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GRCC In The News, 9-19-18

September 19, 2018

Morning News at 5:30 p.m.
9/19/18 WZZM
(Representatives from Arbor Circle appeared on the show to judge an art competition between the anchors and to talk about an ArtPrize entry that kids in the program created for display at Spectrum Theater.)

GRCC In The News, 9-18-18

September 18, 2018

10 things Grand Rapids schools’ retiring superintendent is proud of
9/17/18 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Teresa Weatherall Neal’s seven year tenure as superintendent of Grand Rapids Public Schools has been marked by several significant improvements and changes.
… From Spectrum Health to Rockford Construction and Grand Rapids Community College to Grand Valley State and Ferris State, the district has numerous business and higher education partners, as well as a slew of foundations supporting a host of initiatives.
(These articles don’t mention it, but Teresa Weatherall Neal is a GRCC alumna.)

GRPS superintendent announces 2019 retirement
9/17/18 WOOD TV
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal announced Monday she will be retiring.
… “From the beginning, I realized there were many areas where our district needed to transform. After spending countless hours leading strategic planning meetings and listening to our stakeholders, we developed, and the Grand Rapids Board of Education unanimously approved, the GRPS Transformation Plan. The core of this plan was investing in what is working, investing in our talent recruitment, retention, and development, and investing for stability and growth. We consistently and effectively implemented this plan, and as a result, I am proud to say we have accomplished great things. GRPS is now gaining state and national attention for our success story. These accomplishments include, but are not limited to the following:
… Launched Early Middle College at Ottawa Hills High School

Muskegon Community College Golf team shoots strong, finishes second overall
9/17/18 Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)
The Muskegon Community College golf team finished second on Saturday in a home invitational at Moss Ridge Golf Course.
The Jayhawks finished with a score of 317, behind only Grand Rapids Community College who scored 290.

GRCC In The News, 9-17-18

September 17, 2018

AMP Lab offers options for students
9/14/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
On Sept. 19, an amazing collaboration between Grand Rapids Community College, Western Michigan University, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Talent2025 will begin to take place in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. A kickoff celebration and grand opening of the AMP (Advanced Manufacturing Partnership) Lab is being held at Western Michigan University’s downtown regional location.

LeDuc & Effa join architectural contingent at Abonmarche of Benton Harbor
One of the original architects of the Benton Harbor Arts District and a key player in the early renaissance of the city’s central business district has returned to the center of the action in a new role with Abonmarche Consultants in downtown Benton Harbor.
… Zach Effa, meanwhile, studied Pre-Architecture at Grand Rapids Community College and recently obtained his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan.

College Rewind: Almas Kennedy Hilley records first collegiate hole-in-one
9/15/18 Ionia Sentinel-Standard
… Volleyball
… Grand Rapids Community College freshman Katelynn Kietzman, a 2018 Lakewood graduate, has played in two matches for the Raiders. She has two assists and 26 digs in eight sets. Fellow 2018 Lakewood graduate has started in one match and played in another, encompassing four sets played. She has seven kills and two digs. Emma Pachulski, a 2018 Saranac graduate has played in five sets (two matches) and recorded five kills and two digs. The three have helped GRCC to an 8-1 record.

Law firm hires attorney
9/14/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
A law firm in town has added a new attorney to its team.
… While studying in law school, (Danielle) Dawson worked at Grand Rapids Community College in the General Counsel’s Office as a paralegal, focusing on internal ethics investigations.

Manufacturing Justice with Public Thread
9/15/18 Women’s Lifestyle magazine
At 906 Division Ave SE, a vibrant kaleidoscope of fabric and materials spill from shelves, splash across tabletops and drip from walls. Industrial sewing machines sit, taut with thread and poised to create. Whiteboards bearing patterns, charts and encouragement line the room. In the corner, a sewing machine taps a steady Morse code as a woman makes a prototype of a bag made out of upcycled billboard material.
… (Janay) Brower works with the Fashion Studies Department at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) and Grand Rapids Community Colleges Workforce Development program to provide a low-threshold to burgeoning designers and help them launch their lines and careers right here in Grand Rapids.

