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GRCC hosts ‘Chef Lab’

Creative Dining recently held “Chef Lab,” three days of culinary training, for 40 of its chefs and managers.

The July 10 session was held in the kitchens and amphitheater of GRCC’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.  Those attending included 14 GRCC alumni.  Three of those 14 alumni — Todd Hurtz, Brady Newcomer and Ryan Hartman — won a Chef Lab competition during the session at Gordon Food Service headquarters.

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GRCC In the News, 7-16-18

New brewery strives for inclusivity

July 13, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Michigan’s first African-American-owned brewery was one of last week’s winners of Start Garden’s 100 Ideas. And a $20,000 cash prize is bringing the vision closer to opening day.

… One of the opportunities (Terry) Rostic plans to offer once he gets his business running is to send young people in the area through Grand Rapids Community College’s brewing program, a seven-week program designed to teach students the basics of working in a brewery and, hopefully, open career paths in craft brewing.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Terry Rostic is a GRCC alumnus.)

Inside Track: Chef invites learners to sit at his table

July 13, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Oscar Moreno was working at Serafinas, a now-closed Italian restaurant in Holland, when he received a phone call that led to the opportunity of his dreams.

… Moreno teaches his 14 cooks — many of whom are Grand Rapids Community College culinary school honor students — how to use the cookery and follow the appropriate processes.

3 Democrats compete in Kent County’s 28th Senate District

July 13, 2018; MLive

ROCKFORD, MI — This August, three Democrats will face off in a bid to challenge the Republican-held state senate seat representing northern Kent County.

… (Ryan) Jeanette is a history and political science Grand Rapids Community College student. In 2008 at the age of 18, Jeannette pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault or assault and battery which occurred the year before in Troy. He served 12 months probation.

Creative Dining Services to use cage-free eggs

July 14, 2018; The Holland Sentinel

ZEELAND — As more and more companies aim to provide more organic and healthy food items, Creative Dining Services has announced it will soon only use eggs from cage-free farms.

The Zeeland company, which operates food service programs at Hope College, Grand Rapids Community College and other local colleges, switched to cage-free eggs for its shelled egg products July 1 and plans to convert entirely to cage-free (liquid egg products included) by December.

GRCC In the News, 7-9-18

Education, business leaders push talent

July 6, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

With Michigan’s lack of talent at the forefront of concerns in the business community, the area’s education and business leaders are working to better prepare young people for the workforce.

… Grand Rapids Public Schools and Grand Rapids Community College recently announced another new partnership, which will extend the existing Grand Rapids Learning Center partnership which helps identify a career path or transition to college to better include all students in the city.

Grand Rapids African American Institute: bridging the gap in healthcare professions

July 5, 2018; WGVU

Marcus Jones, a Black American student at Grand Rapids Community College on the Occupational Therapist track was first exposed to the profession when he began working at a Spectrum Health Hospital downtown Grand Rapids.

Pathways to careers: Initiative to improve access for people of color to health care jobs

July 7, 2018; mibiz.com

GRAND RAPIDS — Creating a level playing field for people of color in Michigan who want to pursue careers in the health care sector will lay the foundation for their success and the state’s future economic growth.

… Aquinas College, Calvin College, Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University and Hope College will participate in the study to develop college-specific plans of action to engage students of color in reducing barriers to them choosing to study health care professions.

Restauranteur Roundtable: Grand Rapids restaurant owners struggle with talent, city’s still-developing foodie culture

July 7, 2018; mibiz.com

Talent issues dominate most business discussions these days, and that’s certainly true among entrepreneurs in Grand Rapids restaurant scene.

… How well do the local culinary schools around the region do in training the next generation of workers for your restaurants? Are you recruiting from them?
(Geoff)  GASKIN: (Chef Oscar Moreno) went out and spent a lot of time with the Secchia Institute at GRCC, and we have three that came from there that work at MeXo. I will say, they have stood out a little bit more than the others. Their chef coats a little buttoned up more. … They’re coming out now and describing the food.

