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Preschool hosts workshop for in-home child-care providers

GRCC’s Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory is hosting a workshop for in-home child-care providers on August 17.

Learn about the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Care Program requirements that take effect in October. You’ll also have a chance to ask questions about the new Kid Kare Program.

The free session runs 6:30-8 p.m. at the preschool, 210 Lyon St. NE. RSVPs are appreciated, but not required; contact Kathleen Neumann at (616) 234-4004 or kathleenneumann@grcc.edu.

 

GRCC In the News, 8-10-17

Free play & learn groups launching to get more kids kindergarten-ready

Aug. 10, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – First Steps Kent and Grand Rapids Community College are partnering in an initiative help more children enter kindergarten prepared to succeed.

KISD students can earn associates degree tuition free

Aug. 9, 2017; The Lowell Ledger

Kent Intermediate School District (KISD) students are now given the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and a specialized associates degree tuition free in five years through a hands-on early college program, Launch U.

Early/Middle College is a career focus type of program that ultimately prepares students to go directly into the workforce or to continue on with school, said Ron Caniff, superintendent of the KISD. For the extra year of high school status, students will earn 60 or more college credits through Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) while their peers may have only upwards of 30 credits.

Culinary school to host pastry competition tryouts

Aug. 9, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The kitchens at a local college culinary institute will be powdered with the sugar of expert pastry chefs next week.

Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education will host tryouts on Aug. 14 and 15 for the U.S. team in an international pastry competition.

Favorite Family Flavors: Bringing Tradition to the Table

Aug. 9, 2017; Women’s Lifestyle

You know you’ve entered a special restaurant when the aromas capture your senses. Basil, oregano, cinnamon, tomatoes, onions, wine and garlic drift through the air at Licari’s Sicilian Pizza Kitchen; a blend of corn, garlic, onions and spices permeate Lindo Mexico’s new modern restaurant; a rich broth filled with special meats and steeped with basil, ginger root, cinnamon, onions and other tantalizing spices is one menu item that will light your fire at PHO 616, the newest restaurant in the Grand Rapids Downtown Market.

… One dollar from every Restaurant Week meal sold is donated by the participating restaurants to the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education Student Scholarship Fund at GRCC, providing financial support to up-and-coming chefs and restaurant staff.

First Steps Kent, GRCC launch partnership to provide community play groups

A woman uses play money to make a pretend purchase from four children playing store with a toy cash register. The sign hanging from the ceiling says "Burton Veterinarian Clinic."First Steps Kent and GRCC are teaming up to provide community play groups in eight locations throughout Grand Rapids.

First Steps Kent, a Kent County nonprofit organization that works to strengthen and coordinate early childhood services, will work with GRCC’s Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory to organize the weekly play groups for children ages 2 to 5.

Parents, caregivers and children will take part in the free play groups with intentionally designed activities to prepare the children for success.  The parents and caregivers will learn about child development, early reading and positive discipline, said JaneAnn Benson, director of GRCC’s Early Childhood Learning Laboratory.

“We are excited to work in partnership with First Steps Kent and Grand Rapids Public Schools in sharing early childhood resources and activities throughout the area,” she said. “The play groups will help children build literacy skills while having fun. It will be a wonderful opportunity for caregivers to learn from us — and from each other.”

First Steps Kent started the Early Learning Communities playgroups as a demonstration project, said Annemarie Valdez, president and CEO of First Steps Kent.

“Since starting with FSK, Early Learning Communities has provided a quality early learning experience for many children, along with their parents and caregivers,” she said.  “We are thrilled to have Grand Rapids Community College as a partner to steer this effort going forward. True partnerships such as this benefit our children and the whole community.”

