Employee Appreciation event set for May 6, 2013

Get ready! The Annual Employee Appreciation event will be on May 6, 2013! There are quite a few fun changes this year — so you won’t want to miss the lunch and celebration!

Annual Employee Appreciation is set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, May 6, at a surprise location — to be revealed soon!

Due to the great demands of our dedicated faculty and staff on commencement day, we have decided to change the date of this event. We will be off-site this year so that we can appreciate all employees — even the employees who work so hard to make employee appreciation a wonderful success. We know this is a change, but we also know that this will be a really great event for all faculty and staff to attend.

We appreciate you and your hard work, so come and celebrate with us!

Local anesthesia course for dental hygienists starts February 2013

Since 2002, dental hygienists have been allowed to administer local anesthesia by both intraoral blocks and infiltration, under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist upon certified completion of an educational training program and NERB exam.

GRCC’s Administration of Local Anesthesia for the RCH course was specifically designed with you, the registered dental hygienist, in mind. During this course you will have a comprehensive review of head and neck anatomy, pharmacology and medical evaluation as it relates to local anesthesia. In addition to learning this valuable information, you will receive guided, hands-on practice of all the commonly administered oral local anesthesia injections.

This 29-hour course consists of lectures, demonstrations and hands-on clinical experiences. Completion of this program prepares you to take the NERB examination required for dental hygiene local anesthesia credentialing in Michigan.

If you would like to learn local anesthesia administration from a team of enthusiastic and real-world instructors, then this course is for you!

Classes, in the Applied Technology Center, are scheduled for:

  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on February 28, 2013, and March 1.
  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 7 and 8.

To register, click here.


Networks Matter 2.0 starts February 12, 2013

Networks Matter 2.0 is designed to help those wanting to advance professionally, the unemployed or under-employed, and people with low to moderate technology skills. It provides the tools to build stronger professional relationships through communication, social networking and technology, and it also helps develop a strategy for developing a professional network.

The sessions feature group meetings, presentations, online activities and attendance at community events.

Classes run 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, starting February 12, 2013, at Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC. They cost $155 for the entire series or $49 for each module.  Click here to register.

Mathematics Seminar set for January 23, 2013

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department will host its first monthly Mathematics Seminar of Winter 2013 on Wednesday, January 23, 3:00 – 4:00 PM in 107 Cook.  Our speaker will be former GRCC mathematics student and current GRCC Director of Learning Assistance and Adjunct Instructor Yumi Watanabe.  The title and abstract for Yumi’s talk are at the bottom.

This talk will survey the beauty and utility of mathematics, and should appeal to a broad audience.  Knowledge of mathematics at the Pre-Calculus level will be helpful, but much of this seminar will be accessible to anybody who is curious about mathematical thinking.  As always, everyone is welcome to attend.

Pop and cookies will be served at 2:45 PM.

What’s Math Got to Do with It?

In this talk we will explore the world of mathematics.  Beginning with our ability to sense quantities, we will survey various aspects of ideas and concepts that make up the world of mathematics, including numbers, algebra, calculus and areas of modern mathematics.  Along the way we will ask and attempt to answer questions such as, “What is mathematics, anyway?”, “What is it good for?”, “Why is it so hard?” and  “Does mathematics have anything in common with disciplines such as language arts and social sciences?”  At the end of the talk, borrowing words of Sir Isaac Newton, a definition of mathematics (perhaps an unconventional one) will be given.