45 teams earn MCCAA All-Academic Team Awards

July 1, 2018; mccaa.org

The Michigan Community College Athletic Association is proud to announce that 45 teams have earned MCCAA All-Academic Team honors. To earn the honors a team must have a cumulative grade point average for all members of the team must be 3.00 or higher for both semesters combined.

Mott Community College had six teams (Volleyball, Softball, Men’s Cross Country, Women’s Cross Country, Men’s Basketball and Golf) earn All-Academic Team honors. Grand Rapids Community College had five teams. Ancilla College, Lansing Community College, Macomb Community College and Muskegon Community College had four teams each. Softball was the sport with the most All-Academic Teams with 11, while Volleyball had seven teams. Women’s cross country had six teams, while Women’s Basketball has five teams.

Derrick King named Wyoming Lee boys basketball coach

July 5, 2018; MLive

Wyoming — Lee’s boys basketball team won four games last winter, but Derrick King has a plan to get the Rebels on track.

King, who served as an assistant coach for the Grand Rapids Community College men’s team this past winter, was recently hired to coach the Rebels.


GRCC In the News, 6-22-18

Restaurant Week is coming soon with something new

June 21, 2018; 100.5 FM

Restaurant Week Grand Rapids, (RWGR), announces a third Chef’s Choice option that will be available during the 12-day culinary event in the Greater Grand Rapids area from August 8 19, 2018.

… RWGR not only promotes the Greater Grand Rapids culinary scene, but also provides educational support through a scholarship fund for students at the Grand Rapids Community College Secchia Institute for Culinary Education. Since 2010, Restaurant Week participating restaurants and sponsors have contributed over $143,000 to the scholarship fund. Participating restaurants donate $1 for every Restaurant Week meal sold to the scholarship fund that is granted to selected students within the Institute’s culinary program.

Meet the 2018 Kalamazoo Gazette Baseball Dream Team

June 21, 2018; MLive

KALAMAZOO, MI – From strong seniors to freshman phenoms, the 2018 high school baseball landscape in the Kalamazoo-area featured a group of diverse and talented athletes.

… Dream Team Pitchers

… Trevor Patterson, Sr., Galesburg-Augusta

… The senior Grand Rapids Community College signee struck out 60 batters in 53 2/3 innings, while posting a 7-0 record, a 0.26 ERA and allowing 30 hits, nine walks and two earned runs.

… Dream Team Catchers

… Jimmy Wressel, Sr., Paw Paw

The senior Grand Rapids Community College signee earned first team all-conference and first team all-district honors after batting .426 with a .535 on-base percentage, while throwing out 36 percent of runners from behind the plate.

Architecture projects win statewide awards

Jun 21, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A group of local firms and projects recently won statewide awards from an association of architects.

… AIA Michigan also presented the Design Award to two Grand Rapids projects: Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory at Grand Rapids Community College won in the building category, and the Ford airport Viewing Pavilion won in the low budget/small project category.

GRCC In the News, 6-6-18

Bulletin Board

June 6, 2018; The New York Times

No Laptop? Get One at the Vending Machine

Step aside, Snickers — this vending machine dispenses computers, not candy.

Surviving college without a laptop is not easy; most students are asked to submit homework, revise papers and follow course readings online. Faculty members at Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan noticed that some students who couldn’t afford a laptop were struggling to keep up.

MOCC student wins culinary arts scholarship

June 4, 2018; The Pioneer (Big Rapids)

Damon Jones, a senior from Big Rapids High School and a student in the culinary arts program at the Mecosta-Osceola Career Center, recently received a $1,000 scholarship from Secchia Institute of Culinary Education.

News 8 Daybreak

June 6, 2018; WOOD TV

A bus service to help lower traffic and ease parking issues along Michigan Street in Grand Rapids is in the works. … The route right now is known as the Rapid’s route 19. Its stops include Spectrum Health, GVSU, Grand Rapids Community College, MSU’s College of Human Medicine and the Bridge Street market.

