GRCC In the News, 6-25-19

Man arrested after struggle with GRCC police

June 24, 2019; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids Community College says a man was arrested after causing a disturbance on campus Monday.

GRCC launching new welding program to help meet market demand

June 24, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – When industries or construction are booming as they are in West Michigan, the need for welders increases greatly.

Grand Rapids Community College is launching a new Welding Skills Certificate program fall semester designed to help students gain the necessary skills quickly, so they can enter the workforce and help meet demand.

Men’s Cross County Adds Five For This Fall

June 22, 2019; wsuathletics.com (Wayne State University)

DETROIT — Wayne State University men’s cross country head coach Grant Lofdahl will enter his third year at the helm this fall with the biggest and deepest roster in his tenure.

Lofdahl and his staff have added five newcomers who will join the squad this August.  Two of the five are junior college transfers from Grand Rapids Community College in Sam Borisch (Comstock Park, Mich.) and Trystan Thayer (Grand Rapids, Mich. / Forest Hills Central).  Joining via an NLI are Ransom Allen (Ithaca, Mich.) and Donald O’Keefe (Troy, Mich.), while Jeremy Cavallo (Davisburg, Mich. / Clarkston) will be attending WSU via a Letter of Commitment.

Entrepreneurial effort plants focus on workforce development

June 21, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The Zeeland-based economic development agency is taking what it has learned from participating in Michigan’s Talent Pipeline Management Academy, launched by Consumers Energy in 2017, and applying it to workforce advancement initiatives along the lakeshore.

… Lakeshore Advantage also is collaborating with educators at Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Thompson M-TEC and the Careerline Tech Center, and all of that contact is involving manufacturing.

Small Business Opportunities with the City of Grand Rapids

June 22, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The City of Grand Rapids Micro Local Business Enterprise, or MLBE, Program is a certification designation for local, small and minority businesses created in 2009 to provide incentives for smaller companies when bidding with the city.

The program is for construction, goods and services and professional services companies seeking to bid competitively with the City of Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Rapids Public Schools.

‘A light that cannot and will not be put out’

June 21, 2019; schoolnewsnetwork.org

In her own words, Gloria Bliss-Ramos has had a “lot gone on” during her high school years. But that didn’t stop her from finishing high school and planning her future.

… Gloria said she is concentrating on becoming the best mother she can be, and has set her sights on a four-month tech program offered at Grand Rapids Community College.

Meet MLive’s 2019 softball and baseball Dream Teams from Muskegon

June 24, 2019; MLive

MUSKEGON – After a bit of a breather, the high school softball and baseball Dream Teams have returned for the Muskegon area.

… Nick Stever, Montague | Senior infielder/pitcher

Stever was the Wildcats’ top player, batting .410 with 25 RBIs and 18 runs scored. On the mound, the Grand Rapids Community College-bound right-hander went 4-1 with a 1.86 ERA in 10 appearances with one save. He was a four-year starter, who earned all-conference, all-district and all-region honors multiple times.

String orchestra welcomes new conductor

June 23, 2019; Guelph Today (Ontario, Canada)

The Guelph Youth Music Centre (GYMC) is pleased to present its new Youth String Orchestras (Junior and Intermediate) conductor, Joy Schuster, who will take up her duties in the fall.

… Upon graduation, Joy was elected a member of the Society of Pi Kappa Lambda. She moved back to her home town of Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1996 where she taught with the Grand Rapids Community College Suzuki program and directed a Music Together program.

GRCC In the News, 6-19-19

John Bos all-star games honor OK conference baseball and softball players

June 18, 2019; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — All-conference baseball and softball players from the OK Conference got a final chance play a high school game and represent their league Tuesday night at Cornerstone University.

Plan failed? Draw up a new one

June 18, 2019; schoolnewsnetwork.org

Two years ago, Chris Hribek will tell you, his high school career was a disaster with failing grades, attendance issues and a big attitude problem.

… Thanks to some tough love by teachers at the Career Academy and a new attitude toward school, Chris got his diploma this spring. Now he’s thinking about going to Grand Rapids Community College to learn welding.

