GRCC In The News, 04-04-19

  • GRCC creating system to better serve youth not in school or working
    • 4/3/19 MLive
    • GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is working on three community impact projects, including creating a system to identify and recruit youth, 16 to 24, who are not in school or working.
  • Brady soars to the Cardinals’ rescue
    • 4/3/19 Torch (Ferris State University’s student newspaper)
    • Ferris assistant football coach Ryan Brady has left Ferris to become the next head football coach of Saginaw Valley State University, becoming the seventh head coach in the history of the SVSU football program.
    • … After spending a couple of years as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Montrose High School, Brady then became the head coach at Perry High School in 2008. That was only a brief stay, as he would become the quarterbacks coach at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) in 2009.

GRCC In The News, 04-02-19

  • GRCC provost leaving for presidency of Central Oregon Community College
    • 4/1/19 MLive
    • GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College’s provost and executive vice president for academic and student affairs is leaving at the end of the academic year to become a college president.
  • The Ticker
    • 4/2/19 (sports uniform blog)
    • … Grand Rapids Community College has added a throwback uni this season (from Dave Murray).
  • Petoskey’s Swiss, Harbor Springs’ Walda help baseball teams claim victories
    • 4/2/19 Petoskey News-Review
    • … Grand Rapids Community College sophomore Stephanie Kruskie kept her solid sophomore season going for the Raiders.
  • A Sweet Celebration of Four Seasons Orlando Executive Pastry Chef Rabii Saber
    • 4/1/19
    • Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort recently hosted a special dinner in honor of Executive Pastry Chef Rabii Saber’s James Beard Award Nomination for Outstanding Pastry Chef. The three course-dinner (each with a twist by Chef Saber) with wine pairings was held on Thursday, March 14, and we were graciously invited to attend as media.
    • … “In 2016, Rabii became member of the U.S. Team which competed in the 2017 Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie in Lyon, France. Rabii quickly assimilated in this group of expert pastry chefs. He brought his energy, passion, excellent pastry and chocolate skills to the group, and spent countless hours practicing and preparing for this challenge of a lifetime under a tight schedule and extreme pressure. Never did Rabii loose his calm and positive attitude. He is an excellent team member of whom we can always count to take on new tasks and initiatives. When I had the opportunity to visit him at the Four Seasons Resort in Orlando, I found him surrounded by a large staff, whom he had modeled his kind and friendly values. His international experience in some of the world’s best hotels and pastry shops, his mastering of multiple languages, and his sincere caring for fellow pastry chefs make him an excellent ambassador of our profession. Rabbi is a true gentleman who is always ready to lend a hand to fund raise for any noble cause. I am proud to call Chef Rabii Saber a friend and I wish the world to know him and appreciate his company as much as I do.” — Gilles Renusson, Chef and Pastry Instructor at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education, President, US Pastry Team

GRCC In The News, 04-01-19

  • Making a higher education possible
    • 3/29/19 WOOD TV
    • GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – College is a big commitment on so many fronts, from financial commitments to changing priorities to make higher education possible. Grand Rapids Community College wants as many people as possible to have the opportunity to experience an college education. Today we have Tina Hoxie in studio with us.
  • GRCC to host Scholarfest in Holland
    • 3/31/19 The Holland Sentinel
    • HOLLAND — For the first time, Grand Rapids Community College will host its annual Scholarfest in Holland.
    • (This article also appeared in The Hillsdale Daily News and The Daily Telegram in Adrian.)
  • Street Talk: Business groups aim higher
    • 3/29/19 Grand Rapids Business Journal
    • … Grand Rapids Community College Provost Laurie Chesley was named president of Central Oregon Community College, effective July 1.
  • Ironmen linebacker Derek VandenBosch: A local guy who loves to play for Muskegon fans
    • 3/29/19 Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)
    • MUSKEGON – Three weeks ago, when the West Michigan Ironmen played their first game of the season, Derek VandenBosch was introduced as one of five players who have been with the team all four years.
    • … VandenBosch graduated from Orchard View in 2008. After a standout prep career with the Cardinals (113 tackles and six interceptions as a safety during his senior year), he played for two seasons at Grand Rapids Community College, including the final season under former Muskegon High School and current Ferris State coach Tony Annese.

GRCC In The News, 03-27-19

GRCC counselors reach out to help students with mental health needs

3/26/19 (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)

College students can face unfamiliar uncertainty: What career path fits? What degree will land a good job? Is there enough money for tuition and rent? What are the ramifications of an E on a test?

… GRCC student Stanesha Lee, who attended the session for a course she’s taking, said the workshop resonated. “Everybody goes through something and we all need coping skills,” she said. “It’s good GRCC offers these for students.”

