GRCC In the News, 5-26-15

Street Talk: The American way

May 22,2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Amway Corp. sells more than just products.

The direct sales giant, which last year had more than $10.8 billion in sales worldwide, is making some of its better pitches closer to home.

That’s why Grand Rapids Community College recognized Amway last week with its Internship Employer of the Year Award.

Fleeing from Civil War in Africa, Family Finds Peace and Caring Community in Cedar Springs

May 22, 2015; (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)

Cedar Springs Public Schools, MI — In war-ravaged Somalia, Max and Maryan’s children did not go out to play. Quite the opposite: They told their young ones to stay inside, where it was safe.

… Ciise, having finished two years at Grand Rapids Community College, is headed to the Army, joining his twin brother Jibriil in the military. Ciise hopes to finish college in the service and earn a surgical-technician certificate to work in an emergency room.

… They obtained the Inner City Christian Federation house with assistance from Spahr, and by taking home ownership classes and meeting credit score requirements. Grants helped them afford the down payment and closing costs, but they will use Maryan’s job at Meijer and other family income to pay the mortgage of about $107,000. Max is taking classes in criminal justice at GRCC.

New barbecue joint opens in long-vacant Horseshoe Bar space downtown

May 26, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — It’s been more than 30 years since the ground floor of the old LaMar Hotel was occupied by a functioning business.

… The menu by local chef Cody Clements takes cues from various American barbecue styles the meats are Texas-style dry rub and the sauces are a mix of Kansas, Carolina and Texas varieties but the sides are a departure from the norm.

(Article doesn’t mention it, but Cody Clements is a GRCC alumnus.)

ICC men’s golf ties for 7th at nationals

May 22, 2015; The Journal Star (Peoria, Ill.)

STATESBORO, ALA. — The Illinois Central College men’s golf team finished in a tie for seventh at the NJCAA Division II national tournament at Goose Pond Colony.

The Cougars posted a team total of 300 on Friday in the four-day tournament’s final round. ICC’s four-day total of 29-over par (1,181) was matched by Grand Rapids Community College.

Seats available in generational diversity workshop

There are still 3 seats available for the “Generational Diversity in the Workplace” workshop tomorrow, May 27th from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM in Room 122 LRC (Diversity Learning Center conference room). The workshop is being presented by Tamber Bustance.

Description: Never before have we had four generations of people together in the workplace. Because of this shift in employee demographics, the need to create safe places to discuss generational differences is vital. Essential to the Generational Diversity in the Workplace workshop are interactive activities, videos and small group dialogue exploring the relationship between different generations. Participants will: Understand the formative years of each generation and their core values; Use this information to connect and work with different generations; Offer strategies for effective cross generational communication.

Registration is available online at or by calling Staff Development at ext. 4285.

GRCC hosts continuing education opportunity for RMAs

GRCC is sponsoring two presentations that can help Registered Medical Assistants earn continuing education credits. Both will take place 6:15-9 p.m. June 4 at Tassell M-TEC, 622 Godfrey Ave. SW. The cost is $10.

  • “New Generation Tobacco Products: Big Tobacco’s Candy Land,” by public health consultant Elaine C. Lyon, of the state Department of Community Health — Review efforts at tobacco prevention and learn about new products, including hookah and electronic cigarettes.
  • “Specimen Collection Follies,” by Jeffrey Lavendar, adjunct faculty member at Kirtland Community College and test administrator with the U.S. Military Entrance Processing Command.

To sign up, click here.

GRCC Raider Golf Team Has Great Week At Nationals

The Raider Golf Team completed another great season with a 7th place finish at the National Golf Championships. The team shot rounds of 295/292/295/299 on the 7145 yard Goose Pond Colony Golf Course in Scottsboro, Al. Zach Bialik, recently named 1st team Ping All American, finished 19th with rounds of 76/71/69/72. The team concludes their season with nine tournament victories, Western Conference Champions, MCCAA Champions, and a Region XII Championship.


100 Ways to Give: books for preschoolers

This is the last week for the Lakeshore Campus’ project to collect 100 new and/or gently used books for preschoolers (ages three-five) for the Ready for School program. Books will be distributed to families in the Holland, Zeeland and Hamilton areas.

A list of suggested books includes:

  • Dragons Love Tacos
  • Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
  • Llama Llama Red Pajama
  • If you Give a Moose a Muffin
  • The Pigeon Needs a Bath!
  • Little Blue Truck
  • My Truck is Stuck!
  • The Relatives Came
  • The Very Happy Caterpillar
  • Where the Wild Things Are
  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
  • Goodnight Moon
  • Llama Llama Time to Share
  • Curious George books