Posted tagged ‘medical assistant’

GRCC In the News, 11-16-17

November 16, 2017

U.S. Labor Department names West Michigan Works! medical assistant apprenticeship program a role model for other states

Nov. 15, 2017; michigan.gov (press release by state Department of Talent & Economic Development)

LANSING, Mich. — The Medical Assistant Registered Apprenticeship Program in West Michigan is helping health care providers fill a critical shortage of talent, and has been saluted as a national Promising Practice by the U.S. Department of Labor.

… Spectrum Health, Mercy Health and Cherry Street Health Services worked together and created the one-year program. Grand Rapids, Muskegon and Montcalm community colleges partnered with the health care providers, developing a shared curriculum addressing the skills common to all three employers. West Michigan Works! holds the standards for the program and serves as the intermediary between the partners.

New middle college program to provide associate degrees

Nov. 15, 2017; schoolnewsnetwork.org (KISD newsletter)

Kentwood Public Schools, MI — A goal at the high school is for every student to receive college credit from at least one class before they graduate, said Evan Hordyk, the district’s executive director for secondary education. Well-established Advanced Placement (AP) opportunities, plus a middle college launching next fall, will make that possible.

East Kentwood students are already tallying up college credits by choosing from a slate of 21 AP classes. Soon they will be able to earn a free associate degree from Grand Rapids Community College by completing a fifth year of high school while dually enrolled as a college student.

Report finds gaps in funding, services for Kent Co. kids

Nov. 16, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A new report shows large gaps in services and funding for young children in Kent County.

… First Steps Kent officials will lay out exactly how they determined their numbers during a 10 a.m. news conference at Grand Rapids Community College’s Applied Technology Center.

 

Blood pressure clinics are today

September 13, 2017

Medical assistant students will hold blood pressure clinics from 1-3 p.m. today in three locations:

  • 4th floor of Main.
  • Winchester Alley.
  • Raider Grille.

Medical assistant students hold blood pressure clinics on September 13

September 11, 2017

Medical assistant students will hold blood pressure clinics from 1-3 p.m. September 13 in three locations:

  • 4th floor of Main.
  • Winchester Alley.
  • Raider Grille.

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, 8-28-17

August 28, 2017

Morning News

Aug. 28, 2017; WZZM

Kamady Rudd: “It looks pretty nice out now — a beautiful way to start off the school year. We’re joined by Superintendent Weatherall Neal.”

… Weatherall Neal: “I guess going into this school year, I’m really excited for the students and staff members … We are starting middle college this year, which is awesome. Our seniors will be able to graduate with an associate degree from Grand Rapids Community College. So that’s nice — it’s free of charge, actually, to parents.”

Street Talk: The fountain of youth

Aug. 25, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta joined Gov. Rick Snyder at Grand Rapids Community College last week, where they discussed the importance of apprenticeships before touring the third and fourth floors of the colleges Peter and Pat Cook Academic Hall.

Craft brewing makes its way to Michigan college campuses

Aug. 27, 2017; The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

A new trend has been brewing on college campuses around Michigan, and that trend is craft brewing.

… Western Michigan University, Michigan State University, Ferris State University and Grand Rapids Community College are just a few examples of colleges in Michigan that offer a craft brewing program.

GRCC In the News, 8-23-17

August 23, 2017

GRPD: Man jumps fence at public pool, drowns

Aug. 22, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A 21-year-old man drowned in a closed Grand Rapids public pool Tuesday morning, police say.

… (Damon) Smith-Phillips’ father, David Smith, said his son was a Detroit native and a graduate of Osborn High School. Smith-Phillips was in Grand Rapids to attend community college and his father said he hoped to have a career in video game design.

Spotlight on medical apprenticeships

Aug. 22, 2017; Community College Daily

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 college’s healthcare training facilities.

