GRCC in the News: 3/18/10

Taking a New Tack
Rapid Growth | Thursday, March 18, 2010

You’ll find busses along side of boats in a space that Energetx Composites [now Grand Rapids Community College partner] shares with its parent company, S2 Yachts in Holland.  The Slikkers family, owners of the S2 and Tiara yacht companies, created Energetx to diversify into emerging markets such as wind power, defense and mass transportation.  Kelly Slikkers gives a guided tour of how Energetx serves those industries.  (More)

Grand Rapids Community College men suffer worst loss of season in NJCAA tourney opener
By Brian VanOchten | The Grand Rapids Press | March 17, 2010, 5:45PM

DANVILLE, Ill. — A pair of upsets in district tournament action sent the Grand Rapids Community College men’s basketball team into the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II tournament for just the second time in school history.  (More)

Grand Fashion: Meet our team of fashion bloggers!
By The Grand Rapids Press | March 17, 2010, 12:48PM

Ever since Lynsey Roumell and her Style Junkie blog moved on to the Windy City, we’ve been hungry for coverage of fashion goings-on in the Grand Rapids area.  Meet our new fasion team (yes, Lynsey, we needed five people to replace you!)  […] Raven Jones I spent a year at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where I studied Accessories Design and wrote for its newspaper W27. While in New York I also volunteered at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and experienced first-hand the beautiful chaos that is fashion.  I study Fashion Design and Merchandising at Grand Rapids Community College while also studying independently to keep an open mind.  (More)

West Michigan schools make plans to train workers for expanding battery industry
By Shandra Martinez | The Grand Rapids Press | March 17, 2010, 1:44PM

GRAND RAPIDS — As a third battery company moves closer to announcing plans to open along the Lakeshore, educators are gearing up to train workers for this expanding industry.  […] “We have a lot of people with manufacturing experience, but not many that have ‘clean room’ experience. The lithium-ion battery environment is truly a ‘clean room’ environment,” said Dan Clark, dean of Grand Rapids Community College‘s Lakeshore campus and academic outreach.  (More)

Years of Service Award Confirmation

All employees who will be recognized for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45 years of service have been notified.  If you did not receive notification and your years of service fall in one of these award categories please contact Pam DeGryse in Employee Professional Development & Enrichment at or phone 234-3848.  For those who have received notification please remember to respond to your email notification.

Video: Laura Alsgaard – Raider Spirit Award Recipient for March 2010

Laura Alsgaard, Payroll/Benefits, is the Raider Spirit Award recipient for March, 2010.  To watch the video of the award ceremony, click here.

If you would like to be notified of when the next presentation will be so you can be part of the celebration, just let Employee Professional Development & Enrichment know at . You will receive a GroupWise appointment when the date for the next presentation is determined.

Global Experience Festival (3/26/10)

Next Friday, March 26 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. will be the 11th Annual Global Experience Festival.  The event is a food and talent show, sponsored by GRCC’s International, Hispanic, and African Student Organizations, highlighting food and entertainment from around the world.  This year’s food is representing Africa, Asia, France, and Haiti!

Tickets are only $5 and are now available at the Student Life Office. Tickets will be available at the door.  For more information, visit the Facebook page for the event.

Photos: St. Patrick’s Day Parade

St. Patrick's Day Parade 2010

This past weekend, several GRCC employees turned out to watch Grand Marshal Roger Schlosser lead the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade through the streets of Grand Rapids.