GRCC In the News, 2-28-18

GRCC alumnus to be Latino Youth Conferences keynote speaker

Feb. 27, 2018; La Prensa

GRAND RAPIDS, Feb. 23, 2018: Eighth-graders at this year’s Latino Youth Conference will hear from a Grand Rapids Community College alumnus who has built a successful career by combining his passion for the theater with his dedication to diversity and inclusion.

GRCC In the News, 2-27-18

Trooper promoted to assistant commander at Swanton post

Feb. 26, 2018; The Toledo Blade (Ohio)

A trooper from the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Bowling Green post has been promoted to sergeant and assigned as assistant post commander at the Swanton post.

… He (Ivan Nunez) holds an associate of arts degree from Grand Rapids Community College and served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 2000 through 2006.

SpartanNash Recipe Contest Finalists Win Thousands In Free Groceries

Feb. 26, 2018; (retail food industry newsletter)

SpartanNash has crowned Teresa Fiocchi of Augusta, Michigan as the grand prize winner of its Our Family is Souper recipe contest, awarding her $2,500 in free groceries for her Fiocchi Family Pasta e Fagioli soup.

Fiocchi’s soup was selected by a panel of judges — including SpartanNash EVP, Merchandising and Marketing Larry Pierce; Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education Professor Charles Olawsky; Grand Finale Executive Pastry Chef Justin Raha; Executive Chef Glenn Forgie; and WZZM Meteorologist Laura Hartman — at a final tasting event, held at the Metro Family Fare Supermarket in Wyoming.

GRCC In the News, 2-26-18

Fraternity helps black male students succeed

Feb. 23, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

After Jesse William Krewson Jr. got back from Afghanistan, he wanted to get an education in an effort to better help people.

But when the Grand Rapids Community College student would do homework, he would just get stuck and felt like he had a lack of resources.

Change Ups: Clark is electrical craft competition’s top finisher

Feb. 23, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Calvin Clark is the top finisher for the first annual ABC WMC Electrical Craft Competition. The competition was hosted by the Associated Builders & Contractors, Western Michigan Chapter, which partnered with Grand Rapids Community College to showcase the skills of six top electrical apprentices from ABC WMC member companies who are enrolled in the GRCC apprenticeship program. Clark from HighPoint Electric now qualifies to represent ABC WMC and GRCC at the ABC National Craft Championship, scheduled March 20-22, in Long Beach, California.


… Grand Rapids Community College Police Academy students Tracy Harrell and Yamel Marmolejos-Tolentino are the first recipients of the $1,500 Bragg, Harvard, MuhammadSmith Why We Can’t Wait scholarship for students in criminal justice, education or health care who plan a career in public service.

Holland-area schools, businesses form manufacturing partnerships

Feb. 25, 2018; The Holland Sentinel

At a time when manufacturers are left scrambling for employees, local manufacturing companies have taken to forming partnerships   with local schools to serve as pipelines into the industry.

… In 2016, Careerline Tech Center, Grand Rapids Community College and Herman Miller joined forces to launch the Early College Program.

GR woman who inspired thousands shares how she got clean

Feb. 24, 2018; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Kelly Galbraith never had a problem revealing the rock-bottom depths from which she clawed her way back.

… Meanwhile, Galbraith is attending Grand Rapids Community College and working as a peer support specialist at Sanford House, a drug rehabilitation program in Grand Rapids.

31 Days of March Fun for Kids in Grand Rapids

Feb. 24, 2018;

… March 17 — Kid friendly music, games, special guests, and so many fun carnival style activities await you at Super Saturday Kids Zone being held at the GRCC Ford Fieldhouse. Tickets are $7, under 1 are free.

Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids presents: ‘Torch Song Trilogy: Act III Widows and Children First’

Feb. 25, 2018; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Our friends from Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids joined the Weekend Morning team on Sunday to share about their next show taking the stage on Thursday night. It’s called Torch Song Trilogy: Act III: Widows and Children First.

