GRCC In The News, 7-23-18

Restaurant Week cooks up creative menus
7/20/18 Grand Rapids Magazine
Menus are available now for the more than 70 participating restaurants. In addition to unique offerings like Amore’s White Lasagna with S & S Lamb, Farm Country truffle cheese and mushrooms and Grove’s BBQ Beef Tongue with charred tomato polenta, marinated raw vegetables, husk BBQ, masa naan, and crème fraiche, diners will also be able to choose the new Chef’s Choice option.
… Restaurant Week benefits the Grand Rapids Community College Secchia Institute for Culinary Education, with $1 from each Restaurant Week meal sold going to the endowed scholarship fund. Over $143,000 has been raised from past Restaurant Weeks.

Taste your way through Restaurant Week Grand Rapids
7/20/18 WOTV
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) – Restaurant Week GR will kick off in three weeks, August 8 through August 19, for 12-days of creative dining out and culinary exploration by the public. Each of the restaurants participating have created tantalizing menus that the public can view online at RestaurantWeekGR.com.
… RWGR not only promotes the Greater Grand Rapids culinary scene but has also provided over $143,000 to students through an endowed scholarship fund at the Grand Rapids Community College Secchia Institute for Culinary Education. Participating locations each donate $1 for every Restaurant Week GR meal sold at their establishment.

Change Ups: RWGR offers new Chef’s Choice
7/20/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
The Aug. 8-19 Restaurant Week Grand Rapids will feature a third Chef’s Choice option that will be available during the 12-day culinary event. RWGR offers three options and price points: two courses for $15 per person (available lunch and dinner); two courses for $25 per person (dinner); and Chef’s Choice for over $25 per person (dinner). The Chef’s Choice option is intentionally structured with very few guidelines for restaurants to follow. The only limit is the imagination of the chef. Participating restaurants donate $1 for every RWGR meal sold to the Grand Rapids Community College Secchia Institute for Culinary Education scholarship fund.

MiBiz Growth Report: July 23, 2018
7/22/18 mibiz.com
Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for July 23, 2018.
… Expansion: JR Automation Technologies LLC plans to invest $4 million into its facility in Holland Charter Township. The investments in renovations, new computers and I.T. by JR Automation, a manufacturer of automation technologies, are expected to create 100 high-tech jobs, according to a statement. The Michigan Economic Development Corp. awarded the company a performance-based $800,000 Michigan Strategic Fund grant. Zeeland-based Lakeshore Advantage assisted the firm in working with local resources at Grand Rapids Community College and West Michigan Works!, according to a statement. JR Automation is owned by New York-based private equity firm Crestview Partners.

JR Automation expanding Holland facilities
7/20/18 The Holland Sentinel
JR Automation announced plans to expand its facilities in Holland, selecting its Holland facilities over a competing site in Tennessee.
… Grand Rapids Community College has offered $500,000 from the Michigan New Jobs Training Program to fund training for employees and Lakeshore Advantage worked to assemble local resources for the project by contacting Holland Board of Public Works to inquire about available incentives, drafting a letter of support for the project, and then connecting with Holland BPW once the company confirmed its plans.

Inside Track: Compassionate educator comes ‘full circle’
7/20/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
Mary Ruth Scholz feels like she has come full circle in her role as the first executive director of Noorthoek Academy.
Noorthoek is a 30-year-old nonprofit that partners with Grand Rapids Community College to give a nondegree-seeking college experience to adults with learning challenges and other intellectual disabilities.

Candidato a la junta de fideicomisarios del GRCC realiza acto de recaudación de fondos
7/20/18 El Vocero
Carlos Sánchez candidato a The Board of Trustees for Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC), en español Junta de Fideicomisarios de GRCC, celebró el martes 17 de julio, un evento para colectar fondos y al mismo tiempo para registrar personas para votar, en el salón de actividades de Lindo México Restaurante.
(Carlos Sanchez candidate for the Board of Trustees for Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) held on Tuesday, July 17, an event to collect funds and at the same time to register people to vote, in the classroom of activities of Lindo Mexico Restaurant.)

2 Democrats vie for nomination in Kent County Commission’s 6th District
7/20/18 MLive
WALKER, MI — Two Democrats are competing for their party’s nomination to represent the 6th District on the Kent County Board of Commissioners.
… Pamela DeGryse, 63, is retired from Grand Rapids Community College.
… He (Raymond E. King) graduated from Grandville High School in 2017 and is currently studying political science and sociology at Grand Rapids Community College.

