GRCC In the News, 5-22-19

‘I thought what’s the point of getting up? But I got up’

May 21, 2019; Greenville Daily News

HOWARD CITY — Dion’Tae Givens would like to go into a career in law enforcement.

… Dion’Tae has applied to attend Grand Rapids Community College this fall, where he hopes to begin pursuing a career in law enforcement.

GRCC In the News, 5-16-19

GRCC summer learning academies benefit Wyoming, Grand Rapids students

May 15, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is launching a new Summer Learning Academy and expanding an existing one to increase the number of students from underserved communities prepared to succeed in postsecondary education.

Kentwood welcomes first black woman officer

May 15, 2019; WOOD TV

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WOOD) — The Kentwood Police Department reached a new milestone this week.

… She (Jesalyn Heard) recently graduated from Grand Rapids Community College. While there, she was on the dean’s list and earned an associate degree in criminal justice. She also completed the GRCC Police Academy in April.

… Her father serves as a sergeant with the Grand Rapids Community College Police Department and her mother works for a warden with the Michigan Department of Corrections.

RC Caylan Showcases Drama and Luxury in his Collection at NYFW

May 15, 2019; ifashion Network

RC Caylan paid tribute to Whitney Houston with his haute couture collection entitled, ‘LEGEND, I Am every woman’ at the New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter showcasing. An up and coming designer Caylan, is increasing becoming popular in Hollywood and the fashion industry. For his selection for the CAAFD NYFW showcase, with his debuted collection, he wanted to promote and pay tribute to Houston, a legend in herself. His costumes were inspired from the 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s and the way Houston used to dress herself during that time.

RC Caylan was born in Iligan City and raised in Batangas City in the Philippines. He migrated to USA in 2012 where he graduated in Fashion Designs from the Grand Rapids Community College in 2015, the same year when he had his first big fashion show at San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Network. In 2016, he opened his own studio ‘RC Cayln Atelier at Suite 308 80 Ottawa Avenue, Grand Rapids in Michigan. At his studio Caylan also focuses on bridal wear. He personally sees that each woman gets the gown of her dreams for her fairy tale wedding. He won The Best Fashion Designer Award at The Global Beauty Awards in 2016. Since then he has been actively dressing celebrities, and has become a favorite in fashion magazines. His collections are now available at Regent Style House in Beverly Hills, one of the best showrooms around.

Is there a global helium shortage?

May 15, 2019; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — With helium prices on the rise, many wonder if we are in the midst of a global helium shortage. After speaking with two environmental experts, 13 On Your Side can verify that there is no global shortage of helium. However, the United States faces some back sets when it comes to retrieving the very abundant resource.

… Harvard alumna and former NASA employee Lauren Woolsey, now an assistant professor at Grand Rapids Community College, said helium is the second most common resource in the universe and that its constantly being made underground from the decay of radioactive minerals.

Heartlands Institute of Technology honors top students

May 15, 2019; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — Heartlands Institute of Technology offers juniors and seniors in Ionia County a chance to explore different career fields, such as health occupations, aviation and criminal justice, while enrolled in high school. On Tuesday, May 14, Heartlands held its award morning and afternoon ceremonies to honor students who completed courses for the 2018-19 school year at Ionia High School.

… Grace Timmer received the Heartlands Student Scholarship for $1,000. A Student Advisory Scholarship for $500 was awarded to Amanda Zarebski. Marissa Hall received a $1,000 award for studying in the culinary field at Grand Rapids Community College and Alexandre Durham and Natalie Smith both received $1,000 scholarships, funded by Heartlands fundraisers.

Tonight: GRCC Police Academy graduation at Fountain St. Church

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GRCC is celebrating the 40 graduating members of the Session 86 GRCC Police Academy TONIGHT, April 25, at 6 p.m. at Fountain Street Church.

Tonight’s graduation ceremony is open to attend. Please join us in congratulating our 40 new Police Academy recruits on their achievements. We hope to see you there!

 

Scholarship opportunity for Police Academy, Criminal Justice, Education, and Healthcare students

Please tell your students:

The 2018-2019 Grand Rapids Community College Bragg, Harvard, MuhammadSmith (BHMS) Scholarship Application is open until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 11, 2019. This scholarship awards between one and three scholarships of $1000-$3000.

BHMS scholarships are intended for students who are either:

  1. In the GRCC Police Academy, or
  2. Enrolled in a GRCC degree, pathway, or program and planning to work in a public service career related to criminal justice, education, or healthcare.

Visit the Mursalata website for details and application link.

GRCC In the News, 11-13-18

GRCC honors veterans and other service members with ceremony on Monday

Nov. 12, 2018; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Grand Rapids Community College honored veterans and all current military service members, highlighting their importance not only to the college but to the region in a ceremony on Monday morning.

