GRCC In the News, 3-19-14

Grand Rapids Community College raises tuition

March 18, 2014; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) — The board of trustees for Grand Rapids Community College has voted to raise tuition during a mid-year budget review.

Anti-smoking event taking place Wednesday at GRCC

March 18, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – An event aimed at fighting youth tobacco use will be held Wednesday at Grand Rapids Community College.

Employees asked to wear college gear

Please join us on Thursday, March 20th in wearing clothing from a 4-year institution (sweatshirt, shirt, etc.) If you don’t have any, GRCC gear would be fine as well! We are hoping all employees will help us send the message to our students that completing their degree/certificate is key and that we encourage them to transfer! While wearing your sweatshirt (and jeans are appropriate/approved on these days as well), engage with students in conversation about their plans to complete and/or transfer. A little encouragement and discussion with employees can go a long way for our students!

We are asking students to complete their graduation audits by Friday, April 4th and Grad Fest will be held on Tuesday, April 8th in the SCC Multi-purpose room from 10 am – 6 pm. Students can come at any time.

Any questions, please contact Liz Tyrell in Student Life (x4160).

Every Voice Counts! Take the Campus Climate Survey

The GRCC Campus Climate Survey is available for faculty, staff and students to share how they experience the current campus climate at the college. The survey takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete and is completely confidential.

Once you complete the survey, enter your name in a separate drawing for:

  • One of three $50 gift certificates to the Heritage Restaurant (FACULTY, STAFF ONLY)
  • One $1,200 tuition scholarship to be used during the 2014-15 academic year (STUDENTS ONLY)
  • One 16 GB iPad Air (STUDENTS ONLY)

Submitting your contact information for a prize is optional. No survey information is connected to entering your information for a prize.

Visit the Campus Climate Study website to learn more about the survey. Questions may be directed to Eric Williams at 234-3720 or

Mathematics seminar examines teaching methods

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department will host its next Mathematics Seminar on Wednesday, March 19, 3:00 – 4:00 in 103 Cook.  Our presenter, GRCC Mathematics Instructor Andrea Hayes, will discuss recent developments in the teaching of arithmetic operations to elementary school students.  See below for title and abstract.

This talk should be of interest to anyone who teaches or plans to teach basic computational mathematics, and should also appeal to those looking for alternative methods of doing arithmetic.  As always, everyone is welcome to attend GRCC Mathematics Seminars.

Pop and cookies will be served at 2:45 PM.

 Same Result, New Approach

Basic mathematical operations such as addition, multiplication, division, and subtraction are now being presented to elementary school children using algorithms that are different than the traditional ones that many of us are used to.  This talk will look at some of these different methods of computing sum, product, quotient, and difference, as well as discuss why these methods are being taught to students and how they may actually help with number sense and mathematical comprehension.