GRCC In the News, 1-26-18

2018 Festival of the Arts poster designed by past ArtPrize winner

Jan. 25, 2018; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Festival of the Arts celebrates its 49th year in 2018, with a new poster designed by past ArtPrize winner Chris LaPorte.

… LaPorte has earned art degrees from Aquinas College, La Coste Ecole de Beaux Arts and the New York Academy of Art, going on to teach drawing at GVSU, GRCC, Kendall College of Art and Design, and Aquinas College. His ArtPrize entry, “Calvary, American Officers, 1921” won first-place in 2010.

Human Resources professional development opportunities

Drupal Basics: Editing Content — Tuesday, January 30, 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.

QPR-Question. Persuade. Refer — Tuesday, January 30, 2018 (11:00 am – 12:00 pm)

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.

Coaching Skills for Managers — Wednesday, January 31, 2018 (9:00 am – 11:00 am)

“Coaching Skills for Managers and Supervisors” It would be a wonderful workplace if everyone did a perfect job all of the time. But sometimes, people need coaching to help them improve. This program explains the process of effective coaching that you can use to help improve performance and behavioral issues. Topics include: The coaching process-when to use.

Groupwise – Calendaring — Thursday, February 1, 2017 (10:00 am – 11:30 am)

This session will provide participants with GroupWise Calendar skills. Participants will learn the fundamentals of scheduling appointments, customizing calendar options and optimizing group calendar usage. Participants are encouraged to bring their calendar questions and need to know items for discussion and discovery. This course is tailored to meet the calendar-specific needs of the class participants.

Library Resources for Work — Friday, February 2, 2018 (10:00 am – 11:30 am)

This session provides a basic introduction to library services for any GRCC employee. How to find and use resources including the traditional book collection, the e-book and e-media collections, general databases, and pertinent Subject Guides will be introduced. Attendees will also sign up for the New York Times online and RaiderLoan Document Delivery & Interlibrary Loan.

Nominations sought for Outstanding Adult Learner

Here at GRCC, we are fortunate to have many remarkable students. Here’s your chance to help one outstanding adult student from the college with the annual GRAHEN Outstanding Adult Learner (OAL) award. This important award recognizes and celebrates the academic achievements, leadership and community contributions of local adult students.

For nearly 20 years, the Grand Rapids Area Higher Education Network (GRAHEN), of which GRCC is a member school, honors an outstanding adult learner from every one of its 12 member institutions every year.

GRCC faculty and staff can nominate individuals (adult and nontraditional students) from the 2017-2018 school year using the nomination form below.  The deadline to submit nominations is March 1, 2018.

If you have questions, contact Francisco Ramirez at (616) 234-3181 or

18 OAL FacultyStaff letter

18 OAL nomination form