Posted tagged ‘Secchia Institute for Culinary Education’

GRCC In the News, 10-13-17

October 13, 2017

Wyoming schools wants to bring learning into 21st century with bond

Oct. 12, 2017; MLive

WYOMING, MI – Thirty-five years ago, Wyoming Public Schools Superintendent Thomas Reeder says he was a student in the district and the buildings have not changed, but the kids are going to very different jobs.

… The additional space will also benefit its Middle College program. Since 2009, students who commit to five years of high school can earn a diploma and an associate’s degree through a partnership with Grand Rapids Community College. Wyoming has about 200 kids enrolled and will graduate its third class this spring.

Successful Restaurant Week Supports Culinary Education Scholarships

Oct. 12, 2017; 100.5 FM

It was a super successful Restaurant Week in Grand Rapids this past August. So successful that with each of the 70+ participating restaurants donating $1 for each meal sold, a check for $16,200 was presented to the GRCC Foundation this year growing the donation to $143,106 for the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education (SICE) Student Scholarship Fund at GRCC.

AMBA names scholarship winners

Oct. 12, 2017; Plastics News

Indianapolis — The American Mold Builders Association has named winners of its 2017 scholarships, which has awarded more than $270,000 nationally since AMBA started the program in 1991.

… The 2017 National Scholarship Program has awarded $1,000 to the following recipients:

… James Worst, Paragon D&E, attending Grand Rapids Community College.

Jayhawks volleyball fights hard but falls to nationally ranked Grand Rapids on Tuesday

Oct. 12, 2017; Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

The Muskegon Community College volleyball team traveled to number three in the nation Grand Rapids Community College on Tuesday.

 

GRCC In the News, 10-5-17

October 5, 2017

GVSU to host forum on supply, demand of health care jobs
10/4/17  Grand Valley Lanthorn
Grand Valley State University’s Office of the Vice Provost for Health is hosting The Health Care Talent Pipeline, a panel discussion on the supply and demand of jobs in the health care industry and how higher education institutes can meet the needs of employers and employees in the field.
… The panelists include Norman Beauchamp, dean of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine; Laurie Chelsey, provost of Grand Rapids Community College; Pamela Ries, senior vice president and chief human resources officer for Spectrum Health; Wanda Stokes, director of the Talent Investment Agency for the state of Michigan; and Maria Cimitile, GVSU provost and executive vice president for academic and student affairs.

The 30 Best Culinary Schools
10/3/17  TheBestSchools.org
Plenty of us enjoy cooking, but few take it to the professional level. For those who choose to go pro, the culinary industry presents a large job market with lots different options for employment and specialization, as well as mobility. However, while getting into the industry might not be difficult (there is always a need for dish washers and table bussers), working your way up to head chef or restaurant owner isn’t such a clear path.
… 18. Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College (Grand Rapids, Michigan)  The Secchia Institute for Culinary Education is part of Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC), a public, not-for profit institution.
TheBestSchools.org Releases Its Ranking of Best Culinary Schools
10/4/17  WTOC.com
TheBestSchools.org, a leading online publication for ranking schools and degree programs, has now published its ranking of “The 30 Best Culinary Schools.”
… Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, Michigan

 

 

GRCC In the News, 10-4-17

October 4, 2017

Why Spectrum Health is teaching doctors about nutrition, cooking

Oct. 3, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – In the bustling kitchen at the Downtown Market, Jenna Slaughter placed broccoli florets dipped in eggs and dusted in panko breadcrumbs on a sheet pan to bake Tuesday, Oct 3.

… Spectrum teamed up with Grand Rapids Community College to offer the new initiative that includes lectures and hands-on cooking classes. (Dr. Kristi) Artz teaches the class with Werner Absenger, chef and program director of GRCC’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Medicine and Krista Gast, a registered dietician.

‘End of Watch’ GRCC recruit class honors fallen trooper with shadowbox

Oct. 3, 2017; The Rockford Squire

The American flag that was presented to the family of Trooper Timothy O’Neill at his funeral was displayed in a beautiful, handcrafted shadowbox displaying his name, title and the date of his death.

… The brief but heartbreaking engraving and the creation of the shadowbox was done by members of the Grand Rapids Community College’s current recruit class and presented at the Rockford State Police Post Monday, September 25. That day was the visitation for the trooper who died the previous Wednesday after a motorcycle crash while on duty.

OJT Spotlight: Jamie Wellet

Oct. 3, 2017; The Daily Reporter (Coldwater)

Jamie Wellet is a senior at Coldwater High School and enrolled in Business, Management & Marketing Technologies Program. Her OJT placement is the Images, Etc. Manager at the Branch Area Careers Center under the supervision of Miranda Townsend. As Manager, Jamie is responsible for screen printing, using sublimation, and embroidering apparel.

