Registration under way for GRCC’s Motorcycle Safety Program

Registration started in February 2013 for GRCC’s Motorcycle Safety Program

Motorcycling can be quite a challenge, not just in learning the controls and acquiring maneuvering skills, but also in finding a safe way through real-world traffic. If you’re willing to embark on a journey that develops the special skills and strategies of a good motorcyclist, then the Basic Rider Course, for beginner to intermediate riders, is for you. Your experience and participation will lead to a better understanding of the riding maneuvers and mental skills necessary to enjoy motorcycling to the fullest. You will have the opportunity to learn the physical and mental skills necessary for you to operate a motorcycle.

In the classroom, you will learn ways to minimize the risk and handle special riding situations. During the riding portions of the Basic Rider Course, you will be coached to develop the physical skills of basic control that include straight line riding, stopping, turning, and shifting, and then you’ll move on to more advanced skills in stopping quickly, cornering, and swerving.

This class is for beginners who have never been on a motorcycle, as well as those who need to develop better basic skills and riders who want to refresh what they already know. Basic level skills are taught, however, many experienced riders take the class as a “tune-up” or “refresher” course.

For more information or to register, click here.

Blackboard Resources to Assist with Posting Syllabus and Faculty Contact Information

Winter has finally arrived in Michigan!  As we settle in to Winter term, we want to make sure you know about the various resources available to assist you with Blackboard.  Blackboard is a powerful tool that we use college-wide to ensure students have syllabus and contact information for all courses.  As you work to ensure that this information is available for all your students on Blackboard, we would like to highlight several training and support resources available through the Center for Teaching Excellence and Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies:


Send Technical Support, Problems, and Error Message Questions to:
Send How-To and General Questions to:

Self-Help Resources for Blackboard

Adding your Syllabus Tip Sheet –
Video Tutorial on Uploading your Syllabus –
More tip sheets are available here –

Facilitated in Person Sessions

Register to attend a training session hosted by the Center for Teaching Excellence –
Schedule a 1-on-1 with a Faculty Facilitator at:

GRCC In the News, 2-1-13

GRCC cancels evening classes at Kent County campuses

January 31, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Administrators at Grand Rapids Community have canceled all classes starting at 4 p.m. or later at campuses in Kent County because of severe winter weather, according to an email alert sent by the college this afternoon.

Mayor Heartwell’s 10th State of City Address focuses on youth and sustainability

January 31, 2013; The Rapidian

Mayor George Heartwell’s 10th State of the City address outlined past successes, current activities and future plans for the second largest city in Michigan. Over 400 people joined the mayor and other dignitaries for breakfast at DeVos Place on Saturday, January 26, 2013.
… Heartwell spoke of the momentum of programs focusing on the city’s youth. He praised the community for actively nurturing and valuing our students, acknowledging GRPS Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal and the Board of Education, as well as Grand Valley State University and Grand Rapids Community College, as partners in planning for the future. George Grant, dean of the school of social work at Grand Valley State University gave a summary of the Community Conversations About the Children of Grand Rapids.

Diversity Lecture Series presents journalist LZ Granderson

LZ Granderson

LZ Granderson

LZ Granderson, journalist, commentator and sports writer, will discuss “Dare You to Move” on February 13 as part of GRCC’s Diversity Lecture Series.

Mr. Granderson writes a weekly column for, and is a senior writer and columnist for ESPN The Magazine and He is a contributor to ESPN’s “Sports Center,” “Outside the Lines” and “First Take.” This former Detroit gang member rose to be selected a Hechinger Fellow at Columbia University. His commentary reaches well beyond the world of athletics tackling subjects such as use of the N-word in the black community, the presence of gays in the locker room, and the truths and lies of reverse racism. Prior to joining ESPN, Mr. Granderson was a sports columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Grand Rapids Press.

His free lecture starts at 7 p.m. at Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St. NE. ASL interpretation will be provided. On-campus parking is available for $3 with a discount pass. For more information,  call (616) 234-3390

Certificate in Aging program starts February 23, 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.


Why not plan ahead and add these classes to your February calendar right now? You can register online at  or call Staff Development at ext. 4285 for any of the opportunities listed below.

Drupal Basics Refresher

  • Tue Feb. 5, 2013 from 11 AM – 12 PM in Room 351 Main
  • Wed Feb. 13, 2013 from 12-1 PM in Room 351 Main
  • Mon Feb. 18, 2013 from 2-3 PM in Room 351 Main
  • Thu Feb. 28, 2013 from 10-11 AM in Room 351 Main

In this refresher course, participants will review to navigation in the Drupal system, understand and use content types, and edit existing content. A new feature – creating tables – will be introduced. Instruction on compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act will also be covered.

Effective Facilitation Skills (Part 1 of 2)

Tue Feb. 5, 2013

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

122 LRC

Skills for promoting learning through self-discovery are explored. Principles of adult learning and competencies of effective facilitators are discussed. Best practices for facilitating learning in groups will be explored.  Part 2 will be presented on Wed Feb. 20, 2013 from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM in Room 122 LRC.

