Posted tagged ‘Student Success & Retention’

First Scholars to hold mixer on August 23

August 18, 2017

You are invited to our final First Scholars mixer of the year!

At this event, we will facilitate a discussion for parents and their incoming First Scholar student on the benefits of the First Scholars initiative, how to earn points, how to retrieve incentives from points earned, how to engage OrgSync, and academic expectations regarding first-time fulltime students.

When: Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Time: 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Where: Sneden 108

*Light food will be served

Students and parents are seated around tables in room 108 of Sneden.

GRCC In the News, 7-3-17

July 3, 2017

Movement with a Message: DanceSpire offers hope while cutting a rug

June 30, 2017; Revue

Deavondre Jones just wants to do two things: Dance and inspire others. With DanceSpire, the 23-year-old is doing just that, combining motivational speaking and dance routines to reach high-school and college students around the state.

… Now, after attending Grand Rapids Community College and Columbia College in Chicago, Jones is on a path to make his younger self proud with DanceSpire. We talked with Jones about where it all started and how he got to where he is today.

Gov. Rick Snyder makes appointments, reappointment to the Midwestern Higher Education Compact

June 30, 2017; michigan.gov (state press release)

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Dr. Bill Pink of Ada and Tyler Sawher of Lansing, as well as the reappointment of David Eisler of Big Rapids to the Midwestern Higher Education Compact.

… Pink is the president of Grand Rapids Community College. He previously served as the vice president of Oklahoma State University and the associate dean of the University of Central Oklahoma. Pink holds an associate degree from York College, a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Christian University, a master’s degree in secondary education from the University of Central Oklahoma, and a doctorate in curriculum and leadership from the University of Oklahoma. He will represent members at large and fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Stephen Ender.

Inside Track: The ultimate team player

June 30, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

When Chris Sain Jr. was a kid growing up in southeast Grand Rapids, sports weren’t just his hobby — they were his way to stay out of a life of crime, or worse, a life cut short.

…. So Sain moved back home and took a job with GRCC, where he now works as coordinator of student retention, in tandem with his work building Grand C.I.T.Y.

Jubilee celebrates its tenants, Study Hall

June 30, 2017; The Holland Sentinel

There were two reasons to celebrate at Jubilee Ministries this week: the completion of the renovations to the Study Hall and the tenants that fill the Midtown Center.

… Others sharing the three floors of the building are Lakeshore Non-Profit Alliance, Latin Americans United For Progress, Destination Education, Development Strategies, Grand Rapids Community College, Higher Ground Foundation, Holland Community Chorale, Jubilee Ministries, Midtown Counseling, Taking Root Ministries, Young Life, Brownson Properties and Zeeland/Holland Adult Education.

GRCC In the News, 4-18-17

April 18, 2017

Retiring GRCC president awarded emeritus status

April 17, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College President Steven Ender, who will retire at the end of April, was awarded president emeritus status by the Board of Trustees in a unanimous vote on Monday, April 17.

Fewer students require remediation courses at Grand Rapids Community College

April 18, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Fewer Grand Rapids Community College students need developmental education or remedial classes, officials reported to the Board of Trustees Monday, April 17.

Four high school seniors earn Grandville-Jenison Chamber scholarships

April 17, 2017; MLive

Four area high school seniors who excel in academics, extracurricular activities and serving their communities are this year’s winners of the Grandville-Jenison Chamber of Commerce scholarships.

… Scott (Kremers) plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College and study hospitality and business management.

GRCC In the News, 1-25-17

January 25, 2017

Grand Rapids Public Schools partner with GRCC for Early Middle College Program

Jan. 25, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Imagine what it would feel like to walk across the stage at your high school graduation and leave with not one, but two diplomas. That will, soon, be the reality for dozens of students at Ottawa Hills, in Grand Rapids.

… “I think that is a wonderful opportunity for any kid attending Ottawa Hills to be enrolled in that program,” said Chris Sain, with Grand Rapids Community College.

