Posted tagged ‘Job Training’

GRCC In the News, 3-20-17

March 20, 2017

News 8 Daybreak

March 20, 2017; WOOD TV

We’ll learn more today about a new partnership that could help fill a manufacturing gap in West Michigan. Manufacturers are working with the Kent ISD and Grand Rapids Community College.

LINC Up looks to address affordable housing

March 17, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Community-driven economic development organization LINC Up is hoping to address the affordable housing dilemma by starting right around the corner.

Braving the return of winter weather, state and local officials were on hand last week to celebrate the announcement of LINC Ups new partnership with Grand Rapids Community College. The program will provide hands-on experience for construction students while building affordable housing in southeast Grand Rapids. The announcement was held at 507 Umatilla St. SE, the site of the first new home construction.

NJCAA Division II National Tournament Capsules

March 18, 2017; Commercial-News

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GRCC In the News, 2-27-17

February 27, 2017

GRCC offers class to help increased demand for Certified Nursing Assistants

Feb. 24, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is launching its first training program from a $6 million federal grant to ensure the healthcare industry has access to a pipeline of skilled workers to meet the region’s demand.

Literacy program cultivates hidden talent in employees

Feb. 24, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The Literacy Center of West Michigan realized 16 years ago that the workforce was full of employees with untapped leadership potential: those who struggle with literacy.

… Similarly, last summer, CWE launched a partnership with Grand Rapids Community College and the Hispanic Center of West Michigan to recruit and teach Spanish-speaking community members who wanted to participate in GRCCs machine computer numerical control (CNC) degree.

Trophy cases from Grand Rapids colleges tell unique history of sports

Feb. 26, 2017; MLive

The thrill of victory often includes a nice payoff: hardware. Trophies, plaques and ribbons adorn college athletic departments across the Grand Rapids area. There are all kinds of display cases, from modest to opulent, housed in various locations and each with a history lesson. They are old nets, old photos and trophies of all ages, shapes and sizes. Here is a look at some of them from around West Michigan.

… Grand Rapids Community College

Steps inside the Ford Fieldhouse entrance, and just outside the gym, is a long corridor that is home to the rich history of Raiders athletics. A portrait of former President Gerald R. Ford standing guard over the hardware just adds to the atmosphere.

KVCC women earn 23rd win – and at least a share of title, 68-54

Feb. 25, 2017; MLive

As Grand Rapids Coach, David Glazier said after the contest, “If you don’t shoot in this gym every day, it can be a hard place to play.” He was talking about the ‘wide open spaces’ of GRCC’s Ford Fieldhouse, and it has taken its effect on many a visiting team’s shooting prowess. Even solid teams like KVCC’s sixth-ranked Cougars.

McCallum Returns To The Drive

Feb. 25, 2017; Our Sports Central

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH -The Grand Rapids Drive, the NBA D-League Affiliate of the Detroit Pistons announced today that Ray McCallum has returned to the team’s roster after receiving a GATORADE Call-Up totaling 20 days from the Charlotte Hornets.

… McCallum returns to the Grand Rapids Drive for tonight’s game when the team hosts the Rio Grande Valley Vipers at 7 PM at the DeltaPlex Arena. Tonight’s game is the Drive’s Metro Health Family Night (All Saturday Games) which features 4 tickets, 4 hotdogs, 4 sodas for $44 and is a Jersey Takeover Night sponsored by Grand Rapids Community College. Players will wear custom Navy and White jerseys for the game. The custom jerseys will be able to be bid on throughout the game and the winner of the jersey will be able to meet the player and have their photo taken with them post-game and receive a signed jersey.

GRCC In the News, 2-6-17

February 6, 2017

GRCC diversity director joins fellows program at University of Michigan

Feb. 3, 2017; MLive

Domingo Herandez-Gomez, the director of Grand Rapids Community College’s Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion, has been accepted into a national leadership development program.

