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GRCC In the News, 5-17-17

Bert Bleke leaving GRCC Board of Trustees, candidates sought to fill vacancy

May 16, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Bert Bleke announced he would leave his position on the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees, effective June 8, during the board’s Monday, May 15, meeting.

Fencing on parking garages in Grand Rapids deters suicides, falls

May 17, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The city of Grand Rapids installed special fencing on the top of its parking garages three years ago to help prevent suicides or falls. The move came after three people had died.

… In January, a person was injured in what police say was a likely suicide attempt at a Grand Rapids Community College parking garage in the city. It had no fencing.

Steven Ender to receive President Emeritus Award at commencement

President Dr. Steven C. Ender will receive the President Emeritus Award as part of commencement on April 28.

Ender, who became GRCC’s ninth president in 2009, retires at the end of the month.

“As a distinguished leader, writer, and speaker, Dr. Ender’s mark in higher education has been significant,” said David J. Koetje, board of trustees chair.  “That mark has placed him in an elite group of respected leaders throughout high education.

“We were blessed to experience the benefits of that leadership as he skillfully navigated us from a very tenuous financial position eight years ago to a very strong financial position today. This spring — for the first time in our history — we will approve in excess of $1 million in scholarships.”

Ender’s skillful leadership has led to significant achievements and growth during his time at GRCC. Highlights of his tenure include the signing of 92 transfer agreements with four-year colleges and universities, as well as area high schools; receiving more than $55 million in grants to support teaching and learning; and raising $21 million through the foundation for capital projects.

Ender, the first GRCC leader without Grand Rapids or Michigan roots, has served on the board of directors for The Right Place, Spectrum Health System, Talent 2025, YMCA, WMCAT, and Economics Club. He also served on the Michigan Community College Association Executive, Legislative and Strategic Planning committees; the Kent County Collective Impact Initiative for Children and Families Committee; and the United Way Visioning Council.

Prior to GRCC, Ender was president of Westmoreland Community College in Youngwood, Pa. A Richmond, Va., native, he has spent more than 40 years working in higher education, holding numerous teaching, counseling and administrative positions, as well as having published extensively in refereed journals and textbooks.

GRCC’s board of trustees voted April 17 to recognize Ender. He will be the second recipient of a President Emeritus Award from GRCC. Richard W. Calkins, the seventh leader of what was then Grand Rapids Junior College, was the first recipient.

Ender will be honored during commencement, which takes place at 7 p.m. April 28 at Ford Fieldhouse, 226 Lyon St. NE. This year, 1,650 students are eligible to graduate at the end of the fall 2016 semester or applied to graduate during the winter or summer 2017 semesters.

GRCC In the News, 4-18-17

Retiring GRCC president awarded emeritus status

April 17, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College President Steven Ender, who will retire at the end of April, was awarded president emeritus status by the Board of Trustees in a unanimous vote on Monday, April 17.

Fewer students require remediation courses at Grand Rapids Community College

April 18, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Fewer Grand Rapids Community College students need developmental education or remedial classes, officials reported to the Board of Trustees Monday, April 17.

Four high school seniors earn Grandville-Jenison Chamber scholarships

April 17, 2017; MLive

Four area high school seniors who excel in academics, extracurricular activities and serving their communities are this year’s winners of the Grandville-Jenison Chamber of Commerce scholarships.

… Scott (Kremers) plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College and study hospitality and business management.

GRCC In the News, 3-14-17

New partnership focuses on affordable homes in Grand Rapids

March 13,2017; WZZM

Grand Rapids Community College is working with the non-profit group LINC Up to train residents in construction trades — tuition-free.

Grand Rapids Community College raises tuition $2 per contact hour

March 13,2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College students will pay 1.8 percent or $2 more per contact hour in tuition for the 2017-18 academic year.

Celebrate spring’s coming with music

March 13,2017; Charlevoix Courier

PETOSKEY — The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra will celebrate the coming of spring with music that celebrates and creates the mood for romance. Whether its a minuet, a czarda or a tango, the performance will deliver a special warmth to chase away the chill of winter beginning at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 26, for the Sunday Series Concert at the First Presbyterian Church of Harbor Springs, 7940 Cemetary Road, Harbor Springs.

… Brian Morris, guitarist, will perform in the Piazolla, Schubert and Hubay pieces. Brian has twice been director of the Mid-America Guitar Ensemble Festivals and has been a member of the Grand Rapids Community College Music Faculty.

