GRCC In The News, 10-18-18

Posted October 18, 2018 by grcctoday
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Community college, Wyoming districts, teaming up to improve student success
10/17/18 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS – Grand Rapids Community College received a $2.1 million federal grant to help four school districts increase the number students who are prepared to enter and succeed in a postsecondary program.

GRCC receives $2.1 million federal grant to help students
10/17/18 WOOD Radio
Oct. 17, 2018 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Students in four Wyoming area school districts will gain academic assistance to boost their chances for success in college and beyond through a partnership with Grand Rapids Community College and a $2.1 million, six-year grant from the U.S. Education Department.

Grand Awards spotlighting theater scene
10/17/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
The Grand Awards will celebrate the best of the Grand Rapids theater community this weekend.
… Other performers will represent their colleges: Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Cornerstone University and Aquinas College.

Film to show Berlin Wall history
10/17/18 The Holland Sentinel
HOLLAND — A film about the Berlin Wall will be shown Oct. 22.
… Audience discussion following the film will be moderated by Grand Valley State University professor Jason Crouthamel and Grand Rapids Community College professor Gordan Vurusic.

4 running for 2 seats on Grand Rapids Community College board
10/17/18 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Four candidates are running for two seats on the Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) Board of Trustees in the Nov. 6 general election.

Popular Course Planner Embeds New Search Tool to Help Students Identify Classes with Free or Low-Cost Course Materials
10/18/18 prnewswire (press release service)
AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Responding to student demand for ways to reduce the cost of college, student success leader Civitas Learning today announced the launch of new search technology specifically designed to help students find courses that offer open educational resources (OER). This would allow students to reduce costs for required course materials while still accessing a complete educational experience.
… Prior to its wider launch, the OER search technology has been successfully piloted at institutions within the California State University system and Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan.

Ciudad de Grand Rapids celebra 65 Aniversario de los Derechos Civiles y Cena de Gala
10/17/18 La Prensa
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — La Comisión de Relaciones Comunitarias de la Ciudad de Grand Rapids realizó el pasado viernes 21 de septiembre de 2018, la celebración del 65 Aniversario de los Derechos Civiles y Cena de Gala. El tema de este año fue: “Generaciones trenzadas: pasado, presente y futuro”, en donde se celebró y honro el pasado, se observó el estado actual de los derechos civiles en Grand Rapids y se ayudo a diseñar el futuro de la ciudad.
… Por otra parte, la Comisión de Relaciones Comunitarias de Grand Rapids estableció desde 1998 el Premio de Derechos Civiles Helen Jackson Claytor. Este año los galardonados con dicho premio, fueron:
Elias Lumpkins, ex comisionado Third Ward en la ciudad de Grand Rapids, ex decano de estudiantes de Grand Rapids Junior College y actual miembro de la junta de la Fundación de Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC).
… Lorena Aguayo-Márquez, Especialista de Reclutamiento de la Comunidad Kellogg en Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC).
(GRAND RAPIDS, M — The Community Relations Commission of the City of Grand Rapids held the celebration of the 65th Anniversary of Civil Rights and Gala Dinner last Friday, September 21, 2018. This year’s theme was: “Braided Generations: Past, Present and Future,” where the past was celebrated and honored, the current state of civil rights in Grand Rapids was observed and the future of the city was helped.
… The Community Relations Commission of Grand Rapids established the Helen Jackson Claytor Civil Rights Award in 1998. This year, the winners of this award were:
Elias Lumpkins, former Third Ward commissioner in the city of Grand Rapids, former dean of students at Grand Rapids Junior College and current board member of the Grand Rapids Community College Foundation (GRCC).
… Lorena Aguayo-Márquez, Kellogg Community Recruitment Specialist at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC).)

Raider Salute from Early Childhood Learning Laboratory to Jeff Smoes

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GRCC’s ECLL Marsh room would like to thank Jeff Smoes and his helper for bringing the leaf blowers and making a big leaf pile for our kids to play in. Jeff took it upon himself to do this for our kids, saying “I still like to play in the leaves and figured it would be fun for the kids.”
Our kids had a ball. Thank you!

Golden Raider Retiree Happy Hour tomorrow afternoon

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Image that says "Friday Happy Hour" in hot pink and grey, with bubbles and a cartoon, olive-garnished martini.

