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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.

Alumnus Jackson Shaver looks to fill pitcher position for EMU

Jackson Shaver stands on a baseball field.
Jackson Shaver

GRCC alumnus Jackson Shaver looks to fill the third starting position as pitcher on Eastern Michigan University’s baseball team.

Last season, Shaver recorded 65 innings as pitcher for the Raiders and was named all-conference. The 6-foot, 7-inch right-hander attended Forest Hills Northern High School.

EMU has high expectations for Shaver this upcoming season. During the 2017 season, the Eagles reached their first Mid-American Conference title game since 2008.  During the annual Green and White Series game in October, Shaver pitched four scoreless innings for the Green team.

EMU kicked off its season last week when the Eagles lost a double-header against Florida Gulf Coast down in Fort Myers, Fla. They play their first home game on March 23 at Oestrike Stadium, for a conference match against Miami.

GRCC In the News, 2-20-18

Stabenow visits GRCC, advocates labor training

Feb. 19, 2018; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — It was not so long ago that finding a job in Michigan was difficult, if not impossible, for many. Now, a lack of properly trained workers is drawing the attention of employers and lawmakers.

… U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, came to the Leslie E. Tassel M-TEC facility at Grand Rapids Community College, a center that focuses on skilled and technical training, to talk about the need for more money for such programs and more awareness of career opportunities that don’t necessarily require a four-year college degree.

Lake Michigan defeats GRCC 65-55

Lake Michigan College improved to 17-6 overall and 8-3 in MCCAA West play with a 65-55 win over GRCC’s women’s team this past weekend.

GRCC’s Makayla Beld led the charge for GRCC with 15 points and 11 rebounds, but the Raiders came up short, falling to 12-11 overall while 5-8 in MCCAA West play.  Hallee Breimayer led GRCC in assists with nine. Ashley Bowen finished with 10 points.

Five teams in the West — Mid-Michigan, Muskegon, Lake Michigan, Ancilla and Lansing — have earned a berth into the NJCAA District G Tournament for a chance to advance to NJCAA Division II National Tournament play.  Grand Rapids is now sixth in the West, a half-game ahead of seventh-place Jackson with two spots remaining on the District G bracket. Glen Oaks holds the eighth place in the MCCAA West at 1-10 in conference play while 2.5 games behind Jackson.

GRCC hosts the West’s No. 4 Ancilla College at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 21 in the fieldhouse.

Hannah Stearns to continue athletic, academic career at Cornerstone

Sophomore Hannah Stearns has signed to continue her academic and volleyball career at Cornerstone University.

Stearns finished her decorated career as a Raider by putting down 418 kills, 168 blocks, and a .255 hitting percentage. Her contributions during her two years helped lead GRCC to an overall record of 32-0 in conference play, an overall record of 55-11, and the Raiders’ highest national ranking since 2014 of No. 3 in Division II of the NJCAA.

As a freshman, Stearns was named a 2016 NJCAA 3rd team academic All-American. During her sophomore year, she was named All-Region, All Western Conference 1st team, All-MCCAA, and NJCAA District F All-Tournament team. Her strong play and championship caliber character will fit right in with the nationally ranked Golden Eagles. Cornerstone finished the 2017 season with an overall record of 28-8, a WHAC Conference Tournament Championship, and a trip to the NAIA national tournament.

Stearns is now one of 43 Raiders who have moved on to play at a four-year college or university under head coach Chip Will. Congratulations to Hannah Stearns!

GRCC In the News, 2-19-18

Workforce development initiatives show signs of progress

Feb. 18, 2018;

By focusing on an internal culture that favors employee retention and support for external training initiatives, some West Michigan executives say they’ve largely avoided any problems associated with labor shortages.

… A founding member of the CWDA, ABC of West Michigan also works closely with organizations like Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) and Michigan Works!, largely as a means of identifying where specific gaps exist in construction training, developing curriculum and securing funding for the training programs.

Manufacturers solve problems internally, bring training in-house

Feb. 18, 2018;

Over the last few years, manufacturers have developed extensive in-house training programs in a move to combat skilled worker shortages.

… “This program provides the specific skills we are looking for while allowing our tradespeople to share their knowledge with others before retiring,” (Steelcase manager of corporate communications and public relations Katie) Woodruff said. “We have partnered with (Grand Rapids Community College) who provides an educational component, while our current tradespeople provide the on-the-job training. … We have had a mix of internal and external candidates join our apprentice program, which has proven to be a great balance.”

AMP Lab @WMU leverages partnerships to address talent shortage

Feb. 18, 2018;

GRAND RAPIDS — With the new AMP Lab @WMU that’s set to open this fall, Western Michigan University wants to leverage public- and private-sector partnerships to help local manufacturers innovate and access talent.

… The initiative also tapped into other institutions across the region, including Grand Rapids Community College, Ferris State University, Central Michigan University, Aquinas College and others.

Grand Rapids Community College celebrates 10th annual Creating Connections Breakfast

Feb. 16, 2018;

On Thursday, February 15, 2018, Grand Rapids Community College brought scholarship donors and recipients together through their 10th annual Creating Connections Breakfast. While enjoying eggs, bacon, and other delicious morsels prepared by GRCC’s culinary arts faculty and students, donors and recipients had the opportunity to interact and share their stories.

Sen. Stabenow to unveil new plan to help young people train, find work in Michigan

Feb. 19, 2018; WWMT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow will make a stop in West Michigan Monday to talk about her new “New Skills for New Jobs” agenda.
Sen. Stabenow (D-Michigan) will be at Grand Rapids Community College’s Michigan Technical Education Center Monday at 11 a.m.

8 apply for vacant Forest Hills School Board seat, NAACP calls for diversity

Feb. 18, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Forest Hills School Board received eight applications to fill a vacancy on the seven-member board, officials announced Friday, Feb. 16.

… Oscar Neal is a professor of mathematics and statistics at Grand Rapids Community College. He wants to help the district in developing youth by lending his advisory and planning skills. He cites enhancing performance and resourcefulness as key strengths and says he thrives on finding resolutions to problems. Neal, who is black, said his experience, educational qualifications and skills can be an asset.

Foul shots count for LMC women

Feb. 17, 2018; The Herald-Palladium (St. Joseph)

BENTON TOWNSHIP — It was a foul game against Grand Rapids Community College on Friday night.

Grand Rapids officials express concern over students violating housing codes downtown

Feb. 19, 2018; The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

Officials from the city of Grand Rapids and Grand Valley State University wish to remind students living downtown of compliance codes upheld by the city.

… “The city of Grand Rapids has dealt with the issue for at least 20 or 30 years,” he (Grand Rapids compliance supervisor Eric Jordan) said. “We’ve always had Calvin (College) and Aquinas (University), Grand Rapids Community College. In the past 10 years, Ferris (State) has increased its operations down in the city, as well as GVSU.”