Pena and Floyd Certified Zumba Instructors

image_8Angie Pena and Cheryl Floyd from HR are proud to announce that they completed an invigorating 8 hour day of dancing working out at the YMCA with 57 others who were getting licensed. Angie is now a Zumba Licenced Instructor, and Cheryl was re-certified in Zumba Basic and also became a Zumba Gold Instructor. Together, they get to teach their first Zumba class this summer starting Wednesdays July 1st- August 16th from 5:30pm-6:15pm at the Spectrum Theater – and they are looking forward to seeing you there!  E-mail Julie Otte at to register or just show up.

The cost for the classes is $20.00 per session and you may participate in as many classes as you would like. Feel free to invite your friends, neighbors, and significant other! We’d be happy to have them too!

SUMMER 2013 Staff Development Exercise Schedule:

The first session is: May 13, 2013 through June 28, 2013

The second session is: July 1, 2013 through August 16, 2013

These sessions include:


202 Tassell M-Tec
12:15-1:00 PM Julie Otte


Spectrum Theater
5:30-6:30 PM Cheryl Floyd


Core Barre
Spectrum Theater
12:15-1:00 PM Jolanta Lanier

Urban Eco Trek (First Session)
Meet at Ford Fieldhouse
5:30-6:30 Cheryl Floyd

Zumba (Second Session)
Spectrum Theater
5:30-6:15 Cheryl Floyd/Angie Pena


Tae Kwon Do
Spectrum Theater
5:30-6:15 PM Paul Herdegen

No classes offered for the summer

GRCC In the News, 5-16-13

GRCC’s $700,000 job training grant targets low-income, displaced workers

May 15, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Job training programs at Grand Rapids Community College will get a boost thanks to a $700,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

GRCC accepting applications for vacant board position

May 14, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is accepting applications for an opening on its seven-member board of trustees.

Queen Anne gem on 2013 Heritage Hill Tour of Homes was ‘adopted, not purchased,’ say proud new owners

May 16, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Marie Koster sums up their relationship with the elegant home they are opening up for this weekend’s Heritage Hill Tour of Homes like this:

“It was an adoption, not a purchase,” says Koster of the 122-year-old Queen Anne style home her family moved into last July.

… On the weekend of the tour, tickets are $20 and available only at the Grand Rapids Community College DeVos Campus, 435 E. Fulton Street.

Kalamazoo Valley CC softball falls into early hole, can’t climb out in national tourney-opening loss

May 15, 2013; MLive

Kalamazoo Valley Community College softball players and coaches have had their backs against the wall at different moments this season, and each time the Cougars have responded well.

… “Our backs are against the wall, but they’ve been there a lot this season. Every time our backs have been against the wall, we’ve come back and fight and played hard and played Cougar softball,” KVCC coach Mike Clark said.

“When Grand Rapids beat us, we went on a run. When we lost in the state tournament, we went on a run. We’ve just got to win our first game tomorrow and go from there. I expect to win that game tomorrow, not just hoping to.”

New parking readers for students

New parking readers have been installed in the GRCC student parking ramps. Students will continue to swipe their student RaiderCards to enter and exit the ramps.

Please note that due to the new readers’ design, students will need to swipe their RaiderCard with the magnetic stripe facing the reader display. If you experience any issues with the new parking readers, please stop by Student Life or call 234-4160 for assistance.

Catch up on GRCC sports action

Baseball has qualified for the NJCAA DII World Series in Enid, OK after winning their second straight Region XII Championship.

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World Series Bracket Released. GRCC to face Scottsdale CC

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Softball season comes to an end after Region XII Tournament Losses

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Softball team earns numerous post-season awards.

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GRCC Golfer Korey Roberts to Represent GRCC at National Tournament

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Construction trades safety courses set for summer

A four-hour GRCC course specifically covers First Aid/CPR recertification for the construction trades industry to help prepare for and prevent medical emergencies. The course reviews: primary assessment; heart problems; fractures; wounds and bandaging; stroke and shock management; eye injuries; dislocation and splinting; obstructed airways;  exposure to cold; control of bleeding; electrical injuries; back, head and neck injuries; epileptic seizures; and one-rescuer CPR.

After completion, you will be recertified in First Aid/CPR and will receive an official card. The recertification expires two years after completion; replacements for lost cards are $10.

Sessions run 6-10 p.m. May 23 and June 25, 2013, at Tassell M-TEC, and cost $50. To register, click here.

A 10-hour program at presents an overview of MIOSHA regulations for the construction industry. Detailed information is presented to enable you to develop an accident prevention plan as required by Rule 114 of MIOSHA Construction Safety Standard Part 1, General Rules. An overview of MIOSHA inspection procedures is presented, as well as the most frequently cited MIOSHA violations in the construction industry. You will gain detailed information regarding construction and health standards relative to the industry. Students will receive a 10-hour card upon successful completion of the class.

The next sessions run 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 21 and 22 at Tassell M-TEC and cost $170. To register, click here.

Three-day tower climber course scheduled for June 2013

GRCC’s three-day NATE Tower Climber Fall Protection Training Standard course is designed for tower erectors, maintenance and service companies. Those who successfully complete it receive Authorized Climber, Competent Climber and Competent Rescuer certifications. This course is pass/fail only and Competent Climber and Rescuer Certifications are given only following 90 documented climbing days.

Using state-of-the-art equipment and techniques, students will learn the skills necessary to work on and around towers. They 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 that offers a controlled environment to focus on skills, build confidence and strengthen abilities. The course includes both classroom and intensive hands-on instruction.

It runs 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 3 through 5, 2013. To register, click here.