GRCC In the News, 11-17-16

M-CAM Seeks to Bolster Michigan’s Advanced Manufacturing Workforce

Nov. 16, 2016;

During the turbulent election season we all recently endured, a big topic of conversation was trade — specifically how certain policies such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) have harmed the domestic manufacturing sector and hollowed out the middle class. Among the many campaign promises made by President-elect Donald Trump was a pledge to renegotiate some of these trade agreements to help bring manufacturing jobs back from overseas.

… M-CAM is a collaboration between Bay College, Grand Rapids Community College, Kellogg Community College, Lake Michigan College, Lansing Community College, Macomb Community College, Mott Community College, and Schoolcraft Community College. Now in the third year of a four-year, $24.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, the program trains students in four key areas of advanced manufacturing: welding, CNC/machining, mechatronics, and production operations.

Grand Rapids to honor fallen officer with commemorative road signs, memorial

Nov. 16, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A half-mile portion of Tamarack Avenue NW will soon receive a commemorative designation in honor of a fallen Grand Rapids Police Department officer.

… Additional donations will go toward the Robert A. Kozminski Memorial Scholarship, which pays full tuition for a year for one Grand Rapids Community College student interested in law enforcement. The recipient is selected by Kozminski’s parents, Robert and Maria.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Robert Kozminski is an alumnus of GRCC’s Police Academy.)

IT Customer Support name changes

The GRCC IT Customer Support team has been working to align our department names and visions to better support your needs. In order to aid us in coming up with a unified identity, we have renamed our support teams.

Under the umbrella of the IT Customer Support team, what was once the Workbench Technicians are now the Desktop Support Technicians, and what was the IT Help Desk is now the IT Support Desk!

We hope this isn’t too much of a change for you, as you can still expect the same awesome voices on the phone to support your calls and the same friendly faces out in the field to repair your equipment! As always, we are here to support any of your technology needs in the best way we can, feel free to reach us at 234-4357(HELP) or

Dental Assisting program holds fundraiser

The Dental Assisting Program is taking orders for toothbrushes and Crest Professional Strength Whitestrips as a fundraiser.

The following items are available:

  • Cross Action Soft Bristle toothbrushes, size 35 — $5 for six and $10 for a dozen.
  • Oral-B Genius Pro 8000 rechargeable electric toothbrush (not available in retail yet) — $85 (will sell for $199 in stores).
  • Children’s Oral B Stage 3 (for ages 5 to 7) — $5 for six and $10 for a dozen.
  • Children’s Oral B Stage 4 (for ages 8 to 12) — $5 for six and $10 for a dozen.
  • Crest Professional Strength Whitestrips (42 upper and 42 lower strips) — $30.

Contact Julie Bera at or ext. 4542 and make checks payable to GRCC. Orders are due Nov. 28, and items will be delivered the second week of December.

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Student Grace VanHoven to participate in Opera Grand Rapids vocal competition

Grace VanHoven

Grace VanHoven

Congratulations to GRCC student Grace VanHoven, who will take part in Opera Grand Rapids’ Collegiate Vocal Competition on Nov. 19 and 20!

The competition is open to student vocalists who are being trained full time at West Michigan colleges and universities. Libor Ondras, GRCC’s director of orchestras and string specialist, is a judge.

The competition’s final round concert is free and open to the public. It starts at 7 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Betty Van Andel Opera Center, 1320 E. Fulton.