BE WELL……

In response to popular demand, Staff Development has invited Jenifer Pohlman, Owner of Sip Organic Juice Bar, to return to GRCC to facilitate three very timely and informative wellness sessions. Please take a moment to register for one, or all of the classes listed below, before all seats are taken. Register online at http://cms.grcc.edu/currentlearning or call Staff Development at ext. 4285.

Juicing 101

Fri Mar 1, 2013

10-11:30 AM

130 ATC

Come learn about the health benefits of juicing from Jennifer Pohlman, Owner of Sip Organic Juice Bar. This session will introduce healthy options for participants who are interested in increasing fruit and vegetable intake. Jennifer will cover both the benefits and precautions inherent to the consumption of any fresh produce.

Simple & Delicious Plant Based Meals

Fri Mar 22, 2013

10-11:30 AM

130 ATC

Facilitator Jen Pohlman demonstrates and teaches how to assemble simple and delicious plant based meals with no cooking required.

Whole Foods-Tips to eliminate processed foods

Tue Apr 16, 2013

9:30-11:00 AM

130 ATC

This session will explore delicious, easy whole foods that pack the most punch, and provide tips to eliminate processed foods.  Students will learn what foods are valuable to add to their diets along with tips to eliminate processed foods from their diet.

IIPD Grant Applications Due March 15, 2013

The deadline for submission of grant applications for the Instructional Improvement & Professional Development (IIPD) program is 4:30 p.m., March 15, 2013.  The IIPD Application Packet and Guidelines are available in the Professional Development section of the Grants Department website at www.grcc.edu/iipdgrants. Please note: All applications should be delivered to the current location of the Grants and Resource Development Department at Room 137, Calkins Science Center.  If you have any questions about IIPD grants, please contact Judith Larsen, Director of Grants and Resource Development at 234-3910 or at jmlarsen@grcc.edu.

 

IIPD Grant Applications Due March 15, 2013

The deadline for submission of grant applications for the Instructional Improvement & Professional Development (IIPD) program is 4:30 p.m., March 15, 2013.  The IIPD Application Packet and Guidelines are available in the Professional Development section of the Grants Department website at www.grcc.edu/iipdgrants. Please note: All applications should be delivered to the current location of the Grants and Resource Development Department at Room 137, Calkins Science Center.  If you have any questions about IIPD grants, please contact Judith Larsen, Director of Grants and Resource Development at 234-3910 or at jmlarsen@grcc.edu.

Communication Tools course offered on February 26, 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.

Modules include:

  • Communication Tools, 6-8 p.m. February 26, 2013, at Tassell M-TEC.
  • Virtual Networks, 6-8 p.m. March 5 at Tassell M-TEC.

Each module costs $49.  Click here to register.

GRCC In the News, 2-21-13

A bird’s-eye view of snowy Grand Rapids

February 20, 2013; MLive

On Monday, a Canadian astronaut tweeted a remarkable photo of Grand Rapids from the International Space Station.
But you don’t have to be orbiting the earth at 300 miles to enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the snowy city. The winter landscape offers striking views from buildings, hills or parking structures if you take the time to stop and look around.

Photos of student exhibit

Photo students got a chance to show off their work during an exhibition at the GRCC Paul Collins Art Gallery last month. A People’s Choice Award was new to the exhibit this year. Jordan Parham won first place and $200; Brandon House won the second-place prize of $100. Patrick Dine and Cheryl Franklin were tied for third place.

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Nursing Department to hold free blood-pressure screenings

Once again our Nursing department will be holding free blood pressure screening for the GRCC employees and students. Dates, times and locations are listed below:

Wed, Feb. 27 1p-2p

ATC – outside Art and Bevs

Science Building – 1st floor

G2 – Winchester Alley

Student Center, Raider Grille Foyer

Thursday, Feb. 28 3:30-4:30

4th floor Main

G2 – Winchester Alley

Student Center outside Raider Grille

Science Building – 1st floor

 

 

Holistic Environment class scheduled for March 7, 2013

Social workers can earn continuing education hours with these new courses:

