Update your skills with Advanced Manufacturing Series courses

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 (CORE).
  • Blueprint Reading for Manufacturing 1 (CORE).
  • Basic Metrology and Measurement System Error (CORE).
  • Problem Solving – 8 Steps and 5 Whys Overview (CORE).
  • Manufacturing Terminology, Processes, and Practices (elective).
  • Blueprint Reading for Manufacturing 2 (elective).
  • Working Better in Teams (elective).
  • Sustainability – Greening the Workplace (elective).
  • Quality Products and Quality Management Systems (elective).
  • Statistical Process Control – SPC 1 (elective).
  • Statistical Process Control – SPC 2 (elective).

For details or to register, click here.


R25 scheduling system to be offline this week

The R25 system is going to be moved to a hosted environment this week.

IT will be turning off all scheduling access for users during this migration, which will begin Tuesday evening.  We will have “VIEW ONLY” access on Wednesday and Thursday, with completion scheduled by end of business on Thursday.

In the event of an emergency, Mary Jo Chisholm, Becky Yoder, Bryan Vliem and Victoria Janowiak will continue to have access.  Becky Yoder will be the primary contact for the “down days” for individuals who may need to schedule a room on short notice.  Please contact her if you have any questions at 616-234-3715 or byoder@grcc.edu.

GRCC In the News, 10-14-14

Man gets probation and suspended jail term for crash that killed Grandville High student, cousin

Oct. 13, 2014; MLive

MECOSTA COUNTY, MI — The driver in a crash that killed two cousins – a Grandville High School student and a Coopersville man – was sentenced to two years probation and a suspended jail term.

… Two passengers in his vehicle, Michael Aguilar, 22, of Coopersville, and Roman Aguilar-Emmons, 18, of Wyoming, were killed in the May 3 crash. Fuentes-Perdomo was seriously injured. The driver of the pickup truck, a 31-year-old Cedar Springs man, suffered injuries that were not life-threatening.

(This article does not mention it, but Roman Aguilar-Emmons had enrolled in GRCC’s Police Academy.)

Trayvon Martin’s mom to speak at West Michigan colleges to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy

Oct. 13, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin – whose fatal shooting in 2012 sparked a nationwide debate and protests over racial profiling – will speak in January at programs celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College and Davenport University.

Ask the Community College Presidents

Oct. 9, 2014; WGVU

(Video features President Ender, Robert Ferrentino of Montcalm Community College, and Dale Nesbary of Muskegon Community College.)

Changing lives, one ramp at a time

Oct. 13, 2014; WOOD 8

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOOD) — Recently, a group of students from GRCC’s Tassell M-TEC Construction Trades teamed up with the pros at Home Repair Services to work on a very special project. Every year Home Repair Services teams up with the Grand Rapids Home Builders Association for Community Repair Days. They help to build wheelchair ramps for disabled and low income. For the students, it was a great chance to get out of the classroom and see what happens on a construction site. Home Repair Services tries to build 15 wheelchair ramps a year.

18th Annual GRAND RAPIDS GRAND AWARDS Are Announced

Oct. 14, 2014; broadwayworld.com

For performers and audiences alike, the name on everyone’s tongue this week is “The Grand Awards!”

… Community theatres presently participating in the Grand Awards are Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, Jewish Theatre, Actors’ Theatre, Circle Theatre, and Master Arts Theatre. Participating colleges include Grand Rapids Community College, Aquinas College, and Cornerstone University.

Meet the teacher: Kentwood Public Schools welcome 37 new teachers

Oct. 13, 2014; MLive

KENTWOOD, MI — With a little over a month at a new school under their belts, MLive and The Grand Rapids Press asked area school districts to share information about new staff members.

… Stacey Stankewicz, resource room teacher at Explorer Elementary School. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Aquinas College and a Master of Arts degree in special education from Ottawa University. Previously, she taught in London, England, and Grand Rapids Community College.

GR officials see development as next stop for bus rapid transit

Oct. 13, 2014; Crain’s Detroit Business

The first exploration of bus rapid transit in the Grand Rapids area is already halfway to its goal of 5,000 riders a day most weekdays. And although nothing is shovel-ready yet, city officials think developers are starting to get interested in investing along the corridor of the new bus line.

… “We are hearing that we have a lot of Grand Rapids Community College students and a lot of people who are working on Medical Mile, especially Spectrum Health employees,” (Jennifer) Kalczuk said.



It is a common question that we get as coaches, and what to share our best tips, from research, personal clients and changing your mindset. You will walk away inspired and committed to finishing just as strong as you started your program! Kendra Bylsma from Allegro Coaching will provide an hour of inspiration and tips to stay on track.

