

Sept. 9, 2017; huffingtonpost.com

If you love dessert competitions, then you need to know about the Pastry World Cup. Founded in 1988 by Gabriel Paillasson, the Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie is held every two years in Lyon, France, and is considered the most challenging and prestigious competition in the world.

The team is made up of three pastry chefs assuming different roles: one sugar artist, one chocolate artist, and an ice sculptor, and the members of team USA, our pastry Olympians, were just selected after an intense two-day trial at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College, where six talented pastry chefs battled toque to toque for the chocolate and sugar positions.

GVSU student senate releases DACA statement

Sept. 10, 2017; The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

The Grand Valley State University student senate spent nearly an hour at its general assembly Thursday, Sept. 7, amending and approving a statement to be released in support of students affected by the announcement of the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

… Before the meeting closed, one student stood to speak during the public comment period. Beau Vansolkema, a social work major who transferred from Grand Rapids Community College, began by identifying himself as a transgender student.

GRCC In the News, 9-8-17

September 8, 2017

Morton up to task of directing Jets’ young, new-look offense

Sept. 7, 2017; The Telegraph (Macon, Ga.)

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — John Morton spent the entire spring and summer shouting.

… Morton was a wide receiver in college, first at Grand Rapids Community College before going to Western Michigan. He spent some time playing in the CFL and was on a few NFL teams’ practice squads before turning to coaching.

(This article appeared in many other newspapers.)

Baseball Announces Eight Additional Signees for 2018

Sept. 8, 2017; emueagles.com (Eastern Michigan University athletic website)

YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) — Eastern Michigan University baseball Head Coach Mark Van Ameyde and his staff announced the signing of eight additional players to the 2018 recruiting class Thursday, Sept. 7. The eight will join the nine players EMU signed last November.

The eight players joining the Green and White are Cameron Cruz (Chandler, Ariz.-Hamilton (Bentley U-Mesa C.C.)), Scott Granzotto (Northville, Mich.-Gabriel Richard), Thomas House (Okeana, Ohio-Ross), Nick Porretto (Geneva, Ill.-Geneva (UW-Oshkosh-McHenry C.C.)), Jackson Shaver (Grand Rapids, Mich.-Forest Hills Northern (Grand Rapids C.C.)), Mitchell Sparks (Carmel, Ind.-Carmel (Iowa Lakes C.C.)), Brett Stenger (Kingsville, Ontario-Kingsville District (Indian Hills C.C.)), and Zach Wallace (Alamo, Calif.-De La Salle (UC San Diego-Palomar College)).

Jayhawks fall in an early-season volleyball showdown with Grand Rapids CC

Sept. 8, 2017; Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

The Muskegon Community College volleyball team lost an early-season conference showdown with rival Grand Rapids CC on Thursday, 3-0.

City to consider beekeeping ordinance

Sept. 7, 2017; The Cedar Springs Post

The City of Cedar Springs may soon join the ranks of other progressive cities that are helping to support the environment by allowing residents to keep bees. The City Council will consider the first reading of the ordinance at their monthly meeting this Thursday, September 7.

City resident Joe Frank asked the city to consider allowing beekeeping in the city after finding out there was not a specific ordinance to address the issue. He has kept honeybees as a hobby for several years. He had several hives on property he owned in Hesperia, and when he decided to sell the property, he re-homed all of the hives, except one, with other beekeepers. He had previously asked a city official if he could keep a hive on his property here, and was told he could. He moved the hive to his property, but was later told that he couldn’t have it under the current ordinances, and so asked the city earlier this summer to consider it.

(Joel Frank is a technical operations technician in the ATC.)

GRCC In the News, 9-7-17

September 7, 2017

Michigan job growth fueled by apprenticeships

Sept. 7, 2017; Burton View

MICHIGAN – More than one-third of Michigan’s job growth will be through apprenticeships over the next five years, said United States Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta, in an online post Last week, Governor Rick Snyder welcomed United States Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta to West Michigan to see how the state is connecting employers with educators and showing students the careers available to them at a young age. Michigan is a strong leader in apprenticeships, with the 8th most in the nation. Gov. Snyder and Sec. Acosta visited Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, where they are holding orientation for more than 150 new employees each week. They toured Grand Rapids Community College and Mercy Health to check out innovative job training programs. In Battle Creek, they checked out advanced manufacturing at Bleistahl and ROsler. Acosta told Snyder that he was impressed by Michigan’s leadership in job growth and its proactive approach to our future talent needs.

People and Places

Sept. 7, 2017; Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette

Maryann Lesert has been named the recipient of the Moondancer fellowship for 2017 at the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow in Eureka Springs.

