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GRCC In the News, 10-18-18

Community college, Wyoming districts, teaming up to improve student success

Oct. 17, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS – Grand Rapids Community College received a $2.1 million federal grant to help four school districts increase the number students who are prepared to enter and succeed in a postsecondary program.

Grand Awards spotlighting theater scene

Oct. 17, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The Grand Awards will celebrate the best of the Grand Rapids theater community this weekend.

… Other performers will represent their colleges: Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Cornerstone University and Aquinas College.

Film to show Berlin Wall history

Oct. 17, 2018; The Holland Sentinel

HOLLAND — A film about the Berlin Wall will be shown Oct. 22.

… Audience discussion following the film will be moderated by Grand Valley State University professor Jason Crouthamel and Grand Rapids Community College professor Gordan Vurusic.

4 running for 2 seats on Grand Rapids Community College board

Oct. 17, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Four candidates are running for two seats on the Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) Board of Trustees in the Nov. 6 general election.

Popular Course Planner Embeds New Search Tool to Help Students Identify Classes with Free or Low-Cost Course Materials

Oct. 18, 2018; prnewswire (press release service)

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Responding to student demand for ways to reduce the cost of college, student success leader Civitas Learning today announced the launch of new search technology specifically designed to help students find courses that offer open educational resources (OER). This would allow students to reduce costs for required course materials while still accessing a complete educational experience.

… Prior to its wider launch, the OER search technology has been successfully piloted at institutions within the California State University system and Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan.

Ciudad de Grand Rapids celebra 65 Aniversario de los Derechos Civiles y Cena de Gala

Oct. 17, 2018; La Prensa

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — La Comisión de Relaciones Comunitarias de la Ciudad de Grand Rapids realizó el pasado viernes 21 de septiembre de 2018, la celebración del 65 Aniversario de los Derechos Civiles y Cena de Gala. El tema de este año fue: “Generaciones trenzadas: pasado, presente y futuro”, en donde se celebró y honro el pasado, se observó el estado actual de los derechos civiles en Grand Rapids y se ayudo a diseñar el futuro de la ciudad.

… Por otra parte, la Comisión de Relaciones Comunitarias de Grand Rapids estableció desde 1998 el Premio de Derechos Civiles Helen Jackson Claytor. Este año los galardonados con dicho premio, fueron:

Elias Lumpkins, ex comisionado Third Ward en la ciudad de Grand Rapids, ex decano de estudiantes de Grand Rapids Junior College y actual miembro de la junta de la Fundación de Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC).

… Lorena Aguayo-Márquez, Especialista de Reclutamiento de la Comunidad Kellogg en Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC).

(GRAND RAPIDS, M — The Community Relations Commission of the City of Grand Rapids held  the celebration of the 65th Anniversary of Civil Rights and Gala Dinner last Friday, September 21, 2018. This year’s theme was: “Braided Generations: Past, Present and Future,” where the past was celebrated and honored, the current state of civil rights in Grand Rapids was observed and the future of the city was helped.

… The Community Relations Commission of Grand Rapids established the Helen Jackson Claytor Civil Rights Award in 1998. This year, the winners of this award were:

Elias Lumpkins, former Third Ward commissioner in the city of Grand Rapids, former dean of students at Grand Rapids Junior College and current board member of the Grand Rapids Community College Foundation (GRCC).

… Lorena Aguayo-Márquez, Kellogg Community Recruitment Specialist at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC).)

GRCC In the News, 8-7-18

$9000 Awarded to Local Trans Students

Aug. 6, 2018; therapidian.org

For the 2018-2019 cycle, Grand Rapids Trans Foundation (GRTF) is pleased to award a total of $9000 to five local college students. This is the Foundation’s third year awarding scholarships.

… Beau VanSolkema, he/him pronouns

GVSU, Social Work

AWARDED: $2500

“I’m a first-generation student who started college at age 28. I was a high school drop-out. I still struggle with poverty, no family support, and multiple disabilities, including Learning Disabilities. Despite all that, I have managed to further myself with hard work, integrity, and the help of institutions like GRCC and GVSU. I want to advocate for others, which is why being a Social Worker is important to me, along with being a visible trans man.

… Jason Skalandis, he/him pronouns

GRCC, History

AWARDED: $1500

“When first attending college over 20 years ago, I was overwhelmed, intimidated, and unprepared. I dropped out before completing. Six years ago, I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. That explained a lot and I felt that I didn’t have to try as hard to conform. I began volunteering and started to learn about the world around me. When I realized I was transgender, I found that piece of myself that had been missing, that was holding me back from succeeding.

GRCC In the News, 8-2-18

News 8 Daybreak

Aug. 2, 2018; WOOD TV

It’s the seventh annual Young Professionals of Color conference, and it’s being held at Cornerstone University. … There will be several breakout sessions in addition to the keynote speech delivered by Dr. Bill Pink, who’s the president of Grand Rapids Community College.

See 41 races, tax proposals Kent, Ottawa county voters will decide Aug. 7

Aug. 2, 2018; MLive

Kent and Ottawa county voters will head to the polls for the Aug. 7 primary that will determine the Republican and Democratic candidates for the November general election.

… 28th District – Senate

… Ryan Jeanette, a student at Grand Rapids Community College, majoring in political science with the goal of becoming a teacher.

… Kent County Commission – 6th District

… (Pamela) DeGryse, 63, is a retired educational support profession for Grand Rapids Community College, and King, 19, is a youth development professional.

