GRCC In the News, 2-19-18

Workforce development initiatives show signs of progress

Feb. 18, 2018;

By focusing on an internal culture that favors employee retention and support for external training initiatives, some West Michigan executives say they’ve largely avoided any problems associated with labor shortages.

… A founding member of the CWDA, ABC of West Michigan also works closely with organizations like Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) and Michigan Works!, largely as a means of identifying where specific gaps exist in construction training, developing curriculum and securing funding for the training programs.

Manufacturers solve problems internally, bring training in-house

Feb. 18, 2018;

Over the last few years, manufacturers have developed extensive in-house training programs in a move to combat skilled worker shortages.

… “This program provides the specific skills we are looking for while allowing our tradespeople to share their knowledge with others before retiring,” (Steelcase manager of corporate communications and public relations Katie) Woodruff said. “We have partnered with (Grand Rapids Community College) who provides an educational component, while our current tradespeople provide the on-the-job training. … We have had a mix of internal and external candidates join our apprentice program, which has proven to be a great balance.”

AMP Lab @WMU leverages partnerships to address talent shortage

Feb. 18, 2018;

GRAND RAPIDS — With the new AMP Lab @WMU that’s set to open this fall, Western Michigan University wants to leverage public- and private-sector partnerships to help local manufacturers innovate and access talent.

… The initiative also tapped into other institutions across the region, including Grand Rapids Community College, Ferris State University, Central Michigan University, Aquinas College and others.

Grand Rapids Community College celebrates 10th annual Creating Connections Breakfast

Feb. 16, 2018;

On Thursday, February 15, 2018, Grand Rapids Community College brought scholarship donors and recipients together through their 10th annual Creating Connections Breakfast. While enjoying eggs, bacon, and other delicious morsels prepared by GRCC’s culinary arts faculty and students, donors and recipients had the opportunity to interact and share their stories.

Sen. Stabenow to unveil new plan to help young people train, find work in Michigan

Feb. 19, 2018; WWMT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow will make a stop in West Michigan Monday to talk about her new “New Skills for New Jobs” agenda.
Sen. Stabenow (D-Michigan) will be at Grand Rapids Community College’s Michigan Technical Education Center Monday at 11 a.m.

8 apply for vacant Forest Hills School Board seat, NAACP calls for diversity

Feb. 18, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Forest Hills School Board received eight applications to fill a vacancy on the seven-member board, officials announced Friday, Feb. 16.

… Oscar Neal is a professor of mathematics and statistics at Grand Rapids Community College. He wants to help the district in developing youth by lending his advisory and planning skills. He cites enhancing performance and resourcefulness as key strengths and says he thrives on finding resolutions to problems. Neal, who is black, said his experience, educational qualifications and skills can be an asset.

Foul shots count for LMC women

Feb. 17, 2018; The Herald-Palladium (St. Joseph)

BENTON TOWNSHIP — It was a foul game against Grand Rapids Community College on Friday night.

Grand Rapids officials express concern over students violating housing codes downtown

Feb. 19, 2018; The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

Officials from the city of Grand Rapids and Grand Valley State University wish to remind students living downtown of compliance codes upheld by the city.

… “The city of Grand Rapids has dealt with the issue for at least 20 or 30 years,” he (Grand Rapids compliance supervisor Eric Jordan) said. “We’ve always had Calvin (College) and Aquinas (University), Grand Rapids Community College. In the past 10 years, Ferris (State) has increased its operations down in the city, as well as GVSU.”

GRCC Employees on the Move through January 29, 2017

Please congratulate those who have moved and been promoted.




Diana Miranda

Support Professional, Cashier’s Office

Effective 2-12-18




Sandra Lancaster

Assistant Professor, Behavioral Sciences

Retiring after 18 years of service

Effective 4-30-18


Gary Kidder

Dishwasher Supervisor, Culinary Education

Retiring after 16 and a half years of service

Effective 5-1-18


Carol Spelman

Adjunct Faculty, Business Department

Effective 12-16-17


Janis Willis

Adjunct Faculty, Criminal Justice Department

Effective 12-16-17


Leigh Jajuga

Web Content Specialist, Communications

Effective 2-15-18


Holly Kleyn

Senior Accountant, Accounting & Budget Services

Effective 3-3-18



Visual Arts Department hosts ArtCamp 5

On February 16, the Visual Arts Department hosted ArtCamp 5. The mission of the GRCC ArtCamp is to continue the support of future artists through a high level of education and artistic experiences. We wish to recognize and celebrate the energy and dedication that area art teachers contribute to their students and their community.

Professor Scot Garrard said, ” It is so wonderful to see so many young adults interested in the Arts — these students will add creativity and culture to the world in all areas of life for many years.”

This year, five highs schools attended ArtCamp, with 97 participates creating artworks within the hands-on workshops. These workshops included ceramics, drawing, photography, art history, and art curriculum information.

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Nominations due by March 1 for Outstanding Adult Learner Award

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