GRCC In the News, 7-17-13

GRCC to train new workers at two Holland businesses

July 16, 2013; MLive

HOLLAND, MI — Two Holland businesses will get help training new workers from Grand Rapids Community College.

Work in Progress: Low-wage jobs do not have to be dead-end employment as Wesco shows

July 17, 2013; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — When Kristina Broughton landed a job as a retail clerk at the Spring Lake Wesco in 2010, the recent high school graduate was thrilled to go to work for relatively low wages.

… “I was facing some big tuition and some big bills to be paid,” Broughton said of a college career that began at Grand Rapids and Muskegon community colleges before finishing her degree at GVSU where she expects to graduate after the 2014 fall semester.

GRCC merges printing operation ‘like a business’

July 16, 2013; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Two West Michigan educational institutions are collaborating to reduce costs and increase efficiency.

Grand Rapids Community College and Kent Intermediate School District have announced a consolidation of printing service operations.

Much Of Lower Michigan Dealing With High Temps

July 16, 2013; Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) — The National Weather Service has issued heat advisories for much of Lower Michigan as high temperatures from the eastern U.S. make their way west.

… The Education Achievement Authority has canceled classes at its 15 schools in Detroit through the remainder of the week. And Grand Rapids Community College said Tuesday that it closed its Ford Fieldhouse through Wednesday because of the heat.

High temperatures prompt temporary closure of GRCC’s Ford Fieldhouse

July 16, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College has temporarily closed Ford Fieldhouse because of high temperatures and no air conditioning to cool the space.

Ford Fieldhouse Closed Due To Heat Advisory

July 16, 2013; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS,Mich. — GRCC’s Ford Fieldhouse will be closed effective immediately through Wednesday July 17 due to the current heat advisory according to the GRCC Ford Fieldhouse facebook page.

GVSU signs reverse transfer agreement with Glen Oaks Community College

July 15, 2013; The Holland Sentinel

Allendale — Grand Valley State University signed a reverse transfer agreement July 11 with Glen Oaks Community College in Centreville.

… Grand Valley has 18 reverse transfer agreements with community colleges across the state, including Grand Rapids, Alpena, Mid-Michigan, Muskegon, West Shore, Southwestern Michigan, Montcalm, Mott, Lansing, Macomb, Wayne County District, Northwestern Michigan, Jackson, Washtenaw, Lake Michigan, North Central Michigan and Kellogg community colleges.

The Bard is Back!

July 16, 2013;

It’s been 4 years since The Heritage Theatre Group put on a Shakespeare play. This summer, that’s changing – completely. Heritage’s summer 2013 season opened Thursday, July 11 with The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), written by Adam Long, Jess Winfield and Daniel Singer. Performances continue on the 18th, 19th, and 20th.

This production of their hilarious mashup of all the Bard’s plays features local actors Adam Hyde, Alex Kempsell, and Matt McKay, with direction by Walt Riegler. The show is running at GRCC’s Spectrum Theater (160 Fountain St NE); each performance starts at 8 pm. Tickets ($20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $10 for students) can be purchased in advance at or in person at the theater startingat 7 pm on show dates.

District 9 Big League Softball advances to region tourney with shutout win over Mattawan-based District 15

July 16, 2013; MLive

MATTAWAN, MI — Michigan District 9 advances to the Big League softball Central Region tournament with its 5-0 victory over District 15 on Tuesday.

(Article doesn’t mention it, but GRCC students Megan Lee and Chelsea Zylstra play on the team.)

Lean Champion Certification program begins Sept. 30, 2013

Our lean champion certification program helps YOU identify and eliminate waste.

Even if costs remain constant, elimination and  reduction of waste may:

  • increase an organization’s ability to produce more products or services with the same resources.
  • increase an organization’s ability to serve more customers.
  • reduce total lead time.

And all that results in increased profits!

In GRCC’s program, you will learn to develop and use your organization’s value stream map to identify and drive your improvements. Critical to learning the principles and various tools is applying them to your current work. By successfully completing a lean implementation (or value stream) project of your choice from your company, you will yield results from this program immediately.

The program starts September 30, 2013. To register, click here.


Personal Trainer Certification course starts Sept. 9, 2013

If you enjoy helping others and are passionate about good health, you could become a certified personal trainer!

GRCC’s Personal Trainer Certification Course gives you hands-on, interactive learning opportunities, including knowledge of overall wellness components. Our training prepares you to take the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT) Certification exam. The exam fee and a one-year membership in the National Strength and Conditioning Association are included in the tuition. A competency-based, 36-hour internship gives you real-life skills application.

Many people who receive the NSCA Personal Trainer certification go on to work in an entry-level position at a fitness center, health club, or corporate wellness department. You can even start your own business!

Classes start September 9, 2013. To register, click here.