GRCC In the News, 9-19-19

Transitions: New Chief at Florida Coastal School of Law, Interim Provost Named at Michigan State U.

Sept. 18, 2019; The Chronicle of Higher Education

… Awards

… Gilles Renusson, a professor in the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College, has been awarded an Order of Agricultural Merit from the French government.

Sim Center conducts assailant training exercise 

Sept. 18, 2019; Grand Valley State University press release

A group of Grand Valley nursing, health sciences and athletic training students, practiced emergency procedures as a part of Healthcare Simulation Week, a national campaign taking place through September 20.

… Other departments involved in the exercise included the GVSU Counseling Center, FBI, Life EMS, American Medical Response, Kent County Sheriff’s Department, Kent County Emergency Management, Michigan State Police and Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC In the News, 9-18-19

Retailers welcome Westshore’s new ‘anchor’

Sept. 17, 2019; WOOD Radio

HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Ryan Bowling runs Disc Traders, a store where gamers and video fans can buy and sell discs and equipment, on Holland Township’s Shops at Westshore, the former Westshore Mall.

… That may change when Grand Rapids Community College opens its door in the vacant JCPenney building in 2021.


Sept. 17, 2019; Community College Daily

… Michigan tribal casino, community college partner to offer Blackjack Dealer Academy

Gun Lake Casino and Grand Rapids Community College have announced a partnership to develop a job training program to help the Michigan-based tribal casino find more blackjack dealers.

Native American group gives school district $98,000 to support mascot change

Sept. 17, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Godfrey-Lee Public Schools received $98,000 from the Native American Heritage Fund to help rebrand after replacing its controversial “Lee Rebels” name and mascot with “Legends.”

… At its July meeting, the board of the Native American Heritage Fund granted $479.781.80 to seven applicants. The other six awards, including $5,285 to Grand Rapids Community College, were for educational initiatives.

Grand Rapids’ First Ward commission race features incumbent, challenger

Sept. 17, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The 2019 city commission race to represent Grand Rapids’ First Ward will be between incumbent Jon O’Connor and challenger Allison Lutz.

… Lutz, 22, is a customer service representative at a local marketing agency who attended Grand Rapids Community College and later studied biopyschology at Grand Valley State University.She previously worked at a small home-care business and a preschool.

SmartArt competition winner finds inspiration in art, science classes

Sept. 17, 2019;

When Cindy Mazariegos-Barrios headed downtown to Rosa Parks Circle on Sept. 9 for the unveiling of the winner in the 2019 SmartArt competition, she went with her sister but didn’t tell her parents.

… But a panel of judges from Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University begged to differ, sending “We Are All In This Together” to the top 10 and then to the top of the podium.

GRCC to purchase former JCPenney in Holland area as consolidated Lakeshore Campus

GRCC is making a major commitment to serving the residents of West Michigan’s lakeshore communities by purchasing the former JCPenney in the Shops at Westshore mall to become a consolidated Lakeshore Campus.

The board of trustees unanimously approved plans Monday for administrators to start the process to purchase the 50,000-square-foot building in Holland Township, near the intersection of U.S. 31 and James Street, as the new Lakeshore Campus. The purchase price is expected to be about $2 million.

“GRCC is committed to serving Lakeshore learners of all ages,” board Chairperson David J. Koetje said. “This building’s location and size will provide the opportunity for more people to have access to the programs the GRCC Lakeshore Campus offers, improving and potentially transforming their lives.”

GRCC enrolled about 1,900 Ottawa County residents this fall. About 700 are taking classes in four Lakeshore locations: the Thompson M-TEC, Midtown Center, GVSU’s Meijer Campus and West Ottawa High School.

The new Lakeshore Campus building will allow GRCC to consolidate programs and student support services in a larger space, increase employer and educator partnerships, and enhance teaching and learning.

The location presents opportunities to expand programs. GRCC leaders will look for input from Lakeshore educators and community leaders on what additional programs would be most beneficial.

“This location enhances GRCC Lakeshore campus’s ability to be relative and responsive to our West Michigan communities,” President Bill Pink said. “Our college is uniquely positioned to help learners connect or reconnect with higher education. We’re proud of what we provide at the Lakeshore Campus now, and are excited to think about how we can impact lives there long into the future.”

The building is located on a bus line, making it more accessible for students, and is surrounded by businesses and services.

The site will require renovations for the conversion from department store to teaching and learning space. The goal is to have classes in the new GRCC Lakeshore Campus by the fall 2021 semester.

