Tag Archives: Job Training

GRCC In the News, 9-19-17

Juan Palacios: ‘We are not stealing these jobs’

Sept. 18, 2017; Bridge magazine (newsletter for The Center of Michigan)

DACA status: Expires August 2019. “It means I have two years to figure it out, to talk to lawmakers and as many people as I can,” Palacios said.

… Ambitions: Palacios said he’s putting $6,000 aside to become a certified electrician in a six-month program offered by Grand Rapids Community College. “They hook you up with a job,” he said. “My goal is to eventually buy a house.”

Monserrat Velazquez: She canceled her flight to Mexico when DACA was announced

Sept. 18, 2017; Bridge magazine

DACA status: Expires in December. She will seek a two-year extension.

… Achievements: She is a manager in a suburban Grand Rapids restaurant. She earned an associate degree in business administration from Grand Rapids Community College.

Denis Martinez: ‘Sometimes, I feel like America doesn’t want me.’

Sept. 18, 2017; Bridge magazine

DACA status: Expires in January 2020.

… Achievements: He graduated from Godwin Heights High School, joining in wrestling, football, track and cross-country. He now attends Grand Rapids Community College. He also works a part-time job at a mall and lifts weights six days a week to stay fit.

The Rapid seeks patron feedback for possible transit improvements

Sept. 18, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The Rapid has announced the launch of an online feedback tool aiming to gather information from the community on the area’s transit system.

… Although she had not heard of the study, Grand Rapids Community College nursing sophomore Anna Peterman said improvements are needed at bus stops.

City staffer finds immediate use for Lean Champion principles

Alen Ganic, inventory and asset manager for the city of Grand Rapids, already knew about Lean principles when his director suggested he take GRCC’s Lean Champion Certification program.

“I went into the program thinking I already knew it — I had been using many Lean principles in my previous job in manufacturing — but in this training, I learned so much!” Ganic said.

“The instructors were very knowledgeable. I really appreciated all of the real world examples they were able to share. That made a huge difference.”

Ganic truly believes Lean is for everyone: “I am determined to prove that Lean can be used and useful in a government environment. For my program project, I was able to reduce the amount of wait time for a water tap permit from 16 days to one day. That one improvement has an incredible ripple effect on contractors, home construction and, ultimately, the customer.”

He has seen his share of skeptics: “Many people say, ‘Well, this is how it’s always been done’ or ‘I’m not going to change,’ but I have never met a person who didn’t like it once they did it.

“Lean helps you to look at situations differently — think outside the box. We can all improve processes — businesses, schools, nonprofits, anyone!”

The next session of GRCC’s Lean Champion Certification program begins in October.

GRCC In the News, 9-7-17

Michigan job growth fueled by apprenticeships

Sept. 7, 2017; Burton View

MICHIGAN – More than one-third of Michigan’s job growth will be through apprenticeships over the next five years, said United States Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta, in an online post Last week, Governor Rick Snyder welcomed United States Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta to West Michigan to see how the state is connecting employers with educators and showing students the careers available to them at a young age. Michigan is a strong leader in apprenticeships, with the 8th most in the nation. Gov. Snyder and Sec. Acosta visited Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, where they are holding orientation for more than 150 new employees each week. They toured Grand Rapids Community College and Mercy Health to check out innovative job training programs. In Battle Creek, they checked out advanced manufacturing at Bleistahl and ROsler. Acosta told Snyder that he was impressed by Michigan’s leadership in job growth and its proactive approach to our future talent needs.

People and Places

Sept. 7, 2017; Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette

Maryann Lesert has been named the recipient of the Moondancer fellowship for 2017 at the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow in Eureka Springs.

