Student nurses to help with survivors of suicide event

On Sat. Nov. 23, from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM, a small group of student nurses enrolled in AD 248, will be hosting the International Survivors of Suicide Observance in the ATC auditorium. This is the 8th year that GRCC nursing students have formed a partnership with the West Michigan Survivors of Suicide Group, to offer support and information for loved ones who have suffered the loss of a significant person to suicide. All care providers are also welcome to attend to raise their awareness of this all too common tragedy in our society. If anyone has questions about the event or would like to attend, please contact either Ellen Stuart at or Dave McDonald at

GRCC In the News, 11-21-13

GRCC’s faculty union unhappy with trustees’ response to meeting request

Nov. 21, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College Faculty Association President Fred van Hartesveldt says he wants to strengthen his relationship with the colleges Board of Trustees.

Ferris State open house at GRCC!

Nov. 19, 2013; WOTV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) – Learn more about Ferris State University degree programs delivered at Grand Rapids Community College!

GRCC prepares to defend volleyball national championship

Nov. 20, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Community College volleyball coach Chip Will doesn’t like the word rebuild.

City, school leaders to gather stakeholders to talk about increasing residents with college degrees

Nov. 20, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The city of Grand Rapids and the school public district continue to pursue a three-year, $200,000 grant from the Lumina Foundation to help increase the number of students attending and completing college.

… On Dec. 4, Andrew Moore, senior fellow with the National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education and Families, will facilitate the first of several discussions at Grand Rapids Community College on what the city’s postsecondary goal should be.

GRCC brochures, video win NCMPR awards

GRCC’s Workforce Training program brochures, videos and posters took home many awards from a recent National Council for Marketing & Public Relations conference!

GRCC received:

  • Silver and Bronze for posters for the Garbage Tour and Root Camp.
  • Silver for an advanced manufacturing series brochure.
  • Gold for a series of health-care fliers.
  • Gold for a video promoting the GEM program.

Congratulations and special thanks to Amanda Cook and Klaas Kwant!



MWest Challenge Update

The MWest Challenge kickoff was very productive last Thursday as 80-plus students from colleges and universities across West Michigan came together to network and learn about the West Michigan Business Plan Competition.  Teams will compete for start up capital funding to start a new business venture. In addition to the $45,000 in cash prizes, students will have access to resources, mentors, educational workshops, and opportunities to network with angel and venture capital investors. GRCC students from all programs and majors are encouraged to participate and can still sign up even if they did not attend the kickoff event.  Visit Facebook or the webpage and stay connected.

Commit to quality with Workforce Training courses

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

  • Statistical Process Control – SPC I, December 4.
  • Statistical Process Control – SPC II, December 11.
  • Process Failure Modes Effects and Analysis, December 16.
  • Advanced Product Quality Planning and Control Plan, December 16 and 17.
  • Production Part Approval Process, December 17.
  • ISO 9001:2008 Internal Auditor, February 10 and 11, 2014.
  • ISO 13485 Internal Auditor, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. February 17 through 19, 2014.
  • Datum Schemes for GD&T, February 24 and 25.
  • AS 9100 Internal Auditor, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 10 through 12.
  • Statistical Process Control – SPC I, March 12.
  • ISO 14001 Overview, March 31.

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

Students decorate tree for museum fundraiser

Elaine Gordon, Cassie Dille and Nikki Avery, students in GRCC’s Fashion Merchandising and Interior Design program, decorated a tree for the Muskegon Art Museum’s Festival of Trees fundraiser.

The GRCC students’ tree is called The Midas Touch and here’s how it’s described: “Straight out of King Midas’ court, this tree is golden perfection. With a monochromatic color scheme of gilded ornaments, ribbon, and even the tree itself, it is a breathtaking addition to any room. The Midas Touch is a classic yet exciting design that can be enjoyed for years to come.”

The museum, 296 W. Webster Ave. in Muskegon, is hosting an opening event with live music at 5:30 p.m. November 22; tickets cost $30, with proceeds going to the museum.

The exhibit runs through December 1. For more information, click here.

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Exam Cram for Fall 2013 Semester

Yes, it’s time for Exam Cram! What is Exam Cram? Think extended quiet study hours in the library, smiling tutors and librarians, along with beverages and snacks to keep study strength up and stress levels down!

* Faculty and staff, please share this news with students.

Fall 2013 Exam Cram will be held:

  • Sat. 12/7/2013 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Sun. 12/8/2013 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Exam Cram is co-sponsored by Academic Support, Campus Activities and Library & Learning Commons. There will be librarians and tutors in multiple subject areas available during Exam Cram hours. Please park in the Bostwick (Main) parking lot. No registration required. Tutoring subjects may be limited. See our SubjectGuide for more information on this event!

‘Age of Champions’ to be shown today



Age of Champions is the inspirational story of a group of athletes–a 100-year-old tennis champion, 86-year-old pole-vaulter, team of basketball grandmothers, and a pair of swimming brothers–all chasing gold at the National Senior Olympics. The film captures the triumphant spirit of these competitors as they tackle the challenges of old age with grace, humor, and optimism.

The Gerontology Student Organization (G-Club) will present the film on NOVEMBER 21, 2013 from 4:30 p.m.-5:45 p.m. at Calkins Science Center, Auditorium Room 348. It is co-sponsored by the Student Occupational Therapy Assistant Organization (S.O.T.A).

Faculty and staff who would like to register for this event may do so here.

For more information contact Delicia Wilondja at 616-234-2122 or

Campus police to test emergency communication systems

In an effort to maintain proper emergency protocols and compliance with the Clery Act, Campus Police will be running tests on all GRCC emergency communication tools Tuesday, November 26th throughout the day. Tests will be run via the Code Blue Pedestals in our external spaces, the Emergency Phone Alert system in offices and classrooms, the Rave notification system to employee home and cell phones (we will not be including students in this test).

This would be a good time for all employees to make sure all personal phone information is up to date in PeopleSoft. Please remember, if you wish to receive text messages to your cell phone in the case of an emergency, you MUST indicate that number as a “mobile” number in your information. If it is listed as “main” it will not receive a text message.

After the test, if you do not receive a call or message to your home or cell phone and believe you should have, please send an email to myself or Vicki Janowiak so we can look to correct the situation. Thank you for your support.