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GRCC In the News, 8-30-17

GRCC names recipients of 2017 Excellence in Education Awards

Aug. 29, 2017; La Prensa

GRAND RAPIDS, Aug. 28, 2017 — Grand Rapids Community College is honoring three employees who have gone above and beyond in making meaningful connections with their students.

$1.5M FEMA grant to fund more Kalamazoo public safety officers

Aug. 29, 2017; MLive

KALAMAZOO, MI — A $1.5 million grant will allow the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety to hire 12 full-time officers.

… Recruits are hired by KDPS and then sent to a police academy either at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Kellogg Community College, Grand Rapids Community College or Grand Valley State University.

Magna, KraussMaffei help push college program forward

Aug. 28, 2017; Plastics News

Rochester, Mich. — As Mark Richardson has talked to more and more companies about how they’re working to attack the skills gap, he hears about homegrown programs.

… Richardson said the program will partner with existing two-year programs to help create a funnel of students that want to continue their education. The list of potential partners currently includes Schoolcraft College, Mott Community College, Grand Rapids Community College and Bay Mills Community College — all Michigan schools. He has also spoken to representatives from Ferris State University, the state’s biggest plastics program.

Undocumented: One immigrant’s story of life under DACA

Aug. 29, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – At 8 years old, Kevin Vazquez did not know what it meant to live in the shadows.

… Vazquez, a recent Grand Rapids Community College graduate, will be working on a bachelor’s degree in organizational communications at Western Michigan University this fall.

Former Grand Rapids Community College Football Player Makes NFL Debut

Aug. 28, 2017; WGRD FM

Grand Rapids Community College’s football program was discontinued in January of 2012, but before it ended, it had three former players who have a played in the NFL.  One of these athletes, Nick Truesdell, made his NFL debut on Sunday night with the Minnesota Vikings.

GRCC In the News, 8-14-17

Culinary institute hosts tryouts for international pastry competition

Aug. 13, 2017; Grand Rapids Magazine

A group of six pastry chefs from across the country vying to represent the United States at the 2019 Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie in Lyon, France, will compete in the kitchens of the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College. The competing chefs are experts in sugar and chocolate.

West Michigan group aims to reduce food waste

Aug. 3, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — West Michigan throws away about 132,000 tons of food waste, and Southwest Michigan about 106,000 tons.

… Founding council members include representatives from SpartanNash, Meijer, Cocoa, Organicycle, Barfly Ventures, Bells Brewery, Gordon Food Service, Mercy Health, Spectrum Health, Creative Dining Services, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Kent County Department of Public Works, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Secchia Institute at Grand Rapids Community College, Lake Michigan College, and Feeding America West Michigan.

Annual softball game played in memory of fallen Grand Rapids police office

Aug. 11, 2017; WZZM

GRANDVILLE, MICH. – This July marked 10 years since the death of Grand Rapids Police Officer Robert Kozminski and on Friday evening, an annual softball game was played in his memory.

Dozens came out to Wedgewood Park in Grandville for the game. While there, three students received the Officer Robert A. Kozminski Scholarship to aid them this fall. All three students are currently enrolled in the Grand Rapids Community College Police Academy.

Gravel Bottom Brewery plans two-part expansion in Ada, Grand Rapids

Aug. 13, 2017; mibiz.com

ADA — Matt Michiels has known for the last two years that he needed to expand his growing West Michigan craft brewery.

… “I know what I don’t know, and the restaurant is something that I’m going to need help on,” Michiels said, adding that he hopes to leverage connections at Grand Rapids Community College and within the industry.

GRCC In the News, 7-11-17

East Grand Rapids welcomes 4 new summer bike patrol cadets

July 10, 2017; MLive

East Grand Rapids has four new summer bike patrol cadets to help the Public Safety Department provide a greater presence throughout the city during warmer months.

… (Aaron) Huizenga, 27, of Jenison, is currently attending the Grand Rapids Community College Police Academy and plans to receive his associate’s degree in criminal justice by October. After finishing up at GRCC, Huizenga wants to continue working in law enforcement and follow his dreams of serving and protecting the community.

(Justin) Bradford, 26, was born and raised in Grand Rapids and is an army veteran. He currently is enrolled in the Grand Rapids Community College Police Academy as well. Upon graduation in October, he hopes to get a job in law enforcement.

(Evan) Randall, 29, of Kentwood, completed his studies at Grand Rapids Community College in 2013 and is now attending Ferris State University.

GRCC In the News, 6-21-17

High school students attend weeklong police academy

June 20, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Several West Michigan high school students are spending the first week of summer break training for their future.

… The program is backed by the police departments in East Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Grand Rapids, Grandville, Rockford, Walker and Wyoming, as well as the Grand Valley Department of Public Safety, Michigan State Police Rockford Post, Kent County Sheriffs office and Grand Rapids Community College Department of Public Safety.

Trump’s food stamp cuts would have ‘huge impact’ in West Michigan

June 20, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Imagine living on a budget of only $1.39 per meal. Now scale that back to $1.04 for each meal.

… She (Molly Kooi) enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College in 2015 and then Grand Valley State University in 2016, where she is pursuing a major in health communication. Kooi still works part-time for Goodwill, but between her class load and taking care of her son, she can typically only work one or two shifts each week.

GRCC In the News, 6-7-17

Up to 20 officers to be hired by Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety

June 6, 2017; MLive

KALAMAZOO, MI – The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety is hiring 10-20 officers to begin serving in January 2018.

… Recruits are hired by KDPS and then sent to a police academy either at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Kellogg Community College, Grand Rapids Community College or Grand Valley State University.

Undaunted by disease, staying the course

June 6, 2017; schoolnewsnetwork.org (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)

Sparta Area Schools, MI — Standing in a hall of Sparta High School, Steven Sevarns wore a smile that might suggest he wasn’t headed to class that day. He had finished his last lessons before graduation, and all but the ceremony was behind him.

… Steven was dual-enrolled in a computer science class through Grand Rapids Community College in fall 2015 semester, which fortunately wrapped up before symptoms began. His instructors at the Tech Center allowed him to finish his work at his own pace, enabling him to complete it before the school year’s end.

GRCC In the News, 5-12-17

Robert Kozminski and other fallen officers of West Michigan honored in police memorial

May 11, 2017; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A police officer who bravely gave his life while on duty in Grand Rapids 10 years ago was honored at Richmond Park on Thursday along with several other officers who made the same sacrifice.

… That memorial was made possible thanks to several volunteers, donors and vendors. The Kozminski family also started a memorial scholarship that is awarded to a student of the Grand Rapids Community College whose career goal it is to be in law enforcement and attend the police academy.

Army Col. Scott Haraburda named 2017 GRCC Distinguished Alumnus

May 12, 2017; Spencer Evening World (Ind.)

A Spencer Army veteran, engineer and inventor is Grand Rapids Community College’s 2017 Distinguished Alumnus.