GRCC In The News, 01-18-19

The Right Place names board officers and members
1/17/19 Grand Rapids Business Journal
A local economic development organization is welcoming a group of new faces to its board.
… Executive Committee appointments
Bill Pink, president, Grand Rapids Community College

World Affairs Council kicks off discussion series next month
1/16/19 MLive
Migration, cyber security, China and trade are just a few of the global issues to be discussed in the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan’s Great Decisions series.
… World Affairs Council of Western Michigan’s Corporate and Senator members attend free — as do the students, faculty and staff of WACWM member institutions: Aquinas, Calvin, Davenport, Ferris State, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State, Kendall, Montcalm Community College and Western Michigan University.

Weekday Morning Sports Report — Friday 1/18/19
1/18/19 WSJM
… MCCAA Junior College Basketball
Tonight
Women’s Basketball
Lake Michigan College at Grand Rapids Community College, 5:30 p.m.
Men’s Basketball
Lake Michigan College at Grand Rapids Community College, 7:30 p.m.

GRCC In The News, 01-11-19

Rees Scholarship Foundation gives $65,000 to aspiring HVACR technicians
1/10/19 snipsmag.com
The Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), and the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), recently announced scholarship awards totaling $65,000 to 39 students, including five military veteran program recipients, studying to become technicians in the HVACR and water heating industry.
… HVACR and Water Heating Technician Program Recipients:
… Paul Paiz, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, MI

Grand Rapids CC goes contactless
1/10/19 cr80news.com (newsletter for the ID card industry)
Grand Rapids Community College has upgraded its RaiderCard, going contactless for a wide range of on-campus transactions.

Southwestern Michigan College Stops State Lawsuit After New Legislation Passed
1/10/19 ccnewsnow.com
A lawsuit filed on Jan. 4 by Southwestern Michigan College (SMC) against the Michigan’s Office of the Auditor General was dropped after a new law changed how community colleges in the state should give to a state-run teacher retirement program.
… Estimated unpaid contributions from other schools in Michigan included:
… Grand Rapids Community College: about $93,000

Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance announces resignation of executive director
1/10/19 WGVU
On Wednesday, the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance also known as LEDA, announced the resignation of Latoya Booker, the executive director. Booker has been in the role since the summer of 2017.
… (Interim Executive Director Christine) Arnold recently retired from Grand Rapids Community College where she served as the director of the Bob and Alecia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion.

GRCC In The News, 01-10-19

Community college drops lawsuit against state over payments to retirement fund
1/9/19 MLive
DOWAGIAC, MI — A lawsuit brought against the state of Michigan by a local community college was dropped after legislation changed how Michigan’s community colleges should contribute to the state-run teacher retirement program in the future, and after unpaid contributions were paid off.
… Southwestern Michigan College, a community college in Dowagiac, sued the state of Michigan’s Office of the Auditor General over the investigation.
… Grand Rapids Community College was billed about $93,000, according to the September estimations from the Office of Retirement Services. Kalamazoo Valley Community College owed about $330,000.

‘Racial discrimination’: Players sue Maricopa Community Colleges over cutting football
1/9/19 Arizona Republic
Eleven African-American football players are suing the Maricopa County Community College District in federal court over its decision to end the football program.
… Among the junior colleges that have cut football since 2010: Rock Valley College, Joliet Junior College and Harper College, all in Illinois, and Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan. All of those schools cited financial reasons.

Jayhawk women use strong third quarter to pull away from Grand Rapids
1/10/19 Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)
The Muskegon Community College women’s basketball team defeated Grand Rapids Community College 69-56 on Wednesday night.

Tony Annese radio interview: Coaching ‘greatest fraternity known to man’
1/10/19 MLive
MUSKEGON — Tony Annese was one of the guests on The Power Hour weekly radio show Wednesday, Jan. 9 on WLCS-FM 98.3.
The Ferris State University football coach, who led the Bulldogs to the Division II national championship game, guided Muskegon High School to three Division 2 state titles (2004, 2006, 2008) during his nine seasons at the helm.
(This article doesn’t mention it, but Tony Annese coached football at GRCC.)