In all of her writing, the natural world and its human inhabitants are equally prominent and intertwined. From her first play, Superwoman (1998), a 90-minute warning of technologies that threaten to erase our biological sense of place, to Threshold, her current novel-in-progress about environmental activists working to stop fracking in Michigan’s state forests, Lesert’s work is equally inspired and supported by time with the natural world. Threshold grew from two years of boots-on-well-sites research on fracking in Michigan’s state forests. An excerpt from Threshold appears in Fracture, Essays, Poems and Stories about Fracking in America (Ice Cube Press, 2016). From 2012 to the present, Lesert has presented her research on the scientific, sensory and community effects of fracking in a presentation, titled Fracking in the Forest, to more than 50 academic, environmental and public audiences across the state. Lesert is a playwright, novelist and journalist who teaches creative writing at Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College.

Jayhawks volleyball team stays perfect in conference with a victory over Glen Oaks

Sept. 7, 2017; Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

The Muskegon Community College volleyball team improved to 4-0 in conference play with a four-set victory over Glen Oaks Community College on the road on Tuesday.

… MCC will host rival Grand Rapids Community College on Thursday.

GRCC In the News, 9-6-17

September 6, 2017

DACA ending, student unsure of his future in West Michigan

Sept. 5, 2017; MLive

With his first day of college classes tomorrow, Kevin Vazquez is also worried he could soon lose his ability to legally work, drive and continue as a contributing resident of the United States.

… Classes begin Wednesday at Western Michigan University for the recent Grand Rapids Community College graduate. That major turning point in Vazquez’s life comes just one day after another.

Hundreds march through downtown Grand Rapids to protest end of DACA

Sept. 5, 2017; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Rallies were held across the country on Tuesday after the announcement of the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. That included West Michigan, where hundreds of people marched through downtown Grand Rapids to protest the Trump administration’s decision. The program shields from deportation hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children.

… “Thanks to DACA I was able to work, which means I was able to pay for my school,” said (Juan) Mascorro-Guerrero. “I started at GRCC, then transferred to Grand Valley State University.”

Renowned chef teaches students art of running a kitchen

Sept. 5, 2017; Niles Daily Star

Across Berrien County students are packing up their backpacks and returning to class following summer break. This year, Lake Michigan College students attending courses at the Bertrand Crossing Campus in Niles will have several new classes and lab features to look forward to utilizing this semester.

… (Luis) Amado’s passion for culinary arts was fed by his work in the kitchen. Growing up in Guadalajara, Mexico, Amado was inspired by his father and grandfather’s cooking. In addition to working in his grandfather’s pastry shop, Amado worked as a saucier at the Hyatt Regency in Guadalajara, where he ended up meeting Chef Carl Butenas, who was instructor at Grand Rapids Community College. Butenas offered to sponsor Amado in America, where he would go on to earn a scholarship to study in the culinary arts program at Grand Rapids Community College.

Call for entries for Elkhart Juried Regional

Sept. 2, 2017; The Michigan City News-Dispatch

La PORTE COUNTY — The Midwest Museum of American Art is pleased to announce a call for entries to the 39th Elkhart Juried Regional Art Exhibition, Oct. 7 through Dec. 3.

… Awards for 2017 are more than $27,000 and will be selected by the jurors and Purchase Award patrons. The distinguished jurors for this exhibition will be Nick Antonakis, Head of the Art Department, Grand Rapids Community College, and Bill Hosterman, Associate Professor, Art Department, Grand Valley State University, Michigan.

Local Roundup: CVCC volleyball falls to top teams at Owens Invitational

Sept. 6, 2017; Hickory Record (N.C.)

HICKORY — The No. 4 Red Hawks suffered defeats against three of the top teams in the country this past weekend, according to a press release from CVCC.

… On Saturday, the Red Hawks fell to No. 13 Grand Rapids Community College and No. 16 Illinois Central College, each by a 3-1 score line.

Khale Showers fills quarterback role for Rockford defense

Sept. 5, 2017; MLive

ROCKFORD — When it comes to being a quarterback for a defense, Rockford senior Khale Showers has plenty of experience.

… Khale’s two older sisters are also athletic, as older sister Karliane played softball at Grand Rapids Community College and Brehanna is a gymnast at the University of Oklahoma.

GRCC In the News, 9-5-17

September 5, 2017

GRCC’s renovated Music Center benefits students & audiences

Sept. 2, 2017; Grand Rapids Magazine

Audiences will benefit as much as students from Grand Rapids Community College’s renovated Albert P. Smith Music Center, according to Kevin Dobreff, director of Grand Rapids Community College’s music program.

Ionia County Sheriff Miller welcomes new deputy

Sept. 3, 2017; Ionia Sentinel Standard

IONIA COUNTY — A Jenison native is the newest member of the Ionia County Sheriffs Office road patrol division.

…A graduate of Jenison High School, (Tyler) Kohl has an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Grand Rapids Community College and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Ferris State University. After Ferris, he completed the Mid-Michigan Police Academy at Lansing Community College. Becoming a police officer is just something he’s known he wanted to do, he said.

