SICE Students Participate In Gingerbread House Competition

Students in the CA 124 Retail Baking class team up to show off their gingerbread works at the Art Van Gingerbread House competition.  Art Van is sponsoring this competition by awarding the winning team a $3000 scholarship from the company.  GRCC’s Chef Rango coordinated this effort and is seen here coaching the students on how to safely transport their works of art to the other side of town.  Good luck everyone!

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SICE Collaborates With ICCF To Bring Guest Chef To GRCC

The Inner City Christian Federation (ICCF) announces a benefit event with Chef Jeff Henderson.  ICCF collaborated with Secchia Institute for Culinary Education program director Dan Gendler to enable Chef Henderson to speak and give a food demonstration to students.

Chef Jeff Henderson is an accomplished chef and successful businessman, an author, a sought-after inspirational speaker, a popular Food Network personality and talk show guest, an ex-offender who has turned his life around, and a rising star whose life will soon be chronicled in a movie produced by Will Smith.

The event will be held on Thursday, November 8, 2012.  Chef Hendersonwill meet students and offer a food demonstration at the GRCC culinary amphitheater from 12:00-2:00pm.  He’ll then be the featured guest at the ICCF benefit dinner event from  6:30-8:30pm.

To learn more about this event, Chef Henderson and the ICCF click here.

Photos: TRiO Student Support Services October Events

TRiO Student Support Services held a welcome back Halloween party for their students on Tuesday Oct 23, 2012, and a MICUP Poster Presentation the next day. Students who presented their posters on the 24th also presented them at the Summer 2012 MICUP Program (Michigan College/University partnership) at Michigan Technological University to exhibit their research posters.

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GRCC Participates in ETOM Conference

Several GRCC faculty, staff, and administrators attended the ETOM Fall Conference last Friday including; Eric Kunnen as acting ETOM Board President, Garry Brand who delivered the keynote address, Szymon Machajewski who presented, and participants Colette Smiley and Brent Spitler.

The title of Gary’s keynote was Don’t “Just Do It!”, #makeitcount Can Emerging Technologies Lead to Online Course Quality?  Szymon’s breakout session was called Open Educational Resources – You get what you pay for, or do you?

A recap of the event can also be found on the Distance Learning & Instructional Technologies blog.

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Learning Opportunity 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.


The ‘Institute for Healing Racism’ is a part of the Fall 2012 series being presented by the Diversity Learning Center and will be facilitated by Tamber Bustance and Kathleen Owens. Please register online at


Institute for Healing Racism

PART 1 of 2:

Thurs Nov 29, 2012

8:45 AM – 5:00 PM (Continental breakfast and lunch provided)

118 ATC

PART 2 of 2:

Fri Nov 30, 2012

9:00 AM – 3:30 PM (Continental breakfast & lunch provided)

118 ATC

THIS IS A TWO-PART COURSE:  The Institute for Healing Racism is a powerful and thought provoking venue that brings together diverse groups of people to explore and address issues of race and racism.  Participants have the opportunity to examine how the “dis-ease” of racism affects all people and develop skills to detect institutional racism in our daily environments (i.e. home, workplace, community, organization and business)

Learning Objectives:  Learners will:

  • gain factual information about the origins of race and racism
  • increase their critical thinking skills in regards to issues involving race and racism
  • expand their knowledge of the concept of institutionalized racism
  • brainstorm strategies on anti-racism

GRCC In The News 11-7-12

Supermarketsommelier: Good eating and drinking in Grand Rapids
The Voice, November 6, 2012
Grand Rapids International Wine and Food Festival – This preholiday food and wine expo is celebrating its 5th year and expects to host some 14,000 plus visitors throughout the weekend, making it the largest food and wine festivals in the Michigan and one of the premier wine and food festivals in the Midwest…Not only is the Grand Rapids International Wine and Food Festival a great opportunity to enjoy food, wine and handcrafted beers, it also provides a hands on experience for culinary and hospitality students from Secchia Institute of Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College, Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University and Baker College – Culinary Institute of Michigan who will work side-by-side with industry leaders for an unparalleled educational experience.

Baylor recruiting: Tight end happy to find home at Baylor
November 7, 2012 Waco Tribune
Gus Penning was as shocked as anybody when Grand Rapids Community College shut down its football program after 80 years.  Financial problems and a lack of junior colleges close enough to play in the Michigan area were major reasons for the decision in January. Penning and his former teammates had to scramble to find new places to play.