GRCC Police Recruit Ryan Myers Receives Award From GRPD

GRCC Police Academy Recruit Ryan Myers received an award from Chief Kevin Belk from the Grand Rapids Police Department for assistance he rendered to the GRPD Fugitive Response Team. Recruit Myers apprehended a fleeing felon after witnessing the felon being chased by Police Officers. Myers gave chase to the felon and secured him while the response team responded to his aid.

GRCC Police Recruit Ryan Myers Receives Award From Grand Rapids Police Department Chief Kevin Belk

GRCC Police Recruit Ryan Myers Receives Award From Grand Rapids Police Department Chief Kevin Belk

GRCC in the News – 7/31/12

Ivy Tech leadership position ‘critical’ to ECI – Hiring a new chancellor is an important decision
6:32 PM, Jul. 30, 2012 | The Star Press

MUNCIE — Andrew Bowne, one of three finalists to become the next chancellor of the East Central region of Ivy Tech Community College, knows how to teach, train the workforce and raise money. “That gives a nice blend for me,” he told community leaders during a breakfast meeting on Monday. But can he raise graduation rates? That’s one of the questions the audience asked the associate vice president of college advancement at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC).  (More)

Grand Rapids school board and staff brainstorm about the future
Published: Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 8:14 AM | Grand Rapids Press | By Monica Scott

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The Grand Rapids school board, Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal and members of her staff Monday night held a brainstorming session focused on the future of district. […] Eric Williams, director of community affairs for Grand Rapids Community College, who has a background in visioning and strategic planning, was brought in as a neutral party to help the group grapple with how they want to shape the district in the future.  (More)

Medendorp Benefits from a ‘Top-Notch Education’ Enjoyed at Ferris
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When Tom Medendorp received his Bachelor of Science degree in Technical Education during spring commencement ceremonies at Ferris, it was with his son by his side. […] Medendorp worked for 20 years as an electrician before becoming an electrical apprenticeship instructor on the adjunct staff at Grand Rapids Community College and later at Careerline Tech Center in Holland, Mich., where he has been for the past nine years.  (More)

Secchia Institute Reconnects With American Culinary Federation (Photos)

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Judges deliberating over Daniel Flynn’s plates

GRCC’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education has revitalized its connection with the ACF, American Culinary Federation. This is the organization that bestows the official titles of Executive Chef, Master Chef, Executive Pastry Chef, Master Pastry Chef, Etc. in our country. It is also the organization that will be granting our renewed accreditation this year.

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This is the beginning to making SICE at GRCC an official Certification Site. We will now host this event four times per year. Locations such as this are highly sought after; chefs have come from all over Michigan and we have one chef that traveled from Pittsburgh to attempt his certification. This certification process can take several attempts for the executive chef level. Many do not succeed the first time.

Two of the candidates are our graduates:

  • Daniel Flynn, class of 1999 is currently the chef at Bay Harbor Yacht Club. He is attempting his Executive Chef Certification.
  • Josh Ferguson, class of 2009, is currently a chef here at the GRCC ATC Catering department working with Chef Luba Petrash.

The judges are another wonderful collaboration bringing three Michigan ACF chapters together for the first time in over six years as well as three top culinary schools.

How GRCC Responds to the Unique Challenges of Student Parents Looking to Achieve the Dream

Students who are parents face a variety of challenges to their academic success, which make them an important population for community colleges to understand. In the latest edition of Data Notes, Achieving the Dream notes that 51 percent of ATD students (and nearly one-third of all community college students) have dependents relying on them.


These students often have considerable needs like childcare, employment, housing issues, and access to financial aid that must be met so that they are able to devote their full attention to the classroom.

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The importance of addressing the unique challenges faced by this population is reinforced by the fact that the percentage of single-parent households is increasing dramatically in the US: from 20 percent in 1980 to 30 percent in 2008.

At GRCC, the population of students with children is slightly smaller than the national average: according to the 2011 Community College Survey of Student Engagement only 26 percent of all GRCC students have children that live with them. This however does not mean that the impact of dependents is less dire – each one of those students noted that “caring for dependents” was a likely reason they might have to withdraw from classes or leave college entirely.

As part of GRCC’s ongoing measurement of the student experience with the CCSSE report found that 55 percent of students expressed that the college does help them with their non-academic responsibilities.

Single parents are the most at-risk when it comes to students on campus with dependents: their completion, transfer and re-enrollment rates in the third year are lower than their married counterparts or students without dependents. Of single parents, women are disproportionately represented compared to men – however they outperform their male counterparts in developmental English and Math classes.

Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count is a national non-profit organization committed to helping more community college students succeed, with a special focus on students of color and students with low-income. GRCC is one of the 150 colleges currently participating in the organization.
Source: Achieving the Dream, Data Notes, May/June 2012

GRCC in the News – 7/30/12

Power of Presence: Grand Rapids Urban League forges closer ties to business community
MiBiz | SUNDAY, JULY 22, 2012 | By Joe Boomgaard

GRAND RAPIDS — Joe Jones wants to change how the Grand Rapids Urban League works with businesses in West Michigan. […] Jones wants the Urban League to work in concert with groups including Goodwill Industries, Hope Network, Grand Rapids Community College and others to provide the community — including ex-offenders — with resources to improve their skills to become sustainably employable.  (More)

GRCC Online Public Sale – 8/9/12

Grand Rapids Community College is having a public sale on Thursday, August 9, 2012 from 07:00 AM – 07:00 PM at

The day of the sale, find the available items here.  Visit our Google+ page to see photo’s of featured items.

