GRCC In the News, 11-11-13

West Michigan college presidents announce special scholarship packages for Grand Rapids students

Nov. 8, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Four West Michigan college presidents announced Friday, Nov. 8,they have created special scholarship packages to support the Challenge Scholars initiative helping Grand Rapids students perform better academically and stay on the college track.

Aquinas College, Grand Valley State University, Ferris State University, and Grand Rapids Community College are seeking to enhance the initiative launched in 2011 by the Grand Rapids Community Foundation targeting students in three West Side schools: Harrison Park, Westwood Middle and Union High School.

GRCC seeks state funding as it looks to make new preschool building a reality

Nov. 8, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College says its laboratory preschool program needs a new home.

Kent County’s dental checkup reveals oral health crisis, report finds

Nov. 8, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Kent County underwent a dental checkup recently, and the results were not good.

… Now, the group is focused on addressing two areas of concern: access to dental care and education. It has been involved in efforts to provide dental care to older adults at Grand Rapids Community College and to create a dental clinic in Kentwood. A partnership between the county and nonprofit Michigan Community Dental Clinics plans to open the clinic in the former library building at 4700 Kalamazoo Ave. SE.

Wright’s Second Half Leads No. 9 Express Women Past No. 10 Monroe College 74-58

Nov. 10, 2013; ABC 13 (Toledo, Ohio)

Paige Wright (Northrop/Fort Wayne, Ind.) led the No. 9 Express women’s basketball team past No. 10 Monroe College 74-58 in the championship game of the Owens Tip Off Classic tonight.

… The Express (4-1) have now won four straight after their season-opening two-point loss to Kirkwood College. Their next action will be Nov. 13 at Grand Rapids Community College beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Red-hot Lakers push winning streak to 14 games

Nov. 10, 2013; Grand Valley Lanthorn

The players representing the Grand Valley State University women’s volleyball team have been all smiles on the court lately after a jubilant ascent to the top of the GLIAC.

… The Hudsonville, Mich., native (Kaitlyn Wolters) has been a difference maker for the team after transferring from Grand Rapids Community College, where she won a NJCAA National Championship in 2012. Her championship mentality has brought confidence to a young team that has just two seniors on its roster.

GRCC Online Store Public Sale!

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

Date/Time: Thursday November 14, 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 November 13, 2013,

Visit our Google+ page to see photo’s of featured items:

Open Pickup: Items available for pick up beginning the next day (Friday) after the sale from 9 AM to 4 PM at GRCC, 133 Winchester Place NE, Grand Rapids, MI. After Friday pick up by appointment only! 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 (by appointment). 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 transactions as deemed necessary in the best interest of the college.

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.

Students can develop ideas at Start Garden

In addition to the $20,000 in cash prizes in the MWest Challenge, teams of students from across all disciplines will have access to resources, mentors, educational workshops, and opportunities to network with angel and venture capital investors.

Faculty and staff, please encourage your students to attend kickoff event to learn more:  6-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 at  the Kendall College of Art and Design, Woodbridge N. Ferris Building, Room 217.