GRCC In the News, 6-20-18

Program gives GRPS high school graduates both diploma and associate’s degree

June 18, 2018; WGVU

A program that allows Grand Rapids Public School students the opportunity to graduate with both a high school diploma and an associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College is getting an extension.

Morning News

June 20, 2018; WZZM

Grand Rapids Community College hosted the John Bos All-Star Games at Cornerstone — this one between the OK Black and OK Red teams.

Raiders add Dallas Mora to Cross Country Team

June 19, 2018; Cedar Springs Post

The GRCC Men’s Cross Country team made a run into the post season and placed 24th overall as a team at the NJCAA Division I National Championship this past fall. As a team, the Raiders finished as one of the top MCCAA schools represented, just behind Macomb and Lansing at the National Championship.


GRCC In the News, 6-19-18

GRPS extends partnership with GRCC: ‘You’re already ahead of the game.’

June 19, 2018; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich– There’s some good news for one local school district, they’re extending their partnerships with Grand Rapids Community College.

44 students enroll in Kent schools’ tuition-free skilled trades program

June 18, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Forty-four students from school districts across Kent County are taking advantage of a mechanical design program that can lead to well-paying careers, educators say.

… The program is a partnership with the Grand Rapids Community College, one of six partnerships it has with Kent and Ottawa school districts. Tuition is covered by the district’s state per-student aid.

News 8 Daybreak

June 19, 2018; WOOD TV

Some of the area’s best high school players will square off in a baseball and softball tournament to raise money for Grand Rapids Community College scholarships. The games start at 4 today at Cornerstone University’s fields. Admission is just $5. Proceeds go to the John Bos Scholarship Fund.

Education Newsmakers: 06/18/2018

June 18, 2018; Traverse City Record-Eagle

Fifty students recently received a $1,000 college scholarship from the Ed & Irene Fleis Education Fund. Recipients attended Leelanau County Schools or have Leelanau lineage.

… Grand Rapids Community College: Jacob Christensen, Ada

GRCC In the News, 6-18-18

Morning News

June 18, 2018; WZZM

Leaders from Grand Rapids Public Schools and Grand Rapids Community College are working to strengthen their partnership. A news conference is happening today to discuss what’s ahead. The two have worked together for 13 years now, and their bond gives students the chance to work toward their high school diploma and associate degrees at the same time. Tuition and fees for the college courses are covered by state aid given to GRPS.

Hospice Of Michigan Welcomes Lauren VanGroningen As Operations Manager

June 15, 2018;

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (June 15, 2018) – Hospice of Michigan (HOM) is pleased to announce Lauren VanGroningen as Operations Manager in the southwest region serving Grand Rapids and surrounding communities.

… Previously, VanGroningen served as Director of Nursing for the memory care program at Samaritas Senior Living. She has also worked as a nurse in psychiatric services at Network180, a progressive care nurse at Spectrum Health’s Meijer Heart Center and as Senior Behavioral Health Operations Coordinator at Priority Health. VanGroningen earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Social Work from Calvin College and an Associate’s degree in Nursing from Grand Rapids Community College. She is currently working on a Master’s of Nursing degree from Ferris State University and lives with her husband, Sam, and two young children in Grand Rapids.

GRCC In the News, 6-15-18

Rockford Rotary Rick Ehinger Memorial Scholarship Winner Announced

June 14, 2018; The Rockford Squire

Rockford Rotary and Rockford High School are proud to announce this year’s recipients of the Rick Ehinger Memorial STRIVE scholarship.  Jared Smigiel will receive a $1,200 scholarship to be used at Grand Rapids Community College in the fall.  To date, over 100 seniors have participated in the STRIVE mentorship program, which has donated over $20,000 to Rockford seniors over the past 11 years.

Challenge Scholars experience college life

June 14, 2018;

Eleventh graders from Union High School in Grand Rapids got a glimpse into the life of a college student when they attended a new summer camp in June at Grand Valley

… Queanna Jackson, who wants to become an actress or medical professional, said she plans to transfer to Grand Valley after attending Grand Rapids Community College for a few years.

123Net, Trivalent Group Partner To Double Fixed Wireless Internet Capacity At Grand Rapids Community College

June 14, 2018;

GRAND RAPIDS — 123Net and Trivalent Group are teaming up to boost Grand Rapids Community College’s fixed wireless Internet capacity to 2 Gbps, one of 123Net’s highest capacity fixed wireless in West Michigan.

GRCC In the News, 6-13-18

Board approves GRCC budget with lowest tuition increase in two decades

June 12, 2018; La Prensa

GRAND RAPIDS, June 4, 2018: Grand Rapids Community College trustees unanimously approved a $112.3 million budget for the 2018-2019 academic year, a spending plan that includes the lowest tuition increase in nearly two decades. Tuition and fees account for about 46 percent of the college’s revenue. In March, trustees unanimously approved a 0.88 percent tuition increase for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Furman Names King As Head Softball Coach

June 11, 2018; (Furman University Athletics)

Greenville, S.C. — Wally King, who guided Furman softball to a 41-15 record this season as interim coach, has been named as the program’s new head coach, it was announced on Monday by Paladin director of athletics Mike Buddie.

… A National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) member, King began his coaching career on the collegiate level at Grand Rapids Community College as the assistant softball coach and head recruiter. During his three seasons with GRCC, King helped develop the program into a national title contender with back-to-back World Series appearances.