Lutheran Northwest grad to lead new USPBL club

Jan. 24, 2017; C&G News

ROCHESTER — Earlier this January, the United Shore Professional Baseball League unveiled its newest franchise, the Westside Woolly Mammoths. The club joins the league’s three previously established teams, beginning play at Jimmy Johns Field in Utica on May 11.

… Following his standout prep career, (Shane) McCatty spent two years at Grand Rapids Community College before transferring to Oakland University. He worked his way up to becoming the No. 1 starter for the Golden Grizzlies before being drafted by the Washington Nationals in 2009.

GRCC In the News, 11-9-16

November 9, 2016

Koetje, Brame, Bruinsma win seats on GRCC Board of Trustees

Nov. 9, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Incumbent David Koetje and newcomers Kenyatta Brame and Kathleen Bruinsma won seats Tuesday on the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees, Kent County election results show.

2 incumbents re-elected to Grand Rapids School Board with two newcomers

Nov. 9, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Raynard Ross and Jen Schottke won re-election to the Grand Rapids School Board on Tuesday, along with newbies businesswoman Kristian Grant and retired teacher Katherine Downes Lewis.

… Ross, 47, associate dean of Student Success and Retention Service at Grand Rapids Community College, won a second term.

GRCC In the News, 10-31-16

October 31, 2016

Youth football coach had a passion for life, kids

Oct. 29, 2016; Lansing State Journal

LANSING – The Mighty Mites of the Kappa Express football program were playing in the championship game, seven- and eight-year-olds on the field at the Hope Sports Complex, fighting to win.

… Jibreel Goins attended Everett and Sexton high schools, where he played running back and defensive back. He went on to Grand Rapids Community College where he also played football. He came back to Lansing, then played for the Capitol City Stealth and Lansing Lightning football teams. He loved watching football as child and would often write down plays and practice them in front of the television.

GRCC Psychology Department’s Speaker Series tackles the elephant (and donkey) in the room

Oct. 27, 2016; rapidgrowthmedia.com

Trump supporter: What the h*ll are you thinking?

Clinton supporter: How can you even consider supporting…

Third party supporter: What planet are you on?

… If you are interested in taking a deeper dive into the why of political partisanship in this year’s presidential election cycle, you might want to check out the first topic of the  2016-17 season of Grand Rapids Community College’s Psychology Speaker Series.

Explore a world of possibilities at Ferris State Open House

Oct. 28, 2016; WOTV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) — Do you have a student thinking about college? Have you been considering going back and finishing your degree? Regardless of your why, Ferris State is making it easier and more convenient than ever. Ferris is right here at Grand Rapids Community College.

DeWys Manufacturing Inc. Promotes Manufacturing Day to Students and Teachers in the West Michigan Area

Oct. 28, 2016; onenewspage.us

DeWys Manufacturing Inc., a West Michigan based metal solutions company, is pleased to announce their involvement with the National Manufacturing Day event for the fourth year in a row. By opening the doors to the public, this helped to promote the skilled trade industry and allow DeWys Mfg. to promote the advanced manufacturing processes they provide their customers.

This year manufacturing week was celebrated in the West Michigan area from October 2nd through October 8th. A total of 3,100 students visited a variety of manufacturing facilities to gain knowledge, participate in tours and hands on activities to better understand the diverse fields in the industry. DeWys Mfg. hosted 155 students from Kent Intermediate School District, Discover Elementary, and Ridge Park Charter Academy. The students received a tour of the shop, participated in a team building activity, and explored the MCAM trailer provided by Grand Rapids Community College. Along with the tours given to students throughout the week, DeWys Manufacturing hosted 15 math and science teachers organized through the Kent ISD called Teachers in the Industry. This event consisted of the teachers taking a mechanical reasoning test to show the initial steps taken in the hiring process, a short video on DeWys Manufacturing, and a question and answer panel with four of the DeWys team members. This allowed the teachers to learn from the team members about career paths in manufacturing.

