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GRCC In the News, 4-23-18

April 23, 2018

Workforce issues haunt West Michigan community leaders

April 20, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Leaders from business and community organizations are stepping up efforts to address West Michigan workforce issues.

… “If we aren’t focused on it now, we’re going to find ourselves in a world of hurt,” said Bill Pink, president of Grand Rapids Community College. “It’s not in 2025. It’s too late by then.”

Social justice a common thread at sew shop

April 20, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

After years in government and nonprofit roles, Janay Brower felt she was no longer cut out for safety net approaches. She wanted to address social problems, such as homelessness and poverty, on the front end.

… Brower started making connections with Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids Community College, and makers and nonprofits all over the country to find out who was doing what, how they were doing it, where they were getting the talent and what it would take to maker her business happen.

Heart surgeon writes book about his popular afternoon teas

April 20, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Getting on Dr. Luis Tomatis’ schedule for afternoon teas takes some patience.

… “I write in English but my English isn’t very good,” said Tomatis, who turned to Phil Jung, a former English professor at Grand Rapids Community College, to help him with the rewrites, and Gary Eberle, a retired Aquinas College English professor, for the editing.

Take the step and join the GRCC Kidney Walk team

April 17, 2018

The National Kidney Foundation has made a difference in the lives of individuals living with kidney disease because of the dedication and support of people like you!  Come join the GRCC team, and Dr. Pink who is this year’s honorary chair on Sunday, April 22, at Millennium Park! Registration starts at 1:00 pm, and the walk begins at 2:00 pm.  Bring your family, friends, relatives, neighbors, and pets are welcome too! Meet up at the GRCC flags near the check-in to receive a free GRCC bandanna for you, or your furry friend!   To register with the team click on this link.

Registration starts today for Golf Outing and Cookout

March 26, 2018

Starting today, you can register for the GRCC Golf Outing and Cookout!

It takes place May 4 at the Alpine Country Club — see the registration form below or in your GRCC email from President Pink! Space is limited!

It’s $50 per person for golf and dinner, $20 per person for dinner only. Registration opens at 9 a.m. with a 10 a.m. shotgun start. A social hour starts at 3 p.m. with a 4 p.m. dinner buffet.

Even if you’re not a golfer, join us and have a great time with the GRCC family. Questions? Contact Misty McClure-Anderson at (616) 234-3901 or mmcclure@grcc.edu.

Registration form. Payment must accompany your registration. First come, first served basis (25 team limit/limited seating). Registration will be accepted through April 13, 2018, or until team/dinner limit has been reached. Golfers’ information. Person submitting form: ______________________________ Phone number: ___________________ Number of golfers (includes dinner) x $50 = ________________________ I/we will be attending dinner only (limited seating): 1. ______________ 2. ________________________ 3. ______________ Number of diners x $20 = _______________ Total remitted $ _____ Method of Payment: Check enclosed __ Please charge my: *American Express *Mastercard *Visa. Card number ______________ Expiration date: ________ Name: _________ Signature _____________ Contact number ______________ email____________________ Please return form in person to Amy Bennett, 2nd Floor Admin Building, DeVos Campus.

GRCC In the News, 3-22-18

March 22, 2018

Witnesses say mutual fight led to man’s death; mother in doubt

March 21, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — After almost a year of investigation, police and prosecutors found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing in the April 2017 death of a 25-year-old Grand Rapids man.

… (Julius Melvin) Vinson’s family described the 25-year-old as a “jokester” who was well-loved by his family and others. He studied business at Grand Rapids Community College, and wanted to be a real estate agent.

Grand Rapids Community College raises tuition $1

March 21, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College students will see their tuition increase by $1 this fall – the lowest hike in nearly two decades, officials say.

‘He’s a fighter’ 2-year-old diagnosed with rare Vanishing Bone disease

March 21, 2018; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — An Ottawa County boy is battling a disease so rare, less than 300 cases have been reported in the entire world.

… Antonio (Aguillon) has been at the hospital nonstop, getting a lot of help from friends and family.  A coworker of his at Grand Rapids Community College started a GoFundMe page to help with the family’s medical expenses.

