Congratulations to Stuart Noorman on GRAHEN Award

GRAHEN Outstanding Adult Learner Stuart NoormanOn Wednesday April 20, at Sneden Hall, Grand Rapids Area Higher Education Network (GRAHEN) hosted the 12th annual Outstanding Adult Learner Award Ceremony and Reception celebrating the accomplishments and achievements of adult and non-traditional students at colleges and universities throughout the Grand Rapids area. There were 12 award recipients from the 13 member schools of GRAHEN ( These students have the extraordinary ability and determination to successfully balance jobs, classes, families, and community involvement. A winner from each school is selected with the help of nominations from faculty and staff.

The 2011 OAL award recipient from Grand Rapids Community College is Stuart Noorman.

After working for thirteen years as a carpenter, Stuart Noorman made a major life decision to return to school which ultimately resulted in a great personal achievement. His accomplishments set a great example for his family, especially his four boys, whose encouragement and support inspires Stuart to succeed.

Here at GRCC, Stuarts maintains an outstanding 3.9 GPA and is a member of both the GRCC Honors Program and Phi Theta Kappa Honor society. Stuart has his sights set on transferring to Grand Valley State for Winter 2012 to pursue a degree in Echocardiography.

Stuart currently serves his fellow students three days a week as a tutor in a developmental English course. He exhibits leadership by providing academic assistance and modeling ideal student behavior.

Congratulations Stuart!

GRCC’s own Jan Ensing Presents “Landscape as a Geographical Double”


Kendall College of Art and Design (KCAD) of FSU, Gallery 104 is proud to present “Landscape as Geographical Double” a Masters Thesis Exhibition by Jan Ensing of GRCC’s Graphic Design department.

M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition: May 3-17, 2011
Reception: Saturday; May 14, 2011; 1-3 p.m.

KCAD Open House Reception:  Tuesday; May 3, 2011; 4-7 p.m.
KCAD Open House Hours:

  • Monday-Thursday; May 3-5, 2011; 9 a.m.- 9 p.m.
  • Friday; May 6, 2011; 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Saturday; May 7, 2011; 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

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Download a Flyer Here (.pdf)

GRCC in the News: 4/29/11

College notes: GRCC men’s golf team seeks third MCCAA title in a row
Published: Friday, April 29, 2011, 9:00 AM | Matt DeVries | The Grand Rapids Press

The Grand Rapids Community College men’s golf team will enter next week’s Michigan Community College Athletic Association Championships with a valuable commodity — depth.  (More)

Creative menus highlight second annual Grand Rapids Restaurant Week set for November
Published: Friday, April 29, 2011, 7:24 AM | Garret Ellison | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — One Trick Pony owner Dan Verhil said sales at his Fulton Street grill and taproom were about 30 percent higher than normal during the inaugural Restaurant Week in Grand Rapids last fall. […] Establishments must pay a registration fee and agree to donate $1 from each creative menu meal to a student scholarship fund at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College, where Thursday’s announcement happened.  (More)

Grand Rapids school board candidates speak about qualities needed in next superintendent
Published: Friday, April 29, 2011, 6:54 AM | Monica Scott | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — Seven of the eight candidates running for the Grand Rapids School Board Thursday attended a forum where they described what qualities they want to see in a superintendent, if current leader Bernard Taylor needs to be replaced. […] “We need someone with a determined focus to be successful, to push people, to rally the troops but also the innovative intelligence to lay out a plan,” said Ross, director of Grand Rapids Community College’s Upward Bound program, a pre-college program for low income and potential first generation college students.  (More)

West Michigan man switches careers with help of retraining program
4:37 PM, Apr 28, 2011 | WZZM

[…] Dr. Tom Neils runs the Chem Tech program at Grand Rapids Community College. “We found out that the workforce needed two-year degree-people to do chemical technology tasks,” says Dr. Neils, who has seen students like Andy Fein start new careers.  (More)