Posted tagged ‘Job Training’

GRCC In the News, 4-16-18

April 16, 2018

Not your average vending machine

April 13, 2018; Community College Daily

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

Michigan Dairy Plant Plans $21.3 Million Expansion

April 13, 2018; Dairy Herd Management

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

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

Change Ups: Cooley Law students garner Leadership Achievement Award

April 13, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… HUMAN SERVICES

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

Grand Rapids Christian announces new boys basketball coach

April 15, 2018; MLive

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

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

GRCC In the News, 4-12-18

April 12, 2018

Due to Popular Demand, Michigan College Announces Drone Courses

April 11, 2018; Unmanned Aerial

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

News 8 Daybreak

April 11, 2018; WOOD TV

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

Grace announces hiring of new bowling coach

April 11, 2018; MLive

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

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

Graham receives Saranac Outstanding Student award

April 11, 2018; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

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

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

GRCC In the News, 4-11-18

April 11, 2018

Citing high demand, GRCC launches drone classes

April 10, 2018; WOOD TV

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

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

GRCC In the News, 4-10-18

April 10, 2018

Grand Rapids Community College offering two spring drone courses

April 9, 2018; MLive

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

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

News 8

April 9, 2018; WOOD TV

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

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

College Honors

April 9, 2018; White Lake Beacon

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

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

Grand Rapids poet David Cope releases latest anthology

April 9, 2018; Grand Rapids Magazine

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

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

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

GRCC In the News, 4-3-18

April 3, 2018

GRCC Public Works Academy will provide skills for in-demand jobs

April 2, 2018; Water & Wastes Digest (publication for water and wastewater industries)

Grand Rapids Community College has teamed up with local municipalities on a Public Works Academy that will give people in-demand skills and guaranteed interviews for open jobs.

Mich. Students Petition for Emergency Phones on Campus

April 2, 2018; EMS World

Nearly 500 students at Grand Valley State University have signed an online petition to have the university install emergency blue light telephones around campus. The telephones, which are on poles with a blue light, would allow students to call 911 in the event of an incident requiring first responders.

… The costs for these blue light phones can range anywhere from $1,000 on Central Michigan University’s campus to $7,000 at Grand Rapids Community College. DeHaan said with GVSU campuses in Allendale, Grand Rapids, Holland, Muskegon, Detroit and Traverse City, there would be a significant cost to installing and maintaining a blue light phone at GVSU. He also said he’s seen blue light phones are not always the most effective strategy to keep students safe.

 

Mary Hofstra celebrates becoming a grandmother

April 3, 2018

Congratulations to Mary Hofstra, from Workforce Training, who became a grandmother on April 2. Her first grandchild — Colten Keith Jansen — was born about 1 p.m. to Mary’s son, Derek, and daughter-in-law, Rachel.

Mary Hofstra holds her grandson Colten.

GRCC In the News, 3-30-18

March 30, 2018

GRCC mourns death of alumnus, longtime supporter Armen Oumedian

March 29, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is mourning the death of alumnus and longtime supporter Armen Oumedian, who died on Wednesday, March 28.

GRCC montará Torneo de baloncesto NJCAA Región XII en 2019, 2020

March 29, 2018; El Vocero

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN. – Los mejores jugadores de baloncesto comunitarios de la región se presentarán en West Michigan durante los próximos dos años, con la selección de  Grand Rapids Community College  para albergar el torneo de baloncesto NJCAA Región XII en la temporada 2019 y 2020.

(GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN. – The best community basketball players in the region will perform in West Michigan for the next two years, with the selection of Grand Rapids Community College to host the NJCAA Region XII basketball tournament in the 2019 and 2020 seasons.)

West Shore earns high ranking for nursing

March 29, 2018; Ludington Daily News

West Shore Community College has been recognized as the No. 2-ranked LPN program in Michigan by the Annual PracticalNursing.org State LPN Program Rankings.

… WSCC had an overall score of 98.08, just behind Muskegon Community College, which had 99.64 total points. Lansing Community College was ranked third with 98.02 points. Grand Rapids Community College was ranked seventh with 97.04 points. More information about the ranking methodology is available at www.practicalnursing.org.

Maranda’s Guide to Spring Break Fun!

March 20, 2018; WOTV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) Spring break is here and if you’re staying close to West Michigan, there are so many options for family fun! Check out Maranda’s Guide to Spring Break Fun, including her picks of the day! To get a list of family-friendly activities emailed to you each week, click here!

