Posted tagged ‘Workforce Training’

GRCC In the News, 3-20-17

March 20, 2017

News 8 Daybreak

March 20, 2017; WOOD TV

We’ll learn more today about a new partnership that could help fill a manufacturing gap in West Michigan. Manufacturers are working with the Kent ISD and Grand Rapids Community College.

LINC Up looks to address affordable housing

March 17, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Community-driven economic development organization LINC Up is hoping to address the affordable housing dilemma by starting right around the corner.

Braving the return of winter weather, state and local officials were on hand last week to celebrate the announcement of LINC Ups new partnership with Grand Rapids Community College. The program will provide hands-on experience for construction students while building affordable housing in southeast Grand Rapids. The announcement was held at 507 Umatilla St. SE, the site of the first new home construction.

NJCAA Division II National Tournament Capsules

March 18, 2017; Commercial-News

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GRAND RAPIDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE

GRCC In the News, 3-14-17

March 14, 2017

New partnership focuses on affordable homes in Grand Rapids

March 13,2017; WZZM

Grand Rapids Community College is working with the non-profit group LINC Up to train residents in construction trades — tuition-free.

Grand Rapids Community College raises tuition $2 per contact hour

March 13,2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College students will pay 1.8 percent or $2 more per contact hour in tuition for the 2017-18 academic year.

Celebrate spring’s coming with music

March 13,2017; Charlevoix Courier

PETOSKEY — The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra will celebrate the coming of spring with music that celebrates and creates the mood for romance. Whether its a minuet, a czarda or a tango, the performance will deliver a special warmth to chase away the chill of winter beginning at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 26, for the Sunday Series Concert at the First Presbyterian Church of Harbor Springs, 7940 Cemetary Road, Harbor Springs.

… Brian Morris, guitarist, will perform in the Piazolla, Schubert and Hubay pieces. Brian has twice been director of the Mid-America Guitar Ensemble Festivals and has been a member of the Grand Rapids Community College Music Faculty.

Big week ahead for basketball teams from Grand Rapids area

March 13, 2017; MLive

Take a look at what’s happening in Grand Rapids sports for the week of March 13.

… Grand Rapids Community College is still around, too. The Raiders play in the NJCAA DII National Tournament March 21-25 in Danville, Illinois.

 

GRCC In the News, 3-13-17

March 13, 2017

“Morning News”

March 13, 2017; WZZM

Grand Rapids Community College plans to announce a new partnership aimed at training construction workers to build homes.

What economies across the state can learn from West Michigan’s success

March 9, 2017; Michigan Public Radio

West Michigan is one of the most economically healthy regions in our state. It’s been cited as the fifth fastest-growing city in the country.

… “You see private businesses that are working every day with Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Michigan Works! and having that open dialogue, saying ‘This not just what I have today in terms of needs for my workforce, but here’s what I’m going to need over the next three-to-five years,'” (Tim) Mroz said. “‘How can you help in your curriculum? How can you help in workforce training to really make those connections, and help us grow our talent pool so that my business can continue growing in the region?'”

Kalamazoo Public Safety to hire, replace 40 officers by 2018

March 7, 2017; MLive

KALAMAZOO, MI — Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley said he expects to hire 40 new officers during the next year-and-a-half.

… Recruits are hired by KDPS and then sent to a police academy either at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Kellogg Community College, Grand Rapids Community College or Grand Valley State University.

Why mentoring is a vital add-on to remedial curriculum

March 6, 2017; Education Dive

… Remedial education is a growing part of the national conversation on college affordability, and it has attracted the attention of lawmakers in states and within the federal government. Campuses which show a commitment to enrolling low-income and minority students, but which don’t complement the enrollment strategy with direct outreach, stand to lose ground in graduation rates and poor internal reviews from students and faculty. Schools like Grand Rapids Community College use online assessment tools to help students self-determine the amount of time and resources they have to fully commit to pursuing a degree.

600 teens attending African American Male Achievement Conference

March 8, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – More than 600 ninth graders from high schools throughout Kent County are expected to take part in the second annual African American Male Achievement Conference today at Grand Rapids Community College.

