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GRCC adjunct, student help create ‘The Bread Show’

Adjunct English instructor Roel Garcia wrote the script for “The Bread Show,” a celebration of Latin American and Anglo-European bread-making traditions presented by the Alliance for Cultural and Ethnic Harmony. GRCC student Mariana Ramirez Franco was among the actors in the August 4 performance at the Holland Area Arts Council.

Meet the ambassadors: Artell Coker

Artell Coker
Artell Coker

Let’s meet this summer’s orientation ambassadors:

Artell Coker is majoring in both English and sociology. He plans to transfer to a four-year university but hasn’t decided on one yet.

Students attending GRCC for the first time must go through orientation.  Sessions are available for both the Grand Rapids and Lakeshore campuses.

Armen grant recipients announced

Congratulations to the Winter 2017 recipients of the Armen Innovation Grant:

  • Kate Byerwalter – Psychology.
  • Brian Daily – Academic Support and Tutoring Services.
  • Hillery Haney – Language and Thought.
  • Scott Garrard – Visual Arts.
  • Megan Lockard – English.
  • Susan Mowers – English.
  • Felix Periero – Business.
  • Sheila Schindler – Psychology.
  • Brent Spitler – Business.
  • Katie Vander Meer – Computer Information Systems.

These grants, provided by GRCC alumnus Armen Oumedian, will support projects to benefit students.



GRCC In the News, 11-16-16

Michelle Obama welcomed WMCAT, other national arts winners to White House

Nov. 15, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology was among 12 arts organizations honored by the White House Tuesday, Nov. 15, for its dedication to enriching and transforming the lives of young people through the arts.

… WMCAT Executive Director Daniel Williams accepted the award Tuesday with Keloni Seawood-Walton, a spring graduate of GRPS’ Montessori theme school, who studied fashion and photography teen labs and has now transitioned to the apprenticeship program as a Grand Rapids Community College student.

State awards local nonprofit $175K to conduct preschool pilot

Nov. 15, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The state has allocated $175,000 for the Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative (ELNC) to conduct a pilot to evaluate the relative impact on vulnerable children of one versus two years of preschool.

… “This research will lay the foundation for the case to publicly fund 3-year-old preschool for vulnerable children,” said ELNC founder and CEO Nkechy Ekere Ezeh.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Nkechy Ekere Ezeh is a GRCC alumna.)

A-Comp course combines two English composition classes into one

The English department is launching an accelerated composition course for the Winter 2017 semester.

A-Comp is a writing-intensive program that combines  EN 097 and EN 101 into a one-semester class. Students take EN 101 in the morning or early afternoon and then take EN 097 on the same day.

You must have a WritePlacer score of 4 or 5 and a reading score of 58 or higher to sign up for the A-Comp course. Questions? Contact Michelle Allen at mjallen@grcc.edu or Sheryl York at syork@grcc.edu.