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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protects hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought to this country illegally as children, will be repealed.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.

ESL/CNC Machining program wins award

Luis Hernandez, wearing safety goggles on top of his head, smiles.
Luis Hernandez

A GRCC program that combines English as a Second Language coursework with technical skills training recently received an award from a state organization.

The Michigan Association of Continuing Education and Training gave its 2017 Special Project Award to GRCC’s ESL/CNC Precision Machining program. GRCC teamed up with the Hispanic Center of West Michigan and the Literacy Center of West Michigan to develop the program, which launched in spring 2016.

Julie Parks, GRCC’s executive director of Workforce Training, said the course directly addresses two concerns: area employers’ need for skilled workers and high unemployment rates for people with only basic proficiency in English.

“In West Michigan, although the unemployment rate is about 3 percent, there are many neighborhoods in our community that have higher unemployment rates or have significant numbers of individuals who are in minimum- or low-wage jobs,” she said.

“We knew that if we could find a way to get individuals from these neighborhoods into GRCC skilled trades programs, we could make a difference.”

Roberto Torres, the Hispanic Center’s executive director, organized a community meeting to discuss training possibilities. Those attending were interested in CNC precision machining skills. Chad Patton, the Literacy Center of West Michigan’s customized workplace English manager, brought expertise in occupational English skill integration to work with the GRCC team, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation provided funding.

Of the 15 people who entered the program in spring 2016, 14 completed it and all received either new jobs or jobs with higher wages.

“Our instructional team from the college and the Literacy Center worked closely with our career coach/navigators and job developers,” said John VanElst, GRCC Pathways to Success program manager. “We learned when to offer the training and what skill sets to focus on. This program helps individuals accelerate learning English while, at the same time, gaining valuable workplace skills.

The ESL/CNC Machining program continues and two other programs have been added: ESL/Certified Nursing Assistant and ESL/Construction.

Luis Hernandez admits he was nervous about signing up for the ESL/CNC Machining program.

“I thought to myself: ‘What have I gotten into?’” he said. “But I really liked the program. The class was nice and small. We all worked easily together, and the instructor was so helpful and supportive.”

“This program changed my life. It opened doors for me and now I am a machine apprentice. I feel like now I have a career, not just a job.”

Parks says the program wouldn’t have been possible without community collaboration: “This was a great opportunity for us to work with some outstanding community partners to bring all the pieces together and, with the support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, we were able to accomplish it!”

GRCC In the News, 8-3-17

Housing advocates get $500K grants for neighborhood projects

Aug. 2, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — LINC Up and Habitat for Humanity of Kent County are getting $500,000 each for affordable housing projects in the city’s southeast and southwest neighborhoods from NeighborWorks America’s Project Reinvest: Neighborhoods.

LINC Up will use the funding to build five affordable homes in the Madison Square Neighborhood in partnership with Grand Rapids Community College’s MTEC construction program, according to an Aug. 2 announcement of the awards.

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Aug. 2, 2017; Community College Daily

DeVos visits Grand Rapids Community College to promote training

Detroit Free Press

From sampling the slow-cooked brisket at the Peter Secchia Institute for Culinary Education to talking with grade school kids participating in a summer camp that teaches construction skills, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos returned to Michigan this week to continue her promotion of education that goes beyond traditional public schools and universities.

Not your average student: Colleges and nonprofits prep workers for construction trades

RapidGrowthmedia.com

It’s almost impossible to pick what your average student looks like, says Scott Mattson, job training manager at Grand Rapids Community College (Michigan).

What’s In a Name?

Aug. 2, 2017; Women’s Lifestyle magazine

For Abigail Yoo, names have the power to boldly define who we are.

… Yoo left home after high school and began working full time to support herself. A few years down the road, she enrolled at GRCC. Having started a retail business with her husband, she took a number of business classes. Her passion for art eventually motivated her to take courses in art history and technique.