‘Creatures of Light’ opens at Grand Rapids Public Museum

March 11, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Animals from fireflies to deep-sea squid are the focal point of the Grand Rapids Public Museum’s newest exhibit. “Creatures of Light” exhibit opens on Saturday, March 11.

(One of the photos accompanying this article shows GRCC student Joseph Hileski touring the exhibit.)

Pets and animal lovers play with friends at LaughFest event Sunday

March 12, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Each year, Grand Rapids resident Erica Jager and her dachshund, Cooper, wait for a People and Pets day at Gilda’s LaughFest.

… Jager was among nearly 150 who attended a People and Pets event at GRCC Ford Feildhouse Sunday, one of the most popular parts of Gilda’s LaughFest since 2010. The event featured activities including a parade, costume contest, blessing and other events for animal lovers and their companions.

COLLEGE: Lackawanna sweeps softball doubleheader

March 7, 2017; The Times-Tribune (Scranton, Pa.)

Lackawanna College’s softball team opened its southern swing with a doubleheader sweep of Grand Rapids Community College, posting a pair of shutouts in the squad’s first games in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Indians win 3 of 4 at Classic

March 7, 2017; The Jackson County Floridian

The Chipola Baseball Classic over the weekend yielded mixed results for the 19-4 Indians.
While Grand Rapids Community College wasn’t able to gain any traction and went down 10-0 in flurry of runs on Friday, Saturday’s game against Louisiana State University Eunice saw a 9-2 loss for the Indians.

 

 

GRCC In the News, 2-27-17

February 27, 2017

GRCC offers class to help increased demand for Certified Nursing Assistants

Feb. 24, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is launching its first training program from a $6 million federal grant to ensure the healthcare industry has access to a pipeline of skilled workers to meet the region’s demand.

Literacy program cultivates hidden talent in employees

Feb. 24, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The Literacy Center of West Michigan realized 16 years ago that the workforce was full of employees with untapped leadership potential: those who struggle with literacy.

… Similarly, last summer, CWE launched a partnership with Grand Rapids Community College and the Hispanic Center of West Michigan to recruit and teach Spanish-speaking community members who wanted to participate in GRCCs machine computer numerical control (CNC) degree.

Trophy cases from Grand Rapids colleges tell unique history of sports

Feb. 26, 2017; MLive

The thrill of victory often includes a nice payoff: hardware. Trophies, plaques and ribbons adorn college athletic departments across the Grand Rapids area. There are all kinds of display cases, from modest to opulent, housed in various locations and each with a history lesson. They are old nets, old photos and trophies of all ages, shapes and sizes. Here is a look at some of them from around West Michigan.

… Grand Rapids Community College

Steps inside the Ford Fieldhouse entrance, and just outside the gym, is a long corridor that is home to the rich history of Raiders athletics. A portrait of former President Gerald R. Ford standing guard over the hardware just adds to the atmosphere.

KVCC women earn 23rd win – and at least a share of title, 68-54

Feb. 25, 2017; MLive

As Grand Rapids Coach, David Glazier said after the contest, “If you don’t shoot in this gym every day, it can be a hard place to play.” He was talking about the ‘wide open spaces’ of GRCC’s Ford Fieldhouse, and it has taken its effect on many a visiting team’s shooting prowess. Even solid teams like KVCC’s sixth-ranked Cougars.

McCallum Returns To The Drive

Feb. 25, 2017; Our Sports Central

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH -The Grand Rapids Drive, the NBA D-League Affiliate of the Detroit Pistons announced today that Ray McCallum has returned to the team’s roster after receiving a GATORADE Call-Up totaling 20 days from the Charlotte Hornets.

… McCallum returns to the Grand Rapids Drive for tonight’s game when the team hosts the Rio Grande Valley Vipers at 7 PM at the DeltaPlex Arena. Tonight’s game is the Drive’s Metro Health Family Night (All Saturday Games) which features 4 tickets, 4 hotdogs, 4 sodas for $44 and is a Jersey Takeover Night sponsored by Grand Rapids Community College. Players will wear custom Navy and White jerseys for the game. The custom jerseys will be able to be bid on throughout the game and the winner of the jersey will be able to meet the player and have their photo taken with them post-game and receive a signed jersey.

