Tag Archives: Workforce Training

GRCC In the News, 4-16-18

Not your average vending machine

April 13, 2018; Community College Daily

In Michigan, Grand Rapids Community College students are preparing for exams with the help of an unusual resource: a laptop vending machine.

Michigan Dairy Plant Plans $21.3 Million Expansion

April 13, 2018; Dairy Herd Management

A dairy plant in Western Michigan is planning an expansion that will add 62 jobs over three years and cost $21.3 million.

… “Agropur’s decision to invest $21.3 million and create more than 60 jobs is a tremendous win for West Michigan and the region’s growing food processing sector,” says Thad Rieder, Senior Business Development Manager, The Right Place. “By partnering with the City of Wyoming, West Michigan Works!, Grand Rapids Community College and MEDC, The Right Place has been able to coordinate talent, training, and financial tools to boost Agropur’s internal return for this important expansion.”

Change Ups: Cooley Law students garner Leadership Achievement Award

April 13, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal


… The Pregnancy Resource Center elected its directors: chairman, Adam T. Donovan, Rim Guard; vice chair, Jason Granger, Intellisys Capital; treasurer, Rick Rusthoven, KSS Enterprises; past chair, Peter Baldwin, AMDG Architects; secretary, Lynn Prince, Grand Rapids Community College; and Andrea Reynolds, Kent Career Tech Center.

Grand Rapids Christian announces new boys basketball coach

April 15, 2018; MLive

Grand Rapids Christian’s boys basketball program is losing an experienced, successful coach now that Mark Warners has stepped down.

… Christian athletic director Jason Heerema announced Sunday that Eric Taylor has been hired to coach the Eagles. Taylor has served as an assistant under Warners for the past four seasons, and before that, he was the Grand Rapids Community College women’s coach for three seasons. He was named Western Collegiate Coach of the Year in 2010.

GRCC In the News, 4-12-18

Due to Popular Demand, Michigan College Announces Drone Courses

April 11, 2018; Unmanned Aerial

Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) in Michigan says it is responding to local demand for courses on how to pilot a drone.

News 8 Daybreak

April 11, 2018; WOOD TV

A seven-week training program between Grand Rapids Community College and the Public Works Academy starts today. It’s funded by a grant and gives trainees some skills for in-demand jobs. You must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma. We checked this morning and there’s still one seat left for this program, so check it out if you’re interested.

Grace announces hiring of new bowling coach

April 11, 2018; MLive

Grand Rapids, MI – The Grace Bible College Tigers men’s and women’s bowling program officially has its leader.  After an extensive search, Amber Belmont has been named the head coach of the Grace bowling team by athletic director Gary Bailey.  Amber is currently an academic advisor for the adult education program at Grace.  Amber’s husband Hector, who will be her assistant coach, is also employed by Grace in the traditional enrollment department.  Amber and Hector have been married for six years now and they reside in Wyoming, Michigan, with their three daughters Faith (7), Lily (5), and Hannah (1).

Amber was a four-year bowler at Wyoming Lee High School, earning All-Conference honors as a senior.  She was also the Drum Major in Lee’s marching band.  She currently is taking classes at GRCC and Grace.

Graham receives Saranac Outstanding Student award

April 11, 2018; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

Jarrod Graham was honored as the Saranac Outstanding Student Award for the month of March.

… Jarrod’s plans after high school are to attend Grand Rapids Community College and then transfer to Ferris State University. What Jarrod likes best about Saranac is the positive environment within the school.

GRCC In the News, 4-11-18

Citing high demand, GRCC launches drone classes

April 10, 2018; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Once the bare apple trees start to bud at Jeff VanderWerff’s orchard near Sparta, it will be time for takeoff.

… Drones aren’t being utilized only by farmers. Workers in construction, real estate and local news including 24 Hour News 8 use the devices. Grand Rapids Community College has taken notice.

GRCC to offer two drone piloting courses

GRCC is responding to area demand with courses on piloting drones.

Popular with photographers and video production teams, drones — technically called unmanned aircraft systems — are increasingly being used in agriculture, real estate development and other fields.

“We know that a growing and diverse field of industries in West Michigan is relying on drones for a variety of applications, and they’ll need people with piloting skills to fill jobs,” said Julie Parks, GRCC’s executive director of Workforce Training. “We want to help people gain these in-demand skills in a field that is only going to keep growing.”

Parks said her department received requests for a training program from area residents and employers. GRCC will offer two drone courses at Tassell M-TEC.

One is an introductory class for people with little to no experience with drones and will work to prepare them for the remote pilot commercial certification test issued by the Federal Aviation Administration. The class covers types of drones and how they can be used, legal issues, maintenance, federal regulations, piloting skills and best safety practices.