Parents plan forum for 9 vying for Grand Rapids School Board

Oct. 28, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The parents and community of Congress Elementary school will host a forum for the nine candidates vying for four, four-year seats for the Grand Rapids School Board on Wednesday, Nov. 2.

… The candidates running are:

Raynard Ross, 47, is seeking a second term. He is the associate dean of Student Success and Retention Service at Grand Rapids Community College.

Meet the YWCA’s 2016 Tribute Award winners

Oct. 30, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI –Women who are a voice for the voiceless, who contribute to numerous prominent West Michigan projects, and who volunteer their time and passion for the betterment of others. These are among the winners of this year’s Tribute Awards given by the YWCA of West Central Michigan.

… Advocacy Award

Dr. Nkechy Ekere Ezeh, 52, associate professor for Aquinas College and founder/CEO of Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Nkechy Ekere Ezeh is a GRCC alumna.)

Jayhawks volleyball team wraps up regular season with a victory over Ancilla

Oct. 28, 2016; Local Sports Journal

The Muskegon Community College volleyball team completed a successful regular season Thursday by going on the road and beating Ancilla College 3-1.

… The team finished in second place in the conference, two games behind champion Grand Rapids Community College.

Michigan lawyers extend helping hand during Pro Bono Month

Oct. 28, 2016; americanbar.org

From the tip of the Thumb to the depths of the Great Lakes, the State Bar of Michigan is working to meet the legal needs of low-income Michiganders with a robust pro bono celebration throughout the month of October and beyond.

… Lawyers will assist green card holders apply to become U.S. citizens at a Naturalization Workshop. No prior immigration experience is necessary. All attorneys will be trained through a 50-minute YouTube webinar and a short, on-site orientation. Once trained and oriented, volunteers will then prepare the naturalization application with the applicants. Attorneys specializing in immigration law will supervise and review all applications. The event is being held at Grand Rapids Community College on Nov. 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

GRCC In the News, 10-14-16

October 14, 2016

Michigan Gave Colleges $500,000 to Fight Sex Assault. Here’s How They Spent It.

Oct. 14, 2016; The Chronicle of Higher Education

Last year Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan announced a new grant program aimed at preventing sexual assault on the state’s college campuses. More than 30 institutions applied, and a mix of private, public, and community colleges — 22 in total — received a slice of the pie.

… The challenges Grand Rapids Community College faces in preventing campus sexual assault are different from those at four-year colleges. But Kimberly DeVries found that most of the available resources and national training programs are geared toward the four-year experience.

Business Journal names 40 Under Forty class

Oct. 12, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Forty of West Michigan’s top young professionals will be honored this month by the Grand Rapids Business Journal.

… Honorees

… Sara Brooks

… Chris Sain Jr.

… Daniel Schoonmaker.

(Chris Sain is coordinator of retention, and Sara Brooks is adjunct faculty. Daniel Schoonmaker is a GRCC alumnus.)

Daybreak News

Oct. 14, 2016; WOTV

We’re pleased to announce that the Challenge Scholars program is expanding. Beginning next fall, any students in ninth grade with a GPA of at least a 2.0 can attend Grand Rapids Community College for up to two years.

Downtown Development Authority wants to expand boundaries by 200 acres

Oct. 13, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) voted to expand its boundaries by nearly 200 acres to encompass 873 acres that would stretch from Leonard Street on the north to the southwest side along Grandville Avenue SW.

… Hoping to gain approval from other taxing authorities, the DDA staff has been lobbying officials from Kent County, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Grand Rapids Community College, the Monroe North Tax Increment Finance Authority as well as the Westside and North Quarter Corridor Improvement Districts

 

GRCC In the News, 10-6-16

October 6, 2016

How more affluent families get welfare for pricey private colleges

Oct. 5, 2016; MLive

Albion College is one of the most expensive private schools in Michigan and many of its students come from families of means.

(GRCC is included in a chart.)

