Category Archives: Alumni

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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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.

GRCC In the News, 6-11-18

‘Mr. V’ says goodbye

June 9, 2018; The Daily News (Greenville)

GREENVILLE — In the confines of a dark auditorium, as a large curtain slowly opens, a light strikes through the darkness, shining down onto several dozen high school students standing on a stage.

… “I went down to Grand Rapids Community College, signed up for music classes and the rest is history,” he (Greenville High School choir director Joel Van Houten) said. “I never changed my major, I never second-guessed it. It was meant to be.”

Welcome, Sgt. Todd Probst

June 8, 2018; The Post (Cedar Springs)

Have you seen this smiling face around town yet? It’s Sgt. Todd Probst, the new supervisor of the Cedar Springs Unit of the Kent County Sheriff’s Office. Probst took over last week after Sgt. Jason Kelley took a job in the detective bureau.

Probst grew up in Lowell, a town he said is similar to Cedar Springs, and graduated from Lowell High School in 1989. After high school, he worked full time and attended Grand Rapids Community College and graduated from the police academy in 1994. He was then hired by the Lowell Police Department where he worked part time from 1994-95, and was then hired by the Kent County Sheriff’s Office in January of 1996 as a road patrol deputy.

Union High School top scholars

June 10, 2018; MLive

Union High School announces the following top graduates for 2018:

Mumina Abdi

Plans after graduation: Mumina will attend Grand Rapids Community College for two years to study radiology, then hopes to transfer to Michigan State University.

Edith Juarez-Lopez

Plans after graduation: Edith will attend Grand Rapids Community College and transfer to Grand Valley State University

Chrishyla Johnson

Plans after graduation: Chrishyla will attend Grand Rapids Community College for two years and then transfer to Ferris State University to study nursing.

Sar Lwit

Plans after graduation: Sar will attend Grand Rapids Community College

The Potter’s House announces top scholars

June 10, 2018; MLive

The Potter’s House in Wyoming has announced the following top scholars for 2018:

Kate Kooyer

Plans after graduation: Plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College and transfer to Grand Valley State University to pursue a nursing degree.

Thu (Kate) Minh Ngo

Plans after graduation: Plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College and transfer to Ferris State University for the pharmacy program.

Libertas Christian High School announces top scholars

June 10, 2018; MLive

Libertas Christian High School announces the following top graduates for 2018:

Madeline Sikkema

Plans after graduation: Bilingual Bible program in Argentina with Spanish immersion; pursuing a degree in dental hygiene at Ferris State University or at Grand Rapids Community College.

Kelloggsville High School announces top scholars

June 10, 2018; MLive

Kelloggsville High School announces the following top graduates for 2018:

Grady Sakshaug

Plans after graduation: Grand Rapids Community College, then Grand Valley State University to study engineering.

Hanan Desta

Plans after graduation: Grand Rapids Community College, then Michigan State University to pursue a career in physical therapy

Lee High School top scholars

June 10, 2018; MLive

Lee High School announces the following top graduates for 2018:

Maira Hurtado

Plans after graduation: Maira plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College where she will study nursing, and wants to specialize in pediatrics.

Monica Paniague-Ramos

Plans after graduation: Monica plans to specialize in radiology at Grand Rapids Community College.

Maura Mendoza-Matias

Plans after graduation: Maura plans on attending Grand Rapids Community College and entering the nursing program.

Northview High School top grads

June 10, 2018; MLive

Northview High School announces the following top graduates for 2018:

Elizabeth Haveman

Plans after graduation: Elizabeth will first attend Grand Rapids Community College for one year and then transfer to Montana State University to study natural resources and rangeland sciences.

Chloe Warmuskerken

Plans after graduation: Chloe will attend Grand Rapids Community College before transferring to the University of Michigan to study nursing.

NorthPointe Christian High School top grads

June 10, 2018; MLive

NorthPointe Christian High School announces their top graduates for 2018:

Payton Rumsey

Plans after graduation: Payton plans to pursue an associate’s degree in business from Grand Rapids Community College and then pursue a bachelor’s degree in business from Ferris State University or Grand Valley State University.

Forest Hills Central High School top grads

June 10, 2018; MLive

Jason Ross

Activities and awards: National Merit finalist, National AP Scholar with distinction, NHS, Odyssey of the Mind, GRCC Outstanding Mathematics Student Award, Eagle Scout, wrestling, Venture Scouting, MMPC Top 200 and Mackinac Island Honor Guard.

Briggs follows brother on juco route; Speedy Central infielder commits to Grand Rapids CC

June 8, 2018; Traverse City Record-Eagle

TRAVERSE CITY — You may have seen this before.

… The TC Central all-conference second baseman (Sam Briggs) aims to follow in his brother’s footsteps and take a similar route to bigger things, committing to play at Grand Rapids Community College.

City approves free Medical Mile bus route

June 8, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A three-way pact providing fare-free public transit along Medical Mile now has city approval.

… The route includes stops near Spectrum Health, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine and the Bridge Street Market urban grocery store and café being built by Meijer and Rockford Construction on the West Side.

Grand Rapids Police Seek to Improve Trust With Community

June 10, 2018; U.S. News & World Report

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The Grand Rapids Police Department hopes to improve communication and problem solving with residents of the western Michigan city.

Community members are invited to two trust-building sessions scheduled June 27 at Grand Rapids Community College.

Jewish Theatre GR presents: “Olive and the Bitter Herbs”

June 9, 2018; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – It’s never too late to change your life. That is the moral of the story of a play being presented by the Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids presents this month.

… It’s being performed at Spectrum Theater at 160 Fountain St. NE, on the GRCC campus in downtown Grand Rapids. Performances will be on Thursday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m.