Open 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! Please email to request an appointment. See 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

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

Wyoming Schools Middle College Orientation Underway (Photos)

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In March of this year, Grand Rapids Community College and Wyoming Public Schools (WPS) signed letter of intent that created a middle college program for the fall of 2012 at Wyoming High School.  These photos come to us courtesy of GRCC’s Media Technologies Department which is capturing video of the process.

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According to the agreement, the vision of the middle college partnership is to provide the opportunity for participating students to earn both a high school diploma and an associate of arts degree in four years.   Wyoming Middle College students will begin in their sophomore year and complete the program after an extended year of classes.   Students will be “dual-enrolled” in high school and college courses, with tuition for the college courses paid for by WPS as part of the district’s per pupil state funding.

Wyoming Middle College – with students being able to earn an associate of arts degree by starting in 10th grade – will be the first such program in the region, and the 26th early/middle college statewide.

Learning Opportunity From Staff Development – Building Accountability and Deciding how to Decide

Staff Development is pleased to invite Kathy Pyatt back to facilitate the last session of our summer Leadership and Communication series. Kathy is a personal management coach and training facilitator working with individuals and teams to improve performance. She is experienced in helping individuals understand their natural gifts and identify their blind spots to improve work performance. She is also experienced in improving team dynamics by helping groups that work together understand and appreciate differences, and solve personality conflicts to make the team more productive. Kathy is particularly adept at working with teams in crisis, as well as with people from other cultures. Please reserve your seat for this session at or call ext. 4285.

Building Accountability and Deciding How to Decide
Tues August 7, 2012 | 2-4:00 PM | Room 207 Sneden Hall

This session defines ‘accountability’ and through exercises and discussion, helps participants understand the problems around lack of accountability, as well as ways they can improve upon their skills of holding others more accountable. The second part of the course covers the importance of deciding how a decision will be made within a group (Command, Consult, Vote, and Consensus).

Closing of Lyon St. Ramp for Cleaning

The Lyon Street Ramp – Student Section – will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, August 6 & 7 for cleaning.

People who park in the Staff Section should park AWAY from the cables in the middle due to the cleaning solution that might splash on vehicles if they are parked there.

The STAFF SECTION will be closed Wednesday and Thursday, August 8 & 9.  All Staff and tenants who park in that section should park in the Student Section.  Entrance is off of Bostwick Avenue.  The gates will be raised so there should be no problem with entering and exiting.

Should anyone have questions regarding this ramp closure, please call Connie Crumpton-Armijo at x4011.

Thank you for your cooperation.

GRCC in the News – 7/25/12

GRCC hopeful $4 million federal job training program leads to permanent jobs
Published: Tuesday, July 24, 2012, 12:22 PM | Grand Rapids Press | By Brian McVicar

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Administrators at Grand Rapids Community College are hopeful that a federally funded job training program which will wrap up this month will provide participants a lasting place in the workforce.  (M0re)

GRCC is Upgrading its Anti-virus Software

GRCC is replacing the current anti-virus/anti-malware software, Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP), with Microsoft System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection.

For the classrooms and labs around campus this upgrade will happen during the software refresh to prepare for the fall 2012 semester. Following this, Microsoft Endpoint Protection will be installed on the shared/adjunct workstations around campus and eventually will replace Symantec on every GRCC computer.

What this means to you…

This upgrade will improve the performance of computers by limiting the amount of system resources that the anti-virus software uses. This means that even though your computer is protected and being scanned for infections, you should no longer notice performance issues related to these scans. This upgrade also allows for enhanced reporting which will allow the IT team to respond to infections more quickly and effectively.


Install Microsoft Endpoint (SCCM) at any time from the Application Explorer folder on your computers desktop.

During this installation there will be no progress bar or any other windows displayed. You may receive alerts from the computers Action Center saying that your computer is unprotected. Ignore these warnings; they will go away once the installation is completed.


Upgrade to Microsoft Anti-Virus Software. If you need further assistance, experience any problems during the installation, or end up with both Symantec and Microsoft Endpoint Protection on your computer, please contact IT Customer Support at 234-4357 or email with details.

Learning Opportunity – Boundaries in the Workplace

Learning Opportunities from Staff Development:

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.

‘Boundaries in the Workplace’ is the last Summer Workshop to be presented by the Diversity Learning Center and will be facilitated by Tamber Bustance and Kathleen Owens. Please register online at or call Staff Development at ext. 4285.

Boundaries in the Workplace
Tues July 31, 2012 | 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM | 122 LRC

This learning session is built on participant discussion detailing and defining the role of supervisors of student employees. Supervisors may play many roles some of those roles may lead to conflict or complications. Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this session, learners will: understand the importance of boundary setting in the work place; recognize a new awareness of unintentional consequences to blurred boundaries; have an opportunity to discover how other supervisors handle awkward or upsetting situations/relationships with student employees; begin to develop strategies and create tools to address the value of clear protected boundaries.