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GRCC first GWO-accredited wind safety training provider in US

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Caroline MacGregor
October 29, 2013 | WGVU   GRCC and business partner Safety Technology USA is the first wind safety program in the US to be accredited by the industry-recognized Global Wind Organization (GWO).  

The college is now certified to train industry workers in GWO Basic Safety Training modules, including first aid, fire awareness, working at height and manual handling. These safety standards were established by the GWO and have already been implemented as industry standards in Europe.  

"help has arrived"

That was Julie Parks, GRCC's director of workforce training.

GRCC already has a state-of-the-art facility for training. The Tassell M-TEC facility allows for training completely indoors. They will also be able to offer on-site training at pre-approved locations for industry customers.
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Former Governor John Engler: raising Michigan's GDP key to growth
  April 16, 2014  |  WGVU  Former Michigan Governor, John Engler, spoke to the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce Tuesday about his perspective on moving Michigan’s economy forward faster. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor reports.    
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Authorities: 2 dead in crash with wrong-way driver
Plainwell MI  April 16, 2014  |  WGVU   Authorities say two people are dead following a fiery crash involving a wrong-way driver on an Allegan County roadway after state police tried to stop the motorist.   
Grand Rapids NBA D-League ownership group talks long-term success
  April 16, 2014  |  WGVU  Details of a Detroit Pistons’ minor league team calling Grand Rapids home have been announced.    
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Governor names Kent County Public Works Director to recycling council
Grand Rapids MI  April 16, 2014  |  WGVU  Kent County has been named a member of Governor Snyder’s Council on Recycling.   
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Flooding persists along rivers in western Michigan
Evart MI  April 16, 2014  |  AP  The National Weather Service says the Muskegon River reached a record 15.8 feet late Tuesday at Evart in Osceola County after earlier exceeding a previous high of 15 feet set in March 1989.   
Authorities: Body found on Lake Michigan beach
Ludington MI  April 16, 2014  |  AP   Authorities say the body of a man has been found on a Lake Michigan beach.   
AG, lawyers disagree over gay marriage appeal path
Detroit MI  April 16, 2014  |  AP   Attorneys who persuaded a judge to overturn Michigan's ban on gay marriage are opposing the state's request to have an entire appeals court take the case.    
Police: Charges possible after beating on video
Warren MI  April 16, 2014  |  AP  Police say two cousins of a 14-year-old suburban Detroit boy could face charges after a video posted online showed them beating him with belts to discipline him for stealing candy at school.    
Michigan civil rights group develops mobile app
Dearborn MI  April 16, 2014  |  AP   A Michigan civil rights organization has developed what it's calling the first mobile app to report discrimination, ethnic harassment and other forms of bigotry.   
Ford to offer 50th anniversary Mustang
New York NY  April 16, 2014  |  AP   Ford is building a limited-edition Mustang GT to honor the pony car's 50th anniversary.   
Spike in West Michigan market for new home sales
  April 16, 2014  |  WGVU  There’s a spike in the demand for new construction home sales in West Michigan, following on a national trend in the housing market for single family homes. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor reports.    
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State investigating death at Jenison assisted living home
  April 16, 2014  |  WGVU  The death of a West Michigan adult care home resident is being investigated by the state.   
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Michigan unveils steps to boost black enrollment
Ann Arbor MI  April 16, 2014  |  AP   The University of Michigan says it's working to boost black enrollment, which has dropped to 4.7 percent since state residents voted to ban consideration of race in admissions.    
Detroit still needs $350M from state lawmakers
Detroit MI  April 16, 2014  |  AP   Pressure is building for Michigan lawmakers to commit $350 million to Detroit pensions after the bankrupt city reached tentative agreements with pension funds and a retiree group.   
Official: Killer of trooper remains hospitalized
Jackson MI  April 16, 2014  |  AP   An official says a man sentenced to life in prison last week for the slaying of a Michigan state trooper remains hospitalized after trying to kill himself.   
Study examines deaths of trout that eat alewife
  April 16, 2014  |  AP  Researchers are making progress toward understanding why some Great Lakes trout die after eating an invasive prey fish called alewife.   
Michigan adjusted jobless rate down to 7.5 percent
  April 16, 2014  |  AP  The state says Michigan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has hit its lowest level in six years, falling two-tenths of a percentage point to 7.5 percent.   