Nonverbal Communication

Wed Feb. 6, 2013

1-3 PM

103 Sneden

People communicate with more than words. Other means of communication include movement, posture, gestures, eye contact, facial expressions, tone of voice, and use of space and time. Participants will learn how to control their nonverbal communications to make their communications more effective.

Brown Bag Lunch-Except for Six

Wed Feb. 6, 2013

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

168 ATC

Bring your lunch and join us for 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.

International Students & Staff

Thu Feb. 7, 2013

1-2:30 PM

107C Kirkhof Center, GVSU Allendale campus

Complete title: “Working with International Students, Faculty & Staff.” This interactive session will include current international students as well as an overview to better serve the international student population at GVSU and GRCC. This session will be presented by Kate Stoetzner, GVSU Director of International Student and Scholar Services.

Lunch & Learn – Forks Over Knives

Tue Feb. 12, 2013

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

348 CSC

ducational Movie – Forks Over Knives. Learning Objectives: Participants will learn about eating a plant strong diet rich in healthy fruits, vegetables and beans. This movie examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods. The major storyline in the film traces the personal journeys of a pair of pioneering yet under-appreciated researchers, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn.

Effective Decision Making

Wed Feb. 13, 2013

10 AM -12 PM

147 ATC

There are many skills involved with making effective decisions, including being timely, accurate, and involving the right people. This training provides tools to promote decision timeliness, decision accuracy, and involving the right people in decision making.

Budget Control Officer Training

Tue Feb. 19, 2013

9 – 10:30 AM

304 Sneden

The responsibilities of Budget Control Officers will be presented, as well as the tools and processes implemented to fulfill these responsibilities. Topics include creating and submitting budget requests, approving expenditures, accounts payable procedures, purchasing policies, interpreting Budget Status Reports.

Motivating Employees

Tue Feb. 19, 2013

8:30-10:30 AM

103 Sneden

Managing and leading are about getting things done through people. The difference between what employees can do and will do depends a lot on their level of motivation. Understanding what motivates employees is the foundation of this course. The end result is learning how to turn compliance into commitment.

Alzheimer Support Group

Thu Feb. 21, 2013

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

2264 Kirkhof Center, GVSU Allendale Campus

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, places 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.

Excel – Functions & Formulas

Thu Feb.21, 2013

2 – 4 PM

351 Main

This is an advanced class in Excel. Participants must have a working knowledge and feel fairly comfortable in Excel to be prepared for this class. Participants will use Excel to streamline and enhance spreadsheets with templates, charts, graphics and formulas. They will apply usual elements and advanced formulas to a worksheet to display data in various formats.

Problem Solving Techniques

Mon Feb. 25, 2013

2-3:30 PM

103 Sneden

This course helps participants solve problems both as an individual and as part of a group. Tools to increase focus and organize complex problems are explored. Methods for enhancing problem solving in groups are examined.

The Career Portfolio

Tue Feb. 26, 2013 from 1-3 PM in Room 1142 Kirkhof Center, GVSU Allendale Campus

Thu Feb. 28, 2013 from 1-3 PM in Room 302E, Devos Center, GVSU Pew/Grand Rapids Campus

This workshop focuses on developing the contents of the career portfolio: Resume, Cover Letter and References, etc. We will cover content, composition and style with emphasis on creating polished documents that make an impact and stand apart from the competition. We will also take a look at current trends and how a key part of your portfolio includes a professional social media presence.

Leadership Your Team Can Follow

Wed Feb. 27, 2013

1-4 PM

Room 303C Devos Center, GVSU Pew/Grand Rapids Campus

What are the hallmarks of a great leader? To begin, a great leader is one who understands the importance of capitalizing on the strengths of their team. They also know the importance of creating a healthy and positive work environment by fostering clear and open lines of communication. Finally, great leaders rally their team to align their personal and professional visions with your overall department/organization goals. In this interactive workshop, you will discover: 1) What makes you a great leader and where are your growth opportunities 2) How conducting a SWOTS analysis of your department/organization is imperative for goal attainment 3) Ways to empower your team, help them realize their potential, and foster great working relationships 4) That the admission of weakness doesn’t equate to failure, but rather provides a platform for modeling professional growth and empowerment.

Bias Incident Protocol Training

Thu Feb. 28, 2013

3:30-5 PM

Room 303C Devos Center, GVSU Pew/Grand Rapids Campus

What is a biased incident? Do they happen at GRCC or GVSU? What do I do if I experience or witness one? The Team Against Bias (TAB) is a diverse group of faculty, staff and students at GVSU. The group was created to review information regarding bias incidents and implement strategies to educate and engage the campus community. TAB is committed to making certain that all faculty, staff and students know what a bias incident is and how to use their protocol for reporting such incidents. This training is both interactive and practical. This workshop presented by Members of the GVSU Team Against Bias (TAB).