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Graduation to be held June 13 for Job Training students

GRCC is celebrating the 76 students who have completed Job Training programs with a graduation ceremony tonight!

These students have completed 18 weeks of training in programs for:

Many of tonight’s graduates already have jobs: Area employers frequently hold interviews right in GRCC classrooms! The placement rate for Job Training programs is 84 percent!

Programs begin every few months, so you don’t have to wait. Information sessions on Job Training offerings are held 10 a.m. every Monday at Tassell M-TEC, 622 Godfrey Ave. SW. Registration is not required but is appreciated. If this is not convenient for you, call (616) 234-3800 to set up an appointment.



GRCC In the News, 5-19-17

MAPA Announces 2017 MAPA Educational Development Scholarship Fund Recipients

May 18, 2017; aftermarketnews.com

The Michigan Automotive Parts Association (MAPA) has announced the recipients of MAPA’s 2017 Educational Development Scholarship Fund, chosen by Lansing’s Capital Region Community Foundation. Three $1,000 scholarships were awarded, in addition to a $500 scholarship for the recipient of the 2017 Jud Morrison Memorial Achievement of Excellence Award.

The recipients include:

… Brooke Peckham Sponsored by Auto-Wares Group of Companies located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Peckham will be a junior enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in the fall of 2017 majoring in human resources management to support the growing car care Industry. Peckham’s MAPA Educational Development Scholarship Fund scholarship is in conjunction with the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, which supports careers within the automotive aftermarket industry field.

GRCC In the News, 5-15-17

Change Ups: Allen named Catholic Charities CEO

May 12, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal


… Grand Rapids Community College automotive technology students Bentley Streling and Adam VanPortfliet placed second and third, respectively, in the recent SkillsUSA state championship.

Perpetual growth fuels Switch

May 12, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

More than 1,000 contractors have had a hand in the Switch Pyramid campus in Gaines Township since legislation passed in December 2015 to bring the data center company to West Michigan.

… Switch has multiple partnerships in the works with Michigan companies, including a renewable energy initiative set to be released soon. (Adam) Kramer confirmed a second year of its partnership with ArtPrize and talked about its workforce development with Grand Rapids Community College.

Clothing line founders get creative

May 12, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Last year, Jack VanGessel and three of his friends launched Southern Hound, a clothing line inspired by popular styles and culture originating from the South.

But a couple of months after the start of their new venture, the four business partners were beginning to feel dissatisfied with the amount of money they were paying for creative services. VanGessel, a student at Grand Rapids Community College, and co-founder Conor Conaboy, a student at Michigan State University, brainstormed ideas and concluded one day, it might be a fun endeavor to start their own creative agency. That day came sooner than they expected.

Inside Track: Dentist seizes business opportunity

May 12, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

John Bruinsma never would have guessed the artificial taste of a sugar-free lollipop would one day lead to the taste of a $2,000 bottle of scotch.

… Growing up in Grand Rapids, Bruinsma always had a passion for science. After graduating from high school ahead of schedule, he went on to continue his education at Grand Rapids Community College.

Our LGBT Fund raises $520,000 to support services in West Michigan

May 14, 2017; MiBiz

GRAND RAPIDS — The growth of a fund established three years ago by a same-sex couple from Grand Rapids proves there’s interest in addressing issues the LGBT community faces in West Michigan.

… (Simon) Kittok, who works for Grand Rapids Community College, said the fund was created to offer more opportunities for transgender individuals to make good lives for themselves.

Bentley Streling, Adam VanPortfliet win 2nd, 3rd places in automotive competition

Bentley Streling
Bentley Streling

Students in GRCC’s Automotive Technology program won second and third places in the recent SkillsUSA state championship.

First-time competitor Bentley Streling placed second, and Adam VanPortfliet won third place. VanPortfliet placed first last year.

The automotive mechanical service competition included nine timed work stations that tested the participants’ skills in engine mechanical; suspension, steering and alignment; brakes; electrical systems; engine performance; drive train; environmental, health and safety; electronic service information; and new vehicle prep. Competitors also had to demonstrate endurance and the ability to work under pressure during the five-hour event.

Adam VanPortfliet
Adam VanPortfliet

Streling has studied automotive technology in high school and college for three years. After finishing the GRCC program, he plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in automotive management at Ferris State University.

“GRCC’s automotive program has given me confidence in my ability, and placing second in the state is proof that my commitment to education has paid off,” said Streling, who plans to try for first in next year’s SkillsUSA competition.

VanPortfliet also plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in automotive management at Ferris after completing GRCC’s program. He eventually wants to pursue a master’s degree in technical education.

