GRCC hosts West Michigan Construction Summit

Thursday, March 7th, GRCC hosted the 1st Annual West Michigan Construction Summit!

GRCC, along with City of Grand Rapids, CSM Group, Fifth Third Bank, Kellogg’s, Kent County, and Spartan Stores hosted approximately (75) skilled trades contractors at Sneden Hall, all eager to secure business with the owners.

The Summit was done in a speed dating format, allowing all owners to give a brief overview of current opportunities and also allowed each contractor to brief owners on their capabilities. It was a wonderful day of networking facilitating owner/contractor and B2B (business to business) connections.

This is just one of our efforts towards achieving the objectives of CAP (CollegeActionProject) 3.1.3 – GRCC Capital Projects: Business Community Engagement.

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2 New Online Courses Developed at GRCC!

GRCC is focused on providing flexible learning options that meet students needs.  The work of building and offering distance learning courses is captured in the College’s Access End statement which is: “GRCC minimizes the barriers of time, place, cost, and educational preparation levels so that all members of the community have an opportunity to participate in college programs.”

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!

CO 235 “Advanced LAN for Windows Server”, developed by Katie Vandermeer
GH 110 “Medical Terminology 1”, developed by Mary Godfrey

Thank you for advancing online learning at GRCC!

Federal Career Day features Patrick Miles

U.S Western Michigan District Attorney Patrick Miles will talk about transitioning from high school and college to a federal career during Grand Rapids Community College’s Federal Career Day on March 13.

Mr. Miles will speak about “Building Bridges: from High School to College to a Federal Career” at 6:30 p.m. in room 108 of Sneden Hall.

GRCC will also mark both Criminal Justice Month and Federal Career Day with a federal career fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m. March 19 in room 108.


GRCC In the News, 3-8-13

GRCC hosts Spring Job Fair, March 13

March 7, 2013; The Holland Sentinel

Grand Rapids Community College students and the West Michigan community will get a chance to interact with more than 45 potential employers who have 900 positions to fill during a job fair at the GRCC Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center, 151 Fountain St. NE, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 13.

Smoking ban in Grand Rapids parks is worth discussing as we decide public’s role in promoting health

March 8, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — There is a fine line between being a nanny state and protecting residents while being good stewards of city resources. Grand Rapids has the opportunity for a discussion about where that line gets drawn.

… It certainly wouldn’t be the first time smoking was banned in some outdoor areas. Grand Rapids Community College prohibits puffing anywhere on campus, as do high schools. Fifth Third Ballpark limits smokers to two small areas.

Laser scanning company puts real objects into 3D imaging

March 7, 2013; MLive

ZEELAND, MI – Want a 3D CAD diagram of a skateboard you hand-built in your garage so you can put it in production? Diverse Dimensions can scan you one.

… The firm specializes in laser scanning and digitizing precise space and measurements for engineering, manufacturing construction companies and other industries. It does work for companies ranging from Herman Miller and Steelcase to J.R. Automation Technologies and Grand Rapids Community College.

… “GRCC is remodeling one of its buildings and we’re going to be doing a 3D capture of the HVAC installation and all of the utility lines so they will know exactly what’s there when they cover it all with a new ceiling,” Mass said.

Grand Rapids Christian graduate leads streaking GRCC men’s basketball team

March 7, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Those who watched Alex Mustert play in high school at Grand Rapids Christian might not recognize him these days.

The 2010 Eagles’ graduate is taller, bigger and stronger, and he’s playing a different position for the streaking Grand Rapids Community College men’s basketball team.

Panthers sweep Grand Rapids

March 7, 2013; Highlands Today (Tampa, Fla.)

AVON PARK — The South Florida State College Panthers lost a seven-run lead in the seventh inning, fell behind in the eighth inning, but were able to pull out a 10-9 victory in the bottom of the eighth in the first game of their doubleheader against the Grand Rapids Community College Raiders of Michigan on Tuesday.

Kalamazoo Valley CC women’s basketball team’s big first half leads to regional semifinal win over Grand Rapids, 68-50

March 8, 2013; MLive

UNIVERSITY CENTER, MI — Once again the Kalamazoo Valley Community College women’s basketball team’s depth was a factor in winning a game.

This was a big win, too. KVCC defeated Grand Rapids CC, 68-50, in the Region XII District G regional semifinals Thursday at Delta College.

Advance Manufacturing Series classes start in March 2013

Classes in GRCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Series begin in March 2013:

  • Print Reading for Manufacturing II runs 1-5 p.m. March 12. It costs $65; to register, click here.
  • Measuring and Gaging for Manufacturing runs 8 a.m. to noon March 21. Measurements provide evidence to your customer that your parts meet the specification. Accurate use and effective care of instruments and gages is essential for operators and inspectors. It costs $65; to register, click here.
  • Problem Solving – 8 Steps & 5 Whys Overview runs 2-6 p.m. March 27.  A standard process for solving problems and generating corrective actions allows your company to respond quickly, consistently and effectively when issues arise. Experience with the techniques, analysis and structure of problem-solving models helps maximize team members’ contribution to the effort. It costs $65; to register, click here.
  • 5S – Organizing the Workplace Overview runs 8 a.m. to noon March 28. The 5S is a foundational technique in lean manufacturing. This module is a simulation designed to create an awareness of the impact of a clean, organized workplace on attitudes, safety, quality and productivity. It costs $65; to register, click here.