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GRCC In the News, 3-23-17

March 23, 2017

Tuition-free early college program to build talent pipeline for in-demand jobs

March 22, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – As manufacturers gather in Detroit today for a summit on advancing the industry’s future, local companies are working with Kent ISD and Grand Rapids Community College to create a new pipeline of workers to meet labor demands.

GRCC welcomes its first African-American president

March 22, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids Community College’s first African-American president says he’s humbled to fill the role.

Is the craft beer market in Grand Rapids saturated?

March 22, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Pour a cold one and consider: the number of craft breweries in Grand Rapids has tripled since 2011, the year before beer lovers voted it “Beer City, USA.”

… Professionalizing the industry is the goal of a new Grand Rapids Community College certificate program, which has 30 people enrolled in its first year of offering coursework and hands-on training at its own Fountain Hill Brewery.

Making transferring easy

March 22, 2017; The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

Grand Valley State University has been chosen as a member of Phi Theta Kappa’s 2017 Transfer Honor Roll, which recognizes the university’s support of community college transfers.

… “We have an advisor at Grand Rapids Community College, which is really our main feeder school for community colleges,” (Bonnie) Ulmer-DeGraves said. “We have someone there from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Tuesday to meet with potential students and make sure they’re on the right path for transferring into Grand Valley.”

Monica’s Gourmet Cookies to debut on QVC

March 22, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A favorite Grand Rapids cookie brand will get the QVC spotlight next week.

… The former caterer (Monica Mitidieri) is a graduate of Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute of Culinary Education.

Words of encouragement

March 22, 2017; Commercial-News (Danville, Ill.)

DANVILLE — Zachary Pangborn has attempted nearly 300 shots this season.

On Wednesday afternoon in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament at the Mary Miller Gymnasium, the Grand Rapids Community College freshman missed six of his first seven field goal attempts and he was just 1-of-5 at the free-throw line.

Sí, se puede! Standing up for immigrants & farm workers in Grand Rapids

March 23, 2017; rapidgrowthmedia.com

Lupe Ramos-Montigny remembers three summers of her childhood, seasons now decades ago, like they were yesterday: the months when she would travel with her parents, Ysidro and Maria, and seven of her nine siblings from her hometown of Weslaco, Texas north to Michigan. There, Ramos-Montigny, now a Grand Rapidian who serves on the State Board of Education, would spend the 10th, 11th and 12th summers of her life harvesting beets in a town at the tip of the Mitten State’s thumb, Caseville, and picking cherries in Old Mission Peninsula, a region just north of Traverse City.

… Since then, the march has gone on to draw hundreds of people each year, with such officials as Olivarez, the Aquinas College president; Grand Rapids Community College President Steven Ender; Grand Valley State University Vice President Jesse Bernal; Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Teresa Weatherall-Neal; Grand Rapids Police Chief David Rahinsky, and various elected officials attending the event last week.

Experimenting with healthier ingredients at home

March 22, 2017; WZZM

Liz Weber is a Registered Dietitian at Mercy Health Saint Marys.

… Seek out local cooking classes. Downtown Market, Grand Rapids Community College, Sur La Table, The Local Epicurean, and Williams-Sonoma are all great resources available in the Grand Rapids area that provide cooking classes.

LSU to host ‘Feria de las Flores’ to welcome in the spring

March 22, 2017; The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

For almost sixty years, the Feria de las Flores event in Medellin, Colombia, has been one of Latin America’s most vibrant events. Grand Valley State University’s Latino Student Union (LSU) will bring some of the events famous flair to one of its bi-annual dinner-dances taking place Friday, March 24.

… In addition, two singers will perform songs in Spanish, followed by a semi-formal dinner and then traditional Mexican and Colombian dancing. Students from the Grand Rapids Community College’s Hispanic Student Organization will also participate.

GRCC In the News, 3-1-17

March 1, 2017

Grand Rapids Community College Police ask for help identifying suspects

March 1, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS – Police on the campus of Grand Rapids Community College are asking for the public’s help to identify a suspect who they say took multiple sets of car keys and a car.  Campus police say it happened on Sunday, while the victims were in a nearby church.

