GRCC Signs Partnership Agreement With Byron Center Public Schools

GRCC Signs Partnership Agreement With Byron Center Schools

Last night, Dr. Ender and Dan Clark attended the Byron Center Board of Education meeting to formalize the partnership between GRCC and BCPS. GRCC has been teaching classes in the that community for four years already and enrollment, which began with about 150, is up to 780. BCPS Superintendant Dan Takens and Dr. Ender each made brief remarks and then signed the paperwork as the board members looked on.

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GRCC Students Represent 1/4 of the World’s Countries

A survey of GRCC’s English as a Second Language classes revealed that we have students from at least 50 countries and territories (that’s about a 1/4 of the world’s countries)!  Here are the places represented:








Costa Rica


D.R. Congo

Dominican Republic

El Salvador











Ivory Coast









Myanmar (Burma)




Puerto Rico (USA)




South Korea











Employee Holiday Breakfast Ticket Deadline Approaching

Employees have until Friday, December 10 to purchase a ticket to the Annual Employee Holiday Breakfast. The cost of tickets is $3 and can be purchased at the following locations:

Tracy Payne – 4th floor College Park Plaza
Alyce Stark – ATC Dean’s Office
Janis Qualls – Biology Department Office, Science Building
Debbie DeWent – Provost’s Office
Stacey Herrick – Social/Behavioral Department Office, 418 Cook Hall
Tammy Mosley – Tassell M-Tec
Carol Kramer – Facilities Department
Employee Professional Development & Enrichment – DeVos Campus, Administration Bldg

NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AFTER DECEMBER 10. Don’t be a last minute Louie — get your tickets today.

M&C, CEBA Collecting Items for GR Veteran’s Home

Bob Lacy is collecting for the Veteran’s Home again this year, on behalf of Meet and Confer and CEBA employee groups for the holiday season.  Items needed include:

  • personal toiletries..shampoo, creme rinse, deodorant, colognes ( men’s & women’s)
  • gently used clothing
  • lap blankets
  • postage stamps
  • pencils and letter writing pads
  • cash- which Bob uses to purchase items every year.

People can contact Bob (x3952 or and I will come to them to pick up their donations.

Dreaming of a Green Holiday: Sustainable Holiday Lighting Guidelines

As we approach the Holiday season here are some guidelines when considering Holiday lights for your office or department.

  • If possible, purchase energy efficient Holiday lights and light bulbs such as LED lights (The LED lights use about 99 percent less energy than larger, traditional bulbs and last up to 100,000 hours when used indoors)
  • Cut down on the number of strings you use – Moderation is the key to saving energy while still allowing everyone to participate in the festive atmosphere
  • Try to keep your lights on for only two to five hours a day
  • Make sure to turn off your lights whenever you leave your office area, and when you leave for the day.
  • Save your lighting for the days closer to Holiday break

GRCC in the News: 12/7/10

Gymnastics on the Grand brings 850 young competitors to DeVos Place in Grand Rapids
Published: Monday, December 06, 2010, 2:20 PM | Steve Kaminski | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — Isabella Hommes was not sure where she would store all her awards. But her mother, Tanya Hommes, had some ideas. The Ada Elementary School third-grader won the Level 4 all-around competition and earned four medals and a plaque Sunday at Gymnastics on the Grand. The invitational has previously been held at area high schools as well as Cornerstone University and, a year ago, at Grand Rapids Community College, when 250 gymnasts competed.  (More)

GRCC Public Sale 12/9/10

Grand Rapids Community College is having a public sale Thursday, December 9, 2010 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Location: GRCC Online Store –

Visit the Public Sale Facebook page to see photo’s of featured items.  Click here the day of the sale to shop for items that will be available.

Pickup: Items available for pick up beginning Friday, December 10, 2010 from 9AM to 4 PM at GRCC, 133 Winchester Place NE, Grand Rapids, MI. After Friday 12/10, pick up by appointment only @ (616) 234-4198. See for pick up details.

This sale will contain limited computers, electronics, technology, books, lost & found, etc.Grand Rapids Community College cannot guarantee complete sets. All items will be sold as is. Purchased items must be removed from the college campus within two weeks from date of sale as indicated above (by appt). Purchased items not picked up will be returned to stock.

Questions should be directed to, Mansfield Matthewson, Director of Purchasing at (616) 234-3850 or email

Grand Rapids Community College has the right to reject any or all bids as deemed necessary in the best interest of the college.

Holiday Shutdown Implications for Vending Machines

As we prepare for the holiday shutdown, please note that our vending suppliers will not service any machines after Friday, December 17, 2010. This is to allow for inventory to reduce prior to the closing. There may be spot shortages of product. On Wednesday, December 21, 2010, all perishable product will be removed. On Thursday the 22nd, beginning very early, Facilities staff will begin a systematic power down of all vending equipment for the holiday period. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience.