GRCC In the News, 11-16-17

U.S. Labor Department names West Michigan Works! medical assistant apprenticeship program a role model for other states

Nov. 15, 2017; (press release by state Department of Talent & Economic Development)

LANSING, Mich. — The Medical Assistant Registered Apprenticeship Program in West Michigan is helping health care providers fill a critical shortage of talent, and has been saluted as a national Promising Practice by the U.S. Department of Labor.

… Spectrum Health, Mercy Health and Cherry Street Health Services worked together and created the one-year program. Grand Rapids, Muskegon and Montcalm community colleges partnered with the health care providers, developing a shared curriculum addressing the skills common to all three employers. West Michigan Works! holds the standards for the program and serves as the intermediary between the partners.

New middle college program to provide associate degrees

Nov. 15, 2017; (KISD newsletter)

Kentwood Public Schools, MI — A goal at the high school is for every student to receive college credit from at least one class before they graduate, said Evan Hordyk, the district’s executive director for secondary education. Well-established Advanced Placement (AP) opportunities, plus a middle college launching next fall, will make that possible.

East Kentwood students are already tallying up college credits by choosing from a slate of 21 AP classes. Soon they will be able to earn a free associate degree from Grand Rapids Community College by completing a fifth year of high school while dually enrolled as a college student.

Report finds gaps in funding, services for Kent Co. kids

Nov. 16, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A new report shows large gaps in services and funding for young children in Kent County.

… First Steps Kent officials will lay out exactly how they determined their numbers during a 10 a.m. news conference at Grand Rapids Community College’s Applied Technology Center.


IIPD Grant Awards for October

IIPD Grant Awards for October 2017:

  • Don Steeby — $1,382 to attend HVAC Excellence Educators Conference.
  • Maryann Lesert — $1,767 to attend Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference.
  • Jenna Hess — $4,499 to complete Assistive Technology Certificate Program.
  • Melissa Boman — $3,091 to acquire a certification degree in Early Childhood Technology.

Campus Dining surveys end today

Campus Dining wants to know how we are doing. Come to the Raider Grille, Quiet Cafe or Sneden Cafe and take a survey. You will get a coupon at each location and you can also enter to win a Google Home Mini or two tickets to the Grand Rapids Griffins game on December 29. We will be doing surveys at the Raider Grille and Quiet Cafe from November 14 through November 16. Sneden Cafe will be doing surveys on November 15 and 16.

SLT Profile: New Employee Orientation

The New Employee Orientation (NEO) team oversees the on-boarding of all newly hired employees via a traveling orientation. This process allows the new employee to receive tours of both the Main and DeVos Campus, while meeting employees from various departments. The on-boarding process is guided by the college’s desire to integrate new employees into our culture, and to create a firm foundation of knowledge about our mission, vision, and values.
Within the last year, we have implemented an enhanced mentorship program in which new employees are paired with a current employee to use as a resource for college information and orientation throughout their first year. Through the program, mentors also disseminate information about the college, and its various departments and functions, through monthly spotlight communications.

One goal of the NEO team is to implement a process for introducing new employees to campus via a short, but interesting, biography delivered via campus-wide communications. Excerpts will include a photograph of the new employee so others will know who to look for to introduce themselves.

The team is comprised of Nicole Dekker, Christine Coon, and Laura Caulk from Human Resources; Tony Myers from Campus Police; and Rachel Bower and Kelly Webber from IT.