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GRCC In the News, 7-3-18

July 3, 2018

GRCC Nursing program to lead career workshops for Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids

July 2, 2018; La Prensa

GRAND RAPIDS, MI, June 26, 2018 — High school students will learn about an in-demand career option through a partnership between Grand Rapids Community College’s nursing faculty and Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids.

A girl, a goat and a dream

July 2, 2018; Daily News (Greenville)

MONTCALM TOWNSHIP — As Cecilia Brandt, 17, of Cedar Springs, stumbled into the livestock barn with her goat April on Saturday morning, she had no idea she would be leaving with the top prize.

… She’s also already begun thinking about how she will use the scholarship. Brandt wants to attend Grand Rapids Community College for a time, before transferring to Grand Valley to study biochemistry. After that, she’d like to get accepted into an upper-level veterinarian school.

Nation’s top 2022 basketball player Emoni Bates enrolls at Ypsilanti Lincoln

July 2, 2018; MLive

YPSILANTI — There will be an added buzz inside Ypsilanti Lincoln’s gym during the 2018-19 high school basketball season.

… Elgin (Bates) and (head coach Jesse) Davis played at Grand Rapids Community College together and have remained friends for the past 30 years.

Skirka Named New Murray State Baseball Head Coach

July 2, 2018; West Kentucky Star

MURRAY – Murray State Director of Athletics, Allen Ward, announced the hiring of Dan Skirka as the ninth head coach of the Racer Baseball program.

… Skirka’s first collegiate assistant coaching position was at Grand Rapids Community College in 2007-08 where his team advanced to the NJCAA World Series. He spent the 2008-09 season at Ouachita Baptist working under former Murray State player Chris Moddelmog.

New position at GVSU to study diversity, equity issues in nonprofit sector

July 2, 2018; gvsu.edu

Leaders in the field of philanthropy from across the country have noticed a shortcoming in how the nonprofit sector applies principles of diversity, equity and inclusion throughout its critically important and economically substantial work.

… (Juan) Olivarez brings nonprofit leadership and higher education experience to the position, having served as president of Aquinas College for six years and Grand Rapids Community College for almost 10 years. He also served several years as the president and CEO of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation where he championed innovative community initiatives that focused on improving education opportunities for all people.

GRCC In the News, 6-27-18

June 27, 2018

Spectrum Theater becomes accessible to hearing impaired

June 26, 2018; Grand Rapids Magazine

In celebration of its newly installed hearing loop system, Spectrum Theater at Grand Rapids Community College is offering a free performance of “Snow White, the Queen’s Fair Daughter” for deaf and hard-of-hearing children and their parents, teachers and friends.

GRCC nursing faculty exposing Boys & Girls Clubs teens to career

June 27, 2018; MLive

As Baby Boomers age and the overall need for health care continues to grow, the demand for nurses and other in-demand health care careers will continue increases, officials say.

GRCC’s nursing instructors and students will lead three summer workshops for high schoolers in the club’s Career Pathways Program.

Google IT training coming to GRCC

June 26, 2018; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Just one more course at Grand Rapids Community College and Ryan Linak will be out in the real world.

Two alumni credit Laker Connections for their academic success

June 26, 2018; gvsu.edu

Juan Mascorro-Guerrero and Gloire Rubambiza found their way to Grand Valley from Mexico and Uganda, respectively.

… Mascorro-Guerrero graduated from Thornapple Kellogg High School and then enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College, under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. At one point, he was working three jobs to pay off his college debt.

GRPD to hold first two ‘Speed of Trust’ events Wednesday

June 27, 2018;  WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Police Department will hold the first sessions of a community trust building initiative Wednesday, June 27.

“Speed of Trust” will be at Grand Rapids Community College from 8 a.m. to noon. There is an alternate session from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Recap: Practical Nursing program pinning ceremony

June 15, 2018

The summer 2018 GRCC practical nursing graduates celebrated with family and friends this month with a special pinning ceremony.  Please join us in congratulating our new nursing graduates!

