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Tassell M-TEC hosts CWDA Rally

GRCC’s Tassell M-TEC hosted the annual CWDA (Construction Workforce Development Alliance) Rally this week.

The rally, created by the Associated Builders and Contractors Western Michigan Chapter, American Subcontractors Association of Michigan  and Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids,  gathers commercial and residential construction professionals to celebrate the industry and raise funds to inspire and attract young people to the construction industry.  Much of the money raised at this event goes to scholarships for students interested in GRCC’s Construction Jump Start program.

This year’s event drew 20 three-person teams who competed in six fun events.  The team from Dan Vos Construction was this year’s rally winner.

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GRCC In the News, 2-5-18

Construction workers are in a constant state of training

Feb. 2, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The construction industry relies on continuing education.

… (President Norm) Brady said ABC works with Grand Rapids Community College, where more than 300 future electricians are enrolled in its apprenticeship program at the M-Tec Center. Upon completion of the coursework, students will receive a license from the U.S. Department of Labor.

GRCC retiree Ellen James honored as 2018 Giant Among Giants

Feb. 4, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Most students on the Grand Rapids Community College campus don’t even know the names of members of the school’s Board of Trustees.

The Vibrance of Veverly Austin

Feb. 2, 2018; Women’s Lifestyle magazine

When Veverly Austin walks into a room, she commands it. Her dynamic personality and welcoming smile draws her audience in, and as she speaks of her accomplishments, her eyes reflect the passion and excitement that made it all possible. Though she radiates confidence, it took years of practice and self-reassurance to get to where she is today.

… In 2017, Austin received the W.W. Plummer Humanitarian of the Year award from Grand Rapids Community College for her outstanding service to the West Michigan community. She also recently received a Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses award as well as a Giant award. This year, Austin will host the Giant Awards.

MiBiz Growth Report: Feb. 5, 2018

Feb. 4, 2018; mibiz.com

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Feb. 5, 2018

… Expansion: Walker-based Axis Company LLC plans to invest $4 million into a new facility. The automation provider expects to create 50 jobs in West Michigan when it builds the new plant at an undisclosed location in Kent County, according to a statement from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. Axis received a performance-based $400,000 Michigan Business Development Program grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund, as well as $125,000 via the Michigan New Jobs Training Program from Grand Rapids Community College. The company specializes in designing, programming and building robotic automation and assembly equipment. The Right Place Inc., a Grand Rapids-based economic development organization, helped Axis facilitate incentives for the project.

Change Ups: Hastings introduces wireless temperature probe

Feb. 2, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… Business Services

… The Right Place Inc. appointed new board members to the 2018 Right Place board of directors, with its leadership remaining unchanged. Reappointed officers: chair, Brian Walker, Herman Miller; vice chair, Sean Welsh, PNC Financial Services and treasurer, Mitch Joppich, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Executive committee appointments: Richard P. Haslinger, West Michigan Region Chase. New board appointments: Wayman Britt, Kent County, Jeff Needham, Consumer Healthcare-Americas, Perrigo Co.; Bill Pink, Grand Rapids Community College; Garrick Rochow, Consumers Energy; Rob Spohr, Montcalm Community College; and Bob Wolford, Miller Johnson.

Opera Grand Rapids Announces STABAT MATER and FOUR SACRED SONGS

Feb. 3, 2018; Broadway World Detroit

Opera Grand Rapids announces upcoming performances of STABAT MATER by Gioachino Rossini and FOUR SACRED SONGS by Giuseppe Verdi on Saturday, March 24 – 3:00 PM at Christ Memorial Church, Holland and Sunday, March 25 – 7:30 PM at First Park Congregational Church, Grand Rapids.

