GRCC In the News, 5-28-15

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GRCC success rates rise, but about half of students don’t graduate, transfer in 6 years

May 27, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Achievement rates are rising at Grand Rapids Community College, but about half of students still don’t complete a degree, earn a certificate or transfer to another institution within six years, according to a new report.

$33M raised to send Grand Rapids students to college, trade school for free

May 27, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids Community Foundation announced Wednesday it has raised $33.6 million to pay for Grand Rapids Public Schools students involved in the Challenge Scholars program to attend college or trade school.

… In addition to what’s been raised, the presidents of Aquinas College, Grand Valley State University, Ferris State University and Grand Rapids Community College announced in 2013 they each have created special scholarships for the 2020 graduates of the program.

Students Leave Their Mark Through Artwork

May 27, 2015; (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)

Wyoming Public Schools, MI — Wyoming High School senior Lordia DiPiazza has left her signature, and it’s in the form of a smiling face looking toward the future.

… Lordia is in the Wyoming Middle College, and begins her fifth year as a Wyoming High School student next fall. Middle College students are enrolled in Wyoming and Grand Rapids Community College, and graduate after five years with both their associate’s degree and high school diploma. The fifth year is spent on the GRCC campus.

GRPS’ Parent University produces ‘Power Parents’

May 27, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Since school started last fall, Grand Rapids Public Schools has seen over 8,100 attendees at its Parent University, an initiative aimed at helping parents become full partners in their children’s education.

… (Raynard) Ross, an associate dean for student success and retention services at Grand Rapids Community College, said the development of each and every child is indeed a community effort that schools cannot do alone, or in isolation without healthy parental involvement.


GRCC In the News, 5-27-15

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GRCC names executive director of foundation

May 26, 2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal

An experienced education administrator is the new leader of the $30-million Grand Rapids Community College Foundation.


Register now for Advanced Manufacturing series

In Uncategorized on May 27, 2015 by grcctoday Tagged:

GRCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Series is an introduction or update for those in manufacturing or interested in manufacturing. You may take one workshop or a combination of workshops.

Core courses include:

  • Lean Manufacturing Overview.
  • Blueprint Reading for Manufacturing 1.
  • Basic Metrology and Measurement System Error.
  • Problem Solving – 8 Steps and 5 Whys.

Elective courses include:

  • Manufacturing Terminology, Processes, and Practices.
  • Blueprint Reading for Manufacturing 2.
  • Working Better in Teams.
  • Quality Products and Quality Management Systems.
  • Statistical Process Control – SPC 1 (elective).
  • Statistical Process Control – SPC 2 (elective).

For details or to register, click here.


GRCC In the News, 5-26-15

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Street Talk: The American way

May 22,2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Amway Corp. sells more than just products.

The direct sales giant, which last year had more than $10.8 billion in sales worldwide, is making some of its better pitches closer to home.

That’s why Grand Rapids Community College recognized Amway last week with its Internship Employer of the Year Award.

Fleeing from Civil War in Africa, Family Finds Peace and Caring Community in Cedar Springs

May 22, 2015; (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)

Cedar Springs Public Schools, MI — In war-ravaged Somalia, Max and Maryan’s children did not go out to play. Quite the opposite: They told their young ones to stay inside, where it was safe.

… Ciise, having finished two years at Grand Rapids Community College, is headed to the Army, joining his twin brother Jibriil in the military. Ciise hopes to finish college in the service and earn a surgical-technician certificate to work in an emergency room.

… They obtained the Inner City Christian Federation house with assistance from Spahr, and by taking home ownership classes and meeting credit score requirements. Grants helped them afford the down payment and closing costs, but they will use Maryan’s job at Meijer and other family income to pay the mortgage of about $107,000. Max is taking classes in criminal justice at GRCC.

New barbecue joint opens in long-vacant Horseshoe Bar space downtown

May 26, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — It’s been more than 30 years since the ground floor of the old LaMar Hotel was occupied by a functioning business.

… The menu by local chef Cody Clements takes cues from various American barbecue styles the meats are Texas-style dry rub and the sauces are a mix of Kansas, Carolina and Texas varieties but the sides are a departure from the norm.

(Article doesn’t mention it, but Cody Clements is a GRCC alumnus.)

ICC men’s golf ties for 7th at nationals

May 22, 2015; The Journal Star (Peoria, Ill.)

STATESBORO, ALA. — The Illinois Central College men’s golf team finished in a tie for seventh at the NJCAA Division II national tournament at Goose Pond Colony.

The Cougars posted a team total of 300 on Friday in the four-day tournament’s final round. ICC’s four-day total of 29-over par (1,181) was matched by Grand Rapids Community College.


SICE student receives scholarship

In Uncategorized on May 26, 2015 by grcctoday Tagged: ,

Congratulations to SICE student Rebecca Peterman, who received a $1,000 scholarship from the Kent County Lodging Association!



GRCC hosts continuing education event for RMAs

In Uncategorized on May 26, 2015 by grcctoday Tagged: ,

GRCC is sponsoring two presentations that can help Registered Medical Assistants earn continuing education credits. Both will take place 6:15-9 p.m. June 4 at Tassell M-TEC, 622 Godfrey Ave. SW. The cost is $10.

  • “New Generation Tobacco Products: Big Tobacco’s Candy Land,” by public health consultant Elaine C. Lyon, of the state Department of Community Health — Review efforts at tobacco prevention and learn about new products, including hookah and electronic cigarettes.
  • “Specimen Collection Follies,” by Jeffrey Lavendar, adjunct faculty member at Kirtland Community College and test administrator with the U.S. Military Entrance Processing Command.

To sign up, click here.


Golf team finishes 7th at Nationals

In Uncategorized on May 26, 2015 by grcctoday Tagged: ,

GRCC’s golf team ended its season with a 7th-place finish at the National Golf Championships.

The team shot rounds of 295, 292, 295 and 299 on the 7,145-yard Goose Pond Colony Golf Course in Scottsboro, Ala. Zach Bialik, recently named PING First-Team All-America, finished 19th with rounds of 76, 71, 69 and 72.

The team concludes its season with nine tournament victories, the Western Conference Championship, MCCAA Championship, and a Region XII Championship.



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