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GRCC In the News, 4-3-17

April 3, 2017

Relatives pay tribute to man killed on highway trying to help friend

April 2, 2017; FOX 17

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. A man who police say was killed while merging too slowly onto US-131 last month has been laid to rest.

… (William) Wilson-Wade had just started working as a sales associate at AT&T and was a 2010 graduate of Forest Hills Central. He previously attended GRCC and Central Michigan University.

Change Ups: Gaddy is Women’s Resource Centers new CEO

March 31, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… EDUCATION

… Grand Rapids Community College teamed up with Kent Intermediate School District on Launch U, a tuition-free early college program. Students in the four-year Launch U program will graduate with a high school diploma and a GRCC associate degree in mechanical design, tooling and manufacturing technology, or industrial technology. Launch U was created in partnership with local school districts, GRCC and area manufacturing representatives.

Attracting talent will be focus of Summit Up! Event

April 3, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Summit Up! event in which more than a dozen business leaders will discuss methods of attracting, developing and retaining talent.

… Other speakers will include Jacob Maas, CEO of West Michigan Works!, Kevin Stotts, president of Talent 2025 and Bill Pink, incoming president of Grand Rapids Community College.

Inside Track: Putting his mark on Grand Rapids

March 32, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Isaac Norris finds similarities between his love of music and his work as an architect.

… Meeting an architect with the same skin color at a young age showed him becoming an architect was possible, so his interests growing up from drawing and painting to building model cars all made sense as he entered the working world. He received an associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College before venturing to the University of Detroit School of Architecture now called University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture for a bachelor’s degree.

Q&A: Michelle Urbane Theater Manager, GRCC’s Spectrum Theatre

March 31, 2017; Revue

The Spectrum Theater, located on Fountain Street in Grand Rapids Community College’s campus, houses four theater troupes and is always bustling with activity. Managing all that activity is Michelle Urbane, theater manager. On top of managing the box office, Urbane directs and performs in shows and can always be seen running from one place to the next, always with a big smile on her face.

Comprehensive Therapy Center CWC Awards Finalist

March 31, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Our next finalist for the Connecting with Community Awards is the Comprehensive Therapy Center.

… It started with a summer camp called Therapy and Fun, which meets three times a week during the summer, from June to August. This camp model allows therapists and volunteers to come together to provide dance, music, and reading to the children in the camp. Volunteers for the summer camp can be children as young as 5th graders. The camp recruits their volunteers from area middle and high schools, such as Kent Intermediate School District. They also have partnered with GVSU speech pathology graduate students, Davenport occupational program students, and the GRCC OT program to gain volunteers that can invest in their children.

GRCC In the News, 3-23-17

March 23, 2017

Tuition-free early college program to build talent pipeline for in-demand jobs

March 22, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – As manufacturers gather in Detroit today for a summit on advancing the industry’s future, local companies are working with Kent ISD and Grand Rapids Community College to create a new pipeline of workers to meet labor demands.

GRCC welcomes its first African-American president

March 22, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids Community College’s first African-American president says he’s humbled to fill the role.

Is the craft beer market in Grand Rapids saturated?

March 22, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Pour a cold one and consider: the number of craft breweries in Grand Rapids has tripled since 2011, the year before beer lovers voted it “Beer City, USA.”

… Professionalizing the industry is the goal of a new Grand Rapids Community College certificate program, which has 30 people enrolled in its first year of offering coursework and hands-on training at its own Fountain Hill Brewery.

Making transferring easy

March 22, 2017; The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

Grand Valley State University has been chosen as a member of Phi Theta Kappa’s 2017 Transfer Honor Roll, which recognizes the university’s support of community college transfers.

… “We have an advisor at Grand Rapids Community College, which is really our main feeder school for community colleges,” (Bonnie) Ulmer-DeGraves said. “We have someone there from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Tuesday to meet with potential students and make sure they’re on the right path for transferring into Grand Valley.”

Monica’s Gourmet Cookies to debut on QVC

March 22, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A favorite Grand Rapids cookie brand will get the QVC spotlight next week.

… The former caterer (Monica Mitidieri) is a graduate of Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute of Culinary Education.

Words of encouragement

March 22, 2017; Commercial-News (Danville, Ill.)

DANVILLE — Zachary Pangborn has attempted nearly 300 shots this season.

On Wednesday afternoon in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament at the Mary Miller Gymnasium, the Grand Rapids Community College freshman missed six of his first seven field goal attempts and he was just 1-of-5 at the free-throw line.

