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Preschool hosts training sessions for child-care providers

February 17, 2017

GRCC’s Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory provides free monthly training sessions for in-home child-care providers.

From 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 21, the topic will be “Using Children’s Books to Build Cultural Competence.” A training certificate will be provided. RSVPs are appreciated, but not required; contact Kathleen Neumann at (616) 234-4004 or kathleenneumann@grcc.edu.

Upcoming topics are:

  • “Using the GRCC Resource Room” from 6:30-8 p.m. March 21.
  • “Hands-On Exploration for Young Children” from 6:30-8 p.m. April 11.
  • “Learn About Early On Kent County” from 6:30-8 p.m. May 2.

Two children sit on the floor of a preschool classroom.

 

GRCC In the News, 1-24-17

January 24, 2017

College opens $7.2M learning lab downtown

Jan. 23, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local college has opened a 24,000-square-foot facility downtown that aims to meet the needs of its child development students and preschoolers.

Grand Rapids Community College opened the Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory at 210 Lyon St. NE on Saturday.

College approves $300K bond to train glass maker’s workers

Jan. 23, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local college has approved $300,000 in funding to help train workers at a growing manufacturing facility in the region.

Grand Rapids Community College’s Board of Trustees last month agreed to link funds from diverted State of Michigan income tax to support training for 33 newly created positions at Engineered Glass in Holland Township.

Morning News

Jan. 24, 2017; WZZM

Imagine what it would feel like to walk across the stage at your high school graduation and leave with no one but two diplomas. That will soon be the reality for dozens of students here at Ottawa Hills. The program is called early middle college. It is the latest partnership between Grand Rapids Public Schools and Grand Rapids Community College.

Downtown restaurant appoints chef

Jan. 23, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A downtown restaurant is getting a new chef.

… (Stephan) VanHeulen, who attended the GRCC Secchia Culinary Institute, began his career at AHC+Hospitality, cooking for restaurants within the groups portfolio in Grand Rapids, which includes Cygnus27.

Kozminski remembered as hero at fundraiser for memorial

Jan. 23, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Dozens turned out to Celebration! Cinema North Monday for a screening of the movie “Patriots Day” as part of a years-long push to raise money for a memorial to fallen Grand Rapids police officers.

… $35,000 of the money raised will go toward the scholarship fund that pays for one year of tuition at Grand Rapids Community College for a student who hopes to work in law enforcement. Kozminski’s parents choose the recipient of that scholarship.

The City of Grand Rapids Looking For Your Help to Make Our Neighborhoods Better

Jan. 23, 2017; 104.9 FM

The City of Grand Rapids is looking to get residents, neighborhood associations, businesses, non-profits, and government officials together, to help build stronger neighborhoods in Grand Rapids. They’re holding the Third Annual Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit on Saturday, March 4th, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. And it’s free!

… There will be childcare available if you register in advance, and GR Public Schools will also be offering free neighborhood transportation to and from the event! Bicycle racks, and discounted parking in the GRCC Bostwick Parking Ramp will also be available. There will also be Spanish-English translation services.

GRCC In the News, 1-23-17

January 23, 2017

GRCC holds grand opening dedication, open house for new preschool facility

Jan. 21, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Grand Rapids Community College marked the grand opening of the Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory with a dedication and community open house on Saturday.

Members in the News January 2017

Jan. 20, 2017; Merit

GRCC Replaces Nearly $590,000 in Textbooks Through Open Educational Partnerships

Through its new partnerships with the OpenStax program and other providers of free digital resources, Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) has replaced almost $590,000 in textbooks with free or substantially less expensive versions. Last February, GRCC joined Rice University’s OpenStax program, which provides free, high-quality peer-reviewed textbooks. During the fall semester, more than 90 GRCC class sections used the open-educational resource (OER) texts.

Together again

Jan. 22, 2017; Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

Grand Valley State University’s Sibs and Kids Weekend will be a time of reconnection for GVSU students and their families. To celebrate this annual event, GVSU will be hosting a variety of activities Friday, Jan. 27, and Saturday, Jan. 28. Most of the activities will occur in the Kirkhof Center, although a few will happen in various other campus locations, as well as off campus.

… This year’s Sibs and Kids Weekend will be hosted by the Laker Traditions team, along with assistance from organizations like Spotlight Productions and the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids. In addition, the Grand Rapids Community College will be partnering with the YMCA to provide volunteers for one of Saturdays main events, Night at the YMCA.

World Affairs Council of Western Michigan Announces 2017 Great Decisions Global Discussions, Expansion into Holland

Jan. 21, 2017; 24-7pressrelease.com

Global health issues, nuclear proliferation, the complexity of U.S.-Saudi and U.S.-China relations are a few of the dynamic topics being explored as the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan launches its 2017 Great Decisions Global Discussion Series.

… In addition to strong participation from World Affairs Council members and the general community, more than 100 college students will take the series through their respective political science or international departments. Local participating colleges include Aquinas College, Calvin College, Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Hope College, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Montcalm Community College and Western Michigan University.

