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Calvin College sees enrollment boost, record-setting diversity in entering class

Calvin College sees enrollment boost, record-setting diversity in entering class

From: calvin.edu

Calvin College is seeing a boost in first-year enrollment and record-setting numbers of both minority and international students in its 2011 incoming class.

The first-time-in-any-college (FTIAC) and transfer student populations are up three percent from 2010. Calvin College's entering class totals 1,067 students, 961, of which are first-year, 106 of which are transfer students. This marks Calvin's largest incoming class since 2007.

As one of the nation's leading Christian colleges, Calvin drew students from more than 30 different denominational backgrounds for this fall's class; students from the Christian Reformed Church comprise the largest group, coming in at just under 40 percent.

The incoming class has demonstrated very strong academic performance; their average ACT score is 26, their average GPA is 3.6.

“I Believe I Become” ArtPrize entry highlights student aspirations

“I Believe I Become” ArtPrize entry highlights student aspirations

by Grand Rapids Public Schools in NONPROFIT

A team of visionary and creative art students from Grand Rapids Public Schools are working to create a mural to enter into this year’s ArtPrize competition with support from several local businesses.

Local artists Georgia Taylor and Marco Riolo are working with student artists from Grand Rapids Public Schools. Students on the creative team are Sophie Rodriguez, a junior at Creston High School, and 2011 Ottawa Hills graduate Maurica Stewart. Students on the production team are Robert Daylie, Zaylie Bebee, and Luiz Farfen. The mural will be on display at DeVos Place during ArtPrize.

The subject of the mural: the students’ expression of I Believe I Become, the rally cry for a local education initiative now in its second year.

Grand Rapids YouthBuild accepts applications for those wanting GEDs, building certifications & more

Grand Rapids YouthBuild accepts applications for those wanting GEDs, building certifications & more

News Release:  July 20, 2011 (Grand Rapids, MICH) – Grand Rapids YouthBuild is proud to partner with Habitat for Humanity of Kent County and Bethany Christian Services to offer 18-24 year olds the opportunity to earn stipends while obtaining their GED and developing marketable job skills.

Grand Rapids YouthBuild is the newest of 273 YouthBuild programs across the country. The 10-month program offers a paycheck to low-income young adults as they work towards their GED, earn Pre-Apprentice Certification Training and develop life skills. As a team, they build an affordable home with Habitat for Humanity of Kent County from start to finish alongside the Habitat family who will purchase the home.

This program is possible as a result of collaboration between many organizations.

Project GREEN Tree Inventory Project

Project GREEN Tree Inventory Project

July 5 through 14, Ford Middle School

Project GREEN is looking for individuals that would like to volunteer to help lead middle school students on an inventory of street trees.  There is a full program description below.

Volunteers are needed from 12:30 to 3:30pm on July 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, and 14th.  If you are interested in helping out any of these days, please  contact Branden Pecor- Program Coordinator @ 456-4581 or bpecor@grcity.us

Please forward to others that may be interested in participating.

Project GREEN Program Overview:

Retiree Profiles – 2010-2011 Grand Rapids Christian Schools

From: http://www.grcs.org

We are pleased to recognize newly retired teachers for their years of exceptional service to Grand Rapids Christian Schools. Thank you for bringing faith and learning to life at Grand Rapids Christian Schools. We have been blessed by your work and dedication.

  • Lois Brink– GRCS Director of Curriculum
  • Randy Commeret – Science teacher at GRCHS
  • Dirk Pegman – Counselor at GRCHS
  • Barb Piersma – Business teacher at GRCHS
  • Tim Quist – Teacher at GRCES – Evergreen campus
  • Joyce Slotsema - History and Math teacher at GRCMS
  • Norlyn Wolterink – Latin teacher at GRCHS