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GRCC In the News, 5-15-17

Change Ups: Allen named Catholic Charities CEO

May 12, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… EDUCATION

… Grand Rapids Community College automotive technology students Bentley Streling and Adam VanPortfliet placed second and third, respectively, in the recent SkillsUSA state championship.

Perpetual growth fuels Switch

May 12, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

More than 1,000 contractors have had a hand in the Switch Pyramid campus in Gaines Township since legislation passed in December 2015 to bring the data center company to West Michigan.

… Switch has multiple partnerships in the works with Michigan companies, including a renewable energy initiative set to be released soon. (Adam) Kramer confirmed a second year of its partnership with ArtPrize and talked about its workforce development with Grand Rapids Community College.

Clothing line founders get creative

May 12, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Last year, Jack VanGessel and three of his friends launched Southern Hound, a clothing line inspired by popular styles and culture originating from the South.

But a couple of months after the start of their new venture, the four business partners were beginning to feel dissatisfied with the amount of money they were paying for creative services. VanGessel, a student at Grand Rapids Community College, and co-founder Conor Conaboy, a student at Michigan State University, brainstormed ideas and concluded one day, it might be a fun endeavor to start their own creative agency. That day came sooner than they expected.

Inside Track: Dentist seizes business opportunity

May 12, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

John Bruinsma never would have guessed the artificial taste of a sugar-free lollipop would one day lead to the taste of a $2,000 bottle of scotch.

… Growing up in Grand Rapids, Bruinsma always had a passion for science. After graduating from high school ahead of schedule, he went on to continue his education at Grand Rapids Community College.

Our LGBT Fund raises $520,000 to support services in West Michigan

May 14, 2017; MiBiz

GRAND RAPIDS — The growth of a fund established three years ago by a same-sex couple from Grand Rapids proves there’s interest in addressing issues the LGBT community faces in West Michigan.

… (Simon) Kittok, who works for Grand Rapids Community College, said the fund was created to offer more opportunities for transgender individuals to make good lives for themselves.

IT department seeks feedback from students

GRCC’s IT Customer Support Department needs your valuable input!

We want to know:

  • How we can improve the technology you use at GRCC?
  • What additional technology would help you be more successful in your academic career?
  • How can we enhance our current services and resources?

Join us from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Please sign up here. We will send a confirmation email with additional details to your student email account. Space is limited so please sign up today!

GRCC In the News, 6-16-16

Grand Rapids Trans Foundation launches, works to support low-income students

June 16, 2016; rapidgrowthmedia.com

Members of a new Grand Rapids-based nonprofit are standing up to say: It is not OK that transgender residents experience unemployment at twice the rate of the general population. It is not OK that transgender individuals are four times more likely than the general population to have an annual income of $10,000 or less. It is not OK that someone who is transgender often faces homelessness, violence, harassment, depression, and more.

… And its not just LGBT groups that are embracing individuals who are transgender — change is happening across the area, with (Simon) Kittok noting that Grand Rapids Community College, for example, passed a transgender policy allowing students and staff to use the bathroom or locker room of the gender with which they identify. Grand Valley State University too has landed praise for being inclusive and was recently named one of the top 50 colleges or universities in the country when it comes to being LGBT-friendly.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Simon Kittok works in GRCC’s IT department.)

State expands sexual assault education initiative

June 15, 2016; WGVU

A Michigan campus sexual assault program expands to high schools this year.

… Both (Sarah Prout) Rennie and (first lady Sue) Snyder spoke this week at an educational conference at Grand Rapids Community College.

Jewish Theater presents ‘Two Jews Walk Into A War’

June 15, 2016; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – The Grand Rapids Jewish Theater presents the comedy ‘Two Jews Walk Into A War’ this week. The story follows two Jewish men living in Kabul. They are the last two remaining Jews in Afghanistan and must share the only synagogue that hasn’t been destroyed by the Taliban. But, they hate each other and rarely see eye to eye. Their mission is to repopulate the Jewish community in Kabul.

It opens Thursday June 16 and runs through June 26 at Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain St. NE. That is on the GRCC campus in downtown Grand Rapids. Performances will be on Thursday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased either by calling the Box Office at 616-234-3946 or by going online.

Michigan man’s video stings snag sex predator arrests

June 15, 2016; The Detroit News

Grand Rapids Never before has catching alleged sexual predators been so much fun.

… He (Zach Sweers) is a graduate of Grand Rapids Community College who makes money building websites, he said.

High schools join forces for next season’s aquatics teams

June 15, 2016; Lowell Ledger

Lowell High School will join forces with Caledonia and South Christian High schools next school year as the Arrows dive back into the pool with both boys and girls aquatic teams.
Caledonia will be the lead in the newly formed partnership which will kick off next fall with the ladies’ season of swim and dive contests; gentlemen will compete in the winter.

The team will be practicing inside the aquatic facilities of Grand Rapids Community College and host no home meets due to the fact that none of the three schools have pools in their districts.