Posted tagged ‘Workforce Training’

GRCC In the News, 9-19-17

September 19, 2017

Juan Palacios: ‘We are not stealing these jobs’

Sept. 18, 2017; Bridge magazine (newsletter for The Center of Michigan)

DACA status: Expires August 2019. “It means I have two years to figure it out, to talk to lawmakers and as many people as I can,” Palacios said.

… Ambitions: Palacios said he’s putting $6,000 aside to become a certified electrician in a six-month program offered by Grand Rapids Community College. “They hook you up with a job,” he said. “My goal is to eventually buy a house.”

Monserrat Velazquez: She canceled her flight to Mexico when DACA was announced

Sept. 18, 2017; Bridge magazine

DACA status: Expires in December. She will seek a two-year extension.

… Achievements: She is a manager in a suburban Grand Rapids restaurant. She earned an associate degree in business administration from Grand Rapids Community College.

Denis Martinez: ‘Sometimes, I feel like America doesn’t want me.’

Sept. 18, 2017; Bridge magazine

DACA status: Expires in January 2020.

… Achievements: He graduated from Godwin Heights High School, joining in wrestling, football, track and cross-country. He now attends Grand Rapids Community College. He also works a part-time job at a mall and lifts weights six days a week to stay fit.

The Rapid seeks patron feedback for possible transit improvements

Sept. 18, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The Rapid has announced the launch of an online feedback tool aiming to gather information from the community on the area’s transit system.

… Although she had not heard of the study, Grand Rapids Community College nursing sophomore Anna Peterman said improvements are needed at bus stops.

Blood pressure clinics are today

September 13, 2017

Medical assistant students will hold blood pressure clinics from 1-3 p.m. today in three locations:

  • 4th floor of Main.
  • Winchester Alley.
  • Raider Grille.

Medical assistant students hold blood pressure clinics on September 13

September 11, 2017

Medical assistant students will hold blood pressure clinics from 1-3 p.m. September 13 in three locations:

  • 4th floor of Main.
  • Winchester Alley.
  • Raider Grille.

GRCC In the News, 9-7-17

September 7, 2017

Michigan job growth fueled by apprenticeships

Sept. 7, 2017; Burton View

MICHIGAN – More than one-third of Michigan’s job growth will be through apprenticeships over the next five years, said United States Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta, in an online post Last week, Governor Rick Snyder welcomed United States Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta to West Michigan to see how the state is connecting employers with educators and showing students the careers available to them at a young age. Michigan is a strong leader in apprenticeships, with the 8th most in the nation. Gov. Snyder and Sec. Acosta visited Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, where they are holding orientation for more than 150 new employees each week. They toured Grand Rapids Community College and Mercy Health to check out innovative job training programs. In Battle Creek, they checked out advanced manufacturing at Bleistahl and ROsler. Acosta told Snyder that he was impressed by Michigan’s leadership in job growth and its proactive approach to our future talent needs.

People and Places

Sept. 7, 2017; Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette

Maryann Lesert has been named the recipient of the Moondancer fellowship for 2017 at the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow in Eureka Springs.

In all of her writing, the natural world and its human inhabitants are equally prominent and intertwined. From her first play, Superwoman (1998), a 90-minute warning of technologies that threaten to erase our biological sense of place, to Threshold, her current novel-in-progress about environmental activists working to stop fracking in Michigan’s state forests, Lesert’s work is equally inspired and supported by time with the natural world. Threshold grew from two years of boots-on-well-sites research on fracking in Michigan’s state forests. An excerpt from Threshold appears in Fracture, Essays, Poems and Stories about Fracking in America (Ice Cube Press, 2016). From 2012 to the present, Lesert has presented her research on the scientific, sensory and community effects of fracking in a presentation, titled Fracking in the Forest, to more than 50 academic, environmental and public audiences across the state. Lesert is a playwright, novelist and journalist who teaches creative writing at Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College.

