GRCC In the News, 2-6-13

In wake of Newtown school shootings, Grand Rapids Community College event to focus on gun violence

February 6, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Examining gun violence in America from a psychological, historical and criminal justice standpoint is the focus of a three-day event planned at Grand Rapids Community College for next week.

GRCC hosts three-day gun violence symposium, Feb. 11-13

February 5, 2013; The Holland Sentinel

Grand Rapids — Faculty from Grand Rapids Community College’s Psychology, Social Sciences and Criminal Justice departments have assembled a three-day symposium that will take on the many-faceted topic of gun violence.

Saugatuck students will get look at technology and careers

February 4, 2013; The Holland Sentinel

Saugatuck — Saugatuck High School’s 10th-grade class will visit Grand Rapids Community College on Tuesday as part of a pilot career exploration program. Saugatuck High school is providing the Workkeys Talent and Fit Assessment and lean manufacturing simulation with a grant from the Ottawa Intermediate School Districts School to Work Program.

West Michigan immigrants relieved by state’s decision to grant driver’s licenses

February 4, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — When Noe Villanueva heard the Michigan Secretary of State had reversed its decision and would begin granting drivers licenses to immigrants who qualify for the federal government’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, he was surprised and grateful.

… “So I gave up my education, because I was attending Grand Rapids Community College, and went to Washington,” he said. “I was paranoid that I would be involved in an accident and I wouldn’t be able to provide a license.”

Barrel of Monkeys, other family-friends events added to LaughFest 2013

February 4, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — LaughFest 2013 will have several returning family-friendly acts that will sure to make your kids “barreling” over with creativity.

… This year’s 10-day festival will also give kids and teens the opportunity to stretch their legs and exercise with Saturday Kids Zone and Teen Zone events on March 16 at the Grand Rapids Community College Field Ford House, 111 Lyon St. NE, Grand Rapids.

Job Training celebrates graduation

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On January 30, 2013, Job Training held its winter graduation ceremony at Tassell M-TEC.

Many graduates celebrated with their families, friends and Job Training faculty and staff. Graduates received congratulations from Board of Trustees Chairman Richard Verburg;  Fiona Hert, dean of the School of Workforce Development; and George Waite, director of Tassell M-TEC. After the ceremony, a reception was held, and the graduates had the opportunity to show their family and friends the labs they worked in and visit with the faculty and staff.

Saugatuck High School students visit GRCC

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Saugatuck High School’s 10th-grade class visited GRCC on February 5, 2013, as part of a pilot career exploration program.

GRCC began working with the 74 sophomores this year as part of a program designed to help identify their interests and abilities, and line them up with their college and career plans.

The students divided their time between the ATC and Tassell M-TEC. In addition to exploring the programs GRCC offers, they participated in a group lean manufacturing simulation.

Bring your valentine to The Heritage

Bring your valentine to The Heritage restaurant and enjoy one of our featured items: a Wagyu Filet Mignon  — Kobe-style A5 Grade beef, the highest grade. It’s char-grilled and served with a red wine béarnaise sauce and compound butter, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, and shoestring onion rings for $38.95. It includes your choice of appetizer, soup, or salad.

This item is available for dinner only on February 12 to 15, 2013.

For reservations, call (616) 234-3700 or click here.

GRCC In the News, 2-5-13

Ella Mary Sims: From sharecropper’s daughter to community activist, she was known as woman of great faith

February 5, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI Ella Mary Sims was born in a sharecropper’s cabin in the Mississippi Delta and overcame adversity and tragedy early in life to become a leading advocate for justice and equality in the Grand Rapids community.

(Ms. Sims received the Giant Among Giants Award in 2005.)

GRCC In the News, 2-4-13

Winter semester enrollment down at Grand Rapids Community College

February 1, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Enrollment at Grand Rapids Community College fell by 2.3 percent this semester, a decrease administrators attribute to an improving economy that has caused some residents to pursue a job rather than an education.

Internet pleas help reunite Good Samaritan who lost his keys, woman who appreciated good deed

February 3, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI It took a broken down van on a cold night, a kind stranger and a dropped set of keys along a Grand Rapids highway to remind Julie Spahn that people are good.

… Spahn, a Rockford mother of three, was stranded about 8:30 p.m. Jan. 24 on U.S. 131 near Leonard Street. She had just finished teaching a writing class at Grand Rapids Community College and was on her way home when the alternator inside her 20-year-old full size conversion van broke. Her battery died. Her emergency flashers did not work.

Spectrum Health creates job shadow program as early recruiting tool

February 2, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Emina Selmic is set on becoming a doctor.

Her determination only deepened Friday, Feb. 1, after the Grand Rapids Community College student completed a Job Shadow Day in Spectrum Health’s surgery unit.

Reaching New Heights with Safety Training

February 2013;

In 2010 Safety Technology USA joined forces with Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) to become the first United States training center to offer the globally recognized Safety Technology safety certification program for the Wind Energy Industry.

Since this training was initially established the U.S. wind energy sector has continued to expand at a rapid rate with an impressive 51,630MW of cumulative wind capacity, and more than 40,000 turbines. Therefore the call for global standardized safety training is becoming more and more relevant.




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