GRCC In The News, 03-25-19

College renovating downtown building
3/22/19 Grand Rapids Business Journal
A college has received a donation to renovate its gateway building downtown.
Grand Rapids Community College is planning to renovate its Main Building and re-name it Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall, after the donor.

Street Talk: A buyer’s market
3/22/19 Grand Rapids Business Journal
… Grand Rapids Community College students saved about $3.3 million in textbook costs this past academic year through a partnership with OpenStax, Rice University’s open educational resources program that provides free peer-reviewed textbooks.

Pushing toward local health innovation
3/22/19 Grand Rapids Business Journal
Just 23 years ago, the Michigan Street hill was home to nothing but Butterworth Hospital, Immanuel Lutheran Church and a bunch of old buildings.
… Medical Mile and related developments
… 2000
Grand Rapids Community College opens 150,000-square-foot Calkins Science Center near Medical Mile, at 226 Bostwick Ave. NE.

Transitions: First Female President for Colorado State U., New Provost at U. of Maryland-Eastern Shore
3/21/19 The Chronicle of Higher Education
… Laurie Chesley, provost and executive vice president for academic and student affairs at Grand Rapids Community College, will become president of Central Oregon Community College on July 1. She will succeed Shirley Metcalf, who plans to retire.

Ryan Brady returns home as Saginaw Valley State head football coach
3/21/19 MLive
Ryan Brady will become the first Saginaw County native to lead the Saginaw Valley State University football program, becoming the seventh head coach in SVSU football history.
… Before coaching at Ferris, Brady was the offensive coordinator at Grand Rapids Community College, the quarterbacks coach at Grand Valley State, the strength and conditioning coach at Muskegon High School, the freshman coach at Chesaning and the offensive coordinator, quarterback coach at Montrose High School and head coach at Perry High School.

GRCC In The News, 03-22-19

Unique partnership leads to tuition-free college
3/21/19 Fox47
LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Whitmer presented a budget that called for increased funding in education to help fill Michigan’s talent pipeline, with that call-to-action, the state is highlighting educational opportunities that prepare students to fill the skills gap and get a head start on their postsecondary education.
Launch U is a specialized early college program for eligible Kent ISD high school students, by extending school by one year they earn their diploma, a general associate degree or a specialty associate degree in Mechanical Design from Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC). Students also have the option to graduate with industry recognized certificates, without extending beyond their 12th grade.

Transitions: First Female President for Colorado State U., New Provost at U. of Maryland-Eastern Shore
3/21/19 The Chronicle of Higher Education
…Laurie Chesley, provost and executive vice president for academic and student affairs at Grand Rapids Community College, will become president of Central Oregon Community College on July 1. She will succeed Shirley Metcalf, who plans to retire.

Ryan Brady Named Head Coach of SVSU Football Program
3/21/19 Fox66
UNIVERSITY CENTER – Saginaw Valley State University Director of Athletics John Decker has announced that Ryan Brady has been named the seventh head coach of SVSU Football. Brady comes to Saginaw Valley after serving as the co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Ferris State University.
…Prior to Ferris State, Brady coached at Grand Rapids Community College from 2009-2011 as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. The Raiders posted a 30-4 overall record in the three seasons and had the highest scoring offense in the nation all three years.

GRCC In The News, 03-21-19

VERIFY: Five myths about the spring equinox
3/20/19 WZZM
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — With the spring equinox, come many misconceptions about what it means and why it happens.
Lauren Woolsey, an astronomy professor at Grand Rapids Community College, helped debunk five of the most common myths about the change of season.

GRCC Tuition Increase with Dr. Bill Pink
3/20/19 WOOD Radio
President of Grad Rapids Community College, Dr. Bill Pink joined West Michigan’s Morning News to talk about how GRCC managed to keep a tuition increase under 1%. This is the second year in a row that trustees voted this way. We have the details.

