The Quiet Cafe offers drinks, snacks, pastries

The Quiet Cafe will be open for drinks, snacks and pastries from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on January 3 and 4, 2013. It opens with its full menu from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. January 7 through 10.

The Sneden Cafe will also be open from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. January 7 through 10. All Campus Dining locations will resume normal business hours on Monday, January 14.

GRCC In the News, 1-2-13

5 Grand Rapids education stories to remember from 2012

December 31, 2012; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — As 2012 comes to a close, we reflect on bold steps to fix what’s ailing Grand Rapids schools, the technology innovation reshaping public schools, the growing number of homeless students, the increased sticker shock of higher education, and how a failed tax request added to that burden at Grand Rapids Community College.

5 Grand Rapids education headlines we expect to read in 2013

December 31, 2012; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — With the passage of Grand Rapids Public Schools’ transformation plan and college costs continuing to rise, there was no shortage of education news this year.

But with 2012 winding down, we got to thinking: What education stories are we likely to see in 2013? MLive reporters Monica Scott and Brian McVicar offer their thoughts on what developments we’ll see in K-12 and higher education throughout West Michigan.

SSPD Grants: January Funding Opportunity

The deadline for the submission of grant applications for the Support Staff Professional Development (SSPD) program is 4:30 p.m., January 18, 2013. The SSPD application packet and SSPD Guidelines are available in the GRCC Internal Grants area of the Grants Office website at Please note that applications must include a Supervisor’s Approval form, a budget form and budget documentation. If you have any questions about SSPD grants, please contact Lisa Dopke, Grants Coordinator at 234-3340 or

Learning opportunities from Staff Development for January 2013

Staff Development has been working diligently to put together our schedule of course offerings for the 2013 winter semester. Once again, we are collaborating with GVSU and the Woodrick Diversity Learning Center to bring you timely and meaningful professional development opportunities. We have also invited a number of facilitators from the community back to present sessions in the area of their expertise. You may review all winter semester offerings and register by clicking here.

 Survey Do’s and Don’ts

Tue, Jan 8, 2013

10-11:00 AM

141 ATC

This course will enable people to create quality survey questions with confidence and ease. Facilitated by Denyse Bening.


Conquer Information Overload

Thu, Jan 10, 2013

10-11:30 AM

141 ATC

Email, internet, voicemail, snail mail, and the countless other sources of information in the work environment can lead to overload. Learning to set priorities, create structure, and more fully exploit the features of technology can help you conquer information overload. Facilitated by Kathy Pyatt.


Social Media for the Advanced User

Tue, Jan 15, 2013


Room 2263, Russel H. Kirkhof Center, GVSU Allendale Campus of GVSU

THIS LEARNING OPPORTUNITY IS A COLLABORATION BETWEEN GRCC AND GVSU: Leah Twiley and Nate Hoekstra from the GVSU web team will review the latest social media guidelines and talk about the best practices for when, what and how to post updates to your social media accounts. They will also review the web team’s role with social media at the university and cover the following: Facebook: Advertising; Pages, Administrators, Insights and Settings; Wall Management; Profile Management; Tagging individuals & organizations in posts. Twitter: When to @reply, @mention and direct message; Hash tags; Related services & tools; Profile management; Twitter photos & geotagging.


Brown Bag Lunch – Except for Six

Wed, Jan 16, 2013

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

120 ATC

Part of the ‘Successful Aging’ video series presented by the GRCC Older Learner Center. This documentary is intended for the children and caregivers of aging parents and family members. The documentary was made in 2007 by dedicated hospice volunteers who wanted a better way to discuss end-of-life care. The film is an effort to change how we view the end-of-life. Michigan documentarian Matt Burnell directed the film which tells the stories of three individuals and their families facing challenges at the end of life. The film captures the poignancy of the end-of-life experience and dignity of these unique individuals. Award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns has said of the film, “This is a heart-felt and important film that takes a subject that most of us would rather ignore and humanizes it. From the dedicated doctors and caregivers to the heroic patients, this is the story of what will happen to all of us.” Facilitated by Mike Faber.


What Daddies Do Best

Thu, Jan 17, 2013

12-1:00 PM

Room 2264, Russel H. Kirkhof Center, GVSU Allendale Campus

THIS LEARNING OPPORTUNITY IS A COLLABORATION BETWEEN GRCC AND GVSU: “Parents are often so busy with the physical rearing of children that they miss the glory of parenthood, just as the grandeur of the trees is lost when raking leaves.” Marcelene Cox.  Take a moment to meet with other GVSU and GRCC dads to talk about fatherhood and the challenges that parents face. Join us for a lively, engaging discussion and lunch twice a semester, to hear how other fathers are coping with parenthood; their greatest fears, and their greatest joys ~ their children! This group is for fathers with children of all ages.


Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Group

Thu, Jan 17, 2013

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

GVSU Location TBD

THIS LEARNING OPPORTUNITY IS A COLLABORATION BETWEEN GRCC AND GVSU: Whether you are caring for an aging loved one who can no longer live without your help or for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, GVSU recognizes the challenges that you are facing. Being a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or someone who is unable to live independently, is known for placing a great burden on the caregiver. The pressures can be wide-ranging, and touch the social, psychological, physical and economic facets of the caregiver’s life. Get the support that you need by attending the GVSU Caregiver and Alzheimer’s Support Group. The group is facilitated by Cindy Beel-Bates, associate professor of nursing, and Sue Sloop, Work Life Connections consultant. Join us – You don’t have to go it alone!


