Photos: GRCC Workforce Development Leaders Get Hands-on Experience in Urban Farming

The School of Workforce Development leadership team spent Thursday afternoon, July 30, with Janna Deppe, Secchia Institute for Culinary Education (SICE) student and co founder of Tilling to Table, and Audrey Heckwolf, Assistant Professor, SICE, cooking with produce freshly picked from the Tilling to Table’s garden McCabe-Marlow gardens.  Working with Mindy Firlan and our Academic Service Learning Department and Liz McCormick, Director of Innovation Initiatives, the leadership team is focusing on the local movement of urban farming and its role in our community as it relates to homeless, hunger, and health.

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GRCC in the News: 7/30/10-8/2/10

Michigan Student Wins Chefs4Students Culinary Grant: Once again, Reluctant Gourmet is proud to announce a new recipient for the Reluctant Gourmet Culinary Grant in association with
PRLog (Press Release) | Jul 30, 2010

Reluctant Gourmet is honored to announce the winner of the Relucant Gourmet Culinary Grant. This grant, in association with is given out to a culinary student in need of financial assistance. This year’s winner is Karly Krentz from [GRCC’s] Secchia Institute for Culinary [Education] in Grand Rapids, MI.  For the 2009/2010 academic year, received more than 1350 applications from students at over 39 different culinary schools across the country and abroad. Eligible students attended a culinary school at the time of the award, show proof of their financial need, provide letters of recommendation, transcripts and a 500-word essay.  (More)

Little League roundup: District 9 Big League softball team headed to finals after sweep
Published: Sunday, August 01, 2010, 8:30 AM | Steve Ungrey | The Grand Rapids Press

WYOMING — After scoring 38 runs in its first two games, the District 9 Big League softball team saw its offensive firepower largely disappear Saturday night.  In the seventh inning, the power re-ignited just in time and the 16- to 18-year-old girls finished pool play undefeated at the Central Region tournament. […] District 9 scored twice in the first inning off an RBI single by Kellen Dewey (Northview) and a sacrifice fly by Jessics Kohlhoff (Grand Rapids Community College).  (More)

Travelers capture state Class A American Legion crown
By Rob Roos | Sault Ste. Marie Evening News | Sat Jul 31, 2010, 08:01 PM EDT

The Post 3 EUP Travelers took the direct route to a state championship over the weekend.  The Travelers gave up only three runs in three games, sweeping undefeated through the 6-team tournament to win the first state championship in the 28-year history of their program. […] Portice, who will play baseball at Grand Rapids Community College, battled through a year’s worth of injuries which sidelined him from high school football last fall and cut his basketball postseason short this past winter.  (More)

2010 NJCAA Preseason Football Rankings Released: Blinn College on the Hunt for Third NJCAA Football Title in Five Years
Courtesy: AFCA | Release: 07/28/2010

Blinn College (Kan.) begins the 2010 NJCAA Football season at No. 1 in the NJCAA Preseason Top 25. […] Butler Community College (Kan.), East Mississippi Community College, Snow College (Utah), Ellsworth Community College (Iowa) and Grand Rapids Community College (Mich.) round out the preseason Top 10.  (More)

The Casey Therriault Story (and links)
Ross Dellenger | Clarion Ledger | July 30, 2010

Before we get to the [GRCC Student Athlete] Casey Therriault stuff, we bring you this morning’s links:
* Here’s our story about Therriault.
* Here’s our notebook with those nuggets from Thursday’s blog that we expounded on.
Before you read the rest of this post, you should read that Therriault story that appeared in today’s newspaper. In the below post, we tell the full story about this guy, who very well could be the starting quarterback at Jackson State this fall. […]   (More)

GRCC Staff Featured on WJRW Radio Today (8/2/10)

GRCC staff will be featured in a special pre-taped edition of WJRW  AM1340’s Vision Grand Rapids.  Interviewed for today’s show with GRCC Interim Executive Director of Communication Lynne Jarman-Johnson will be:

  • Julie Parks, Director of Continuing Education and Professional Development
  • John Vanelst, Pathways to Prosperity Program Manager
  • Linda Witte, Health Program Manager
  • Gary Strehlke, Health and Wellness Director at the David D. Hunting YMCA
  • GRCC Police Officer Peters, Officer Kazminski Memorial Scholarship Softball Tournament Organizer

MCC AmeriCorps VISTA Members to Address Poverty at GRCC

July 27, 2010 – Lansing, MI – Kelsey Caverly, of Eastpointe, and Brian Williams, of Detroit, will embark on a year of service August 2 as Michigan Campus Compact (MCC) AmeriCorps*VISTA members within the Grand Rapids community where they will work to fight poverty. Kelsey and Brian are two of 19 MCC VISTAs serving communities across the state of Michigan.

As MCC AmeriCorps*VISTA members, Kelsey will serve in the Academic Service-Learning Office and Brian will work with access issues while building mutually beneficial partnerships between community-based organizations and Grand Rapids Community College. They will create service opportunities and engage students in the community, in order to gain a richer and more valuable experience outside the classroom. Their work will help sustain partnerships between the campus and the community that address the needs of those in poverty, with a special emphasis on those impacting children and youth.

Michigan Campus Compact will oversee the work of the 19 VISTAs across the state of Michigan. VISTA members commit to a full-time year of service at a nonprofit organization or local government agency, working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create business, strengthen community groups and much more. They receive a small living allowance during their time of service and an Education Award upon completion of their service.

Employee Learning Opportunities: 8/4/10-8/11/10

The latest offerings from Employee Professional Development & Enrichment:

Wednesday, August 4 | GroupWise Calendaring  10:30-11:30 a.m.

Thursday, August 5 | How to Deal with the Foreign Accent (Customer Service Series)  1-3 p.m.

Tuesday, August 10

  • Interviewing for Success  9-10:30 a.m.
  • Best Practices for Effective Meetings  2-3 p.m.

Wednesday, August 11

  • That’s Just Rude! (Customer Service Series)  9-11 a.m.
  • PowerPoint: Animations, Transitions & Additional Media  1-2 p.m.

For descriptions or to register, go to