New Kent County sheriff sworn in, badge pinned on by retired sheriff father

Nov. 9, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Some 22 years after her father retired as a sheriff, Michelle LaJoye-Young has reached the same “top cop” level in Kent County.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Michelle LaJoye-Young is a Police Academy alumna.)

41 to graduate from Police Academy

Students in this year’s Police Academy will celebrate graduation at 6 p.m. Thursday in Fountain Street Church. Everyone is invited to attend!

Two of the 41 students were sponsored by Kent County, and almost half of the recruits already have job offers. Antonio Trevino was awarded the Officer Robert A. Kozminski Scholarship, and Tracy Harrell and Yamel Marmolejos-Tolentino received the the Bragg, Harvard, MuhammadSmith (BHMS) Why We Can’t Wait Scholarship.

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GRCC In the News, 3-23-18

New officer joins Hastings Police Department / 3-22-18

March 22, 2018; Hastings Banner

Officer Nate Pickett is the newest member of the Hastings Police Department.

… Pickett is a 2004 graduate of Ionia High School and a 2017 graduate of the police academy program at Grand Rapids Community College.

Reeths-Puffer appoints board member to fill vacancy

March 23, 2018; MLive

MUSKEGON TOWNSHIP, MI – Reeths-Puffer Public Schools Board of Education gained a new member this month.

… (Sonya) Hernandez is an adjunct instructor at Grand Rapids Community College, a commissioner on the Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan, and the director of the Y Achievers program and Youth in Government at the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids.

Unarmed black youths held at gunpoint distrust police a year later

March 22, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Just 13, Kaleil Harris has already decided he doesn’t like police. He doubts that will change.

… A public-safety task force — chaired by City Attorney Anita Hitchcock with Deputy Police Chief Eric Payne and Grand Rapids Community College Associate Dean Raynard Ross as leading members – is to unveil a police “youth policy” on March 27.

25 Grand Rapids Staycation Ideas

March 22, 2018; grkids.com

Your kids are on break from school, so you want to plan some fun activities that don’t break the bank or require serious travel. We get it and we are here to help!

… 17. Enjoy fine dining (at a lower cost) at The Heritage Restaurant, GRCC’s acclaimed culinary school restaurant.

 

 

 

GRCC In the News, 3-8-18

Event brings black kids, professionals together

March 7, 2018; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — More than 800 African-American boys took part in the third annual African American Male Achievement Conference Wednesday.
The theme of the event at Grand Rapids Community College’s Ford Fieldhouse and Applied Tech Center was Challenges, Choices and Change. The young men from high schools throughout Kent County listened to speakers in a large group and then broke into smaller conversations with local African-American professionals.

‘A true leader’

March 7, 2018; The Daily News (Greenville)

IONIA — After 21 years of patrolling the boundaries of Ionia County as a deputy, Rick Straubel is now embracing a promotion to sergeant with the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office.

… Straubel said after high school he originally wanted to be a conservation officer with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, but his path led him through the police academy at Grand Rapids Community College and eventually to the Sheriff’s Office.

Buc’n’Gears prepare for 2018 season

March 7, 2018; Grand Haven Tribune

GRAND HAVEN TWP. — With students at the controls, the robot for Team 3546 picked up a power cube and moved toward its intended location.

… (Alexandra) Holt now participates in the Early/Middle College program through Grand Rapids Community College and the Careerline Tech Center. She has a work-based learning opportunity with Herman Miller. At the end of the program, Holt will receive an industrial maintenance certificate. The experience with Herman Miller gives her a chance to see a connection in the real world with skills she’s learned through F.I.R.S.T. Robotics, she said.

 

GRCC In the News, 2-26-18

Fraternity helps black male students succeed

Feb. 23, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

After Jesse William Krewson Jr. got back from Afghanistan, he wanted to get an education in an effort to better help people.

But when the Grand Rapids Community College student would do homework, he would just get stuck and felt like he had a lack of resources.

Change Ups: Clark is electrical craft competition’s top finisher

Feb. 23, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Calvin Clark is the top finisher for the first annual ABC WMC Electrical Craft Competition. The competition was hosted by the Associated Builders & Contractors, Western Michigan Chapter, which partnered with Grand Rapids Community College to showcase the skills of six top electrical apprentices from ABC WMC member companies who are enrolled in the GRCC apprenticeship program. Clark from HighPoint Electric now qualifies to represent ABC WMC and GRCC at the ABC National Craft Championship, scheduled March 20-22, in Long Beach, California.

… AWARDS

… Grand Rapids Community College Police Academy students Tracy Harrell and Yamel Marmolejos-Tolentino are the first recipients of the $1,500 Bragg, Harvard, MuhammadSmith Why We Can’t Wait scholarship for students in criminal justice, education or health care who plan a career in public service.

