80 students to graduate from GRCC Job Training program on Dec. 17



Leah Nixon

Director of Communications


Dec. 12, 2014 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. A third of the 80 students graduating from Grand Rapids Community College’s Job Training program this month have already secured employment.

GRCC will celebrate the students’ graduation with a ceremony at 6 p.m. Dec. 17 at its Tassell M-TEC facility, 622 Godfrey Ave. SW. GRCC President Dr. Steven C. Ender and Patti Trepkowski, interim provost, will speak.

“The graduation of our Job Training students is such an important event, especially in our 100th anniversary year," said Julie Parks, director of Workforce Training. “The students graduating from this program are work-ready. We are proud of the work our faculty members do with local employers that gives our graduates the right skills.”

This group of graduates represents the eight programs offered through GRCC Job Training: automotive technician, computer support technician, construction electrician, green construction remodeling, introduction to construction, machinist/computer numerical control technician, residential construction, and welding/fabrication technician.

“These graduates chose a challenging learning option at Grand Rapids Community College," said Scott Mattson, Job Training and construction trades program manager. "They have received over 600 hours of training in 18 weeks in their respective field. Their success has come through hard work and support from their families and our talented faculty and staff.

“For some graduates, this is their first career choice, and, for others, it may be a new career direction. In either situation, GRCC offers them exposure to their chosen path and many tools to be successful.”

GRCC’s Job Training programs are constantly evolving to meet industry standards and employer needs. For example, GRCC teamed up with Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids in May to meet workforce demands for people with advanced manufacturing training. GRCC provides the technical skills, while Goodwill Industries provides the employability skills needed in the workplace. To learn more about this program, click here. To learn more about GRCC’s Job Training programs, click here or call (616) 234-3800.

Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, as well as at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.