Posted tagged ‘Secchia Institute for Culinary Education’

Photos from SICE awards ceremony

April 20, 2017

The Secchia Institute for Culinary Education held its awards ceremony this week!

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Mechanical and Architectural Department collaborate using the Maker Lab

April 19, 2017

With the implementation of the new Maker Lab, the Mechanical/Architectural Design department collaborated on some projects across the college this semester.  Using the technology in the lab, we were able to have some conversations with other departments on how we could join together, centered around student learning.  Three projects that came out of this were working with Scott Garrard from the Visual Arts Department, Chef Gilles Renusson from the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education and John Dersch from the Math Department.

Working with Scott, the students were able to cut their chairs on the laser out of cardboard to make a prototype of their idea.  Chef Gilles brought in both chocolate and sugar to be etched for their state competition coming up at the state capital this month.  John brought their calculus equations to us and we brought them into our 3D CAD software and then were able to 3D print them.

Overall, it has been a great year and we look forward to more amazing ways to use the lab.

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GRCC In the News, 4-14-17

April 14, 2017

Family and friends of fatal beating victim gather for vigil

April 13, 2017; MLive

Julius Vinson III was severely injured in the early morning hours of Friday, March 31 along Vineland Avenue SE south of 28th Street.

… Relatives of Vinson said he was studying at Grand Rapids Community College and hoped to become a Realtor.

Former local man opens GR eatery

April 13, 2017; Grand Haven Tribune

A former Spring Lake Township resident has turned his experience at a local restaurant into a business of his own.

… (George) Chittenden attended Grand Rapids Community College’s Peter Secchia Culinary Institute, graduating in 2011. He then worked at the upscale Bay Pointe Inn on Gun Lake, 30 miles south of Grand Rapids. He lives in Wayland and commutes to his Grand Rapids restaurant.

9,000 students engage in interactive career exploration

April 13, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – DeVos Place was all abuzz Thursday, April 13, when nearly 9,000 middle and high schools showed up to be exposed to an innovative, hands-on career event.

… For example, she (Alejandra Cruz) said she enjoyed the virtual reality integrated welding exhibit from Grand Rapids Community College’s M-TEC.

Preschoolers learn cookie-making skills from SICE students

April 12, 2017

Children from the Early Childhood Learning Laboratory learned all about cookies from the experts at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education. Associate Professor Audrey Heckwolf and her students walked the preschoolers through the process of making sugar cookies in an industrial kitchen. They watched the cookies go through an industrial-size cookie dough press and oven, and ended their experience using angled spatulas to frost them.

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GRCC Secchia culinary students place third in international culinary competition

March 28, 2017

Emily Niergarth and Allyson West, two Secchia culinary students, had the amazing opportunity to travel to Castellana Grotte, Italy, last week to compete in a culinary competition. Accompanied by faculty member and team coach Sasha Ahmed, the Secchia culinary students competed against 10 other teams, 7 of them from various regions in Italy, as well as teams from Mexico, Scotland, and Portugal. Students had to reinterpret classical Italian recipes, including stuffed rabbit for the savory competition and ricotta-filled crepes for sweet competition. The team placed third overall. This was the first competition for both students.

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GRCC In the News, 3-23-17

March 23, 2017

Tuition-free early college program to build talent pipeline for in-demand jobs

March 22, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – As manufacturers gather in Detroit today for a summit on advancing the industry’s future, local companies are working with Kent ISD and Grand Rapids Community College to create a new pipeline of workers to meet labor demands.

GRCC welcomes its first African-American president

March 22, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids Community College’s first African-American president says he’s humbled to fill the role.

Is the craft beer market in Grand Rapids saturated?

March 22, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Pour a cold one and consider: the number of craft breweries in Grand Rapids has tripled since 2011, the year before beer lovers voted it “Beer City, USA.”

… Professionalizing the industry is the goal of a new Grand Rapids Community College certificate program, which has 30 people enrolled in its first year of offering coursework and hands-on training at its own Fountain Hill Brewery.

Making transferring easy

March 22, 2017; The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

Grand Valley State University has been chosen as a member of Phi Theta Kappa’s 2017 Transfer Honor Roll, which recognizes the university’s support of community college transfers.

