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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.

Alumni volunteer at Kids’ Food Basket

The GRCC Alumni Association volunteered at Kids’ Food Basket on Tuesday.

Alumni prepared sack lunches and then gathered for a social hour at Vander Mill. It was a great chance to catch up with former students, hear what they’ve been doing since leaving GRCC, and give back to our community at the same time.

Faculty, staff and current students are always welcome at GRCC Alumni Association events. Mark your calendars for the next one: Yoga on the Plaza, from 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at College Park Plaza.

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Bookstore hiring for fall rush

GRCC’s bookstore is hiring for the fall rush! We need cashiers, text associates and online order processors.

You can apply online:

  1. Click on “Find A Career” and then “Retail Jobs.”
  2. Follow “View Retail Jobs on the pop-up message.
  3. You’ll be sent to a webpage where you can type in the GRCC ZIP code (49503) to see the team member positions.

For more information, visit the bookstore, located on the Student Center’s first floor.

GRCC volleyball team earns national academic award

The 2017-18 Raiders racked up more than 30 individual awards for academic and athletic achievements. Topping off that list is recognition as an American Volleyball Coaches Association Academic Team.

The award, started during the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that maintain at least a 3.30 cumulative team GPA on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative GPA on a 5.0 scale.

This past year, GRCC’s volleyball team maintained a 3.45 cumulative GPA, landing a spot on the AVCA academic team list. Raiders volleyball was one of just 26 two-year colleges across all divisions to be named to the academic team.

In 2017-18, GRCC’s volleyball team had 10 members named to the MCCAA All-Conference Academic Team and eight that were honored as academic All-MCCAA. Additionally, the team had seven players named NJCAA Academic All-American, for earning a cumulative GPA of 3.60 or higher for the academic year.

GRCC In the News, 7-17-18

GRCC program addresses public works shortage

July 13, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The first group of 10 students completed a seven-week public works training pilot launched to address growing needs for workers in those areas, said Julie Parks, executive director of GRCC Workforce Training.

Morning News at 6 a.m.

July 16, 2018; WZZM

Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow wants to know how her new veteran support policies are working here in Michigan. She is talking with local veterans about the programs today at Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC hosts ‘Chef Lab’

Creative Dining recently held “Chef Lab,” three days of culinary training, for 40 of its chefs and managers.

The July 10 session was held in the kitchens and amphitheater of GRCC’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.  Those attending included 14 GRCC alumni.  Three of those 14 alumni — Todd Hurtz, Brady Newcomer and Ryan Hartman — won a Chef Lab competition during the session at Gordon Food Service headquarters.

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GRCC In the News, 7-16-18

New brewery strives for inclusivity

July 13, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Michigan’s first African-American-owned brewery was one of last week’s winners of Start Garden’s 100 Ideas. And a $20,000 cash prize is bringing the vision closer to opening day.

… One of the opportunities (Terry) Rostic plans to offer once he gets his business running is to send young people in the area through Grand Rapids Community College’s brewing program, a seven-week program designed to teach students the basics of working in a brewery and, hopefully, open career paths in craft brewing.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Terry Rostic is a GRCC alumnus.)

Inside Track: Chef invites learners to sit at his table

July 13, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Oscar Moreno was working at Serafinas, a now-closed Italian restaurant in Holland, when he received a phone call that led to the opportunity of his dreams.

… Moreno teaches his 14 cooks — many of whom are Grand Rapids Community College culinary school honor students — how to use the cookery and follow the appropriate processes.

3 Democrats compete in Kent County’s 28th Senate District

July 13, 2018; MLive

ROCKFORD, MI — This August, three Democrats will face off in a bid to challenge the Republican-held state senate seat representing northern Kent County.

… (Ryan) Jeanette is a history and political science Grand Rapids Community College student. In 2008 at the age of 18, Jeannette pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault or assault and battery which occurred the year before in Troy. He served 12 months probation.

Creative Dining Services to use cage-free eggs

July 14, 2018; The Holland Sentinel

ZEELAND — As more and more companies aim to provide more organic and healthy food items, Creative Dining Services has announced it will soon only use eggs from cage-free farms.

The Zeeland company, which operates food service programs at Hope College, Grand Rapids Community College and other local colleges, switched to cage-free eggs for its shelled egg products July 1 and plans to convert entirely to cage-free (liquid egg products included) by December.