Grand Rapids Schools executive Larry Johnson honored as 2017 Giant Among Giants

Feb. 5, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Larry Johnson spent the first part of his career working with the Grand Rapids Police Department, fighting crime by helping to put people behind bars.

… Now in his 20th year of working with Grand Rapids Public Schools, Johnson has been honored with the 2017 Giant Among Giants award. Of the dozen people recognized at the Giant Awards given by Grand Rapids Community College, the Giant Among Giants is the top honor.

Denise Mahoney: Building The Future Diverse Workforce At Kent County Technical Career Center

Feb. 5, 2017; mitechnews.com

SOUTHFIELD — Diva Tech Talk was thrilled to chat with Dr. Denise Mahoney, the Pre-Apprentice Liaison for the Kent County Technical Career Center, based in the Kent County Intermediate School District. Her current work is funded by a U.S. Department of Labor grant obtained by Grand Rapids Community College in partnership with Macomb Community College to increase the number of technology-oriented apprentices in West Michigan. Denise is focused on identifying and fostering technical opportunities and educational paths for 11th and 12th graders, poising them for successful life missions.

Muskegon Community College men cool off in an 82-68 loss to Grand Rapids CC

Feb. 6, 2017; Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

The nationally-ranked Muskegon Community College men’s basketball team let a halftime lead slip away and lost to Grand Rapids Community College 82-68 on Friday.

GRCC In the News, 1-24-17

January 24, 2017

College opens $7.2M learning lab downtown

Jan. 23, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local college has opened a 24,000-square-foot facility downtown that aims to meet the needs of its child development students and preschoolers.

Grand Rapids Community College opened the Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory at 210 Lyon St. NE on Saturday.

College approves $300K bond to train glass maker’s workers

Jan. 23, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local college has approved $300,000 in funding to help train workers at a growing manufacturing facility in the region.

Grand Rapids Community College’s Board of Trustees last month agreed to link funds from diverted State of Michigan income tax to support training for 33 newly created positions at Engineered Glass in Holland Township.

Morning News

Jan. 24, 2017; WZZM

Imagine what it would feel like to walk across the stage at your high school graduation and leave with no one but two diplomas. That will soon be the reality for dozens of students here at Ottawa Hills. The program is called early middle college. It is the latest partnership between Grand Rapids Public Schools and Grand Rapids Community College.

Downtown restaurant appoints chef

Jan. 23, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A downtown restaurant is getting a new chef.

… (Stephan) VanHeulen, who attended the GRCC Secchia Culinary Institute, began his career at AHC+Hospitality, cooking for restaurants within the groups portfolio in Grand Rapids, which includes Cygnus27.

Kozminski remembered as hero at fundraiser for memorial

Jan. 23, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Dozens turned out to Celebration! Cinema North Monday for a screening of the movie “Patriots Day” as part of a years-long push to raise money for a memorial to fallen Grand Rapids police officers.

… $35,000 of the money raised will go toward the scholarship fund that pays for one year of tuition at Grand Rapids Community College for a student who hopes to work in law enforcement. Kozminski’s parents choose the recipient of that scholarship.

The City of Grand Rapids Looking For Your Help to Make Our Neighborhoods Better

Jan. 23, 2017; 104.9 FM

The City of Grand Rapids is looking to get residents, neighborhood associations, businesses, non-profits, and government officials together, to help build stronger neighborhoods in Grand Rapids. They’re holding the Third Annual Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit on Saturday, March 4th, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. And it’s free!

… There will be childcare available if you register in advance, and GR Public Schools will also be offering free neighborhood transportation to and from the event! Bicycle racks, and discounted parking in the GRCC Bostwick Parking Ramp will also be available. There will also be Spanish-English translation services.

GRCC In the News, 1-20-17

January 20, 2017

Search Michigan career training programs to see average earnings and debt

Jan. 19, 2017; MLive

New data from the U.S. Department of Education provide a glimpse into career training programs at Michigan colleges and trade schools, showing prospective students whether graduates earn enough money to justify borrowing to pay tuition.