Breaking Out of the Shadow College
3/21/19 Inside Higher Ed
One of the most important developments within the modern American community college is the formation of the shadow college. This term originated in the early 1990s at Macomb Community College in Michigan to describe the assortment of occupational courses sprouting up at the periphery of the institution.
… With the growth of the shadow college, community colleges also became far more likely to fashion programs that could lead to employment for adults who either had been displaced from their jobs or were entering new occupational activities. For instance, Grand Rapids Community College is implementing an online introductory information technology class developed by Google to prepare students for entry-level IT work.
(This is an opinion piece by Jim Jacobs, president emeritus of Macomb Community College.)

GRCC In The News, 03-20-19

Grand Rapids Community College raises tuition $1 for 2019-20
3/19/19 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Community College is raising tuition by $1 for the second consecutive year.

GRCC trustees approve tuition increase below 1% for second year in a row
3/19/19 WZZM
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — In an effort to keep higher education affordable and provide opportunities for students across west Michigan, trustees at Grand Rapids Community College approved a 0.8 percent increase in tuition.

GRCC In The News, 03-19-19

Businessman Raleigh J. Finkelstein donates $2M to GRCC, building renamed
3/18/19 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Longtime Grand Rapids businessman Raleigh J. Finkelstein is donating $2 million to Grand Rapids Community College to transform its Main Building into a 21st-century learning environment.

3/14/19 Community College Daily (American Association of Community Colleges publication)
Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink (center, left) catches up with Metallica guitarist James Hetfield (center, right). The colleges welding crew presented Hatfield with a custom-made thank you gift. Metallica gave GRCC a $100,000 grant to help nontraditional students gain in-demand welding skills that will lead to rewarding jobs. (Photo: GRCC)

Chargers set a first for Indiana colleges
3/19/19 Commercial-News (Danville, Ill.)
DANVILLE — In Indiana, most everything and anything in basketball has been accomplished by its college teams.
… Ancilla College was able to break out of that with a 93-70 win over Grand Rapids Community College last week in the Region 12A Championship game in Grand Rapids, Mich.

GRCC In The News, 03-18-19

Street Talk: Employers may be feeling March sadness
3/15/19 Grand Rapids Business Journal
… Grand Rapids Community College leaders met Metallica guitarist James Hetfield last week before the band’s concert at the Van Andel Arena.

Change Ups: Cutler Martin joins firm grandfather founded
3/15/19 Grand Rapids Business Journal
Grand Rapids Community College’s Sterile Processing Technician Registered Apprenticeship Program received a 2019 Impact Award from the Michigan Works! Association. The award recognizes significant economic accomplishments and showcases the impact of new jobs, transformational training and talent pipeline development.

Torna a Castellana Grotte “Una vita in cucina” il Trofeo Internazionale dedicato al cav. Consoli
Dieci squadre per otto Paesi piu la squadra fuori concorso della scuola ospitante. … Al secondo posto si posiziono … mentre il terzo posto fu assegnato agli Stati Uniti, al Secchia Institute for Culinary Education in Grand Rapids Community College del Michigan.
(Ten teams for eight countries plus the out of competition team of the host school. In second place is positioned … while third place was assigned to the United States, to the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College of Michigan.)

Morning News
3/16/19 WZZM
If you love dogs, cats, pigs — this event is for you. The Laughfest People and Pet event is Sunday and you don’t want to miss it. It’s happening from 10 to 2 at the GRCC Ford Fieldhouse.

COCC’s Next President Plans for Transition
3/15/19 KBND
BEND, OR — The next President of Central Oregon Community College is preparing for her 2,400-mile journey west. COCC’s Board unanimously approved the hiring of Dr. Laurie Chesley, earlier this week. She’s spent most of her career in Michigan and tells KBND News she’s ready for the challenges that lie ahead, “I think it’s very important for me, as a person who hasn’t grown up in Bend, to understand the community as well as I can, get to know the priorities and concerns of the community. My first weeks and months are going to be really focused on relationship building.” She adds, “My top priority will be to meet as many members of the college community and the local community as possible.”

Emoni Bates shows NBA potential during Ypsilanti Lincolns run to state final
3/15/19 MLive
EAST LANSING — Ypsilanti Lincoln’s Emoni Bates is only 15 years old, but the letters N.B.A. are already being included in the same sentence with the 6-foot-9 freshman.
… (Lincoln coach Jesse) Davis and Bates’s father, E.J. Bates, played at Grand Rapids Community College together and have had a strong rapport since.

