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GRCC In the News, 12-11-17

Change Ups: 7GenAE garners Honor Award for Native Justice Center

Dec. 8, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… EDUCATION

A Grand Rapids Community College analysis concludes it adds $413.5 million to the Kent County economy and $34.2 million to Ottawa County’s economy. EMSI, a provider of economic impact studies and labor market data, looked at GRCC’s economic impact through its students, employees and alumni.

GVSU receives $1 million grant for STEM scholarships

Dec. 10, 2017; The Holland Sentinel

Grand Valley State University has received a $1 million grant National Science Foundation’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program to form a financial help program for low-income science and engineering students.

… Additionally, the project team will enlist area community colleges, including Grand Rapids Community College, Northwestern Michigan College, and Muskegon Community College, to help identify potential RISE scholars at their institutions and provide mentoring for those students before they enroll at Grand Valley.

GVSU announces speakers for 2018 MLK week

Dec. 11, 2017; The Lanthorn (Grand Valley State University’s student newspaper)

Each January, members of the Grand Valley State University community attend events for Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Week, a celebration of the life of King and his work in the civil rights movement. The keynote speakers for January 2018 are April Reign and Bree Newsome, both of whom made waves in 2015 for their efforts to initiate social change.

Bobby Springer, director of the new Pathways to College Office at GVSU, has been working closely with Grand Rapids Community College and Davenport University to host these speakers. According to Springer, Reign and Newsome are in high demand across the country. Newsome first caught his attention two years ago when she made national headlines after climbing to the top of a flagpole to remove a Confederate flag in Columbia, South Carolina.

DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Rapids Names Executive Chef Colin McPhee

Dec. 8, 2017; hotel-online.com

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Dec. 8, 2017) — DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Rapids Airport, welcomes Colin McPhee as executive chef for the hotel restaurant Ganders. Bringing years of experience, dynamic culinary talent and a creative approach to developing unexpected dishes featuring local fare, McPhee will oversee menu development and culinary creations for the hotel and restaurant as well as catering for on-property events and in-room dining. As the first DoubleTree by Hilton in Grand Rapids, Mich., the 226-room property is just minutes away from popular Grand Rapids attractions and Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

… Prior to joining DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Rapids, McPhee most recently served as the sous chef of J.W. Marriott in Grand Rapids where he oversaw various aspects of the food and beverage outlets, including the mentoring of young chefs. His resume also includes time at Gracewill Country Club, Bar Divani and Timbers Inn in Grand Rapids. A lifelong resident of southwestern Michigan, McPhee earned his Associate Degree in Culinary Management and Pastry Certification from the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.

Dancing with the Local Stars cast list revealed

Dec. 9, 2017; WZZM

MUSKEGON, MICH. – 56 alumni cast members are returning as participants in the 10th annual Dancing with the Local Stars reunion event.

… Sonya Hernandez, Grand Rapids Community College Adjunct Professor & YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids Director of Y Achievers & Youth in Government, 2016

GRCC In the News, 12-8-17

GRCC’s Davison leading the nation in scoring

Dec. 8, 2017; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich — Curtis Davison is averaging over 27 points per game through 8 games, best in the NJCAA division II.

… Davison played two years ago at Lansing Community College before sitting out last season. He was considering sitting out again this year until GRCC head coach Luke Bronkema talked him into playing.

Black Tulip Salon and Spa open in Holland

Dec. 7, 2017; The Holland Sentinel

When Rachel DeBoer, Michelle Geoghegan and Teresa Piatek got word that the salon they worked at was closing, the three women knew one thing, they didn’t want to go anywhere.

… For (Rachel) DeBoer, she originally enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College for culinary arts. After working a number of customer service jobs, she enrolled into hair school and since then has grown in the industry.

GRCC In the News, 12-4-17

GRCC’s economic impact tops $447M

Dec. 1, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A recent economic impact study found Grand Rapids Community College had a total impact of $447.7 million on Kent and Ottawa counties in the 2015-16 fiscal year.

Partnership helps refugees find construction jobs

Dec. 1, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The construction industry in West Michigan is experiencing a skilled worker shortage, leaving some companies unable to adequately staff projects.

… To join the program, refugees were required to have some basic conversational skills to understand the curriculum. The Literacy Center provided testing, and a group of 20 eligible refugees was identified. Students began classes in March, two days per week at the Grand Rapids Community College M-TEC building. An NCCER-certified instructor and a Literacy Center ESL teacher taught the classes. In addition to being taught NCCER Core Curriculum, students also received an OSHA-10 card.

New reporter starts at Sidney Herald

Dec. 2, 2017; Sidney Herald (Mont.)

My (Nicole Hoffman) interest in journalism started at a very young age. I was one of six students in my eighth grade class to volunteer for the after school newspaper, a term I would use loosely in that situation. It was a brochure style piece of paper that got passed out once a month that you’d normally find scattered on the floors, thrown into trash cans or used to make paper airplanes and spit wads.