Put a ring on it
9/15/18 Torch (Ferris State University’s student newspaper)
Across sports, a team’s accomplishments with a conference championship or a national championship are often solidified with a ring being placed upon your finger.
… The team will open up at home in an exhibition match-up against Grand Rapids Community College in Jim Wink Arena 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, followed by the teams annual Alumni Game 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21.

GRCC In The News, 9-14-18

September 14, 2018

College opening manufacturing lab downtown
9/13/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
A new educational manufacturing facility in downtown Grand Rapids is being unveiled next week.
… The opening event will be on Sept. 19 from 5:30-7 p.m., with remarks beginning at 6 p.m. by several officials: WMU President Edward Montgomery, GRCC President Bill Pink; Steven Butt, WMU Department of Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering and Engineering Management chair and professor; and Autocam Medical President John Kennedy.

GRCC In The News, 9-13-18

September 13, 2018

NMU police academy graduate starts in Escanaba
9/13/18 Daily Press (Escanaba)
MARQUETTE — Samuel Austin Pouliot, 23, of Gladstone, graduated with academic honors from Northern Michigan University Police Academy on Aug. 21. He earned the most physically fit recruit award in his graduating class. He received an associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College and also earned credits through Ferris State University. He is a 2014 graduate of Gladstone High School.

So you want to open your own brewery?
Talk to just about any craft beer fan or homebrewer and they will likely tell you they fantasize about opening their own brewery some day. Well Dave Miller of Brewery 4 Two 4 in Holland, Michigan did just that.
Sommbeer: Easy to find the right people with the right skills?
Dave: Honestly it’s just me and Soren (working in the brewhouse). Soren came to me as an intern. He did the brewers program at GRCC (Grand Rapids Community College). The tricky part with getting somebody who’s fresh out of brewing school and doesn’t have a ton of experience…you can train them anyway you want but you also have to do all that training. Now that we are past that point, he can just do everything. The bar staff is pretty much people I knew from elsewhere. They are all awesome.

GRCC In The News, 9-12-18

September 12, 2018

She got an early jump on college in high school; now she’s on campus
Outside Grand Rapids Community College’s Sneden Hall before her morning Principles of Economics class, Lauren Kramer reflected on ways she’s benefiting from being both a Wyoming High School and GRCC student through the Wyoming Middle College.

GRCC In The News, 9-11-18

September 11, 2018

Grand Rapids designer makes his debut at New York Fashion Week
9/10/18 WZZM
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Grand Rapids designer RC Caylan made his New York Fashion Week debut Powered By Art Hearts Fashion NYFW.
RC finally achieved what hes been dreaming of all his life to finish a fashion designing degree at the GRCC School of Fashion And Interior Design.

Grand Rapids welcomes college students during GR College Week
9/10/18 The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)
Grand Rapids welcomes college students to explore the city during the annual GR College Week. From Monday, Sept. 10 through Sunday, Sept. 16, the city will open its arms to all college students within the area as a week designed to get students out and about in the city of Grand Rapids.
GR College Week is not just for GVSU students; it is a joint effort between the city and all of the different colleges that are located nearby. Students from Grand Rapids Community College, Calvin College, Ferris State University and other surrounding communities are welcome to participate in the events as well.

Petoskey grads Lewis, Hoffman help collegiate teams to wins
9/11/18 Petoskey News-Review
… Aquinas (cross country team) finished eighth out of 23 teams and will next take part in the Grand Rapids Community College Raider Invite on Saturday, Sept. 22.

