GRCC In the News, 11-3-15

Morning News

Nov. 3, 2015; WZZM

Several West Michigan companies are looking for new workers, and they’re doing their hiring today in Grand Rapids and Ottawa County.

Grand Rapids Community College is holding its fall job fair today in the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center. That’s on Fountain Street northeast. Employers include Farmers Insurance, UPS, Spartan-Nash and JCPenney. GRCC students attending the fair are advised to dress professionally and bring copies of their resumes. The job fair is from 1 to 4 o’clock this afternoon.

A television screen shows: Job Fairs Today at GRCC & in Ottawa County. GRCC Fall Job Fair. Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center, 151 Fountain St. NE. 1-4 p.m. today.

College trio scoop top chefs’ prize

Nov. 2, 2015; Evening Times (Glasgow, Scotland)

Scotland has triumphed for a second time in the Nations Cup International Student Culinary Competition, thanks to a team from Glasgow.

… The three-day international cooking competition, hosted in Michigan by Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education, was created in 2005 to support professional and cultural learning for tomorrow’s chefs.

Upcoming 25Live Follow up Trainings

Did you attend a 25Live User Training but still have questions, this session is for you!

This session is intended to be a follow-up to the 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 participant’s needs.

Upcoming Sessions:

  • Thursday, November 5th from 10:00 – 11:30 AM in 351 Main
  • Tuesday, November 10th from 10:00 – 11:30 AM in 351 Main

If you are interested please register at

Benefit Fair raffle prize winners

Here are the winners of the Benefit Fair’s raffle:

  • Sherry Knoppers – Gift Set – Williams and Co.
  • Alfred Lazo – GR Griffins tickets – BCBS
  • Stephen Brozek – $25 Meijer – Meemic Insurance
  • Chris Arnold –     $25 Meijer – Meemic Insurance
  • Erica Brown –     $25 Meijer – Meemic Insurance
  • Lydia Cruz –           $25 Meijer – Meemic Insurance
  • Amy Robinson – $25 Applebee’s – Madison National Life
  • Sarah Laycock – $25 Panera – Gallagher Benefit Services
  • Domingo Hernandez – $25 Panera – Gallagher Benefit Services
  • Marisol Blanco – $25 Panera – Gallagher Benefit Services
  • Kaye Newberry – $25 Panera – Gallagher Benefit Services
  • Lyttron Burris – $25 Target – Valic
  • Kim DeVries – $25 Target – Valic
  • Linda Witte – $25 Target – Valic
  • Elizabeth Westveld – $ 25 Target – Valic
  • Amy Bennett – $25 Meijer – Valic
  • Karla Nowak – $25 Meijer – Valic
  • Lisa Frieberger – $25 Beltline Bar – Flex Administrator’s
  • Fred Van Hartesveldt – $25 Panera – Flex Administrator’s
  • Laurie Schaut – $25 GRCC Bookstore
  • Sue Koons – $25 GRCC Bookstore
  • Angela Salinas – $25 GRCC Bookstore
  • David Dick – $25 GRCC Bookstore

GRCC community supports student in Haiti

Our TRiO Students would like to thank the GRCC Community for rallying to buy dozens and dozens of donuts and apples to sponsor the education of Mikerlange Habraham, an eighth-grade student at the Power of Education Foundation’s school in Haiti.

Special thanks to Matt Coullard, Jim Peterson, Maggie Montes-Spruit, Anna Maria Clark, Penni Weninger and Dan Zehr, and Gunnar Nyblad Farms and Blok Orchard Farms for the delicious apples they donated.

The Power of Education Fund is a Grand Rapids-based organization incorporated in 2009. Their school in Fontamara, a neighborhood of Port au Prince, Haiti, educates over 225 students from Kindergarden to 8th grade. The public school system in Haiti is currently unable to provide children with access to education and private schools are far too expensive for a majority of families in the area. providing free access to high quality education, primary medical care and daily food support to students who otherwise would have no access to an education.

The funds we raised together will ensure Mikerlange’s tuition, food and medical care through ninth grade. Look for more fund raisers: Mikerlange will still have 3 grades to go to graduate!

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SICE collection moves to GRCC library

Secchia Institute for Culinary Education (SICE) faculty recently voted to move their 2100 title departmental library into GRCC’s Library & Learning Commons. This move will combine the print collections from their Tasters Guild of West Michigan/ ACF Greater Grand Rapids Chapter Lending Library with the GRCC’s Library collections.

SICE students are already excited to know that they will have more access to the book collection due to the LLC’s open hours, 7 days a week. When the culinary collections combine, GRCC will have the preeminent culinary collection in West Michigan.

Titles will be cataloged into the RaiderSearch Catalog, allowing users to know what exists on campus, where they are shelved, and whether a title is checked out. There will be savings to both departments as new book titles and periodicals will no longer be duplicated in two buildings.

SICE benefits by reclaiming a much-needed classroom, and by not having to run a department library operation. The Library will also take on the SICE periodicals which will be housed in the LLC. The integration work is expected to take several months with a Spring 2016 end date.

Incentives – Six more reasons to LIVE UNITED.

1.) UW Give to Win sweepstakes – Anyone who makes a timely gift of $50 or more, and at least $50 of the gift is undesignated, will be automatically entered for a chance to win a vacation package up to $5,000. Learn more at

2.) First Friday drawing – Those who make a pledge that is turned in on, or before Nov. 9, 2015 will be entered to win a $25 Heritage Restaurant gift card. Those who qualify for the First Friday drawing will also qualify for the Pledge Form drawing.

3.) Pledge Form drawing – Those who make a pledge between Nov. 2 and 20, 2015 will be entered to win a GRCC Bookstore gift.

4.) U.W. Bakeoff drawing – Those who attend the United Way Bakeoff will be entered to win a $25 Heritage Restaurant gift card drawing. Bakeoff information is coming soon!

5.) Volunteering comes with it’s own set of rewards. Take action in your neighborhood today. Learn how here

6.) Dr. Ender will pledge an additional $500 on top of his annual donation if our campaign reaches 35% employee participation.  He will also pledge an additional $500 if our campaign exceeds $45,000 in total dollars raised.