Ranger Steve’s Nature Niche: Birds Collide with Buildings
12/27/18 The Rockford Squire
Nearly one billion birds are estimated to die annually by colliding with building windows. Gathering definitive data is a monumental task. Scientists have two ways for analyzing events in nature.
… My salvage bird permit allows me and people I list on the permit to collect dead birds for educational and scientific analysis. Many birds at HCNC were collected and mounted in life-like position for visitors to see closely and others were mounted in what is called a study skin. Study skin mounts look like the bird is lying dead on its back. Those specimens were used when I taught ornithology at Grand Rapids Community College and for natural history programs. Visit HCNC to see birds you might not get to see easily in the outdoors.
(Column by Steve Mueller.)

GRCC In The News, 01-09-19

Students earn credits, gain jobs through GRCC training program
1/8/19 schoolnewsnetwork.org (Kent Intermediates School District newsletter)
It wasn’t long ago that Gybran Vazquez decided he needed a change. He was applying stripes to parking lots for an asphalt company, but dreamed of what else he could be doing with his career.
… He’s closer to the life he wants, now that he has graduated from Grand Rapids Community College Job Training after devoting 34 hours a week for 18 weeks to learning about residential construction.

New welding lab for high school students is a big deal
1/8/19 schoolnewsnetwork.org
Kent ISD board president Andrea Haidle is not about to take up welding. But she was eager to see the new virtual welding laboratory that was recently installed by the Kent Career Tech Center.
… The $463,000 virtual welding lab was installed in recent months with the help of a $300,000 state grant. The equipment purchased is compatible with the equipment being used at Grand Rapids Community College.

Morning Mix
1/8/19 FOX 17
Laughfest is coming and you won’t want to miss out on your favorite comedian or show that’s coming to town … Two family friendly events will be returning, including the Kids Rock Hip Hop Dance Party on Saturday, March 9 at The BOB and the Super Saturday Kids Zone on March 16 at GRCC’s Ford Fieldhouse.

GRCC In The News, 01-07-19

GRCC volleyball player earns All-American honors
12/21/18 The Rockford Squire
Grand Rapids Community College volleyball player Kendra DeJonge earned All-American honors for the second year in a row, adding to her legacy as one of the college’s most-decorated athletes.

Change Ups: Hoekwater appointed WM Legal Aid executive director
1/4/19 Grand Rapids Business Journal
… GOVERNMENT
Former Gov. Rick Snyder appointed Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink to a three-year term on the 21st Century Talent Creation Subcommittee, joining educators from universities, community colleges and intermediate school and K-12 districts. The subcommittee will work with the governor’s Talent Investment Board, which includes industry executives, labor leaders, educators, lawmakers and representatives of state agencies. It will focus on changing demands for skills and how collaboration with educators can more quickly prepare residents for rapidly changing workplaces.

New officers sworn in for Rockford Department of Safety
12/21/18 The Rockford Squire
Rockford Police Chief Dave Jones had nothing but praise for four officers who were recognized at the Monday, December 10 Rockford City Council meeting. One, Sam Foster, was leaving the department to begin a new career in law. Three others were sworn in before the council while family, officers, council, city staff and the audience looked on.
… Jones said Ben (Glass) joins Rockford from the Jackson Police Department, and he is excited to be here working in his hometown. He went to the Grand Rapids Community College Police Department.

Artists, authors, and you
1/4/19 The Post (Cedar Springs)
Coming to the Cedar Springs Community Library January 1, 2019 through March 31, 2019, the group Artists, Authors and You will be presenting works by artist, Nancy Clouse. On display will be “Still Stands,” a President Lincoln portrait, as well as “Robin” and “Bees” poems by Emily Dickinson.
… Nancy Clouse graduated in Art Education in 1969 from MSU. She has taught at the elementary and junior high levels, as well as teaching art history, drawing and art methods at Grand Rapids Community College. Her works have been displayed at the Methodist Church Celebration of the Arts, Grand Rapids Art festivals and Lowell and Muskegon Regional exhibits.

Cedar Springs library features Nancy Clouse in rotating art exhibit
1/4/19 MLive
The Cedar Springs Community Library will feature Nancy Clouse as their first artist of 2019 in their rotating exhibit.
… Clouse graduated with a degree in Art Education in 1969 from Michigan State University. She has taught at both elementary and junior high levels, as well as teach art history, drawing and art methods at Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC In The News, 01-04-19

GRCC part of ‘Great Start for Higher Education’ early childhood initiative
1/2/19 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is among four Michigan community colleges involved in an initiative to enhance their early childhood curriculum to better prepare teachers to work with kids with diverse abilities.