Schauer calls education his “top priority” in schools plan
  April 16, 2014  |  MPRN  The Democrat likely to challenge Governor Rick Snyder in November says improving public schools would be his top priority in office. As Jake Neher reports, former Congressman Mark Schauer unveiled his education plan today.    
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Final push for funding for new Spring Lake Catholic school
Spring Lake MI  April 15, 2014  |  WGVU  St. Mary’s Parish in Spring Lake is in the final stages of fundraising for a new $1.5 million dollar school and education center. WGVU’s David Moore has the story   
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Grand Haven/Holland metro area most satisfied in state
  April 15, 2014  |  WGVU  A new Gallup poll shows residents of Grand Haven and Kalamazoo are among the most satisfied when it comes to their community. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor has more.    
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Utility crews work to restore power after storms
Pontiac MI  April 15, 2014  |  AP   Michigan's largest utilities say crews are working to finish restoring power to about 35,000 homes and business without service following three days of storms packing high winds.    
Michigan girl mauled by raccoon getting new ear
Royal Oak MI  April 15, 2014  |  AP   A surgeon at a Detroit-area hospital plans to perform a procedure that will begin the process of creating a new ear for a western Michigan girl whose face was mauled by a pet raccoon when she was a baby.   
Judge holding hearing on ban on same-sex benefits
Detroit MI  April 15, 2014  |  AP   A judge is being asked to call a time-out in a lawsuit that challenges a Michigan law banning same-sex benefits in public schools and local governments.    
Official: Man who killed trooper tried suicide
Jackson MI  April 15, 2014  |  AP   Authorities say a man who was sentenced to life in prison last week for the slaying of a Michigan state trooper tried to kill himself.   
Ex-principal sentenced in student sex abuse case
Vicksburg MI  April 15, 2014  |  AP  An ex-principal in southwestern Michigan has pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal sexual conduct in connection with a relationship he had with a former middle school student.   
Michigan's North Campus to get $6.9M face-lift
Ann Arbor MI  April 15, 2014  |  AP  The University of Michigan's North Campus is in line for a $6.9 million outdoor face-lift.   
Police probe bogus Twitter account
Royal Oak MI  April 15, 2014  |  AP  Royal Oak police investigators are trying to determine who set up a fake account in the department's name on Twitter.    
Cheney to visit Grand Rapids, talk heart problems
Grand Rapids MI  April 15, 2014  |  AP  Former Vice President Dick Cheney plans to visit Grand Rapids next week with his cardiologist to discuss Cheney's history of heart problems.    
Flooding threatens homes along Michigan rivers
Evart MI  April 15, 2014  |  AP   Flood warnings are in effect along rivers in a wide swath of Michigan's Lower Peninsula as rising water from heavy rain and snow melt-off threatens some homes.    
Changes approved for Detroit property taxes
Detroit MI  April 15, 2014  |  AP   State regulators have approved a plan to overhaul the Detroit department that sets property taxes following complaints of over-assessments.   
Storm breaks Detroit, Flint snowfall records
Romulus MI  April 15, 2014  |  AP   A spring storm that's left roads slippery across Michigan has shattered seasonal snowfall records in Detroit and Flint.   
Local governments: Tax Day study shows state not paying fair share
  April 15, 2014  |  MPRN  Local officials want the state to share more of the revenue it takes in. As Jake Neher reports, a study released today shows local revenue has dropped by more than a billion dollars in recent years.    
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Search for new Muskegon ISD superintendent moves forward
Muskegon MI  April 14, 2014  |  WGVU  The Muskegon Area Intermediate School District has narrowed its search for a new superintendent, trimming the field to four candidates.   
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Parklet spaces to spruce up downtown Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids MI  April 14, 2014  |  WGVU  Some downtown Grand Rapids businesses will soon be sporting a new look, at least on the outside. It’s part of an attempt to put more sparkle in the central city. David Moore reports…   
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Consumers working around clock to restore power
  April 14, 2014  |  WGVU  Consumers Energy crews have restored power to more than 60 percent of 110,000 Michigan homes and businesses that lost power this weekend due to severe weather. WGVU’S Caroline MacGregor has more on the situation in West Michigan.    
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Muskegon River to crest Tuesday
  April 14, 2014  |  WGVU  Flooding on the Muskegon River has forced some evacuations in Newaygo County's Croton Township. For more on the flooding situation and what to expect along West Michigan rivers WGVU recently spoke with the National Weather Service.   
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Michigan gets snow, rain amid storm cleanup