GRCC In the News

‘The Spirit of South High’ | 50 years after closing, legendary school still teaches

May 21, 2018; WZZM

It’s graduation season. High school students from all over are turning their tassels, signaling they’ve moved into their next phase of life.

… The best indication that the spirit of Grand Rapids South High School will likely continue well after all of the living alums are gone is the scholarship fund that was set up through the Grand Rapids Community College Foundation.

“Every year, two students from the Grand Rapids Public School district are selected to receive the South High Alumni Scholarship Fund,” said James Atkinson, who was a 1958 graduate of South High and is the current president of the South High Varsity Club. “The two students get their tuition to GRCC completely paid for thanks to this fund.”

‘I am going to do something with my life’

May 24, 2018; The Daily News (Greenville)

BELDING — As Nathan Silman walks across the stage tonight to receive his diploma, he’ll be sharing in the accomplishment with more than 100 classmates.

… Silman plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College with a goal to earn an associate degree and transfer to Ferris State University.

Students earn awards at Heartlands Institute of Technology

May 24, 2018; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — Heartlands Institute of Technology honored its countywide students with awards last week at the career center.

… William Parish was honored with a $2,000 scholarship to attend the Grand Rapids Community College, Secchia Institute for Culinary Education to further pursue the culinary arts field.

Madison Marble wielding a consistent bat for Sparta softball squad

May 24, 2018; MLive

SPARTA — Madison Marble continues to swing a productive bat for Sparta’s softball team.

She is a returning senior outfielder who has signed to play at Grand Rapids Community College next season.

City commission meets new officer Kasey Metcalf

May 22, 2018; The Pioneer (Big Rapids)

(Photo caption) Big Rapids Department of Public Safety Director Jim Eddinger (left) introduces the department’s newest officer, Kasey Metcalf, to Big Rapids City Commissioners and city staff during Monday’s meeting. Metcalf worked with DPS as a service officer from 2013 -15, while enrolled at Ferris State University, and graduated from Grand Rapids Community College. “(Metcalf) is atypical of Millenials; he has shown a reverence to his position,” Eddinger said.

Davis to take reins of university relations for coming months

May 24, 2018; Western Michigan University press release

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Former reporter and longtime W Magazine editor Paula M. Davis has been appointed interim executive director of the Office of University Relations at Western Michigan University, effective June 1.

… The West Michigan native earned an associate degree from Grand Rapids Community College before continuing on to earn a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Wayne State University in 1998. Before joining the Gazette in 1998, Davis gained experience reporting for the Austin (Texas) American-Statesman and for Crain’s Detroit Business. She also worked for the Detroit Public Schools in its media relations office.

STAMPS NOTES: With Richards out, Dennis set to step up

May 23, 2018; The London Free Press (Ontario)

When the Calgary Stampeders announced that Randy Richards was being placed on the six-game injured list, it seemed to clear the way for Derek Dennis to reclaim the teams starting left tackle position.

… From the sideline, receiver Nick Truesdell as looking awfully impressive to this particular reporter.

When he was asked after Wednesday mornings practice, it sounded like (head coach Dave) Dickenson was intrigued by the Grand Rapids Community College product, as well.

Grand Rapids Community College approves pay raises for 2 unions

May 24, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College agreed to new contracts with two of its employee unions – the Police Officers Labor Council and College Employees Benefit Association.

Folias Duo performs on flute and guitar June 3 in Carrizozo

May 23, 2018; Ruidoso News (N.M.)

Representatives of Carrizozo Music, Inc. announced this week that Folias Duo, international renown husband and wife duet from Grand Rapids, Mich., will perform in a Portico Concert on Sunday, June 3. The concert will be staged from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Carrizozo Woman’s Club.

… Andrew Bergeron is instructor of guitar and music theory at Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University and Aquinas College. Andrew is a founding performer and composer with the Grand Rapids Guitar Quartet. He is also a Blue Griffin Performing artist.

Mackinac Policy Conference 2018: Full schedule, speakers, how to watch

May 23, 2018; WDIV

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. – Michigan’s biggest annual political event, the Mackinac Policy Conference, kicks off on the island on May 30, 2018.

