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GRCC In the News, 6-5-17

Change Ups: Wolverine earns historic preservation award

June 2, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… The following Grand Rapids Community College teams were winners at the recent MWest Challenge student venture competition: Shelby Rose received $1,500 as the second-place winner of the Innovation Showcase People’s Choice Award; Mark Saint Amour and Andrew Johnson won a $750 Impact Award; and Rebecca Peterman won the $500 Impact Award for Wholesome Eats.

Painkillers, heroin take lives of 84 in Kent Co. in 2015

June 2, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — They were strangers on earth, but dozens of people who died in 2015 will be forever connected by the way their lives ended.

… Among them were a 20-year-old Grand Rapids Community College student who first tried painkillers with friends as a teen, a 24-year-old man whose got hooked on pain meds after a snowboarding injury, a 25-year-old man who started experimenting with pills and pot with friend in his teen years  and a 30-year-old mom who according to an aunt began experimenting early in life in an effort to escape a tough childhood.

Local student, entrepreneur open Monster Graphics Studio

June 3, 2017; The Holland Sentinel

Belicia Hernandez wears a number of hats.

It is a list that starts with her being a college student at Grand Rapids Community College. Along with that, she coaches eighth grade volleyball at a local school. Lastly, she is also a business owner.


June 2, 2017; schoolnewsnetwork.org (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)

Godwin Heights Public Schools, MI — Senior D’Nyszha Brand was accepted into six colleges: Baker College, Ferris State University, Wayne State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Aquinas College and Western Michigan University.

Three GRCC teams win prizes in MWest Challenge competition

Three GRCC teams were winners at the recent MWest Challenge student venture competition.

Through MWest Challenge, sponsored by the West Michigan Colleges and Universities Group, students can develop and grow new ventures based on their own ideas. This year, teams from nine West Michigan colleges and universities competed for $45,000 in cash and prizes. The two-month competition also includes workshops and opportunities for students to network with investors.

All 13 GRCC teams had their executive summaries accepted for presentation during the final round of the competition on April 21.

Felix Pereiro stands next to Shelby Rose. He holds her posterboard presentation for the Rose's Place app. They stand near the Meijer Business Center in the Main Building.
Professor Felix Pereiro and student Shelby Rose.

The three GRCC teams winning prizes were:

Shelby Rose received $1,500 as the second-place winner of the Innovation Showcase People’s Choice Award. Her proposal, a phone app called Rose’s Place, would allow domestic violence victims to unlock resources, advice and emergency contact help.

“Participating in the MWest Challenge has been one of the greatest learning experiences in my college career so far,” she said. “I was able to push myself out of my comfort zone in sharing my story — showing people that when a tragedy hits, look up and see how you can find the problem and make a change.”

Rose said she got involved in the competition through her Marketing Problems course (BA 272) with Felix Pereiro, professor and head of the Business Department.

“Before the MWest Challenge, I couldn’t really see myself as an entrepreneur,” she said. “Now, just three short months after starting MWest, I couldn’t be more excited to become an entrepreneur with a goal of helping others overcome challenges.”

Mark Saint Amour and Andrew Johnson won a $750 Impact Award. Their proposal, Tabletop Entertainment, would rent out space and partner with local craft breweries to host tournaments featuring life-size versions of popular board games.

Rebecca Peterman won the $500 Impact Award for Wholesome Eats, a company that would provide healthy and affordable meals created in a client’s home. Services would include meal planning, grocery shopping, food preparation and kitchen cleanup.

Pereiro points out that the students’ MWest achievements are the culmination of hours of practice and preparation.

“This is a special accomplishment for our students as they work toward their associate degree,” he said. “Shelby, Mark, Andrew, and Rebecca put in the hours necessary to compete against the very best college students in West Michigan – facing juniors, seniors and MBA students from top four-year universities in West Michigan — and their work and dedication paid off.”

