GRCC In the News, 7-11-18

Jimmy Carter: ‘Jesus would approve of gay marriage’

July 9, 2018;

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 student-athletes earn MCCAA academic awards

GRCC had 52 student-athletes earn academic awards from the Michigan Community College Athletic Association.

Of those 52 students, 42 were named All-MCCAA, and five GRCC teams — golf, women’s basketball, softball, volleyball and women’s cross country — were honored as Academic All-MCCAA Teams.

GRCC had the second-highest number of teams named Academic All-MCCAA, which goes to teams that have earned a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0. Mott Community College had six teams receive the designation.

GRCC’s volleyball team had the third-highest GPA — 3.45 — out of all MCCAA teams, just behind Macomb Community College’s men’s cross country and Mott volleyball.

The GRCC softball team was 10th overall with a 3.33 GPA. The GRCC golf and women’s cross country teams each had a 3.16 GPA. GRCC’s women’s basketball received a 3.09 GPA. These teams were also selected as 2017-2018 NJCAA All-Academic Teams.

Raiders named Academic All-Conference, for student-athletes who have earned at least 24 credits with a minimum 3.0 GPA:

Raiders named Academic All-MCCAA, for student-athletes who have earned 24 credits with at least a 3.2 GPA:

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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;

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;

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;

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.


Library adds interviews to collection

You can get a new slant on possible careers through a recent addition to the GRCC library’s streaming video collection.

The library’s license with Alexander Street Press Academic Video Online now includes, 161 short video interviews “with industry professionals, giving students a realistic view of a particular path from college to career.” The videos cover a wide variety of industries. (Off-campus users will need to log on with their last name and 7-digit Raider number.)