(GRCC is included in the database; the article is also illustrated with a GRCC file photo of a welding student.)

Condolences to family, friends of Chester ‘Chet’ Moore

January 10, 2017

GRCC extends condolences to the family and friends of Chester “Chet” Moore, a former Job Training instructor, who passed away Jan. 6. The funeral is scheduled for Jan. 11.

 

GRCC In the News, 12-22-16

December 22, 2016

Danish company plans North American plant on West Side

Dec. 21, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A Danish maker of upholstery products is setting up its first North American operation on the West Side.

… The Right Place said it connected Gabriel with West Michigan Works!, Grand Rapids Community College, Kendall College of Art and Design and various financial institutions, legal advisors, schools and housing.

Jayhawk men explode late in first half, pull away for an 82-68 win over Delta

Dec. 21, 2016; Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

The Muskegon Community College men’s basketball team shook off the rust from a long layoff and grabbed an 82-68 win over Delta College on Tuesday.

… The Jayhawks, now 6-3 on the season, will hit the court again after the holiday break when they host Grand Rapids Community College on Jan. 4 at 7:30 p.m.

MCC Jayhawks women’s squad overcomes bad quarter, pounds Delta College 69-52

Dec. 21, 2016; Local Sports Journal

The Muskegon Community College women’s basketball team overcame a bad second quarter to claim a 69-52 victory over Delta College on Tuesday.

… The Jayhawks improved to 6-2 on the season. They will open their conference season Jan. 4 at home against Grand Rapids Community College at 5:30 p.m.

 

GRCC In the News, 12-5-16

December 5, 2016

Appointments, Resignations, Deaths (12/9/2016)

Dec. 4, 2016; The Chronicle of Higher Education

CHIEF EXECUTIVES

Appointments

… Bill Pink, vice president and dean of work-force development at Grand Rapids Community College, was appointed president. He will be the college’s first black leader.

State News 12-1-16

Dec. 1, 2016; The Hastings Banner

… Grand Rapids Community College announced that it has joined the network of Fiat Chrysler-certified technical training sites. FCA US LLC, a North American automaker headquartered in Auburn Hills, established the Mopar Career Automotive Program LOCAL in partnership with the National Coalition of Certification Centers, or NC3, to train approximately 1,000 students annually. The partnership has a goal of building a talent pipeline of certified Chrysler Fiat automotive technicians across the country.

GRCC Political Professor weighs in on Michigan recount

Dec. 3, 2016; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich – The recount of Michigan’s presidential votes is officially set to begin next week.

… Grand Rapids Community College Professor, Neal Getz stopped by FOX 17 Morning News to explain how the process will work.

GRCC Volleyball’s Lauren Wieber named NJCAA DII All-American

Dec. 3, 2016; MLive

Grand Rapids, Mich – GRCC Volleyball’s sophomore OH Lauren Wieber (Grand Rapids, MI, Kenowa Hills (’15)) earned All-American honors after a stand out season recording 433 kills, 103 digs and 30 blocks while starting in 34 of 36 matches.

Inside Track: Marriage leads to career break

Dec. 2, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

During his two-decade career in fundraising, Keith Hopkins has had a hand in more than 175 campaigns, most of them in the West Michigan region.

… Hopkins began his career in education, teaching at Grand Rapids Community College for four years and then Heartland Community College in Illinois for another four years, before joining Monaghan Associates, a fundraising firm in Grand Rapids.

 

 

GRCC In the News, 10-13-16

October 13, 2016

GRCC International Guitar Series presents Guitarist Pino Forastiere

Oct. 11, 2016; Kulture Vulture

GRCC International Guitar Series presents Guitarist Pino Forastiere from Italy

Degage Ministries’ Marge Palmerlee on homelessness in GR, the greatness of Heartside & more

Oct. 13, 2016; rapidgrowthmedia.com

When Marge Palmerlee began volunteering at Dégagé Ministries in Grand Rapids’ Heartside neighborhood more than two decades ago, she wasn’t doing so because she had a background in social work or experience with issues like homelessness. As a single mother raising two sons while working as an accountant at the former Rogers Department Store on 28th Street, she did, however, understand what it meant to face difficulties and to be grateful for a helping hand or a willing ear and she wanted to give back.

