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Governor, U.S. Secretary of Labor visit GRCC

August 22, 2017

U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta joined Gov. Rick Snyder at Grand Rapids Community College on Monday, where they discussed the importance of apprenticeships before touring the third and fourth floors of the college’s Peter and Pat Cook Academic Hall. The visit comes as part of a series of tours that Snyder and Acosta are conducting focused on manufacturing and medical apprenticeships.

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Photos from Grillin’ with Bill

August 21, 2017

President Pink and his wife, Lori, hosted their very first ‘Grillin’ with Bill’ event on Friday, August 21st, on the Heritage Terrace.

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GRCC In the News, 8-15-17

August 15, 2017

Race initiative leader: Lack of progress exposed

Aug. 14, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — West Michigan groups focused on equality are speaking out as racially-charged protests continue in Charlottesville, Virginia.

… “It was something we saw that we did not want to look at,” Dr. Bill Pink, co-chair of the new initiative and president of Grand Rapids Community College, said of racism. “It was ugly. We want to believe that we’re beyond that.”

Chamber announces ATHENA winner

Aug. 10, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local chamber of commerce has selected a health insurance executive as the recipient of its annual award geared toward women in leadership roles.

… The other 2017 ATHENA Award finalists were Lori Burgess, executive director Kent County Girls on the Run; Carol Van Andel, executive director of the David and Carol Van Andel Foundation; Nkechy Ekere Ezeh, CEO of Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative; and Christy Buck, executive director of the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan.

… 2017 ATHENA Young Professional Award finalists

… Lorena Aguayo-Marquez, DGRI

… Alyssa Veneklase, Gold Coast Doulas LLC

(Lorena Aguayo-Marquez works in Academic Outreach; Nkechy Ekere Ezeh and Alyssa Veneklase are GRCC alumnae.)

GRCC In the News, 7-26-17

July 26, 2017

GR race initiative’s goals: Education, jobs

July 24, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Several months after the July 1967 race riot devastated parts of Grand Rapids, a report listed a dozen challenges the city’s blacks faced.

… Fifty years later, Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink is struck by how much of that list still applies.

Curious Kids’ living roof to get its own sign

July 25, 2017; The Herald-Palladium (St. Joseph)

ST. JOSEPH — When you have an attraction as unique as the living green roof at the Curious Kids Discovery Zone, a lot of questions are bound to crop up.

… “We are in very select company to have a green roof on a commercial building,” said Lori Marciniak, executive director of Curious Kids Museum. It is one of only five in Michigan, with other locations including a Ford truck assembly plant in Dearborn, Grand Rapids Community College and businesses in Traverse City and Holland, she said.

 

GRCC In the News, 7-21-17

July 21, 2017

United Way names board of directors

July 20, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Heart of West Michigan United Way has appointed its 2017-2018 board of directors.

… First-term board members

Bill Pink, president, Grand Rapids Community College

GRCC In the News, 7-20-17

July 20, 2017

Guilty verdict in murder near GRCC parking ramp

July 19, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A jury has convicted a man guilty of stabbing and killing a woman in an apparently random attack on Grand Rapids Community College’s campus last year.

50 years after Grand Rapids riot, city officials focus on racial equity

July 19, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Some racial divides in Grand Rapids have changed little since 1967.

… This February at her second state of the city speech, (Mayor Rosalynn) Bliss announced a racial equity initiative. She is putting together a group led by her and Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink. They will start meeting this October to come up with a plan for intentional changes to address economic disparities in African American and Hispanic communities in the city.

Restaurant Week Grand Rapids 2017 Goes out to Lunch

July 19, 2017; experiencegr.com

Restaurant Week GR gives diners a chance to explore local cuisine with unique and tasty choices at great prices on August 9 20. Thanks to the addition of lunch this year, you can close your kitchen and discover great food at over 70 area restaurants throughout the Greater Grand Rapids area.

… Restaurant Week GR isn’t just about feeding hungry customers. Did you know $1 from every meal sold goes toward the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education Student Scholarship Fund at Grand Rapids Community College? Since the launch of Restaurant Week GR in 2010, the fund has received over $110,000 in donations that directly benefit future chefs. This means every Restaurant Week GR meal not only supports local chefs, but you also support the future of Grand Rapids’ culinary landscape.

GRCC In the News, 7-3-17

July 3, 2017

Movement with a Message: DanceSpire offers hope while cutting a rug

June 30, 2017; Revue

Deavondre Jones just wants to do two things: Dance and inspire others. With DanceSpire, the 23-year-old is doing just that, combining motivational speaking and dance routines to reach high-school and college students around the state.

… Now, after attending Grand Rapids Community College and Columbia College in Chicago, Jones is on a path to make his younger self proud with DanceSpire. We talked with Jones about where it all started and how he got to where he is today.

Gov. Rick Snyder makes appointments, reappointment to the Midwestern Higher Education Compact

June 30, 2017; michigan.gov (state press release)

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Dr. Bill Pink of Ada and Tyler Sawher of Lansing, as well as the reappointment of David Eisler of Big Rapids to the Midwestern Higher Education Compact.

… Pink is the president of Grand Rapids Community College. He previously served as the vice president of Oklahoma State University and the associate dean of the University of Central Oklahoma. Pink holds an associate degree from York College, a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Christian University, a master’s degree in secondary education from the University of Central Oklahoma, and a doctorate in curriculum and leadership from the University of Oklahoma. He will represent members at large and fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Stephen Ender.

Inside Track: The ultimate team player

June 30, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

When Chris Sain Jr. was a kid growing up in southeast Grand Rapids, sports weren’t just his hobby — they were his way to stay out of a life of crime, or worse, a life cut short.

…. So Sain moved back home and took a job with GRCC, where he now works as coordinator of student retention, in tandem with his work building Grand C.I.T.Y.

Jubilee celebrates its tenants, Study Hall

June 30, 2017; The Holland Sentinel

There were two reasons to celebrate at Jubilee Ministries this week: the completion of the renovations to the Study Hall and the tenants that fill the Midtown Center.

… Others sharing the three floors of the building are Lakeshore Non-Profit Alliance, Latin Americans United For Progress, Destination Education, Development Strategies, Grand Rapids Community College, Higher Ground Foundation, Holland Community Chorale, Jubilee Ministries, Midtown Counseling, Taking Root Ministries, Young Life, Brownson Properties and Zeeland/Holland Adult Education.

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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