Caregiving 101 to be offered March 9, 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 eight-hour classroom-based courses held on Saturdays through April 27, 2013:

  • 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.

Contact hours will be granted for participation in each of the courses in this program.

To learn more, click here.

GRCC In the News, 3-5-13

College Students Dedicate Spring Break To Rebuilding The Jersey Shore

March 4, 2013; (Philadelphia)

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Jersey Shore in March does not offer the best spring break amenities, but that is exactly what Harrison Dunn had in mind. Four months after Sandy, he is here to help.

… Sarah Stanford is a student at Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan. She found ways she could help, even though she is blind.

“We’re here for you. We’re here to be with you in these difficult times, and we’re here to do what we can in order to help make this place better,” says Stanford, while using her fingers to lay grout between floor tiles.

Grand Rapids taco shop owner surprised to see property on demolition list

March 4, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The owner of a popular taco shop in the Roosevelt Park neighborhood expressed surprise to learn his business was included on a list of properties being eyed for demolition by a nonprofit housing developer.

… The place gained some notoriety after it was featured in a Grand Rapids Community College-produced television episode with Secchia Institute chef instructor Angus Campbell.

(Also includes video from the Chef Campbell episode.)

Farrakhan: Whites Promote Birth Control For Black Women Because They Fear Being Minorities

March 4, 2013;

Louis Farrakhan, never one to shy away from making bold statements, kept it real with his mostly Black audience during his visit to a church in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Saturday, Michigan Live reports.

… Farrakhan delivered his message at Fountain Street Church. According to most reports, his message was warmly received. He was invited by the Grand Rapids Community College Black Student Union.

Joel McHale will serve up deeper dish of ‘Soup’ at LaughFest

March 4, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Joel McHale wants to take you deeper into the soup.

Joel McHale
When: 8 p.m. Saturday, March 9
Where: Grand Rapids Community College Ford Fieldhouse, 111 Lyon St. NW
Tickets: $32.50-$37.50 at

Shaquille O’Neal’s all-stars of comedy, D.L. Hughley, Finesse Mitchell and more, coming for LaughFest

March 4, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Shaquille ONeal, 15-time NBA All-Star, knows basketball. Shaq the recording artist with a platinum album for Shaq Diesel, knows rap.

… Gilda’s LaughFest 2013
What: Shaquille O’Neal’s All-Star Comedy Jam
When: 8 p.m. Friday, March 8
Where: GRCC’s Ford Fieldhouse, 111 Lyon St. NE
Tickets: $32.50-$49.50 from Ticketmaster.
More info: Call 616-735-HAHA (4242) or go to LaughFest’s website

Eagles sweep pair from Grand Rapids in walk-off fashion

March 5, 2013; WCTV

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (March 4, 2013) — John Price, Jr.’s two-out single in the bottom of the seventh scored Clay Fenwick and gave FCSAA No. 4 Tallahassee Community College a 6-5 walk-off win over Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College in game two of a doubleheader at Eagle Field on Monday afternoon.

KCC hoops programs in playoffs Tuesday

March 4, 2013; Battle Creek Enquirer

Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams at Kellogg Community College will try to continue their seasons on Tuesday and make a run in the NJCAA Division II Tournament.

… KCC (9-19) lost both games against Lansing CC (17-11) this season, each by five points. The winner will play the victor of Lake Michigan College vs. Grand Rapids CC on Friday, 5:30 p.m. at tournament host Delta College.

GRCC Bookstore gets new management team

Scott Peters

Scott Peters

Jennifer Rockafellow

Jennifer Rockafellow

We are pleased to announce the following management team updates at the Grand Rapids Community College Bookstore!

Please join us in welcoming new Bookstore Manager and GRCC alumnus, Scott Peters. Scott comes to us with a strong background in retail management and the book industry, holding previous roles at Random House Publishing as well as independent and “big-box” bookstores. He has an AA from Grand Rapids Community College and a BA in Communications from Michigan State University.

In addition, please congratulate former Assistant Store Manager Jennifer Rockafellow on her new position as Course Materials Manager. Jennifer has worked at the Grand Rapids Community College Bookstore for two years, and prior to that served in various roles at Michigan State University Bookstores.  She has a BA in Business Administration from the University of Northwestern Ohio.

Both Jennifer and Scott started their new positions in February. As we approach buyback season and summer term, we encourage all GRCC students, faculty and staff to call or visit the bookstore for any course materials questions or needs. You can also visit the bookstore website at

Southern barbecue/picnic-style lunch offered March 7, 2013

Luba, Josh & Tara are up to it again for Thursday!

How about a Southern Barbecue/Picnic style lunch? Thursday March 7th from 11:30-1:00 pm in the Heritage Dining Room there will be a delicious lunch served. Invite your co-workers and friends to come enjoy lunch with you!


Southern BBQ

  • Homemade Coleslaw
  • Cheddar Cornbread
  • Smoked BBQ Pulled Pork with Mini buns
  • BBQ Chicken
  • Creamed Spinach & Portobelo Mushrooms
  • Famous Mac & Cheese
  • Fruit Salad
  • Desserts & Drinks included

Price: $12.00 per person including beverages and desserts

Please pay at the door cash or check.

Reservations: Required!! Please RSVP to me – Julie Otte ( before Noon (12:00) on Wednesday March 6th. There will also be a sign up sheet available at Tuesdays lunch at The Heritage that Josh, Luba & Tara are hosting.

Location: The Heritage Dining Room 1st Floor ATC