GRCC In The News, 03-15-19

Metallica’s James Hetfield Meets With Grand Rapids Community College Leaders To Discuss Workforce
Metallica recently gave Grand Rapids Community College a $100,000 grant to provide more opportunities for nontraditional students to get welding skills that could lead to jobs in the future.

Metallica rocks West Michigan
3/13/19 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The iconic rock band Metallica played to a sold out crowd at Van Andel Arena on Wednesday, March 13, as part of their WorldWired Tour. The group opened the show playing “Hardwired” off their latest album, 2016’s “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct.”
… Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink, third from left, caught up with Metallica guitarist James Hetfield, center, prior to the show to present a decorative steel guitar crafted by GRCC welding professors. GRCC was one of 10 colleges selected nationwide for a $100,000 Metallica Scholars grant, which the college will use to launch an intensive welding program targeted toward nontraditional students that takes less time to complete than traditional courses.

Metallica’s James Hetfield visits Grand Rapids Community College; gifts school with $100,000 grant
3/14/19 (metal music site)
Metallica singer/guitarist James Hetfield was greeted with gifts from Grand Rapids Community College on Wednesday, reports Metallica was in town to play at Van Andel Arena, but before the concert, Hetfield caught up to talk with GRCC President Bill Pink about skilled labor and helping people get jobs.

Metallica remains master of metal with artful spectacle at first Grand Rapids show in 10 years
3/14/19 Local Spins
“Master of Puppets” is a song that transcends mere hearing, listening or even music itself, and becomes a full-blooded experience like a memory of a great dramatic journey thats an essential part of you.
(This concert review includes a link to our Metallica press release.)

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Metallica recently gave Grand Rapids Community College a $100,000 grant to provide more opportunities for nontraditional students to get welding skills that could lead to jobs in the future.

3/14/19 WOTV
It (the Bach Festival) was started in 1997 by Linn Maxwell Keller. It became part of the Grand Rapids Symphony in 2016. … When you think of classical music, you think of sophisticated adults, but there are a lot of great things for the little ones. We have children’s events at the Grand Rapids Community College Laboratory Preschool.

Pistol the pup helps celebrate People & Pets!
3/14/19 WZZM
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — People & Pets has been apart of LaughFest since the beginning! It’s a great FREE event where animal lovers can bring their beloved pet to GRCC Ford Fieldhouse from 10-2 Sunday, March 17, and take part in games, contests and see numerous different vendors.

2 SWWC Culinary Arts Program Students Medal at Skills USA Regional
3/15/19 The Saline Post
Two students in the South & West Washtenaw Consortium culinary arts program medalled at the regional and will move on to the state competition.
… The regional took place at Oakland Community College Feb. 8. Schultz and Hill compete at the state competition held at Grand Rapids Community College April. 6.

GRCC In The News, 03-13-19

College, careers and their dreams — focus of Latino Youth Conference
3/12/19 (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)
Even though he’s got four years of high school ahead of him, Alan Ramos, an eighth-grader at Wyoming Junior High School, says college is already part of his plan for the future.
… Ramos was among several hundred eighth-graders who braved slippery roads and blustery winds recently to attend the 20th Annual Latino Youth Conference at the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse at Grand Rapids Community College.

Dr. Laurie Chesley hired as COCC’s new president
3/12/19 KTVZ
BEND, Ore. – Dr. Laurie Chesley has been named the new president of Central Oregon Community College. The COCC board of directors voted 6-0 Tuesday evening to hire Chesley as only the sixth president in the college’s 70-year history.
… Chesley is the provost and executive vice president for academic and student affairs at Grand Rapids (Michigan) Community College. She taught English at a variety of higher education institutions for 14 years, including five years of full-time teaching at Northwestern Michigan College.

Lakeshore hub honoring Innovator of the Year finalists
3/12/19 Grand Rapids Business Journal
The Lakeshore Innovator of the Year will be named this week.
… John Bilsky, certified master water specialist
(This article doesn’t mention it, but John Bilsky is a GRCC alumnus.)