Jackson MI  April 14, 2014  |  AP  Michigan is getting snow and rain as crews work to restore power to thousands without electricity service following damaging weekend storms.    
Snyder approves $27.6 million in outdoors grants
Lansing MI  April 14, 2014  |  AP   Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation approving more than $27.6 million in grants from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund.   
Family of ex-Marine in Iran sees hope of freedom
Flint MI  April 14, 2014  |  AP   The Michigan family of an ex-Marine imprisoned in Iran since his 2011 arrest on spying charges says recent legal developments hold out hope of his release.   
Kalamazoo police use tear gas to quell disturbance
Kalamazoo MI  April 14, 2014  |  AP   Kalamazoo police say a civil disturbance broke out in a crowd of about 2,000 in a Western Michigan University student neighborhood, with some people fighting and throwing bottles and rocks at officers seeking to restore order.    
Museum highlights Michigan's role in Civil War
Grand Rapids MI  April 14, 2014  |  AP   The Grand Rapids Public Museum is displaying the overcoat of a Civil War surgeon who was on guard duty the night Abraham Lincoln was shot at Ford's Theatre.   
AAA Mich.: Gas prices rise 6 cents over past week
Dearborn MI  April 14, 2014  |  AP  AAA Michigan says gasoline prices have risen about 6 cents during the past week to a statewide average of about $3.71 per gallon.    
Ice affecting Mackinac Island ferry service
Mackinac Island MI  April 14, 2014  |  AP  A ferry company that serves Mackinac Island says the start of service this year will be affected by ice.    
GM replacing communications, human resources heads
Detroit MI  April 14, 2014  |  AP  General Motors is replacing its chiefs of communications and human resources.    
Water tower design decried as ugly, gets 2nd look
Jackson MI  April 14, 2014  |  AP  A mid-Michigan community's selection of a water tower design that prompted some city council opposition and online backlash is getting another look.   
ACLU sues Michigan, wants gay marriages recognized
  April 14, 2014  |  AP  The American Civil Liberties Union is asking a judge to force the state of Michigan to recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed in March.   
Evacuations at Croton Dam as Muskegon River floods
  April 14, 2014  |  AP  Several Michigan rivers are over their banks after three days of storms dropped as much of 5.5 inches of rain, forcing some flood plain residents from their homes.   
Snyder sued for not recognizing same-sex marriages
  April 14, 2014  |  MPRN  The ACLU and eight same-sex couples have sued the state. As Rick Pluta reports, they say Michigan has to recognize their marriages while a court decision is under appeal.    
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Ex-Northern Michigan student president is charged
  April 11, 2014  |  WGVU  The former student president at Northern Michigan University has been charged with embezzlement.    
US agency closes probe into Ford pickup trucks
  April 11, 2014  |  WGVU  U.S. safety regulators have decided against seeking a recall of Ford F-150 pickup trucks after investigating complaints about EcoBoost engines losing power.    
Fifth suspect to be arraigned in mob beating case
  April 11, 2014  |  WGVU  A 19-year-old man is expected to be arraigned in the mob beating of a suburban Detroit motorist who stopped his pickup truck after accidentally hitting a child on the city's east side.    
Several hundred gather at vigil for beaten driver
  April 11, 2014  |  WGVU  Several hundred people are gathering at a Detroit church to stand against racism and pray for a white motorist beaten by a black mob after he stopped to check on a child struck by his pickup truck.    
State orders three day liquor license suspension for The B.O.B.
  April 11, 2014  |  WGVU  The state liquor control commission has ordered that the liquor license of The B.O.B. be suspended for three days following a hearing over the death of a customer last year. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor reports.   
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Questions surround resignation of president of Kendall College of Arts
  April 11, 2014  |  WGVU  The reasons surrounding the sudden resignation of Kendall College of Arts’ president remain unknown.    
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Michigan girl mauled by raccoon to get new ear
  April 11, 2014  |  AP  A surgeon at a Detroit-area hospital plans to perform a procedure next week that will begin the process of giving a new ear to a western Michigan girl whose face was mauled by a pet raccoon when she was a baby.   
Weekend rain could cause some Michigan flooding
Grand Rapids MI  April 11, 2014  |  AP  Forecasters say weekend rain could cause some flooding problems in Michigan's Lower Peninsula in areas including along the Grand River.   
Education groups uniting around bills to revamp teacher evaluations
  April 11, 2014  |  MPRN  Bills that would overhaul teacher evaluations in Michigan could see movement soon in the state Legislature. As Jake Neher reports, a number of groups that didn’t support the bills now say they’re on board.    
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