Pre-Semester Drop-Ins at the Center for Teaching Excellence

Need help developing course materials or setting up courses in Blackboard? The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) can help! On Faculty Prep Day (January 11), our Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies (DLIT) Staff will be available from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM in Main 347 and 351 for DLIT Drop-Ins. If you have questions about Blackboard or any of our other instructional technologies as you prepare for Winter, stop by. We will also be doing CTE Drop-Ins at the same time in 310 and 316 Main. If you have questions about syllabi, assignments, lectures, activities, etc., we would love to sit down and work with you on them.

Can’t make it on Friday? We will also hold drop-in hours from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Thursday, January 10 and Monday, January 14. All full-time and adjunct faculty are welcome!

For more information, contact the Center for Teaching Excellence at 616-234-2278 or at Also ‘Like’ the CTE on Facebook at

M-TEC employees bring Christmas to needy family


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Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Tassell M-TEC Adopt-a-Family Project for Christmas!

Together, we donated over $300, which was used to buy coats, snowpants, hats and gloves for the children. Winter boots, many toys, games, art supplies, household items and many other gifts were also donated. At a potluck in December, M-TEC employees wrapped the gifts and prepared to deliver them to the family. We also provided the family with a turkey, potatoes, milk, cookies and lots of canned goods and boxed food to get the mother through the holidays and beyond.

The mom was overwhelmed by the generosity of the M-TEC employees! She had tears in her eyes when she said that her three boys would have gifts this year for the holiday.

We provided this family with a Christmas they would never be able to have otherwise. Thank you, M-TEC!

Courses for Certificate in Aging start February 2013

The Certificate in Aging is a noncredit continuing education program designed for health-care professionals and others working with older adults, who are interested in learning how to be more effective in working with this population.

This certificate program consists of four, eight-hour classroom-based courses held on Saturdays from February 23, 2013, through April 27. Register for the entire certificate program or for individual courses:

  • Aging 101: An Introduction to Gerontology-Issues Vital to Aging runs 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. February 23.
  • Caregiving 101: Caregiving for Real Life runs 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 9.
  • Healthy Aging and Chronic Disease Management runs 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on April 13.
  • Death, Dying, and Bereavement runs 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on April 27.

A total of eight contact hours will be granted for participation in each of the courses in this program. Those completing all four course offerings in this program will also receive a noncredit Certificate in Aging from Grand Rapids Community College.

To learn more, click here.

Get ready for spring planting with Root Camp

A green plant sprouts at the right, its roots visible under the brown soil; the words "Root Camp" are in green against the white background over the soil and "Getting Ready to Garden" is printed in black beneath them. GRCC Works! are in green under the plant roots.

Root Camp is a four-session series that covers the basics to have you ready to garden by spring!

It meets monthly from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning January 23, 2013, and ending April 24. The sessions, led by local experts, focus on timely topics and are located at GRCC’s
Tassell M-TEC. Bring your dinner if you’d like!

The topics are:

  • January 23 —  Stuff Grows! – Soil Basics and Composting.
  • February 20 —  Cruising the Seed Catalog; What’s Good and What’s Easy.
  • March 20 —  Get Ready, Get Set: Where, What, How, and Start Some Seeds
  • April 24  — Go! – Plant, Prune, Protect, Pick.

Register for the four-part series for just $40, or attend individual sessions for $15 each. If you’re a West Michigan Co-op member, a discounted rate is
available. For more information, click here.

GRCC In the News, 1-9-13

Federal complaint prompts action on GRCC’s compliance with disability law

January 9, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Community College is working to strengthen its compliance with federal disability regulations after a student told civil rights advocates that parts of the schools website were inaccessible for the blind.

Learning Opportunity from Staff Development TOMORROW MORNING!

Did your New Year’s resolution include getting organized? If so, we’ve got just the right class for you! Please consider joining this session tomorrow. 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. NO PRE-REGISTRATION NECESSARY. SIMPLY SHOW UP! IT’S THAT EASY.

Conquer Information Overload

Thu, Jan 10, 2013

10-11:30 AM

141 ATC