GRCC In the News, 8-4-16

GRCC diversity program gets expanded, new name

Aug. 3, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College has renamed the Bob and Alicia Woodrick Diversity Learning Center to reflect the expansion of its work.

Collaboration addresses needs of states manufacturing industry, employees

Aug. 3, 2016; Macomb Township Chronicle

MACOMB COUNTY — The definition of manufacturing is probably different to a 60-year-old individual than to an 18-year-old.

… Macomb Community College has collaborated with seven other institutions — Bay College, Grand Rapids Community College, Kellogg Community College, Lake Michigan College, Lansing Community College, Mott Community College and Schoolcraft College — to make this goal a reality as part of a program called the Michigan Coalition for Advanced Manufacturing.

Computers for needy kids on sale for $40

Aug. 3, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A West Side nonprofit has set a goal of putting 6,000 donated computers into the hands of needy children for the low cost of $40.

… As part of a program expansion, Grand Rapids Community College will dedicate success coaches to work with the program to provide another layer of support for Union students this year.

Harmony Hall gears up for Restaurant Week G.R.

Aug. 3, 2016; WZZM

Harmony Hall in Grand Rapids is one of more than 60 restaurants participating in Restaurant Week Grand Rapids.

… Restaurants will provide 3-course meals for $28. $1 from Restaurant Week meals sold during this year’s event will be donated to the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education Student Scholarship Fund at the Grand Rapids Community College.

GREAT Places to Dine Out During Restaurant Week Grand Rapids 2016

Aug. 3, 2016; Women’s Lifestyle Grand Rapids

Before the 7th annual Restaurant Week Grand Rapids approaches, create a list of restaurants to go with friends, a date or with family, then choose according to the mood you’re in. Restaurant Week is a great time to explore different restaurants that you haven’t yet experienced.

… About Restaurant Week

… Why: To celebrate the culinary scene in Greater Grand Rapids, showcase the creativity of local chefs, encourage local and seasonal ingredients, and to inspire community members to support their local restaurants. Additionally, Restaurant Week helps The Secchia Institute for Culinary Education students with educational support. Since 2010, Restaurant Week participating restaurants and sponsors have contributed over $110,000 to the Secchia Institute for Culinary Educations Student Scholarship Fund at GRCC. Participating restaurants donate $1 for every Restaurant Week meal sold to the scholarship fund that is granted to selected students within the Institutes culinary program.

Presenters needed for Who Cares? Why Bother? Real Writing for Real People conference

This year, the English Department is hosting the fifth Who Cares? Why Bother? Real Writing for Real People conference:

Wednesday, October 5, and Thursday, October 6, 2016.

Would you like to present? 

Help us teach our students the value of writing in various fields, and share the writing skills required in the professional world.

If you are willing to participate, please fill out the response form and email it to Nora Neill at by Friday, August 12.

See you in the ATC in October!

GRCC food and snack vending update

Grand Rapids Community College has been working with J. Bos Vending Services for many years for the purpose of providing food and snack vending services on our Grand Rapids campuses.  This has been a very long and positive relationship for both parties.

For the past six months, we have been diligently exploring other alternatives which might work better for us moving forward and provide benefits and enhancements currently not available. GRCC is very pleased and excited to announce that we have located such a vendor.  Beginning August 1, 2016, Canteen Vending Services will take over as the new provider of food and snack vending services our campus.

What will some of the enhancements include?

  1. New equipment which is state of the art both in appearance and functionality
  2. A more robust selection of products with a much stronger orientation to healthy choices
  3. Machines that will accept payment across six platforms, including cash, Raider Card, credit card, debit card, Pay Pal, and Apple Pay


We are currently in a transitional phase, and may see some service disruptions


Once the change is complete, it may take a brief period of time to get all of the technology involved up and functioning as intended.  Your help will be very important during this time period.  If you notice any issue with a particular machine, please e-mail Rick Vander Veen at with the building, exact location, which machine, and a brief description of the issue.