GRCC In The News, 9-10-18

September 10, 2018

Women’s Lifestyle magazine founder remembered as being devoted to community
9/7/18 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Victoria Upton devoted herself to many Grand Rapids organizations and events, including ArtPrize and Gilda’s Club, but her lasting legacy is the Women’s Lifestyle magazine that she founded more than 20 years ago.
(Victoria Upton was a GRJC student.)

Oklahoma education notes for Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018
9/9/18 The Oklahoman
… The University of Central Oklahoma Alumni Association will recognize six recipients at the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 5 in the Grand Ballroom of Nigh University Center. The association has given the awards annually since 1952.
This year’s honorees are Marjorie Bennett, of Hennessey, a 1939 graduate who spent more than four decades teaching high school and college English, Latin, literature, speech and debate; Mike Collison, of Oklahoma City, vice president and chief financial officer of The Oklahoma Publishing Co., a 1991 graduate in accounting; Alisa Green, of Oklahoma City, founder and chairwoman of the Dress for Success Oklahoma City affiliate, a 2008 graduate in corporate communications; Bill Pink, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, president of Grand Rapids Community College and formerly vice president for academic affairs at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City and associate dean in the UCO College of Education and Professional Studies; Joli Sanders, of Norman, a licensed interior designer and founder of the nonprofit organization Focus on Home; Dr. J. Michael Steffen, of Oklahoma City, retired orthodontist who practiced more than 40 years in Edmond and Clinton, a 1972 graduate in biology.

Task force stands by police department’s youth policy after handcuffing incident
9/8/18 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The task force that helped construct the Grand Rapids Police Department’s youth interaction policy says it’s encouraged by recent execution of the policy and doesn’t intend to seek changes to it right now.
Raynard Ross, associate dean for Grand Rapids Community College and a co-chair of the Policy and Procedure Task Force, said the 14 members discussed the youth policy Tuesday during its monthly meeting.

GR partners on energy, sustainability efforts
9/7/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
The city of Grand Rapids is partnering with business and community leaders on its recent energy and sustainability efforts.
… Business and community members on the Sustainability Advisory Committee are:
… Michael Vargo dean for School of Arts and Sciences, GRCC

GRCC In The News, 9-07-18

September 7, 2018

Business leaders, officials honor life of Rich DeVos
9/6/18 MLive
Business and community leaders, politicians and others from around the globe are mourning the loss of West Michigan titan Rich DeVos.
… Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink
“The Grand Rapids Community College family extends condolences to the DeVos family in the passing of a great community leader, Mr. Rich DeVos. He was a tremendous advocate of higher education, recognizing how a high-quality education changes lives and makes an entire community stronger.”

One class act
9/6/18 The Daily News (Greenville)
GREENVILLE — With more than 20 years of coaching experience at Greenville High School, Duane Chambers has seen a lot of student-athletes come through, but none more impressive than Tom Hallock.
… Hallock graduated and take his talents to Ferris State University, where he played both football and baseball for the Bulldogs. He transferred to Grand Rapids Community College and then to the University of South Alabama, where he continued his collegiate baseball career.

Transitions: Seminary Chooses Its First African-American President, Skidmore College Selects New Treasurer
9/6/18 The Chronicle of Higher Education
… John Cowles, dean of student success and retention for Grand Rapids Community College, will become vice chancellor for student success at Ivy Tech Community College on September 17.

GRCC In The News, 9-06-18

September 6, 2018

Laptop vending machine program expands at Grand Rapids Community College
9/6/18 WZZM
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The number of laptop vending machines at Grand Rapids Community College is about to increase.

GRCC adds more free laptop vending machines
9/5/18 WOOD TV
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — An unusual type of vending machine is popping up in more places on Grand Rapids Community College’s campus.

GRCC adds more free laptop vending machines
9/6/18 Ichiban Electronics blog
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — An unusual type of vending machine is popping up in more places on Grand Rapids Community College’s campus.

