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GRCC In the News, 2-19-18

Workforce development initiatives show signs of progress

Feb. 18, 2018; mibiz.com

By focusing on an internal culture that favors employee retention and support for external training initiatives, some West Michigan executives say they’ve largely avoided any problems associated with labor shortages.

… A founding member of the CWDA, ABC of West Michigan also works closely with organizations like Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) and Michigan Works!, largely as a means of identifying where specific gaps exist in construction training, developing curriculum and securing funding for the training programs.

Manufacturers solve problems internally, bring training in-house

Feb. 18, 2018; mibiz.com

Over the last few years, manufacturers have developed extensive in-house training programs in a move to combat skilled worker shortages.

… “This program provides the specific skills we are looking for while allowing our tradespeople to share their knowledge with others before retiring,” (Steelcase manager of corporate communications and public relations Katie) Woodruff said. “We have partnered with (Grand Rapids Community College) who provides an educational component, while our current tradespeople provide the on-the-job training. … We have had a mix of internal and external candidates join our apprentice program, which has proven to be a great balance.”

AMP Lab @WMU leverages partnerships to address talent shortage

Feb. 18, 2018; mibiz.com

GRAND RAPIDS — With the new AMP Lab @WMU that’s set to open this fall, Western Michigan University wants to leverage public- and private-sector partnerships to help local manufacturers innovate and access talent.

… The initiative also tapped into other institutions across the region, including Grand Rapids Community College, Ferris State University, Central Michigan University, Aquinas College and others.

Grand Rapids Community College celebrates 10th annual Creating Connections Breakfast

Feb. 16, 2018; therapidian.org

On Thursday, February 15, 2018, Grand Rapids Community College brought scholarship donors and recipients together through their 10th annual Creating Connections Breakfast. While enjoying eggs, bacon, and other delicious morsels prepared by GRCC’s culinary arts faculty and students, donors and recipients had the opportunity to interact and share their stories.

Sen. Stabenow to unveil new plan to help young people train, find work in Michigan

Feb. 19, 2018; WWMT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow will make a stop in West Michigan Monday to talk about her new “New Skills for New Jobs” agenda.
Sen. Stabenow (D-Michigan) will be at Grand Rapids Community College’s Michigan Technical Education Center Monday at 11 a.m.

8 apply for vacant Forest Hills School Board seat, NAACP calls for diversity

Feb. 18, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Forest Hills School Board received eight applications to fill a vacancy on the seven-member board, officials announced Friday, Feb. 16.

… Oscar Neal is a professor of mathematics and statistics at Grand Rapids Community College. He wants to help the district in developing youth by lending his advisory and planning skills. He cites enhancing performance and resourcefulness as key strengths and says he thrives on finding resolutions to problems. Neal, who is black, said his experience, educational qualifications and skills can be an asset.

Foul shots count for LMC women

Feb. 17, 2018; The Herald-Palladium (St. Joseph)

BENTON TOWNSHIP — It was a foul game against Grand Rapids Community College on Friday night.

Grand Rapids officials express concern over students violating housing codes downtown

Feb. 19, 2018; The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

Officials from the city of Grand Rapids and Grand Valley State University wish to remind students living downtown of compliance codes upheld by the city.

… “The city of Grand Rapids has dealt with the issue for at least 20 or 30 years,” he (Grand Rapids compliance supervisor Eric Jordan) said. “We’ve always had Calvin (College) and Aquinas (University), Grand Rapids Community College. In the past 10 years, Ferris (State) has increased its operations down in the city, as well as GVSU.”

GRCC In the News, 2-16-18

Lakewood’s Wickerink signs with GRCC for volleyball

Feb. 15, 2018; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

LAKE ODESSA — Renowned Lakewood High School volleyball coach Kellie Rowland says her star middle blocker Breanna Wickerink is very quiet off the volleyball court. That may be true, but on the court during her high school years Wickerink made a lot of noise.

… That aptitude, attitude, skill and drive had Grand Rapids Community College working to charm her to become a Raider. The goal to draw her to the winning GRCC volleyball program payed off for the coaching staff. On Wednesday, Feb. 7, Wickerink signed her National Letter of Intent to play volleyball for GRCC coach Chip Wills Raiders.

GRCC In the News, 2-15-18

Grants Roundup: Indiana U. Gets $14 Million; a gift of $2.3 Million Aims to Help Nurses

Feb. 14, 2018; The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Here are notable new grant awards compiled by The Chronicle:

… W.K. Kellogg Foundation

$1 million to Grand Rapids Community College to expand programs that encourage low-income students, single parents, or underemployed people to seek careers in the public sector and in health care.