… We did a survey recently, and people told us they’d like to work on job skills. They said they’d love to connect with Grand Rapids Community College, but don’t feel they fit in there. They said, “Is there anything you can do at Degage?” We toured [GRCC’s] M-TEC Center [which provides workplace training]; they have phenomenal programs that are 80 percent hands-on and in an environment where everyone’s accepted. We’re planning on having a partnership with them.

Students, faculty impact global health

Oct. 12, 2016; gvsu.edu

Students and faculty will share how they are impacting global health during the GVSU Global Health Showcase October 14, at the Pew Grand Rapids Campus. The showcase is free and open to the public.

… In 2014, (Nkechy Ekere) Ezeh was appointed to serve a three-year term on the Michigan Department of Education’s Office of Great Start Advisory Council. In 2016, she received the 2016 Hattie Beverly Education Award from Grand Rapids Community College, given to an outstanding African American educator in the Grand Rapids area.

Love on the Blue Bridge a Stop Motion Proposal

Oct. 122, 2016; 95.7 FM

The newly engaged couple is Alex Saxton and Hannah Van Rees. Alex’s sister saw the share off Jen’s (Friend from GRCC) wall.

GRCC In the News, 10-3-16

October 3, 2016

JP Morgan Chase, GRCC partner to boost minority skills training, job growth

Sept. 30, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Community College is seeking to enroll at least 100 minorities in a new skilled trades program funded by a $40,000 grant from the JP Morgan Grant Foundation.

Fountain Hill Brewery and Peter’s Pub Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at GRCC

Sept. 30, 2016; 100.5 FM

Maybe you’ve heard about Grand Rapids Community College’s foray into the brewery world, well it’s no longer some nebulous idea. It’s real and it’s now open.

Local Spinsology 101: Music on Campus roundup for West Michigan

Sept. 29, 2016; Local Spins

Local Spins occasionally rounds up festivals and events, interesting people and intriguing musical projects at West Michigan colleges and universities. Today, we spotlight a few of those at Ferris, Grand Valley and Grand Rapids Community College.

Rate of student loan defaults slows in Michigan

Oct. 2, 2016; The Detroit Free Press

For the second year in a row, the federal government’s annual publishing of national student loan default rates was good news for Michigan.

(GRCC is included in the list.)

ROTC

Sept. 30, 2016; Chimes (Calvin’s student newspaper)

It’s 6:15 a.m. The sun is rising over the horizon, the birds are chirping and most of Calvin’s campus is asleep. For cadets in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), however, their day is about to begin.

… Currently, there are 30 cadets in the Grand Rapids program. Most of the four-year schools in the area are affiliated with the Bronco Battalion. This year’s program has cadets from Calvin, Hope, GVSU and GRCC.

Morning News

Sept. 30, 2016; FOX 17

FOX 17 is teaming up with Grand Rapids Community College to bring you another new “Classroom of the Week.”

Weekly wrap ups

Sept. 30, 2016; Oceana’s Herald Journal

… GRAND RAPIDS, Sept. 23 — The Hart girls cross-country team continued its strong performance this season by taking first place in the Grand Rapids Community College Invitational, edging Rockford by eight points.

 

GRCC In the News, 9-22-16

September 22, 2016

Country’s first college-licensed brewery, pub opening in Grand Rapids

Sept. 22, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is set to open its Fountain Hill Brewery and Peter’s Pub on Friday, Sept.23.

GRCC gains $1M with enrollment dropping less than projected

Sept. 21, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College will have $1 million more to support its students, with enrollment figures coming in better than projected, according to Lisa Freiburger, vice president for finance and administration.

