GRCC In the News, 1-6-16

Plastics maker forges international partnership

Jan. 5, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A Grand Rapids-based manufacturer is applying its community collaboration on an international scale.

… Custom Profile also has worked with schools and community partners in the greater Grand Rapids area, such as participating in the Manufacturing Readiness course through Grand Rapids Community College’s Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC, engaging with Kentwood elementary school students during Manufacturing Week, and launching an apprentice program for set-up extruder operators.

Professional development opportunities offered

Professional Development Opportunities:

  • Make your meetings more effective! Learn tools to design and lead successful meetings by examining strategies to facilitate dialogue, discussions, and healthy debates, as well as how to diffuse disruptive behaviors. If this interests you, please join us for our Basics of Facilitation workshop on Tuesday, January 12th from 1:00pm – 3:00pm!
  • Join us for an in-depth conversation examining how the disease of racism affects all people in our daily environments. The Institute for Healing Racism is a powerful, thought provoking workshop intended to bring people together to explore issues of race and racism in a two part series held Thursday, January 28th from 8:45am – 5:00pm and Friday, January 29th from 9:00am – 3:30pm.

Please register at

Victoria Powers joins TRiO/Student Support Services

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Victoria Powers

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Victoria Powers as the Program Director of our TRiO/Student Support Services Program at GRCC. Victoria fills the role vacated by Whitney Harper last year. Most recently, Victoria served as a Financial Aid Assistant here at GRCC. Prior to that she served as an advisor in the TRiO/Student Support Services Program at Grand Valley State University and an Assistant Director of Financial Aid at GVSU. Please help us welcome Vicky to this new role!

TRiO/Student Support Services is a program designed to work with students who are first generation college students and who meet federal income guidelines. Our goal is to help support student success at GRCC and assist in transfer to a four-year college/university. The program has been serving students at Grand Rapids Community College for over 35 years.

New wellness classes added

Happy 2016!

Thanks to everyone who filled out the survey regarding Wellness/Exercise classes here at GRCC. To the few of you who asked “what exercise classes”: Keep reading — this is for you!

With your feedback provided, there have been changes made to the schedule that many of you will be thrilled about. Two new classes being offered are Cardio Dance and Beginners Strength and Conditioning. Please take a minute to read through the class descriptions:

Tai Chi
If you’re looking for a way to reduce stress, consider tai chi (TIE-CHEE). Originally developed for self-defense, tai chi has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that’s now used for stress reduction and a variety of other health conditions. Often described as meditation in motion, tai chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements.

Beginner Strength and Conditioning
This beginners class is a full body workout that targets all of the major muscle groups. You’ll integrate strength, stretching and cardiovascular exercise to produce stronger bones and muscles and increase your metabolism to help maintain a healthy body weight. All levels are welcome, geared for those intimidated by beginning a strength and conditioning program.

Vinyasa Yoga with Simon
This class provides the student with a Yoga mat challenge that will focus on strengthening and conditioning the core muscles and getting sufficiently warmed up and centered. Students will also experience a flowing yoga series which will encourage gentle yet deep stretching and control.  All levels welcome.  Bring a yoga mat please.

Get a great workout on the bike! This low impact class provides upbeat music, intensity and fun to motivate riders to cross the finish line. Instructors demonstrate proper bike setup and adjustments for a safe ride. Open to all levels.  You must bring water and a towel to this class.

Spin & Sculpt
The total body workout! Get cardio and strength training in all in one class. This class is perfect for the beginner and challenging enough for the expert. Come cycle and then tone your muscles all while having fun!

Bootcamp is a high intensity quick workout.  Cardio, strength and endurance all happen in this 45 minute class.  Come and enjoy a great workout that is intense and fun!

Butts & Guts
Train and tighten all regions of the lower body and core with this toning class.  Workout will focus on the abs, glutes, legs, and lower back using light weights and body resistance.

Cardio Dance
Cardio Dance is a high energy dance fitness class incorporating cardio moves and lively choreography. Come join this lively class!

Please see our website or contact Julie Otte with any questions.

Here is to having a wonderful, healthy and productive 2016!

Winter 16 wellness schedule


Volunteers needed for MLK Day events

It’s that time of year again, and we are looking for volunteers to help staff the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Program and Community Peace March on Monday, January 18.

Please consider signing up to help! Click here to sign up on the volunteer spreadsheet.

If you experience any issues with the sign up process, please contact Kaylee Wolff at or extension 4039. Thank you for your commitment to our students! Your help is greatly appreciated!