Photos: GRCC Announces Wind Farm Safety Training Program – 1st in Nation

GRCC Wind Farm Safety Training Signing Ceremony

These photos come from a special event held yesterday to commemorate GRCC’s signing of an agreement to offer the first wind farm safety training program.  For more information, read the press release here.

GRCC Police Academy Intern Assists in Foiling Arson

Zachary Gregory

Earlier this month, Zac Gregory (currently a GRCC student in the Police Academy, and son of Sandy Gregory in the Admissions Office) assisted in stopping an arson and the apprehension of the suspect.  From the Sand Lake Police Department press release:

“The Sand Lake Police Department arrested 48 year old Gerald Krug on March 14 on a charge of Arson – Preparation to Burn Property over $20,000.  While on regular foot patrol at approximately 3:00 AM Sand Lake Police Officer Steve Brandow and Sand Lake Police Intern Zac Gregory observed a fire in the back window of a vacant building at 20 W. Lake St.  They also observed Gerald Krug leaving the scene.  Officer Brandow apprehended Krug while Intern Gregory successfully extinguished the fire.”

Wellness Opportunity: Neither Pudgy nor Bulky

Neither Pudgy nor Bulky or cardiovascular vs strength training for maximum fat loss – Friday, April 16, 2010  9:30-11 a.m.  This course is an overview of the differences between the effects of cardiovascular training and resistance training on the body and its fat burning processes including examples of both types of fitness routines and the tools necessary to measure their effectiveness.

Participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the major components of health-related physical fitness.
  • Define aerobic exercise and name at least five different types of aerobic activities.
  • Calculate target heart rates and their use for optimum aerobic training
  • Define and understand the impact of resistance training on fat loss
  • Differentiate between isometric and isotonic forms of resistance training.
  • Compare the immediate and long-term effects of cardio and strength training
  • Define the essential components of optimum fat loss focused fitness regime
  • Design a 15 min. personalized desk-side workout routine

Target Audience: anybody interested in exploring exercise for body fat loss.  Register at

Training Opportunity: The Super Dollar

The SUPER Dollar — How to use your tax free income to pay for medical expenses, child care, and save for retirement to supplement your MPSERS pension.

The IRS allows you to keep your Federal, State, Local, and FICA tax money to pay for medical, dental, and vision expenses, as well as child care expenses. The IRS also allows you to use Federal, State, and Local tax money to save for your retirement. This course will discuss how to take advantage of various tax saving strategies. This course will also cover the MPSERS pension, and assist you in knowing how much you will receive when you retire.

Upon completion of this course, participants will learn:

  • how to keep their tax dollars to pay for allowed expenses
  • the tax benefits from retirement savings plans and which is right for you
  • how to calculate your pension and how much it will pay you when you retire
  • about Time Value of Money and how tax efficiency can accelerate your savings

This course is any GRCC employee and is being offered on Thursday, April 15, 2010 from 2:30-4 p.m.  Register at

Training: Using Online Tutorials for Microsoft 2007

This class will assist participants in getting familiar with using CustomGuide’s online tutorials and raise awareness of self-paced online learning opportunities.  This course will assist users in 1) Accessing the CustomGuide website; 2) Navigating the Custom Guide tutorials; 3) Getting professional development credit for online tutorials.

Want to learn one specific function?  One of the best features of this online training is its “search” capability.  Just type in your topic and the program will provide you with the information you need.  This course is for any GRCC employee.

The class is being offered on the following dates and times:

  • Monday, April 12, 2010  304 p.m.
  • Friday, May 7, 2010 9:30-10:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, June 22, 2010  10-11 a.m.

Register at

GRCC in the News: 3/31/10

GRCC To Launch Wind Turbine Safety Class
Dustin Dwyer (2010-03-30) | Michigan Radio

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (Michigan Radio) – Grand Rapids Community College is launching a safety training program for the wind industry. Leaders at the college hope it will help increase interest in wind energy projects in the region.  The program is meant to prepare workers for installing and maintaining turbines that can reach hundreds of feet into the air.   (More)

GRCC To Launch Wind Turbine Safety Class
Dustin Dwyer (2010-03-30) | Michigan Radio

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (Michigan Radio) – Grand Rapids Community College is launching a safety training program for the wind industry. Leaders at the college hope it will help increase interest in wind energy projects in the region.  The program is meant to prepare workers for installing and maintaining turbines that can reach hundreds of feet into the air.   (More)

GRCC offers first U.S. wind energy safety training program
By BLAKE THORNE | The Holland Sentinel | Posted Mar 31, 2010 @ 05:30 AM

Holland, MI – Grand Rapids Community College says its Grand Rapids and Holland campuses will become the first U.S. sites to offer a globally-recognized safety certification program for the wind energy industry.  The YES Safety Technology, or YST, safety certification program trains students to safely work in the tight spaces and extreme heights of on- and off-shore wind turbines, officials said. The school Tuesday signed a license agreement with the Spain- and United Kingdom-based firms that coordinate the program.  (More)

Training students for the wind energy industry
WWMT | March 30, 2010 4:34 PM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Grand Rapids Community College has announced a first of its kind certification program.  GRCC is partnering with two European-based companies and the college will host the first American program to offer the Yes / Safety Technology certification program for the wind energy industry.  (More)

Grand Rapids Community College wind turbine safety course prepares students to work ‘anywhere in the world’
By Dave Murray | The Grand Rapids Press  | March 30, 2010, 6:34PM