Retiring Presidents of Aquinas College and Western Michigan University meet to discuss rising costs

Feb. 27, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS – Two West Michigan colleges are looking for new leaders.  On Monday the outgoing Presidents of Aquinas College and Western Michigan University met to discuss the rising cost of higher education.  Aquinas President Juan Olivarez says  “We’ve got to work together on this front, because school has got to be affordable for students, and it can’t be through just taking out more loans.”  John Dunn the outgoing President at WMU adds “I don’t blame anyone whether it’s a Republican or Democrat, but we’ve abdicated our responsibility and we need to fix that. It’s critical that we come change that.”

… Oliveras has been the President at Aquinas for the last six years, following a 20-year run at Grand Rapids Community College.

Grand Rapids residents overwhelm city with demand for Neighborhood Summit

Feb. 28, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – In its third year, the Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit has been overwhelmed with demand.

… This year the event is moving to a bigger venue at the Grand Rapids Community College Applied Technology Center at 151 Fountain St. NE. It begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 4, and runs until 3 p.m.

GRCC In the News, 2-16-17

February 16, 2017

Doug and Maria DeVos Foundation Awards $60,000 Grant to GRCC’s Cruisin’ to College Program

Feb. 15, 2017; Targeted News Service

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Feb. 15 — Grand Rapids Community College issued the following news release:

Grand Rapids Community College’s Summer Learning Academy has been awarded a $60,000 grant from the Doug and Maria DeVos Foundation to expand its work and assist more students.

GRCC’s board approves contract with next president

Feb. 15, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees unanimously approved a contract Monday, Feb. 13, for its next president, Bill Pink, currently vice president and dean for workforce development.

GRCC In the News, 2-8-17

February 8, 2017

New Presidents or Provosts: Grand Rapids CC, Holyoke CC, Southern Arkansas U Tech, U of Minnesota-Morris, U of South Carolina Upstate

Feb. 7, 2017;  Inside Higher Ed

… Bill Pink, vice president and dean for work force development at Grand Rapids Community College, in Michigan, has been promoted to president there.

Volunteers needed for SCHOLARfest

February 6, 2017

Are you available the evening of Thursday, March 23?  We are looking for 10 to 15 volunteers to help at SCHOLARfest, honoring Dr. and Mrs. Ender!

What we need:

  • Parking Help
  • Greeters
  • Registration

All volunteer positions will be assigned.

If you would like to help, please contact Lisa Brown at (616) 234-3739 or lisabrown@grcc.edu.

GRCC SCHOLARfest 2017. Honoring Dr. Steven C. and Karen G. Ender.

SCHOLARfest to honor the Enders

February 3, 2017

SCHOLARfest 2017 will honor President Dr. Steven C. Ender and his wife, Karen!

President Ender, who retires after this year’s commencement, has left a legacy that will have an impact on students and the community for generations to come. Share this special occasion with us!

SCHOLARfest will take place 6-9 p.m. March 23 at DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave. NW. The program, which includes performances by Music Department faculty and students, begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $150 per person; proceeds benefit the Dr. Steven C. and Karen G. Ender Scholarship fund.

RSVP by March 6.

GRCC SCHOLARfest 2017. Honoring Dr. Steven C. and Karen G. Ender.

 

GRCC In the News, 1-16-17

January 16, 2017

‘She would want people to forgive,’ father of hit-and-run victim says

Jan. 13, 2017; MLive

WYOMING, MI — Cliff Fender isn’t sure what motivated a plow truck driver to flee after striking and killing his daughter along a Wyoming street.

… (Chelsea) Crawford grew up in the Wayland area and attended Wayland Union schools. She took some classes at Grand Rapids Community College after high school.

Inside Track: A long, winding road

Jan. 13, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Bill Pink believes one of the biggest favors you can do for yourself in life is to grab hold of the thing you love and chase after it.