GRCC In the News, 2-14-18

West Michigan Whitecaps announce lineup for Tigers Wednesdays

Feb. 13, 2018; MLive

The West Michigan Whitecaps popular Tigers Fridays is back, except now it is called Tigers Wednesdays because, well, they moved it to a new day.

… Dave Rozema

Date: July 11

A local standout from Grand Rapids Central High School and Grand Rapids Community College, Rozema won a career-high 15 games with the Tigers as a rookie starting pitcher in 1977. He had a career record 60-53 in 10 seasons, and 57-46 with the Tigers.

2018 Baseball Season Preview

Feb. 13, 2018; EMU Eagles (athletics department website)

YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) — The Eastern Michigan University baseball team is set to escape the cold and snowy conditions of Michigan as it heads down to sunny Florida to open its 2018 season Friday, Feb. 16. After a solid 2017 campaign, which saw the Eagles reach their first Mid-American Conference title game since 2008, EMU looks to reach new heights under new interim head coach Eric Roof.

… The third starting role will most likely go to incoming JUCO transfer Jackson Shaver (Grand Rapids, Mich.-Forest Hills Northern (Grand Rapids C.C.)). The 6-foot-7 right hander logged 65 innings for the GRCC Raiders last season on his way to being named all-conference.

GRCC In the News, 2-12-18

Saranac’s Emma Pachulski to sign with GRCC for volleyball

Feb. 9, 2018; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

GRAND RAPIDS — Raider volleyball coach Chip Will has built a culture at GRCC in his 11 years at the helm. It’s “Family First.” His philosophy is that it takes everybody to build a championship team. According to Will, it’s not only the athletes, but the parents, coaches, administration, community and a core belief in the system to build a successful program. That outlook, and his extensive knowledge of the game, earned his Raiders a national championship in 2012. It has also led his teams to be nationally ranked in the top 10 every single year since he’s been at the helm.

GRCC In the News, 2-9-18

U.P. woman reappointed to state board

Feb. 8, 2018; upmatters.com

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the reappointments of Dr. Nolana Bandy of Detroit, Kristina Donaldson of Caledonia, and Laura McKechnie of Sault Sainte Marie to the Michigan Interagency Coordinating Council for Infants and Toddlers with Developmental Disabilities.

… Donaldson is a site coordinator for the Family Leadership Initiative and a lead parent representative for Kent County Local Leadership Group. She studied business management at Grand Rapids Community College. She will continue to represent parents of infants or toddlers with disabilities or children with disabilities less than 13 years old at the time of appointment.

Weekend Rundown: Golf, ice and music

Feb. 8, 2018; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Cj DeVries from GRNow.com shares her top five weekend events.

ENTREPRENEURIAL GOLD – Thursday, February 8, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Start your Black History Month of right by attending Entrepreneurial Gold this Thursday. We have two powerful speakers, both of whom are the first African American presidents of their organizations. Mr. Bill Manns is the President of Mercy Health Saint Mary’s. Dr. Bill Pink is the President of Grand Rapids Community College. The evening includes a drawing for two tickets to the premier of Black Panther, music by Nu Soul and DJ Monk Mattheaus. Plus, youll have the opportunity to connect with the GR Urban League, NAACP, Our Kitchen Table, Grand Rapids Hip Hop Coalition, and more! Join us at Brush Studio, 50 Louis NW for a power discussion and community collaboration.

GRCC In the News, 2-8-18

Mich. colleges find success with pathways

Feb. 7, 2018; Community College Daily

Community colleges in Michigan have made significant progress in redesigning programs and services to help students succeed through the implementation of career pathways.

… In one example from the report, Grand Rapids Community College has developed 10 pathways that include both career and transfer programs, plus a pathways degree for students who haven’t yet identified a major. Students in this program are prompted to enroll in a set of Priority 1 courses, including math and English composition. There’s also a pathways degree with a business concentration for students interested in business but undecided about a specific program.

Jets basketball teams both win against Grand Rapids

Feb. 7, 2018; MLive

Teamwork did the job for the Jackson College Jets women’s basketball team in its victory over Grand Rapids Community College Raiders Saturday, 64-54.

LaughFest 2018 will include more than 100 free events

Feb. 8, 2018; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – With the festival just one month away, Gilda’s LaughFest announced the eighth annual event will offer more than 100 free events, including LAUGHsketball, the first annual LaughFest basketball game, and returning events such as People & Pets.

… People & Pets will be returning for LaughFest this year on March 18. Participants are encouraged to bring their furry (or not so furry) friends to the Grand Rapids Community College Ford Fieldhouse from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to celebrate how funny pets can be. There will be contests for best costume, best pet trick, best look-a-like and most unique pet. Winners in each category will receive a trophy and a prize bag filled with goodies. Registration for contests will be from 11 a.m. to noon, and contests will start at 12:30 p.m.