GRCC In the News, 10-2-15

Late enrollment surge helps GRCC avoid $1.5M budget deficit

Oct. 1, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College’s fall headcount has dropped again, but a late surge in enrollment helped keep the decline from being even steeper than expected, administrators say.

GRCC police: Mass shootings best stopped before they happen

Oct. 1, 2015; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WZZM) — A small community college in Oregon is in shock after a gunman killed at least 10 people and injured another seven. People around the country are asking how it could have been avoided, just the latest in a run of mass shootings across the country.

“I think this is won way before the point where someone picks up a gun,” says Grand Rapids Community College police lieutenant Jeffrey Hertel.

“West Michigan Live”

Sept. 30, 2015; WOOD Radio

What are your thoughts on the new Donald Trump tax plan? CEO of Financial Gravity Holdings, Inc. John Pollock dives further into the matter. Water was recently discovered on Mars! Manager of the Chaffee Planetarium Ken Cott talks about the significance of the discovery. Lastly, it’s Manufacturing Week! We bring in Executive Director of the Tassell M-Tec and Workforce Training at GRCC Julie Parks to discuss the state of manufacturing in West Michigan. It’s a busy final day of September 2015 on West Michigan Live!

“Morning News”

Oct. 2, 2015; WZZM

Silent Observer is reminding students of a program it’s established to prevent and solve school crimes here in Kent County. “Fast 50” began in 1998 and now exists in more than 60 middle schools and high schools, along with Calvin College and Grand Rapids Community College.

A television screen: Silent Observer Reminder About “Fast 50.” WZZM 13. Began in 1998 in Kent Co. Exists in more than 60 middle schools  & high schools, Calvin and GRCC. Loaded guns, knives, drugs, vandalism & threats.”

College Notes: Capron shares first at Muskegon CC Invite

Oct. 1, 2015; Traverse City Record-Eagle

MUSKEGON — Suttons Bay’s Devon Capron shot a 1-over-par 73 to share first-place individual honors with three others at the Muskegon Community College Fall Invitational.

Capron’s top score helped Grand Rapids Community College shoot a team score of 293, which put them in first place for the tournament. It was the Raiders’ first tournament win this season.

Aquinas volleyball wins third straight match

Oct. 1, 2015; MLive

Grand Rapids, MI- With a 3-0 sweep of Siena Heights at the Sturrus Sports & Fitness Center, the Aquinas College women’s volleyball team won its third consecutive league match. The win moved Aquinas into a three-way tie for sixth place in the league standings. Overall, the Saints improved to 8-6 on the season and to 4-5 in the WHAC.

A flawless first set gave Aquinas the early momentum. The Saints tallied a .407 attack percentage in the first set en route to the 25-11 victory. The next two sets proved to be more competitive, but the Saints hung on to win 26-24 and 25-22. Sophomore Cammy Means (Kentwood/East Kentwood) led the Saints with 11 kills, while Brooke Wieland (Lake Odessa/Lakewood) dished out 32 assists. Junior Katlyn Agren (Cadillac/GRCC) totalled 20 digs, while senior Anna Fencil (Jenison/Jenison) chipped in with a dozen.

Junior nickelback stepping into primetime role for GV

Oct. 1, 2015; The Lanthorn (Grand Valley State University student newspaper)

When Marquez Gollman was attending Grand Rapids Community College, he stayed in a house that was falling apart piece-by-piece.

25Live User Follow-Up Training

25Live User Follow-Up Training sessions ares intended to be a follow-up to previous 25Live user training. Participants should have already attended the initial 25Live training and should have taken the opportunity to use the program enough to generate specific questions regarding its use. Facilitator will not present, but will be available for informal question and answer specific to participants’ needs.

All sessions will take place from 10-11:30 AM in Room 351 Main

Session Dates:

  • Thu Oct 8
  • Tue Oct 13
  • Thu Oct 22
  • Tue Oct 27
  • Thu Nov 5
  • Tue Nov 10

Registration is available online at, or simply show up and sign in.

eLearning/SkillPort Upgrade

Human Resources/Staff Development is excited to announce we have upgraded our eLearning software, Skillport, to version 8.0! As part of our effort to offer as many professional development opportunities, we thought it was also important to make eLearning opportunities available to all employees. We encourage you to login to your own personal Skillport account and check out the extensive library of professional development opportunities available to use 24 hours/7 days a week, on and off campus. The upgrade to Skillport 8.0 offers the same content and training structure, but the “welcome page” has been enhanced to be more user friendly and intuitive.

Although Skillport is our primary outlet for compliance trainings, there are so many other trainings available. In the upcoming weeks a communication will be sent specifically on the compliance training schedule. In the mean time, login and check out the library of trainings ready for you to access!

Applications for IIPD grants due today

The deadline for the submission of grant applications for the Instructional Improvement & Professional Development (IIPD) Grants program is 4:30 p.m., October 2, 2015. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications electronically. The IIPD application packet and IIPD Guidelines are available in the GRCC Internal Grants area of the Grants Office website at

Please note that applications must include a Supervisor’s Approval form, a budget form and budget documentation. If you have any questions about IIPD grants, please contact Judith Larsen, Director, Grants and Resource Development Department, at 234-3910 or Good luck!