GRCC Ranked #1 by GRBJ in Specialty Education Programs

GRCC Ranked #1 by Grand Rapids Business Journal in Specialty Education Programs:

Wind in Their Sails
Grand Rapids Business Journal | February 8, 2010

Grand Rapids Community College has unveiled a new class that is a response to the burgeoning alternative energy in West Michigan, and introduces students to the technology of wind and its connection to the production of electrical energy.  (Page 1, Page 2, Page 3)

Brian Shultz (Construction Trades) Receives Campus Compact Award

Brian ShultzGRCC faculty member Brian Shultz of the Construction Trades program was recently hored with the Michigan Campus Compact Award for Service-Learning Contributions.  Nominated by his peers (including Dr. Urminda Firlan), Shultz was deemed to have made outstanding contributions in service-learning and community service while simultaneously engaging students.  From the release announcing his receipt of the award:

“Shultz commits himself to connecting construction trades, students, and the community to help make a difference in the lives of others. In 2006, he developed a partnership with Habitat for Humanity that resulted in the first Habitat LEED certified affordable home. Other projects include partnering with Goodwill Industries, Habitat, and GRCC to offer a summer construction program for transitioning felons back into the work world, and leading a team of GRCC students and staff to the Bahamas for a learning adventure on sustainable best practices. Shultz continues to move forward with his vision of community leadership by engaging students in the community while providing innovative learning opportunities.”

GRCC in the News: 2/6/10-2/8/10

Chefs Vie for Spot on ‘Culinary Olympics’ Team
Restaurants & Institutions, February 5, 2010

Twenty-eight chefs have been chosen to compete in the first of two culinary competitions at Elgin Community College in Elgin, Ill., to determine who will be selected to represent the United States on ACF Culinary Team USA in the 2012 International Culinary Art Exhibition (IKA), commonly referred to as the “culinary Olympics,” in Erfurt, Germany.[…] Judging the competitions are the following ACF-approved culinary competition judges: […] Gilles Renusson, pastry chef professor, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, Mich.  (More)

Star quarterback hangs back as Grand Rapids Community College sends eight players on to four-year colleges
By Gary Bond | The Grand Rapids Press | February 04, 2010, 9:30AM

GRAND RAPIDS — Receiver Demonte Collins hopes to sign a letter of intent with a Division II football program by the middle of the month.  Quarterback Casey Therriault likely won’t sign with anyone until after spring practice, which ends in April or early May.  Surprisingly, two of the best players from a GRCC team that climbed as high as No. 3 in the National Junior College Athletic Association poll last season aren’t among those who have signed this week to continue their football careers at four-year colleges.  (More)

Colleges mine county talent
Published: Thursday, February 4, 2010 | By John Hetzler, Macomb Daily Sports Staff

Call it a sign of the times.  National signing day proved a red-letter day in Macomb County as dozens of high school football players inked national letters of intent to make their college choices official. […] Marauders Martez Kelly and Torico Searcy will play at Grand Rapids Community College.  (More)

Names and Faces in Business for February 6
By The Grand Rapids Press staff | February 06, 2010, 2:09AM

[…] The Right Place named to its board: Jim Dunlap, of Huntington Bank, chairman; Doug DeVos, of Amway Corp., vice chairman; Michelle Van Dyke, of Fifth Third Bank, treasurer; executive committee members Jeanne Englehart, of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce; Richard Breon, of Spectrum Health; Dan Gaydou, of The Grand Rapids Press; Brian Harris, H&H Metal Source; John Kennedy, of Autocam Corp.; Peter Perez, of Carter Products; Birgit Klohs, of The Right Place; David Van Andel, of the Van Andel Institute; John Wheeler, of Rockford Construction Co. Inc.; and board members Michael DeVries, of Grand Rapids Township; Steven Ender, of Grand Rapids Community College; Richard Pappas, of Davenport University; and Greg Sundstrom, of the city of Grand Rapids.  (More)

AGC Meeting February 9th, 2010

The next Academic Governing Council (AGC) meeting will be Tuesday, February 9th at 3:00 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose room of the Student Community Center.  During this meeting AGC representatives will

  • vote to approve the
  • Faculty Expectations of the Bookstore statement
  • PY 100 Final Policy statement
  • Events on Campus and Amplified Sound Policy statement
  • discuss two Academic Policies regarding student class attendance
  • learn about GRCC’s Commitment to the use of Bb in the classroom
  • receive an update regarding the Student Academic Advising Model
  • learn about the New Faculty First Year Experience Research

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