Bostwick ramp roof level to be closed September 14

The roof level of the Bostwick ramp will be closed to all pedestrian and vehicular traffic on Saturday, September 14th, due to the final stage of the lighting project. Contractors will be installing new light poles. If there is an ADA accessibility concern, contact Campus Police at 234-4910 for an escort. Lower levels of the ramp will still be available for parking, enter off Bostwick and Fountain. Fifth level exit to Ransom will be accessible as well.

Staff Development Introduces New Facilitator

The Employer’s Association has been invited to present four, two-part courses to GRCC Staff and Faculty. The Employers’ Association has provided training solutions to West Michigan organizations since 1939. Their training resources help supervisors and managers effectively communicate to others and “own” the decisions and assignments that they make. They teach leaders how to work with and through others, empowering managers to assume departmental shortcomings while allowing staff to claim individual successes. They help leaders understand their strengths, overcome their weaknesses and apply their knowledge in a very practical world.

The courses that are available through Staff Development are:

  • Conflict Strategies – Friday Oct 18, 2013 and Friday Oct 25, 2013 from 9-11 AM in Room 125 CSC
  • Effective Communication Skills – Friday Nov. 8, 2013 and Friday Nov. 15, 2013 from 9-11 AM in Room 103 Sneden
  • Powerful Presentation Skills – Thursday Jan. 16, 2014 and Thursday Jan. 23, 2014 from 9-11 AM in Room 103 Sneden
  • Feedback Fundamentals – Monday Feb. 3, 2014 and Monday Feb. 10, 2014 from 1-3 PM in Room 103 Sneden

Registration is available and detailed descriptions can be found at the following link:

Please contact Staff Development at ext. 4285 if you need registration assistance.

President Ender Sits in Dunk Tank to Raise Money for United Way

Please join us TODAY on the Dr. Juan Olivarez Student Plaza for some dunk tank fun.

President Ender will be in the dunk tank from 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Make a donation in support of United Way and get a chance to dunk the president! 🙂

President Ender will match every donation dollar for dollar in support of the United Way campaign – up to $1000.

See you there!

GRCC In the News, 9-12-13

College sports roundup: Spring Arbor University women’s soccer coach picks up 200th career victory

Sept. 11, 2013; MLive

ANN ARBOR, MI The Spring Arbor University womens soccer team scored a quick goal Tuesday against Concordia and rode the fast start to a 4-2 victory, the 200th win in coach Jason Crists career.
…Indiana Wesleyan took the championship with scores of 302-300602 followed by Grand Rapids Community College (309-297606) and Bethel College (309-305614).

HU opens up golf season at IWU Invitational

Sept. 10, 2013;

MARION, Ind. – It was a rough start for the Forester golf team as they sat in last place after day one of the Indiana Wesleyan University Fall Invitational but Coach Greens squad bounced back on Tuesday to outshot their closest opponent by 21 strokes to jump up a spot by days end. …Indiana Wesleyan won the invitational with a 602 followed by Grand Rapids Community College (606), Bethel (614), Mount Vernon (625), Spring Arbor (626), Taylor (628), Saint Francis (632), Grace (657), HU (657) and Olivet Nazarene (672).

Grand Rapids Mich.: Resurgence on the River

October/November 2013; Mother Earth News

Communities dealing with serious economic and environmental challenges might look to this city in western Michigan for lessons in how to turn things around.
…Strong interest in locally produced foods is aided and abetted by the top-notch Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College. Grand Rapids is a great place for beginning chefs, Lane says, which works out well for those of us here who like to eat.

Michigan Works! Program for Trade Adjustment Assistance

Sept. 11, 2013; WHTC

(WHTC) — A federal program, Trade Adjustment Assistance, helps U.S. workers who have lost their jobs as a result of foreign trade. Michigan Works! Kent & Allegan Counties is looking for individuals who could be eligible for funding through the program. An orientation will be held on Friday, September 20th at Grand Rapids Community College M-Tech from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

UCOM hosting third annual Healthy Foods Cook Off as part of Hunger Action Week

Sept. 11, 2013; The Rapidian

Champion of the 2012 Healthy Foods Cook Off, Catherine Behrendt of WZZM’s Take Five, and her sous chef/brother Michael Herendeen are returning to United Church Outreach Ministry (UCOM) to defend their title and take on two new chef teams as part of Hunger Action Week.
…A veteran of the GRCC Kids Cook Off from many years ago, Erik is the least experienced chef of the group.