Learning Opportunities from Staff Development 5/7/12 – 5/11/12

There are only a few seats available in the classes being offered this week. Please register online at http://cms.grcc.edu/currentlearning

Feedback & Critical Conversation
Tues May 8, 2012 | 9-11:00 AM | 226 Main

“No slides, no lecture! This class is all about helping you craft that tough conversation or feedback you need to deliver. You’ll leave confident enough to go do it!”

What every manager wants to know – how to give effective feedback (even if it’s sensitive) and how to prepare and hold a conversation that is critical to performance. Step-by-step models will be taught that can be used right away. Participants will discover how to solve many organizational and relationship issues by learning how to talk to anybody about anything; to become a more honest and confident communicator, and to reduce the stress that comes from what’s left unsaid.

Time Management for Peak Performance
Thurs May 10, 2012 | 9-11:00 AM | 106 Cook

Time is money, the saying goes, and frequently it gets lost in disorganization and disruption. In this workshop, participants will learn how to make the most of their time by getting a grip on their office space, organizing their workflow, and learning how to use their planner effectively.

Personal Listening Profile
Thurs May 10, 2012 | 9:30-11:30 AM | 228 Main

Listening is more than hearing. Listening is the ability to receive, attend to, interpret, and respond to verbal messages and other cues, like body language, in ways that are appropriate to the purpose. If the message is entertaining, our purpose is to enjoy, so we listen and respond in a relaxed manner. If the message is intended to persuade us, our purpose is judgment, so we listen and respond critically. It is estimated that people screen our or misunderstand the intended meaning or purpose of a message in over 70 percent of communications, making listening the biggest contributing factor to miscommunication. The Personal Listening Profile helps individuals identify which of the five listening approaches they use to process, organize, store, and retrieve information. Participants will be given an access code to the Inscape Personal Listening Profile and asked to take the online assessment prior to date of the class.

Online Public Sale – 5/10/12

Grand Rapids Community College is having a public sale  on Thursday, May 10, 2012 from  7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the GRCC Online Store – www.grcc.edu/onlinestore

To shop for available items on the day of the sale, go here.

To view featured items in advance of the sale, visit the Purchasing Department’s Google+ page.

Pickup: Items available for pick up beginning the next day (Friday) after the sale from 9AM to 4 PM at GRCC, 133 Winchester Place NE, Grand Rapids, MI. After Friday pick up by appointment only. Email msutherland@grcc.edu to request an appointment. See http://www.grcc.edu/onlinestore for location and pick up details.

This sale will contain limited computers, electronics, technology, books, lost & found, etc. Grand Rapids Community College cannot guarantee complete sets. All items will be sold as is. Purchased items must be removed from the college campus within two weeks from date of sale as indicated above (by appointment). Purchased items not picked up will be returned to stock.

Questions should be directed to, Mansfield Matthewson, Director of Purchasing at (616) 234-3850 or email purchasing@grcc.edu

Grand Rapids Community College has the right to reject any or all bids as deemed necessary in the best interest of the college.

SafeZone Staff Learning Opportunity

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 session will be held on Friday, June 1, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in the Diversity Learning Center conference room, please register at dlcregistration@grcc.edu

GRCC in the News – 5/7/12

GRCC bond proposal now up to voters – $98.6 million request on Tuesday ballot
Friday, 04 May 2012, 3:05 PM EDT | By Amanda Jarrett

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Kent County voters will decide Tuesday whether to approve a $98.6 million bond proposal for Grand Rapids Community College, an issue that has no organized opposition.  (More)

The final stretch: GRCC supporters to amp up their campaign in lead up to Tuesday’s election
Friday, May 04, 2012, 11:30 AM | By Brian McVicar | Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — They’ve knocked on thousands of doors, spent hours working the phones, and handed out bundles of yard signs to residents throughout Kent County. It’s been a busy campaign season for supporters of Grand Rapids Community College’s $98.6 million bond proposal, but their work is far from over.  (More)

As prices for textbooks remain high, GVSU looks to the used book market to help students save
Thursday, May 03, 2012, 3:01 PM | By Brian McVicar | Grand Rapids Press

ALLENDALE, MI — Grand Valley State University says it’s helping drive down the cost of an item that’s often difficult for cash-strapped students to afford: textbooks. […] He added that textbook rentals are typically cheaper upfront for students, but buying used books might save more in the long run. Grand Rapids Community College has offered textbook rentals.  (More)

Residents to vote on GRCC bond proposal Tuesday
The Cedar Springs Post | Posted on 03 May 2012.

Residents across Kent County will go to the polls Tuesday, May 8, to vote on whether to approve a $98,600,000 bond proposal for Grand Rapids Community College. The proposal is for purchasing, remodeling, renovating, and constructing buildings to be used for the college (including the fieldhouse and other facilities); renovations of sites, and acquiring and installing technology infrastructure.  (More)