Learning Opportunities for 6/4/10-6/11/10

From Employee Professional Development & Enrichment:

Friday, June 4

  • Six Cardinal Rules of Customer Service 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Community CPR/AED Renewal 4-8 p.m.

Monday, June 7 | Sexual Harassment Awareness Training 1-2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 8

  • Interview for Success 9-10:30 a.m.
  • PeopleSoft — Entries, Budgets and Queries in FSPROD 1-2:30 p.m.
  • The Rear View Mirrior (Part 1 with Part 2 on June 22) 2-4 p.m.

Wednesday, June 9 | Proactive Customer Service 1-3 p.m.

Thursday, June 10 | Twitter Basics 1-2 p.m.

Friday, June 11 | Community CPR/AED Renewal 1-4 p.m.

For descriptions of these sessions or to register, go to www.grcc.edu/currentlearning

Photo: May GRCC Spirit Award Presented

Provost Gilda Gely was presented with the GRCC Spirit Award on May 26, 2010. To quote her nomination, “Her sharp insight and guidance has helped GRCC innovate in key strategic areas of academic life that focus on responsiveness to learners and respect for all members of the GRCC Community.” Congratulations to Gilda Gely as the May 2010 GRCC Spirit Award Winner.

(Provost Gilda Gely with her nominator, Pat Ingersoll)

(Provost Gilda Gely with her nominator, Pat Ingersoll)

GRCC in the News: 5/28/10

GRCC students complete project for Equest Center
MiBiz | Thursday, May 27, 2010

GRAND RAPIDS – Grand Rapids Community College and Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding are preparing to showcase the completion of a renovated home for the Equest caretaker and refurbished barns that will accommodate nine new therapeutic horses, all of which increases the capacity of Equest to serve more special needs riders who are currently on the waiting list.  The event will take place Weds., June 2 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the center, 3711 Rector NE in Rockford.  (More)

GRCC students expand program for therapeutic horse-riding
By Staff reports | The Holland Sentinel | Posted May 27, 2010 @ 11:18 AM

Holland, MI —  The Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding will open new buildings and barns that will accommodate nine new therapeutic horses, increasing the capacity of Equest to serve more special needs riders.  The buildings — which were built with the help of GRCC students — will be showcased at a Wednesday, June 2 event from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the center, 3711 Rector NE in Rockford.  A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 11:30 a.m. The partnership was begun by the Grand Rapids Community College Academic Service Learning Center and Equest close to one year ago.   (More)

Shamrocks set to shine at next level – Five East Detroit football players ready for college competition
By Jon Malavolti | C & G Sports Writer

EASTPOINTE — The banner in the background said it all, “We’re proud of you!” The words hanging in the gym were meant for a group of Eastpointe East Detroit football players who, following a banner season, will continue their playing careers in college this fall. […] Rounding out the group are Garrett McKay, Dantrell Barksdale and Scott Cross — who will all head off to Grand Rapids Community College together. GRCC, the only junior college in the state with a football program, was taken over by coach Tony Annese last year, who previously led Muskegon High to the 2004, 2006 and 2008 Division 2 state titles.  (More)

Philanthropy steps forward for new GRCC campaign
Elizabeth Slowik | Grand Rapids Business Journal | Published: May 24, 2010

Grand Rapids Community College’s $15 million capital campaign — the largest in the organization’s history — is a testament to a years-long effort to reposition the college and its fund-raising affiliate, the foundation’s executive director said last week.  (More)

Financial Aid Office Hours Changing

Due to unprecedented demand, the Financial Aid office is changing its hours beginning June 7, 2010 in addition to closing  June 1 – 4 to complete and process applications and awards.   The new service hours beginning June 7, 2010 are:

  • Monday – Thursday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Friday’s: Phone Service Only 8:00am – 12:00pm
  • Closed at NOON

The financial aid office is located in the Main Building, 143 Bostwick NE, Room 156.  For more information; ph: 616-234-4030,  www.grcc.edu/financialaid

GRCC in the News: 5/27/10

GRCC to provide Haworth, JCI employees with training
By STEPHEN KLOOSTERMAN | The Holland Sentinel | Posted May 27, 2010 @ 05:30 AM

