Category Archives: Academics

GRCC In the News, 5-22-17

Street Talk: Rapid transformation

May 19, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… Challenge accepted

Grand Rapids Community College was well represented recently at the MWest Challenge student venture competition, which provides students with an opportunity to develop and grow new ventures based on their own ideas.

Personal chef authors canning cookbook

May 19, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local food-preservation expert and culinary instructor has written a book on canning and cooking with preserved food.

… Devereaux received a personal chef certification from Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education in 2014.

GRPS, Florida A&M announces pipeline and major scholarships

May 19, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Florida A&M is awarding West Michigan students with major scholarships to announce a new pipeline between Grand Rapids Public School and the university.

… The partnership with Florida A&M comes as part of renewed commitment to Ottawa Hills students. Other plans for the school include: a major bond renovation, Early Middle College program with Grand Rapids Community College to help students gain free associate degrees; college and career preparations programs, including homeland security, cosmetology, technology, communications and engineering; and increased partnerships with other HBCUs.

DeShaun Thrower takes on two sports at Ferris State

May 19, 2017; WZZM

Ferris State football coach Tony Annese and men’s basketball coach Andy Bronkema are unsure how it’s going to work out, but they’re both excited to add a player with DeShaun Thrower’s skills to their respective teams next season.

… He (Thrower) also liked the connection he shared with Annese, who coached Muskegon High to three state championships in the mid-2000s before leaving to take over Grand Rapids Community College’s football program in 2009.

GRCC In the News, 5-19-17

MAPA Announces 2017 MAPA Educational Development Scholarship Fund Recipients

May 18, 2017; aftermarketnews.com

The Michigan Automotive Parts Association (MAPA) has announced the recipients of MAPA’s 2017 Educational Development Scholarship Fund, chosen by Lansing’s Capital Region Community Foundation. Three $1,000 scholarships were awarded, in addition to a $500 scholarship for the recipient of the 2017 Jud Morrison Memorial Achievement of Excellence Award.

The recipients include:

… Brooke Peckham Sponsored by Auto-Wares Group of Companies located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Peckham will be a junior enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in the fall of 2017 majoring in human resources management to support the growing car care Industry. Peckham’s MAPA Educational Development Scholarship Fund scholarship is in conjunction with the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, which supports careers within the automotive aftermarket industry field.

GRCC In the News, 5-17-17

Bert Bleke leaving GRCC Board of Trustees, candidates sought to fill vacancy

May 16, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Bert Bleke announced he would leave his position on the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees, effective June 8, during the board’s Monday, May 15, meeting.

Fencing on parking garages in Grand Rapids deters suicides, falls

May 17, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The city of Grand Rapids installed special fencing on the top of its parking garages three years ago to help prevent suicides or falls. The move came after three people had died.

… In January, a person was injured in what police say was a likely suicide attempt at a Grand Rapids Community College parking garage in the city. It had no fencing.

GRCC In the News, 5-15-17

Change Ups: Allen named Catholic Charities CEO

May 12, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… EDUCATION

… Grand Rapids Community College automotive technology students Bentley Streling and Adam VanPortfliet placed second and third, respectively, in the recent SkillsUSA state championship.

Perpetual growth fuels Switch

May 12, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

More than 1,000 contractors have had a hand in the Switch Pyramid campus in Gaines Township since legislation passed in December 2015 to bring the data center company to West Michigan.

… Switch has multiple partnerships in the works with Michigan companies, including a renewable energy initiative set to be released soon. (Adam) Kramer confirmed a second year of its partnership with ArtPrize and talked about its workforce development with Grand Rapids Community College.

Clothing line founders get creative

May 12, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Last year, Jack VanGessel and three of his friends launched Southern Hound, a clothing line inspired by popular styles and culture originating from the South.

But a couple of months after the start of their new venture, the four business partners were beginning to feel dissatisfied with the amount of money they were paying for creative services. VanGessel, a student at Grand Rapids Community College, and co-founder Conor Conaboy, a student at Michigan State University, brainstormed ideas and concluded one day, it might be a fun endeavor to start their own creative agency. That day came sooner than they expected.

Inside Track: Dentist seizes business opportunity

May 12, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

John Bruinsma never would have guessed the artificial taste of a sugar-free lollipop would one day lead to the taste of a $2,000 bottle of scotch.

… Growing up in Grand Rapids, Bruinsma always had a passion for science. After graduating from high school ahead of schedule, he went on to continue his education at Grand Rapids Community College.

Our LGBT Fund raises $520,000 to support services in West Michigan

May 14, 2017; MiBiz

GRAND RAPIDS — The growth of a fund established three years ago by a same-sex couple from Grand Rapids proves there’s interest in addressing issues the LGBT community faces in West Michigan.

… (Simon) Kittok, who works for Grand Rapids Community College, said the fund was created to offer more opportunities for transgender individuals to make good lives for themselves.

499 students may take Microsoft Office Certification exam for free

Jason Hansen stands near a lake.
Jason Hansen

GRCC is offering 499 of its students the opportunity to take the Microsoft Office Certification exam for free!

The next 499 GRCC students who pass a Microsoft Office-related course may take the matching certification exam for free. The test, which is administered on campus, usually costs $100, creating a unique opportunity for those who wish earn this certification while saving money, according to Andrew Rozema, head of the Computer Information Systems Department.

“Microsoft Office Specialist certifications give our students a competitive advantage by demonstrating their proficiency to potential employers,” said Rozema.

Eligible courses include:

  • CIS 140 — PowerPoint.
  • CIS 155 — Word.
  • CIS 156 – Excel.
  • CIS 170 – Access Database I.

Jason Hansen, a professional tutor in GRCC’s Computer Lab, passed the Microsoft Office Specialist test this spring.

“In order to help students with their classwork, we go through the same textbooks they use and do the same assignments,” he said. “Since the goal of the Excel class that the students were taking was to help prepare them to take the Microsoft Specialist exam, I wanted to see how well the class prepared them for it.

“Anyone who takes the class will be more than prepared to take the Excel certification exam.”

Rozema said the certification holders will have an edge in the workforce.

“The feedback that the Computer Information Systems Department received from our business advisory board and industry partners is that almost all of the jobs in clerical, administrative, technology, sales or management will involve using the Microsoft Office software at some point,” he said.

GRCC, which received test licenses from the state Department of Education, is able to offer the Microsoft Office Specialist certification because it became a Microsoft Imagine Academy in 2015. The college also offers Microsoft Technology Associate and Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate certifications through this partnership.