GRCC In the News, 7-22-19

Change Ups: $40,000 grant makes meal deliveries possible

July 19, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal


Larry Murphy retired as chairman of the Grand Rapids Community College Foundation board of directors, and GRCC alumnus James V. Buzzitta was elected the new chairman after serving as vice chairman. Kristine Babcock was elected vice chairperson and Doug Klein and Nancy Ayres continue as the board’s treasurer and secretary, respectively.

New York Jets will host AAF TE Nick Truesdell for the second time next week

July 19, 2019;

We are learning that Nick Truesdell, the huge target from the Salt Lake City Stallions will be headed to New York for his second visit with the New York Jets early next week. Truesdell worked out for the New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in April and killed his workout for both teams.

… Nick has an amazing story. He was signed by the Colorado Ice as an undrafted free agent in 2014. He played college football at the University of Cincinnati before transferring to Grand Rapids Community College.

Ionia announces athletic Hall of Fame class

July 19, 2019; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

The Ionia Athletic Hall of Fame committee announced the members of the 2019 Class that will be inducted into the Ionia Athletic Hall of Fame.

… (Riley) Swinehart was a four-year gymnast and baseball player for the Bulldogs, as well as varsity football for one year. He was state champion in the trampoline in 1961 and member of 1962 West Central Conference baseball championship team in 1962. He played football, was a diver on the swim team and baseball at Grand Rapids Community college. At GRCC, he set a school record with a .443 batting average. Attended Central Michigan where he earned All NAIA honors in gymnastics. He coached numerous sports in high school as well as several years as football coach at Grand Valley State University.

GRCC In the News, 7-19-19

3 candidates run for Second Ward commission seat in Grand Rapids

July 18, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Second Ward Commissioner Ruth Kelly is nearing the end of her final term and three candidates are vying to replace her on the Grand Rapids City Commission.

… Her (Milinda Ysasi) endorsements include current city commissioners Ruth Kelly, Senita Lenear and Kurt Reppart, at least seven former city commissioners, and current and former GRPS and Grand Rapids Community College board members.

GRCC In the News, 7-18-19

Michigan’s Best takes a look at Mitchell’s Run Thru Rockford 2019

July 17, 2019; MLive

ROCKFORD, MI — On the eve of participating in her first Mitchell’s Run Thru Rockford, a community charity event to raise money and raise awareness for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Anessa Fehsenfeld — not really knowing much about the disease — received a phone call that changed her family’s life forever.

… Tyler (Fehsenfeld), who is now 19, is doing a summer internship and studying web development and graphic design at Grand Rapids Community College.

Mow Me Over: How Lawnmower Parenting is Hindering the Next Generation

July 17, 2019; West Michigan Woman

We’re all familiar with the overbearing whir of helicopter parents—always nearby, ready to protect with high levels of behavioral control and warm affirmations and defined as “a parent who takes an overprotective or excessive interest in the life of their child or children.”

… “In the 23 years I have been teaching, parents seeking to remove obstacles from their child’s path has become more commonplace—perhaps because it’s much easier for parents to reach out through cellphone or email than before the digital age,” said Jennifer Reynolds, Jenison Public Schools and Grand Rapids Community College teacher.

Inaugural Cultural Competence Institute aimed at helping educators change organizational environments

Cia Verschelden
Cia Verschelden

Educators from across the region are invited to participate in a new GRCC program aimed at creating organizational change in environments where conscious or unconscious behaviors influence prejudice and discrimination.

The program, set for Sept. 27, is part of the GRCC Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion’s inaugural Cultural Competence Institute.

“A faculty member or teacher engaging in instruction is responsible for creating an educational experience that safeguards the psychological and emotional well-being of students,” said Dr. B. Afeni McNeely Cobham, GRCC’s chief equity and inclusion officer.

“Therefore, it is imperative for practitioners to expand their pedagogical ideas and approach. It is my sincerest hope that the Cultural Competence Institute can help build a network of culturally responsive educators in the West Michigan region.”

The institute focuses on offering participants practical skills and evidence-based best practices and strategies. The initial program is “Bandwidth Recovery: Helping Students Reclaim Cognitive Resources Lost to Poverty, Racism, and Social Marginalization.”