Sí, se puede! Standing up for immigrants & farm workers in Grand Rapids

March 23, 2017; rapidgrowthmedia.com

Lupe Ramos-Montigny remembers three summers of her childhood, seasons now decades ago, like they were yesterday: the months when she would travel with her parents, Ysidro and Maria, and seven of her nine siblings from her hometown of Weslaco, Texas north to Michigan. There, Ramos-Montigny, now a Grand Rapidian who serves on the State Board of Education, would spend the 10th, 11th and 12th summers of her life harvesting beets in a town at the tip of the Mitten State’s thumb, Caseville, and picking cherries in Old Mission Peninsula, a region just north of Traverse City.

… Since then, the march has gone on to draw hundreds of people each year, with such officials as Olivarez, the Aquinas College president; Grand Rapids Community College President Steven Ender; Grand Valley State University Vice President Jesse Bernal; Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Teresa Weatherall-Neal; Grand Rapids Police Chief David Rahinsky, and various elected officials attending the event last week.

Experimenting with healthier ingredients at home

March 22, 2017; WZZM

Liz Weber is a Registered Dietitian at Mercy Health Saint Marys.

… Seek out local cooking classes. Downtown Market, Grand Rapids Community College, Sur La Table, The Local Epicurean, and Williams-Sonoma are all great resources available in the Grand Rapids area that provide cooking classes.

LSU to host ‘Feria de las Flores’ to welcome in the spring

March 22, 2017; The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

For almost sixty years, the Feria de las Flores event in Medellin, Colombia, has been one of Latin America’s most vibrant events. Grand Valley State University’s Latino Student Union (LSU) will bring some of the events famous flair to one of its bi-annual dinner-dances taking place Friday, March 24.

… In addition, two singers will perform songs in Spanish, followed by a semi-formal dinner and then traditional Mexican and Colombian dancing. Students from the Grand Rapids Community College’s Hispanic Student Organization will also participate.

GRCC In the News, 3-21-17

March 21, 2017

Skilled trade training program launches in W MI

March 20, 2017; WOOD TV

WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — Austin Bonter is a machine build apprentice with specialty manufacturer AutoMatrix in Wyoming. It’s his job to transfer designs from paper to a computer and make a workable machine.

… Kent Intermediate School District, Grand Rapids Community College and several local manufacturers are partnering on the program to get high school students interested in an industry that many declared dead on arrival just a few years ago.

Patriots to host forum on emergency preparedness

March 20, 2017; The Holland Sentinel

The Ottawa County Patriots will focus on emergency preparations for manmade and natural disasters at their next public forum on Tuesday, March 21.

… Lt. Col. Denny Gillem, U.S. Army (Ret.), hosts the radio program “The Frontlines of Freedom” and teaches classes in American Government at Grand Rapids Community College. After graduating from West Point, Lt. Col. Gillem served more than 22 years in various positions, including as a combat leader in Vietnam and as a war planner in Europe and the Middle East at U.S. Readiness Command in Florida.

Sweet Sixteen Pursue National Title in Danville!

March 20, 2017; vermilioncountyfirst.com

Sixteen (16) National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Men’s Basketball teams from across the country have earned the title of regional champions and will represent their regions in the upcoming NJCAA Division II Mens National Basketball Championship held at Danville Area Community College Tuesday, March 21-Saturday, March 25, 2017 in the DACC Mary Miller Gymnasium.

… Alphabetical List of Teams 2017:

… Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, MI

 

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

… DISTRICT 9

GRAND RAPIDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE

GRCC In the News, 1-25-17

January 25, 2017

Grand Rapids Public Schools partner with GRCC for Early Middle College Program

Jan. 25, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Imagine what it would feel like to walk across the stage at your high school graduation and leave with not one, but two diplomas. That will, soon, be the reality for dozens of students at Ottawa Hills, in Grand Rapids.

… “I think that is a wonderful opportunity for any kid attending Ottawa Hills to be enrolled in that program,” said Chris Sain, with Grand Rapids Community College.

Lutheran Northwest grad to lead new USPBL club

Jan. 24, 2017; C&G News

ROCHESTER — Earlier this January, the United Shore Professional Baseball League unveiled its newest franchise, the Westside Woolly Mammoths. The club joins the league’s three previously established teams, beginning play at Jimmy Johns Field in Utica on May 11.

… Following his standout prep career, (Shane) McCatty spent two years at Grand Rapids Community College before transferring to Oakland University. He worked his way up to becoming the No. 1 starter for the Golden Grizzlies before being drafted by the Washington Nationals in 2009.