Gov. Snyder joined by Labor Secretary for tour of GRCC’s medical programs

Aug. 22, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta and Gov. Rick Snyder toured Grand Rapids Community College’s Cook Academic Hall Monday, Aug. 21, as part of a series of tours focused on manufacturing and medical apprenticeships, officials say.

‘A Happy End’ kicks off Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids 25th season

Aug. 22, 2017; FOX 17

Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids is getting ready to kick off another season of shows for their 25th season, opening with A Happy End.

… A Happy End will be performed at GRCC Spectrum Theatre at the following times:

Governor, U.S. Secretary of Labor visit GRCC

August 22, 2017

U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta joined Gov. Rick Snyder at Grand Rapids Community College on Monday, where they discussed the importance of apprenticeships before touring the third and fourth floors of the college’s Peter and Pat Cook Academic Hall. The visit comes as part of a series of tours that Snyder and Acosta are conducting focused on manufacturing and medical apprenticeships.

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GRCC In the News, 11-28-16

November 28, 2016

GRCC’s next college president talks about making an impact

Nov. 22, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The next president of Grand Rapids Community College says he confident about assuming the responsibility because his life’s journey has strategically shaped him into the leader he is today.

It’s time for West Michigan to fix itself

Nov. 25, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal editorial

This cannot be overstated.

… For example, Grand Rapids Community College this month received a $6 million grant to maintain its medical assistant apprenticeship program. Last year at this time, there were 90 openings for qualified medical assistants in West Michigan. The first apprenticeship class is almost done with its studies and will be joining the full-time workforce in January. But with a class of just about 20, it will come nowhere near filling the employment needs of health care providers in the area.

Explore GRCC’s Dental Program

Nov. 22, 2016; WOTV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) — Maranda was joined in studio by some Dental Assistant and Dental Hygienist students from Grand Rapids Community College. Learn about the three year Hygienist program and the 10-month Assistant program. These students get to do hands on work out in the West Michigan community. They teach people to “ReThink your Drink.” Check out the video above to see how much sugar you’re consuming in your favorite drinks.

Photo Flash: Opera Grand Rapids Hosts 13th Annual Collegiate Vocal Competition

Nov. 22, 2016; Broadway World

Opera Grand Rapids’ 13th annual Collegiate Vocal Competition held this past weekend included winners from Grand Valley State University, Western Michigan University and Grand Rapids Community College. The competition, which provides West Michigan’s finest budding vocal artists the opportunity to compete in a professionally-judged competition for cash prizes, received 26 applicants, named eight finalists and selected five winners. Scroll down for photos from the competition!

… Alexandra Galla, mezzo-soprano from Western Michigan University, and Grace VanHoven, soprano from Grand Rapids Community College, won second and third prizes in Division I, respectively. Opera Grand Rapids named two winners in its Division II-Natalie Saigh, mezzo-soprano, and Jared Montgomery, baritone, of Western Michigan University.

MSU to help increase student success in Grand Rapids

Nov. 22, 2016; FOX 47

Michigan State University has joined a Grand Rapids-area community initiative to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups entering and graduating from Michigan colleges.

… In addition to MSU, other higher education institutions partnering with TCTC are: Aquinas College, Calvin College, Cornerstone University, Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Northwood University and Western Michigan University.

 

GRCC In the News, 7-28-16

July 28, 2016

Making it in Grand Rapids: How the startup community is preparing entrepreneurs for the ‘real world’

7/28/16 rapidgrowthmedia.com

Can you teach entrepreneurship? This question may not have a straight answer, but is it even the right question? There are those in the Grand Rapids startup community who are not only working to educate entrepreneurs as much as possible but are also changing the question by asking not if it can be taught, but how it can be taught.