GRCC In the News, 3-19-18

March 19, 2018

Grand Rapids Community College rides momentum into national tournament

March 17, 2018; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich — The Grand Rapid Community College men’s basketball team heads to the NJCAA national tournament winners of 8 of their last 9 including 2 wins over Ancilla college which has been ranked 1 or 2 in the country all season.

Change Ups: Jones receives honorary doctorate for improving cancer treatment

March 16, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… AWARDS

… Grand Rapids Community College and Spectrum Health honored the first students who received need-based Spectrum Health Care Professionals Education Scholarships. The 96 students are sophomores in GRCC’s Associate Degree Nursing, Practical Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant and Radiologic Technology programs. Scholarships ranged from $3,000-$4,000 with almost $350,000 awarded for 2017-18. Students in the Medical Assisting program will be eligible for the 2018-19 scholarships.

Carlos Sánchez lanza candidatura de GRCC

March 18, 2018; El Vocero

GRAND RAPIDS MICHIGAN (EVH) .- Carlos Sánchez, director del Centro de Negocios y Desarrollo Económico Latino de Ferris State University, anunció su candidatura al consejo de administración de Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC).

(GRAND RAPIDS MICHIGAN (EVH) .- Carlos Sanchez, director of the Center for Business and Latin Economic Development at Ferris State University, announced his candidacy to the board of directors of Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC).)

Arts briefs 3/19/18

March 19, 2018; The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

… GRCC to present the play ‘Dead Man’s Cell Phone’

From Thursday, March 29, to Saturday, March 31, Grand Rapids Community College will be presenting the play “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” by Sarah Ruhl. Ruhl, who is a MacArthur Fellow and Pulitzer Prize finalist, set the comedy in a quiet cafe, where a constantly ringing cell phone forces a woman to confront her assumptions about mortality, redemption and technology.

Medical marijuana clinic rolls with changes

March 16, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

With the possibility of Michiganders voting on marijuana legalization in November, a Grand Rapids-based clinic is keeping an eye on legislation that could affect its bottom line.

… (Paul) Farage and (Tony) Holmes knew each other from attending Grand Rapids Community College then Grand Rapids Junior College. They had stayed in touch off and on over the years, Farage living in Hawaii and California and Holmes in Chicago.

Poet David Cope to hold reading at Kentwood library

March 16, 2018; MLive

David Cope, former poet laureate of Grand Rapids, will read from his latest release, “The Invisible Keys,” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, at the Kentwood branch of the Kent District Library, 4950 Breton SE.

… Cope, a longtime Grand Rapids Community College professor and poet, was named Grand Rapids poet laureate by the Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids in 2011.

Photos from Spectrum Health Scholarship celebration

March 1, 2018

Last night we celebrated with the inaugural recipients of the Spectrum Health Care Professionals Education Scholarship. We also celebrated the partnership between Spectrum Health and GRCC that made these scholarships possible. Spectrum Health created this scholarship in 2016 to encourage and assist students interested in health sciences or health careers. The 96 students who received the scholarship are sophomores in our Associate Degree Nursing, Practical Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant and Radiologic Technology programs. The need-based scholarships range from $3,000 to $4,000 with almost $350,000 awarded for 2017-18. We are so thankful to Spectrum Health for providing this opportunity for our students.

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Upcoming accreditation review visit by ACEN

January 11, 2018

The Nursing Department will host a site review for continuing accreditation of its Associate Degree and Practical Nursing Certificate programs.

You are invited to meet the site visitors and share your comments about the program in person at a meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, at 11 a.m. in room 124 ATC.

Written comments are also welcome and should be submitted by  Feb. 14 to mstoll@acenursing.org, or by mail to:

ACEN Attn: Marsal P. Stoll, EdD, MSN, Chief Executive Officer-ACEN

3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850

Atlanta, GA 30326

GRCC In the News, 12-22-17

December 22, 2017

GRCC (7-2) off to hot start in 2017-18 season

Dec. 20, 2017; beercityhoops.com

The GRCC Raiders men’s basketball team (7-2) is off to a hot start on the court this season.

Santa Claus Girls: Friendships old and new

Dec. 21, 2017; MLive

Volunteers for the Santa Claus Girls often talk about the camaraderie at the charity’s headquarters, where hundreds of people are united in a common cause. They say many friendships are forged over the sorting, wrapping, packaging and routing of gifts for needy children.