The GRCC Golden Raider Retirees are hosting their first happy hour! Come connect with your colleagues and friends, and throw a few bucks in the collection box for the Golden Raider Scholarship.

When: Friday, October 19th, from 3-6 p.m.

Where: Derby Station (2237 Wealthy St SE #130, East Grand Rapids, MI 49506)

What else:

  • Cash bar and food.
  • Free parking in the ramp behind the restaurant.
  • Folks who are planning on retiring are most welcome.
  • Current retirees are welcome to bring friends.

GRCC In The News, 10-17-18

Posted October 17, 2018 by grcctoday
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Women in skilled trades hone skills, explore careers, network with industry experts
10/16/18 (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)
Camille Reed is a business owner who wants to learn more about the construction industry. Brenna Mosley is a 2018 East Kentwood High School graduate with a dream to run an architecture and construction firm. Serena Small is a stay-at-home mother pursuing a degree in construction management. Elma Balic is an architectural drafter who wants to get away from her desk and into the field.
… Grand Rapids Community College is hosting the 10-woman cohort, the first for Grand Rapids, in space at the GRCC Leslie E.Tassell M-TEC. GRCC instructors lead sessions on carpentry and safety. Another cohort is planned for next fall.

What to know about Ferris State basketball playing Duke – yes, Duke
10/17/18 MLive
BIG RAPIDS – Nice sequence of events for the Ferris State basketball program – win a national title, return for the next season, play Duke.
… The Bulldogs, who opened practice Monday, will face Grand Rapids Community College on Friday in an exhibition before playing alumni on Sunday.

Annual Employee Benefits Fair and Flu Shot Clinic Next Wednesday

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Flyer for the Annual Benefits Fair. Text reads: "Annual Benefits Fair & Flu Shot Clinic. Employees and Family members are welcomed! Join us for some Cider & Donuts! When:Wednesday, October 24th, 2018. Where: ATC Banquet Rooms (118-124). Time: 11:00am to 3:00pm. Benefit Fair Scavenger Hunt. Collect a ticket at the welcome table to be entered into the raffle drawing, Or play our benefit scavenger hunt for a chance to win the grand prize. Items will be placed on the vendors tables. To participate in the grand prize raffle drawing, you will need to visit the vendor tables and locate the items that are on your raffle scavenger hunt card. Once you have identified all the items on the card and collected a sticker from the vendor, give your card to Angie Ramirez at the entrance for a chance to win the grand prize. Good Luck! Employees who are getting a flu shot will automatically be entered into the raffle drawing. Vendors at the Fair: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan; Pine Rest; Flex Administrators; RX Optical; Lake Michigan Credit Union; Aflac; MEEMIC; GRCC Wellness/Staff Development; VALIC; i-Chiro; Legend Group; and more. Flu Shot Clinic. GRCC employees can get a flu shot at the fair. Be sure to bring your insurance card or pay $20 (cash or check payable to GRCC)."

Come join your colleagues for a fun and informational event at the Annual Employee Benefits Fair & Flu Shot Clinic. Learn more about the benefits offered to you. Employees and their family members are welcome!

  • When: Next Wednesday, October 24, 2018
  • Where: ATC Banquet Rooms (118-124)
  • Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Speak with GRCC Benefit vendors including:

  • BC/BS
  • Flex Administrators
  • Pine Rest
  • Madison National Life
  • Annuity Vendors

Get your Flu Shot – don’t forget to bring your insurance card, or the cost to employees is only $20 if not insured.

There will be cider and donuts in the atrium of ATC from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Get information on your health plan options for Open Enrollment, beginning October 29, 2018. HR staff will be on hand to answer your open enrollment questions.

You may also win fabulous prizes including gift cards and other great gifts donated by our vendors. See you at the Fair!

October 23-25: Fall Fest at the Raider Grille

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Flier for Fall Fest event. There is a border of red, orange, and yellow leaves and a pumpkin. The text reads: “Fall Fest. Tuesday, October 23 - Thursday, October 25. 11:00 am- 1:00pm. Join us in the Raider Grille for free food and a chance to win free parking passes by filling out our survey. Free games! Selfie-Station! Pumpkin Ring Toss! Raider Dollar Giveaways. Tuesday Oct. 23 - Caramel apple nacho bar with assorted toppings. Wednesday Oct. 24 - Apple Cider and Donut holes. Thursday Oct. 25 - Gourmet Trailmix bar. Tuesday October 23 is the 5th annual Michigan Apple Crunch day! To help promote Michigan agriculture and our state’s signature apples, there will be free apples located in the Raider Grille and the Quiet Café. Fall food and drink specials in the Raider Grille and The Quiet Café. #Michiganapplecrunch #cultivateMichigan #creativedining”

Fall Fest at the Raider Grille is happening October 23-25!