… Kent District Library

Staying in town for spring break? We can help keep your kids happy, busy and entertained… and we will even sneak in a little education (but they will never know)!

… Big Time Builders at M-Tech

Get your hands on a virtual welder and try out some construction techniques and other maker projects at West Michigan’s premier training center. Try these unique maker projects at GRCC’s Leslie E Tassel M-Tech. For grades 4-8.
Wednesday, April 4, 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
M-Tech, 622 Godfrey Ave SW, Grand Rapids

 

GRCC In the News, 3-28-18

March 28, 2018

“Dead Man’s Cell Phone” offers insights into the impact of technology on relationships

March 27, 2018;  Grand Rapids Magazine

The “loopy and whimsical” play “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” takes audiences on a journey that explores how technology can bring people together in the “most abnormal way possible.”

The GRCC Players are staging the play, written by Sarah Ruhl and first performed in 2007, on March 29 31 at GRCC’s Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain St. NE.

Lean Goes Beyond Manufacturing

March 27, 2018; Michigan Business Network

On this segment of The Leaning Edge features Alen Ganic. Alen studied supply chain management and also received CPIM Supply Chain Management certification from APICS (The Association for Operations Management) and Lean certification from Grand Rapids Community College.

Youth interaction policy unveiled by Grand Rapids police

March 27, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A new Grand Rapids Police Department policy guiding officer interactions with youth is now in effect after the final draft was presented to the city commission Tuesday, March 27.

… It instructs officers to prioritize the least-restrictive options when dealing with youth, according to Raynard Ross, a leading member of the public-safety task force and Grand Rapids Community College associate dean.

‘I can finally exhale,’ man’s quest to feel comfortable in his own body nearly complete

March 27, 2018; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Beau VanSolkema lived the first few decades of his life in the wrong body.

… He has been in therapy ever since that day. VanSolkema enrolled in classes at Grand Rapids Community College and got involved with the LGBT community on campus. It was there that VanSolkema established his voice as an LGBT identifierwhile advocating for others. He also began to learn more about the transgender spectrum.

Emma Pachulski receives Scholar-Athlete Award

March 27, 2018; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

EAST LANSING — Emma Pachulski, a senior from Saranac High School, received the Michigan High School Athletic Associations Scholar-Athlete Award. Pachulski was honored at the 2018 MHSAA Boys Basketball Finals at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing, March 24. She was honored at the event by Don Simon, executive vice president for Farm Bureau Insurance, and John E. Jack Roberts, executive director of the MHSAA.

… Pachulski will be using the scholarship funds while attending Grand Rapids Community College and studying theatre & media arts. Pachulski will also be playing volleyball as a GRCC Raider.

Tassell M-TEC hosts CWDA Rally

March 9, 2018

GRCC Tassell M-TEC hosted the annual CWDA (Construction Workforce Development Alliance) Rally on Wednesday, March 7.  The CWDA was created by the Associated Builders and Contractors Western Michigan Chapter (ABCWM), American Subcontractors Association of Michigan (ASAM), and Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids (HBAGGR).

The CWDA Rally gathers commercial and residential construction industry professionals to celebrate the industry and raise funds to inspire and attract young people to the construction industry.  Much of the money raised at this event goes to scholarships for students interested in GRCC’s Construction Jump Start program.  The Rally consists of teams of 3 people and this year there were 20 teams.  The teams competed in 6 different fun events.  At the end of the night a champion is crowned.  This year, the champion was Dan Vos Construction.

Attached are some pictures of the Rally and a nice note from our partners at Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Western Michigan.

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GRCC In the News, 2-26-18

February 26, 2018

Fraternity helps black male students succeed

Feb. 23, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

After Jesse William Krewson Jr. got back from Afghanistan, he wanted to get an education in an effort to better help people.

But when the Grand Rapids Community College student would do homework, he would just get stuck and felt like he had a lack of resources.

Change Ups: Clark is electrical craft competition’s top finisher

Feb. 23, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Calvin Clark is the top finisher for the first annual ABC WMC Electrical Craft Competition. The competition was hosted by the Associated Builders & Contractors, Western Michigan Chapter, which partnered with Grand Rapids Community College to showcase the skills of six top electrical apprentices from ABC WMC member companies who are enrolled in the GRCC apprenticeship program. Clark from HighPoint Electric now qualifies to represent ABC WMC and GRCC at the ABC National Craft Championship, scheduled March 20-22, in Long Beach, California.