Crowded field of nine vie for 4 Grand Rapids School Board seats

Oct. 5, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Nine candidates are vying for four, four-year seats on the nine-member Grand Rapids Board of Education in the Tuesday, Nov. 8, general election.

… (Raynard) Ross, 47, associate dean of Student Success and Retention Service at Grand Rapids Community College, said it is increased graduation rates, test scores, and rates of college attendance, and the potential for more growth, that has him encouraged to seek a second term.

Ferris State, Grand Valley coaches weigh in on hype and over-hype of rivalry

Oct. 5, 2016; MLive

Ferris State vs. Grand Valley State went from a game to a rivalry once Tony Annese arrived in 2012, even though the Bulldogs coach downplays its significance.

… Annese, who has re-energized the Bulldogs program as a whole, brought intrigue to the Grand Valley State game just by his local connection. He won three state championships at Muskegon, was head coach at Grand Rapids Community College and was well known throughout West Michigan before he was hired at Ferris State.

Dominant middle hitter Rachel Brown leading MCC volleyball to a big season

Oct. 5, 2016; Local Sports Journal

MUSKEGON — Opponents have come to respect, and even fear, Rachel Brown on the volleyball court.

… Brown is a big reason by the MCC volleyball team is having another big year, with a 19-9 overall record and an 8-1 mark in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association Western Conference. The team is one game behind first-place Grand Rapids Community College in the conference.

GRCC In the News, 9-12-16

September 12, 2016

Hookah lounge shooting victim identified as a 22-year-old Muskegon man

Sept. 11, 2016; MLive

HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, MI — The 22-year-old man found dead in a parking lot Sunday morning has been identified by police as Muskegon resident Anthony Lamb.

… Police arrived to find Lamb lying in the parking lot outside the Hookah Lounge, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Lamb graduated from Holland High School in 2012 and went on to attend Grand Rapids Community College.

Help available for students of shuttered ITT Tech

Sept. 9, 2016; WOOD TV

MUSKEGON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The phones are ringing at college admissions offices all over West Michigan.

… Grand Rapids Community College is also looking for ways to help ITT Tech students.

Rees Scholarship Foundation awards $63,000

Sept. 11, 2016; mechanical-hub.com

Arlington, Va. — The Clifford H. Ted Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation, a charitable foundation of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), and the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), announced scholarship awards totaling $63,000 to 37 students, including four veterans, studying to become technicians in the HVACR and water heating industry.

… HVACR and Water Heating Technician Program Recipients:

… Pragnesh Patel, Grand Rapids Community College (Grand Rapids, Mich.)

What’s Cooking: Flourless chocolate torte recipe

Sept. 9, 2016; WZZM

Pastry Chef Abby Metz came to the WZZM 13 Studio from Red Water Restaurants, with a recipe for flourless chocolate torte.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Abby Metz is a SICE alumna.)

2 Young Black Educators. 100 Students of Color: From Worst-to-First

Sept. 6, 2016; Huffington Post

Even in 2016, it is still rare to see two men of color who do what they do, working in higher education. Although the two couldn’t be more different, there are many things Chris & Dre have in common. For instance, they both come from humble beginnings. They both graduated from Ottawa Hills High School, located in Grand Rapids, Mich. and they both have humble, laid back personalities. Nearly ten years apart in age, they are two professionals who have become more like brothers due to a shared focus and passion for helping students achieve.

… In 2012, after data indicated that African American males attending Grand Rapids Community College were statistical leaders in every category of failure, Alpha Beta Omega (ABO) was birthed as a response to the stark reality. ABO, a leadership development program was spearheaded by Dr. Andre Fields, Eric Williams and Chris Sain Jr.

Five local leaders to host joint mayors’ coffee

Sept. 9, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS — Five local leaders are hosting a joint mayors’ coffee for residents on Sept. 22 with public transit the topic of discussion.

Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, Grandville Mayor Steve Maas, Kentwood Mayor Stephen Kepley, Walker Mayor Mark Huizenga and Wyoming Mayor Jack Poll will lead the mayors’ coffee, set for 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Applied Technology Center at Grand Rapids Community College, 143 Bostwick Ave. NE.

GRCC In the News, 9-6-16

September 6, 2016

Culinary school ranks among tops in US

Sept. 5, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local culinary school is ranked as one of the top programs in the nation.

Best Choice Schools, a website ranking higher education institutions in various categories, ranks the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College No. 30 in its ranking of Top Culinary Schools 2016.

West Michigan organizations win statewide Energy Excellence awards

Sept. 5, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A pair of organizations in the region have been named winners in a statewide awards program that celebrates energy innovation.

… Habitat for Humanity of Kent County earned the award for its efforts to teach high school students from Grand Rapids Public Schools how to build LEED-certified homes, as well as its partnership with Grand Rapids Community College to run LEED-certified programs on home construction, green remodeling and sustainable residential design.

Detroit Sewn to Expand to Larger Facility in Pontiac

Sept. 2, 2016; dbusiness.com

In an effort to aid its growth, Detroit Sewn, a Pontiac-based, full-service cut and sew manufacturer that assembles products for companies in metro Detroit and beyond, will double the size of its operations by moving to a new, 5,000-square-foot facility early next year.

… Detroit Garment Group offers its programs through Henry Ford College, Grand Rapids Community College, Lansing Community College, and St. Clair Community College.

See SAT scores from lowest to highest for Kent, Ottawa schools

Sept. 4, 2016; MLive

For the first time this year, Michigan added the SAT to the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress or M-STEP. It was taken by high school juniors. Michigan students scored an average of 1001 out of a possible 1600 on the college admission exam.

… The Grand Rapids Learning Center is one of Grand Rapids Public Schools’ alternative education programs that’s a partnership with Grand Rapids Community College. Twenty-six students took the SAT in April. The average score was 782.7 out of 1600 (398.1 reading, 384.6 math).

GRCC Music Faculty Recital

September 2016; wherevent.com

… This concert will feature performances by the Grand Rapids Community College music faculty. The program will feature works by Brahms, Hindemith, Copland and others. Admission at the door is $5 general and $3 for students and seniors.

Morning News

Sept. 6, 2016; FOX 17

Don’t forget: We’re teaming up with Grand Rapids Community College to start our Classroom of the Week series again!

Making it in Grand Rapids: Social enterprise fights for a place in the entrepreneurial ecosystem

Aug. 25, 2016; rapidgrowthmedia.com

Malamiah Juice Bar doesn’t just sell juice at the Downtown Market. They also employ teenagers with no prior work experience.

… Among these social entrepreneurs, there are people like Chris Sain Jr., who do a little bit of everything. Sain, author, social entrepreneur and founder of Grand C.I.T.Y. Sports, had plenty of support as a star football player in high school and a walk-on at Michigan State University. But when that career ended and he turned to a new calling as a mentor, educator and social entrepreneur striving to reach kids in impoverished neighborhoods, he quickly learned he didn’t have nearly the same resources or support.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Chris Sain Jr. is GRCC’s coordinator of retention.)

Daughter motivates Timberwolves lineman Jayson Cummings

Sept. 5, 2016; The Holland Sentinel

Jayson Cummings admits that he’s made some mistakes in his life.

… Cummings was second-team All-State for Ypsilanti Lincoln in 2004, then played a year at Grand Rapids Community College before his career on the gridiron got derailed.

Getting college students ready to vote

Sept. 2, 2016; FOX 47

The elections are only a few months away. To help college students get registered, the Secretary of States Mobile Office will travel 3,000 miles to 18 colleges.

… Grand Rapids Community College

Sept. 26

Bostwick Commons

Glen Oaks volleyball falls to KVCC

Sept. 2, 2016; Three Rivers Commercial-News

CENTREVILLE — The Glen Oaks Community College women’s volleyball program returned to the floor Tuesday and dropped a 25-19, 21-25, 16-25, 18-25 decision at home to Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

… Glen Oaks will host Grand Rapids Community College on Thursday, Sept. 8.