  • Creating a Holistic Environment — This seminar will raise the awareness of our relationship with all that surrounds us and the impact of our environment on pain management. It will explore the mind-body connection in the creation of our internal environment, and how physical surroundings affect our health and the natural healing mechanisms within the body. It will focus on methods for enhancing an environment for healing. The course, led by Barbara J. Meconis, costs $35. It runs 6-8 p.m. March 7. To register, click here.
  • At Peace at Home — Arranging care for elderly parents can be frustrating and time-consuming. Parents plead to remain at home. But adult children want peace of mind that often comes by placing parents in a home for the aged. Is it possible for parents to be at home and for children to have peace of mind? You are invited to learn about the MI Choice Waiver Program and Veterans Affairs Special Compensation Programs and the possibilities of being at home and at peace. Beth A. Swagman leads the course, which runs 6-8 p.m.  March 11. It costs $35. To register, click here.
  • Overcoming the Disconnect — Are you really connecting with your client or patient? Every interaction matters, and if you truly want to bridge the professional disconnect between you and your client this interactive workshop will explore techniques and concepts that will help remove walls and barriers between you and the client. The class, led by Christopher D. Sain Jr., runs 6-8 p.m. March 20 and costs $35. To register, click here.
  • Assessments of Clients with Dementia — One in eight Americans has dementia today, and that number is expected to grow as our population ages. This disease is incurable and lasts for years. The costs of care are astronomical, considering not only an estimated $200 billion in payments for care, mostly to nursing homes in 2012 alone, but also for the 15 million unpaid family caregivers who put their own physical and emotional health at serious risk. Come learn more about the current problem, the latest trends in emphasizing research and how we can all prepare for and participate in early detection efforts. Beth Swagman leads the class, which runs 6-8 p.m. April 9 and costs $35. To register, click here.
  • Engaging the Resistant Person — In our social work practice, we frequently work with people who don’t seem to actually change. In the past we have labeled these persons as “unmotivated” and “resistant” clients, but are they really? Perhaps they just have good boundaries. This seminar looks at the process of engagement and creating a therapeutic alliance with another person as the core of the change process. Dennis Potter leads the course, which runs 6-8 p.m. April 18. It costs $35. To register, click here.

GET ORGANIZED!!

Staff Development is excited to offer two new courses that will give you direction and ideas to create an uncluttered, organized home and office environment. Please register online at http://cms.grcc.edu/currentlearning or call Staff Development at ext. 4285.

Home Organization 101

Mon Mar. 11, 2013

10AM-12PM

Room 125/127 Science

Running a home is very similar to running a small business. You need tools, routines, detailed schedules, supplies, consistency, and order, to operate successfully. Moreover, having a “Home Office” where the household files, bill paying, and office supplies are kept saves time and eliminates late fees assessed on misplaced bills. Your home is your physical and emotional haven. It’s the place for you to unwind and rejuvenate. It should be welcoming and visually comforting. Facilitator, Mary Dykstra gives you tools and ideas to help you create an uncluttered environment where you know where everything is and you can feel comfortable with drop-in visitors.

Work/Office Organizing 101

Fri Mar. 22, 2013

10AM-12PM

125/127 Science

Facilitator, Mary Dykstra works with individuals in the work environment struggling with ‘having to do it all.’ She helps you set up systems that can help you keep on top of the daily details when you need to focus on the big picture or the details. Mary can identify timesaving strategies and efficient office and storage space configurations that maximize workflow and productivity. In this workshop you will learn how to effectively organize your workspace and how to effectively prioritize your work/workflow.

 

Facilities/Apartment Maintenance Technician program starts in March 2013

Get trained now as a facilities/apartment maintenance technician!

GRCC’s new training program gives you the potential to earn certifications in:

  • lead renovation, repair, and painting.
  • HVAC Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Certified Pool Operator.
  • Certified Apartment Maintenance Technician.
  • Home Building Institute Facilities Maintenance Technician.
  • OSHA 10-hour Construction Safety.

A special one-time scholarship of $500 is available for a limited time. All you need to do is take the ACT Workkeys Talent and Fit Assessment. Call 234-3400 for information.

Classes will be held 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and 7:30-11:30 a.m. Fridays from March 4, 2013, to May 13 at Tassell M-TEC. The program costs $3,150 (payment plan available). To register, click here.

GRCC In the News, 2-20-13

Young undocumented immigrants in West Michigan apply for driver’s licenses on first day of eligibility

February 19, 2013; MLive

WYOMING, MI — A group of Grand Rapids area young undocumented immigrants applied for their drivers licenses today, Tuesday, Feb. 19, the first day the Michigan Secretary of State will issue the limited-term licenses.

… “I am going to be able drive at last and not depend on my parents,” said Elizabeth Morales, 24.

She said she attends Grand Rapids Community College and works at Steak ‘n Shake.

Louis Farrakhan to speak in Grand Rapids

February 19, 2013; WKZO

GRAND RAPIDS (WKZO) — Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan is set to speak in March at Fountain Street Church in Grand Rapids.

Farrakhan spoke at the same church a year ago, offering his view of what he called the “decline” of the United States. He has been invited to speak by the Black Student Union at Grand Rapids Community College.

Evening classes canceled at Grand Valley State University and Grand Rapids Community College

February 19, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Icy roads and snow showers have led administrators at two Grand Rapids colleges to cancel evening classes.

Administrators at Grand Valley State University and Grand Rapids Community College issued alerts this afternoon telling students that classes at all campuses starting after 4 p.m. have been called off.