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GRCC In the News, 6-15-18

Rockford Rotary Rick Ehinger Memorial Scholarship Winner Announced

June 14, 2018; The Rockford Squire

Rockford Rotary and Rockford High School are proud to announce this year’s recipients of the Rick Ehinger Memorial STRIVE scholarship.  Jared Smigiel will receive a $1,200 scholarship to be used at Grand Rapids Community College in the fall.  To date, over 100 seniors have participated in the STRIVE mentorship program, which has donated over $20,000 to Rockford seniors over the past 11 years.

Challenge Scholars experience college life

June 14, 2018; gvsu.edu

Eleventh graders from Union High School in Grand Rapids got a glimpse into the life of a college student when they attended a new summer camp in June at Grand Valley

… Queanna Jackson, who wants to become an actress or medical professional, said she plans to transfer to Grand Valley after attending Grand Rapids Community College for a few years.

123Net, Trivalent Group Partner To Double Fixed Wireless Internet Capacity At Grand Rapids Community College

June 14, 2018; mitechnews.com

GRAND RAPIDS — 123Net and Trivalent Group are teaming up to boost Grand Rapids Community College’s fixed wireless Internet capacity to 2 Gbps, one of 123Net’s highest capacity fixed wireless in West Michigan.

GRCC In the News, 6-6-18

Bulletin Board

June 6, 2018; The New York Times

No Laptop? Get One at the Vending Machine

Step aside, Snickers — this vending machine dispenses computers, not candy.

Surviving college without a laptop is not easy; most students are asked to submit homework, revise papers and follow course readings online. Faculty members at Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan noticed that some students who couldn’t afford a laptop were struggling to keep up.

MOCC student wins culinary arts scholarship

June 4, 2018; The Pioneer (Big Rapids)

Damon Jones, a senior from Big Rapids High School and a student in the culinary arts program at the Mecosta-Osceola Career Center, recently received a $1,000 scholarship from Secchia Institute of Culinary Education.

News 8 Daybreak

June 6, 2018; WOOD TV

A bus service to help lower traffic and ease parking issues along Michigan Street in Grand Rapids is in the works. … The route right now is known as the Rapid’s route 19. Its stops include Spectrum Health, GVSU, Grand Rapids Community College, MSU’s College of Human Medicine and the Bridge Street market.

GRCC In the News, 5-15-18

GRCC President Bill Pink elected to Higher Learning Commission

May 14, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink is one of four newly elected trustees to the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) that accredits colleges and universities in 19 states.

Colleges swoop in on drone training

May 11, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Two area colleges are offering public classes on how to operate drones.

… Grand Rapids Community College and Compass College of Cinematic Arts are offering these classes to help students meet the current and future demand of workers with drone-operating skills.

Change Ups: Olivarez receives emeritus award

May 11, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… Juan R. Olivarez received Grand Rapids Community College’s President Emeritus Award as part of the college’s recent commencement. Olivarez became the first Hispanic president of a Michigan college or university when he was tapped to lead GRCC in 1999. The son of migrant laborers, he has degrees from Aquinas College, Wayne State University and Michigan State University. He was named GRCC’s eighth president and is known for his efforts to develop community partnerships and boost minority enrollment, so all West Michigan students have opportunities for a strong education.

Grand Rapids CC installs laptop vending machines

May 11, 2018; CR80News (student ID card industry publication)

With the swipe of a student ID card, Grand Rapids Community College is offering free laptop rentals to students. The service is being offered via vending machine, giving students an alternative to accessing the technology needed to support their academic work.

News at 6:30 p.m.

May 12, 2018; WZZM

More than 17,000 people from all over the world flooded the streets of Grand Rapids for the 41st annual Fifth Third Riverbank Run. …. We spoke to a few of the runners from Grand Rapids Community College who took part in the race.

(Cross country coach Matt Sicilia and some team members were interviewed.)

Just Enjoy to provide at-home personal chef services

May 14, 2018; The Holland Sentinel

For Justen Bowden, his work life journey is one that has been filled with different stops along the way.

… He was running a business centered around baked goods such as cookies and brownies and recently graduated from Secchia Institute for Culinary Education with a certificate as a personal chef. Now Bowden has started a personal chef business called Just Enjoy.

Gov. Rick Snyder and TED Director Roger Curtis recognize Marshall Plan for Talent champions

May 11, 2018;  michigan.gov (press release)

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder and Talent and Economic Development Department of Michigan Director Roger Curtis Tuesday met with champions in the education and business sectors to discuss the Marshall Plan for Talent, answer questions and lay the groundwork for continued economic success for the state.

… Numerous Michigan-based companies and education institutions are already supporting the Marshall Plan for Talent through existing and successful programs such as competency-based education models, hiring practices and existing partnerships between business and education. Champions include:

… Grand Rapids Community College

More than a dream

May 12, 2018; The Daily News (Greenville)

Crowded among strangers on a small boat, with the only friends and family he had ever known left far behind in Latin America, Jose Chavez-Estaban made a risky attempt to start a new life in the United States.

… Going forward, Chavez-Estaban said he hopes to eventually enroll in Grand Rapids Community College and place a focus on criminal justice with a goal to become a police officer.

West Michigan Food Waste Summit

May 12, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum and partners will host the West Michigan Food Waste Summit on Monday, May 21 at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College, the capstone event of the Western Michigan Food Recovery Council pilot project.

