Raider Salute to organizers of Armen Awards

A Raider Salute to everybody who made the Armen Awards happen this year — particularly Armen Oumedian, Michael Schavey, the GRCC Project Teams, and also the Armen judges.

What great fun and also such a positive experience to help change the lives of people and get connected to other organizations and businesses in our community. We grow stronger when we work together!

Thank you for your hard work!

Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing course starts 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.


This travel award is for fun, enjoyment, and relaxation. It is not intended to supplement any faculty, staff or administrator’s professional development travel funds. A cash award of up to $400 will be given to any full or part-time GRCC employee who completes the following requirements and has his or her essay judged the best to fulfill the employee’s intention to relax, enjoy and have fun.


1. Submit an essay (500 words or less) telling how you intend to use thecash award for fun, enjoyment, relaxation. The more unusual, the better!

2. Essays will not be judged on spelling, writing style, organization, usage or grammar.

3. Essays may be hand-written or typed. Do not put your name on the essay. Attach to the essay a sealed envelope containing your name and phone number. Write the last four numbers of your social security number in the upper right hand corner of the first page of the essay and on the outside of the envelope. Send the essay and envelope to Mary Reed, Grand Rapids Community College Foundation Office. All essays must be received by Friday, May 3, 2013.

4. All award winners will be notified by May 10, 2013.

For more information you may contact Mary Reed (616)234-3930 or

Schedule changes for campus dining operations

Campus dining operations will remain open the week of 4-29 through 5-3-13 with the following hours of operation:

Monday 4/29 – Wednesday 5/1

Normal business hours for all locations

Thursday 5/2

Raider Grille- 7am-2pm (close 1 hour early)

Quiet Cafe- 7am-5pm (close 1 hour early)

Sneden Cafe- 7am-2:30pm (no evening service)

Friday 5/3

All dining services CLOSED for graduation.

All dining operations will be closed for the week of 5/6 – 5/10. The Sneden Cafe & Quiet Cafe will re-open on 5/13/13.

Thank you

GRCC In the News, 4-26-13

Students celebrate end of year at GRCC’s Noorthoek Academy

April 26, 2013; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) — Dozens of special needs students are celebrating their accomplishments at Grand Rapids Community College’s Noorthoek Academy.

Teddy’s Transport, Doug Hekman claim state’s top small-business honors

April 25, 2013; The Holland Sentinel

Holland — A pair of local companies are being honored as Michigan’s top owner and company by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce announced.

Teddy’s Transport, a second-generation family trucking company in Holland, has been named the 2013 Michigan Family-Owned Small Business of the Year.

… “My mom and dad started the business and they owned if for 15 years. My husband and I have been running it for 16 years,” she said. “Now, my daughters are following us into it. Ashley, 23, is our compliance coordinator, and Mikayla, 19, is a freshman marketing major at Grand Rapids Community College and she has helped me with sales.”

Students graduate with Personal Chef Certificate

On the evening of Tuesday April 23, the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education had a celebratory moment when 10 Culinary students created history by being the first to graduate with a Personal Chef Certificate. The PC Program is the latest program in SICE’S offerings and was developed just over two years ago. This moment was particularly special because less than five similar programs exist nationally and GRCC is the first Community College; proving that GRCC continues to develop programs of distinction.

Congratulations! To see photos, click here.

Faculty Finals Relaxer and DLIT Drop In

Celebrate final exam time with Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies!

Simply drop by any time between 8 and 5PM on Wednesday, May 1st for some time to relax and to enjoy some snacks and refreshments!

If you have questions about final grading or setting up your courses on Blackboard for summer, we can discuss those too over some coffee or cookies.

What:  Faculty Finals Relaxer and DLIT Drop In
When:  Wednesday, May 1st from 8 AM to 5 PM
Where:  316 Main Building

See you next week!

Congratulations to the Math Awareness Month Winners

Math Awareness Month Contest WinnerGrand Prize winners were drawn from the pool of entries with correct answers to the Math Awareness Month Contest. The Student Grand Prize winner is Austin Rusnell. The Staff Grand Prize winner is Michelle Sereday from the Academic Support Center. The attached photo shows Michelle with her sweatshirt that was generously donated by the GRCC Bookstore. Everyone who entered the contest received a special edition GRCC Mathematics Department windup LED flashlight.