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.