Staff Development adds intermediate Excel class

Staff Development has just added an Intermediate Excel class to its schedule. The class will take place on Friday, November 8th from 8:30-9:30 AM in Room 351 Main, and will be presented by Bill Frikken.

Seats are limited, so please make your reservation right away if you are interested in attending. Information about the class and registration is available at the following link:

GRCC helps student get ArtPrize entry off the ground

Consuelo (Cony) Poland graduated from Kendall in 2012, with a bachelors in fine arts in functional sculpture.  She then completed the welding and fabrication program in GRCC’s Job Training department in April of 2013.

While in that program her instructor and the director of GRCC’s MTEC approached Consuelo about the Tassell family sponsoring her in ArtPrize.  She agreed and started working on her piece while taking classes, and continued to use the Tassell M-TEC metal shop after completing the job training program. Her instructor Wayne Rodgers facilitated a donation of metal from Steelcase and connected her with Southwest Sandblasting and Powder Coating to finish the piece.  Consuealo began working at DeWys manufacturing in mid of May 2013 and they also supported her work and contributed to her participation financially.

Josed Estrella provided hands-on help, and the photos of her work on the ArtPrize site were taken by her friend Alicia Magnuson.


GRCC In the News, 10-3-13

CEOs for Cities: Looking at Grand Rapids through a new lens

Oct. 3, 2013;

Perched atop the still-unfinished 7th floor of the MSU College of Human Medicine early this week, a group of mayors, corporate CEOs, nonprofit leaders, and community visionaries had a unique view of downtown Grand Rapids. And as the sun rose over the city skyline, the smart and curious crowd at CEOs for Cities had the kinds of conversations that will allow Grand Rapids to look at itself through a new lens going forward.

… Rosalynn Bliss, a CEOs for Cities attendee and a second-term Grand Rapids City Commissioner, sees evidence of this. “Over the years, I’m already starting to see a shift in responsibility from the national to the local level,” said Bliss, citing efforts to support Grand Rapids Public Schools, Grand Raids Community College, and local transit programs via local millage initiatives and partnerships. She thinks the message of the conference is the reminder that “we all have a role to play” in our city’s success and touts “the rich legacy of people who are so committed to our city” as the secret to Grand Rapids’ recent growth and progress.

C.S. Mott Foundation hires two associate program officers

Oct. 2, 2013; The Burton View

FLINT — Kari Marie Pardoe and Christopher Jay Stallworth have joined the staff of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.

… Originally trained as a CNC (computer numerical control) machinist, Stallworth worked for the Robert Bosch Corporation in Kentwood, Mich. Taking advantage of worker retraining benefits, he earned an associate degree in English Language and Literature from Grand Rapids Community College. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and English Literature from Grand Valley State University, Stallworth was awarded a master’s degree in Public Administration from Grand Valley State University in 2010. During that period, he worked for Ranir LLC, a manufacturing firm based in Grand Rapids.

Can You Beat Pete? What did Michigan, Michigan State learn from a bye week?

Oct. 2, 2013; MLive


Luke Holmes wasn’t paying attention in class, which was exactly the smart thing to do because it helped him become famous as last week’s winner in Can You Beat Pete?

The Byron Center resident said he was browsing through MLive while in class at Grand Rapids Community College when he came across our contest and decided to vote. And Holmes voted the heck out of it. He picked all seven games correctly and came within six points of the Bears-Lions score. So, he’s the latest to qualify for a chance to win tickets to the Lions-Giants game Dec. 22.

Madonna spikers deck Cards

Oct. 3, 2013; Observer & Eccentric

The winning beat goes on for the No. 4-ranked Madonna University women’s volleyball team.

… Schoolcraft College (10-15) managed one victory in four matches during last weekend’s Raiders Challenge hosted by Grand Rapids Community College.


Oct. 1, 2013; The Franklin News-Post (Va.)

FERRUM — As part of its “Centennial Celebration,” Ferrum College will induct each of its four National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national championship squads into its Alumni-Sports Hall of Fame.

… Ferrum’s lone loss (in football) was to Grand Rapids Community College of Michigan.