Scholarships available for Facilities/Apartment Maintenance Technician program

Scholarships are now available for GRCC’s Facilities/Apartment Maintenance Technician program!

This training program gives you the potential to earn certifications in:

  • lead renovation, repair and painting.
  • HVAC Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Certified Pool Operator.
  • Certified Apartment Maintenance Technician.
  • Home Building Institute Facilities Maintenance Technician.
  • OSHA 10-hour Construction Safety.

Classes run 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 7:30-11:30 a.m. Fridays from October 21, 2013, to January 24, 2014, at Tassell M-TEC. Call Workforce Training at  234-3400 to learn more.

To register, click here.

GRCC In the News, 10-7-13

West Michigan songwriters dominate ArtPrize song contest, splitting $10,000 in prizes

Oct. 4, 2013; The Holland Sentinel

Holland — The Top 10 vote-getters in Grand Rapids ArtPrize must wait until this evening to see who snags the $200,000 top prize, but five West Michigan songwriters or bands who entered compositions into the international art competition already have won $2,000 awards for their musical artworks from St. Cecilia Music Center.

… All of this year’s winners have a West Michigan connection, whether living in the Grand Rapids area or, in the case of members of Spring Lake’s Brad Fritcher and his band, attending Grand Valley State University and Grand Rapids Community College.

Federal shutdown shutters Lakeshore Head Start

Oct. 4, 2013; The Holland Sentinel

Holland — The federal government shutdown may seem far away in Washington, D.C., but it will hit home Wednesday for more than 400 Ottawa County kids and their families when their Head Start child care and education programs are cut off.

… Briana Farrell is a nursing student at Grand Rapids Community College and uses reduced-fee day care for Neelah, who is almost 2 years old, so she can attend classes and work a part-time job.

LEED Platinum Awarded to 335 Freyling Place

Oct. 5, 2013;

The house at 335 Freyling Place in Michigan is the 300th Habitat for Humanity of Kent County to achieve the LEED Platinum certification. The 1,519 square-foot, two-story home was designed by Image Design of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and is currently occupied by Karen Libbette and her five children. The house has also received the GreenBuilt Michigan Gold certification and is ZeroStep and 5+ Energy Star certified. The home has a HERS Score 34.

Apart from that, this green building project was also used as a green learning laboratory for over 120 students at Grand Rapids Community College’s Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC and other departments, as well as several students from Ferris State University. In addition to that, the house was also built to blend in seamlessly with the neighborhood’s existing classic 1880s architectural style.

Cardinals visit Ferris in matchup of unbeaten teams in GLIAC

Oct. 4, 2013; Midland Daily News

Coach Jim Collins and the Saginaw Valley State Cardinals might well have another shootout game in store when they visit Ferris State in GLIAC football on Saturday.

… “More than anything, it’s what they’re doing on offense,” Collins said of what (Tony) Annese has brought to the Ferris program. “He brought an offense that he was running (successfully) in high school and at Grand Rapids (Community College). And he’s recruited good players.”


Ethics at GRCC

Tuesday Oct 8, 2013

1-3:00 PM

Room 016, Admin Bldg.

Learn about the GRCC Ethic standards and how they are applied. Workshop facilitated by Kathy Keating, General Counsel at GRCC.

Seats still available. Open to all Staff and Faculty. Register online at or call Staff Development at ext. 4285.

Condolences to Terri Handlin

Mike Handlin, the husband of longtime Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees member Terri Handlin, passed away Saturday, Oct. 5. To read his obituary, click here. A celebration of life is being held from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 at Noto’s, 6600 Old 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids. Condolences may be sent to: Terri Handlin, 61 Worcester Dr. NE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503.

GRCC Online Store Public Sale!

Grand Rapids Community College is having a public sale as indicated below:

Date/Time: Thursday October 10, 2013 ~ 07:00 AM – 07:00 PM
Location: GRCC Online Store –
(Please navigate to this website on the day of the sale to shop for items that will be available.)

Inventory will be announced on October 9, 2013,

Open Pickup: Items available for pick up beginning the next day (Friday) after the sale from 9AM to 4 PM at GRCC, 133 Winchester Place NE, Grand Rapids, MI.  Winchester Alley will be open this Friday and temporary parking is available for merchandise pickup. Any items not picked up that Friday will require an appointment.  Please email to request an appointment. See for location and pick up details.

This sale will contain limited computers, electronics, technology, books, lost & found, etc. Grand Rapids Community College cannot guarantee complete sets. All items will be sold as is. Purchased items must be removed from the college campus within two weeks from date of sale as indicated above.  Purchased items not picked up will be returned to stock.

Questions should be directed to, Mansfield Matthewson, Director of Purchasing at (616) 234-3850 or email

Grand Rapids Community College has the right to reject any or all bids as deemed necessary in the best interest of the college.

College Success Center hosts open house for employees

The College Success Center Team would like to invite you to our Fall 13 Open House: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. October 8, 2013, in 113 of Sneden.

You may have heard about programs we support such as Fast Track, Bridge, ABO, and Reading 095, but would like to know more about our process, interventions, or work in general. This is an opportunity to meet the coaches and ask specific questions about these programs. Also, learn about Fast Track’s success record in saving time, money and helping students skip their placement in developmental education courses.

Refreshments will be provided.

If you have any questions please feel free to call us at 616-234-2312.