New but known
7/20/18 Daily News (Greenville)
BELDING — Optimism and skepticism is always in the air before each basketball season. Much is the case for Belding’s girls varsity basketball program, which once again has a new coach.
… (Shad) Breimayer, an insurance agent with Alliance Financial & Insurance out of Lowell, and his wife, Shawn, have a son, Kyran, a freshman, and two daughters, McKenzie and Hallee, who both have graduated from Belding and have been playing at the collegiate level, with McKenzie just finishing her career at Aquinas College and Hallee heading into her second year with the Grand Rapids Community College basketball team.

Grand Rapids rapper Steven Malcolm’s rise to star of Christian hip hop: Local Spins on WYCE
7/20/18 Local Spins
Steven Malcolm didn’t set out to be a Christian rapper, let alone a rising national star in the genre.
Indeed, the Grand Rapids artist and Wyoming Park High School graduate initially set his sights on being a basketball player and maybe earn a criminal justice degree at Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC In The News, 7-20-18

JR Automation expansion to create 100 new high-tech jobs in Holland
7/19/18 MLive
HOLLAND, MI — One hundred new jobs will be added in the city of Holland with a $4 million expansion at JR Automation.
… Emily Staley, vice president of marketing and communications at Lakeshore Advantage, said the Michigan New Jobs Training Program offered through Grand Rapids Community College is designed to provide funding for training employees hired into “new” jobs paying at least 175 percent of minimum wage, $16.18 per hour

Automation supplier creating 100 jobs
7/19/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
A manufacturer of custom automation equipment plans to invest $4 million in the region and create 100 high-tech jobs.
… Grand Rapids Community College has offered $500,000 from the Michigan New Jobs Training Program. This program is designed to provide funding for training employees hired into new jobs paying at least 175 percent of minimum wage. The program allows for creative training options for employers.

JR Automation plans $4 million expansion of Holland facilities
7/19/18 Crain’s Detroit Business
JR Automation is investing $4 million to expand its operations in Holland, a push expected to create 100 high-tech jobs.
… Grand Rapids Community College is providing $500,000 of the Michigan New Jobs Training Program to support training for the new positions.

Magician June Horowitz, 104, blazed a trail for women
7/19/18 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Before she became one of magic’s most well-known and beloved magicians, June Horowitz couldn’t get into conventions.
… But she was also a math teacher at Ottawa Hills High School, Grand Rapids Junior College (now Grand Rapids Community College) and Marywood Academy, according to a biography from the American Museum of Magic.

Strong Futures
7/13/18 Habitat for Humanity of Kent County newsletter
In the past year, Dini and Mansura have been surprised how their house transformed from just a plot of land to the beautiful home it is today. Their home was built in partnership with students from Grand Rapids Community College’s M-TEC Program. Since 2005, GRCC students have helped Habitat Kent build 33 homes. GRCC President Bill Pink attended the home dedication and handed Dini the keys to their new home.

Recap: Boys and Girls Club career workshop with GRCC Nursing

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Through a partnership between Grand Rapids Community College’s Nursing faculty and Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids, several students recently toured GRCC’s Health labs to experience multiple skill areas within the nursing field. GRCC Nursing faculty and students were on hand for demonstrations and to chat about training and careers.

Congratulations to the Nursing department on making this such an amazing experience for all the Boys and Girls Club members who attended!

GRCC In The News, 7-19-18

100 new jobs in Holland company expansion
7/18/18 WOOD TV
HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — JR Automation is investing $4 million to expand in Holland, creating 100 jobs.
… Grand Rapids Community College is contributing $500,000 from the Michigan New Jobs Training Program and West Michigan Works! is providing $50,000 in training grants and workforce support to prepare the 100 new workers JR will hire.

JR Automation to invest $4 million in Holland expansion
7/18/18 mibiz.com
HOLLAND — JR Automation Technologies LLC plans to invest $4 million into its facility in Holland Charter Township.
… As part of the investment, the Lansing-based Michigan Economic Development Corp. awarded the company a performance-based $800,000 Michigan Strategic Fund grant. Zeeland-based Lakeshore Advantage assisted the firm in working with local resources at Grand Rapids Community College and West Michigan Works!, according to a statement.

