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GRCC In the News, 2-19-18

Workforce development initiatives show signs of progress

Feb. 18, 2018; mibiz.com

By focusing on an internal culture that favors employee retention and support for external training initiatives, some West Michigan executives say they’ve largely avoided any problems associated with labor shortages.

… A founding member of the CWDA, ABC of West Michigan also works closely with organizations like Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) and Michigan Works!, largely as a means of identifying where specific gaps exist in construction training, developing curriculum and securing funding for the training programs.

Manufacturers solve problems internally, bring training in-house

Feb. 18, 2018; mibiz.com

Over the last few years, manufacturers have developed extensive in-house training programs in a move to combat skilled worker shortages.

… “This program provides the specific skills we are looking for while allowing our tradespeople to share their knowledge with others before retiring,” (Steelcase manager of corporate communications and public relations Katie) Woodruff said. “We have partnered with (Grand Rapids Community College) who provides an educational component, while our current tradespeople provide the on-the-job training. … We have had a mix of internal and external candidates join our apprentice program, which has proven to be a great balance.”

AMP Lab @WMU leverages partnerships to address talent shortage

Feb. 18, 2018; mibiz.com

GRAND RAPIDS — With the new AMP Lab @WMU that’s set to open this fall, Western Michigan University wants to leverage public- and private-sector partnerships to help local manufacturers innovate and access talent.

… The initiative also tapped into other institutions across the region, including Grand Rapids Community College, Ferris State University, Central Michigan University, Aquinas College and others.

Grand Rapids Community College celebrates 10th annual Creating Connections Breakfast

Feb. 16, 2018; therapidian.org

On Thursday, February 15, 2018, Grand Rapids Community College brought scholarship donors and recipients together through their 10th annual Creating Connections Breakfast. While enjoying eggs, bacon, and other delicious morsels prepared by GRCC’s culinary arts faculty and students, donors and recipients had the opportunity to interact and share their stories.

Sen. Stabenow to unveil new plan to help young people train, find work in Michigan

Feb. 19, 2018; WWMT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow will make a stop in West Michigan Monday to talk about her new “New Skills for New Jobs” agenda.
Sen. Stabenow (D-Michigan) will be at Grand Rapids Community College’s Michigan Technical Education Center Monday at 11 a.m.

8 apply for vacant Forest Hills School Board seat, NAACP calls for diversity

Feb. 18, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Forest Hills School Board received eight applications to fill a vacancy on the seven-member board, officials announced Friday, Feb. 16.

… Oscar Neal is a professor of mathematics and statistics at Grand Rapids Community College. He wants to help the district in developing youth by lending his advisory and planning skills. He cites enhancing performance and resourcefulness as key strengths and says he thrives on finding resolutions to problems. Neal, who is black, said his experience, educational qualifications and skills can be an asset.

Foul shots count for LMC women

Feb. 17, 2018; The Herald-Palladium (St. Joseph)

BENTON TOWNSHIP — It was a foul game against Grand Rapids Community College on Friday night.

Grand Rapids officials express concern over students violating housing codes downtown

Feb. 19, 2018; The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

Officials from the city of Grand Rapids and Grand Valley State University wish to remind students living downtown of compliance codes upheld by the city.

… “The city of Grand Rapids has dealt with the issue for at least 20 or 30 years,” he (Grand Rapids compliance supervisor Eric Jordan) said. “We’ve always had Calvin (College) and Aquinas (University), Grand Rapids Community College. In the past 10 years, Ferris (State) has increased its operations down in the city, as well as GVSU.”

Photos from Creating Connections breakfast

Scholarship “owners” got to meet recipients at the GRCC Foundation’s 10th annual Creating Connections breakfast on Feb. 15.

The event featured a welcome by foundation Executive Director Kathryn Mullins, vice president for College Advancement, and President Bill Pink, as well as two student speakers: Amanda Barnett and Raymond King.

The Alexa and Alek Zapata Scholarship was spotlighted.