Jayhawks volleyball team stays perfect in conference with a victory over Glen Oaks

Sept. 7, 2017; Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

The Muskegon Community College volleyball team improved to 4-0 in conference play with a four-set victory over Glen Oaks Community College on the road on Tuesday.

… MCC will host rival Grand Rapids Community College on Thursday.

GRCC In the News, 8-31-17

August 31, 2017

Stabenow touts careers in the skilled trades during West Michigan visit

Aug. 30, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, held a  discussion Wednesday, Aug. 30, with West Michigan business, education, and labor leaders about how to better meet the ongoing challenge employers have finding enough skilled workers to fill positions.

… Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink said serving the community and its workforce needs is an import role of the college.

Spotlight on medical apprenticeships

Aug. 30, 2017; aacc21stcenturycenter.org (American Association of Community Colleges newsletter)

U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta on Monday joined Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) where they discussed the importance of apprenticeships before touring the colleges healthcare training facilities.

Market Musings: Adrian’s Fine Woodworking carving up unique pieces sold to shoppers from around the world

Aug. 30, 2017; therapidian.org

The Fulton Street Farmers Market is pretty true to its name. If you need meat, cheese, greens, or other assorted delicacies, you’re in the right place. However, every once in a while a different type of stand will pop up on a busy Saturday morning — a diamond in the rough, if you will. Or, in the case of Adrian Callaghan, wood in the rough.

Callaghan is the woodworking wizard behind Adrian’s Fine Woodworking, based here in Grand Rapids. After teaching woodworking at Western Michigan and part time at Grand Rapids Community College, Callaghan suffered a spinal cord injury in 2000, and uses his talents in woodworking as his rehab. He credits where he’s at now to the helping hands at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital.

Betsy DeVos to speak at Michigan GOP conference

Aug. 30, 2017; The Holland Sentinel

Education secretary Betsy DeVos is returning to her home state to speak at the 32nd Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference on Sept. 22-24 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

DeVos was last in Michigan in early August. On Aug. 1, she visited Grand Rapids with stops at the Van Andel Institute and Grand Rapids Community College, and she came to Holland on Aug. 2 to read to children at Degraaf Nature Center.

Column: Charters can help parents’ dreams come true

Aug. 31, 2017; The Detroit News

As another exciting school year begins across the state, we’re reflecting on the fact that it’s been a spring and summer of great news for the charter school world especially in Michigan. In late April, U.S. News and World Report released its highly respected rankings of the Best High Schools in America. The rankings showed that the top three high schools in Michigan were all charter schools, led by No. 1 Wellspring Preparatory High School in Grand Rapids. The top three high schools nationally were also charter schools.

… He (Ariel de la Paz-Solorza) got it at Wellspring Prep. He found a teaching staff that never gave up on him and gave him all the extra tutoring and support he needed. He took and passed three Advanced Placement classes. He was accepted at seven colleges and universities, and ended up earning a full-ride scholarship to Grand Rapids Community College. His plan is to graduate from there and then transfer to a four-year university to become a nurse.

GRCC In the News, 8-7-17

August 7, 2017

Change Ups: Updates planned for GRCC technology center

Aug. 4, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Grand Rapids Community College’s Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center will be updated and expanded, thanks in part to $6,367,250 in state funding that will cover half the cost of the $12,734,500 project. The development will focus on computer and manufacturing programs. Students completing these programs are in high demand, and so it’s important for GRCC to keep its classrooms current with the latest equipment and tools used in these industries, according to Amy Koning, dean of the School of Workforce Development.

Cascade Engineering embraces innovation

Aug. 4, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Sustainability drives innovation at Cascade Engineering, and the plastic injection molding company is constantly driven toward innovation to better serve a wide variety of industries.

… Cascade’s center for innovation is staffed with undergraduates from Grand Rapids Community College and Ferris State University in Big Rapids. There also are Ph.D.-level scientists on staff who head the formulation and understanding of the properties of plastics used.

