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

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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