… For (Linda) Stewart, a retired nursing professor at Grand Rapids Community College, volunteering offers her a way to continue serving children in need of help. When she worked as a nursing professor, one of her assignments was in pediatric nursing.

… It’s also a place where volunteers can reconnect with old friends, sometimes in surprising ways. Stewart and a fellow nursing professor from GRCC, Edith Miller, were once carrying on a conversation around a corner from each other without realizing they were talking to someone they already knew. Surrounded by mountains of packages, volunteers might be able to hear their fellow workers, but not necessarily see them.

Nursing students organize health fair at Raybrook Manor

December 6, 2017

Resident Enlightenment Academy for Living (REAL) from Raybrook Manor were privileged to have the GRCC nursing students hold a health fair at the Raybrook campus

Topics were presented by Grand Rapids Community College Practical Nursing students using displays and interactive, hands-on learning. Topics included:

  • Diabetes: Do you know your numbers? (Free finger-stick glucose testing)
  • Blood pressure: What’s good, bad, and ugly?
  • Free Blood pressure monitoring
  • Vaccines: Should you get the flu or pneumonia vaccine?
  • Other topics: Nutrition, Exercise, Memory Building, Eye disorders, Peripheral Neuropathy, and much more

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GRCC In the News, 11-20-17

November 20, 2017

GRCC hosts a community science day

Nov. 19, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Grand Rapids Community College hosted a Community Science Day today for local children and adults to participate in hands-on science and health-related activities.

National Survivor of Suicide Loss Day Conference

Nov. 17, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — When someone commits suicide, it’s always those closest to them that are hurt the most. It’s with that thought in mind that the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan is hosting a special conference this weekend.

… National Survivor of Suicide Loss Day Conference

… Grand Rapids Community College Tech Center

Street Talk: Eatery’s food for thought

Nov. 17, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

This restaurant will have a little something extra on the menu.

… Chef Trimell Hawkins a graduate of the Secchia Institute of Culinary Arts at Grand Rapids Community College will lead food operations. The trio plan to hire locally, with special outreach to minorities.

Survivors of suicide conference is Nov. 18

November 8, 2017

For the 11th year, the Nursing Department, with its partners from West Michigan Survivors of Suicide, will be presenting a conference on the morning of November 18, 2017, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center. This day has been established to support those who have lost a loved one to suicide and for caregivers to learn more about the impact of suicide and to explore ways suicide can be prevented.

This year, we will have a panel of survivors sharing the difficulties they have encountered and ways that they are finding paths toward healing. Following this panel, one of our graduates from the nursing program at GRCC, Chris Marshall, RN, will be sharing his reflections about the relationship that exists between suicide and substance misuse, from his employment at Pine Rest in the Redwood Unit.

At noon, a box lunch will be provided and the message from the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention will be viewed. A member of the Core Team from GRCC’s Suicide Prevention group will outline the activities and goals accomplished during the first year of the grant from SAMSHA. There will be a brief memorial for survivors that will conclude the day’s events.

Advanced registration is encouraged, but registration will be possible from 8:30-9:00 a.m. on the morning of the conference as well. This event is free and we encourage anyone seeking more information about the event or to register to contact: dmcm125@att.net, susankoons@grcc.edu, or estuart@grcc.edu.

GRCC In the News, 11-7-17

November 7, 2017

Public invited to Survivor of Suicide Loss Day conference

Nov. 6, 2017; MLive

A National Survivor of Suicide Loss Day Conference will be held 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Grand Rapids Community College Tech Center, 151 Fountain St. NE.

Macomb CC cross country team heading to the nationals

Nov. 6, 2017; Macomb Daily

When you bring in the largest and most talented mens cross country recruiting class in some years it was bound to add up to a successful season.

… “Our main goal this year was to qualify for Nationals,” (coach David) Munafo said. “We knew it was going to be close with Grand Rapids Community College.”

 

Nursing Department to present conference for survivors of suicide

October 26, 2017

For the 11th year, the Nursing Department, with its partners from West Michigan Survivors of Suicide, will be presenting a conference on the morning of November 18, 2017, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center. This day has been established to support those who have lost a loved one to suicide and for caregivers to learn more about the impact of suicide and to explore ways suicide can be prevented.

