Attention GRCC Faculty, Staff, Administration and Students

GRCC Experiential Learning has partnered with Schools of Hope to bring trainings to GRCC. Schools of Hope is a reading program at area Elementary schools. Once you have gone through the training and also passed a back ground check, Schools of Hope: United Way will partner you up with a school and child/children to work with each week. What an awesome opportunity to give back to our community and also help in the educational processes in our community. By giving back we can help a child learn how to read, become a better reader, help in building comprehension skills and language skills, help a student be more successful at school in all areas of their curriculum, and it is one more person telling a child that they are awesome and smart.

Start serving our community and make a difference!

When: Friday September 20 starting at 12:00 (plan on 2 hours to get orientation and back ground paper work completed)

Where: Science Building Room 138

Who should attend:

  1. GRCC Faculty interested in integrating Academic Service Learning into their classes using Schools of Hope.
  2. GRCC Faculty wanting to make a difference in the community and help a child become a better reader.
  3. GRCC students wanting or needing to do an Academic Service Learning Project for their class/classes.
  4. GRCC staff wanting to make a difference in the community and help a child become a better reader.
  5. GRCC Administration wanting to give back to our community and support area educational processes.

GRCC STUDENTS ARE WELCOME TO THIS AS WELL. WE WELCOME ALL WHO WANT TO SERVE OUR COMMUNITY AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE. If students are doing it for a class, or just on their own please email Melanie Schiele Gady at or call at 616-234-3430 with who is attending and how many (just so we have enough packets for everyone).

GRCC Faculty and Staff: You can now sign up through the 1) Center of Teaching Excellence or 2) Staff Development website:


Vending machines on Main’s 4th floor temporarily are cash-only

We have reinstalled new vending equipment on the fourth floor of Main, following construction this summer.  Since our current fleet of readers is nearing life’s end, we have new ones on order from Blackboard, which have not yet arrived.  Until they do arrive, and we are able to configure them, and install them, the vending machines on fourth floor Main are cash only.  We are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.

GRCC In the News, 8-27-13

Man accused of public masturbation at GRCC will see prison time

Aug. 26, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS — After saying in July that he wanted a jury trial, a man accused of publicly masturbating at Grand Rapids Community College agreed to a deal that will put him behind bars for at least seven to 11 years.

Central Michigan quarterback Cody Kater feels confident for first start against Michigan

Aug. 27, 2013; MLive

MONTAGUE, MI — A full range of emotions will be flowing Saturday for Cody Kater, the former star at Montague High School.

… After a redshirt year, Kater left Cincinnati and ended up at Grand Rapids Community College and quarterbacked the team to an 11-0 mark.

Employee wellness classes include core barre, yoga

Good morning!

Core barre, zumba and yoga are just some of the 2013 Fall Employee Wellness class offerings. Click here to see your options.

To participate, the cost is $20 per employee per 7 weeks.

There are two seven-week sessions this fall:

  • September 3 through October 18, 2013
  • October 28 through December 13, 2013

To participate, each person must fill out a Health & Wellness Program Liability Waiver before attending class.

Also, this semester, student workers AND students are welcome to participate if the classes do not interfere with their work/class schedule. Cost of participation is the same for all.

If you have further questions please see the Staff Development web page:

Nursing students complete service learning project in Costa Rica

The Department of Experiential Learning congratulates Nursing faculty members Sherry Knoppers and Dawn Zuidegeest-Craft for teaching their clinical courses in Costa Rica this summer as part of the Study Away Pilot. Pictures of their experience can be found at

It was such a privilege to be able to travel to Costa Rica with Dawn Zuidgeest-Craft and 13 nursing students for their AD 248/258 Community/Transcultural Nursing clinical. Being able to do service-learning in a developing country offers so much to the students. They are immersed in a different culture and have a chance to feel what it is like for their clients when they come to us for care from another culture. The opportunity to do home visits to schedule clinic appointments allows the students to see client living conditions. They learn basic Spanish aided by interpreters when doing client assessments and are able to present their findings to the Costa Rican physicians who educate the students as they determine the needed course of treatment. It really pushes students out of their comfort zone and enhances learning. They were all so appreciative that the college offered this option for this required nursing course.

~Sherry Knoppers

Learn how you can integrate a study away experience into your course here.

GRCC staffer is part of Ramona Park book

Paula Naujalis

Paula Naujalis

Gail Snow’s new book, Remarkable Ramona Park, looks at the Reeds Lake amusement park that closed in 1955. Those with sharp eyes will see a familiar face in one of the featured photos: Paula Naujalis, of the radiologic technology department!

Ms. Snow will be signing copies of her book at:

  • 7 p.m. September 12 at Schuler Books, 2660 28th St. SE.
  • 7 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Grand Rapids Public Library’s main library auditorium at 111 Library St. NE.

Personal trainer course starts Sept. 9

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.