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Board of trustees supports DACA students

GRCC’s board of trustees affirmed its support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals students in an announcement sent to faculty, staff and students on September 6.

The statement comes on the heels of the Trump administration’s actions to rescind the DACA program.

Highlighting GRCC’s mission of being an open-access institution, board Chairperson David Koetje said: “Our mission is nothing if we do not voice our support and concern for GRCC DACA students. Therefore, we, the Grand Rapids Community College board of trustees, along with President Pink, urge our congressional leaders to find an immediate legislative solution – such as the DREAM Act – to prevent the lives of so many Americans from being so unnecessarily and harmfully impacted.”

President Bill Pink expressed his support to GRCC DACA students on September 1, saying: “The DACA program is critically important to thousands of community college students throughout the United States. GRCC is committed to being ‘an open access college that prepares individuals to attain their goals and contribute to the community.’ This is our mission, and we will remain steadfast in our support of GRCC DACA students and their GRCC experience.”

The DACA program temporarily shields from deportation undocumented individuals who came to the country before the age of 16. About 780,000 people have received DACA status since the program’s inception in 2012.

GRCC In the News, 7-24-17

Change Ups: Willi selected for Blackboard MVP program

July 21, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Grand Rapids Community College instructional technologist and designer Meegan Willi was selected to participate in the Blackboard MVP program. She will receive access to professional development and share her insights and expertise. Blackboard is the course-management system GRCC faculty uses. To be selected for the MVP program, applicants must prove themselves to be not only leaders in the education technology community but also experts in Blackboard itself and skilled in helping others use it.

See the new tuition rates for West Michigan colleges

July 20, 2017; MLive

The cost of attending college every year gets higher every year. Colleges and universities across the state usually raise tuition prior to the new academic year, often there is also an increase in financial aid to help offset the impact.

… The Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees voted to raise tuition 1.8 percent or $2 more per contact hour for the 2017-18 academic year.

‘I wanted to fight back’: Reflections on the 1967 Grand Rapids riot

July 19, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Fifty years ago, racial tensions in Grand Rapids erupted for three days of civil unrest on the city’s Southeast Side. The riot ran from July 25-27 in 1967.

… (Eli) Lumpkins, who later served as dean of students and alumni services at Grand Rapids Community College, was teaching summer school that July.

GRCC In the News, 7-19-17

GRCC gets state support for $12.7M building renovation, expansion

July 18, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is getting help from the state to expand and renovate a building to provide the capacity to meet the demands of the growing information technology and manufacturing sectors.

Prosecutor asks jury to find Marcus Bivins guilty of first-degree murder

July 19, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Opening statements got underway this morning in the trial of Marcus Bivins.

He’s charged with killing a homeless woman outside Grand Rapids Community College more than a year ago.

Grand Rapids 1967 riot: When anger, oppression erupted into ‘chaos’

July 18, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – When the 1967 riot broke, Nathaniel Moody, just 12, saw the grocery store and pharmacy where his mother shopped burn down on South Division Avenue.

…  Ellen James, a former Grand Rapids Community College trustee, said many whites did not appreciate the challenges facing the black community.

 

GRCC In the News, 7-10-17

Change Ups: Delabbio retires

July 7, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… EDUCATION

Carlos Sanchez was appointed to Grand Rapids Community College’s board of trustees. Sanchez is director of the Latino Business and Economic Development Center at Ferris State University.

New initiatives emerge to address West Michigan’s housing crisis

July 9, 2017; mibiz.com

While West Michigan’s affordable housing crisis may pale in comparison to situations in other larger metro areas, disparate groups are taking a hands-on approach to the problem.

… “(Construction) is not as diverse as it ought to be,” (Jeremy) DeRoo said, adding LINC UP is working with Grand Rapids Community College to break down the cultural barriers associated with the industry. “When you give them more in-depth training, by the time they show up on a job site, they know what it looks like, how it runs and they have the technical abilities more firmed up.”

Carlos Sanchez to fill vacant board of trustees seat

Carlos Sanchez stands by the meeting table in the board of trustees meeting room.
Carlos Sanchez

During a June 19 meeting, the board of trustees selected Carlos Sanchez to fill a vacant seat.

Sanchez is director of the Latino Business and Economic Development Center at Ferris State University.

“What I hope to bring to the board are my experiences working with the Latino community and in an institution of higher education,” he said. “I’m familiar with the challenges facing GRCC and hope that my experience will help.”

David J. Koetje, board chairperson, said Sanchez will be a valuable addition to both GRCC and its governing body.

“As I look at the current profile of this board and its collective resume, I believe Carlos Sanchez provides the greatest opportunity for this board to expand its collective resume and increase its ability to come alongside our president and help propel the mission of this college forward,” he said.

“Mr. Sanchez is widely respected by the West Michigan business community, the local philanthropic community and those colleges we have pathway connections with.  His relationships with the governor’s office are unmatched by any of us currently on this board. His ties with the Latino business community not only provide this institution with opportunity, they will also provide this board with insight and perspective as we craft future policies that gives shape to this institution’s future.”

Before joining Ferris, Sanchez was program coordinator for the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, a diversity specialist at Spectrum Health, executive director of the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and interim executive director of the Hispanic Center of West Michigan.

He has served on the boards of the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, the Center for Community Leadership and the Dyer-Yves and Grand Rapids Community foundations.

Sanchez earned a bachelor’s degree in international business from Davenport University in Grand Rapids and studied business administration at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, Mexico.