DIGARC Welcomes 160 Colleges and Universities to Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, Orlando
3/12/19 KQCW
More than 160 higher education institutions from coast-to-coast gather in Orlando from March 17 – 20, 2019, for the 6th Annual DigarcU User Conference. Over 270 DIGARC software users will obtain certifications, enjoy thought leadership sessions and connect with fellow education professionals at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, Orlando.
… “This is my sixth DigarcU and each conference has gotten better,” says Deb Dewent, Assistant Director of Instructional Support for Grand Rapids Community College. “I look forward to connecting with my colleagues and hearing about best practices for DIGARC software. Plus, I love coming to sunny Florida in March.”

Bear Lakes May to play softball at GRCC
3/12/19 Manistee News Advocate
With spring around the corner, Hayley May is about to embark on her senior season of softball.
It won’t be her last, though, because the Bear Lake Laker recently signed a letter of intent to continue her career at the next level for Grand Rapids Community College.

Ionia County ISD super appointed to community foundation board
3/12/19 The Sentinel Standard (Ionia)
IONIA — An Ionia County schools leader has been named to the advisory board of a community foundation that allocates grant money to local organizations.
… (Ethan) Ebenstein has a bachelor of arts degree from Aquinas College and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Grand Valley State University. Ebenstein and his wife, Julie, have two sons: Trevor, a high school junior, and Logan, a sophomore at Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC In The News, 03-12-19

Enjoy the Music of J.S. Bach and More During the Weeklong 2019 Grand Rapids Bach Festival, March 17-24
3/11/19 Women’s Lifestyle magazine
The music of Johann Sebastian Bach is transformative. It has motivated the work of nearly every great composer to follow in the history of Western Classical music. It continues to inspire those who hear it more than 269 years after Bach’s death.
… Several events are free admission or freewill offering thanks to the support of major sponsors including: Prince Conference Center at Calvin College; Daniel L. & Ellen VanderMey; Grand Rapids Community College; and the Cathedral of Saint Andrews.

Boyne City’s Hubbard records 1st career hit for Schoolcraft, Mallory gets win for CMU softball
3/12/19 Petoskey News-Review
It was a good week for Kelsey Hubbard in the softball circle.
… In the nightcap against Grand Rapids CC, Hubbard earned her third hit of her career, helping Schoolcraft to an 11-6 victory.

GRCC In The News, 03-11-19

Grand Rapids Chamber pushing creative fields
3/8/19 Grand Rapids Business Journal
The Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce is making a push to enhance creative fields locally.
… A Filipino transplant who graduated from the GRCC fashion program in 2015, (RC) Caylan has a studio in downtown Grand Rapids, at 80 Ottawa Ave. NW, Suite 308, where he is available by appointment for wedding dress design and other services. Though he said his prices are more reasonable, local women often shop from designers based elsewhere, perhaps because they don’t know he exists or because his name is not as widely known.

As Ferndale contemplates Baker College’s “community fit,” Owosso serves as example
3/10/19 Oakland County Times
Ferndale, Owosso, MI- As the City of Ferndale and Baker College continue with negotiations for constructing a campus in Downtown Ferndale, one of the key questions and points of debate is whether or not the college is a good community fit.
… Graduation rates have been an issue raised by some residents who question the quality of the school. Online reports show numbers ranging from 9-21% depending on the campus and the years for the data. As far as private colleges, Baker is at the low end of the list. They are, however, in the same ballpark as schools like Henry Ford College (7%), Jackson College (10%), Macomb Community College (11%), Oakland Community College Bloomfield Hills (11%), Mid Michigan Community College (12%), Wayne County Community College (12%), Delta College (14%) and Grand Rapids Community College (14%). State-wide, twenty public colleges had graduation rates of 20% or less according to

GRCC In The News, 03-07-19

3/6/19 Community College Daily (American Association of Community Colleges publication)
… Michigan Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II tours Grand Rapids Community College’s Wisner Bottrall Applied Technology Center and chats with students and faculty about education leading to careers in the culinary arts. (Photo: GRCC)

Pretoria Lafayette Ave. (Video Premiere)
Pretoria is a four piece alternative/indie rock band out of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The band added a new member, Evelyn Timmis, after their first EP and they’ve since been honing their sound. We’re happy to be premiering the video for Lafayette Ave. today.
Lafayette Ave. is a song about the interactions lead singer Rob Gullett had at Grand Rapids Community College and on Lafayette Ave specifically. The music video was appropriately filmed downtown Grand Rapids, and includes a montage of the band strolling around the city.

