GRCC Transfer Fair Draws Huge Crowd – Photos

GRCC Transfer Fair November 16, 2011

This past week GRCC offered students an excellent opportunity to prepare for the next phase of their higher education with a Transfer Fair that featured representatives from over 40 colleges and universities.  Students were also given the opportunity to speak to Counseling staff with their readiness for transfer.

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Time to Update the List of Bilingual Staff at GRCC

GRCC maintains a list of all employees who are bilingual who can assist the college from time to time with translation services.  Please take a moment to check this list for accuracy.

Send revisions to Fátima Nieves at Let her know if someone is listed who does not work at the College anymore. Also, if you are bilingual and are willing to help from time to time, send her your name, language and contact information.

GRCC in the News – 11/21/11

Will you need help with taxes? College students assisting low-income families earn IRS grant
Published: Monday, November 21, 2011, 9:53 AM | Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS – Tax season arrives with the new year, and a Davenport University program helping low-income families is getting a $53,000 boost from the Internal Revenue Service. […] Aquinas College, Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids Community College and Hope College students also participate in the Davenport University-sponsored program.  (More)

L3 and Rockford Berge target Muskegon for wind industry manufacturing center
Published: Sunday, November 20, 2011, 10:15 AM | Grand Rapids Press

MUSKEGON — Two leading West Michigan’s companies have joined forces to plan a Muskegon manufacturing center designed to support the state’s growing commercial wind industry. […] Grand Valley State University’s Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center in Muskegon, Muskegon Community College and Grand Rapids Community College also have signed on to the Muskegon initiative.  (More)

Undefeated Owens Community College basketball team trounces Grand Rapids Community College
Published: Friday, November 18, 2011, 9:46 PM | Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — It wasn’t the start the Grand Rapids Community College men’s basketball team wanted against an undefeated team. The Raiders came out lethargic, Owens Community College inspired, and that spelled doom for GRCC, as it fell 81-57 to the Express at Ford Fieldhouse on Friday night.  (More)

Former Michigan recruit Demar Dorsey vows to cash in on second chance
Eric Lacy/ The Detroit News | Last Updated: November 17. 2011 11:32PM

Grand Rapids – The defensive backs and safeties circled around each other inside Grand Rapids Community College’s gymnasium and watched as the flashy south Florida newcomer sauntered in with a disdainful look on his face. Demar Dorsey didn’t care he was late because he’s Demar Dorsey, a highly-touted Division I prospect who had signed with Michigan just a year earlier. He was entitled to his own schedule.  (More)

IT Holiday Hours 2011

The GRCC I.T. Customer Support Desk will be open 7 AM – 5 PM Tuesday and Wednesday, November 22 and 23, prior to the Thanksgiving holiday and will be closed over the Thanksgiving holiday reopening on November 28th.


The data center is being readied to be moved over the Thanksgiving weekend. This involves all systems, including the GRCC Web Site, Blackboard, PeopleSoft, ImageNow, etc.

Blackboard and PeopleSoft (FS & CS and the online center) will be down Friday, November 25 for most of the day. We expect Blackboard and PeopleSoft to be back up and running by Saturday morning November 26.

If you have any questions, contact the IT Support Desk at 234-HELP(4357).

Communications Department Shares Knowledge With Ferris State Public Relations Students

Derek DeVries Speaking to Ferris State PRSSA Students

Last week, Derek DeVries of GRCC’s Communications Department was invited to speak to an auditorium of students at Ferris State University about professional networking using social media.

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Later that evening, Derek was also included in a discussion on “The Filter Bubble” presented by AimWest (The Interactive Association of West Michigan) in a new “Fishbowl” format.

Computer Applications Bits & Bytes Donation Drive a Success

This year The Computer Applications Department held their 5th Annual Bits & Bytes Thanksgiving Meal Baskets donation drive, helping students in their department who were in need of a Thanksgiving Day meal.

Through donations from Computer Applications faculty and staff, 22 students were awarded a bag with all the ingredients for a Thanksgiving Day meal including a gift card for turkey. Katie Vander Meer shopped the sales and purchased 44 cans of corn, 44 cans of beans, 22 boxes of potatoes, pounds of yams, 22 cans of cranberries, 22 bags of stuffing, 22 pumpkin pies, scored 11 free Cool Whips, 22 jars of gravy, and $220 in Turkey gift cards. Then she lugged it all to the ATC, bagged it up, and contacted happy students.

Thanks to generous donations, the department was able to nearly double the Thanksgiving meal baskets given away last year.