Press release: GRCC to host state leadership and skills conference


Kathy Mullins
Executive Deputy to the President and Board Liaison

April 18, 2013 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College will play host to 35 competitions as part of SkillsUSA Michigan’s state conference this month.

The Michigan chapter of SkillsUSA, a national organization serving high school and college students and professional members enrolled in training programs in technical, skilled and service occupations, will hold its state conference in Grand Rapids from April 19 to 21. More than 700 students — plus their parents — are expected.

GRCC will host 35 competitions — everything from computers to culinary to welding — at the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center at 151 Fountain St. NE and Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC at 622 Godfrey Ave. SW.

“GRCC is excited to partner with SkillsUSA, Amway and Experience GR to bring this competition to Grand Rapids,” said Amy Koning, associate dean of operations at GRCC’s School of Workforce Development. "We have a unique opportunity to showcase West Michigan and the role GRCC plays in helping the development of the economic vision.”

“The fact that over 700 students from all over the state will be coming through our doors is also an exciting opportunity for GRCC to display our workforce development programs.”

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for over 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several additional locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.