One extra year nets big reward: free college degree


Senior Sarah Galloway never doubted that she wanted to enroll in the Middle College option offered at her high school, since she saw the benefits firsthand with her brother. “It has been an exceptional opportunity,” she said.

Kevin Galloway was among the 20 students in the first group (called a cohort) graduating last spring with both his high school diploma and a Grand Rapids Community College degree.

Lakewood’s Zari Kruger signs with Grand Rapids Community College

3/26/19 Ionia Sentinel-Standard

LAKE ODESSA — Zari Kruger is eager to tackle the challenges of collegiate basketball.

The Lakewood basketball standout has signed to attend Grand Rapids Community College and her high school coach is high on her potential.

GRCC In The News, 03-26-19

GRCC basketball coach Luke Bronkema leaves the program
3/25/19 MLive
Luke Bronkema, coach of the Grand Rapids Community College men’s basketball team the past three seasons, has left the team to focus on his family, according to a release from the school.

San Diego Chef Tim Kolanko Leaves Blue Bridge Hospitality For New Role At Urban Kitchen Group
We announced earlier this year that longtime Urban Kitchen Group Corporate Executive Chef Joe Magnanelli was leaving the hospitality company to take the helm at Brian Malarkey’s incoming Animae luxury Asian fusion restaurant. We now know that the restaurant collective behind Cucina Urbana and others has hired Tim Kolanko to fill the open position. Kolanko has been leading the culinary operations for more than 6 years at Blue Bridge Hospitality (Stake Chophouse, Leroy’s Kitchen, Liberty Public Market).
Chef Tim Kolanko boasts more than two decades of culinary experience working under some of the most respected chefs in San Diego and beyond. A graduate of the Culinary Arts program of Grand Rapids Community College, Kolanko spent months backpacking throughout Europe before joining the kitchen at the highly-acclaimed Tapawingo restaurant in Michigan in 2000. Kolanko went on to move to Aspen for a short stint before relocating to San Diego in 2002 to cook under The Lodge at Torrey Pines referred Executive Chef Jeff Jackson. In 2005, Kolanko was promoted to Chef de Cuisine of A.R. Valentien where he spent seven years honing his skills in Califoria [sic] cuisine. In 2013, Kolanko was named Executive Chef of Blue Bridge Hospitality, where he managed the kitchens at the companies many concepts, including Leroys Kitchen + Lounge, MooTime Creamery, Village Pizzeria, Lil Piggys Bar-B-Q, Coronado Coffee Company, Liberty Public Market, Stake Chophouse, West Pac Noodle Bar, Maretalia, and El Roy’s.

Employment Expertise: Learning new skills for second career
3/25/19 Hillsdale Daily News
Gina Mancha was displaced from a long career in automotive manufacturing and needed to find a new career.
… Gina attended classes at Grand Rapids Community College while working as an apprentice at Spectrum Health.

WTMC cultivates college success, personal growth
3/25/19 The Washtenaw Voice
Washtenaw Technical Middle College (WTMC) was established in 1997 and gives high school students a unique learning experience that allows them to graduate with up to 80 college credits.
… Although the concept of a technical middle college — commonly referred to as an early middle college — is relatively new, similar programs are seen throughout the state of Michigan. Eastern Michigan University, Central Michigan University, Grand Rapids Community College and Kalamazoo Valley Community College are a few examples of colleges in Michigan with resources available to high school students extending beyond dual enrollment.

Ryan Brady takes 20-year detour to Saginaw Valley State football program
3/26/19 MLive
SAGINAW, MI — After 20 years, Ryan Brady can finally call himself a Cardinal.
… He jumped into coaching, with high school stops at Muskegon, Chesaning, Montrose and Perry and working on college staffs at Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley and Ferris, where he has coached the past seven seasons.

Saginaw Valley State picks Ryan Brady, ex-GVSU quarterback, as new head coach
3/25/19 The Detroit News
Saginaw Valley State has a new head football coach.
… (Ryan) Brady also has worked on the staffs at Grand Valley State, as QBs coach in 2003, aside from several high-school positions (Perry High, Montrose High, Chesaning High, Muskegon High), and three years as the offensive coordinator at Grand Rapids Community College, which had the nation’s highest-scoring offense during his tenure.

Laikyn Pait Solid For Southeastern Softball
West Bladen grad Laikyn Pait batted 2-4 and slugged her third home run of the season Tuesday, but her Southeastern Community College Lady Ram softball team dropped an 11-7 decision to Louisburg.
… The sophmore [sic] catcher slammed 2 doubles, drove in 2 runs and scored a run in a 5-3 loss to Florence-Darlington Technical. Pait doubled and scored twice in an 11-2 win over Grand Rapids Community College.

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.