Tag Archives: Police Academy

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.

 

 

 

GRCC In the News, 3-8-18

Event brings black kids, professionals together

March 7, 2018; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — More than 800 African-American boys took part in the third annual African American Male Achievement Conference Wednesday.
The theme of the event at Grand Rapids Community College’s Ford Fieldhouse and Applied Tech Center was Challenges, Choices and Change. The young men from high schools throughout Kent County listened to speakers in a large group and then broke into smaller conversations with local African-American professionals.

‘A true leader’

March 7, 2018; The Daily News (Greenville)

IONIA — After 21 years of patrolling the boundaries of Ionia County as a deputy, Rick Straubel is now embracing a promotion to sergeant with the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office.

… Straubel said after high school he originally wanted to be a conservation officer with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, but his path led him through the police academy at Grand Rapids Community College and eventually to the Sheriff’s Office.

Buc’n’Gears prepare for 2018 season

March 7, 2018; Grand Haven Tribune

GRAND HAVEN TWP. — With students at the controls, the robot for Team 3546 picked up a power cube and moved toward its intended location.

… (Alexandra) Holt now participates in the Early/Middle College program through Grand Rapids Community College and the Careerline Tech Center. She has a work-based learning opportunity with Herman Miller. At the end of the program, Holt will receive an industrial maintenance certificate. The experience with Herman Miller gives her a chance to see a connection in the real world with skills she’s learned through F.I.R.S.T. Robotics, she said.

 

GRCC In the News, 2-26-18

Fraternity helps black male students succeed

Feb. 23, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

After Jesse William Krewson Jr. got back from Afghanistan, he wanted to get an education in an effort to better help people.

But when the Grand Rapids Community College student would do homework, he would just get stuck and felt like he had a lack of resources.

Change Ups: Clark is electrical craft competition’s top finisher

Feb. 23, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Calvin Clark is the top finisher for the first annual ABC WMC Electrical Craft Competition. The competition was hosted by the Associated Builders & Contractors, Western Michigan Chapter, which partnered with Grand Rapids Community College to showcase the skills of six top electrical apprentices from ABC WMC member companies who are enrolled in the GRCC apprenticeship program. Clark from HighPoint Electric now qualifies to represent ABC WMC and GRCC at the ABC National Craft Championship, scheduled March 20-22, in Long Beach, California.

… AWARDS

… Grand Rapids Community College Police Academy students Tracy Harrell and Yamel Marmolejos-Tolentino are the first recipients of the $1,500 Bragg, Harvard, MuhammadSmith Why We Can’t Wait scholarship for students in criminal justice, education or health care who plan a career in public service.

Holland-area schools, businesses form manufacturing partnerships

Feb. 25, 2018; The Holland Sentinel

At a time when manufacturers are left scrambling for employees, local manufacturing companies have taken to forming partnerships   with local schools to serve as pipelines into the industry.

… In 2016, Careerline Tech Center, Grand Rapids Community College and Herman Miller joined forces to launch the Early College Program.

GR woman who inspired thousands shares how she got clean

Feb. 24, 2018; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Kelly Galbraith never had a problem revealing the rock-bottom depths from which she clawed her way back.

… Meanwhile, Galbraith is attending Grand Rapids Community College and working as a peer support specialist at Sanford House, a drug rehabilitation program in Grand Rapids.

31 Days of March Fun for Kids in Grand Rapids

Feb. 24, 2018; grkids.com

… March 17 — Kid friendly music, games, special guests, and so many fun carnival style activities await you at Super Saturday Kids Zone being held at the GRCC Ford Fieldhouse. Tickets are $7, under 1 are free.

Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids presents: ‘Torch Song Trilogy: Act III Widows and Children First’

Feb. 25, 2018; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Our friends from Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids joined the Weekend Morning team on Sunday to share about their next show taking the stage on Thursday night. It’s called Torch Song Trilogy: Act III: Widows and Children First.

… The show takes the stage March 1, 3, 8, 10, 2018 at 8 p.m. March 4 & 11, 2018 at 3 p.m.
at Spectrum Theater, downtown on the GRCC campus at 160 Fountain St. NE

 

Two Police Academy students win scholarships

Yamel Marmolejos-Tolentino and Tracy Harrell
Yamel Marmolejos-Tolentino (left) and Tracy Harrell

Two Police Academy students have each been awarded a $1,500 scholarship.

