GRCC in the News: 6/24/10

GRCC will help create 70 jobs with Trans-Matic
By STEPHEN KLOOSTERMAN | The Holland Sentinel | Posted Jun 23, 2010 @ 04:00 PM

Holland, MI — The Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees recently approved a partnership with Holland’s Trans-Matic to provide training for more than 70 new jobs. The training is funded through the Michigan New Jobs Training Program. Trans-Matic pay GRCC for the training and be re-imbursed with set-aside income taxes collected by the state from the new employees. GRCC had previously approved three similar partnerships with Haworth, Johnson Controls-Saft and Energetx. In total 663 new Michigan jobs are expected as a result of the programs.  (More)

Football is just part of youth camp being offered by Grand Rapids Community College’s Tony Annese
Published: Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 12:00 PM | Jeff Chaney | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — At a time when many athletes have to pay to play, Grand Rapids Community College football coach Tony Annese is serving up some free instruction. Annese, his coaching staff and several high school football coaches will hold the inaugural Tony Annese Free Football Camp on Sunday at MVP Fieldhouse.  (More)

Literacy Center of West Michigan announces new phase of $1.5 million fundraising campaign
Published: Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 10:00 AM | Kaitlin Shawgo | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — Three years ago, Diana Rojas, 30, moved to Grand Rapids from Colombia with her husband. Since then, most of her time has been spent raising a toddler, but she wants to work in her degree fields — marketing and international business. […] Caption: Shirley Pursley works at a computer in the Grand Rapids Community College’s Learning Corner lab on the KeyTrain program, which assists her in learning English. Pursley is from the Philippines and has been in the U.S. for nearly 30 years.  (More)

Employee Learning Opportunities: 6/28/10-7/15/10

Below are the latest offerings from Employee Professional Development & Enrichment:

Monday, June 28 | How to Avoid Emotional Leakage (Customer Service Services) 1-3 p.m.

Tuesday, June 29 | DiSC Classic 9-11 a.m.

Thursday, July 8 | Influencing the Interaction (Customer Service Series) 9-11 a.m.

Tuesday, July 13

  • How to Handle the Irate Customer (Customer Service Series) 9-11 a.m.
  • Project Management 101 1-3 p.m.

Wednesday, July 14 | Dialogue Training 9-11 a.m.

Thursday, July 15 | Using Online Tutorials for MS Office 1-2 p.m.

To register or for descriptions of these sessions, go to

Condolences to the Family of Albert Smith

Albert Smith, a former GRJC faculty member who contributed 35 years to the college passed away recently.  Albert was the winner of the first Arts Award in Grand Rapids among his many other accolades.   Funeral Services will be held today at 11 a.m. at LaGrave Ave. Christian Reformed Church.  Memorial contributions may be made to Grand Rapids Community College Foundation for Albert Smith Scholarship or La Grave Ave. Music Program.  For the full obituary, click here.

Woodrick Diversity Learning Center Honored by Corp! Magazine

The Woodrick Diversity Learning Center has been selected as one of the honorees for the “Michigan’s Salute to Diversity” awards on behalf of Corp! Magazine. The DLC was nominated by Monica Allen from GVSU. Monica is one of the facilitators for the DLC who has been involved in some of our youth trainings.  [To Read the Letter, Click Here]

Corp! Magazine is the largest Michigan business corporate magazine in Michigan with a print circulation of 40,000 and digital circulation of over 70,000 including international.  This year 11 organizations throughout the state will be recognized including the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce. GRCC is the only college being honored this year!