 

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‘Black Panther’ showing supports GRCC scholarship

At 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16, you can support a GRCC scholarship by seeing Marvel’s “Black Panther” movie at Celebration Cinema South, 1506 Eastport Drive SE.

Proceeds from this event go to GRCC’s Bragg, Harvard, MuhammadSmith Why We Can’t Wait  scholarship. For $20, you get a movie ticket, a small popcorn, and a small drink, with $8 going to the scholarship. The first 50 ticket purchasers will also receive a Marvel comic, and all ticket holders have a chance to win a Razor scooter.

You can buy tickets online.

GRCC In the News, 1-19-18

Lakeshore Advantage Holds Meeting, Gives Honors

Jan. 19, 2018; WHTC

HUDSONVILLE, MI (WHTC-AM/FM) – The annual meeting of Lakeshore Advantage today will look back, look ahead and have some honors included.

Highlighting the session at Hudsonville’s Pinnacle Center is the awarding of the organization’s 2018 Visionary Award which recognizes leaders and the initiatives that they have undertaken to “affect positive economic change now and for the future,” according to a statement. The finalists for this honor are: Brian Walker of Herman Miller, Peter Haines of the OAISD and Dr. Bill Pink of Grand Rapids Community College, who created the Careerline Tech Center Early College Program; Dave Koster and Tim Hemingway of the Holland BPW for the Holland Energy Park that began full-scale operations last fall; and Community Foundation leaders Mike Goorhouse of Holland/Zeeland and Holly Johnson of the Grand Haven Area for the Housing Next affordable housing initiative.

Rees Scholarship Foundation Awards $74,000 to Aspiring HVACR Technicians

Jan. 17, 2018; achrnews.com

The Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), and the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), announced scholarship awards totaling $74,000 to 40 students, including one military veteran program recipient, studying to become technicians in the HVACR and water heating industry.

… HVACR and Water Heating Technician Program Recipients:

… Christopher Lewis, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, MI

Kelly Burrows, Elijah Paparella named semifinalists for Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship

Congratulations to GRCC students Kelly Burrows and Elijah Paparella for being named semifinalists for the Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship!

These two high-performing students join 532 semifinalists who were selected from an applicant pool of more than 2,000 community college students.

The Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is the largest private scholarship for two-year and community college transfer students in the country. Up to $40,000 per year is awarded to approximately 85 students annually. Cooke Scholars are also eligible to apply for up to $75,000 for graduate school.

GRCC In the News, 1-3-18

Medical assistant apprenticeship success catalyst for others in region

Dec. 29, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The success of West Michigan’s Medical Assistant Registered Apprenticeship Program has gotten national attention and is the catalyst for developing other healthcare apprenticeships.

… The Medical Assistant apprenticeship emerged after Mercy Health officials reached out to representatives of Grand Rapids Community College to discuss how to meet the high demand for workers.

Upping the Entry Degree

Jan. 2, 2018; Inside Higher Ed

Community colleges across the country are examining possible new requirements for occupational therapy assistants to get more education, which could result in the elimination of occupational therapy programs on their campuses.

… At Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan, where about 25 students enroll annually in the institution’s occupational therapy assistant program, officials are against increasing the education requirements.

Exec predicts two-year construction boom

Dec. 22, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The construction boom still has a couple years left on it, based on Ben Wickstrom’s predictions. The president of Erhardt Construction said his company has a steady supply of work going to 2018 and even 2019.

… Erhardt, in collaboration with ABC/WMC, has worked with Grand Rapids Community College to develop training programs for the skilled trades. The company also is starting to branch out into Grand Rapids Public Schools.

Kalamazoo Township to swear in new police chief on Jan. 5

Dec. 28, 2017; MLive

KALAMAZOO TOWNSHIP, MI — Lt. Bryan Ergang will be sworn in as chief of the Kalamazoo Township Police Department on Jan. 5.

… He has an associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College, a bachelor’s degree from Siena Heights College, and a master’s degree in public administration from Western Michigan University. He is also a recent graduate of the prestigious FBI Nation Academy.