… Jamie’s plans to play volleyball at Grand Rapids Community College while she studies business and math after high school graduation. She is undecided about her future career. Jamie enjoys hanging out with friends, watching movies, and playing volleyball in her spare time.

Stantec Architecture earns two Celebration of Architecture awards from AIA Detroit

Oct. 3, 2017; stantec.com

Stantec Architecture received two Celebration of Architecture awards from the American Institute of Architects Detroit (AIA Detroit.) The Genesee Career Institute in Flint, Michigan, and the Early Childhood Learning Laboratory in Grand Rapids, Michigan, earned two of the four awards in the New Building category.

Heritage is award finalist

September 29, 2017

Congratulations to The Heritage Restaurant, which is a finalist for the 2018 Celebrated Service Award!

Entries to WGVU kids’ recipe contest due October 2

September 12, 2017

GRCC is sponsoring WGVU KidsFare: A Healthy Recipe Challenge for kids in grades K-6!

Winners will participate in a live cookoff in the SICE kitchens. Kids need to submit their own healthy recipes to WGVU by October 2.

PBS WGVU KidsFare A Healthy Recipe Challenge. Presented by Priority Health. Submit your own original healthy recipe to WGVU by October 2. For entry, rules and information, go to wgvu.org/kidsrecipe . Priority Health. Meijer. GRCC Secchia Institute for Culinary Education. WGVU Engage Health. Spectrum Health.

GRCC In the News, 9-11-17

September 11, 2017

New Kingma’s Market features locally-grown, culinary fare

Sept. 10, 2017; MLive

ADA, MI — For longtime grocer Alan Hartline, the fun of opening of Kingma’s Market second store has been working with a blank slate.

… His oldest son, Andrew, 19, now works at the stores while attending classes at Grand Rapids Community College. He plans to earn a degree in Western Michigan University’s lauded food merchandising program, and help his dad grow the Kingma’s brand.

Travis Pest Control keeps work all in the family

Sept. 8, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

For the past six decades, not even the smallest nuisance has escaped the Travis family’s notice.

… James Travis Sr. attended Grand Rapids Junior College (now Grand Rapids Community College), then transferred to the University of Michigan, where he earned a degree in entomology the study of insects.

3 square miles of art: Grand Rapids, Mich., hosts annual competition

Sept. 10, 2017; Kenosha News (Wis.)

Grand Rapids, Michigan’s second-largest city, finds unusual ways to gain attention. It has produced high-quality furniture for more than a century. It is a nationwide leader in environmental sustainability.

On the city’s Beer City Ale Trail are at least 60 microbreweries, including Brewery Vivant, in a former funeral home. Grand Rapids brews so much beer that its community college one year ago opened Fountain Hill Brewery and Peters Pub on campus, the nation’s first such business owned by a college and operated by students who study craft brewing there.

America, Meet Your New Pastry Olympians

Sept. 9, 2017; huffingtonpost.com

If you love dessert competitions, then you need to know about the Pastry World Cup. Founded in 1988 by Gabriel Paillasson, the Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie is held every two years in Lyon, France, and is considered the most challenging and prestigious competition in the world.

The team is made up of three pastry chefs assuming different roles: one sugar artist, one chocolate artist, and an ice sculptor, and the members of team USA, our pastry Olympians, were just selected after an intense two-day trial at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College, where six talented pastry chefs battled toque to toque for the chocolate and sugar positions.

GVSU student senate releases DACA statement

Sept. 10, 2017; The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

The Grand Valley State University student senate spent nearly an hour at its general assembly Thursday, Sept. 7, amending and approving a statement to be released in support of students affected by the announcement of the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

… Before the meeting closed, one student stood to speak during the public comment period. Beau Vansolkema, a social work major who transferred from Grand Rapids Community College, began by identifying himself as a transgender student.

GRCC In the News, 9-6-17

September 6, 2017

DACA ending, student unsure of his future in West Michigan

Sept. 5, 2017; MLive

With his first day of college classes tomorrow, Kevin Vazquez is also worried he could soon lose his ability to legally work, drive and continue as a contributing resident of the United States.

… Classes begin Wednesday at Western Michigan University for the recent Grand Rapids Community College graduate. That major turning point in Vazquez’s life comes just one day after another.

Hundreds march through downtown Grand Rapids to protest end of DACA

Sept. 5, 2017; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Rallies were held across the country on Tuesday after the announcement of the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. That included West Michigan, where hundreds of people marched through downtown Grand Rapids to protest the Trump administration’s decision. The program shields from deportation hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children.

… “Thanks to DACA I was able to work, which means I was able to pay for my school,” said (Juan) Mascorro-Guerrero. “I started at GRCC, then transferred to Grand Valley State University.”

