GRCC In the News, 11-8-16

Royal withdraws as GRCC presidential finalist

Nov. 7, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Just two weeks before the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees intends to make a decision about the school’s 10th president, one of the four finalists — Inver Hills Community College Provost Christina Royal – has removed her name from consideration.

Kent County Veterans Council names ‘Veteran of the Year’

Nov. 7, 2016; MLive

KENT COUNTY — The United Veterans Council of Kent County has chosen William Schaefer, of Belmont, as its 2016 “Veteran of the Year.”

The retired Air Force command chief master sergeant served his country for 37 years. He began his career in 1966, after graduating from Ottawa Hills High School and receiving an associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College, and a degree in business administration and industrial engineering from Western Michigan University.

Clinton, Trump stops to cost W. MI taxpayers nearly $40K

Nov. 7, 2016; WOOD TV

ALLENDALE, Mich. (WOOD) — Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have raised hundreds of millions of dollars for their campaigns, but when it comes to security for West Michigan visits, local taxpayers are footing the bill.

… Costs associated with presidents and presidential candidates in West Michigan during the 2004 and 2008 campaigns:

July 30, 2004: Campaign stop by President George W. Bush in Grand Rapids. It cost a total of $63,654.06: $39,705 in police protection, which the city did not issue a bill for; and $18,800 in public works, also not billed. Grand Rapids Community College billed the campaign $5,149.06, which was paid in full.

… Sept. 17-18, 2008: Campaign stop by U.S. Sen. John McCain and then Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in Grand Rapids. It cost a total of $20,756.01: $14,262.81 for Grand Rapids police and $5,200 for the sheriff department, neither of which issued a bill. Grand Rapids Community College billed the campaign $1,293.20, which was paid in full.

Muskegon Community College volleyball team barely misses a regional title

Nov. 7, 2016; Local Sports Journal

The Muskegon Community College volleyball team came within a single point of winning a regional championship on Sunday.

… MCC met archrival Grand Rapids Community College in the regional finals, which took place at MCC’s Bartels-Rode Gymnasium.

Rattlers Sign Five

Nov. 7, 2016;

Phoenix, Ariz. – The Arizona Rattlers announced Wednesday that they have signed quarterback Aaron Aiken, offensive lineman DeShawn Byrd, defensive lineman Edward Mosley, offensive linemen Keyun Swinney, and running back DeJaun Wright for the team’s inaugural season in the Indoor Football League (IFL).

… Byrd (6-5, 320, Tennessee State) attended Tennessee State where he was a two-year starter for the Tigers. Prior to transferring to Tennessee State, Byrd also attended Grand Rapids Community College where he earned MFC East All-Region and First Team All-MFC honors.

Community College Students React To New Campus Vending Machines

Nov. 7, 2016; Automatic Vending

Students at Grand Rapids Community College located in Grand Rapids, MI, got to try out several new vending machines on campus this year. The Collegiate Live reports that the college added a few new vending machines with flashy features and credit/debit card readers.

GRCC to observe moment of silence on Veterans Day

On Oct. 7, 2016, President Obama signed the S.1004: Veterans Day Moment of Silence Act which amends title 36, United States Code, to include:

“The President shall issue each year a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe two minutes of silence on Veterans Day in honor of the service and sacrifice of veterans throughout the history of the Nation.”

Please join us to observe a moment of silence on Veterans Day at 2:11 p.m. in honor of the service and sacrifice of veterans throughout our country’s history.

GRCC will also hold a Veterans Day observance, featuring instructor Denny Gillem, at 10:45 a.m. Nov. 11.


GRCC In the News, 8-26-16

Grand Rapids Students Learn Beer Making

Aug. 25, 2016;

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Sheldon Korcal, a Grand Rapids Community College student, says hes been hooked on craft beer since downing one of Founder’s Brewing Company’s flagship beers — the Dirty Bastard scotch-style ale.

Grand Rapids Community College AD resigns after one year

Aug. 25, 2016; MLive

Orletta Caldwell, who served just over a year as athletic director at Grand Rapids Community College, resigned just ahead of the start of a new school year.

U.P. schools receive ‘gold’ rating from Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency

Aug. 25, 2016; WJMN

LANSING, Mich. — World-class athletes weren’t the only ones going for the gold this past month. Sixty-five colleges and universities recently earned bronze-, silver- or gold-level status based on their commitment to providing on-campus, veteran-centric services to student veterans.

… The 2016-17 rankings are as follows:


… Grand Rapids Community College

Rape survivor preaches compassion, education and ‘everyday activism’

Aug. 25, 2016; The Chicago Tribune

I believe you. It’s not your fault. You’re not alone.

… Tessa Dearth, a 22-year-old student at Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan who attended Wednesday’s screening with her mother, said she reported a male student who was sexually harassing her at school last year before anything got physical.

… Dearth said she felt campus police believed her and responded appropriately to her complaint, but that it was disconcerting how, according to the film, that rarely happens.

GRCC In the News, 7-26-16


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;

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.


15 colleges, universities honored for commitment to student veterans

Fifteen colleges and universities were honored June 22 for their commitment to helping student veterans transition from the military to college life through the Michigan Veteran Education Initiative.

MVEI places veteran resource representatives on college campuses throughout the state to help student veterans succeed as they pursue an education through a partnership between the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency and Michigan College Access Network.

Schools honored included Baker College-Flint, Eastern Michigan University, Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Jackson College, Kirtland Community College, Lansing Community College, MIAT College of Technology, Michigan State University, Mid-Michigan Community College, North Central Michigan College, Northern Michigan University, Oakland Community College and Spring Arbor University.