… “We have an advisor at Grand Rapids Community College, which is really our main feeder school for community colleges,” (Bonnie) Ulmer-DeGraves said. “We have someone there from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Tuesday to meet with potential students and make sure they’re on the right path for transferring into Grand Valley.”

Monica’s Gourmet Cookies to debut on QVC

March 22, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A favorite Grand Rapids cookie brand will get the QVC spotlight next week.

… The former caterer (Monica Mitidieri) is a graduate of Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute of Culinary Education.

Words of encouragement

March 22, 2017; Commercial-News (Danville, Ill.)

DANVILLE — Zachary Pangborn has attempted nearly 300 shots this season.

On Wednesday afternoon in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament at the Mary Miller Gymnasium, the Grand Rapids Community College freshman missed six of his first seven field goal attempts and he was just 1-of-5 at the free-throw line.

Sí, se puede! Standing up for immigrants & farm workers in Grand Rapids

March 23, 2017; rapidgrowthmedia.com

Lupe Ramos-Montigny remembers three summers of her childhood, seasons now decades ago, like they were yesterday: the months when she would travel with her parents, Ysidro and Maria, and seven of her nine siblings from her hometown of Weslaco, Texas north to Michigan. There, Ramos-Montigny, now a Grand Rapidian who serves on the State Board of Education, would spend the 10th, 11th and 12th summers of her life harvesting beets in a town at the tip of the Mitten State’s thumb, Caseville, and picking cherries in Old Mission Peninsula, a region just north of Traverse City.

… Since then, the march has gone on to draw hundreds of people each year, with such officials as Olivarez, the Aquinas College president; Grand Rapids Community College President Steven Ender; Grand Valley State University Vice President Jesse Bernal; Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Teresa Weatherall-Neal; Grand Rapids Police Chief David Rahinsky, and various elected officials attending the event last week.

Experimenting with healthier ingredients at home

March 22, 2017; WZZM

Liz Weber is a Registered Dietitian at Mercy Health Saint Marys.

… Seek out local cooking classes. Downtown Market, Grand Rapids Community College, Sur La Table, The Local Epicurean, and Williams-Sonoma are all great resources available in the Grand Rapids area that provide cooking classes.

LSU to host ‘Feria de las Flores’ to welcome in the spring

March 22, 2017; The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

For almost sixty years, the Feria de las Flores event in Medellin, Colombia, has been one of Latin America’s most vibrant events. Grand Valley State University’s Latino Student Union (LSU) will bring some of the events famous flair to one of its bi-annual dinner-dances taking place Friday, March 24.

… In addition, two singers will perform songs in Spanish, followed by a semi-formal dinner and then traditional Mexican and Colombian dancing. Students from the Grand Rapids Community College’s Hispanic Student Organization will also participate.

GRCC In the News, 3-16-17

March 16, 2017

‘Yes for Kids’ millage campaign to expand career training, tech courses kicks off

March 15, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – The Strong Schools, Strong Communities proposal on the May 2017 ballot has launched its official campaign ‘Yes for Kids’ on Wednesday.

… Community members, campaign supporters, school superintendents, teachers, parents and students were all in attendance, along with Grand Rapids Community College Vice President and Dean of School of Workforce Development Bill Pink; Grand Rapids Public Schools Board Member Maureen Slade; and DeWys Manufacturing CEO Jon DeWys to learn more about the proposal.

‘Una vita in cucina’, a Castellana sfida ai fornelli per 12 team internazionali di studenti

March 15, 2017; Baritoday

Studenti degli istituti alberghieri di tutto il mondo arrivano a Castellana per il concorso “Una vita in cucina” 20 24 marzo 2017

Portogallo, Serbia, Messico, Stati Uniti, Regno Unito e, naturalmente, Italia. Gli studenti dei 12 migliori istituti alberghieri nel mondo si ritrovano a Castellana Grotte, nelle cucine della scuola “Consoli”, per provare a vincere il titolo di “miglior chef e pasticciere” al concorso “Una vita in cucina”. La competizione, che si terrà dal 20 al 24 marzo prossimo, è stata presentata questa mattina dallassessore allIstruzione, Formazione e Lavoro della Regione Puglia Sebastiano Leo, dal presidente della Fondazione Consoli Edoardo Consoli , dal dirigente dellIstituto Angelo Consoli Giuseppe Vernì e dall’assessore metropolitano ai Beni culturali Francesca Pietroforte.