Kendra DeJonge, GRCC volleyball player earns national recognition

Dec. 28, 2017; The Rockford Squire

A freshman player on Grand Rapids Community College’s volleyball team has received national recognition.

Lakeview’s Vellanti wins MHSFCA Assistant Coach of the Year Award

Dec. 29, 2017; The Daily News (Greenville)

LAKEVIEW — Assistant coaches don’t volunteer their time to win awards and accolades, but that doesn’t mean they don’t enjoy them if and when they come about.

… A former Lakeview graduate, (Ryan) Vellanti went to college at Grand Rapids Community College and Aquinas College. He graduated college in 2000 and was promptly hired in 2001 at Lakeview as a teacher and a coach.

Liberty’s 4 newcomers add bulk to lines

Dec. 28, 2017; Salina Journal (Kan.)

The Salina Liberty beefed up the offensive and defensive lines with the signing of four newcomers for the 2018 season.

… (Dana) Harris, who’s 6-3, 318 pounds, is a Detroit native and played at Grand Rapids Community College (Mich.) and Youngstown State.

College honoring African-American leaders

Dec. 29, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local college is honoring 12 African-American leaders for their “exceptional contributions” to the quality of life in Grand Rapids.

The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion at Grand Rapids Community College is hosting its 36th-annual Giants Awards and Banquet at 6 p.m. on Feb. 3 at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, at 303 Monroe Ave. NW.

Neighborhoods: Grand Rapids

Dec. 19, 2017; pridesource.com

Named one of the Gayest Cities in America by The Advocate magazine in 2012, Grand Rapids became the 36th city in the state of Michigan to add protections for the LGBT community in its non-discrimination ordinance. This fair and equitable treatment has made Grand Rapids an even more inviting place for young, bright, creative-minded professionals.

… The city’s commitment to helping the LGBT community flourish is reflected in educational settings such as the Grand Rapids Community College which passed a transgender policy allowing students and staff to use the bathroom or locker room of the gender with which they identify. The inclusive Grand Valley State University was recently named one of the top 50 colleges or universities in the country when it comes to being LGBT-friendly.

Lance Werner: LJ’s 2018 Librarian of the Year

Jan. 2, 2018; Library Journal

If you ask Lance Werner, executive director of the Kent District Library (KDL), MI, what makes him a strong leader, an effective legislative advocate, and a champion of access for his patrons, his answer is simple: it’s all about forming relationships — with his staff, legislators, local business owners and CEOs, county commissioners, Michigan Library Association (MLA) administrators, LIS educators, patrons, and anyone else in a 100-mile radius. Ask him again, and he’ll bring up words such as kindness and empathy and that he loves his job.

… Local organizations, including the Literacy Center of West Michigan (LCWM), the Kent Intermediate School District, and Steelcase Corporation, have actively partnered with the library to help implement the program, as well as a collaboration between Grand Rapids Community College and KDL to provide all-ages STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics) programming.

Man sentenced in Hookah Lounge shooting that killed 22-year-old

Dec. 26, 2017; MLive

GRAND HAVEN, MI — The man convicted in the Sept. 2016 shooting death of 22-year-old Anthony Lamb will spend at least the next two decades in state prison.

… Lamb was a 2013 Holland V.R. Tech School graduate who went on to attend Grand Rapids Community College before getting a job at Port City Muskegon Casting, according to his obituary.

18 Grand Rapids Resolutions for 2018

Jan. 2, 2018; experiencegr.com (Grand Rapids Convention & Visitors Bureau website)

Happy New Year! As you think about the coming year and start vacation (or staycation) planning, Grand Rapids needs to be on your radar. With an endless calendar of events, live music all year long, and a dining scene that rivals cities twice our size, there’s something for everyone.

… 14.  Savor local cuisine during Restaurant Week GR
The foodie sensation, Restaurant Week GR, is a city-wide celebration of local restaurants, innovative cuisine, and homegrown produce. It’s the perfect time to try a new restaurant or visit an old favorite. And, as Grand Rapids isn’t one to skimp on food, our celebrated week of dining is actually 12 days long. If you needed another reason to check out even more Restaurant Week GR venues, this 12-day food celebration is all for a good cause. A portion of sales from every meal goes toward the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education Student Scholarship Fund at Grand Rapids Community College.

