Partnership with Knickerbocker – New Holland brews support for scholarships

A photo of Dr. Pink and Fountain Hill Brewery members posing with a giant check written out to the GRCC Foundation.

GRCC is proud of its community partnerships! The craft brewing program of GRCC’s Secchia institute for Culinary Education teamed up with The Knickerbocker — New Holland Brewing in Grand Rapids and created a special brew – the appropriately named “Syllabus.” New Holland named the Secchia Institute the brewery’s Community Tap for November, with a portion of sales benefiting GRCC students. Last week, The Knickerbocker team presented President Bill Pink and Chef Werner Absenger, Secchia Institute for Culinary Education program director, a check for $1,000 for scholarships for students in the craft brewing program. They were joined by professors Jacob Brenner and Amanda Harper of the Fountain Hill Brewery.

GRCC Golden Raider Happy Hour happening this Thursday

Graphic that says "Happy Hour" in a mix of decorative fonts and colors.

The GRCC Golden Raider Happy Hour is back! The first happy hour was a great success and left everyone wanting more, so come connect with colleagues and friends, and throw a few bucks into the collection box for the Golden Raider Scholarship while you’re at it.

This Thursday, December 6, from 3-6 p.m. at Derby Station (2237 Wealthy St SE #130, East Grand Rapids, MI 49506)

  • Cash bar and food
  • Free parking in the ramp behind the restaurant

Folks who are planning on retiring are most welcome, and current retirees are welcome to bring friends!

If you have any questions, please contact Diane Sparks at (616) 690-0009 or Sparkle6045@gmail.com

Support GRCC Athletics scholarships at tomorrow’s Grand Rapids Drive basketball game

Logo for the Grand Rapids Drive basketball team. The team name is colored red and blue with a blue basketball graphic wrapped around the text and a red circle surrounding the image.

Scholarships are vitally import for so many GRCC students to have opportunities for an academic pathway leading to credits for transfer or degrees, or in-demand career skills. That includes our student athletes.

The Grand Rapids Drive basketball team is supporting GRCC and our student athletes with a special takeover night tomorrow (Friday), November 30. The game starts at 7 p.m.

Drive players that night will join the Raider Nation, wearing special jerseys highlighting GRCC Athletics.

Fans will also get a chance to participate in the Drive’s 50/50 ball toss taking place in between the third and fourth quarter. All jersey auction proceeds and half of the 50/50 pot will go toward GRCC athletic scholarships.
Tickets start at just $5 and can be purchased on the NBA Grand Rapids website or by calling the Drive’s front office at 844-GR-DRIVE.
All GRCC students, faculty, staff, and alumni can get a 20% discount on tickets for this game and others when purchased through the Drive website. To order your seats and get the discount:

  • Click on “Tickets.”
  • Select your game, section, and seat.
  • Change the “Price” option to “Group” and click “Add tickets.”
  • Type the promo code “GRCC” in the password box.

Come on out and support GRCC athletics and cheer on the Drive! The game starts at 7 p.m. and is at the DeltaPlex, 2500 Turner Ave. NW.

Scholarship opportunity for Police Academy, Criminal Justice, Education, and Healthcare students

Please tell your students:

The 2018-2019 Grand Rapids Community College Bragg, Harvard, MuhammadSmith (BHMS) Scholarship Application is open until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 11, 2019. This scholarship awards between one and three scholarships of $1000-$3000.

BHMS scholarships are intended for students who are either:

  1. In the GRCC Police Academy, or
  2. Enrolled in a GRCC degree, pathway, or program and planning to work in a public service career related to criminal justice, education, or healthcare.

Visit the Mursalata website for details and application link.

Today is #GivingTuesday at GRCC!

An image of GRCC faculty and staff spelling out the letters "GRCC" in the student plaza.  Underneath the image is text that reads, "Support GRCC Foundation on #GivingTuesday."

As you already know, today is Giving Tuesday, and we hope that you will join us in supporting the GRCC Foundation on this important day of national philanthropy.

You have many opportunities to give today, and you have probably received several emails already this morning asking you to give to various non-profits in our community. But, today, we hope that you consider giving right here at home, at GRCC, where 100% of your donation will be designated for student scholarships.

Scholarships are critical to the success of so many students on our campus. Scholarships remove barriers for students and they increase a student’s ability to persist, transfer, and complete. Students have told us that the scholarship they received meant that they didn’t have to work two or more jobs to pay for their tuition. The scholarship afforded them the opportunity to successfully balance work, family, and school. Scholarships offer hope for our students.

Please take a minute to watch the student testimonial videos below, and you will see and hear from our students how important this gift of education is, and specifically how GRCC transformed their lives and the lives of their families forever.

YouTube Links:
https://youtu.be/alOWMr3pXa4
https://youtu.be/H8ZnrkiBcTA
https://youtu.be/77x7B7t_7GA

No other institution of higher education in our community does this important work the way WE do it, so thank you for all you do for our students!

Please join us TODAY in transforming the lives of our students. Donating is easy – simply click Donate Now. And remember, 100% of your donation goes directly to student scholarships!