Collegiate Men’s Basketball: SUNY Ulster eliminated from national tourney with loss to Grand Rapids

March 21, 2018; Daily Freeman (Kingston, N.Y.)

DANVILLE, ILL. — SUNY Ulster was eliminated from the NJCAA Division 2 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday as Grand Rapids Community College (Michigan) held off the Senators 98-88.

Battle Creek’s Best Bracket – Today’s Boys Elite Eight Region

March 21, 2018; Battle Creek Enquirer

So your bracket is busted and you don’t have any reason to pay attention to March Madness any longer. Well, you are in luck.

… No. 3 Jeremiah Davis vs. No. 6: Khylen Watkins

No. 3: Jeremiah Davis Harper Creek Class of 2017: As a senior, Davis led Harper Creek in scoring with 18.9 points, 3.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds a contest in his final year on a 15-9 team. He finished his career as a two-time All-City player and an honorable mention All-State selection. Davis played his freshman year at Grand Rapids Community College.

UIX: Offstage engineering makes a big difference in local music

March 22, 2018; rapidgrowthmedia.com

Making music takes talent. Making a record takes commitment. But making it all sound good, takes experience.

… A sound engineer of 25 years, and currently Associate Professor of Recording Technology at Grand Rapids Community College, (Tim) Heldt was working with cutting edge equipment that few outside of his profession could afford, or understand.

Southwest Michigan slates 2018 Chávez awards dinner

March 21, 2018; La Prensa

KALAMAZOO: Southwest Michigan will celebrate the life and work of civil rights leader César E. Chávez on Saturday, March 24, 2018 during an annual scholarship fundraising dinner that includes the presentation of regional awards and scholarships.

… He (Juan Olivarez) served as the seventh president of Aquinas College from 2011 to 2017 and eighth president of Grand Rapids Community College from 1999 to 2008. In addition, he was a GRCC dean for 20 years; president and CEO of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation for three years; and a teacher, school psychologist and administrator with the Grand Rapids Public Schools system for many years.

Kent County considers early childhood tax for November ballot

March 21, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Early childhood education advocates in Kent County are once again working to place a county tax millage request on the ballot.

… There are also additional millages levied by the Kent Intermediate School District, Grand Rapids Community College, Kent District Library and the Inter Urban Transit Partnership — better known as The Rapid — and by local school districts and local units of government.

GRCC In the News, 3-15-18

March 15, 2018

Southwest Michigan slates 2018 Chávez awards dinner

March 14, 2018; wmich.edu (WMU press release)

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Southwest Michigan will celebrate the life and work of civil rights leader César E. Chávez Saturday, March 24, during an annual scholarship fundraising dinner that includes the presentation of regional awards and scholarships.

… The 2018 celebration will be held in the Fetzer Center on WMU’s Main Campus and begins with a reception at 5 p.m. followed by the dinner and awards program at 5:30 p.m. It also will feature a keynote address by Dr. Juan R. Olivarez, former president of Aquinas College.

… He served as the seventh president of Aquinas College from 2011 to 2017 and eighth president of Grand Rapids Community College from 1999 to 2008. In addition, he was a GRCC dean for 20 years; president and CEO of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation for three years; and a teacher, school psychologist and administrator with the Grand Rapids Public Schools system for many years.

GRCC In the News, 3-12-18

March 12, 2018

Helping communities thrive

March 9, 2018; Community College Daily

Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) plays a vital role in developing talent by working with community partners to provide students of all ages with strong pathways to careers or continued education, GRCC President Bill Pink told state lawmakers on Friday.

News at 11 p.m.

March 10, 2018; FOX 17

And what a fun year it’s been for Grand Rapids Community College! The men’s basketball team knocked off second-ranked Ancilla today in the district final — their second win over Ancilla over three weeks — to advance to the national junior college Division II National Tournament in Danville, Ill. Zach Pangborn was the MVP of the district tournament, and Curtis Davison and Anthony McIntosh were First Team All Tournament. Head coach Luke Bronkema, Ferris coach Andy Bronkema’s brother, was the District 9 Coach of the Year. Congrats to them!