DeVos speaking invite to MSU center sparks backlash

Sept. 1, 2017; The Detroit News

Some faculty and students at Michigan State University want President Lou Anna Simon to rescind an invitation for U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to speak at the grand opening of the university’s Grand Rapids Research Center later this month, arguing that the Trump cabinet member is an enemy of public education.

… During a visit last month to Grand Rapids Community College, DeVos told reporters, “Actually, President Trump and I are very big proponents of continuing to support teachers and develop teachers.”

GRCC In the News, 8-31-17

August 31, 2017

Stabenow touts careers in the skilled trades during West Michigan visit

Aug. 30, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, held a  discussion Wednesday, Aug. 30, with West Michigan business, education, and labor leaders about how to better meet the ongoing challenge employers have finding enough skilled workers to fill positions.

… Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink said serving the community and its workforce needs is an import role of the college.

Spotlight on medical apprenticeships

Aug. 30, 2017; aacc21stcenturycenter.org (American Association of Community Colleges newsletter)

U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta on Monday joined Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) where they discussed the importance of apprenticeships before touring the colleges healthcare training facilities.

Market Musings: Adrian’s Fine Woodworking carving up unique pieces sold to shoppers from around the world

Aug. 30, 2017; therapidian.org

The Fulton Street Farmers Market is pretty true to its name. If you need meat, cheese, greens, or other assorted delicacies, you’re in the right place. However, every once in a while a different type of stand will pop up on a busy Saturday morning — a diamond in the rough, if you will. Or, in the case of Adrian Callaghan, wood in the rough.

Callaghan is the woodworking wizard behind Adrian’s Fine Woodworking, based here in Grand Rapids. After teaching woodworking at Western Michigan and part time at Grand Rapids Community College, Callaghan suffered a spinal cord injury in 2000, and uses his talents in woodworking as his rehab. He credits where he’s at now to the helping hands at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital.

Betsy DeVos to speak at Michigan GOP conference

Aug. 30, 2017; The Holland Sentinel

Education secretary Betsy DeVos is returning to her home state to speak at the 32nd Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference on Sept. 22-24 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

DeVos was last in Michigan in early August. On Aug. 1, she visited Grand Rapids with stops at the Van Andel Institute and Grand Rapids Community College, and she came to Holland on Aug. 2 to read to children at Degraaf Nature Center.

Column: Charters can help parents’ dreams come true

Aug. 31, 2017; The Detroit News

As another exciting school year begins across the state, we’re reflecting on the fact that it’s been a spring and summer of great news for the charter school world especially in Michigan. In late April, U.S. News and World Report released its highly respected rankings of the Best High Schools in America. The rankings showed that the top three high schools in Michigan were all charter schools, led by No. 1 Wellspring Preparatory High School in Grand Rapids. The top three high schools nationally were also charter schools.

… He (Ariel de la Paz-Solorza) got it at Wellspring Prep. He found a teaching staff that never gave up on him and gave him all the extra tutoring and support he needed. He took and passed three Advanced Placement classes. He was accepted at seven colleges and universities, and ended up earning a full-ride scholarship to Grand Rapids Community College. His plan is to graduate from there and then transfer to a four-year university to become a nurse.

GRCC In the News, 8-30-17

August 30, 2017

GRCC names recipients of 2017 Excellence in Education Awards

Aug. 29, 2017; La Prensa

GRAND RAPIDS, Aug. 28, 2017 — Grand Rapids Community College is honoring three employees who have gone above and beyond in making meaningful connections with their students.

$1.5M FEMA grant to fund more Kalamazoo public safety officers

Aug. 29, 2017; MLive

KALAMAZOO, MI — A $1.5 million grant will allow the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety to hire 12 full-time officers.

… Recruits are hired by KDPS and then sent to a police academy either at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Kellogg Community College, Grand Rapids Community College or Grand Valley State University.

Magna, KraussMaffei help push college program forward

Aug. 28, 2017; Plastics News

Rochester, Mich. — As Mark Richardson has talked to more and more companies about how they’re working to attack the skills gap, he hears about homegrown programs.

… Richardson said the program will partner with existing two-year programs to help create a funnel of students that want to continue their education. The list of potential partners currently includes Schoolcraft College, Mott Community College, Grand Rapids Community College and Bay Mills Community College — all Michigan schools. He has also spoken to representatives from Ferris State University, the state’s biggest plastics program.

Undocumented: One immigrant’s story of life under DACA

Aug. 29, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – At 8 years old, Kevin Vazquez did not know what it meant to live in the shadows.

… Vazquez, a recent Grand Rapids Community College graduate, will be working on a bachelor’s degree in organizational communications at Western Michigan University this fall.

Former Grand Rapids Community College Football Player Makes NFL Debut

Aug. 28, 2017; WGRD FM

Grand Rapids Community College’s football program was discontinued in January of 2012, but before it ended, it had three former players who have a played in the NFL.  One of these athletes, Nick Truesdell, made his NFL debut on Sunday night with the Minnesota Vikings.