Holland, MI —  Haworth and Johnson Controls Inc. are the latest companies to sign up for state-paid training through Grand Rapids Community College and the Michigan New Jobs program.  Haworth will pay $2.1 million, and Johnson Controls Inc. will pay $2 million to GRCC to provide the training. The companies will be repaid over several years, as the state diverts the income tax of the new employees back to GRCC, who will use it to reimburse the companies.   (More)

Energy Play: Muskegon Community College generates power ed strategies
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 | By Joe Boomgaard | MiBiz

MUSKEGON — As more money and effort gets funneled into green energy and sustainable technology, Muskegon Community College sees an opportunity to provide a valuable service to the local workforce. […] While the conversations are too preliminary to confirm any definite programs, Nesbary said MCC is talking to Grand Rapids Community College and other colleges to develop a cohesive program that incorporates the specialties of each school into a collaborative offering.  “We haven’t finished the relationship yet, but we have the solar, the wind and the maritime courses” while other schools, like GRCC have programs in utility scale turbines, Nesbary said. “And the water’s here and they’re (inland). There are ways to collaborate and we’re working that out now.”  (More)

Vizidef Wants to Put Idle Storefronts to Work in Downtown Grand Rapids
Victoria A. Mullen Thursday, May 27, 2010 | Rapid Growth

If all goes according to plan, metro Grand Rapids may get a glimpse as early as next week of a new technology that may turn the city’s downtown into a miniature Times Square at street level.  And that could be the leap that local entrepreneurs Marcel Thibert and Steven Miller need to take in their bid to provide inexpensive big screen advertising to vacant store fronts across the nation. […] Originally from Bryant, Ark., Miller attended Ouchita Technical College and then Grand Rapids Community College when he moved to Grand Rapids in 2006 for a job opportunity in IT and advertising.  (More)

John Bos all-star softball games June 15, baseball action June 17
Jane Bos | The Grand Rapids Press, May 26, 2010 9:33 p.m.

The dates for the annual John Bos all-star baseball and softball games, sponsored by Grand Rapids Community College, have been announced.  The softball games will be June 15 at Gainey Athletic Complex, and the baseball games are set for June 17 at Hudsonville High School.  (More)

Art and Bev’s Specials: 5/25/10-5/28/10

Below are specials for Art & Bev’s Bistro for May 25-28.  For more information, visit www.grcc.edu/artandbevs


  • Buffalo chicken wings with fries and celery sticks $4.50
  • Pizza Quesadilla$4.00
  • Soups: split pea or potato bacon


  • Philly cheese steak sandwich with peppers and onions with fries $5.00
  • Grilled Kabobs with Asparagus$5.00
  • Chicken alfredo pasta in a bread bowl$4.00
  • Soups: broccoli cheese and chicken noodle


  • BBQ Ribs or chicken on the grill, with corn on the cob. $5.00
  • Soups: Corned beef or Chicken with wild rice


  • Double Cheeseburger w/Bacon, Fries $4.50
  • Soups: Tomato or Chicken Chilli

Looking for GRCC Spirit Award Nomination

Just a reminder that we are presenting the GRCC Spirit Award monthly. Do you have a colleague or department member that exemplifies the GRCC Values. If so, take a few minutes to nominate that special person for the GRCC Spirit Award.  Visit grcc.edu/grccspiritform and complete the form. It can be done electronically! Make sure you give examples of how they exhibit 2 – 3 GRCC Values.

Employee Entrance of Lyon St. Ramp Closed 5/26/10

Starting Wednesday morning 5/26, the Faculty/staff entrance to the Lyon St. Ramp will be closed. The lower levels of the ramp will be closed Wednesday, Thru Monday for repairs. The lower entrance will re-open Tuesday morning.  The entrance to the upper floors of the Lyon ramp will be off from Bostwick (Student entrance).  Please pull a ticket to enter and sign the back of the ticket to leave.
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Crescendo 2010 GRCC Foundation 4th Annual Fundraiser

Crescendo Fundraiser

The Grand Rapids Community College Foundation presents Crescendo: a night of world class music and cuisine that will send your spirit and tastebuds soaring – October 12, 2010.  Proceeds to benefit the GRCC Music Department.  Honorary Co-Chairs:  Duane & Kaye Davis, Chuck & Stella Royce.

Look for more information on the GRCC Foundation 4th Annual Fundraiser in the coming months.