… Soloists:

… Jon Lovegrove | Tenor

Tenor Jon Lovegrove has recently performed with GVSU Opera Theatre as Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi), the Kent Philharmonic Orchestra as Rodolfo (La Bohème), and with Opera Grand Rapids as Shem (Noah’s Flood) and Remendado (Carmen). He has been a member of the OGR chorus since 2007. In that time, he has appeared in multiple productions, including I Dream, Rigoletto, and The Barber of Seville. He is one of OGR’s Emerging Artists and has also performed the role of Timothy in 2nd Act Opera’s production of Help, Help, the Globolinks! Mr. Lovegrove was a soloist for the Michigan premier of Benjamin Britten’s The World of the Spirit with the Evangelical Choral Society in 2013. He has performed with the ECS on multiple other occasions. Mr. Lovegrove holds an Associate’s Degree in Vocal Performance from Grand Rapids Community College. While pursuing that degree, he was a member of the Grand Rapids Community College Choir, Madrigal Singers, and Shades of Blue Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

From state prison to state capitol

Feb. 3, 2018; Traverse City Record-Eagle

GRAND RAPIDS — Salvador Gutierrez knew he had hit rock bottom when he landed in prison on a couple of drug charges.

… Gutierrez moved to Grand Rapids, where he also is enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College and is working on a degree in industrial technology. He plans to get into an apprenticeship program and work toward getting his journeyman’s card.

MHSAA facing severe official shortage

2/3/18 WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — An umpiring clinic was held at Grand Rapids Community College Saturday to help sharpen fundamentals and mechanics of the state’s officials.

Student learns by doing with Introduction to Construction program

Teresa Phillips knew what she wanted to do. As a Rockford High School student, she was sure she wasn’t interested in traditional college, but she also knew she would need more training to be successful. Fortunately, her counselor was determined to find the right program for her.

“I want to flip houses for a living,” Phillips said. “My counselor came to me with information on GRCC’s Job Training construction programs, and it was just what I was looking for.

“I took the Intro to Construction program first. John Doane, the instructor, took his time to make sure every student understood the topics. Most of the time, we were learning by doing. We didn’t spend too much time sitting in the classroom.”

After completing that program, Phillips wanted more, so she signed up for GRCC’s Residential Construction program.

“I had experience with the basics, but this program really gave me the big picture of residential building – just what I need to know!” she said.

Residential Construction and other GRCC Job Training programs begin every few months, so you don’t have to wait. The next session starts Feb. 19. Free information sessions are held 10 a.m. every Monday at Tassell M-TEC, 622 Godfrey Ave. SW. Registration is not required but is appreciated. If this is not convenient for you, call (616) 234-3800 to set up an appointment.

GRCC In the News, 1-3-18

Medical assistant apprenticeship success catalyst for others in region

Dec. 29, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The success of West Michigan’s Medical Assistant Registered Apprenticeship Program has gotten national attention and is the catalyst for developing other healthcare apprenticeships.

… The Medical Assistant apprenticeship emerged after Mercy Health officials reached out to representatives of Grand Rapids Community College to discuss how to meet the high demand for workers.

Upping the Entry Degree

Jan. 2, 2018; Inside Higher Ed

Community colleges across the country are examining possible new requirements for occupational therapy assistants to get more education, which could result in the elimination of occupational therapy programs on their campuses.

… At Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan, where about 25 students enroll annually in the institution’s occupational therapy assistant program, officials are against increasing the education requirements.

Exec predicts two-year construction boom

Dec. 22, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The construction boom still has a couple years left on it, based on Ben Wickstrom’s predictions. The president of Erhardt Construction said his company has a steady supply of work going to 2018 and even 2019.

… Erhardt, in collaboration with ABC/WMC, has worked with Grand Rapids Community College to develop training programs for the skilled trades. The company also is starting to branch out into Grand Rapids Public Schools.

Kalamazoo Township to swear in new police chief on Jan. 5

Dec. 28, 2017; MLive

KALAMAZOO TOWNSHIP, MI — Lt. Bryan Ergang will be sworn in as chief of the Kalamazoo Township Police Department on Jan. 5.

… He has an associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College, a bachelor’s degree from Siena Heights College, and a master’s degree in public administration from Western Michigan University. He is also a recent graduate of the prestigious FBI Nation Academy.

Kendra DeJonge, GRCC volleyball player earns national recognition

Dec. 28, 2017; The Rockford Squire

A freshman player on Grand Rapids Community College’s volleyball team has received national recognition.

