GRCC In the News, 4-14-14

GRCC weighs economic development programs that would cost $1 million in property taxes over 20 years

April 11, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees is to decide next week whether to participate or opt out of new tax capturing entities in Gaines and Byron townships, administrators said.

Blind man hit by car recovering from injuries, has sympathy for driver

April 11, 2014; MLive

Osman Koroma, the 23-year-old blind man who was hit by a car, is recovering from his injuries and says he has only compassion for the driver who hit him last month.

… He looks forward to finishing the semester at Grand Rapids Community College although he needs a new laptop, because his was destroyed in the accident.

Office furniture suppliers brace for growth

April 13,2014;

The forecast for significant growth in the office furniture industry could bring some rewarding and potentially challenging times for the West Michigan base of suppliers.

“GRCC and GVSU don’t have a program for the office furniture supply chain,” (Steve) Waltman said. “I think we’ve missed an opportunity to keep our kids here.”

Actors’ Theatre’s ‘God of Carnage’ features four parents in need of their own ‘time out’

April 11, 2014;  MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Parenthood can put you in some uncomfortable predicaments. But none might be as awkward as when a seemingly safe situation has the grownups acting worse than their kids.

Such is the case in the upcoming comedy from Actors Theatre called God of Carnage, playing Thursday through Saturday nights from April 17 26 at the GRCC Spectrum Theatre, 160 Fountain St. NE.

Items needed for foster care children

Children entering foster care often arrive with no belongings.

D. A. Blodgett­­—St. John’s tries to give each child a “care bag” containing items they can immediately call their own upon moving into their foster home. The information below provides suggestions on how to organize care bags. Generally, it is helpful to fill a back pack or duffel bag with the items.

The Grants and Resource Development Department is collecting items for D. A. Blodgett—St. John’s home. Our goal is to put together 100 foster kids care bags for our community service project in celebration of GRCC’s 100th year.

We will be collecting the items listed below between May 1st and July 31st, 2014.

Special Need-Baby Bags Suggested Contents:

  • diapers/wipes.
  • bibs.
  • 1 outfit.
  • baby bath.
  • receiving blanket.
  • onesies.
  • socks.
  • sleeper.
  • baby lotion.
  • baby washcloths.

General Care Bag Suggested Contents:

It is helpful to create bags for ages 2-4, 3-5, and 6-9, for girls and boys

  • 2 pair socks (or package).
  • 2 pair of underwear (or package) (older boys prefer boxers).
  • sweat suit or pajamas.
  • backpacks or duffel bags.
  • soap/shampoo.
  • comb/brush.
  • deodorant.
  • toothpast/toothbrushes.
  • feminine hygiene products for teenage girls.
  • age-appropriate toy, stuffed animal, game or other fun item.

Contact: Delicia Wilondja at x2122 or with questions or if you need more information.

Drop off location: Grants and Resource Development Department, College Park Plaza-Annex.


Raiders win Ancilla Invite

Congratulations to the 5th ranked GRCC Raider Golf Team as they shot a 289, one over par, to win the Ancilla Invite. Leading the way for the Raiders were a pair of freshmen, Logan Sochacki from Jenison with a 71, and Zach Bialik from Manistee Catholic Central with a 72. This was Logan’s first time in the line-up and he was Medalist for the tournament. The team is back in action next Monday at the Jackson Invite.

Tiny Twinklers class begins April 18

GRCC Arts Outreach is excited to open a new section of Tiny Twinklers parent and child music class starting this Friday! Class is held 10:30-11:15am in the music building, room 303. $10 per session, $70 total April 18-May 30. Infants-preschoolers are welcome! Siblings under 1 are free! Email to register.

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

Tiny Twinklers 2014 Spring



Automotive Technology Department accepting summer appointments

Does your vehicle’s engine need a tune-up? Brakes pulsating and/or squeaking? A/C blowing warm? Check Engine Light on? Power window slow to close? Timing belt replacement past due? Engine oil leaks? Bad Vibrations? Strange Noises? Fluids need flushing? Need new Tires? Need an honest (and free) safety inspection?

The Automotive Technology Department is again accepting appointments for the summer semester. The work will be performed under supervision of faculty members. Customers pay only for parts and supplies, with no fee for labor time. Total repair costs are typically half of what is charged by a retail facility, and parts manufacturers’ warranties are valid on any parts we install.

The program accepts vehicles for maintenance and repairs that are up to ten years old. This year’s session starts on May 12 and ends on June 19. To schedule an appointment, please contact Chad Lodenstein, Automotive Technology Department Head, via e-mail:

Advanced Manufacturing series continues

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 — 8 a.m. to noon April 30. To register, click here.
  • Blueprint Reading for Manufacturing I — 8 a.m. to noon May 14. To register, click here.
  • Basic Metrology – Using Precision Measurement Tools (CORE) — 4-8 p.m. May 8. To register, click here.
  • Problem Solving – 8 Steps and 5 Whys Overview (CORE) — 8 a.m. to noon June 4. To register, click here.
  • Manufacturing Terminology, Processes and Practices (elective) — 8 a.m. to noon May 7. To register, click here.
  • Blueprint Reading for Manufacturing II (elective) — 4-8 p.m. April 24. To register, click here.
  • Working Better in Teams (elective) — 4-8 p.m. June 5. To register, click here.
  • Sustainability – Greening the Workplace (elective) — 4-6 p.m. June 12. To register, click here.
  • Quality Products and Quality Management Systems (elective) — 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 12. To register, click here.
  • Statistical Process Control – SPC 1 (elective) –4-8 p.m. May 15. To register, click here.
  • Statistical Process Control – SPC 2 (elective) — 4-8 p.m. May 22. To register, click here.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Training and Luncheon this Friday!

Join the Older Learner Center Friday, April 18, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a workshop and luncheon featuring:

-Keynote: Dr. Henry Holstege
Nationally recognized sociologist, gerontologist, author and speaker Dr. Henry Holstege will share information on trends and issues facing grandparents raising grandchildren in our modern culture.

-Local, State and National Resources
Gerontologist, educator, and author Mike Faber will share information on local, state and national resources to assist grandparents raising grandchildren.

-Aging and Wellness
Dr. Henry Holstege and Mike Faber, co-authors of the recently published book Introduction to Aging: A Positive Interdisciplinary Approach will share practical information and tools designed to inspire, encourage and empower grandparents in their personal aging and wellness journey.

Held on GRCC’s DeVos Campus, 108 Sneden Hall, Multipurpose Room. The cost to participate is a suggested donation of $5 per person. Register through the GRCC Workforce Training office by calling 234-3400 or go online This event is made available with funding from the Older American’s Act Title IIIE administered by the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan.


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!