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GRCC In the News, 11-16-17

U.S. Labor Department names West Michigan Works! medical assistant apprenticeship program a role model for other states

Nov. 15, 2017; michigan.gov (press release by state Department of Talent & Economic Development)

LANSING, Mich. — The Medical Assistant Registered Apprenticeship Program in West Michigan is helping health care providers fill a critical shortage of talent, and has been saluted as a national Promising Practice by the U.S. Department of Labor.

… Spectrum Health, Mercy Health and Cherry Street Health Services worked together and created the one-year program. Grand Rapids, Muskegon and Montcalm community colleges partnered with the health care providers, developing a shared curriculum addressing the skills common to all three employers. West Michigan Works! holds the standards for the program and serves as the intermediary between the partners.

New middle college program to provide associate degrees

Nov. 15, 2017; schoolnewsnetwork.org (KISD newsletter)

Kentwood Public Schools, MI — A goal at the high school is for every student to receive college credit from at least one class before they graduate, said Evan Hordyk, the district’s executive director for secondary education. Well-established Advanced Placement (AP) opportunities, plus a middle college launching next fall, will make that possible.

East Kentwood students are already tallying up college credits by choosing from a slate of 21 AP classes. Soon they will be able to earn a free associate degree from Grand Rapids Community College by completing a fifth year of high school while dually enrolled as a college student.

Report finds gaps in funding, services for Kent Co. kids

Nov. 16, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A new report shows large gaps in services and funding for young children in Kent County.

… First Steps Kent officials will lay out exactly how they determined their numbers during a 10 a.m. news conference at Grand Rapids Community Colleges Applied Technology Center.

 

GRCC In the News, 9-19-17

Juan Palacios: ‘We are not stealing these jobs’

Sept. 18, 2017; Bridge magazine (newsletter for The Center of Michigan)

DACA status: Expires August 2019. “It means I have two years to figure it out, to talk to lawmakers and as many people as I can,” Palacios said.

… Ambitions: Palacios said he’s putting $6,000 aside to become a certified electrician in a six-month program offered by Grand Rapids Community College. “They hook you up with a job,” he said. “My goal is to eventually buy a house.”

Monserrat Velazquez: She canceled her flight to Mexico when DACA was announced

Sept. 18, 2017; Bridge magazine

DACA status: Expires in December. She will seek a two-year extension.

… Achievements: She is a manager in a suburban Grand Rapids restaurant. She earned an associate degree in business administration from Grand Rapids Community College.

Denis Martinez: ‘Sometimes, I feel like America doesn’t want me.’

Sept. 18, 2017; Bridge magazine

DACA status: Expires in January 2020.

… Achievements: He graduated from Godwin Heights High School, joining in wrestling, football, track and cross-country. He now attends Grand Rapids Community College. He also works a part-time job at a mall and lifts weights six days a week to stay fit.

The Rapid seeks patron feedback for possible transit improvements

Sept. 18, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The Rapid has announced the launch of an online feedback tool aiming to gather information from the community on the area’s transit system.

… Although she had not heard of the study, Grand Rapids Community College nursing sophomore Anna Peterman said improvements are needed at bus stops.

City staffer finds immediate use for Lean Champion principles

Alen Ganic, inventory and asset manager for the city of Grand Rapids, already knew about Lean principles when his director suggested he take GRCC’s Lean Champion Certification program.

“I went into the program thinking I already knew it — I had been using many Lean principles in my previous job in manufacturing — but in this training, I learned so much!” Ganic said.

“The instructors were very knowledgeable. I really appreciated all of the real world examples they were able to share. That made a huge difference.”

Ganic truly believes Lean is for everyone: “I am determined to prove that Lean can be used and useful in a government environment. For my program project, I was able to reduce the amount of wait time for a water tap permit from 16 days to one day. That one improvement has an incredible ripple effect on contractors, home construction and, ultimately, the customer.”

He has seen his share of skeptics: “Many people say, ‘Well, this is how it’s always been done’ or ‘I’m not going to change,’ but I have never met a person who didn’t like it once they did it.

“Lean helps you to look at situations differently — think outside the box. We can all improve processes — businesses, schools, nonprofits, anyone!”

The next session of GRCC’s Lean Champion Certification program begins in October.