Heritage restaurant to feature Mexican-inspired meal

Is everyone you know traveling for Spring Break? Well “travel” to Mexico with Chef Luba, Josh, and ATC Banquets and Catering next Tuesday March 5th from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm in The Heritage Dining Room. Why not grab your co-workers or invite a friend to come and enjoy lunch!

Menu – Mexican Inspired:

  • Chicken Tortilla Soup
  • Beef Tacos
  • Mexican Rice
  • Refried Beans
  • Assorted Condiments (Fruit Salsa, Corn & Black Bean Salsa, Lettuce, Onion, Cheese, Tomato, Sour Cream, Hot Sauce).
  • Desserts & Assorted “Fun” Beverages are included.
  • *Gluten free and vegetarian options will be available.


  • $12/person including beverage and dessert.
  • Pay at the door, cash or check


  • Reservations required!
  • Please RSVP to Julie Otte jotte@grcc.edu
  • Need RESERVATIONS Friday at 4pm.
  • To make this work, at least 25 people need to RSVP and ATTEND. **If we have an overwhelming response we can look at doing it again on Thursday the 7th.


  • Heritage dining room

Date & Time:

  • Tuesday, March 5th
  • Time – 11:30am – 1:00pm

GRCC In the News, 2-27-13

Looking for solutions to the violence in Grand Rapids

February 26, 2013; Michigan Radio

In 2012, Grand Rapids saw an outburst of violent crime, including nine homicides in which all of the victims died from gunshot wounds.

This week, two community groups called Urban League and Network 180 are hosting a series of meetings to inform the public about possible solutions and to begin a discussion about the future of violence in the Grand Rapids community.

Raynard Ross is a resident of Grand Rapids and works with Upward Bound at Grand Rapids Community College. Ross also serves on a panel to address the issue of violence within the Grand Rapids community.

According to Ross, street violence has reached a level of “borderline madness.”

School closings: Snow, slick roads shut some West Michigan schools on Wednesday

February 26, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Heavy, wet snow and slick roads Tuesday night forced some West Michigan school districts to cancel Wednesday classes.

(Story includes a weather photo taken at GRCC.)

Grand Rapids Community College Foundation names Donald MacKenzie executive director

February 25, 2013; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The Grand Rapids Community College Foundation has found a new leader.

GRCC announced that Donald MacKenzie, a longtime West Michigan resident with both philanthropic and business experience, has been named the new associate vice president for advancement and executive director of the GRCC Foundation.

‘Dancing with the Stars’ 2013 cast member D.L. Hughley will be in Grand Rapids for LaughFest

February 26, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Dancing with the Stars welcomes comedian D.L. Hughley, along with Wynonna Judd, Jacoby Jones, Kellie Pickler, Andy Dick and Dorothy Hamill for the next season’s cast.

… Hughley, along with comedians Bruce Bruce, Finesse Mitchell and Gary Owen, will be at the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse at Grand Rapids Community College on March 8 during the community wide festival of laughter.

Rockford junior verbally commits to play Division 1 baseball

February 27, 2013; MLive

ROCKFORD — Rockford junior baseball standout Matt Dileo has long found that there is something special about playing the catcher position.

… Dileo is one of four Rams on this years squad who have already made collegiate commitments. Seniors Steven Powell and Tim Redder will be playing for Grand Rapids Community College next year, while Kory Young has verbally committed to Michigan State University.

This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Eddie Brown

February 27, 2013; The Buffalo News

(Born on February 27, 1969) — Consider yourself one of the all-time Buffalo sports experts if this name rings any sort of bell. The obvious hint is that he played football, but not the kind of football you’re considering.

Brown played high school football at Muskegon High (Mich.), where he won a state championship. Then it was on to Grand Rapids Community College and Michigan State. Brown started as wide receiver in 1989 and as a defensive back in 1990.

GRCC Players present ‘Based on a Totally True Story’

The GRCC Players present Based on a Totally True Story by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa at 8 p.m. February 28 through March 2, 2013, at Spectrum Theater.

The plot of the play, directed by alumnus Rob Karel, involves a Hollywood producer deciding to turn one of Ethan’s plays into a big-budget horror movie possibly starring Nicole Kidman. With that tasty carrot clouding his vision, Ethan struggles to be everything to those he loves. Hearts are broken, lessons learned, and dreams deferred in this quirky, offbeat romantic comedy of manners.  This show contains graphic language.

Tickets cost $5 for GRCC staff, $3 for students and $10 for the public. Call 234-3946 or visit www.grcc.edu/theater for tickets.

Advanced Manufacturing classes start in spring 2013

Advanced Manufacturing classes in spring 2013 cover tolerancing strategies, APQP, and FMEA.

Tolerancing strategies are rarely taught in engineering programs. Designers and engineers are left to fend for themselves, frequently pulling past design practices forward, whether there is a rational basis to do so or not.

The three-day Tolerancing Strategies with GD&T course combines tolerancing concepts with statistical methods. We examine part tolerances, fixture tolerances, gage tolerances, assembly tolerances and the interactions between them. Tolerance stacks are evaluated via worst case analysis and a variety of statistical techniques. Strategies for robust design capitalize on operational definitions of GD&T to minimize loss to

The class runs 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 18 through 20, and costs $875. To enroll, click here.

Industry uses geometric dimensioning and tolerancing to specify contractual requirements. Unfortunately, many people within industry have a flawed or incomplete understanding of the subject. Our Basic Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing course builds competence to correctly apply and interpret the rules, definitions, principles, and symbols per the American National Standard, ASME Y14.5 – 2009, in only two days! This course provides a common
language to improve communication, so set-up requirements and tolerance zones are clearly understood by all.

The class runs 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 13 and 14 and costs $585. To enroll, click here.

With APQP, the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) provides detailed description and a structured method to define and establish the steps needed to assure customer satisfaction with production parts. Discussion and activities covering this aspect of the workshop give participants a life cycle view of what activities should be planned and implemented during each of the five phases of product quality planning. Common tools to manage the APQP effort are also

The class runs 12:30-4:30 p.m. May 21 and costs $120. To enroll, click here.

A process failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA) is a structured method for identifying potential problems throughout a manufacturing process. Using a simple manufactured part and documentation, participants in GRCC’s FMEA class work through a Process FMEA using Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) guidelines. Emphasis is placed on understanding the guidelines and FMEA form, maximizing organizational value, team determination of rankings, and linkage to other quality documents.

The class runs 7:30-11:30 a.m. May 21 and costs $120. To enroll click here.

CTE Mid-Semester Open House–Free Lunch!

Did you know that the Center for Teaching Excellence is now located in 308 Main? Have you stopped in to our new location yet? If not, tomorrow (Thursday, February 28) is the perfect opportunity, because we are hosting a Mid-Semester Open House. The Open House runs from 11:30 – 1:30. Lunch will be provided! There is no need to RSVP and all faculty are welcome.

If you have questions, email us at TeachExcellence@grcc.edu or call 234-2278. You can also check us out online at www.grcc.edu/teachexcellence, and “Like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/teachexcellence. We hope to see you on Thursday!