GRCC Staff Beekeeping Group Meeting

Posted June 22, 2018 by grcctoday
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Groupbees will be meeting July 18th at noon in ATC 217 to learn about bees.  Don lamb of Don Lam Bees is coming in to talk to the group about basic beekeeping and answering questions.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Kurt Meinders at or (616) 234-3856.



GRCC In the News, 6-22-18

Posted June 21, 2018 by grcctoday
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Restaurant Week is coming soon with something new

June 21, 2018; 100.5 FM

Restaurant Week Grand Rapids, (RWGR), announces a third Chef’s Choice option that will be available during the 12-day culinary event in the Greater Grand Rapids area from August 8 19, 2018.

… RWGR not only promotes the Greater Grand Rapids culinary scene, but also provides educational support through a scholarship fund for students at the Grand Rapids Community College Secchia Institute for Culinary Education. Since 2010, Restaurant Week participating restaurants and sponsors have contributed over $143,000 to the scholarship fund. Participating restaurants donate $1 for every Restaurant Week meal sold to the scholarship fund that is granted to selected students within the Institute’s culinary program.

Meet the 2018 Kalamazoo Gazette Baseball Dream Team

June 21, 2018; MLive

KALAMAZOO, MI – From strong seniors to freshman phenoms, the 2018 high school baseball landscape in the Kalamazoo-area featured a group of diverse and talented athletes.

… Dream Team Pitchers

… Trevor Patterson, Sr., Galesburg-Augusta

… The senior Grand Rapids Community College signee struck out 60 batters in 53 2/3 innings, while posting a 7-0 record, a 0.26 ERA and allowing 30 hits, nine walks and two earned runs.

… Dream Team Catchers

… Jimmy Wressel, Sr., Paw Paw

The senior Grand Rapids Community College signee earned first team all-conference and first team all-district honors after batting .426 with a .535 on-base percentage, while throwing out 36 percent of runners from behind the plate.

Architecture projects win statewide awards

Jun 21, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A group of local firms and projects recently won statewide awards from an association of architects.

… AIA Michigan also presented the Design Award to two Grand Rapids projects: Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory at Grand Rapids Community College won in the building category, and the Ford airport Viewing Pavilion won in the low budget/small project category.

GRCC In the News, 6-21-18

Posted June 21, 2018 by grcctoday
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John Bos All-Star Games: Baseball, softball results, highlights
6/20/18 MLive
Grand Rapids Community College hosted its annual John Bos All-Star Games at Cornerstone University Tuesday.

Aquinas coach steps down after 500 wins, hundreds of great van rides
6/20/18 MLive
Mike Rose was an All-American tennis player at Aquinas College, but not all of his favorite memories from those days were made on the courts.
… (Jerry) Hendrick has been part of the West Michigan tennis community since he was a child. He played at Creston High School before graduating in 1982, and he got his first coaching opportunity when he was attending Grand Rapids Community College. Creston girls coach Jerry Bentley invited Hendrick to return to his alma mater and serve as an assistant.

GRCC’s top dogs show their college pride!

Posted June 21, 2018 by grcctoday
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Show your GRCC pride when walking your dog(s) this summer wearing their GRCC bandanna, as a few of your fellow coworkers are already doing in the photos below. Help us promote GRCC enrollment when people stop to admire your furry friend in their fashionable scarf!

The bandannas are available by calling x3925 or emailing

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Drupal 8 web editor training today in Main

Posted June 21, 2018 by grcctoday
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Drupal Basics – Editing Content Workshop Today

Join us today to learn how to navigate the Drupal system, understand and use content types, and edit existing content. The workshop will be held from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. in room 351 Main.

If you are not able to make today’s session, there will be another workshop next week, June 26.

For details, visit our Learning Opportunities page.

