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GRCC In the News, 6-11-18

‘Mr. V’ says goodbye

June 9, 2018; The Daily News (Greenville)

GREENVILLE — In the confines of a dark auditorium, as a large curtain slowly opens, a light strikes through the darkness, shining down onto several dozen high school students standing on a stage.

… “I went down to Grand Rapids Community College, signed up for music classes and the rest is history,” he (Greenville High School choir director Joel Van Houten) said. “I never changed my major, I never second-guessed it. It was meant to be.”

Welcome, Sgt. Todd Probst

June 8, 2018; The Post (Cedar Springs)

Have you seen this smiling face around town yet? It’s Sgt. Todd Probst, the new supervisor of the Cedar Springs Unit of the Kent County Sheriff’s Office. Probst took over last week after Sgt. Jason Kelley took a job in the detective bureau.

Probst grew up in Lowell, a town he said is similar to Cedar Springs, and graduated from Lowell High School in 1989. After high school, he worked full time and attended Grand Rapids Community College and graduated from the police academy in 1994. He was then hired by the Lowell Police Department where he worked part time from 1994-95, and was then hired by the Kent County Sheriff’s Office in January of 1996 as a road patrol deputy.

Union High School top scholars

June 10, 2018; MLive

Union High School announces the following top graduates for 2018:

Mumina Abdi

Plans after graduation: Mumina will attend Grand Rapids Community College for two years to study radiology, then hopes to transfer to Michigan State University.

Edith Juarez-Lopez

Plans after graduation: Edith will attend Grand Rapids Community College and transfer to Grand Valley State University

Chrishyla Johnson

Plans after graduation: Chrishyla will attend Grand Rapids Community College for two years and then transfer to Ferris State University to study nursing.

Sar Lwit

Plans after graduation: Sar will attend Grand Rapids Community College

The Potter’s House announces top scholars

June 10, 2018; MLive

The Potter’s House in Wyoming has announced the following top scholars for 2018:

Kate Kooyer

Plans after graduation: Plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College and transfer to Grand Valley State University to pursue a nursing degree.

Thu (Kate) Minh Ngo

Plans after graduation: Plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College and transfer to Ferris State University for the pharmacy program.

Libertas Christian High School announces top scholars

June 10, 2018; MLive

Libertas Christian High School announces the following top graduates for 2018:

Madeline Sikkema

Plans after graduation: Bilingual Bible program in Argentina with Spanish immersion; pursuing a degree in dental hygiene at Ferris State University or at Grand Rapids Community College.

Kelloggsville High School announces top scholars

June 10, 2018; MLive

Kelloggsville High School announces the following top graduates for 2018:

Grady Sakshaug

Plans after graduation: Grand Rapids Community College, then Grand Valley State University to study engineering.

Hanan Desta

Plans after graduation: Grand Rapids Community College, then Michigan State University to pursue a career in physical therapy

Lee High School top scholars

June 10, 2018; MLive

Lee High School announces the following top graduates for 2018:

Maira Hurtado

Plans after graduation: Maira plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College where she will study nursing, and wants to specialize in pediatrics.

Monica Paniague-Ramos

Plans after graduation: Monica plans to specialize in radiology at Grand Rapids Community College.

Maura Mendoza-Matias

Plans after graduation: Maura plans on attending Grand Rapids Community College and entering the nursing program.

Northview High School top grads

June 10, 2018; MLive

Northview High School announces the following top graduates for 2018:

Elizabeth Haveman

Plans after graduation: Elizabeth will first attend Grand Rapids Community College for one year and then transfer to Montana State University to study natural resources and rangeland sciences.

Chloe Warmuskerken

Plans after graduation: Chloe will attend Grand Rapids Community College before transferring to the University of Michigan to study nursing.

NorthPointe Christian High School top grads

June 10, 2018; MLive

NorthPointe Christian High School announces their top graduates for 2018:

Payton Rumsey

Plans after graduation: Payton plans to pursue an associate’s degree in business from Grand Rapids Community College and then pursue a bachelor’s degree in business from Ferris State University or Grand Valley State University.

Forest Hills Central High School top grads

June 10, 2018; MLive

Jason Ross

Activities and awards: National Merit finalist, National AP Scholar with distinction, NHS, Odyssey of the Mind, GRCC Outstanding Mathematics Student Award, Eagle Scout, wrestling, Venture Scouting, MMPC Top 200 and Mackinac Island Honor Guard.

