GRCC In the News, 8-4-17

Recapping the summer of apprenticeships

Aug. 3, 2017; AACC 21st Century Center (American Association of Community Colleges newsletter)

It’s been the summer of apprenticeships. They’ve been the focus of congressional committee hearings and White House executive orders. Earlier this week, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visited Grand Rapids Community College (Michigan) to learn more about apprenticeships and the skilled trades.

Colorful summer dishes served at Gravity Taphouse Grille during Restaurant Week GR

Aug. 3, 2017; FOX 17

Restaurant Week GR is approaching quickly, getting ready to show off the best dishes from 70 restaurants in the Grand Rapids area.

… For every meal sold, each restaurant will donate $1 to the Secchia Institute of Culinary Education Student Scholarship Fund at Grand Rapids Community College.

Ferris Transfer Student Open House college admission on the spot!

Aug. 3, 2017; WOTV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) — Join Ferris State University to learn how you can transform your college credits or associate degree into a bachelor’s degree. Program advisors, financial aid experts and admissions officers will make sure you have the information you need to take the next step. Make sure to bring all of your questions and copies of your transcripts. Qualified students will be admitted to the university on the spot!

… By partnering with Grand Rapids Community College they are able to offer select Ferris degree programs close to where you live and work.

3 candidates seek 2 Ward 1 slots in primary

Aug. 4, 2017; The Herald-Palladium (St. Joseph)

SOUTH HAVEN — Three candidates in the city’s Ward 1 will square off in the primary election on Tuesday.

… He (Ahmmad Goodwin) graduated from South Haven High School and has an associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College.

Where Second Ward city commission candidates stand on affordable housing

Aug. 3, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids City Commission is reminded at nearly every meeting by activists and residents of the affordable housing crunch in the city – but not all of the three candidates for a Second Ward seat on the commission put the issue as top priority.

… (Mayor Rosalynn) Bliss and the rest of the city commission have thrown their support to (Joe) Jones – who has drawn a number of establishment endorsements from across the city, including Grand Rapids Public Schools leadership, Grand Rapids Community College officials, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce and the Grand Rapids Fire Department union.

Staging a Change: The life of Fred Sebulske, Grand Rapids godfather of theater

Aug. 3, 2017; Revue

Hate letters. State government threats. Mayoral involvement. Armed police in the theater.

… Criticism continued to elevate as the opening night got closer. Hate letters from across the country were sent to cast members. After the first couple of performances, the show had to be moved. Grand Rapids Community College which owns Spectrum Theater was facing threats to lose state funding over the play’s controversy.

New IT ticketing system coming

Information Technology is inching ever closer to launching our new ticketing system!

Back in late July, Information Technology announced our transition to a new ticketing system. We’re pleased to announce that its nearly ready for release! We’re now in the process of migrating any and all open tickets to TeamDynamix. As such, you may begin to see some new ticket notifications appear in your email.

What does this mean for you?

Our analysts, engineers, technicians, and agents will be handling the migration of all your tickets. You won’t have to do a thing. It’s our pledge that the processing and resolving of your tickets will not be disrupted and Information Technology will be in contact with you should we need any additional information. You can continue to call and email us new tickets. We’ll take care of putting them in the new system.

What is TeamDynamix?

TeamDynamix is a service and project portfolio management platform specialized for higher education. Grand Rapids Community College’s Information Technology department will be using it as our ticketing system. This is how we track and record the work we do around campus. We’re super excited about this new platform and look forward to showing you more as we progress. Keep an eye out for a few videos from us that will show you how to leverage this new platform to get quicker and more accurate service from Information Technology!

If you’d like to know more about TeamDynamix, visit them at

When is TeamDynamix going live?

Beginning August 16, 2017, TeamDynamix will be our official ticketing system. To reiterate, you may already begin receiving email updates from the new system as your current tickets are being migrated over.

TRIO students present research at University of Michigan

GRCC TRIO/Student Support Services students Cedric Ingram, Chantal Garcia, Daniel Lopez, Maria Perez and Maleny Crespo participated in the University of Michigan Community College Summer Research Fellowship. On August 2, they presented their research findings at the 2017 UROP Summer Symposium.

Their topics were:

  • Cedric — “Family Dynamics Under African-American Slavery.”
  • Chantal — “Influence of Funding on Technological Innovation and Commercialization.”
  • Daniel — “The Content of Your Color: Skin Color Identity and its Determinants.”
  • Maria — “Using the Web to Enhance Healthcare in Differences of Sex Development.”
  • Maleny — “Political Spirituality of Latinx Culture.”

Special congratulations to Cedric, Chantal, Daniel and Maleny for winning blue ribbon recognition for their exceptional work and knowledge of research topics!

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