GRCC In the News, 8-23-13

GED tests to get more difficult, double in price in 2014

Aug. 22, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Area school districts and Grand Rapids Community College are reminding students trying to obtain a GED that the test soon will become more rigorous to reflect the demands of the job market.

GVSU signs reverse transfer agreement with Delta College

Aug. 22, 2013; The Holland Sentinel

Allendale — Grand Valley State University signed a reverse transfer agreement Aug. 21 with Delta College near Bay City.

… Grand Valley has 22 reverse transfer agreements with community colleges across the state, including Alpena, Delta, Glen Oaks, Grand Rapids, Gogebic, Jackson, Kellogg, Kirtland, Lake Michigan, Lansing, Macomb, Mid-Michigan, Montcalm, Mott, Muskegon, North Central Michigan, Northwestern Michigan, Schoolcraft, Southwestern Michigan, Washtenaw, Wayne County District and West Shore community colleges.

Muskegon Community College fall sports preview: Jayhawks have high hopes

Aug. 22, 2013; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — Muskegon Community College men’s soccer coach Ben Ritsema feels like his program is pointed in the right direction through two seasons.

… Grand Rapids Community College, the defending national champion, is ranked No. 2 and will be the team a strong Jayhawks team will battle with for the league crown once again.

Former Rams carry on in college baseball

Aug. 22, 2013; The Rockford Squire

The Rockford baseball program has reached new heights of success over the last several years and with that improvement in achievements comes a huge influx to the college game by Rams of recent vintage. The levels of success varied but most of the players are in only their freshman or sophomore years and the best is yet to come.

… Austin Stephens completed his sophomore year at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) with a bang for the Raiders, who advanced all the way to the NJCAA World Series. Stephens was 5-3 with a 3.46 ERA and parlayed that success into a scholarship to North Carolina Central University at the Division 1 level. His freshman teammate Ian Stankus started 43 games for GRCC and had a more than respectable .263 batting average while smacking seven doubles and a triple while patrolling second base.

Badgers are committed to using one kicker this season

Aug. 22, 2013; The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

During a coaching career that began in 1990 at Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College, Jeff Genyk has worked with kickers and punters for eight seasons.

Kater named CMU’s starting QB

Aug. 22, 2013; The Midland Daily News

Redshirt junior Cody Kater will be Central Michigan University’s new starting quarterback when the Chippewas open the season on Saturday, Aug. 31 at Michigan, CM Life reported on Wednesday.

… After a redshirt season at Cincinnati, Kater transferred to Grand Rapids Community College and led GRCC to an undefeated season in 2011 with 2,218 yards passing and 19 touchdowns while running for 356 yards and nine touchdowns.

Ferris State football coach needs to focus on taking Bulldogs to playoffs

Aug. 22, 2013;

Tony Annese enters his second season with hopes of taking the Ferris State Bulldogs to the Division II national playoffs in college football.

Annese raised hopes of turning the Bulldog program around when the squad was 7-4 last season and ended a long drought with a victory over Grand Valley State.

The question for a lot of people is how long Annese will stay at Ferris if he achieves a lot of success this season. He was at Grand Rapids Community College for two successful years before packing his bags and coming to Ferris. He’s been bringing in some big time recruits and is trying to get Ferris to championship status.

Advice from alumni: set goal, work toward it

Diane Obermeyer
Diane Obermeyer

Our alumni have all been where you are now and have advice to share.

Diane Obermeyer, who graduated from GRCC in 1973, is a nurse with Spectrum Health Continuing Care. She emphasizes planning for success: “No matter what may seem unattainable, if you decide on a goal and work towards it, you can achieve it. You are never too old to learn.”

Advice from alumni: Find balance

Gregory Donohoe
Gregory Donohoe

Gregory Donohoe graduated from GRCC in 1974 and transferred to Lake Superior State University. He’s now chairman of the University of Idaho’s computer science department. He says students should strive for balance in their lives:

“Follow your heart, but also keep your eyes open to the realities of life and make choices that will build your future.”


GRCC In the News, 8-22-13

New Lock and Key speakeasy features absinthe drinks and 6 Kuhnhenn taps

Aug. 22, 2013; The Detroit Free Press

Lock and Key — a prohibition-style speakeasy with classic cocktails, five absinthe drinks and six Kuhnhenn Brewing Co. beers on tap — has opened at the rear of the Oxford Inn at 1214 S. Main in Royal Oak.

… Grand Rapids Restaurant Week continues through Saturday with more than 70 participating venues. Restaurants will donate $1 of every restaurant-week meal sold during the event to student culinary scholarships at Grand Rapids Community College.

Opportunity to be a Buckeye completes turnaround for Smith

Aug. 21, 2013;

Sometimes the path that leads you furthest away is the one that brings you closest to home.

… A senior academically, but ineligible to play football, Smith dropped out of high school, earned his GED, and enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan, where he planned to play for two years before moving on to Tennessee.

Cowley volleyball ranked No.1

Aug. 20, 2013; (Arkansas)

The Cowley College volleyball team — winner of 76 of its past 79 matches and a participant in each of the last two National junior College Athletic Association Division II national title games — is ranked No. 1 in the 2013 national preseason poll.

… After capturing the program’s first-ever national championship during the 2011 season, Cowley ran its winning streak to 60 straight matches before losing its only match of the 2012 season against Grand Rapids Community College in the national title game.

KCC volleyball looking for a resurgence

Aug. 21, 2013; Battle Creek Enquirer

The Kellogg Community College volleyball program has a rich history, having produced 18 conference titles and three national championships.

… The conference is the eight-team Michigan Community College Athletic Association West Division, which includes defending NJCAA Division II national champion Grand Rapids CC (the Raiders will open the season as the No. 2 team in the nation).

Kater to Start at Quarterback in CMU Season Opener

Aug. 21, 2013;

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — Central Michigan head coach Dan Enos announced on Wednesday that junior Cody Kater will start at quarterback when the Chippewas open the 2013 season versus No. 17 Michigan in Ann Arbor on Saturday, Aug. 31.

… Kater transferred to CMU from Grand Rapids Community College, where he guided the Raiders to a perfect 11-0 record in 2011, directing an offense that averaged 50 points and 509 yards per game.

Stars on deck in Canadian title bid

Aug. 21, 2013; The Windsor Star

When Windsor Stars outfielder Thomas Grubb steps up to the plate tonight against Alberta 2 at the Canadian Senior Baseball Championships at Mic Mac Park, he said he has one goal.

… Grubb, one of the Stars veteran players, played two years for the Central Michigan Chippewas, as well on the Grand Rapids Community Colleges Raiders baseball team.

Schedule set for tutorial/computer labs

On Aug. 26, all labs will be open for when classes begin.