GRCC In the News, 4-10-14

GRCC students performing better in class, but graduation, persistence rates decline

April 9, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Students at Grand Rapids Community College are earning better grades and achieving their personal academic goals, but the institution is struggling to raise graduation rates and retain some students, according to a GRCC report.

Art.Downtown maps exhibits

April 9, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Downtown Grand Rapids will receive a splash of fresh art this Friday.

… Shows will be at various venues: SiTE:Lab, Vertigo Music, Have Company, Grand Rapids Community College, Harris Building and many others.

DLIT session includes light refreshments and beverages!

On Monday, April 14 from 3:00pm to 5:00 pm, DLIT will host a “Dinner (refreshments) with Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies” and all faculty are invited! The theme for this session is around the Blackboard Social Learning Tools that will be launching at GRCC May 1st.

When: Monday, April 14 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm (Drop by anytime – stay as long as you’d like!)

Where: 347 Main Building

For more information visit

At this event, we provide the refreshments, and you arrive to enjoy, discuss, ask questions, share stories, and learn more about distance learning and Blackboard at GRCC! See you there!

Campus Climate Survey closes tomorrow

The campus climate survey will be closing on Friday, April 11 at 5 p.m. It is important that you take the survey, because your opinion matters! Please take the 20 minutes at your desk, a computer lab in campus, or at home to complete the survey.

You can not be identified in any way. Skip any question that makes you uncomfortable. Dr. Ender addresses these concerns and also asks that you complete the survey in the video found here:


Van and Marinus Swets Travel Award Opportunity for GRCC Employees

DEADLINE: Friday, April 18, 2014

This travel award is for fun, enjoyment, and relaxation. It is not intended to supplement any faculty, staff or administrator’s professional development travel funds. A cash award of up to $400 will be given to any full or part-time GRCC employee who completes the following requirements and has his or her essay judged the best to fulfill the employee’s intention to relax, enjoy and have fun.


  •  Submit an essay (500 words or less) telling how you intend to use the cash award for fun, enjoyment, relaxation. The more unusual, the better!
  •  Essays will not be judged on spelling, writing style, organization, usage or grammar.
  • Essays may be hand-written or typed. Do not put your name on the essay. Attach to the essay a sealed envelope containing your name and phone number. Write the last four numbers of your Social Security number in the upper right hand corner of the first page of the essay and on the outside of the envelope. Send the essay and envelope to Mary Reed, Grand Rapids Community College Foundation Office. All essays must be received by Friday, April 18, 2014
  •  All award winners will be notified by May 2, 2014.

For more information you may contact Mary Reed: (616)234-3930 or