GRCC In the News, 9-16-13

Benefit planned in honor of a West Michigan Chef

Sept. 13,2013; WZZM

Comstock Park (WZZM) – It’s no secret that Grand Rapids is a foodie town and there is no shortage of wonderful chefs.

… Chef Mark Noseda, best known for his menus at Twisted Rooster and Crooked Goose, died unexpectedly August 16th of a heart attack. He was about to open a new restaurant in Port Huron.

In his memory, area chefs have pulled together to start a Chef Mark Noseda Scholarship fund. The scholarship will help students attend GRCC’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.

Article in Grand Rapids Community Foundation’s Current newsletter

Fall 2013 issue

An article about the Eugene and Jean Lyons family mentions son Kevin Lyons, circulation and course reserve specialist at GRCC’s Library & Learning Commons, and son David Lyons, an adjunct professor in the English department.

Cougars Beat Grand Rapids

Sept. 16, 2013;

Tyler Middleton of Port Elgin had a successful outing on the mound for Kalamazoo Valley Community College on Sunday, September 15, 2013.

Middleton, a freshman, threw one inning in relief allowing just one hit and no runs in a 9-3 win over Grand Rapids Community College. It was the final game for the KVCC Cougars in the JUCO Showcase Tournament held in Battle Creek, Michigan over the weekend.

GRCC Class Turns Grand Rapids into Gymnasium

Sept. 12, 2013; WMEAC blog

A new class at Grand Rapids Community College is using the city as its fitness course, helping students shape up their bodies while learning about sustainability and wellness. Urban Eco Trek, which was first announced last March, brings students out of the campus’ Ford Fieldhouse and into Grand Rapids for city exploration.



Fall Canning Fun

Friday Sept. 20, 2013

10 AM – 12 PM

130 ATC (Culinary Amphitheater)

As we enter into autumn in Michigan we are blessed with a harvest of healthy fruits like apples and tomatoes. In this class, learn how to home-can Tomato Apple Chutney which embodies a variety of flavors and combines these two Michigan greats! This delicious condiment can be served with cheese trays, atop grilled meats and used as colorful addition to relish trays. This is a participative class where you can help prep foods we are canning or you may simply relax and watch the hands on demonstration from start to finish. Session facilitated by Diane Devereaux, The Canning Diva.

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

Local Company to partner with Heating & Air Conditioning Department

Quality AirQuality Air, one of the largest mechanical contracting companies in the state, has approached GRCC with a goal in mind – to help develop the best HVAC students whom they can hire upon graduation.

Tim Albers, President and CEO of Quality Air, invited HVAC Instructors Don Steeby and Ron Stevenson to tour their local facility last Friday to continue developing a plan that will help turn their goal into a reality. Quality Air’s 45,000 Sq. Ft. facilities include a full engineering department, as well as a complete sheet metal and pipe fabrication shop. Tim knows that to meet the growing demand for quality HVAC technicians, installers, and service techs; there needs to be proper training both in the classroom and in the lab. They have offered their assistance to the HVAC Program through company tours as well as through classroom participation and guest lecturing. In addition Bob Middlebrook, Director of Field Operations, plans to serve on the HVAC Advisory Committee beginning this fall.

Established in 1968, Quality Air employs 220 people and has offices in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo.

Workforce Training series kicks off September 17

This fall, commit to improve quality through these courses offered through GRCC Workforce Training:

  • Process Based Auditing, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. September 17, 2013.
  • TS 16949 Internal Auditor, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. September 25 through 27.
  • ISO 14000 Internal Auditor, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. October 30 and 31.
  • Statistical Process Control – SPC I, 8 a.m. to noon November 13.
  • Statistical Process Control – SPC II, 8 a.m. to noon November 20.
  • ISO 13485 Internal Auditor, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. February 17 through 19, 2014.
  • AS 9100 Internal Auditor, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 10 through 12.

Classes are held at Tassell M-TEC, 622 Godfrey Ave. SW. To register, click here. For more information, call 234-3400.

CTE Offering Saturday Workshops on September 21

The Center for Teaching Excellence would like to cordially invite all full-time and adjunct faculty to attend “Saturday with the CTE,” a special faculty professional development event on Saturday, September 21. That morning we are offering workshops on “Blackboard Basics,” “Creating Accessible Documents in Word and PowerPoint,” and “Promoting Active Learning.” The day will begin with a light continental breakfast from 8:00-8:30 in 349 Main, with the three workshops scheduled to begin at 8:30, 9:45, and 11:00 in 347 and 351 Main. You may sign up for one, two, or all three—we have set up separate registrations for each. All registrations are through the CTE registration site at While you are there, you can browse through our other learning opportunities for Fall. If you would like to read a description of any of the sessions, simply click on the “+” next to its name.

We know you are busy, but this will be a great opportunity to polish your skills while spending a Saturday morning with your colleagues from all across campus. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at or call us at 234-2278. We hope to see you there!