Street Talk: West Side Meijer taking shape

March 9, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… One for all

… The event (Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit) included 30 workshops, as well as a keynote address, an exhibition hall with booths staffed by neighborhood organizations and social service providers, and closing remarks by Bill Pink, president of Grand Rapids Community College.

Kietzman to become GRCC Raider

March 11, 2018; The Ionia Sentinel-Standard

LAKE ODESSA — Another talented Lakewood volleyball player will be playing at the next level. Katelyn Kietzman, a defensive specialist for the Vikings, has signed to play for Grand Rapids Community College coach Chip Will and his Raiders.

GRCC Strategic Plan

March 2, 2018

GRCC, like all other higher education institutions, is required by the Higher Learning Commission to engage in a comprehensive strategic planning process. Our plan is framed by five strategic goals announced by President Bill Pink last August. The planning process that produced this draft began last fall with a survey completed by 904 faculty and staff members, community members and students outlining their priorities for the new plan. The Strategic Leadership Team then worked from September to February to craft these priorities into a set of action projects with indicators of success that will lead to accomplishment of the strategic goals. The November and January team meetings were augmented with additional GRCC faculty, staff, students and community members to widen the participation in the planning process.

The draft available today is the next step in meeting the requirement to deliver a plan to the Board of Trustees in June 2018. We are seeking input from GRCC faculty and staff, students, and community members. Please take the time to review the draft and provide your feedback. The SLT will review all comments at our March 16 meeting.

GRCC In the News, 3-1-18

March 1, 2018

Hispanic chamber names nominees for awards gala

Feb. 28, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is hosting an awards gala soon downtown.

Hispanic Businessperson of the Year

… Manuel Barajas, Coldwell Banker

Young Professional of the Year

… Adrian Sotelo, Farandula Magazine

… Brune Garcia, GRCC

… Javier Cervantes, LINC

… Lorena Aguayo-Marquez, GRCC

… Marisol Blanco, GRCC

Building Bridges

… Bill Pink, GRCC.

Nonprofit Champion

… Lorena Aguayo-Marquez, GRCC

(Nominees Manuel Barajas, Adrian Sotelo and Javier Cervantes are GRCC alumni.)

GRCC alum to give keynote speech at Latino Youth Conference

March 1, 2018; The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

Local middle school students will have the opportunity to hear from Grand Rapids Community College alumnus Sammy Publes about dream-following, diversity and inclusion at the Latino Youth Conference. The GRCC-sponsored event is set to occur Tuesday, March 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in GRCC’s Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse.

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, 2-9-18

February 9, 2018

U.P. woman reappointed to state board

Feb. 8, 2018; upmatters.com

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the reappointments of Dr. Nolana Bandy of Detroit, Kristina Donaldson of Caledonia, and Laura McKechnie of Sault Sainte Marie to the Michigan Interagency Coordinating Council for Infants and Toddlers with Developmental Disabilities.

… Donaldson is a site coordinator for the Family Leadership Initiative and a lead parent representative for Kent County Local Leadership Group. She studied business management at Grand Rapids Community College. She will continue to represent parents of infants or toddlers with disabilities or children with disabilities less than 13 years old at the time of appointment.

Weekend Rundown: Golf, ice and music

Feb. 8, 2018; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Cj DeVries from GRNow.com shares her top five weekend events.

ENTREPRENEURIAL GOLD – Thursday, February 8, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Start your Black History Month of right by attending Entrepreneurial Gold this Thursday. We have two powerful speakers, both of whom are the first African American presidents of their organizations. Mr. Bill Manns is the President of Mercy Health Saint Mary’s. Dr. Bill Pink is the President of Grand Rapids Community College. The evening includes a drawing for two tickets to the premier of Black Panther, music by Nu Soul and DJ Monk Mattheaus. Plus, youll have the opportunity to connect with the GR Urban League, NAACP, Our Kitchen Table, Grand Rapids Hip Hop Coalition, and more! Join us at Brush Studio, 50 Louis NW for a power discussion and community collaboration.

GRCC In the News, 2-5-18

February 5, 2018

Construction workers are in a constant state of training

Feb. 2, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The construction industry relies on continuing education.