Friday, Oct 17th from 10-11:00 AM in Room 202, Tassell M-TEC in GR

Registration is available online at http://www.grcc.edu/staffdevelopment/currentlearningopportunitiesregistration or by calling Staff Development at ext. 4285.

One Book, One College a Nationwide Common Read Initiative

Josh Sundquist is a best selling author, motivational speaker and Paralympic ski racer. He has spoken to groups across the world ranging from Fortune 500 companies, inner city public schools and the White House.

At age nine, Josh Sundquist was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer and given a 50 percent chance to live. He spent a year on chemotherapy treatments and his left leg was amputated. Doctors declared Josh cured of the disease at age 13 and he took up ski racing three years later. He trained for the next six years and in 2006 he was named to the U.S. Paralympic Ski Team for the 2006 Paralympics in Turino, Italy.

October 15, 2014 7:00-8:00 p.m. “Learning Through Persistence” GRCC Fieldhouse

For more information contact the Counseling and Career Center at 616.234.3900

Winter 2015 registration and new mobile stations

Do you have 30 or more credits – registration for Winter 2015 begins today!  Check out the registration schedule to see when you can get your classes: http://www.grcc.edu/admissionsenrollment/registrationdates

New this year are mobile stations around campus to provide students with quick walk-up access to counselors and enrollment center staff. Look for them on Main Campus and the Lakeshore Campus throughout October.


  • 10 a.m. ­‐ 1 p.m. Main Campus, Winchester Alley
  • 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Lakeshore Campus, Thompson MTEC


  • 10 a.m.­ ‐p.m. Main Campus, CSC Lobby
  • 10 a.m.­ ‐ 1 p.m.  Lakeshore Campus, Midtown Center
  • 4 ­ ‐6 p.m.  Main Campus, ATC entry (near Art & Bev’s)
  • 4­ ‐ 6 p.m.  Lakeshore Midtown Center

November Teacher Education Seminar

Where Else Might I Teach?

Presented by: Kevin Varner, Our Lady of Consolation Catholic School in Rockford

Jason Bannister, Grand River Preparatory High School in Kentwood

Sponsored by: Grand Rapids Community College Child Development & Education Department

Thursday, November 13, 2014


Room 120 ATC

Snacks will be provided

For more information, contact: Staci Dever sdever@grcc.edu, (616) 234-3380, 266 Main

Physical Sciences Faculty, Staff and Students Participate in National Chemistry Week Activities

The annual Chemistry in the Mall activity was held on Saturday, October 11th in Muskegon.  The event was sponsored by the West Michigan division of the American Chemical Society (WMACS).  The Physical Sciences Department hosted two activity tables that included making slime and silly putty, doing magic-marker chromatography and assembling fruit batteries.  Thirty five GRCC students, who are enrolled in courses taught by Jennifer Batten, Tom Neils and Bernard Liburd, showed off their knowledge of chemistry to hundreds of children and adults in the community and many earned Academic Service Learning credit.  Adjunct faculty members Jim Krikke and Duane VandenBrink demonstrated how much fun chemistry can be by putting on Chemistry Shows on the event main stage.  Bernard Liburd and Jennifer Batten coordinated the Physical Sciences Department role in the event. Thank you to Pam Scott and Leah Engemann for all of their work in readying the supplies and materials for the tables.

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Math seminar looks back at 100 years of history

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department will host its next Mathematics Seminar on Wednesday, October 15, 3:00-4:00 PM in 215 Cook. Our speaker will be GRCC Mathematics Instructor John Dersch. The title and abstract for John’s talk may be found below.

Did you know that total enrollment in our mathematics classes once stood at 7, and that the cost of running classes with low enrollment has been a concern (to some) for at least 98 years? That we used to have a course called Math X? That during WWII the college nearly closed and we stopped offering Calculus for two years? That one of the most prominent mathematicians in the United States was significantly influenced by someone who helped create GRJC and eventually taught math for us? That the college once had yearbooks, and that in a ten-year a span two of them were dedicated to mathematics instructors? All this and more will be discussed. Expect a talk that is high on history and low on mathematical content; all are welcome.

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

100 Years of Mathematics at GRJC/CC

In Fall 1914 the GRJC Mathematics Department offered one math class, taught by one instructor to fewer than twenty students. One hundred years later we offer 22 courses, taught by approximately 75 faculty to more than 5000 students each semester. We’ll discuss the people and courses that got us to where we are today. Emphasis will be on personalities, course development and anecdotes.