Two HVAC Students Receive Scholarships

Ryan Nyland and Jeremiah Meendorp, both HVAC students here at GRCC, have received the illustrious Rees Scholarship, sponsored by the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI).

The Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation was established to assist with the recruitment and competency of future heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) technicians by awarding scholarships to qualified students who are enrolled in an institutionally accredited school.

Each year, the foundation awards scholarships of up to $2,000 to qualified students enrolled in an HVACR program at an accredited institution.

The HVAC Program here at GRCC is accredited through The Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, & Refrigeration Accreditation, located in Arlington, VA.

Congratulations to Ryan and Jeremiah!

GRCC In the News, 1-19-18

Lakeshore Advantage Holds Meeting, Gives Honors

Jan. 19, 2018; WHTC

HUDSONVILLE, MI (WHTC-AM/FM) – The annual meeting of Lakeshore Advantage today will look back, look ahead and have some honors included.

Highlighting the session at Hudsonville’s Pinnacle Center is the awarding of the organization’s 2018 Visionary Award which recognizes leaders and the initiatives that they have undertaken to “affect positive economic change now and for the future,” according to a statement. The finalists for this honor are: Brian Walker of Herman Miller, Peter Haines of the OAISD and Dr. Bill Pink of Grand Rapids Community College, who created the Careerline Tech Center Early College Program; Dave Koster and Tim Hemingway of the Holland BPW for the Holland Energy Park that began full-scale operations last fall; and Community Foundation leaders Mike Goorhouse of Holland/Zeeland and Holly Johnson of the Grand Haven Area for the Housing Next affordable housing initiative.

Rees Scholarship Foundation Awards $74,000 to Aspiring HVACR Technicians

Jan. 17, 2018; achrnews.com

The Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), and the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), announced scholarship awards totaling $74,000 to 40 students, including one military veteran program recipient, studying to become technicians in the HVACR and water heating industry.

… HVACR and Water Heating Technician Program Recipients:

… Christopher Lewis, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, MI

HVAC student receives Rees Scholarship

The Rees Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce that Grand Rapids Community College student Christopher Lewis is the recipient of a $2,000 scholarship award.

The purpose of the Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation is to assist with the recruitment and competency of future Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning, and Refrigeration technicians by awarding scholarships to qualified students who are enrolled in an institutionally accredited school.

GRCC’s HVAC Program is accredited by the Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA).

Congratulations, Chris!

Raider Salute to Amy Koning

This Raider Salute comes from Don Steeby, associate professor in the HVAC program:

I’d like to recognize Amy Koning for the tireless work she did in developing our CCSTEP grants this past year.

As a result of this grant, the HVAC Department received valuable equipment that will be used by future generations in developing student troubleshooting skills in air conditioning and refrigeration.

 

HVAC students complete CCSTEP grant project

It was a long time in the making, but Don Steeby’s HVAC students finally completed the installation and startup of three supermarket display cases for their Commercial Refrigeration class.

Funding for this project was provided by our Michigan CCSTEP grant, which was designed to help community colleges boost skilled trades instruction. Don’s students were instrumental in the installation, electrical wiring, piping, and refrigerant charging of all three cases.

This project will help educate future students in the complex technology used for supermarket refrigeration, which will lead to well-paying jobs in the growing world of heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration.

Congratulations to Don’s students!

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GRCC In the News, 11-14-16

Veteran turned GRCC professor: Thank us by caring about our country

Nov. 11, 2016; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) Grand Rapids Community College students and staff paid silent tribute to military members on Veterans Day.

Rees Scholarship Foundation Awards $63,000

Nov. 14, 2016; achrnews.com

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Clifford H. Ted Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) and ACCA, recently awarded 37 scholarship awards totaling $63,000. Of the 37 recipients, four are veterans who are studying to become technicians in the HVACR and water heating industries.

… The HVACR and water heating technician program recipients are … Pragnesh Patel, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, Michigan; …

Green Hornets’ Courtnee Nicholson to be a GRCC Raider

Nov. 13, 2016; The Daily News (Greenville)

STANTON — This spring will be the last time Courtnee Nicholson will play for the Central Montcalm softball team; however, her career won’t be finished just yet.

The Green Hornets senior signed a letter of intent to attend Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) and play softball for the Raiders.

GRCC In the News, 9/16/16

GRCC teams up with Fiat Chrysler as certified training site
9/15/16 – MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is joining Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ network of certified technical training sites, officials announced Thursday, Sept. 15.

 

GR Community College diversity series opens with political analyst
9/15/16 – MLive               
The Diversity Lecture Series, sponsored by Grand Rapids Community College’s Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion, is intended to provide insight and understanding of multicultural issues to the West Michigan community.

 

Early college program works to fill manufacturing jobs
9/15/16 – WOODTV.com
SPRING LAKE, Mich. (WOOD) — Just a few years ago manufacturing in Michigan was dead on arrival. Skilled trades had no future in the state. High school students considering skilled trades as a career sought other options.

 

Rees Foundation awards $63,000 in HVACR scholarships
9/15/16 – ACHR News
ARLINGTON, Va. — The Clifford H. “Ted” Rees Jr. Scholarship Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) and ACCA, announced scholarship awards totaling $63,000 to 37 students, including four veterans, studying to become technicians in the HVACR and water heating industry.

