United Way stories of impact: Tax credit coalition

GRCC employees do a great job of supporting our community through their annual commitment to the West Michigan Heart of United Way. Each month we are sharing a story that demonstrates the outcomes of your commitment.

The Kent County Tax Credit Coalition offers free tax services and financial literacy courses to combat tax refunds and credits going unclaimed by working individuals and families.

GRCC In the News, 11-28-16

GRCC’s next college president talks about making an impact

Nov. 22, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The next president of Grand Rapids Community College says he confident about assuming the responsibility because his life’s journey has strategically shaped him into the leader he is today.

It’s time for West Michigan to fix itself

Nov. 25, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal editorial

This cannot be overstated.

… For example, Grand Rapids Community College this month received a $6 million grant to maintain its medical assistant apprenticeship program. Last year at this time, there were 90 openings for qualified medical assistants in West Michigan. The first apprenticeship class is almost done with its studies and will be joining the full-time workforce in January. But with a class of just about 20, it will come nowhere near filling the employment needs of health care providers in the area.

Explore GRCC’s Dental Program

Nov. 22, 2016; WOTV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) — Maranda was joined in studio by some Dental Assistant and Dental Hygienist students from Grand Rapids Community College. Learn about the three year Hygienist program and the 10-month Assistant program. These students get to do hands on work out in the West Michigan community. They teach people to “ReThink your Drink.” Check out the video above to see how much sugar you’re consuming in your favorite drinks.

Photo Flash: Opera Grand Rapids Hosts 13th Annual Collegiate Vocal Competition

Nov. 22, 2016; Broadway World

Opera Grand Rapids’ 13th annual Collegiate Vocal Competition held this past weekend included winners from Grand Valley State University, Western Michigan University and Grand Rapids Community College. The competition, which provides West Michigan’s finest budding vocal artists the opportunity to compete in a professionally-judged competition for cash prizes, received 26 applicants, named eight finalists and selected five winners. Scroll down for photos from the competition!

… Alexandra Galla, mezzo-soprano from Western Michigan University, and Grace VanHoven, soprano from Grand Rapids Community College, won second and third prizes in Division I, respectively. Opera Grand Rapids named two winners in its Division II-Natalie Saigh, mezzo-soprano, and Jared Montgomery, baritone, of Western Michigan University.

MSU to help increase student success in Grand Rapids

Nov. 22, 2016; FOX 47

Michigan State University has joined a Grand Rapids-area community initiative to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups entering and graduating from Michigan colleges.

… In addition to MSU, other higher education institutions partnering with TCTC are: Aquinas College, Calvin College, Cornerstone University, Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Northwood University and Western Michigan University.


GRCC’s online sale now runs around the clock

Grand Rapids Community College is hosting a 24-hour online sale. This sale may feature retired college technology and resources, including laptops, desktops, monitors, electronics, lost-and-found items, and many others!

The online sale may be accessed by visiting GRCC’s Online Store.

Disclaimer: Grand Rapids Community College does not guarantee complete sets. All items will be sold as is. Inventory may be picked up on the second and fourth Fridays of every month. Purchased items must be removed from the college campus within two weeks from date of sale as indicated above (by appointment).

Toothbrush orders due today

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 jbera@grcc.edu 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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OTA students apply lessons on GRCC campus

Recently, GRCC Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) students were able to apply their lessons in ergonomics and injury prevention to real-world situations on the GRCC campus.

The OTA students visited students in the Radiology program to advise them in ways to pack and carry school backpacks in order to prevent physical strain and injury.

The OTA students also observed students at work in Machine Tooling, Electrical, and Construction programs at the Tassell M-TEC. Based on their observations, the OTA students developed presentations that focused on increasing students’ awareness of faulty body mechanics and work habits, and providing suggestions to prevent physical strain and injury while on the job.  The OTA student presentations were filmed by the GRCC media staff and sent to the Tassell M-TEC students for viewing.

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Exam Cram runs Dec. 5-11

In collaboration with Academic Support & Tutoring and Student Alliance, the GRCC Library will be holding an expanded Exam Cram event this semester.

Come in during regular library hours, Monday, December 5, through Friday, December 9, to partake in quiet study, group study, and free refreshments!

Then, over the weekend before exams, on Saturday, December 10, and Sunday, December 11, take advantage of expanded tutoring services (limited subjects available), extended hours, and more free refreshments!

Exam Cram at the GRCC Library. Sponsored by Academic Support & Tutoring Services and the Library & Learning Commons. Dec. 5-11: Drop-in tutoring sessions with free snacks. Extended hours on Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. -10 p.m. No registration required.