This year, we will have a panel of survivors sharing the difficulties they have encountered and ways that they are finding paths toward healing. Following this panel, one of our graduates from the nursing program at GRCC, Chris Marshall, RN, will be sharing his reflections about the relationship that exists between suicide and substance misuse, from his employment at Pine Rest in the Redwood Unit.

At noon, a box lunch will be provided and the message from the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention will be viewed. A member of the Core Team from GRCC’s Suicide Prevention group will outline the activities and goals accomplished during the first year of the grant from SAMSHA. There will be a brief memorial for survivors that will conclude the day’s events.

Advanced registration is encouraged, but registration will be possible from 8:30-9:00 a.m. on the morning of the conference as well. This event is free and we encourage anyone seeking more information about the event or to register to contact: dmcm125@att.net, susankoons@grcc.edu, or estuart@grcc.edu.

GRCC In the News, 10-2-17

October 2, 2017

New GRCC president pledges to be relevant and responsive

Sept. 30, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College will be relevant and responsive to its students and the community, President Bill Pink stressed Friday, Sept. 29, in his investiture address.

Spotlight on Sally Brown

Oct. 1, 2017; OR Today Magazine

Medical surgical nurse Sally Brown got her start in the field as a teen, working as an aide at the Beacon Light nursing home in Marne, Michigan. Although she later held office and factory jobs, a love of caring for those in need returned her to Beacon Light as an adult. When her supervisor there inspired her to pursue her associates degree, Brown attended Grand Rapids Community College en route to becoming an RN. She had married and welcomed her first daughter, Tricia, by then, and ended up having her second, Kelly, while still in school.

Dominga Lucas-Pérez: Raising up indigenous voices of persistence on Grandville Avenue

Sept. 28, 2017; rapidgrowthmedia.com

When asked how to spell her name correctly, Dominga Lucas-Pérez proudly pulls out her Grand Rapids Public School Volunteer badge from her knitted purse. She carries the badge with pride. She explains she has earned the badge after Liliana’s first day in Kindergarten. To her, this badge is a sign that she belongs to the Grandville Avenue community.

… Domingo Hernández-Gómez, the Director of the Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion at Grand Rapids Community College, explains that there is perceived negativity around speaking an indigenous language. Hernández-Gómez’s primary language is Tzeltal, a Mayan language spoken in five countries of Central America. Hernández-Gómez spoke Tzeltal until he was eleven years old when he was exposed to Spanish in school.

News briefs 10/2/17

Oct. 1, 2017; The Lanthorn (Grand Valley State University’s student newspaper)

… Health forum series to focus on health care jobs

The monthly Health Forum of West Michigan series will host its first event of the year, “The Health Care Talent Pipeline,” with a panel discussion focusing on the supply and demand of health care jobs, as well as how higher education institutions are moving to accommodate industry employees and employers.

… The panelists include Laurie Chelsey, provost of Grand Rapids Community College, and Maria Cimitile, provost and executive vice president for academic and student affairs at Grand Valley State University. Jean Nagelkerk, GVSU vice provost for health, will serve as moderator.

Harbin joins women’s basketball staff

Sept. 30, 2017; purpleeagles.com (Niagara University Athletics website)

NIAGARA UNIV., N.Y. — Niagara University women’s basketball head coach Jada Pierce announced the hiring of Lester Harbin as an assistant coach. Harbin brings over 10 years of NCAA coaching experience on the men’s and women’s sides.

… Harbin played at Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Mich. from 1997-99, where he led the team in blocked shots, rebounds and field goal percentage. He then played one season (1999-2000) at the University of North Alabama and played his final year (2003-04) at Lees-McRae College.

Jayhawks volleyball squad improves to 9-1 in league play, defeats Lansing Community College

Sept. 29, 2017; Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

The Muskegon Community College volleyball squad defeated Lansing Community College 3-0 on Thursday.