Classes resume in West Michigan

Jan. 2, 2018; WOOD Radio

Back to school! Most students will return to class on Monday next week, but some Lakeshore districts start on Thursday to accommodate the likelihood of more snow days. A few colleges and high schools start the spring semester later in January, and offer a very short program of concentrated instruction.

… Grand Rapids Community College: Classes begin Monday, January 8.

Medical Mile: a vision for change in Grand Rapids

Dec. 29, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Thirty years ago, Grand Rapids stood at a crossroads after more than a century as a manufacturing hub for the furniture and the auto industries, the city’s job sectors were changing. Thousands of manufacturing jobs were in decline or moving elsewhere, taking a once vibrant and dynamic economy with them. Our lively, postwar downtown filled with restaurants, shops and small businesses slowly was becoming a ghost town. There simply was not enough business to keep them open. Like many industrial cities in the late 20th century, Grand Rapids was a city in need of creative thought leaders who didn’t adhere to the status quo. Some feared we didn’t have what it would take to turn things around. They were wrong.

… Following the building of the institute, philanthropists, nonprofit entities and private-sector enterprises began showing renewed interest in the Michigan Street corridor, building academic institutions, hospitals and businesses. Together with Grand Valley State University, Spectrum Health, Mercy Health, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Michigan State University and many others, we have created a powerful source for economic growth, collaboration and continued development in the heart of Grand Rapids.

(This is a guest column written by David Van Andel, chairman and CEO of the Van Andel Institute.)

GRCC In the News, 12-14-17

Refugees grateful for construction training, jobs and language skills

Dec. 13, 2017; MLive

GRANDVILLE, MI – Two years ago, the future was uncertain for Tony-Kelly Lubanzadio in his native Democratic Republic of Congo.

… To join the program, the refugees were required to have some basic conversational skills to understand the curriculum. Students began their two days per week at Grand Rapids Community College in March.

College earns $1M grant for low-income STEM students

Dec. 13, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local college has earned a $1 million grant to support its low-income STEM students.

… Additionally, the project team will enlist area community colleges, including Grand Rapids Community College, Northwestern Michigan College and Muskegon Community College, to help identify potential RISE scholars at their institutions and provide mentoring for those students before they enroll at GVSU.

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra presents ‘Messiah’

Dec. 14, 2017; The Petoskey News

Once again the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra will bring the “Messiah” to Northern Michigan at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 14 and 15, at St. Francis Xavier Church in Petoskey.

… (Katherine) Jannakos, cannot remember a time when she hasn’t been involved in music. She comes from a very musical family, and early on studied music theory and flute. She didn’t start singing until high school, and later began serious voice study at Grand Rapids Community College. After three years she left that college and completed her degree at Oberlin Conservatory. She has appeared as a chorus member and in featured roles with Opera Grand Rapids, Oberlin Opera Theatre, Second Act Opera and the Bay View Music Festival. She has appeared as a featured soloist with the Kent Philharmonic, Flint Symphony Orchestra, Bay View Orchestra and Oberlin Orchestra. She is thrilled to be performing with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra.

Five cool vintage Grand Rapids Christmas gifts you can buy online

Dec. 13, 2017; 100.5 FM

Everything old is new again, and with the continued restoration of old buildings downtown, Grand Rapids has been digging into its past to form its future. Here is some old school vintage Grand Rapids stuff I found online that you can gift to the GR lover in your family.

… 2. Recall the glory days of GRCC football with this mini-football

Grand Rapids Community College (also known as Grand Rapids Junior College used to have an elite junior college football program, one that competed at an elite level on the JC scene back in the day. The Raiders went to such illustrious bowl games such as the Wool Bowl, Valley of the Sun Bowl, and the Dixie Rotary Bowl.

This memento is a steal at $4.99.