… Thursday, May 31:

… 12:45 p.m. – The Future of Work in Michigan: Partnerships Pave the Way to Prosperity: Panelists: Heidi Kaplan, Senior Community Development Analyst, Board of Governors, Federal Reserve Board, David Meador, Vice Chairman and Chief Administrative Officer, DTE Energy, Bill Pink, President, Grand Rapids Community College


GRCC In the News, 5-23-18

MAPA announces 2018 MAPA Educational Development Scholarship Fund recipients

May 22, 2018; MotorAge

MAPA is pleased to announce the recipients of MAPA’s 2018 Educational Development Scholarship Fund have been chosen by Lansing’s Capital Region Community Foundation. Three (3) $1,000 scholarships were awarded, in addition to a $500 scholarship for the recipient of the 2018 Jud Morrison Memorial Achievement of Excellence Award. MAPA congratulates these very deserving students:

… Brooke Peckham, Sponsored by Auto-Wares Group of Companies located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Brooke will be a Junior enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Michigan in the fall of 2018 majoring in Human Resources Management to support the growing Car Care Industry. Brooke is the daughter of Charles and Merriea Lubben of Cedar Springs, Michigan. Brooke’s MAPA Educational Development Scholarship Fund scholarship is in conjunction with the University of the Aftermarket Foundation who supports careers within the automotive aftermarket industry field.

Brooke Peckham also was awarded the distinguished 2018 Jud Morrison Memorial Achievement of Excellence Award named in memory of MAPA co-founding father and past chairman of the board of directors, Justin H. Morrison. Brooke’s academic achievements and outstanding community service record exemplifies the high standards and commitment to excellence that Jud Morrison stood for.

Grandville Wins OK Red Conference Outright

May 22, 2018; MLive

The Grandville Bulldogs (22-4, 13-3) claimed an outright OK Red Conference Championship on Tuesday with a 10-0 victory over the East Kentwood Falcons on Senior Night. The Bulldogs shared the title last season but the twelve returners (nine seniors) from last season didn’t want to share this year. Grandville has posted a 13-3 conference record with two league games left on the schedule.

… The Grandville seniors honored on Senior Night:

Tommy Blitchok – 1B (attending University of Michigan), Bret Chesla – P (Albion College), Pat Clark – P (Davenport University), Trevor Gelfius – P (University of Alabama), Zac Fillmore – OF (Grand Valley State University), Keaton Hamilton – DH/P (Hope College), Seth Puhar – 3B (Grand Rapids Community College), Parker Sisovsky – P (Kalamazoo College), Spencer Woodruff – P (Michigan State University)

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson addresses trends and concerns for ‘boomers’ on bikes

May 22, 2018; michigan.gov (state press release)

Noting their disproportionate involvement in crashes, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson today encouraged baby boomers who ride a motorcycle or are thinking about it to take a returning-rider safety course, even if they rode in their younger days.

… The Michigan Rider Education Program first offered a three-wheeled vehicle safety course through a public sponsor in 2015.  This year, in a pilot program with Can-Am, 12 Can-Am Spyders have been loaned to three-wheeled vehicle rider education courses at Grand Rapids Community College and Schoolcraft College. Three-wheeled vehicle safety courses are also available through select private sponsors listed on the Michigan Rider Education Program training locator Web page.

Middle school girls receive empowering messages at Beautiful U

May 22, 2018; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) – If you could go back, what would you tell yourself in middle school? Empowering mind, body, and soul is what Maranda’s Beautiful U is all about! 140 seventh and eighth grade girls from five school districts across West Michigan came together for an afternoon of fun and education.

… An exciting part of Beautiful U is the tasty food and snacks! Secchia Institute for Culinary Education, Meijer, and Milk Means More partnered up to educate girls on what they need to fuel their bodies. Calcium and protein are extremely important for girls in the developmental teen and pre-teen years. With snacks like yogurt and cheese, girls got a healthy (and yummy) boost of nutrients they need.