GRCC In the News, 1-10-17

Grand Rapids latest to offer 5 years of high school to earn college degree

Jan. 10, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Public Schools is the latest school district in Kent and Ottawa counties to offer students the chance to earn a high school diploma and an associate’s degree through the five-year Early/Middle College high school program.

The district is currently registering up to 50 eligible Ottawa Hills High School sophomores for the program set to launch next school year through a partnership with Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC).

The USA’s training program to win the Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie

Jan. 5, 2017; So Good

USA is one of the Top 7 Countries which, having registered the highest scores in the last three editions of the Coupe du Monde of the Pâtisserie, has a direct ticket to the final this January in Lyon. “We will compete side by side teams with more resources and more favorable training environments, but we still believe we have a chance to shine brightly with a new training program. We hope to have planted the seeds for future participants,” say Gilles Renusson and Anthony Valla, president and vice president of the Club Coupe du Monde USA respectively.

… It has been a long preparation process in which everyone involved has invested time and effort. The first meetings and brainstorming took place at the end of 2015 at Midwest Import in a suburb of Chicago, and they began to look for the best original ways to represent the idea of acrobats in all aspects of the competition. The team was guided again by their loyal group of advisors. Nick Antonakis and Robin Van Rooyen from Grand Rapids Community College Art Department contributed their precious graphic and design expertise. Randy Finch and Luba Petrash were with Victor when planning his ice carving. Sylvain Leroy was again driving the tastings, and Roy, Christophe, and Ewald Notter provided directions about the chocolate and sugar sculptures.

Beer Month GR 2017: An Essential Guide

Jan. 9, 2017;

Momentum in Beer City USA shows no signs of slowing down. Because of unquestionable demand and the abundance of beer-related activities, what was once lovingly referred to as Beer Week could no longer be contained to just 7 days (well, we might’ve stretched a week by a day or two, give or take).

… The current edition, which started being distributed in the fall of 2016, has a grey cover. To all those new breweries included that have opened their doors since the original edition was published, welcome to the party in Grand Rapids: Atwater GR, Bier Distillery (yep, they brew, too), Creston Brewery, Elk Brewing (Comstock Park), Greyline Brewing Co., New Holland Brewings The Knickerbocker Brewpub & Distillery, Schmohz Brewing Co. (new to the passport, not new to the GR beer scene) and Fountain Hill Brewery (at Grand Rapids Community College) the country’s only federal and state licensed brewpub owned and operated on a college/university campus.

Winter Wellness schedule is available

Group exercise classes will begin Jan. 16, so grab a friend and come sweat! No need to sign up, just join us for the fun! You are welcome to bring your spouse, a child over 18, or friend(s) to these classes. Non-GRCC employees participating are asked to pay a small $20 fee per semester to participate in these classes. All are welcome!

Click here to view our current offerings.

Secchia Institute for Culinary Education wins exercise challenge, earns money for student scholarships

For six weeks this fall, Secchia Institute for Culinary Education faculty and their spouses participated in the MVP Corporate Challenge sponsored by Allegro Coaching.  Each team member wore personal heart rate monitors to gauge their effort during exercise to average more effort points than any other team. Competition was neck and neck, and the top three teams fought hard to stay on top.  In the end, Secchia Institute for Culinary Education sweated through the Thanksgiving holiday to win a landslide victory over the other participating teams, earning a $1,000 scholarship for Secchia Institute for Culinary Education students as well as the coveted MVP Cup.

Teams included: Spectrum Health, Steelcase, Reagan Marketing, Consumers Energy, GR Label, Hastings Mutual, Flexco, Encompass, and Trivalent.

SICE faculty and staff hold up a giant check for $1,000 made out to SICE from Allegro Coaching. Audrey Heckworth holds a trophy.

Pictured, from left to right, Dan Gendler, Holly VanRyn, Bob Schultz, Jane Hedges, Werner Absenger, Luba Petrash, Charlie Olawsky, Wilfredo Barajas, Gilles Renusson, and Audrey Heckwolf. Not pictured: Lisa Gendler, Uwe Heckwolf, Karri Absenger, Kevin Dunn, Vicki Olawsky, and Debra Schultz

Winter 2017 learning opportunities through Staff Development

Staff Development offers a number of professional development opportunities for the Winter 2017 semester.

Offerings include:

  • Information to help you thrive at GRCC through our GRCC Success series
  • Useful tools for supervisors and employees alike through our Career Toolbox series
  • Guidance to establish and/or strengthen skills through our Growth and Development series
  • Tips for creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle through our Seven Dimensions of Wellness series

For the complete list of sessions please go to:

All faculty and staff (including student employees and contingency) are encouraged to participate.

To register for professional development go to