Free Food, giveaways, and a Drink Special in the Quiet Café.

Attendees can also take a survey to receive a coupon and enter to win a prize.

GRCC Scholars Poster Presentation next Wednesday in the Raider Grille

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GRCC students who participated in the Summer 2018 MICUP Program at Michigan Technological University, UROP at the University of Michigan, and Study Abroad in Salamanca (Spain) will be exhibiting their research posters on Wednesday, October 24, in the Raider Grill!

Support their hard work and learn more about the amazing opportunities that the MICUP, UROP, and Study Abroad have to offer!

Stop by anytime between 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Raider Grille, 2nd Floor Student Center, Rooms 205/207

Snacks will be provided.

GRCC Lettinga House Estate Sale on October 23

Posted October 17, 2018 by grcctoday
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GRCC Lettinga House Estate Sale
473 Fulton St. E – Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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Several pieces of traditional furniture available including curio cabinets, desks, chairs, lamps, etc. All are reasonably priced.

Cash, Visa, and Mastercard accepted. Cash, credit, and carry.

Lettinga House is #20 on the campus map.

GRCC Main Campus map with Lettinga House highlighted in yellow.
Parking is available on westbound Fulton St. – driveway just beyond the Lettinga House.

GRCC In The News, 10-16-18

Posted October 16, 2018 by grcctoday
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Early enrollment gives GRPS students path to GRCC
10/15/18 WOOD TV
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — New numbers show efforts to encourage more Grand Rapids high school students to go to college are working.
Grand Rapids Community College saw a 31 percent increase in the number of Grand Rapids Public Schools graduates signing up for classes. According to GRCC, the number of students from GRPS rose from 116 in 2017 to 152 this year.
(This report also appeared on WOOD Radio.)

United Way welcomes new staff members
10/15/18 Grand Haven Tribune
The Greater Ottawa County United Way recently announced the addition of two staff members to its team.
… (Jennifer) Bryant has a background in fund development and education. She has worked in the non-profit, secondary and post-secondary sectors for more than 10 years. She joins the United Way from the Grand Rapids Community College Upward Bound program, where she guided first-generation and low-income high school students to higher education.

Greater Ottawa County United Way hires two
10/15/18 The Holland Sentinel
Greater Ottawa County United Way has added two staff members to its team. Jennifer Bryant is the new campaign associate, and Lisa Bassage is administrative assistant.
… Bryant, who lives in Grand Rapids, has a background in fund development and education. She has worked in the nonprofit, secondary, and post-secondary sectors for more than 10 years. She joins United Way from Grand Rapids Community College Upward Bound program.

Two Students Awarded with the GRCC Faculty and Staff Centennial Scholarship

Posted October 16, 2018 by grcctoday
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The GRCC Faculty and Staff Centennial Scholarship was created by the employees of the college in honor of GRCC’s 100th year celebration. Currently, two awards are given each year: one to an incoming student and the other to a returning student that has earned at least 12 credits at GRCC. These scholarships are awarded based on scholastic achievement as well as extracurricular involvement and community service. Applicants are also asked to submit a short essay explaining why they feel they deserve the scholarship. The recipients are then selected by a cross-college committee made up of representatives from each of the various employee groups (Faculty, Meet & Confer, CEBA, APSS, and Campus Police).

We are pleased to announce and congratulate the 2018-19 scholarship recipients for the GRCC Faculty and Staff Centennial Scholarship: Carley Hume and Rodney Van Lagen. Both have been awarded $1,000! Rodney is studying to become a secondary school teacher with a major in mathematics and a minor in English. Carley is currently enrolled in the Dental Assisting program at GRCC and plans on starting the Dental Hygiene program next fall.

We are very grateful to all the faculty and staff who have helped make these scholarships possible for Carley and Rodney. We wish these students all the best in their academic endeavors.

