GRCC In the News, 5-8-19

40 employers join Thursday hiring event tied to racial equity initiative

May 7, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Nearly 40 companies will be at Innovation Central High School Thursday, May 9, for a hiring event, organized by the Grand Rapids Racial Equity Initiative.

… The Grand Rapids Racial Equity Initiative is co-led by Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss and Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink.

Ionia County trio wraps up GRCC softball careers

May 7, 2019; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

With the season behind them, the Grand Rapids Community College softball team can look to a trio of Ionia County players for much of their offensive success in 2019.

‘We all aspire to learn more’

May 7, 2019; schoolnewsnetwork.org (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)

On the Grand Rapids Community College campus, Angie Phillips loves her independence as a Noorthoek Academy student: using her RaiderCard student ID, going to classes in different buildings, eating lunch and serving as Student Leadership Club president.

Harbor Springs’ Kruskie wraps career with GRCC, Petoskey’s Sobczak earns 2nd win for Alma

5/7/19 Petoskey News-Review

Grand Rapids Community College sophomore Stephanie Kruskie saw her career with the Raiders come to an end last week.

GRCC In the News, 5-6-19

News at Noon

May 3, 2019; WZZM

Besides Tulip Time, Holland is also celebrating Latino culture this weekend. Grand Rapids Community College’s Lakeshore campus and Latin Americans United for Progress for Fiesta 2019!

Verify: should you wash your chicken?

May 2, 2019; WZZM

MICHIGAN, USA — It’s become the great chicken debate.  Should you wash your chicken before you cook it?

… Our sources are the Food and Drug Administration and Werner Asbenger, the Program Director at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College.

#EndCC Stigma Podcast

May 5, 2019

James K. Robinson: “I was one of those late developers in life, and when I graduated from high school in the bottom third of my class, I got turned down at every college I applied to. Thanks goodness for Grand Rapids Junior College. I was the oldest of six kids; we couldn’t afford a big anyway. So, community college gave me a phenominal opportunity – a chance to do something with my life …”

(This is a podcast by Owens Community College President Steve Robinson. His father, James K. Robinson, was assistant attorney general under President Clinton.)

Young mom surpasses expectations to get to graduation day

May 3, 2019; schoolnewsnetwork.org (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)

Two weeks before the start of her freshman year at Godwin High School, Ahnaka Ortiz-Rodriguez landed in the emergency room with abdominal pain. Her mom was with her while they awaited test results. Ahnaka believed she was experiencing some stomach issues, something she dealt with as a child.  When the doctor walked in, Ahnaka and her mom heard the unexpected: “Your daughter’s pregnant.”

… Ahnaka plans to enroll in Grand Rapids Community College, a choice she made because it will allow her to live at home with her daughter. She has already earned credits toward college through dual enrollment, and intends to study nursing, a decision influenced by her experience of having many compassionate and supportive nurses when she had Izzy at Spectrum Health.

Server forms recovery nonprofit

May 3, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

For someone committed to getting sober, working in a restaurant or bar with the sights and smells of beer all day can be tough.

… As a result, she (Nance McGorman) decided to pursue a social work degree to be better equipped to help with those issues. She will be starting pre-social work classes this month (May) at Grand Rapids Community College and hopes to continue her education further after that with the goal of becoming a licensed recovery coach.

Ally Longstreet voted Grand Rapids Press Athlete of the Week 3

May 3, 2019; MLive

Wayland senior Ally Longstreet has been swinging a big bat for the Wildcats this spring.

… Longstreet, an outfielder, plans to continue her softball career at Grand Rapids Community College next year. Longstreet is a three-sport athlete. She was a diver on the swim team this past fall, and she played basketball, too.

Township joins fight against nonprofit tax exemptions

May 4, 2019; Grand Haven Tribune

GRAND HAVEN TWP. — Grand Haven Township has entered the fold to prevent nonprofit businesses from receiving tax exemptions for providing minimal charity.

… Algoma, Plainfield and Sparta townships in Kent County, the City of Kentwood, Rockford Public Schools, Kent Intermediate School District, and Grand Rapids Community College are also part of the agreement.

GRCC to host summer camp with musicians who mash classical, popular genres

April 23, 2019; schoolnewsnetwork.org

Think about Shakespeare and hip-hop, said pianist and composer Brendan Hollins.