GRCC In the News, 12-16-16

December 16, 2016

GRCC approves $300,000 bond to provide training for new manufacturing jobs

Dec. 15, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College has a new agreement to provide training support for 33 new positions needed by an expanding Holland Township manufacturer.

Faculty split over cuts in new GRCC contract

Dec. 15, 2016; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A new three-year contract for faculty at Grand Rapids Community College is causing a rift between some adjunct and tenured professors.

Allegan General Hospital Foundation awards fall scholarships

Dec. 12, 2016; MLive

The Allegan General Hospital Foundation recently awarded its fall educational scholarships to Allegan Healthcare Group employees and their children in support of training and higher education studies in healthcare.

… Six children of employees received scholarship awards:

… Jaime Manne (Hamilton) is pursuing her associate’s degree in radiologic technology at Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC In the News, 12-7-16

December 7, 2016

Literacy Center gets share of $228K to help refugees break language barriers to jobs

Dec. 6, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Michigan Office for New Americans (MONA) has awarded a total of $228,447 in grants to the Literacy Center of West Michigan and four other organizations implementing programs to help newcomers break language barriers to gaining employment.

… The Literacy Center will be partnering on the project with West Michigan Works!, Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. West Michigan Chapter (ABCWM), and Grand Rapids Community College’s (GRCC) Workforce Training.

Older Learner Center tackles mannequin challenge

December 6, 2016

GRCC’s Older Learner Center took on the mannequin challenge last week — you can catch the video on Workforce Training’s Facebook page.

 

 

GRCC In the News, 12-5-16

December 5, 2016

Appointments, Resignations, Deaths (12/9/2016)

Dec. 4, 2016; The Chronicle of Higher Education

CHIEF EXECUTIVES

Appointments

… Bill Pink, vice president and dean of work-force development at Grand Rapids Community College, was appointed president. He will be the college’s first black leader.

State News 12-1-16

Dec. 1, 2016; The Hastings Banner

… Grand Rapids Community College announced that it has joined the network of Fiat Chrysler-certified technical training sites. FCA US LLC, a North American automaker headquartered in Auburn Hills, established the Mopar Career Automotive Program LOCAL in partnership with the National Coalition of Certification Centers, or NC3, to train approximately 1,000 students annually. The partnership has a goal of building a talent pipeline of certified Chrysler Fiat automotive technicians across the country.

GRCC Political Professor weighs in on Michigan recount

Dec. 3, 2016; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich – The recount of Michigan’s presidential votes is officially set to begin next week.

… Grand Rapids Community College Professor, Neal Getz stopped by FOX 17 Morning News to explain how the process will work.

GRCC Volleyball’s Lauren Wieber named NJCAA DII All-American

Dec. 3, 2016; MLive

Grand Rapids, Mich – GRCC Volleyball’s sophomore OH Lauren Wieber (Grand Rapids, MI, Kenowa Hills (’15)) earned All-American honors after a stand out season recording 433 kills, 103 digs and 30 blocks while starting in 34 of 36 matches.

Inside Track: Marriage leads to career break

Dec. 2, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

During his two-decade career in fundraising, Keith Hopkins has had a hand in more than 175 campaigns, most of them in the West Michigan region.

… Hopkins began his career in education, teaching at Grand Rapids Community College for four years and then Heartland Community College in Illinois for another four years, before joining Monaghan Associates, a fundraising firm in Grand Rapids.

 

 

GRCC In the News, 11-30-16

November 30, 2016

Labor Department awards $6 million to GRCC for health care programs

Nov. 28, 2016; The Peninsula

Grand Rapids Community College has received a massive boost for its efforts in health care education, to the tune of a $6 million federal grant from the U.S. Labor Department.

