Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Training Keynote by Dr. Henry Holstege – Video

Recently GRCC’s Older Learner Center held a training session for professionals responding to the rising trend of more grandparents taking on the responsibility of raising their grandchildren.  Both k-12 educational system professionals and aging service provider networks were in attendance and the keynote delivered by Dr. Henry Holstege was captured by GRCC’s Media Technologies Department:

August: Osage County Sunday Matinee Added 5/20/12

August: Osage County

The  Actors’ Theatre production of August: Osage County has added a Sunday, May 20 matinee performance at 2pm.  It opens TODAY and runs May 17-19 & 24-26 at 7pm.

Dad has vanished… Mom is addicted to prescription pills… Three sisters, each harboring shady secrets… The large Weston family comes together when Dad disappears, and the homestead explodes in a storm of repressed truths and unsettling secrets. August: Osage County unflinchingly—and uproariously—exposes a Midwestern American family…and its dark side!Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Call 234-3946, go here or visit for more information.

GRCC in the News – 5/17/12

Why Davenport is taking a chance on 24-year-old who hasn’t played basketball in five seasons
Published: Thursday, May 17, 2012, 7:30 AM | Grand Rapids Press | By Peter J. Wallner

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Curious thing when you look at the basketball resume of newly-signed Davenport recruit Derek Brooks. […] Brooks is 24, engaged, has a daughter and a step-son and is three classes away from his Associate’s Degree at Grand Rapids Community College. If he passes those this summer, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound forward will be practicing this fall at Davenport.  (More)

Energetx to begin contract for manufacturing 150-foot turbine blades
By STEPHEN KLOOSTERMAN | The Holland Sentinel | Posted May 16, 2012 @ 10:30 PM

Holland — Years of work are paying off for the Holland’s Energetx Composites, LLC. Company President Bob Slikkers on Wednesday revealed it has landed its first contract to manufacture industrial-size wind turbine blades. […] He thanked Grand Rapids Community College for partnering with them on a training program, and his employees who worked to get the company off the ground. (More)

Ex-Michigan recruit Demar Dorsey to play at Hawaii
1:49 PM, May 16, 2012 | Detroit Free Press

Demar Dorsey, the onetime Michigan football recruit who wasn’t allowed into the university, is going to the University of Hawaii and will try to play for the Warriors this fall. […] Last fall, Dorsey played at Grand Rapids Community College, where he appeared in seven games and had 10.5 tackles and one interception.  (More)

Learning Opportunity from Staff Development – SafeZone Training

The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Diversity Learning Center through its Diversity Development Services provides tools that help promote a greater and deeper understanding of others, their cultures and requirements. Businesses, educational and health care institutions, governmental agencies and non-profit organizations benefit from an informed employee base able to consider multiple perspectives and address conflicts with conscious intentional process. They, in conjunction with Staff Development, would like to encourage staff and faculty to attend SafeZone Training, as many have expressed interest in diversity education. Please register at

SafeZone Training
Friday June 1, 2012 | 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM | Room 122, DLC

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.