GRCC In the News, 7-21-16

sHaPe camp introduces teens to health professions

July 20, 2016;

More than 40 West Michigan teenagers explored careers in the health professions field during interactive activities at the 7th annual Summer Health Activities and Professions Exploration (sHaPe) summer day camp, held at Grand Valley’s Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences July 11-14.

… This year’s sHaPe camp also welcomed students from Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids Public Schools and University of Michigan’s Future Public Health Leaders Program during a special event July 15.

Safe space: Grand Rapids Police Department, community work to reform law enforcement

July 21, 2016;

One by one, they the young and the old, the Grand Rapidians who have lived here for decades, the spiritual and the community leaders step up to the microphone to speak of race and police and violence and guns and history. To shed tears. To call for change and speak of that big, daunting, amorphous thing called the future. There, at Grand Rapids’ LifeQuest Ministries, they speak of fears and anger and an unrelenting sadness. Days after police shot and killed Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, and one day after a man shot and killed five police officers in Dallas, Texas, they together paint a portrait of what many in our city, and country, are feeling: hopeless, afraid, overwhelmed, frayed, wondering if change will come and if it does, how, and when, that will happen.

… Chris Sain, Jr., an educator, community activist and coordinator of retention at Grand Rapids Community College, as well as the vice president of the NAACP’s Grand Rapids chapter, notes at the same forum that, while progress is occurring with local police, including in Grand Rapids, Kentwood and Kent County, he, as an individual of color, has been “harassed and profiled” by law enforcement.

Coach Brad Koch To Lead Aquinas Softball Program

July 20, 2016;

Longtime softball assistant coach Brad Koch has been named the new Head Coach of the Aquinas College Softball program.

… Before coming to Aquinas, Coach Koch was the varsity softball coach at Kenowa Hills High School for five years, then spent five seasons as first assistant at Grand Rapids Community College. He has also coached the Grand Rapids Blaze 18U Elite travel team for five summers. Koch co-owns and runs Blue Chip Softball, which puts on youth softball camps and tournaments in Michigan. becomes mobile-responsive website

The communications, enrollment center and information technology departments have been collaborating on an overhaul of This work is centered on providing a better experience for people using the website.

We are about to hit one of the first milestones of this multi-year project. Beginning Friday, July 22, will be mobile responsive. That means the website will be responsive to the user’s platform – specifically, it will be easier for users on a mobile phone or other mobile device to navigate.

This is an exciting milestone for the team — the first of many in the coming months. Stay tuned to GRCC Today as we share more information and updates on the development team’s work.

Questions may be directed to Leah Nixon, director of communications, at or extension 4213.

Online sale is today

Grand Rapids Community College will be hosting an Online Sale on July 21. This sale, running from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., will feature retired College technology and resources including laptops, desktops, monitors, electronics, lost & found items, and many others! A specific inventory listing will be available the day of the sale.

The online sale may be accessed by visiting GRCC’s Online Store Please keep in mind that no inventory will be displayed until 7 am. For more information please visit GRCC’s Purchasing Department website

Disclaimer: Grand Rapids Community College does not guarantee complete sets. All items will be sold as is. Inventory must be picked up the following day of the sale. Purchased items must be removed from the college campus within two weeks from date of sale as indicated above (by appt).

Register now for the 11th Annual Summer Teaching Institute!

Attention GRCC Faculty: Registration is now open for GRCC’s 11th Annual Summer Teaching Institute! Although you are welcome to attend every session, you may also pick and choose to register for individual sessions. Plus, one lucky attendee will win a GoPro HERO Session camera! 

Here is the agenda for this year. For the full session descriptions, please visit the Summer Teaching Institute website (

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

  • Morning Session, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Blackboard Basics & Beyond
    • Co-facilitators: Chad Sytsma & Tony Dykema-VanderArk
  • Afternoon Session, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    • Advanced Teaching Online
    • Facilitator: Garry Brand

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

  • Morning Session, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Introduction to Camtasia Studio & SnagIt
    • Co-facilitators: Tony Dykema-VanderArk & Chad Sytsma
  • Afternoon Session, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    • The 2016 Summer “Rock Star” Tour
    • Co-facilitators: Media Technologies, DLIT, & CTE

Thursday, August 12, 2016

  • Morning Session I, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Getting Off to a Good Start
    • Co-facilitators: Deb Vilmont & Bill Faber

Please visit to register for these sessions. For assistance with registration, please contact Toy McNeal in the CTE at 234-2278 or

Mark your calendar for the 11th annual Summer Teaching Institute. August 9, 10 and 11. Five sessions. 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. in 351 and 347 Main. Free lunch for participants on Tuesday and Wednesday, plus a chance to win a fabulous giveaway! Visit for more info.