GRCC In the News, 9-9-15

Detroit Garment Group creates statewide consortium to expand industrial sewing education

Sept. 4, 2015; Crain’s Detroit Business

Detroit Garment Group is expanding an industrial sewing certificate program across the state.

The nonprofit launched the program at Henry Ford College in October 2014 and will now be part of a statewide group to develop standards. DGG joined with Grand Rapids Community College, Lansing Community College and St. Clair Community College to create a statewide standard for its sewing certificate. The group will be called the Michigan Industrial Sewing Consortium.

Annual ProStart Teacher Roundtable

September 2015 issue, Michigan Restaurant Association publication

The annual back to school ProStart Teacher Roundtable, a program designed to enhance the knowledge of ProStart educators, was held August 17-18, 2015 in Grand Rapids. The event kicked off at Gordon Food Service with a “trend presentation,” a Michigan Department of Education update. Day one concluded with a tour of Michigan-grown fruit and vegetable fields and packaging facilities.

Day two was hosted by the Secchia Insitute of Culinary Education. ProStart educators worked with the Insitutes’s professors on a number of skills. Educators rotated through sessions which included modern plating, bake shop, and then prepared lunch for the Michigan Restaurant Association Educational Support Foundation’s Trustee Board (MRA ESF).

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Star chef visits Perth to learn how to make the perfect scotch pie from world champions

Sept. 5, 2015; The Courier (Dundee, Scotland)

Stornoway-born Angus Campbell, who has his own show on US TV, returned to Scotland as part of his latest series on street food from around the world.

Trustee Ryskamp passes away from cancer; service to be held September 12

Trustee Richard Ryskamp passed away late Tuesday afternoon after a valiant battle with cancer. Trustee Ryskamp had a passion for GRCC and the students we serve and we are better as an institution for having had him on our Board of Trustees.

Visitation is scheduled for 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. September 11 at Stroo Funeral Home, 1095 68th St. SE. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. September 12 at Dutton United Reformed Church, 6950 Hanna Lake SE; refreshments will follow.

To read the obituary, click here.

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Mindfulness stress reduction meditation session set for today

Human Resources/Staff Development is hosting an informal Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Meditation opportunity today in Cook 427 from 12:15-12:45. All are welcome to come. Today we will be learning about a 3 minute breathing exercise hosted by Julie Otte.

If you have questions please contact Julie Otte – x3490 or

Staff, faculty with bilingual abilities sought

We are trying to compile a list of bilingual staff who would be willing to assist students and staff occasionally when translating becomes necessary.

If you are interested in participating, please email Fátima ( with the following information:

  • Name
  • Department
  • Location
  • Work number
  • Email
  • Language or languages in which you are proficient (other than English)