The 18-hour class, offered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, has sections starting on April 17 and May 22. You can register online.

The second class is for people who have gained practical flying skills and are seeking commercial certification. Topics covered will include navigational charts, aviation weather sources, and emergency procedures as students prepare for the federal remote pilot certification exam.

The six-hour class is planned for May 8 and 10, and again in June 12 and 14. You can register online.

Both courses are taught by a certified instructor and include hands-on training and practice.

GRCC In the News, 4-10-18

Grand Rapids Community College offering two spring drone courses

April 9, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Realtors, farmers and the construction industry are among dozens of groups with an interest in drones.

Colleges have noted this interest, and Grand Rapids Community College is among a growing number responding to area demands for drone classes.

News 8

April 9, 2018; WOOD TV

Some college students are struggling with basic needs, according to a new study … more than a third of college students are struggling to find food and housing.

We reached out to Grand Rapids Community College this afternoon. They tell us the college operates a food pantry to help students in need. The number of students using that resource has declined in recent years.

College Honors

April 9, 2018; White Lake Beacon

The following local students were among 25 Muskegon Community College students who were inducted into the college’s Beta Xi Xi chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society during its 26th ceremony at MCC held March 14 in the Blue and Gold Room on campus.

… Assisting with the 2018 ceremony was Morgan Brown, the PTK Regional President from Grand Rapids Community College.

Grand Rapids poet David Cope releases latest anthology

April 9, 2018; Grand Rapids Magazine

David Cope’s poems are derived from the experiences hes cultivated over the years. They are snippets of inner monologues, conversations and moments in time that capture soulful characters through thoughtfully painted portraits and expressive accounts of real situations.

… Cope will be reading excerpts from “The Invisible Keys: New and Selected Poems” at two local poetry readings this week:

… Thursday, April 12 at the Grand Rapids Community College Library from 7 p.m. 8:30 p.m.

GRCC Public Works Academy will provide skills for in-demand jobs

GRCC has teamed up with local municipalities on a Public Works Academy that will give people in-demand skills – and guaranteed interviews for open jobs.

The seven-week Public Works Academy starts April 11. Because of a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, academy participants will pay only $25. Registration is available online.

“We’re responding to a tremendous need throughout our region for people with these skills,” said Julie Parks, GRCC executive director of Workforce Training. “We’ve collaborated with public works experts to develop a program that helps them fill the jobs that make our communities safer and improve the quality of life.”

Successful graduates will receive interviews with two of the community partners for possible seasonal or intern positions at public works facilities throughout West Michigan.

Training will cover positions that include building specialist, engineering technician, equipment operator, fleet services technician, plant assistant, safety specialist, truck driver, and maintenance worker for utilities, streets, grounds and buildings.

John Gorney, Kentwood’s public works director, served on the advisory board that helped design the academy’s curriculum. He’s struggled to fill open positions at a time when many of his baby boomer employees are approaching retirement.

“We’re serving the public — work that is both important and necessary for the people in our communities,” Gorney said. “There’s also a lot of variety in what we do. One day you might be working as mechanic, then another day as an electrician and then driving a truck plowing snow. There’s a little bit of everything, and many people like that.”

In addition to Kentwood, community partners include public works departments for Grand Rapids and Grand Haven, in addition to the road commissions from Kent, Muskegon and Van Buren counties, the Michigan Department of Transportation, Prein&Newhof and Rowe Professional Services.

The program is open to people ages 18 and older who are ready to work. A high school diploma or GED is recommended. A valid driver’s license may be required.

GRCC In the News, 4-3-18

GRCC Public Works Academy will provide skills for in-demand jobs

April 2, 2018; Water & Wastes Digest (publication for water and wastewater industries)

Grand Rapids Community College has teamed up with local municipalities on a Public Works Academy that will give people in-demand skills and guaranteed interviews for open jobs.

Mich. Students Petition for Emergency Phones on Campus

April 2, 2018; EMS World

Nearly 500 students at Grand Valley State University have signed an online petition to have the university install emergency blue light telephones around campus. The telephones, which are on poles with a blue light, would allow students to call 911 in the event of an incident requiring first responders.

… The costs for these blue light phones can range anywhere from $1,000 on Central Michigan University’s campus to $7,000 at Grand Rapids Community College. DeHaan said with GVSU campuses in Allendale, Grand Rapids, Holland, Muskegon, Detroit and Traverse City, there would be a significant cost to installing and maintaining a blue light phone at GVSU. He also said he’s seen blue light phones are not always the most effective strategy to keep students safe.