… Kevin Dobreff, program director for the GRCC Music Department, is happy to host.

New Ann Arbor Huron football coach aims to snap state’s longest losing streak

May 3, 2019; MLive

ANN ARBOR — Ann Arbor Huron Athletic Director Tony Whiren was searching for someone who can help change the culture of the football program, which has lost 39 straight games — the longest active streak in the state.

… (Antaiwn) Mack served as linebackers coach at Grand Rapids Community College from 2008-11 under Tony Annese, who is now the head coach at Ferris State. Mack, who attended Ypsilanti Lincoln, most recently served as co-defensive coordinator at Ypsilanti in 2014, the last time the Grizzlies reached the playoffs.

GRCC In the News, 4-27-18

Accelerated technical training program graduates 15

April 26, 2018; Allegan News

Fifteen Allegan County students in a program that pairs a second chance to complete a high school education while arming them with skilled labor credentials, celebrated completion on Wednesday, April 18, at Allegan Public Schools administration building.

… The partners involved include Allegan Alternative  Education, Allegan Adult Education, Plainwell Renaissance Adult Education, West Michigan Works, Grand Rapids Community College, Michigan Career & Technical Institute, Lake Michigan College, Michigan Rehabilitation Services, Allegan County Community Action,  Love INC, the Linking Center, 70×7 Life Recovery, Bridges of Hope Allegan County, area employers, and other community based organizations.

Teen scholarship recipient credits mentor with turning his life around

April 26, 2018; FOX 17

KENT COUNTY, Mich. — Eben Gardner is one of 15 students who received a $2,000 scholarship from Lake Michigan Credit Union to help pay for higher education. However, the Cedar Springs High School senior said the road wasn’t easy.

… Gardner is headed to Grand Rapids Community College to study business. Lake Michigan Credit Union said it’s been able to award $361,500 to 222 students over the years through its Hutt Scholarships.

Kidney Walk celebró caminata sobre prevención de enfermedad renal crónica

April 26, 2018; El Vocero

Kidney Walks han sido una parte integral en la recaudación de fondos desde 1996 y se presentan en todo el estado Michigan.

… La misma fue dedicada en honor al doctor Bill Pink, presidente de Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) quién realizó el corte del listón para dejar oficialmente iniciado el recorrido de la caminata, que abarcó tres millas dentro del área verde del parque.

(Kidney Walks have been an integral part of the fundraising since 1996 and are presented throughout the state of Michigan.

… It was dedicated in honor of Dr. Bill Pink, president of Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) who made the cut of the ribbon to officially start the walk, which covered three miles within the green area of the park.)

Jayhawks baseball team splits doubleheader with Grand Rapids Community College

April 26, 2018; Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

The Muskegon Community College baseball team split a doubleheader against Grand Rapids Community College on Thursday.

Jayhawks take two tight softball wins, top Grand Rapids Community College

April 26, 2018; Local Sports Journal

Muskegon Community College eked out a pair of one-run wins over Grand Rapids Community College in Western Conference softball action on Wednesday.

GRCC In the News, 3-26-18

GRCC to host regional basketball tournament in 2019-20

March 26, 2018; MLive

Grand Rapids Community College will host the National Junior College Athletic Association Region XII basketball tournament in 2019 and 2020, the school announced.

Grand Rapids Community College Approves New Security System

March 24, 2018; U.S. News & World Report

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Grand Rapids Community College trustees have approved purchasing a new security system that officials say would let it start a lockdown with the press of a button.

Review: ‘Building the Wall’ starts a powerful, captivating conversation

March 24, 2018; Revue

A conversation was sparked after the first production of “Building the Wall” by playwright Robert Schenkkan premiered in Michigan last night. The 70-minute-play, directed by Carrie McNulty, has already sparked controversy and confusion in the city with its artwork of an angry Donald Trump on the poster. What’s important to be pointed out though, is that the Actors Theatre Grand Rapids production is less about Trump and more about the messages and ideologies that existed long before the last election.

… Last night, the audience talked with Michelle Urbane from Grand Rapids Community College and One World Diversity and Leslie Curry, a lawyer with Legal Aid of Western Michigan. Tonight, the audience will hear from a man from the GR Rapid Response to ICE, a group who aids immigrants who are at risk of deportation from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE). On Saturday, the audience will hear from Edye Evans Hyde from Grand Rapids black theater group Ebony Road Players.

