GRCC In the News, 4-2-13

$75,000 grant will help strengthen job training opportunities at GRCC

April 2, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Community College has received a $75,000 job training grant, dollars aimed at helping adult students learn new skills and find employment.

New GRCC music course teaches how to promote a band, build a career

April 1, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A new course being launched this fall by Grand Rapids Community College aims to give students the skills to prosper in the music industry.

Introduction to Music Business will teach students topics such as how to make a concert tour profitable, using social media to promote a band and how to reach out and understand how music providers such as iTunes and Spotify work.

Delta College baseball finally on the field for MCCAA-opening doubleheader

April 1, 2013; MLive

CENTREVILLE, Mich. — Delta College was disappointed with a doubleheader split, but excited that baseball season has arrived.

… The Pioneers (8-6 overall, 1-1 MCCAA) take the field in a non-conference contest Monday at Alma College before traveling to Henry Ford on Tuesday and Muskegon on Thursday. They are scheduled to play their first home contest next Saturday when they host perennial power Grand Rapids Community College.

Condolences to Jennifer Smith

Frank Smith, the father of Jennifer Smith, in GRCC’s Woodrick Diversity Learning Center, passed away unexpectedly this past Saturday.  Please keep Jennifer and her family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Visitation is scheduled for noon to 1 p.m. April 4 at  Zaagman’s Funeral Home,  2800 Burton St., with a memorial service starting at 1 p.m.

Tassell M-TEC surpasses book donation goal

IMG_20130329_114258_571_1During March, National Reading Month, the Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC participated in the Read n’ Give Campaign through The LEAGUE Michigan and Heart of West Michigan United Way. These organizations collected books from schools and organizations all over West Michigan and will distribute them to Schools of Hope, Camp Blodgett, and the Salvation Army. GRCC was asked to put its name first on the list of those who read the book, and the next child to read it will then donate to someone else.

We set a goal of donating 50 books, but far exceeded this goal by collecting and donating 158 books to this campaign. A huge thank you goes out to everyone who participated in this project!

Severe Weather Awareness Week is April 6-13

Michigan’s Severe Weather Awareness Week is April 6 through 13, so it’s a good time for GRCC faculty and staff to review tornado shelter locations. To learn about GRCC procedures and shelter locations, click here.

Safety experts recommend seeking underground shelter in the event of a tornado or severe storm, but if that’s unavailable, seek an interior room or hallway on the lowest floor. For other storm safety tips, click here.

Wellness Department Continues to Give the Health and Fitness Certification Scholarship

This is the third year of the Health and Fitness Certification Scholarship.  Donor and scholarship coordinator is Wellness Department Professor Melanie Schiele Gady.  This year the scholarship recipients so far are Jonathan (Wes) Rushing and Amanda Miehle.  Adding to this scholarship recipient list this year is student Megan Munger.  Megan will be using her scholarship to pursue an American Council on Exercise (ACE) certification as a Personal Trainer.  Congratulations to Megan and all of the other past recipients of this scholarship.

Teaching with Technology Session This Friday

What technologies do you use in the classroom? Are you getting the most out of them? Are there other tools that may enhance your teaching? Come to 109 Cook this Friday (April 5) from 9:00 – 10:30 for a session on teaching with technology. Mursalata Muhammad from the English Department will facilitate a session entitled “Your Teaching, Their Learning, and Technology.” During the session, she will discuss a variety of instructional technology tools you can use and will help you understand how best to implement technology in your own classroom.

Even though it is only April, planning for your Fall courses will be ramping up before you know it, and this is a great opportunity to develop some new techniques and ideas. You can register for the session at, and can see a full calendar of Center for Teaching Excellence events at

 If you have any questions or have problems registering, contact us at Register now, as space in each session is limited.

Thanks, and we hope to see you in the CTE!

Matt Douglas has two book signings in April 2013

Dr. Matt Douglas, of GRCC’s Biological Sciences Department, has two book signings during April 2013.

He will be signing copies of Butterfly Chronicles: Mattie the Monarch, Buddy the Buzzbomber, and Zoe the Blue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m April 5 at Schuler Books, 2660 28th St.  SE. The illustrator, former GRCC zoology student Brandy Van Zalen, will be there, and adults will be able to handle Monarch butterflies and caterpillars, feed them, and observe all preserved specimens of fantastic butterflies and moths.

A second book signing is scheduled for 11 a.m. April 20 at Pooh’s Corner Bookstore, 1886 Breton Road SE.