GRCC president named to state talent creation panel
12/20/18 La Prensa
GRAND RAPIDS, Dec. 20, 2018: Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink to a statewide committee focused on helping residents gain in-demand skills for rewarding jobs and preparing for rapidly changing workforce demands.

Lakers improve to 10-0, win conference opener
1/3/19 The Morning Sun (Mount Pleasant)
The Lakers welcomed in Grand Rapids Community College in what was the conference opener for both squads.

GRCC In The News, 01-02-19

Street Talk: A great start
12/21/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
Grand Rapids Community College will be the first in the state to participate in a national project to better prepare early childhood education professionals.

Employment Expertise: Making an Impact in West Michigan
12/31/18 Ionia Sentinel-Standard
In 2018 West Michigan Works! (WMW) helped 44,890 job seekers, served 3,193 employers and filled 10,463 jobs. This work isn’t done in isolation; it’s accomplished through partnerships with employers, training providers, educators and community organizations. Each December, WMW looks back over the year and recognizes a few of its key partners:
… Literacy Center of West Michigan (LCWM) is West Michigan Works! 2018 Partner of the Year. They received this award because they successfully use community partnerships to create positive change. LCWM has partnered with the local construction industry, Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) and the Urban League to provide workplace English as a Second Language instruction for participants in the construction training program. They also provide literacy services at one of West Michigan Works! service centers. Providing instruction like this to job seekers helps remove language barriers and can help them obtain further training, education and/or a good job.
The Michigan Works! Impact Awards honor those who have built economic results by actively creating jobs and developing fresh talent in their communities. In West Michigan, Spectrum Health, GRCC and Sterile Processing Technician, Gina Mancha, received the 2018 Impact Award. To address a common need in the health care field, West Michigan Works! partnered with health care employers, GRCC and the US Department of Labor to create the Sterile Processing Technician Registered Apprentice program. Through this program, Gina was able to learn a new skill and start a new career after working for years in automotive manufacturing.

Many college students are on the brink of being homeless and hungry — here’s where to get help
12/24/18 marketwatch.com
College students without a financial safety net are in a tough spot when unexpected costs arise.
… For example, at Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, assistance is available for students who face emergencies such as losing their job, eviction or utility shut-off. The fund has provided students with over $78,000 in grants and loans since 2014, according to Dave Murray, a school spokesperson.

Former Belding standout Hallee Breimayer leading GRCC to strong start
12/27/18 Ionia Sentinel-Standard
Former Belding standout Hallee Breimayer has made a successful transition from high school to college basketball, and Grand Rapids Community College is currently a primary beneficiary.

Chef profile: ‘Going the extra mile’
12/21/18 Grand Rapids Magazine
Two hours before dinner service commences, Cygnus 27 chef de cuisine Stephan VanHeulen has deftly inspected the kitchen, marveling at the diver scallops — gorgeous, pearly pink and way more substantial than anything you can buy at a supermarket; smelling the exhilarating earthiness of the fluffy hen-of-the-woods, royal trumpet and white beech mushrooms; and tasting the whipped root vegetable purée. But it’s the massive octopus with eight tentacles, a dangerously delicious beast, that stopped him in his tracks.
… After graduating from Lowell High School in 2004, VanHeulen moved to Grand Rapids, working two to three restaurant jobs at once, figuring it was a good way to pay the bills. “I didn’t know what I was going to do, but I fell in love with this,” said VanHeulen, who at 24 went back to school, enrolling at Secchia Institute of Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College while cooking full time at Courtyard by Marriott Grand Rapids Downtown. In 2013, with his fresh culinary associate degree, VanHeulen joined the banquet team at Amway Grand Plaza, where the hotel stages massive events. “You think that you know how to cut up a tomato, cut up a pepper, until you gotta do it for 6,000 people,” VanHeulen said. “It sharpens your basics like none other, and it’s a great learning experience.”

Change Ups: Foundation raises $25,000 to support autism charity
12/21/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
… Education
… Grand Rapids Community College English professor Mursalata Muhammad was named to serve on the new state Department of Education’s Social Studies Standards Bias Review Committee, one of several panels the department created in the wake of concerns raised over the proposed curriculum changes.

