GRCC In the News, 8-30-19

Morning News

Aug. 30, 2019; FOX 17

If you’re going to watch a sports game at Grand Rapids Community College, you’ll have to pay to get in. GRCC is now charging admission to volleyball and basketball games held at Ford Fieldhouse. It’ll cost $3 to get in for anyone 10 years old and up. But students and staff will still get in for free when they show their RaiderCard. You can also purchase season passes. Proceeds will help create additional athletic scholarships.

New Higher Education Programs Of 2019

Aug. 29, 2019; digitalmediasolutions.com

The downturn in undergraduate student enrollment at many universities is putting pressure on marketers to deliver. In this environment, higher education institutions are developing their programs to cater to the various needs of students and employers. Higher education marketers can reference the New Higher Education Programs of 2019 list to better understand their competition and focus on streamlining and improving their school’s programs.

… Precision Production

Welding Skills Certificate Program (CIP Code: 48.0508) – Grand Rapids Community College

This program will prepare students for entry-level positions over two semesters so they can enter jobs in the manufacturing, petroleum, aerospace, automation and medical fields.

GRCC In the News, 8-28-19

Heavy-metal ready

Aug. 27, 2019; schoolnewsnetwork.org (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)

Uniqua Sparks’ last name is fitting. While she’s welding heavy metal — mask on and fire blazing — the sparks fly.

… Sparks is a student in the first cohort of Metallica Scholars Introduction to Welding at Grand Rapids Community College. Fourteen students graduated Aug. 12 from the eight-week course held at the Tassell M-TEC, 622 Godfrey Ave. SW.

Dr. Bill Pink: Leading GRCC to be the Most Affordable, Quality Educational Option in the City

Aug. 28, 2019; Grander magazine

Dr. Bill Pink, President of Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC), grew up in Texas and lived in Oklahoma for 20 years before moving to Grand Rapids over four years ago. He describes this transition from the warmth of the south to the colder Michigan weather as one that has been mostly enjoyable for him, his wife, and teenage daughter, as they become a part of the West Michigan family.

Kathleen L. Bruinsma: Committed to Serving and Making Grand Rapids Truly Welcoming for All

Aug. 28, 2019; Grander magazine

Upon meeting Kathleen L. Bruinsma, local lawyer and member of the Board of Trustees at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC), she was excited about sitting down with Grander Magazine for this Back to School edition. Discussing her background in law, Bruinsma’s passion for education and inclusion showed even more, as she spoke on both, particularly inclusion, relating it to the power structure in Grand Rapids, as well as the work and representation that needs to be achieved.

First Look Frenzy: Jefferson J-Hawks

Aug. 27, 2019; WIFR

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) — The hurdle is pretty high if you are the head coach of Jefferson football. Jake Arnold is getting his first chance to leap over it this season as he begins his stint as head coach of a program which has not had a winning season since 1993.

It’s been 25 seasons of losing football for the J-Hawks, who now have a winner on their side. While Arnold has been in the building for the last five years, the Plainfield North alum brings a positive mentality, after winning a national championship with Grand Rapids Community College. Arnold believes the talent is here to turn things around, especially with a team that was within one score in three of its 2018 losses.

Grand Valley State football addresses its Ferris State problem

Aug. 27, 2019; MLive

ALLENDALE – Grand Valley State has a distinguished football history in NCAA Division II, including four national championships, six title games, 19 NCAA playoff appearances and 17 conference titles.

… Before 2012, the Lakers had won 11 in a row and 14 of 15 against the Bulldogs, who weren’t even their top rival. That was Saginaw Valley State. But that changed quickly when Ferris State hired Tony Annese. He had success at high school (three state titles in 22 years) and junior college (two national titles in three years at Grand Rapids Community College), but he had never coached at the NCAA level.

GRCC In the News, 8-19-19

First GRCC Students to Receive Metallica Scholarship Graduate

Aug. 18, 2019; WGRD

More than a dozen students got recently graduated from Grand Rapids Community College, and it’s thanks in part to Metallica.

Greta Van Fleet to join Metallica on South American tour

8/17/19 WZZM

Michigan rock band Greta Van Fleet are joining a legendary metal band on a South American tour.