The Public Schools Near Betsy DeVos’ Hometown Are Doing Great

Aug. 7, 2017; NPR

Betsy DeVos was back in western Michigan last week. It was her first public visit to the area where she grew up since being named education secretary. She visited a science-focused summer learning program and Grand Rapids Community College, and met privately with superintendents from across the state.

The Omelette Shoppe serving more than breakfast for Restaurant Week GR

Aug. 4, 2017; FOX 17

Restaurant Week GR is less than a week away, and for the first time a majority of the 70 restaurants participating will be serving a lunch option.

… For every meal sold, each restaurant will donate $1 to the Secchia Institute of Culinary Education Student Scholarship Fund at Grand Rapids Community College.

Nick Truesdell On His Crazy Road To Vikings Training Camp

Aug. 6, 2017; CBS Minnesota

MANKATO, Minn. (WCCO) — There are great stories every year in training camp, as football players give it their best to try to earn one of the 53 spots on the roster.

… In 2011 he (Nick Truesdell) enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College, and promptly tore his ACL in the very first game, of what turned out to be Grand Rapids’ final season — they cancelled the football program at the end of the year.

 

GRCC In the News, 8-4-17

August 4, 2017

Recapping the summer of apprenticeships

Aug. 3, 2017; AACC 21st Century Center (American Association of Community Colleges newsletter)

It’s been the summer of apprenticeships. They’ve been the focus of congressional committee hearings and White House executive orders. Earlier this week, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visited Grand Rapids Community College (Michigan) to learn more about apprenticeships and the skilled trades.

Colorful summer dishes served at Gravity Taphouse Grille during Restaurant Week GR

Aug. 3, 2017; FOX 17

Restaurant Week GR is approaching quickly, getting ready to show off the best dishes from 70 restaurants in the Grand Rapids area.

… For every meal sold, each restaurant will donate $1 to the Secchia Institute of Culinary Education Student Scholarship Fund at Grand Rapids Community College.

Ferris Transfer Student Open House college admission on the spot!

Aug. 3, 2017; WOTV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) — Join Ferris State University to learn how you can transform your college credits or associate degree into a bachelor’s degree. Program advisors, financial aid experts and admissions officers will make sure you have the information you need to take the next step. Make sure to bring all of your questions and copies of your transcripts. Qualified students will be admitted to the university on the spot!

… By partnering with Grand Rapids Community College they are able to offer select Ferris degree programs close to where you live and work.

3 candidates seek 2 Ward 1 slots in primary

Aug. 4, 2017; The Herald-Palladium (St. Joseph)

SOUTH HAVEN — Three candidates in the city’s Ward 1 will square off in the primary election on Tuesday.

… He (Ahmmad Goodwin) graduated from South Haven High School and has an associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College.

Where Second Ward city commission candidates stand on affordable housing

Aug. 3, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids City Commission is reminded at nearly every meeting by activists and residents of the affordable housing crunch in the city – but not all of the three candidates for a Second Ward seat on the commission put the issue as top priority.

… (Mayor Rosalynn) Bliss and the rest of the city commission have thrown their support to (Joe) Jones – who has drawn a number of establishment endorsements from across the city, including Grand Rapids Public Schools leadership, Grand Rapids Community College officials, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce and the Grand Rapids Fire Department union.

Staging a Change: The life of Fred Sebulske, Grand Rapids godfather of theater

Aug. 3, 2017; Revue

Hate letters. State government threats. Mayoral involvement. Armed police in the theater.

… Criticism continued to elevate as the opening night got closer. Hate letters from across the country were sent to cast members. After the first couple of performances, the show had to be moved. Grand Rapids Community College which owns Spectrum Theater was facing threats to lose state funding over the play’s controversy.

GRCC In the News, 8-3-17

August 3, 2017

Housing advocates get $500K grants for neighborhood projects

Aug. 2, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — LINC Up and Habitat for Humanity of Kent County are getting $500,000 each for affordable housing projects in the city’s southeast and southwest neighborhoods from NeighborWorks America’s Project Reinvest: Neighborhoods.