Brewery Vivant Escoffier Farmhouse Wild Ale to be re-released on August 6

Aug. 2, 2017; beerpulse.com

(Grand Rapids, MI) — Brewery Vivant set to re-release the beloved Escoffier beer on Sunday August 6, in conjunction with Restaurant Week Grand Rapids and the official announcement of new Executive Chef, Chris Vander Meer. Escoffier is a mixed culture farmhouse wild ale and the next in the Plein de Vie (full of life) series of wood and wild beers. First brewed in 2012 as a collaboration between Brewery Vivant and New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, CO) as a straight brettanomyces fermentation, Escoffier was later proclaimed one of the Best Beers in the World by Draft Magazine. This years re-release was cellared for over a year to let the flavors properly develop and presents with a deep orange-red hue, brett fruity-funkiness on the nose and a slightly spicy fruity character on the sip. It clocks in at 11.2% ABV.

… Chef (Chris) Vander Meer has been cooking with Brewery Vivant since 2011 and progressing into the role of Sous Chef and most recently Chef de Cuisine. After earning a degree in culinary arts from Grand Rapids Community College, Vander Meer traveled and gained experience along the Maine coastline. He returned to Grand Rapids honing his craft in kitchens around the city. He brings a wealth of experience, attention to detail, and passion for excellence with him into his new role at the brewery. “We’re happy to have Vander’s leadership in the back of the house.” Says Jason Spaulding, President and Owner of Brewery Vivant, “He understands how to take locally-sourced, quality ingredients and turn them into wonderful dishes.”

What Kitchen 67 is serving up for Restaurant Week GR

Aug. 2, 2017; FOX 17

Restaurant Week GR is approaching quickly, getting ready to show off the best dishes from 70 restaurants in the Grand Rapids area.

… For every meal sold, each restaurant will donate $1 to the Secchia Institute of Culinary Education Student Scholarship Fund at Grand Rapids Community College.

 

 

GRCC In the News, 7-27-17

Victim ID’d as former athlete

July 25, 2017; The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, Ind.)

When Tyon Woods was killed Saturday night just before midnight, he was leaving the annual family block party at Hanna Homestead Park at East Lewis and Chute streets.

(Tyon Woods was a former GRCC student.)

Not your average student: Colleges and nonprofits prep workers for construction trades

July 26, 2017; rapidgrowthmedia.com

“It’s almost impossible to pick what your average student looks like,” says Scott Mattson, job training manager at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC). Referring to the college’s construction and electrician training programs, Mattson echoes a sentiment of the construction industry in general: the workforce is constantly evolving. Despite shifting with technology and the economy, construction is a sector that remains constant in one vital area: the need for professional, skilled workers.

A more diverse Grand Rapids Fire Department embodied by 2017 recruits

July 26, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – From a young age, Ashley Deyo was immersed in the world of public safety. Raised by her firefighter father, she was encouraged to follow in his footsteps into a career dominated by men.

… During his interview for the Grand Rapids fire chief job, (John) Lehman said he learned city officials shared his desire to further diversify the fire department. With a similar goal in mind for the police department, the city hosted neighborhood meetings and a joint recruitment night at Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC In the News, 7-10-17

Change Ups: Delabbio retires

July 7, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… EDUCATION

Carlos Sanchez was appointed to Grand Rapids Community College’s board of trustees. Sanchez is director of the Latino Business and Economic Development Center at Ferris State University.

New initiatives emerge to address West Michigan’s housing crisis

July 9, 2017; mibiz.com

While West Michigan’s affordable housing crisis may pale in comparison to situations in other larger metro areas, disparate groups are taking a hands-on approach to the problem.

… “(Construction) is not as diverse as it ought to be,” (Jeremy) DeRoo said, adding LINC UP is working with Grand Rapids Community College to break down the cultural barriers associated with the industry. “When you give them more in-depth training, by the time they show up on a job site, they know what it looks like, how it runs and they have the technical abilities more firmed up.”