JR Automation: $4 Million Upgrade, 100 Jobs
7/18/18 WHTC
HOLLAND (WHTC-AM/FM) — JR Automation, a Holland-based manufacturer of custom automation technologies, is expanding its facilities in Holland, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced Wednesday.
… For training support, Grand Rapids Community College has offered $500,000 from the Michigan New Jobs Training Program. This program is designed to provide funding for training employees hired into new jobs paying at least 175 percent of minimum wage. The program allows for creative training options for their employers.

Plan ahead and check out Restaurant GR Week Menus for 2018
7/18/18 WZZM
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – We’re just three weeks away from the kickoff of Restaurant Week GR 2018.
… RWGR not only promotes the Greater Grand Rapids culinary scene but has also provided over $143,000 to students through an endowed scholarship fund at the Grand Rapids Community College Secchia Institute for Culinary Education. Participating locations donate $1 for every Restaurant Week GR meal sold.

Restaurant Week GR serving up specials
7/18/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
More than 70 restaurants are ready to participate in Restaurant Week GR.
… Restaurant Week GR promotes the greater Grand Rapids culinary scene, and it has also provided over $143,000 to students through an endowed scholarship fund at the Grand Rapids Community College Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.

4 Democrats vie for Kent County Commission’s 12th District seat
7/18/18 MLive
KENTWOOD, MI — With longtime Kent County Commissioner Harold Mast not seeking reelection, a host of new challengers have entered the fray for the seat covering parts of Kentwood and Wyoming.
… (Katy) Steele-Barone, 36, is a graduate of Grand Rapids Community College, where she studied criminal justice and business administration. She currently serves on the board of the Wyoming Housing Commission.

GRCC In The News, 7-18-18

Michelle Richter – GRCC Nursing Program
7/17/18 WOOD Radio
Michelle Richter, Nursing Program Director, Grand Rapids Community College joined West Michigan Morning News today to discuss GRCC leading career workshops for Boys and Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids. Also information on GRCC’s Career Pathways Program.

Partners producing Young Professionals of Color Conference
7/17/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
A conference aimed at helping develop the talents of minority business leaders will convene next month.
… Bill Pink, president of Grand Rapids Community College, will be the keynote speaker. His talk will focus on the theme “Your Plan, Your Pace: The Path Isn’t Always Linear.”

Job Corps newsletter
July 2018
… Gerald R. Ford Job Corps Center hosted a Y2Y Partners 4 Peace Safety Summit as a part of National Student Safety Month, an annual campaign to encourage safe lifestyle choices for students and young people. The National Safety Council sponsors the initiative. Ford Job Corps was joined by community leaders Anjalon Edwards, Mental Health professional of Grand Rapids Public Schools; Pastor Jerry Bishop of Life Quest Church; Shirley Heintzilman of Trinity Fitness; Kirby Killingham with Family Outreach Seeking Safety; Sgt. Jessie Heard of the Grand Rapids Community Police Department; Daphne Coleman, Entrepreneur; City Commissioner Robert Womack; and national recording artists Mic Hunter D & Seldom Seen of The Fist Coalition. Ford Job Corps students were fully engaged and asked more than twenty questions for responses from this group of powerful and successful leaders from throughout the community.

Recap: camaraderie and community at Kids Food Basket volunteer event

The GRCC Alumni Association hosted a volunteer event at Kids Food Basket on Tuesday, July 17th.  Alumni got to connect with fellow Raiders while preparing sack lunches, and then they reconvened for a social hour at Vander Mill. It was a great chance to catch up with former students, hear what they’ve been doing since leaving GRCC, and give back to our community at the same time.

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Faculty, staff, and current students are always welcome to participate in GRCC Alumni Association events. Mark your calendars for the next one – Yoga on the Plaza – on Thursday, September 13th, from 6-7:30 p.m.! Visit the Alumni Association Events page for more information: https://grcc.edu/grccfoundation/alumnirelations/alumnievents

 

Register now for 13th Annual Summer Teaching Institute

Please join us for one or more sessions at the annual Summer Teaching Institute. Registration for all sessions is required! Visit http://www.grcc.edu/ctereg to register. For assistance, please email cte@grcc.edu or call 616-234-2278.