Big week ahead for basketball teams from Grand Rapids area

March 13, 2017; MLive

Take a look at what’s happening in Grand Rapids sports for the week of March 13.

… Grand Rapids Community College is still around, too. The Raiders play in the NJCAA DII National Tournament March 21-25 in Danville, Illinois.

GRCC In the News, 2-24-17

5 takeaways from GRCC’s mid-year budget talk

Feb. 23, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed $56.3 billion state budget for next fiscal year has no recommended increase for community colleges.

Like other Michigan Community Colleges grappling with declining enrollment, Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) has to make difficult decisions about its spending habits and the level of tuition increase with deadlines for next year’s budget looming.

Big voice of Lalah Hathaway, big sound of Grand Rapids Symphony, sell out ‘Symphony with Soul’ in DeVos Hall

Feb. 23, 2017; therapidian.org

The Grand Rapids Symphony set out 15 years ago to do something it had never done before – fill the better part of DeVos Performance Hall with people who likely had never been to a symphony orchestra concert before.

… Former Grand Rapids City Commissioner Elias Lumpkins and Christina Guajardo Arnold, founding director of The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity & Inclusion at Grand Rapids Community College, and Cherry Health, all were awarded the MaLinda P. Sapp Legacy Award.

Free transportation to neighborhood summit filling up fast

Feb. 23, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Officials with Grand Rapids Public Schools, co-sponsor of the third annual Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit, say free transportation to and from the event Saturday, March 4, is filling up fast.

… The summit is being held at the Grand Rapids Community College Applied Technology Center, 151 Fountain St. NE, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free breakfast and lunch will be provided. For more information about the summit, visit the website.

GRCC In the News, 2-16-17

Doug and Maria DeVos Foundation Awards $60,000 Grant to GRCC’s Cruisin’ to College Program

Feb. 15, 2017; Targeted News Service

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Feb. 15 — Grand Rapids Community College issued the following news release:

Grand Rapids Community College’s Summer Learning Academy has been awarded a $60,000 grant from the Doug and Maria DeVos Foundation to expand its work and assist more students.

GRCC’s board approves contract with next president

Feb. 15, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees unanimously approved a contract Monday, Feb. 13, for its next president, Bill Pink, currently vice president and dean for workforce development.

GRCC In the News, 1-24-17

College opens $7.2M learning lab downtown

Jan. 23, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local college has opened a 24,000-square-foot facility downtown that aims to meet the needs of its child development students and preschoolers.

Grand Rapids Community College opened the Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory at 210 Lyon St. NE on Saturday.

College approves $300K bond to train glass maker’s workers

Jan. 23, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local college has approved $300,000 in funding to help train workers at a growing manufacturing facility in the region.

Grand Rapids Community College’s Board of Trustees last month agreed to link funds from diverted State of Michigan income tax to support training for 33 newly created positions at Engineered Glass in Holland Township.

Morning News

Jan. 24, 2017; WZZM

Imagine what it would feel like to walk across the stage at your high school graduation and leave with no one but two diplomas. That will soon be the reality for dozens of students here at Ottawa Hills. The program is called early middle college. It is the latest partnership between Grand Rapids Public Schools and Grand Rapids Community College.

Downtown restaurant appoints chef

Jan. 23, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A downtown restaurant is getting a new chef.

… (Stephan) VanHeulen, who attended the GRCC Secchia Culinary Institute, began his career at AHC+Hospitality, cooking for restaurants within the groups portfolio in Grand Rapids, which includes Cygnus27.

Kozminski remembered as hero at fundraiser for memorial

Jan. 23, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Dozens turned out to Celebration! Cinema North Monday for a screening of the movie “Patriots Day” as part of a years-long push to raise money for a memorial to fallen Grand Rapids police officers.

… $35,000 of the money raised will go toward the scholarship fund that pays for one year of tuition at Grand Rapids Community College for a student who hopes to work in law enforcement. Kozminski’s parents choose the recipient of that scholarship.

The City of Grand Rapids Looking For Your Help to Make Our Neighborhoods Better

Jan. 23, 2017; 104.9 FM

The City of Grand Rapids is looking to get residents, neighborhood associations, businesses, non-profits, and government officials together, to help build stronger neighborhoods in Grand Rapids. They’re holding the Third Annual Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit on Saturday, March 4th, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. And it’s free!

… There will be childcare available if you register in advance, and GR Public Schools will also be offering free neighborhood transportation to and from the event! Bicycle racks, and discounted parking in the GRCC Bostwick Parking Ramp will also be available. There will also be Spanish-English translation services.