GRCC In the News, 6-28-17

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Rice News Release: OpenStax’s 2016 partner schools expected to save students $8.2M

June 27, 2017; newsroomamerica.com

HOUSTON — (June 27, 2017) — Eleven U.S. colleges and universities that partnered last summer with Rice University-based nonprofit publisher OpenStax (https://openstax.org/) to boost the use of freely available textbooks and learning materials on their campuses expect the program to save their students nearly $8.2 million — about $4 million more than projected — in the coming academic year.

… OpenStax’s other longstanding institutional partners include Auburn University (Alabama), BCcampus (British Columbia), Central New Mexico Community College, Grand Rapids Community College (Michigan), Maricopa Community Colleges (Arizona), Ohio State University, Salt Lake Community College (Utah), Tarrant County College (Texas), the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the University of Idaho, the University of Georgia, the University of Oklahoma, the University of Texas at San Antonio, the University System of Georgia and Virginia Tech.

 

GRCC retiree biography: Paula Termeer

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Paula Termeer started to work at GRCC as an adjunct instructor from 1992 to 1997.  In 2007, she returned as an adjunct instructor for the Psychology Department at GRCC.

Here’s what Paula shared with us about her teaching experience at GRCC:

I began at GRCC (then GRJC!) in 1992, teaching in the Public Service Department, basically criminal justice classes, while working for 61st District Court. The position was discontinued with the hiring of fulltime faculty about 1997. I was invited to return about 2006 to teach in the Psychology Department while working at Pine Rest. All positions have been as adjuncts.

Some of my favorite student stories have revolved around those who struggled the most. One in particular was a young man from Africa, who didn’t think he needed to take “remedial” classes (foundations) and failed his first semester. By the luck of the draw, he had me again the next semester, and we sat down and discussed what he needed to do different. He implemented the changes, in all of his classes, and passed with flying colors. I was able to help him get a job as a parking attendant for Spectrum Health and as he continued in college, he moved up the ranks of his jobs there. A few years later, he invited me to his graduation at GVSU and announced he was accepted to the Physician Assistant program at GVSU and I attended that graduation as well. Another student I had in my first class at GRJC back in 1992. When she finished undergrad, she happened to contact me about a MSW program and later asked me to supervise her internship, which I did. We worked as colleagues at Pine Rest for several years and this year, I recruited her to teach the class she had me for, in the Public Service Division. So we went full circle in that relationship!

For retirement, my husband and I will be able to do a lot more traveling, seeing the U.S. and Europe, at this point. I also accepted the position of director of women’s ministry at our church and am writing a blog on what to say when you don’t know what to say!

I loved my time at GRCC and look forward to seeing the new trends in college in the future.

Paula, on behalf of your GRCC community, we want to thank you for your commitment and service to GRCC.  Your contributions to our students’ lives can never be measured.  Happy retirement!

Photos and video from Jamie Washington’s presentation

Posted June 28, 2017 by grcctoday
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On June 22, Dr. Jamie Washington, president and founder of the Washington Consulting Group, discussed “Belonging: The Heart and the Head of the Matter.”

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Retirement party for Jamie Hitchings to be held June 29

Posted June 28, 2017 by grcctoday
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The retirement reception for IT analyst Jamie Hitchings will be held on Thursday, June 29, from 2- 4 p.m. in the IT lobby, room 130 in Sneden Hall.  Weather permitting, we might also celebrate on the garden of the Sneden patio, which is just down the hall from the IT office.  Please join us in saying “thank you” and “happy retirement” to Jamie.

Meet the GRCC Orientation Ambassadors

Posted June 27, 2017 by grcctoday
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Curious about the team working to make orientation easier? Meet our amazing ambassador staff:

Meet the Ambassadors flyer

The GRCC orientation team has already served over 2,000 students in-person, and they have approximately fifteen more sessions between July and August.

Criminal Justice Department Assistant Rachel Crapo has officially donated her height in hair

Posted June 27, 2017 by grcctoday
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The Criminal Justice Department is very proud of Assistant Rachel Crapo and her passion for helping others – specifically with her hair.  Rachel has now grown and donated sixty-two inches of hair, most recently to the group “Children with Hair Loss.”
Rachel says, “I feel so blessed to be able to give back to kiddos who are going through so much. A personal goal of mine has been to donate my height and I have officially reached my grand total goal of 62 inches! Feeling proud today!”

