Winter 2013 ESL Classes

ESL Orientations in December 2012 will be held on the 6th, 7th and 8th.

Participant requirements for ESL Program:

  • 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.

Students who score 180 and below are at the Beginning ESL Literacy level and do not qualify to be enrolled in our program per state mandate. These students will be referred to the Literacy Center of West Michigan to receive the help they need.

Students who score 236 or higher are at the Adult Secondary level and do not qualify to be enrolled in our program per state mandate. These students will be referred to ESL classes on main campus, GED classes at the Learning Corner @ Wealthy, and/or to a GRCC Academic Advisor to assist them in their next educational step.

Please refer prospective ESL students to WestSide Learning Corner, 616-234-3172.

Policy Update: Utilizing FOIA to Request Information on Behalf of GRCC and Student Medical Withdrawal

Please review the following new GRCC Policies:

Utilizing the Freedom of Information Act to Request Information on Behalf of the College:

  • New Policy
  • Addresses situations when the FOIA is used by an individual in his/her capacity as an employee of GRCC to request information from other public institutions.
  • Designates the Office of the General Counsel as the single point of contact to send and receive FOIA requests on behalf of GRCC.

Student Medical Withdrawal:

  • New Policy
  • Provides notice to students regarding criteria for requesting medical withdrawal from classes
  • Provides guidance to administration regarding circumstances when medical withdrawals will be considered.
  • Provides consistent criteria for granting medical withdrawals to ensure integrity of academic transcripts.

November Mathematics Seminar: Paradoxes: What Are They and Why Are They Significant?

The GRCC Mathematics Department will host its third monthly Mathematics Seminar of the 2012-2013 academic year on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, from 3:00 – 4:00 PM in room 109 Cook.  Our speaker will be Patrick Campbell, former GRCC mathematics student and current GRCC mathematics tutor. Patrick will be speaking about paradoxes.

Paradoxes are apparent in everyday life, but there are significant differences between occurrences that appear to be paradoxical and mathematical or logical constructs that are truly paradoxical.  This is a talk that will encourage participants to think beyond the ordinary.  No specific higher-level mathematics skills are necessary to understand the ideas in this talk.  Those with interests in philosophy and/or logical puzzles may find added value in this seminar.  Of  course, as always, everyone is welcome.  Pop and cookies will be served at 2:45 PM.

Paradoxes: What Are They and Why Are They Significant?

Consider the following statement: “This sentence is false.”  Well then, if the statement is true, it must be false; and if the statement is false, then it must be true.  What is going on here?  The statement above is a version of the “Liar” or “Epimenides Paradox”, named after the ancient Greek Epimenides of Crete, who is believed to have once stated that all Cretans are liars.  As interesting and puzzling as paradoxes of this sort may be, even more fascinating things arise when we investigate the paradoxes of mathematics and logic.  In this seminar, we will look at some paradoxes relevant to mathematics and logic, attempt to understand what it is that creates such bizarre results, and discuss why paradoxes are significant mathematically, historically, and philosophically.