GRCC In the News, 3-7-14

Gov. Snyder’s higher education budget boosts GRCC’s funding, but administrators skeptical of tuition caps

March 6, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is pleased that Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed higher education budget includes increased funding for two-year colleges, but the school and others question the inclusion of tuition caps.

National driving safety tour visits UTPA

March 6, 2014; (University of Texas-Pan American student newspaper)

Pharr native Ines Varela was texting and driving on campus March 3 when she crashed, with no injuries resulting. She was only driving a simulator, and was able to see the effects that distracted driving can have in a life-like scenario.

… “Our main purpose is advocacy against people getting behind the wheel when they’ve had too much to drink, and for keeping their cell phones in pockets when they’re driving,” said (Jake) Azman, a 21-year-old Grand Rapids Community College student. “It’s going to be effective to show whats it’s like.”

GRCC, Aquinas present lecture on performing arts, education

Aqunias College School of Education and Grand Rapids Community College Education Department present: Kevin Kammeradd: The Importance of Performing Arts in the Elementary Classroom

This free interactive and informative presentation is for anyone going into the field of education. It will be held Thursday, April 17th 6:30-8:30 pm in Kretchmer Recital Hall Aquinas College Art and Music Center.

For more information or directions, please contact Staci Dever in the Education Department at (616) 234-3370 or

Third GRCC Golfer Commits to Div I

Congratulations to David Thompson, a sophomore from Davison, who recently committed to Div I University of Detroit Mercy, a very successful program in the Horizen League. David joins Jared Multer/Eastern Michigan University and Tony Conaway/Savannah State as GRCC Golfers who will continue their careers at Div I programs next year. The 5th ranked GRCC Golf Team begins their spring season in Scottsboro, AL at the Goose Pond Colony Invitational Mar. 20.


Calling All Runners! GRCC Running Fitness Team Begins Another Year

The GRCC Running Fitness Team is entering its 5th year in the annual Triple Crown Series Races.  Last year the team finished in 6th place out of 41 teams in Division I.  16 staff members ran for GRCC.  We want more !!!

Organized by Gazelle Sports, the Triple Crown Series of Races is an annual competition among employers in the Grand Rapids area.  (  Runners score based on their place in their gender and age group.  Only the top 5 runners score for the team.  The rest of us run for fun & fitness.

Please contact Jim Fox in the Human Resources office ( if you are interested in participating in any or all the races.

The three 2014 Triple Crown Races are listed below.

Spectrum Health Irish Jig 5K – Saturday, March 15

– Deadline to register is Wednesday, March 12

The Huntington Reeds Lake Run 5K – Saturday, June 7

– Deadline to register is Wednesday, June 4

Brian Diemer Family of Races 5K – Saturday, June 14

– Deadline to register is Wednesday, June 11

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Construction Summit set for March 13

Please join us for the 2nd Annual West Michigan Construction Summit. We have been joined by Pfizer facilities & Chemical Bank facilities managers. Once again 5/3 Bank, Grand Rapids Community College, Bronson Healthcare, CSM Group, City of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Spartan Stores and Kellogg Company facilities managers and engineers will be present to meet with you. Real business was created last year, so please register today. Each of the attending companies has upcoming quotes- you need to attend to learn more.

In addition we will have resource tables from GROW, WMHCC, MDOT, GRBCC, MMSDC, WMMCA and VetBiz Central.