Briggs follows brother on juco route; Speedy Central infielder commits to Grand Rapids CC

June 8, 2018; Traverse City Record-Eagle

TRAVERSE CITY — You may have seen this before.

… The TC Central all-conference second baseman (Sam Briggs) aims to follow in his brother’s footsteps and take a similar route to bigger things, committing to play at Grand Rapids Community College.

City approves free Medical Mile bus route

June 8, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A three-way pact providing fare-free public transit along Medical Mile now has city approval.

… The route includes stops near Spectrum Health, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine and the Bridge Street Market urban grocery store and café being built by Meijer and Rockford Construction on the West Side.

Grand Rapids Police Seek to Improve Trust With Community

June 10, 2018; U.S. News & World Report

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The Grand Rapids Police Department hopes to improve communication and problem solving with residents of the western Michigan city.

Community members are invited to two trust-building sessions scheduled June 27 at Grand Rapids Community College.

Jewish Theatre GR presents: “Olive and the Bitter Herbs”

June 9, 2018; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – It’s never too late to change your life. That is the moral of the story of a play being presented by the Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids presents this month.

… It’s being performed at Spectrum Theater at 160 Fountain St. NE, on the GRCC campus in downtown Grand Rapids. Performances will be on Thursday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m.

 

 

 

GRCC In the News, 5-31-18

‘This is a milestone’

May 30, 2018; Grand Haven Tribune

Central High School’s Class of 2018 received a standing ovation as they moved their tassels from right to left Tuesday night.

… (Angela) Bazan plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College. She is considering pursuing a future in business or marketing, but there are many options she could see applying herself to, she said.

10 finalists announced in sixth annual SmartArt

May 30, 2018; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – On Wednesday morning, representatives from Grand Rapids Public Schools, Consumers Energy, ArtPrize and the city of Grand Rapids announced the 10 finalists and their energy-related art work in the SmartArt competition. The finalists were selected by a panel of art professionals from Kendall College of Art & Design at Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University.

 

GRCC In the News, 5-23-18

MAPA announces 2018 MAPA Educational Development Scholarship Fund recipients

May 22, 2018; MotorAge

MAPA is pleased to announce the recipients of MAPA’s 2018 Educational Development Scholarship Fund have been chosen by Lansing’s Capital Region Community Foundation. Three (3) $1,000 scholarships were awarded, in addition to a $500 scholarship for the recipient of the 2018 Jud Morrison Memorial Achievement of Excellence Award. MAPA congratulates these very deserving students:

… Brooke Peckham, Sponsored by Auto-Wares Group of Companies located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Brooke will be a Junior enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Michigan in the fall of 2018 majoring in Human Resources Management to support the growing Car Care Industry. Brooke is the daughter of Charles and Merriea Lubben of Cedar Springs, Michigan. Brooke’s MAPA Educational Development Scholarship Fund scholarship is in conjunction with the University of the Aftermarket Foundation who supports careers within the automotive aftermarket industry field.

Brooke Peckham also was awarded the distinguished 2018 Jud Morrison Memorial Achievement of Excellence Award named in memory of MAPA co-founding father and past chairman of the board of directors, Justin H. Morrison. Brooke’s academic achievements and outstanding community service record exemplifies the high standards and commitment to excellence that Jud Morrison stood for.

Grandville Wins OK Red Conference Outright

May 22, 2018; MLive

The Grandville Bulldogs (22-4, 13-3) claimed an outright OK Red Conference Championship on Tuesday with a 10-0 victory over the East Kentwood Falcons on Senior Night. The Bulldogs shared the title last season but the twelve returners (nine seniors) from last season didn’t want to share this year. Grandville has posted a 13-3 conference record with two league games left on the schedule.

… The Grandville seniors honored on Senior Night:

Tommy Blitchok – 1B (attending University of Michigan), Bret Chesla – P (Albion College), Pat Clark – P (Davenport University), Trevor Gelfius – P (University of Alabama), Zac Fillmore – OF (Grand Valley State University), Keaton Hamilton – DH/P (Hope College), Seth Puhar – 3B (Grand Rapids Community College), Parker Sisovsky – P (Kalamazoo College), Spencer Woodruff – P (Michigan State University)

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson addresses trends and concerns for ‘boomers’ on bikes

May 22, 2018; michigan.gov (state press release)

Noting their disproportionate involvement in crashes, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson today encouraged baby boomers who ride a motorcycle or are thinking about it to take a returning-rider safety course, even if they rode in their younger days.

