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GRCC In the News, 6-21-17

June 21, 2017

High school students attend weeklong police academy

June 20, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Several West Michigan high school students are spending the first week of summer break training for their future.

… The program is backed by the police departments in East Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Grand Rapids, Grandville, Rockford, Walker and Wyoming, as well as the Grand Valley Department of Public Safety, Michigan State Police Rockford Post, Kent County Sheriffs office and Grand Rapids Community College Department of Public Safety.

Trump’s food stamp cuts would have ‘huge impact’ in West Michigan

June 20, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Imagine living on a budget of only $1.39 per meal. Now scale that back to $1.04 for each meal.

… She (Molly Kooi) enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College in 2015 and then Grand Valley State University in 2016, where she is pursuing a major in health communication. Kooi still works part-time for Goodwill, but between her class load and taking care of her son, she can typically only work one or two shifts each week.

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.

Exercise Science sets Advising Day for March 15

February 23, 2017

Exercise Science and Academic and Transfer Center are working together to plan Advising Day on Wednesday, March 15, 10:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

There will be an informational advising presentation held at 10:15 a.m. and repeated at 11:30 a.m. in Calkins Science Room 348 Auditorium that is for all students, regardless of major. This presentation will be given by Counseling and Transfer Center staff covering information pertaining to earning an associate degree, earning the MTA designation, scheduling and choosing classes, online tools, graduation, transfer, and more.  Everyone is welcome.

Drop-in, individual advising is also available from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in Calkins Science Building 125/127.

For those who cannot make these events and would like to arrange an advising appointment with an Exercise Science faculty member, contact the department at exercisescience@grcc.edu

Advising appointments can include (but are not limited to):

  • Reviewing the 2 + 2 articulation agreements that are available
  • Understanding the Michigan Transfer Agreement and Associate Degree requirements
  • Developing a class schedule, determining a sequence of classes that works for you and registering for classes
  • Discussing potential career opportunities that are available with an Exercise Science degree
  • Discussing professional certifications such as personal training, group fitness instruction, health coaching and more!

GRCC In the News, 2-15-17

February 15, 2017

“News at Daybreak”

Feb. 15, 2017; WOOD TV

You may be able to find a job today or tomorrow at the Grand Rapids Community College job fair

Plan for your future: Ferris-Grand Rapids spring open house event

Feb. 13, 2017; WOTV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) — Earning your degree is one giant leap forward for your future. Take the first step and join Ferris State University for their Spring Open House on February 23rd. At the fabulous Applied Technology Center located in Downtown Grand Rapids, attendees will be introduced to everything Ferris Grand Rapids has to offer:

…  A 25-year partnership with Grand Rapids Community College that can help you cut the cost of your degree in half.

4 GRCC students named semifinalists for Jack Kent Cooke Transfer Scholarship

February 10, 2017

Four GRCC students have been selected as semifinalists for the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Transfer Scholarship! Congratulations to Monica Hale, Anna Leestma, Tammy Loggins, and Daniel Lopez!

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, 10-26-16

October 26, 2016

Colleges ink transfer deal

Oct. 25, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Two local colleges have signed an agreement to smooth the path for students to transfer between institutions.

Grand Rapids Community College and Calvin College announced a partnership on Oct. 24 that will allow GRCC students to map out and lock in what classes they need to transfer to Calvin College for their third and fourth years.

Beerducation at Fountain Hill Brewery

Oct. 25, 2016; mittenbrew.com

Grand Rapids is now home to another new brewery — but this one might not be one you know about, yet. Say hello to Fountain Hill Brewery & Peters Pub, the first and only federal and state-licensed brewpub owned and operated on a college campus.

GRCC board candidates field questions at forum

Oct. 25, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The candidates for the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees shared their thoughts Tuesday, October 25, on the college’s values, student outcomes, and the role of a trustee during a forum hosted by the Faculty Association, Student Alliance and Academic Governing Council.

Green Party candidate Yankovich speaks at GRCC

Oct. 26, 2016; The Lowell Ledger

Cliff Yankovich, Green Party candidate for the Michigan House in the 86th district and owner of Main Street business Chimera Design, spoke at an event at Grand Rapids Community College last week. The main speaker at the event on Wednesday, Oct. 19 was Green Party vice presidential candidate Ajamu Baraka. Yankovich spoke for about seven minutes at the event and introduced Baraka.

 

GRCC In the News, 10-25-16

October 25, 2016

GRCC students provided seamless path to Calvin College programs

Oct. 24, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College and Calvin College announced Monday, Oct. 24, an institutional agreement that will provide GRCC students a seamless path to Calvin’s programs.

Experience GR Restaurant week Scholarship winner

Oct. 19, 2016; WJRW

Interview with SICE program director Werner Absenger

Aquinas hosts college fair

Oct. 17, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Aquinas College will host a college fair this week with more than 80 representatives on hand to talk with high students and their parents.

… Colleges and military branches at the fair

… Grand Rapids Community College

DDA eyes boundary expansion

Oct. 21, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The downtown boundaries could receive an update before the end of the year.

… (Tim) Kelly said along with the city commission, DDA officials are in discussions with organizations and jurisdictions affected by the proposed boundary changes, including Kent County, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Grand Rapids Community College, Monroe North Tax Increment Finance Authority and the West Side and North Quarter Corridor improvement districts. Kelly said the DDA does not collect increments where corridor improvement districts already exist.

GRCC In the News, 10-18-16

October 18, 2016

LGBTQ students, others speak out against GRCC trustees’ transgender policy remarks

Oct. 17, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Malcolm Joseph, a transgender student at Grand Rapids Community College, was among a dozen who spoke out Monday, Oct. 17, challenging remarks by a Board of Trustee member against the transgender bathroom policy.

