GRCC In the News, 5-6-14

Grandville student who died in crash was ‘finest young man I’ve ever met,’ teacher says

May 5, 2014; MLive

GRANDVILLE, MI — Roman Aguilar-Emmons, a Grandville High School senior and Kent Career Technical Center student, spent part of his Saturday picking up along 28th Street near Burlingame in Wyoming as part of a criminal justice class service project.

… Aguilar-Emmons, who worked at Meijer, planned to enroll in Grand Rapids Community College’s Police Academy in the fall. He had also applied for the one-week Grand Rapids Police Department’s High School Youth Police Academy in June.

‘Meet the Buyers’ aimed at introducing business owners to government buyers

May 5, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — West Michigan business owners who want to sell goods and services to local government agencies and schools can get to know their potential customers at a Meet the Buyer event on May 15.

… “In the past, this event has garnered some real business opportunities for a number of local suppliers,” said Mansfield W. Matthewson, director of purchasing at Grand Rapids Community College.

“Most of the public entities attending this year’s event have current, ongoing or pending projects, so this is an outstanding opportunity for them to connect with local area suppliers.”

GRCC shifts repair money, cuts funding for diversity programs to plug budget deficit

May 6, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Community College is set to close a projected $3.3 million budget deficit by raising tuition, charging students more to park on campus and using about $850,000 originally intended for deferred maintenance.

Goodwill Industries and GRCC partner to offer advanced manufacturing training for employment seekers

May 2, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS – Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids is partnering with Grand Rapids Community College to offer advanced manufacturing training for adults seeking employment.

Davenport’s Murphy, Bender, Tidey highlight All-WHAC awards ceremony

May 5, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Ten members of Davenport’s baseball team were selected to the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference’s postseason awards with three winning three of its four individual awards, the league announced Monday. As voted by the WHAC head coaches, sophomore right-hander Corey Murphy was tabbed the pitcher of the year, junior two-way player Brendan Bender was selected newcomer of the year and Kevin Tidey was voted by his colleagues as coach of the year.

… A transfer from Grand Rapids Community College, Bender has started all but one of his 51 appearances as a position player and five of his seven games were started on the mound. As a first baseman, Bender finished third in the WHAC in batting average (.387) with a team leading 14 doubles and 48 RBI. He also hit a pair of triples and home runs each while drawing 34 walks to bump the on-base percentage to a league second best .498. As a pitcher, the southpaw is 2-1 with a 3.96 ERA.

Golf: Skippers in 7th following 36 holes at Elks

May 5, 2014; The Port Huron Times Herald

PORT HURON TWP. — After more than eight hours straight on his feet and 36 holes of golf, Joey Falk was thinking about more than just his score.

… Grand Rapids, with an even par 576, is running away from the rest of the field. Oakland is second with a 606. GRCC was led by David Thompson, who shot a two-under-par 142 and leads the tournament. Hes one of four Raiders in the top five.

Veggie Van update

Due to the heavy construction on our Main Campus, the Veggie Van will not be on GRCC’s Plaza this summer. But here is the good news: The YMCA Veggie Van will be at the Grand Rapids Public Library (111 Library St. NE) – just south of our Main Campus on Tuesdays all summer from 11:30 – 12:30. The same great people and produce just one block away!


Congratulations to the Van & Marinus Swets 2014 Travel Award Winners

The Foundation received 18 creative travel plans from employees. Due to the excellent response, we decided to award 6 employees again this year.

The winning essays were interesting, creative — just as Marinus would have liked.

Congratulations to:

  • 1st Place: Tony Dykema-VanderArk- $400
  • 2nd Place: Martha Sieting- $300
  • 3rd Place: Katie Budden- $200

Honorable Mention

  • Lilly Anderson- $100
  • Nora Neill- $100
  • Mary Beth Beighley- $100

Thank you to all who submitted essays. We hope you all enjoy your vacations you have planned. We look forward to hearing from the winners and seeing pictures from their travels.

Safe travels! We hope to see even more entries next year.

Employee Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

Did you know that working for GRCC may qualify you for loan forgiveness on Direct Loans? The PSLF Program is intended to encourage individuals to enter and continue to work full-time in public service jobs. Under this program, borrowers may qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balance of their Direct Loans after they have made 120 qualifying payments on those loans while employed full time by certain public service employers. By working at GRCC, you may qualify for this amazing program. Come learn more about this program and eligibility requirements.

Wed May 28th from 1-2 PM in Room 143 ATC

Register online at or call Staff Development at ext. 4285 if you need assistance.


Project Human Resource Management

Project human resource management includes the processes designed to help organize, manage, and lead project teams effectively. The project managers in GRCC’s IT Project Management Office manage many projects. Each project requires teams of people to complete the work. These teams include IT employees, as well as employees at the college most familiar with the business needs that are being fulfilled by each project. Big or small, each project team is unique, given its makeup and the project to which they’re assigned. Depending on the scope and complexity of a project, this can present human resource challenges to the team and the project manager. Project managers who utilize the processes listed below can avoid or mitigate these challenges and complete their projects successfully.

  • Plan Human Resource Management – The process of identifying and documenting project roles, responsibilities, required skills, reporting relationships, and creating a staffing management plan.
  • Acquire Project Team – The process of confirming human resource availability and obtaining the team necessary to complete project activities.
  • Develop Project Team – The process of improving competencies, team member interaction, and overall environment to enhance project performance.
  • Manage Project Team – The process of tracking team member performance, providing feedback, resolving issues, and managing changes to optimize project performance.

Next week we’ll look at a brief case study involving these project human resource management processes.

Excerpts and definitions were taken from the following:

(2013) A guide to the project management body of knowledge (PMBOK guide) Fifth edition. Newtown Square, Pa.: Project Management Institute, Inc., pg. 255.