… The show takes the stage March 1, 3, 8, 10, 2018 at 8 p.m. March 4 & 11, 2018 at 3 p.m.
at Spectrum Theater, downtown on the GRCC campus at 160 Fountain St. NE


Human Resources professional development opportunities

Drupal Basics: Editing Content Training

Tuesday, February 27, 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. Training

Tuesday, February 27, 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.


The Ideal Team Player Workshop

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 (1:30 pm – 3:30 pm)

We all want to be team players and to do a good job. However, it seems that the very existence of a team slows us down, and brings frustrations. Why is it so difficult to work well with our peers? What is slowing our team down? We will look at three “virtues” that are essential for us to be effective, and for every team to thrive. These three virtues are the essential ingredients we must focus on, and master. Find out the dynamics which will allow your team to thrive and for you to reach new goals. This isn’t just theory, but practical ways to achieve when we are working together. Join us to become a great team player!


GRCC Purchasing Policy Workshop

Thursday, March 1, 2018 (9:30 am – 11:00 am)

The Purchasing Department at GRCC serves the needs of the college for all purchases in excess of $1000. Responsibility and authority to make commitments for these purchases are assigned to the Purchasing Department. Melissa Davis, Procurement Specialist, will present the college’s Purchasing Policy, and provide a forum for open discussion and Q & A with participants.


Retirement Planning Workshop

Friday, March 2, 2018 (2:00 pm – 3:30 pm)

Is retirement planning on your mind? If so, this session is for you! We will look at the available resources to help prepare you for this chapter of your life. Whether you’re retiring in the near future, or simply planning ahead, you’ll gain knowledge and tools to help you plan accordingly. Come join us in our discussion!


ATC Tutorial and Open Computer Lab to accommodate students with laptops

The ATC Tutorial and Open Computer Lab is making room for student with laptops!

Starting March 12, students will be able to work in the lab and get help tutoring while using their laptops. There will be approximately 20 desks and 3 high top tables, both areas with electricity that seat two individuals to plug in their laptops. Students will also be able to sit along the window in five soft seating areas to accommodate battery-operated laptops.


Volunteers needed for Latino Youth Conference on March 6

Good afternoon!

The 19th Annual Latino Youth Conference at Grand Rapids Community College on March 6th, 2018, is quickly approaching!

The goal of the Latino Youth Conference (LYC) is to develop and empower youth leadership in the community; strengthen the sense of community among Latino youth in West Michigan; bring youth leaders of the community together to create better crossroads of understanding and connections; and create meaningful connections between area youth and adults.

Theme: El Poder de Soñar – The Power of Dreams

Artwork has been selected, breakout sessions are scheduled, and we need your help in the following areas:

Greeting students and staff upon arrival

Assisting school counselors

Escorting student groups to assigned breakout sessions

Assisting during breakfast and lunch

Monitoring buildings (hallways, bathrooms, vendor tables)

To make this event run smoothly, we depend on our volunteers. We would love your support this year to help ensure that this year’s conference is a success. Please forward this request to others who may be interested in helping.

Latino Youth Conference: Tuesday, March 6th, 7:30 a.m.* – 2:00 p.m. at GRCC Ford Fieldhouse. *The program starts at 9 a.m., but volunteers are needed prior to the start of the conference.

Volunteer Orientation:  Monday, March 5th, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at GRCC Ford Fieldhouse, Room 212. Lunch or dinner will be provided.

Please reply to Marisol Blanco at, Lydia Cruz at, or Adriana Almanza at by Wednesday, February 28, 2018, if you are able to volunteer your time.  Please include your name, organization, title, address, phone number, e-mail, T-shirt size, and which volunteer orientation you are available to attend. Please advise if you have any schedule restrictions to assist with volunteer task assignments.

Thank you for your support!

19th Annual Latino Youth Conference. The Power of Dreams El Poder deSomar. Anyelin Vasquez Lopez -- Union High School. 1st Place Winner. March 6, 2018 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. GRCC Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse. For more information please contact the Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion at (616) 234-3390. GRCC. The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion. Grand Rapids Community College encourages the entire campus community to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate a need for an accommodation or have questions about accessability, please call DSS at (616) 234-4140 in advance of your visit or program participation.