Wednesday, August 15

9:00 to 10:30 a.m.: DSS and You: Implementing the Accommodations Agreement

  • Facilitator: Sarah Rose
  • Description: Do you look at the Disability Support Services Accommodations Agreement and wonder what you are supposed to do next? Come join us for a discussion about accommodations, what the responsibilities of faculty, students, and DSS are in implementing accommodations, options for consultation, and learn about upcoming changes to keep your eyes open for during the 2018-19 school year.

10:30 a.m. to Noon: Get Your Online Course Ready

  • Facilitators: Garry Brand & Meegan Willi
  • Description: As we approach a new academic year, it’s time to get that online course ready! Maybe you need to revise instructions, ensure accessibility, add videos, craft a new discussion, address changes in curriculum, create a practice activity, etc.  Perhaps you just need to troubleshoot a technical issue that came up last semester or address an issue raised in students’ feedback.  We’ll help you get things fine-tuned and ready to open early for students.

10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.: Linking Library Resources into Blackboard

  • Facilitator: Nan Schichtel
  • Description: Learn easy and legal ways to provide permalinks to licensed library resources (e-books, e-journal articles, and streaming videos) in your Blackboard courses.  This session will teach you how to find and use permalinks to populate your Blackboard with quality college-level content.  Participants must be Blackboard users (faculty/instructional or staff organization) with rights to edit course/organization content.

1:00 to 4:00 p.m.: Adding Images and Video to Your Course Using SnagIt, Relay and Camtasia

  • Facilitators: Tony Dykema-VanderArk & Meegan Willi
  • Description: This session will introduce you to a suite of three tools from TechSmith that are available to all faculty and staff at GRCC. SnagIt is a robust screen-capture tool that can be used to create and mark up screenshots or to create short videos and GIFs. Relay allows users to capture lectures or lessons in longer videos. Camtasia offers a rich video creating and editing tool with a wide range of capabilities. This session will introduce the basic functions of each tool, highlight some of the more advanced features of each, and allow lots of time for hands-on practice.

1:00 to 4:00 p.m.: Bridging the Gap Between Students and Professors

  • Facilitator: Deb Vilmont
  • Description: What are they thinking…How do our students want faculty to use Blackboard? How do our students feel about group work? How much feedback do students want from their instructors? Does this match what instructors are thinking? Let’s bring students and faculty together! This session will allow faculty and students to build connections and engage in a meaningful dialogue to discuss best classroom strategies for teaching and learning.

5:00 to 6:30 p.m.: Give them a Chance: Facilitating Student Success by Crafting Policies with an Ethic of Care

  • Facilitator: Rachel Lutwick-Deaner
  • Description: It’s easy to administer the polices of our syllabi from an Ethic of Justice rather than an Ethic of Care. This workshop will consider the varied experiences and circumstances of our GRCC students and critically examine how our classroom policies can set up our students for success or failure.  Discussion will begin with the philosophical and end with the practical application of this perspective.

5:00 to 6:30 p.m.: What Every Faculty Member Should Know About Your Library

  • Facilitator: Nan Schichtel
  • Description: Faculty will learn about their role in selecting physical and virtual collections. Services focused on faculty are introduced: Course Reserve, Information Literacy Instruction; Subject Guides; Copyright Support; Blackboard Curation; OER Support; RaiderLoan; and, working with your librarian liaison.

Thursday, August 16

9:00 a.m. to Noon: Blackboard Basics

  • Facilitator: Chad Systma
  • Description: Learn to maximize the use of Blackboard in your course, whether teaching online or in a classroom setting. Learning will be focused on 6 different tools and features built right into Blackboard.  Adding in Folders, Web Links and Content, Availability and Announcements. How to create and use the assignment feature to send and receive digital work. Using Grade Center to create categories, columns, viewing and grading work submitted thru the Assignment feature. Using the Discussion Board to create, manage and grade digital discussions. Adding digital content such as incorporating YouTube videos (or adding links to other video content). Creating and deploying tests and quizzes in your course including creating question banks, creating tests and deploying tests.

9:00 to 10:30 a.m.: GRCC Accounts & You

  • Facilitators: Rachel Bower & Laura DeVries
  • Description: “I don’t know what I don’t know”. There are a lot of campus resources available to you that you may not be aware of or completely forgot about. Please join us in this helpfully informative session in regards to campus accounts, technology tidbits and other handy tools you can’t live without!

