Bring The Noise: A Night Of Empowerment Open Mic Night, April 8 at GRCC Library

In celebration of National Poetry Month and GRCC’s Pride Week, the StandOUT! Gay-Straight Alliance student group in partnership with GRCC Library is proud to present an open mic night, on April 8.

The event will be held on the second floor of the library at the Learning Resource Center. Doors and the sign up list opens at 6:00PM, performances begin at 6:15 and will go till 8:45PM.

The event is free and open to the public.

We’re looking to empower people whose voices have been held back in the past, be it because of color or sex, religion or orientation. This is the night to lift those voices up. This is the night to let amplifier, mic, and tongue work in tandem to shake the air with words, music, or just plain sound.

Bring your anger, bring your pain. Bring your joy and your victories, your sorrow and defeat. Bring the whole package because that’s what we are as people. We aren’t a few slices of adjectives or characteristics, we are being, whole and complete and as such we have the right to let our voices be heard.

So whatever you bring, know that you are bringing it to a stage built on love. Held up by beams of respect in the aims of peace and the hope that when we use our voices Monday night, that we can carve a place of unity in this world.

For more information, check out StandOUT!’s Facebook page for the event — you do not need to RSVP to attend — or contact Lisa Rabey at

Sneden Shuttle will run during summer session

Due to the construction in the Main and Cook buildings this summer, a number of classes are being relocated to Sneden Hall. Therefore, the college will run the Sneden Shuttle this summer only in order to support the increased number of students and faculty needing access to the DeVos Campus.

The shuttle will run Monday through Thursday from 7:30 am to 5:45 pm during the summer session. (The shuttle does not run between sessions or on holidays.) Any questions, please contact Student Life at 234-4160.

GRCC In the News, 4-3-13

GRCC granted $75k for job training

April 2, 2013; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – A $75,000 grant to Grand Rapids Community College will give students support before and during job training courses.

Butterflies inspire books

April 2, 2013; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Matt Douglas is an author as well as a professor at Michigan State University and Grand Rapids Community College and he’s sharing his knowledge about butterflies with children through his books.

Exam Cram for Winter 2013 Semester

Yes, it’s time for Exam Cram!  What is Exam Cram? Think extended quiet study hours in the library, smiling tutors and librarians, along with beverages and snacks to keep study strength up and stress levels down!

* Faculty and staff, please share this news with students.

Spring 2013 Exam Cram will be held:

  • Sat. 4/27/2013 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Sun. 4/28/2012 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Exam Cram is co-sponsored by Academic Support, Campus Activities and Library & Learning Commons. There will be librarians and tutors in multiple subject areas available during Exam Cram hours.  Please park in the Bostwick (Main) parking lot. No registration required.  Tutoring subjects may be limited.  See our SubjectGuide for more information on this event!

April Learning Opportunities from Staff Development

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


Being a Leader Where You Are

Wed April 10, 2013

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

122 LRC

No matter what your vantage point in an organization you may exercise leadership. This workshop will examine how through your own actions, you may influence the climate and facilitate change through subtle yet effective leadership. Your ability to implement these approaches is not dependent on where you fall on the organizational chart. Learning Objectives: determine your communication/leadership style, explore a new definition of leadership, review tips on how to influence your environment. Workshop presented by Tamber Bustance and Kathleen Owens.


Problem Solving and Decision Making: principles for creating and experiencing greater personal and career success

Thu April 11, 2013

8:30-11:30 AM

Room 2266, Russel H. Kirkhof Center, GVSU Allendale Campus

The nature of your early experiences and environment notwithstanding, your attitudes and behaviors have contributed significantly to your condition in life, personally and professionally. Who do you want to become? What do you want to experience and accomplish in the months and years ahead? The gaps between where you are now and where you want to be in the future are “problems.” Navigating the challenges, obstacles and opportunities you encounter at work and in your personal life involves “decision making.” This workshop will help you: 1) Recognize that you can have greater personal and career success 2) Utilize a framework for defining problems and opportunities 3) Make decisions and seize opportunities with greater ease and consistency 4) Improve your performance and results- at home and at work 5) Enjoy everyday life more. Workshop presented by Renwick Brutus, MBA; Founder & CEO, Achievement Resources LLC.


Flourish at Work: Performing at your peak and managing a successful career

Thu April 11, 2013

12-2:00 PM

Room 302E, Richard M. DeVos Center, GVSU Pew Campus, GR

You are in a position to drive your career and not let your career drive you. This workshop is all about the drive and steering your career in the right direction. We’ll begin by looking at what makes your job great and where some tweaks might be needed. What strategies you can take to flourish in what works and change what doesn’t. We’ll also talk about career re-engagement and how personal and professional development parlay into success. Finally, we’ll address the imperative ingredients in peak performance, including: time management, relating well with others, having a positive attitude, taking responsibility for successes and failures and offering superior customer service. Workshop presented by Kim Monaghan.


Bullying in the Workplace

Mon April 15, 2013

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

122 LRC

GRCC is committed to providing an academic and work environment that respects the dignity of individuals and groups. All forms of harassment are contrary to basic standards of acceptable conduct between individuals. This training helps participants recognize and react to workplace bullying. Workshop presented by Tamber Bustance and Kathleen Owens.


