GRCC In the News, 1-18-18

Agency releases list of 100 ‘Hot Jobs’ in West Michigan

Jan. 17, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

West Michigan Works! is reporting that the highest concentration of the region’s top 100 jobs are in the manufacturing and health sciences industries.

… One such partner is Grand Rapids Community College, or GRCC.

Lk. Mich. College Takes Two From Grand Rapids

Jan. 17, 2018; WSJM

Lake Michigan College held on for a 64-59 win over Grand Rapids Community College Wednesday night.

Bethel topples Taylor in road win

Jan. 18, 2018; South Bend Tribune (Ind.)

The Bethel Pilots (17-3, 6-2 Crossroads) had to dig themselves out of a double-digit hole to earn a road win over Taylor 73-67 in Upland, Ind. Tuesday night.

… Ancilla hosted Jackson Community College Wednesday night. The Chargers then host Grand Rapids Community College Saturday at 3 p.m.


CTE session open to all employees

This session, offered through the Center for Teaching Excellence, is open to all employees.  Register online.

Queer & Trans 101: An Ally Training for Educators: Friday, February 2nd from 10:00 a.m. to noon in 246 Main

In the first half of this training, participants will examine concepts of gender, sex, and sexuality; become familiar with relevant terminology; and discuss issues impacting LGBTQIA + communities. The second half of the training includes suggestions and tips for creating LGBTQIA-inclusive classrooms as well as knowledge sharing, case study analysis, and discussion.  Facilitated by: Jen Hsu-Bishop and Marla Wick – GVSU


Human Resources professional development opportunities

Active Shooter Response 

Monday, January 22, 2018

1:00 pm-2:30 pm

This training is required for all college staff and faculty. The 90 minute training session will be presented by GRCC Police Chief Rebecca Whitman, and will describe what an active shooter is; detail the ‘Run Hide Fight’ response to an active shooter situation; explain ways to recognize and report potential threats to our campus, and answer any questions attendees may have.

Intro to Windows 10

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

11:00 am-12:00 pm

Windows 10 has arrived at GRCC! This new operating system has replaced Windows 7 and there are some changes we would like to share with you. Come and join us for this basic introduction to Windows 10 and learn how to navigate the changes.

Conflict Strategies

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

1:00 pm-4:30 pm

Conflict is present in all aspects of our lives. An individual’s personal professional, and emotional health is greatly affected by how successfully he or she manages conflict. Individuals rely on each other to attain goals and are continually being thrown into situations where they need to handle conflict in a constructive manner – without being taught how to accomplish this. This half-day course will expose individuals to the different ways that people react in conflict situations, show them what their preferred strategy is in situations of conflict, and then help them plan to use a more integrating style of conflict resolution more effectively at work.

Screening Committee Training

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

1:30 pm-4:00 pm

This learning session is designed to brief all screening committee team members regarding their roles and responsibilities in the search process. Topics that will be covered include: A) Overview of Search Process; B) Position Approval Process; C) Recruitment/ SAAR Notebook Review Including: 1. Screening Committee & Leadership Roles; 2. Candidate Screening/ Recruitment Solutions Training; 3. Interview Questions, Presentations/Demonstrations; 4. Diversity Considerations and Goals; 5. Effective Evaluation Tools and Consensus Decision-Making; 6. Human Resources Responsibilities. Learning Objectives: Participants will understand their role in the selection of excellent candidates for staff and faculty positions and the hiring objectives and legal parameters for assessing and recommending future staff and faculty members.

Drupal Basics: Editing Content

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

10:30 am-11:30 am

In this course, participants will learn to navigate the Drupal system, understand and use content types, and edit existing content.

ADA for Supervisors

Thursday, January 25, 2018

1:00 pm-2:00 pm

This course will review basics of the Americans with Disabilities Act, including college responsibilities that are relevant to supervisors, how to recognize an accommodations request, and the process GRCC follows. Key objectives to the workshop:- Become more familiar with ADA requirements for the college – Identify accommodations requests- Recognize concerns that need to be elevated to HR- Identify concerns that may arise when dealing with disability as related to job role, performance, etc.

Online Ordering

Thursday, January 25, 2018

2:00 pm-3:30 pm

This course will review the printing online ordering from the login and profile set-up how and when to use the quick copy options, how and when to us the print ordering options along with the differences in the categories of each area, paper selection and order history. You will learn the techniques of looking up your past orders and copying into a new order to streamline ordering repeated items.Want to keep track of your budget, What do I need to know when placing my store orders. Administrative staff can look at reports of each budget your area is responsible for and how a minimum and maximum can be put in place to keep you on track.

Healthy Meals on a Budget

Friday, January 26, 2018

10:00 am-11:00 am

There is a misconception that eating healthy is expensive. It can be, if you are not willing to put in the work ahead of time to prep and plan your meals accordingly. In this workshop, we will give you (2) complete grocery lists that can feed a family of four for under $150.00 a week. We will also strategize ways to price shop and compare that makes the planning process a little less painful. Come, learn and strategize how to adapt this for your family and health goals! Better yet, each participant will leave with a two-week meal plan that focuses on variety, nutrition and flavor.

The Road to 850

Friday, January 26, 2018

1:30 pm-2:30 pm

The Road to 850 is an overview of how to reach your credit score goals. You will learn what makes up a credit score, how inquiries affect your credit score, where to find your credit score and the 10 steps to raising your credit score.

You can register for any of these sessions online.

Mathematics Seminar is today

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that it will host its first Mathematics Seminar of 2018 on Thursday, January 18, 3:00-4:00 PM in 103 Cook.

Our speaker, GVSU Mathematics Instructor Michael Santana, will discuss mathematics underlying the sometimes vexing problem of seating arrangements at tables.  For the title and abstract of Michael’s talk, please see below.

Very little mathematics background is needed to appreciate this talk, making it accessible to a wide range of students and faculty.  All are welcome!

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

A graph theory approach to seating people at parties

You’re hosting a party with at least three people, and you want to seat everyone around a large table so that each person is friends with the person on their left and the person on their right. How do you know when you can do this? This seemingly innocent question turns out to be quite difficult to answer! On the other hand, the question becomes (MUCH) easier when you don’t require that everyone be seated at the table (so you’re okay with some people standing around). In this talk we’ll consider both questions (focusing mainly on the second question), look at several extensions of these questions, and see how doing research in mathematics can be like playing the wooden block game, Jenga.