Renowned chef teaches students art of running a kitchen

Sept. 5, 2017; Niles Daily Star

Across Berrien County students are packing up their backpacks and returning to class following summer break. This year, Lake Michigan College students attending courses at the Bertrand Crossing Campus in Niles will have several new classes and lab features to look forward to utilizing this semester.

… (Luis) Amado’s passion for culinary arts was fed by his work in the kitchen. Growing up in Guadalajara, Mexico, Amado was inspired by his father and grandfather’s cooking. In addition to working in his grandfather’s pastry shop, Amado worked as a saucier at the Hyatt Regency in Guadalajara, where he ended up meeting Chef Carl Butenas, who was instructor at Grand Rapids Community College. Butenas offered to sponsor Amado in America, where he would go on to earn a scholarship to study in the culinary arts program at Grand Rapids Community College.

Call for entries for Elkhart Juried Regional

Sept. 2, 2017; The Michigan City News-Dispatch

La PORTE COUNTY — The Midwest Museum of American Art is pleased to announce a call for entries to the 39th Elkhart Juried Regional Art Exhibition, Oct. 7 through Dec. 3.

… Awards for 2017 are more than $27,000 and will be selected by the jurors and Purchase Award patrons. The distinguished jurors for this exhibition will be Nick Antonakis, Head of the Art Department, Grand Rapids Community College, and Bill Hosterman, Associate Professor, Art Department, Grand Valley State University, Michigan.

Local Roundup: CVCC volleyball falls to top teams at Owens Invitational

Sept. 6, 2017; Hickory Record (N.C.)

HICKORY — The No. 4 Red Hawks suffered defeats against three of the top teams in the country this past weekend, according to a press release from CVCC.

… On Saturday, the Red Hawks fell to No. 13 Grand Rapids Community College and No. 16 Illinois Central College, each by a 3-1 score line.

Khale Showers fills quarterback role for Rockford defense

Sept. 5, 2017; MLive

ROCKFORD — When it comes to being a quarterback for a defense, Rockford senior Khale Showers has plenty of experience.

… Khale’s two older sisters are also athletic, as older sister Karliane played softball at Grand Rapids Community College and Brehanna is a gymnast at the University of Oklahoma.

Photos from ‘Growing Community’ fundraiser

September 6, 2017

Last week’s event featuring author and award-winning chef Rick Bayless raised $18,000 for Secchia Institute of Culinary Education scholarships.

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Event featuring chef Rick Bayless raises $18,000 for scholarships

September 5, 2017

On Thursday, August 31, the GRCC Foundation and Secchia Institute of Culinary Education partnered with Beacon Hill to bring author and award-winning chef Rick Bayless to Grand Rapids.  Rick engaged in conversation with guests that focused on the importance of food in building community.   This one-of-a-kind interactive dining experience fundraiser allowed guests to view and experience the GRCC Fountain Hill Brewery and the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.  Guests were entertained during dinner by a discussion of panelists including Rick Bayless and the following local area chefs who prepared a gourmet meal

  • Chef Adam Watts of NOCO
  • Jay Sharkey, Corporate Chef Whirlpool/Creative Dining
  • Chef Austin Gresham, Spring Lake Country Club
  • Chef Andrew Eggert American Culinary Federation Grand Rapids Chapter/Eggert Culinary Innovations
  • Chef de Cuisine Keith Bryant six.one.six, JW Marriott
  • Executive Pastry Chef Doug Orr, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

Also, St. Julian Wine Company featured their premium wine brand for the evening and Ferris Coffee and Nut provided the wonderful coffee.

The event raised $18,000 for GRCC’s Secchia Institute of Culinary Education culinary and craft brewing student scholarships.

Culinary students to meet chef Rick Bayless

August 30, 2017
Rick Bayless

Rick Bayless

Culinary students will meet with award-winning chef and author Rick Bayless on Aug. 31 before he speaks at a dinner to benefit scholarships for the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.

Bayless has written nine best-selling cookbooks, including Mexico — One Plate at a Time, which was named James Beard Best International Cookbook of the Year in 2001. Most of his award-winning restaurants – including Toplobampo, the 2017 Beard Foundation Outstanding Restaurant – are in Chicago.

In 2003, he and his staff established the Frontera Farmer Foundation, which has awarded almost 200 grants totaling nearly $2 million in support of small Midwestern farms. In 2007, he and his team started the Frontera Scholarship, which supports a Mexican-American from the Chicago school district who plans to study culinary arts. Bayless has won many awards for his humanitarian efforts, including the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle, the highest decoration bestowed on foreigners whose work has benefitted Mexico and its people.

The GRCC Foundation and retirement community Beacon Hill at Eastgate are co-hosting a dinner that will feature remarks by Bayless and a panel discussion with chefs Tim England, Adam Watts Jay Sharkey, Austin Gresham, Andrew Eggert, Keith Bryant and Doug Orr, and winemaker Nancie Oxley. Proceeds will fund culinary scholarships.

