GRCC In the News, 2-5-18

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

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

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

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

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.

 

GRCC In the News, 1-17-18

Grand Rapids School Board applying to offer tuition-free pathway to college

Jan. 16, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids School Board passed a resolution Tuesday, Jan. 16, to apply to the Michigan Department of Treasury to become a Promise Zone to offer students free college tuition.

… However, community stakeholders were present, including Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink; 3rd Ward City Commissioner Senita Lenear; and Michele Suchovsky, executive director of the Student Advancement Foundation, the district’s strategic fundraising partner.

Democrat to challenge Jim Lilly for 89th House District seat

Jan. 17, 2018; The Holland Sentinel

Jerry Sias, a Democratic candidate running for Michigan’s 89th House District seat in 2018, said he wants to represent the people — specifically the working and middle class people.

… He then learned the electrical trade, attended Grand Rapids Community College and worked as a union foreman.

GRCC In the News, 1-12-18

GRCC Players will re-create the Reagan era

Jan. 11, 2018; The Holland Sentinel

The GRCC Players will re-create the Reagan era in “This Is Our Youth” by Kenneth Lonergan.

Colleges, Urban League hosting Martin Luther King Jr. Day events in West Michigan

Jan. 11, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – West Michigan colleges and universities will host a series of events Monday, Jan. 15, as the nation pauses to pay tribute to slain civil rights leader, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

… Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University and Davenport University are collaborating on an annual event in recognition of King’s legacy beginning at 6 p.m. Monday at Fountain Street Church.

Cajun dinner, dance FUNdraiser at LACA Feb. 10

Jan. 11, 2018; Ludington Daily News

Join the Ludington Area Center as it celebrates Mardi Gras Saturday, Feb. 10 with a Cajun dinner and dance fundraiser. This second annual event will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. in LACA’s main gallery, 107 S. Harrison St., in Ludington, and will feature authentic Creole appetizers and buffet dinner, Cajun dance instruction and live Cajun music.

… Chef Barry Sherlock has designed this year’s menu and will be cooking up his great ideas. Sherlock is a graduate of the Culinary Arts Institute at Grand Rapids Community College. He has owned and operated a restaurant, catered privately and volunteered his culinary expertise extensively in the local community. Sherlock currently serves as the dietary supervisor at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital.

The Right Place names board members

Jan. 11, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local economic development agency has named its new board members for 2018.

… New appointments

… Bill Pink, Ph.D., president, Grand Rapids Community College

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra presents Spring Trio Sunday

Jan. 12, 2018; Petoskey News

HARBOR SPRINGS — The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestras Sunday Recital Series begins its 2018 season at 4 p.m. Sunday with a String Trio performing at the Harbor Springs Presbyterian Church.

… (Libor) Ondras is currently preparing for the European Tour with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra and his residency at the Bay View Music Festival of Petoskey (Summer 2017). Ondras also serves as a director of orchestras, string specialist, and assistant professor at Grand Rapids Community College.

Dominic Dorsey to head SIUE Disability Support Services

Jan. 11, 2018; The Telegraph (Alton, Ill.)

EDWARDSVILLE — Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Jeffrey Waple, PhD, has announced Dominic Dorsey as director of Disability Support Services. Dorsey will assume his new responsibilities on Monday, Jan. 29.

… After four years at IUPUI, Dorsey became director of accessibility at Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College in 2013 before returning to IUPUI in 2014.

 

GRCC In the News, 11-13-17

Q&A: Dr. Bill Pink, President of Grand Rapids Community College

Nov. 12, 2017; mibiz.com

Dr. Bill Pink is Grand Rapids Community College’s 10th president, replacing Dr. Steven Ender who retired in May. Pink has been with GRCC since 2015, having served as the college’s vice president and dean of workforce development. Prior to GRCC, Pink was vice president of academic affairs at Oklahoma State University. An educator for 25 years, Pink’s background includes an associate degree from York College in Nebraska, a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Christian University, a master’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma and a doctorate from the University of Oklahoma. Pink spoke with MiBiz about the need for GRCC to stay relevant for employers and how the college is designing courses to make that a reality.

