GRCC In the News, 10-24-17

GRCC expecting state funds to respond to manufacturing resurgence

Oct. 24, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI –  Grand Rapids Community College is starting to work on the schematic design for the $12.7 million renovation and expansion of the Wisner Bottrall Applied Technology (ATC).

GRCC Diversity Lectures Series is back for 2017-2018 season

Oct. 23, 2017; Grand Rapids Magazine

The Diversity Lecture Series is back in Grand Rapids for its 23rd year.
Sponsored by Grand Rapids Community College’s Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion, the event is intended to provide insight and understanding of equity and inclusion to the West Michigan community.

Leadership Institute applications due Oct. 27

The Grand Rapids Community College Leadership Institute is a 12-month leadership program committed to strengthening new or emerging leaders from across campus. This program is geared to foster a broader understanding of the campus community, accelerate talent development and hone individual and team leadership skills. The Leadership Institute is designed for individual employees who have the capacity and desire to make a positive influence on our campus. Leadership Institute includes content pertinent to talent identification, leadership development, and addressing issues relevant to the college community.

If you are interested in Leadership Institute 2018 please visit webpage for additional information or to obtain an application packet. The application packet must be received by Jessica Berens in Human Resources by Friday, October 27, 2017.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)

During the month of October 2017, the Department of Homeland Security offers weekly cyber security themes to aid in user awareness regarding current cyber threats and corrective responses to such threats. The GRCC IT Security team is hosting relevant security information on the IT Security webpage. Be sure to check it out weekly and remember, with all the current security breaches going on across the country, “don’t get scared…. get secured.”

DHS NCSAM Week Four Theme: The Internet Wants YOU: Consider a Career in Cybersecurity

According to a study by the Center for Cyber Safety and Education, by 2022, there will be a shortage of 1.8 million information security workers. It is critical that today’s students graduate ready to enter the workforce to fill the vast number of available cybersecurity positions. Week 4 will encourage students and other job seekers to explore cybersecurity careers. Key influencers – like parents, teachers, guidance counselors and state and local officials – will learn more about this growing field and how to engage youth in pursuing cybersecurity careers.

Workshops added to Staff Development fall schedule

QPR-Question. Persuade. Refer Workshop Schedules

  • November 6  – 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • November 15 – 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • December 5   – 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • December 12 – 11:00-12:00 p.m.

Course Description

QPR is used to save lives and reduce suicidal behaviors by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. It is believed that quality education empowers all people, regardless of their background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know. QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer – the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. According to the Surgeon General’s National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (2001), a gatekeeper is someone in a position to recognize a crisis and the warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide. Gatekeepers can be anyone, but include parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, ministers, doctors, nurses, office supervisors, squad leaders, foremen, police officers, advisors, caseworkers, firefighters, and many others who are strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide.

You can register online.

AR 105 students tour Kerkstra Prescast plant

Students from the AR 105:  Construction Materials 1 class toured the Kerkstra Precast Inc. plant in Grandville.  Kurt DeKock, director of operations, gave students an extensive tour of the Kerkstra Precast Inc. facilities, solidifying information that is covered in the class.  Kerkstra Precast Inc. has given students of the AR 105 class tours of the plant for more than 10 years.  They have been a very good partner in the education for our GRCC students!  Thank you!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

UW: Community-level changes that can reduce poverty and improve lives.

United Way achieves measurable, sustainable results that can shape our region. Together, we can help create opportunities for a better life for all by supporting community-level changes that can reduce poverty and improve lives.

All donations made to Heart of West United Way’s Community Investment Fund stay here in Kent County and will be invested in housing, food security, education, family crisis, mental health, and workforce development.

Where exactly does the money go? Find out at

GRCC scholars presentation set for October 25

GRCC students who participated in the summer MICUP program at Michigan Technological University, UROP at the University of Michigan, and the Study Away trip to Salamanca, Spain, will exhibit their research from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 25, in the Raider Grille.

Learn about their work and the amazing opportunities that might be there for you! Snacks will be provided.

Chantal Garcia points to something on her poster for "Influence of Funding on Technological Innovation and Commercialization." A man stands next to her, looking at the poster.