GRCC In the News, 3-24-14

GRCC offers extensive on-demand workforce training

March 21, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Grand Rapids Community College continues to bridge the skill gap for in-demand jobs and prospective employees.

Fresh ingredients focus of Jonny G’s Grill on Holland’s south side

March 23, 2014; Holland Sentinel

The south side neighborhood restaurant, which opened in October and occupies the former Belly’s Coffee House and Remember When Cafe space, offers lunch and dinner items, specializing in half-pound burgers, fresh wraps, quesadillas and thin-crust pizzas.

…Jonathan Groening, 37, is a Holland High School and Grand Rapids Community College culinary arts program graduate.

Message to Latino Youth: Dream Big

March 21, 2014; School News Network

Kent ISD, MI — For as long as she can remember, Allison Arnold has been able to rely on the Latino Youth Conference for encouragement and support.

…Allison recently returned to help her mother out for the conference’s 15th year at Grand Rapids Community College.

Reading with the Stars

March 21, 2014; The Rapidian

Liz Aschwege has a passion for sharing her love of reading. Her program, Reading with the Stars, is a partnership between local college students and athletes and area elementary schools. Teams from Aquinas College, Grand Valley State University, and Grand Rapids Community College have all been involved.

Jenison juggles lineup in bid to repeat as O-K White softball champs

March 22, 2014; MLive

JENISON — Jenison’s softball team will face some challenges this season, after being conference champion a year ago with an O-K White mark of 9-1.

…The Wildcats were 19-16 last season under 15th-year coach Kari Kossen, but will have to replace some excellent players including outfielder Aubrie Bylsma, now at Grand Rapids Community College, second baseman/outfielder Breanna Hansen,(Trinity International), and catcher Danielle Marlink (Central Michigan). Outfielder Alex Lintjer was another key graduate.

Rockford returns six starters for O-K Red softball warfare

March 22, 2014; MLive

ROCKFORD – Rockford’s softball team is happy to be reloading following a solid 2013 season.

…Both Ramos and Lexie Brown, who also will play some first base for the Rams, have signed to play college softball at Grand Rapids Community College.

Wyoming softball team has sufficient depth to replace strong senior class

March 22, 2014; MLive

WYOMING – The Wyoming softball team graduated a fine senior class, but seems to have sufficient depth on the roster to replicate last season’s 28-6 record.

…The Wolves are led by four returning seniors, including all-conference outfielder Loriel Jenny, who will play softball at Grand Rapids Community College next year.


Computer Lab Open Houses Scheduled for Campus Climate Survey

The Campus Climate Survey is underway, and your voice really does matter!

Daily computer lab “open houses” have been set up for faculty, staff & students to stop by and take the survey. Representatives will be on hand to answer questions and address any concerns participants may have, or to simply provide more information about the purpose of the survey.

Come in and enjoy cookies and coffee. We have a lot of prizes to give away to those who complete the survey.

  • Wed March 26 from 10 AM – 2 PM in 351 Main
  • Thu March 27 from 9 AM – 1 PM in Room 215 Sneden Hall
  • Fri March 28 from 12 – 4 PM in Room 239 Cook Hall
  • Mon March 31 from 2-4 PM in Room 425 Calkins Science Center AND from 2-4 PM in Room 208 Cook Hall
  • Tue April 1 from 8 AM – 12 PM in Room 351 Main
  • Wed April 2 from 12 -4 PM in Room 215 Sneden Hall
  • Thu April 3 from 10 AM – 2 PM in Room 212 Cook Hall
  • Fri Apr 4 from 8 AM – 12 PM in Room 425 Calkins Science Center


Tiny Twinklers enjoy instrument petting zoo!

Tiny Twinklers students enjoyed brass and woodwind instrument petting zoo this semester. Special thanks to Mr. Wells and Mr. Bier of East GR Public Schools, and Arts Outreach instructor Carmen Maret!

Arts Outreach is a community music program offered through GRCC. Highly qualified faculty use Suzuki and traditional methods of training to provide exceptional individual and group instruction in violin, cello, guitar, piano, flute and voice. The program serves all ages and levels, from the earliest beginners through the adult learner. For more information, please visit or email

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Got health insurance?

Got health insurance? (Please announce to your classes)

Cherry Street Health Services enrollment staff will provide information about the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare, and how to sign up for health insurance.

Deadline for enrollment is March 31, 2014.

Uninsured individuals might be penalized.

WHEN:      March 25, 11am – 2 p.m.

WHERE:    GRCC-Winchester Alley, G-2 Main Building

COST:       FREE

Contact:    866.299.1339

GRCC welcomes Stacey Issette to the Foundation

The GRCC Foundation is happy to introduce Stacey Issette as our newly hired Director of Annual Giving. Stacey brings to the Foundation a wealth of fundraising experience from her years spent with the foundation at Ferris State University. She has worked throughout west Michigan and the continental US building relationships and garnering support for student scholarships and bricks and mortar campaigns.

Stacey’s focus within the foundation will be to co-ordinate the annual faculty/staff campaign and the annual fund. She will also have significant involvement with fundraising for the 100th Anniversary Promise for the Future $1M scholarship initiative.

In addition to these responsibilities, Stacey will be developing a stewardship program for our donors and will represent the Foundation at internal and external meetings and events.

Stacey is the proud mother of four children and lives in a suburb of Big Rapids. Please join us in giving Stacey a warm Raider welcome as she joins each of you in continuing to make GRCC a college of distinction.

IIPD Grants: March 2014 Funding Opportunity

The deadline for the submission of grant applications for the Instructional Improvement & Professional Development (IIPD) Grants program is 4:30 p.m., March 28, 2014. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications electronically. The IIPD application packet and IIPD Guidelines are available in the GRCC Internal Grants area of the Grants Office website at Please note that applications must include a Supervisor’s Approval form, a budget form and budget documentation. If you have any questions about IIPD grants, please contact Judith Larsen, Director, Grants and Resource Development Department, at 234-3910 or Good luck!

SICE graduate accepted into Disney culinary program

A 2013 graduate from GRCC’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education entered a unique program that had her rooming with Winnie-the-Pooh!

Mary Hefferan came to  SICE after working for The Grand Rapids Press for 17 years. After graduation, she was accepted to the Disney College Culinary Program at Walt Disney World. The program is available to current culinary students or to those who have graduated within the past six months.

“I’ve been cooking for the quick service food court, rotating in the grill, fry, sandwich, pasta, carving, salad and prep stations, as well as training in the dessert, salad and fry stations for the full-service restaurant at Port Orleans,” she said.

Hefferan said the work is fast-paced, and she lives in a Disney apartment that she shares with five other people – three of them actors who portray Mickey, Minnie, Daisy Duck, Pluto and Winnie-the-Pooh.

While her internship was supposed to end March 21, she has been asked to continue through October.

“Disney has ‘deployed’ me to work at Fort Wilderness, their Western-themed resort, in the Quiet Canyon Cafe, a table-service restaurant, from March to October, so I’ll be rotating through more of the prep and line stations rather than quick service,” she said, adding that her Disney experience will be a valuable enhancement to her SICE skills.

“I just want to let you know how much I appreciate you as individuals and all I have learned from all of the instructors at Secchia,” she said, adding: “I know I have received the best training available at any price!”

To learn more about the Disney College Culinary Program, click here.