Category Archives: In the Community

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.

GRCC In the News, 2-19-18

Workforce development initiatives show signs of progress

Feb. 18, 2018; mibiz.com

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; mibiz.com

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; mibiz.com

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; therapidian.org

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.”

GRCC In the News, 2-15-18

Grants Roundup: Indiana U. Gets $14 Million; a gift of $2.3 Million Aims to Help Nurses

Feb. 14, 2018; The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Here are notable new grant awards compiled by The Chronicle:

… W.K. Kellogg Foundation

$1 million to Grand Rapids Community College to expand programs that encourage low-income students, single parents, or underemployed people to seek careers in the public sector and in health care.

Filmmaker Dawn Porter’s Diversity Lecture Series presentation is canceled

Dawn Porter
Dawn Porter

Update: This presentation has been canceled.

Criminal justice system reformer and filmmaker Dawn Porter will discuss “Defending America in the Age of Mass Incarceration” on Feb. 21 as part of the Diversity Lecture Series.

Porter, an attorney and the founder of Trilogy Films, directed and produced “Gideon’s Army,” which won Best Editing for a U.S. Documentary at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and received numerous criminal justice awards.  Her most recent work includes “Rise: The Promise of My Brother’s Keeper,” which chronicles President Obama’s efforts to help young men of color achieve success.

A graduate of Swarthmore College and the Georgetown University Law Center, Porter was a practicing attorney at the law firm of Baker & Hostetler for five years. She also was  the director of news standards and practices at ABC News and vice president of standards and practices at A&E Networks.

Porter’s free presentation, hosted by the Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion, starts at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St. NE. It will be ASL interpreted. Call (616) 234-3390 with questions.