GRCC In the News, 1-9-14

Teaching and learning to take center stage during GRCC Faculty Learning Day

Jan. 8, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College will host its annual Faculty Learning Day on Thursday, an event where instructors will present on teaching techniques ranging from flipping the classroom to changing self-defeating behaviors.

Ice-sculpting invitational carves into downtown Holland

Jan. 8, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Some of the nation’s best collegiate ice sculptors will carve their way through downtown Holland this weekend.

Five student teams, including one team from Grand Rapids Community College, will compete Friday and Saturday in the Collegiate Ice Carving Invitational by the National Ice Carving Association.

GRPD Chief Belk announces retirement

Jan. 8, 2014; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Grand Rapids Police Chief Kevin Belk is retiring, city manager Greg Sundstrom announced Wednesday morning in a news release.

… Belk obtained a criminal justice degree from Grand Rapids Community College in 1979, and attended Grand Valley State University’s Police Academy that same year.

Team Misfit Boxing building foundation, changing lives

Jan. 8, 2014; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — Team Misfit Boxing — the name says it all.

… “We are trying to change the game for these kids’ lives and our community,” said Frankie Cisneros, who runs Team Misfit. “They are doing a great job of doing their part with heart and determination to being more disciplined to change the game and their lives.”

(Article doesn’t mention it, but Mr. Cisneros is a GRCC student.)

Local athletes compete at collegiate level

Jan. 7, 2014;

… Mid Michigan Community College freshman Trevor Gernaat (McBain NMC) scored 11 points and grabbed five rebounds in the Lakers’ 96-82 loss to Glen Oaks CC on Dec. 30.

He scored 23 points and grabbed three rebounds in an 82-75 loss to Grand Rapids Community College on Saturday.

Annual IT Project requests due January 24th

Annual IT Project Requests are now being accepted.

If you have a project for the next fiscal year, NOW is the time to submit it. The due date for these requests is January 24. If you have projects that will need IT resources, take this opportunity to submit your requests.

Visit the Project Management Office web-page,, to submit your project.

All projects will be reviewed and prioritized by the Project Prioritization Team.

Next request period will be in Fall for the Mid-Year request cycle.

Tower safety training offered in January

GRCC is the premier provider of safety training for working at heights.  The NATE Competent Climber and Competent Rescuer course meets or exceeds the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) course training standards.

The course is designed for tower erectors, maintenance, and service companies. Successful candidates receive Authorized Climber, Competent Climber, and Competent Rescuer certifications. Using state-of-the-art equipment and techniques, students are instructed in the skills necessary to work on and around towers. They will receive instruction in rescue devices, fall arrest systems, and rescue procedures. Most of the training takes place in an indoor training facility that offers students a controlled environment to focus on building skills and confidence.

The course runs 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. January 14 and 15 at Tassell M-TEC. To learn more or register, click here.