Today: Farewell party for Tamber Bustance

Posted June 21, 2018 by grcctoday
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Tamber Bustance will be leaving GRCC soon to embark upon a new position with Kent County. There will be a best wishes reception for her today, June 21st, from 1-3 p.m. at the Woodrick Center. Please go by and greet her if you can, or send her a note. We will be celebrating the great work Tamber has done with and for this institution and community and sending her off with our wishes for continued success and much happiness in her new career.

GRCC In the News, 6-20-18

Posted June 20, 2018 by grcctoday
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Program gives GRPS high school graduates both diploma and associate’s degree
6/18/18 WGVU
A program that allows Grand Rapids Public School students the opportunity to graduate with both a high school diploma and an associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College is getting an extension.

Morning News
6/20/18 WZZM
Grand Rapids Community College hosted the John Bos All-Star Games at Cornerstone — this one between the OK Black and OK Red teams.

Columbia Herald da bacia estilos de vida onde os estudantes podem encontrar o dinheiro de emergência e o malware do apartamento Bitcoin
6/20/18 Columbia Herald
“As chances de seus pais pagarem a conta não são tão altas” diz Sara Goldrick-Rab, professora da Temple University, na Filadélfia, e fundadora do Wisconsin Hope Lab, um centro de pesquisa da Universidade de Wisconsin-Madison. “Não é pela falta de famílias que a querem; eles não têm isso.”
… Por exemplo, no Grand Rapids Community College, em Grand Rapids, Michigan, há ajuda disponível para estudantes que enfrentam situações de emergência, como perda de emprego, deportação ou fechamento de um serviço público. De acordo com Dave Murray, porta-voz da escola, desde 2014, o fundo concedeu mais de US $ 78.000 em doações e empréstimos.
(“The chances of your parents paying the bill are not that high,” says Sara Goldrick-Rab, a professor at Temple University in Philadelphia and founder of the Wisconsin Hope Lab, a research center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “It’s not for want of families who want it, they do not have it.”
… For example, at Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, help is available to students facing emergency situations such as job loss, deportation or closing of a public service. According to Dave Murray, the school’s spokesperson, since 2014, the fund has awarded more than $78,000 in grants and loans.)

Raiders add Dallas Mora to Cross Country Team
6/19/18 Cedar Springs Post
The GRCC Men’s Cross Country team made a run into the post season and placed 24th overall as a team at the NJCAA Division I National Championship this past fall. As a team, the Raiders finished as one of the top MCCAA schools represented, just behind Macomb and Lansing at the National Championship.

GRCCePRINT to be down for update July 5

Posted June 20, 2018 by grcctoday
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GRCCePRINT will be implementing and update to the online ordering on Thursday, July 5th, at 3:00 p.m.  Please have your orders in by 1:00 p.m. so they are processed in time.

GRCC In the News, 6-19-18

Posted June 19, 2018 by grcctoday
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GRPS touts GRCC dual-enrollment program
6/18/18 WOOD TV
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids Public Schools and Grand Rapids Community College are showing off their partnership and what it can do for students.

GRPS, GRCC strengthening Early/Middle College partnership
6/18/18 WZZM
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Rapids Public Schools are working together to provide high school students the ability to earn college degrees.

GRPS extends partnership with GRCC: ‘You’re already ahead of the game.’
6/19/18 FOX 17
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich– There’s some good news for one local school district, they’re extending their partnerships with Grand Rapids Community College.

44 students enroll in Kent schools’ tuition-free skilled trades program
6/18/18 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Forty-four students from school districts across Kent County are taking advantage of a mechanical design program that can lead to well-paying careers, educators say.
… The program is a partnership with the Grand Rapids Community College, one of six partnerships it has with Kent and Ottawa school districts. Tuition is covered by the district’s state per-student aid.

News 8 Daybreak
6/19/18 WOOD TV
Some of the area’s best high school players will square off in a baseball and softball tournament to raise money for Grand Rapids Community College scholarships. The games start at 4 today at Cornerstone University’s fields. Admission is just $5. Proceeds go to the John Bos Scholarship Fund.