Lakeview’s Vellanti wins MHSFCA Assistant Coach of the Year Award

Dec. 29, 2017; The Daily News (Greenville)

LAKEVIEW — Assistant coaches don’t volunteer their time to win awards and accolades, but that doesn’t mean they don’t enjoy them if and when they come about.

… A former Lakeview graduate, (Ryan) Vellanti went to college at Grand Rapids Community College and Aquinas College. He graduated college in 2000 and was promptly hired in 2001 at Lakeview as a teacher and a coach.

Liberty’s 4 newcomers add bulk to lines

Dec. 28, 2017; Salina Journal (Kan.)

The Salina Liberty beefed up the offensive and defensive lines with the signing of four newcomers for the 2018 season.

… (Dana) Harris, who’s 6-3, 318 pounds, is a Detroit native and played at Grand Rapids Community College (Mich.) and Youngstown State.

College honoring African-American leaders

Dec. 29, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local college is honoring 12 African-American leaders for their “exceptional contributions” to the quality of life in Grand Rapids.

The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion at Grand Rapids Community College is hosting its 36th-annual Giants Awards and Banquet at 6 p.m. on Feb. 3 at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, at 303 Monroe Ave. NW.

Neighborhoods: Grand Rapids

Dec. 19, 2017; pridesource.com

Named one of the Gayest Cities in America by The Advocate magazine in 2012, Grand Rapids became the 36th city in the state of Michigan to add protections for the LGBT community in its non-discrimination ordinance. This fair and equitable treatment has made Grand Rapids an even more inviting place for young, bright, creative-minded professionals.

… The city’s commitment to helping the LGBT community flourish is reflected in educational settings such as the Grand Rapids Community College which passed a transgender policy allowing students and staff to use the bathroom or locker room of the gender with which they identify. The inclusive Grand Valley State University was recently named one of the top 50 colleges or universities in the country when it comes to being LGBT-friendly.

Lance Werner: LJ’s 2018 Librarian of the Year

Jan. 2, 2018; Library Journal

If you ask Lance Werner, executive director of the Kent District Library (KDL), MI, what makes him a strong leader, an effective legislative advocate, and a champion of access for his patrons, his answer is simple: it’s all about forming relationships — with his staff, legislators, local business owners and CEOs, county commissioners, Michigan Library Association (MLA) administrators, LIS educators, patrons, and anyone else in a 100-mile radius. Ask him again, and he’ll bring up words such as kindness and empathy and that he loves his job.

… Local organizations, including the Literacy Center of West Michigan (LCWM), the Kent Intermediate School District, and Steelcase Corporation, have actively partnered with the library to help implement the program, as well as a collaboration between Grand Rapids Community College and KDL to provide all-ages STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics) programming.

Man sentenced in Hookah Lounge shooting that killed 22-year-old

Dec. 26, 2017; MLive

GRAND HAVEN, MI — The man convicted in the Sept. 2016 shooting death of 22-year-old Anthony Lamb will spend at least the next two decades in state prison.

… Lamb was a 2013 Holland V.R. Tech School graduate who went on to attend Grand Rapids Community College before getting a job at Port City Muskegon Casting, according to his obituary.

18 Grand Rapids Resolutions for 2018

Jan. 2, 2018; experiencegr.com (Grand Rapids Convention & Visitors Bureau website)

Happy New Year! As you think about the coming year and start vacation (or staycation) planning, Grand Rapids needs to be on your radar. With an endless calendar of events, live music all year long, and a dining scene that rivals cities twice our size, there’s something for everyone.

… 14.  Savor local cuisine during Restaurant Week GR
The foodie sensation, Restaurant Week GR, is a city-wide celebration of local restaurants, innovative cuisine, and homegrown produce. It’s the perfect time to try a new restaurant or visit an old favorite. And, as Grand Rapids isn’t one to skimp on food, our celebrated week of dining is actually 12 days long. If you needed another reason to check out even more Restaurant Week GR venues, this 12-day food celebration is all for a good cause. A portion of sales from every meal goes toward the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education Student Scholarship Fund at Grand Rapids Community College.

Classes resume in West Michigan

Jan. 2, 2018; WOOD Radio

Back to school! Most students will return to class on Monday next week, but some Lakeshore districts start on Thursday to accommodate the likelihood of more snow days. A few colleges and high schools start the spring semester later in January, and offer a very short program of concentrated instruction.