Tracy Harrell and Yamel Marmolejos-Tolentino are the first recipients of the Bragg, Harvard, MuhammadSmith Why We Can’t Wait scholarship for students in criminal justice, education or health care who plan a career in public service.

The Why We Can’t Wait fund was established in 2009 by GRCC English professor Mursalata Muhammad, Kent County Sheriff’s Deputy Wil Smith, and Sabrina Sewell-Bragg, an administrative assistant in Greenville County, N.C., to honor family members in public service.

“My husband and I have family members who lived public service lives,” Muhammad said. “Chet Bragg, my brother-in-law, was a police officer in South Carolina; Claude Harvard, my grandfather, created a work force program with Focus: HOPE in Detroit. My mother, Mutasha Muhammad, gave anyone who showed up at her door a hug, shelter and food. This family scholarship honors their memories and helps GRCC students focus on the cultural competency skills needed to work in public service careers.”

While these are the first awards from the fund for students who plan to pursue public service, the fund has awarded scholarships to support students in attending activities that promote cultural competency, equity and inclusion. Last fall, Harrell and Marmolejos-Tolentino each received $150 scholarships from the fund for participating in the Institute for Healing Racism. The two-day institute, run by GRCC’s Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion, encourages people from different racial and ethnic backgrounds to discuss thought-provoking topics. The fund provides five Institute for Healing Racism scholarships each academic year.

GRCC In the News, 1-22-18

Morningstar sworn in as first female captain in Kentwood Police Department history

Jan. 19, 2018; MLive

KENTWOOD – Stephanie Morningstar, formerly a Kentwood Police sergeant, was sworn in as a captain earlier this month, becoming the first woman in the department’s history to hold that title.

… On top of her duties with the department, she also is an adjunct professor at the police academy at Grand Rapids Community College.

After growth spurt, Blandford prepares to focus internally

Jan. 21, 2018; mibiz.com

Unlike many public and for-profit companies, nonprofits sometimes need to pump the brakes in their quest for growth.

… Board of directors: Bill Dangl, Dangl Financial Services LLC; Bill Faber, Grand Rapids Community College; Ryan Podvin, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital; Justin Remmelts, Remmelts Marketing; Mary Jane Dockeray, Blandford Nature Center; Sara Armbruster, Steelcase Inc.; Andy Beachnau, Grand Valley State University; Linda Brunzell, Wolverine World Wide Inc.; Shavon Doyle-Holton, Inclusive Performance Strategies; Laurie Gardner, community volunteer; Pat Gelderloos, 20th Circuit Court; Bryan Harrison, Amway Corp.; Randy Hansen, Grand Rapids Public Schools; Susan (Susie) Meyers, Warner Norcross & Judd LLP; John P. Schneider, Clark Hill; Zachary Verhulst, TowerPinkster

GRCC In the News, 1-4-18

Grand Rapids documentary shines a spotlight on community theater

Jan. 3, 2018; Grand Rapids Magazine

From theater assistants to co-founders of their own production company, Teresa Thome and Patrick Ziegler have been friends and colleagues ever since they first met at Spectrum Theatre while attending Grand Rapids Community College, then Junior College.

‘Key Fit’

Jan. 3, 2018; The Daily News (Greenville)

GREENVILLE — After 25 years as an officer and sergeant with the Greenville Department of Public Safety, Dennis Magirl believes he is ready to step forward as chief.

… Magirl attended Grand Rapids Community College to complete necessary courses and graduate from the police academy within two years.

Coldwater’s Jamie and Jasmine Wellet sign with Grand Rapids Community College

Jan. 3, 2018; The Daily Reporter (Coldwater)

COLDWATER — It is very rare for a high school athlete to excel at high school sports and then make the transition to the collegiate level.

… Well, that’s exactly what has happened with the dynamic duo of Jamie and Jasmine Wellet, a pair of Coldwater High School seniors who recently signed their letter-of-intent to play volleyball at Grand Rapids Community College.

Christina Arnold: The Next Chapter

Jan. 3, 2018; Women’s LifeStyle

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

These are the words Christina Arnold, founding director of The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion, has centered her personal and professional life around. She chooses to look at the world through an equity and inclusion lens, seizing every opportunity she can to connect and engage with people from all communities. Though her mind churns constantly, there is always one question that surfaces: “How can I continue to make a broader impact?”