“The automotive program at GRCC has been instrumental in preparing me for not only SkillsUSA, but also my career as an automotive technician,” he said.

Those interested in GRCC’s Automotive Technology Program may contact Benjamin Smith at bsmith@grcc.edu or Chad Lodenstein at clodenst@grcc.edu for more information.

GRCC In the News, 4-13-17

Morning News

April 13, 2017; WZZM

Family and friends of a man killed in an assault will be honoring his memory tonight. … Julius Vinson was a student at Grand Rapids Community College hoping for a career in real estate.

Tomorrow’s automobile: Grand Rapids is shaping the future of transportation in the United States

April 13, 2017; rapidgrowthmedia.com

Grand Rapids may have made a name for itself years ago in furniture, but today there’s an equally impressive technological revolution happening on its streets.

… A distance from the tire plants on the east side of the state, Lacks Enterprises is designing and rolling out rims and new interior finishes in West Michigan. Engines are being built throughout the state, but many of them will be powered by the technology researched by Johnson Controls, in Holland. And when the industry calls for more talent, students in the advanced automotive department at Grand Rapids Community College will be available to work.

80 students graduate from Job Training programs

GRCC celebrates the graduation of 80 Job Training students tonight!

The students have completed training in the Automotive Technician, Construction Electrical, Introduction to Construction, Machinist/CNC Technician, Residential Construction, Computer Support Technician and Welding/Fabrication Technician programs.

This group also includes 14 graduates of a pilot CNC program for English as a Second Language students.

The goal of the program, which GRCC developed in partnership with the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan and the Literacy Center of West Michigan, is to help ESL learners get skilled trades training that will lead to higher-wage careers, while improving their English language skills. The Hispanic Center helped recruit and retain people who would benefit from the training, while the Literacy Center worked with GRCC to create a course that teaches English language skills along with the technical skills for a Machine CNC operator.

“One graduate of this program is using what he learned to improve his business,” said John VanElst, program manager at GRCC’s Tassell M-TEC facility. “Another graduate has received a promotion — and raise — because of new skills gained!”

Job Training graduation begins at 6 p.m. Dec. 13 at Tassell M-TEC. Dr. Bill Pink, vice president and dean for Workforce Development, will address the students.

Scott Mattson, Job Training manager, noted that the Job Training completion rate is 87 percent, with 84 percent of the students already placed in positions.

Andrew Hansma is one of the students already putting their skills to use. He came to the CNC Technician program in August through Michigan Works and quickly became a top student. His job developer notified him of a machining opening at a local employer. Hansma interviewed and was offered a job on the spot! He began the very next week, working part time while completing the program.

“I was excited to get to work!” he said. “My instructor was great and really gave me the confidence I needed. The skills I have learned put me ahead of the game in securing a good-paying job. Plus, my training will help me move forward more quickly than others.”

GRCC In the News, 12-5-16

Appointments, Resignations, Deaths (12/9/2016)

Dec. 4, 2016; The Chronicle of Higher Education



… Bill Pink, vice president and dean of work-force development at Grand Rapids Community College, was appointed president. He will be the college’s first black leader.

State News 12-1-16

Dec. 1, 2016; The Hastings Banner

… Grand Rapids Community College announced that it has joined the network of Fiat Chrysler-certified technical training sites. FCA US LLC, a North American automaker headquartered in Auburn Hills, established the Mopar Career Automotive Program LOCAL in partnership with the National Coalition of Certification Centers, or NC3, to train approximately 1,000 students annually. The partnership has a goal of building a talent pipeline of certified Chrysler Fiat automotive technicians across the country.

GRCC Political Professor weighs in on Michigan recount

Dec. 3, 2016; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich – The recount of Michigan’s presidential votes is officially set to begin next week.

… Grand Rapids Community College Professor, Neal Getz stopped by FOX 17 Morning News to explain how the process will work.

GRCC Volleyball’s Lauren Wieber named NJCAA DII All-American

Dec. 3, 2016; MLive

Grand Rapids, Mich – GRCC Volleyball’s sophomore OH Lauren Wieber (Grand Rapids, MI, Kenowa Hills (’15)) earned All-American honors after a stand out season recording 433 kills, 103 digs and 30 blocks while starting in 34 of 36 matches.

Inside Track: Marriage leads to career break

Dec. 2, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

During his two-decade career in fundraising, Keith Hopkins has had a hand in more than 175 campaigns, most of them in the West Michigan region.

… Hopkins began his career in education, teaching at Grand Rapids Community College for four years and then Heartland Community College in Illinois for another four years, before joining Monaghan Associates, a fundraising firm in Grand Rapids.