Academic Support Options for Students at GRCC (Video)

GRCC offers a wide variety of academic support opportunities for students to help them overcome the challenges of college-level coursework.  The Media Technologies department recently produce several informational videos highlighting our outstanding Tutorial Labs and support staff:

Calculus and Physical Science Tutorial Lab

Health Sciences Resource and Tutorial Lab

Math Tutorial Lab

GRCC Library & Learning Commons

Leadership Applications due 10/19/2012

Whether you are a entering a new leadership role, or aspiring to become a leader one day, this Institute is designed for you. This Institute focuses on leadership development as well as addressing the unique challenges of a community of higher education. Our facilitators include both internal and external experts in the field, including Varnum Consulting and Executive Excellence. For more information and application material, please see


Two GRCC Music Department Faculty Members Performing for ArtPrize

Adjunct music department instructors Lisa Kacos and Nick Hosford are performing with their band The Outer Vibe twice this week as part of ArtPrize. Both concerts are located downtown, free, and open to the public:

  • Wednesday, September 19 at Rosa Parks Circle, 11:15 A.M. until 12:45 P.M. – WOOD TV8’s eightWest show is broadcasting live from ArtPrize. If it rains, WOOD TV8 will make the cancellation call.
  • Friday, September 21 at St. Cecilia Music Center, 8:00 P.M. A wonderful variety of musical talent found in Grand Rapids! Click this link for a complete schedule of SCMC ArtPrize performances throughout the weekend. (More info)

In addition to hosting the live performances, St. Cecilia is featuring all this year’s music entries at listening stations, which can be found in the lower level of SCMC (24 Ransom NE, Grand Rapids MI 49503).

GRCC in the News – 9/17/12

GRCC students get free admission to several local museums
Published: Sunday, September 16, 2012, 10:20 PM | Grand Rapids Press | By Brian McVicar

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Students at Grand Rapids Community College now have free access to five local museums. The deal, initiated by GRCC’s student life and campus activities department, grants students and college employees admission to the Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Gerald R. Ford Museum and Grand Rapids Children’s Museum.  (More)

Davenport University named military friendly school
Published: Sunday, September 16, 2012, 4:06 PM | Grand Rapids Press | By Brian McVicar

CALEDONIA TOWNSHIP, MI — Davenport University has been named a military friendly school for the third year in a row by the website G.I. Jobs. […] A number of institutions throughout West Michigan also made the list, including Grand Valley State University, Cornerstone University, Ferris State University and Grand Rapids Community College.  (More)

GRCC looks to public to help design 100th anniversary logo
Published: Friday, September 14, 2012, 8:05 PM | Grand Rapids Press | By Brian McVicar

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Community College’s 100th birthday is still a few years away, but administrators are already trying to get the public in on the festivities.  (More)

GRCC Diversity Lecture Series 2012-2013

GRCC’s Diversity Lecture Series for 2012-2013 has announced its roster of amazing speakers:

Jeff ChangJEFF CHANG – Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Author, Historian, Music Critic
Who We Be: The Colorization of America

Jeff Chang is a radical historian with both street cred and academic chops, Chang addresses multiculturalism, race relations, student activism, political engagement, the state of the arts, and the politics of abandonment. His book, Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation is only ostensibly about hip-hop; it’s really a cultural history.

In his follow-up, Who We Be, he traces the rise of multiculturalism—its roots, its triumphs, its commercialization—to tell a new, vibrant, and necessary people’s history. Jeff Chang is the Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University.

Kambri CrewsKAMBRI CREWS – Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Author, Comedic Storyteller, Producer
Burn Down the Ground

Kambri Crews once lived with her deaf parents in a tin shed in Montgomery, Texas. She now runs her own PR and production company in New York City and is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, Burn Down the Ground, her story of overcoming poverty, violence and near-crippling adversity.

