GRCC In the News, 8-18-17

WOS Launches Learning Center in Detroit, Orletta Caldwell to Lead

Aug. 17, 2017; businessinsider.com

DETROIT, Aug. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Workforce Opportunity Services (WOS)the leading non-profit organization geared towards aligning individuals from underrepresented groups with transformative career opportunities is expanding its impact as a resource for individuals living in underserved communities through establishing a new learning center in Detroit, Michigan.

… Orletta Caldwell, a Detroit native who has over 30 years of administrative and leadership experience, will serve as the coordinator of the new learning center; overseeing all of its operations. Over the course of her career, she has held positions at Josten’s Inc., Camp Barber, and Grand Rapids Community College.

(This press release ran in many media outlets.)

GRCC In the News, 8-17-17

Man sentenced to life in prison for killing woman on GRCC campus

Aug. 16, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A 20-year-old man was sentenced to life in prison with no parole Wednesday, Aug. 16, for fatally stabbing a homeless woman.

Marcus Bivins approached Jeanne Huntoon, 34, near a parking ramp on the Grand Rapids Community College campus at about 2:30 a.m. April 30, 2016, police said, later stabbing and beating the woman to death.

Street preacher battles two city ordinances, says they stifle free speech

Aug. 15, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – If you’re reciting scripture on a city sidewalk and someone complains, are you breaking the law?

… (Stephen) Nylen is outreach and evangelism chair at New City Fellowship OPC, 700 Burton Street SE, according to his Facebook page. He studied at Grace Bible College and Grand Rapids Community College and attended Ottawa Hills High School.

 

GRCC In the News, 8-15-17

Race initiative leader: Lack of progress exposed

Aug. 14, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — West Michigan groups focused on equality are speaking out as racially-charged protests continue in Charlottesville, Virginia.

… “It was something we saw that we did not want to look at,” Dr. Bill Pink, co-chair of the new initiative and president of Grand Rapids Community College, said of racism. “It was ugly. We want to believe that we’re beyond that.”

Chamber announces ATHENA winner

Aug. 10, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local chamber of commerce has selected a health insurance executive as the recipient of its annual award geared toward women in leadership roles.

… The other 2017 ATHENA Award finalists were Lori Burgess, executive director Kent County Girls on the Run; Carol Van Andel, executive director of the David and Carol Van Andel Foundation; Nkechy Ekere Ezeh, CEO of Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative; and Christy Buck, executive director of the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan.

… 2017 ATHENA Young Professional Award finalists

… Lorena Aguayo-Marquez, DGRI

… Alyssa Veneklase, Gold Coast Doulas LLC

(Lorena Aguayo-Marquez works in Academic Outreach; Nkechy Ekere Ezeh and Alyssa Veneklase are GRCC alumnae.)

GRCC In the News, 8-14-17

Culinary institute hosts tryouts for international pastry competition

Aug. 13, 2017; Grand Rapids Magazine

A group of six pastry chefs from across the country vying to represent the United States at the 2019 Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie in Lyon, France, will compete in the kitchens of the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College. The competing chefs are experts in sugar and chocolate.

West Michigan group aims to reduce food waste

Aug. 3, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — West Michigan throws away about 132,000 tons of food waste, and Southwest Michigan about 106,000 tons.

… Founding council members include representatives from SpartanNash, Meijer, Cocoa, Organicycle, Barfly Ventures, Bells Brewery, Gordon Food Service, Mercy Health, Spectrum Health, Creative Dining Services, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Kent County Department of Public Works, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Secchia Institute at Grand Rapids Community College, Lake Michigan College, and Feeding America West Michigan.

Annual softball game played in memory of fallen Grand Rapids police office

Aug. 11, 2017; WZZM

GRANDVILLE, MICH. – This July marked 10 years since the death of Grand Rapids Police Officer Robert Kozminski and on Friday evening, an annual softball game was played in his memory.

Dozens came out to Wedgewood Park in Grandville for the game. While there, three students received the Officer Robert A. Kozminski Scholarship to aid them this fall. All three students are currently enrolled in the Grand Rapids Community College Police Academy.

Gravel Bottom Brewery plans two-part expansion in Ada, Grand Rapids

Aug. 13, 2017; mibiz.com

ADA — Matt Michiels has known for the last two years that he needed to expand his growing West Michigan craft brewery.

… “I know what I don’t know, and the restaurant is something that I’m going to need help on,” Michiels said, adding that he hopes to leverage connections at Grand Rapids Community College and within the industry.

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