GRAND RAPIDS — Grand Rapids Community College students will be qualified to work on wind turbines anywhere in the world after completing an international safety course, say leaders from two European companies.  With great fanfare, GRCC President Steven Ender signed a licensing deal Tuesday with a partnership of turbine safety companies from Spain and the United Kingdom.  (More)

GRCC To Offer Wind Turbine Education
Carl Apple News Reporter | 1:53 PM EDT, March 30, 2010

GRAND RAPIDS – Grand Rapids Community College President Steven Ender sat with business leaders from three countries Tuesday to sign a new partnership.  GRCC signed a licensing agreement with Ynfiniti Engineering Services from Spain, Safety Technologies from England, and Rockford Berge in Michigan, to offer wind turbine safety training.  (More)

Grand Rapids Community College will train students in jobs to manufacture, maintain wind energy turbines
By Dave Murray | The Grand Rapids Press | March 30, 2010, 10:00AM

GRAND RAPIDS — In a move that leaders say pushes West Michigan toward the front of the emerging wind energy sector, Grand Rapids Community College is creating the first American training center for a top European turbine safety program.  (More)

Photos: Adjunct Faculty Learning Day (3/27/10)

Adjunct Faculty Learning Day, March 2010

The Center for Teaching Excellence hosted the final Adjunct Faculty Learning Day of 2009-10 on Saturday, May 27.  Thirty adjunct faculty members enjoyed Eric Kunnen’s presentation on Instructional Technologies, as well as workshops on Resources for Counseling and Advising by Fred Zomer, Library Resources by Nan Schichtel, Critical Thinking by Alejandro Saldivar Assessing Student Learning by Elaine Kampmueller and Blackboard Basics by Bethann Talsma.  The highlight of the morning was an interactive panel moderated by Adjunct Faculty Development Facilitator Ann Alexander, in which students Mary O’Brien, Josh Theil and Dan Watkoski gave their perspectives on life as GRCC students. A heartfelt thanks to all of our volunteers and participants.

For more Faculty Professional Development opportunities, visit or contact The Center for Teaching Excellence at or 234-2278.

IT Maintenance: SMTP Mail Server Upgrades (3/31/10)

Wednesday evening (3-31-2010), IT will be performing an upgrade on the services that provide outgoing email to non GRCC email addresses. This change will be performed between 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

During this change, all inbound and outbound email will be delayed until the SMTP service is restored.  All email will be delivered after the change is completed. The change will only delay the delivery of email during this time. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Help Desk at extension 3688 or email

Movie: Food, Inc. – with Panel Discussion (4/1/10)

Food, Inc. – with Panel Discussion | Thurs. April 1 – 6:15pm – ATC Auditorium

Food, Inc. exposes the highly mechanized underbelly of food production that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers, and our environment. Featuring interviews with experts Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield’s Gary Hirshberg and Polyface Farms’ Joel Salatin, Food, Inc. reveals surprising—and often shocking truths—about what we eat.

Following the film, panelists active in the local food movement will discuss the film and their visions for re-building a healthy, local food supply.

Raider Salute to Dan Gendler

This Raider Salute comes from Ann Alexander:

“Dan Gendler, adjunct faculty member in the Secchia Institute for Culinary Arts and owner of San Chez on Fulton Street, provided certificates for brunch or lunch for participants and presenters at our most recent Adjunct Faculty Learning Day. Thanks for your generosity, Dan!”

Raider Salute to Penni Weninger

This Raider Salute comes from Ann Alexander:

“Penni supports all the programs of Instructional Support and Interdisciplinary Studies with grace, good humor, and enviable organizational skills. This Raider Salute is specifically for her logistical support for adjunct faculty professional development. Penni, it’s a delight to work with you!”

Salute to Women Reception (3/30/10)

Salute to Women Honorees 2010

The Salute To Women Reception will be held Tuesday, March 30, 2010 from 1:30 – 3:00 P.M. in the GRCC Applied Technology Center Banquet Rooms.  The event honors GRCC women (alumna, students, employees, and former employees) who are exemplary in their roles as professionals, volunteers, or agents of change; celebrate the diversity of the accomplishments of women throughout the College; and to encourage young women to pursue pathways to achievement.  This year’s honorees are:

  • FÁTIMA NIEVES | GRCC Employee, Counseling and Career Center, Professor/Professional Academic Advisor
  • ROSALYN M. GHYSELS | Former GRCC Employee, Retired Nursing Professor
  • BONNIE K. MILLER | GRCC Alumna, Retired Bank Vice President
  • JILLIAN WOODRUFF | GRCC Student, English Major

Free and open to the public.  For more information,  view this flyer (.pdf)

Art and Bevs Bistro Specials: 3/30/10 – 4/2/10


  • Roast Beef Deli Sandwich w/fries $5.00
  • B.L.T. on Sourdough Bread w/chips $4.50
  • Asian Noodle Salad $2.50
  • Soups: Austrian Pepper Steak Soup or
  • Pilgrims Corn Chowder


  • BBQ Ribs on the grill w/slaw and baked beans $5.00
  • Curry Chicken Salad $4.00
  • Monte Cristo Sandwich w/fries $5.00
  • Soups: Butternut Squash Soup or Cheddar Steak Chowder


  • Pasta Bar $5.00
  • Fried Chicken Salad $3.50
  • Roasted Veg. Pita w/fries $4.50
  • Smoked Turkey and Bacon on Pretzel Roll w/chips $5.00
  • Soups: Swedish Fruit Soup or Egg Drop


  • CLOSED: Spring Holiday