Parents, community leaders excited about possible free college tuition
9/5/18 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Parents dropping off their children at Grand Rapids Public Schools Wednesday, Sept. 5, expressed excitement and relief about the Michigan Promise Zone designation and the potential for free college tuition.
… Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink said the scholarship program has the potential to be a game-changer for the community because it will be a game-changer for students.
“This takes one of the barriers off the table for students wanting to pursue a college degree or other higher education credential,” he said. “The opportunity that will be there will be tremendous.”

Bicyclist hospitalized after being hit by vehicle in GR
9/5/18 WOOD TV
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A bicyclist was hospitalized after being hit by a vehicle Wednesday while going through a crosswalk in Grand Rapids.
… A Grand Rapids Community College police officer said the bicyclist suffered back, neck and facial injuries and was taken to the hospital. The injuries weren’t considered to be life-threatening.

Greenville to induct two athletes and one team
8/5/18 The Daily News (Greenville)
GREENVILLE — The Greenville High School Hall of Fame Class of 2018 include two athletes and a team, which will be honored during halftime of Friday’s football game between the Yellow Jackets and the Lowell Red Arrows.
… He (Tom Hallock) transferred to Grand Rapids Community College and then to the University of South Alabama, where he finished his collegiate baseball career and earned a degree in business administration. He then returned to Ferris State to earn his teaching degree, minoring in social studies.

GRCC In The News, 9-05-18

September 5, 2018

Workforce programs yield big ROI
9/4/18 Community College Daily
When community colleges educate and train people for higher-paying jobs, they not only improve individuals’ lifestyles, but that investment benefits employers, taxpayers and local and state governments.
… Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC)’s relationships with West Michigan Works, other business groups and employers has proven to be quite fruitful in ensuring the college provides training programs that lead to good jobs, says Amy Mansfield, dean of workforce development.

UCO Alumni Association announces 2018 Distinguished Alumni award recipients
9/4/18 The Edmond Sun (Okla.)
The University of Central Oklahoma Alumni Association will recognize six recipients of its Distinguished Alumni Award at its annual 2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5, in the Grand Ballroom of Nigh University Center.
… Bill Pink, Ed.D., is the 10th president of Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Prior to his role as president at GRCC, Pink served as vice president and dean for workforce development at GRCC, as vice president for academic affairs at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City and as an associate dean in the UCO College of Education and Professional Studies.

Former homecoming king knows grades matter… and a little AC/DC helps
9/4/18 (KISD newsletter)
As he walks through the hallways of Kent Career Tech Center, Ryan Graham lights up the corridors with his big smile and enthusiastic greeting. “Happy Monday!” he exclaims as he holds the door open for a group of students headed toward their classes.
… Education and degrees: Attended Grand Rapids Community College after graduating from Lowell High School, transferred to Central Michigan University, where he graduated in 2001 with degrees in Earth Science and English.

GRCC In The News, 9-04-18

September 4, 2018

Public colleges requiring new students to complete sexual assault prevention training
9/2/18 The Arab American News
LANSING — The state of Michigan recently established new legislation which mandates public universities to require in-person sexual assault prevention training for all new students by August 31.
… Some of the colleges that have taken the protocol into action are Grand Rapids Community College, Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, including the Dearborn and Flint campuses, and Western Michigan University.

With GED program, Heartside Ministry helps participants find their next steps
GRAND RAPIDS — Noble Johnson serves as an example of the success of Heartside Ministry’s GED program.
… He plans to enroll in Grand Rapids Community College next semester to study technology or business.

New Destiny Pathways: Woman helps girls in transition with home and hope
9/2/18 FOX 17
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., — Nikeidra DeBarge was destined to make a difference in the lives of young people in West Michigan.
… (Whitney) Penn, who was homeless at the time, credits the non-profit for putting her and so many others on a different path. She’s now planning to attend Grand Rapids Community College with the dream of opening up a center for girls and boys in the foster care system in the future.