Sparta softball team looks to have plenty of defense, depth this spring

March 23, 2018; MLive

SPARTA — Sparta softball Nicole Hutchens likes the potential of her team this season.

… Among the key seniors is pitcher Sarina Gerke, who is in her third varsity season. She was all-conference last season. Madison Marble is a returning senior outfielder who has signed to play at Grand Rapids Community College next season.

GRCC In the News, 3-13-18

Chinese satellite falls toward Earth; odds of a Michigan landing ‘very, very small’

March 12, 2018; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A Chinese space station dropping closer to Earth could possibly land somewhere in West Michigan. The odds are incredibly small, but it has been enough to catch people’s attention.

… Dr. Lauren Woolsey, professor of astronomy and physics at Grand Rapids Community College, has been watching the path of the Tiangong-1. She says you’re 10 million times more likely to be struck by lightning than to see any sort of debris from the satellite.

Downtown museum and brewery partner on Beer Explorers class

March 12, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

There’s a class downtown this week for beer enthusiasts who are interested in learning about hops.

… Students from Grand Rapids Community College will direct the class in a tasting session.

Southern grads Mooney, Nocco excel at NCAA indoor track meet

March 12, 2018; Press of Atlantic City (Pleasantville, N.J.)

… Softball

… Monica Brignola (Lacey) singled, scored three runs and drove in one in Ocean County Colleges 16-0 win over Grand Rapids Community College in the first of two games Friday. In the second game, an 18-9 loss to Henry Ford, she went 3 for 4 with two runs.

GRCC In the News, 3-7-18

Cincinnati Art Museum executive receives national educator award

March 6, 2018; Cincinnati Business Courier

A Cincinnati Art Museum executive is the recipient of a prestigious national education honor.

… (Emily) Holtrop holds an associate’s degree in art history from Grand Rapids Community College, a bachelor’s in public history from Western Michigan University and a master’s in architectural history from the University College of London-Bartlett School of Architecture.

African American professionals to mentor teens at male achievement event

March 6, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – More than 800 male high school students throughout Kent County are expected to take part in the Third Annual African American Male Achievement Conference at Grand Rapids Community College this week.

LOCAL COLLEGE: Thoman, Orlowski key wins

March 7, 2018; The Times-Tribune (Scranton, Pa.)

Lackawanna College won two of three softball games Tuesday in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

The Lady Falcons (4-1) posted wins over Grand Rapids Community College, 8-0, and Lincoln College, 10-1, and lost to USC-Salkehatchie, 7-3.

Chipola baseball takes two

March 6, 2018; Jackson County Floridian

The Chipola Indians scored a pair of wins over Grand Rapids Community college Saturday.

 

GRCC In the News, 3-5-18

Grant Gives Students Welding Skills, Virtual-style

Feb. 9, 2018; schoolnewsnetwork.org (KISD newsletter)

Whether you are in high school attempting to settle on a career, an adult back to school to upgrade skills or a young child dreaming of what to be when you grow up, equipment coming soon to Kent Career Tech Center should be on your must-investigate list.

… John Doneth, a welding instructor at Grand Rapids Community College, agrees.
“We have had a shortage in all skills trades for the last number of years,” he said. “For 20 years or more education has been focused on getting kids to college, but this type of work requires high tech and high skill.”

Comic book store builds community

March 2, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The Myers family always has backed Don Myers’ 40-year passion for comic books. Now, he is entering his third year of passing it on to Grand Rapids fans.

… Michelle Kastanek is secretary to the principal and founder of the drama program at East Grand Rapids Middle School, Cody Kastanek is a nerve conduction technologist at Spectrum Health Medical Group, and Derek (Myers) is attending Grand Rapids Community College and soon will transfer to Grand Valley State University for accounting.

One Funny Girl

March 2, 2018; Women’s Lifestyle magazine

Every time she steps into the spotlight, Megan Elaine, member of Grand Rapids improv comedy group Funny Girls and co-founder of Inaccurate and Inappropriate, knows that she is about to put her personal business out into the open. The funniest part? She doesn’t mind one bit; in fact, she is at her happiest when the crowd is laughing at her expense.

