GRCC In the News, 5-9-19

Morning News

May 9, 2019; WOOD Radio

President Pink talked with WOOD Radio’s Steve Kelly about the hiring event today sponsored by the Grand Rapids Racial Equity Initiative.


GRPS Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal GRCC’s 2019 Distinguished Alumna

May 3, 2019; Grand Rapids Times

Grand Rapids Community College surprised Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal by naming her its 2019 Distinguished Alumna during the 102nd commencement on Friday, where Neal was the event’s keynote speaker.

Noorthoek Academy at Grand Rapids Community College is celebrating 30 years of lifelong learning

May 8, 2019; WZZM

Noorthoek Academy at Grand Rapids Community College is celebrating 30 years of lifelong learning

GRCC In the News, 5-8-19

40 employers join Thursday hiring event tied to racial equity initiative

May 7, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Nearly 40 companies will be at Innovation Central High School Thursday, May 9, for a hiring event, organized by the Grand Rapids Racial Equity Initiative.

… The Grand Rapids Racial Equity Initiative is co-led by Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss and Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink.

Ionia County trio wraps up GRCC softball careers

May 7, 2019; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

With the season behind them, the Grand Rapids Community College softball team can look to a trio of Ionia County players for much of their offensive success in 2019.

‘We all aspire to learn more’

May 7, 2019; (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)

On the Grand Rapids Community College campus, Angie Phillips loves her independence as a Noorthoek Academy student: using her RaiderCard student ID, going to classes in different buildings, eating lunch and serving as Student Leadership Club president.

Harbor Springs’ Kruskie wraps career with GRCC, Petoskey’s Sobczak earns 2nd win for Alma

5/7/19 Petoskey News-Review

Grand Rapids Community College sophomore Stephanie Kruskie saw her career with the Raiders come to an end last week.

Recap: CIS students mentor others in computer literacy

GRCC CIS students Daniel Hesse and Christina Sherman pose with the Noorthhoek Academy students they helped mentor this semester.

GRCC students Christina Sherman and Daniel Hesse did more than study CIS this winter – they helped teach it, too!

Sherman and Hesse served as student mentors to GRCC Noorthoek Academy students this semester. They worked side by side all semester helping them improve their computer literacy skills.

Says their professor Katie Vander Meer, “This was a great experience once again for my students to take part in. Hugs and smiles all around for their last day today!”

GRCC In the News, 4-27-17

Students celebrate year end at GRCC’s Noorthoek Academy

April 26, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – College students with disabilities in Grand Rapids, are celebrating their accomplishments this year.

Students of Noorthoek Academy at Grand Rapids Community College were honored for a successful school year Wednesday, April 26.

As construction industry faces shortage of workers, West Michigan groups innovate to fill gap

April 27, 2017;

The demand for the design and construction of new buildings for housing and mixed-use business applications has been on the rise in Grand Rapids. The influx of residents into the city, as well as the growth of a variety of local industries, from manufacturing to tourism, has created new demand for construction. Yet, the pool of trained and experienced constructions workers has remained static, if not outright shrinking. Area companies are facing unforeseen challenges in meeting the demand for both new construction and for skilled workers, which they are addressing by employing a number of strategies. Included in these strategies are new local training programs and alliances between construction trade associations.

… In addition to the training model developed by the CWDA, another key West Michigan program that delivers construction skills training can be found at the Michigan Technical Education Center (M-TEC), which is part of Grand Rapids Community College.

How coworking spaces are growing an entrepreneurial community in Grand Rapids

April 27, 2017;

The Oxford Dictionary defines coworking as “the use of an office or other working environment by people who are self-employed or working for different employers, typically so as to share equipment, ideas and knowledge.” According to the 2017 Global Coworking Survey, by year-end, there will be approximately 14,000 operational coworking spaces worldwide. Additionally, the report shows these coworking spaces will be focusing on increasing membership, generating more income, hosting more events and having a stronger sense of community.

… Each coworking space also offers networking and educational opportunities. The Factory has a coLearning program, which offers classes on a variety of topics including: HTML, CSS, design thinking and app development. They also host Coffee With Creators every Wednesday morning, which is open to the public. Through a partnership with Start Garden, Urban LINC periodically hosts 5×5 Nights, providing entrepreneurs with the opportunity to connect with others in the community and gain exposure for their business ideas. (Jeremy) DeRoo states Urban LINC has also been working with other local organizations including Grand Rapids Community College, Michigan Works! and Hope Network on a variety of workforce development related initiatives.

GRCC In the News, 4-22-16

Noorthoek Academy students with special needs celebrate end of academic year

April 21, 2016; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. (WZZM) – Seventy-five college students celebrated a successful school year and the opportunity to be lifelong learners Thursday night.

The end-of-year celebration was for Noorthoek Academy at Grand Rapids Community College. Noorthoek gives special needs students the college experience.

GRCC In the News, 4-24-15

Noorthoek Academy students honored

April 23, 2015; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) — Poetry was part of a special college celebration in Grand Rapids Thursday night.

It’s the end of the school year for special education students at Noorthoek Academy. For 26 years, students with disabilities have been participating in the college experience through that program at Grand Rapids Community College.

College notes: Rockford’s Erika Neumen ‘shocked’ at records she’s setting with GVSU lacrosse

April 23, 2015; MLive


… Kurt Sprague, Grand Rapids Community College: Sprague (Byron Center) took first place individually at the Grand Rapids Invitational at Egypt Valley Country Club on April 15 after defeating teammate Zach Bialik in a one-hole, sudden-death playoff with a birdie, as both finished with rounds of 74 after 18 holes. Logan Sochacki (Jenison) tied for sixth place with three others shooting +7.