Building Tomorrow’s Leaders

Come join us at Building Tomorrow’s Leaders. GRCC’s TRIO Upward Bound program is hosting an HBCU College Fair and S.T.E.A.M. Career Fair October 24th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first floor of Sneden Hall. All students are welcome to participate. This a great opportunity to investigate potential colleges to transfer and explore careers in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. On site admissions will be granted to some high school seniors. There will be workshops on financial aid, college essay writing, scholarships, financial literacy, and finding the right school. Companies such as Google, Steelcase and Spectrum Health will in attendance. Stop by and find your next steps.

UB-HBCU College Fair Flyer

Raider Salute to Brian Daily and Laura DeVries

Brian Daily of the Business department and Laura DeVries of English have worked diligently over the last few weeks to provide the Library with copies of course materials and textbooks for all of the BA, EN, ES, and RD classes that are being taught this semester. All materials have been placed on Course Reserve, which allows students to use the materials within the Library. This is an incredibly valuable resource for students, and we cannot put into words how much we appreciate your efforts to support them. If anyone is interested in placing materials for their classes on Course Reserve, please contact Tess Alliston at x3555 or email

GRCC In the News, 10-23-15

Medical assistant apprenticeship program launched by community colleges, hospitals

Oct. 22, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – West Michigan hospitals and community colleges have launched Michigan’s first accredited apprenticeship program for medical assistants.

The program aims to meet a pressing need in the region’s health care workforce by offering students a chance to combine education with paid jobs.

“These apprenticeships allow students to work while they gain skills toward the national registered medical assistant credential,” said Linda Witte, program developer for health programs for Grand Rapids Community College.

Three community colleges are providing training – Grand Rapids, Muskegon and Montcalm. Jobs are provided by Mercy Health, Cherry Health, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital and Spectrum Health.

Related: Medical assistant apprenticeships created to meet work-force need

The program was created with West Michigan Works and the U.S. Department of Labor. Organizers say it is the first in the nation to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

The program begins in January. West Michigan Works will screen applicants and refer them to employers that have entry-level positions. Once hired, the applicants enroll in a community college apprenticeship program.

The students will likely work 20-24 hours a week and spend 20-24 hours a week in training, said Jackie Keller, a human resource business partner manager for Mercy Health.

Medical assistants perform a variety of roles – they take vital signs, draw blood, perform EKGs and handle medical records. Pay can range from $13 to $19 an hour, depending on experience and competencies, Keller said.

Those interested in applying for the apprenticeship are encouraged to contact a local Michigan Works office.