… AWARDS

… Grand Rapids Community College Police Academy students Tracy Harrell and Yamel Marmolejos-Tolentino are the first recipients of the $1,500 Bragg, Harvard, MuhammadSmith Why We Can’t Wait scholarship for students in criminal justice, education or health care who plan a career in public service.

Holland-area schools, businesses form manufacturing partnerships

Feb. 25, 2018; The Holland Sentinel

At a time when manufacturers are left scrambling for employees, local manufacturing companies have taken to forming partnerships   with local schools to serve as pipelines into the industry.

… In 2016, Careerline Tech Center, Grand Rapids Community College and Herman Miller joined forces to launch the Early College Program.

GR woman who inspired thousands shares how she got clean

Feb. 24, 2018; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Kelly Galbraith never had a problem revealing the rock-bottom depths from which she clawed her way back.

… Meanwhile, Galbraith is attending Grand Rapids Community College and working as a peer support specialist at Sanford House, a drug rehabilitation program in Grand Rapids.

31 Days of March Fun for Kids in Grand Rapids

Feb. 24, 2018; grkids.com

… March 17 — Kid friendly music, games, special guests, and so many fun carnival style activities await you at Super Saturday Kids Zone being held at the GRCC Ford Fieldhouse. Tickets are $7, under 1 are free.

Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids presents: ‘Torch Song Trilogy: Act III Widows and Children First’

Feb. 25, 2018; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Our friends from Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids joined the Weekend Morning team on Sunday to share about their next show taking the stage on Thursday night. It’s called Torch Song Trilogy: Act III: Widows and Children First.

… The show takes the stage March 1, 3, 8, 10, 2018 at 8 p.m. March 4 & 11, 2018 at 3 p.m.
at Spectrum Theater, downtown on the GRCC campus at 160 Fountain St. NE

 

GRCC In the News, 2-20-18

February 20, 2018

Stabenow visits GRCC, advocates labor training

Feb. 19, 2018; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — It was not so long ago that finding a job in Michigan was difficult, if not impossible, for many. Now, a lack of properly trained workers is drawing the attention of employers and lawmakers.

… U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, came to the Leslie E. Tassel M-TEC facility at Grand Rapids Community College, a center that focuses on skilled and technical training, to talk about the need for more money for such programs and more awareness of career opportunities that don’t necessarily require a four-year college degree.

Photos from Sen. Stabenow’s visit to Tassell M-TEC

February 20, 2018

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow talked about her New Skills for New Jobs plan at GRCC’s Tassell M-TEC facility today. GRCC President Bill Pink spoke, and the senator met with GRCC welding students.

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GRCC In the News, 2-19-18

February 19, 2018

Workforce development initiatives show signs of progress

Feb. 18, 2018; mibiz.com

By focusing on an internal culture that favors employee retention and support for external training initiatives, some West Michigan executives say they’ve largely avoided any problems associated with labor shortages.

… A founding member of the CWDA, ABC of West Michigan also works closely with organizations like Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) and Michigan Works!, largely as a means of identifying where specific gaps exist in construction training, developing curriculum and securing funding for the training programs.

Manufacturers solve problems internally, bring training in-house

Feb. 18, 2018; mibiz.com

Over the last few years, manufacturers have developed extensive in-house training programs in a move to combat skilled worker shortages.

… “This program provides the specific skills we are looking for while allowing our tradespeople to share their knowledge with others before retiring,” (Steelcase manager of corporate communications and public relations Katie) Woodruff said. “We have partnered with (Grand Rapids Community College) who provides an educational component, while our current tradespeople provide the on-the-job training. … We have had a mix of internal and external candidates join our apprentice program, which has proven to be a great balance.”

AMP Lab @WMU leverages partnerships to address talent shortage

Feb. 18, 2018; mibiz.com

GRAND RAPIDS — With the new AMP Lab @WMU that’s set to open this fall, Western Michigan University wants to leverage public- and private-sector partnerships to help local manufacturers innovate and access talent.

… The initiative also tapped into other institutions across the region, including Grand Rapids Community College, Ferris State University, Central Michigan University, Aquinas College and others.

Grand Rapids Community College celebrates 10th annual Creating Connections Breakfast

Feb. 16, 2018; therapidian.org

On Thursday, February 15, 2018, Grand Rapids Community College brought scholarship donors and recipients together through their 10th annual Creating Connections Breakfast. While enjoying eggs, bacon, and other delicious morsels prepared by GRCC’s culinary arts faculty and students, donors and recipients had the opportunity to interact and share their stories.