LINC Up will use the funding to build five affordable homes in the Madison Square Neighborhood in partnership with Grand Rapids Community College’s MTEC construction program, according to an Aug. 2 announcement of the awards.

e-Headlines

Aug. 2, 2017; Community College Daily

DeVos visits Grand Rapids Community College to promote training

Detroit Free Press

From sampling the slow-cooked brisket at the Peter Secchia Institute for Culinary Education to talking with grade school kids participating in a summer camp that teaches construction skills, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos returned to Michigan this week to continue her promotion of education that goes beyond traditional public schools and universities.

Not your average student: Colleges and nonprofits prep workers for construction trades

RapidGrowthmedia.com

It’s almost impossible to pick what your average student looks like, says Scott Mattson, job training manager at Grand Rapids Community College (Michigan).

What’s In a Name?

Aug. 2, 2017; Women’s Lifestyle magazine

For Abigail Yoo, names have the power to boldly define who we are.

… Yoo left home after high school and began working full time to support herself. A few years down the road, she enrolled at GRCC. Having started a retail business with her husband, she took a number of business classes. Her passion for art eventually motivated her to take courses in art history and technique.

Brewery Vivant Escoffier Farmhouse Wild Ale to be re-released on August 6

Aug. 2, 2017; beerpulse.com

(Grand Rapids, MI) — Brewery Vivant set to re-release the beloved Escoffier beer on Sunday August 6, in conjunction with Restaurant Week Grand Rapids and the official announcement of new Executive Chef, Chris Vander Meer. Escoffier is a mixed culture farmhouse wild ale and the next in the Plein de Vie (full of life) series of wood and wild beers. First brewed in 2012 as a collaboration between Brewery Vivant and New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, CO) as a straight brettanomyces fermentation, Escoffier was later proclaimed one of the Best Beers in the World by Draft Magazine. This years re-release was cellared for over a year to let the flavors properly develop and presents with a deep orange-red hue, brett fruity-funkiness on the nose and a slightly spicy fruity character on the sip. It clocks in at 11.2% ABV.

… Chef (Chris) Vander Meer has been cooking with Brewery Vivant since 2011 and progressing into the role of Sous Chef and most recently Chef de Cuisine. After earning a degree in culinary arts from Grand Rapids Community College, Vander Meer traveled and gained experience along the Maine coastline. He returned to Grand Rapids honing his craft in kitchens around the city. He brings a wealth of experience, attention to detail, and passion for excellence with him into his new role at the brewery. “We’re happy to have Vander’s leadership in the back of the house.” Says Jason Spaulding, President and Owner of Brewery Vivant, “He understands how to take locally-sourced, quality ingredients and turn them into wonderful dishes.”

What Kitchen 67 is serving up for Restaurant Week GR

Aug. 2, 2017; FOX 17

Restaurant Week GR is approaching quickly, getting ready to show off the best dishes from 70 restaurants in the Grand Rapids area.

… For every meal sold, each restaurant will donate $1 to the Secchia Institute of Culinary Education Student Scholarship Fund at Grand Rapids Community College.

 

 

GRCC In the News, 8-2-17

August 2, 2017

Betsy DeVos sees Grand Rapids Community College’s impact

Aug. 1, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Tuesday, Aug. 1, how “exciting and encouraging” it was to see how Grand Rapids Community College’s programs are continuing to develop to support students.

Michigan native Betsy DeVos visits Grand Rapids to promote community college training

Aug. 1, 2017; The Detroit Free Press

GRAND RAPIDS — From sampling the slow-cooked brisket at the Peter Secchia Institute for Culinary Education to talking with grade school kids participating in a summer camp that teaches construction skills, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos returned to Michigan this week to continue her promotion of education that goes beyond traditional public schools and universities.

