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My Town: Aquinas College receives college prep grant for GRPS students

My Town: Aquinas College receives college prep grant for GRPS students

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Aquinas College has been selected as the recipient of a $25,000 grant from the Douglas and Maria DeVos Foundation. The Believe to Become Summer Learning Academy grant will fund the AQ College Prep Academy, a summer dual-enrollment college prep experience for high school students in Grand Rapids Public Schools.

“We appreciate the Foundation's confidence in Aquinas,” said Dean of Curriculum Kathy Kremer, Ph.D. “Completing college courses and prep activities on our campus over the summer will set the students up for success in higher education.”

My Town: Career Tech Center chefs bring home gold

My Town: Career Tech Center chefs bring home gold

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On Feb. 20, 2015, the Baker College of Muskegon Culinary Institute of Michigan hosted 63 hospitality students from seven career tech centers in Northwestern Michigan for the 2015 SkillsUSA Regional Competition. These students competed in four areas: Culinary Arts, Commercial Baking, Food & Beverage Service, and Team Banquet. Muskegon Area Career Tech Center (MACTC) students earned gold medals in all three events.

Team Banquet members Chef McCayla Dixon (Oakridge), Sous Chef Kaley Billman (Oakridge), Prep Cook Leah Stokes (Montague), Pastry Chef Samantha Wilson (Whitehall), and Server Kathy Allen (Whitehall) prepared and served a four-course “Taste of the Caribbean” menu. This gold medal winner included coconut lentil soup, watercress pineapple salad, Jamaican jerk pork tenderloin with black bean stew and rice, and finished with Cuban coffee custard.

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards grants worth $14,125

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards grants worth $14,125

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Feb. 23, 2015-- The Consumers Energy Foundation announced today it has recently awarded 28 volunteer grants worth $14,125 to nonprofit organizations in Kent County and the surrounding area to recognize outstanding volunteerism by Consumers Energy employees and retirees. 

The foundation awards Volunteer Investment Program grants to encourage and reward volunteerism by those who work or have worked for Consumers Energy.

The Consumers Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Consumers Energy.  It provides funding for a variety of areas including education, community, civic and cultural development, social services, the environment, and emerging issues.

Michigan nonprofit organizations received more than $10 million in contributions in 2014 from Consumers Energy, its employees, retirees, its foundation and parent company CMS Energy.

My Town: Grand Rapids honors Police Officer of the Year and Civilian Employee of the Year

My Town: Grand Rapids honors Police Officer of the Year and Civilian Employee of the Year

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The Grand Rapids Police Department is pleased to announce its Police Officer of the Year and Civilian Employee of the Year for 2014. Officer Joshua Mollan and Cynthia Vanderberg were selected from nominations submitted to the Department’s Board of Awards by Service Area, Division, and Unit Commanders.

POLICE OFFICER OF THE YEAR

Officer Joshua Mollan

My Town: Real estate professionals to give back to public servants

My Town: Real estate professionals to give back to public servants

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.A group of real estate professionals have come together to create a service that is giving back to those who serve the public in the Grand Rapids area.

"U Deserve" has brought together several professionals who are dedicated to lowering costs associated with buying, selling or refinancing a home for active military members, veterans, firefighters, police officers, EMS providers, health care professionals and educators.

“Growing up with a father who served in the National Guard and as a police officer, I was able to see first-hand how much public service individuals give back to their communities,” said Kevin Wildman, founder of U Deserve.  “U Deserve is a way of saying ‘thank you’ to those individuals.”

My Town: WMU-Grand Rapids research highlights barriers for women leaders in social work

My Town: WMU-Grand Rapids research highlights barriers for women leaders in social work

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Feb. 23, 2015 – Research surrounding barriers for women leaders in social work was recently presented by professors Dr. Barbara Barton and Dr. Dee Sheerwood, along with WMU-Grand Rapids student Courtney Dunsmore, at the Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference in Las Vegas.

The paper, “Falling Silent: Analyzing the Voices of Women Leaders in the Social Work Profession,” qualitatively explores how 10 women experienced support and barriers in their development as leaders within nonprofit organizations, higher education or governmental agencies.

Downtown GR Inc. Appoints 60+ Citizens to Leadership Network, Announces New Chief Outcomes Officer

Downtown GR Inc. Appoints 60+ Citizens to Leadership Network, Announces New Chief Outcomes Officer

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The Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. (DGRI) Board of Advisors yesterday appointed 64 citizens to serve on its three Alliances, which effectively function as community-driven steering committees helping to guide the organization’s overall body of work.

DGRI also announced that Andy Guy will serve as the organization’s Chief Outcomes Officer. The new role will direct the implementation of strategic policy, communications, and project initiatives on behalf of DGRI and the downtown neighborhoods.

“We’re working to position Grand Rapids at the vanguard of America’s city building movement,” said DGRI Board of Advisors Chair Ray Kisor. “The Alliances and new staff leadership help ensure we’re bringing the creative ideas, expertise and experience, strategic ability, and collaborative spirit required to pursue that mission.”