GRCC In the News, 8-12-19

New Provost Named at Grand Rapids Community College

Aug. 9, 2019;

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

Street Talk: Patriotic partners prosper

Aug. 9, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… On the job

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

Northview unveils alternative schooling program

Aug. 9, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

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

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

Jets Sign TE Nick Truesdell, Waive CB Derrick Jones

Aug. 10, 2019;

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

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

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

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

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

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

GRCC In the News, 7-16-19

Employment Expertise: Earn while learning skills for high-demand career

July 15, 2019; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

Health care is one of the fastest growing industries in Michigan. Health care support occupations, such as medical assistants, top the list of fastest-growing occupational groups through 2022 — over twice the rate for total jobs overall. More than 450 open medical assistant positions will need to be filled in Michigan each year.

… As a student in the one-year program:

You’ll attend classes (tuition free) at one of the participating training providers: Grand Rapids Community College or Muskegon Community College. You’ll apply your classroom learning in a clinical setting and learn new skills from your assigned mentors and supervisors.

(This article, provided by West Michigan Works!, was also in several other state newspapers, including The Holland Sentinel.)

70+ restaurants, menus announced for 10th annual Restaurant Week GR

July 16, 2019; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Experience Grand Rapids announced the full list of Grand Rapids-area restaurants participating in the 10th annual Restaurant Week GR (RWGR).

… RWGR also supports culinary students through an endowed scholarship fund at the Grand Rapids Community College Secchia Institute for Culinary Education. Participating locations donate $1 for every RWGR meal sold.

GRCC In the News, 11-9-15

Expansion of health sciences education to address talent needs in West Michigan

Nov. 8, 2015;

A partnership between three community colleges and Grand Rapids-area care providers brings a traditional model for training talent into a new area: health care.

Grand Rapids Community College, Muskegon Community College and Montcalm Community College teamed with West Michigan Works! to form a pilot apprenticeship program to train and employ medical assistants at local health care organizations.

West Michigan craft brewing programs gain momentum

Nov. 8, 2015;

As the craft brewing industry continues to grow in West Michigan, several higher education institutions have begun to take action to address brewers talent needs.

… Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) is currently in the process of hiring a new faculty member to head its craft brewing, packaging and service operations certificate program thats slated to begin in the summer of 2016.

Meet the YWCA’s 2015 Tribute Award winners

Nov. 8, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI Women who lead diversity lecture series, who passionately lead and create new programs in education, and help more than 100 nonprofit organizations build successful fundraising mechanisms. These are among the winners of this year’s Tribute Awards given by the YWCA of West Central Michigan.


Christina Guajardo Arnold, 53, director of Bob & Aleicia Woodrick Diversity Learning Center at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC)


Teresa Weatherall Neal, 56, superintendent of Grand Rapids Public Schools.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Teresa Weatherall Neal is a GRCC alumna.)

Partners plan brewery in downtown neighborhood

Nov. 6, 2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A Puerto Rican-themed brewery is coming to Grand Rapids.

… (Edwin) Collazo’s wife, Karen, will lead the kitchen and use her Grand Rapids Community College culinary training.

Jake Vickery turns up pressure on defense for Rockford water polo

Nov. 8, 2015; MLive

ROCKFORD — The Rockford water polo team is ranked No. 1 in the state again this year, thanks in large part to some sterling defensive play.

… (Jake) Vickery plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College and pursue a degree in law enforcement.

Aquinas men’s soccer earns WHAC Honors

Nov. 8, 2015; MLive

Grand Rapids, MI- Aquinas College was well represented in the All-WHAC Men’s Soccer selections. Headlining the honorees for the Saints with First Team accolades were Matt Jackson and Aldony Mendez.

… Jackson (Kalamazoo/GRCC) started all 17 games for the Saints and anchored the stingiest defense in the conference. Overall the Saints allowed .65 goals against per contest and were ranked fourth nationally with eleven shutouts.