“I think we should be emphasizing the multitude of pathways to higher education, recognizing and acknowledging that we have many different kinds of students, many different personalities,” she said Tuesday after touring several programs offered at Grand Rapids Community College. “I’ve heard from many students who have originally pursued a four-year college or university program only to find out that they didn’t like sitting at a desk job. We need to not only support and encourage those opportunities, but to also make sure students know about the multitude of options.”

DeVos visits Grand Rapids job training programs focused on skilled trades

Aug. 1, 2017; Michigan Radio

Traditional four-year universities aren’t the only path to higher education and good jobs. That was the message today from U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

DeVos met with Grand Rapids Community College students and faculty as a part of a nationwide tour to see different approaches to higher education. The visit was focused on apprenticeships and the need for skilled trades workers.

(Similar articles ran in other media outlets.)

Caroline Lowcountry Kitchen Focuses on Authentic Cuisine

Aug. 1, 2017; Grand Rapids Magazine

Chef Tom Pugh ate his way through Charleston, South Carolina the heart of low country cuisine to ensure the authenticity of his newest venture.

… Pugh attended Grand Rapids Community College’s culinary school and has a long history of working with seafood. He initially worked the seafood counter for a D&W grocery store and spent 10 years at Bonefish Grill in Grand Rapids.

Love craft beer? See what Atwater Brewery is cooking up for Restaurant Week GR

Aug. 1, 2017; FOX 17

Restaurant Week GR is just a little over a week away, with 70 restaurants ready to make countless dishes to give people a taste of Grand Rapids.

… For every meal sold, each restaurant will donate $1 to the Secchia Institute of Culinary Education Student Scholarship Fund at Grand Rapids Community College.

 

Photos from education secretary’s visit

August 2, 2017

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visited GRCC on Tuesday, touring the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education kitchens, the ATC and Tassell M-TEC.

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GRCC In the News, 8-1-17

August 1, 2017

Family holds vigil for man killed in March

July 31, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – It’s still an open case on the books of Grand Rapids Police. They were called to a local hospital on March 31, for a man with a head injury in an assault on the city’s southeast side. That victim, 25-year-old Julius Vinson, died several days later.

… Vinson was a student at Grand Rapids Community College and was working towards a career in real estate.

Betsy DeVos visiting Grand Rapids Tuesday

July 31, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos will be back in West Michigan Tuesday.

DeVos will stop at the Van Andel Education Institute in Grand Rapids to stress the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. She will then go to Grand Rapids Community College to highlight the workforce development programs, checking out the kitchen for culinary students, machine lab and apprenticeship facilities.

12 days of great eats at super prices during Restaurant Week Grand Rapids

July 31, 2017; FOX 17

If there is one good problem we have in Grand Rapids, it’s that we have so many fabulous places to eat! On top of that, Restaurant Week Grand Rapids (RWGR) is just another great way for local chefs to showcase their talents.

RWGR will run from Aug. 9-20 with nearly 70 participating locations which includes 15 new ones this year. This is a wonderful time for everyone to “Taste the City” with some offering a $28 per person three-course meal or two dining for the same price at select locations. For the first time ever, some locations will offer a $14 lunch option, which is a two-course meal. This event is also about paying-it-forward. From every meal sold, restaurants will donate $1 to the Secchia Institute of Culinary Education Student Scholarship Fund at Grand Rapids Community College.

 

GRCC In the News, 7-27-17

July 27, 2017

Victim ID’d as former athlete

July 25, 2017; The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, Ind.)

When Tyon Woods was killed Saturday night just before midnight, he was leaving the annual family block party at Hanna Homestead Park at East Lewis and Chute streets.

(Tyon Woods was a former GRCC student.)

Not your average student: Colleges and nonprofits prep workers for construction trades

July 26, 2017; rapidgrowthmedia.com

“It’s almost impossible to pick what your average student looks like,” says Scott Mattson, job training manager at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC). Referring to the college’s construction and electrician training programs, Mattson echoes a sentiment of the construction industry in general: the workforce is constantly evolving. Despite shifting with technology and the economy, construction is a sector that remains constant in one vital area: the need for professional, skilled workers.