American Law Society Recognizes Gary P Schenk

Jan. 21, 2017; military-technologies.net

Grand Rapids, MI, January 20, 2017 (PR.com) — Gary P. Schenk is a partner at Schenk, Boncher & Rypma based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Gary’s practice focuses primarily on commercial, business, contract, and corporate law and associated litigation. His profound knowledge of commercial real estate has made him an expert advisor for both large and small business owners.

… Other notable associations and accomplishments include: serving on committees for the Grand Rapids Bar Association and the State Bar of Michigan; he was a past member of the Grand Valley State University Foundation, the Grand Valley University Friends of the Arts; he is a Fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation and previously served on the Lawyer Referral Committee of the Grand Rapids Bar; additionally, he has served a term as Chairperson of the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees.

Jayhawks women’s team stifles Grand Rapids CC with tough defense

Jan. 21, 2017; Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

MUSKEGON — The Muskegon Community College women’s basketball team didn’t lose any defensive intensity over the two-week holiday break.

The Grand Rapids Community College Raiders will attest to that.

Photos, video from preschool’s grand opening

January 23, 2017

GRCC held a ribbon-cutting for the new Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory on Jan. 21.

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Free preschool for 4-year-olds at GRCC

January 16, 2017

The Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory has openings for children who turned 4 by Sept. 1, 2016.

The openings are part of the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP), a free program for qualifying families.

The program runs 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, with before- and after-program hours available for a small fee. Call the preschool office at (616) 234-4004 for an application or for more information.

GRCC Preschool Class Sledding

Free preschool for 4-year-olds at GRCC

December 7, 2016

The Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory will have openings starting Jan. 9, 2017, for children who turned 4 by Sept. 1, 2016.

The openings are part of the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP), a free program for qualifying families.

The program runs 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, with before- and after-program hours available for a small fee. Call the preschool office at (616) 234-4004 for an application or for more information.

A woman reads a storybook to two preschoolers.

Preschool faculty organize fundraiser for CASA Thanksgiving meal

November 2, 2016

GRCC Preschool faculty are raising money to support CASA’s annual Thanksgiving meal for children in Kent County who are in the court system because of abuse and neglect. These children are often taken from their homes and placed in temporary foster homes, and this event provides an opportunity for siblings to reconnect.

Please help us at this time of giving thanks! Penny Folsom will collect monetary donations through Nov. 19 – a receipt will be provided, as needed. The Thanksgiving meal will be served Nov. 21 at a local church.

CASA of Kent County is a nonprofit program that’s primary focus is to serve children in child protective proceedings by appointing screened, trained community volunteers to advocate in the best interest of children who are temporary or permanent wards of the court. CASA volunteers serve to present information to the court, reduce the time a child spends in out-of-home care, and provide continuity for the child by having at least one person who is involved with the case from the beginning until the end.

Radiologic Technology program hosts Teddy Bear Clinic

November 1, 2016

The Radiologic Technology Program hosted its annual Teddy Bear Clinic with the GRCC Preschool Lab on October 25. The Radiography students gained experience with the younger pediatric population, and the preschoolers learned about the field of health care, x-rays, and human anatomy through interactive games and activities. The preschoolers receive an x-ray of their toy that was brought to the clinic, along with a Polaroid picture of themselves as Sammy the Skeleton.

Thank you to Kyle Lackscheide, Assistant Professor for Residential Construction at the MTech Center, for making the board for Sammy the Skeleton and Jamey Limbers, a student from visual arts, for painting Sammy the Skeleton.

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Construction to start on preschool

February 19, 2016

Rockford Construction is scheduled to start work on the new preschool — possibly as soon as Monday. The work plan includes fencing off the entire site, including the sidewalk on the south side of Lyon Street NE between Claremont Place and Barclay Avenue. The southern-most parking lane could eventually be fenced off, too — but that remains to be determined.

The north sidewalk will remain open throughout the entire project.

Preschoolers enjoy sledding

January 15, 2016

Kids in the Laboratory Preschool’s 4- and 5-year-old classroom took advantage of Thursday’s “warm” weather and went sledding.

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Preschool faculty raise money for CASA Thanksgiving meal

November 2, 2015

GRCC Preschool faculty are raising money to support CASA’s annual Thanksgiving meal for children in Kent County who are in the court system because of abuse and neglect. These children are often taken from their homes and placed in temporary foster homes and this event provides an opportunity for siblings to reconnect.

Please help us at this time of giving thanks! Penny Folsom and Paula Kunst will be collecting monetary donations through November 19 – a receipt will be provided as needed. The Thanksgiving meal will be served November 23 at a local church.

CASA of Kent County is a nonprofit program that’s primary focus is to serve children in child protective proceedings by appointing screened, trained community volunteers to advocate in the best interest of children who are temporary or permanent wards of the court. CASA volunteers serve to present information to the court, reduce the time a child spends in out-of-home care, and provide continuity for the child by having at least one person who is involved with the case from the beginning until the end.