Hausserman named Sentinel-Standard Boys’ Golfer of the Year

June 18, 2019; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — Consistency.

… (Tyler) Hausserman was referring to Egypt Valley Country Club, where he’ll play as a member of golf team at Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC In the News, 6-17-19

Electric vehicle charging station at GRCC now available for public use

June 14, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The public can now use the electric vehicle charging station in the lower level of the Grand Rapids Community College parking ramp on Bostwick Avenue, officials announced this week.

Metallica Gives Back

June 14, 2019; allwithinmyhands.org (All Within My Hands Foundation)

Our extended Metallica Family at Blackened American Whiskey had a chance encounter with a Metallica fan whose buddy, it turns out, is a Metallica Scholar. That brief encounter led to us learn all about our first Spotlight Scholar, Jason Church. We think his story is worth sharing, and it all started over whiskey…

Jason was the recipient of AWMH’s Metallica Scholars grant funding at Grand Rapids Community College, encouraging him to continue his training and get his welding certification.

Brother and sister work hard for ‘a better future, a better life’

June 14, 2019;  schoolnewsnetwork.org (Kent Intermediate School district)

Anyelin and Yustin Vasquez Lopez are well aware of the Guatemala they came from, the America they came to, and what it will take to succeed here.

… She and her brother are powered by their dreams, as they go from their graduation ceremony at Calvin College toward Grand Rapids Community College this fall.

Fundraising Lunch in Grand Rapids to Help Former Foster Youth Go to College

June 13, 2019; michigan.gov (press release)

LANSING, Mich. – Seat reservations are still available for the fifth annual Fostering Futures Scholarship Trust Fund Benefit to be held on June 26 at Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids.

… Seventeen Michigan colleges and universities have programs to assist former foster care students:  Delta College, Eastern Michigan University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Lansing Community College, Michigan State University, Mott Community College, Northwestern Michigan College, Saginaw Valley State University, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, University of Michigan-Flint, Washtenaw Community College, Wayne County Community College, Wayne State University and Western Michigan University.

Pewamo-Westphalia falls in extras in Division 3 baseball semifinal

June 14, 2019; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

EAST LANSING — The Pewamo-Westphalia baseball team had allowed under 40 runs total to its opponents this season en route to a school-record 31 wins.

… “I tried to get them off-balance by throwing my curveball and then slider, plus I was able to locate my fastball well and trust my fielders to make plays behind me,” (Ethan) Thelen said, who will continue his baseball career next season at Grand Rapids Community College, said. “My arm feels really good right now, but it will probably be a different story tomorrow.

GRCC In the News, 6-14-19

Heavy metal meets metal joining

June 13, 2019; Engineering 360

Rock band Metallica has awarded Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) in Michigan with a $100,000 grant to connect more nontraditional students to in-demand welding jobs.

Ionia’s Hausserman finishes just outside of top 10 at state golf finals

June 13, 2019; The Daily News (Greenville)

IONIA — Ionia senior Tyler Hausserman, the school’s first regional golf champion, performed well at the Division 2 state finals at Forest Akers West Golf Course in East Lansing on June 7-8, finishing three strokes away from clinching a top 10 finish.

… Hausserman will now take his golfing talents to Grand Rapids Community College, in which he signed a letter of intent to play with the Raiders on May 15.

GRCC Welding crafts guitar sculpture as Metallica ‘thank you’

Dr. Pink, Julie Parks, and GRCC staff and families pose with Metallica guitarist James Hetfield has he hold the full-sized black metal guitar sculpture made by the GRCC Welding Dept.

Shout out to the Welding Department for creating a rock-worthy tribute to the band Metallica in thanks for the welding grant that they recently awarded to GRCC – our welding superstars made a full-size black metal guitar statue as thanks! The metal ‘guitar’ is engraved with the Metallica logo and the words “GRCC Welding.” Metallica guitarist James Hetfield, pictured above, is clearly delighted with the tribute.