… The Michigan Rider Education Program first offered a three-wheeled vehicle safety course through a public sponsor in 2015.  This year, in a pilot program with Can-Am, 12 Can-Am Spyders have been loaned to three-wheeled vehicle rider education courses at Grand Rapids Community College and Schoolcraft College. Three-wheeled vehicle safety courses are also available through select private sponsors listed on the Michigan Rider Education Program training locator Web page.

Middle school girls receive empowering messages at Beautiful U

May 22, 2018; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) – If you could go back, what would you tell yourself in middle school? Empowering mind, body, and soul is what Maranda’s Beautiful U is all about! 140 seventh and eighth grade girls from five school districts across West Michigan came together for an afternoon of fun and education.

… An exciting part of Beautiful U is the tasty food and snacks! Secchia Institute for Culinary Education, Meijer, and Milk Means More partnered up to educate girls on what they need to fuel their bodies. Calcium and protein are extremely important for girls in the developmental teen and pre-teen years. With snacks like yogurt and cheese, girls got a healthy (and yummy) boost of nutrients they need.

Basketball player Zachary Pangborn is finalist for national award

Zachary Pangborn
Zachary Pangborn

GRCC student-athlete Zachary Pangborn is a finalist for a national award.

Pangborn, a basketball player who graduates from GRCC this summer, is one of only seven finalists for the 2018 Male Scholar-Athlete Award from the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators. The winners will be announced May 7. Criteria for the award includes high academic standing along with demonstrated leadership and citizenship.

“Zach showed extraordinary leadership on and off the court,” Coach Luke Bronkema said. “It’s fitting for him to represent not just the basketball team, but GRCC as a whole.”

Pangborn, a 2016 Northview High School graduate, shot 43.3 percent from the field and 38.3 percent from behind the arc as the GRCC Raiders’ third-highest scorer this season. Averaging 15.1 points per game, he finished the 2017-18 season with 39 steals, 108 assists and 545 points. He earned All-Western Conference Third Team honors and was named the District 9 Tournament MVP. GRCC had a 26-10 overall record and finished in 8th place at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament.

Pangborn, GRCC’s Donald R. Black Male Student-Athlete of the Year, has been accepted at Davenport University, where he will major in accounting and play basketball for the Panthers.

He credits Bronkema and GRCC Athletic Director Bill Firn with creating a culture focused on academics.

“They made sure we knew that the student comes first in student-athlete,” Pangborn said. “The professors at GRCC are awesome. They always were there to help me when I needed it. Their doors were always open. They helped me get to where I am today.”

GRCC In the News, 5-3-18

News 8 at 5 p.m.

May 2, 2018; WOOD TV

Grand Rapids Community College’s work in training the next generation of cybersecurity professionals is getting national recognition. The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security are the groups doling out the recognition. GRCC is one of two Michigan community colleges recently designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyberdefense. The program’s goal is to promote higher education and research in cyberdefense and train professionals with such expertise.

Tech firm adds to team

May 2, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A web and software development firm in Grand Rapids has added six new team members.

… (Ben) Buurstra worked as a full stack developer at a local health care organization for just under two years, specializes in C# and AngularJS and has been starting to work on mobile applications using Xamarin. He holds an associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College.

Dónde conseguir dinero y vivienda cuando eres estudiante

May 2, 2018; aldiadallas.com

Los estudiantes universitarios que no cuentan con un fondo de reserva se ven en una situación muy difícil cuando surgen gastos inesperados.

… Por ejemplo, Grand Rapids Community College en Grand Rapids, Michigan, ofrece ayuda a sus estudiantes que atraviesan por emergencias como pérdida de empleo, desalojo y corte de servicios públicos. El fondo ha otorgado ayuda por más de $78,000 en subvenciones y préstamos desde 2014, de acuerdo a Dave Murray, un vocero de la escuela.

(For example, Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, offers help to students who go through emergencies such as loss of employment, eviction and cutting of public services. The fund has awarded aid for more than $ 78,000 in grants and loans since 2014, according to Dave Murray, a school spokesperson.)

Mason Tidey brings a hockey player’s toughness to field for Sparta baseball team

May 2, 2018; MLive

SPARTA — Sparta senior Mason Tidey may not play hockey, but the Spartan catcher brings a hockey player’s mentality to the baseball diamond.

… Tidey also brings his outstanding work ethic to the classroom. He is in the top 10 for his class with a 4.14 grade-point average. Tidey will be attending Grand Rapids Community College, where he will be beginning a career in education.