So, its no surprise to the 10th president of Grand Rapids Community College life has led him to this point.

Events honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in W MI

Jan. 16, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — People across the nation will honor civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday.

In West Michigan, Grand Rapids Community College will host a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Program at 6:30 p.m. at Fountain Street Church. The program will feature keynote speaker Kevin Powell.

GRCC In the News, 1-9-17

January 9, 2017

Professional Notes

Jan. 5, 2017; Community College Week

Appointments

… Bill Pink, vice president and dean for workforce development at Grand Rapids Community College, has been named the college’s new president. Prior to joining GRCC’s leadership team in March 2015, Pink served as vice president for academic affairs at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City. He has been an educator for more than 25 years, and has taught or coached in Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Oregon. Pink has an associate degree from York College in Nebraska, a bachelors degree from Oklahoma Christian University, a master’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma, and a doctorate from the University of Oklahoma.

The sweet spot of STRIVE

Jan. 9, 2017; schoolnewsnetwork.org (KISD newsletter)

Rockford Public Schools, MI — Denae Gillean and Jennifer Olson have a nice and easy relationship, the kind that comes from swapping weekly text messages and picking up roadside trash together in the rain.

… It was one of several service activities students are performing this year. They also toured Grand Rapids Community College, where Denae would like to enroll. Winning the $1,200 STRIVE scholarship this May would help a lot, she says, as she will have to pay for most of her schooling. She’s interested in eventually studying psychology at a four-year university.

Jewish Theater Grand Rapids’ production of “Irena’s Vow” begins 1/12

Jan. 8, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Tickets are on sale now for the Jewish Theater Grand Rapids’ production of “Irena’s Vow” which opens this Thursday, January 12th.  It’s an incredible, true story you don’t want to miss.

… Performances will be on Thursday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m at Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain ST NE in downtown Grand Rapids on the GRCC campus.

GRCC In the News, 12-19-16

December 19, 2016

Bill to expand community college tax districts and education access

Dec. 19, 2016; The Peninsula

A new bill sponsored by Rep. Amanda Price (R-Park Township) could expand community colleges’ tax districts into non-bordering communities and grow education programs.

… In addition to sponsoring the bill, Price, joined by Dr. Steven Ender, president of Grand Rapids Community College, spoke during testimony to the Senate Education Committee last month.

Ferris State program not ‘playing’ around

Dec. 16, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local university is more serious than ever about artistic and technical work in the digital sphere.

… All the Grand Rapids DAGD courses are taught at Grand Rapids Community College and FSU’s Applied Technology Center on the campus of GRCC, 151 Fountain St. NE.

GRCC In the News, 12-14-16

December 14, 2016

Grand Rapids Community College, faculty agree to new contract

Dec. 14, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Faculty Association and Grand Rapids Community College have agreed to new three-year contract.

Bill to expand community college districts advances to Gov. Snyder

Dec. 13, 2016; Michigan House Republicans

LANSING — Legislation to help expand community college education programs across a larger area is headed to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk.

… HB 4265 advances to the governor’s office after being approved by the Senate Education Committee and the Senate membership last week. Rep. (Amanda) Price, R-Park Township, was joined by Dr. Steven Ender, president of Grand Rapids Community College, during testimony before the Senate committee on Nov. 29.

“Morning News”

Dec. 14, 2016; WZZM

The man charged with beating and stabbing a woman to death near the Grand Rapids Community College campus is headed to court this morning.

Western Michigan finding ‘true football players’ in 90-minute range

Dec. 14, 2016; MLive

KALAMAZOO, MI – Tony Kimbrough and Marty Martens helped Western Michigan University win a Mid-American Conference football championship in 1988.

… “Football around these parts, on the west side, is top-notch. I mean, our conference alone that we play in, the OK Red, there’s a battle every week,” said Kimbrough, a Detroit native who played at Grand Rapids Community College before he transferred to WMU, where he is now in the Athletics Hall of Fame. He’s also coached at GRCC and WMU.