West Michigan Sports Commission elects board officers and members
12/31/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
The West Michigan Sports Commission will begin the new year with some new faces.
… Board officers
… Bob Partridge, Grand Rapids Community College (retired), treasurer

Grand Rapids winter activities from A-Z
12/23/18 Grand Rapids Magazine
Got a case of cabin fever? Here’s a list of activities to keep you busy all winter long.
… November project
This outdoor fitness club stays active all winter. The club meets Wednesdays at 6:01 a.m. at the corner of Lyon Street and Bostwick Street, near the Grand Rapids Community College Ford Fieldhouse. Workouts are different every week, with various movements and intensities that can be made to suit any level of athlete.

GRCC In The News, 12-20-18

Marquette man appointed to 21st Century Talent Creation Subcommittee
12/19/18 uppermichiganssource.com
LANSING, Mich. (WLUC) – Gov. Rick Snyder announced appointments to the 21st Century Talent Creation Subcommittee.
… He is joined by John VanWagoner, of Alpena, the superintendent of Alpena Public Schools; Megan Schrauben, of Dexter, the executive director of MiSTEM Network for the Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget; and Bill Pink, of Ada, who serves as the 10th president of Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC In The News, 12-19-18

Educators connect students with workforce opportunities
12/17/18 schoolnewsnetwork.org (KISD newsletter)
Senior Dave Tilma works part time at MacDonald Plumbing in Grand Rapids, and plans to become a full time-plumber after high school through on-the-job training.
… (Dave) Jackson (representative from U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship) spoke about apprenticeship programs to students in (Lary) Shoemakers electric car class during National Apprenticeship Week, and separately to a group of girls interested in skilled trades and engineering. Jackson, who is based in Lansing, also spoke to a Women in Manufacturing panel at Grand Rapids Community College.

EightWest
12/18/18 WOTV
Maranda: “They’re slicing; they’re dicing; they’re learning all kinds of cool things. We stepped into the kitchen to see how students from Central Innovation High School are learning firsthand the importance of food and health.”
… Instructor: “This program we are calling Future Harvest, where we are collaborating with Spectrum Health, GRCC and the Grand Rapids Public Schools system to find opportunities for really investing in our youth when it comes to health careers and to give them an opportunity to get some life skillls. …”
(The segment was filmed during the students’ visit to the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education kitchens.)

GRCC In The News, 12-17-18

Metallica does good in Grand Rapids
12/14/18 Grand Rapids Magazine
We already know Metallica rocks, but now the heavy metal band is earning even greater respect in Grand Rapids for a $100,000 gift it’s giving to Grand Rapids Community College.

Metallica Launches Scholarship Initiative
12/17/18 Look to the Stars
Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation and the American Association of Community Colleges have launched the Metallica Scholars Initiative: $1 Million in grants to go to 10 community colleges.
… In keeping with AWMH’s philosophy of enabling Metallica to give back to communities that have supported the band, the recipient colleges are all AACC members and based in and around stops on Metallica’s 2017-2019 WorldWired Tour. The 10 sites are:
… Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Northeast-area athletes making an impact on the college level
12/14/18 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS – The fall sports season has ended, the winter season is getting into full swing at colleges and universities around the region, and numerous local athletes are making contributions on the collegiate level this season. Following is a look at former high school athletes from Cedar Springs and Rockford competing at the college level.
… Aaliyah Sargent is turning in a strong sophomore season with the Grand Rapids Community College women’s basketball team. A Cedar Springs graduate, Sargent is averaging 9.1 rebounds, 3.8 points, and 2.7 assists per game.

News 8 at 6 p.m.
12/15/18 WOOD TV
Reporter Evan Dean: “This year, Adam Quinn has run and run a lot. In fact, in 2018, he has run more than 2,018 miles. If you’re doing the math at home, that’s an average of five miles a day. During his quest to run the year, Adam has finished four marathons, including Boston. Just look at all these medals. What you won’t know, if you spot Adam running through the winding trails of Rockford, is that he has autism — but that’s the point. His dad says it doesn’t define him.”
Allan Quinn: “It really isn’t who he is. Over the years, we kept trying to say, ‘You do things just like anyone else. You’re just different in how you do it.'”
Dean: “We were there to day as he set out to finish the final two of those 2,018 miles. He finished fast and welcomed by a crowd of family and friends in downtown Rockford. Adam, overcome with emotion after completing the challenge and seeing his loved ones. … Adam’s parents hope his story spreads a smile and encourages inclusion. To them, their son is so many things: a GRCC students, a great dancer, a friend, a brother and, oh yeah, a pretty good runner, too.”