… I went to Grand Rapids Community College from 2006 until 2009. I spent a year as a staff writer for The Collegiate, the newspaper at GRCC.

GRCC In the News, 11-27-17

GRCC reports Kent, Ottawa economic impact of $447M, 8,833 jobs

Nov. 22, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College’s economic contribution to Kent and Ottawa counties totaled $447.7 million, according to an economic impact analysis released Tuesday, Nov. 21.

Construction Begun On WMU’s Grand Rapids Manufacturing Lab

Nov. 26, 2017; mitechnews.com

GRAND RAPIDS — Construction has begun at Western Michigan University’s Grand Rapids regional location for a state-of the-art manufacturing laboratory.

AMP Lab @WMU, an Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Laboratory, will be built in collaboration with West Michigan manufacturers and Grand Rapids Community College to address the shortage of skilled trades and engineering employees in the region. The Lab will occupy the first two floors of WMU’s downtown Grand Rapids location, which is located on Cherry and Ionia in the city’s Arena District.

Gov. Rick Snyder makes reappointments to the Hispanic/Latino Commission of Michigan

Nov. 21, 2017; michigan.gov (state press release)

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the reappointments of Juan Marinez of Okemos, Carlos Pava of Grand Rapids, Ivonne Soler of Livonia, and Jesse Venegas of Royal Oak to the Hispanic/Latino Commission of Michigan.

… Pava is the COO and co-founder of Voices for Health, Inc. He is a licensed trainer for the Community Interpreter International and a certified healthcare interpreter. Pava holds an associate degree from Grand Rapids Community College and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and business administration from Michigan State University.

Showtime: Sunday, November 26

Nov. 26, 2017; WOOD Radio

Your daily guide to live music performances and entertainment in West Michigan, for Sunday, November 26, 2017.

… GRCC PLAYERS    Spectrum Theatre, 143 Bostwick Ave. NE, 616-234-3946

  • Detroit ’67, December 7 to 9.
  • This Is Our Youth, January 11 to 13, 2018.
  • Dead Man’s Cell Phone, March 29 to 31.

Toys for Tots Drop-Off Locations – 2017

Nov. 22, 2017; WZZM

Full Toys for Tots County-by-County Drop-Off Lists 2017

… Grand Rapids Community College Exercise Science Club    111 Lyon St NE     Grand Rapids

Schubert Male Chorus to perform holiday concert in East Grand Rapids

Nov. 22, 2017; MLive

The Schubert Male Chorus is inviting the community to enjoy its holiday concert, “A Merry Gentlemen Christmas.”

… A portion of all ticket sales help support the Linda and Alan Doering – Schubert Male Chorus GRCC music scholarship.

Coldwater places four on Interstate 8 All-Conference volleyball team

Nov. 24, 2017; The Daily Reporter (Coldwater)

COLDWATER — The Coldwater Lady Cardinal volleyball team had one of the most successful seasons in school history in 2017, putting together an astonishing record of 43-6-3 for the year.

… Both Jamie and Jasmine (Wellet) will continue their volleyball and academic careers at Grand Rapids Community College next year.

 

GRCC In the News, 11-20-17

GRCC hosts a community science day

Nov. 19, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Grand Rapids Community College hosted a Community Science Day today for local children and adults to participate in hands-on science and health-related activities.

National Survivor of Suicide Loss Day Conference

Nov. 17, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — When someone commits suicide, it’s always those closest to them that are hurt the most. It’s with that thought in mind that the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan is hosting a special conference this weekend.

… National Survivor of Suicide Loss Day Conference

… Grand Rapids Community College Tech Center

Street Talk: Eatery’s food for thought

Nov. 17, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

This restaurant will have a little something extra on the menu.

… Chef Trimell Hawkins a graduate of the Secchia Institute of Culinary Arts at Grand Rapids Community College will lead food operations. The trio plan to hire locally, with special outreach to minorities.

GRCC In the News, 11-10-17

Daybreak Early Edition

Nov. 10, 2017; WOOD TV

West Michigan is celebrating out country’s veterans this week. … Grand Rapids Community college will host a service and a free lunch.

Michigan’s last surviving WWII fly girl recalls her time in the sky, blazing new paths

Nov. 10, 2017; The Detroit Free Press

GRAND RAPIDS — Jane Doyle held a heavy bronze medal in her creased hands, running her fingers over the engraved surface.

… It wasn’t until she enrolled in what was then Grand Rapids Junior College in 1939 that Doyle considered flying an airplane was something she could do.

Change Ups: Rose & Westra relocates

Nov. 9, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… ARTS

… Grand Rapids Community College named its newly renovated recital hall for mezzo-soprano Linn Maxwell Keller. The state-of-the-art Linn Maxwell Keller Recital Hall provides options for acoustic adjustment and includes seating for 104, which can be deployed or retracted to create rehearsal space for large groups. Linn Maxwell Keller, who died in 2016, was an ardent supporter of GRCC’s music program.