Category Archives: In the Community

GRCC In the News, 7-18-18

Michelle Richter – GRCC Nursing Program

July 17, 2018; WOOD Radio

Michelle Richter, Nursing Program Director, Grand Rapids Community College joined West Michigan Morning News today to discuss GRCC leading career workshops for Boys and Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids. Also information on GRCC’s Career Pathways Program.

Partners producing Young Professionals of Color Conference

July 17, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A conference aimed at helping develop the talents of minority business leaders will convene next month.

… Bill Pink, president of Grand Rapids Community College, will be the keynote speaker. His talk will focus on the theme “Your Plan, Your Pace: The Path Isn’t Always Linear.”

Job Corps newsletter

July 2018

… Gerald R. Ford Job Corps Center hosted a Y2Y Partners 4 Peace Safety Summit as a part of National Student Safety Month, an annual campaign to encourage safe lifestyle choices for students and young people. The National Safety Council sponsors the initiative. Ford Job Corps was joined by community leaders Anjalon Edwards, Mental Health professional of Grand Rapids Public Schools; Pastor Jerry Bishop of Life Quest Church; Shirley Heintzilman of Trinity Fitness; Kirby Killingham with Family Outreach Seeking Safety; Sgt. Jessie Heard of the Grand Rapids Community Police Department; Daphne Coleman, Entrepreneur; City Commissioner Robert Womack; and national recording artists Mic Hunter D & Seldom Seen of The Fist Coalition. Ford Job Corps students were fully engaged and asked more than twenty questions for responses from this group of powerful and successful leaders from throughout the community.

GRCC In the News, 7-17-18

GRCC program addresses public works shortage

July 13, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The first group of 10 students completed a seven-week public works training pilot launched to address growing needs for workers in those areas, said Julie Parks, executive director of GRCC Workforce Training.

Morning News at 6 a.m.

July 16, 2018; WZZM

Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow wants to know how her new veteran support policies are working here in Michigan. She is talking with local veterans about the programs today at Grand Rapids Community College.

Linda Witte receives Distinguished Achievement Award

Congratulations to Linda Witte, program developer for GRCC Workforce Training’s health programs, who was honored with an award for Distinguished Achievement from American Medical Technologists. AMT board President Jeff Lavendar presented the award.

Witte, who was certified in 2010, is vice president of the Michigan State Society of American Medical Technologists and has been a board member since 2012. She served as state legislative committee co-chair from 2013 to 2018 and is the liaison to the Michigan Medical Assistant Post Secondary Educators organization.

She earned a bachelor’s degree from Calvin College and a master’s degree in public health administration from Grand Valley State University.

GRCC In the News, 7-11-18

Jimmy Carter: ‘Jesus would approve of gay marriage’

July 9, 2018; lgbtqnation.com

Former Democratic president Jimmy Carter is proving again why he’s considered America’s gentle moral authority by speaking out again in favor of same-sex marriage rights.

As far back as 2014, Carter was speaking up for human rights. Speaking to a packed house at Grand Rapids Community College, Carter responded to a question about LGBT rights, and had this response: “I never knew of any word or action of Jesus Christ that discriminated against anyone.”

GRCC In the News, 7-10-18

Building their future, one piece at a time

July 9, 2018; The Holland Sentinel

Five women put on red caps and gowns, sharing smiles and stories about the past 18 weeks they experienced together. They are the first students to complete and graduate the Sterile Processing Registered Apprenticeship program: Lelah Christiansen, Samantha Gonzales, Gina Mancha, Shanitra Reed and Melonie Rodriguez.

… Students received instruction from Grand Rapids Community College, as well as hands-on experience at a local hospital: Spectrum Health, Holland Hospital or Mercy Health.

Heritage Theatre Group takes history to the stage in Grand Rapids

July 9, 2018; WZZM

Heritage Theatre Group is celebrating its 28th season with a full slate of performances this summer. The group will be performing three different pieces from July 12 until August 18 at the Spectrum Theatre on campus at Grand Rapids Community College.

Union City alum Dan Skirka named head coach of Murray State baseball

July 9, 2018; The Daily Reporter (Coldwater)

MURRAY, KY. — Murray State Director of Athletics, Allen Ward, announced the hiring of Union City alum Dan Skirka as the ninth head coach of the Racer Baseball program.

… Skirka’s first collegiate assistant coaching position was at Grand Rapids Community College in 2007-08 where his team advanced to the NJCAA World Series. He spent the 2008-09 season at Ouachita Baptist working under former Murray State player Chris Moddelmog.

GRCC In the News, 7-9-18

Education, business leaders push talent

July 6, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

With Michigan’s lack of talent at the forefront of concerns in the business community, the area’s education and business leaders are working to better prepare young people for the workforce.