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM)-Week Three

Posted October 16, 2018 by grcctoday
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The Department of Homeland Security has teamed up with the Cybersecurity industry to provide information they believe everyone across the nation should know to stay safe and more secure online. The Week Three theme is “It’s Everyone’s Job to Ensure Online Safety at Work.”

The Week Three Newsletter for NCSAM is now available on The GRCC Security Awareness webpage.

Leadership Institute 2019 applications due next week

Posted October 16, 2018 by grcctoday
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The Grand Rapids Community College Leadership Institute is a 12-month leadership program committed to strengthening new or emerging leaders from across campus. This program is geared to foster a broader understanding of the campus community, accelerate talent development and hone individual and team leadership skills. The Leadership Institute is designed for employees who have the capacity and desire to make a positive influence on our campus.

Testimonials from past Leadership Institute Alumni:

I was a member of the 2015 Leadership Institute team, and what an experience I had! Going into the start of the Leadership Institute I had reservations. Will this help me? Will I fit in? Do I want to put the time in that is required? The answer was yes! The Leadership Institute provided me with many opportunities to better myself professionally here at GRCC. Through the Leadership Institute I became comfortable with public speaking, where today I am comfortable interacting with anyone in any format. I was taught to express my thoughts and ideas, but probably the most gratifying aspect was to work on our project with my teammates. To be able to feel the accomplishment at the end, the bond we had formed, and most importantly the friends that I made along the way. I would encourage anyone that has any interest in the Leadership Institute to take the next step, and join as you will not be disappointed. – Thomas Vos

As a member of the 2014-2015 Leadership Institute cohort, I was given the opportunity to meet many new people from multiple departments of the college. It also increased my awareness and appreciation for the work other GRCC employees do. Regardless of whether we work in Facilities, Information Technology, or the President’s Office; we all perform specific and valuable tasks. Our work can positively impact our students, faculty, and staff at GRCC, as well as the community around us. More importantly, the Leadership Institute allowed me to better understand the entire hierarchy of the organization; to see the big picture, and to comprehend how every one of us fits into this amazing GRCC family.
Professionally, the Leadership Institute enabled me to take the next step in my career. It gave me the extra knowledge and confidence to lead my very own team. Shortly after I finished the Leadership Institute in 2015, I accepted the Information Technology Desktop Support Team Coordinator position. If I had the opportunity to go through the Leadership Institute again, I would do it without hesitation. – Antonio Aguillon

For anyone considering participating in GRCC’s Leadership Institute, stop considering and just apply. For those eager to learn and grow professionally, it is very difficult to find a better program!

Being a member of the 2016 Leadership Institute cohort allowed me the time to learn and incorporate leadership skills into my day to day practices. Having exposure to the inter-workings of the college including multi-departmental advisory boards gave a deeper level of perspective and understanding of the operations of GRCC Leadership and how decisions are made within the college.

The Leadership Institute experience is great for developing relationships with peers in other departments that I traditionally would not have the privilege to work with. Everything learned throughout the cohort, I knew I was capable of, but going through the process I developed the confidence and skills to tactfully implement the changes into my day-to-day routine.

The culmination of this experience has directly resulted in an increased confidence to lead, build collaborative relationships with others outside my team, and a deeper understanding of what it means to be a leader and a resource for others.

For those interested and applying, the amount of energy and interest you put into the program is exactly what you will take away from it. Go in with an open mind and a willingness to learn! – Kelly Webber

The Leadership Institute 2019 application deadline is next Friday, October 26, 2018. For more information visit the Leadership Institute webpage or please contact Jessica Berens in Human Resources at


Mental Health and Wellness Fair a Success—Thank You!

Posted October 15, 2018 by grcctoday
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The Mental Health and Wellness Fair last Tuesday, October 9, was a success! We had an estimated 150-200 students in and out of the Raider Grille, served by 20+ community partners from a variety of wellness fields relating to mental health and holistic wellness. Thank you to the faculty and staff that stopped by and encouraged students to attend!

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College Channel programming through October 19

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The latest schedule, through October 19, includes Julie Schaefer and the Psychology Lecture Series, the GRCC Sherriff’s Academy Graduation, and the Proposal 2 Presentation for the November ballot.

Raider Salute from Social Sciences to Catering

Posted October 15, 2018 by grcctoday
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The Social Sciences Department would like to send a thank you out to Destiny Swanson and all the catering group for being so willing to help us out at the last minute! We appreciate all that you do for us and the college. Thank you!