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Business Cafe looks at transferring, scholarships during November, December

Business Department faculty discuss various topics throughout the semester in the Business Cafe series. All the sessions are drop-in — and open to all students, not just those in business majors — so stay for 10 minutes or the entire time. Snacks are provided!

Here’s the schedule for November and December:

  • Pursuing a Law-Related Career — From 9:30-10:30 a.m. Nov. 1 in room 213 of Cook Hall, Professor Garry Brand will explore GRCC’s multiple paths to an undergraduate degree and law school. Representatives from Western Michigan University’s Cooley Law School will also answer questions.
  • Transfer Resources — From noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Business Tutorial Lab, associate professor Brent Spitler and professor Jeff Spoelman will share GRCC resources that can help you transition to your four-year school of choice. Representatives from business programs at many area institutions will also answer questions.
  • Careers in Accounting — Assistant professor Jennifer Knauf will discuss the requirements for an Associate of Business with an accounting major at GRCC as well as transfer requirements, from 11 a.m. to noon Nov. 14 in the Business Tutorial Lab. She will also look at accounting careers, CPA requirements and internships.
  • Academic Pathways — From 9-10 a.m. Nov. 15 in the Business Tutorial Lab, assistant professor Matheta Righa and Sarah Rose, director of the Occupational Support program, will look at resources that can help you decide which pathway and academic program is right for you. You’ll also have a chance to ask questions!
  • One Scholarship Application, Hundreds of Opportunities — Sarah Laycock, coordinator of scholarships and state financial aid, will share tips for making your scholarship application stand out, from noon to 1 p.m. Dec. 5 in the Business Tutorial Lab. You’ll also be able to begin the process of applying for GRCC scholarships during the session.

Business Cafe features resumes, marketing careers during September, October

Business Department faculty discuss various topics throughout the semester in the Business Cafe series. All the sessions are drop-in — and open to all students, not just those in business majors — so stay for 10 minutes or the entire time. Snacks are provided! The sessions are held in the Business Tutorial Lab (room 201 of Cook Hall).

Here’s the schedule for September and October:

  • Building a Better Resume — Professor Ann Alexander will cover the essentials of writing a professional and attention-getting resume from 3-4 p.m. Sept. 26. Bring in your resume for feedback!
  • Who Wants to Be a CPA? — From 1:30-2:30 p.m. Sept. 27, assistant professor Mark Jasonowicz will look at the licensing requirements to become a Certified Public Accountant in Michigan and will share advice on steps you can take now to accomplish this goal.
  • Davenport 3+1 — Professor Richard Barnhart and Davenport University representatives will discuss the 3+1 agreement between the two schools from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 2. Students in this type of program take three years’ worth of courses at GRCC and then transfer to Davenport for the final year.
  • Careers in Marketing and Management — Unlimited Earning Potential and Adventure! — From noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 8, professors Glenn Gelderloos and Felix Pereiro will talk about marketing and management careers that are in high demand. They will also provide individualized coaching to help you make the right decision on which career best fits your goals.
  • Entrepreneurship and Starting Your Own Business — The Incredible Journey Starts with You — Professor Felix Pereiro will focus on how to take your ideas and turn them into a successful business from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 15. You will also receive personalized coaching on your business idea.

GRCC In the News, 9-4-18

Public colleges requiring new students to complete sexual assault prevention training

Sept. 2, 2018; The Arab American News

LANSING — The state of Michigan recently established new legislation which mandates public universities to require in-person sexual assault prevention training for all new students by August 31.

… Some of the colleges that have taken the protocol into action are Grand Rapids Community College, Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, including the Dearborn and Flint campuses, and Western Michigan University.

With GED program, Heartside Ministry helps participants find their next steps

Aug. 31, 2018; mibiz.com

GRAND RAPIDS — Noble Johnson serves as an example of the success of Heartside Ministry’s GED program.

… He plans to enroll in Grand Rapids Community College next semester to study technology or business.

