GRCC In the News, 5-18-18

MeXo highlights Mesoamerican cuisine with bold flavors and bright colors

May 17, 2018; Grand Rapids Magazine

If you think you know Mexican food, think again. MeXo brings pre-Hispanic, Mesoamerican cuisine (think before the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors to Mexico) to Grand Rapids in a way that still says 2018.

… Chef Oscar (Moreno) has been tapped by the both Grand Rapids Community College and the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to mentor young (and aspiring) Latino chefs, so we’re sure to see much more to come from his involvement and his kitchen.

Tour historic Heritage Hills homes this weekend

May 18, 2018; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Heritage Hills Neighborhood Weekend Tour of Homes kicks off Saturday, May 19 and runs through Sunday, May 20.

… Tickets are $25 the weekend of the tour and can be bought at Grand Rapids Community College’s DeVos Campus, located at 435 East Fulton Street. Advance tickets are $18 and can be bought at the following locations: Family Fare and D&W Food stores, Lake Michigan Credit Unions, Martha’s Vineyard, Art of the Table, the Heritage Hill Association and online.

GRCC In the News, 5-17-18

News 8 at 5:30 p.m.

May 16, 2018; WOOD TV

Caledonia residents will soon be able to take Grand Rapids Community College classes. Today, GRCC and the Caledonia school district announced an agreement to offer courses in the former Glenmor High School building. Caledonia joins other Grand Rapids Community College regional sites in Grandville, Lowell and Rockford. General education courses will be offered at the building off Kraft Avenue in the late afternoon and evenings starting with the fall semester.

Making a difference in our schools

May 15, 2018; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Here in West Michigan, there’s a shortage of diverse preschool teachers in the workforce, so Aquinas College is working to make a difference through free training.
Here to tell us more about the PREP program is Dr. Nkechy Ezeh, the Early Childhood Education Program Director, along with Beanka Masefiade and Sirak Kurban, two of the PREP Recruiters.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Nkechy Ezeh and Sirak Kurban are GRCC alumni.)

Governor Snyder appoints judge to Community Corrections Board

May 16, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local judge has been tapped to represent district court judges statewide on the Michigan Community Corrections Board.

… (Bradley) Knoll is also an adjunct professor of criminology and political science at Grand Rapids Community College and a faculty member of the Michigan Judicial Institute.

Michigan This Morning

May 17, 2018; WWTV

Six students at Traverse City West signing letters of intent to play sports at the collegiate level. … In baseball, Sam Briggs going to Grand Rapids Community College and Luke Klug going to Lansing Community College.


TRIO students take part in summer research at Michigan Technological University

For the 14th consecutive year, TRIO/Student Support Service has partnered with Michigan Technical University to give GRCC students first-hand research experience.

Karl Jovinge, Breianna Bertossi, Alannah Elliott, Benjamin Craig, Anthoni Phonxana, Breana Gallarzo, Joseph Day and Nick Lopez are participating in the seven-week program. They will be paired with faculty members whom they will assist with research that ranges from engineering to human resources.

They will also experience life at a four-year institution by living on campus and attending a seminar course.  For most students, this opportunity would be impossible without the financial support they receive.  Michigan Tech gives each student a $2,500 stipend that allows them focus on their learning and clarifying what their academic goals will be moving forward.

The TRIO students will present their research to fellow classmates, faculty and staff on June 22 at Michigan Tech.

To learn more about this partnership program, contact TRIO/Student Support Services at (616) 234-4150.

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North end of Ransom to close for emergency repairs

Because of an underground steam leak between GRCC’s Music and Student centers, the north end of Ransom Street must be closed.

You won’t be able to turn left from Lyon Street onto Ransom, so you will need to go to Division and then Fountain Street to Ransom to access the Bostwick parking ramp. All traffic leaving the Bostwick ramp must turn right onto Ransom.

At this point, we don’t know how long repairs will take.

Native American Student Organization shares music, culture with preschool

The Native American Student Organization recently hosted a cultural and educational event at the GRCC preschool.

NASO members set up regalia and instrument displays and helped the preschoolers build models of traditional houses. They also shared music and the Pottawatomie language.

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GRCC In the News, 5-15-18

GRCC President Bill Pink elected to Higher Learning Commission

May 14, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink is one of four newly elected trustees to the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) that accredits colleges and universities in 19 states.

Colleges swoop in on drone training

May 11, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Two area colleges are offering public classes on how to operate drones.

… Grand Rapids Community College and Compass College of Cinematic Arts are offering these classes to help students meet the current and future demand of workers with drone-operating skills.

Change Ups: Olivarez receives emeritus award

May 11, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… Juan R. Olivarez received Grand Rapids Community College’s President Emeritus Award as part of the college’s recent commencement. Olivarez became the first Hispanic president of a Michigan college or university when he was tapped to lead GRCC in 1999. The son of migrant laborers, he has degrees from Aquinas College, Wayne State University and Michigan State University. He was named GRCC’s eighth president and is known for his efforts to develop community partnerships and boost minority enrollment, so all West Michigan students have opportunities for a strong education.

Grand Rapids CC installs laptop vending machines

May 11, 2018; CR80News (student ID card industry publication)

With the swipe of a student ID card, Grand Rapids Community College is offering free laptop rentals to students. The service is being offered via vending machine, giving students an alternative to accessing the technology needed to support their academic work.

News at 6:30 p.m.

May 12, 2018; WZZM

More than 17,000 people from all over the world flooded the streets of Grand Rapids for the 41st annual Fifth Third Riverbank Run. …. We spoke to a few of the runners from Grand Rapids Community College who took part in the race.

(Cross country coach Matt Sicilia and some team members were interviewed.)

Just Enjoy to provide at-home personal chef services

May 14, 2018; The Holland Sentinel

For Justen Bowden, his work life journey is one that has been filled with different stops along the way.

… He was running a business centered around baked goods such as cookies and brownies and recently graduated from Secchia Institute for Culinary Education with a certificate as a personal chef. Now Bowden has started a personal chef business called Just Enjoy.

Gov. Rick Snyder and TED Director Roger Curtis recognize Marshall Plan for Talent champions

May 11, 2018; (press release)

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder and Talent and Economic Development Department of Michigan Director Roger Curtis Tuesday met with champions in the education and business sectors to discuss the Marshall Plan for Talent, answer questions and lay the groundwork for continued economic success for the state.

… Numerous Michigan-based companies and education institutions are already supporting the Marshall Plan for Talent through existing and successful programs such as competency-based education models, hiring practices and existing partnerships between business and education. Champions include:

… Grand Rapids Community College

More than a dream

May 12, 2018; The Daily News (Greenville)

Crowded among strangers on a small boat, with the only friends and family he had ever known left far behind in Latin America, Jose Chavez-Estaban made a risky attempt to start a new life in the United States.

… Going forward, Chavez-Estaban said he hopes to eventually enroll in Grand Rapids Community College and place a focus on criminal justice with a goal to become a police officer.

West Michigan Food Waste Summit

May 12, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum and partners will host the West Michigan Food Waste Summit on Monday, May 21 at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College, the capstone event of the Western Michigan Food Recovery Council pilot project.