GRCC In the News, 11-28-16

November 28, 2016

GRCC’s next college president talks about making an impact

Nov. 22, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The next president of Grand Rapids Community College says he confident about assuming the responsibility because his life’s journey has strategically shaped him into the leader he is today.

It’s time for West Michigan to fix itself

Nov. 25, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal editorial

This cannot be overstated.

… For example, Grand Rapids Community College this month received a $6 million grant to maintain its medical assistant apprenticeship program. Last year at this time, there were 90 openings for qualified medical assistants in West Michigan. The first apprenticeship class is almost done with its studies and will be joining the full-time workforce in January. But with a class of just about 20, it will come nowhere near filling the employment needs of health care providers in the area.

Explore GRCC’s Dental Program

Nov. 22, 2016; WOTV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) — Maranda was joined in studio by some Dental Assistant and Dental Hygienist students from Grand Rapids Community College. Learn about the three year Hygienist program and the 10-month Assistant program. These students get to do hands on work out in the West Michigan community. They teach people to “ReThink your Drink.” Check out the video above to see how much sugar you’re consuming in your favorite drinks.

Photo Flash: Opera Grand Rapids Hosts 13th Annual Collegiate Vocal Competition

Nov. 22, 2016; Broadway World

Opera Grand Rapids’ 13th annual Collegiate Vocal Competition held this past weekend included winners from Grand Valley State University, Western Michigan University and Grand Rapids Community College. The competition, which provides West Michigan’s finest budding vocal artists the opportunity to compete in a professionally-judged competition for cash prizes, received 26 applicants, named eight finalists and selected five winners. Scroll down for photos from the competition!

… Alexandra Galla, mezzo-soprano from Western Michigan University, and Grace VanHoven, soprano from Grand Rapids Community College, won second and third prizes in Division I, respectively. Opera Grand Rapids named two winners in its Division II-Natalie Saigh, mezzo-soprano, and Jared Montgomery, baritone, of Western Michigan University.

MSU to help increase student success in Grand Rapids

Nov. 22, 2016; FOX 47

Michigan State University has joined a Grand Rapids-area community initiative to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups entering and graduating from Michigan colleges.

… In addition to MSU, other higher education institutions partnering with TCTC are: Aquinas College, Calvin College, Cornerstone University, Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Northwood University and Western Michigan University.

 

GRCC In the News, 11-21-16

November 21, 2016

$6 million grant aims to create worker pipeline for senior living, other employers

Nov. 20, 2016; McKnight’s Senior Living

Four Michigan senior living communities are partners in a $6 million grant awarded to Grand Rapids Community College and designed to address healthcare workforce needs in the western part of the state.

Science Day brings hands-on learning to Grand Rapids community

Nov. 18, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The second annual Community Science Day, hosted by Grand Rapids Community College, is taking over campus on Nov. 19.

Inside Track: Changing people’s lives

Nov. 18, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Dennis Van Kampen remembers journeying with a friend to Juarez, Mexico, in 1988 for what would prove to be far from the typical touristy experience.

… When he was younger, Van Kampen felt destined for a career in law enforcement. After graduating in 1988 from Grand Rapids Community College with a degree in criminal justice, Van Kampen worked as a reserve officer for the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department.

First Lady Michelle Obama presents WMCAT with national award

Nov. 17, 2016; rapidgrowthmedia.com

There is big news.

… (Keloni) Seawood-Walton became a part of WMCAT while attending Grand Rapids Montessori School and graduated in spring 2016. She now is working part time as an apprentice at WMCAT’s Ambrose Print Shop while attending Grand Rapids Community College.

Keeping Jeanna Huntoon’s memory alive

Nov. 21, 2016; WZZM

MUSKEGON, MICH. – It’s been a little over six months since the murder of Jeanne Huntoon.

The 34-year-old was stabbed to death near Grand Rapids Community College in April. Authorities have charged Marcus Bivens with her murder.

Grand Rapids wins battle of the Raiders

Nov. 18, 2016; KTIC

The Central Community College Raiders saw their season come to an end with a 3-1 loss to the Grand Rapids Community College Raiders in the consolation bracket of the NJCAA Division II National Tournament.