… This blending of skillsets is called “intrapreneruship” and is something that Professor Felix Pereiro, Business Department Head at the Meijer Center for Business Studies at GRCC, also recognizes as an integral part of an entrepreneurship education. “Can students discuss innovation and the creative process? Can they solve complex problems, lead and produce results? Companies are looking for these traits,” says Pereiro. That is why programs like those at GVSU and GRCC are so important to the next generation of entrepreneurs and those that choose to enter into a company. According to a 2014 survey of 3,335 human resources professionals conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), 54 percent of respondents indicated that job applicants lacked critical thinking and problem solving skills.

News Briefs

7/27/16 Community College Week

… GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Grand Rapids Community College has established a $7 million scholarship fund with Spectrum Health to help students pursuing careers in healthcare or the health sciences.

122 candidates file for school board seats in Kent, Ottawa counties

7/27/16 MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Eleven candidates are vying for three, four-year seats on the nine-member Grand Rapids Board of Education in the Tuesday, Nov. 8, general election.

… Here is a rundown of candidates who filed for Grand Rapids and other Kent and Ottawa county area school districts.

… Raynard Ross, an associate dean for Student Success & Retention Services at Grand Rapids Community College, is seeking a second term.

Radio personality tries a 3rd time to unseat county board incumbent

July 27, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Radio personality Robert Womack hopes his third try will be the charm as he challenges 17th District County Commissioner Candace Chivis in the Aug. 3 Democratic primary election.

… Chivis, who was first elected to the board in 2010 and counts former State Rep. Robert Dean and former Grand Rapids Community College board member Ellen James as her supporters, said Womack is focusing on issues that fall outside of the county board’s purview.

GRCC In the News, 7-26-16

July 26, 2016

e-Headlines

July 25, 2016; Community College Daily

Surgical technicians and sterile processing technicians are just two areas under consideration for extending the apprenticeship program that launched last year at Grand Rapids Community College (Michigan), in which students work part time for a year in a clinical setting as they receive classroom training.

Spotlight: Key to success: ‘Honor and integrity’

July 25, 2016; The Herald-Palladium (St. Joseph)

BENTON TOWNSHIP — When he was growing up just outside Grand Rapids, Robert Boyce was intrigued by police and the work they do.

… He earned his law enforcement degree at Grand Rapids Community College while going through the police academy there. He got his first job in law enforcement as a Hillsdale police officer. But he wanted to be on the west side of the state. So after a year in Hillsdale, when a position opened up at the Benton Harbor Police Department, he went to work there for six years.

Grand Valley recognized for support of veterans

July 25, 2016; gvsu.edu

Grand Valley State University was honored June 22 for its commitment to helping student veterans transition from the military to college life through the Michigan Veteran Education Initiative.

MVEI, a program through the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency, places veteran resource representatives (VRRs) on campuses throughout the state to help student veterans succeed as they pursue an education. Marq Hicks, a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, serves as the veteran resource representative for Grand Valley and Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC Hires Brian Skudre as Head Softball Coach

July 25, 2016; MLive

Grand Rapids, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College’s softball program has a new skipper.  GRCC’s Athletic Department announced Friday that Brian Skudre has accepted the head coaching position for the 2016-17 season effective immediately.

Call to Makers Extended for the Grand Rapids Maker Faire

July 25, 2016; Broadway World

Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire announced today that the Call to Makers for the 3rd annual Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire has been an extended! Makers now have until Wednesday, August 10 to sign up to showcase what they have invented or are making. This year’s Maker Faire will be August 20 & 21 held at the Grand Rapids Public Museum and nearby Grand Valley State University’s John C. Kennedy Hall of Engineering.

… The Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire is being organized by the GR Makers, The Geek Group, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University and the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

Time tempers Steel’s Truesdell

July 26, 2016; Portland Tribune (Ore.)

Nick Truesdell has a to-do list he looks forward to tackling as the Portland Steels season comes to a climax.

… Truesdell wound up having to go a different route on the gridiron, after being dismissed from the University of Cincinnati team. He enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan and got off to a great start, only to tear an ACL after one game. He then hired an agent and went to various pro camps, tryouts and workouts, but found he needed more football seasoning.

