Architectural Registration Exam Study Materials at GRCC

The Michigan Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), recently purchased the 2010 Architectural Registration Exam (ARE) preparation set.  Grand Rapids Community College Library & Learning Commons houses the purchase and makes it available to students and intern architects preparing to take their registration exams.  The AIA Michigan Center for Emerging Professional Resources (CEPR) coordinates a broad effort to make these materials available, thereby keeping them affordable for students and interns working towards licensure.  Kaplan is the publisher.

To take advantage of these free study materials, come to the GRCC Library and register with your driver’s license or GRCC ID.  Because of the expected demand, these materials are for “library use only”.  Ask for them at the Circulation Desk inside the library entrance.

The AIA Michigan Center for Emerging Professional Resources (CEPR) collaboratively represents and addresses the needs of Emerging Professionals in the State of Michigan. As defined by the AIA, Emerging Professionals are comprised of architecture students, unlicensed Associate members of the AIA, and licensed members of the AIA for ten years or less. The overarching national entities that oversee these groups are AIAS, NAC and YAF, respectively. The Center for Emerging Professional

For more information, contact Kevin Myshock, AIA, ARE Coordinator for the CEPR, at

Photo: Upward Bound Volunteers at “In the Imagine”

Upward Bound Students Volunteering at "In the Imagine"

On September 2, 2010 students from the GRCC Upward Bound program volunteered with “In the Imagine,” for their yearly “Shoes Help Our Elementary Students” (S.H.O.E.S.) event. This year S.H.O.E.S. provided more than 8000 pairs of shoes to at-risk elementary students in the Kentwood, Wyoming and Grand Rapids School System. Upward Bound accommodated In the Imagine by distributing tons of brand new shoes to 1st thru 5th graders as they strolled into the building with their families. While a majority of the students enjoyed volunteering, one student was so excited about the experience stating, “I love seeing the kids and the smiles on their faces when I bring them a pair of brand new shoes.” Next year as students go back to school, Upward Bound students hope to continue partnering with In the Imagine and their efforts of giving back to the Grand Rapids community.

Sneden Hall Shuttle Update

The Sneden Hall Shuttle schedule and information can be found at This page will redirect you to The Rapid’s website for our shuttle route details.

The shuttle runs Monday – Thursday, 7:00 a.m. – 5:41 p.m. We recommend that students who travel from GRCC’s main campus for an evening class to Sneden Hall park their car first at Sneden Hall at the DeVos Campus and take the shuttle to the main campus. This traffic pattern will allow the student to catch the Sneden Hall Shuttle back to Sneden Hall for the evening class and have direct access to their vehicle.

GRCC in the News: 9/3/10

Wind turbine parts manufacturer Energetx Composites could bring 750 jobs to Holland area
Published: Friday, September 03, 2010, 7:23 AM  | Myron Kukla | The Grand Rapids Press

HOLLAND TOWNSHIP — Energetx Composites could be bringing 750 jobs to the area with plans for a 120,000-square-foot plant to build the giant blades and components for wind energy turbines. […] Slikkers said jobs would be added incrementally as production comes on line. The company already has hired Grand Rapids Community College students from the school’s composites material course.  (More)

QB welcomes 2nd chance to live his ‘dream’
Ross Dellenger | September 3, 2010 | Jackson Clarion Ledger

As the starting quarterback for a college football team, Casey Therriault is living his dream.  The Jackson State junior is running a new, pass-happy offense, hoping to help the program rebound from a miserable season. […] Therriault transferred this summer from Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan and quickly impressed JSU coaches with his quick release, sharp accuracy, fast decision-making and leadership.  (More)

Burton Bendle, Genesee get new Athletic Directors
The Flint Journal, September 02, 2010 7:47 p.m.

The Genesee Area Conference Blue Division features a pair of new athletic directors as the school year begins.  Brock Place takes over at Bendle and Adam Weldon has been named athletic director at Genesee. […] Place, a football, basketball and baseball standout at Lakeview High School, also played baseball at Grand Rapids Community College.   (More)

Tools of Innovation Learning Opportunity

Employee Professional Development & Enrichment is offering a series of five learning opportunities centered around innovation. Facilitated by Moss Ingram, this series of workshops will introduce the concepts for innovation management in the workplace through a synthesis of methods and principles based on Peter Drucker’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Kim and Mauborgne’s Blue Ocean Strategy, Clayton Christensen’s Innovator’s Solution, Terry O’Banion’s Innovation in the Community College and others. Innovation management fills the gap that exists between where brainstorming leaves off and project funding takes the idea forward to implementation.

Session 1:  Introducing the Innovation Process
Tuesday, September 28  9-11 a.m.

In this session, you will develop effective skills to generate and collect ideas, as well as explore the innovation process through the Innovation Funnel and Stage Gate.

Session 2:  Identifying Strategic Direction for Innovation & Strategic Planning
Tuesday, October 5  9-11 a.m.

In this session, you will practice strategic planning by using the following tools: The Ten Strategic Questions, Value Innovation Logic, Value Curve, Strategy Canvas, the Four Actions Framework, and the ERRC Grid. Strategic planning and how it affects the strategic direction at all levels within GRCC will be explored, along with the importance of identifying the focus, divergence, and a compelling tagline for innovations.

Session 3:  Searching for Opportunities
Tuesday, October 12  9-11 a.m.

In this session, you will identify the Seven Sources of Innovation Opportunities, Six Views of New Market Spaces, and the Six Principles of a Learning-Centered College. Small groups will practice idea generation based on these concepts.

Session 4:  Scoring Ideas
Tuesday, October 19  9-11 a.m.

In this session, you will explore the Principles of Innovation and score ideas based on the dos, don’ts, and conditions of these principles, the Value Innovation Logic (VIL) and the Five Dimensions of the VIL Strategy, and the Alignment with Organizational Priorities. Small groups will practice scoring ideas based on these principles and tools.

Session 5:  Prioritizing, Selecting & Shaping Ideas for Innovation
Tuesday, October 26  9-11 a.m.

In this session, you will evaluate the priority of ideas and select ideas using the Value Curve and ERRC Grid. Ideas will be further shaped and champions of these ideas will be identified based on the roles of the power promoter (management sponsor), process promoter (project manager), and the technology promoter (technical expert). Small groups will provide an opportunity brief, basic project plan and presentation to the whole group.

Register for any or all of these sessions at While these sessions can be taken independently, to obtain the full benefit of the series, however, you are encourage to register for all sessions.

Wellness & Enrichment Opportunities: Yoga and Zumba

The WE (Wellness & Enrichment) Team is offering two Wellness courses for employees.  They are:

Lunchtime Yoga

A five week Yoga course will run on Mondays from 11:30 am.-12:30 p.m. (location to be determined) beginning Monday, September 27 through Monday, October 25.  A second five week course will be held Monday, November 1 through Monday, December 6.  The cost of each five week course is $15 payable to Employee Professional Development & Enrichment (located in Room 100 of the Administration Bldg on the DeVos Campus) prior to the first session of each course.  Questions can be directed to Angela Zainea at

Zoo Zoo Zumba

A five week course of Zumba will begin Wednesday, September 29 and run through October 27.  A second five week course will run from Wednesday, November 3 through Wednesday, December 8.  All courses will meet from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in room 211 of Spectrum Theater.  The cost of each five week course is $15 payable to Employee Professional Development & Enrichment (located in Room 100 of the Administration Bldg on the DeVos Campus) prior to the first session of each course.  Questions can be directed to Angela Zainea at