April 29, 2016

#OwnThisMoment: Commencement is tonight!

GRCC’s commencement is here and the stage is set! Congratulations, graduates! #OwnThisMoment

An empty stage, featuring GRCC banners.

April 29, 2016

GRCC In the News, 4-29-16

Wyoming teens earn diplomas and degrees from GRCC

April 28, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Twenty-nine Wyoming High School students involved in the Middle College program have something most teenagers don’t – an associate’s degree and a high school diploma.

7 communities picked for federal healthcare job program

April 28, 2016; Becker’s Hospital Review

The White House has chosen seven communities as pilot sites for its new Health Career Pathways program, a federal initiative aimed at expanding career pathways and connecting Americans to healthcare jobs, according to The Sacramento Bee.

… Here is what the seven communities have committed to, as stated by the White House.
In Grand Rapids and Muskegon, Mich., Mercy Health West Michigan, a regional health ministry of Livonia, Mich.-based Trinity Health, will interview all candidates that meet agreed-upon hiring agreements and are referred to them by the public workforce system, West Michigan Works, which will work with Grand Rapids, Muskegon, and Montcalm Community Colleges, NAACP and Goodwill to find and train up to 300 people annually for healthcare professions.

Expanden programa universitario gratis para estudiantes en Grand Rapids

April 28, 2016; El Vocero

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN (EVH) — La Grand Rapids Community Foundation, una institución sin fines de lucro que se dedica, entre otras cosas, a la promoción de la educación universitaria en diversas escuelas públicas de Grand Rapids, anunció que expandirá su programa para que estudiantes que cursan sus estudios en la Union High School también califiquen para un programa de becas que patrocina dicha fundación.

Hasta el presente solo los estudiantes que estaban enrolados en las escuelas intermedias Harrison y Westwood y que terminaban sus estudios de high school en la Union eran los únicos beneficiarios de las becas. Con la expansión del programa cualquier estudiante que esté cursando estudios en la Union aunque no haya pasado por las escuelas antes señaladas, tendrá derecho a aplicar por las becas que ofrece la fundación. Comenzando con los graduandos de la clase del 2020, cualquier estudiante de la Union High School, que haya cursado los 4 años en dicha escuela y con promedio mínimo de grados de un 2.0 o mejor, será elegible a dos años de entrada gratis en el Community College de Grand Rapids.

(GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN –The Grand Rapids Community Foundation, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated, among other things, to promoting higher education in various public schools in Grand Rapids, announced it will expand its program to students who are studying at Union High School to also qualify for a scholarship program sponsored by the foundation.

To date only students who were enrolled in middle schools and Harrison and Westwood and finished their high school studies in the Union were the only beneficiaries of the grants. With the expansion of the program any student who is studying at Union but has not passed through the aforementioned schools shall be entitled to apply for the scholarships offered by the foundation. Beginning with the graduating class of 2020, any student at Union High School, who has completed 4 years at the school and with minimum average grade of 2.0 or better, will be eligible for two years of free entry into the Community College of Grand Rapids.)

Northview senior Danielle Anderson finding happiness through softball

April 28, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS — Some people play sports because their friends do, some because they like it.

… “After school, I am planning on going to Grand Rapids Community College,” (Danielle) Anderson explained. “I hope to play softball there, but right now they don’t have a coach. I plan on going to college and playing softball. Most definitely in the future, I want to coach softball. I like helping people in general. Making people happy makes me happy.”

April 28, 2016

#OwnThisMoment: Yvonne Miller

Congratulations to GRCC graduate Yvonne Miller, who plans to earn a bachelor’s in psychology at Grand Valley State University! #OwnThisMoment

A woman leans against a wall.

April 28, 2016

#OwnThisMoment: 1 day until commencement

President Ender says it’s one day until GRCC’s graduation! #OwnThisMoment

President Ender, in full academic regalia, holds up one finger.


April 28, 2016

GRCC In the News, 4-28-16

Grand Rapids Community Foundation expands Challenge Scholars program to reach more students

April 27, 2016; mibiz.com

GRAND RAPIDS — Grand Rapids Community Foundation is expanding its Challenge Scholars program to include every graduating student at Union High School.

The program offers two years of tuition-free college at Grand Rapids Community College to students who attend Union for four years and have a GPA of 2.0 or higher. Students are also offered support through professional development and career coordinators.

The comeback kids: How Grand Rapids Public Schools are making a dramatic turnaround

April 28, 2016; rapidgrowthmedia.com

When Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal took the stage to deliver her first State of Our Schools address at Ottawa Hills High School five years ago, the district was in serious disrepair.

