Academic Support Center Trains Tutors for the Fall 2012 Semester (Photos)

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The Academic Support Center trained an enthusiastic body of 110 student and professional tutors last week Tuesday and Wednesday. During the 2011-2012 academic year, ASC provided for 180,000 student visits across the disciplines. We work hard to prepare our tutors for working with students who have diverse skill levels and needs.

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ASC is continuing its rigorous tutor training which has certified the program with the College Reading and Learning Association. At the end of the Wednesday training session, 56 tutors were award a certificate for completing the Level 1 CRLA International Tutor Certification.

This semester, the eight-hour training included presentations by fellow GRCC colleagues about working with different personality types (Mary Beth Beighly), library online resources and specialty databases (Nan Schichtel, Peter Lewandoski, and Miriam Thompson), and the CRLA tutoring certification.

Lunch and Learn Opportunities from Staff Development – 9/25/12-4/4/12

Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of, and making choices toward a more holistic existence. Wellness is not something that happens to people, wellness is a state of being. Here at Grand Rapids Community College we have a number of ways for you to “plug-in” to wellness. You don’t need to be a marathon runner or meditate for hours each day, but what’s your next step to becoming a healthier person for yourself, your family, you students and our community?

One way to “plug-in” to wellness, is by joining us for the viewing of four “Lunch & Learn” movies. These events are created to inform and educate in a relaxed format. A healthy lunch may be purchased for $5.00 at this event. When signing up please indicate if you would like a lunch to eat while viewing the movie.

Please register online at or call Staff Development at extension 4285.

Lunch & Learn – Food, Inc.
Tue Sept. 25, 2012 | 11:30AM-1:30 PM | 348 CSC

Educational Movie – Participants will learn about the state of our food ‘system’ in the United States, learn about the issues surrounding the food and how to make healthier choices in their food purchasing. Continue reading

GRCC in the News – 8/28/12

With fall classes underway, enrollment down less than one percent at GRCC
Published: Monday, August 27, 2012, 5:37 PM | Grand Rapids Press | By Brian McVicar

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Fall classes kicked-off at Grand Rapids Community College today, with enrollment totaling 17,358 students, a slight decrease from last year, administrators said.  (More)

Proposed pension changes would save GRCC $1.3 million
Published: Monday, August 27, 2012, 4:42 PM | Grand Rapids Press | By Brian McVicar

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Proposed changes to Michigan’s school employee retirement benefit system will save Grand Rapids Community College approximately $1.3 million this year, administrators said.  (More)

Next GED Prep Class Orientation and Testing Tuesday 9/4/12

First Session:  Registration for Orientation at 3:45 PM, Orientation/Testing starts promptly at 4:00 PM.

Second Session: Registration for Orientation at 4:45 PM, Orientation/Testing starts promptly at 5:00 PM.

Third Session: Registration for Orientation at 5:45 PM, Orientation/Testing starts promptly at 6:00 PM.

For more information, please contact 616-234-3040.

Students are accepted in the program who meet the following criteria:

  • All participants must attend orientation and take assessments.
  • All participants must assess at a 9th grade reading level or higher.
  • All participants must have a Michigan issued ID or Driver’s License.
  • All participants must pay $25, non-refundable, registration fee.