GRCC In the News, 8-28-17

August 28, 2017

Morning News

Aug. 28, 2017; WZZM

Kamady Rudd: “It looks pretty nice out now — a beautiful way to start off the school year. We’re joined by Superintendent Weatherall Neal.”

… Weatherall Neal: “I guess going into this school year, I’m really excited for the students and staff members … We are starting middle college this year, which is awesome. Our seniors will be able to graduate with an associate degree from Grand Rapids Community College. So that’s nice — it’s free of charge, actually, to parents.”

Street Talk: The fountain of youth

Aug. 25, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta joined Gov. Rick Snyder at Grand Rapids Community College last week, where they discussed the importance of apprenticeships before touring the third and fourth floors of the colleges Peter and Pat Cook Academic Hall.

Craft brewing makes its way to Michigan college campuses

Aug. 27, 2017; The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

A new trend has been brewing on college campuses around Michigan, and that trend is craft brewing.

… Western Michigan University, Michigan State University, Ferris State University and Grand Rapids Community College are just a few examples of colleges in Michigan that offer a craft brewing program.

Culinary students to take part in sugar pull on August 19

August 18, 2017

Chef Gilles Renusson and students from the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education will be pulling a sugar ribbon over the Blue Bridge at 2 p.m. August 19 as part of the Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire.

 

Pastry team tryouts streaming live

August 15, 2017

The tryouts for the U.S. team in the 2019 Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie are streaming live today. Click on the link below. You will get instructions to “Watch this video on YouTube” — clicking on that will take you to the live stream on YouTube:

Demonstration and free samples at ‘Farmers Market Bounty’ event

August 15, 2017

Learn about the positive effects of brightly colored fruits and veggies with Spectrum HealthSTRIVE culinary medicine team members Krista Gast, Spectrum Health Registered Dietitian and Werner Absenger, Ph.D., MSc, program director Secchia Institute for Culinary Education. They will present “Farmers Market Bounty: Nutrient Dense Eating Using Seasonal Fare” from noon to 1 p.m. Aug. 16 at 161 Ottawa Ave. NW, Suite 173, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

Light and healthy snacks will be served and attendees will leave with recipes and a free reusable shopping tote. You can register for the free event by emailing info@strive4u.org.

Be Well Wednesdays. Farmers Market Bounty: Nutrient Dense Eating Using Seasonal Fare. August 16, 2017, noon to 1 p.m. STRIVE, 161 Ottawa Ave. NW, Suite 173, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Learn about the positive effects of brightly colored fruits and vegetables. Our culinary medicine team will demo samples for you to taste test. Take home: Recipes. Free reusable shopping tote. Presented by: Krista Gast, Spectrum Health Registered Dietitian and Werner Absenger, PhD, MSc., Program Director GRCC Secchia Institute for Culinary Education. Free! Register at info@strive4u.org. Bring a guest and introduce them to STRIVE. Light healthy snacks will be served. STRIVE. Powered by Spectrum Health.

GRCC In the News, 8-14-17

August 14, 2017

Culinary institute hosts tryouts for international pastry competition

Aug. 13, 2017; Grand Rapids Magazine

A group of six pastry chefs from across the country vying to represent the United States at the 2019 Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie in Lyon, France, will compete in the kitchens of the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College. The competing chefs are experts in sugar and chocolate.

West Michigan group aims to reduce food waste

Aug. 3, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — West Michigan throws away about 132,000 tons of food waste, and Southwest Michigan about 106,000 tons.

… Founding council members include representatives from SpartanNash, Meijer, Cocoa, Organicycle, Barfly Ventures, Bells Brewery, Gordon Food Service, Mercy Health, Spectrum Health, Creative Dining Services, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Kent County Department of Public Works, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Secchia Institute at Grand Rapids Community College, Lake Michigan College, and Feeding America West Michigan.

Annual softball game played in memory of fallen Grand Rapids police office

Aug. 11, 2017; WZZM

GRANDVILLE, MICH. – This July marked 10 years since the death of Grand Rapids Police Officer Robert Kozminski and on Friday evening, an annual softball game was played in his memory.

Dozens came out to Wedgewood Park in Grandville for the game. While there, three students received the Officer Robert A. Kozminski Scholarship to aid them this fall. All three students are currently enrolled in the Grand Rapids Community College Police Academy.

Gravel Bottom Brewery plans two-part expansion in Ada, Grand Rapids

Aug. 13, 2017; mibiz.com

ADA — Matt Michiels has known for the last two years that he needed to expand his growing West Michigan craft brewery.

… “I know what I don’t know, and the restaurant is something that I’m going to need help on,” Michiels said, adding that he hopes to leverage connections at Grand Rapids Community College and within the industry.