Students, staff, faculty give middle schoolers a day of science

Academic Service Learning students hosted fifth- and sixth-graders from Godwin Heights Middle School for a day of science projects.

You might have heard the noise on the fourth and fifth floors of the Science Building on November 16, 2012, as 300 fifth- and sixth-graders from Godwin Heights Middle School came to work on science projects.

Almost 40 Academic Service Learning students, in classes taught by Linda Bramble, Tom Neils, Leigh Kleinert and Jennifer Batten, helped the middle schoolers with their inquiry-based science projects and took them on tours.  The kids went on a scavenger hunt, looking for items like periodic tables, skeletons, rotovaps and carnivorous plants, and worked on projects called Clearing a Path to the Heart, Protect the Pill, Funny Putty and The Dirty Water Project.

The event was sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences and the Physical Science Department and was a collaboration with the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Many GRCC staff and faculty worked together to make the day a success. Leigh Kleinert, Pam Scott, Tom Neils, Anesa Behrem, Leah VanHartesveldt, Jennifer Batten and Linda Bramble welcomed the students and their teachers. They also stocked and restocked supplies, supplied food, recruited ASL students, set up and cleaned up.  Jeff Stone, Holly Hoare, Grant Heidenreich, Pam Laureto and Matt Douglas helped with the tours.

Ancient grains, beer featured on ‘Cooking with Angus Live’

You can learn something and eat something when you’re part of the studio audience for “Cooking with Angus Live.” Join chef Angus Campbell for a taping of the show, and be prepared afterward to sample a selection of the shows’ featured items served with a suitable beverage.

Here’s what’s on the show’s menu for the upcoming months:

  • “Ancient Grains Rediscovered” on December 5, 2012, will explore the unknown! Ancient grains are versatile, healthy, stylish and have complex and earthy flavors. Demystify grains as they are incorporated into sophisticated dishes as the perfect accompaniment. To sign up, at a cost of $75, click here.
  • “Beer and Cheese Tasting” on January 24, 2013,  will make cheese and beer pairings easy. This class will highlight local, artisan cheeses used in a variety of ways and then pair them with some of Michigan’s best and tastiest micro brews. Who needs wine when you can have beer? To sign up, at a cost of $75, click here.

All workshops are held 6-8:30 p.m. in the Pietro and Regina Amphitheater, located in Room 130 of the Applied Technology Center.

Information sessions offered for Medical Assistant program

Free information sessions are scheduled in December 2012 for the Medical Assistant program.

Classes start January 21, 2013, for the program, which prepares students to perform administrative and clinical tasks that keep health practitioner offices and clinics running smoothly. The course combines lectures, group activities, simulations and an externship experience. It prepares students to take the Medical Assistant national certification exam through American Medical Technologies.

Information sessions are scheduled for:

  • 5-6 p.m. December 5 in room 108 at Patrick A. Thompson M-TEC.
  • noon to 1 p.m. Dec. 10 at Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC.
  • 5-6 p.m. Jan. 7 in room 108 at Patrick A. Thompson M-TEC.
  • 4-5 p.m. Jan. 16 at Leslie E. Tassell M-TECH.

For more information, click here.


Workforce Training’s Advanced Manufacturing Series starts December 11

Workforce Training has developed the Advanced Manufacturing Series, short workshops focused on adding to manufacturing knowledge and skills. The series is designed for anyone new to manufacturing who wants to increase his or her knowledge of production process tools, including those in entry-level, operator, supervisor, inspector, lead and support positions. The courses, which start December 11, 2012, were designed with feedback from area businesses.

The series modules are:

  • Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancy — Shop Floor Basics I
  • Lean Manufacturing — Finding and Eliminating Wastes
  • Manufacturing Technology, Processes and Practices
  • Measuring and Gaging
  • Print Reading I
  • Print Reading II

To register, click here.

Center for Teaching Excellence sessions cover Blackboard rubrics, Web accessibility

Upcoming professional development opportunities from the Center for Teaching Excellence:

“Making Your Instructional Materials Web Accessible” is a webinar that introduces the principles of Web accessibility and offers techniques that educators can use to create accessible instructional materials. It’s being offered from 3-4 p.m. November 28, 2012, in room 316 of the Main Building. Areas covered include the materials commonly uploaded into the college’s learning management systems — Word, PDF and PowerPoint files. Longevity Training Credit is available where applicable.  To register, click here.

Blackboard Interactive Rubrics has been scheduled for 9-10:30 a.m. November 30 in room 351 of the Main Building. Blackboard interactive rubrics are grading forms that are fully integrated into the course management system that may be used to grade discussion forums, wikis, blogs, assignments and essay-formatted test questions, as well as consistently and fairly assess student work. Learn to create an interactive rubric in Blackboard; import an interactive rubric into a course; associate a rubric to a discussion forum, wiki, blog, assignment, test question or grade book column; grade using an interactive rubric; identify training and support resources. Longevity Training Credit is available where applicable. To register, click here.