Coming up in the Center for Teaching Excellence – 9/5/12-11/16/12 – Corrected

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Blackboard Grade Center TOMORROW
Wed, 9/5/12 03:30PM-04:30PM 351 Main

The Grade Center supports custom grading scales, grade weighting, item analysis, and multiple gradebook views. Learn to record and store student performance results.

As an alternative, this course is always available online – open entry, open exit

Advanced Blackboard
Fri, 9/7/12 01:30PM-03:00PM 351 Main

Learn new and advanced features and functionalities in the latest version of Blackboard. This session is designed for advanced Blackboard users and those already familiar with the basics of Blackboard.

Introduction to MyDegreeworks
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Mon, 9/10/12 03:00PM-04:00PM 351 Main
Fri, 9/14/12 01:00PM-02:00PM 351 Main
Mon, 9/17/12 09:30AM-10:30AM 351 Main
Th, 9/20/12 10:00AM-11:00AM 351 Main
Th, 9/20/12 03:30PM-04:30PM 351 Main

MyDegreePath is a web-based student degree audit program designed to help students track their degree progress, identify classes for registration and to build a semester by semester plan to graduation. Learn how to read a MyDegreePath audit, use it as an advising tool, utilize notes, assist students in planning and running a “what if” audit. Note: This semester, this training is limited to full-time GRCC faculty since they will be the first to use the program. Continue reading

SSPD Grants: September Funding Opportunity

The deadline for the submission of grant applications for the Support Staff Professional Development (SSPD) program is 4:30 p.m., September 21, 2012. The SSPD application packet and SSPD Guidelines are available in the GRCC Internal Grants area of the Grants Office website at

Please note that applications must include a Supervisor’s Approval form, a budget form and budget documentation. If you have any questions about SSPD grants, please contact Lisa Dopke, Grants Coordinator at 234-3340 or Good luck!

Emergency Communication Tests Planned

Campus-wide emergency communication drills are planned for Wednesday and Thursday, September 5 & 6.  We will be conducting drills of the entire communication system:

  • Emergency Phone Alert System
  • Outdoor pedestals and PA systems
  • All forms of electronic communication (email, web, text message)
  • Text to Voice auto calls
  • Social media

Following the drills, we will be asking employees and students to provide feedback via a web survey.  I

GRCC in the News – 9/4/12

All 50 spots in Wyoming’s middle college program with GRCC filled as school year approaches
Published: Friday, August 31, 2012, 4:54 PM | Grand Rapids Press | By Brian McVicar

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Wyoming Public Schools has filled all 50 seats in a program that will see students work toward an associate’s degree while earning their high school diploma. The program, which is being launched Sept. 4 and is known as Wyoming Middle College, will see sophomores from the district dual-enroll at Grand Rapids Community College while completing their high school education.  (More)

GRCC student athletes must earn degree before playing sports at four-year colleges
Published: Friday, August 31, 2012, 12:36 PM | Grand Rapids Press | By Brian McVicar

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Student athletes at Grand Rapids Community College are now required to earn an associate’s degree before transferring to a four-year college to continue their athletic career.  (More)

Report: Online tool lets students compare college textbook prices
Published: Friday, August 31, 2012, 2:48 PM | Grand Rapids Press | By Brian McVicar

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Shopping for textbooks just got a bit easier for some college students. A new online tool, created by a Sacramento-based group that advocates for affordable textbooks, allows users to quickly see how the price of renting or buying books differs at various retailers. […] In this 2003 photo, Jenny Richards, left, of Allendale, and her mother Laurie Richards, center, are surrounded by stacks of books as they shop for Jenny’s class books at the university’s book store.  (More)