GRCC In the News, 12-18-13

Community college degrees are in demand

Dec. 17, 2013; MLive (reprint of Bridge magazine article)

To see the difference between yesterday’s skilled-trade career and today’s, Michael Hansen offers what’s happening at BOSS Products, a snowplow manufacturer in Iron Mountain.

… “What (students are) asking for is in three or four current areas: Business, nursing, culinary and computer information systems. Those four have great interest,” said Fiona Hert, dean of the School of Workforce Development at Grand Rapids Community College. But there’s also a series of skills employers want punctuality, a team player, critical thinking, flexibility. And these, she and others added, are the ones that will take students furthest in their careers.

Bay College will be part of Career Jump Start program

Dec. 18, 2013;

Bay College in Escanaba is going to be one of ten Michigan community colleges that will be part of the Career Jump Start Program, designed to link students with career training opportunities.

… The others are located at Alpena Community College, Delta College, Grand Rapids Community College, Jackson College, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Lansing Community College, Mott Community College, North Central Michigan College and The Workforce Intelligence Network.

Set your email and voicemail holiday message

As you prepare for the break, remember to set your voicemail message and email auto reply to let everyone know that the college will be closed.

As you know, GRCC will close for the semester break from 5 p.m. December 20, 2013, through January 1, 2014. The college will reopen for regular business hours on Thursday, January 2. All GRCC campuses will be closed during this period. Students will be able to access college information online but will not be able to access information in person, or by phone, until campus offices reopen on January 2.