… Le squadre – Le squadre saranno composte da due allievi e un team coach che avrà esclusivamente funzioni di coordinamento e supporto. Gli istituti che partecipano  sono il B. Scappidi Castel San Pietro Terme, il G. Varnelli di Cingoli, l’IPAA F. Todaro – ITE V. Cosentinodi Rende, il Luigi Einaudidi Canosa di Puglia, l’E. Cornaro di Jesolo, il “Perotti di Bari, il “Moro di Santa Cesarea Terme, l’Escola de Hotelaria e Turismo do Portoa Porto, il College of Hotel Management di Belgrado in Serbia, l’Instituto Culinario De Mexico a Puebla in Messico, il Secchia Institutefor CulinaryEducation del Grand Rapids Community College nel Michigan, Stati Uniti e il City of Glasgow College a Glasgow in Scozia.

(Puglia Sebastian Leo, the chairman of the Consoli Edward Jones Foundation, the Institute’s director “Angelo Consoli” Giuseppe Vernì and the Councillor for Cultural Heritage metropolitan Francesca Pietroforte.

… Teams – Teams will be composed by two students and a coach that team will have only coordination and support. The institutions involved are the “B. Run away “of Castel San Pietro Terme, the” G. Varnelli “of tracks, l ‘” IPAA F. Todaro – ITE V. Cosentino “of Rende, the” Luigi Einaudi “of Canosa di Puglia, the’ ‘E. Cornaro “di Jesolo,” Perotti “in Bari, the” Moro “Santa Cesarea Terme, l ‘” Escola de Hotelaria e Turismo do Porto “in Porto, the” College of Hotel Management “from Belgrade in Serbia, l'” Culinary Instituto De Mexico “in Puebla, Mexico, the” Secchia Institutefor CulinaryEducation “the Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan, United States and the” City of Glasgow College “in Glasgow in Scotland.)

LAFCU appoints Shupe as chief lending officer

March 14, 2017; The Ionia Sentinel-Standard

LANSING — LAFCU has announced the appointment of Michael “Mic” Shupe as chief lending officer.

… A graduate of Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Shupe holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He also earned an associate degree in fine arts from Grand Rapids Community College. He has held certification as an alpine patroller through the National Ski Patrol since 2012.

From virtual reality to online libraries, how technology is revolutionizing education in GR

March 16, 2017; rapidgrowthmedia.com

If you could work in any field you wanted and money wasn’t a factor, what would you be?

… Eric Kunnen, Associate Director of eLearning and Emerging Technologies at GVSU, has spent the last 24 years focused on technology in higher education. He has led Grand Rapids Community College’s online learning efforts into the digital age, and left as director of the college’s distance learning department to pursue his dreams at GVSU.

 

SICE students, faculty member attend GRBJ function

March 16, 2017

Three Craft Brewing, Packaging and Service Operations students and adjunct faculty member Amanda Harper (along with other GRCC faculty and staff) attended the Grand Rapids Business Journal’s Top Women Owned Businesses luncheon at Frederick Meijer Gardens on Wednesday, March 15.  They enjoyed the presentation by keynote speaker Rhonda Kallman (co-founder of The Boston Beer Company and founder and CEO of Boston Harbor Distillery) and were able to meet her after the lunch.

Five women stand in a row.

GRCC In the News, 2-22-17

February 22, 2017

Suicide up almost 10 percent, mother shares her son’s story to save others

Feb. 21, 2017; FOX 17

WEST MICHIGAN –  After losing her son to suicide, a mother is now telling her story to help save others from the same grief.

… Professionals studying in the field of mental health are also trying to break the stigma. Lynnae Selberg at Grand Rapids Community College says they’ve received a $300,000 federal grant this year to educate and help students with these same struggles.

Middle school girls receive empowering messages at Beautiful U

Feb. 21, 2017; WOTV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) — If you could go back, what would you tell yourself in middle school? Empowering mind, body, and soul is what Maranda’s Beautiful U is all about! 140 seventh and eighth grade girls from five school districts across West Michigan came together for an afternoon of fun and education.