In all of her writing, the natural world and its human inhabitants are equally prominent and intertwined. From her first play, Superwoman (1998), a 90-minute warning of technologies that threaten to erase our biological sense of place, to Threshold, her current novel-in-progress about environmental activists working to stop fracking in Michigan’s state forests, Lesert’s work is equally inspired and supported by time with the natural world. Threshold grew from two years of boots-on-well-sites research on fracking in Michigan’s state forests. An excerpt from Threshold appears in Fracture, Essays, Poems and Stories about Fracking in America (Ice Cube Press, 2016). From 2012 to the present, Lesert has presented her research on the scientific, sensory and community effects of fracking in a presentation, titled Fracking in the Forest, to more than 50 academic, environmental and public audiences across the state. Lesert is a playwright, novelist and journalist who teaches creative writing at Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College.

Jayhawks volleyball team stays perfect in conference with a victory over Glen Oaks

Sept. 7, 2017; Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

The Muskegon Community College volleyball team improved to 4-0 in conference play with a four-set victory over Glen Oaks Community College on the road on Tuesday.

… MCC will host rival Grand Rapids Community College on Thursday.

GRCC In the News, 8-31-17

Stabenow touts careers in the skilled trades during West Michigan visit

Aug. 30, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, held a  discussion Wednesday, Aug. 30, with West Michigan business, education, and labor leaders about how to better meet the ongoing challenge employers have finding enough skilled workers to fill positions.

… Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink said serving the community and its workforce needs is an import role of the college.

Spotlight on medical apprenticeships

Aug. 30, 2017; aacc21stcenturycenter.org (American Association of Community Colleges newsletter)

U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta on Monday joined Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) where they discussed the importance of apprenticeships before touring the colleges healthcare training facilities.

Market Musings: Adrian’s Fine Woodworking carving up unique pieces sold to shoppers from around the world

Aug. 30, 2017; therapidian.org

The Fulton Street Farmers Market is pretty true to its name. If you need meat, cheese, greens, or other assorted delicacies, you’re in the right place. However, every once in a while a different type of stand will pop up on a busy Saturday morning — a diamond in the rough, if you will. Or, in the case of Adrian Callaghan, wood in the rough.

Callaghan is the woodworking wizard behind Adrian’s Fine Woodworking, based here in Grand Rapids. After teaching woodworking at Western Michigan and part time at Grand Rapids Community College, Callaghan suffered a spinal cord injury in 2000, and uses his talents in woodworking as his rehab. He credits where he’s at now to the helping hands at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital.

Betsy DeVos to speak at Michigan GOP conference

Aug. 30, 2017; The Holland Sentinel

Education secretary Betsy DeVos is returning to her home state to speak at the 32nd Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference on Sept. 22-24 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

DeVos was last in Michigan in early August. On Aug. 1, she visited Grand Rapids with stops at the Van Andel Institute and Grand Rapids Community College, and she came to Holland on Aug. 2 to read to children at Degraaf Nature Center.

Column: Charters can help parents’ dreams come true

Aug. 31, 2017; The Detroit News

As another exciting school year begins across the state, we’re reflecting on the fact that it’s been a spring and summer of great news for the charter school world especially in Michigan. In late April, U.S. News and World Report released its highly respected rankings of the Best High Schools in America. The rankings showed that the top three high schools in Michigan were all charter schools, led by No. 1 Wellspring Preparatory High School in Grand Rapids. The top three high schools nationally were also charter schools.

… He (Ariel de la Paz-Solorza) got it at Wellspring Prep. He found a teaching staff that never gave up on him and gave him all the extra tutoring and support he needed. He took and passed three Advanced Placement classes. He was accepted at seven colleges and universities, and ended up earning a full-ride scholarship to Grand Rapids Community College. His plan is to graduate from there and then transfer to a four-year university to become a nurse.

Computer Support Technician students visit Craig’s Cruisers

Students in the Job Training Computer Support Technician program recently toured Craig’s Cruisers. Jason Osech, Craig’s Cruisers director of IT, and IT technician Herb Johnson — both program alumni — provided a behind-the-scenes look at the infrastructure of several games, the support network and the server room.

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