… After graduating high school in 2012, she took a job as a bartender. A year later, she enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College; however, half way through her first semester, Elaine had a change of heart.

TCC baseball continues to build momentum

March 2, 2018; Tallahassee Democrat (Fla.)

The Florida junior college baseball ranks are arguably the strongest and most competitive in the country.

… TCC (14-7), which opens a three-game series against Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College at 1 p.m. Sunday, features its usual blend of experience and first-year players.

Tonight’s scores

March 2, 2018; Jackson County Floridian

March 2

… Softball

… Chipola beat Wallace Community College, 6-4, and Grand Rapids Community College, 14-3.

Mid Michigan Community College women win share of conference title

March 1, 2018; The Morning Sun (Mount Pleasant)

Champions of the West.

On Wednesday evening the Mid Michigan Community College women’s basketball team wrapped up a share of its first-ever MCCAA West Conference title by topping Grand Rapids Community College 59-47 at Morey Courts.

Architecture firm hires practice leader

March 2, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local architecture firm has named a new practice leader.

… He (Tod Stevens) is also credited with more than 20 award-winning projects: Sangren Hall College of Education at Western Michigan University; Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons at Grand Valley State University; Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory at Grand Rapids Community College; College of Education at Old Dominion University; the Math and Physics Building at University of Texas at Dallas; and more.

GRCC In the News, 12-5-17

Announcing 32nd Annual MLK Day Community Celebration

Dec. 4, 2017; Broadway World

The 32nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Jan. 15 will honor the life and legacy of King with a community celebration that features Keynote Speaker April Reign, creator of the viral hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, and the premiere of the opera “I DREAM” at Fountain Street Church.

The celebration is open to the public and is hosted in collaboration with Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Davenport University and Opera Grand Rapids.

Jamieson Resigns As Furman Head Softball Coach; King Named Interim Coach For 2018 Season

Dec. 4, 2017; Furman Paladins (Furman University athletics publication)

Greenville, S.C. — Wally King has been named interim head coach for the Furman softball program after the resignation of Kyle Jamieson, who has accepted the position of associate head coach at Clemson, it was announced on Monday by Paladin director of athletics Mike Buddie.

… A National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) member, King began his coaching career on the collegiate level at Grand Rapids Community College as the assistant softball coach and head recruiter. During his three seasons with GRCC, he helped develop the program into a national title contender with back-to-back World Series appearances.

 

GRCC In the News, 9-6-17

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.

GRCC In the News, 3-28-17

Ready to deepen relationships

March 27, 2017; Grand Haven Tribune

Six months into his role as pastor of St. Patrick-St. Anthony Catholic Parish in Grand Haven, Father Chuck Schwartz said he feels stronger than ever that this is the path he was supposed to be on.

… A graduate of Grand Rapids City High, Schwartz took a couple years off school before getting an associates degree from Grand Rapids Community College.

Tiny Desk Contestant Diana Gameros: ‘How Can I Dissolve Borders?’

March 26, 2017; NPR

Earlier this year, NPR Music held the third installment of the Tiny Desk Contest, our annual search for a talented, unsigned musician to play a Tiny Desk concert here at NPR headquarters. More than 6,000 bands and artists entered, and many (including this year’s winner, Tank and the Bangas) were new to the Contest. But we also saw a number of familiar faces some of whom have been with us since the beginning.

Diana Gameros is one of those three-time entrants. After submitting videos in 2015 and 2016, the 35-year-old singer-songwriter filmed this year’s entry on a cold morning, as dawn broke over the San Francisco Bay. As she sings, the camera zooms out to reveal a spectacular view of the Golden Gate Bridge.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Diana Gameros is a former GRCC student.)

John Morton has what it takes to turn Jets offense around

March 29, 2017; The Jet Press

Offensive coordinator John Morton has done it all in the NFL and on the college level. From his beginnings as a wide receiver for Grand Rapids Community College to Western Michigan to the NFL, CFL, and overseas, Morton has been on a mission. Have no doubt Morton has what it takes to turn the offense around for the New York Jets.

Jackson College softball team walks off twice in one week

March 27, 2017; MLive

JACKSON — The spring sports season is still young but the excitement has already been high for the Jackson College softball team.

