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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.

GRCC In the News, 6-26-17

College certificates at Kent ISD delayed a year, degree program starting

June 23, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A plan to offer Kent ISD students the opportunity to earn college certificates in advanced manufacturing fields next school year is being delayed due to low enrollment.

Well House receives grant for green jobs, housing

June 23, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local housing-for-homeless nonprofit will give its tenants a new set of tools in their toolbox while allowing them to gain a new lease on life.

… The grant will fund sustainability workshops for tenants and neighbors, peer-to-peer mentoring and connecting tenants to GRCC’s Residential Construction Program. Training topics will include lead safety, dust containment, zero-waste goals, renewable energy sources and more.

Destination Education holding college prep workshops for Holland High grads

June 25, 2017; The Holland Sentinel

There’s an unfortunate phenomenon that can happen to high school graduates in the summer between graduation and the first semester of college.

… Two more free workshops are slated. College 101: Understanding Resources on Campus will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 13, at the Grand Rapids Community College Lakeshore Campus on the third floor of the Midtown Center, 96 W. 15th St. in Holland. College 102: Understanding College Life will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10, in room 158 of Hope College’s Martha Miller Center, 257 Columbia Ave. in Holland.

GRCC, municipalities team up on Public Works Summer Camp

GRCC has teamed up with area municipalities on a new camp that will have kids digging, building and organizing projects as a team.

The Public Works Camp will take seventh- to ninth-graders through activities and tours of various municipalities to learn about public works careers and the vital role they play in our communities.

Campers will see Grand Rapids’ traffic control center, learning how the flux of vehicles and pedestrians is monitored and handled and will check out the views from the city’s traffic cameras. They will also:

  • Build a project in the GRCC lab.
  • Take part in a water main break simulation with public works employees.
  • Tour the Grand Rapids Water Filtration facility.
  • Interact with big machines like street sweepers, dump trucks, plows and sewer equipment.

To develop — and run — the new camp, GRCC has teamed up with:

  • The cities of Grand Rapids, Kentwood and Grand Haven.
  • The road commissions in Kent, Muskegon and Van Buren counties.
  • The Michigan Department of Transportation.
  • Prein & Newhof.
  • Rowe Professional Services Co.

“This is an impressive group of community partners eager to share public works careers with students,” said Julie Parks, GRCC’s executive director of Workforce Training. “They will be conducting the tours, opening their facilities, showcasing careers and donating the use of their equipment.”

People in public works careers make a difference in the lives of citizens, said James Hurt, public services director for the city of Grand Rapids.

“A career in public works provides many rewarding opportunities to make a difference in the health, quality of life and well-being of our communities, from delivering high-quality drinking water to maintaining street systems, sidewalks, and parks,” he said. “In addition to earning a competitive salary and benefits with a great work-life balance, jobs in public works offer security, opportunity for advancement, professional development, a chance to work with your hands, and, in many cases, time outdoors — without requiring a four-year college degree. ”

The Public Works Camp, for students who will be entering seventh through ninth grades, will run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 17 to 20 at Tassell M-TEC, 622 Godfrey Ave. SW. Lunch is included in the cost, which is $35 for Grand Rapids residents, $55 for Kent County residents and $70 for residents outside of Kent County. You can register online.

GRCC In the News, 6-21-17

High school students attend weeklong police academy

June 20, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Several West Michigan high school students are spending the first week of summer break training for their future.

… The program is backed by the police departments in East Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Grand Rapids, Grandville, Rockford, Walker and Wyoming, as well as the Grand Valley Department of Public Safety, Michigan State Police Rockford Post, Kent County Sheriffs office and Grand Rapids Community College Department of Public Safety.

Trump’s food stamp cuts would have ‘huge impact’ in West Michigan

June 20, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Imagine living on a budget of only $1.39 per meal. Now scale that back to $1.04 for each meal.

… She (Molly Kooi) enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College in 2015 and then Grand Valley State University in 2016, where she is pursuing a major in health communication. Kooi still works part-time for Goodwill, but between her class load and taking care of her son, she can typically only work one or two shifts each week.

GRCC In the News, 6-20-17

Grand Rapids Restaurant Week expands to include lunch

June 19, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Restaurant Week Grand Rapids is expanding to include lunch, organizers announced Monday, June 19.

… Since 2010, Restaurant Week participating restaurants and sponsors have contributed over $110,000 to the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education’s Student Scholarship Fund at Grand Rapids Community College.

East Grand Rapids elects new chair, vice chair for Parks Commission

June 19, 2017; MLive

The East Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Commission has named two longtime residents as their new chair and vice chair for 2017-2018.

… (Rick) Sprague, who received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in public administration from Grand Valley State University, works as a transportation planner for the Kent County Road Commission and as an adjunct professor at Grand Rapids Community College.