… GRCC was one of 10 colleges selected nationwide for the Metallica Scholars grant. The first class to benefit from the grant graduated on Monday.

1,000 expected to gather Sunday for annual Blessing of the Students

Aug. 17, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – More than a thousand people are expected to attend the annual Blessing of the Students on Sunday, Aug. 18, at Grand Rapids Christian High School Eagles Stadium.

… Event speakers include: Interim Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Ronald Gorman, Grand Rapids Christians Schools Superintendent Tom DeJonge, Grand Rapids Police Chief Eric Payne, Catholic Schools Superintendent David Faber, Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink, and Kuyper College President Patricia Harris.

Bay College announces nine Men’s Basketball recruits

Aug. 16, 2019; uppermichiganssource.com

ESCANABA, Mi. — Bay College has announced a nine-player recruiting class for the 2019-2020 Men’s Basketball Team. Six of the nine players are from the U.P. or surrounding area.

… The Norse return 5 letter winners from last season’s roster and open the 2019-20 regular season at Grand Rapids Community College on Friday, November 1, while their first home contest will be on Monday, November 18 when they host UW-Marinette at 8pm.

GRCC In the News, 8-15-19

First Grand Rapids Community College Students to Receive Metallica Scholarship Graduate

Aug. 14, 2019; Yahoo News

From heavy metal to welding metal Grand Rapids Community College graduated more than a dozen people Monday thanks to Metallica.

Transitions: Tarleton State U. Names Finalist for President, Millersville U. Selects Chief Diversity Officer

Aug. 14, 2019; The Chronicle of Higher Education

… CHIEF ACADEMIC OFFICERS

Appointments

… Brian Knetl, interim provost at Harper College, has been named provost and executive vice president for academic and student affairs at Grand Rapids Community College.

Football Position Breakdown: Pass Catchers

Aug. 15, 2019; The Eastern Echo (Eastern Michigan University’s student newspaper)

The wide receiving group for the Eagles is one of the most talented in the MAC as EMU has 16 receivers on the depth chart. The collective is as follows: Line Latu, Isaac Holder, Hassan Beydoun, Michael Thompson, Keyan Marshall, Tanner Knue, De’Anthony Ball, Amir Spivey, Joe Nowden, Eddie Daugherty IV, Noah Cameron, Dylan Drummond, Quian Williams, Logan Giordano, Matthew Sexton and Arthur Jackson III.

… Gunnar Oakes is also returning at the tight end position. He caught 11 passes, compiled 143 yards and scored one touchdown in 11 games. He started three games. The other three tight ends are Tre’Shown Fields, Bryson Cannon and Bryce Kemp. Fields is a senior out of Grand Rapids Community College. Cannon and Kemp are from South Carolina and Iowa, respectively, and will look to carve out time on the field.

The Ticker

Aug. 15, 2019; uni-watch.com (uniform blog)

… NBA News: Embarrassing move by the Bulls — it appears the ad patch on their jerseys will no longer be in a matching team color. Awful (from Ryan Cotter). … Pariah Brewing Company in San Diego has a beer named after LeBron James (from Andrew Cosentino). … New uniforms for Grand Rapids Community College. … Andy Bronson, a alumni from Plattsburgh State in New York, saw a post from his alma mater that showed a lacrosse team mostly made up of Plattsburgh alums wearing jerseys inspired by the 1990s Utah Jazz.

GRCC In the News, 8-14-19

GRCC graduates first Metallica Scholars from its welding program

Aug. 13, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Krista Steffens says that the heavy metal band Metallica has changed the trajectory of her life.

Steffens, 28, a married mother of two, graduated Monday, Aug. 12, from a Grand Rapids Community College welding program as a Metallica Scholar. She said she has a new, higher paying job with benefits as a welding fabricator.

First Metallica Scholars grads

Aug. 9, 2019; Community College Daily

Edwin Ponce Juarez went to work in a distribution center warehouse after graduating from high school, but he knew there were opportunities for better-paying jobs in the professional trades.

