GRCC In the News, 11-4-13

Manufacturing career day at GRCC to feature more than 40 employers

Nov. 2, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is hosting a manufacturing career day from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center, an event that will feature more than 40 companies with open positions.

GRCC hosts Manufacturing Career Day on Nov. 7

Nov. 1, 2013; News International

Nov. 1, 2013 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — More than 40 manufacturing employers with open positions will be at Grand Rapids Community Colleges Manufacturing Career Day from 1-5 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center, 151 Fountain St. NE.

GRCC to host state choral festival

Nov. 1, 2013; News International

Nov. 1, 2013 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Area residents will get a chance to hear some of the state’s most talented choirs with a free concert, the culmination of the annual Michigan Community College Choral Festival at Grand Rapids Community College on Nov. 6.

Restaurant Weeks tally tasty for SICE

Nov. 1, 2013; The Grand Rapids Business Journal

Although the fourth annual event didn’t sell as many featured meals as last year, revenue to the promotions participating restaurants was up from a year ago.

… Restaurant Week also made another contribution to the student scholarship fund of the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College. Each restaurant sets aside $1 from every featured meal sold, and this years effort raised $17,135, bringing the four-year total to $74,670.

26-year-old’s insurance canceled because of ACA

Oct. 30, 2013; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) — As the U.S. House Committee continues its Affordable Care Act hearings, millions of Americans are finding out that their current insurance plans are being canceled.

… Jordan (Cloud) works a part time job and attends Grand Rapids Community College. He felt like he was being responsible by getting insurance and paying for it on his own. “The insurance was the Blue Cross Young Adult, it was a really good plan. Then, I got something in the mail that said it was going to be cancelled and I had to switch plans.”

Volleyball roundup: Brown City struggles at Almont Invite

Nov. 2, 2013; The Port Huron Times Herald

… GRAND RAPIDS — The St. Clair County Community College volleyball team split a pair of matches Saturday at their district at Grand Rapids Community College.

Veggie Van to visit GRCC on November 5

Ever wonder why some vegetables taste sweeter in fall and winter? Need tips on preparing leafy greens? Just wondering what new treats the Veggie Van will have available for purchase this week? See the attached newsletter!

The YMCA Veggie Van will be here on the Main Campus Tuesday, November 5 from 1:00-2:30.

Yoga students help Kids Food Basket

The Students in Yoga, Tone and Stretch (WE 127) and Intermediate Yoga, Tone and Stretch (WE 135) served their community by donating food items and colored sack bags to the Kids Food Basket.  Thank you to Wellness Instructors Melanie Schiele-Gady and Lannie (Lynnae) Collard for providing this learning opportunity about Karma Yoga (Self-less giving) and the Wellness Dimensions to their Yoga students.  For more information on the Kids Food Basket please visit:

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GRCC’s Chris Sain is passionate in his work on and off the clock

Chris Sain, GRCC coordinator of retention and ABO facilitator, works diligently to provide different opportunities for GRCC students, at-risk youth and the community in general. He recently spoke at a TED-X conference with his brother Jahaun McKinley; click here to see a video.  He also worked with a local group to host the 4th annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk.

Chris is currently planning the 6th Annual Turkey Give-a-Way, where he and his supporters serve 500 deserving urban families annually.  If you would like to be part of this effort, please contact Chris at or 616-234-3428.

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Employees must complete Hazardous Communication Standard training

Please be advised that OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) has revised the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) specifically with regard to Safety Data Sheets and labeling of hazardous chemicals. A hazardous chemical can be something as simple as Wite-Out, Lysol spray or White Board Cleaner to something more complex like acetone. Consequently, all employees could have potential exposure and are required to be trained on the new standard. We apologize in advance for the 11/22 deadline, but ask that you do your very best to comply with this date. See below for specific additional information.

Thank you!!

The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is now aligned with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). This update to the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) will provide a common and coherent approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information on labels and safety data sheets.

Bottom line is formatting of Safety Data Sheets (SDSs), (formerly (MSDSs) – Material Safety Data Sheets) and labeling of hazardous chemicals is changing. Consequently, so that our workforce is prepared, OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) is requiring all GRCC employees to complete training as follows:

  • Three (3) training segment modules (10 to 15 minutes) each:  Module 1 – Overview and Classification, Module 2 – Labels, Module 3 – Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) (formerly MSDS)
  • Post test (approximately 20 questions, 80% accuracy required )
  • Must be completed by all employees by Friday, November 22, 2013.

You can access the training through “My Organizations” in Blackboard. Refer to the All Staff email for details.

ESP Collecting Items for Grand Rapids Home for Veterans

The ESP employee group is collecting much needed items for the Grand Rapids Home for Veteran’s, from 10/28 – 12/19/13, for the holiday season.

Items needed include:

  • Gift cards or certificates to fast food restaurants (such as McDonald’s)
  • Lap blankets
  • New or gently used clothing – size 2x or larger
  • 100 piece puzzles
  • Personal toiletries:  body wash, mouthwash, deodorant, or cologne (for men or women)
  • Pencils and letter writing pads/kits
  • Postage Stamps

Donations will gladly be accepted at any of the following locations around campus:

  • Colleen Copus (x2103) – Math Tutorial Lab – Rm 105 Cook Bldg.
  • Tracy Payne (x3673) – Rm 101- Sneden Hall
  • Janis Qualls (x4248) –  Rm 318 – Science Bldg.
  • Francisco Ramirez (x3181) – Enrollment Center – 1st Floor Main Bldg.
  • Kathy Kolehouse (x3940) – Rm 100 – Music Bldg.
  • Kim Musser (x4253) – College Park Plaza – 2nd Floor Lobby

Items will be collected every Thursday, then dropped off at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans on Friday, December 20th.   We would appreciate your support.  Please help us, to help them. Thank you.