‘You’re never going to walk again’
3/7/19 Spectrum Health Beat (Spectrum Health publication)
On a warm August afternoon in 2005, Tom Weaver and his buddy navigated their motorcycles along the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina.
… Weaver took on another job, too, as an adjunct professor at Grand Rapids Community College. He retired from Jenison High School in 2011, but continues to teach three classes at the community college.

Weekday Morning Sports Report
3/7/19 WSJM
… Today
… Women’s Basketball NJCAA District G Playoffs
Lake Michigan College vs. Grand Rapids Community College, 7:30 p.m. (at Ford Fieldhouse, Grand Rapids)

GRCC In The News, 03-05-19

GRCC ready to host District Tournament
3/4/19 FOX 17
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich — Grand Rapids Community College is hosting the District 9 tournament this week at the Ford Fieldhouse.

Macomb CC looks for season sweep against Delta in NJCAA basketball tournament opener
3/5/19 Macomb Daily
It’s never easy to be a team three times during the basketball season.
… The winner of Tuesday’s game will face top-seeded Henry Ford Community College Friday at 3 p.m. at Grand Rapids Community College in a NJCAA District 10 semifinal.

GRCC In The News, 03-04-19

Street Talk: Courts go fee free
3/1/19 Grand Rapids Business Journal
… Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II toured Grand Rapids Community College’s Wisner Bottrall Applied Technology Center last week, speaking with students and faculty about education leading to careers in the culinary arts.

Inside Track: Pursuing a lifelong dream
3/1/19 Grand Rapids Business Journal
When Ali Ghebleh moved from his home country of Iran in 1980 to obtain an MBA from Central Michigan University, he intended to return and open a business with his brothers.
… In the meantime, he took a few classes at Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education, not to learn about cooking, but to learn about the business of running a restaurant.

Bill to end mandatory career readiness test pleases educators, vexes business leaders
3/1/19 Sault Ste. Marie Evening News
High school juniors would no longer have to take the ACT WorkKeys career readiness test under a bill with broad legislative backing a move touted by educators as a way to save time, money and student stress.
… She (Delaney McKinley, the senior director of government affairs for the Michigan Manufacturers Association) named the Grand Rapids area as particularly reliant on WorkKeys test results, as a great collaboration between West Michigan Works!, Grand Rapids Community College and local employers has led to a greater adoption of the assessment in that region.

GRAAHI preps initiative to diversify health care workforce
GRAND RAPIDS — Along with welcoming new leadership, the Grand Rapids African American Health Institute is preparing to launch a major initiative later this year to bring greater diversity to the regions health care workforce.
… GRAAHI partnered with seven West Michigan colleges and universities on the initiative GVSU, Aquinas College, Calvin College, Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College and Hope College.

Hawks open softball season with two victories
3/3/19 Herald-Mail (Hagerstown, Md.)
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Hagerstown Community College opened its season with a pair of victories in the FastPitch Dreams Classic on Sunday.
The Hawks edged Grand Rapids Community College in eight innings. Elizabeth Churchman and Madi Renn each singled and later scored on an error. Emily Talbert went the distance, allowing five hits and three walks while striking out 14.

GRCC In The News, 02-28-19

Michigan community colleges ranked by enrollment, and see 100-plus sites to take classes
2/27/19 MLive
More than 170,000 students are enrolled at Michigan’s 28 public community colleges this semester.
… Grand Rapids Community College: 12,831

Whitmer pushes college aid. But success rates vary wildly at Michigan schools
2/27/19 Bridge magazine (Center for Michigan publication)
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer unveiled plans for a broad expansion of taxpayer-funded financial aid during her State of the State address this month, with the goal of getting more students enrolled in college.
(GRCC is included in a chart of public and private two-year schools.)