Employee wellness exercise classes start January 14, 2013

New sessions of employee wellness exercise classes — including yoga, tae kwon do and Core Barre — kick off January 14, 2013.

The first session of classes runs January 14 through March 8, with a second session running March 11 through May 3. For more information or to sign up, click here.

Here’s the schedule:


Yoga/Pilates/Core Fusion, 12:15-1 p.m. at 202 Tassell M-TEC. Instructor: Jami Kok.

This class provides the student with a yoga mat challenge that will focus on strengthening and conditioning the core muscles and getting sufficiently warmed up and centered. Students will also experience a flowing yoga series which will encourage gentle yet deep stretching and control. Modifications, Pilates principles and inward focus will help each individual get the most out of this class. All levels welcome. Bring a yoga mat please.


30/15/15, 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Fieldhouse balcony. Instructor: Cheryl Floyd.

Maximize your workout with 30 minutes of cardio, 15 minutes of strength and 15 minutes of core/flexibility for a very efficient and total body workout. All levels welcome. Bring a yoga mat, water and hand weights (optional).


Tae Kwon Do, 5:30-6:15 p.m. in the Fieldhouse balcony. Instructor: Paul Herdegen.

The class will focus on the basics of kicking, punching, blocking and forms. All levels are welcome as the instructor will work with you to succeed. Tae kwon do helps with balance, coordination, confidence and concentration, and is a great workout. You only need yourself and comfortable clothing. All levels welcome.


Bootcamp, 6:30-7:15 a.m. in the Fieldhouse cardio room. Instructor: Cheryl Floyd.

Challenge yourself to a high-intensity workout that changes from week to week. Bootcamp is a workout class designed to offer high-intensity training, total body conditioning, core training and increase stamina and overall health in a nontraditional format indoors and out. All levels welcome.

Core Barre, 12:15-1 p.m. in 211 Spectrum Theater. Instructor: Jola Lanier.

This Core Barre-inspired class will sculpt, strengthen and elongate all of your major muscle groups. All levels welcome — no dance experience necessary. All levels welcome.

In addition to the classes listed above, Blandford Nature Center will be the site of an additional session, running from April 18 to May 23. This class will use natural spaces to empower people to get healthy and active. This class will be walking/jogging/hiking on trails. The 90-minute low- to moderate-intensity class will use the trails for walking, jogging and hiking. The cost for this six-week class is $60 per person. Email Julie Otte at jlenger@grcc.edu to sign up for it.



Volunteers needed for Student Information Stations

It’s that time of year again, and we are looking for volunteers to help staff the Student Information Stations. This year the stations will be held 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. January 14 through 16, 2013.

Please follow these steps to volunteer:

  1. Click on the link that corresponds with the location you would like to volunteer.
  2. At the bottom of the spreadsheet are the different tabs dates available; please click on the date you would like to volunteer.
  3. Put your first and last name, e-mail address and extension next to the time you wish to sign up for — all volunteer slots are in one-hour blocks.
  4. You will receive an appointment confirmation from Liz Tyrell that will include your time and volunteer location.

Here are the locations:

If you have any questions or need assistance with registering, please feel free to contact Liz Tyrell at ltyrell@grcc.edu or extension 3531. Thank you in advance for volunteering!


GRCC In the News, 1-4-13

GRCC students ready to compete in Holland ice sculpting competition
January 3, 2013; MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — As I mentioned in this Thursday’s edition of The Playlist, the Collegiate Invitational Ice Sculpting Competition is being held this weekend.

GRCC Ice Sculptures
January 3, 2013; Fox 17
GRCC educates its culinary arts students in all facets, from cooking to ice sculpture, to make them more marketable when looking for employment.

Battery Manufacturing Operator Training course starts March 4, 2013

Are you interested in working in the advanced energy storage manufacturing world? GRCC’s Battery Manufacturing Operator Training course will prepare you for entry-level employment in manufacturing, especially focusing on battery (advanced energy storage) manufacturing.

The intensive 12-week course includes:

  • computer competency.
  • clean room simulations.
  • safety certifications.
  • problem solving and innovation skills.
  • battery chemistry.
  • electricity fundamentals.

You will have the opportunity to earn an OSHA 30-hour certification and the MSSC national certificate for manufacturing production — a certificate that is recognized by manufacturers in 16 states. You also will have the ability to earn the GRCC Battery Manufacturing certificate.

The next session starts March 4, 2013.  To register, click here.

GRCC also has a course for those with at least two years of experience in manufacturing. By taking the Battery Manufacturing – Experienced in Manufacturing course, you will learn the fundamentals of lithium ion battery chemistry and electricity, safety, clean room technology with elements of innovative thinking/problem solving and lean manufacturing. This knowledge will give you an advantage in obtaining entry-level work in an industry new to West Michigan.

Participants in this course will have the opportunity to earn an OSHA 30-hour general industry certification and a GRCC Battery Operator Certification.  Sessions for this class run 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. January 21 to February 21. To register, click here.