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GRCC In the News, 6-19-17

June 19, 2017

City launches initiative for racial equity

June 16, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss promised in her 2016 State of the City address that she would focus on racial equity, and she intends to keep her word.

Bliss and Bill Pink, president of Grand Rapids Community College, sent out invitations this month calling for community leaders to join a group that will address racial disparities in the local workforce.

First class of GRPS Challenge Scholars aims for free college

June 16, 2017; therapidian.org

Francisco McKnight just finished his freshman year at Union High School, but he’s already thinking ahead to college. That’s due in large part to the fact that, as a Challenge Scholar, he’s guaranteed up to four years tuition-free at nearly 50 Michigan colleges if he keeps his grades and attendance up.

… Others in Union’s freshman class could qualify for up to two years tuition-free at Grand Rapids Community College under the program, which aims to help students from low-income families go to college. But all students still have three years left to qualify for the four-year award.

Delays help City Built find its niche

June 16, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

When Edwin Collazo and Dave Petroelje first announced City Built Brewing Co. in fall 2015, the brewing industry was a different beast.

… Collazo used to live, as a freshman at Grand Rapids Community College, in the Belknap Lookout area, and never imagined the Sackner Building, where the brewery is, would be the place he works.

Restaurant Week GR 2017 Returns with a New Twist

June 8, 2017; experiencegr.com

Mark your calendar and get ready to make your plans because Restaurant Week GR 2017 is only a couple of months away! Back for its eighth year, Restaurant Week GR delights diners as they try new restaurants as well as new dishes at old favorites. Now is the time to check out who’s participating.

… If you’re still not convinced that Restaurant Week GR is the best thing to hit your taste buds, here’s another reason to dine out. Each year, Restaurant Week GR partners with the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education Student Scholarship Fund at Grand Rapids Community College, donating $1 from each meal to the program. To date, Restaurant Week GR has contributed over $110,000 to its endowed scholarship fund, which benefits the future chefs of West Michigan.

GRCC In the News, 5-8-17

May 8, 2017

Change Ups: WMU Cooley Law School associate dean inducted into alumni ROTC Hall of Fame

May 5, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… AWARDS

Retired Col. Scott Haraburda is Grand Rapids Community College’s 2017 Distinguished Alumnus. Haraburda is a 1981 graduate from then Grand Rapids Junior College; chemistry professor Joe Hesse was named the college’s 2017 Emeritus Faculty; and president Dr. Steven C. Ender received the President Emeritus Award. Ender retired in April.

School district plans $17M renovation of high school

May 5, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local school district is planning to renovate a high school into a “center for college preparation and career technical education.”

… In a joint venture with Grand Rapids Community College, GRPS will launch its first Early Middle College program at the renovated Ottawa Hills High School.

GRBJ: Ferris programs help Latinos hone business skills

May 8, 2017 WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Throughout her 10 years in educational leadership and her work in the nonprofit sector, Lorena Aguayo-Marquez has worn many hats. Now, she wants to focus on the work that truly motivates her.

That’s why Aguayo-Marquez, program assistant for adult education programs at Grand Rapids Community College, signed up for the Latino Talent Initiative, a professional development program established in 2014 by the Latino Economic and Business Development Center (LEBDC) at Ferris State University.

GRCC Athlete Jeff Drake Todd

May 5, 2017; Grand Rapids Times

Jeff Todd is one of Grand Rapids Community College’s best basketball team players with a scoring average of 21.3 points per game as the Raiders combo point guard and shooting guard. In this interview with the GR Times, he talks about how he learned that grades come first the hard way, the influence of his parents on his college career, future plans and more.

Sinclair baseball edges Cuyahoga to win conference championship

5/7/17 Dayton Daily News (Ohio)

Sinclair split a doubleheader with Cuyahoga on Sunday to clinch the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference championship.

… The Tartan Pride travel to Grand Rapids Community College for a non-conference doubleheader on Monday.

Innovation Central, Montessori students’ 2017 prom a royal night

May 5, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Students from Grand Rapids Public Schools’ Innovation Central High School and Grand Rapids Montessori joined together for a royal night at their prom Friday, May 5.

The two schools — which are on the same campus — held their prom at Grand Rapids Community College’s Raider Grille. The theme was “where the royals meet.”

GRCC In the News, 5-2-17

May 2, 2017

Retired Steven Ender talks about his tenure at GRCC

May 1, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Steven Ender beamed with pride recently talking about his love for Grand Rapids Community College students, and how refreshing it was that they come without any sense of entitlement, but an understanding the experience will move them further ahead in their lives.

Celebrating Failure

May 1, 2017; Revue West Michigan

Failure is not a word that many people take lightly. It’s certainly not something many would like to admit they are dealing with or have experienced. And yet, a local business-turned-movement is celebrating five years of failure this month.

