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 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 or call 234-2278. You can also check us out online at, and “Like” us on Facebook at We hope to see you on Thursday!

A note of thanks from Heather Mol

A note of thanks from Heather Mol: As a temporary faculty member experiencing acculturation into the society of academia, I can’t thank you enough for extending your welcoming support to me. To each faculty member that stepped in to cover my classes, donated days so I could recover without worrying about finances, sent cards and emails, and to the Nursing Department for the beautiful plant, THANK YOU! I am overwhelmed with the kindness you have shown.

2 New Online Courses Developed at GRCC!

GRCC enrollment for this winter semester has grown to nearly 6,000, which represents a 17% growth from the previous year.

Assisting in the expansion of online learning, the Department of Distance Learning would like to recognize and thank the following instructors and departments for their work on the development of 2 new online courses! This is important work and connects with the College’s Access End statement around providing flexible learning options that remove obstacles such as time and place.

  • CD 215, developed by Deb Vilmont
  • WE 189, developed by Melanie Shiele

Thank you again for advancing online learning at GRCC!

Learning opportunity from Staff Development

Did you know that the Grand Rapids Community College Police Department employs 11 full-time police officers, certified by the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards? The GRCC Police Department is a team of professionals responsible for maintaining a safe environment in which the educational mission of the College can be fully realized. The Police Department works in conjunction with the office of Student Conduct. The mission of the Student Code of Conduct Office is to promote and maintain a civil learning environment by holding students accountable to the expectations of the College.

Please join Officer Tony Myers and Sara Dorer, Associate Director of Student Conduct, for this interactive and timely workshop. Appropriate reactions to campus emergencies will be presented, including a wide range of emergency scenarios. Practical tools for reacting in the case of emergencies will be shared.

Safety & Security on Campus

Thu March 14, 2013

10-11:30 AM

209 Sneden

Please register online at or call Staff Development at ext. 4285.

First Aid/CPR course targeted to construction trades

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.

GRCC In the News, 2-25-13

Teresa Weatherall-Neal: La educación es la clave

February 22, 2013; El Vocero Hispano

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN, 22 DE FEBRERO DE 2013 (EVH).- Para Teresa Weatherall-Neal, superitendente de las Escuelas Públicas de Grand Rapids (GRPS por sus siglas en inglés), describir cómo le gustaría ver a las escuelas de Grand Rapids no es difícil: Un distrito escolar al cual educadores, padres y apoderados, estudiantes y miembros de la comunidad se sientan orgullosos de pertenecer y quieran hacerlo por cuenta propia.
… Estamos buscando en diferentes lugares en estos momentos. Tenemos estudiantes de 19 años de edad, que tienen 2-3 créditos. Nunca vas a graduarte. Tenemos que ayudar a ese estudiante a encontrar en otro sitio. Estamos trabajando con Steepletown, Centro Hispano, GRPS, GRCC, para crear un programa de GED. Todavía lo necesitan para tener éxito. Ellos viven en esta comunidad. Así que necesitan para ayudarles a obtener un GED por si quieren ir a una escuela vocacional o quieren ir a la universidad o que quieren conseguir un trabajo … necesitan un GED. Nos reunimos con estudiantes, unos 125 que están en riesgo de no poder graduarse, y les explicamos. Usted puede permanecer por un año más y voy a conseguir el dinero, pero Usted necesita obtener un GED.

Celebran acto de diversidad estudiantil en Union High School

February 22, 2013; El Vocero Hispano

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN (EVH) 20 DE FEBRERO 2013.- Con chistes, risas y anécdotas sobre su vida comenzó su exposición sobre el tema Mensajes de la Esperanza, el joven Gabe Salazar, ante unos 250 estudiantes que asistieron el pasado viernes al acto celebrado en el auditorio de Union High School.
… Al final de la actividad Salazar rifó y obsequio objetos donados por Hope Collage, Aquinas Collage, Grand Valley State University, Michigan State, Davenport University, Calvin College y Grand Rapids Community Collage, instituciones académicas que hicieron posible su presentación en la escuela secundaria Union.

Guitarist Mark Kroos to perform April 9, 2013

The Grand Rapids Community College International Guitar Series proudly presents  Mark Kroos, Double Neck Guitar Wizard at 7:30 PM Tuesday, April 9, 2013.

The concert will be held in the Recital Hall (Room 200) of the Grand Rapids Community College Music Center at the corner of Ransom and Lyon.

Admission is $10 for general admission and $7 for students and seniors.

One dollar parking is available in the GRCC student parking ramp with a GRCC guest parking voucher sold at the door.

Call 234-3940 for further information or e-mail:


Externships now available for faculty, staff

Staff Development and Center for Teaching Excellence are excited to announce a new professional development opportunity for staff and faculty – Externships! GRCC is implementing Faculty/Staff Externships as a way to stay current in your field. The first externships will be awarded for Summer 13. See for more information, application process and deadlines.