Needs Assessment: 2016-2017 Learning Opportunities

Human Resources/Staff Development would like your feedback on the trainings you would like to see offered for the 2016/2017 Fiscal Year! To provide feedback, please:

  • Log in to Peoplesoft/Online Center
  • Select GRCC Employee
  • Select Needs Assessment
  • Select the trainings you are interested in attending. The trainings are organized by professional skills (i.e.: communication, diversity, etc.). If there are courses that you’re interested in, but don’t see listed, please make a suggestion in the comments section!

Human Resources/Staff Development will compile the feedback during the summer months and share the professional development opportunities in GRCC Today.

Note: The needs assessment is used only to provide feedback on trainings you are interested in, it does not mean you have registered for that training. As professional development is made available, you will be able to register through the registration page.

GRCC In the News, 5-23-16

Retirement community staff pulls in prestigious culinary chef awards

May 22, 2016; MLive

Winning top honors from an organization of your peers is always welcomed, but when a senior living community culinary staff bests some of the best local restaurants and private clubs in the area, it is exceptionally noteworthy.

… Many of the plants in the garden come from Kent County Technology Center for Kent Intermediate School District, where (Tim) England sits on the advisory board for both the horticulture and culinary programs. He also chairs the culinary and hospitality programs at Grand Rapids Community College.

DeWys Manufacturing Inc. Welcomes a New Addition to the Engineering Team

May 23, 2016; (press release site)

DeWys Manufacturing Inc., a West Michigan-based metal solutions company, is pleased to announce the promotion of Nate Lillibridge as our new product development engineer. In his new role, Nate will be instrumental in benefiting our customers through redesign for manufacturability and cost reduction, supporting manufacturing through process and product improvements, and reviewing customer prints. Furthermore, he will be developing and creating internal manufacturing print packages for a wide variety of customer products.

Nate has worked with DeWys Mfg. for five years starting with the maintenance department, where he gained experiences in all aspects of the manufacturing process. This career advancement will make Nate the fifth engineer on the DeWys Engineering team, adding to their depth of knowledge and capabilities for our customers. Nate is currently attending Grand Rapids Community College and taking classes towards his Mechanical Design degree, giving him the skills and knowledge necessary to be an asset to DeWys Manufacturing.

News at 10

May 22, 2016; FOX 47

Many people choose to go to an online high school over a traditional brick-and-mortar school.

… Jeff (Crouch) plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College for a year to complete his general education requirements. He wants to earn his Ph.D. in forensic psychology from either Grand Valley State University or Michigan State University.

Announcing the Class of 2016 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

May 20, 2016; The Cedar Springs Post


Joshua Davison, Magna Cum Laude

Post-Graduation Plans: Attend Grand Rapids Community College for Intro to IT courses

Check out selections for Champions of Character High School All-Star Basketball Games

May 20, 2016; MLive


… Bryce Elliott, Hudsonville Grand Rapids Community College

… Anthony McIntosch, Ottawa Hills Grand Rapids Community College

Willie Otole, Tri-unity Christian Grand Rapids Community College

Zach Pangborn, Northview Grand Rapids Community College


Makayla Beld, Hudsonville -Grand Rapids Community College

… Karli Warning, Wayland Grand Rapids Community College

Meet the Hawks: Eric Freeman

May 20, 2016;  The Cedar Springs Post

Meet West Michigan Hawks linebacker Eric Freeman. A 2007 graduate from Wyoming Park High School, Freeman has always stood out on the gridiron. After being named a captain in each of the first three years of high school, he took his senior year off to prepare for college ball. Freeman was a preferred walk-on at Michigan State University under defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi. After careful consideration, Freeman decided to transfer to Grand Rapids Community College to not only be able to play, but also to see if he was mature enough for the college lifestyle.

Faculty lead Study Away trips to Alsace-Lorraine, New York, Morocco

Experiential Learning currently has three Study Away programs traveling the world.  We have five faculty member leading 4 programs. The first program is lead by Chef Heckwolf and Chef Ahmed as they travel the Alsace-Lorraine region learning about culinary practices of the region as part of the HU 219 course. The second program to is Professor Overdevest as they travel around New York City and learning about Art History and architectural as part of a AT 106 course. The last program currently traveling is led by Professor Haney as they travel Morocco in a deep cultural immersion as part of a HU 219 course. Later in August, Professor Knoppers will be taking a group nursing students to Costa Rica as part of practicum courses associated with the nursing program.