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, 1-10-17

January 10, 2017

Grand Rapids latest to offer 5 years of high school to earn college degree

Jan. 10, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Public Schools is the latest school district in Kent and Ottawa counties to offer students the chance to earn a high school diploma and an associate’s degree through the five-year Early/Middle College high school program.

The district is currently registering up to 50 eligible Ottawa Hills High School sophomores for the program set to launch next school year through a partnership with Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC).

The USA’s training program to win the Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie

Jan. 5, 2017; So Good

USA is one of the Top 7 Countries which, having registered the highest scores in the last three editions of the Coupe du Monde of the Pâtisserie, has a direct ticket to the final this January in Lyon. “We will compete side by side teams with more resources and more favorable training environments, but we still believe we have a chance to shine brightly with a new training program. We hope to have planted the seeds for future participants,” say Gilles Renusson and Anthony Valla, president and vice president of the Club Coupe du Monde USA respectively.

… It has been a long preparation process in which everyone involved has invested time and effort. The first meetings and brainstorming took place at the end of 2015 at Midwest Import in a suburb of Chicago, and they began to look for the best original ways to represent the idea of acrobats in all aspects of the competition. The team was guided again by their loyal group of advisors. Nick Antonakis and Robin Van Rooyen from Grand Rapids Community College Art Department contributed their precious graphic and design expertise. Randy Finch and Luba Petrash were with Victor when planning his ice carving. Sylvain Leroy was again driving the tastings, and Roy, Christophe, and Ewald Notter provided directions about the chocolate and sugar sculptures.

Beer Month GR 2017: An Essential Guide

Jan. 9, 2017; experiencegr.com

Momentum in Beer City USA shows no signs of slowing down. Because of unquestionable demand and the abundance of beer-related activities, what was once lovingly referred to as Beer Week could no longer be contained to just 7 days (well, we might’ve stretched a week by a day or two, give or take).

… The current edition, which started being distributed in the fall of 2016, has a grey cover. To all those new breweries included that have opened their doors since the original edition was published, welcome to the party in Grand Rapids: Atwater GR, Bier Distillery (yep, they brew, too), Creston Brewery, Elk Brewing (Comstock Park), Greyline Brewing Co., New Holland Brewings The Knickerbocker Brewpub & Distillery, Schmohz Brewing Co. (new to the passport, not new to the GR beer scene) and Fountain Hill Brewery (at Grand Rapids Community College) the country’s only federal and state licensed brewpub owned and operated on a college/university campus.

GRCC In the News, 10-5-16

October 5, 2016

Middle college: Head start, financially smart

Oct. 4, 2016; schoolnewsnetwork.org (KISD newsletter)

Wyoming Public Schools, MI — Mitch Hendrickson earned 62 credits and an associate’s degree while still a high school student, for free. On top of that, he’s a full year ahead of his peers at Central Michigan University.

… Wyoming High School students tally college credits through the Middle College program beginning their sophomore year. By adding a fifth year as Wyoming students– with college classes that year taken on the Grand Rapids Community College campus– they complete their associate’s degree.

Interview with Dr. Steven Ender on the GRCC Music Center Renovation

Oct. 3, 2016; acdami.org (American Choral Directors Association-Michigan newsletter)

This following interview is with Dr. Steven Ender, President of Grand Rapids (MI) Community College (GRCC). GRCC is undertaking a renovation of the GRCC Music Center which houses the NASM accredited music program at GRCC. Dr. Stephen Barton, Director of Choral Activities and Chair of the Vocal Department at GRCC, conducts the interview.

GRCC In the News, 8-22-16

August 22, 2016

Coalition seeks free tuition for advanced manufacturing community college students

Aug. 21, 2016; mibiz.com

GRAND RAPIDS — A statewide coalition of community colleges, including Grand Rapids Community College, is vying for federal grant dollars that would provide free tuition for students in key advanced manufacturing programs.

Number of high schoolers taking GRCC courses is growing

Aug. 19, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The number of Kent County students enrolled in college classes at Grand Rapids Community College concurrent with their high school studies is growing, according to Dan Clark, dean of academic outreach.

Parental predicament: Save for retirement or pay for college?

Aug. 19, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

All across the nation, college tuition prices continue to rise, and the state of Michigan is no different.
In June, the University of Michigan’s Board of Regents voted to increase in-state tuition by 3.9 percent, while in-state tuition at Michigan State University jumped 3.7 percent for freshmen and sophomores and 3.9 percent for juniors and seniors. Here in West Michigan, Grand Valley State University the regions largest voted to increase tuition by 4 percent, while Grand Rapids Community College saw a 2.8 percent rise in tuition.