Support organizations to meet with West Michigan business leaders

Sept. 21, 2016; The Holland Sentinel

West Michigan business leaders can connect with support organizations to help move their companies forward at an event Friday, Sept. 30, in Hudsonville.

… Representatives from the following support organizations will be present at the event: Opportunity Resource Fund; Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women; Economic Development Foundation – SBA 504 Loans; Grand Haven Chamber of Commerce; Hudsonville Area Chamber of Commerce; Allendale Chamber of Commerce; West Coast Chamber; Coopersville Chamber of Commerce; Lakeshore Advantage; Business Acceleration Fund (Muskegon Innovation Hub & Holland SmartZone); Start Garden; Varnum Law MiSpringboard; Great Lakes Ag-Tech Business Incubator; Small Business Development Center; MSU Product Center; Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center; Discover Manufacturing; Consumers Energy; Holland BPW; West Michigan Works!; Hello West Michigan; Smart Coast; Community Action House – EPIC Empowerment Program; Employer Resource Network; GRCC MAP+ Apprentice Grant; GRCC Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP); GRCC Workforce Training & M-TEC; Muskegon Community College; Ottawa Area Intermediate School District; Grand Valley State University Career Center; Thompson M-TEC; U.S. Commercial Service; EXIM Bank; Van Andel Global Trade Center; and Muskegon Area First PTAC.

RapidChat: Jordy VandeBunte, an aspiring chef with top security clearance

Sept. 22, 2016; rapidgrowthmedia.com

Jordy VandeBunte is a self-proclaimed “culinary student with a top secret security clearance.” It’s not every day you meet an aspiring chef like VandeBunte: a current student at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at GRCC who used to work for the Central Intelligence Agency. With the Secchia Institute recently being ranked as one of the “top culinary schools of 2016,” we have no doubt his career transition is nothing less than fitting.

NOTUS: Contemporary Vocal Ensemble Dominick DiOrio, conductor

Sept. 21, 2016; bloomingtonscene.com

NOTUS: Contemporary Vocal Ensemble Dominick DiOrio, conductor – Stand Before the Sunrise: Music to Examine Our Privilege featuring Duane Davis, conductor; Jeremy Allen, bass; and Kathryn Lukas, flute – – NOTUS: Contemporary Vocal Ensemble

… Originally from Cleveland, he (Duane Davis) retired as director of vocal music at Grand Rapids Community College. He was recently on jazz faculty at Western Michigan University, where he taught jazz voice and directed Gold Company. After 31 years, he recently retired as chorus master for Opera Grand Rapids., conductor; Jeremy Allen, bass; and Kathryn Lukas, flute

Morning News

Sept. 22, 2016; WZZM

Leaders from Ferris State University and Kendall College of Art and Design are working to help former ITT Tech students get back to class …  It’s happening at Grand Rapids Community College’s Applied Technology Center from 5 to 8 p.m.

 

GRCC In the News, 9-21-16

September 21, 2016

GRBJ: Community college opening brewery in downtown Grand Rapids

Sept. 20, 2016; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – A college downtown is testing the theory that beer does make you smarter.

Grand Rapids Community College said today it will open Fountain Hill Brewery in downtown Grand Rapids located on the first floor of the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center, at 151 Fountain St. NE with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday.

Top 10 finalists, Facebook award announced in Consumer’s Energy, ArtPrize student contest

Sept. 20, 2016; MLive

WYOMING, MI – Consumer’s Energy announced the top 10 finalists in its annual SmartArt competition in coordination with ArtPrize, and a new People’s Choice Award on Facebook Tuesday, Sept. 20.

… Judges from Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University and Grand Rapids Community College with judge the competition. However, there could be two winners with the introduction of the Facebook contest.

MCC joins manufacturing articulation agreement

Sept. 20, 2016; candgnews.com

LANSING — Representatives from eight state community colleges — including Macomb Community College — met Sept. 8 for a press conference in Lansing to announce details of an articulation agreement.