Whole Foods-tips to eliminate processed foods

Tue April 16, 2013

9:30-11:00 AM

130 ATC

This workshop explores delicious, easy whole foods that pack the most punch and tips to eliminate processed foods. Learning Objectives: Students will learn what foods are valuable to add to their diets along with tips to eliminate processed foods from their diet. Workshop presented by Jennifer Pohlman, Owner of Sip Organic Juice Bar.


Leadership Your Team Will Follow

Wed April 17, 2013

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

147 ATC

What are the hallmarks of a great leader? To begin, a great leader is one who understands the importance of capitalizing on the strengths of their team. They also know the importance of creating a healthy and positive work environment by fostering clear and open lines of communication. Finally, great leaders rally their team to align their personal and professional visions with your overall department / organization goals. In this interactive workshop, you will discover: 1) What makes you a great leader and where are your growth opportunities 2) How conducting a SWOTS analysis of your department/organization is imperative for goal attainment 3) Ways to empower your team, help them realize their potential, and foster great working relationships 4) That the admission of weakness doesn’t equate to failure, but rather provides a platform for modeling professional growth and empowerment. Workshop presented by Kim Monaghan.


Power of Play

Wed April 17, 2013

10-11:30 AM

114 Cook Hall

Play is not only important to the developing minds of children, but in preparing our workforce of tomorrow, building innovation today, and improving our collective quality of life in this community. Learning Objectives: Participants will learn about the role of play, the science behind it and how it can impact and improve our daily performance in and out of the office.  Workshop presented by Adrienne Brown from Grand Rapids Children’s Museum.


The Career Portfolio: Developing Professional Career Documents

Thu April 18, 2013

9-11:00 AM

304 Sneden

This workshop focuses on developing the contents of the career portfolio: Resume, Cover Letter and References, etc. We will cover content, composition and style with emphasis on creating polished documents that make an impact and stand apart from the competition. We will also take a look at current trends and how a key part of your portfolio includes a professional social media presence. Workshop presented by Kim Monaghan.


Alzheimer and Caregiver Support Group

Thu April 18, 2013

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Room 2264, Russel H. Kirkhof Center, GVSU Allendale Campus

Whether you are caring for an aging loved one who can no longer live without your help or for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, GVSU recognizes the challenges that you are facing. Being a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or someone who is unable to live independently, is known for placing a great burden on the caregiver. The pressures can be wide-ranging, and touch the social, psychological, physical and economic facets of the caregiver’s life. Get the support that you need by attending the GVSU Caregiver and Alzheimer’s Support Group. The group is facilitated by Cindy Beel-Bates, associate professor of nursing, and Sue Sloop, Work Life Connections consultant. Join us: You don’t have to go it alone!


Excel-Functions and Formulas

Thu April 18, 2013

2-4:00 PM

351 Main

This is an advanced class in Excel. Participants must have a working knowledge and feel fairly comfortable in Excel to be prepared for this class. Participants will use Excel to streamline and enhance spreadsheets with templates, charts, graphics and formulas. They will apply usual elements and advanced formulas to a worksheet to display data in various formats. Learning Objectives: manage large workbooks, manage cell and range names, calculate data across worksheets, use specialized functions, analyze data with logical and look up functions, sort or filter worksheet or table data, calculate data in a table or worksheet. Workshop presented by Bruce Morrison.


Disability 101

Fri April 19, 2013

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

336 SCC

This session will emphasize the function of the GRCC Disability Support Services Office, ADA law, civil rights issues, common types of disabilities seen in a college setting, available accommodations, determination of appropriate accommodations, faculty and staff responsibilities, consultation opportunities, and considerations for faculty/staff while assisting students. Workshop presented by Sarah Rose and Karen Murphy.


Generational Differences in the 21st Century Workplace

Wed April 24, 2013

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

122 LRC

For the first time in US history, at least four generations are in the workplace where we live, work and play. As Americans are extending their careers we are seeing a phenomenon. Companies large and small are looking to maximize their work force performance. Because each generation has its own culture, history and life experiences, conflicts and misunderstanding become more frequent. Communication between generations is needed but understanding an individual’s generational tendency and internal messaging is the first step in finding resolution within the multi-generational workforce. Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, the learner will: Identify and understand the current generations in the workforce; Understand their historical context, values and beliefs; Know how the different generations approach work, overtime, leisure and family in very different, yet equally valid, manners. Workshop presented by Tamber Bustance and Kathleen Owens.

Personal Trainer Certification Course begins April 29, 2013

If you enjoy helping others and are passionate about good health, you could become a certified personal trainer!

GRCC’s Personal Trainer Certification Course gives you hands-on, interactive learning opportunities, including knowledge of overall wellness components. Our training prepares you to take the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT) Certification exam. The exam fee and a one-year membership in the National Strength and Conditioning Association are included in the tuition. A competency-based, 36-hour internship gives you real-life skills application.

Many people who receive the NSCA Personal Trainer certification go on to work in an entry-level position at a fitness center, health club, or corporate wellness department. You can even start your own business!

Classes start April 29, 2013. To register, click here.

Continuing education hours available to social workers

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

  • 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, 2013, 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.