Education Newsmakers: 06/18/2018
6/18/18 Traverse City Record-Eagle
Fifty students recently received a $1,000 college scholarship from the Ed & Irene Fleis Education Fund. Recipients attended Leelanau County Schools or have Leelanau lineage.
… Grand Rapids Community College: Jacob Christensen, Ada

GRCC retiree biography: Bob Leunk

Posted June 19, 2018 by grcctoday
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Bob will be retiring from GRCC at the end of July. He has worked at GRCC for eleven years in the Biologicals Sciences department as a faculty member, focusing on teaching Microbiology.

Bob Leunk in a lab classroom posing with equipment.

Bob Leunk

When asked about his favorite story about GRCC students he said he couldn’t think of just one particular story, stating, “I’ve found that every student has a story if I am willing to listen.  There are gifted students who sail through their classes and stressed students who struggle through their classes.  There are youthful students seeking their life’s work, returning students seeking a new career, and seasoned students seeking a new opportunity.  Each student comes with unique abilities, accomplishments, circumstances, and challenges.  Students juggle a lot, struggle at times, stumble occasionally, and excel frequently.  There are so many students and so many stories that I’ll remember for years to come.  I’m a better person because of my students.”

Bob also said, “coming from industry, with limited teaching experience, I was pretty new to education when I arrived at GRCC. I didn’t know what to expect in the classroom or how to get anything done in the organization.  I want to thank my colleagues in the Biology Department for answering all my questions from their wisdom and expertise, for picking me up, calming me down, and helping me find my way at GRCC.  Everyone here has been so generous in offering help and support during my entire time at GRCC.  Thanks to all of you.”

In retirement, Bob plans to spend time with his grandkids, make progress on a long list of house projects, volunteer and travel.

If you can, please stop by to celebrate with Bob on June 20th from 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. in room 320 of Calkins Science Center.

We wish you all the best in your retirement, Bob. Please stay in touch! Thank you for all that you did for GRCC and our students. You have really made difference in the lives of many.

GRCC retiree biography: Penny Folsom

Posted June 19, 2018 by grcctoday
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Penny is retiring from GRCC at the beginning of July. We had asked her a few questions about her experience here at GRCC and here is what she had to say:

“I graduated with my Associate degree (Child Development) from GRCC in May of 1992. I was hired that fall for the preschool. I have worked at the Early Childhood Learning Lab for 26 years. I have both my Bachelor and Master degree in Early Childhood from WMU. During my years I have had an opportunity to work in each of the classrooms, from the infant room to the oldest classroom.

“I have always been passionate about connecting children and their families to the natural world. To this day children demonstrate their excitement for when they find “bugs” and other nature related items. Parents often share with me “new” things they have discovered as well. It brings me joy to know I have touched so many lives and have sparked their passion for learning about and protecting our world.

“Mentoring the college students in our program has provided me many opportunities to feel like I belong to GRCC. Watching them progress through the program, seeing them graduate, and then watching as they work in the field for which I helped train them brings great joy. Many come back to say “thank you” and to let me know they continue to build their confidence and professional skills because of the great start I have provided.

“I am excited to be able to spend long hours engaging with nature, whether gardening, birdwatching, hiking, or sharing my “traveling nature center” with others ( I will be sharing my love of nature with those who visit FMG Children’s Garden this summer, hosting six of the Science Sunday presentations.

“GRCC has been my home for over 30 years. I have enjoyed my many college “family” connections. I will miss them.”

We wish you all the best in your retirement, Penny. Please stay in touch! Thank you for all that you did for GRCC, the ECLL families, and our students; you’ve made an amazing difference in the lives of many.

GRCC retiree biography: Karen Walker

Posted June 19, 2018 by grcctoday
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Karen Walker will be retiring from GRCC at the end of June. Karen joined the Grand Rapids Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program in January 1987 as faculty and academic fieldwork coordinator. She developed fieldwork sites throughout West Michigan where a Certified Occupational Therapist (COTA) was not employed. Many of these facilities identified the benefit of a COTA and created this position after supervising a student. She developed several courses and unit topics in the OTA curriculum such as therapeutic relationships, adult development, and mental health.