The other GRCC teams were:

  • Mommy Hub, with Justin Konsdorf, Alex Brown, Sydney Zeien, Ben Steenwyk and Carissa Moshauer.
  • Rear View Innovations, with Christopher Seeley.
  • K Cleaning Concepts, with Kevin Klutman.
  • Loop Coding Center, with Jose Meza and Angel Barreto.
  • Essential Life Preparation Academy, with Martin Uchendu and Brittany Glanton.
  • Ola’s Oatmeal, with Jalisa Hill, Margaret Yerke and Elizabeth Bush.
  • Blue Bridge Beer Fest, with Amanda Hadd, Catie Howe, Olivia Silveri, Travis Meyer and Ethan Nutkins.
  • Project C.O.O.L., with Amanda Hadd.
  • Play & Date for Mates, with Anna Mansfield and Olivia Brazle.
  • The Shop Supermarket, LLC, with Keyon Hall and Andre Shepherd.

While the teams were supported by Business Department faculty and staff, students also received valuable help from other departments, including Computer Information Systems and the business tutorial and computer lab, Pereiro said.


GRCC In the News, 5-22-17

Street Talk: Rapid transformation

May 19, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… Challenge accepted

Grand Rapids Community College was well represented recently at the MWest Challenge student venture competition, which provides students with an opportunity to develop and grow new ventures based on their own ideas.

Personal chef authors canning cookbook

May 19, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local food-preservation expert and culinary instructor has written a book on canning and cooking with preserved food.

… Devereaux received a personal chef certification from Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education in 2014.

GRPS, Florida A&M announces pipeline and major scholarships

May 19, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Florida A&M is awarding West Michigan students with major scholarships to announce a new pipeline between Grand Rapids Public School and the university.

… The partnership with Florida A&M comes as part of renewed commitment to Ottawa Hills students. Other plans for the school include: a major bond renovation, Early Middle College program with Grand Rapids Community College to help students gain free associate degrees; college and career preparations programs, including homeland security, cosmetology, technology, communications and engineering; and increased partnerships with other HBCUs.

DeShaun Thrower takes on two sports at Ferris State

May 19, 2017; WZZM

Ferris State football coach Tony Annese and men’s basketball coach Andy Bronkema are unsure how it’s going to work out, but they’re both excited to add a player with DeShaun Thrower’s skills to their respective teams next season.

… He (Thrower) also liked the connection he shared with Annese, who coached Muskegon High to three state championships in the mid-2000s before leaving to take over Grand Rapids Community College’s football program in 2009.

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.

Student Success Story: Isabel Vargas

Isabel Vargas
Isabel Vargas

Isabel Vargas planned to attend Grand Valley State University, but she had second thoughts shortly after her high school graduation.

“I realized that I was not ready for that big step in my life,” she said. “I was afraid to go straight into GVSU. I wanted to first get a feeling of what it was like to take college courses, and I wanted to get familiar with all the resources that were out there to help me succeed.”

One of Vargas’ biggest resources was TRIO/Student Support Services, a federal program that works with first-generation college students.

“TRIO/Student Support Services has been a blessing in my college experience,” she said. “Being a part of this program opened so many doors for me and taught me so much.”

Vargas has made the Dean’s List and was inducted in Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society for community colleges. She will receive an associate degree at commencement, which takes place 7 p.m. April 28 at Ford Fieldhouse, 226 Lyon St. NE.

She knows she’s ready for that next big step: She plans to transfer to GVSU this fall for a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

GRCC In the News, 4-17-17

Getting their business off the ground

April 16, 2017; The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

The MWest Challenge, a student business-plan competition designed to create cross-collaboration between students in the West Michigan area, will hold its final event Friday, April 21. The event will take place in the Loosemore Auditorium of the DeVos Center.

… The competition is catered to business-minded students not only from Grand Valley State University, but from eight other West Michigan colleges and universities as well. MWest represents 75,000 students from GVSU, Grand Rapids Community College, Hope College, Calvin College, Davenport University, Aquinas College, Kendall College of Art and Design, Cornerstone University and Kuyper College.