Holland-area schools, businesses form manufacturing partnerships

Feb. 25, 2018; The Holland Sentinel

At a time when manufacturers are left scrambling for employees, local manufacturing companies have taken to forming partnerships   with local schools to serve as pipelines into the industry.

… In 2016, Careerline Tech Center, Grand Rapids Community College and Herman Miller joined forces to launch the Early College Program.

GR woman who inspired thousands shares how she got clean

Feb. 24, 2018; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Kelly Galbraith never had a problem revealing the rock-bottom depths from which she clawed her way back.

… Meanwhile, Galbraith is attending Grand Rapids Community College and working as a peer support specialist at Sanford House, a drug rehabilitation program in Grand Rapids.

31 Days of March Fun for Kids in Grand Rapids

Feb. 24, 2018; grkids.com

… March 17 — Kid friendly music, games, special guests, and so many fun carnival style activities await you at Super Saturday Kids Zone being held at the GRCC Ford Fieldhouse. Tickets are $7, under 1 are free.

Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids presents: ‘Torch Song Trilogy: Act III Widows and Children First’

Feb. 25, 2018; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Our friends from Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids joined the Weekend Morning team on Sunday to share about their next show taking the stage on Thursday night. It’s called Torch Song Trilogy: Act III: Widows and Children First.

… The show takes the stage March 1, 3, 8, 10, 2018 at 8 p.m. March 4 & 11, 2018 at 3 p.m.
at Spectrum Theater, downtown on the GRCC campus at 160 Fountain St. NE

 

GRCC In the News, 1-22-18

Morningstar sworn in as first female captain in Kentwood Police Department history

Jan. 19, 2018; MLive

KENTWOOD – Stephanie Morningstar, formerly a Kentwood Police sergeant, was sworn in as a captain earlier this month, becoming the first woman in the department’s history to hold that title.

… On top of her duties with the department, she also is an adjunct professor at the police academy at Grand Rapids Community College.

After growth spurt, Blandford prepares to focus internally

Jan. 21, 2018; mibiz.com

Unlike many public and for-profit companies, nonprofits sometimes need to pump the brakes in their quest for growth.

… Board of directors: Bill Dangl, Dangl Financial Services LLC; Bill Faber, Grand Rapids Community College; Ryan Podvin, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital; Justin Remmelts, Remmelts Marketing; Mary Jane Dockeray, Blandford Nature Center; Sara Armbruster, Steelcase Inc.; Andy Beachnau, Grand Valley State University; Linda Brunzell, Wolverine World Wide Inc.; Shavon Doyle-Holton, Inclusive Performance Strategies; Laurie Gardner, community volunteer; Pat Gelderloos, 20th Circuit Court; Bryan Harrison, Amway Corp.; Randy Hansen, Grand Rapids Public Schools; Susan (Susie) Meyers, Warner Norcross & Judd LLP; John P. Schneider, Clark Hill; Zachary Verhulst, TowerPinkster

GRCC In the News, 1-4-18

Grand Rapids documentary shines a spotlight on community theater

Jan. 3, 2018; Grand Rapids Magazine

From theater assistants to co-founders of their own production company, Teresa Thome and Patrick Ziegler have been friends and colleagues ever since they first met at Spectrum Theatre while attending Grand Rapids Community College, then Junior College.

‘Key Fit’

Jan. 3, 2018; The Daily News (Greenville)

GREENVILLE — After 25 years as an officer and sergeant with the Greenville Department of Public Safety, Dennis Magirl believes he is ready to step forward as chief.

… Magirl attended Grand Rapids Community College to complete necessary courses and graduate from the police academy within two years.

Coldwater’s Jamie and Jasmine Wellet sign with Grand Rapids Community College

Jan. 3, 2018; The Daily Reporter (Coldwater)

COLDWATER — It is very rare for a high school athlete to excel at high school sports and then make the transition to the collegiate level.

… Well, that’s exactly what has happened with the dynamic duo of Jamie and Jasmine Wellet, a pair of Coldwater High School seniors who recently signed their letter-of-intent to play volleyball at Grand Rapids Community College.

Christina Arnold: The Next Chapter

Jan. 3, 2018; Women’s LifeStyle

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

These are the words Christina Arnold, founding director of The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion, has centered her personal and professional life around. She chooses to look at the world through an equity and inclusion lens, seizing every opportunity she can to connect and engage with people from all communities. Though her mind churns constantly, there is always one question that surfaces: “How can I continue to make a broader impact?”

 

Bragg, Harvard, MuhammadSmith Why We Can’t Wait Fund launches $3,000 scholarship

The Bragg, Harvard, MuhammadSmith Why We Can’t Wait Fund launches its $3,000 inaugural GRCC Student Scholarship for students studying in criminal justices, education, and health-care areas and planning on public service careers!

  • First scholarships will be awarded for the Winter 2018 Semester.
  • Applications due by 5 p.m., Friday, December 15, 2017.