GRCC In The News, 12-14-18

Metallica Donates $1 Million to 10 Community Colleges
12/14/18 Inside Higher Ed
Hall of Fame rock band Metallica is donating $1 million to 10 community colleges across the country as part of a partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges.
… The colleges that were selected will each receive $100,000 and are based in and around stops on Metallica’s 2017-2019 WorldWired Tour:
… Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan

Metallica awards job training grant to GRCC
12/13/18 The Fabricator (publication of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association)
The heavy metal band Metallica is awarding Grand Rapids Community College a $100,000 grant to connect more nontraditional students to in-demand welding jobs.

…And Justice for All: A $1M Donation for Community Colleges — For a Change
12/13/18 Nonprofit Quarterly
When thinking of education philanthropists, the heavy metal rock band Metallica probably does not rise to the top of many people’s lists, but this week the band announced that its All Within My Hands Foundation (AWMH) would award $100,000 grants to 10 community colleges across the country with the goal of helping more than 1,000 students achieve their career goals.
… The band has partnered with American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), a trade association that represents over 1,1100 community colleges, on the project. The 10 colleges receiving what Metallica has called its first cohort of grantees are the following:
… Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Hero of the Day? Heavy metal band Metallica grants $100K to GRCC for welding program
12/12/18 mibiz.com
GRAND RAPIDS — Grand Rapids Community College will receive $100,000 from heavy metal band Metallica to support new programming, the school announced today.

Metallica Is Donating $1,000,000 to US Community Colleges in New Charity Initiative
12/12/18 ultimate-guitar.com
Metallica has announced a new charity initiative through their All Within My Hands Foundation – a donation of $1 million in grant money to select community colleges.
… The 10 community colleges that have been selected are:
… Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, MI

Metallica’s foundation awards grant to college
12/13/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
The foundation started by the heavy metal band Metallica is giving a job-training grant to a local college.
The All Within My Hands Foundation, created in 2017, will provide Grand Rapids Community College with a $100,000 grant to connect more non-traditional students to welding jobs.

GRCC offers new certification in Supply Chain Operations Management
12/14/18 schoolnewsnetwork.org (KISD newsletter)
While Santa Claus may have elves for toy-making and Rudolph to guide his sleigh, many West Michigan companies need more qualified manpower to ensure the economical and efficient production of items and delivery to wherever they need to go and fast.
… Grand Rapids Community College is paving the way to equip people with introductory skills and meet the needs of employers to manage all facets of bringing goods from producer to consumer as seamlessly as those bow-tied presents come from the North Pole, down the chimney and end up under the Christmas tree.

GRCC trustee recount finished, winners decided
12/13/18 WOOD TV
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — With a recount completed, officials have declared the winners of the election for the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees.

Board of Canvassers completes vote recount for GRCC trustees
12/14/18 FOX 17
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Kent County Clerk Lisa Posthumus Lyons says the Kent County Board of Canvassers has completed a recount of votes cast in the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees race.

Programmer’s instruction led to election night tech trouble / 12-13-18
12/13/18 The Hastings Banner
Barry County Clerk Pamela Palmer’s Election Day nightmare began with a simple question to Governmental Business Systems. GBS is the company that provided the software the county used in November to compile election results.
… Unfortunately, that’s not the case for the Grand Rapids Community College race in Kent County.

Recount for GRCC trustees board confirms win by candidate initially declared loser
12/14/18 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A recount for a spot on the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees has confirmed that Sheryl Siegel actually won the position, not the person initially certified as the winner.

Finalizado el recuento de GRCC, Kathy Crosby y Sheryl Siegel ganaron elecciones
12/13/18 El Vocero
GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN (EVH) .- Con un recuento finalizado, los funcionarios declararon a los ganadores de la elección para el Consejo de Administración de Grand Rapids Community College.
(GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN (EVH) — With a final count, officials declared the winners of the election to the Grand Rapids Community College board of trustees.)