 

GRCC In the News, 7-25-16

July 25, 2016

Colleges leverage apprenticeship model for medical careers

July 24, 2016; mibiz.com

Amid growing demand for health care talent, the partners behind a medical assistant apprenticeship program now look to expand the model to other in-demand areas.

Surgical technicians and sterile processing technicians are just two areas under consideration for extending the apprenticeship program that launched last year at Grand Rapids Community College, in which students work part time for a year in a clinical setting as they receive classroom training.

Search ‘success’ rates at Michigan’s universities, community colleges

July 25, 2016; MLive

New state data shed fresh light on how long it takes students to earn degrees from Michigan’s public universities and community colleges.

Landmark 151-year-old mansion put on the block by college foundation

July 23, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Heritage Hill is a hot real estate market these days.

… The Grand Rapids Community College Foundation is taking advantage of the robust market by putting its 151-year-old McCabe-Marlowe House on the market for $575,000.

Grand Rapids icon Yesterdog turns 40

July 23, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Forty years ago, Bill Lewis opened Yesterdog with one goal in mind.

… Before Yesterdog, Lewis says he was a hippie who worked odd jobs to pay for his travels. He also served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, from 1967-69. He later earned an associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College, but he credits his restaurant training to working in the kitchen at Mr. Fables, another iconic Grand Rapids eatery.

GRCC In the News, 7-13-16

July 13, 2016

Medical assistants needed to meet industry demand

July 12, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – This week Grand Rapids Community College held graduation for its most recent class of medical assistants to meet the growing demands of the heath care industry, officials said Tuesday, July 12.

Apprentices Mark Halfway Point to New Careers in Health Care

July 11, 2016; Mercy Health website

Twenty-four aspiring medical assistants recently took a break from their classwork to celebrate the halfway point in the MA Registered Apprenticeship Program (MARAP). Program partners Grand Rapids Community College, Muskegon Community College, West Michigan Works!, Mercy Health, Cherry Health and Spectrum Health were there to share in the milestone celebration and hear about the students’ journeys-to-date.

American Mold Builders Association (AMBA) Awards Scholarships

July 12, 2016; Prototype Today

The National office of the American Mold Builders Association (AMBA), Indianapolis, IN, recently announced the recipients of its 2016 Scholarship Awards Program. AMBA’s National Scholarship Program to date has awarded over $263,000 nationally since the program’s inception in 1991. The annual Scholarship Program continues to demonstrate AMBA’s commitment to the industry, education and offering valuable member benefits.

… The 2016 AMBA National Scholarship Program awarded $1,000 to the following recipients (including their respective AMBA member companies):

… James Worst, attending Grand Rapids Community College (Paragon D&E).

The USA gets ready for the Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie

July 11, 2016; So Good magazine

The American team has begun training so as to get good results in the next Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie, which will take place in Lyon in 2017. The USA is one of the Top 7 Countries which, having registered the highest scores in the last three editions of the competition, has a direct ticket to the final.

The team is formed by Victor Dagatan, Kitchen Artist at the Ritz Carlton Buckhead (Atlanta), in charge of ice; Rabii Saber, Executive Pastry Chef at the Four Seasons (Orlando), who will be in charge of chocolate, and Bill Foltz, winner of the prize for the best sugar piece in the 2011 World Cup, responsible for sugar and team captain. Robert Nieto, executive pastry chef at Kendall Jackson winery in Napa Valley (California), and Nicolas Chevrieux, runner-up of the last US Pastry Competition, will be travelling to France as assistants. Besides, Gilles Renusson will participate as team manager and Christophe Feyt as team coach, with the help of Roy Pell.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Gilles Renusson is a SICE professor.)

Officials comment on Ivy Tech leader’s exit

July 12, 2016; The Star Press (Muncie, Ind.)