New Destiny Pathways: Woman helps girls in transition with home and hope

Sept. 2, 2018; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., — Nikeidra DeBarge was destined to make a difference in the lives of young people in West Michigan.

… (Whitney) Penn, who was homeless at the time, credits the non-profit for putting her and so many others on a different path. She’s now planning to attend Grand Rapids Community College with the dream of opening up a center for girls and boys in the foster care system in the future.

MCC volleyball team falls in four sets to league-leading GR Community College

Aug. 31, 2018; Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

The Muskegon Community College volleyball team faced off with league leading Grand Rapids Community College on Thursday and fell in four sets.

Red Hawk volleyball ready for next level

Sept. 2, 2018; The Herald-Palladium (St. Joseph)

BENTON TOWNSHIP — Lake Michigan College’s volleyball team is looking to turnaround its season in a big way after struggling last fall.

… (Coach Rob) Elliott named both Muskegon Community College and Grand Rapids Community College as top competitors in the Michigan Community College Athletic Associations Western Division.

Street Talk: Startup tackles used cars

Aug. 31, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… After 22 years, the Grand Awards is closing the curtains.

… Over the years, hundreds of theater performers have been honored at the prestigious event from different institutions such as Actors Theatre Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, Circle Theatre, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University and Cornerstone University.

GRCC In the News, 8-29-18

Glen Oaks volleyball falls in five sets

Aug. 28, 2018; Sturgis Journal

The Glen Oaks Community College’s volleyball team opened their home schedule with five-game loss to Grand Rapids Community College.

Jayhawks cruise to a three-set victory in volleyball over Lansing Community College

Aug. 28, 2018; Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

The Muskegon Community College volleyball squad cruised past Lansing Community College in three straight sets on Tuesday.

… The Jayhawks, who are now 4-2 on the season and 2-0 in conference play, will face Grand Rapids Community College on Thursday.

BCAR awards scholarships to CHS and QHS students

Aug. 28, 2018; The Daily Reporter (Coldwater)

BRANCH COUNTY — In April, The Branch County Association of REALTORS® held its fifth annual White Elephant Scholarship Auction which has been renamed The Cliffie Bowers Memorial Scholarship at The Broadway Grille in Coldwater.

… $500 SCHOLARSHIP TO COLDWATER HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES:

Kyle Truex enrolled at Kellogg Community College studying Business, Jamie Wellet attending Grand Rapids Community College for a Business degree, Porter Skidmore majoring in Business at Hope College and Drue Mullin studying Occupational Therapy at Olivet College.

Brian Daily, Julie Spahn, JaneAnn Benson receive Excellence in Education Awards

GRCC is honoring three employees for the impact their work has had on students.

The Excellence in Education Awards were established in 1989 to honor GRCC employees for their contributions to the college, higher education and the community. Brian Daily, coordinator of the Business Tutorial Lab, received the faculty award, while Julie Spahn, an instructor in the English Department, was honored with the adjunct award. JaneAnn Benson, director of the Phyllis Fratzke Childhood Learning Laboratory, received the staff award.

“Receiving one of these awards is an especially meaningful honor for our employees because the recipients are nominated by their peers,” President Bill Pink said. “The work that Brian, Julie and JaneAnn do changes our students’ lives.”

The students who come to GRCC’s Business Tutorial Lab are looking for an academic lifeline — one they find in Daily. His goal is to help students succeed not only with the assignment that brought them to the lab, but with all the classes they will take at GRCC. He also launched the Business Cafe series of drop-in workshops in which students learn about careers, transfer options and GRCC resources.

As an instructor in GRCC’s Early/Middle College program, Spahn advocates for her students, making sure they can do their best work and encouraging them to take advantage of the facilities, programs and resources at GRCC. Colleagues say she constantly finds new ways to make her classes engaging and relevant to her students, whether it’s having them write about a March Madness basketball game or creating a game to teach information literacy.