Motivating Others

Tue, Jan 22, 2013

1-3:00 PM

103 Sneden

Participants will learn how to empower and engage others in order to reach shared goals. Specific tactics for setting goals, promoting expectations of success, reinforcing valued behaviors, and building trust and cooperation are explored. Styles of motivation are also discussed. Facilitated by Kathy Pyatt.


Writing for an Audience: Developing the ‘You” Attitude

Wed, Jan 23, 2013

9-11:00 AM

Room 2270 Russel H. Kirkhof Center, GVSU Allendale Campus

THIS LEARNING OPPORTUNITY IS A COLLABORATION BETWEEN GRCC AND GVSU:   Complete title: “Writing for an Audience: Developing the ‘You’ Attitude.” This workshop will teach you strategies for writing from a reader-centered perspective and for composing documents that meet the needs of an audience in the workplace. Specifically, you will learn to: Identify the needs and expectations of your readers; Develop stylistic techniques for emphasizing what your readers want or need to know; Craft and revise correspondence documents (memos, e-mails, letters) that “talk” to the readers. This session to be presented by Laurence Jose and Amorak Huey, Assistant Professors of Writing at GVSU.


Institute for Healing Racism


Thu, Jan 24, 2013

8:45 AM – 5:00 PM

118 ATC


Fri, Jan 25, 2013

9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

118 ATC

THIS IS A TWO-DAY COURSE: PART 1 WILL BE PRESENTED THURSDAY FROM 8:45 AM – 5:00 PM AND PART 2 WILL BE PRESENTED FRIDAY FROM 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM. 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). Presented by Tamber Bustance of the Woodrick Diversity Learning Center.


Cancer Warriors Network

Mon, Jan 28, 2013

4-6:00 PM

Room 2270, Russel H. Kirkhof Center, GVSU Allendale Campus

THIS LEARNING OPPORTUNITY IS A COLLABORATION BETWEEN GRCC AND GVSU: Nearly 14 million cancer survivors are celebrating birthdays this year. The statistic illustrates that growing numbers of people are surviving cancer. However, a cancer diagnosis is frightening and affects not only the person diagnosed with cancer, but caregivers and loved ones. If you’re facing a cancer diagnosis, have a loved one battling cancer, or you are through with treatment and on the road to recovery; connecting with others who have traveled this journey can be a source of comfort and hope. Join us on January 28th for the first meeting of the Cancer Warriors Network. This initial network meeting is an opportunity to bring together GVSU and GRCC families and friends, who have been impacted by cancer to gain information and support through speakers and cancer resources available on the site. Light refreshments will be served.

Lifestyle Productivity

Mon, Jan 28, 2013

1:30-4:30 PM

Room 340, Bike Factory, GVSU Allendale Campus

THIS LEARNING OPPORTUNITY IS A COLLABORATION BETWEEN GRCC AND GVSU: The goal of this seminar is to teach you how to increase your productivity at work and at home. You will learn simple techniques to help you identify your core values and goals. This will enable you to take control and get order in your life by learning to prioritize and be more organized. The result will be reduced stress and frustration and an increased sense of accomplishment. Workshop presented by Michael Walenta, General Manager, WGVU.




Seats available for April 2013 sessions of RJG Master Molder I course

The January session of the RJG Master Molder I Certification course is full, so enroll now for the April 2013 session.

The Master Molder Certification Series is designed for the process technician, engineer or manager who needs to understand and demonstrate injection-molding skills at the machine. Anyone responsible for implementing a processing strategy in his or her plant or anyone held accountable for quality control issues is a prime candidate for this 80 hours of training. Troy Walwood, an RJG Certified Master Molder, will lead the spring session, which starts April 3.

For more information, click here.


Use caution on sidewalks, driveways near College Park Plaza

With the arrival of ice and snow, please use caution when walking on sidewalks and driveways near construction work on College Park Plaza. The parking spaces and left turn lane on the south side of Lyon Street will continue to be occupied by trash bins and fencing over the next several weeks.

Installation of the building’s new HVAC equipment and systems is scheduled to start on January 7, 2013.

What’s going on inside the building:

  • Concrete footings for the new pump room located in the lower ramp have been placed.
  • The temporary enclosure for the southeast corner of the roof is complete.
  • Installation of the HW boiler piping has started on the sixth floor.
  • The HW boiler piping has been demolished.
  • Electrical Demolition continues in the ramp-level mechanical room and throughout the fifth and sixth floors.


Classes start February 4, 2013, for Medical Assistant program

Grand Rapids Community College’s Medical Assistant program will prepare you to perform administrative and clinical tasks to keep health practitioner offices and clinics running smoothly.

The course combines classroom lecture, group activity, simulation learning and a competency-based externship experience. You will be prepared to take the medical assistant national certification exam through American Medical Technologists.

Information sessions are scheduled for:

  • 5-6 p.m. January 7, 2013, in room 108 of Thompson M-TEC on the Holland campus.
  • 4-5 p.m. January 16, in room in Tassell M-TEC.

Classes start February 4.

To register, click here.