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24 students receive Teachers of Tomorrow scholarships

The Child Development and Education Department celebrated the Teachers of Tomorrow scholarship winners with an awards dinner last week.

Congratulations to all the winners:

  • Averie Allen.
  • Areli Berlanga.
  • Taiylor Camp.
  • Valerie Cassell.
  • Jennifer Cooper.
  • Maria Cruz.
  • David DeVries.
  • Carlee Devrou.
  • Sydnee Ellison.
  • Dennis Gross.
  • Kaelynn Kieboom.
  • Chelsea McCrum.
  • Maria-Elena Pimentel.
  • Anna Reynolds.
  • Katie Schumann.
  • Jessica Smith.
  • Rachele Smith.
  • Amanda Stuart.
  • Caitlin Tejeda.
  • Kara Tonneberger.
  • Nathan Townsend.
  • Adam Warners.
  • McKenna Whipple.
  • Alaina Wierenga.

GRCC In the News, 10-13-17

Wyoming schools wants to bring learning into 21st century with bond

Oct. 12, 2017; MLive

WYOMING, MI – Thirty-five years ago, Wyoming Public Schools Superintendent Thomas Reeder says he was a student in the district and the buildings have not changed, but the kids are going to very different jobs.

… The additional space will also benefit its Middle College program. Since 2009, students who commit to five years of high school can earn a diploma and an associate’s degree through a partnership with Grand Rapids Community College. Wyoming has about 200 kids enrolled and will graduate its third class this spring.

Successful Restaurant Week Supports Culinary Education Scholarships

Oct. 12, 2017; 100.5 FM

It was a super successful Restaurant Week in Grand Rapids this past August. So successful that with each of the 70+ participating restaurants donating $1 for each meal sold, a check for $16,200 was presented to the GRCC Foundation this year growing the donation to $143,106 for the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education (SICE) Student Scholarship Fund at GRCC.

AMBA names scholarship winners

Oct. 12, 2017; Plastics News

Indianapolis — The American Mold Builders Association has named winners of its 2017 scholarships, which has awarded more than $270,000 nationally since AMBA started the program in 1991.

… The 2017 National Scholarship Program has awarded $1,000 to the following recipients:

… James Worst, Paragon D&E, attending Grand Rapids Community College.

Jayhawks volleyball fights hard but falls to nationally ranked Grand Rapids on Tuesday

Oct. 12, 2017; Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

The Muskegon Community College volleyball team traveled to number three in the nation Grand Rapids Community College on Tuesday.


Students who complete Institute for Healing Racism could win scholarship

Three $100 scholarships are being offered to students who complete the two-day Institute for Healing Racism offered by GRCC’s Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion.

To be eligible for the Bragg, Harvard, Muhammad Smith Why We Can’t Wait Scholarship, students must be studying or planning to enter the GRCC Police Academy or the fields of criminal justice, education or health care. They must also write a short reflection based on their experience.

The institute is scheduled for October 5 and 6, December 7 and 8, and April 12 and 13. The first day’s session runs 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the second day lasts from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A continental breakfast and lunch are provided both days.

Students can complete the institute application online. Questions? Contact Tamber Bustance at (616) 234-3390.


GRCC In the News, 9-26-17

College building $3M manufacturing lab downtown

Sept. 26, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A college is building a manufacturing training lab downtown to address the shortage of skilled trades and engineering workers.

Western Michigan University has started construction on a two-story Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Laboratory, or the AMP Lab @WMU, which is being built in collaboration with Grand Rapids Community College and manufacturers.

Education Newsmakers: 09/25/2017

Sept. 25, 2017; Traverse City Record-Eagle

The Ed & Irene Fleis Education Fund awarded scholarships in May to students living in Leelanau County or with county lineage. The following students received $1,000 awards:
Tina Poulias, a medical student at Grand Rapids Community College, won the scholarship in memory of Jim and Rita (Fleis) Cwengros.

ArtPrize Nine jury shortlist: 20 finalists

Sept. 25, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – The ArtPrize category award jurors revealed their shortlists of five artist entries in the 2D, 3D, Installation and Time-Based categories.

… Here are the shortlist picks based on category:


… Virtue Virtu Vertu’ by HIPKISS by Alpha & Chris Mason at GRCC Collins Art Gallery (Panjas, France)

Sessions offer help with Jack Kent Cooke Foundation scholarship application

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is the largest private scholarship for two-year and community college transfer students in the country!

The scholarship awards up to $40,000 per year to approximately 85 students annually. The application process has started, and they’re due by noon October 24.

Get help with your application during special sessions from noon to 2 p.m. September 20 and 27 and October 11 and 18 in room 55 G2 of the Main Building. Attend as many as you need to — you don’t have to sign up in advance.

GRCC In the News, 9-18-17

Anxiety and uncertainty: Fallout from Trump administration’s plan to rescind DACA

Sept. 17, 2017; mibiz.com

West Michigan educators and at least one business group say the Trump administration’s plan to rescind the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals program already is leading to anxiety and uncertainty.

… Universities and colleges across Michigan including Western Michigan University, Michigan State University, Grand Valley State University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Kalamazoo College and Kalamazoo Valley Community College have responded with resolutions of support for their DACA students and called for a legislative fix from Congress.
GRCCs Faculty Council recently passed a resolution opposing the DACA decision and supporting the positions of the GRCC administration and Board of Trustees.

Call to action issued on Challenge Scholars

Sept. 15, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The president of the Grand Rapids Community Foundation says Challenge Scholars is more than about giving families money to pay for college, but preparing and guiding teenagers through the transition from high school to college for a successful career and life.

… Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) announced that all incoming freshman to Union, starting with the class of 2020, will have at least a two-year, tuition-free option for college or career training at the college. GRCC has also committed Success Coaches to work with students to identify college and career goals.

Women in Auto Care Announce 2017 Scholarship Winners

Sept. 15, 2017; Tire Review

Women in Auto Care awarded $65,000 in scholarships this year to 22 female students who are studying to enter the auto care industry.

… The 2017 scholarship winners are listed below:

Post-Secondary Students

… $2,500 Brooke Peckham, Grand Rapids Community College

In Trump era, politics are more visible than ever at Grand Rapids’ ArtPrize

Sept. 17, 2017; The Detroit Free Press

GRAND RAPIDS — When Donald Trump stumbled into last year’s ArtPrize competition, he was still a long-shot presidential candidate running what looked like a losing campaign.

… Her (Patricia Constantine) entry, “Sineater,” on display at Grand Rapids Community College’s Collins Art Gallery, is a mixed-media triptych. Presented using carnivalesque imagery, its middle panel is a self-portrait that conveys the artist’s guilt about teaching within a system that buries students in debt. Images of Trump and Betsy DeVos also appear with the phrases “I want to build a wall” and “No free lunch,” respectively.

Caledonia student Erik Rittenger receives scholarship to study criminal justice

Erik Rittenger
Erik Rittenger

Caledonia High School graduate Erik Rittenger will use a $2,000 Law Enforcement Education Program Dream Scholarship to obtain his associate degree in criminal justice at GRCC.

Rittenger, the son of a Wyoming Police Department detective, is among 27 students nationwide who received the LEEP scholarship to pursue careers in law enforcement and public safety.

“I see how my dad has influenced lives and helped his community,” said Rittenger, who plans to eventually transfer to Grand Valley State University for a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. “I feel that this scholarship will help me obtain those goals.”

The scholarship awarded to recipients this year is double the amount given last year. LEEP, a nonprofit public safety group, has awarded some $216,000 in Dream scholarships over the past 13 years.