MUNCIE, Ind. — Andrew Bowne, currently chancellor for Ivy Tech Community College’s East Central and Richmond regions, has been named senior vice president and chief operating officer for the statewide community college, Ivy Tech announced on Tuesday.

… Prior to joining Ivy Tech, Bowne served at Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan as the associate vice president for college advancement. Before his leadership in the development function, he served as the executive director for workforce training and economic development. In addition to his work in community colleges, he has worked in traditional economic development roles, as well as in workforce development leadership for manufacturing companies in West Michigan.

Former Portland coach Ray Kimball joins Davenport as women’s assistant coach

July 12, 2016; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — Two years ago, Portland girls head coach Ray Kimball left the school and program that had incredible success. He left to become the Athletic Director at his alma mater, Lansing Waverly.

It didn’t take Kimball long to get the itch to coach again. Just one year later, he found himself as the head coach of the Grand Rapids Community College Raiders Women’s Basketball program.

Harper Golf Open raises record funds to support students

July 12, 2016; Daily Herald (Chicago suburbs)

Nearly 130 area golfers gathered recently for some friendly competition — and to make a meaningful difference in the lives of students.

… The auction also featured dueling gift baskets from both Harper College President Dr. Ken Ender and twin brother Dr. Steve Ender, who serves as president at Grand Rapids Community College.

Linda Witte, Workforce Training receive state Impact Award

April 29, 2016

Congratulations to Linda Witte and Workforce Training Team for being a recipient of the State of Michigan’s Impact Award presented by the Michigan Works! The Impact Award was given for strategic partnership and collaboration with community partners to create a U.S. Department of Labor Registered Medical Assistant Apprenticeship Program.

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GRCC In the News, 1-4-16

January 4, 2016

Health care organizations predict healthy 2016

Jan. 1, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The past year was filled with announcements from the areas health care leaders. It seemed as soon as a ribbon-cutting occurred, a new multi-million-dollar project was announced.

… Pine Rest will join Mercy Health, Cherry Health, Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids Community College, Muskegon Community College, Montcalm Community College and West Michigan Works to introduce a new U.S. Department of Labor-approved medical assistant apprenticeship program. The first class of students will begin this month.
“There is a huge need in the community for medical assistants,” said Linda Witte, program developer and manager of health programs for GRCC Workforce Development. “As employers are growing, the number of physicians to take care of the increased number of people who are eligible for health care, they need staff, and that would be medical assistants.”

How living as an undocumented immigrant inspired musician Diana Gameros

Dec. 29, 2015; PBS Newshour

For Mexican-born singer-songwriter Diana Gameros, music has always been a deeply personal endeavor, acting as both a lifeline and a retreat from the world’s complications.

… Gameros moved to Michigan and studied music for four years at Grand Rapids Community College. Her dream of becoming a musician “gave me all the drive to do whatever I had to do to be here,” she said.

New DNR agents patrol Branch County

Dec. 30, 2015; Hillsdale Daily News

COLDWATER — Issac Tyson, one of the two new Department of Natural Resources officers for Branch County, started this fall, joining Joshua Jackson, who began work earlier this year.

… Tyson, originally from Sparta, located north of Grand Rapids, spent six years in the Marine Corps reserves while studying law enforcement at Grand Rapids Community College and Ferris State University, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree.

Q&A: Jenelle Marie Davis

Dec. 29, 2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Jenelle Marie Davis is the founder of TheSTDProject.com, the STD expert for Answers.com, a Hepatitis C expert for HepatitisC.net, the spokesperson for PositiveSingles.com, and an adjunct professor at Grand Rapids Community College.

In the Kitchen with Chef Gilles

Dec. 29, 2015; Revue

Someone was about to get chewed out by Chef Gilles Renusson when they returned to class on Monday.

Late on a Friday afternoon in November, the world-renowned pastry chef at Grand Rapids Community College noticed a dirty baking sheet on a nearby desk in his kitchen lab, apparently left behind by a student earlier that day. It was quiet here, presumably after what is a reportedly hectic environment.