Basic eligibility:

  • Non-GRCC Police Academy applications: 12 credit hours & 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • GRCC Police Academy students: Must be currently enrolled in the academy.

Application requirements:

  • Complete application by 5 p.m., Friday, December 15, 2017.
  • Include one letter of reference.
  • Application link.
  • PDF application.
  • Note: All applications must be submitted using Google form

Scholarship selection committee members:

  • Geoffrey Beene, Social Science Department adjunct faculty member.
  • Kathleen Hall, English Department adjunct faculty member.
  • Judith Kienitz, retired Language & Thought faculty member.

Contact person: Mursalata Muhammad, mmuhamma@grcc.edu .

The Bragg, Harvard, MuhammadSmith Why We Can't Wait Fund Launches! This $3,000 GRCC scholarship invites people planning on public service careers and who are current GRCC students studying criminal justice, education, and health-care fields to apply for the inaugural scholarship (it’s annual and renewable scholarship) • The first scholarships will be awarded for Winter 2018 Semester • Applications Due - 5 PM, Friday, December 15, 2017 • Link to view PDF version of application: http://bit.ly/BHMS2017ScholarshipAppPDF • Application Link: http://bit.ly/BHMS2017scholarshipAPP Note: all applications MUST BE SUBMITTED using Google form Scholarship Selection Committee Members: • Geoffrey Beene, Social Science department adjunct faculty member • Kathleen Hall, English department adjunct faculty member • Judith Kienitz, retired Language & Thought faculty member • Contact person: Mursalata Muhammad o Email: mmuhamma@grcc.edu o In Email Subject line, type “BHMS Scholarship”

GRCC In the News, 10-6-17

In brief
10/6/17  Herald Palladium
COLOMA An Illinois man was treated at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph, after accidentally shooting himself in the leg Wednesday at the Coloma Rod and Gun Club.
… Sheriff’s deputies complete training: Two Berrien County Sheriff’s deputies, Timothy Morris and Derrick Allred, graduated recently from the first Local Corrections Officer Academy at Grand Rapids Community College.

Five years of high school can net East Kentwood students a college degree
10/5/17  MLive
KENTWOOD, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is expected to sign an agreement Monday, Oct. 9, with Kentwood Public Schools for its sixth tuition-free Early/Middle College program.

MI bill targets loophole allowing felons into police academies
10/5/17  WoodTV.com
LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) Felons are being accepted into Michigan police academies and receiving weapons training because of a loophole, according to Republican Sen. Rick Jones of Grand Ledge.
… Former Flint officer Jermain Reese, who is now a professor of criminal justice at Grand Rapids Community College, says he fully supports the proposed change.

GRCC In the News, 10-4-17

Why Spectrum Health is teaching doctors about nutrition, cooking

Oct. 3, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – In the bustling kitchen at the Downtown Market, Jenna Slaughter placed broccoli florets dipped in eggs and dusted in panko breadcrumbs on a sheet pan to bake Tuesday, Oct 3.

… Spectrum teamed up with Grand Rapids Community College to offer the new initiative that includes lectures and hands-on cooking classes. (Dr. Kristi) Artz teaches the class with Werner Absenger, chef and program director of GRCC’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Medicine and Krista Gast, a registered dietician.

‘End of Watch’ GRCC recruit class honors fallen trooper with shadowbox

Oct. 3, 2017; The Rockford Squire

The American flag that was presented to the family of Trooper Timothy O’Neill at his funeral was displayed in a beautiful, handcrafted shadowbox displaying his name, title and the date of his death.

… The brief but heartbreaking engraving and the creation of the shadowbox was done by members of the Grand Rapids Community College’s current recruit class and presented at the Rockford State Police Post Monday, September 25. That day was the visitation for the trooper who died the previous Wednesday after a motorcycle crash while on duty.

OJT Spotlight: Jamie Wellet

Oct. 3, 2017; The Daily Reporter (Coldwater)

Jamie Wellet is a senior at Coldwater High School and enrolled in Business, Management & Marketing Technologies Program. Her OJT placement is the Images, Etc. Manager at the Branch Area Careers Center under the supervision of Miranda Townsend. As Manager, Jamie is responsible for screen printing, using sublimation, and embroidering apparel.

… Jamie’s plans to play volleyball at Grand Rapids Community College while she studies business and math after high school graduation. She is undecided about her future career. Jamie enjoys hanging out with friends, watching movies, and playing volleyball in her spare time.

Stantec Architecture earns two Celebration of Architecture awards from AIA Detroit

Oct. 3, 2017; stantec.com

Stantec Architecture received two Celebration of Architecture awards from the American Institute of Architects Detroit (AIA Detroit.) The Genesee Career Institute in Flint, Michigan, and the Early Childhood Learning Laboratory in Grand Rapids, Michigan, earned two of the four awards in the New Building category.