GRCC In the News, 3-5-18

Grant Gives Students Welding Skills, Virtual-style

Feb. 9, 2018; (KISD newsletter)

Whether you are in high school attempting to settle on a career, an adult back to school to upgrade skills or a young child dreaming of what to be when you grow up, equipment coming soon to Kent Career Tech Center should be on your must-investigate list.

… John Doneth, a welding instructor at Grand Rapids Community College, agrees.
“We have had a shortage in all skills trades for the last number of years,” he said. “For 20 years or more education has been focused on getting kids to college, but this type of work requires high tech and high skill.”

Comic book store builds community

March 2, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The Myers family always has backed Don Myers’ 40-year passion for comic books. Now, he is entering his third year of passing it on to Grand Rapids fans.

… Michelle Kastanek is secretary to the principal and founder of the drama program at East Grand Rapids Middle School, Cody Kastanek is a nerve conduction technologist at Spectrum Health Medical Group, and Derek (Myers) is attending Grand Rapids Community College and soon will transfer to Grand Valley State University for accounting.

One Funny Girl

March 2, 2018; Women’s Lifestyle magazine

Every time she steps into the spotlight, Megan Elaine, member of Grand Rapids improv comedy group Funny Girls and co-founder of Inaccurate and Inappropriate, knows that she is about to put her personal business out into the open. The funniest part? She doesn’t mind one bit; in fact, she is at her happiest when the crowd is laughing at her expense.

… After graduating high school in 2012, she took a job as a bartender. A year later, she enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College; however, half way through her first semester, Elaine had a change of heart.

TCC baseball continues to build momentum

March 2, 2018; Tallahassee Democrat (Fla.)

The Florida junior college baseball ranks are arguably the strongest and most competitive in the country.

… TCC (14-7), which opens a three-game series against Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College at 1 p.m. Sunday, features its usual blend of experience and first-year players.

Tonight’s scores

March 2, 2018; Jackson County Floridian

March 2

… Softball

… Chipola beat Wallace Community College, 6-4, and Grand Rapids Community College, 14-3.

Mid Michigan Community College women win share of conference title

March 1, 2018; The Morning Sun (Mount Pleasant)

Champions of the West.

On Wednesday evening the Mid Michigan Community College women’s basketball team wrapped up a share of its first-ever MCCAA West Conference title by topping Grand Rapids Community College 59-47 at Morey Courts.

Architecture firm hires practice leader

March 2, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local architecture firm has named a new practice leader.

… He (Tod Stevens) is also credited with more than 20 award-winning projects: Sangren Hall College of Education at Western Michigan University; Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons at Grand Valley State University; Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory at Grand Rapids Community College; College of Education at Old Dominion University; the Math and Physics Building at University of Texas at Dallas; and more.

Human Resources professional development opportunities

Survey Development and Administration

Wednesday, March, 7 2018 (10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)

To provide current information regarding survey development, procedures, and policies at GRCC.Improve the understanding of how a survey is developed and administered regarding Institutional Review Board (IRP) policies and procedures that are used for both on campus and off campus surveys.


Knock, Knock, Who’s There? FERPA

Thursday, March 8, 2018 (3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) outlines the rights of students and their families with respect to the confidentiality of and access to educational records reports by institutions. This session will provide an overview of GRCC¿s FERPA policy and discuss how to practically apply FERPA and best practices in handling student information (grading, advising, and electronic communications).


Student leaders give presentations at Crossroads Middle School

Early Feb. 16, seven student leaders represented the Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion by giving motivational presentations to 250 eighth-graders during Diversity Day at Crossroads Middle School.

Thank you to:

  • Raydale Bonivel
  • Kyezie Bwanangela
  • Lina Breland
  • Monica Rivera
  • Cedric Ingram
  • Lesley Bos
  • Deandre Bridgeman

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About the GRCC Institutional Review Board

The purpose of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to approve any research conducted at the college by researchers working at other institutions or research conducted by GRCC faculty or staff who are collecting data to fulfill degree requirements at another college or university.  IRB approval is not required for research conducted by GRCC faculty or staff solely for the purpose of improving practice at GRCC.

In the past year, the IRB has reviewed 14 research requests on behalf of GRCC.

Who is on this team?

  • Cedric Williams
  • Donna Kragt, Co – chair
  • Nat Lloyd
  • Jennifer Borrello
  • Kevin Dobreff
  • Lisa Dokpe
  • Luann Keizer
  • Sheila Jones
  • Robert Leunk, Co – chair
  • Sophie Rubin
  • Tim Hoving
  • Vicki Maxa
  • Cheryl Endres (Community member)

Why does this team matter to GRCC?

In reviewing research applications, the IRB seeks to ensure that external research protects the human rights of research subjects as well maintains the integrity of the institution. Members must complete an eight-hour training in human subjects research issues every three years to be on the GRCC IRB team.

What does this team plan to accomplish in the next year? 

The IRB goal is to review all research applications and make a final determination within 30 days.

Maintenance scheduled for Identity Management System

Information Technology will be conducting planned maintenance on the College’s Identity Management System on 3/5/2018 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. The following services will be impacted by this maintenance.
  • Self-service password resets will be unavailable
  • Staff/Student account creation will be unavailable**
For up-to-date information, please visit
**Accounts queued for creation during the maintenance window will be created after maintenance is concluded.