Charlevoix County College Sports Digest

Dec. 13, 2o16; Boyne City Gazette

A unique look at how high school graduates from around Charlevoix County are doing in their collegiate sports. This exclusive feature is produced by Chris Graber for the Boyne City Gazette.

… (Tristan) Rudolph, a junior, collected the No. 7 effort for the Saints in his most recent outing in competing at the Grand Rapids Community College Raider Invitational by finishing 32nd among 92 participants with a time of 28 minutes, 11.2 seconds on the 8,000-meter course on Sept. 23 in Grand Rapids.

Photos from Holiday Open House

December 14, 2016

The President and Foundation Holiday Open Houses were a combined event this year.

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GRCC In the News, 12-5-16

December 5, 2016

Appointments, Resignations, Deaths (12/9/2016)

Dec. 4, 2016; The Chronicle of Higher Education

CHIEF EXECUTIVES

Appointments

… Bill Pink, vice president and dean of work-force development at Grand Rapids Community College, was appointed president. He will be the college’s first black leader.

State News 12-1-16

Dec. 1, 2016; The Hastings Banner

… Grand Rapids Community College announced that it has joined the network of Fiat Chrysler-certified technical training sites. FCA US LLC, a North American automaker headquartered in Auburn Hills, established the Mopar Career Automotive Program LOCAL in partnership with the National Coalition of Certification Centers, or NC3, to train approximately 1,000 students annually. The partnership has a goal of building a talent pipeline of certified Chrysler Fiat automotive technicians across the country.

GRCC Political Professor weighs in on Michigan recount

Dec. 3, 2016; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich – The recount of Michigan’s presidential votes is officially set to begin next week.

… Grand Rapids Community College Professor, Neal Getz stopped by FOX 17 Morning News to explain how the process will work.

GRCC Volleyball’s Lauren Wieber named NJCAA DII All-American

Dec. 3, 2016; MLive

Grand Rapids, Mich – GRCC Volleyball’s sophomore OH Lauren Wieber (Grand Rapids, MI, Kenowa Hills (’15)) earned All-American honors after a stand out season recording 433 kills, 103 digs and 30 blocks while starting in 34 of 36 matches.

Inside Track: Marriage leads to career break

Dec. 2, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

During his two-decade career in fundraising, Keith Hopkins has had a hand in more than 175 campaigns, most of them in the West Michigan region.

… Hopkins began his career in education, teaching at Grand Rapids Community College for four years and then Heartland Community College in Illinois for another four years, before joining Monaghan Associates, a fundraising firm in Grand Rapids.

 

 

GRCC In the News, 12-2-16

December 2, 2016

Community colleges could more easily expand their tax districts under proposed legislation

Dec. 2, 2016; MLive

Ottawa County has plenty to brag about: Strong population growth, low unemployment and miles of Lake Michigan shoreline that residents from throughout Michigan and beyond flock to each summer.

… Grand Rapids Community College and Muskegon Community College have campuses in Ottawa, but students there pay a higher out-of-district tuition rate, because the county is outside each college’s tax collection district. The higher rate can put a financial squeeze on cash-strapped students and keep some from enrolling altogether, college officials say.

Former Haslett, Ferris player Lampman a special-teams ace for Saints

Dec. 2, 2016; USA Today

Almost every possible roadblock has gotten in the way of Jake Lampman while he has pursued his dream of playing in the NFL.

… (Tony) Annese joined the Bulldogs after leading the now-defunct Grand Rapids Community College football team to a 30-4 record in three seasons.

Inside the Game: Saints vs. Lions Connections

Dec. 1, 2016; neworleanssaint.com

… Saints Wide Receivers Coach John Morton played at Grand Rapids Community College and then played at Western Michigan from 1991- 92.

GRCC In the News, 11-28-16

November 28, 2016

GRCC’s next college president talks about making an impact

Nov. 22, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The next president of Grand Rapids Community College says he confident about assuming the responsibility because his life’s journey has strategically shaped him into the leader he is today.

