GRCC In the News, 4-10-13

Senate budgets include no right-to-work penalties

April 9, 2013; Lansing State Journal

LANSING — Penalties for colleges, universities, school districts and communities that approved union contracts in the weeks leading up to right-to-work laws taking effect will not be included in the state Senate versions of those budgets.

But that doesn’t mean that the penalties — ranging from 15% cuts to universities to the loss of grant and incentive money for public schools and communities and no increase in funding for community colleges — will disappear.

The budget for community colleges was passed Tuesday morning and didn’t include the sanctions against the colleges, including Macomb and Grand Rapids Community Colleges, that approved contracts.

Woman appointed ‘face of the city’ as Grand Rapids comptroller

April 9, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Sara VanderWerff has been appointed to succeed Donijo DeJonge as city comptroller. The attorney, who has a degree in accounting and recently worked in banking, is scheduled to be sworn into office at 6:30 p.m. April 30.

(Story doesn’t mention this, but it includes a link to her resume showing that she attended GRCC.)

Meet the Double Neck Guitar Wizard

April 9, 2013; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Originally from Lansing, Michigan, Mark Kroos is one of the only people in the world that tours with his trade. His instrumental style is characterized by open harmonies, polyphonic textures, incredible tapping technique, and is as entertaining to watch as it is to listen to.

Mark’s live performances burst with energy drawing from influences in folk, Celtic, indie, and even punk rock music. You can watch him live at Grand Rapids Community College on Tuesday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the “International Guitar Series.”

Muskegon Community College recap: Rain washes out golf event

April 9, 2013; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — Poor weather conditions put a crimp on the Muskegon Community College athletic schedule again.

… SOFTBALL: The Jayhawks also have four dates this week, starting with a home doubleheader Tuesday against Glen Oaks Community College, weather permitting. Other games on the schedule are Wednesday at Lansing, Thursday at home vs. Ancilla College and Friday at home against Kalamazoo Valley.

MCC (13-15, 4-2) saw an eight-game win streak end Sunday with a 13-9 and 10-2 doubleheader loss to Grand Rapids Community College. Kayti Carlson, Brooke Agers and Alyssa Telling had three hits in the opener and Jessica Gillings went 2-for-3 in the nightcap for MCC.

Bruins baseball looks to stay hot

April 9, 2013; Battle Creek Enquirer

Winners in eight of its last 10 games, the Kellogg Community College baseball team is the hottest squad in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association.

Which is why the Bruins find themselves atop of the standings with a one game lead over both Grand Rapids CC and Muskegon CC.

Faculty invited to attend the Spring Blackboard Conference

mibuglogoOn Friday, April 19th faculty and staff from across the state will gather at Washtenaw Community College (Ann Arbor) for the Michigan Blackboard Users Group (miBUG) Spring Conference.  All faculty and staff are invited to attend and there is still time to register!  Just visit to register for the FREE conference.

The conference is entitled the “Blackboard Never Stop Learning Tour!” and the conference theme is “Emerging Trends and Instructional Innovation.”  Here is the most up to date schedule:

For more information, visit the miBUG site,

Hope to see you there!

RJG Master Molder I class scheduled for September 2013

The RJG Master Molder Certification Series is designed for the process technician, engineer or manager who needs to understand and demonstrate injection-molding skills at the machine. Anyone responsible for implementing a processing strategy in a plant or anyone held accountable for quality-control issues is a prime candidate for this training.

GRCC RJG Master Molder I class starts Sept. 5, 2013, and costs $3,195.  For more information, call (616) 234-3400 or click here.

Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing course begins May 13, 2013

Industry uses Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing to specify contractual requirements. Unfortunately, many people within industry have a flawed or incomplete understanding of the subject.

The Basic Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing course builds competence to correctly apply and interpret the rules, definitions, principles and symbols per the American National Standard, ASME Y14.5 – 2009, in only two days! This course provides a common language to improve communication, so set-up requirements and tolerance zones are clearly understood by all.

Topics include:

  • the rules, definitions, and symbols of ASME Y14.5-2009.
  • specified feature control frames.
  • specified datum reference frames.
  • the shape, size, and location of tolerance zones.
  • features size requirements given specified tolerances.

The course runs 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 13 and 14, 2013, at Leslie. E Tassell M-TEC. The registration fee is $585. For more information, click here.

Eco-fitness class to meet at Blandford Nature Center

GRCC is partnering with Blandford Nature Center in an eco-fitness wellness offering! It’s time to get outside, exercise in beautiful natural spaces, be healthy and active OUTSIDE of a traditional gym setting.

The class meets once per week for 6 weeks starting Thursday April 25th. The class time is 6:00-7:30 pm.

The class takes place at Blandford Nature Center, using the trails, farm lawn and schoolyard lawn. The length of the class is approximately 90 minutes.

Early sign up – $40.00 (until April 18) Checks made out to Blandford Nature Center

Late sign up – $60.00 (April 19-25) Checks made out to Blandford Nature Center

You can sign up or get more information by contacting Julie Otte (x3490) or