Photos from Spectrum Health scholarship event

On Monday, November 12, the GRCC Foundation celebrated with recipients of the Spectrum Health Care Professionals Education Scholarship.  We also celebrated the second year of the partnership between GRCC and Spectrum Health, which made these scholarships possible.  In just two years of this program, over $700,000 will have been awarded to sophomores in our Associate Degree Nursing, Practical Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Radiologic Technology, and Medical Assisting programs.   We are so thankful to Spectrum Health for providing this opportunity for our students.

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Recap: Teachers of Tomorrow Scholarship Dinner

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On October 17, the annual Teachers of Tomorrow Scholarship Dinner was held to honor 43 scholarship recipients who are pursuing careers in the field of Education. This year’s scholarship recipients are:

  • Adam Warners
  • Adriana Demaet
  • Alexandra Blair
  • Amanda Veldheer
  • Andrea Snow
  • Angelica Lopez
  • Averie Allen
  • Brianna Deward
  • Brittany Blair
  • Caleb Pols
  • Chelsie Galloway
  • Collin Rosendall
  • Ellianna Doorn
  • Emily Casarez
  • Haley Hartman
  • Jessie Webb
  • June Rayburn
  • Kareem Cruz
  • Katie Schumann
  • Kayla Assink
  • Kelsea Hector
  • Kendra Veldheer
  • Kimberly Averill
  • Leah Boerkoel
  • Lindsay Mersman
  • Mackenzie Scott
  • Mariah Rios
  • MaryEllen McCarthy
  • Matthew Spees
  • Rachel Walker
  • Raina Malley
  • Rodney Van Lagen
  • Ronnise Eubanks-Chambliss
  • Sabrina Burd
  • Sara Skalandis
  • Sara Westrate
  • Sarah Mckellar
  • Shelby Freeman
  • Stephanie Cronk
  • Sydnee Ellison
  • Sydney VandenHout
  • Torie Haner
  • Trevor Hodges

Sommer Jabbar, a former GRCC student, came to speak about her experiences in the program and working to succeed in the field today. We were also honored to have Dr. Pink and Provost Chesley in attendance to see the students honored. Thank you to all who helped make this event a success!

TRIO Power of Education fundraiser selling donuts and apples through Friday

Poster for Donut and apple sale. Poster text reads: “Power pf Education Foundation Fundraiser. Donuts and Apples Sale. 10/29/2018-11/2/2018. Locations from: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. October 29th: Main Building, Winchester Alley; Main Building, 4th Floor; Student Community Building, 1st Floor. October 30th: Main Building, 4th Floor; Student Community Building, 1st Floor; Science Building, 1st Floor. October 31st: Main Building, 4th Floor; Student Community Building, 1st Floor; Science Building, 1st Floor. November 1st: Main Building, Winchester Alley; Main Building, 4th Floor; Student Community Building, 1st Floor. November 2nd: Science Building, 1st Floor (9 a.m. to 11 a.m.). Help us reach our $600 goal. Help GRCC Trio students sponsor another year of tuition for a student through the Power of Education Foundation school in Fontamara, Haiti. 100% of proceeds will be used directly for sponsorship. Education: workbooks, textbooks, a uniform and other necessary supplies will be included. Meals: Nutritious daily meals while will be provided while at school. Future: It will create opportunities beyond the classroom by helping a child in need.”

TRIO SSS is picking up 30 dozen fresh donuts today, October 31, for our annual Power of Education Fundraiser.

Please help GRCC/TRIO students reach their goal of $600 for tuition to sponsor Samuel Duroseau, 6 years old, through the Power of Education Foundation school in Fontamara, Haiti.  100 % of Proceeds will be used directly for sponsorship.

We are accepting Pre-Orders for Wednesday, 10/31, for deliveries for an order of 1 dozen or more donuts or apples.  Call (616) 234-4150 to place your order.  Make sure you provide the contact name of the person who is making the purchase and the location of delivery.  Cash or check made out to the “Power of Education.”  You may also send your order via email to TRIOSSS@grcc.edu.

Golden Raider Retiree Happy Hour tomorrow afternoon

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The GRCC Golden Raider Retirees are hosting their first happy hour! Come connect with your colleagues and friends, and throw a few bucks in the collection box for the Golden Raider Scholarship.

When: Friday, October 19th, from 3-6 p.m.

Where: Derby Station (2237 Wealthy St SE #130, East Grand Rapids, MI 49506)

What else:

  • Cash bar and food.
  • Free parking in the ramp behind the restaurant.
  • Folks who are planning on retiring are most welcome.
  • Current retirees are welcome to bring friends.

Two Students Awarded with the GRCC Faculty and Staff Centennial Scholarship

The GRCC Faculty and Staff Centennial Scholarship was created by the employees of the college in honor of GRCC’s 100th year celebration. Currently, two awards are given each year: one to an incoming student and the other to a returning student that has earned at least 12 credits at GRCC. These scholarships are awarded based on scholastic achievement as well as extracurricular involvement and community service. Applicants are also asked to submit a short essay explaining why they feel they deserve the scholarship. The recipients are then selected by a cross-college committee made up of representatives from each of the various employee groups (Faculty, Meet & Confer, CEBA, APSS, and Campus Police).