GRCC In the News, 11-18-16

November 18, 2016

GRCC awarded $6M to help build healthcare workforce pipeline

Nov. 17, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Community College was awarded a $6 million federal grant that will allow the college to work with its community partners to provide a pipeline of much-needed skilled health care workers, officials announced Thursday, Nov. 17.

GRCC’s next president expected to be named Monday

Nov. 17, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Next Monday morning, Grand Rapids Community College trustees expect to make their decision on the school’s next president, board chairman Bert Bleke said.

Kent City grad dies in crash

Nov. 17, 2016; The Post (Cedar Springs)

An 18-year-old Tyrone Township teen was killed last weekend when he crashed his vehicle while trying to pass another car.

… Isaiah is the son of Gerald and Deborah Slater. According to his obituary, he had attended Algoma Christian School, and graduated from Kent City High School in 2016. He was attending Grand Rapids Community College.

State approves Holland Home as training site for Certified Nursing Assistant program

November 18, 2016

The state approved the GRCC Workforce Training site at Holland Home for our new Certified Nursing Assistant Program (CNA) today. A special thank you to Linda Witte for all the coordination and leadership of the project, along with a thank you to Elleena Chrzan for her work and support.  Stay tuned for program start date.

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GRCC In the News, 11-3-16

November 3, 2016

American jobs are going to robots, not China.

Nov. 2, 2016; The Christian Science Monitor

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Donald Trump blames Mexico and China for stealing millions of jobs from the United States.

… “We’ve never had so much attention from manufacturers. They’re calling and saying: ‘Can we meet your students?’ They’re asking, ‘Why aren’t they looking at my job postings?'” says Julie Parks, executive director of workforce training at Grand Rapids Community College in western Michigan.

College names finalists for president

Nov. 2, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A downtown college has whittled down its list of potential candidates for the office of president to four.

Grand Rapids Community College’s Presidential Search Committee has selected Amy Fugate, L. Joy Gates Black, Bill Pink and Christina Royal as the top candidates to replace outgoing president Steven Ender.

Big Read Holland event shows triumphs, struggles of refugees in West Michigan

Nov. 2, 2016; The Holland Sentinel

Abdi Osman, now a U.S. citizen, came from Somalia as a refugee in 2004.

… He graduated Forest Hills High School in 2009, then Grand Rapids Community College a few years later.

Is Grand Rapids one of the most underrated foodie cities in America?

Nov. 2, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN- The midwest is notoriously overlooked by the national food scene. We residents of the “flyover” states usually receive little attention from national publications about our culinary offerings. Grand Rapids, however, is starting to generate some buzz.

… Michigan is second in the country in terms of agricultural diversity, and our local chefs make good use of the amazing product that grows right here. We have a top notch culinary school, the Secchia Institute of Culinary Education at GRCC, that is training new chefs every day.

Secchia Institute for Culinary Education

Oct. 31, 2016; ferriscoffee.com

Every trimester Ferris welcomes our friends and future industry professionals from The Secchia Institute for Culinary Education (SICE) to spend time here learning about coffee.  As a company we value the work that the SICE is doing, and their dedication to educating their students and future restaurant owners, chefs, cooks, and bakers about the importance of coffee within the culinary and service world.

McKendree women’s basketball team seeks more progress under Kerkhoff

Nov. 2, 2016; Belleville News-Democrat (Ill.)

LEBANON — A reversal of its 12-17 record of last season might be a bit much to ask from the McKendree University women’s basketball team.

… Two other players, senior Charley Lett and junior Abby Smith, could earn minutes off the bench and provide scoring punch. Shauniera Wilson, a 6-3 junior, also returns. Sara Karamol is a 5-9 junior who transferred from Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan.

Julie Parks meets CNN’s Van Jones

October 28, 2016

Julie Parks met her idol today, Van Jones, CNN contributor and environmental and human rights activist.  Jones was the keynote at the 7th annual LINC Up community spirit awards luncheon.

Julie Parks stands next to Van Jones