Rachel Crapo donating her hair

Learn about Dégagé Ministries at June 28 luncheon

Posted June 27, 2017 by grcctoday
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Please join your fellow GRCC employees for lunch as we learn more about a local nonprofit: Dégagé Ministries.

Degage Ministries logo

Dégagé Ministries is a grassroots organization that offers help and hope to homeless and disadvantaged individuals in our community.

Are you looking for a project for your students ?

Maybe your department would like a team-building activity?

Or maybe you’re looking for a volunteer opportunity?

There is absolutely no obligation. Whether you want to learn about the homeless problem in the area, or you want to get involved helping out, this luncheon is an information session only. It will cover what Dégagé does, and all the different ways you may help.

June 28, 2017

12:00 p.m.- 1:15 p.m.

Dégagé Ministries

144 Division Ave. S.

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Please RSVP to Elly Bainbridge at ebainbri@grcc.edu

If you require parking, let Elly know and that cost will be covered.

GRCC In the News, 6-27-17

Posted June 27, 2017 by grcctoday
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Community Foundation awards $1.2M in college scholarships
6/26/17 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids Community Foundation announced Monday, June 26, that it awarded $1.2 million in scholarships to 677 high school and college students.
…Students at Grand Valley State University were awarded the most scholarship dollars at $148,600, followed by Michigan State University at $118,000, and Grand Rapids Community College with $84,050.
http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2017/06/community_foundations_awards_1.html

Nonprofit earns $500K grant
6/26/17 Grand Rapids Business Journal
A local economic development nonprofit has been awarded a $500,000 grant to support its neighborhood revitalization projects.
…The Project Reinvest Neighborhood funds will be used to build five new single-family homes in Madison Square and renovate 1258 Madison Ave. SE to continue developing local construction companies. Construction has already begun on two of the five homes via LINC UP’s partnership with Grand Rapids Community College’s Construction Trades.
http://www.grbj.com/articles/88305-nonprofit-earns-500k-grant

V-S education students nat’l winners
6/27/17 The Advertiser-Tribune
PHOENIX Vanguard-Sentinel Career and Technology Center students again are bringing home national titles.
…Also coming home with a gold medal is Brittany DuMonte, a senior from Columbian High School.
…DuMonte is attending Grand Rapids Community College, pursuing a degree in early childhood education.
http://www.advertiser-tribune.com/news/local-news/2017/06/v-s-education-students-natl-winners/

Youth prevalent throughout All-Area North Baseball listings
6/26/17 MLive
Deep state tournament runs by both West Catholic and Sparta capped a strong season of baseball for North-area teams. The Falcons and Spartans are well-represented on this year’s Advance North All-Area Baseball Team, and with six of the first-team selections being juniors and six of the second-team selections being juniors or sophomores, the future looks bright for area programs.
…[Jordan] Brown used his outstanding speed and quickness to impact the game both on defense and on offense. A first-team OK Red outfielder, Brown hit .329 this season, with a .398 on-base percentage. Brown, who will be playing at Grand Rapids Community College next season, scored 22 runs, along with 19 RBI, 11 stolen bases, 5 doubles, and 2 home runs.
http://highschoolsports.mlive.com/news/article/-909472340370732145/youth-prevalent-throughout-all-area-north-baseball-listings/

 

GRCC In the News, 6-26-17

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College certificates at Kent ISD delayed a year, degree program starting

June 23, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A plan to offer Kent ISD students the opportunity to earn college certificates in advanced manufacturing fields next school year is being delayed due to low enrollment.

Well House receives grant for green jobs, housing

June 23, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local housing-for-homeless nonprofit will give its tenants a new set of tools in their toolbox while allowing them to gain a new lease on life.

… The grant will fund sustainability workshops for tenants and neighbors, peer-to-peer mentoring and connecting tenants to GRCC’s Residential Construction Program. Training topics will include lead safety, dust containment, zero-waste goals, renewable energy sources and more.