Jewish Theater Grand Rapids presents ‘Brill’

Sept. 6, 2016; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – The first production of the Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids 2016-17 season opens this Wednesday.

… Directed by Jason Marlett and starring Leonard Robinson and Madeleine Hagger, Brill will be performed in the intimate “Black Box Theatre” on the second floor of Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain St. NE, on the GRCC campus in downtown Grand Rapids.

Counseling, TRIO, other offices to return to Student Center

August 22, 2016

The offices that were temporarily relocated to Cook — the Counseling and Career Center, TRIO/Student Support Services, Occupational and Disability Support Services, the Student Success and Retention Dean’s Office, and Disability Testing Services — are scheduled to be back in the Student Center on Tuesday, August 23.

GRCC In the News, 8-4-16

August 4, 2016

GRCC diversity program gets expanded, new name

Aug. 3, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College has renamed the Bob and Alicia Woodrick Diversity Learning Center to reflect the expansion of its work.

Collaboration addresses needs of states manufacturing industry, employees

Aug. 3, 2016; Macomb Township Chronicle

MACOMB COUNTY — The definition of manufacturing is probably different to a 60-year-old individual than to an 18-year-old.

… Macomb Community College has collaborated with seven other institutions — Bay College, Grand Rapids Community College, Kellogg Community College, Lake Michigan College, Lansing Community College, Mott Community College and Schoolcraft College — to make this goal a reality as part of a program called the Michigan Coalition for Advanced Manufacturing.

Computers for needy kids on sale for $40

Aug. 3, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A West Side nonprofit has set a goal of putting 6,000 donated computers into the hands of needy children for the low cost of $40.

… As part of a program expansion, Grand Rapids Community College will dedicate success coaches to work with the program to provide another layer of support for Union students this year.

Harmony Hall gears up for Restaurant Week G.R.

Aug. 3, 2016; WZZM

Harmony Hall in Grand Rapids is one of more than 60 restaurants participating in Restaurant Week Grand Rapids.

… Restaurants will provide 3-course meals for $28. $1 from Restaurant Week meals sold during this year’s event will be donated to the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education Student Scholarship Fund at the Grand Rapids Community College.

GREAT Places to Dine Out During Restaurant Week Grand Rapids 2016

Aug. 3, 2016; Women’s Lifestyle Grand Rapids

Before the 7th annual Restaurant Week Grand Rapids approaches, create a list of restaurants to go with friends, a date or with family, then choose according to the mood you’re in. Restaurant Week is a great time to explore different restaurants that you haven’t yet experienced.

… About Restaurant Week

… Why: To celebrate the culinary scene in Greater Grand Rapids, showcase the creativity of local chefs, encourage local and seasonal ingredients, and to inspire community members to support their local restaurants. Additionally, Restaurant Week helps The Secchia Institute for Culinary Education students with educational support. Since 2010, Restaurant Week participating restaurants and sponsors have contributed over $110,000 to the Secchia Institute for Culinary Educations Student Scholarship Fund at GRCC. Participating restaurants donate $1 for every Restaurant Week meal sold to the scholarship fund that is granted to selected students within the Institutes culinary program.

GRCC In the News, 7-28-16

July 28, 2016

Making it in Grand Rapids: How the startup community is preparing entrepreneurs for the ‘real world’

7/28/16 rapidgrowthmedia.com

Can you teach entrepreneurship? This question may not have a straight answer, but is it even the right question? There are those in the Grand Rapids startup community who are not only working to educate entrepreneurs as much as possible but are also changing the question by asking not if it can be taught, but how it can be taught.