… (President Norm) Brady said ABC works with Grand Rapids Community College, where more than 300 future electricians are enrolled in its apprenticeship program at the M-Tec Center. Upon completion of the coursework, students will receive a license from the U.S. Department of Labor.

GRCC retiree Ellen James honored as 2018 Giant Among Giants

Feb. 4, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Most students on the Grand Rapids Community College campus don’t even know the names of members of the school’s Board of Trustees.

The Vibrance of Veverly Austin

Feb. 2, 2018; Women’s Lifestyle magazine

When Veverly Austin walks into a room, she commands it. Her dynamic personality and welcoming smile draws her audience in, and as she speaks of her accomplishments, her eyes reflect the passion and excitement that made it all possible. Though she radiates confidence, it took years of practice and self-reassurance to get to where she is today.

… In 2017, Austin received the W.W. Plummer Humanitarian of the Year award from Grand Rapids Community College for her outstanding service to the West Michigan community. She also recently received a Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses award as well as a Giant award. This year, Austin will host the Giant Awards.

MiBiz Growth Report: Feb. 5, 2018

Feb. 4, 2018; mibiz.com

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Feb. 5, 2018

… Expansion: Walker-based Axis Company LLC plans to invest $4 million into a new facility. The automation provider expects to create 50 jobs in West Michigan when it builds the new plant at an undisclosed location in Kent County, according to a statement from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. Axis received a performance-based $400,000 Michigan Business Development Program grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund, as well as $125,000 via the Michigan New Jobs Training Program from Grand Rapids Community College. The company specializes in designing, programming and building robotic automation and assembly equipment. The Right Place Inc., a Grand Rapids-based economic development organization, helped Axis facilitate incentives for the project.

Change Ups: Hastings introduces wireless temperature probe

Feb. 2, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… Business Services

… The Right Place Inc. appointed new board members to the 2018 Right Place board of directors, with its leadership remaining unchanged. Reappointed officers: chair, Brian Walker, Herman Miller; vice chair, Sean Welsh, PNC Financial Services and treasurer, Mitch Joppich, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Executive committee appointments: Richard P. Haslinger, West Michigan Region Chase. New board appointments: Wayman Britt, Kent County, Jeff Needham, Consumer Healthcare-Americas, Perrigo Co.; Bill Pink, Grand Rapids Community College; Garrick Rochow, Consumers Energy; Rob Spohr, Montcalm Community College; and Bob Wolford, Miller Johnson.

Opera Grand Rapids Announces STABAT MATER and FOUR SACRED SONGS

Feb. 3, 2018; Broadway World Detroit

Opera Grand Rapids announces upcoming performances of STABAT MATER by Gioachino Rossini and FOUR SACRED SONGS by Giuseppe Verdi on Saturday, March 24 – 3:00 PM at Christ Memorial Church, Holland and Sunday, March 25 – 7:30 PM at First Park Congregational Church, Grand Rapids.

… Soloists:

… Jon Lovegrove | Tenor

Tenor Jon Lovegrove has recently performed with GVSU Opera Theatre as Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi), the Kent Philharmonic Orchestra as Rodolfo (La Bohème), and with Opera Grand Rapids as Shem (Noah’s Flood) and Remendado (Carmen). He has been a member of the OGR chorus since 2007. In that time, he has appeared in multiple productions, including I Dream, Rigoletto, and The Barber of Seville. He is one of OGR’s Emerging Artists and has also performed the role of Timothy in 2nd Act Opera’s production of Help, Help, the Globolinks! Mr. Lovegrove was a soloist for the Michigan premier of Benjamin Britten’s The World of the Spirit with the Evangelical Choral Society in 2013. He has performed with the ECS on multiple other occasions. Mr. Lovegrove holds an Associate’s Degree in Vocal Performance from Grand Rapids Community College. While pursuing that degree, he was a member of the Grand Rapids Community College Choir, Madrigal Singers, and Shades of Blue Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

From state prison to state capitol

Feb. 3, 2018; Traverse City Record-Eagle

GRAND RAPIDS — Salvador Gutierrez knew he had hit rock bottom when he landed in prison on a couple of drug charges.

