Posted tagged ‘preschool’

Science students share dioramas with preschoolers

April 13, 2018

Students in Matt Douglas’ science class created dioramas that they recently shared with ECLL.

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JaneAnn Benson to receive statewide award

April 12, 2018
JaneAnn Benson

JaneAnn Benson

JaneAnn Benson, Director of the GRCC Early Childhood Learning Laboratory, is being honored with the Betty Garlick Lifetime Achievement Award at the Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children Conference on Friday, April 13, at the Amway Grand Plaza. A longtime advocate for children and the field of Early Childhood Education, JaneAnn’s influence can be found in countless child development programs, in higher education, teacher practice, and with children and families.

An informal get-together in JaneAnn’s honor has been planned at the Fountain Hill Brewery from 5:30-7:30 PM on Friday, April 13, after the conference. This will be a chance for us to recognize the impact that JaneAnn has had on so many lives, programs, and education throughout her years of service in the early childhood field. All are invited – she would love to see your smiling faces. Help us celebrate JaneAnn!

GRCC In the News, 4-5-18

April 5, 2018

Retired GRCC professor recalls working with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

April 4, 2018; WZZM

In the Spring of 1963, retired Grand Rapids Community College Professor Gertrude Croom was a 16 year old living in a very segregated Birmingham, Alabama.

Contractors earn national awards

April 4, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Two West Michigan construction firms were honored for their work at a national awards ceremony.

… Rockford’s (Rockford Construction) work on the Grand Rapids Community College Laboratory Preschool earned it the National Excellence in Construction Pyramid Award. The award honors both general and specialty contractors for innovative and high-quality merit shop construction projects.

College’s Latino business center wins grant

April 4, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local foundation has donated a three-year grant valued at $150,000 to a university’s Latino business center.

… “The Grand Rapids Community Foundation grant will help fund programs that equip young Latino professionals with the skills, resources, and confidence needed to become leaders at work and in their own communities,” said Carlos Sanchez, the center’s (Latino Business and Economic Development Center) director and a foundation board member. “Our Latino entrepreneurs will be more prepared to launch and expand successful businesses and empowered to take ownership of their future.”

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Carlos Sanchez is a member of the GRCC board of trustees.)

Preschoolers keep busy with books, human body study

March 28, 2018

The preschool celebrated March Is Reading Month! Scott Martin read “The Little Puppy” to kids in the Marsh and Meadow rooms and then brought a real puppy for them to pet and play with! Dr Pink read “Thelma the Unicorn” to the whole preschool and gave everyone high-fives at the end.

The Marsh room visited the science department as part of a study on the human body. Max Spencer and Aaron Flynn led the kids in activities that included creating a body out of different art supplies and exploring models of an ear, eye, leg and skeleton.

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GRCC In the News, 3-5-18

March 5, 2018

Grant Gives Students Welding Skills, Virtual-style

Feb. 9, 2018; schoolnewsnetwork.org (KISD newsletter)

Whether you are in high school attempting to settle on a career, an adult back to school to upgrade skills or a young child dreaming of what to be when you grow up, equipment coming soon to Kent Career Tech Center should be on your must-investigate list.

… John Doneth, a welding instructor at Grand Rapids Community College, agrees.
“We have had a shortage in all skills trades for the last number of years,” he said. “For 20 years or more education has been focused on getting kids to college, but this type of work requires high tech and high skill.”

Comic book store builds community

March 2, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The Myers family always has backed Don Myers’ 40-year passion for comic books. Now, he is entering his third year of passing it on to Grand Rapids fans.

… Michelle Kastanek is secretary to the principal and founder of the drama program at East Grand Rapids Middle School, Cody Kastanek is a nerve conduction technologist at Spectrum Health Medical Group, and Derek (Myers) is attending Grand Rapids Community College and soon will transfer to Grand Valley State University for accounting.

One Funny Girl

March 2, 2018; Women’s Lifestyle magazine

Every time she steps into the spotlight, Megan Elaine, member of Grand Rapids improv comedy group Funny Girls and co-founder of Inaccurate and Inappropriate, knows that she is about to put her personal business out into the open. The funniest part? She doesn’t mind one bit; in fact, she is at her happiest when the crowd is laughing at her expense.

… After graduating high school in 2012, she took a job as a bartender. A year later, she enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College; however, half way through her first semester, Elaine had a change of heart.

TCC baseball continues to build momentum

March 2, 2018; Tallahassee Democrat (Fla.)

The Florida junior college baseball ranks are arguably the strongest and most competitive in the country.

… TCC (14-7), which opens a three-game series against Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College at 1 p.m. Sunday, features its usual blend of experience and first-year players.

Tonight’s scores

March 2, 2018; Jackson County Floridian

March 2

… Softball

… Chipola beat Wallace Community College, 6-4, and Grand Rapids Community College, 14-3.

Mid Michigan Community College women win share of conference title

March 1, 2018; The Morning Sun (Mount Pleasant)

Champions of the West.

