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GRCC In the News, 6-11-18

‘Mr. V’ says goodbye

June 9, 2018; The Daily News (Greenville)

GREENVILLE — In the confines of a dark auditorium, as a large curtain slowly opens, a light strikes through the darkness, shining down onto several dozen high school students standing on a stage.

… “I went down to Grand Rapids Community College, signed up for music classes and the rest is history,” he (Greenville High School choir director Joel Van Houten) said. “I never changed my major, I never second-guessed it. It was meant to be.”

Welcome, Sgt. Todd Probst

June 8, 2018; The Post (Cedar Springs)

Have you seen this smiling face around town yet? It’s Sgt. Todd Probst, the new supervisor of the Cedar Springs Unit of the Kent County Sheriff’s Office. Probst took over last week after Sgt. Jason Kelley took a job in the detective bureau.

Probst grew up in Lowell, a town he said is similar to Cedar Springs, and graduated from Lowell High School in 1989. After high school, he worked full time and attended Grand Rapids Community College and graduated from the police academy in 1994. He was then hired by the Lowell Police Department where he worked part time from 1994-95, and was then hired by the Kent County Sheriff’s Office in January of 1996 as a road patrol deputy.

Union High School top scholars

June 10, 2018; MLive

Union High School announces the following top graduates for 2018:

Mumina Abdi

Plans after graduation: Mumina will attend Grand Rapids Community College for two years to study radiology, then hopes to transfer to Michigan State University.

Edith Juarez-Lopez

Plans after graduation: Edith will attend Grand Rapids Community College and transfer to Grand Valley State University

Chrishyla Johnson

Plans after graduation: Chrishyla will attend Grand Rapids Community College for two years and then transfer to Ferris State University to study nursing.

Sar Lwit

Plans after graduation: Sar will attend Grand Rapids Community College

The Potter’s House announces top scholars

June 10, 2018; MLive

The Potter’s House in Wyoming has announced the following top scholars for 2018:

Kate Kooyer

Plans after graduation: Plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College and transfer to Grand Valley State University to pursue a nursing degree.

Thu (Kate) Minh Ngo

Plans after graduation: Plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College and transfer to Ferris State University for the pharmacy program.

Libertas Christian High School announces top scholars

June 10, 2018; MLive

Libertas Christian High School announces the following top graduates for 2018:

Madeline Sikkema

Plans after graduation: Bilingual Bible program in Argentina with Spanish immersion; pursuing a degree in dental hygiene at Ferris State University or at Grand Rapids Community College.

Kelloggsville High School announces top scholars

June 10, 2018; MLive

Kelloggsville High School announces the following top graduates for 2018:

Grady Sakshaug

Plans after graduation: Grand Rapids Community College, then Grand Valley State University to study engineering.

Hanan Desta

Plans after graduation: Grand Rapids Community College, then Michigan State University to pursue a career in physical therapy

Lee High School top scholars

June 10, 2018; MLive

Lee High School announces the following top graduates for 2018:

Maira Hurtado

Plans after graduation: Maira plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College where she will study nursing, and wants to specialize in pediatrics.

Monica Paniague-Ramos

Plans after graduation: Monica plans to specialize in radiology at Grand Rapids Community College.

Maura Mendoza-Matias

Plans after graduation: Maura plans on attending Grand Rapids Community College and entering the nursing program.

Northview High School top grads

June 10, 2018; MLive

Northview High School announces the following top graduates for 2018:

Elizabeth Haveman

Plans after graduation: Elizabeth will first attend Grand Rapids Community College for one year and then transfer to Montana State University to study natural resources and rangeland sciences.

Chloe Warmuskerken

Plans after graduation: Chloe will attend Grand Rapids Community College before transferring to the University of Michigan to study nursing.

NorthPointe Christian High School top grads

June 10, 2018; MLive

NorthPointe Christian High School announces their top graduates for 2018:

Payton Rumsey

Plans after graduation: Payton plans to pursue an associate’s degree in business from Grand Rapids Community College and then pursue a bachelor’s degree in business from Ferris State University or Grand Valley State University.

Forest Hills Central High School top grads

June 10, 2018; MLive

Jason Ross

Activities and awards: National Merit finalist, National AP Scholar with distinction, NHS, Odyssey of the Mind, GRCC Outstanding Mathematics Student Award, Eagle Scout, wrestling, Venture Scouting, MMPC Top 200 and Mackinac Island Honor Guard.

Briggs follows brother on juco route; Speedy Central infielder commits to Grand Rapids CC

June 8, 2018; Traverse City Record-Eagle

TRAVERSE CITY — You may have seen this before.

… The TC Central all-conference second baseman (Sam Briggs) aims to follow in his brother’s footsteps and take a similar route to bigger things, committing to play at Grand Rapids Community College.

City approves free Medical Mile bus route

June 8, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A three-way pact providing fare-free public transit along Medical Mile now has city approval.

… The route includes stops near Spectrum Health, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine and the Bridge Street Market urban grocery store and café being built by Meijer and Rockford Construction on the West Side.

Grand Rapids Police Seek to Improve Trust With Community

June 10, 2018; U.S. News & World Report

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The Grand Rapids Police Department hopes to improve communication and problem solving with residents of the western Michigan city.

Community members are invited to two trust-building sessions scheduled June 27 at Grand Rapids Community College.

Jewish Theatre GR presents: “Olive and the Bitter Herbs”

June 9, 2018; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – It’s never too late to change your life. That is the moral of the story of a play being presented by the Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids presents this month.