It will be led by Dr. Cia Verschelden, vice president of academic and student affairs at City Colleges of Chicago-Malcolm X College. Verschelden, who earned her doctorate at Harvard University, is the author of the 2017 book “Bandwidth Recovery: Helping Students Reclaim Cognitive Resources Lost to Poverty, Racism, and Social Marginalization.”

The full-length course is designed for administrators and educators devoted to creating strategies and interventions that show promise in helping students regain cognitive resources required for success in school.

A prerequisite for enrollment in the CCI course includes, but is not limited to, Intergroup Dialogue training, Institute for Healing Racism training, or Cultural Intelligence training.

Seating is limited. More information about the registration process and fees can be found online.

GRCC In the News, 7-17-19

Restaurant Week GR reveals menus

7/16/19 Grand Rapids Business Journal

More than 70 local restaurants are participating in the upcoming Restaurant Week GR.

… Restaurant Week GR also supports culinary students through an endowed scholarship fund at the Grand Rapids Community College Secchia Institute for Culinary Education. Participating locations donate $1 for every Restaurant Week meal sold.

GRCC In the News, 7-16-19

Employment Expertise: Earn while learning skills for high-demand career

July 15, 2019; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

Health care is one of the fastest growing industries in Michigan. Health care support occupations, such as medical assistants, top the list of fastest-growing occupational groups through 2022 — over twice the rate for total jobs overall. More than 450 open medical assistant positions will need to be filled in Michigan each year.

… As a student in the one-year program:

You’ll attend classes (tuition free) at one of the participating training providers: Grand Rapids Community College or Muskegon Community College. You’ll apply your classroom learning in a clinical setting and learn new skills from your assigned mentors and supervisors.

(This article, provided by West Michigan Works!, was also in several other state newspapers, including The Holland Sentinel.)

70+ restaurants, menus announced for 10th annual Restaurant Week GR

July 16, 2019; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Experience Grand Rapids announced the full list of Grand Rapids-area restaurants participating in the 10th annual Restaurant Week GR (RWGR).

… RWGR also supports culinary students through an endowed scholarship fund at the Grand Rapids Community College Secchia Institute for Culinary Education. Participating locations donate $1 for every RWGR meal sold.

GRCC In the News, 7-15-19

Manufacturer dials into workforce training

July 12, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

If you want something done right, do it yourself — such is the philosophy on display at Autocam Medical when it comes to creating a skilled workforce.

The Kentwood-based contract manufacturer of precision surgical and medical components and devices has for the past several years participated in a CNC Machinist Apprentice Program in which it sends entry-level or other workers to Grand Rapids Community College to receive classroom instruction and training in computer numerical control (CNC) machining.

Survey reveals immigrant challenges

July 12, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A group of community leaders is taking the next step for better immigrant inclusion in Kent County.

… The task force includes the four collaborating organizations, as well as the city of Grand Rapids’ Office of Diversity and Inclusion, The Right Place, the city of Wyoming and the Wyoming Public Safety Department, Justice for Our Neighbors, Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, Kent County Health Department, Kent ISD, Literacy Center of West Michigan, Kaufman Interfaith Institute at Grand Valley State University, Treetops Collective, Refugee Education Center, Bethany Christian Services, African Collaborative Network, African Resource Center, WGVU, Michigan Office for New Americans, Grand Rapids Community College, Welcoming Michigan, Fifth Third Bank, Grand Rapids Community Foundation, Kent County, Spectrum Health, Cascade Engineering, Hispanic Center of Western Michigan and Kentwood Public Schools.

Street Talk: The future is now

July 12, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… Early learners

Grand Rapids Community College’s Early Learning Laboratory recently received a transformation any child would be excited to explore. A carpenter at Rockford Construction, Fernando Zamudio brought GRCC’s vision to life in his latest project that renovated the playground into a space that sparks imagination.

Dental practice spreads joy with community outreach

July 12, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

It’s been more than five months since Lisa Weller woke up with a new set of teeth.

… After she graduates high school, (Arnela) Hamzagic plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College to become a dental hygienist. She also has siblings who plan to attend college and worries that her parents will not be able to financially support all of them.

ICANN Announces Participants NextGen@ICANN66

July 12, 2019; (press release)

LOS ANGELES – 12 July 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has announced the names of the individuals who will participate in the NextGen program at ICANN66, to be held in Montréal, Canada, from 2 to 7 November 2019.

… The individuals selected as ICANN66 NextGen participants are:

… Austin Bollinger, Grand Rapids Community College.

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