GRCC In the News, 12-11-14

Community College Programs Can Lead To Big Payoffs In The Right Fields

Dec. 11, 2014; NPR

When it comes to higher education, we’ve all heard the talking points: More people than ever are pursuing four-year degrees despite skyrocketing tuition costs because they don’t have many other choices if they want to be competitive in the workforce.

(Article includes a photo of GRCC dental students.)

Learning at the University of Life

Dec. 11, 2014;

Compassion. Selflessness. Balance. Character. Social consciousness. Humility. Uplifting. And peace, love and understanding.

… Michael Schavey is the director of the department of experiential learning at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC). He points to their school’s Armen Awards, an annual program that recognizes faculty and students for service learning work, as a specific example of GRCC’s commitment to make service learning a significant part of the student experience.

Grand Rapids shelter helps one teen find escape

Dec. 11, 2014; Bridge magazine

Looking back, DaVionte Shannon recalled a time when each day seemed like a tightrope walk.

… He graduated from Union High School in Grand Rapids in June 2013 and plans to enroll in January at Grand Rapids Community College. He pays the rent through a job as a caretaker at an area nursing home.

Campus Security Authorities (CSA) Training

All GRCC employees who are considered Campus Security Authorities (CSA) based on Job Description, Advisor Role, or other assigned duty must attend training in the CSA responsibility.

The training is required annually by the Clery Act (Federal Law). During the training CSA’s will be provided with definitions of Clery reportable crimes, the GRCC Clery Geography, and other information to ensure all CSA’s properly meet their federally mandated requirements. All sessions will be presented by Chief Rebecca Whitman.

Three training dates have been added to the Staff Development schedule:

  • Tue Jan 20, 2015 from 9-10 AM in Room 234 Student Community Center
  • Thu Jan 29, 2015 from 1-2 PM in Room 234 Student Community Center

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

GRCC Geography Alumna’s Article Published in Prestigious Scholarly Journal

“Political Agency and Citizen Journalism: Twitter as a Tool of Evaluation,” a groundbreaking article by GRCC Geography alumna Cadey Korson (A.A. 2008), was recently published in the prestigious scholarly journal, The Professional Geographer. Ms. Korson conducted an analysis of tweets about United Nations Peacekeeping Operations in Haiti and C^ote d’Ivoire, which revealed the usefulness of Twitter, as a medium for citizen journalism, in evaluating phenomena like peacekeeping missions. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Kent State University, having just returned to the U.S. from fieldwork in the South Pacific French territory of New Caledonia. Before pursuing doctoral studies in Geography, Ms. Korson was awarded the B.A. at Aquinas College and the M.A. at the University of Missouri. Her research interests include critical geopolitics, social media and citizen journalism, peacekeeping, and political development in francophone regions.