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Aug. 2, 2018; Leelanau Enterprise

EVAN ROHRBACK, Suttons Bay graduate, has signed his letter of intent to continue his academic and golf career at Grand Rapids Community College for the next few years.

GRCC In the News, 7-23-18

Restaurant Week cooks up creative menus

July 20, 2018; Grand Rapids Magazine

Menus are available now for the more than 70 participating restaurants. In addition to unique offerings like Amore’s White Lasagna with S & S Lamb, Farm Country truffle cheese and mushrooms and Grove’s BBQ Beef Tongue with charred tomato polenta, marinated raw vegetables, husk BBQ, masa naan, and crème fraiche, diners will also be able to choose the new Chef’s Choice option.

… Restaurant Week benefits the Grand Rapids Community College Secchia Institute for Culinary Education, with $1 from each Restaurant Week meal sold going to the endowed scholarship fund. Over $143,000 has been raised from past Restaurant Weeks.

MiBiz Growth Report: July 23, 2018

July 22, 2018; mibiz.com

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for July 23, 2018.

… Expansion: JR Automation Technologies LLC plans to invest $4 million into its facility in Holland Charter Township. The investments in renovations, new computers and I.T. by JR Automation, a manufacturer of automation technologies, are expected to create 100 high-tech jobs, according to a statement. The Michigan Economic Development Corp. awarded the company a performance-based $800,000 Michigan Strategic Fund grant. Zeeland-based Lakeshore Advantage assisted the firm in working with local resources at Grand Rapids Community College and West Michigan Works!, according to a statement. JR Automation is owned by New York-based private equity firm Crestview Partners.

Inside Track: Compassionate educator comes ‘full circle’

July 20, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Mary Ruth Scholz feels like she has come full circle in her role as the first executive director of Noorthoek Academy.

Noorthoek is a 30-year-old nonprofit that partners with Grand Rapids Community College to give a nondegree-seeking college experience to adults with learning challenges and other intellectual disabilities.

Candidato a la junta de fideicomisarios del GRCC realiza acto de recaudación de fondos

July 20, 2018; El Vocero

Carlos Sánchez candidato a The Board of Trustees for Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC), en español Junta de Fideicomisarios de GRCC, celebró el martes 17 de julio, un evento para colectar fondos y al mismo tiempo para registrar personas para votar, en el salón de actividades de Lindo México Restaurante.

(Carlos Sanchez candidate for the Board of Trustees for Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) held on Tuesday, July 17, an event to collect funds and at the same time to register people to vote, in the classroom of activities of Lindo Mexico Restaurant.)

2 Democrats vie for nomination in Kent County Commission’s 6th District

July 20, 2018; MLive

WALKER, MI — Two Democrats are competing for their party’s nomination to represent the 6th District on the Kent County Board of Commissioners.

… Pamela DeGryse, 63, is retired from Grand Rapids Community College.

… He (Raymond E. King) graduated from Grandville High School in 2017 and is currently studying political science and sociology at Grand Rapids Community College.

New but known

July 20, 2018; Daily News (Greenville)

BELDING — Optimism and skepticism is always in the air before each basketball season. Much is the case for Belding’s girls varsity basketball program, which once again has a new coach.

… (Shad) Breimayer, an insurance agent with Alliance Financial & Insurance out of Lowell, and his wife, Shawn, have a son, Kyran, a freshman, and two daughters, McKenzie and Hallee, who both have graduated from Belding and have been playing at the collegiate level, with McKenzie just finishing her career at Aquinas College and Hallee heading into her second year with the Grand Rapids Community College basketball team.

Grand Rapids rapper Steven Malcolm’s rise to star of Christian hip hop: Local Spins on WYCE

July 20, 2018; Local Spins

Steven Malcolm didn’t set out to be a Christian rapper, let alone a rising national star in the genre.

Indeed, the Grand Rapids artist and Wyoming Park High School graduate initially set his sights on being a basketball player and maybe earn a criminal justice degree at Grand Rapids Community College.

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.

Condolences to friends, family of Rev. James Bogdan

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of the Rev. James “Father Jim” Bogdan. He started at what was then Grand Rapids Junior College in 1959 and retired from GRCC in 1993. As a history professor, he taught one of the first three Honors classes offered at GRJC and also served as chair of the Social Sciences Division. In this video clip, part of GRCC TV’s “Successful Aging” series, he talks about aging and spirituality:

GRCC In the News, 4-5-18

Retired GRCC professor recalls working with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

April 4, 2018; WZZM

In the Spring of 1963, retired Grand Rapids Community College Professor Gertrude Croom was a 16 year old living in a very segregated Birmingham, Alabama.

Contractors earn national awards

April 4, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Two West Michigan construction firms were honored for their work at a national awards ceremony.

… Rockford’s (Rockford Construction) work on the Grand Rapids Community College Laboratory Preschool earned it the National Excellence in Construction Pyramid Award. The award honors both general and specialty contractors for innovative and high-quality merit shop construction projects.

College’s Latino business center wins grant

April 4, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local foundation has donated a three-year grant valued at $150,000 to a university’s Latino business center.

… “The Grand Rapids Community Foundation grant will help fund programs that equip young Latino professionals with the skills, resources, and confidence needed to become leaders at work and in their own communities,” said Carlos Sanchez, the center’s (Latino Business and Economic Development Center) director and a foundation board member. “Our Latino entrepreneurs will be more prepared to launch and expand successful businesses and empowered to take ownership of their future.”

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Carlos Sanchez is a member of the GRCC board of trustees.)