… Jackson College is now 7-8-1 on the season as it gets set for its double-header on Tuesday March 28 against Grand Rapids Community College.

Mid Michigan Community College men’s basketball makes strides in first year as NJCAA Division II program

March 27, 2017; The Morning Sun (Mount Pleasant)

With athletics in general, expecting the unexpected is always a good bit of advice.

… The previous three years as an NJCAA Division III program, the Lakers won their region by defeating Lorain Community College to qualify for districts. But the move to Division II provided a new set of challenges during the MCCAA campaign and into the postseason, which saw MMCC square off March 7 versus Grand Rapids Community College in a District 9 showdown to open the NJCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Tournament.

GRCC In the News, 3-13-17

“Morning News”

March 13, 2017; WZZM

Grand Rapids Community College plans to announce a new partnership aimed at training construction workers to build homes.

What economies across the state can learn from West Michigan’s success

March 9, 2017; Michigan Public Radio

West Michigan is one of the most economically healthy regions in our state. It’s been cited as the fifth fastest-growing city in the country.

… “You see private businesses that are working every day with Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Michigan Works! and having that open dialogue, saying ‘This not just what I have today in terms of needs for my workforce, but here’s what I’m going to need over the next three-to-five years,'” (Tim) Mroz said. “‘How can you help in your curriculum? How can you help in workforce training to really make those connections, and help us grow our talent pool so that my business can continue growing in the region?'”

Kalamazoo Public Safety to hire, replace 40 officers by 2018

March 7, 2017; MLive

KALAMAZOO, MI — Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley said he expects to hire 40 new officers during the next year-and-a-half.

… Recruits are hired by KDPS and then sent to a police academy either at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Kellogg Community College, Grand Rapids Community College or Grand Valley State University.

Why mentoring is a vital add-on to remedial curriculum

March 6, 2017; Education Dive

… Remedial education is a growing part of the national conversation on college affordability, and it has attracted the attention of lawmakers in states and within the federal government. Campuses which show a commitment to enrolling low-income and minority students, but which don’t complement the enrollment strategy with direct outreach, stand to lose ground in graduation rates and poor internal reviews from students and faculty. Schools like Grand Rapids Community College use online assessment tools to help students self-determine the amount of time and resources they have to fully commit to pursuing a degree.

600 teens attending African American Male Achievement Conference

March 8, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – More than 600 ninth graders from high schools throughout Kent County are expected to take part in the second annual African American Male Achievement Conference today at Grand Rapids Community College.

‘Creatures of Light’ opens at Grand Rapids Public Museum

March 11, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Animals from fireflies to deep-sea squid are the focal point of the Grand Rapids Public Museum’s newest exhibit. “Creatures of Light” exhibit opens on Saturday, March 11.

(One of the photos accompanying this article shows GRCC student Joseph Hileski touring the exhibit.)

Pets and animal lovers play with friends at LaughFest event Sunday

March 12, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Each year, Grand Rapids resident Erica Jager and her dachshund, Cooper, wait for a People and Pets day at Gilda’s LaughFest.

… Jager was among nearly 150 who attended a People and Pets event at GRCC Ford Feildhouse Sunday, one of the most popular parts of Gilda’s LaughFest since 2010. The event featured activities including a parade, costume contest, blessing and other events for animal lovers and their companions.

COLLEGE: Lackawanna sweeps softball doubleheader

March 7, 2017; The Times-Tribune (Scranton, Pa.)

Lackawanna College’s softball team opened its southern swing with a doubleheader sweep of Grand Rapids Community College, posting a pair of shutouts in the squad’s first games in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Indians win 3 of 4 at Classic

March 7, 2017; The Jackson County Floridian

The Chipola Baseball Classic over the weekend yielded mixed results for the 19-4 Indians.
While Grand Rapids Community College wasn’t able to gain any traction and went down 10-0 in flurry of runs on Friday, Saturday’s game against Louisiana State University Eunice saw a 9-2 loss for the Indians.

 

 

GRCC In the News, 11-14-16

Veteran turned GRCC professor: Thank us by caring about our country

Nov. 11, 2016; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) Grand Rapids Community College students and staff paid silent tribute to military members on Veterans Day.

