Press release: Patrick Miles to speak at GRCC's Federal Career Day


Kathy Mullins

Executive Deputy to the President and Board Liaison


March 13, 2013 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. –U.S Western Michigan District Attorney Patrick Miles will talk about transitioning from high school and college to a federal career during Grand Rapids Community College's Federal Career Day on March 13.

Mr. Miles will speak about “Building Bridges: from High School to College to a Federal Career" at 6:30 p.m. in room 108 of Sneden Hall, 435 E. Fulton. Everyone is invited to his talk, and no registration is necessary.

GRCC will also mark both Criminal Justice Month and Federal Career Day with a federal career fair on March 19.

Federal employers will meet with GRCC students, high school students and members of the community during the fair, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m. in room 108 of Sneden Hall.

The event will include representatives from:

  • U.S. Probation Office.
  • U.S. Secret Services.
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation.
  • U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
  • Social Security Administration.
  • U.S. Department of Transportation.
  • U.S. Postal Inspection Service.
  • U.S. Attorney's Office.
  • Federal Public Defender.
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
  • U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives.
  • U.S. Marshal's Service.

"The Job Fair will give our students the chance to see how the education they're receiving at GRCC can fit with a federal career," said Nikki Banks, Associate Professor in GRCC's Criminal Justice Department. "They'll have the opportunity to talk with representatives from a variety of fields and get their questions answered."

Mr. Miles, the first black U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan, was appointed to that position in 2012 by President Obama. An Ottawa Hills High School alumnus, he graduated from Aquinas College in 1988 and received a law degree from Harvard in 1991.

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