March 13, 2017; WZZM
Grand Rapids Community College plans to announce a new partnership aimed at training construction workers to build homes.
What economies across the state can learn from West Michigan’s success
March 9, 2017; Michigan Public Radio
West Michigan is one of the most economically healthy regions in our state. It’s been cited as the fifth fastest-growing city in the country.
… “You see private businesses that are working every day with Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Michigan Works! and having that open dialogue, saying ‘This not just what I have today in terms of needs for my workforce, but here’s what I’m going to need over the next three-to-five years,'” (Tim) Mroz said. “‘How can you help in your curriculum? How can you help in workforce training to really make those connections, and help us grow our talent pool so that my business can continue growing in the region?'”
Kalamazoo Public Safety to hire, replace 40 officers by 2018
March 7, 2017; MLive
KALAMAZOO, MI — Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley said he expects to hire 40 new officers during the next year-and-a-half.
… 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.
Why mentoring is a vital add-on to remedial curriculum
March 6, 2017; Education Dive
… Remedial education is a growing part of the national conversation on college affordability, and it has attracted the attention of lawmakers in states and within the federal government. Campuses which show a commitment to enrolling low-income and minority students, but which don’t complement the enrollment strategy with direct outreach, stand to lose ground in graduation rates and poor internal reviews from students and faculty. Schools like Grand Rapids Community College use online assessment tools to help students self-determine the amount of time and resources they have to fully commit to pursuing a degree.
600 teens attending African American Male Achievement Conference
March 8, 2017; MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – More than 600 ninth graders from high schools throughout Kent County are expected to take part in the second annual African American Male Achievement Conference today at Grand Rapids Community College.
‘Creatures of Light’ opens at Grand Rapids Public Museum
March 11, 2017; MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Animals from fireflies to deep-sea squid are the focal point of the Grand Rapids Public Museum’s newest exhibit. “Creatures of Light” exhibit opens on Saturday, March 11.
(One of the photos accompanying this article shows GRCC student Joseph Hileski touring the exhibit.)
Pets and animal lovers play with friends at LaughFest event Sunday
March 12, 2017; MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Each year, Grand Rapids resident Erica Jager and her dachshund, Cooper, wait for a People and Pets day at Gilda’s LaughFest.
… Jager was among nearly 150 who attended a People and Pets event at GRCC Ford Feildhouse Sunday, one of the most popular parts of Gilda’s LaughFest since 2010. The event featured activities including a parade, costume contest, blessing and other events for animal lovers and their companions.
COLLEGE: Lackawanna sweeps softball doubleheader
March 7, 2017; The Times-Tribune (Scranton, Pa.)
Lackawanna College’s softball team opened its southern swing with a doubleheader sweep of Grand Rapids Community College, posting a pair of shutouts in the squad’s first games in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Indians win 3 of 4 at Classic
March 7, 2017; The Jackson County Floridian
The Chipola Baseball Classic over the weekend yielded mixed results for the 19-4 Indians.
While Grand Rapids Community College wasn’t able to gain any traction and went down 10-0 in flurry of runs on Friday, Saturday’s game against Louisiana State University Eunice saw a 9-2 loss for the Indians.