You can visit our Study Away website for more information to learn more about our short-term, faculty-led Study Away programs.

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Welcome to the World, Edward Brian Daily!

Brian Daily, of the business tutoring lab, and his wife, Sarah, are happy to announce the birth of their baby boy, Edward Brian!  He was born at 7:37am on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 and weighed in at 8 pounds, 10 ounces while measuring 22 inches in length.  His big sister, Nina, has given him his first nickname, “Jingle Bells.”

Both mother and baby are doing great!

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GRCC Scholarship Golf Outing raffle tickets available

Raffle tickets are now available for the GRCC Scholarship Golf Outing.

Great raffle packages including:

  • Airfare for two.
  • Office chair.
  • Dinner for eight at the McCabe-Marlowe House.

And many more prizes!

Tickets: 3 for $5

The raffle will take place on May 25th from 7-9 p.m. at the Thousand Oaks Golf Club.  Winners need not be present to win.

Proceeds support Student Scholarships.

Tickets are available from the following individuals:

  • Dave Anderson
  • Erin Cisler
  • Tina Hoxie
  • Scott Martin
  • Kurt Meinders
  • Mary Reed
  • Danelle Sedore
  • Jim VanDokkumburg
  • Laurie Witczak

GRCC In the News, 5-20-16

Grand Rapids Team of the Week: Northview girls soccer enjoying unprecedented success

May 20, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS — Northview players passed around a soccer ball before practice Tuesday afternoon, and each one took a moment to sign her name.

… (Mark) VanSlooten graduated from Northview in 1979, and he played football for the Wildcats and later at Grand Rapids Community College, too. He did enjoy playing club soccer and later started coaching it when his children came along, including son T.J. VanSlooten, who completed his senior season at the University of Michigan last fall. VanSlooten is an attorney who works with abused and neglected juveniles, so he has a passion for working with youths.

Lakewood’s Albert signs with Grand Rapids CC

May 19, 2016; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

LAKE ODESSA — Playing college basketball really wasn’t a thought for Lakewood senior Maddie Albert. It was a sport that she enjoyed playing. As her senior year wound down, her first and last at Lakewood, she heard about Grand Rapids Community College from one of the coaches at Lakewood.

Flewelling, Maltbie break career doubles win record as Ludington earns share of Division 3 regional title

May 19, 2016; MLive

Ludington’s No. 1 doubles team of seniors Julia Flewelling and Claire Maltbie turned in a record-breaking performance in Thursday’s Division 3 regional tournament held at Ferris State University.

… Upon graduating, Flewelling will play tennis for Albion College, while Maltbie will play basketball for Grand Rapids Community College.


GRCC Foundation hosts “An Evening with the Phantom” Event

The GRCC Foundation partnered with Broadway Grand Rapids to host “An Evening with the Phantom.”  Broadway Grand Rapids has brought the Phantom of the Opera tour to Grand Rapids and has just launched the start of their two week tour.  The proceeds from this event will support GRCC Music scholarships and Broadway Grand Rapids.  The evening was made memorable for guests by enjoying musical performances by our GRCC Music students throughout the night.  Guests also had an opportunity for a meet and greet and to watch a special sneak peak musical performance by The Phantom himself, Chris Mann.   Thank you SICE Department, Music Department, ATC Catering, Theater Department, Media, Facilities, GRCC Police, Becky Yoder, and Bayard Brooks for helping to make this event so successful!

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GRCC In the News, 5-19-16

Delta baseball edges Grand Rapids CC in thrilling regional game

May 19, 2016; Midland Daily News

BATTLE CREEK — Delta College’s baseball team, seeded fourth in the National Junior College Athletic Association Region XII tournament, defeated No. 5 seed Grand Rapids Community College 5-3 in regional play Wednesday in a back-and-forth affair that wasn’t decided until the final at-bat.