1:00 to 2:30 p.m.: Leveraging Google Drive and Documents in the Classroom

  • Facilitator: Chad Systma
  • Description: All students enrolled at GRCC are provided with a CC email account that is really a Google Gmail account. Additionally, your GRCC email account can access Google Drive and Docs as a type of Google account as well. What does this mean to you? It means that you and your students have access to powerful tools that you can learn to leverage – using the built in Google Drive and Google Docs components of Gmail. This session will explore ways that you can use Google Docs and Drive in your course both delivery and receipt of student information.

5:00 to 6:30 p.m.: Give them a Chance: Facilitating Student Success by Crafting Policies with an Ethic of Care

  • Facilitator: Rachel Lutwick-Deaner
  • Description: It’s easy to administer the polices of our syllabi from an Ethic of Justice rather than an Ethic of Care. This workshop will consider the varied experiences and circumstances of our GRCC students and critically examine how our classroom policies can set up our students for success or failure.  Discussion will begin with the philosophical and end with the practical application of this perspective.

5:00 to 6:30 p.m.: Leveraging Google Drive and Documents in the Classroom

  • Facilitator: Chad Systma
  • Description: All students enrolled at GRCC are provided with a CC email account that is really a Google Gmail account. Additionally, your GRCC email account can access Google Drive and Docs as a type of Google account as well.  What does this mean to you? It means that you and your students have access to powerful tools that you can learn to leverage – using the built in Google Drive and Google Docs components of Gmail. This session will explore ways that you can use Google Docs and Drive in your course both delivery and receipt of student information.

Friday, August 17

9:00 to 10:30 a.m.: Faculty Performance Evaluation and Portfolio Overview

  • Facilitators: Christopher Johnston & Christina McElwee
  • Description: This session provides an overview of the GRCC Faculty Evaluation System and introduces participants to the portfolio. It provides an overview of the different components of the FPE system, explains the required documentation for evaluation, and provides an opportunity for faculty to ask questions. Note: Completion of this session is required for any faculty member who wishes to serve on a rank or tenure committee.

10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.: Engaging Ideas: Adjunct Instructors Only

  • Facilitators: Brandy Springstubbe & Christina McElwee
  • Description: Do you want to get new and exciting ideas for your classroom? Do you have unanswered questions about anything related to GRCC? If so, this session is for you. Join us as we share thought-provoking best practices and critical thinking activities that can be incorporated into any discipline. This session will also offer time for questions and answers specifically for adjunct instructors as well as a small gift to kick off the semester.

Registration for all sessions is required! Visit http://www.grcc.edu/ctereg to register. For assistance, please email cte@grcc.edu or call 616-234-2278.

 

 

Ice Cream Socials Today!!

Come grab an ice cold treat and mingle with friends at either (or both) of today’s ice cream socials! We will have some of our newest faces on campus helping to serve up the ice cream, so come say hello!

  • 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Tassell M-TEC.
  • 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. on Main Campus, South Commons.

*Due to construction, an ice cream social will not be held on DeVos campus this year.

Questions or dietary restrictions? Please give Nicole Dekker a ring at x3848. Hope to see you there!

 

GRCC In The News, 7-17-18

GRCC program addresses public works shortage
7/13/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
The first group of 10 students completed a seven-week public works training pilot launched to address growing needs for workers in those areas, said Julie Parks, executive director of GRCC Workforce Training

Morning News at 6 a.m.
7/16/18 WZZM
Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow wants to know how her new veteran support policies are working here in Michigan. She is talking with local veterans about the programs today at Grand Rapids Community College.

Might As Well Be Walking On The Sun: GRCC Walking Challenge Update

Four green-shirted "Tread Shredders" pose for a photo outside during the Going the Distance at GRCC Walking Challenge

Despite the toasty temperatures last week, participants in the Going the Distance at GRCC Walking Challenge logged over 1 million steps! Pictured are 4 Tread Shredders with their game faces on, while their other two teammates are working hard to catch up to the Sole Sisters, who are leading the pack! Who is going to take the lead this week?

If you’re interested in joining the challenge, it’s not too late! Join anytime, and all are welcome.

For questions or accommodations, please contact Nicole Dekker (x3848; nicoledekker2@grcc.edu)