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GRCC In the News, 6-20-17

Grand Rapids Restaurant Week expands to include lunch

June 19, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Restaurant Week Grand Rapids is expanding to include lunch, organizers announced Monday, June 19.

… Since 2010, Restaurant Week participating restaurants and sponsors have contributed over $110,000 to the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education’s Student Scholarship Fund at Grand Rapids Community College.

East Grand Rapids elects new chair, vice chair for Parks Commission

June 19, 2017; MLive

The East Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Commission has named two longtime residents as their new chair and vice chair for 2017-2018.

… (Rick) Sprague, who received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in public administration from Grand Valley State University, works as a transportation planner for the Kent County Road Commission and as an adjunct professor at Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC In the News, 6-19-17

City launches initiative for racial equity

June 16, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss promised in her 2016 State of the City address that she would focus on racial equity, and she intends to keep her word.

Bliss and Bill Pink, president of Grand Rapids Community College, sent out invitations this month calling for community leaders to join a group that will address racial disparities in the local workforce.

First class of GRPS Challenge Scholars aims for free college

June 16, 2017; therapidian.org

Francisco McKnight just finished his freshman year at Union High School, but he’s already thinking ahead to college. That’s due in large part to the fact that, as a Challenge Scholar, he’s guaranteed up to four years tuition-free at nearly 50 Michigan colleges if he keeps his grades and attendance up.

… Others in Union’s freshman class could qualify for up to two years tuition-free at Grand Rapids Community College under the program, which aims to help students from low-income families go to college. But all students still have three years left to qualify for the four-year award.

Delays help City Built find its niche

June 16, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

When Edwin Collazo and Dave Petroelje first announced City Built Brewing Co. in fall 2015, the brewing industry was a different beast.

… Collazo used to live, as a freshman at Grand Rapids Community College, in the Belknap Lookout area, and never imagined the Sackner Building, where the brewery is, would be the place he works.

Restaurant Week GR 2017 Returns with a New Twist

June 8, 2017; experiencegr.com

Mark your calendar and get ready to make your plans because Restaurant Week GR 2017 is only a couple of months away! Back for its eighth year, Restaurant Week GR delights diners as they try new restaurants as well as new dishes at old favorites. Now is the time to check out who’s participating.

… If you’re still not convinced that Restaurant Week GR is the best thing to hit your taste buds, here’s another reason to dine out. Each year, Restaurant Week GR partners with the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education Student Scholarship Fund at Grand Rapids Community College, donating $1 from each meal to the program. To date, Restaurant Week GR has contributed over $110,000 to its endowed scholarship fund, which benefits the future chefs of West Michigan.

GRCC In the News, 5-25-17

Baby among those killed by opioids in Kent County’s deadliest year

May 24, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — At only 10 months old, Chance Powell was the youngest victim of the opioid epidemic in Kent County in 2015, the deadliest year the county has seen yet.

… When Jonathan Eisenman moved to Grand Rapids from Bay City, Mich., his mother thought it would be good for him. At age 15, the boy who loved to skate and write hip-hop lyrics started taking Norco with a friend. When the pills ran out, the teens switched to heroin. The family tried everything they could think of to get him clean, and thought it had worked. After high school, Jonathan moved to Grand Rapids to live with his older brother and attend Grand Rapids Community College.

Fleis scholarship winners announced

May 25, 2017; Leelanau News

A record number of scholarship applications were made and 72 were reviewed by the Fleis Education Fund selection committee.  Tina Poulias, who is studying medicine at Grand Rapids Community College, won the scholarship in memory of Jim and Rita (Fleis) Cwengros.

Jordan Brown flashes phenomenal speed in Rockford outfield and on base paths

May 24, 2017; MLive

ROCKFORD As a senior, Jordan Brown took over in center field for the Rockford baseball team and ran with it.

…”The amount of work he has put in this season is paying off, and I look forward to seeing what a year at Grand Rapids Community College does for him. He has the natural ability to be a great Division I baseball player. He has the tools that you can’t teach.”

Ceremony marks achievements in Adult Education program

GRCC celebrated achievements in the Adult Education program during a May 18 ceremony.

Adult Education program completion:

  • Jorge Chavez-Caudillo
  • Dorys Coello
  • Ana Gabriel
  • Alexander Callardo
  • Concepcion Garnica
  • Elfido Hernandez
  • Maria Isabel Ledesma Santoyo
  • Elias Mendez Romero
  • Son Nguyen
  • Nhung Pham
  • Olga Plaza-Navarro
  • Paula Portela Moreira
  • Alejandro Roblero-Gomez
  • Cecibel Tejada Sandoval

English-as-a-Second Language achievements:

  • Jennifer Acosta Soto
  • Roquelina Aguilar Amaya
  • Juan Pablo Agustin
  • Fatuma Ahmed
  • Elizabeth Alarcon
  • Elizabeth Alberto
  • Angelica Alcantar
  • Jorge Amaro
  • Gilma Aragon
  • Rabab Atiyah
  • Yelenis Avila
  • Maria Barandiaran-Gomez
  • Lianna Bracho
  • Noemi Bravo Gonzalez
  • Abidan Calderon Garcia
  • Elmer Calderon Garcia
  • Franky Calix-Lazo
  • Aniceto Camacho Carreto
  • Francisca Camilo Martinez
  • Maria Guadalupe Carmona
  • Hermilio Casado-Chavarri
  • Elizabeth Castillo Hernandez
  • Maryam Damghani
  • Irma De Anda Alvarez
  • Miroslava Del Juncal Mora
  • Maria Esthela Delgadillo
  • Adelaida DePaz Santiago
  • Gladis Diaz
  • Melita Fachin
  • Laura Fachin-De-Flores
  • Yunet Faza Gonzalez
  • Mayra Flores
  • Adan Fuentes
  • Carolina Garcia
  • Sandra Garcia
  • Angelica Garcia-De Rodas
  • Adriana Gomez
  • Rosa Gonzalez
  • Elizabeth Guerrero
  • Ruth Guerrero
  • Silvia Guzman
  • Angelica Guzman Gonzalez
  • Esperanza Hernandez
  • Alberto Huesca
  • Isaac Huinil
  • Ramon Ibarbia Rivero
  • Efrain Jaimes
  • Teresa Jaimes
  • Ali Jallo
  • Salim Jbouri
  • Adalberto Jimenez
  • Froilan Jimenez
  • Raul Jimon
  • Alfonso Lara
  • Janaly Lopez
  • Lorena Lopez
  • Marisela Lopez Esteban
  • Rosmelisa Lopez Sanchez
  • Jose Maldonado
  • Victor Maldonado
  • Aristides Martinez
  • Mideilys Martinez
  • Patricia Martinez
  • Karina Medina
  • Diana Medina-Valverde
  • Maria Mejia Gonzales
  • Hector Mejia Gonzalez
  • Maria Teresa Mendez Ponce
  • Yolanda Miguel
  • Elizabeth Del Rosario
  • Milian Garcia
  • Barbara Milian-Hernandez
  • Ana Maria Milian-Pinon
  • Nelson Minjares
  • Laura Miranda Perez
  • Marlene Monrroy
  • Leda Mora Dorantes
  • Henry Morales
  • Humberto Morales-Blanco
  • Lautaro Muniz Martinez
  • Dairen Nunez
  • Maria Isabel Ornelas
  • Monica Ortega Ramos
  • Victorino Ortiz
  • Candelario Ortiz Gutierrez
  • Domingo Pablo Velasquez
  • Amelia Pablo-Jeronimo
  • Silvia Penaflor Guizar
  • Denisse Pena-Santoyo
  • Citlali Perez
  • Ema Hortencia Perez
  • Samuel Perez
  • Carlos Perez Gomez
  • Juan Perez Lopez
  • Olga Ramos
  • Zuleyma Ramos Paredes
  • Mario Razo Cervantes
  • Hugo Reyes
  • Rosmery Reyna
  • Juana Rico
  • Maria del Carmen Rodriguez
  • Orisabel Rodriguez
  • Juliana Rodriguez-Ruiz
  • Rosa Rodriquez
  • Charles Rubasha
  • Sara Salazar Martinez
  • Yessica Sanabria Tavera
  • Norma Santoyo
  • Gema Silva Jimenez
  • Noralis Valdez Sardinas
  • Eliud Valencia
  • Manuel Valles
  • Noemi Vargas
  • Jose Vasquez
  • Jorge Velasquez
  • Rudi Villafuerte
  • Brenda Villatoro De Benitez
  • Liediya Welde
  • Meklit Welde
  • Merdekyos Welde

National Career Readiness Certificate:

  • Rabab Atiyah
  • Aida Barraza Martinez
  • Norma Bello Aristy
  • Aniceto Camacho-Carreto
  • Jorge Chavez-Caudillo
  • Yelar Cifuentes
  • Dorys Coello
  • Maryam Damghani
  • Francisco Diaz Hernandez
  • Martha Esparza
  • Yunet Faza Gonzalez
  • Adan Fuentes
  • Ana Gabriel-Hernandez
  • Alexander Gallardo Calero
  • Laura Gavina
  • Erika Gonzalez-Perez
  • Elfido Hernandez
  • Esperanza Hernandez
  • Ramon Ibarbia Rivero
  • Yuriria Illan-Dagostino
  • Efrain Jaimes-Campuzano
  • Salim Jbouri
  • Gilberto Lopez-Lucas
  • Alejandro Martinez
  • Olma Martinez
  • Hector Mejia-Gonzales
  • Barbara Milian-Hernandez
  • Maria Montanez
  • Leda Mora Dorantes
  • Amal Mounabih
  • Lautaro Muniz Martinez
  • Son Thanh Nguyen
  • Julio Ochoa
  • Sandra Parra Velasquez
  • Silvia Penaflor Guizar
  • Citlali Perez
  • Jaime Perez Coronel
  • Nhung Pham
  • Olga Plaza-Navarro
  • Paula Portela Moreira
  • Rosmery Reyna-Gonzales
  • Karen Rivera
  • Orisabel Rodriguez
  • Yessica Sanabria Tavera
  • Angel Segura de la Rosa
  • Noralis Valdes-Sardinas
  • Noemi Vargas
  • Iris Vasquez
  • Ahtziri Vazquez
  • Jorge Velasquez