… Grand Rapids Public Schools and Grand Rapids Community College recently announced another new partnership, which will extend the existing Grand Rapids Learning Center partnership which helps identify a career path or transition to college to better include all students in the city.

Grand Rapids African American Institute: bridging the gap in healthcare professions

July 5, 2018; WGVU

Marcus Jones, a Black American student at Grand Rapids Community College on the Occupational Therapist track was first exposed to the profession when he began working at a Spectrum Health Hospital downtown Grand Rapids.

Pathways to careers: Initiative to improve access for people of color to health care jobs

July 7, 2018; mibiz.com

GRAND RAPIDS — Creating a level playing field for people of color in Michigan who want to pursue careers in the health care sector will lay the foundation for their success and the state’s future economic growth.

… Aquinas College, Calvin College, Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University and Hope College will participate in the study to develop college-specific plans of action to engage students of color in reducing barriers to them choosing to study health care professions.

Restauranteur Roundtable: Grand Rapids restaurant owners struggle with talent, city’s still-developing foodie culture

July 7, 2018; mibiz.com

Talent issues dominate most business discussions these days, and that’s certainly true among entrepreneurs in Grand Rapids restaurant scene.

… How well do the local culinary schools around the region do in training the next generation of workers for your restaurants? Are you recruiting from them?
(Geoff)  GASKIN: (Chef Oscar Moreno) went out and spent a lot of time with the Secchia Institute at GRCC, and we have three that came from there that work at MeXo. I will say, they have stood out a little bit more than the others. Their chef coats a little buttoned up more. … They’re coming out now and describing the food.

45 teams earn MCCAA All-Academic Team Awards

July 1, 2018; mccaa.org

The Michigan Community College Athletic Association is proud to announce that 45 teams have earned MCCAA All-Academic Team honors. To earn the honors a team must have a cumulative grade point average for all members of the team must be 3.00 or higher for both semesters combined.

Mott Community College had six teams (Volleyball, Softball, Men’s Cross Country, Women’s Cross Country, Men’s Basketball and Golf) earn All-Academic Team honors. Grand Rapids Community College had five teams. Ancilla College, Lansing Community College, Macomb Community College and Muskegon Community College had four teams each. Softball was the sport with the most All-Academic Teams with 11, while Volleyball had seven teams. Women’s cross country had six teams, while Women’s Basketball has five teams.

Derrick King named Wyoming Lee boys basketball coach

July 5, 2018; MLive

Wyoming — Lee’s boys basketball team won four games last winter, but Derrick King has a plan to get the Rebels on track.

King, who served as an assistant coach for the Grand Rapids Community College men’s team this past winter, was recently hired to coach the Rebels.

 

GRCC In the News, 7-3-18

GRCC Nursing program to lead career workshops for Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids

July 2, 2018; La Prensa

GRAND RAPIDS, MI, June 26, 2018 — High school students will learn about an in-demand career option through a partnership between Grand Rapids Community College’s nursing faculty and Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids.

A girl, a goat and a dream

July 2, 2018; Daily News (Greenville)

MONTCALM TOWNSHIP — As Cecilia Brandt, 17, of Cedar Springs, stumbled into the livestock barn with her goat April on Saturday morning, she had no idea she would be leaving with the top prize.

… She’s also already begun thinking about how she will use the scholarship. Brandt wants to attend Grand Rapids Community College for a time, before transferring to Grand Valley to study biochemistry. After that, she’d like to get accepted into an upper-level veterinarian school.

Nation’s top 2022 basketball player Emoni Bates enrolls at Ypsilanti Lincoln

July 2, 2018; MLive

YPSILANTI — There will be an added buzz inside Ypsilanti Lincoln’s gym during the 2018-19 high school basketball season.

… Elgin (Bates) and (head coach Jesse) Davis played at Grand Rapids Community College together and have remained friends for the past 30 years.

Skirka Named New Murray State Baseball Head Coach

July 2, 2018; West Kentucky Star

MURRAY – Murray State Director of Athletics, Allen Ward, announced the hiring of Dan Skirka as the ninth head coach of the Racer Baseball program.

… Skirka’s first collegiate assistant coaching position was at Grand Rapids Community College in 2007-08 where his team advanced to the NJCAA World Series. He spent the 2008-09 season at Ouachita Baptist working under former Murray State player Chris Moddelmog.

New position at GVSU to study diversity, equity issues in nonprofit sector

July 2, 2018; gvsu.edu

Leaders in the field of philanthropy from across the country have noticed a shortcoming in how the nonprofit sector applies principles of diversity, equity and inclusion throughout its critically important and economically substantial work.

… (Juan) Olivarez brings nonprofit leadership and higher education experience to the position, having served as president of Aquinas College for six years and Grand Rapids Community College for almost 10 years. He also served several years as the president and CEO of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation where he championed innovative community initiatives that focused on improving education opportunities for all people.