Automotive technology students ready to tackle car repairs

Brakes rough or squealing?

Hear clunks or rattles over bumps?

Check Engine light on?

Transmission fluid, anti-freeze, and power steering fluid need a flush?

A/C blowing warm air?

Belts squawking?

Power window/locks inoperative?

ABS warning lamp on?

Automotive Technology students can help with these issues, and more! The students can perform maintenance and repairs on most vehicle makes and models that are 2006 model year or newer. To schedule an appointment, contact Brett Atchison

Customers pay only for parts and supplies. With no labor charges, the repair costs are often cut in half. The session runs for six weeks, with a start date of May 9.

Visiting geographical scientist lecture tonight

Date: April 11, 2016

Time: 7:00pm

Location: 108 Sneden Hall, GRCC DeVos Campus, 415 Fulton Street E, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

People and Plants: Conservation of Forests and Cultures
by Maria Fadiman, Geographer, Ethnobotanist and Professor, Florida Atlantic University

Dr. Maria Fadiman, associate professor of Geography at Florida Atlantic University and author of numerous publications devoted to ethnobotany and sustainable development, is known for her TEDx talks in the U.S. and Mexico on people and plants in tropical ecosystems. Maria engages in fieldwork in Latin America and Africa and has received funding from the National Science Foundation and National Geographic Society for research relating to cultural geography and ethnobotany. In 2006, she earned distinction as a National Geographic Emerging Explorer and in 2015, she was honored as one of only 40 geographers listed by the International Geographical Honor Society as distinguished Visiting Geographical Scientists. Maria teaches courses in world regional geography, conservation, and culture and the environment. She is currently writing about the cultural geography of tropical rainforests.

Employee Behavioral Intervention Team works to provide safe campus

The Employee Behavioral Intervention Team provides preventative measures on campus to reduce the risk of an employee incident. (Our team works similarly to the Behavior Intervention Team for students)

Our team will intake and assess information, take action when necessary and track details about behavior concerns noted in our work environment. Our goal is to provide information and resources to keep our community safe.

Some examples of behaviors or concerns that could be referred to the team are: an employee who states they intend to harm self or others, erratic or unusual behaviors that disrupts the work environment, as well as a sudden or drastic change in behavior that causes concern.

If you have a concern, please feel free to contact any of our team members directly:

  • Cathy Kubiak, Jessica Berens or Christine Coon (Human Resources).
  • John Cowles (Dean of Student Success and Retention).
  • Rebecca Whitman (Chief of Campus Police).

We are committed to a safe work and learning environment at GRCC!

Retirement party to honor Mike Kiss, David Dye

Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Time: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm (there will be no formal program just stop by if you are able any time between 12-2)

Place: 122/124 Applied Technology Center (located at the corner of Ransom and Fountain streets)

Parking: Limited parking is available under the building by entering off of Ransom Street. If the ramp under the building is full please, park in student parking across the street and we will provide you with a parking pass.

Exam Cram set for April 23-24

GRCC’s Library is offering Exam Cram! What is Exam Cram? Think extended quiet study hours in the library, smiling tutors and librarians, along with beverages and snacks to keep study strength up! Faculty and staff are asked to share this news with students.

Exam Cram will be held:

  • Saturday April 23, 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Sunday April 24, 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Exam Cram is co-sponsored by Academic Support & Tutoring Services, Student Alliance and the Library & Learning Commons. There will be librarians and tutors in multiple subject areas available during Exam Cram hours. Parking in the Bostwick (Main) parking lot is recommended. Tutoring subjects may be limited. No registration required.

Sponsor a grad!

As you may know, last year as part of our 100th anniversary, we asked for your help in meeting a couple of goals that were put in place for commencement. We wanted to increase the number of students who participated in the commencement ceremony, and we wanted to have faculty and staff sponsor 100 graduates by providing them a cap and gown. Thanks to many of you, we achieved both of those goals, and we actually had a record number of graduates process at the Van Andel Arena.

Once again, this year, we are looking to have a record number of students process at the Van Andel arena, and we know that many students have told us that they are not able to participate in the commencement ceremony due to the cost of the cap and gown. As an institution committed to the success of our students, commencement is our time to celebrate the greatest success of all with our students – COMPLETION! And there might be no better way to celebrate the individual success of our graduates than by removing this one final financial barrier – $31 to purchase their cap and gown.

Know that our students are overwhelmed when they hear that a GRCC faculty or staff member’s donation made it possible for them to participate in this important life event, one that for many of these students, is the first such event in the history of their family!

One student shared the impact of this gift for her last year:

“Many students, including myself, were provided gowns through the GRCC Foundation.  This program proves that GRCC really cares about the students, from orientation to graduation.  Thank you, GRCC!” — Arielle Brown, class of 2015.

A GRCC staff member shares why he gave to the Sponsor a Grad program last year:

“We, as employees, are here because of our students.  Supporting the cap and gown program is a small way for us to ensure all students have the chance to participate in graduation after all their hard work.” — Dan Guajardo from the GRCC Mail Room.

Please help us reward our students who have reached their graduation goals and participate in the Sponsor a Grad program today.

If you are interested in helping, please commit to the Sponsor a Grad program – through your sponsorship, you agree to purchase a cap and gown for a graduate at the cost of $31 per set.

Know that there is no limit to the number of graduates you can sponsor. You can make your donation by simply going online to make your payment and selecting “Sponsor a Grad” as the scholarship fund for which you would like to make donation. Or if you prefer, and would like to make a donation using a different payment method, you are welcome to contact the Foundation Office directly at x3939.

Thank you for all you do in support of our students and their success.

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