GRCC In the News, 6-7-13

Radio interview

May 16, 2013; WJRW

Interview with Mike Faber, associate director of GRCC’s Older Learner Center, about the Senior Leadership and Grandparent/Grandchild Summer Wellness Day Camp programs.

GRCC fast tracks incoming students with free summer program

June 6, 2013; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Want to go to Grand Rapids Community College for free this summer?

It could happen by using GRCC’s Fast Track program, a three-week session that helps incoming students become college-ready in the areas of reading, writing and math. It allows students to save time and money by bypassing remedial courses.

GRCC to help prepare graduates for jobs with Ready Now!

June 6, 2013; The Holland Sentinel

Grand Rapids — Grand Rapids Community College will be working with other organizations to give Kent County youth employment skills and training to interview for jobs and internships.

Paddling to the next level: Jeff Neumann, avid canoer, kayaker, opens business

June 7, 2013; MLive

Jeff Neumann is no stranger to canoes. He got his first taste of paddling as a 10-year-old boy, in Quincy, Ill. That’s where he and a cousin lashed two canoes together and spent idyllic days floating in protected waters along the Mississippi River.

… Today, at 53, Neumann still loves the allure of a quiet paddle, the natural scenery along rivers in Michigan. So much so, the former Grand Rapids Community College electronics instructor launched a guided canoe and kayak business upon retiring from teaching.

Wellness students work with preschool kids

The Bear Room has had the opportunity to partner with Jodi Gee’s Elementary Games and Rhythms Class. The students in the class plan activities for a group of children and get the experience of leading the activities with the children from our room. The Bear Room children get to experience some new games that help us build motor skills (and of course run off some energy)! It has been a lot of fun!

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Teachers can earn continuing education credit with online classes

Grand Rapids Community College offers Michigan teachers and educational professionals the opportunity to earn state continuing education clock hours online through a partnership with Cengage Learning’s Ed2Go.

Sharpen your skills, or learn new ones any time of the day or night. You can complete any course entirely from your home or office. Earn state continuing education clock hours online with our instructor-facilitated online courses specifically designed for teachers!  Choose from more than 45 courses already approved by the state!

To register, click here.

Learning Opportunities from Staff Development

There are 2 seats still available for the Continuing Formation Retreat:

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

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.

You can register for this 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.