… It’s being performed at Spectrum Theater at 160 Fountain St. NE, 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.

 

 

 

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.

GRCC In the News, 5-11-18

Putting the soul back in soul food

May 10, 2018;  Grand Rapids Magazine

Ever since Trimell Hawkins started spending time with his grandmother in her kitchen, cooking has been an important part of his life. As he grew up, Hawkins noticed he always ended up being the chef for his friends because he loved to entertain.

However, it was not until he returned from the U.S. Marine Corps that he realized he wanted to turn his passion into a career. He enrolled into Grand Rapids Community Colleges culinary program, Secchia Institute of Culinary Arts, where he later worked as the sous chef under master chef Kevin Dunn.

Recuerdan oficiales muertos en el deber

May 10, 2018; El Vocero

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN (EVH) — Los departamentos de Policía del sur y oeste de Michigan incluyendo la Policía estatal del estado que cubre ambas zonas, así como otros departamentos de Indiana, realizaron una ceremonia en memoria de los oficiales caídos en el deber como parte de la celebración del Police Memorial Day.

… De los cuatro jóvenes que recibieron las becas, dos son de origen hispano, ellas son Erika Mejía y Rylee Guerrero.  La primera es egresada de la escuela Central High y actualmente estudia en el Grand Rapids Community College.  Trabaja como interna en el Departamento de Policía de esta ciudad.

… La segunda, Guerrero, nació y creció en la ciudad de Walker y estudió en escuela Kenowa Hills.  Es también estudiante del Grand Rapids Community College.

(GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN (EVH). Police departments in southern and western Michigan, including the state state police that cover both areas, as well as other Indiana departments, held a memorial service for fallen officers as part of the “Police Memorial Day” celebration . “

Of the four young people who received the scholarships, two are of Hispanic origin, they are Erika Mejía and Rylee Guerrero. The first is a graduate of Central High School and is currently studying at Grand Rapids Community College. She works as an intern in the Police Department of this city.

… The second, Guerrero, was born and raised in the city of Walker and studied at Kenowa Hills School. He is also a student at Grand Rapids Community College.)

Governor appoints local judge to state board

May 10, 2018; Grand Haven Tribune

Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed Ottawa County Judge Bradley Knoll to the Michigan Community Corrections Board.

… 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. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Michigan and a law degree from the Detroit College of Law.

Police Academy to hold graduation on April 26

Students in this year’s Police Academy will celebrate graduation at 6 p.m. April 26 at Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St. NE. Everyone is invited to attend!

Two of the 41 students were sponsored by Kent County, and almost half of the recruits already have job offers! Antonio Trevino was awarded the Officer Robert A. Kozminski Scholarship, and Tracy Harrell and Yamel Marmolejos-Tolentino received the the Bragg, Harvard, MuhammadSmith (BHMS) Why We Can’t Wait Scholarship.

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GRCC In the News, 4-25-18

City of Wyoming swears in new ‘Top Cop’

April 25, 2018; WZZM

WYOMING, Mich. – Long-time Wyoming Police Chief James Carmody will officially step down today, paving the way for Captain Kim Koster to be the new head of the department.

… Koster’s own promotion makes her the first woman police chief in the City of Wyoming. It is a role she is honored to have, but one she seems reluctant to assign too much significance to. Koster believes Kent County is full of good leaders, of both genders, and cites Kent County Undersheriff Michelle Young and Grand Rapids Community College Police Chief Rebecca Whitman as examples of women who she has modeled her career after.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Kim Koster and Michelle Young are GRCC alumnae.)

Director takes joy in teaching student musicians, to see what they can do and where they go

April 24, 2018; schoolnewsnetwork.org (KISD newsletter)

The Northview High School Jazz Band has burned through another take of Duke Ellington’s “Rockin’ in Rhythm” at a peppy pace, when director Greg Wells decides it’s time for a pep talk.

… He started out studying physics and engineering at Grand Rapids Community College but went back to music his sophomore year, earning a bachelor’s at WMU and his master’s at Michigan State University.

 

GRCC In the News, 3-23-18

New officer joins Hastings Police Department / 3-22-18

March 22, 2018; Hastings Banner

Officer Nate Pickett is the newest member of the Hastings Police Department.

… Pickett is a 2004 graduate of Ionia High School and a 2017 graduate of the police academy program at Grand Rapids Community College.

Reeths-Puffer appoints board member to fill vacancy

March 23, 2018; MLive

MUSKEGON TOWNSHIP, MI – Reeths-Puffer Public Schools Board of Education gained a new member this month.

… (Sonya) Hernandez is an adjunct instructor at Grand Rapids Community College, a commissioner on the Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan, and the director of the Y Achievers program and Youth in Government at the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids.

Unarmed black youths held at gunpoint distrust police a year later

March 22, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Just 13, Kaleil Harris has already decided he doesn’t like police. He doubts that will change.

… A public-safety task force — chaired by City Attorney Anita Hitchcock with Deputy Police Chief Eric Payne and Grand Rapids Community College Associate Dean Raynard Ross as leading members – is to unveil a police “youth policy” on March 27.

25 Grand Rapids Staycation Ideas

March 22, 2018; grkids.com

Your kids are on break from school, so you want to plan some fun activities that don’t break the bank or require serious travel. We get it and we are here to help!

… 17. Enjoy fine dining (at a lower cost) at The Heritage Restaurant, GRCC’s acclaimed culinary school restaurant.