… Recently, the company (Failure: Lab) did a workshop with Dell, Inc. in Austin, Texas and finished up projects in New York and Florida. They have also facilitated workshops locally with Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University and businesses such as Steelcase and Herman Miller.

Photos from President Ender’s open house

April 26, 2017

Family, friends and colleagues turned out to share best wishes for President Ender during an open house on April 25.

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President Ender’s open house is today

April 25, 2017

The campus community is invited to celebrate with President Ender during a retirement open house on April 25. The open house runs 3-5 p.m. at The Heritage.

President Ender crouches down to talk to a little girl at the 100th anniversary community picnic.

April 25 Open house to honor President Ender

April 19, 2017

The campus community is invited to celebrate with President Ender during a retirement open house on April 25. The open house runs 3-5 p.m. at The Heritage.

President Ender talks from behind a lectern. A video screen next to him says: “Creating Connections. Grand Rapids Community College.”

GRCC In the News, 4-18-17

April 18, 2017

Retiring GRCC president awarded emeritus status

April 17, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College President Steven Ender, who will retire at the end of April, was awarded president emeritus status by the Board of Trustees in a unanimous vote on Monday, April 17.

Fewer students require remediation courses at Grand Rapids Community College

April 18, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Fewer Grand Rapids Community College students need developmental education or remedial classes, officials reported to the Board of Trustees Monday, April 17.

Four high school seniors earn Grandville-Jenison Chamber scholarships

April 17, 2017; MLive

Four area high school seniors who excel in academics, extracurricular activities and serving their communities are this year’s winners of the Grandville-Jenison Chamber of Commerce scholarships.

… Scott (Kremers) plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College and study hospitality and business management.

Open house honoring President Ender on April 25

April 17, 2017

The campus community is invited to celebrate with President Ender during a retirement open house on April 25.

President Ender started at GRCC in 2009. He also has served on the board of directors for The Right Place, Spectrum Health System, Talent 2025, YMCA, WMCAT, and Economics Club. He also serves on the Michigan Community College Association Executive, Legislative and Strategic Planning committees; the Kent County Collective Impact Initiative for Children and Families Committee; and the United Way Visioning Council.

Prior to GRCC, he was president of Westmoreland Community College in Youngwood, Penn. A Richmond, Va. native, he has spent more than 40 years working in higher education holding numerous teaching, counseling and administrative positions, as well as having published extensively in refereed journals and textbooks.

The open house runs 3-5 p.m. April 25 at The Heritage.

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GRCC In the News, 4-12-17

April 12, 2017

Kellogg Foundation to fund GR mayor’s racial equity project

April 11, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Battle Creek-based W.K. Kellogg Foundation has announced it will be providing a $300,000 grant for Mayor Rosalynn Bliss’ Racial Equity Initiative announced during her State of the City address last month.

… Bliss will be co-chairing the initiative with Bill Pink, incoming president and dean for workforce development at Grand Rapids Community College.

Finding Refuge: Ester Kamaliza

March 23, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Ester Kamaliza spent five years trying to get to America, another five years later– and she’s finally a U.S. citizen.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Ester Kamaliza is a GRCC student.)

Glen Oaks Golfers Finish Ninth

April 11, 2017; Three Rivers Commercial-News

GRAND RAPIDS — The Glen Oaks Community College men’s golf team opened its season with a ninth-place score of 370 in Monday’s Grand Rapids Community College Invite held at Egypt Valley.

GRCC In the News, 4-11-17

April 11, 2017

$300K grant to help fund racial equity push in GR

April 10, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids Community Colleges first African-American president will help lead a task force aimed at erasing racial disparities in Grand Rapids.

Meet Civic Investor Paola Mendivil: Champion of Grand Rapids, the Latina community

4/10/17 therapidian.org

Born and raised in Mexico City, Paola Mendivil came to Tijuana, Baja California when she was 12.

… But after graduating high school, Mendivil received a scholarship to attend Grand Rapids Community College. Although she may have doubted herself, she knew people were watching her and looking at her as an example. She knew friends that didn’t have the same opportunity that she did.

GRCC In the News, 4-3-17

April 3, 2017

Relatives pay tribute to man killed on highway trying to help friend

April 2, 2017; FOX 17

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. A man who police say was killed while merging too slowly onto US-131 last month has been laid to rest.

… (William) Wilson-Wade had just started working as a sales associate at AT&T and was a 2010 graduate of Forest Hills Central. He previously attended GRCC and Central Michigan University.

Change Ups: Gaddy is Women’s Resource Centers new CEO

March 31, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… EDUCATION

… Grand Rapids Community College teamed up with Kent Intermediate School District on Launch U, a tuition-free early college program. Students in the four-year Launch U program will graduate with a high school diploma and a GRCC associate degree in mechanical design, tooling and manufacturing technology, or industrial technology. Launch U was created in partnership with local school districts, GRCC and area manufacturing representatives.

