GRCC In the News, 3-23-15

5 ways GRCC’s winter enrollment has changed over past decade

March 21, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Enrollment continued its downward trend at Grand Rapids Community College this semester, falling 6.4 percent compared to the same time last year.

Watch Michigan chef create 16-foot, award-winning ice sculpture in Alaska

March 20, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The ice blocks were big – weighing hundreds of pounds each – and had to be moved using heavy-duty machines.

… “It was exhausting,” said (Luba) Petrash, a culinary instructor at Grand Rapids Community College. “But what I like the most was the people. Even though it was a competition, everyone was so friendly and helping each other.”

GRBJ: Local college to teach beer biz

March 23, 2015; WZZM

(Grand Rapids Business Journal) — Another Michigan college is entering the beer education game.

Grand Rapids Community College will begin offering a craft brewing management certification in 2016, thanks in part to a $2.9 million grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corp.

Inside Track: No mixed message for Mixed Staffing

March 20, 2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Sara Sherry is establishing her boutique firm as the staffing agency that personalizes the job market one person and one employment opportunity at a time.

… With an associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College, a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis in creative marketing from Grand Valley State University, two internships and roughly eight years of working experience, Sherry said she moved to Chicago without a job, optimistic about finding plenty of job offers.

School leaders learn about reasons behind teen violence

March 20, 2015; WZZM

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) — Administrators from around West Michigan learned more on Friday about crime and violence in schools.

… Silent Observer began the Fast 50 program in 1998. It’s currently in place at 65 middle and high schools, as well as at Calvin College and Grand Rapids Community College.

Distinguished Geographer Speaks Tonight at GRCC’s Annual Conference on Race, Ethnicity, & Identity

Dr. Marie Price, Professor of Geography and International Affairs at George Washington University opens the annual conference on Race, Ethnicity, and Identity with a keynote lecture titled: Diffusion, Deflection and Diversity: A Geographic Perspective on Immigration. The conference is sponsored by the GRCC Social Sciences Department and Grand Rapids Community College, as well as Pearson Education, the International Geographical Honor Society, and the Association of American Geographers. An author of Migrants to the Metropolis: The Rise of Immigrant Gateway Cities in addition to Globalization and Diversity: Geography of a Changing World, Dr. Price has received numerous honors and awards for her research and service. She is currently the Vice-President of the American Geographical Society. The lecture begins at 7:00 pm this evening in Sneden Hall Room 108 on the DeVos Campus.

Exercise Science Department hosts TRX Suspension Course Training

The Exercise Science Department hosted the TRX Suspension Course Training (STC) on Saturday March 21. All of the participants are now Level 1 TRX Suspension Training Qualified Trainers and have learned how to properly perform a variety of Suspension Training Exercises, how to progress and regress exercises for all fitness levels, adjust resistance and stability for all exercises, and cue and correct common faults. Now the learning and mastering of skills really begins.

Congratulations to all participants and thank you to our TRX Instructor Irene McCormick who did an amazing job as well as Melanie Schiele Gady, Exercise Science Professor, who hosted the event.

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Exam Cram for Spring 2015 Semester

Exam Cram has been so greatly appreciated that GRCC’s Library is offering it again! What is Exam Cram? Think extended quiet study hours in the library, smiling tutors and librarians, along with beverages and snacks to keep study strength up!

* Faculty and staff are asked to share this news with students.

Spring 2015 Exam Cram will be held:

  • Saturday, April 25: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Sunday, April 26: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Exam Cram is co-sponsored by Academic Support, Library & Learning Commons and Student Alliance. There will be librarians and tutors in multiple subject areas available during Exam Cram hours. Please park in the Bostwick (Main) parking lot. No registration required. Tutoring subjects may be limited.

Meet the Executive Director of Michigan Campus Compact (MiCC)

On Wednesday, March 25th from 11:00am-12:00pm in Room 112 of the Main Building, Executive Director of MiCC, Robin Grinnell, will be on campus to meet with faculty and administrators to discuss ways of connecting students to our community.

Michigan Campus Compact (MiCC) promotes the education and commitment of Michigan college students to be civically engaged citizens, through creating and expanding academic, co-curricular and campus-wide opportunities for community service, service-learning and civic engagement.

Opportunities to Explore with Robin:

  • State and National professional development conferences, workshops and seminars
  • grant opportunities
  • learn about best practices at other institutions and faculty
  • learn how faculty and students can be recognized for their community engagement efforts

Help support Kids’ Food Basket

Stop by the 4th floor on Tuesday 3/24 to help students from the Child Development/Education department in their efforts to raise awareness for childhood hunger by supporting Kids Food Basket of West Michigan’s “Go Orange” campaign. Decorate a sack supper bag, sport a Kids Food Basket tattoo and tweet a picture of yourself with an “Orange” smile in support of KFB.

GRCC students to participate in March 28 fashion show

Students from Grand Rapids Community College and surrounding area are set to use their modeling skills to rip the runway at the MeVo Fashion Show this week.

The fashion show will feature works from Ricki Brazil, KSwim by Krista Renee and pieces from a local boutique Shop Studio Thrift. It will also be an opportunity for design students to present original pieces in hopes of a $500.00 scholarship and bragging rights of the Viewer’s Choice Student Designer title.

Among many attendees set to make an appearance at this year’s fashion show is Angela Simmons, who made her debut on the hit reality shows Run’s House and Daddy’s Little Girls with her father Rev. Run, the founding member of the iconic hip-hop group Run DMC.

Doors open at 6:00 PM on March 28. The fashion show starts at 8:00 PM. Tickets are available through Eventbrite at All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the production of a MeVo summer children’s fashion show titled “The Moment”.

For more information, or to inquire about press-passes or VIP seating opportunities, please contact Renyshia Pierce at (616)240-4075 or