GRCC In the News, 4-5-13

A Move to Merit Pay

April 5, 2013; Inside Higher Ed

Michigan’s public institutions scrambled to approve new faculty contracts before March 28, when the state’s right-to-work law goes into effect. In the rush to ratify a contract two years in the making, faculty members at Grand Rapids Community College have accepted a deal that freezes their pay for two years and grants raises based on their performance only.

Student veterans: See how much West Michigan colleges have received in post-9/11 GI Bill benefits

April 4, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wound down over the past several years, the number of returning veterans enrolling in college has grown.

… In West Michigan, Grand Rapids Community College received $3.5 million in disbursements for 421 students. Davenport University brought in $4.2 million for 299 students.

Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts will host Festival of Arts’ 2013 Regional Art Exhibition

April 5, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Festival of Arts 2013 Regional Art Exhibition will be held in Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, the fourth home in four years for show that’s part of Festival of the Arts.

… Three jurors will select work for the 2013 exhibition. Larry Blovits, a professor of art at Aquinas College, will be juror for painting and drawing; Adam DeKracker, an associate professor of photography at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, will chose among photography submissions; and Scott Garrard, an assistant professor of ceramics, sculpture and 3D design at Grand Rapids Community College, will judge all three-dimensional and multimedia works.

GVSU signs transfer agreements with two more community colleges

April 4, 2013; The Holland Sentinel

Allendale — Grand Valley State University has signed transfer agreements with Alpena Community College and Mid Michigan Community College.

… GVSU has similar transfer agreements with Grand Rapids Community College, Muskegon Community College, West Shore Community College, Montcalm Community College, Lansing Community College, Macomb Community College and Northwestern Michigan College.

The predecessor of ArtPrize, Art.Downtown. returns in April to awaken our senses

April 4, 2013; MLive

Now that the temperatures are slowly climbing out of their below-freezing depths, and the sun is no longer retiring at six o’clock, it’s practically sinful to stay home another second, huddled under a mountain of blankets. The city is waking from hibernation; so should its residents. On April 12 the perfect pre-spring activity will commence: Art.Downtown. will feature the work of hundreds of local artists in over thirty city sites, 6-11 p.m.

Grand Rapids Trolley will be providing free trolley rides to transport Art.Downtown. visitors among seven locations, including the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Avenue for the Arts, SiTE:LAB, and Kendall College of Art and Design Graduate Studios. Maps and volunteers will also be available to provide any necessary information to gallivanting art lovers.

(GRCC isn’t mentioned, but it is a site for this event.)


Raider Salute to GRCCePRINT

A big Raider Salute from ISIS to GRCCePRINT – Matt Coullard and his design team, and Rachel Bower and her staff – for always producing on-time, high-quality work, with a positive, can-do attitude, no matter the rush. These professionals never fail to make us feel like they are working with us rather than for us. We are lucky to have you.


2014-15 SABBATICAL APPLICATIONS ARE DUE MARCH 13, 2014 but it is not too early to start planning for next year. Professor Mursalata Muhammad will be presenting a Sabbatical Planning Workshop at the Center for Teaching Excellence on Friday April 12, 2013, from 9:00 to 10:00 AM in 347 Main. To register, go to:

Lean Administration class scheduled for May 6, 2013

Participants in GRCC’s Lean Administration course will explore the role lean plays in providing superior customer satisfaction throughout the value chain. Application of the 5 P’s for waste reduction, as well as a systematic analysis of work flow, will help you identify processes that provide the biggest return to the customer.

The class, which costs $595, meets 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 6, 2013, in room 209 of Sneden Hall. To register, click here.

Facilities/apartment maintenance technician course launches in May 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 May 6 to Aug. 9, 2013, at Tassell M-TEC. The program costs $3,150 (payment plan available). To register, click here.

Careers in Aging Week: April 8-12, 2013


Join the Gerontology Club as we celebrate Careers in Aging Week. We will have a display table and materials outside of Winchester Alley the entire week featuring different careers in aging. We will also have a different area professional at the table for a two-hour block each day to represent and answer questions about their particular career discipline in aging.

Here is the schedule:

  • Monday, April 8, 2013 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM – Social Work.
  • Tuesday, April 9, 2013 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM – Recreational Therapy.
  • Wednesday, April 10, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM – Nursing.
  • Thursday, April 11, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM – Occupational Therapy/OTA.
  • Friday, April 12, 2013 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM – Business & Marketing.

Tower Climber safety course scheduled for April 22 through 24, 2013

The next session of GRCC’s NATE Tower Climber Fall Protection Training Standard class is scheduled for 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 22 through 24, 2013.

Using state of the art equipment and techniques, students are instructed in the skills necessary to work on and around towers. They will receive instruction in the operation of several forms of rescue devices, fall arrest systems and rescue procedures. Most of the training is performed in an indoor training facility at Tassell M-TEC that offers a controlled environment to focus on skills, build confidence and strengthen abilities.

The course includes classroom instruction and intensive, hands-on instruction. To register, click here.