Crews uses comedic storytelling with brutal honesty and fearless humor and inspires with her motto and guiding philosophy, “Life’s Tough, Laugh More.” She is a co-producer of the ECNY Awards and has produced dozens of shows featuring comedians and writers from The Onion, The Daily Show to Saturday Night Live.

Douglas RushkoffDOUGLAS RUSHKOFF – Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Author, Media Theorist, Lecturer
Digital Nation

Douglas Rushkoff, Ph.D. is a graphic novelist and globally recognized media and technology theorist specializing in new media and internet culture. He originated several ideas ranging from “viral media” to “social currency” with insight on how interactive communications affect our society as we create, share, and influence each other’s values.

Rushkoff is a CNN commentator, author of 12 books, including the Gen-X Reader, Screenagers, Life Inc.: How Corporatism Conquered the World, and How We Can Take It Back. He is best known for his association with the early cyberpunk culture, and his advocacy of open source solutions to social problems.

LZ GrandersonLZ GRANDERSON – Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Journalist, Commentator, Sports Writer
Dare You to Move

LZ Granderson writes a weekly column for, and is a senior writer and columnist for ESPN The Magazine and He is a contributor to ESPN’s Sports Center, Outside the Lines and First Take. This former Detroit gang member rose to be selected a Hechinger Fellow at Columbia University.

LZ’s commentary, reaches well beyond the world of athletics tackling subjects such as use of the N-word in the black community, the presence of gays in the locker room, and the truths and lies of reverse racism. Prior to joining ESPN, Mr. Granderson was a sports columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Grand Rapids Press.

Susan CainSUSAN CAIN – Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Author, Lecturer
Quiet, The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

Susan Cain is a former corporate lawyer and negotiations consultant—and a self-described introvert. Her book has sparked a genuine national conversation about introverts. Although our culture undervalues them dramatically, introverts have made some of the great contributions to society—from Chopin’s nocturnes to the invention of the personal computer to Gandhi’s transformative leadership. Based on intensive research in psychology and neurobiology, Cain argues that we design our schools, workplaces, and religious institutions for extroverts, and that this bias creates a waste of talent, energy, and happiness.

For more information, please call (616) 234-3390

  • All lectures begin at 7:00 p.m. at Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Free and open to all
  • On-campus parking $3.00 (with discount pass)
  • ASL interpreted
  • Book signing follows authors’ lectures

Change of Dates for September English as a Second Language (ESL) Orientation Sessions

The next ESL Orientation for Monday-Thursday classes are Monday, September 17, 2012

Appraisal: Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Pre-Tests: Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Registration: Thursday, September 20, 2012
Please call 616-234-3172 to set-up a time.

The first day of classes for ESL 4 (Advanced Level): Monday, September 24, 2012
The first day of classes for ESL 1, 2, 3 and ESL Pre-GED: Monday, October 9, 2012

Next ESL Orientation and Appraisal for Saturday ESL 4 (Advanced Level): Saturday, September 22, 2012
Pre-Tests and Registration: Saturday, September 29, 2012
Please call 616-234-3172 to set-up a time.

First day of class for ESL 4 (Advanced Level): Saturday, October 6, 2012

Participant requirements for ESL Program:

  • Must be 20 years of age or older
  • Must attend an orientation and appraisal
  • Must take pre-tests
  • Must score 181 – 235 in the CASAS Pre-test to be eligible in our program per state requirements.
  • Must have a Michigan issued ID or Passport
  • Must pay $25, non-refundable, registration fee.

Reminder – Constitution Day Celebration Tomorrow (9/18/12)

Celebrate Constitution Day with us on Tuesday, September 18 from 4:00-6:00 pm in the ATC Auditorium!  Please encourage your students to attend as well.  The event will feature GRCC Political Scientists in a panel discussion.  Additionally, students will have the opportunity to register to vote and attendees will receive a FREE pocket constitution!  (And really, shouldn’t we all have one of those!?)