GRCC In the News, 5-2-13

Biker safety gets a boost

May 1, 2013; Battle Creek Enquirer

Led by Michigan’s Secretary of State, about 30 motorcyclists rode Wednesday to promote safety.

… They chose the site because for more than a year the base has offered a motorcycle training class through Grand Rapids Community College for both members of the Guard and civilians. Senior Master Sgt. Michael LaBruzzy said several people have been trained to conduct the classes and 375 people have taken them in the last year.

… The state has worked with Grand Rapids Community College for six years to provide motorcycle training to 3,600 people, according to Fiona Hert, dean of the School of Workforce Development at the college.

More than 120,000 people have attended training since 2001.

No answer to the call button: Nursing shortage looms in Michigan

May 2, 2013; Bridge magazine

In 2007, warning of a nurse shortage in Michigan and long admission waiting lists for nursing schools, then- Gov. Jennifer Granholm proclaimed: “Something’s wrong with this picture and we are going to fix it.”

… At Grand Rapids Community College, the wait list for its RN program is 3.5 to 4 years. And it has been that length for several years, according to Michelle Richter, GRCC’s nursing school director.

Tassell M-TEC hosts celebration for Anthony Helmholdt, Joseph Knol

This week, the Tassell M-TEC said goodbye to Anthony Helmholdt and welcomed back to Joseph Knol. Tony filled in for Joe as Automotive Lab Assistant for both Automotive Technology and the Job Training Automotive Program for about 12 weeks while Joe was on medical leave. We are so grateful to Tony for a job well done and thrilled to have Joe back with a clean bill of health. To celebrate the occasion, students and staff surprised Joe and Tony with cake, fruit and treats!

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Mechanical Design students pass Certified SolidWorks Associate exam

Many of our Mechanical Design students passed the Certified SolidWorks Associate exam. This select group of six students represents the first group to pass the Certified SolidWorks Professional exam. Congratulations to these students who passed this rigorous assessment.

From left: Hung Nguyen, Zachary Warren, Minh Ngo, Steven Zarzacki, Paul Lamb and Emily Vonk.

From left: Hung Nguyen, Zachary Warren, Minh Ngo, Steven Zarzacki, Paul Lamb and Emily Vonk.

Nitrous oxide administration course offered in May 2013

Would you like to fulfill state Board of Dentistry rules on nitrous oxide administration for dental hygienists and registered dental assistants? GRCC’s program will show you the latest equipment and methods of nitrous oxide administration.

Registered hygienists must complete both the lecture and the hands-on clinical portion of the program to fulfill the eight-hour state requirement. The course is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 17, 2013, at GRCC’s Applied Technology Center, 151 Fountain NE. It costs $335. To register, click here.

Registered  assistants need to complete a five-hour requirement. The course runs 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 17 at ATC and costs $235. To register, click here.