GRCC In the News, 8-16-19

CEO Spotlight with Dr. Bill Pink, President of GRCC


(Radio interview with President Pink.)

10 Things to Do This Weekend

Aug. 15, 2019; WGRD

Restaurant Week GR continues through the weekend. We have a Greek Festival, a Block Party, Find Your Roots, Catch a Baseball Game, Go ORVing for Free, Enjoy some Comedy, Visit the Princesses at the Zoo, Catch some Jazz Music, and Swim with your Dog! You are going to have a busy weekend!

… 1. Restaurant Week GR

Various Locations around Grand Rapids, MI

Runs through Sunday, August 18th, 2019

Cost: Varies

Restaurant Week GR is your chance to Taste the City! Savor specially priced lunches, dinners or both at 70+ area restaurants. Each restaurant will create a special menu highlighting fresh, local ingredients for the event. Restaurant Week GR has provided over $150,000 to students through an endowed scholarship fund at the Grand Rapids Community College Secchia Institute for Culinary Education. Participating locations donate $1 for every Restaurant Week GR meal sold.

GRCC In the News, 8-9-17

Restaurant Week Grand Rapids begins now!
8/9/17 WZZM13
GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – If you’ve ever needed an excuse to try a new restaurant, or an old favorite, Restaurant Week Grand Rapids is it!
…Restaurants donate $1 from each meal sold to the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education Student Scholarship Fund at Grand Rapids Community College. Reservations are available for select locations!

Battle looms over Perkins loans
8/8/17 Politico
BATTLE OVER PERKINS LOANS LOOMS AHEAD: Two years after Congress let the federal Perkins loan program expire and then revived it two-and-half-months later lawmakers face another looming deadline over how to deal with the decades-old program. The program, under which more than 315,000 students received low-interest loans based on financial need in the past fiscal year, is slated to expire on Sept. 30 unless Congress acts.
… The new data comes as the Trump administration tries to shift the focus from traditional four-year paths for higher education. “I think we should be emphasizing the multitude of pathways to higher education, recognizing and acknowledging that we have many different kinds of students, many different personalities,” DeVos said last week after touring several programs offered at Grand Rapids Community College, according to the Detroit Free Press. “I’ve heard from many students who have originally pursued a four-year college or university program only to find out that they didn’t like sitting at a desk job. We need to not only support and encourage those opportunities, but to also make sure students know about the multitude of options.”

The Public Schools Near DeVos’ Hometown Are Doing Great
8/8/17 Real Clear Education
Betsy DeVos was back in western Michigan last week. It was her first public visit to the area where she grew up since being named education secretary. She visited a science-focused summer learning program and Grand Rapids Community College, and she met privately with superintendents from across the state.

Grand Rapids Public Schools’ Parent University to host screenings of American Divided
8/8/17 The Rapidian
On Wednesday, June 28, over 600 people gathered at Celebration Cinema South to watch two screenings of America Divided, a film series that explores some of America’s thorniest issuescriminal justice, housing equity, education, immigration, voting rights, labor, Flint’s water crisisby telling the stories of the people who get caught on those thorns.
…Dr. Andre Fields, counselor at Grand Rapids Community College, spoke about shared responsibility for the situation Grand Rapids finds itself in as the second worst city in the nation for African Americans. He said, “White people have downloaded a superiority complex. Until they unlearn that superiority, they’ll have a hard time having racial empathy. On the black side, we have to unlearn that internal sense that I can’t overcome racism and build the life that I want. We have to take responsibility for our homes, our churches, our neighborhoods.”

8/8/17 GR Magazine
Breakout your comfy pants, Restaurant Week kicks off on Wednesday.
…Restaurant Week benefits the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education Student Scholarship Fund at Grand Rapids Community College, with $1 from each meal sold donated to the fund.


GRCC In the News, 6-22-16

GRCC supports job creation by local employers with training
6/20/16 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College has entered into its 12th Michigan New Jobs Training Program agreement, providing local companies assistance that ranges from highly specialized and customized training to basic skill development for new jobs.


Mike Steele named pitching coach at Wichita State
6/21/16 KSN-TV
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Mike Steele has been named the pitching coach for the Wichita State baseball program.
…Steele played collegiately for two seasons at Central Michigan University after spending his freshman year at St. Clair County Community College and his sophomore season at Grand Rapids Community College.


Restaurant Week Grand Rapids a dining delight in August
Restaurant Week Grand Rapids (RWGR) announced yesterday that over 50 restaurants, including 10 new participants, in the Greater Grand Rapids Area will take part in the 12- day culinary event from August 10 – 21, 2016.
…RWGR not only promotes the Greater Grand Rapids culinary scene, but also helps The Secchia Institute for Culinary Education students with educational support.

Photos: Restaurant Week GR Kicks Off at GRCC’s Heritage Restaurant


Grand Rapids set out to earn the designation “Yum City” last night with the kick-off of “Restaurant Week GR,” an event that aims to fill up Grand Rapids’ diverse slate of restaurants with diners by offering reasonably-priced $20.10 three-course meals.  Even better, a dollar of every special menu item goes to a scholarship fund to help students attending GRCC’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.  Click here for a full gallery of photos…

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