GRCC GRPS Boot Camp – Photos

GRCC GRPS Boot Camp for Students

GRCC/GRPS high school completion program students take part in a “Boot Camp” to orient them to their future as college students. The orientation consisted of exercises and activities that gave these students a glimpse into the kinds of problem-based learning activities common in college, as well as to the behaviors expected of them in college. P.M. Forni’s Choosing Civility: The Twenty-five Rules of Considerate Conduct was used as the basis for this orientation.

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SafeZone Learning Opportunity for Employees

The SafeZone program is a diversity education program that includes all individuals in a personal journey toward greater understanding and inclusion

(regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, weight, height, marital status, status as a Vietnam era veteran, and disability, as a reflection of the GRCC EEOC statement). The program philosophy provides not only a safe space for all people, but also increases communication and understanding among people. One of the goals of SafeZone is to emphasize that all individuals will be treated and respected as human beings. Further, the program emphasizes that ignorance, bigotry, and harassment will not be tolerated in an environment of learning. The next sessions will be held on: Thursday, September 22, OR Tuesday, October 18, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (breakfast & lunch provided) please register at

Raider Salute to Phillip Greene, Cheryl Cole, Tammy Mosely, and Kristen Seevers

This salute came from Josh Aderholdt:

“I would like to put out a Salute to Phillip Greene, Cheryl Cole, Tammy Mosely, and Kristen Seevers.

With there help they were able to host over 100 students from the new high school completion program between GRCC and GRPS at the Tassell M-TEC last Friday. It would not have been a success without their help in showing students the building and providing information of the program options. Thank you so much!”

GRCC in the News – 9/12/11

GRCC football team rallies in second half on road, improves to 3-0
Published: Saturday, September 10, 2011, 10:30 PM | By The Grand Rapids Press

WAHPETON, N.D. — It took the Grand Rapids Community College football team one half to get warmed up in its first road game of the season. The Raiders’ offense sputtered early before exploding in the second half en route to a 42-21 victory against North Dakota State College of Science on Saturday afternoon at Frank Vertin Field.  (More)

Sad ending to race against time to remodel home for young cancer patient
Published: Saturday, September 10, 2011, 6:00 AM | By Tom Rademacher | The Grand Rapids Press

It was a noble race against time, workers swarming about a Grand Rapids home in an effort to have it remodeled in time for Holly Miller to push her wheelchair across a widened threshold and marvel at the transformation. […] Until this past April, Holly was a healthy, energetic student enrolled in culinary arts at Grand Rapids Community College.  (More)

GRCC Nursing Students Promoting Health in African American Community With Rhythm Run

GRCC AD 155 nursing students will be assisting at the Grand Rapids African American Health Institute (GRAAHI) Rhythm Run (5K Walk/Run and health fair) on October 1, 2011 located at Martin Luther King Park. Students will be arriving by 0800 and race starts at 0900 with the health fair to follow.   “Taking it to the streets Grand Rapids” is this year’s motto,” and the event focus is on improving the cardiovascular health of the community. I would be happy to give more info regarding GRAAHI’s mission/vision.

Their contact person is Stephanie Pierce 331-5831. You may also contact Pat Empie with questions.

Request for Assitance for Elly Bainbridge

A couple of weeks ago, GRCC Today shared with staff that Workforce Development staff person Elly Bainbridge and her husband Scott had been burned in a backyard accident. While both continue to recover, many of you have expressed an interest in providing support while both are healing (and not working.) Elly will likely be in the hospital for an additional 3 weeks.

Here is one option that would alleviate some of the financial stress: Elly and Scott have an account at Lake Michigan Credit Union. At any branch- but really easy to do here right on campus – people can simply say they want to make a donation to their savings account and that donation can be marked with a note so they know a donation has been made. The donor can add their name, or simply add a note anonymously. (Something like: Wishing Elly a speedy recovery!!) Of course all is confidential – thanks in advance for helping a colleague in need!

Make a Difference Day is 10/8/11

The Department of Experiential Learning is excited to share with you that our annual Make A Difference Day Event will be held on Saturday October 8, 2011 from (8:00am-3:00pm). This event is great for anyone who wants to get out and make a difference!

Participants will help the Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding in Rockford, MI prepare their facilities for the winter while working along side individuals of varying abilities. Transportation and lunch is provided!

We appreciate you taking the time to share this event with your coworkers and students!

Need more info about Make A Difference Day?

Register to attend the event here.  Interested in volunteering as a group leader or want to have your students involved at a greater level? Please contact Leah Kicinski in the DEL at or call at 234-3459.