On Wednesday evening the Mid Michigan Community College women’s basketball team wrapped up a share of its first-ever MCCAA West Conference title by topping Grand Rapids Community College 59-47 at Morey Courts.

Architecture firm hires practice leader

March 2, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local architecture firm has named a new practice leader.

… He (Tod Stevens) is also credited with more than 20 award-winning projects: Sangren Hall College of Education at Western Michigan University; Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons at Grand Valley State University; Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory at Grand Rapids Community College; College of Education at Old Dominion University; the Math and Physics Building at University of Texas at Dallas; and more.

Preschoolers deliver valentines

February 14, 2018

Diane Smith’s daughter, Maddie, who is with the GRCC preschool lab this semester, surprised her mom and everyone on the second floor of the Administration Building on Wednesday with hand-delivered valentines. Maddie, who plans to transfer to MSU to major in nursing after graduation this spring, is applying practical skills learned in classroom to her work with 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds in the Dune room.

 

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GRCC In the News, 11-17-17

November 17, 2017

Report finds gaps in funding, services for Kent Co. kids

Nov. 16, 2017; WOOD Radio

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A new report shows large gaps in services and funding for young children in Kent County.

… Claudia Jones works at one of the childcare centers that partners with First Steps Kent. As a preschool assistant instructor at the GRCC Early Childhood Learning Lab and a mother of three, she has seen the benefits of preschool.

GR Mag’s top weekend picks

Nov. 16, 2017; Grand Rapids Magazine

Get in the holiday spirit or take flight with dragons this weekend in GR. You can also join the celebration of a 10-year-old favorite, attend a performance by contestants from one of the most popular reality TV shows and in classic Beer City fashion, learn about how some of the city’s favorite brews got their distinct flavors. This weekend is jam-packed with events you won’t want to miss.

BEER & DRAGONS

(Thursday)

If the name wasn’t enticing enough, Grand Rapids Public Museum has partnered with New Holland Brewing and Grand Rapids Community College for a beer tasting and interactive presentation event. Starting with New Holland’s famous Dragon’s Milk, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the process of determining flavor that the brewers wanted for featured beers and find out which New Holland beers were accidental discoveries.

55 Holiday Gift Experience Ideas — Your Local Shopping Guide for Kids and Families

Nov. 16, 2017; grkids.com

If you’d like to give or receive experiences rather than toys this holiday, here’s your list!

… Gifts for Mom

… Sign her up for language classes at Grand Rapids Community College. Then plan an international trip to let her use her new skills!

GRCC In the News, 11-16-17

November 16, 2017

U.S. Labor Department names West Michigan Works! medical assistant apprenticeship program a role model for other states

Nov. 15, 2017; michigan.gov (press release by state Department of Talent & Economic Development)

LANSING, Mich. — The Medical Assistant Registered Apprenticeship Program in West Michigan is helping health care providers fill a critical shortage of talent, and has been saluted as a national Promising Practice by the U.S. Department of Labor.

… Spectrum Health, Mercy Health and Cherry Street Health Services worked together and created the one-year program. Grand Rapids, Muskegon and Montcalm community colleges partnered with the health care providers, developing a shared curriculum addressing the skills common to all three employers. West Michigan Works! holds the standards for the program and serves as the intermediary between the partners.

New middle college program to provide associate degrees

Nov. 15, 2017; schoolnewsnetwork.org (KISD newsletter)

Kentwood Public Schools, MI — A goal at the high school is for every student to receive college credit from at least one class before they graduate, said Evan Hordyk, the district’s executive director for secondary education. Well-established Advanced Placement (AP) opportunities, plus a middle college launching next fall, will make that possible.

East Kentwood students are already tallying up college credits by choosing from a slate of 21 AP classes. Soon they will be able to earn a free associate degree from Grand Rapids Community College by completing a fifth year of high school while dually enrolled as a college student.

Report finds gaps in funding, services for Kent Co. kids

Nov. 16, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A new report shows large gaps in services and funding for young children in Kent County.

… First Steps Kent officials will lay out exactly how they determined their numbers during a 10 a.m. news conference at Grand Rapids Community College’s Applied Technology Center.

 

Radiologic technology students host Teddy Bear Clinic for preschool

November 9, 2017

On October 31, the Rad Tech Program hosted our annual Teddy Bear Clinic with the GRCC Preschool. The preschoolers received a tour of the lab and equipment, and were provided rides on stretchers and radiography tables to become familiar with the large equipment. They also participated in many activities within the classroom to teach them about bones, x-rays, and the human body. The Rad Tech students triage their toy, and then proceed to take an x-ray that the preschoolers get to take home. Each toy is given a certificate of “good health” for them to “resume normal activities” once they leave.

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GRCC In the News, 10-4-17

October 4, 2017

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.

GRCC In the News, 9-22-17

September 22, 2017

Grand Rapids Community College investiture for new president Sept. 29

Sept. 21, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS – Bill Pink’s investiture as Grand Rapids Community College’s tenth president is set for Friday, Sept. 29 at Fountain Street Church.

Downtown AMP Lab to tackle shortage of manufacturing talent

Sept. 21, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Construction is underway at Western Michigan University’s downtown Grand Rapids $3 million manufacturing laboratory.

AMP Lab @WMU, an Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Laboratory, is being built in collaboration with West Michigan manufacturers and Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) to address the shortage of skilled trades and engineering employees in the region.

PHOTOS: New Teachers join J-L district 2017

Sept. 21, 2017; Gaylord Herald-Times

… Dan Serba

… What did you study and where did you graduate from?

I have an associate’s degree in elementary from Grand Rapids Community College, a bachelor’s degree in K-fifth grade education, sixth- through eighth-grade social studies, and kindergarten through eighth physical education and health. I also received my master’s degree from the University of Phoenix in educational leadership, supervision, and administration.

Association names Excellence in Construction winners

Sept. 21, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local association has honored the construction industry’s best work over the last year.

… Other award winners

… GC/CM: New Construction $5-10 Million: Rockford Construction for work on Grand Rapids Community College Early Childhood Learning Laboratory

GRCC In the News, 8-10-17

August 10, 2017

Free play & learn groups launching to get more kids kindergarten-ready

Aug. 10, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – First Steps Kent and Grand Rapids Community College are partnering in an initiative help more children enter kindergarten prepared to succeed.

KISD students can earn associates degree tuition free

Aug. 9, 2017; The Lowell Ledger

Kent Intermediate School District (KISD) students are now given the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and a specialized associates degree tuition free in five years through a hands-on early college program, Launch U.

Early/Middle College is a career focus type of program that ultimately prepares students to go directly into the workforce or to continue on with school, said Ron Caniff, superintendent of the KISD. For the extra year of high school status, students will earn 60 or more college credits through Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) while their peers may have only upwards of 30 credits.

Culinary school to host pastry competition tryouts

Aug. 9, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The kitchens at a local college culinary institute will be powdered with the sugar of expert pastry chefs next week.

Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education will host tryouts on Aug. 14 and 15 for the U.S. team in an international pastry competition.

Favorite Family Flavors: Bringing Tradition to the Table

Aug. 9, 2017; Women’s Lifestyle

You know you’ve entered a special restaurant when the aromas capture your senses. Basil, oregano, cinnamon, tomatoes, onions, wine and garlic drift through the air at Licari’s Sicilian Pizza Kitchen; a blend of corn, garlic, onions and spices permeate Lindo Mexico’s new modern restaurant; a rich broth filled with special meats and steeped with basil, ginger root, cinnamon, onions and other tantalizing spices is one menu item that will light your fire at PHO 616, the newest restaurant in the Grand Rapids Downtown Market.

… One dollar from every Restaurant Week meal sold is donated by the participating restaurants to the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education Student Scholarship Fund at GRCC, providing financial support to up-and-coming chefs and restaurant staff.

GRCC In the News, 7-18-17

July 18, 2017

These 3 new Michigan childcare centers offer the most advanced facilities for children and adults

July 14, 2017; Model D Media

The latest research suggests that high-quality early childhood education has positive long-term effects that last well into adulthood. Unfortunately, demand for early education outstrips access to these facilities. And often the quality is poor.

… In 1974, Phyllis Fratzke, founder of the child development program at Grand Rapids Community College, brought young children and college students together to create learning experiences for both. In January, GRCC opened a brand-new facility, the Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory, based on Fratzke’s education model.

Former WASP, other seniors get a chance to ‘soar like an eagle’

July 17, 2017; MLive

Jane Doyle, 95, stood on the tarmac at Sparta’s Paul C. Miller Airport recently looking at the 1942 Boeing Stearman biplane she had just taken a ride in.

… She graduated from Grand Rapids South High School in 1940 and knew then that she wanted to learn to fly. “The junior college (Grand Rapids Community College) had a flight school then, so I did the 70 hours of ground school there and then 30 hours of flight training at the Kent County Airport to earn my private pilot’s license,” she said.

Trial underway for man accused in 2016 murder on GRCC campus

July 17, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. (WZZM) – Testimony is expected to get underway Tuesday in the trial of a Grand Rapids man accused of killing a 34-year-old woman in a random attack on the Grand Rapids Community College campus more than a year ago.

 

Preschoolers visit Biology Department

July 3, 2017

The Marsh Room children from the Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory visited the Biology Department on Wednesday, June 28. The experience provided an opportunity for the children to extend their current study on spiders. Hats off to Holly Christopher, Biology Learning Center coordinator, who helped make this field trip a very enriching and rewarding experience for them!

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Preschool holds bake sale to benefit DeVos Children’s Hospital

May 12, 2017

The Meadow Room at GRCC Early Childhood Learning Laboratory held a bake sale at the preschool on Thursday, May 11, to conclude their project study of “Cookies.” The proceeds from the bake sale will be used to purchase toys for DeVos Children’s Hospital. GRCC’s new president, Dr. Bill Pink, and executive director of the GRCC Foundation, Kathy Mullins, were some of their satisfied customers.

President Pink and Kathy Mullins buy cookies during the preschool’s bake sale.