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GRCC, municipalities team up on Public Works Summer Camp

GRCC has teamed up with area municipalities on a new camp that will have kids digging, building and organizing projects as a team.

The Public Works Camp will take seventh- to ninth-graders through activities and tours of various municipalities to learn about public works careers and the vital role they play in our communities.

Campers will see Grand Rapids’ traffic control center, learning how the flux of vehicles and pedestrians is monitored and handled and will check out the views from the city’s traffic cameras. They will also:

  • Build a project in the GRCC lab.
  • Take part in a water main break simulation with public works employees.
  • Tour the Grand Rapids Water Filtration facility.
  • Interact with big machines like street sweepers, dump trucks, plows and sewer equipment.

To develop — and run — the new camp, GRCC has teamed up with:

  • The cities of Grand Rapids, Kentwood and Grand Haven.
  • The road commissions in Kent, Muskegon and Van Buren counties.
  • The Michigan Department of Transportation.
  • Prein & Newhof.
  • Rowe Professional Services Co.

“This is an impressive group of community partners eager to share public works careers with students,” said Julie Parks, GRCC’s executive director of Workforce Training. “They will be conducting the tours, opening their facilities, showcasing careers and donating the use of their equipment.”

People in public works careers make a difference in the lives of citizens, said James Hurt, public services director for the city of Grand Rapids.

“A career in public works provides many rewarding opportunities to make a difference in the health, quality of life and well-being of our communities, from delivering high-quality drinking water to maintaining street systems, sidewalks, and parks,” he said. “In addition to earning a competitive salary and benefits with a great work-life balance, jobs in public works offer security, opportunity for advancement, professional development, a chance to work with your hands, and, in many cases, time outdoors — without requiring a four-year college degree. ”

The Public Works Camp, for students who will be entering seventh through ninth grades, will run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 17 to 20 at Tassell M-TEC, 622 Godfrey Ave. SW. Lunch is included in the cost, which is $35 for Grand Rapids residents, $55 for Kent County residents and $70 for residents outside of Kent County. You can register online.

GRCC In the News, 6-21-17

High school students attend weeklong police academy

June 20, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Several West Michigan high school students are spending the first week of summer break training for their future.

… The program is backed by the police departments in East Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Grand Rapids, Grandville, Rockford, Walker and Wyoming, as well as the Grand Valley Department of Public Safety, Michigan State Police Rockford Post, Kent County Sheriffs office and Grand Rapids Community College Department of Public Safety.

Trump’s food stamp cuts would have ‘huge impact’ in West Michigan

June 20, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Imagine living on a budget of only $1.39 per meal. Now scale that back to $1.04 for each meal.

… She (Molly Kooi) enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College in 2015 and then Grand Valley State University in 2016, where she is pursuing a major in health communication. Kooi still works part-time for Goodwill, but between her class load and taking care of her son, she can typically only work one or two shifts each week.

GRCC In the News, 6-20-17

Grand Rapids Restaurant Week expands to include lunch

June 19, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Restaurant Week Grand Rapids is expanding to include lunch, organizers announced Monday, June 19.

… Since 2010, Restaurant Week participating restaurants and sponsors have contributed over $110,000 to the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education’s Student Scholarship Fund at Grand Rapids Community College.

East Grand Rapids elects new chair, vice chair for Parks Commission

June 19, 2017; MLive

The East Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Commission has named two longtime residents as their new chair and vice chair for 2017-2018.

… (Rick) Sprague, who received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in public administration from Grand Valley State University, works as a transportation planner for the Kent County Road Commission and as an adjunct professor at Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC In the News, 6-19-17

City launches initiative for racial equity

June 16, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss promised in her 2016 State of the City address that she would focus on racial equity, and she intends to keep her word.

Bliss and Bill Pink, president of Grand Rapids Community College, sent out invitations this month calling for community leaders to join a group that will address racial disparities in the local workforce.

First class of GRPS Challenge Scholars aims for free college

June 16, 2017; therapidian.org

Francisco McKnight just finished his freshman year at Union High School, but he’s already thinking ahead to college. That’s due in large part to the fact that, as a Challenge Scholar, he’s guaranteed up to four years tuition-free at nearly 50 Michigan colleges if he keeps his grades and attendance up.

… Others in Union’s freshman class could qualify for up to two years tuition-free at Grand Rapids Community College under the program, which aims to help students from low-income families go to college. But all students still have three years left to qualify for the four-year award.

Delays help City Built find its niche

June 16, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

When Edwin Collazo and Dave Petroelje first announced City Built Brewing Co. in fall 2015, the brewing industry was a different beast.

… Collazo used to live, as a freshman at Grand Rapids Community College, in the Belknap Lookout area, and never imagined the Sackner Building, where the brewery is, would be the place he works.

Restaurant Week GR 2017 Returns with a New Twist

June 8, 2017; experiencegr.com

Mark your calendar and get ready to make your plans because Restaurant Week GR 2017 is only a couple of months away! Back for its eighth year, Restaurant Week GR delights diners as they try new restaurants as well as new dishes at old favorites. Now is the time to check out who’s participating.

… If you’re still not convinced that Restaurant Week GR is the best thing to hit your taste buds, here’s another reason to dine out. Each year, Restaurant Week GR partners with the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education Student Scholarship Fund at Grand Rapids Community College, donating $1 from each meal to the program. To date, Restaurant Week GR has contributed over $110,000 to its endowed scholarship fund, which benefits the future chefs of West Michigan.

GRCC In the News, 6-15-17

Grand Rapids seeking new principals for Ottawa Hills, City high schools

June 14, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Public Schools has launched a national search to find the next principal of Ottawa Hills High Schools, and will also be searching for a new leader for its International Baccalaureate program, City High Middle School.

… The next Ottawa Hills principal will take the reins as the district launches its first Middle College program in partnership with Grand Rapids Community College. The program allows students to earn both a diploma and associate’s degree by committing to a fifth year of high school.

GRCC In the News, 6-14-17

Grand Rapids nonprofit renovates new houses for the homeless

June 13, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A local nonprofit that provides low-cost housing to those who are homeless in the community is expanding its presence in Grand Rapids.

… Training funded through the new grant will include lead safety, dust containment, zero waste goals and renewable energy sources. The grant also funds sustainability workshops for tenants and neighbors, peer-to-peer mentoring and connects tenants to Grand Rapids Community College’s residential construction program.

First Lady Snyder announces members of Campus Sexual Assault Workgroup

June 13, 2017; uppermichiganssource.com

LANSING, Mich. (WLUC) – First Lady Sue Snyder today announced the members who will serve on the Campus Sexual Assault Workgroup tasked with developing resources for assault survivors.

… Kimberly DeVries of Hudsonville is the director of equal opportunity compliance and is the Title IX coordinator at Grand Rapids Community College. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and telecommunications from the University of Georgia and earned a law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law. She will represent Title IX coordinators.