Rees Scholarship Foundation Awards $63,000

Nov. 14, 2016; achrnews.com

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Clifford H. Ted Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) and ACCA, recently awarded 37 scholarship awards totaling $63,000. Of the 37 recipients, four are veterans who are studying to become technicians in the HVACR and water heating industries.

… The HVACR and water heating technician program recipients are … Pragnesh Patel, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, Michigan; …

Green Hornets’ Courtnee Nicholson to be a GRCC Raider

Nov. 13, 2016; The Daily News (Greenville)

STANTON — This spring will be the last time Courtnee Nicholson will play for the Central Montcalm softball team; however, her career won’t be finished just yet.

The Green Hornets senior signed a letter of intent to attend Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) and play softball for the Raiders.

GRCC In the News, 7-26-16

e-Headlines

July 25, 2016; Community College Daily

Surgical technicians and sterile processing technicians are just two areas under consideration for extending the apprenticeship program that launched last year at Grand Rapids Community College (Michigan), in which students work part time for a year in a clinical setting as they receive classroom training.

Spotlight: Key to success: ‘Honor and integrity’

July 25, 2016; The Herald-Palladium (St. Joseph)

BENTON TOWNSHIP — When he was growing up just outside Grand Rapids, Robert Boyce was intrigued by police and the work they do.

… He earned his law enforcement degree at Grand Rapids Community College while going through the police academy there. He got his first job in law enforcement as a Hillsdale police officer. But he wanted to be on the west side of the state. So after a year in Hillsdale, when a position opened up at the Benton Harbor Police Department, he went to work there for six years.

Grand Valley recognized for support of veterans

July 25, 2016; gvsu.edu

Grand Valley State University was honored June 22 for its commitment to helping student veterans transition from the military to college life through the Michigan Veteran Education Initiative.

MVEI, a program through the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency, places veteran resource representatives (VRRs) on campuses throughout the state to help student veterans succeed as they pursue an education. Marq Hicks, a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, serves as the veteran resource representative for Grand Valley and Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC Hires Brian Skudre as Head Softball Coach

July 25, 2016; MLive

Grand Rapids, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College’s softball program has a new skipper.  GRCC’s Athletic Department announced Friday that Brian Skudre has accepted the head coaching position for the 2016-17 season effective immediately.

Call to Makers Extended for the Grand Rapids Maker Faire

July 25, 2016; Broadway World

Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire announced today that the Call to Makers for the 3rd annual Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire has been an extended! Makers now have until Wednesday, August 10 to sign up to showcase what they have invented or are making. This year’s Maker Faire will be August 20 & 21 held at the Grand Rapids Public Museum and nearby Grand Valley State University’s John C. Kennedy Hall of Engineering.

… The Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire is being organized by the GR Makers, The Geek Group, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University and the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

Time tempers Steel’s Truesdell

July 26, 2016; Portland Tribune (Ore.)

Nick Truesdell has a to-do list he looks forward to tackling as the Portland Steels season comes to a climax.

… Truesdell wound up having to go a different route on the gridiron, after being dismissed from the University of Cincinnati team. He enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan and got off to a great start, only to tear an ACL after one game. He then hired an agent and went to various pro camps, tryouts and workouts, but found he needed more football seasoning.

 

GRCC In the News, 7-21-16

sHaPe camp introduces teens to health professions

July 20, 2016; gvsu.edu

More than 40 West Michigan teenagers explored careers in the health professions field during interactive activities at the 7th annual Summer Health Activities and Professions Exploration (sHaPe) summer day camp, held at Grand Valley’s Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences July 11-14.

… This year’s sHaPe camp also welcomed students from Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids Public Schools and University of Michigan’s Future Public Health Leaders Program during a special event July 15.

Safe space: Grand Rapids Police Department, community work to reform law enforcement

July 21, 2016; rapidgrowthmedia.com

One by one, they the young and the old, the Grand Rapidians who have lived here for decades, the spiritual and the community leaders step up to the microphone to speak of race and police and violence and guns and history. To shed tears. To call for change and speak of that big, daunting, amorphous thing called the future. There, at Grand Rapids’ LifeQuest Ministries, they speak of fears and anger and an unrelenting sadness. Days after police shot and killed Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, and one day after a man shot and killed five police officers in Dallas, Texas, they together paint a portrait of what many in our city, and country, are feeling: hopeless, afraid, overwhelmed, frayed, wondering if change will come and if it does, how, and when, that will happen.