  • Haitham Atiyah
  • Rabab Atiyah
  • Hermilio Casado Chavarri
  • Keith Cashmus
  • Shiv Chand
  • Virginia Correoso Fernadez
  • Manuel Deleon-Bernal
  • Laura Fachin De Flores
  • Jose Garcia-Gamez
  • Adriana Lara Martinez
  • Marcela Leon-Flores
  • Celia Lopez De Montanes
  • Lesly Maldonado-DeGarcia
  • Rene Mojica Suazo
  • Pablo Mora Vargas
  • Kenia Ocampo
  • Maria Isabel Ornelas
  • Francisco Pablo Mendez
  • Olga Plaza-Navarro
  • Silvia Reyes
  • Chenda Sat
  • Stasya Scherbatyuk
  • Vasily Scherbatyuk
  • Idania Tellez
  • Sivatharany Tharmakumar

Congratulations to Sandra Parra and Maria Montañez, recipients of the Maurilia Ortiz Blakely Scholarship!

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GRCC In the News, 5-19-17

MAPA Announces 2017 MAPA Educational Development Scholarship Fund Recipients

May 18, 2017; aftermarketnews.com

The Michigan Automotive Parts Association (MAPA) has announced the recipients of MAPA’s 2017 Educational Development Scholarship Fund, chosen by Lansing’s Capital Region Community Foundation. Three $1,000 scholarships were awarded, in addition to a $500 scholarship for the recipient of the 2017 Jud Morrison Memorial Achievement of Excellence Award.

The recipients include:

… Brooke Peckham Sponsored by Auto-Wares Group of Companies located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Peckham will be a junior enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in the fall of 2017 majoring in human resources management to support the growing car care Industry. Peckham’s MAPA Educational Development Scholarship Fund scholarship is in conjunction with the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, which supports careers within the automotive aftermarket industry field.

GRCC In the News, 5-15-17

Change Ups: Allen named Catholic Charities CEO

May 12, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal


… Grand Rapids Community College automotive technology students Bentley Streling and Adam VanPortfliet placed second and third, respectively, in the recent SkillsUSA state championship.

Perpetual growth fuels Switch

May 12, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

More than 1,000 contractors have had a hand in the Switch Pyramid campus in Gaines Township since legislation passed in December 2015 to bring the data center company to West Michigan.

… Switch has multiple partnerships in the works with Michigan companies, including a renewable energy initiative set to be released soon. (Adam) Kramer confirmed a second year of its partnership with ArtPrize and talked about its workforce development with Grand Rapids Community College.

Clothing line founders get creative

May 12, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Last year, Jack VanGessel and three of his friends launched Southern Hound, a clothing line inspired by popular styles and culture originating from the South.

But a couple of months after the start of their new venture, the four business partners were beginning to feel dissatisfied with the amount of money they were paying for creative services. VanGessel, a student at Grand Rapids Community College, and co-founder Conor Conaboy, a student at Michigan State University, brainstormed ideas and concluded one day, it might be a fun endeavor to start their own creative agency. That day came sooner than they expected.

Inside Track: Dentist seizes business opportunity

May 12, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

John Bruinsma never would have guessed the artificial taste of a sugar-free lollipop would one day lead to the taste of a $2,000 bottle of scotch.

… Growing up in Grand Rapids, Bruinsma always had a passion for science. After graduating from high school ahead of schedule, he went on to continue his education at Grand Rapids Community College.

Our LGBT Fund raises $520,000 to support services in West Michigan

May 14, 2017; MiBiz

GRAND RAPIDS — The growth of a fund established three years ago by a same-sex couple from Grand Rapids proves there’s interest in addressing issues the LGBT community faces in West Michigan.

… (Simon) Kittok, who works for Grand Rapids Community College, said the fund was created to offer more opportunities for transgender individuals to make good lives for themselves.

GRCC In the News, 5-3-17

Crews break ground on GRPD fallen officer memorial

May 2, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Construction is underway for a memorial to fallen Grand Rapids police officers.

… The original fundraising goal was $65,000, which would have paid for the memorial and a scholarship fund. That goal was increased to $75,000 so direct more money to the scholarship fund, which pays for one year of tuition at Grand Rapids Community College for a student who hopes to work in law enforcement. (Robert) Kozminski’s parents choose the recipient of that scholarship.


5 a.m. News

May 3, 2017; WWMT

The Battle Creek VA is working to address the needs of women veterans. The event, Women Veterans Expo 2017, is happening today at Grand Rapids Community College.