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My Town: Rangers rally for Gilda's Club in inaugural game Sept. 26

My Town: Rangers rally for Gilda's Club in inaugural game Sept. 26

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Forest Hills Central’s varsity football team is taking the battle against cancer onto the gridiron this week, with an inaugural game benefit ting Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids.

The Rangers will take on West Ottawa Friday, Sept. 26 in the charity game at the FHC stadium.  Tailgating will start at 6 p.m. and kick-off is 7 p.m. All proceeds from the event will go to Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids.  For additional information, contact Kathleen Buzzitta at kathleenswanson@hotmail.com (616) 308-1646.

Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids provides emotional support to cancer patients and their loved ones through networking, workshops and community activities.  The nonprofit organization serves more than 10,000 people each year at its two club houses in Grand Rapids and Lowell and five community centers.  

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Companies seeking workers for Holland jobs


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Ottawa County job developers are hosting a hiring event today in Holland to help job seekers line up new work with companies in West Michigan.

More than 200 positions are available at today's event at the Michigan Works! Holland Service Center, 121 Clover Street.

Five employers are taking part in the event: MOKA, Dialogue Direct, Walters Gardens Inc., Grand Rapids Building Services, and Kelly Services hiring for Haworth.

The hiring event allows job seekers to speak with representatives with the companies, which have open positions they want to fill.

The employers will be holding meetings at the following times today:

Man arrested after allegedly robbing female acquaintance


HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Two people were arrested following the report of an armed robbery early Monday morning.

A Grand Rapids woman says she and her boyfriend were at the home of someone they knew around 3:45 a.m. when that individual, a 24-year-old Holland Township man, pulled a gun on them and demanded money. The victims gave him money, left the scene in the 12000 block of Renwood Dr., and called police.

When the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office responded, the suspect was arrested. Deputies also made contact with other people at the home who eventually came out after initially refusing to do so. Tactical officers entered the home on a warrant, secured some evidence, and arrested another individual on the scene on an outstanding warrant.

other occupants refused to come out; eventually they did; tactical officers entered home on warrant, got evidence; arrested another individual on outstanding warrant.

Snyder launches work ready initiative


ZEELAND, Mich. (WZZM) --Governor Rick Snyder on Monday joined with education and business leaders in West Michigan to launch the Michigan Work Ready Communities initiative. It's an effort to link employees with employers, utilizing a certificate of work-readiness earned by every Michigan high school graduate.

Since 2009, students in eleventh grade have taken, along with the ACT and MME, a Work Keys test. it measures a student's employability and trainability. Snyder wants more employers to ask for the National Career Readiness Certificiate a student earns, along with a resume.

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College Night at Hope College on Sept. 25 to Feature Several Colleges and Universities

Families and students engaged in the college search will have the opportunity to connect with several colleges and universities during the Holland Area College Night, which will be hosted by Hope College in Holland on Thursday, Sept. 25.

                        The public is invited.  Admission is free.

The event will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Richard and Helen DeVos Fieldhouse, and will feature representatives and information from colleges and universities from across Michigan as well as throughout the Midwest and elsewhere in the country.  In addition, the evening will include two 30-minute information sessions regarding the financial aid process starting at 6:45 p.m.

Hope College Enrollment Tops 3,400 for First Time

Hope College has again enrolled a record number of students, topping 3,400 for the first time.

                        Hope has enrolled 3,433 students this year.

It is the fourth year in a row that Hope has set an enrollment record, and the ninth consecutive year that enrollment has been above 3,200.  Last year’s enrollment was 3,388.

“The college’s continued success in attracting students reflects the high degree to which families recognize the value of the high-quality education that Hope provides,” said William Vanderbilt, vice president for admissions.  “We’re grateful that we continue to see such strong interest in Hope, particularly at a time when the number of college-age students nationwide has been declining.”

With the three returning classes being the largest in Hope’s history, Vanderbilt noted that the college delibe

LG Chem holds job fair: Is Michigan economy improving?


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) - WZZM 13 is following ongoing developments in Michigan's job market, with the election for governor quickly approaching.

On Thursday, Holland battery-maker LG Chem held a job fair to fill 40 new positions. The jobs range from operator positions to engineers.

The job fair is a positive sign for LG Chem, considering the company has dealt with furloughs and false starts over the past few years. Several job-seekers told WZZM 13 that they've noticed an improvement in the overall market. However, others are still having trouble finding a steady job.

"It's been kind of hard; I've been working as a temp for a couple companies throughout Holland. You get used to it, and then the next thing you know, the temp service says your time is done," says job seeker Claudio Rikelme.