PR society elects board officers and members
12/13/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
The region’s public relations society has named its new leaders.
… New board members
… Dave Murray, Grand Rapids Community College

GRCC In The News, 12-13-18

GRCC welding program gets $100K from Metallica
12/12/18 WOOD TV
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Grand Rapids Community College’s welding program is getting a $100,000 gift from the heavy metal band Metallica.

GRCC gets $100k grant from Metallica
12/12/18 FOX 17
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College received a grant today from one of the legends of heavy metal music.

Metallica awards GRCC with a $100K job-training grant
12/12/18 WZZM
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Metallica is helping GRCC students out!

GRCC receives $100,000 grant from legendary heavy metal band Metallica
12/12/18 WWMT
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) — Grand Rapids Community College was awarded a $100,000 grant by Metallica.

Metallica awards $100K grant to Michigan college
12/12/18 The Detroit Free Press
GRAND RAPIDS — Metallica is helping GRCC students out.

METALLICA To Donate $1 Million To 10 Community Colleges Across America
12/12/18 Metal Injection
Metallica has been doing a whole lot of good with their new charity All Within My Hands Foundation and they’re clearly not slowing down anytime soon. The band has announced they’ll donate $100,000 to 10 community colleges across the United States, with each college awarding the money to over 1,000 enrolled students so they can more effectively enter the workforce.
… Here are the 10 community colleges that will receive the funding.
… Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Heavy metal band Metallica awards GRCC $100K grant to support workforce training
12/12/18 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) is among 10 colleges nationwide awarded a $100,000 grant from the heavy metal band Metallica to support students training to enter the workforce.

Rock Group Metallica Awards $100K Grant To Teach ‘Heavy Metal’ Michigan Welders
12/12/18 WWJ
GRAND RAPIDS (WWJ) – The heavy metal rock band Metallica has awarded $100,000 to help train ‘heavy metal’ Michigan welders.

Metallica awards GRCC with $100k job-training grant
12/12/18 WGRD
Metallica is helping out students here in Grand Rapids!

Robroy Shifts Leadership of Robroy Enclosures
12/12/18 The Electrical Distributor Magazine
BELDING, Mich. — Effective January 1, 2019, Craig Mitchell will be promoted to President of Robroy Enclosures.
Mitchell joined Robroy Enclosures in 2009 as General Manager and became Vice President of Operations & Administration in 2018. Prior to joining the organization, he served for 15 years as a plant manager for Key Plastics. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Cornerstone University and an Associate’s Degree in Automated Manufacturing from Grand Rapids Community College.

Recount in Grand Rapids Community College race to begin Thursday
12/12/18 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The recount in the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees race, prompted by a data entry error, will begin Thursday, Dec. 13, according to Kent County Clerk Lisa Posthumous Lyons.

Nonprofit works to stem trafficking of homeless youth with stable residency program
12/13/18 rapidgrowthmedia.com
Even on overcast days, sunlight bathes the interior of the newly built Covenant House Michigan, Grand Rapids. That’s because 60 percent of the three-story, 17,000 square-foot building is made of glass.
… That’s a key reason why Covenant House spent more than two years establishing community partnerships with other youth drop in centers, including, but not limited to: Grand Rapids HQ, Mel Trotter Ministries Youth Emergency Shelter, Inner City Christian Federation, area school districts, Grand Valley State University, and Grand Rapids Community College.

UIX: Finding work in West Michigan with new tools and guidance
12/13/18 rapidgrowthmedia.com
After months of searching, Joe Bonyea is excited to have a job. But he also had fun looking for it, too.
… The cost of the training employers, as well as the worker’s wages, are covered through the help of state grants, which means trainers are most often attracted from Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC In The News, 12-10-18

Area athletes making an impact on the college level
12/9/18 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS – The fall sports season has ended the winter season its getting into full swing at colleges and universities around the region and numerous local athletes are making contributions on the collegiate level this season. Following is a look at former high school athletes from Caledonia, East Kentwood, Grand Rapids Catholic Central and South Christian that are competing at the college level.
… Sammie Ryans, an East Kentwood grad, is turning in a solid sophomore season with the Grand Rapids Community College men’s basketball team. Ryan is averaging 15.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.