In addition to working with GRCC’s youngest group of learners in the preschool program, Benson is an adjunct instructor in the Child Development program. She challenges both sets of students to do — and be — their best, colleagues say, noting that many of them return to seek her guidance even after they graduate. Her work in developing the state-of-the-art Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory took her around the world to investigate best practices. Under her direction, the preschool was the first center to achieve a 5 rating, the highest possible under Michigan’s Star Rating System.

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GRCC In the News, 8-21-18

Grand Rapids and GRCC recruiting suppliers

Aug. 20, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

An event downtown this week aims to recruit local suppliers and subcontractors to strengthen and grow the West Michigan economy.

Representatives of the purchasing departments at Grand Rapids Community College and the City of Grand Rapids will discuss opportunities for future contracts during their Build With Us event this Thursday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at GRCC’s Sneden Hall, at 435 E. Fulton St., room 108.

GRPS students head back to school two weeks before Labor Day

Aug. 20, 2018; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Thousands of West Michigan students are heading back to school, today, for the first day of the new year. District leaders, at Grand Rapids Public Schools, are celebrating a lot of new things, including the new Museum High School and a $13 million renovation at Buchanan Elementary.

… The (Early Middle College) program started last year with 50 freshman and will add 25 new students this year. Those students take college courses and will spend an additional year in high school. When they’re done they will have a high school diploma and an Associate’s Degree from Grand Rapids Community College. District officials say the earlier school year gives them the best chance at success.

East Kentwood Middle College provides higher education opportunities to students

Aug. 20, 2018; WZZM

KENTWOOD, Mich. – Students in the Kentwood Public Schools District have a new opportunity for the 2018 school year.

… The (Early Middle College) program works through Grand Rapids Community College and allows students to graduate with a high school diploma, transferable college credits, and an Associate of Arts degree starting in the 10th grade.

PHOTOS: Local REALTORS® support the education future of area students

Aug. 20, 2018; WTVB

In April, The Branch County Association of REALTORS® (BCAR) held its fifth annual White Elephant Scholarship Auction which has been renamed The Cliffie Bowers Memorial Scholarship at The Broadway Grille in Coldwater.

… $500 scholarship checks were presented to Coldwater High School graduates: Kyle Truex enrolled at Kellogg Community College studying Business, Jamie Wellet attending Grand Rapids Community College for a Business degree, Porter Skidmore majoring in Business at Hope College and Drue Mullin studying Occupational Therapy at Olivet College.

 

GRCC In the News, 7-19-18

JR Automation to invest $4 million in Holland expansion

July 18, 2018; mibiz.com

HOLLAND — JR Automation Technologies LLC plans to invest $4 million into its facility in Holland Charter Township.

… As part of the investment, the Lansing-based Michigan Economic Development Corp. awarded the company a performance-based $800,000 Michigan Strategic Fund grant. Zeeland-based Lakeshore Advantage assisted the firm in working with local resources at Grand Rapids Community College and West Michigan Works!, according to a statement.

Plan ahead and check out Restaurant GR Week Menus for 2018

July 18, 2018; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – We’re just three weeks away from the kickoff of Restaurant Week GR 2018.

… RWGR not only promotes the Greater Grand Rapids culinary scene but has also provided over $143,000 to students through an endowed scholarship fund at the Grand Rapids Community College Secchia Institute for Culinary Education. Participating locations donate $1 for every Restaurant Week GR meal sold.

4 Democrats vie for Kent County Commission’s 12th District seat

July 18, 2081; MLive

KENTWOOD, MI — With longtime Kent County Commissioner Harold Mast not seeking reelection, a host of new challengers have entered the fray for the seat covering parts of Kentwood and Wyoming.

… (Katy) Steele-Barone, 36, is a graduate of Grand Rapids Community College, where she studied criminal justice and business administration. She currently serves on the board of the Wyoming Housing Commission.