Way to go, Welding Dept.!

GRCC In the News, 12-18-18

Metallica Gifts Grand Rapids Community College $100K To Beef Up Welding Program

Dec. 17, 2018; mitechnews.com

GRAND RAPIDS — Grand Rapids Community College will receive $100,000 from heavy metal band Metallica to help launch a new welding program targeted at nontraditional students that will feature smaller class sizes, flexible scheduling and career preparation assistance.

Southeast-area athletes making impact on collegiate level

Dec. 17, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS – The fall sports season has ended, the winter season is getting into full swing at colleges and universities around the region, and numerous local athletes are making contributions on the collegiate level this season.

… Sammie Ryans, an East Kentwood grad, is turning in a solid sophomore season with the Grand Rapids Community College men’s basketball team. Ryan is averaging 15.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game.

GRCC In the News, 3-30-18

GRCC mourns death of alumnus, longtime supporter Armen Oumedian

March 29, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is mourning the death of alumnus and longtime supporter Armen Oumedian, who died on Wednesday, March 28.

GRCC montará Torneo de baloncesto NJCAA Región XII en 2019, 2020

March 29, 2018; El Vocero

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN. – Los mejores jugadores de baloncesto comunitarios de la región se presentarán en West Michigan durante los próximos dos años, con la selección de  Grand Rapids Community College  para albergar el torneo de baloncesto NJCAA Región XII en la temporada 2019 y 2020.

(GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN. – The best community basketball players in the region will perform in West Michigan for the next two years, with the selection of Grand Rapids Community College to host the NJCAA Region XII basketball tournament in the 2019 and 2020 seasons.)

West Shore earns high ranking for nursing

March 29, 2018; Ludington Daily News

West Shore Community College has been recognized as the No. 2-ranked LPN program in Michigan by the Annual PracticalNursing.org State LPN Program Rankings.

… WSCC had an overall score of 98.08, just behind Muskegon Community College, which had 99.64 total points. Lansing Community College was ranked third with 98.02 points. Grand Rapids Community College was ranked seventh with 97.04 points. More information about the ranking methodology is available at www.practicalnursing.org.

Maranda’s Guide to Spring Break Fun!

March 20, 2018; WOTV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) Spring break is here and if you’re staying close to West Michigan, there are so many options for family fun! Check out Maranda’s Guide to Spring Break Fun, including her picks of the day! To get a list of family-friendly activities emailed to you each week, click here!

… Kent District Library

Staying in town for spring break? We can help keep your kids happy, busy and entertained… and we will even sneak in a little education (but they will never know)!

… Big Time Builders at M-Tech

Get your hands on a virtual welder and try out some construction techniques and other maker projects at West Michigan’s premier training center. Try these unique maker projects at GRCC’s Leslie E Tassel M-Tech. For grades 4-8.
Wednesday, April 4, 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
M-Tech, 622 Godfrey Ave SW, Grand Rapids

 

Mechanical Design Student see Welding at Tassell M-TEC

The students in DR 180-Mechanical Concepts class from the Mechanical/Architectural Design department had the chance to see how the different welding processes work at Tassell M-TEC today.  These students are studying how parts are manufactured so as they design them in our program, they understand how they will be made.  This class is part of our Mechanical Certificate as well as our Associate degree at GRCC.  Our students were able to see Nick Pinckney perform various techniques using the TIG welder on multiple materials.  John Doneth and Mike Cooper had the students try out welding themselves using the Virtual Welders.

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GRCC participates in Maker Faire

On August 20 and 21, GRCC faculty and staff Karen Walker, Moss Ingram, Abe Lefebre, Dan Keyes, Deb Snow, Mary Hofstra, Julie Parks, and Computer Support Technician student Herbert Johnson promoted GRCC’s various workforce programs and customized training at the Mini Maker Faire at the Grand Rapids Public Museum to over 5,600 visitors over the two days.

Maker Faire is the a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker Movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning, which this year featured rockets, robots, DIY science, sustainability, alternative energy, bicycles, unique hand-made crafts, local food, and many educational installations.

