GRCC In the News, 7-9-18

Education, business leaders push talent

July 6, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

With Michigan’s lack of talent at the forefront of concerns in the business community, the area’s education and business leaders are working to better prepare young people for the workforce.

… Grand Rapids Public Schools and Grand Rapids Community College recently announced another new partnership, which will extend the existing Grand Rapids Learning Center partnership which helps identify a career path or transition to college to better include all students in the city.

Grand Rapids African American Institute: bridging the gap in healthcare professions

July 5, 2018; WGVU

Marcus Jones, a Black American student at Grand Rapids Community College on the Occupational Therapist track was first exposed to the profession when he began working at a Spectrum Health Hospital downtown Grand Rapids.

Pathways to careers: Initiative to improve access for people of color to health care jobs

July 7, 2018;

GRAND RAPIDS — Creating a level playing field for people of color in Michigan who want to pursue careers in the health care sector will lay the foundation for their success and the state’s future economic growth.

… Aquinas College, Calvin College, Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University and Hope College will participate in the study to develop college-specific plans of action to engage students of color in reducing barriers to them choosing to study health care professions.

Restauranteur Roundtable: Grand Rapids restaurant owners struggle with talent, city’s still-developing foodie culture

July 7, 2018;

Talent issues dominate most business discussions these days, and that’s certainly true among entrepreneurs in Grand Rapids restaurant scene.

… How well do the local culinary schools around the region do in training the next generation of workers for your restaurants? Are you recruiting from them?
(Geoff)  GASKIN: (Chef Oscar Moreno) went out and spent a lot of time with the Secchia Institute at GRCC, and we have three that came from there that work at MeXo. I will say, they have stood out a little bit more than the others. Their chef coats a little buttoned up more. … They’re coming out now and describing the food.

45 teams earn MCCAA All-Academic Team Awards

July 1, 2018;

The Michigan Community College Athletic Association is proud to announce that 45 teams have earned MCCAA All-Academic Team honors. To earn the honors a team must have a cumulative grade point average for all members of the team must be 3.00 or higher for both semesters combined.

Mott Community College had six teams (Volleyball, Softball, Men’s Cross Country, Women’s Cross Country, Men’s Basketball and Golf) earn All-Academic Team honors. Grand Rapids Community College had five teams. Ancilla College, Lansing Community College, Macomb Community College and Muskegon Community College had four teams each. Softball was the sport with the most All-Academic Teams with 11, while Volleyball had seven teams. Women’s cross country had six teams, while Women’s Basketball has five teams.

Derrick King named Wyoming Lee boys basketball coach

July 5, 2018; MLive

Wyoming — Lee’s boys basketball team won four games last winter, but Derrick King has a plan to get the Rebels on track.

King, who served as an assistant coach for the Grand Rapids Community College men’s team this past winter, was recently hired to coach the Rebels.


Summer Human Resources learning opportunities

QPR: Question. Persuade. Refer. – Wednesday, July 11, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Learn how you can help save lives and reduce suidical behaviors. QPR is an innovative, practical, and proven suicide prevention training.

Active Shooter Response – Thursday, July 12, 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Required for all employees, Active Shooter Response training provides participants tools for recognizing, reporting, and responding to an active shooter situation.

Drupal Basics: Editing Content – Tuesday, July 17 and August 18, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Attendees will learn how to navigate the Drupal website editing system.

GRCC Accounts & You – Thursday, August 2, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

This course will provide a walk-through of the accounts available to our students and staff, as well as tips and tricks to get the most out of them.

Going the Distance @ GRCC: A Walking Challenge

Going the Distance @ GRCC is a friendly walking competition that encourages faculty, staff, and students to band together to face off against other teams in the pursuit of garnering the most steps!

We’re promoting wellness, but also the opportunity to build relationships with our colleagues across campus and, especially, the students. This is an opportunity for them to get to know the GRCC family and our campus.

This short, four-week challenge begins July 9. So, go ahead, join the movement … at any time!

Please visit our website for more information or to register. Each team must have between 4-6 members, and are encouraged to include at least one student. Pedometers will be provided while supplies last!

Questions? Please contact Nicole Dekker (x3848,

Going the Distance. A GRCC Walking Challenge.