Attracting talent will be focus of Summit Up! Event

April 3, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Summit Up! event in which more than a dozen business leaders will discuss methods of attracting, developing and retaining talent.

… Other speakers will include Jacob Maas, CEO of West Michigan Works!, Kevin Stotts, president of Talent 2025 and Bill Pink, incoming president of Grand Rapids Community College.

Inside Track: Putting his mark on Grand Rapids

March 32, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Isaac Norris finds similarities between his love of music and his work as an architect.

… Meeting an architect with the same skin color at a young age showed him becoming an architect was possible, so his interests growing up from drawing and painting to building model cars all made sense as he entered the working world. He received an associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College before venturing to the University of Detroit School of Architecture now called University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture for a bachelor’s degree.

Q&A: Michelle Urbane Theater Manager, GRCC’s Spectrum Theatre

March 31, 2017; Revue

The Spectrum Theater, located on Fountain Street in Grand Rapids Community College’s campus, houses four theater troupes and is always bustling with activity. Managing all that activity is Michelle Urbane, theater manager. On top of managing the box office, Urbane directs and performs in shows and can always be seen running from one place to the next, always with a big smile on her face.

Comprehensive Therapy Center CWC Awards Finalist

March 31, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Our next finalist for the Connecting with Community Awards is the Comprehensive Therapy Center.

… It started with a summer camp called Therapy and Fun, which meets three times a week during the summer, from June to August. This camp model allows therapists and volunteers to come together to provide dance, music, and reading to the children in the camp. Volunteers for the summer camp can be children as young as 5th graders. The camp recruits their volunteers from area middle and high schools, such as Kent Intermediate School District. They also have partnered with GVSU speech pathology graduate students, Davenport occupational program students, and the GRCC OT program to gain volunteers that can invest in their children.

Phi Theta Kappa holds induction ceremony

March 31, 2017

The Phi Theta Kappa chapter at GRCC, Alpha Upsilon Kappa, held its Induction Ceremony on March 28th, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., where 21 new members were inducted in person. This year along, 96 students joined PTK, and the chapter has reached five star status again. Dr. Ender was the keynote speaker and was inducted as an honorary member of our chapter. The executive board and advisors will attend the national convention, Catalyst, next week where Dr. Ender will be awarded the Michael Bennett Lifetime Achievement award. PTK is currently seeking applications for open executive board positions. Interested students should be directed to contact Erin Busscher at ebusscher@grcc.edu.

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SCHOLARfest raises record total

March 28, 2017

On Thursday, March 23, the GRCC Foundation held SCHOLARfest at DeVos Place, honoring Dr. Steven Ender and his wife, Karen.  The event was a tremendous success, with the largest guest attendance and the largest amount raised for a SCHOLARfest event to date! Total revenue brought in was $313,500!  Proceeds from this event will support student scholarships – with a portion of these proceeds permanently endowing a scholarship in the names of Dr. Steven and Karen Ender, ensuring that their legacy of student success will forever be part of GRCC!  If you would like to view the video from the event, here’s the video link, https://youtu.be/NPRthLJyRJ0

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GRCC In the News, 3-27-17

March 27, 2017

Dates Announced for 6th Annual GRandJazzFest

March 24, 2017; Broadway World Detroit

GRandJazzFest presented by DTE Energy Foundation returns to Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids, Mich., this August 19th and 20th, for the sixth annual festival. The popular family-friendly festival is West Michigan’s only free, weekend-long jazz festival.

… In addition to DTE Energy Foundation, the City of Grand Rapids, and GRAM, sponsors for the 2017 event to date include GR and Jazz, IntentPR, Gilmore Collection, Hilger Hammond, Amway Hotel Corporation, Experience Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Community College, Swift Printing, Corporate Live, Lake Michigan Credit Union, Matt Huizenga Video Production, Meijer, Steelcase, Rockford Construction, Kitchen67 and MoxieMen. Sponsorship opportunities are available at http://grandjazzfest.org/sponsors/.

Sens. Peters, Cassidy, Boozman, Franken And Reps. Polis & Reed Reintroduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation To Make College More Affordable & Accessible

March 24, 2017; publicnow.com (press release site)

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), John Boozman (R-AR) and Al Franken (D-MN), and U.S. Representatives Jared Polis (D-CO) and Tom Reed (R-NY) today announced they are reintroducing bipartisan, bicameral legislation to help make college more affordable and accessible by expanding opportunities for high school students to earn college credit. The Making Education Affordable and Accessible Act (MEAA) would improve access to higher education by providing grants to eligible institutions of higher learning to create dual and concurrent enrollment and early/middle college programs that allow high school students to earn college credits before their high school graduation.

… ‘This legislation will help motivated students customize their coursework to create the learning environment that works best for them,’ said Steven Ender, President of Grand Rapids Community College. ‘By introducing students to the academic expectations of college while still in high school, we can dramatically improve college preparedness and significantly boost graduation rates.’

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.