Karen was appointed program director in August 2000. She serves as program director and faculty in the program. She facilitated and supported the OTA faculty (Matthew Mekkes, Lynda Jansen, and Sarah Ryder) to develop learning activities for the students throughout the college and community. These activities help the students to develop awareness and empathy for people with disabilities to be able to treat and advocate for them. The faculty partnered with facilities and programs such as; Lincoln School, Huntington Woods pre-primary impaired program, Martindill Wellness Center, Pilgrim Manor, Oak Ridge Retirement, Brookcrest Rehab, Adam Park apartments, GRCC dental clinic, GRCC preschool, and Michigan Works First.

Karen created unique hands-on learning experiences such as a wheelchair scavenger hunt. This hunt involves teams of students in wheelchairs ranging from sports wheelchairs, scooters, and standard wheelchairs to travel around the campus in search of clues while practicing their mobility skills and identifying campus accessibility.

Karen identified a need for a student conference so she developed and co-chaired the West Michigan Educational Consortium 2001-2015 which focuses on Occupational Therapy specialty practice areas. This was an annual conference for students in West Michigan Occupational Therapy and Occupational Therapy Assistant educational programs.

To keep current with OT practice she created externships for herself under the supervision of OT practitioners, many of whom were OTA program graduates. It was a pleasure being mentored by former students in areas of physical disabilities, home and community health, work hardening, and mental health.

Presently Karen volunteers in community and church activities. She has always been an outdoor enthusiast enjoying snowshoeing, rowing, kayaking, and backpacking. She enjoys traveling with family and friends. She plans to continue these activities in retirement and to explore new ones.

We wish you all the best in your retirement, Karen. Please stay in touch! Thank you for all that you did for GRCC and our students; you’ve made such a difference in the lives of many.

Condolences to friends, family of Marcille Dalgleish

Posted June 19, 2018 by grcctoday
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We extend our condolences to the family and friends of former Food Science and Nutrition teacher, Marcille Dalgleish (Mrs. D), who has passed away. Marcille was a founding faculty member of GRJC’s Culinary Arts Program.

Marcille’s full obituary is available on MLive:

College Channel programming through June 22

Posted June 18, 2018 by grcctoday
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The latest College Channel schedule, through June 22, is now available online.

GRCC In the News, 6-18-18

Posted June 18, 2018 by grcctoday
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Morning News
6/18/18 WZZM
Leaders from Grand Rapids Public Schools and Grand Rapids Community College are working to strengthen their partnership. A news conference is happening today to discuss what’s ahead. The two have worked together for 13 years now, and their bond gives students the chance to work toward their high school diploma and associate degrees at the same time. Tuition and fees for the college courses are covered by state aid given to GRPS.

Daybreak Sunday Edition
6/17/18 WOOD TV
This week, Grand Rapids Public Schools and Grand Rapids Community College will discuss their partnership. GRCC President Bill Pink and GRPS Superintendent Theresa Weatherall Neal are hosting a press conference tomorrow. They’re expected to talk about strengthening their collaboration in helping prepare students for higher education.

Hospice Of Michigan Welcomes Lauren VanGroningen As Operations Manager
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (June 15, 2018) – Hospice of Michigan (HOM) is pleased to announce Lauren VanGroningen as Operations Manager in the southwest region serving Grand Rapids and surrounding communities.
… Previously, VanGroningen served as Director of Nursing for the memory care program at Samaritas Senior Living. She has also worked as a nurse in psychiatric services at Network180, a progressive care nurse at Spectrum Health’s Meijer Heart Center and as Senior Behavioral Health Operations Coordinator at Priority Health. VanGroningen earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Social Work from Calvin College and an Associate’s degree in Nursing from Grand Rapids Community College. She is currently working on a Master’s of Nursing degree from Ferris State University and lives with her husband, Sam, and two young children in Grand Rapids.