Arts briefs 11/13/17

11/13/17 The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

‘My Life as a Zucchini’ film showing

As part of the Tournées French Film Festival, Grand Valley State University, in conjunction with Grand Rapids Community College and their respective French sections, will be co-presenting the film “My Life as a Zucchini,” or “Ma vie de courgette.” The showing will be held on GVSU’s Pew Campus in the DeVos Centers Loosemore Auditorium on Wednesday, Nov. 15, starting at 7 p.m.

Comerciantes y residentes de la avenida S Division se reúnen para discutir el futuro de zona comercial

Nov. 10, 2017; El Vocero

Representantes de la Ciudad de Grand Rapids, de organizaciones de desarrollo urbano y líderes de organizaciones sociales encabezaron la reunión.

… Los dirigentes participantes fueron, Mariano Ávila del WGVU, Jeremy DeRoo, de LINC UP, el comisionado de la ciudad Joe Jone, Tamben Bustance del GRCC woodrick centery Sergio Cira Reyes del Urban Core Colletive.

(Representatives of the City of Grand Rapids, urban development organizations and leaders of social organizations led the meeting.

… The participating leaders were: Mariano Ávila from WGVU, Jeremy DeRoo from LINC UP, City Commissioner Joe Jone, Tamben Bustance from GRCC Woodrick Center and Sergio Cira Reyes from Urban Core Colletive.)

GRCC In the News, 10-2-17

New GRCC president pledges to be relevant and responsive

Sept. 30, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College will be relevant and responsive to its students and the community, President Bill Pink stressed Friday, Sept. 29, in his investiture address.

Spotlight on Sally Brown

Oct. 1, 2017; OR Today Magazine

Medical surgical nurse Sally Brown got her start in the field as a teen, working as an aide at the Beacon Light nursing home in Marne, Michigan. Although she later held office and factory jobs, a love of caring for those in need returned her to Beacon Light as an adult. When her supervisor there inspired her to pursue her associates degree, Brown attended Grand Rapids Community College en route to becoming an RN. She had married and welcomed her first daughter, Tricia, by then, and ended up having her second, Kelly, while still in school.

Dominga Lucas-Pérez: Raising up indigenous voices of persistence on Grandville Avenue

Sept. 28, 2017; rapidgrowthmedia.com

When asked how to spell her name correctly, Dominga Lucas-Pérez proudly pulls out her Grand Rapids Public School Volunteer badge from her knitted purse. She carries the badge with pride. She explains she has earned the badge after Liliana’s first day in Kindergarten. To her, this badge is a sign that she belongs to the Grandville Avenue community.

… Domingo Hernández-Gómez, the Director of the Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion at Grand Rapids Community College, explains that there is perceived negativity around speaking an indigenous language. Hernández-Gómez’s primary language is Tzeltal, a Mayan language spoken in five countries of Central America. Hernández-Gómez spoke Tzeltal until he was eleven years old when he was exposed to Spanish in school.

News briefs 10/2/17

Oct. 1, 2017; The Lanthorn (Grand Valley State University’s student newspaper)

… Health forum series to focus on health care jobs

The monthly Health Forum of West Michigan series will host its first event of the year, “The Health Care Talent Pipeline,” with a panel discussion focusing on the supply and demand of health care jobs, as well as how higher education institutions are moving to accommodate industry employees and employers.

… The panelists include Laurie Chelsey, provost of Grand Rapids Community College, and Maria Cimitile, provost and executive vice president for academic and student affairs at Grand Valley State University. Jean Nagelkerk, GVSU vice provost for health, will serve as moderator.

Harbin joins women’s basketball staff

Sept. 30, 2017; purpleeagles.com (Niagara University Athletics website)

NIAGARA UNIV., N.Y. — Niagara University women’s basketball head coach Jada Pierce announced the hiring of Lester Harbin as an assistant coach. Harbin brings over 10 years of NCAA coaching experience on the men’s and women’s sides.

… Harbin played at Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Mich. from 1997-99, where he led the team in blocked shots, rebounds and field goal percentage. He then played one season (1999-2000) at the University of North Alabama and played his final year (2003-04) at Lees-McRae College.

Jayhawks volleyball squad improves to 9-1 in league play, defeats Lansing Community College

Sept. 29, 2017; Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

The Muskegon Community College volleyball squad defeated Lansing Community College 3-0 on Thursday.

… MCC is now 11-13 on the season and 9-1 in league play, good for second place behind unbeaten Grand Rapids Community College.