Pink said the college would transfer programs from the four current locations to the new GRCC Lakeshore Campus. The partnership with the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District is — and will continue to be — strong.

GRCC has offered classes on the Lakeshore since 1989.  The Lakeshore Campus currently offers classes leading to an Associate of Arts, Associate of General Studies, and Industrial Maintenance Technology-Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences degrees. One-year certificate programs include Industrial Maintenance, Industrial Technology, Tooling and Manufacturing, and Welding.

GRCC to mark International Day of Peace with poetry, crafts

Poetry, crafts and movement will be used to mark the International Day of Peace at Grand Rapids Community College.

Activities will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 19 on the Dr. Juan R. Olivarez Student Plaza, located between Fountain and Lyon streets. If it rains, the event will be held in the Raider Grille, on the second floor of the Student Center at 122 Lyon St. NE.

“This annual event is intended to educate and inspire individuals to do their part to improve the living conditions for all!” said event organizer Shavval Fleming, a professor in the English Department. “It’s a day of cease fire, a day to celebrate with people across the globe.”

Fable the Poet, Grand Rapids’ Poet Laureate, will speak at the event’s opening. Maryann Lesert, associate professor of English and author of the novel “Base Ten,” will talk about how climate change and peace social action are linked at 11:45 a.m.

Participants can decorate cookies; craft with beads, origami and yarn; create chalk art; and try Zumba.

The U.N. General Assembly established the International Day of Peace — often referred to as World Peace Day — in 1981. While it is usually held on Sept. 21, GRCC is holding its observance on Sept. 19 to allow more students to take part.

GRCC In the News, 9-17-19

GRCC purchasing former JCPenney in Holland for $2M to create Lakeshore Campus

Sept. 16, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is purchasing the former JCPenney building in The Shops at Westshore, mixed-use development in Holland Township, for $2 million to establish a central GRCC Lakeshore Campus.

College and casino partner on blackjack program

Sept. 16, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local college and a casino are partnering to offer a certification in blackjack dealing.

Grand Rapids Community College is working with Gun Lake Casino to offer the Blackjack Dealer Academy this fall, according to GRCC last week.

Golf team finishes 1st, 2nd in first week of play

Cooper Bell
Cooper Bell

The golf team got off to a great start this past week, with a dominating win on Friday followed by just a two-stroke loss on Sunday.

On Friday, the Raiders traveled across the state to Port Huron for the annual Sam Kromer Invitational, which featured seven MCCAA teams.  In the end, GRCC (302) won by 17 strokes over second-place Delta College (319).  Sophomore Cooper Bell was the medalist, shooting a 1-under 71.  Teammates Dominic Luciani  and Tyler Hausserman, both freshmen, were second and third overall with scores of 74 and 77.  Seven of the eight GRCC golfers finished in the top 10.

Final scores:

  • 1st) Cooper Bell, 71  (-1)
  • 2nd) Dominic Luciani , 74  (+2)
  • t3rd) Tyler Hausserman, 77 (+5)
  • t10) Dylan Bergman, 80  (+8)
  • t10) Matthew Denhartigh, 80  (+8)
  • t10) Graham Fulcher, 80  (+8)
  • t10) Logan Holtkamp, 80  (+8)
  • t19) James Powell, 82  (+10)
Dominic Luciani
Dominic Luciani

On Sunday, the Raiders played at Moss Ridge Golf Club in Ravenna against three other schools in their conference. Host team Muskegon Community College would come out victorious, two strokes ahead of GRCC, 289 to 291.  Luciani took home another second-place finish with a season-best 70.  Matthew DenhartighDylan Bergman and Hausserman also cracked the top 10 with scores of 74 or better.  Ancilla College’s Logan Templeton was the medalist with a 68, 4 under score.

Final scores

  • 2nd) Dominic Luciani , 70  (-2)
  • 5th) Matthew Denhartigh, 72  (E)
  • 6th) Dylan Bergman, 73  (+1)
  • t7th) Tyler Hausserman, 74 (+2)
  • t13) Cooper Bell, 75  (+3)
  • t19) Logan Holtkamp, 77  (+5)
  • t15) Graham Fulcher, 83  (+11)
  • t21) James Powell, 84  (+12)

The Raiders will be back on Sept. 20 at the MCCAA Fall Preview.  They have a 10 a.m. shotgun start at the Arbor Hills Golf Club in Jackson.

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