YogaFit Level 1 class starts March 23, 2013

angieAngie Sutherlin is a former GRCC Student who is now a mom and a certified yoga instructor! Angie was sent to the YogaFit Level 1 training on a scholarship from the Wellness Department last year, and is now teaching Yoga in our community!

“I’m so grateful that my instructor’s at GRCC encouraged me to take the level 1 yoga instructor class through Yoga Fit. I didn’t exactly intend on being a yoga instructor initially when taking the class. In fact I was only introduced to yoga less than a year before. My degree I’m studying is Nutrition Science and I knew it would look good on my resume when eventually looking for a new career.  I decided after a year of completing the certification that I wanted to put my certificate to good use. I’ve been working at a gym now for 3 months. After the first month of my new job, my boss brought up the idea of adding yoga classes to our gym. I’m teaching every Tuesday night at 6:30pm. I love having a skill and new found passion that I can share with people. I also appreciate the challenge and skill I can call my own, especially being a new mom. It’s helped me develop more confidence in talking in larger groups and helped me get back into shape after having my daughter. I recommend taking the certification class to anyone. Even if yoga isn’t something you’re too familiar with just yet because they teach to all levels!”

YogaFit Level 1 is coming to GRCC March 23 & 24th, 2013.  Take advantage of this national certification; go to to register.

South African graduates from Job Training Welding Program

Ricardo de Sousa Costa, a South African native, is a recent graduate of the Tassell MTEC’s Job Training Welding Program.

Ricardo submitted artwork to ArtPrize last year and finished this piece of artwork (shown in the pictures) before leaving GRCC. He has since left for San Francisco to begin working on his next project. We wish him well!

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ACT/SAT writing workshop scheduled for February 21, 2013

GRCC’s ACT/SAT writing workshop is designed to help students understand the expectations for taking the essay portions of the ACT and SAT exams. The workshop highlights eight characteristics that graders of the exams are looking for and teaches students strategies for meeting the expectations.

The goal of the workshop is to help students understand the testing expectations and situation in order to give them the confidence to meet this challenge. Students are encouraged to ask questions and to use the skills of the workshop as they practice independently.

Students will:

  • analyze sample essays.
  • learn to use the prompts to formulate their answers.
  • practice writing thesis statements and introductions.
  • learn about how to incorporate support in essays.
  • write a practice essay.
  • receive a critique of their writing with recommendations.

The workshop will be held 5:30-8:30 p.m. February 21, 2013, at Tassell M-TEC. It costs $38. You have to be 14 or older to attend the workshops. To register, click here.

GRCC In the News, 2-19-13

Federal complaint alleges disabled GRCC student wasn’t provided access to academic materials

February 18, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — For the second time in one year, a federal complaint has been filed against Grand Rapids Community College alleging that academic materials were inaccessible for a disabled student.

Louis Farrakhan to speak at Fountain Street Church in March

February 18, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, will return to Grand Rapids next month to speak at the Fountain Street Church, the same spot where he delivered a fiery sermon one year ago.

Divided GRCC board of trustees approves mid-year budget

February 18, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Community College trustees Richard Ryskamp and Richard Stewart wanted it on the record they disagreed with portions of the schools annual budget when it was first approved in June.

TRiO program participants help Ronald McDonald House residents

The TRiO Student Support Services Program participated in a baking event for the Ronald McDonald House here in Grand Rapids this past Saturday February 16th.

The Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan serves families of children and youth who are receiving inpatient or outpatient medical treatment in the Grand Rapids community. Guest families are provided with affordable housing, meals, transportation, and a variety of amenities and services.

There are 17 rooms available for families to stay in and are all currently occupied, with approximately ten families on the waiting list.

Our student volunteers: Breanna Cook, Victoria Vitales-Lanuza, Carly Misech, Shanita Jackson, E Yasmine Walton-Durst, and Tam Bui, along with staff members Anna Maria Clark and Maggie M-Spruit enjoyed Saturday morning baking chocolate chip cookies, cheesecake brownies and apple crisp.

A priceless gift of time and talent that is so special to the families that stay at the Ronald McDonald House.

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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.

First aid course for construction trades to begin in March 2013

Prepare for and prevent medical emergencies in the construction trades industry with the First Aid/CPR Initial Certification course. This course covers primary assessment, heart problems, fractures, wounds and bandaging, stroke and shock management, eye injury, dislocation and splinting, obstructed airways, exposure to cold, control of bleeding, electrical injuries, back, head and neck injuries, epileptic seizures, and one-rescuer CPR. Sessions are scheduled for 6-10 p.m. March 11 and 18, 2013, at the Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC. The cost is $60. To register, click here.

After completion, you will be certified in First Aid/CPR and will receive an official card. Initial certification expires two years after completion. To maintain certification, you must then take a recertification class. The next session is set for 6-10 p.m. March 28 at Tassell M-TEC for $50. To register, click here.


Mathematics Seminar scheduled for February 20, 2013

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department will host its next Mathematics Seminar on Wednesday, February 20, 3:00 – 4:00 PM in 107 Cook.  Our speaker will be GRCC Mathematics Instructor Sang Lee.  The title and abstract for Sang’s talk are at the bottom.

This talk will take a very common idea from basic algebra, multiplying polynomials, and examine its relationship to something even more fundamental, counting.  Knowledge of mathematics at the level of Intermediate Algebra (Ma 107) or above will be helpful, as would some familiarity with counting techniques.  As always, everyone is welcome to attend.

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

Counting with Polynomials

Do we obtain any valuable information from the product of polynomials?  Specifically, what do coefficients and exponents tell us when polynomials are multiplied?  In this talk, we introduce a counting technique that utilizes the coefficients and exponents in the product of polynomials.  We then examine some counting problems such as determining the number of ways for different routes, muffin orders, changing a dollar, solutions to an equation, and partitions of an integer.