NSF project advances students in STEM majors

Oct. 17, 2016; gvsu.edu

The financial support students received through a National Science Foundation grant proved successful as nearly all of them graduated on time.

… Each student was assigned to a faculty member who served as a mentor and provided career guidance. Students were encouraged to complete high-impact experiences, such as conducting research or attending a professional development conference. The group also partnered with Grand Rapids Community College to provide up to five scholarships each year to students who transferred to Grand Valley.

GRCC In the News, 10-17-16

October 17, 2016

Grand Rapids Community College names 4 finalists for president

Oct. 14, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A Grand Rapids Community College search committee has named four finalists, including an internal candidate, who will vie to become the college’s 10th president.

IT firm will get $180K from state to add 25 jobs

Oct. 15, 2016; MLive

KENTWOOD, MI — The state is rewarding a Kentwood IT firm with a $180,000 grant for expanding in Michigan instead of Virginia.

… The firm is also tapping into Grand Rapids Community College, which approved a $200,000 revenue bond in June to provide free training for newly hired workers. The bond is supposed to be paid back with the state income tax paid by those employees who will be earning more after they gain the new skills. The state-funded training is part of the Michigan New Jobs Training Program that aims to provide a pathway for people to earn a living wage.

Vectorform named top tech company of year

Oct. 14, 2016; Crain’s Detroit Business

Royal Oak-based Vectorform LLC was named the top technology company of the year at the 16th annual Automation Alley awards gala Friday night at the Detroit Yacht Club on Belle Isle.

… Other awards announced Friday night:

… The Outstanding Educational Initiative Award went to Michigan Apprenticeship Program Plus, a joint venture of Grand Rapids Community College and Macomb Community College to train up to 600 over five years in manufacturing and technology through a federal grant of $3.9 million.

College’s diversity series continues with globalization discussion

Oct. 15, 2016; MLive

The diversity lecture series sponsored by Grand Rapids Community College’s Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion, is intended to provide insight and understanding of multicultural issues.

Gov. Rick Snyder makes appointments to the Building the 21st Century Economy Commission

Oct. 14, 2016; michigan.gov

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the initial appointments to the Building the 21st Century Economy Commission, created by Executive Order 2016-14.

… Jessica Ann Tyson of Kentwood is the president and owner of JA PR Group, LLC. In 2016, she was issued the Community Leadership Award by the Michigan Republican Party and the Seeds of Growth Leadership Award by Grand Rapids Opportunity for Women. Tyson attended Kalamazoo Valley Community College and Grand Rapids Community College.

Dozens of HBCUs to recruit students during college fair in Grand Rapids

Oct. 14, 2016; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – West Michigan students thinking about college are invited to attend a special college fair this weekend.

… The HBCU College Readiness Fair is Saturday, Oct. 15 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. It’s taking place at the GRCC Ford Field Gymnasium which is located at 111 Lyon NE in Grand Rapids.

FSU program prepares minorities for college

Oct. 14, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Approximately five years ago, Tony Baker noticed a troubling trend on the campus of Ferris State University.

… The benefit for Ferris comes from establishing strong partnerships with schools and the community. In addition to its partner school systems, Ferris works with the Doug and Maria DeVos Foundation, the Hispanic Center of West Michigan, AT&T, Destination Education, Latin Americans United for Progress, the Hispanic Center of Oceana County and Oceana County College Access Network to run the program. The school also works with local institutions Kendall College for Art and Design in Grand Rapids and Grand Rapids Community College in Holland which provide classroom space.

Transfer Fair to be held October 19

October 17, 2016

GRCC Transfer Fair

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

12:30-4:30 p.m.

Student Center, Room 301 (Student Lounge)

 

Over 35 schools attending!  Start Here/Transfer There

  • Learn about transfer requirements
  • Obtain catalogs and other transfer resources
  • Meet with College/University representatives

Sponsored by:  Counseling, Advising & Retention Services

Child Development and Education Department holds transfer fair

October 12, 2016

The Child Development and Education Department held a Teacher Education Transfer Fair on October 11. Over 30 students in the program took advantage of the fair to connect with multiple universities to decide their next steps in education. A big thank you to all of the students and colleges who helped make the transfer fair a success!

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Photos from ATC celebration

September 30, 2016

GRCC and Ferris State University celebrated the 25th anniversary of the ATC on September 29.

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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, 6-24-16

June 24, 2016

Kent County commissioners approve Switch tax breaks

June 23, 2016; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Kent County commissioners unanimously approved tax breaks for tech company Switch.

… At the commission meeting, Switch Vice President Adam Kramer said they are working with Grand Rapids Community College on job and training programs.

Optimism keeps Johnson Memorial Scholarship winner moving ahead

June 23, 2016; MLive

Samantha Henry graduated with her class at Hudsonville High School in June 2016. Five years ago, there was a big question as to whether that would happen.

… Sam plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College. She is still thinking about career plans, but is happy to have treatments and therapy behind her.

Grand Valley State committed to advancing Latino student success

June 23, 2016; MLive

In August, about 80 students and their families will be welcomed at Grand Valley State University for the third annual Laker Familia, an orientation specific to Latino and Latina students.

… Our work for and with Latino students goes beyond Grand Valley’s campus. For example, we have partnered with Grand Rapids Community College on several pipeline programs for middle and high school students, and we have joined with the Hispanic Center of West Michigan to bring 60 Latino youth to campus for a college readiness program, Supporting Our Leaders.

(This is a guest column by GVSU President Tom Haas.)