GRCC In the News, 7-8-13

At GRCC, nearly half of recent high school graduates unprepared for college-level work

July 8, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Forty-seven percent of Kent County public high school graduates who enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College last fall weren’t prepared for college-level courses in math, reading or English.

3 West Michigan business leaders named finalists for Enrst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 award

July 5, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Three business leaders are national finalists for Enrst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 award.

They are Amy Proos, CEO of Proos Manufacturing Inc in Grand Rapids; Chuck Reid, president of Charter House Innovations and Noel Cuellar, founder and CEO of Primera Plastics Inc.

… The son of migrant farm workers from Texas, Cuellar overcame language barriers and childhood reading problems to graduate from Holland High School. His career in manufacturing began on the production line at the Holland Heinz pickle plant before joining the former automotive parts manufacturing company Prince Corp. (now Johnson Controls Inc.) on the production line. While at Prince Corp. he took night courses in plastics manufacturing at Grand Rapids Community College and was promoted to production technician.

Community Solar: GVSU workshops in Muskegon to give participants a roadmap beginning July 9

July 6, 2013; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — Those interested in exploring and implementing community solar projects are being offered a four-week, 12-hour seminar through Grand Valley State University’s Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center in Muskegon.

… The four sessions, includes a group of speakers moderated by MAREC Program Director Kim Walton and Grand Rapids Community College instructor Mary McGraw.

Restaurant Week gets ready to serve local goodies

July 5, 2013; Grand Rapids Business Journal

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Local chefs, locally grown foods and the local food-service industry are in the spotlight this summer thanks to Downtown Market and Experience Grand Rapids.

… Participating restaurants will donate $1 from every meal sold to the scholarship fund at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College, which has produced many of the local chefs that are designing and preparing the events meals. Over the past four years, the event has donated nearly $60,000 to the fund.

Triumph Music Academy scales enrollment 250 percent

July 5, 2013; Grand Rapids Business Journal

To call Triumph Music Academy ambitious might be selling its quartet of co-founders short.

… Hughes said that the organization has received referrals from Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University and Guitar Center, which has endorsed the school as the best place to go in town for private music lessons, as well as offered its students a discount on instrument purchases.

Who Cares? Why Bother? 2013

The English Department is celebrating GRCC’s 99th year by hosting the third “Who Cares? Why Bother? Real Writing for Real People,” October 23-24, 2013. Do you write as a part of your job at GRCC? How is writing a valuable part of your job?

Please join us in this celebration of writing by filling out the “Who Cares? Why Bother?”registration form and show our students that writing is important in all fields.  Represent the many ways we use writing at GRCC.

We want you to join us!  Please respond by Friday, August 2. Questions?  Want to submit your registration form? Email Nora Neill at

Staff Development offerings for July

Please register online at or call Staff Development at ext. 4285.

Farmer’s Market CSA/Cooking

Thu July 11

2-3:30 PM

109-111 ATC

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!

ESP/Supervisor Evaluation Process

Thu July 11, 2013 from 10-11 AM in Room 118 ATC

Thu July 18 from 2-3 PM in Room 232 ATC

Thu July 25 from 10-11 AM in Room 118 ATC

Individuals will be able to successfully complete the new ESP evaluation and understand how their work affects their merit increase. Target audience: ESP Members and their Supervisors

Screening Committee Training

Mon Jul 15

10 AM – 12:30 PM

118 ATC

This learning session is designed to brief all screening committee team members regarding their roles and responsibilities in the search process. Topics that will be covered include:

A) Overview of Search Process

B) Position Approval Process

C) Recruitment / SAAR Notebook Review Including:

1. Screening Committee & Leadership Roles

2. Candidate Screening / Recruitment Solutions Training

3. Interview Questions, Presentations / Demonstrations

4. Diversity Considerations and Goals

5. Effective Evaluation Tools and Consensus Decision-Making

6. Human Resources Responsibilities.


Learning Objectives: Participants will understand their role in the selection of excellent candidates for staff and faculty positions and the hiring objectives and legal parameters for assessing and recommending future staff and faculty members.



Healthy Dinner on a Budget

Tue July 16

2-3:30 PM

109-111 ATC

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!

Cooking with Herbs & Spices

Wed July 24

12-1:30 PM

124 ATC

Part of the Kent County Health Department-Adult Nutrition Series: Eliminate salt from your cooking and have fun with new flavors! Get tips on using fresh and dried herbs, spices and learn how paring flavors with healthy foods can take your meals to the next level.