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Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for over 32,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. The Training Solutions department trained over 8,100 students in specialized training programs in 2009-10. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several additional locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.

Kendra DeJonge named NJCAA Second Team All-American

The National Junior College Athletic Association has named GRCC volleyball player Kendra DeJonge to its Division II Second Team All-American.

DeJonge, a Rockford High School graduate, was also the Michigan Community College Athletic Association’s Freshman of the Year. She helped the Raiders to a 27-3 (16-0 MCCAA-West) record and a No. 3 national ranking this fall.

DeJonge also earned First Team All-Region, All-MCCAA, First Team All-Western Conference and Western Conference Freshman of the Year. Through the season, she recorded 406 kills, 320 digs and 43 aces. She ranked 33rd nationally in kills and 9th in kills per set. She powered a potent Raiders offense all the way to the Region XII, District F finals, where GRCC fell to eventual national runner-up Owens Community College.

Joining DeJonge on the NJCAA lists from the MCCAA Conference was First Team All-American Robbie Berg from Muskegon Community College and Honorable Mention All-American Autumn Anderson from Oakland Community College.

GRCC In the News, 12-11-17

Change Ups: 7GenAE garners Honor Award for Native Justice Center

Dec. 8, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… EDUCATION

A Grand Rapids Community College analysis concludes it adds $413.5 million to the Kent County economy and $34.2 million to Ottawa County’s economy. EMSI, a provider of economic impact studies and labor market data, looked at GRCC’s economic impact through its students, employees and alumni.

GVSU receives $1 million grant for STEM scholarships

Dec. 10, 2017; The Holland Sentinel

Grand Valley State University has received a $1 million grant National Science Foundation’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program to form a financial help program for low-income science and engineering students.

… Additionally, the project team will enlist area community colleges, including Grand Rapids Community College, Northwestern Michigan College, and Muskegon Community College, to help identify potential RISE scholars at their institutions and provide mentoring for those students before they enroll at Grand Valley.

GVSU announces speakers for 2018 MLK week

Dec. 11, 2017; The Lanthorn (Grand Valley State University’s student newspaper)

Each January, members of the Grand Valley State University community attend events for Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Week, a celebration of the life of King and his work in the civil rights movement. The keynote speakers for January 2018 are April Reign and Bree Newsome, both of whom made waves in 2015 for their efforts to initiate social change.

Bobby Springer, director of the new Pathways to College Office at GVSU, has been working closely with Grand Rapids Community College and Davenport University to host these speakers. According to Springer, Reign and Newsome are in high demand across the country. Newsome first caught his attention two years ago when she made national headlines after climbing to the top of a flagpole to remove a Confederate flag in Columbia, South Carolina.

DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Rapids Names Executive Chef Colin McPhee

Dec. 8, 2017; hotel-online.com

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Dec. 8, 2017) — DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Rapids Airport, welcomes Colin McPhee as executive chef for the hotel restaurant Ganders. Bringing years of experience, dynamic culinary talent and a creative approach to developing unexpected dishes featuring local fare, McPhee will oversee menu development and culinary creations for the hotel and restaurant as well as catering for on-property events and in-room dining. As the first DoubleTree by Hilton in Grand Rapids, Mich., the 226-room property is just minutes away from popular Grand Rapids attractions and Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

… Prior to joining DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Rapids, McPhee most recently served as the sous chef of J.W. Marriott in Grand Rapids where he oversaw various aspects of the food and beverage outlets, including the mentoring of young chefs. His resume also includes time at Gracewill Country Club, Bar Divani and Timbers Inn in Grand Rapids. A lifelong resident of southwestern Michigan, McPhee earned his Associate Degree in Culinary Management and Pastry Certification from the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.

Dancing with the Local Stars cast list revealed

Dec. 9, 2017; WZZM

MUSKEGON, MICH. – 56 alumni cast members are returning as participants in the 10th annual Dancing with the Local Stars reunion event.

… Sonya Hernandez, Grand Rapids Community College Adjunct Professor & YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids Director of Y Achievers & Youth in Government, 2016

Learn about weather-closing procedures

What’s the difference between “GRCC- Delay,” “GRCC-Closed” and “GRCC- Closed Day Classes”?

Find out what each of these means — and how we decide whether to close the campus for inclimate weather — on the emergency closing procedures webpage.

If you’re traveling around campus today, be aware that the hills – particularly Lyon Street – are very slippery. Slow down, and watch for accidents – and pedestrians. Leave early and give yourself time to get to your exams without rushing.

 

HVAC student Christopher Lewis receives scholarship

Christopher Lewis
Christopher Lewis

Congratulations to GRCC student Christopher Lewis, who received $2,000 from the Rees Scholarship Foundation!

The purpose of the Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation is to assist with the recruitment and competency of future heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, and refrigeration technicians by helping students enrolled in an institutionally accredited school.

GRCC’s HVAC program is accredited by the Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Accreditation.

GRCC In the News, 12-8-17

GRCC’s Davison leading the nation in scoring

Dec. 8, 2017; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich — Curtis Davison is averaging over 27 points per game through 8 games, best in the NJCAA division II.

… Davison played two years ago at Lansing Community College before sitting out last season. He was considering sitting out again this year until GRCC head coach Luke Bronkema talked him into playing.

Black Tulip Salon and Spa open in Holland

Dec. 7, 2017; The Holland Sentinel

When Rachel DeBoer, Michelle Geoghegan and Teresa Piatek got word that the salon they worked at was closing, the three women knew one thing, they didn’t want to go anywhere.

… For (Rachel) DeBoer, she originally enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College for culinary arts. After working a number of customer service jobs, she enrolled into hair school and since then has grown in the industry.