Greening of the Great Lakes

Aug. 21, 2016; WJR AM

“Dr. Kurt Kind will continue our coverage from the governor’s Energy Excellence Award. We have the winners of the best communication or education program. The winner is Habitat for Humanity of Kent County in Grand Rapids … Grand Rapids Community College takes one to three houses per year …”

Final day of Restaurant Week Grand Rapids

Aug. 21, 2016; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Sunday is the final day of Restaurant Week Grand Rapids, so if you haven’t taken part, now is the time! Executive Chef Nick Snacker from Ganders, located at the Double Tree Inn, and Kate Herron from Experience GR joined the weekend morning news team to demonstrate one of the dishes they’ve been featuring during the event.

… Restaurant Week Grand Rapids not only promotes the local culinary scene, but also helps The Secchia Institute for Culinary Education students with educational support.  “Since 2010, Restaurant Week participating restaurants and sponsors have contributed over $110,000 to the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education’s Student Scholarship Fund at GRCC. Participating restaurants donate $1 for every Restaurant Week meal sold to the scholarship fund that is granted to selected students within the Institute’s culinary program,” explained Kate.

Grand Rapids Maker Faire at GRPM

Aug. 19, 2016; Women’s Lifestyle

Think of a science fair and a county fair merging together to create something entirely new for all. The third annual Maker Faire comes to Grand Rapids, celebrating the Maker movement and the innovative minds in our community.

Both established and local makers feature rockets and robots, DIY science and technology, urban farming and sustainability, alternative energy, bicycles, unique hand-made crafts, local food, and educational installations. Visitors see installations from the GR Makers, the Geek Group, GRCC and other local West Michigan inventors, innovators, and tinkerers.

GRCC In the News, 6-2-16

June 2, 2016

Man shoots self at Spectrum Butterworth

June 2, 2016; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Police say a 26-year-old man is dead after he shot himself in the head Wednesday just outside the Spectrum Butterworth Hospital emergency room.

… (Sgt. Terry) Dixon said a vehicle linked to the man was later located at the Grand Rapids Community College parking ramp at Fountain Street NE and Ransom Avenue.  He said after searching the vehicle investigators determined there was no threat to the area.

School district estimates Middle College graduates saved $723K

June 1, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Kenowa Hills Middle College students who graduated in May from Davenport University with an associate’s degree – as well as a high-school diploma – saved $723,533 in college expenses, according to the school board.

… The programs are gaining popularity in the state. More than two dozen new early/middle college programs and schools opened this school year in Michigan, including in Cedar Springs in partnership with Grand Rapids Community College.

… GRCC also will launch programs this fall with Grand Rapids Public Schools’ Ottawa Hills High School and the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District.

West Michigan Live – Chef Becky Kwasteniet 5-20-16

May 20, 2016; WOOD Radio

West Michigan Live’s Neal Dionne shares the weekly Foodie segment with Chef Becky Kwasteniet! Becky talks about the effects of fresh food in schools and working at the Baxter Community Center!

(Becky Kwasteniet is a SICE alumna.)

2016 MAPA Educational Development Scholarship Fund Recipients Announced

June 1, 2016; After Market News

The Michigan Automotive Parts Association (MAPA) has announced the recipients of MAPA’s 2016 Educational Development Scholarship Fund, chosen by Lansing’s Capital Region Community Foundation. Three $1,000 scholarships were awarded, in addition to a $500 scholarship for the recipient of the 2016 Jud Morrison Memorial Achievement of Excellence Award.

… Brooke Peckham, sponsored by Auto-Wares Group of Companies located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Peckham will be a sophomore enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, majoring in human resource management to support the growing car care industry in the fall of 2016. Brooke is the daughter of Charles and Merriea Lubben of Cedar Springs, Michigan. Brooke was awarded the distinguished 2016 Jud Morrison Memorial Achievement of Excellence Award named in memory of MAPA co-founding father and past chairman of the board of directors, Justin H. Morrison. Brooke’s academic achievements and outstanding community service record exemplify the high standards and commitment to excellence that Jud Morrison stood for.

Capron completes first season at GRCC; Comets add JV coach

June 1, 2016; Leelanau Enterprise

Grand Rapids Community College freshman Devin Capron carded scores of 79, 74, 82 and 80 to finish in a tie for 78th place last week in the NJCAA Division II National Golf Tournament at Swan Lake Resort in Plymouth, Ind.