MCC volleyball team falls in four sets to league-leading GR Community College
8/31/18 Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)
The Muskegon Community College volleyball team faced off with league leading Grand Rapids Community College on Thursday and fell in four sets.

Red Hawk volleyball ready for next level
9/2/18 The Herald-Palladium (St. Joseph)
BENTON TOWNSHIP — Lake Michigan College’s volleyball team is looking to turnaround its season in a big way after struggling last fall.
… (Coach Rob) Elliott named both Muskegon Community College and Grand Rapids Community College as top competitors in the Michigan Community College Athletic Associations Western Division.

Street Talk: Startup tackles used cars
8/31/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
… After 22 years, the Grand Awards is closing the curtains.
… Over the years, hundreds of theater performers have been honored at the prestigious event from different institutions such as Actors Theatre Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, Circle Theatre, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University and Cornerstone University.

GRCC In The News, 8-31-18

August 31, 2018

8/30/18 Community College Daily
… At Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana, John Cowles will serve as vice chancellor for student success for its Indianapolis campus, as of September 17. Kevin Keathley will serve as dean of information technology at the Indianapolis campus, effective September 3. Cowles has served as dean of student success and retention for Grand Rapids Community College (Michigan) since 2013. Keathley is currently director of cloud delivery at Ontario Systems in Indiana.

GRCC In The News, 8-29-18

August 29, 2018

Glen Oaks volleyball falls in five sets
8/28/18 Sturgis Journal
The Glen Oaks Community College’s volleyball team opened their home schedule with five-game loss to Grand Rapids Community College.

Jayhawks cruise to a three-set victory in volleyball over Lansing Community College
8/28/18 Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)
The Muskegon Community College volleyball squad cruised past Lansing Community College in three straight sets on Tuesday.
… The Jayhawks, who are now 4-2 on the season and 2-0 in conference play, will face Grand Rapids Community College on Thursday.

BCAR awards scholarships to CHS and QHS students
8/28/18 The Daily Reporter (Coldwater)
BRANCH COUNTY — In April, The Branch County Association of REALTORS® held its fifth annual White Elephant Scholarship Auction which has been renamed The Cliffie Bowers Memorial Scholarship at The Broadway Grille in Coldwater.
Kyle Truex enrolled at Kellogg Community College studying Business, Jamie Wellet attending Grand Rapids Community College for a Business degree, Porter Skidmore majoring in Business at Hope College and Drue Mullin studying Occupational Therapy at Olivet College.

GRCC In The News, 8-28-18

August 28, 2018

High school students can get skilled-trades certificates in new program
8/27/18 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Northview Public Schools and Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) are partnering to provide alternative high school students an opportunity to earn multiple certificates in the skilled trades.

Morning News
8/28/18 FOX 17
Expect a traffic jam on Division Avenue this morning as students begin classes at Grand Rapids Community College. Fountain Street is closed east of Division, the usual route to get to the main GRCC parking ramp. Expect cars to be lined up on Division, Library Street and Library Place.

Grand Rapids, The Rapid kickoff fare-free bus route
8/27/18 WZZM
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – We all know how busy and congested the Michigan Street corridor is — which is why Grand Rapids city leaders kicked off a three-year pilot program in hopes of helping alleviate traffic and parking issues along of the city’s most traveled routes.
… The route includes stops near Spectrum Health, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine, Meijers soon-to-open Bridge Street Market and more than 50 additional popular, high-traffic destinations. Many of these businesses will offer special deals and discounts to patrons who simply mention the Route 19 Discount while at the establishment through Sept. 23. Learn more about deals here.

Rapid bus service launches free rides on Michigan Street corridor
8/27/18 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — In an effort to reduce traffic and ease parking congestion, the Rapid public-transit system is now offering free rides on a bus route along the Michigan Street corridor.
… It has stops near Spectrum Health, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine and Bridge Street Market, which opens Wednesday. Spectrum is encouraging employees to use the service when traveling between the health care system’s various buildings for meetings.