 

 

Cybersecurity program earns national recognition

GRCC’s work in training the next generation of cybersecurity professionals is being recognized by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

GRCC is one of two Michigan community colleges recently designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense. The program’s goal is to promote higher education and research in cyberdefense and train professionals with such expertise.

“In practice, what this means is that Grand Rapids Community College delivers cybersecurity education on par with the best cybersecurity schools in the nation, and that we are working tirelessly to address a critical shortage of cybersecurity professionals in West Michigan and beyond,” said professor Andrew Rozema, head of the Computer Information Systems Department.

Cybersecurity and information security analysis jobs are in great demand in the state, with the number of jobs in the field expected to increase by 20 percent during the next 10 years, according to the Michigan Bureau of Labor Market Information.

In GRCC’s Center for CyberSecurity Studies, students have access to servers and networking equipment for hands-on work in systems administration, networking and cybersecurity. They also can gain experience through ethical hacking clubs.

Students who are interested in a cybersecurity career can earn a Pre-Information Security degree. But the cybersecurity courses are also required for the Network Administration degree.

At GRCC, cybersecurity is an interdisciplinary topic, Rozema said.

“Our IT staff works to ensure that the college practices what we teach, and our Business Department also covers cybersecurity in its curriculum,” he said.

This is just the latest nationally recognized credential for the Computer Information Systems Department. The CIS department was previously designated as an Academic Center of Excellence through the E-Commerce Council and the college’s partnerships with the Cisco Networking Academy, Palo Alto Networks, RedHat, CompTIA Academy, and Microsoft Imagine Academy allow it to offer enhanced training that’s highly sought by employers.

GRCC In the News, 5-2-18

Where college students can find emergency money and housing

May 1, 2018; ABC News

College students without a financial safety net are in a tough spot when unexpected costs arise.

… For example, at Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, assistance is available for students who face emergencies such as losing their job, eviction or utility shut-off. The fund has provided students with over $78,000 in grants and loans since 2014, according to Dave Murray, a school spokesperson.

(This article appeared in 99 other media outlets, including the Houston Chronicle and The New York Times.)

New schools chief worked his way up to leadership

April 27, 2018; schoolnewsnetwork.org (KISD newsletter)

Dream big, work hard and make it happen: That’s the mantra of Craig Hoekstra, a familiar face in the district, who this week was selected as the new superintendent.

Hoekstra is an example of turning that philosophy into reality. After deciding to leave his job as a linen delivery driver to pursue college, the 1990 Wyoming Park High School graduate worked as a night custodian at the former Newhall Junior High. He also took classes to get his associate’s degree at Grand Rapids Community College. From there he worked up the ranks as an educator and administrator, most recently as Wyoming’s associate superintendent for instructional services.

Kent ISD works to grow, bolster Adult Ed after taking over school programs

May 1, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A social worker and community outreach specialist are now working with Kent ISD’s Adult Education Program in its mission to help adults obtain the knowledge and skills for employment and self-sufficiency, officials say.

… Eight students in the program have completed Grand Rapids Community College’s Certified Nurse Assistant program.

GRCC Graduation Live

May 1, 2018;  WorldNews Network

Live from Grand Rapids Community College, the 2018 Commencement.

81 high school seniors honored at Kalamazoo RESA awards breakfast

April 30, 2018; MLive

KALAMAZOO, MI – Eighty-one Kalamazoo County high school seniors were honored at the annual Kalamazoo RESA Seniors Awards Breakfast on Thursday, April 26.

… Trevor Patterson

… College: Grand Rapids Community College
Career: Business

SpartanNash Scan Campaign To Support Special Olympics In Eight States

May 1, 2018; The Shelby Report (retail food industry newsletter)

The SpartanNash Foundation is launching its second companywide retail fundraising campaign of 2018. This campaign will support Special Olympics athletes and State Summer Games in Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. SpartanNash and its charitable giving arm are inviting store guests to join them in supporting Special Olympics through the retail scan campaign, which runs May 2-13.

… In Michigan, the Healthy Athlete is Kayla Cornell. Cornell has competed in Special Olympics since seventh grade, participating in gymnastics, alpine skiing, volleyball, swimming, track and field, poly hockey and softball. She is a graduate of Rockford High School and plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College. She is a manager at a local retail store, and as the SpartanNash Healthy Athlete of the Year, Cornell lives a healthy lifestyle by avoiding pop.