Tickets on sale for Employee Holiday Breakfast

Tickets are on sale now through December 10, 2012, for the annual Employee Holiday Breakfast. The event runs 7:30-9 a.m. Friday, December 14, inside the Ford Fieldhouse.

The tickets, which are $3 each, are available from:

  • Amy Kirkbride, on the fourth floor of Cook.
  • Tracy Payne, in Sneden.
  • Penni Weninger, on the third floor of Main.
  • Jennifer Kelly, on the first floor of the Administration Building.
  • Kristen Seevers, at Tassell M-TEC.
  • Janis Qualls, on the third floor of Science.
  • Carol Kramer, at the Lyon Ramp/Facilities office.
  • Nanci Guigue, at 161 ATC.
  • Kathy Kolehouse, in the Music Building.


Workforce Training offers two courses for communication, wind tower industries

Workforce Training is offering two courses at the Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC facility that can lead to safety certifications required in the communication and wind tower industries:

The two-day Competent Climber and Tower Rescue course teaches students the proper procedures to safely climb and work at heights as well as a variety of rescues procedures. Upon successful completion of the classes, students will receive certification recognized by leading wind turbine manufactures, wind farm owners, and wind energy organizations. The program runs 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. January 21 and 22, 2013. Students may opt for a third day of advanced training for hub specialty rescue, which would immediately follow the two-day course. The registration fee is $895; for details about the class, click here.

The three-day Tower Climber Fall Protection Training Standard course is designed for tower erectors, maintenance and service companies. Students will receive instruction in the operation of several forms of rescue devices, fall arrest systems and rescue procedures. Successful students receive Authorized Climber, Competent Climber and Competent Rescuer certifications. The course, which includes both classroom and hands-on instruction, is pass/fail only and Competent Climber and Rescuer certifications are given only following 90 documented climbing days. It runs 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. December 17 through 19, 2012, and has a $1,195 registration fee. For details, click here.



Citizenship classes available at West Side Learning Center

A six-week course of citizenship classes starts February 2, 2013, at the West Side Learning Center. To be eligible for the program, sponsored by WORD ESL and GRCC, prospective students must have had their permanent residence card (“green card”) for five years and be able to speak, read and write English at Advanced ESL Level 3 (220 or higher in CASA testing).

The classes take place Saturday mornings, and a $25 deposit is required. For details, contact Lorena Aguayo-Marquez at 234-3172 or Sister Carmen Rostar at 454-4874.

Performances of ‘Next to Normal’ start November 29

A Pulitzer Prize-winning musical gets its West Michigan premiere with Actors’ Theatre Grand Rapids on November 29, 2012.

Next to Normal, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and original music by Tom Kitt, tells the story of suburban mom Diana, who struggles to battle her mental demons, brought about, in part, by bipolar disorder. Her husband, Dan, fights to keep both her mind and his family stable, even as Diana decides to suddenly go “off meds.” Their 16-year-old daughter Natalie, on the other hand, can’t seem to escape the shadow of her mysterious 18-year-old brother – who has a shocking surprise of his own.

Actors’ Theatre founder Fred Sebulske, recipient of the Norma Brink Lifetime Achievement award for Grand Rapids theatre, directs the production. Scott Patrick Bell will provide musical direction with choreography by Jolene Frankey.

The cast features Kelly Carey as Diana, Larry Young as Dan, Maggie Nye as Natalie, Jared Graybiel as Dr. Madden, Kyle Los and Duncan McCargar.

Next to Normal will be presented at 8 p.m. on three consecutive weekends, beginning November 29, at GRCC Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain St. NE. Proceeds from a special matinee performance at 2 p.m. December 9 will go to the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan.

Ticket prices begin at $24 for adults and $20 for students or seniors. Students with valid ID are eligible for $10 RUSH seating, based on availability, beginning one hour before the performance. Groups of 10 or more are also eligible for discounts.  Tickets may be purchased online or by contacting the theater’s business office at (616) 234-3968.

Staff Development welcomes Jennifer Kelly

Jennifer Kelly

Education Support Professionals would like to welcome Jennifer Kelly!

Jen started working at GRCC  in August 2008 as a contingency employee in Human Resources. She also had short assignments in Admissions and the Enrollment Center before her most recent placement in Staff Development, where she has been since March 2012.

A graduate of Saginaw Valley State University with a bachelor’s degree of business administration in management, Jen’s first career before starting a family was in real estate title insurance and escrow.  She held positions from a residential and commercial escrow officer all the way up to a general manager of three escrow offices here in Grand Rapids.

Jen plans on starting work on a master’s degree in educational leadership or human resources next year, which will allow her to pursue a “second career” here at GRCC.  She and her husband, Richard, have two daughters.