Photos – Ghana Delegation Visits GRCC


The City of Grand Rapids “Sister Cities” is hosting  the Sister City delegation from Ghana, (Mayor, Director of Education, Director of Health and an Artist).  The group had the opportunity to visit GRCC and hear an overview by Nick Antonakis on the Collins Art Gallery and the Art programs, Laura Moody provided a tour of the GRCC Health Department.  The groups concluded with lunch at the Heritage sponsored by the Woodrick Diversity Learning Center.

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GRCC in the News – 6/3/11

Aquinas hires Steve Greene, Jordan O’Neill as co-coaches of women’s tennis team
Published: Thursday, June 02, 2011, 7:00 PM | Brian VanOchten | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — Aquinas College alums Steve Greene and Jordan O’Neill have been hired as co-coaches of the women’s tennis program, the school has announced. [… O’Neill] had been serving as an assistant coach with the Grand Rapids Community College women’s program prior to be hired by his alma mater.  (More)

VR Tech students celebrate commencement
By STEPHEN KLOOSTERMAN | The Holland Sentinel | Posted Jun 02, 2011 @ 11:02 PM

Holland, MI — Few high school students seem as down-to-earth grateful to graduate as those at Van Raalte Tech High School. The school represents a second chance for many of the students, and the senior class is full of individuals with success stories: Students like Jorge Martinez, who discovered he had a knack for numbers and who now plans to enroll in Grand Rapids Community College to study business administration.  (More)

Rob Bliss interviewed by Diane Sawyer – Regarding Grand Rapids’ Lip Dub
Thursday, 02 Jun 2011, 10:41 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Grand Rapids Lip Dub creator Rob Bliss was interviewed Thursday for ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer,” and he believes the show likely will air Friday night.  (More)

Rob Bliss’ Grand Rapids lip dub video may be on ABC-TV’s ‘World News Tonight’ with Diane Sawyer on Friday
Published: Thursday, June 02, 2011, 7:00 PM | Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk | The GR Press

GRAND RAPIDS – Rob Bliss’ Grand Rapids Lip Dub video was seen this morning on NBC-TV’s “Today Show.” Look for it Friday on ABC-TV’s “World News Tonight” with Diane Sawyer.  (More)

NBC-TV’s ‘Today Show’ features Rob Bliss’ Grand Rapids Lip Dub on national TV this morning
Published: Thursday, June 02, 2011, 1:00 PM | Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk | The GR Press

GRAND RAPIDS – Kathie Lee & Hoda, on NBC-TV’s “Today Show,” chatted about Rob Bliss’ Grand Rapids Lip Dub video of Don McLean’s “American Pie” today on “The Scoop.”  (More)

So what’s a Good Speech?
Palestine Chronicle | By Midhat Ayyad

Part of one political science course I enrolled in last semester was to attend the 16th Annual Diversity Lecture Series in conjunction with the Peace Studies Conference at Grand Rapids Community College. Avraham Burg, the former speaker in the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, presented “Finding Reconciliation in an Era of Fear”, the final session of the series, and offered an intriguing Israeli standpoint on reconciliation attempts from the Israeli side of the story.  (More)

Video Shows Why Newsweek is Wrong About Grand Rapids, Mich.
Marilisa Kinney Sachteleben – Sat May 28, 3:26 pm ET | Yahoo News

Say “Michigan” and most people think “gloom and doom” economy. To balance out the bad karma a little, Wood TV executive Rob Bliss created something really different: a lip dub video filmed in downtown Grand Rapids, called The Amazing American Pie Lib Dub video.  (More)

Purchasing Department Joins Bid4Michigan System

GRCC’s Purchasing department has taken a giant leap in streamlining the process by which the college posts and reviews bids by moving to the Bid4Michigan system.

The State of Michigan’s Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) Purchasing Operations built the system to help the State and public agencies, community colleges, school districts, etc. within the state, establish a centralized location for businesses to bid on projects. Not only does it put thousands of bids all in one place (freeing businesses from having to keep track of dozens of individual systems), it also establishes a centralized database of businesses looking for government contracts.

So far, 17 bids have been posted by GRCC since February of 2011 and a total of 1,389 suppliers have been solicited to date!

In addition to majority-owned businesses, each solicitation makes it easier to solicit bids from groups like:

  • Person(s) with Disability Participation Requested
  • Service Disabled Veteran Participation Requested
  • Small Business Participation Requested
  • Minority Business Participation Requested
  • Women-Owned Business Participation Requested

More information available at