A more diverse Grand Rapids Fire Department embodied by 2017 recruits

July 26, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – From a young age, Ashley Deyo was immersed in the world of public safety. Raised by her firefighter father, she was encouraged to follow in his footsteps into a career dominated by men.

… During his interview for the Grand Rapids fire chief job, (John) Lehman said he learned city officials shared his desire to further diversify the fire department. With a similar goal in mind for the police department, the city hosted neighborhood meetings and a joint recruitment night at Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC In the News, 7-17-17

July 17, 2017

GVSU, GRCC announce campus expansions in Grand Rapids

July 14, 2017; mibiz.com

GRAND RAPIDS — Two higher educational institutions plan to spend more than $82 million combined to expand their downtown campuses.

The state’s 2018 fiscal year budget, signed today by Gov. Rick Snyder, includes allocations for expansions at both Grand Valley State University and Grand Rapids Community College.

Change Ups: Blandford Nature Center founder receives inaugural award

July 14, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… GRANTS

Grand Rapids Community College received a $50,000 grant from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation to create more health care career opportunities for minorities. The grant will fund a 10-day Health Care Scrubs Camp for Grand Rapids Public Schools students. High school juniors and seniors will learn in GRCC simulation labs, work in a decontamination unit at St. Mary’s Hospital, participate in a culinary medicine workshop at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education, and take part in a disaster drill.

Chef Clark introduces new take on Italian cuisine

July 11, 2017; Grand Rapids Magazine

Chef Clark Frain is excited to bring contemporary Italian cuisine, including crudo offerings, which means raw in Italian, to downtown Grand Rapids.

… After a stint at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College he landed at Gibsons. “I had a great experience there,” he said. “I started refining my technique and learning about high quality ingredients.”

Inside Track: Building a brotherhood

July 14, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Andre Fields knows firsthand the painful combination of poverty, fatherlessness and systemic racism that haunts many of his black male students.

… Fields, an associate professor and counselor at Grand Rapids Community College, started a leadership development fraternity for black male students at GRCC called Alpha Beta Omega (ABO) in 2012.

 

 

GRCC In the News, 7-10-17

July 10, 2017

Change Ups: Delabbio retires

July 7, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… EDUCATION

Carlos Sanchez was appointed to Grand Rapids Community College’s board of trustees. Sanchez is director of the Latino Business and Economic Development Center at Ferris State University.

New initiatives emerge to address West Michigan’s housing crisis

July 9, 2017; mibiz.com

While West Michigan’s affordable housing crisis may pale in comparison to situations in other larger metro areas, disparate groups are taking a hands-on approach to the problem.

… “(Construction) is not as diverse as it ought to be,” (Jeremy) DeRoo said, adding LINC UP is working with Grand Rapids Community College to break down the cultural barriers associated with the industry. “When you give them more in-depth training, by the time they show up on a job site, they know what it looks like, how it runs and they have the technical abilities more firmed up.”

GRCC In the News, 7-7-17

July 7, 2017

College wins grant from foundation

July 6, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local college has received a grant from the foundation of a global financial company to create health care career opportunities for minorities.

The JPMorgan Chase Foundation gifted Grand Rapids Community College, or GRCC, the $50,000 grant.

Optimists hear from Habitat for Humanity staff member

July 7, 2017; The Alpena News

Colin Bruning, volunteer coordinator of Habitat for Humanity Northeast Michigan, spoke to the Optimist Club of Alpena at their recent morning breakfast meeting held at JJ’s Steak and Pizza House.

Bruning graduated from Alpena High School. He then attended Grand Rapids Community College and later graduated from Calvin College with a degree in organizational communications. Being an active member of the Alpena community, he has had his position at Habitat for the last two years.