Photos: Farewell and Best Wishes to Marianne Pierson

Marianne Pierson's Retirement Party

Yesterday, GRCC employees from across campus gathered in the Student Center’s Multipurpose room for a Garden Oasis-themed farewell to one of the longest-serving employees at the college – Marianne Pierson.  If you work at GRCC – you’re undoubtedly familiar with her kind and helpful demeanor which has served students so well over the past several decades.  She is an asset that will be greatly missed.  For a full gallery of photos, click here.

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Noise Level Alert: “Ride Your Motorcycle To Work Day” is Monday, 6/21/10

GRCC is proud to host the State of Michigan Ride Your Motorcycle To Work Day. A press conference will be held with Motorcycles arriving on the top of Ransom Parking lot between 10:30 – 1:00 pm, Monday June 21. Note: The noise level could affect your work space for a short period of time – please plan accordingly.

Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land and Dr. Ender kick off the fun day. Stop on up to the ramp for food and fun and special awards and surprises!

Dr. Ender on WGVU’s “West Michigan Week” Tonight (6/18/10) [Time Corrected]

[UPDATED: Note Time Correction]

President Ender will be featured tonight on WGVU’s West Michigan Week.   The program airs on WGVU TV  at 9:00 p.m. (and then re-airs Sunday at 5:00 p.m.).  Click here for more information.

In other news, coverage of GRCC’s “Ride Your Motorcycle To Work Day” event will be made available Monday.

Also, congraulations to the GRCC Foundation for their great response in the media to the capital campaign. Here is our own Andy Bowne from the LIVE Thursday broadcast:

Phone System Maintenance 6/21/10

The phone system will be down for maintenance later this evening, June 21st. Phones at the Tassell M-TEC will go down briefly at 10:00 p.m., and the entire system will go down at 11:00 p.m. Maintenance is expected to be completed by 1:00 a.m. Tuesday morning.

GRCC in the News: 6/18/10

GRCC salary study pushed back to mid-September as consultants seek wage, benefit data from peer schools
Published: Thursday, June 17, 2010, 7:20 PM

A study that could lead to some Grand Rapids Community College salaries being frozen is being delayed until mid-September as consultants continue to gather and analyze information from other colleges. President Steven Ender created a stir shortly after arriving by saying some of the college’s salaries are “approaching being excessive and unsustainable” and commissioned a study to see how wages and benefits compare to those offered at other state and regional schools.  (More)

Our view: Erie community college ready to move forward
Published: June 18. 2010 12:01AM | GoErie

Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio, enrolled 13 students in its first solar class in 2004. Since then, according to USA Today, Owens has trained 255 solar installers for a region that is refashioning itself from a glassmaking center to a solar energy hub. Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan recently signed a licensing agreement with companies from Spain and the United Kingdom to teach wind turbine safety. Those earning safety certificates will have job opportunities worldwide, the college says.  (More)

Career Pathways Learning Opportunities for Students/Employees Next Week

The Career Pathways department is putting on a series of workshops next week in various fields to help students (and employees) better understand the working world:

  • Monday – Senator Mark Jansen will be on campus talking about careers in politics.
  • Wednesday – Van Andel Institute Tour (please contact Cathy Green ahead of time to reserve a space)
  • Thursday – Engineering Careers for students presentation with Bissell.  Representatives from the company will be discussing their new innovative center and why they moved certain jobs overseas.
  • Friday – Jim Fisher, president of Talent 2025 will give a presentation of particular interest to GRCC administrators given the work he is doing with education and employers.

For more information, contact Cathy Green (234-3883).