Karen Walker presented adapted devices for self-care unique to Occupational Therapy, Moss Ingram and Herbert Johnson promoted GRCC’s Job Training Programs, and Abe Lefebre, Dan Keyes, Deb Snow, Mary Hofstra, and Julie Parks provided hands-on learning opportunities welding at GRCC’s Mobile Manufacturing Lab.

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GRCC In the News, 4-8-16

40 Exceptional Leaders Tapped for Inaugural Class of the Aspen Presidential Fellowship

April 7, 2016; Bloomberg

The Aspen Institute today announced its inaugural class of the Aspen Presidential Fellowship, selecting 40 extraordinary leaders with the drive and capacity to transform community colleges to achieve higher levels of student success.

… 2016-17 Aspen Presidential Fellows

… Lisa Freiburger, Grand Rapids Community College (MI)

… Bill Pink, Grand Rapids Community College (MI)

Petoskey’s Goble places second for NMU, Walda pitches scoreless frames

April 7, 2016; The Petoskey News

Petoskey alumnus Sarah Goble finished second in the 5000 meters run with a time of 19:27.21 helping Northern Michigan take second place at the Augustana Vikings Olympics in Rock Hill, Illinois on Saturday, April 2.

Grand Rapids Community College pitcher and Harbor Springs grad Ean Walda earned his second save of the season in a 3-2 win over Davenport on Tuesday.

Fake IDs at Ferris

April 6, 2016; The Torch (Ferris State University’s student newspaper)

Fake IDs have opened the possibilities for underage drinkers to gain access to alcohol, bars and clubs.

… “One time this kid came in and one of my co-workers at the time was a resident advisor at Ferris, and she said she knew him and he might be underage,” said Grunst Brothers clerk and Grand Rapids Community College associate welding student Lucas Armand. “So I checked his ID and it was out of date. It had been expired for four years and it said he was 30 years old. I told him his ID was definitely expired, and I couldn’t sell to him. He was cool about it and he left.”

GRCC In the News, 3-16-15

Change Ups: Heys selected for diverse communities scholarship

March 13, 2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… The Michigan Economic Development Corp. has awarded a $2.9 million grant to Grand Rapids Community College to purchase equipment for its machine tool, welding, HVAC and automotive programs and its new craft beer program. The grant will be combined with GRCC’s $983,309.41 in matching funds, approximately $700,000 of which was provided by two donors.

The Geek Group and GRCC partner for skilled trades

March 13, 2015; mibiz.com

Grand Rapids-based The Geek Group and Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) have announced a new partnership aimed at preparing students for work in the skilled trades.

GRCC clerical union votes to cut ties with MEA, citing ‘high’ union dues, K-12 focus

March 14, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A Grand Rapids Community College union representing clerical workers has voted to cut ties with the Michigan Education Association, with supporters of the move arguing the MEA’s dues were too expensive.

Nursing supervisor loses discrimination case in white patient’s care at Mary Free Bed

March 13, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by a black nursing supervisor who said she was not allowed to care for a white patient at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital because his family requested no black caregivers.

… Crane, who has a master’s degree in nursing and taught courses at Michigan State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Baker College and Davenport University, also claimed she was subject to discrimination and retaliation when she was not promoted to Director of Education at Mary Free Bed.

LaughFest’s biggest names, familiar faces captured in exhibition by Grand Rapids photographer

3/14/15 MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — It isn’t every day a photographer in Grand Rapids gets to shoot people such as Jay Leno or Betty White.

… In the past, Kelly’s photographed Mike Birbiglia in front of the stained glass windows of Fountain Street Church and Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood in Grand Rapids Community College’s Ford Fieldhouse pool during the community-wide festival of seriously funny stuff.

LaughFest 2015’s final weekend: Tickets still available for these shows

March 13, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI Gilda’s LaughFest is heading into its final weekend.

… Teams register and begin racing at GRCC Ford Fieldhouse, 111 Lyon St. NE.