From food industry burn-out to local smoke star
12/9/18 Crain’s Detroit Business
David Diephouse thought he was done with the food business.
A graduate of the culinary program at Grand Rapids Community College, Diephouse spent 16 years in the industry before burning out and quitting in 2000. He had been a line cook, a pastry chef and worked for a catering company, among a series of food-industry jobs.

These Cooking Classes Will Create an Experience to Remember and Offer Some Valuable Life Skills, Too!
12/9/18 grkids.com
With Grand Rapids’ tradition of locally sourced produce and meats, diverse culinary heritages, and simple love for great food, it’s no surprise that West Michigan offers amazing cooking classes for kids and adults.
… 2. GRCC Cooks — Your Community Kitchen. Grand Rapids
Savor the world-class facilities and well-seasoned instructors of Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education. Learn the fundamentals of knife skills, soups, sauces, sushi or vegan cooking, and become familiar with world culinary traditions like those of Thailand, South America, Vietnam and Africa. (616) 234-3837

Another tough pill for Minnesota State Mankato in D-II football playoffs
12/9/18 Minneapolis Star Tribune
MANKATO — Tony Annese spent 25 years coaching football at four high schools in Michigan and was successful enough to become a member of the state’s coaching Hall of Fame. In 2009, he was named as the coach at Grand Rapids Community College.

News 8 Daybreak
12/10/18 WOOD TV
It was a milestone win for head coach Tony Annese — his 300th career win as a professional coach. He has already won three state titles at the high school level and led Grand Rapids Community College to two national junior high school titles.

Change Ups: Wolverine launches interactive display at airport
12/7/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
… SPORTS
West Michigan Sports Commission announced Jim Horman, Progressive AE, was elected chair; Deb Kay, immediate past chair; Mike Donnelly, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, vice chair; Bob Partridge, Grand Rapids Community College (retired), treasurer; and Scott Bernecker, Merrill Lynch, secretary.

GRCC In The News, 12-06-18

Richard Henry Ric Curry Jr.
12/5/18 Richland Source (Mansfield, Ohio)
Richard Henry Curry Jr., 65, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday Dec. 2, 2018 at Ohio Health MedCentral Mansfield Hospital.
Ric was born Friday, Sept. 25, 1953 to Richard (Elizabeth Hanson) Curry Sr. and he was lifetime resident. Ric graduated from Mansfield Senior High in 1971. He attended Rio Grande University and Grand Rapids Community College where he played baseball, and he continued softball with various teams in Mansfield. He was a true fan to Cleveland Browns, Cavaliers, Ohio State, and Mansfield Senior High.

How Instagram Is a Lifeline and Death Knoll for Homoerotic Artists
12/5/18 Out Magazine
Martin Bedolla had already been posting his illustrations on Instagram (@martinbedolla) for about two years prior to 2016, but that year marked a turning point for the artist. “A friend of mine suggested I do Kinkcember,” Bedolla wrote in a post on December 1. He was citing one of a series of monthly themes, like Inktober and MerMay, that serve as prompts for visual artists on social media. “Naturally, I said sure. Ha ha. First up. Bondage.”
… Art first came to Bedolla in a way it does for many teens: through doodling. But after enrolling at Grand Rapids Community College and taking a few drawing classes, he declared fine art as a major and took his practice more seriously, later attending Kendall College of Art and Design. “After I graduated, I actually started exploring what I wanted my style to be and what I wanted to say with my work,” Bedolla says. “Initially, I always thought nudes — like, classical nudes — were fascinating and sensual. So I started there.”

These 2-year schools have the worst ‘on time’ graduation rates in the U.S.
12/6/18 Palmetto Business Daily (Fla.)
Williamsburg Technical College, Midlands Technical College and Aiken Technical College are among two-year schools in the U.S. with the lowest ‘on time’ graduation rates, according to a Higher Education Tribune analysis of federal data.
(GRCC is listed on the chart at No. 83.)

‘The end of an era and a sad day’ Arizona Western College is latest community college to drop JUCO football
12/5/18 Arizona Republic
Arizona Western College in Yuma is the latest community college in the state to announce it is ending its football program.
… Among the junior colleges that have cut football since 2010: Rock Valley College, Joliet Junior College and Harper College, all in Illinois, and Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan. All of the schools cited financial reasons.