… Neal’s emergence as GRPS’s rising star was a long time coming. One of nine children, she grew up with her siblings and parents in Grand Rapids, attending Madison Elementary School, South Middle School and Creston High School. At the age of 16, she began working at Creston High School her alma mater that she was forced to close as superintendent because of poor attendance and a myriad other problems and was so successful as a work study student that she was asked to start full time, prompting her to graduate early (which she had enough credits to do). She attended Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University and Western Michigan University, and, for the past 41 years she has worked in GRPS, including as a receptionist, secretary, compliance officer, assistant to the superintendent, and, now, superintendent.

Campbell inks six for 2016 Cornerstone recruiting class

April 27, 2016; victorysportsnetwork.com

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Head volleyball coach Ryan Campbell is pleased to announce the signings of five local and one out-of-state standouts to the 2016 recruiting class. The Golden Eagles will enter the 2016 campaign fresh off a 27-11 year in which they made it to the semifinals of the WHAC Tournament.

… ALEX POLAKOVICH Grand Rapids CC / Carpe Diem Volleyball Club

April 28, 2016

Construction projects will affect Main Campus

Update: The closing of Bostwick from Lyon to Crescent streets is now scheduled to start in mid-May.

Construction projects, some of which are starting May 2,  will affect the Main Campus:

  • Lyon Street — From May 2 through 11, Lyon will be closed from Lafayette to Barclay avenues as part of work on the new preschool.
  • Bostwick Avenue — The city is closing Bostwick from Lyon to Crescent streets to through-traffic from May 16 to July 16 for infrastructure work.
  • Bostwick parking ramp — The roof-top section of the Bostwick ramp will be closed for resurfacing from May 2 through mid-August. Limited pedestrian routes will be maintained.
April 27, 2016

#OwnThisMoment: Hana Christoffersen

A young woman stands in front of a window.

Hana Christoffersen

Congratulations to GRCC graduate Hana Christoffersen, who will study biology, natural resource management and Spanish at Grand Valley State University. #OwnThisMoment

April 27, 2016

#OwnThisMoment: 2 days until commencement

Mayor Rosalynn Bliss — this year’s commencement speaker — says it’s two days until graduation! #OwnThisMoment

Mayor Rosalynn Bliss holds up two fingers.


April 27, 2016

Challenge Scholars expands, offering Grand Rapids Community College to incoming 9th-graders at Union High School

An expansion of the Grand Rapids Community Foundation’s Challenge Scholars program will give Union High School graduates up to two years of tuition-free college at GRCC, beginning with the Class of 2020.

The Challenge Scholars program currently provides four years of tuition-free college for students who attend Westwood Middle and Harrison Park schools and go onto Union High School. The expansion will allow students at Union High School who did not attend Westwood or Harrison Park to participate.

“With this new structure, all Union High School graduates, starting in 2020, have the opportunity for post-secondary education,” said foundation President Diana Sieger.

Beginning with the Class of 2020, any Union High graduate who has been at the school for four years and graduates with a 2.0 GPA or better will be eligible for two years of tuition-free college at GRCC through Challenge Scholars.

“We are truly grateful to Grand Rapids Community Foundation for expanding the Challenge Scholars program to ensure all students at Union benefit from this remarkable opportunity,” said Grand Rapids Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal.

While the scholarship portion of the program is crucial, a key component of the Challenge Scholars program includes the services that students and their families receive to help them pursue their educational dreams, including college-career coordinators and teacher professional development. Union High School students will also benefit from dedicated GRCC staff to guide them on the college path.

“It’s a win-win, and it just makes good sense for Grand Rapids Community College success coaches to work collectively with our community partners, and parents, to provide another layer of support that fosters the growth and success of Union High School students,” GRCC President Dr. Steven C. Ender said.

President Steven C. Ender speaks from behind a lectern. A video screen to the right says: “Challenge Scholars. Your dream. Our promise.”

April 27, 2016

GRCC In the News, 4-27-16

GRCC holding input sessions on search for new president, launches website

April 26, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College will begin holding input sessions this week for students, faculty and staff on its search for a new president to replace Steven Ender.

Morning News

April 27, 2016; WZZM

We’re expecting a big announcement this morning concerning the Challenge Scholars program, the Grand Rapids initiative now in its second year, works to increase the number of students attending college.

… “It will be something that Grand Rapids Public Schools can really promote, and I know President Ender at Grand Rapids Community College is wonderfully opening the door to many.”

College baseball: Ocelots win first conference games

April 26, 2016; Observer & Eccentric (Wayne and Oakland counties)

The tables finally are turning for Schoolcraft College’s baseball team as the Ocelots won their first games since their March trip to Florida.

… The baseball team will host a couple of opponents at Ford Field. At 2 p.m. Friday, Schoolcraft welcomes Rochester College’s junior varsity team; Grand Rapids CC visits for a 2 p.m. Sunday matchup.


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