We are pleased to announce and congratulate the 2018-19 scholarship recipients for the GRCC Faculty and Staff Centennial Scholarship: Carley Hume and Rodney Van Lagen. Both have been awarded $1,000! Rodney is studying to become a secondary school teacher with a major in mathematics and a minor in English. Carley is currently enrolled in the Dental Assisting program at GRCC and plans on starting the Dental Hygiene program next fall.

We are very grateful to all the faculty and staff who have helped make these scholarships possible for Carley and Rodney. We wish these students all the best in their academic endeavors.

Golden Raider Retiree Happy Hour next Friday afternoon

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The GRCC Golden Raider Retirees are hosting their first happy hour! Come connect with your colleagues and friends, and throw a few bucks in the collection box for the Golden Raider Scholarship.

When: Friday, October 19th, from 3-6 p.m.

Where: Derby Station (2237 Wealthy St SE #130, East Grand Rapids, MI 49506)

What else:

  • Cash bar and food.
  • Free parking in the ramp behind the restaurant.
  • Folks who are planning on retiring are most welcome.
  • Current retirees are welcome to bring friends.

Golden Raider Retiree Happy Hour: Friday, 10/19

Image that says "Friday Happy Hour" in hot pink and grey, with bubbles and a cartoon, olive-garnished martini.

The GRCC Golden Raider Retirees are hosting their first happy hour! Come connect with your colleagues and friends, and throw a few bucks in the collection box for the Golden Raider Scholarship.

When: Friday, October 19th, from 3-6 p.m.

Where: Derby Station (2237 Wealthy St SE #130, East Grand Rapids, MI 49506)

What else:

  • Cash bar and food.
  • Free parking in the ramp behind the restaurant.
  • Folks who are planning on retiring are most welcome.
  • Current retirees are welcome to bring friends.

Two HVAC Students Receive Scholarships

Ryan Nyland and Jeremiah Meendorp, both HVAC students here at GRCC, have received the illustrious Rees Scholarship, sponsored by the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI).

The Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation was established to assist with the recruitment and competency of future heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) technicians by awarding scholarships to qualified students who are enrolled in an institutionally accredited school.

Each year, the foundation awards scholarships of up to $2,000 to qualified students enrolled in an HVACR program at an accredited institution.

The HVAC Program here at GRCC is accredited through The Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, & Refrigeration Accreditation, located in Arlington, VA.

Congratulations to Ryan and Jeremiah!

GRCC In the News, 6-22-18

Restaurant Week is coming soon with something new

June 21, 2018; 100.5 FM

Restaurant Week Grand Rapids, (RWGR), announces a third Chef’s Choice option that will be available during the 12-day culinary event in the Greater Grand Rapids area from August 8 19, 2018.

… RWGR not only promotes the Greater Grand Rapids culinary scene, but also provides educational support through a scholarship fund for students at the Grand Rapids Community College Secchia Institute for Culinary Education. Since 2010, Restaurant Week participating restaurants and sponsors have contributed over $143,000 to the scholarship fund. Participating restaurants donate $1 for every Restaurant Week meal sold to the scholarship fund that is granted to selected students within the Institute’s culinary program.

Meet the 2018 Kalamazoo Gazette Baseball Dream Team

June 21, 2018; MLive

KALAMAZOO, MI – From strong seniors to freshman phenoms, the 2018 high school baseball landscape in the Kalamazoo-area featured a group of diverse and talented athletes.

… Dream Team Pitchers

… Trevor Patterson, Sr., Galesburg-Augusta

… The senior Grand Rapids Community College signee struck out 60 batters in 53 2/3 innings, while posting a 7-0 record, a 0.26 ERA and allowing 30 hits, nine walks and two earned runs.

… Dream Team Catchers

… Jimmy Wressel, Sr., Paw Paw

The senior Grand Rapids Community College signee earned first team all-conference and first team all-district honors after batting .426 with a .535 on-base percentage, while throwing out 36 percent of runners from behind the plate.

Architecture projects win statewide awards

Jun 21, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A group of local firms and projects recently won statewide awards from an association of architects.

… AIA Michigan also presented the Design Award to two Grand Rapids projects: Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory at Grand Rapids Community College won in the building category, and the Ford airport Viewing Pavilion won in the low budget/small project category.

GRCC student wins national scholarship

Congratulations to Juan Cisneros Sr, GRCC student and Adult Education ESL Program student worker, the recipient of the national MS Scholarship Foundation scholarship.

Juan Sr will receive $1,000 for college tuition and a beautiful engraved plaque.

Rick Szczepanski, Adult Education ESL Program Professional Tutor, finished his 18th year of offering scholarships through the Mary J. Szczepanski “Never Give Up” MS Scholarship Foundation.