… Grand Rapids Community College: Classes begin Monday, January 8.

Medical Mile: a vision for change in Grand Rapids

Dec. 29, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Thirty years ago, Grand Rapids stood at a crossroads after more than a century as a manufacturing hub for the furniture and the auto industries, the city’s job sectors were changing. Thousands of manufacturing jobs were in decline or moving elsewhere, taking a once vibrant and dynamic economy with them. Our lively, postwar downtown filled with restaurants, shops and small businesses slowly was becoming a ghost town. There simply was not enough business to keep them open. Like many industrial cities in the late 20th century, Grand Rapids was a city in need of creative thought leaders who didn’t adhere to the status quo. Some feared we didn’t have what it would take to turn things around. They were wrong.

… Following the building of the institute, philanthropists, nonprofit entities and private-sector enterprises began showing renewed interest in the Michigan Street corridor, building academic institutions, hospitals and businesses. Together with Grand Valley State University, Spectrum Health, Mercy Health, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Michigan State University and many others, we have created a powerful source for economic growth, collaboration and continued development in the heart of Grand Rapids.

(This is a guest column written by David Van Andel, chairman and CEO of the Van Andel Institute.)

GRCC In the News, 12-4-17

GRCC’s economic impact tops $447M

Dec. 1, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A recent economic impact study found Grand Rapids Community College had a total impact of $447.7 million on Kent and Ottawa counties in the 2015-16 fiscal year.

Partnership helps refugees find construction jobs

Dec. 1, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The construction industry in West Michigan is experiencing a skilled worker shortage, leaving some companies unable to adequately staff projects.

… To join the program, refugees were required to have some basic conversational skills to understand the curriculum. The Literacy Center provided testing, and a group of 20 eligible refugees was identified. Students began classes in March, two days per week at the Grand Rapids Community College M-TEC building. An NCCER-certified instructor and a Literacy Center ESL teacher taught the classes. In addition to being taught NCCER Core Curriculum, students also received an OSHA-10 card.

New reporter starts at Sidney Herald

Dec. 2, 2017; Sidney Herald (Mont.)

My (Nicole Hoffman) interest in journalism started at a very young age. I was one of six students in my eighth grade class to volunteer for the after school newspaper, a term I would use loosely in that situation. It was a brochure style piece of paper that got passed out once a month that you’d normally find scattered on the floors, thrown into trash cans or used to make paper airplanes and spit wads.

… I went to Grand Rapids Community College from 2006 until 2009. I spent a year as a staff writer for The Collegiate, the newspaper at GRCC.

GRCC In the News, 9-13-17

West Michigan colleges respond to DACA repeal

Sept. 12, 2017; The Holland Sentinel

West Michigan colleges are reiterating their support for all students in the wake of the announcement that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought to this country illegally as children, will be repealed.

… Grand Rapids Community College also affirmed its support of DACA students.

USGBC Names LEED Homes Award Winners

Sept. 12, 2017; proudgreenbuilding.com

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced the recipients of its annual LEED Homes Awards, which recognizes projects, architects, developers and homebuilders who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and innovation in the residential green building marketplace.

… Outstanding Affordable Developer Builder / Developer: Habitat for Humanity, Kent County, Mich.

In 2016 Kent County’s Habitat for Humanity chapter built 15 homes earning LEED certification — 10 receiving Gold and five Silver. To date, Habitat Kent has built 158 LEED-certified homes. On average, Habitat Kent’s LEED certified homes save homeowners $67.12 per month over an average Michigan home. Habitat Kent also partners with Grand Rapids Public School and Grand Rapids Community College to provide professional green construction experience to the next generation workforce.

Kellogg Community College volleyball experiencing resurgence with best start since 2010-11

Sept. 12, 2017; Battle Creek Enquirer

Even though it’s ‘Cornflake U,’ Emily Delmotte doesn’t sugarcoat it.

… KCC third-year head coach Tom VanWienen has made an emphasis on recruiting some of the top Battle Creek area volleyball players to keep up with other programs in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association like Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo that have larger pools of high school talent to recruit from.