… Chris Sain, Jr., an educator, community activist and coordinator of retention at Grand Rapids Community College, as well as the vice president of the NAACP’s Grand Rapids chapter, notes at the same forum that, while progress is occurring with local police, including in Grand Rapids, Kentwood and Kent County, he, as an individual of color, has been “harassed and profiled” by law enforcement.

Coach Brad Koch To Lead Aquinas Softball Program

July 20, 2016; victorysportsnetwork.com

Longtime softball assistant coach Brad Koch has been named the new Head Coach of the Aquinas College Softball program.

… Before coming to Aquinas, Coach Koch was the varsity softball coach at Kenowa Hills High School for five years, then spent five seasons as first assistant at Grand Rapids Community College. He has also coached the Grand Rapids Blaze 18U Elite travel team for five summers. Koch co-owns and runs Blue Chip Softball, which puts on youth softball camps and tournaments in Michigan.

GRCC In the News, 4-29-16

Wyoming teens earn diplomas and degrees from GRCC

April 28, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Twenty-nine Wyoming High School students involved in the Middle College program have something most teenagers don’t – an associate’s degree and a high school diploma.

7 communities picked for federal healthcare job program

April 28, 2016; Becker’s Hospital Review

The White House has chosen seven communities as pilot sites for its new Health Career Pathways program, a federal initiative aimed at expanding career pathways and connecting Americans to healthcare jobs, according to The Sacramento Bee.

… Here is what the seven communities have committed to, as stated by the White House.
In Grand Rapids and Muskegon, Mich., Mercy Health West Michigan, a regional health ministry of Livonia, Mich.-based Trinity Health, will interview all candidates that meet agreed-upon hiring agreements and are referred to them by the public workforce system, West Michigan Works, which will work with Grand Rapids, Muskegon, and Montcalm Community Colleges, NAACP and Goodwill to find and train up to 300 people annually for healthcare professions.

Expanden programa universitario gratis para estudiantes en Grand Rapids

April 28, 2016; El Vocero

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN (EVH) — La Grand Rapids Community Foundation, una institución sin fines de lucro que se dedica, entre otras cosas, a la promoción de la educación universitaria en diversas escuelas públicas de Grand Rapids, anunció que expandirá su programa para que estudiantes que cursan sus estudios en la Union High School también califiquen para un programa de becas que patrocina dicha fundación.

Hasta el presente solo los estudiantes que estaban enrolados en las escuelas intermedias Harrison y Westwood y que terminaban sus estudios de high school en la Union eran los únicos beneficiarios de las becas. Con la expansión del programa cualquier estudiante que esté cursando estudios en la Union aunque no haya pasado por las escuelas antes señaladas, tendrá derecho a aplicar por las becas que ofrece la fundación. Comenzando con los graduandos de la clase del 2020, cualquier estudiante de la Union High School, que haya cursado los 4 años en dicha escuela y con promedio mínimo de grados de un 2.0 o mejor, será elegible a dos años de entrada gratis en el Community College de Grand Rapids.

(GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN –The Grand Rapids Community Foundation, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated, among other things, to promoting higher education in various public schools in Grand Rapids, announced it will expand its program to students who are studying at Union High School to also qualify for a scholarship program sponsored by the foundation.

To date only students who were enrolled in middle schools and Harrison and Westwood and finished their high school studies in the Union were the only beneficiaries of the grants. With the expansion of the program any student who is studying at Union but has not passed through the aforementioned schools shall be entitled to apply for the scholarships offered by the foundation. Beginning with the graduating class of 2020, any student at Union High School, who has completed 4 years at the school and with minimum average grade of 2.0 or better, will be eligible for two years of free entry into the Community College of Grand Rapids.)

Northview senior Danielle Anderson finding happiness through softball

April 28, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS — Some people play sports because their friends do, some because they like it.

… “After school, I am planning on going to Grand Rapids Community College,” (Danielle) Anderson explained. “I hope to play softball there, but right now they don’t have a coach. I plan on going to college and playing softball. Most definitely in the future, I want to coach softball. I like helping people in general. Making people happy makes me happy.”