GRCC Holding Workforce Training Open House 12/1/11

In its continuing economic development efforts, GRCC will hold a Workforce Training Open House to showcase the many opportunities for work that exist in the West Michigan market today.

Area employers will be on hand, as well as instructors from GRCC’s many job training programs and attendees can meet with local human resource professionals to find out exactly what qualities and abilities companies look for in prospective employees. They can also learn about GRCC’s Pathways to Prosperity grants and if they qualify for higher education funding.

The Workforce Training Open House will be held on Thursday, December 1, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at GRCC’s Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC, 622 Godfrey Ave. SW.

GRCC Workforce Training programs offer individuals the opportunity to upgrade their career with certifications in the growing fields of Healthcare, Entrepreneurship, Advanced Manufacturing, Customer Service Skills, and Renewable Energy.

Congratulations to these OHCC Certified Faculty Members

Please join the Center for Teaching Excellence and the Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies Department in congratulating our faculty members who have just completed GRCC’s Online/Hybrid Certification Course. Completion of this intense five-week course enables each of these faculty members to join 291 of their colleagues now certified to deliver courses via distance learning, providing our students with more options than ever to achieve their educational goals.

Congratulations to:

Barbara Bouthillier, Colleen Copus, Amy Kudrna, Richard Latimer, Bernard Liburd, Bernard Manker, Sharon Palmitier, Adrienne Phelps Coco, Paul Phifer, Lisa Price, Sophie Rubin, Mary Tibbets, Gary Webb, Keith Barth, Mary Bigelow, Dillon Carr, Robert Garlough, Timothy Gloege, Elizabeth Hawkins, Patricia Ingersoll, Susan Jazwiec, Stephanie Kazanas, and Anton Wishik

For more information and registration, visit

GRCC in the News – 11/30/11

Pine Rest caregiver shares wisdom with mentally ill, learns lessons from them
Published: Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 10:25 AM | Grand Rapids Press

He goes to work at a place with “Rest” in its title, but Charles Ambrose sees a lot of unrest. “Some patients are so upset with their family for bringing them here,” said Ambrose, lead care provider and supervisor of an adult unit at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services. […] He was studying social work at Grand Rapids Community College, following his dad’s profession, when he saw a help-wanted ad for a third-shift worker at Pine Rest, someone to patrol at night, wake up teens and get them off to school.  (More)

Money was only part of Fred Meijer’s giving spirit
Published: Sunday, November 27, 2011, 11:30 AM Updated: Monday, November 28, 2011, 2:38 PM

GRAND RAPIDS — In his life, Fred Meijer donated millions of dollars to causes across the spectrum — nature, education, medicine, the arts. […] Fred Meijer’s donations were widely spread around West Michigan. Here are some of the places and organizations he supported: Grand Rapids Community College.  (More)

Mathematics Department Seminar – Why People Trust Statistics 12/7/11

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department will be hosting its next monthly Mathematics Seminar on Wednesday, December 7, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. in 108 Cook. Our speaker will be GRCC Adjunct Mathematics Instructor Steve Harris.

This talk should appeal to anyone with knowledge of or an interest in Statistics, or who are simply curious about fundamental ideas in Statistics. As always, anyone from the greater GRCC community is welcome.

Pop and cookies will be served at 2:45 p.m.

Why People Trust Statistics

Many students in an introductory Statistics course sail along fine until “Distribution of a Sample Mean” sinks their boat. After failing to find an illustration that explained the concept in a way I could use with both math-oriented and non-math-oriented students, I built my own. The result is an Excel spreadsheet that visually demonstrates the power of the Central Limit Theorem. Continue reading

Music for the Holidays – 12/4/11

The GRCC Music Department presents “Music for the Holidays” this Sunday afternoon, December 4, 3pm at the St. Cecilia Music Center, 24 Ransom NE, Grand Rapids

The program will include seasonal music presented by GRCC music ensembles including the Campus Band, Wind Ensemble, Concert Choir and Orchestra with student soloists, Guitar Ensemble, Flute Quintet, Percussion Ensemble, Saxophone Quartet, Mariachi Ensemble, Jazz Combo, String Quartet and a special guest appearance by the Forest Hills Eastern Chorale.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Windows 7 and Office 2010 Upgrade Lunch and Learn

On Thursday, December 1st, from Noon to 1PM, the IT Department will host a lunch and learn session in the Sneden Multipurpose Room — 108 Sneden. This session will inform GRCC employees about the Windows 7 / Office 2010 upgrade for faculty and staff, which will begin in January 2012. This session will include a 15-minute presentation about what to expect with the upgrade followed by 45 minutes of questions and answers with the project team. For those who could not attend our November 22nd lunch and learn, this is the last time we’re offering this session, so we hope you can attend.

Please bring your appetite; there will be Subway sandwiches, chips, cookies, and drinks for the first 50 people who attend.

GRCC in the News – 11/29/11

Rockford weekly paper ceases publication
Published: Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 10:20 AM | Grand Rapids Press

ROCKFORD — The Rockford Independent, a weekly newspaper, printed its last edition last week as owners re-evaluate the market potential for a different product. “It’s tough out there in the marketplace,” said Rob Stafford, one of the owners of Stafford Media Solutions, which bought the newspaper a little more than six years ago.  (More)

Lady Cougars fall in first round of nationals
Written by Matt McClain | Thursday, 17 November 2011 20:41 | Illinois Harbinger

TOLEDO, OHIO – The Illinois Central College volleyball team lost its opening round matchup in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament against Grand Rapids Community College on Thursday night in Toledo, Ohio. The Grand Rapids Raiders won the match in five sets by the score of 27-25, 21-25, 25-15, 25-16, 15-12. While the Cougars lost the match, they played well during parts.  (More)

Exam Cram at the GRCC Library – Free Tutoring and Snacks

Faculty and staff are asked to share the news about Exam Cram with all students – late night quiet study hours and snacks in the Library. Exam Cram is co-sponsored by Academic Support, Student Life, and the Library & Learning Commons. There will be a librarian and a tutor available during Exam Cram hours each evening from Sunday, Dec. 11 through Tuesday, Dec. 13.

Regular Library Hours | Extended Exam Cram Hours

  • Sunday 12/11 1-5  | 5-midnight
  • Monday 12/12 7:30 AM – 9:45 PM  | 9:45-midnight
  • Tuesday 12/13 7:30 AM – 9:45 PM  | 9:45-midnight

Employee Holiday Breakfast 12/16/11


GRCC’s annual Employee Holiday Breakfast will take place Friday December 16, 2011 7:30-9:00 am in the Hunsberger Arena inside the Ford Fieldhouse.  Tickets are $3.00 each and go on sale November 30th.  They’ll be available for purchase from:

  • Tracy Payne (Sneden)
  • Tammy Mosley (Tassell M-Tec)
  • Kathy Kolehouse (Music)
  • Nanci Gigue (ATC)
  • Mary Reed (CPP)
  • Penni Weninger (3rd Floor Main)
  • Janis Qualls (Science bldg)
  • Amy Kirkbride (Cook 4th Floor)
  • Julie Lenger (Cook Admin)

Raider Salute to Art Johnson, Amy Kirkbride, and Rob Chelone

This salute came from Donna Kragt and the Institutional Research and Planning Department:

On the Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving, IRP had a large mailing to former GRCC students who had transferred to another college/university. We wanted to make the 2pm mail deadline so that the surveys would be delivered to homes over the holiday weekend.

Many thanks to Art, Amy and Rob for giving up part of their morning to label and stuff envelopes! They certainly demonstrated the GRCC values of responsiveness and excellence.