From Registrar at GRCC to “Roving Registrar” all over the world

June 1, 2016; grfoundation.org (Grand Rapids Community Foundation publication)

The pursuit of balance and a constant quest for meaning and joy.

… To the more than 30,000 students he (Howard Shanken) served at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) until his retirement in 2010, he was the registrar, a touchpoint who helped newbies and returning students through the maze of admissions and registration for classes each succeeding semester.

 

GRCC In the News, 5-24-16

May 24, 2016

Careerline Tech, Herman Miller, GRCC launch early college program

May 23, 2016; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — Officials from Ottawa Area Intermediate School District, Herman Miller and Grand Rapids Community College are launching a new, rigorous early college program that combines earning college credits and skilled trade training.

DeWys Manufacturing Inc. Welcomes a New Addition to the Engineering Team

May 23, 2016; Seattle Post-Intelligencer

DeWys Manufacturing Inc., a West Michigan based metal solutions company, is pleased to announce the promotion of Nate Lillibridge as new product development engineer.

… Nate has worked with DeWys Mfg. for five years starting with the maintenance department, where he gained experiences in all aspects of the manufacturing process. This career advancement will make Nate the fifth engineer on the DeWys Engineering team, adding to their depth of knowledge and capabilities for our customers. Nate is currently attending Grand Rapids Community College and taking classes towards his Mechanical Design degree, giving him the skills and knowledge necessary to be an asset to DeWys Manufacturing.

GRCC In the News, 5-12-16

May 12, 2016

GRCC’s proposed $108M budget reflects 6 percent enrollment decline

May 11, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Community College’s proposed general fund budget for the 2016-17 school year is virtually balanced, but enrollment is projected to drop 6 percent.

Meeting needs through middle college

May 9, 2016; Community College Daily (American Association of Community Colleges publication)

Middle college programs, which allow qualified high school students to simultaneously work toward a diploma and a certificate or associate degree by completing a 13th year of high school, have been a big win for students, colleges and industry partners across the country.

That’s certainly been the case for Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) in Michigan. GRCC is poised to launch its third middle college program this fall, the first with a corporate collaborator.

Confessed killer says his ‘mind clicked over’ when he stabbed woman

May 11, 2016; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. In a jailhouse interview with FOX 17, the confessed killer of a Grand Rapids woman near a parking ramp said his “mind snapped.”

… It is a crime partially seen in chilling parking ramp surveillance video: while Huntoon lay helpless on the sidewalk between a parking ramp and the Grand Rapids Community College campus, it showed Bivins pacing near her. Then Bivins is seen dragging Huntoon out of the camera’s view.

GRCC In the News, 5-11-16

May 11, 2016

Free dental care on the move

May 10, 2016; WOTV

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WOTV) — There’s a bus that rolls up to Ottawa County schools, but it’s not carrying students, athletes, or equipment. It’s carrying a fully equipped dentists office!

Miles of Smiles is a program through the Ottawa County Health Department that comes to about 30 schools to provide free dental services for children ages 0 to 20 in Ottawa County. Forty dentists volunteer their time for the program over the course of a year, along with help from Grand Rapids Community College, the Ottawa County Health Department, and volunteers.

Meeting needs through middle college

May 10, 2016; universitybusiness.com

Middle college programs, which allow qualified high school students to simultaneously work toward a diploma and a certificate or associate degree by completing a 13th year of high school, have been a big win for students, colleges and industry partners across the country.

That’s certainly been the case for Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) in Michigan. GRCC is poised to launch its third middle college program this fall, the first with a corporate collaborator.

GRCC golf tied for third before last day of MCCAA State Tournament

May 10, 2016; MLive

Port Huron, Mich. — After two rounds of play in the 2016 MCCAA State Championship, GRCC’s golf team shares third place with Henry Ford College at +64, each with rounds of 320.

GRCC In the News, 5-9-16

May 9, 2016

Change Ups: Lockwood honored as Emeritus Faculty

May 6, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Professor Walter Lockwood was recently honored as Grand Rapids Community College’s 2016 Emeritus Faculty. Lockwood taught writing, film and literature from 1965 to 2001. In that span of time, his teaching helped shape generations of writers and analytical thinkers. Lockwood is the author of novels, stories, newspaper features, screenplays, musicals, documentaries and poetry, including his novel Jones Unbound, an HBO feature film “Finnegan, Begin Again,” and a PBS documentary “Dyslexia, the Hidden Disability.”