… An exciting part of Beautiful U is the tasty food and snacks! Secchia Institute for Culinary Education, Meijer, and Milk Means More partnered up to educate girls on what they need to fuel their bodies. Calcium and protein are extremely important for girls in the developmental teen and pre-teen years. With snacks like yogurt and cheese, girls got a healthy (and yummy) boost of nutrients they need.

GRCC In the News, 1-24-17

January 24, 2017

College opens $7.2M learning lab downtown

Jan. 23, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local college has opened a 24,000-square-foot facility downtown that aims to meet the needs of its child development students and preschoolers.

Grand Rapids Community College opened the Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory at 210 Lyon St. NE on Saturday.

College approves $300K bond to train glass maker’s workers

Jan. 23, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local college has approved $300,000 in funding to help train workers at a growing manufacturing facility in the region.

Grand Rapids Community College’s Board of Trustees last month agreed to link funds from diverted State of Michigan income tax to support training for 33 newly created positions at Engineered Glass in Holland Township.

Morning News

Jan. 24, 2017; WZZM

Imagine what it would feel like to walk across the stage at your high school graduation and leave with no one but two diplomas. That will soon be the reality for dozens of students here at Ottawa Hills. The program is called early middle college. It is the latest partnership between Grand Rapids Public Schools and Grand Rapids Community College.

Downtown restaurant appoints chef

Jan. 23, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A downtown restaurant is getting a new chef.

… (Stephan) VanHeulen, who attended the GRCC Secchia Culinary Institute, began his career at AHC+Hospitality, cooking for restaurants within the groups portfolio in Grand Rapids, which includes Cygnus27.

Kozminski remembered as hero at fundraiser for memorial

Jan. 23, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Dozens turned out to Celebration! Cinema North Monday for a screening of the movie “Patriots Day” as part of a years-long push to raise money for a memorial to fallen Grand Rapids police officers.

… $35,000 of the money raised will go toward the scholarship fund that pays for one year of tuition at Grand Rapids Community College for a student who hopes to work in law enforcement. Kozminski’s parents choose the recipient of that scholarship.

The City of Grand Rapids Looking For Your Help to Make Our Neighborhoods Better

Jan. 23, 2017; 104.9 FM

The City of Grand Rapids is looking to get residents, neighborhood associations, businesses, non-profits, and government officials together, to help build stronger neighborhoods in Grand Rapids. They’re holding the Third Annual Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit on Saturday, March 4th, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. And it’s free!

… There will be childcare available if you register in advance, and GR Public Schools will also be offering free neighborhood transportation to and from the event! Bicycle racks, and discounted parking in the GRCC Bostwick Parking Ramp will also be available. There will also be Spanish-English translation services.

SICE faculty judge chili cook-off

January 24, 2017

On Jan. 21, several SICE faculty members — Wilfredo Barajas, Sasha Ahmed, Luba Petrash, Mike Whitman, Charlie Olawsky, Holly VanRyn and Audrey Heckwolf judged the annual Fenn Valley Winery Chili Cook-Off.

Wilfredo Barajas, Sasha Ahmed, Luba Petrash, Mike Whitman, Charlie Olawsky, Holly VanRyn and Audrey Heckwolf stand in the Fenn Valley Winery.

From left: Wilfredo Barajas, Sasha Ahmed, Luba Petrash, Mike Whitman, Charlie Olawsky, Holly VanRyn and Audrey Heckwolf.

GRCC In the News, 1-13-17

January 13, 2017

Partners opening Southern restaurant

Jan. 6, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A new takeout restaurant in town is cooking up a Southern-style menu.

… Michael Stapert, a graduate of the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at GRCC, will serve as executive chef.

9 names for the Western Michigan football coaching job

Jan. 11, 2017; The Detroit Free Press

It’ll be tough for Western Michigan to find someone to fully replace football coach P.J. Fleck, who is headed to Minnesota.