Workforce agency appoints leaders

Dec. 29, 2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A newly formed regional workforce entity has its leadership in place.

… Board members

… Bill Pink, Grand Rapids Community College

Regional Health names chief nursing officer

Dec. 24, 2015; Prairie Business (Grand Forks, N.D.)

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Laura Wightman has been selected Regional Health’s chief nursing officer. In this new position, Wightman will oversee nursing throughout the health system. She will work closely with market presidents, physician and nursing leadership in Regional Healths hospitals, clinics, hospice, home care and senior care facilities. She will lead efforts in regard to nursing leadership development, standardization of patient care and implementation of best practices throughout the health system.

Wightman comes to Regional Health from St. Agnes Medical Center in Fresno, Calif., where she was chief nursing officer. Wightman previously worked as chief nursing officer for Mercy Hospital Grayling in Grayling, Mich. Her career in the Michigan marketplace included senior leadership roles as administrator of a surgical center, director of a heart and vascular service line, site director of perioperative services and clinical director of home care. Wightman also served as adjunct faculty for Saginaw Valley State University in Saginaw, Mich., Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich., and Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Mich.

College notes: Wayland’s Presley Hudson is only a freshman, but leads CMU in scoring

Dec. 24, 2015; MLive

… BASKETBALL

Alex Musert, Northern Michigan University: Musert had 15 points and a season-high nine rebounds in a 73-71 loss to Findlay on Dec. 12. The junior forward (GR Christian), who transferred from Grand Rapids Community College, is fourth on the team with 8.9 points per game and second with 5.3 rebounds.

Meijer Scholar Athlete: Nicholas Turowski

Dec. 24, 2015; WZZM

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) — This week’s Meijer Scholar Athlete is Comstock Park’s Nicholas Turowski.

… He’s taking two AP classes this semester and is dual-enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College, which he hopes can translate into a chance to play football and study engineering in college.

Baylor TE Gus Penning (Jenison) has talent, will travel

Dec. 27, 2015; The Detroit Free Press

ORLANDO — After one year of college football one where he didn’t even play in a game Gus Penning thought his career may be over.

… Grand Rapids Community College ended its football program after the 2011 season and Penning, of Jenison, was one of the casualties, even more than many others because he had redshirted as a freshman.

Son of Former Holland Mayor Tabbed to Circuit Court Bench

Dec. 22, 2015; WHTC

BATTLE CREEK, MI (WHTC) – The son of former Holland Mayor Lou Hallacy has received a judicial appointment from Governor Snyder. John Hallacy will fill a vacancy in the Calhoun County Circuit Court bench until this coming November, when the seat will be contested in an election to complete the final two years of Conrad Sindt’s term.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Judge Hallacy is a GRCC alumnus.)

Tom Rademacher: After nearly 40 years with Press, it’s time to say farewell

Dec. 31, 2015; MLive

Over the course of nearly four decades, countless readers have asked me to define the most memorable piece written for my beloved Grand Rapids Press. And in this moment, I’m inclined to answer, “Today’s,” because it’s my last. But of course, there were too many others. Others of real import. And there are no words to convey the sense of gratitude I have for what never felt like work, only opportunity. For a kid who was born and raised in Grand Rapids and really never left its embrace, I was blessed not only with a window on the world, but privileged to bring to your front porch the stories of people both struggling and soaring. I was only as good as the editors and photographers who dressed my stuff in headlines and pictures. And ever-cognizant of the fact that no writer bats a thousand, I made just as many mistakes as I hit home runs.

(This column doesn’t mention it, but Tom Rademacher is a GRCC alumnus.)

GRCC In the News, 11-30-15

November 30, 2015

Apprenticeship program aims to create health care careers

Nov. 27, 2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A new apprenticeship program that will be offered by a trio of community colleges in West Michigan beginning in January is aimed at creating careers in the health care field.

