GED, ESL orientations scheduled for August 2013

Next GED® orientation:

August 19, 2013, please call 616-234-3040 for more information.

Participant requirements for GED® preparation program:

•Must be 20 years of age.
•Must attend an orientation.
•Must take all required tests.
•Must have a valid Michigan issued ID or Passport.
•Must pay $25, non-refundable, registration fee per semester.
•All GED® preparation classes are given in English only.  If you are a second language learner you might be required to also take the CASAS tests for English proficiency.

Next ESL orientation:

August 26, 2013, please call 616-234-3172 for more information.

Participant requirements for ESL Program:

•Must be 20 years of age.
•Must attend an orientation and appraisal
•Must take pre-tests
•Must score 181 – 235 on the CASAS Pre-test to be eligible in our program per state requirements.
•Must have a valid Michigan issued ID or Passport
•Must pay $25, non-refundable, registration fee per semester.

GRCC In the News, 4-24-13

Questions loom as GRCC ties faculty raises to performance evaluations

April 24, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – As faculty from Grand Rapids Community College start class next fall, they’ll face a system that until now has never existed at the nearly century-old institution — pay increases based on merit.

Kent County Project SEARCH – CWC Awards

April 22, 2013; WOOD TV

Grand Rapids, MI (WOODTV) – Making the transition from high school or college into the working world can be a difficult process for anyone. It can be even more difficult for students with disabilities. This Connecting with Community Awards finalist partners with local business and local schools to help train, coach and prepare students with disabilities to better be prepared for the real world of work.

(GRCC is mentioned in the video that goes with this story.)

April 23, 2013; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — Two of the top teams in the Michigan Junior College Athletic Association baseball race square off Tuesday.

Muskegon Community College, which is 12-5 in league play and third in the standings, travels to take on second-place Grand Rapids Community College in a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m.


This challenge runs May 13-17. Employees can go online and log their trips for:

  • Biking
  • Busing
  • Walking
  • Car pooling
  • Long boarding
  • Rollerblading
  • And more!

With $100 gift cards up for grabs DAILY and grand prizes at week’s end for the winning corporation AND individual prizes, your organization won’t want to miss out on competing in this city-wide initiative.

With any questions regarding how the challenge works or the week’s activities, please feel free to contact me.

Julie Otte x3490

Construction trades First Aid/CPR course set for May 2013

Prepare for and prevent medical emergencies in the construction trades industry with the First Aid/CPR Initial Certification course. This course covers primary assessment, heart problems, fractures, wounds and bandaging, stroke and shock management, eye injury, dislocation and splinting, obstructed airways, exposure to cold, control of bleeding, electrical injuries, back, head and neck injuries, epileptic seizures, and one-rescuer CPR. Sessions are scheduled for 6-10 p.m. May 8 and 15, 2013, at the Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC. The cost is $60. To register, click here.

After completion, you will be certified in First Aid/CPR and will receive an official card. Initial certification expires two years after completion. To maintain certification, you must then take a recertification class. The next session is set for 6-10 p.m. April 18 at Tassell M-TEC for $50. To register, click here.

Michael Flanagan Memorial Golf Outing raises funds for scholarships


Please join the GRCC Foundation at the 30th Annual GRCC Michael Flanagan Memorial Golf Outing to be held on Thursday, May 23, 2013. The day is complete with lunch, golf, dinner and amazing raffle items! Support GRCC student scholarships while spending some time with friends on the links.

Please complete the registration form at this site or contact Trish Castiglione at 616-234-3739 or

For more information on the 30th Annual Michael Flanagan Memorial Golf Outing, click here.

Library hosts Exam Cram

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!

ACT/SAT writing workshop to be held May 11, 2013

GRCC’s ACT/SAT writing workshop is designed to help students understand the expectations for taking the essay portions of the ACT and SAT exams. The workshop highlights eight characteristics that graders of the exams are looking for and teaches students strategies for meeting the expectations.

The goal of the workshop is to help students understand the testing expectations and situation in order to give them the confidence to meet this challenge. Students are encouraged to ask questions and to use the skills of the workshop as they practice independently.

Students will:

  • analyze sample essays.
  • learn to use the prompts to formulate their answers.
  • practice writing thesis statements and introductions.
  • learn about how to incorporate support in essays.
  • write a practice essay.
  • receive a critique of their writing with recommendations.

The workshop will be held 1-4 p.m. May 11, 2013, and costs $42. You have to be 14 or older to attend the workshops. To register, click here.

Learning Opportunities from Staff Development

For the twelfth year we are pleased to offer a unique form of professional development for GRCC employees.

This work has grown out of the Formation work of Dr. Parker J. Palmer, noted educational leader and author, and builds upon a decade of Formation work at GRCC for leaders, faculty, and staff. In addition, Grand Rapids Community College is part of a network of colleges, health care organizations, K-12 districts, philanthropic organizations, law firms, government agencies, and community leaders engaged in this form of deep professional development. More info on the national work can be found at the Center for Courage and Renewal and Richland Colleges Center for Renewal and Wholeness in Higher Education.

For three days, GRCC faculty and staff are invited to step away from their daily work activities to consider the personal and professional questions of working at the college. The themes and questions to consider Include:

  • Why were you called to this work?
  • What is the intention of your work?
  • How do you stay renewed in your role?

These retreats offer a safe space to pose questions, seek answers, examine motives, and explore new ideas about the most important work we do at the college. The goal is to help those who work at GRCC sustain and renew their passion, enthusiasm, and commitment to the students, their colleagues, the college, and the communities they serve.

In this retreat, skilled facilitators help create a quiet, focused, and disciplined space in which participants can pause and reflect on their own beliefs about working at the college. In large group, small group, and solitary settings, we will explore the intersection of our personal and professional lives, making use of stories from our own journeys, and insights from poets, storytellers, and various wisdom traditions. These retreats strive to develop a deeper understanding of how your role at the college intersects with who you are as a person.

Grounded in reflective practice, these retreats have sufficient research based evidence supporting a positive impact on the development of employees and their organization(s).

Introduction to Formation Retreat:

Begins at 5:00 PM Wed, June 19, 2013 and ends with lunch on Fri, June 21, 2013

Location: The Gilchrist Retreat Center near Three Rivers, MI

This retreat is for any Faculty or Staff member who HAS NOT PARTICIPATED in a previous Formation Retreat.


Continuing Formation Retreat:

Begins at 5:00 PM Sunday June 16, 2013 and ends with lunch on Tuesday June 18, 2013.

Location: The Gilchrist Retreat Center near Three Rivers, MI

This retreat is for any Faculty or Staff member who HAS PARTICIPATED in a previous Formation Retreat, and would like to revisit the experience.

You can register for either retreat at  or call Staff Development at 616.234.4285. If you have questions about the retreat, feel free to email Frank Conner at, call him at 616.234.3612, or contact Judy Jankowski at or call her at 616.234.4409.

Participation is open to all GRCC employees and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. We can only accommodate 10 participants per retreat, so make certain to enroll early if you are interested. Participants must commit to all three days of the series. The cost of this event is covered by Staff Development.


Vending equipment to leave Main’s fourth floor

In order to make way for the Summer renovation projects scheduled in the Main Building this Summer, all of the vending equipment on fourth floor Main will be removed during the week of April 29, 2013.  It will return to fourth floor Main following the renovation work this Summer in late August. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  All other vending locations on Campus will remain in full service through the Summer.