GRCC In the News, 10-14-16

Michigan Gave Colleges $500,000 to Fight Sex Assault. Here’s How They Spent It.

Oct. 14, 2016; The Chronicle of Higher Education

Last year Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan announced a new grant program aimed at preventing sexual assault on the state’s college campuses. More than 30 institutions applied, and a mix of private, public, and community colleges — 22 in total — received a slice of the pie.

… The challenges Grand Rapids Community College faces in preventing campus sexual assault are different from those at four-year colleges. But Kimberly DeVries found that most of the available resources and national training programs are geared toward the four-year experience.

Business Journal names 40 Under Forty class

Oct. 12, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Forty of West Michigan’s top young professionals will be honored this month by the Grand Rapids Business Journal.

… Honorees

… Sara Brooks

… Chris Sain Jr.

… Daniel Schoonmaker.

(Chris Sain is coordinator of retention, and Sara Brooks is adjunct faculty. Daniel Schoonmaker is a GRCC alumnus.)

Daybreak News

Oct. 14, 2016; WOTV

We’re pleased to announce that the Challenge Scholars program is expanding. Beginning next fall, any students in ninth grade with a GPA of at least a 2.0 can attend Grand Rapids Community College for up to two years.

Downtown Development Authority wants to expand boundaries by 200 acres

Oct. 13, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) voted to expand its boundaries by nearly 200 acres to encompass 873 acres that would stretch from Leonard Street on the north to the southwest side along Grandville Avenue SW.

… Hoping to gain approval from other taxing authorities, the DDA staff has been lobbying officials from Kent County, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Grand Rapids Community College, the Monroe North Tax Increment Finance Authority as well as the Westside and North Quarter Corridor Improvement Districts


Save the date: Annual Benefits Fair and Flu Shot Clinic

Annual Benefits Fair and Flu Shot Clinic

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Sneden Hall – Room 108

Hours 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Raffle Prizes!!!

Be sure to mark your calendars. You don’t want to miss this important event. This is your opportunity to speak with knowledgeable representatives from our benefits vendors, learn about available products and get reacquainted with each company’s signature services. Come learn about the full array of benefits available to you. Human Resources staff will be available to provide Open Enrollment information and assist employees with benefit questions.

Flu Shot Clinic

Don’t forget to bring your BC/BS insurance card to receive flu shot at no charge. Employees covered under the WMHIP- health plans must bring their insurance cards in order for Spectrum Health to bill on your behalf.

The cost to GRCC staff will be $20 cash or check payable to “GRCC.” Flu shots will be administered by Spectrum Health Visiting Nurses.

WMHIP Simply Blue info sessions

Learn about new health plan options available for open enrollment. Our Gallagher benefits agent will hold information sessions on the following dates and times: 

  • October 17, 2016 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. in 234 Student Center (multipurpose room)
  • October 19, 2016 from 12:30 – 2 p.m. in 348 Calkins Science Center (auditorium)
  • October 20, 2016 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in 108 Sneden Hall (multipurpose room)

IT to offer Google workshops

Information Technology is pleased to announce that we will be facilitating three Google Workshops in the coming weeks! Do you have an idea that you’d like to try in your classroom and/or office that would work using the Google Drive tools, but can’t determine how to make it happen? Or would you simply like some one-on-one training in Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, or Forms? Come join us for an open session offering one-on-one assistance with making your ideas happen! This session allows users to bring their ideas to life and offers additional training opportunities for those simply looking to learn more about the tools we rolled out earlier this fall.
This workshop will be held in the Main building room 351 on the following dates:
  • Tuesday, October 18 (1-4 PM)
  • Thursday, October 27 (8 AM-12 PM)
  • Monday, November 14 (8 AM – 12 PM)
This is an open format session for walk-ins, join us at any time during the workshop for help, no need to stay the whole time! The room has 16 computers available for your use, however you are welcome to bring a laptop instead.
Looking forward to see you there!