Sen. Stabenow to unveil new plan to help young people train, find work in Michigan

Feb. 19, 2018; WWMT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow will make a stop in West Michigan Monday to talk about her new “New Skills for New Jobs” agenda.
Sen. Stabenow (D-Michigan) will be at Grand Rapids Community College’s Michigan Technical Education Center Monday at 11 a.m.

8 apply for vacant Forest Hills School Board seat, NAACP calls for diversity

Feb. 18, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Forest Hills School Board received eight applications to fill a vacancy on the seven-member board, officials announced Friday, Feb. 16.

… Oscar Neal is a professor of mathematics and statistics at Grand Rapids Community College. He wants to help the district in developing youth by lending his advisory and planning skills. He cites enhancing performance and resourcefulness as key strengths and says he thrives on finding resolutions to problems. Neal, who is black, said his experience, educational qualifications and skills can be an asset.

Foul shots count for LMC women

Feb. 17, 2018; The Herald-Palladium (St. Joseph)

BENTON TOWNSHIP — It was a foul game against Grand Rapids Community College on Friday night.

Grand Rapids officials express concern over students violating housing codes downtown

Feb. 19, 2018; The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

Officials from the city of Grand Rapids and Grand Valley State University wish to remind students living downtown of compliance codes upheld by the city.

… “The city of Grand Rapids has dealt with the issue for at least 20 or 30 years,” he (Grand Rapids compliance supervisor Eric Jordan) said. “We’ve always had Calvin (College) and Aquinas (University), Grand Rapids Community College. In the past 10 years, Ferris (State) has increased its operations down in the city, as well as GVSU.”

GRCC In the News, 2-15-18

February 15, 2018

Grants Roundup: Indiana U. Gets $14 Million; a gift of $2.3 Million Aims to Help Nurses

Feb. 14, 2018; The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Here are notable new grant awards compiled by The Chronicle:

… W.K. Kellogg Foundation

$1 million to Grand Rapids Community College to expand programs that encourage low-income students, single parents, or underemployed people to seek careers in the public sector and in health care.

GRCC In the News, 2-7-18

February 7, 2018

GRCC’s $1M grant will train vulnerable residents for public works, health jobs

Feb. 6, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College received a three-year, $1 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to help train residents in vulnerable neighborhoods for in-demand jobs in the public works and health care fields.

Program Aims to Boost Humanities Education in Michigan

Feb. 7, 2018; U.S. News & World Report

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A new program aims to give community college students greater opportunities to transfer to the University of Michigan to study the humanities.

… The three-year program will lead to similar collaborations with Grand Rapids Community College and Schoolcraft College. It’s expected to create a new model for humanities majors who intend to transfer to University of Michigan from community colleges across Michigan.

Cajun dinner/dance FUNdraiser to celebrate Mardi Gras Creole cuisine, live music and dance instruction

Feb. 6, 2018; Ludington Daily News

The Ludington Area Center for the Arts will celebrate Mardi Gras Saturday, Feb. 10 with a Cajun dinner and dance FUNdraiser.

… Chef Barry Sherlock has designed this year’s menu and will be cooking up his great ideas. Sherlock is a graduate of the Culinary Arts Institute at Grand Rapids Community College. His culinary career has spanned a diversity of endeavors including executive chef of Green Ridge Country Club in Grand Rapids, Mich., hotel and banquet kitchen management and restaurant executive chef/kitchen management. He has additionally owned and operated a restaurant, catered privately and has volunteered his culinary expertise extensively throughout the local community. Sherlock currently serves as the dietary supervisor at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital.

Ann Arbor-area high school grads to make it to the NFL

Feb. 6, 2018; MLive

Few high school football players ever receive a scholarship to play at the collegiate level, and even fewer get a chance to play in the NFL.

… Ypsilanti’s Marcus Benard

… Benard was an unknown commodity coming out of high school and began his collegiate career at Grand Rapids Community College. He spent his last two years at Jackson State, combining for 25 sacks.

News at 6 p.m.

Feb. 6, 2018; FOX 17

The Bruce Doane Senior Baseball Camp had its annual camp last weekend at Grand Rapids Community College, and the shortage and increasing age of umpires at the high school level have become important factors for the camp.