GRCC In the News, 12-7-16

Literacy Center gets share of $228K to help refugees break language barriers to jobs

Dec. 6, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Michigan Office for New Americans (MONA) has awarded a total of $228,447 in grants to the Literacy Center of West Michigan and four other organizations implementing programs to help newcomers break language barriers to gaining employment.

… The Literacy Center will be partnering on the project with West Michigan Works!, Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. West Michigan Chapter (ABCWM), and Grand Rapids Community College’s (GRCC) Workforce Training.

United Way pledges total $30,000!

Thank you to our 122 generous donors, and to everyone who dedicated their time and energy to this campaign.

Congratulations to our gift card winners Nancy Forrest in Math, Mark Jasonwicz in Business and Melanie Schiele-Gady in Exercise Science.  Nancy and Mark each won a Visa gift card which was generously donated by Lake Michigan Credit Union. Melanie who won a Subway/Patatas gift card which was generously donated by our campus location.


Student food pantry donations accepted at holiday breakfast

If you’re able, please bring non-perishable food items to our Holiday Breakfast to donate to our food pantry for students. In the spirit of giving, let us do our part to ensure the shelves of our pantry are well stocked! Here is a list of needed items (* indicates high demand items):


  • Cans of tuna*
  • Cans of chicken*
  • Canned stew
  • Canned chili
  • Hash
  • Pork and beans
  • Soups
  • Spaghetti sauce*
  • Kidney beans
  • Peanut butter*


  • Boxes of cereal
  • Instant oatmeal (individual packets)*
  • Cereal bars*
  • Pancake mix
  • Syrup
  • Muffin mix

Canned vegetables

  • Beans
  • Carrots
  • Peas
  • Tomatoes
  • Corn*
  • Instant potatoes

On the go/snacks

  • Tortilla chips
  • Salsa
  • Pringles
  • Cookies
  • Granola bars*
  • Microwave popcorn
  • Easy Mac*
  • Microwaveable nonfrozen meals


  • Canned fruits
  • Fruit cups
  • Dried fruits
  • Jelly
  • Raisins
  • Juice boxes


  • Rice*
  • Pasta*
  • Macaroni and cheese*
  • Crackers
  • Boxed meals*
  • Hamburger Helper

Basic necessities

  • Soap*
  • Toilet paper
  • Shampoo*
  • Conditioner
  • Toothpaste*
  • Lotion
  • Deodorant*
  • Feminine hygiene
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dryer sheets

Rick Szczepanski’s father to celebrate 101th birthday

Rick Szczepanski, a professional tutor at Tassell M-TEC shares that his father will turn 101 on Dec. 8:

My dad just amazes me with his love of life and his big heart to give back!

My dad is my hero. A very proud WWII veteran, POW in France, very successful businessman, starting Thierica Inc. after WWII with his brother Harry, funny and loving father of three and extremely caring husband of his wife and my mom. My mom suffered from multiple sclerosis for 38 years.

Campus Dining’s exam week hours

Exam Week Dec. 12- Dec. 16

Raider Grille Closed all week

Monday 12th Quiet Café and Sneden Cafe Normal Hours

With Breakfast in Quiet Café 7am-10am

Tuesday 13th Quiet Café and Sneden Café 7am-4pm

With breakfast in Quite Café 7am-10am

Wednesday 14th Quiet Café 7am-1pm (Limited menu option)

Sneden Café Closed

Thursday 15th and Friday 16th All Retail operations Closed.

Re-opening on January 9th 2017

Free preschool for 4-year-olds at GRCC

The Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory will have openings starting Jan. 9, 2017, for children who turned 4 by Sept. 1, 2016.

The openings are part of the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP), a free program for qualifying families.

The program runs 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, with before- and after-program hours available for a small fee. Call the preschool office at (616) 234-4004 for an application or for more information.

A woman reads a storybook to two preschoolers.

Make sure your numbers are up to date for emergency notifications

College delays or closings are communicated through GRCC’s Rave emergency notification system (email, phone and text message), and local news media outlets.

You will receive text messages if your cell phone number is identified as “mobile” under Personal Information Summary in your Online Center.

Mathematics Seminar is today

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that it will host its next Mathematics Seminar on Wednesday, December 7, 3:00-4:00 PM in 107 Cook.  Our speaker, GRCC mathematics student Bethany Austhof, will discuss the relationship between Calculus and Statistics.  Her title and abstract are below.

While Statistics can be successfully studied and applied at a pre-Calculus level, a better understanding of many fundamental concepts and processes hinges on ideas from Calculus.  Bethany’s talk will provide some historical background that will accessible to anyone, so if you know a bit of statistics and not much Calculus, consider this to be an opportunity to learn more!  As always, everyone is welcome to our mathematics seminars.

Pop and cookies will be served at 2:45 PM.

Probability: Curves Inspired by the Cosmos

In this seminar, we will look at the applications of Calculus in the field of Statistics. Topics of discussion will include how we can derive exact probabilities using integration techniques, how to  determine the mean of a continuous random variable using the center of mass formula, and a look at the derivation of the normal curve distribution function.