Congratulations Mary Hofstra

Congratulations to Mary Hofstra from Workforce Training! Mary graduated from the Michigan Economic Development Corp’s (MEDC) Business Services Professional (BSP) training.  Sponsored by the Department of Energy, Labor, and Economic Growth (DELEG), MEDC and Michigan State University.  Mary is one of only two people in Kent County who have graduated from this 1 year training program.  BSP certification is a strategy the state of Michigan is moving toward to build a regionally-focused workforce strategy. This training focuses on a demand driven approach to workforce than blends economic development, workforce development using assets to assist businesses to compete in a global market and attract new business.

Ender Twin Bowl Update – Get Your Family in for Free

GRCC Employees & Students – you can get a family pass to get your entire family into the Ender Twin Bowl for FREE on Saturday, October 24.  Stop by Student Life the week of October 19 to pick up your family pass.  Student Life is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Friday until 5 p.m.  All family members must be present at the ticket booth with you for free entrance. 

Don’t forget all the tailgate activities that start at 11:00 a.m. and kick off is 1:00 p.m.  Check out all the details at

Trends Conference For Occupational Educators

Trends 2009 conference, celebrating its 25th anniversary, for occupational educators in Michigan was held at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel October 8 and 9.  Over 435 faculty and staff from universities and community colleges in Michigan attended with 40 GRCC faculty and staff participating and attending.  Key note speakers included Dr. Gerardo de los Santos from the League of Innovation and Ken Wasco from Gordon Food Services.

Nanci Guigue, Misty McClure and Fiona Hert, as co- chair of the event, along with a statewide planning committee coordinated this event. GRCC served as host to the conference as it has for the last seven years. 

Conference presenters from GRCC included:

– Jeanette Lochan: Union for Perspective Nurses in a Diverse Community,  Nursing Mentoring Programs

-Mary Barnum, Jeff Spoelman, and Rick Barnhart: Program of Study pilot work in Accounting

-Tom Boersma: Solidworks

-Fiona Hert, Judy Stark, and Jim Folkeningfrom DELEG: Programs of Study

Pictured are Fiona Hert, Jim Folkening, and Bill Motz, from Lansing Community College.


Nursing Class Poster Session

Early October the Kathy Miller’s Senior Leadership Nursing class, and Kay Ramer’s third level OB students had their first poster session.   Topics were researched, developed and displayed on posters as a teaching and learning experience for first through fourth level nursing students.

SICE Nation’s Cup Thursday and Friday

The Nation’s Cup was created in 2005 in the spirit of supporting professional and cultural learning for tomorrow’s chefs.  The Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at GRCC seeks to promote global learning and prepare our chefs to be employed around the world.  They believe that the cultural exposure experienced during the Nation’s Cup will impact the students professionally and personally for the rest of their lives.

In 2007, student teams from as far away as Scotland and Mexico came to to the college to display their culinary talents and compete.  The teams developed a camaraderie that was truly multi-lingual and transcended cultural barriers.

An international panel of judges scored each team’s efforts and professional conduct.  In the end one team rose above all others and took the Nation’s Cup home.  Team Mexico exemplified a spirit of professionalism in and out of the kitchens that simply could not be matched.

This year we welcome students, employees and the community to come come and support Team USA at any of the several competitions held in the SICE observation gallery, ATC Kitchen Room 109.

Thursday October 22, 2009

   8:40 a.m. Common kitchen opens

   9:00  – 10:30 a.m. Mystery Box Appetizer Competition

   1:10 p.m. Common kitchen opens

   1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Mystery Box Salad Competition

   3:10 p.m. Common kitchen opens.

   3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Mystery Box Fish/Shellfish Entrée Competition


Friday October 23, 2009

   8:40 a.m. Common kitchen opens

   9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Mystery Box Meat/Game Competition

   12:40 a.m. Common kitchen opens

   1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Mystery Box Poultry Entrée

Schedule of Events for Investiture Week

Below is the schedule of events leading up to the Investiture of Dr. Steven C. Ender on October 22, 2009:

What role can GRCC play in meeting the future needs of Ottawa County’s residents? | Monday, October 19, 2009, 10:30 a.m.–noon

Transformational Learning: The GRCC Teaching and Learning Experience Uncovered
    Conference: Tuesday, October 20, 2009, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.  Check-in with refreshments for those who registered begins at 9:45 a.m.

    Panel: Wednesday, October 21, 2009, 3–6 p.m.  Students, employees and community members are encouraged to attend – registration is not required.

Changing the Culture and Attitude of Michigan to a Knowledge-based Economy | Tuesday, October 20, 2009, 3–6 p.m.  Students, employees and community members are encouraged to attend – registration is not required.

The Investiture of Steven C. Ender, Ed.D. | Thursday, October 22, 2009, 2 p.m.   Students, employees and community members are encouraged to attend – registration is not required.
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GRCC in the News: 10/17/09-10/19/09

New leader excited about future of Jubilee Ministries
By STEPHEN KLOOSTERMAN | The Holland Sentinel | Posted Oct 17, 2009 @ 12:00 AM

Holland, MI — When Holland Public School Board President Steve Grose approved the sale of the then-empty E.E. Fell and Community Education buildings to Jubilee Ministries in 2006, he didn’t believe he’d ever see the inside of either of them again. […] There are a number of non-profits here. Grand Rapids Community College is a big part of this building.

Grand Rapids Community College quarterback Casey Therriault earns national honors
By Gary Bond | The Grand Rapids Press | October 15, 2009, 9:00AM

GRAND RAPIDS — This week, the nation’s highest scoring National Junior College Athletic Association team has the NJCAA offensive player of the week.  (More)