Professional Development Opportunity: Young Professionals of Color Conference 2013

The college’s work with different organizations offers GRCC employees many unique opportunities to engage and collaborate with our peers throughout the community.  Cascade Engineering is inviting young professionals of color to participate in their second annual conference, intended to launch or enhance professional careers and provide strategies to create a successful work-life balance.

For details, click here.

GRCC In the News, 6-26-13

Kent Resource Center provides support, services to improve quality of child care, preschool

June 25,, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Kent County parents and child care providers have a local resource in the Great Start to Quality Kent Resource Center to offer free support and services to improve the quality of child care and preschool in the area.

… For example, in May, the center offered a workshop to introduce child care directors and caregivers to Michigan’s Early Childhood Standards in partnership with Grand Rapids Community College. The next session is, “How can I use this?”

GRCC partnering with Wayne State University for two-day course on electric vehicles

June 25, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A two-day course on electric and battery-powered vehicles is taking place at Grand Rapids Community Colleges Lakeshore Campus next month.

Downtown Market announces roster of free cooking demonstrations by local chefs

June 25, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Home chefs and would-be chefs can hone their skills this summer as the new Downtown Market features Chefs At The Market, a weekly event in which popular local chefs offer free, weekly cooking demonstrations.

… July 27: Chef Aaron from Bistro Bella Vita shares the philosophy of sustainability in the kitchen.

… August 17 : Chef Jenna Arcidiacono of Amore Trattoria whisk you away on an Italian culinary adventure, right at the Market!

(Article doesn’t mention it, but Aaron VanTimmeren and Jenna Arcidiacono are GRCC graduates.)

Staff Development offers two cooking classes in July

Back by popular demand, Staff Development has added two very timely and informative food/cooking sessions to the schedule in July. Please take a moment to register for one, or both of the classes listed below, before all seats are taken. They fill up fast!

Register online at or call Staff Development at ext. 4285.

Farmer’s Market Cooking

Thu July 11, 2013

2-3:30 PM

109-111 ATC (classroom kitchen)

Join us for a Farmer’s Market/CSA Cooking Class lead by Tara Rietsma. Be prepared to taste new healthy creations that are focused on using seasonally fresh farmer’s market fare!

Healthy Dinner on a Budget

Tue July 16, 2013

2-3:30 PM

109-111 ATC (classroom kitchen)

Who says eating healthy has to be expensive? Sign up for our “Healthy Dinner on a Budget” and learn to prepare a healthy entree for a family of four, all for under $12. We’ll provide you with tips, techniques and information on how to choose some of the healthiest and most inexpensive ingredients available in your weekly grocery ad. Come and enjoy an afternoon of fun while you learn how to prepare a gourmet meal on a budget!  Session facilitated by Josh Ferguson.

Update on Bostwick ramp project

The area closures for the Bostwick ramp lighting project will remain the same for the next week. The inner loop work continues, and the contractors will work their way down the next portion of the inner loop next week. More closure updates will follow after the July 4th holiday. Employees are still required to enter and exit through the staff access points.