He became a “Metallica Scholar,” gaining in-demand skills through the welding program at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) in Michigan.

GRCC receives national grant initiative to increase registered apprenticeship opportunities, help students gain an education, on-the-job training

Aug. 13, 2019; La Prensa

GRAND RAPIDS, MI, August 6, 2019:  Grand Rapids Community College has been awarded a $140,000 grant to participate in a national effort to expand registered apprenticeship opportunities, helping students gain a quality education in addition to on-the-job training in a rewarding career.

Jets Sign Veteran CB Marcus Cooper, Waive TE Nick Truesdell

Aug. 13, 2019; newyorkjets.com

The Jets have signed seventh-year cornerback Marcus Cooper and waived TE Nick Truesdell.

… The well-traveled Truesdell, who played collegiately at Cincinnati and also attended Grand Rapids Community College, most recently signed with the Jets on Aug. 10. He previously signed with the Jets on Aug. 4 before being released two days later. Truesdell had a couple of stints in the Indoor Football League (IFL) and multiple stops in the Arena Football League (AFL) and had brief stays with the Colts and the Vikings and most recently played with the Salt Lake Stallions in the Alliance for American Football.

Warner’ Rodney Martin honored on distinguished roster of ’16 Over 60’

Aug. 14, 2019; legalnews.com

A model of excellence, Warner Norcross + Judd attorney Rodney D. Martin is well-suited to be in the class of 16 Over 60 honorees.

… Over and above that, Martin’s work on diversity and inclusion has resulted in receiving the Grand Rapids Bar Association President’s Award and, as part of the Rosa Parks Sculpture Committee, the 2012 William Glenn Trailblazer Award, part of the Grand Rapids Community College Giants Awards.

GRCC In the News, 8-13-19

First GRCC students to receive Metallica scholarship graduate

Aug. 12, 2019; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College sent more than a dozen people out into the world of work Monday, and it’s all thanks to Metallica.

Metallica Scholars celebrate their graduation from GRCC

Aug. 12, 2019; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — “I was actually in housekeeping at a hotel and I didn’t really know what I wanted to do,” says Uniqua Sparks.

That’s when the mother of three heard about the Metallica Scholars program at Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC welding graduates: ‘Thank you, Metallica’

Aug. 12, 2019; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The first students whose welding education at Grand Rapids Community College was made possible by heavy metal band Metallica graduated Monday night.

Newsmakers

Aug. 12, 2019; Community College Daily

… Appointments

… Brian Knetl is the next provost and executive vice president for academic and student affairs at Grand Rapids Community College (Michigan). He is currently interim provost at Harper College in Illinois. Knetl previously was Harper College’s associate provost for academic affairs, dean of liberal arts and founding associate dean of the Center for Adjunct Faculty Engagement.

Faces of Ferris: Ryan Hodges

Aug. 12, 2019; ferris.edu

The excellent level of success offered by Ferris State University’s football team in the last seven seasons has made other college programs watchful, and active in their attempts to emulate those achievements.

… “Coach Brady and I had a decade of working together with Coach Annese from our days at Grand Rapids Community College then on to Ferris,” (Ryan) Hodges said. “For four of the previous five seasons, we shared the coordinator’s duties on defense and divided up administrative roles and other behind-the-scenes work for the program. After combining much of my effort with Ryan, it called for some quick adjustment, since I now have more responsibilities.”

GRCC In the News, 7-25-19

WMSBF facility tours spotlight local strides towards circular economy

July 25, 2019; rapidgrowthmedia.com

On July 15, the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum (WMSBF) took 80 people through the Kent County Waste to Energy Facility and City of Grand Rapids Water Resource Recovery Facility. Cosponsored by the Kent County Department of Public Works and Grand Rapids Community College, the event began at the Grand Rapids Community College M-TEC a mile away. The groups shuttled between sites for each hour-long tour.

Shiny new equipment awaits students in welding program

7/24/19 schoolnewsnetwork.org (Kent Intermediate School District)

Imagine earning a six-figure salary without the need for college.

… Grand Rapids Community College offers a Welding Technology program as well, with equipment compatible to the Tech Center’s.

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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