… This blending of skillsets is called “intrapreneruship” and is something that Professor Felix Pereiro, Business Department Head at the Meijer Center for Business Studies at GRCC, also recognizes as an integral part of an entrepreneurship education. “Can students discuss innovation and the creative process? Can they solve complex problems, lead and produce results? Companies are looking for these traits,” says Pereiro. That is why programs like those at GVSU and GRCC are so important to the next generation of entrepreneurs and those that choose to enter into a company. According to a 2014 survey of 3,335 human resources professionals conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), 54 percent of respondents indicated that job applicants lacked critical thinking and problem solving skills.

News Briefs

7/27/16 Community College Week

… GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Grand Rapids Community College has established a $7 million scholarship fund with Spectrum Health to help students pursuing careers in healthcare or the health sciences.

122 candidates file for school board seats in Kent, Ottawa counties

7/27/16 MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Eleven candidates are vying for three, four-year seats on the nine-member Grand Rapids Board of Education in the Tuesday, Nov. 8, general election.

… Here is a rundown of candidates who filed for Grand Rapids and other Kent and Ottawa county area school districts.

… Raynard Ross, an associate dean for Student Success & Retention Services at Grand Rapids Community College, is seeking a second term.

Radio personality tries a 3rd time to unseat county board incumbent

July 27, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Radio personality Robert Womack hopes his third try will be the charm as he challenges 17th District County Commissioner Candace Chivis in the Aug. 3 Democratic primary election.

… Chivis, who was first elected to the board in 2010 and counts former State Rep. Robert Dean and former Grand Rapids Community College board member Ellen James as her supporters, said Womack is focusing on issues that fall outside of the county board’s purview.

GRCC In the News, 7-21-16

July 21, 2016

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, 7-20-16

July 20, 2016

Restaurant Week starts in 3 weeks, make reservations now

July 19, 2016; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – The 7th Annual Restaurants Week GR is just three weeks away! The event will run from August 10 through 21.

… Each restaurant that participates in RWGR donates $1 from every Restaurant Week meal sold during the event to the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education Student Scholarship Fund.

AMBA Awards Scholarships to Students Entering the Industry

July 20, 2016; moldmakingtechnology.com

The National office of the American Mold Builders Association (AMBA), Indianapolis, Indiana, recently announced the recipients of its 2016 Scholarship Awards Program. To date, more than $263,000 has been awarded nationally since the programs inception in 1991, demonstrating the AMBA’s commitment to the industry, education and offering valuable member benefits.

… The 2016 AMBA National Scholarship Program awarded $1,000 to the following recipients (including their respective AMBA member companies): Paxton Corey, attending University of Iowa (M.S.I. Mold Builders); Peter Fritz, attending Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (Pro Mold & Die); Allen Johanson, attending Elgin Community College (Elba Tool Company, Inc.); Cody Smits, attending Ferris State University (CS Tool & Engineering, Inc.) and James Worst, attending Grand Rapids Community College (Paragon D&E). The AMBA congratulates each of these deserving students and wishes them the best in their endeavors. For more information on the AMBA Scholarship Program, visit amba.org or call 317-436-3102.

Two Grand Rapids school board members won’t seek reelection

July 19, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Two of three Grand Rapids school board members up for reelection say they won’t seek second terms because of the time commitment – Dr. Monica Randles and Pastor Nathaniel Moody.

… Besides (Jennifer) Schottke and (Raynard) Ross, an associate dean at Grand Rapids Community College, the other two people who have filed for the four vacant seats are: Jacob Walls, senior financial analyst with Amway Corporation and a finalist for LaGrand’s seat; and Thurston Willoughby, a minister with New Life Church of God In Christ and manufacturing technician with Amway Global.

Jumping on faith: The rise of 5-foot-5 pro dunking sensation Porter Maberry

July 19, 2016; FOX Sports

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Porter Maberry just keeps going up.

… But the work was unfulfilling and the classes bored him, and when the coach of the Grand Rapids Community College basketball team invited him to try out for the team, he quit his job and sprang at the opportunity. Maberry made the roster and, finally, figured he had a chance get noticed and begin a path to professional ball.