The groups will meet for 90 minutes every week during the academic year at:

  • Aberdeen Elementary, 928 Aberdeen St. NE.
  • Burton Elementary, 2133 Buchanan Ave. SW.
  • Coit Creative Arts Academy, 617 Coit Ave. NE.
  • Congress Elementary, 940 Baldwin St. SE.
  • The Grand Rapids Library’s main branch at 111 Library St. NE.
  • Harrison Park Elementary, 1440 Davis Ave. NW.
  • Madison Square Church, 1441 Madison Ave. SE.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Academy, 645 Logan St. SE.

GRCC President Bill Pink said the play groups would not be possible without cooperation from many community organizations.

“We are grateful to Grand Rapids Public Schools, the library and Madison Square Church for providing the space to help Grand Rapids children learn and grow,” he said. “All of us benefit when our youngest learners feel confident and successful in the classroom.”

GRCC In the News, 7-18-17

These 3 new Michigan childcare centers offer the most advanced facilities for children and adults

July 14, 2017; Model D Media

The latest research suggests that high-quality early childhood education has positive long-term effects that last well into adulthood. Unfortunately, demand for early education outstrips access to these facilities. And often the quality is poor.

… In 1974, Phyllis Fratzke, founder of the child development program at Grand Rapids Community College, brought young children and college students together to create learning experiences for both. In January, GRCC opened a brand-new facility, the Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory, based on Fratzke’s education model.

Former WASP, other seniors get a chance to ‘soar like an eagle’

July 17, 2017; MLive

Jane Doyle, 95, stood on the tarmac at Sparta’s Paul C. Miller Airport recently looking at the 1942 Boeing Stearman biplane she had just taken a ride in.

… She graduated from Grand Rapids South High School in 1940 and knew then that she wanted to learn to fly. “The junior college (Grand Rapids Community College) had a flight school then, so I did the 70 hours of ground school there and then 30 hours of flight training at the Kent County Airport to earn my private pilot’s license,” she said.

Trial underway for man accused in 2016 murder on GRCC campus

July 17, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. (WZZM) – Testimony is expected to get underway Tuesday in the trial of a Grand Rapids man accused of killing a 34-year-old woman in a random attack on the Grand Rapids Community College campus more than a year ago.

 

Preschool holds bake sale to benefit DeVos Children’s Hospital

The Meadow Room at GRCC’s Early Childhood Learning Laboratory held a bake sale on Thursday to conclude a project study of cookies. The proceeds will be used to purchase toys for DeVos Children’s Hospital. President Pink and Kathy Mullins, executive director of the GRCC Foundation, were some of the satisfied customers.

GRCC In the News, 5-10-17

Look inside Switch’s upgraded Kent Co. pyramid

May 9, 2017; WOOD TV

GAINES TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Inside the former Steelcase research and development facility –now the Switch Pyramid Campus — there is patented technology protecting the data storage of companies like eBay, DreamWorks Animation, News Corporation and eHarmony.

… “We’ve been working with Grand Rapids Community College to develop the same type of program in partnership without internal training program called Switch University. So that we can take people who have some of the basic skill sets that would work in this environment and train them up to and train them up to where they need to be. The reception has been phenomenal,” (Adam) Kramer said.

For these seniors, degrees already in sight

May 9, 2017; schoolnewsnetwork.org (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)

Cedar Springs Public Schools, MI — Three years ago, 25 district sophomores decided to get an early start on college. All are well on their way to graduating this fall, having already saved thousands on higher education.

Enrolled in the district’s Middle College program — a collaboration with Grand Rapids Community College — the initial cohort of students is the first from Cedar Springs to finish high school with as many as 39 college credits.

Preschoolers to get hands-on learning with grant-funded museum exhibits

May 9, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – More than 1,500 children will gain hands-on learning experiences this summer as a part of the $25,000 grant from PNC Bank.

The PNC Foundation awarded the Grand Rapids Public Museum the grant on Tuesday, May 9 to create two exhibits – “Wales: Giants of the Deep” and “Creatures of Light.” The foundation partnered with students from Head Start for Kent County, YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids and the GRCC Laboratory Preschool, and it will bring a total of 1,500 preschoolers to the museum to see the exhibits.