Karen Ender Welcomes Business Alliance Neighbors to Wealthy Learning Corner

Karen Ender Speaks to Business Alliance Neighbors About GRCC's Learning Corner @ Wealthy

Sandwiched between all the activities and last-minute preparations for Commencement 2010 on the main campus, Karen Ender and the Wealthy Learning Corner staff were busy hosting the Wealthy St. Business Alliance, a group of the businesses along and near the Wealthy St. corridor and a division of the city’s Neighborhood Business Alliance.

Karen presented a brief overview about the role of the WLC within the college and that neighborhood, as well as the impact it can have on the larger community.

Karen has become quite familiar with the workings of the WLC and the people who go there. She came one time to help with an orientation and now participates regularly as a presenter and a tutor.

“From the first time she came, people really took to her and she took to them,” says Dave Selmon, director of GRCC’s two Learning Corners. “She sits right down with our students to ask them what is next in their education,” says Selmon. “We want students to be proud of finishing their GED, but we don’t want them to think that is the end. Education is a life-long pursuit.”

Karen is clearly committed to the work. While everyone snacked on refreshments from Sandmann’s – a renowned BBQ eatery right across the street and also a business alliance member, she moved from table to table to welcome everyone and telling each group about the WLC students, goals, history – and how much she loves the work she’s doing.

“I’m so lucky to be part of this great team,” she says. “The work is so important and I just enjoy being here.”

GRCC in the News: 5/4/10

Education and training becoming a lifelong pursuit
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) – Getting a job is tough enough these days. If you don’t have the exact skills an employer is looking for, it’s even more difficult.  Michigan’s education system is changing to keep up with the demand for new job skills and educators say students are going to have to do the same. […] That’s the kind of success Maria Horn hopes to find at Grand Rapids Community College. Her factory job moved overseas. Now, she’s learning welding and skills to work in the heating and air conditioning field.  (More)

President’s Health & Wellness Award Recipient: Jola Lanier

Jola Lanier,  winner of the President's Health & Wellness AwardJola Lanier, Adjunct Faculty in both Biological Sciences & the Wellness Department was honored with the President’s Health & Wellness Award but was unable to attend the Employee Recognition event.  From her nomination form:

“Jola walks the wellness talk. She believes that the physical health of our college community is a necessary component to our intellectual development and therefore strives to help employees develop healthy habits while having fun. Her willingness to give of their time has made it possible for the Be Healthy Be Fit program to offer new wellness courses for employees. Jola is a true asset to GRCC.”

College Channel Special Programming: 5/3/10-5/16/10

Featured is an all new Cooking with Angus (touring Founder’s Brewery), the Celebration of Earth and Sky, a brand new installment of the “Lunch and Learn” series titled, “Navigating the Grocery Store for Health and Wealth” and many more. The schedule is posted at www.grcc.tv and most programs can be found on our Youtube channel at www.youtube.com/grcc.  Also included is this video of the Peter Wege Economicology Lecture featuring Dr. Sylvia Earle:

Employee Learning Opportunities: 5/5/10 – 5/13/10

Here are the latest opportunities from Employee Professional Development & Enrichment:

Friday, May 7

  • Using Online Tutorials for Microsoft 2007 9:30-10:30 a.m.
  • Community CPR/AED Renewal/Challenge 4-8 p.m.

Monday, May 10

  • Telephone Dr. – 4 C’s of Coaching Skills 1-3 p.m.

Tuesday, May 11

  • Effective Decision Making 9-11 a.m.

Wednesday, May 12

  • Facebook Overview 9:30-10:30 a.m,
  • PeopleSoft – Entries, Budgets and Queries on FSPROD 2-3:30 p.m. Participants must have current access to FSPROD

Thursday, May 13

  • GroupWise — Calendaring 1-2:30 p.m.

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