GRCC In the News, 2-5-16

GRCC seeks to lower textbook costs for students with new partnership

Feb. 4, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College has entered into a new partnership to lower textbook costs for students, officials say.

Personnel changes announced at Hastings Police Department / 2-4-16

Feb. 4, 2016; The Hastings Banner

The Hastings Police Department said good-bye last week to retiring Sgt. Jim Lee and welcomed two new officers.

… He (Brian Hansford) returned to college in 2007 and earned a criminal justice degree from the University of Phoenix and then attended the police academy at Grand Rapids Community College, graduating in 2011. He worked as a part-time law enforcement officer in Freeport the past three years.

A healthy body is a beautiful body

Feb. 4, 2016; WOTV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) — Teaching girls to have a healthy lifestyle includes teaching them how to make healthy food choices. Participants at Maranda’s Beautiful U enjoyed a delicious snack and lunch provided by Meijer, United Dairy Industry of Michigan, and Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.

Hastings students have new career education options / 2-4-16

Feb. 4, 2016; The Hastings Banner

Hastings students can choose from a variety of careers to learn about while still in high school, including digital multimedia design, construction, culinary arts and marketing, to name a few, thanks to the districts career and technical education program.

… The program is working to offer college credit to participants through Grand Rapids Community College. Culinary arts students can be certified in ServeSafe and join the student organization, ProStart.

BSU presents Black Future Month: Vision, Passion and Success

GRCC’s Black Student Union has organized a week of activities for Black Future Month:

Tuesday, February 9th, “Hidden Color” movie presentation — The Black Student Union will host a viewing of this critically acclaimed documentary about the real and untold history of people of color around the globe. This film discusses some of the reasons the contributions of African and aboriginal people have been left out of the pages of history.

  • Time: 11:00am-1:00pm
  • Location: The ABO Room (room 132 in the library).
  • Cost: Free Pizza and punch to be served.

Wednesday, February 10th, Spoken Word and Nourishment 4 the Soul — Want to feed your soul? Come enjoy a 2-hour open mic session of spoken word and poetry. The theme will be vision, passion, and success. All GRCC students are invited to share their artistic expressions at this open event.

  • Time: 11:00am-1:00pm
  • Location: The ABO Room (room 132 in the library).
  • Cost: Free; soul food to GRCC students and staff

Thursday, February 11th, Play: “Love is an Action Word”

  • Time: 5:30pm-7:00pm
  • Location: Spectrum Theater
  • Cost: Free; refreshments will be served.

Friday February 12th, the 2nd annual Young, Black, and Professional Conference: “Vision, Passion, and Success” — The Young, Black, and Professional Conference is designed to provide students with information and instructions on how to learn better, live better, and feel better! Come hear the wisdom and insights of GRCC professors, counselors, and administrators as they conduct workshops and presentations that will help you become a better student, find your career path, and create the future you desire for you and your loved ones!

  • Time: 11:00am-3:00pm
  • Location: ATC Building
  • Cost: Free; lunch will be served, and a cash prize raffle will be held (1 female winner and 1 male winner).

Nominating deadline is February 12 for student awards

There are four student involvement awards and one staff/faculty award that will be presented at the Student Leadership Banquet in April. The criteria as well as the nomination form for these awards can be found on the Student Life webpage. Please consider nominating a student, staff, or faculty member.

All four student awards have a stipend associated with them which can be helpful for students that are working extremely hard, but struggling financially.

If you have questions, please reach out to Evan Macklin, Assistant Director of Student Life, at