… Gutierrez moved to Grand Rapids, where he also is enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College and is working on a degree in industrial technology. He plans to get into an apprenticeship program and work toward getting his journeyman’s card.

MHSAA facing severe official shortage

2/3/18 WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — An umpiring clinic was held at Grand Rapids Community College Saturday to help sharpen fundamentals and mechanics of the state’s officials.

GRCC In the News, 2-1-18

February 1, 2018

Water Workforce Training In Community Sustainability

Feb. 1, 2018; mitechnews.com

West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum will meet Monday, February 12 at Amway World Headquarters for a luncheon program featuring presentations on two critically important sustainabiliy issues:  water and workforce training.

… This month’s second featured speaker is Dr. Bill Pink, the tenth President of Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC). Dr. Pink was Vice President and Dean for Workforce Development at GRCC prior to becoming President. He has been an educator for over 25 years, and prior to his tenure at GRCC, Dr. Pink served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Oklahoma State University Oklahoma City. Dr. Pink will be discussing his efforts to highlight the connection between workforce training and community strength & sustainability.

Photos: 2018 American Culinary Federation Awards Banquet

Jan. 31, 2018; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) The American Culinary Federation held its annual banquet to recognize members of the culinary community for outstanding work.

It was held at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education on Grand Rapids Community College’s campus.

President Pink visits Ottawa Hills Early/Middle College program

January 23, 2018

Dr. Pink visited Ottawa Hills High School last week to meet the students who are participating in the Early/Middle College program. He told students in GRCC adjunct instructor John Beadling’s American Government class about the importance of making a plan to get into college, to pay for college and to stay in college. He emphasized the need for students to apply for grants and scholarships to assist with paying for college, and encouraged them to follow their passion to a career that will be meaningful and pay the bills.

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GRCC In the News, 1-19-18

January 19, 2018

Lakeshore Advantage Holds Meeting, Gives Honors

Jan. 19, 2018; WHTC

HUDSONVILLE, MI (WHTC-AM/FM) – The annual meeting of Lakeshore Advantage today will look back, look ahead and have some honors included.

Highlighting the session at Hudsonville’s Pinnacle Center is the awarding of the organization’s 2018 Visionary Award which recognizes leaders and the initiatives that they have undertaken to “affect positive economic change now and for the future,” according to a statement. The finalists for this honor are: Brian Walker of Herman Miller, Peter Haines of the OAISD and Dr. Bill Pink of Grand Rapids Community College, who created the Careerline Tech Center Early College Program; Dave Koster and Tim Hemingway of the Holland BPW for the Holland Energy Park that began full-scale operations last fall; and Community Foundation leaders Mike Goorhouse of Holland/Zeeland and Holly Johnson of the Grand Haven Area for the Housing Next affordable housing initiative.

Rees Scholarship Foundation Awards $74,000 to Aspiring HVACR Technicians

Jan. 17, 2018; achrnews.com

The Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), and the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), announced scholarship awards totaling $74,000 to 40 students, including one military veteran program recipient, studying to become technicians in the HVACR and water heating industry.

… HVACR and Water Heating Technician Program Recipients:

… Christopher Lewis, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, MI

GRCC In the News, 1-18-18

January 18, 2018

Agency releases list of 100 ‘Hot Jobs’ in West Michigan

Jan. 17, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

West Michigan Works! is reporting that the highest concentration of the region’s top 100 jobs are in the manufacturing and health sciences industries.

… One such partner is Grand Rapids Community College, or GRCC.

Lk. Mich. College Takes Two From Grand Rapids

Jan. 17, 2018; WSJM

Lake Michigan College held on for a 64-59 win over Grand Rapids Community College Wednesday night.

Bethel topples Taylor in road win

Jan. 18, 2018; South Bend Tribune (Ind.)

The Bethel Pilots (17-3, 6-2 Crossroads) had to dig themselves out of a double-digit hole to earn a road win over Taylor 73-67 in Upland, Ind. Tuesday night.

… Ancilla hosted Jackson Community College Wednesday night. The Chargers then host Grand Rapids Community College Saturday at 3 p.m.