 

College fair to assist former ITT Technical Institute students
9/15/16 – Fox 17
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Representatives from seven area colleges and universities will be meeting with former students of ITT Technical Institute to help them further their educations.

 

MCC Jayhawks volleyball team drop huge lead, fall to GRCC in five sets
9/16/16 – Local Sports Journal
MUSKEGON – At the end of the night one of two very good volleyball teams had to lose its first conference match of the season. Unfortunately that team was Muskegon Community College, which dropped a 3-2 heartbreaker to archrival Grand Rapids Community College in a showdown on Thursday.

 

GRCC In the News, 9-12-16

Hookah lounge shooting victim identified as a 22-year-old Muskegon man

Sept. 11, 2016; MLive

HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, MI — The 22-year-old man found dead in a parking lot Sunday morning has been identified by police as Muskegon resident Anthony Lamb.

… Police arrived to find Lamb lying in the parking lot outside the Hookah Lounge, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Lamb graduated from Holland High School in 2012 and went on to attend Grand Rapids Community College.

Help available for students of shuttered ITT Tech

Sept. 9, 2016; WOOD TV

MUSKEGON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The phones are ringing at college admissions offices all over West Michigan.

… Grand Rapids Community College is also looking for ways to help ITT Tech students.

Rees Scholarship Foundation awards $63,000

Sept. 11, 2016; mechanical-hub.com

Arlington, Va. — The Clifford H. Ted Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation, a charitable foundation of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), and the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), announced scholarship awards totaling $63,000 to 37 students, including four veterans, studying to become technicians in the HVACR and water heating industry.

… HVACR and Water Heating Technician Program Recipients:

… Pragnesh Patel, Grand Rapids Community College (Grand Rapids, Mich.)

What’s Cooking: Flourless chocolate torte recipe

Sept. 9, 2016; WZZM

Pastry Chef Abby Metz came to the WZZM 13 Studio from Red Water Restaurants, with a recipe for flourless chocolate torte.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Abby Metz is a SICE alumna.)

2 Young Black Educators. 100 Students of Color: From Worst-to-First

Sept. 6, 2016; Huffington Post

Even in 2016, it is still rare to see two men of color who do what they do, working in higher education. Although the two couldn’t be more different, there are many things Chris & Dre have in common. For instance, they both come from humble beginnings. They both graduated from Ottawa Hills High School, located in Grand Rapids, Mich. and they both have humble, laid back personalities. Nearly ten years apart in age, they are two professionals who have become more like brothers due to a shared focus and passion for helping students achieve.

… In 2012, after data indicated that African American males attending Grand Rapids Community College were statistical leaders in every category of failure, Alpha Beta Omega (ABO) was birthed as a response to the stark reality. ABO, a leadership development program was spearheaded by Dr. Andre Fields, Eric Williams and Chris Sain Jr.

Five local leaders to host joint mayors’ coffee

Sept. 9, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS — Five local leaders are hosting a joint mayors’ coffee for residents on Sept. 22 with public transit the topic of discussion.

Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, Grandville Mayor Steve Maas, Kentwood Mayor Stephen Kepley, Walker Mayor Mark Huizenga and Wyoming Mayor Jack Poll will lead the mayors’ coffee, set for 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Applied Technology Center at Grand Rapids Community College, 143 Bostwick Ave. NE.

GRCC In the News, 3-16-15

Change Ups: Heys selected for diverse communities scholarship

March 13, 2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… The Michigan Economic Development Corp. has awarded a $2.9 million grant to Grand Rapids Community College to purchase equipment for its machine tool, welding, HVAC and automotive programs and its new craft beer program. The grant will be combined with GRCC’s $983,309.41 in matching funds, approximately $700,000 of which was provided by two donors.

The Geek Group and GRCC partner for skilled trades

March 13, 2015; mibiz.com

Grand Rapids-based The Geek Group and Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) have announced a new partnership aimed at preparing students for work in the skilled trades.

GRCC clerical union votes to cut ties with MEA, citing ‘high’ union dues, K-12 focus

March 14, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A Grand Rapids Community College union representing clerical workers has voted to cut ties with the Michigan Education Association, with supporters of the move arguing the MEA’s dues were too expensive.

Nursing supervisor loses discrimination case in white patient’s care at Mary Free Bed

March 13, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by a black nursing supervisor who said she was not allowed to care for a white patient at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital because his family requested no black caregivers.

… Crane, who has a master’s degree in nursing and taught courses at Michigan State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Baker College and Davenport University, also claimed she was subject to discrimination and retaliation when she was not promoted to Director of Education at Mary Free Bed.

LaughFest’s biggest names, familiar faces captured in exhibition by Grand Rapids photographer

3/14/15 MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — It isn’t every day a photographer in Grand Rapids gets to shoot people such as Jay Leno or Betty White.

… In the past, Kelly’s photographed Mike Birbiglia in front of the stained glass windows of Fountain Street Church and Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood in Grand Rapids Community College’s Ford Fieldhouse pool during the community-wide festival of seriously funny stuff.

LaughFest 2015’s final weekend: Tickets still available for these shows

March 13, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI Gilda’s LaughFest is heading into its final weekend.

… Teams register and begin racing at GRCC Ford Fieldhouse, 111 Lyon St. NE.