… One of the best offensive minds in the Midwest, (Tony) Annese has won at multiple levels, including taking the Bulldogs to the NCAA Division II semifinal this fall. He won three Division 2 state championships at Muskegon High, two national championships in three seasons at Grand Rapids Community College and has taken Ferris from the GLIAC basement to a national power. His veer offense has been unstoppable, and three Bulldogs are in the NFL. One of his biggest achievements was turning a hardly recruited defensive end in Jason Vander Laan into one of the greatest rushing quarterbacks in college football history. Vander Laan won back-to-back Harlon Hill trophies, and his 5,953 career rushing yards are the most by any college QB.

Werner Absenger discusses craft brewing program at Michigan Brewers Guild conference

January 11, 2017

Werner Absenger, SICE program director, is talking about the new brewing program today as a panelist for the Michigan Brewers Guild’s annual conference.

The panel will discuss “An Overview of the Brewer Education Programs” and also features:

  • Mike Babb, sustainable brewing curriculum developer and instructor at Kalamazoo Valley Community College.
  • Tom Block, director of brewing and distillation technology at Schoolcraft College.
  • Cordell DeMattei, director of fermentation science at Central Michigan University.

GRCC In the News, 1-10-17

January 10, 2017

Grand Rapids latest to offer 5 years of high school to earn college degree

Jan. 10, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Public Schools is the latest school district in Kent and Ottawa counties to offer students the chance to earn a high school diploma and an associate’s degree through the five-year Early/Middle College high school program.

The district is currently registering up to 50 eligible Ottawa Hills High School sophomores for the program set to launch next school year through a partnership with Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC).

The USA’s training program to win the Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie

Jan. 5, 2017; So Good

USA is one of the Top 7 Countries which, having registered the highest scores in the last three editions of the Coupe du Monde of the Pâtisserie, has a direct ticket to the final this January in Lyon. “We will compete side by side teams with more resources and more favorable training environments, but we still believe we have a chance to shine brightly with a new training program. We hope to have planted the seeds for future participants,” say Gilles Renusson and Anthony Valla, president and vice president of the Club Coupe du Monde USA respectively.

… It has been a long preparation process in which everyone involved has invested time and effort. The first meetings and brainstorming took place at the end of 2015 at Midwest Import in a suburb of Chicago, and they began to look for the best original ways to represent the idea of acrobats in all aspects of the competition. The team was guided again by their loyal group of advisors. Nick Antonakis and Robin Van Rooyen from Grand Rapids Community College Art Department contributed their precious graphic and design expertise. Randy Finch and Luba Petrash were with Victor when planning his ice carving. Sylvain Leroy was again driving the tastings, and Roy, Christophe, and Ewald Notter provided directions about the chocolate and sugar sculptures.

Beer Month GR 2017: An Essential Guide

Jan. 9, 2017; experiencegr.com

Momentum in Beer City USA shows no signs of slowing down. Because of unquestionable demand and the abundance of beer-related activities, what was once lovingly referred to as Beer Week could no longer be contained to just 7 days (well, we might’ve stretched a week by a day or two, give or take).

… The current edition, which started being distributed in the fall of 2016, has a grey cover. To all those new breweries included that have opened their doors since the original edition was published, welcome to the party in Grand Rapids: Atwater GR, Bier Distillery (yep, they brew, too), Creston Brewery, Elk Brewing (Comstock Park), Greyline Brewing Co., New Holland Brewings The Knickerbocker Brewpub & Distillery, Schmohz Brewing Co. (new to the passport, not new to the GR beer scene) and Fountain Hill Brewery (at Grand Rapids Community College) the country’s only federal and state licensed brewpub owned and operated on a college/university campus.

GRCC In the News, 12-13-16

December 13, 2016

NMC’s Culinary Institute Feeling Effects Of Restaurant Labor Shortage

Dec. 12, 2016; traverseticker.com

For those interested in a career in the culinary arts, the time is now. From signs posted on restaurants across the region to the phone calls being taken at NMC’s Great Lakes Culinary Institute, the demand for restaurant staff is clear. But that need is actually negatively impacting enrollment in culinary classes at Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) — though that’s only part of the story.

… (Fred) Laughlin says during the peak years of 2008 to 2010, NMC had 285 students in the culinary programs; he considers 175 to 200 to be the program’s “sweet spot.” Today, enrollment is around 150. “That’s true across the state. I talked to an individual in Grand Rapids (at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education). They went from 800 students to 400,” Laughlin says.