Radiologic technology students organize ‘Teddy Bear Clinic’

October 30, 2015
The Rad Tech Department held its annual Teddy Bear Clinic on Thursday, October 29, 2015. Students from the Preschool Lab brought their Teddy Bears to the Radiology Lab for check ups and X-rays. Each preschooler was presented with a Good Health Certificate along with an X-ray of their Teddy Bear. While the preschoolers waited for X-rays, the Radiology students entertained them with games and activities. A few of these activities included Pin the mouth on the Skeleton, matching the bone to the correct anatomy and X-ray activity books. This event provides the Radiology students with Pediatric patient experience and also allows the preschooler to experience Radiology in a fun and friendly environment.

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GRCC In the News, 9-4-15

September 4, 2015

GRCC, WMU sign transfer agreement

Sept. 2, 2015; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) — Two West Michigan schools have joined forces to give students a path to an undergraduate degree.

Grand Rapids Community College and Western Michigan University signed an agreement Wednesday to provide GRCC students a seamless path to attend Western. It means GRCC will have specific classes students will take before heading to their third and fourth years of school in Kalamazoo.

GRCC breaks ground on preschool lab

Sept. 1, 2015; WGVU

Grand Rapids Community College has broken ground on a $7.2 million Laboratory Preschool.

Michigan Industrial Sewing Consortium program expands

Sept. 3, 2015; Atlanta Daily World

With Michigan’s mighty manufacturing history at the root of its vision, Detroit Garment Group and Henry Ford College, which in October 2014 launched the state’s Industrial Sewing Certificate Program with SEMCA Michigan Works! and Lear Corporation, have partnered with Grand Rapids Community College, Lansing Community College and St. Clair County Community College to create the Michigan Industrial Sewing Consortium (MISC).

Grand Rapids Scout earns Eagle rank

Sept. 3, 2015; MLive

Matthew Czuhajewski, 18, of southeast Grand Rapids, has received his Eagle Scout designation at a Court of Honor conducted at Trinity United Methodist Church in Grand Rapids.

… He plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College this fall to study computer science.

Expanded Grand Rapids Maker Faire returns this weekend

Sept. 3, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Tinkerers and tech enthusiasts spend a lot of time alone in the shop.

… Last year’s creative do-it-yourself and tinkering event, organized by The Geek Group, GR Makers and Grand Rapids Community College along with the Grand Rapids Public Museum, drew 5,000 visitors to the museum to see robotics, 3D printing, nuclear fusion and more.

Gallery Guide: Exhibitions for the month of September

Sept. 3, 2015; MLive

Those entries shaded advertise in this issue. We suggest you call in advance regarding specific details. Information in this guide is subject to change without notice.

… GRCC COLLINS ART GALLERY Gallery. 143 Bostwick NE, 4th floor Main Building 234-4487 Sept. 24 – Oct. 12 ArtPrize

GRCC In the News, 8-31-15

August 31, 2015

GRCC establishes partnership with WMU

Aug. 28, 2015; mibiz.com

Grand Rapids Community College has partnered with Western Michigan University to create a seamless path for its students to transfer into the university’s programs, according to a statement.

GRCC to name two buildings after faculty members

Aug. 30, 2015; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — Two buildings at Grand Rapids Community College will be renamed after two faculty members.

Aquinas volleyball splits to finish Cardinal Stritch Invitational

Aug. 30, 2015; MLive

Milwaukee, WI- The Aquinas College volleyball team split a pair of matches on the second day of the Cardinal Stritch Wolves Invitational to finish the tournament 3-1.

… Aquinas dropped the opening match of the day against College of St. Mary 3-0 (25-14, 28-26, 26-24). Sophomore Camille Means (Kentwood/East Kentwood) led the Saints with 12 kills, while Micaela Hazen (North Branch/GRCC) added 11. Means also led the Saints with 20 digs.

GRCC In the News, 8-28-15

August 28, 2015

GRCC names buildings in honor of faculty members

Aug. 27, 2015; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) — Grand Rapids Community College is recognizing the contributions of two pioneering faculty members by naming buildings in their honor.

GRCC hosts groundbreaking for $7.3M preschool building

Aug. 27, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Community College broke ground Thursday on a new building for its laboratory preschool program, a $7.3 million project that will provide a modern space to serve more children and families.

Grand Rapids raises its barbecue profile

Aug. 21, 2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Kansas City, Memphis … and Grand Rapids?

… (Adam) Watts, a Secchia Institute for Culinary Arts graduate, returned to Grand Rapids three years ago from Colorado to help open Grand Rapids Brewing Co. Most recently he was at Reds on the River, and has really embraced the region’s beer.

Referee Jerry Hendrickson starts 53rd (and final) season with sons by his side

Aug. 26; 2015; MLive

WYOMING, MI — Forgive the Hendrickson family if they let down their officiating guard for just a moment Friday.

… Over the years, (Jerry) Hendrickson, who later spent nearly 47 years as an educator at Davenport University and Grand Rapids Community College, has kept intact a crew with his sons Dan and Steve along with Debbaudt, Benedict and Stone, who will step aside Friday so Jon can work with family members.