GRCC In the News, 8-11-17

2017-18 Sault Tribe Higher Education Scholarships

Aug. 9, 2017; publicnow.com

Sault Tribe Higher Education is pleased to announce the 2017-18 Higher Education Scholarship recipients:

… Noah T. Leask Family Scholarship #36

Carter H. Frisch-Grand Rapids Community College, majoring in Business/Marketing, Freshman, Associates.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern come alive with Heritage Theatre Group production

Aug. 10, 2017; MLive

Heritage Theatre Group’s gender-reversed production of “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead,” an acclaimed existentialist tragicomedy Tom Stoppard that tells the story of what happened to the two ill-fated characters from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, opens tonight at Spectrum Theatre on Grand Rapids Community College’s campus. The local community theatre group has created a gender-reversed version of the play.

GRCC In the News, 8-10-17

Free play & learn groups launching to get more kids kindergarten-ready

Aug. 10, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – First Steps Kent and Grand Rapids Community College are partnering in an initiative help more children enter kindergarten prepared to succeed.

KISD students can earn associates degree tuition free

Aug. 9, 2017; The Lowell Ledger

Kent Intermediate School District (KISD) students are now given the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and a specialized associates degree tuition free in five years through a hands-on early college program, Launch U.

Early/Middle College is a career focus type of program that ultimately prepares students to go directly into the workforce or to continue on with school, said Ron Caniff, superintendent of the KISD. For the extra year of high school status, students will earn 60 or more college credits through Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) while their peers may have only upwards of 30 credits.

Culinary school to host pastry competition tryouts

Aug. 9, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The kitchens at a local college culinary institute will be powdered with the sugar of expert pastry chefs next week.

Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education will host tryouts on Aug. 14 and 15 for the U.S. team in an international pastry competition.

Favorite Family Flavors: Bringing Tradition to the Table

Aug. 9, 2017; Women’s Lifestyle

You know you’ve entered a special restaurant when the aromas capture your senses. Basil, oregano, cinnamon, tomatoes, onions, wine and garlic drift through the air at Licari’s Sicilian Pizza Kitchen; a blend of corn, garlic, onions and spices permeate Lindo Mexico’s new modern restaurant; a rich broth filled with special meats and steeped with basil, ginger root, cinnamon, onions and other tantalizing spices is one menu item that will light your fire at PHO 616, the newest restaurant in the Grand Rapids Downtown Market.

… One dollar from every Restaurant Week meal sold is donated by the participating restaurants to the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education Student Scholarship Fund at GRCC, providing financial support to up-and-coming chefs and restaurant staff.

Academic advising operating on first-come, first-served basis through Sept. 1

Until September 1, the Academic Advising and Transfer Center is on all “open advising,” which means students will be seen in the order in which they check in at the front desk.  You are encouraged to come earlier in the day as wait times tend longer after 11 a.m.

The center’s summer hours are:

  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
  • 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays.

Fall hours resume August 21:

  • 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.
  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays.

First Steps Kent, GRCC launch partnership to provide community play groups

A woman uses play money to make a pretend purchase from four children playing store with a toy cash register. The sign hanging from the ceiling says "Burton Veterinarian Clinic."First Steps Kent and GRCC are teaming up to provide community play groups in eight locations throughout Grand Rapids.

First Steps Kent, a Kent County nonprofit organization that works to strengthen and coordinate early childhood services, will work with GRCC’s Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory to organize the weekly play groups for children ages 2 to 5.

Parents, caregivers and children will take part in the free play groups with intentionally designed activities to prepare the children for success.  The parents and caregivers will learn about child development, early reading and positive discipline, said JaneAnn Benson, director of GRCC’s Early Childhood Learning Laboratory.

“We are excited to work in partnership with First Steps Kent and Grand Rapids Public Schools in sharing early childhood resources and activities throughout the area,” she said. “The play groups will help children build literacy skills while having fun. It will be a wonderful opportunity for caregivers to learn from us — and from each other.”

First Steps Kent started the Early Learning Communities playgroups as a demonstration project, said Annemarie Valdez, president and CEO of First Steps Kent.

“Since starting with FSK, Early Learning Communities has provided a quality early learning experience for many children, along with their parents and caregivers,” she said.  “We are thrilled to have Grand Rapids Community College as a partner to steer this effort going forward. True partnerships such as this benefit our children and the whole community.”

The groups will meet for 90 minutes every week during the academic year at:

  • Aberdeen Elementary, 928 Aberdeen St. NE.
  • Burton Elementary, 2133 Buchanan Ave. SW.
  • Coit Creative Arts Academy, 617 Coit Ave. NE.
  • Congress Elementary, 940 Baldwin St. SE.
  • The Grand Rapids Library’s main branch at 111 Library St. NE.
  • Harrison Park Elementary, 1440 Davis Ave. NW.
  • Madison Square Church, 1441 Madison Ave. SE.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Academy, 645 Logan St. SE.

GRCC President Bill Pink said the play groups would not be possible without cooperation from many community organizations.

“We are grateful to Grand Rapids Public Schools, the library and Madison Square Church for providing the space to help Grand Rapids children learn and grow,” he said. “All of us benefit when our youngest learners feel confident and successful in the classroom.”

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