Cybersecurity program earns national recognition

GRCC’s work in training the next generation of cybersecurity professionals is being recognized by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

GRCC is one of two Michigan community colleges recently designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense. The program’s goal is to promote higher education and research in cyberdefense and train professionals with such expertise.

“In practice, what this means is that Grand Rapids Community College delivers cybersecurity education on par with the best cybersecurity schools in the nation, and that we are working tirelessly to address a critical shortage of cybersecurity professionals in West Michigan and beyond,” said professor Andrew Rozema, head of the Computer Information Systems Department.

Cybersecurity and information security analysis jobs are in great demand in the state, with the number of jobs in the field expected to increase by 20 percent during the next 10 years, according to the Michigan Bureau of Labor Market Information.

In GRCC’s Center for CyberSecurity Studies, students have access to servers and networking equipment for hands-on work in systems administration, networking and cybersecurity. They also can gain experience through ethical hacking clubs.

Students who are interested in a cybersecurity career can earn a Pre-Information Security degree. But the cybersecurity courses are also required for the Network Administration degree.

At GRCC, cybersecurity is an interdisciplinary topic, Rozema said.

“Our IT staff works to ensure that the college practices what we teach, and our Business Department also covers cybersecurity in its curriculum,” he said.

This is just the latest nationally recognized credential for the Computer Information Systems Department. The CIS department was previously designated as an Academic Center of Excellence through the E-Commerce Council and the college’s partnerships with the Cisco Networking Academy, Palo Alto Networks, RedHat, CompTIA Academy, and Microsoft Imagine Academy allow it to offer enhanced training that’s highly sought by employers.

GRCC In the News, 4-24-18

GRCC Will Be Offering Two Drone Courses

April 21, 2018; Deep Aero Drones

Farmers, construction industry, inspection, survey, search and rescue are some of the areas where drones are majorly being used. Colleges are also showing an interest in the drone technology, and Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) will be offering two drone courses that will increase peoples skill set and offer more economic opportunities.

Grand Rapids Community College offers free laptop vending machine (M Live)

April 23, 2018; avnetwork.com

Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) is among higher education institutions providing free laptop vending machines to give students greater access to technology and more flexibility.

Low-income Grand Rapids preschoolers are catching up. Will Lansing notice?

April 24, 2018; Bridge Magazine

GRAND RAPIDS — In some of the poorest neighborhoods in Grand Rapids, in places inured to academic failure, children are grasping at a chance to defy the odds.

… “This makes a tremendous impact,” said Dr. Nkechy Ezeh, founder and CEO of ELNC said of the program. “We know that the brain is ready to learn, really from 0 to 5. We have to strike while the iron is hot.”

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

GRCC In the News, 4-20-18

College In MI Offers Free Laptop Vending Machine

April 19, 2018; Vending Market Watch

At Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, MI, students can access laptops out of a vending machine just like they would a granola bar.

Funeral services set for well-know Grand Rapids pastor

April 19, 2018; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Funeral services have been announced for well-known Grand Rapids pastor Clifton Rhodes.

… In 2015, Rhodes was awarded the Grand Rapids Community College’s Giant Among Giants award.

Holland Judge Named to State Corrections Panel

April 19, 2018; WHTC

LANSING, MI (WHTC-AM/FM) — Brad Knoll has a new state responsibility.

The Chief Justice of the Holland District Court was named on Thursday by Governor Rick Snyder to the Michigan Community Corrections Board, filling a vacancy on the 13-member panel through March 31, 2021 created by the resignation of Beth Gibson. Currently in his fourth six-year term on the 58th District Court bench, Knoll is also an adjunct professor of criminology and political science at Grand Rapids Community College and a faculty member of the Michigan Judicial Institute.

GRCC In the News, 4-19-18

Not your average vending machine

April 18, 2018; AACC 21st Century Center (American Association of Community Colleges)

In Michigan, Grand Rapids Community College students are preparing for exams with the help of an unusual resource: a laptop vending machine.

Curtis Davison commits to Livingstone College

April 18, 2018; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Curtis Davison has committed to play basketball at Livingstone College next season.

Davison averaged 24.4 points per game at Grand Rapids Community College this winter, which was fourth in NJCAA Division 2.

Funeral services set for celebrated pastor with 55-year career

April 18, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Funeral services are Saturday for a well-known and revered Grand Rapids pastor who had a 55-year career behind the altar.

… (The Rev. Clifton) Rhodes led Messiah Missionary Baptist Church for 45 years and in 2015 was awarded the Grand Rapids Community College’s Giant Among Giants award.

West Michigan’s Jubal Brass to appear in concert on April 29

April 18, 2018; MLive

Jubal Brass, an 18-member brass choir, will present an evening of worship through Christian music at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at Georgetown Bible Church, 4114 Baldwin St., Hudsonville.

… Jubal Brass has a long history of leaders with notable music credentials. Tuba player Paul Hoelzley, co-founder of Jubal Brass, directed the ensemble for two years until he resigned to teach at Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music in Cleveland. The other co-founder, John Scripps, then directed for two years until Charlie Buffham took over the baton. Buffham was a music teacher at Grand Rapids Community College, and served as both conductor and arranger for Jubal Brass. John Varineau then came to Michigan as a music professor at the Grand Rapids Baptist College (now Cornerstone University) and as the assistant conductor of the Grand Rapids Symphony. He directed Jubal Brass for 15 years.