Category Archives: Alumni

GRCC In the News, 7-31-17

Gov. Rick Snyder makes appointment to the Hispanic/Latino Commission of Michigan

July 28, 2017; michigan.gov

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of Carlos Pava of Grand Rapids to the Hispanic/Latino Commission of Michigan.

… Pava is the COO of Voices for Health, Inc. He is a licensed trainer for the Community Interpreter International and a certified healthcare interpreter. Pava holds an associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and business administration from Michigan State University. He will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Osvaldo Rivera.

Where are they now? Catching up with area college athletes

July 28, 2017; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

The Ionia Sentinel-Standard doesn’t just keep track of your favorite prep sports players. We are working hard to bring you the stats and stories of those who moved on to college athletics. Even though they’ve moved away from their home towns doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten them. Here is the first in a series of where Ionia County athletes are and what they are doing.

… JOSIE MANION Saranac 2016

Josie is a guard for the Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) Raider basketball team. As a freshman, Josie played in 28 games. She averaged 26.4 minutes per game and tallied an average of 5.5 points. She had a field goal percentage . 245 and a free throw percentage of .571. She averaged 4.2 rebounds per game and she had 1.8 assists per game.

MADDIE ALBERT Lakewood 2016

Maddie took to the court as a freshman as a guard for the GRCC Raiders. She played in 26 games and averaged 26.9 minutes of playing time per game. Maddie averaged 6.5 points per game and had a field goal percentage of .318. She tallied a free throw percentage of .717 and tallied 4.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.

Grand Rapids Christian’s Jordyn Gates commits to Arkansas, and she’s only 14

July 28, 2017; MLive

Jordyn Gates made a trip to the University of Arkansas this summer, hoping to make a good impression on the school’s volleyball coaches during a day camp.

… Maddy Gates, who will be a senior at Christian in the fall, has verbally committed to Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne. Their older sister, Taylor Gates, played volleyball at Grand Rapids Community College, while her brother, Brent Gates Jr., plays hockey at Minnesota and was drafted in the third round by Anaheim in 2015.

GRCC In the News, 7-28-17

Noco Provisions opens in former site of Forest Hills Inn

July 27, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The corner of Forest Hills Avenue and Cascade Road is once again a culinary destination.

… The Grand Haven native (chef Adam Watts) graduated from the Secchia Institute for Culinary Arts at Grand Rapids Community College, and began his restaurant career at the famed Tapawingo Restaurant in Northern Michigan.

GRCC In the News, 7-27-17

Victim ID’d as former athlete

July 25, 2017; The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, Ind.)

When Tyon Woods was killed Saturday night just before midnight, he was leaving the annual family block party at Hanna Homestead Park at East Lewis and Chute streets.

(Tyon Woods was a former GRCC student.)

Not your average student: Colleges and nonprofits prep workers for construction trades

July 26, 2017; rapidgrowthmedia.com

“It’s almost impossible to pick what your average student looks like,” says Scott Mattson, job training manager at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC). Referring to the college’s construction and electrician training programs, Mattson echoes a sentiment of the construction industry in general: the workforce is constantly evolving. Despite shifting with technology and the economy, construction is a sector that remains constant in one vital area: the need for professional, skilled workers.

A more diverse Grand Rapids Fire Department embodied by 2017 recruits

July 26, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – From a young age, Ashley Deyo was immersed in the world of public safety. Raised by her firefighter father, she was encouraged to follow in his footsteps into a career dominated by men.

… During his interview for the Grand Rapids fire chief job, (John) Lehman said he learned city officials shared his desire to further diversify the fire department. With a similar goal in mind for the police department, the city hosted neighborhood meetings and a joint recruitment night at Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC In the News, 7-14-17

Column: After 65 years of marriage, Barrington couple has advice for newlyweds

July 13, 2017; The Chicago Tribune

The significance of The Beatles song, “When I’m Sixty-Four” pales in comparison to 65 years of marriage. Marie and Curt Verschoor, of Wyngate in Barrington, recently celebrated that momentous number, so I asked them about their keys to wedded bliss.

… Curt went on to the University of Michigan while Marie spent two years at Grand Rapids Community College to save money before attending the University of Michigan.

GRCC In the News, 7-12-17

Local Spotlight: Deavondre Jones motivates through dance

July 11, 2017; therapidian.org

When talking to Deavondre Jones and hearing him speak about his past or his plans for the future, his fervor and drive are infectious. It makes sense that at 23, he has already developed a company that mixes the performing arts and public speaking, amongst many other ventures.

… Jones moved to Grand Rapids after graduating high school to attend Grand Rapids Community College. He remained in school even after his friends who accompanied him dropped out, but when he returned home for the holidays his sophomore year, he felt disheartened; while he was progressing in life, he saw that his family was still disenfranchised and struggling.

GRCC In the News, 7-11-17

East Grand Rapids welcomes 4 new summer bike patrol cadets

July 10, 2017; MLive

East Grand Rapids has four new summer bike patrol cadets to help the Public Safety Department provide a greater presence throughout the city during warmer months.

… (Aaron) Huizenga, 27, of Jenison, is currently attending the Grand Rapids Community College Police Academy and plans to receive his associate’s degree in criminal justice by October. After finishing up at GRCC, Huizenga wants to continue working in law enforcement and follow his dreams of serving and protecting the community.

(Justin) Bradford, 26, was born and raised in Grand Rapids and is an army veteran. He currently is enrolled in the Grand Rapids Community College Police Academy as well. Upon graduation in October, he hopes to get a job in law enforcement.

(Evan) Randall, 29, of Kentwood, completed his studies at Grand Rapids Community College in 2013 and is now attending Ferris State University.