Grand Rapids Community College, Muskegon Community College and Montcalm Community College have teamed with Mercy Health, Cherry Health, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital and Spectrum Health and West Michigan Works! to develop a medical assistant apprenticeship program, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor.

West Michigan colleges open doors for international students

Nov. 26, 2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A report says there are thousands of international students on West Michigan college campuses contributing to a top-10 ranking for the state and several colleges’ study-abroad programs are among the nation’s most active.

… The report breaks down the international student enrollment at a number of institutions: Western Michigan University, 1,967; Calvin College, 467; Ferris State University, 458; Grand Valley State University, 394; Kalamazoo College, 141; Calvin Theological Seminary, 118; Hope College, 87; Lake Michigan College, 71; Kalamazoo Valley Community College, 49; Grand Rapids Community College, 43; Aquinas College, 20; Kuyper College, 16; and Kellogg Community College, 11.

3 soloists perform with orchestra’s Messiah

Nov. 27, 2015; Petoskey News

PETOSKEY — Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra will bring the Messiah to Northern Michigan at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 17-18, at St. Francis Xavier Church in Petoskey. The Messiah has become a Christmas tradition, one which is eagerly anticipated every year. This year, in addition to conductor Libor Ondras, chorus master Peter Sims and the Great Lakes Chamber Chorus, three soloists will perform. Amy Cross, soprano, Katherine Jannakos, alto and Tom Cilluffo, tenor are the guest soloists.

… Alto Katherine Jannakos cannot remember a time when she hasn’t been involved in music. She comes from a very musical family, and early on studied music theory and flute. She didn’t start singing until high school, and later began serious voice study at Grand Rapids Community College. It was there that she discovered her gift and passion for classical vocal performance. After three years she left Grand Rapids Community College and completed her degree at Oberlin Conservatory. In addition to classical music Katherine loves Orthodox liturgical music. She has been music director at St. Paul’s Orthodox Cathedral in Dearborn Heights, Michigan for the past three years.

Locals strive to give hope, love to foster children

Nov. 27, 2015; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — Children who have been removed from their families and are struggling to find a place in the world are being taken in and taken care of in a variety of ways in the Holland area.

… (Amber) Clingman earned an associates degree in juvenile services from Grand Rapids Community College, and is finishing up a bachelor’s degree in social work at Grand Valley State University.

Holland’s Community Action House EPIC program helps set, achieve goals

Nov. 26, 2015; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — Gratitude changes everything.

… Through EPIC, (Marisol) Ramirez obtained internships at Lakeshore Disability Network and Community Action House. A speaker from Grand Rapids Community College encouraged her to continue her education. This fall, she enrolled there and is on her way to an associate’s degree in social work.

Students get a Jump Start on College Applications

Nov. 27,2015; schoolnewsnetwork.org (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)

Wyoming Public Schools, MI — Felicia McCrary has an important role at Wyoming High School: help students get into college. She recently did just that, co-organizing a week of events during which 250 seniors sat down and applied.

… During English class, seniors in the Class of 2016 applied to colleges using Chromebooks, sent out transcripts and completed applications. Nearly every senior applied to Grand Rapids Community College.

See who’s participating in 2016 Dancing with Local Stars charity event

Nov. 25, 2015; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — The Women’s Division Chamber of Commerce has announced the participants for its annual Dancing with the Local Stars charity event.

… The 2016 Dancing with the Local Stars participants include:

… Sonya Hernandez, Adjunct Professor, Grand Rapids Community College; State Commissioner, Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan, with Byron Doss, Instructor, Social Dance Studio, Grand Rapids

… Cassy Arsenault, Reporter, FOX 17, West Michigan, with Patrick Johnson, GRCC Dance Faculty Instructor; Co-owner PT Arts, LLC Consulting; President & CEO, West MI Flight Academy.