VRRs provide support and answer questions from veterans, faculty and staff about admissions, financial aid and other topics. During the past 18 months, VRRs have connected with more than 2,000 student veterans and assisted them in claiming more than $5 million in benefits.

Two women and three men stand in a row in front of U.S. and Michigan flags. Two of them hold awards.

GRCC In the News, 11-12-15

GRCC commemorates Veterans Day

Nov. 11, 2015; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The second annual Veterans Day commemoration took place Wednesday at Grand Rapids Community College.

Domestic partner benefits set for vote at GRCC

Nov. 11, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees is expected to vote on a proposal Monday that would grant health care to the domestic partners of unmarried employees.

Early national signing day: Check out who is headed where in Grand Rapids

Nov. 11, 2015; MLive

The future begins now for Grand Rapids area student-athletes who are planning to take their game and education to the next level.

… Baseball

Jake Augstyn (Catholic Central) – Grand Rapids Community College

GRCC In the News, 10-1-15

ArtPrize Adventures: 10 entries to see during showers

Sept. 29, 2015; WOTV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) — While Storm Team 8 from WOOD TV is predicting rain Tuesday morning, it’s not slowing down ArtPrize Seven.

… “See through Solid” by Sotir Davidhi

… Location: Grand Rapids Community Colleges Collins Art Gallery 143 Bostwick NE

Grand Rapids area dining guide: Downtown

Sept. 30, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Here is an alphabetical list of restaurants in the downtown Grand Rapids area. Please contact with any openings or closings that may affect this list to help keep it current for all readers.

… The Heritage Restaurant Located in the Applied Technology Center at Grand Rapids Community College, this is the culinary school restaurant. Open during selected times September through mid-April and for lunch May-June. 151 Fountain St. NE, 234-3700, $, $$$

Indie-folks Chris DuPont and his inspiring musical quest: Grappling with chaos, emerging with hope

Sept. 29, 2015; Local Spin

If Chris DuPont’s music strikes a raw nerve for listeners with its deeply personal, introspective observations about life, then the Ypsilanti singer-songwriter with roots in Grand Rapids figures hes done his job.

… DuPont brings those personally compelling songs this week to Grand Rapids, where he lived for nine years starting at age 14 and where he first cut his teeth in the music business after majoring in recording technology at Grand Rapids Community College.

Aquinas men’s soccer draws with Madonna under the lights

Sept. 30, 2015; MLive

Grand Rapids, MI- Aquinas and (RV) Madonna played to a 0-0 draw in the conference home opener for the Saints. The game was the first game “under the lights” at the Aquinas Athletic Field after the installation of field lighting earlier this fall. With the draw, Aquinas’ record now stands at 5-2-1, and 0-1-1 in WHAC play.

… Twenty minutes of extra play weren’t enough to separate the two teams, as neither team could generate a scoring chance to end the game. Aquinas got strong defensive play from seniors Matt Jackson (Kalamazoo/GRCC) and Michael Weber (Traverse City/St. Francis), and goalie Ty VandePoel (Holland/Holland) made three saves in net.

Northern Michigan University is One of the 57 Veteran-Friendly Schools for the 2015-2016 School Year

Sept. 29, 2015; 103 FXD (Escanaba)

LANSING, Mich. — Student veterans and their dependents can now choose from more than 50 veteran-friendly schools committed to providing on-campus, veteran-centric services to better support their academic and transitional needs.

… The rankings for the 2015-16 academic year are:


… Grand Rapids Community College*
… *Indicates a school that also participates in the Michigan Veteran Education Initiative.

GRCC In the News, 9-14-15

GRCC lands federal grant for apprenticeships

Sept. 11, 2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The federal government awarded a Michigan-based program federal funding through its American Apprenticeship initiative to expand apprenticeships in the Grand Rapids and Detroit metropolitan areas.

The U.S. Department of Labor awarded more than $3.9 million in grant funding Sept. 9 to the Michigan Apprenticeship Program Plus a collaboration between Grand Rapids Community College, Macomb Community College, employers and organizations one of the public-private partnerships intended to create and expand apprenticeship programs to meet high-growth and high-tech industries.

Change Ups: Williams appointed to WMCAT top spot

Sept. 11, 2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal


Grand Rapids Community College and Western Michigan University have signed an agreement that provides GRCC students with a seamless path to WMU programs by mapping out which classes students need to take at GRCC to transfer to WMU for their third and fourth years.

Is a four-year college degree for you? Students consider alternative careers

Sept. 11, 2015; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– Rising college tuition and the through of paying off students debt for years could be enough to make some students reconsider their path once they graduate high school.

… “The industry right now needs chefs,” explains Dan Gendler, Program Director of the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College.

Inside Track: Cuellar puts the focus squarely on education

Sept. 11, 2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal

As a business owner, Noël Cuellar doesn’t want to create jobs; he wants to create careers.

… “Not being the type of person that takes rejection well, I realized I’m lacking skills,” he said. “That’s when I started taking classes at Grand Rapids Community College. I excelled at it, and within two years of classes, I was training the technicians.”

College, state programs prepare veterans for life after military

Sept. 13, 2015; Crain’s Detroit Business

Phil Larson remembers taking off a uniform he no longer would wear as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force and asking himself questions as he moved into civilian life: “Who am I? What’s my meaning?”

… The university (Grand Valley State University) also has a new veteran resource representative, shared with Grand Rapids Community College.