GRCC In the News, 8-22-16

Coalition seeks free tuition for advanced manufacturing community college students

Aug. 21, 2016;

GRAND RAPIDS — A statewide coalition of community colleges, including Grand Rapids Community College, is vying for federal grant dollars that would provide free tuition for students in key advanced manufacturing programs.

Number of high schoolers taking GRCC courses is growing

Aug. 19, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The number of Kent County students enrolled in college classes at Grand Rapids Community College concurrent with their high school studies is growing, according to Dan Clark, dean of academic outreach.

Parental predicament: Save for retirement or pay for college?

Aug. 19, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

All across the nation, college tuition prices continue to rise, and the state of Michigan is no different.
In June, the University of Michigan’s Board of Regents voted to increase in-state tuition by 3.9 percent, while in-state tuition at Michigan State University jumped 3.7 percent for freshmen and sophomores and 3.9 percent for juniors and seniors. Here in West Michigan, Grand Valley State University the regions largest voted to increase tuition by 4 percent, while Grand Rapids Community College saw a 2.8 percent rise in tuition.

Greening of the Great Lakes

Aug. 21, 2016; WJR AM

“Dr. Kurt Kind will continue our coverage from the governor’s Energy Excellence Award. We have the winners of the best communication or education program. The winner is Habitat for Humanity of Kent County in Grand Rapids … Grand Rapids Community College takes one to three houses per year …”

Final day of Restaurant Week Grand Rapids

Aug. 21, 2016; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Sunday is the final day of Restaurant Week Grand Rapids, so if you haven’t taken part, now is the time! Executive Chef Nick Snacker from Ganders, located at the Double Tree Inn, and Kate Herron from Experience GR joined the weekend morning news team to demonstrate one of the dishes they’ve been featuring during the event.

… Restaurant Week Grand Rapids not only promotes the local culinary scene, but also 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 Education’s 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 Institute’s culinary program,” explained Kate.

Grand Rapids Maker Faire at GRPM

Aug. 19, 2016; Women’s Lifestyle

Think of a science fair and a county fair merging together to create something entirely new for all. The third annual Maker Faire comes to Grand Rapids, celebrating the Maker movement and the innovative minds in our community.

Both established and local makers feature rockets and robots, DIY science and technology, urban farming and sustainability, alternative energy, bicycles, unique hand-made crafts, local food, and educational installations. Visitors see installations from the GR Makers, the Geek Group, GRCC and other local West Michigan inventors, innovators, and tinkerers.

Counseling, TRIO, other offices to return to Student Center

The offices that were temporarily relocated to Cook — the Counseling and Career Center, TRIO/Student Support Services, Occupational and Disability Support Services, the Student Success and Retention Dean’s Office, and Disability Testing Services — are scheduled to be back in the Student Center on Tuesday, August 23.

Center for Teaching Excellence, Distance Learning hosts open houses

The Center for Teaching Excellence and the Distance Learning & Instructional Support Department will be hosting an open house August 25th, 26th, and 29th.  We encourage all faculty members to come in with any questions, comments, or concerns about their classes, online teaching, instructional technologies, and anything else relating to distance learning. The open house will take place during the following hours:

  • 2:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. — Thursday, August 25th
  • 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. – Friday, August 26th
  • 3:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. – Monday, August 29th

We are Located on the third floor of the main building, rooms 316 for DLIT and room 308 for the CTE.

DLIT & CTE Fall Open House. Thursday, August 25th, 2 p.m.-6 p.m.; Friday, August 26th, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.; Monday, August 29th, 3 p.m.-7 p.m.