Destination Education holding college prep workshops for Holland High grads

June 25, 2017; The Holland Sentinel

There’s an unfortunate phenomenon that can happen to high school graduates in the summer between graduation and the first semester of college.

… Two more free workshops are slated. College 101: Understanding Resources on Campus will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 13, at the Grand Rapids Community College Lakeshore Campus on the third floor of the Midtown Center, 96 W. 15th St. in Holland. College 102: Understanding College Life will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10, in room 158 of Hope College’s Martha Miller Center, 257 Columbia Ave. in Holland.

GRCC In the News, 6-23-17

Posted June 23, 2017 by grcctoday
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Teens learn about careers in public works in new summer camp

July 22, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College has teamed up with West Michigan municipalities to offer a new camp to teens – Public Works.

College Channel programming through June 30

Posted June 23, 2017 by grcctoday
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The latest schedule, through June 30, for the College Channel includes the June 19 Board of Trustees meeting.

GRCC In the News, 6-21-17

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High school students attend weeklong police academy

June 20, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Several West Michigan high school students are spending the first week of summer break training for their future.

… The program is backed by the police departments in East Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Grand Rapids, Grandville, Rockford, Walker and Wyoming, as well as the Grand Valley Department of Public Safety, Michigan State Police Rockford Post, Kent County Sheriffs office and Grand Rapids Community College Department of Public Safety.

Trump’s food stamp cuts would have ‘huge impact’ in West Michigan

June 20, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Imagine living on a budget of only $1.39 per meal. Now scale that back to $1.04 for each meal.

… She (Molly Kooi) enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College in 2015 and then Grand Valley State University in 2016, where she is pursuing a major in health communication. Kooi still works part-time for Goodwill, but between her class load and taking care of her son, she can typically only work one or two shifts each week.

‘Belonging: The Heart and Head of the Matter’ is June 22

Posted June 21, 2017 by grcctoday
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Jamie Washington

Jamie Washington

Much research has been done on the impact of a sense of belonging. Most leaders in business, education, and government would agree that creating a culture in which people feel wanted and included is one of their biggest challenges.

We are pleased to announce that GRCC’s Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion and the College Action Project 1.1.3-Inclusion Team are bringing Dr. Jamie Washington to campus on June 22 to talk with faculty and staff about their role in creating a culture of belonging.

Here’s the schedule for his visit:

  • 9-10:30 a.m. — breakfast in ATC rooms 120-122.
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — lunch in ATC room 124.
  • 1:30-3 p.m. — discussion in the Spectrum Theater.

More information and a registration link are available here.

The sessions are designed to invite participants to consider their individual and collective roles for creating a culture of belonging. If you have questions, please let CAP co-chairs Sophia Brewer, sbrewer@grcc.edu, or Tamber Bustance, tbustance@grcc.edu, know.

GRCC In the News, 6-20-17

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Grand Rapids Restaurant Week expands to include lunch

June 19, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Restaurant Week Grand Rapids is expanding to include lunch, organizers announced Monday, June 19.

… Since 2010, Restaurant Week participating restaurants and sponsors have contributed over $110,000 to the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education’s Student Scholarship Fund at Grand Rapids Community College.

East Grand Rapids elects new chair, vice chair for Parks Commission

June 19, 2017; MLive

The East Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Commission has named two longtime residents as their new chair and vice chair for 2017-2018.

… (Rick) Sprague, who received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in public administration from Grand Valley State University, works as a transportation planner for the Kent County Road Commission and as an adjunct professor at Grand Rapids Community College.

Carlos Sanchez to fill vacant board seat

Posted June 20, 2017 by grcctoday
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Carlos Sanchez stands by the table in the board of trustees meeting room.

Carlos Sanchez

During a June 19 meeting, the board of trustees selected Carlos Sanchez to fill a vacant seat.

Sanchez is director of the Latino Business and Economic Development Center at Ferris State University. He previously was program coordinator for the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, diversity specialist at Spectrum Health, executive director of the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and interim executive director of the Hispanic Center of West Michigan. He has served on the boards of the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, the Center for Community Leadership and the Dyer-Yves and Grand Rapids Community foundations.