… The coalition colleges also include Bay College in Escanaba, Grand Rapids Community College, Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor, Lansing Community College, Mott Community College in Flint, and Schoolcraft College in Livonia.

Women bridge gap in leading Kent, Ottawa county law enforcement

Sept. 19, 2016; WOOD TV

OLIVE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — While there’s nothing unique about women in law enforcement, it is rare to see them in leadership roles.

… Kent County’s Michelle LaJoye-Young and Ottawa County’s Valerie Weiss have nearly 50 years combined experience in law enforcement. The pair is among just three undersheriffs in the state of Michigan.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but both Michelle LaJoye-Young and Valerie Weiss are GRCC alumnae.)

GRCC In the News, 9-20-16

September 20, 2016

Community college becomes Fiat Chrysler training site

Sept. 19, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local community college is now a certified Fiat Chrysler training site.
Grand Rapids Community College announced that it has joined the network of Fiat Chrysler-certified technical training sites.

Area students receive Law Enforcement Education Program scholarships

Sept. 16, 2016; The Holland Sentinel

The Law Enforcement Education Program recently named Jenna Klokkert, of Fennville, and Austin Lynema, of Zeeland, among the 22 students nationwide who will receive $1,000 scholarships to encourage their pursuit of law enforcement and public safety careers.
Klokkert is a student at Grand Rapids Community College, and Lynema is a student of Grand Valley State University.

GRCC’s 11th ranked men’s XC take 2nd at MSU, women take 3rd

Sept. 19, 2016; MLive

On Friday September 16th GRCC’s men’s and women’s cross country teams made the trek down I-96 for the MSU Spartan Invitational and toed the line for what was their toughest race of the season.

Kelley: A family guide to visiting ArtPrize

Sept. 19, 2016; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – ArtPrize in Grand Rapids used to be like the World’s Biggest Ball of Yarn. It was fun because it was large and bizarre and a good excuse to stretch your legs after a car ride.

… Local artists:

… Stanley Skopek of Battle Creek, Flight in Wind at GRCC Spectrum Theater Lobby, 160 Fountain NE

Photos from Fiat Chrysler announcement

September 19, 2016

GRCC is joining Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ network of certified technical training sites.

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GRCC In the News, 9-15-16

September 15, 2016

College fair to aid former ITT Tech students

9/14/16 MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Seven West Michigan colleges and universities will host a college fair for former ITT Technical Institutes students at the Kroc Center on Thursday, Sept. 15.

… The colleges and universities participating in the fair are: Aquinas College, Davenport University, Ferris State University, Calvin College, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, and Western Michigan University.

WMCAT announces $7.5M capital campaign, West Side relocation

9/14/16 MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI -The West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology (WMCAT) needs the community to contribute another $1 million to reach a $7.5 million fundraising goal to secure a new home on the reinvigorated West Side, officials announced Wednesday, Sept. 14.

… He (WMCAT Executive Director Daniel Williams) said the nonprofit is also developing a partnership with Grand Rapids Community College for programming in advanced manufacturing.

Best buds forever

9/14/16 Herald-Journal (Oceana County)

Chris Contreras gave his pal Dustin Carlson a kidney, and a life

… Then, things changed. They came to the fork in the road, and took different paths. Chris moved to Grand Rapids in 2009, to attend Grand Rapids Community College, and later, Ferris, where hes finishing his BA in business. Dustin took a job with ADAC Automotive in Muskegon, got married and had two sons. They kept in contact through social media, but saw each other less and less frequently. As so often happens in life, time increased the distance between them; they were young, active and consumed by their own busy lives.

MMCC competes at Bulldog Invite

9/14/16 Record & Clarion (Gladwin County)

HARRISON — The MMCC cross-country team ran at the Bulldog Invitational in Big Rapids on Saturday, Sept. 10.

… The Lakers will run next on Friday, Sept. 23, at 3:30 p.m. at Grand Rapids Community College for the GRCC Invitational.