Single mom lives out her passion, opens restaurant in Kalamazoo

May 6, 2016; WWMT

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Merriam-Webster defines “supermom” as a woman who raises a child and takes care of a home, while also having a full-time job. Add fulfilling a fantasy to the list, and we’ve got a match!

… However, the journey to opening Jaddin’s Precious Soul Cafe in Kalamazoo wouldn’t be easy. She (Quatisa Franklin) knew how to cook, but didn’t have a degree. With three kids to watch, she juggled the daily grind of motherhood and going to Grand Rapids Community College.

State of the Schools: Sustain, Partner, Persevere

May 6, 2016; schoolnewsnetwork.org

Grand Rapids Public Schools – GRPS, MI   Throughout her recent State of the Schools speech, Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal repeatedly referred to the GRPS way. And she repeatedly made it clear that in Grand Rapids, the way schools improve is by educators and community partners working together as a family.

… In her State of the Schools speech, Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal announced several new initiatives in Grand Rapids Public Schools.They include:

A Middle Years College Program with Grand Rapids Community College starting in 2017. Beginning with Ottawa Hills High School but eventually districtwide, GRPS students will be able to graduate with a high school diploma and as associate’s degree from GRCC in five years

Innovation Central, Montessori students enjoy fabulous ‘Great Gatsby’ prom

May 7, 2016;  MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Public Schools’ Innovation Central and Montessori programs held a fabulous, joint “Great Gatsby”-themed prom Friday, May 6, at the Raider Grille on the campus of Grand Rapids Community College.

TABOR HILL’S “21-CLUB” VICTORY DANCE

May 6, 2016; moodyonthemarket.com (syndicated column)

When you’ve got the attention and admiration of the Tasters Guild International, you’re clearly doing something great. When you scoop up nearly two dozen medals from the Taster Guild International, you’re performing exceptionally well. Such is the case for the crew at Tabor Hill Winery where they recently emerged from rigorous competition with 21 medals for Tabor Hill wines.

Tasters Guild International is a “Wine & Food Appreciation Society” based in Grand Rapids with administrative offices in Washington, D.C.. They recently conducted their 29th Annual International Wine Judging held at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education in Grand Rapids.

Celebration of life held for GRCC homicide victim

May 7, 2016; WZZM

MUSKEGON, MICH. – A celebration of life service for Jeanne Lyn Huntoon, who was killed on Grand Rapids Community College’s campus last weekend, was held Saturday at Pat’s Roadhouse in Muskegon.

GRCC In the News, 5-4-16

May 4, 2016

Meeting Needs Through Middle College

May 2, 2016; AACC 21st Century Center (American Association of Community Colleges publication)

Middle College programs, which allow qualified high school students to simultaneously work toward a diploma and a certificate or associate degree by completing a 13th year of high school, have been a big win for students, colleges and industry partners across the country.

That’s certainly been the case for Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC), in Michigan. GRCC is poised to launch its third Middle College program this fall, the first with a corporate collaborator.

Excellence in Education 5/3/16: Yamaka Bracey

May 3, 2016; FOX 47

The Michigan Lottery has played a big role in funding education in our state, which is why it has teamed up with MSU Men’s Basketball Coach, Tom Izzo, and FOX 47 News to recognize excellent educators state-wide.

Yamaka Bracey, a Fourth and Fifth Grade Teacher at Campus Elementary School in Grand Rapids, is this week’s Michigan Lottery Excellence in Education award winner.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Yamaka Bracey is a GRCC alumna.)

Pregnancy forced his mom to skip her prom 18 years ago, so he asked her to his

May 4, 2016; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — Joy Bridges couldn’t attend her senior prom.

… After taking a year off from school, he (Jah’Vontae Smith) plans to eventually take business and science classes at Grand Rapids Community College with the long-term goal of becoming a neurosurgeon.

Man arraigned for allegedly killing woman, dumping body on GRCC campus

May 3,2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Marcus Bivens, a 19-year-old accused of killing a woman and dragging her body into bushes next to a Grand Rapids Community College parking ramp, has been arraigned on an open murder charge.

8 games remain for GRCC baseball to earn Regional berth

May 3, 2016; MLive

Grand Rapids, Mich. — Ancilla College’s Chargers, 1-13 and 2-23, travel to Belknap Park today to take on the GRCC’s 10-8 baseball team at 2PM.  GRCC has earned a 14-21 overall record this season having most recently split with Schoolcraft on May 1st.