… MCC is now 11-13 on the season and 9-1 in league play, good for second place behind unbeaten Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC In the News, 9-19-17

September 19, 2017

Juan Palacios: ‘We are not stealing these jobs’

Sept. 18, 2017; Bridge magazine (newsletter for The Center of Michigan)

DACA status: Expires August 2019. “It means I have two years to figure it out, to talk to lawmakers and as many people as I can,” Palacios said.

… Ambitions: Palacios said he’s putting $6,000 aside to become a certified electrician in a six-month program offered by Grand Rapids Community College. “They hook you up with a job,” he said. “My goal is to eventually buy a house.”

Monserrat Velazquez: She canceled her flight to Mexico when DACA was announced

Sept. 18, 2017; Bridge magazine

DACA status: Expires in December. She will seek a two-year extension.

… Achievements: She is a manager in a suburban Grand Rapids restaurant. She earned an associate degree in business administration from Grand Rapids Community College.

Denis Martinez: ‘Sometimes, I feel like America doesn’t want me.’

Sept. 18, 2017; Bridge magazine

DACA status: Expires in January 2020.

… Achievements: He graduated from Godwin Heights High School, joining in wrestling, football, track and cross-country. He now attends Grand Rapids Community College. He also works a part-time job at a mall and lifts weights six days a week to stay fit.

The Rapid seeks patron feedback for possible transit improvements

Sept. 18, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The Rapid has announced the launch of an online feedback tool aiming to gather information from the community on the area’s transit system.

… Although she had not heard of the study, Grand Rapids Community College nursing sophomore Anna Peterman said improvements are needed at bus stops.

GRCC In the News, 8-31-17

August 31, 2017

Stabenow touts careers in the skilled trades during West Michigan visit

Aug. 30, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, held a  discussion Wednesday, Aug. 30, with West Michigan business, education, and labor leaders about how to better meet the ongoing challenge employers have finding enough skilled workers to fill positions.

… Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink said serving the community and its workforce needs is an import role of the college.

Spotlight on medical apprenticeships

Aug. 30, 2017; aacc21stcenturycenter.org (American Association of Community Colleges newsletter)

U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta on Monday joined Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) where they discussed the importance of apprenticeships before touring the colleges healthcare training facilities.

Market Musings: Adrian’s Fine Woodworking carving up unique pieces sold to shoppers from around the world

Aug. 30, 2017; therapidian.org

The Fulton Street Farmers Market is pretty true to its name. If you need meat, cheese, greens, or other assorted delicacies, you’re in the right place. However, every once in a while a different type of stand will pop up on a busy Saturday morning — a diamond in the rough, if you will. Or, in the case of Adrian Callaghan, wood in the rough.

Callaghan is the woodworking wizard behind Adrian’s Fine Woodworking, based here in Grand Rapids. After teaching woodworking at Western Michigan and part time at Grand Rapids Community College, Callaghan suffered a spinal cord injury in 2000, and uses his talents in woodworking as his rehab. He credits where he’s at now to the helping hands at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital.

Betsy DeVos to speak at Michigan GOP conference

Aug. 30, 2017; The Holland Sentinel

Education secretary Betsy DeVos is returning to her home state to speak at the 32nd Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference on Sept. 22-24 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

DeVos was last in Michigan in early August. On Aug. 1, she visited Grand Rapids with stops at the Van Andel Institute and Grand Rapids Community College, and she came to Holland on Aug. 2 to read to children at Degraaf Nature Center.

Column: Charters can help parents’ dreams come true

Aug. 31, 2017; The Detroit News

As another exciting school year begins across the state, we’re reflecting on the fact that it’s been a spring and summer of great news for the charter school world especially in Michigan. In late April, U.S. News and World Report released its highly respected rankings of the Best High Schools in America. The rankings showed that the top three high schools in Michigan were all charter schools, led by No. 1 Wellspring Preparatory High School in Grand Rapids. The top three high schools nationally were also charter schools.

… He (Ariel de la Paz-Solorza) got it at Wellspring Prep. He found a teaching staff that never gave up on him and gave him all the extra tutoring and support he needed. He took and passed three Advanced Placement classes. He was accepted at seven colleges and universities, and ended up earning a full-ride scholarship to Grand Rapids Community College. His plan is to graduate from there and then transfer to a four-year university to become a nurse.