GRCC In the News, 1-14-14

General Motors craftsmen take pride in new vehicles

Jan. 13, 2014; The Register Citizen (Torrington, Conn.)

The auto show isn’t just about new cars. It is also about pride.

… Designers, engineers and the craftsmen all make extensive use of the latest in computer technology, but it is still important to see the final piece in three dimensions, said (Beth Anne) Hall, who signed up for a United Auto Workers apprenticeship as a pattern-maker after working as a summer employee at the GM plant in Grand Rapids. She also attends Grand Rapids Community College.

Annual Ice Sculpting Competition draws ingenuity, challenges

Jan. 11, 2014; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — What’s that old joke? If you don’t like Michigan’s weather wait five minutes?

… “It is a good sign that it’s snowing instead of raining,” Grand Rapids Community College ice carving coach Bob Schultz said about midway point of the competitors’ carving time Saturday afternoon.

Muskegon Community College sports recap: Wrestling places 6th at National Duals

Jan. 13, 2014; MLive

… MEN’S BASKETBALL: The Jayhawks’ losing streak hit four games after a pair of losses to Lake Michigan College, 66-62 on Jan. 8, and Kalamazoo Valley Community College, 73-62 on Jan. 11.

… MCC will try and turn things around when it travels to Grand Rapids Community College on Wednesday, Jan. 15.

GRCC to host transfer forums

As part of our initiative to further the Completion Agenda at GRCC, and specifically to improve our students’ transfer rates, we are offering several Transfer Forums for faculty and staff at the College.

These interactive sessions are designed to provide information to faculty and staff about:

  • how to create and align curricula that improve students’ transfer opportunities.
  • how to use advising resources and strategies to improve students’ transition to four-year schools.

The sessions are also designed to gather ideas about how we can improve transfer at GRCC.

The second forum is Friday, January 17 from 1:00 to 4:00 in the Multipurpose Room of the Student Center (Rm 234).

Refreshments will be served. You do not have to rsvp, but it would be appreciated. Just email Amy Kirkbride at

If full-time faculty attendees wish, they may receive 3 hours of College Service for their participation in a forum.

Advanced Manufacturing classes start in January

GRCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Series is an introduction or update for those in manufacturing or interested in manufacturing. You may take one workshop or a combination of workshops.

Upcoming courses include:

  • Lean Manufacturing Overview (CORE) — 7-11 a.m. January 29. To register, click here.
  • Blueprint Reading for Manufacturing 1 (CORE) — 7-11 a.m. February 12. To register, click here.
  • Basic Metrology – Using Precision Measurement Tools (CORE) — 7-11 a.m. March 5. To register, click here.
  • Problem Solving – 8 Steps and 5 Whys Overview (CORE) — 7-11 a.m. February 26. To register, click here.
  • Manufacturing Terminology, Processes, and Practices (elective) — 7-11 a.m. February 5. To register, click here.
  • Blueprint Reading for Manufacturing 2 (elective) — 7-11 February 19. To register, click here.
  • Working Better in Teams (elective) — 7-11 a.m. April 2. To register, click here.
  • Sustainability – Greening the Workplace (elective) — 7-9 a.m. March 26. To register, click here.
  • Quality Products and Quality Management Systems (elective) — 9:30-11:30 a.m. March 26. To register, click here.
  • Statistical Process Control – SPC 1 (elective) — 7-11 a.m. March 12. To register, click here.
  • Statistical Process Control – SPC 2 (elective) — 7-11 a.m. March 19. To register, click here.


Staff Development addresses diabetes

This 5-part Diabetes Prevention Series from the Kent County Health Department is intended to help employees begin reducing their risk of pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes. Participants will experience optimum benefit if all 5 lessons in the series are attended. The workshops will be taught by a Registered Dietitian and a Public Health Educator from the Kent County Health Department. This series offers practical actions employees can take to have a brighter, healthier future without diabetes.

Making healthy lifestyle changes can help prevent type 2 diabetes. This course, created by the Michigan Department of Community Health and based on the National Diabetes Prevention Program, empowers students to set their own goals and make change happen. Participants will learn how food choices and exercise can help reduce blood sugar and the risk of diabetes and its complications. Individuals with or without a pre-diabetes diagnosis will benefit.

Learning Objectives: Providing education in the following core areas:

  • Setup goals
  • Physical activity
  • Food choices
  • Maintaining your health

Lesson 1:

“Getting Started With Diabetes Prevention”

Thu Jan 16, 2014 from 12-1:30 PM in Room 125/127 CSC

Lesson 2:

“Making the Most of Your Food Choices”

Thu Feb 13, 2014 from 12-1:30 PM in Room 125/127 CSC

Lesson 3:

“Keep Moving!”

Thu Mar 13, 2014 from 12-1:30 PM in Room 125/127 CSC

Lesson 4:

“Taking Charge of What’s Around You”

Thu Apr 10, 2014 from 12-1:30 PM in Room 125/127 CSC

Lesson 5:

“Keep it Going!”

Thu May 8, 2014 from 12-1:30 PM in Room 125/127 CSC

Open to all GRCC Staff and Faculty. Please register online at or call Staff Development at ext. 4285 for assistance.