It’s time for West Michigan to fix itself

Nov. 25, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal editorial

This cannot be overstated.

… For example, Grand Rapids Community College this month received a $6 million grant to maintain its medical assistant apprenticeship program. Last year at this time, there were 90 openings for qualified medical assistants in West Michigan. The first apprenticeship class is almost done with its studies and will be joining the full-time workforce in January. But with a class of just about 20, it will come nowhere near filling the employment needs of health care providers in the area.

Explore GRCC’s Dental Program

Nov. 22, 2016; WOTV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) — Maranda was joined in studio by some Dental Assistant and Dental Hygienist students from Grand Rapids Community College. Learn about the three year Hygienist program and the 10-month Assistant program. These students get to do hands on work out in the West Michigan community. They teach people to “ReThink your Drink.” Check out the video above to see how much sugar you’re consuming in your favorite drinks.

Photo Flash: Opera Grand Rapids Hosts 13th Annual Collegiate Vocal Competition

Nov. 22, 2016; Broadway World

Opera Grand Rapids’ 13th annual Collegiate Vocal Competition held this past weekend included winners from Grand Valley State University, Western Michigan University and Grand Rapids Community College. The competition, which provides West Michigan’s finest budding vocal artists the opportunity to compete in a professionally-judged competition for cash prizes, received 26 applicants, named eight finalists and selected five winners. Scroll down for photos from the competition!

… Alexandra Galla, mezzo-soprano from Western Michigan University, and Grace VanHoven, soprano from Grand Rapids Community College, won second and third prizes in Division I, respectively. Opera Grand Rapids named two winners in its Division II-Natalie Saigh, mezzo-soprano, and Jared Montgomery, baritone, of Western Michigan University.

MSU to help increase student success in Grand Rapids

Nov. 22, 2016; FOX 47

Michigan State University has joined a Grand Rapids-area community initiative to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups entering and graduating from Michigan colleges.

… In addition to MSU, other higher education institutions partnering with TCTC are: Aquinas College, Calvin College, Cornerstone University, Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Northwood University and Western Michigan University.

 

GRCC In the News, 11-22-16

November 22, 2016

GRCC chooses new president

Nov. 21, 2016; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College has a new president.

MSU to help increase student success in Grand Rapids

Nov. 21, 2016; MSU Today

Michigan State University has joined a Grand Rapids-area community initiative to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups entering and graduating from Michigan colleges.

… In addition to MSU, other higher education institutions partnering with TCTC are: Aquinas College, Calvin College, Cornerstone University, Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Northwood University and Western Michigan University.

Combing through Michigan’s pollinator planning efforts

Nov. 21, 2016; Michigan State University Extension

In response to concerns about pollinator health, Michigan agencies and legislators are gearing up with big plans and programs for pollinators in our state. Given their importance to our agricultural economy and natural lands, Michigan is taking part in the nationwide movement to protect the insects that pollinate our fruits, vegetables and native plants. In this article we outline, explain and provide updates on the different pollinator plans in Michigan (as of the end of 2016), providing links for more resources and ways you can get involved and receive updates as these plans progress.

… MDNR, along with numerous partners, hosted a Monarch and Wild Pollinator Summit in September 2016. The goals of the summit were to gather key conservation partners from across the state to initiate development of a statewide strategy to conserve habitat for the Monarch butterfly and wild pollinators, and develop a collaborative initiative to attract people and resources to help conserve habitat for monarchs and wild pollinators. A steering committee was created to help develop and organize this Summit that included the following organizations: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, Farm Bureau, National Wildlife Federation, Michigan Department of Transportation, Michigan State University Extension, MSU Entomology Department, Michigan Pollinator Initiative and Grand Rapids Community College. The steering committee invited a diverse group of organizations to attend the summit, which included 32 different organizations.

Experience GR launches renovated Beer City Passport

Nov. 21, 2016; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Beer lovers have the chance to become a “Brewsader” with the newly renovated beer city passport.

… Below is some of the other breweries featured:

… Fountain Hill Brewery at GRCC