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Displaying items tagged: Grand Rapids Community College

Tuesday, 17 September 2019 08:54

GRCC purchases former Holland Twp. JCPenney building

HOLLAND TWP. — Trustees at Grand Rapids Community College have voted to purchase a former JCPenney store in Holland Township to convert it into a consolidated Lakeshore campus.

Sunday, 09 June 2019 19:00

GRCC president discusses role of industry collaboration in higher ed

Since Bill Pink became the tenth president of Grand Rapids Community College two years ago, he has become a leading voice for the state’s network of 28 community colleges.

Published in Talent
Sunday, 17 February 2019 17:47

GRCC to introduce students to health careers via Scrubs Camps

GRAND RAPIDS — Grand Rapids Community College plans to use a $100,000 grant from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation to try to convince more middle school and high school students to consider a career in health care. The college plans to reach out to schools to encourage eighth-, ninth- and 10th-grade students to enroll in a trio of week-long “Health Care Scrubs Camps” scheduled for this summer that will introduce them to health care jobs in the region.

Published in Talent

Sunday, 17 February 2019 17:41

Firms more active in recruiting for construction trades

When Steve Huizenga seeks to recruit the next generation of tradespeople, he stresses to young candidates that the industry is “not your grandpa’s trade” anymore. Huizenga, president of Allied Mechanical Services Inc., a Grand Rapids-based mechanical contracting firm, said promoting the technology used in the construction trades has been key in recruiting men and women to join his company.

Published in Talent
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 13:34

HERO OF THE DAY? Heavy metal band Metallica grants $100K to GRCC for welding program

Grand Rapids Community College will receive $100,000 from heavy metal band Metallica to support new programming, the school announced today.

Published in Manufacturing
Friday, 31 August 2018 22:17

With GED program, Heartside Ministry helps participants find their next steps

GRAND RAPIDS — Noble Johnson serves as an example of the success of Heartside Ministry’s GED program.

Published in Nonprofits

Sunday, 22 July 2018 16:55

MiBiz Growth Report: July 23, 2018

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

Published in Breaking News
Saturday, 07 July 2018 10:54

Pathways to careers: Initiative to improve access for people of color to health care jobs

GRAND RAPIDS — Creating a level playing field for people of color in Michigan who want to pursue careers in the health care sector will lay the foundation for their success and the state’s future economic growth. 

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 18 February 2018 19:51

Workforce development initiatives show signs of progress

By focusing on an internal culture that favors employee retention and support for external training initiatives, some West Michigan executives say they’ve largely avoided any problems associated with labor shortages.

Published in Talent

Sunday, 18 February 2018 19:09

AMP Lab @WMU leverages partnerships to address talent shortage

GRAND RAPIDS — With the new AMP Lab @WMU that’s set to open this fall, Western Michigan University wants to leverage public- and private-sector partnerships to help local manufacturers innovate and access talent.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 04 February 2018 14:23

MiBiz Growth Report: Feb. 5, 2018

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Feb. 5, 2018

• M&A: Grand Rapids-based Alliance CNC Cutter Grinding Services Inc. was acquired by GWS Tool Group LLC of Tavares, Fla., according to a statement. Alliance CNC is a designer and manufacturer of tight tolerance drills, reamers and micro-tools. With the deal, GWS adds hole-making tool capabilities to its existing focus in round tools, endmills and inserts. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Alliance CNC will continue to operate out of its Grand Rapids area plant with its existing management team. GWS Tool Group is a vertically integrated manufacturer of engineered cutting tools for the aerospace, defense, power generation, automotive and medical industries.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 12 November 2017 16:03

Q&A: Dr. Bill Pink, President of Grand Rapids Community College

Dr. Bill Pink is Grand Rapids Community College’s 10th president, replacing Dr. Steven Ender who retired in May. Pink has been with GRCC since 2015, having served as the college’s vice president and dean of workforce development. Prior to GRCC, Pink was vice president of academic affairs at Oklahoma State University. An educator for 25 years, Pink’s background includes an associate degree from York College in Nebraska, a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Christian University, a master’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma and a doctorate from the University of Oklahoma. Pink spoke with MiBiz about the need for GRCC to stay relevant for employers and how the college is designing courses to make that a reality.

Published in Q&A

Sunday, 17 September 2017 19:00

Anxiety and uncertainty: Fallout from Trump administration’s plan to rescind DACA

West Michigan educators and at least one business group say the Trump administration’s plan to rescind the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals program already is leading to anxiety and uncertainty.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 09 July 2017 14:29

New initiatives emerge to address West Michigan’s ‘housing crisis’

While West Michigan’s affordable housing crisis may pale in comparison to situations in other larger metro areas, disparate groups are taking a hands-on approach to the problem.

Monday, 21 November 2016 10:34

GRCC board names college’s 10th president

Grand Rapids Community College has today named Bill Pink as the college’s next president.

Published in Breaking News

Friday, 18 November 2016 09:25

GRCC secures $6 million federal grant for health care worker training

A $6 million federal grant will pay for Grand Rapids Community College to train more health care workers.

Published in Breaking News
Tuesday, 20 September 2016 13:57

GRCC launches Fountain Hill Brewery, Peter’s Pub

One of Grand Rapids’ newest breweries will open on the campus of Grand Rapids Community College this academic year.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 18 September 2016 16:21

Finding talent remains challenging for West Michigan contractors

Despite ongoing concerns about a talent gap, employment in West Michigan’s construction industry continues to rise. 

Published in Manufacturing

Sunday, 21 August 2016 14:11

Coalition seeks free tuition for advanced manufacturing community college students

GRAND RAPIDS — A statewide coalition of community colleges, including Grand Rapids Community College, is vying for federal grant dollars that would provide free tuition for students in key advanced manufacturing programs. 

Published in Manufacturing
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 10:01

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

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

Published in Breaking News
Friday, 18 March 2016 10:11

GRCC President to retire in 2017

Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) will be on the hunt for a new president in 2017 as its current president, Steve Ender prepares for retirement.

Published in Breaking News

Sunday, 20 March 2016 18:13

Snyder looks to boost funding for popular skilled trades training program

Gov. Rick Snyder is asking state lawmakers to increase funding for the popular Skilled Trades Training Fund program as part of his budget for the 2017 fiscal year.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 21 February 2016 21:07

West Michigan community colleges ramp up manufacturing programing with grant dollars

Facing what they say is a dearth of qualified technical talent, manufacturers have been forced to get creative in developing their own internal training programs. But despite those efforts to fill the gap, companies still rely heavily on community colleges to train the next wave of workers. 

Published in Manufacturing
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 13:08

GRCC receives $45K grant for industrial sewing, logistics programs

The JPMorgan Chase Foundation recently awarded Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) a $45,000 grant to develop the institution’s industrial sewing and logistics programs.

Published in Breaking News

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