GRCC In The News, 8-06-18

West Michigan industries can’t find skilled workers, economist says
8/6/18 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — West Michigan industries continue to be constrained by personnel shortages, according to the latest survey by Brian Long, director of Supply Management Research at Grand Valley State University.
… Grand Rapids Community College worked with 411 employers on non-degree programs the 2017-18 academic year, including job training programs in which certificates are earned, according to Julie Parks, executive director of Workforce Training.

Restaurant Week GR begins Wednesday
8/4/18 WZZM
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Foodies in Grand Rapids love this time of year! Restaurant Week GR (RWGR) will take over Grand Rapids August 8 until August 19.
… 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.

MSU, GVSU partner on premed contract
8/3/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
Qualified premedical students at Grand Valley State University now can receive early assurance of admission into the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
… Grand Valley and Grand Rapids Community College entered a similar agreement with MSU’s College of Human Medicine in 2012.

Rapid outlines Route 19
8/3/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
The new Route 19 pilot, promising free bus fare along the Medical Mile was recently presented to the public at an open forum ahead of its launch later this month.
… The route will include stops near key institutions like Spectrum Health, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine and the Bridge Street Market urban grocery store and café under construction by Meijer.

GRCC Course Packs Due August 8

Reminder, Course Packs are Due August 8.

Fall 2018 course pack files, orders, planners, and SKUs are due Wednesday, August 8. Please send updated files and planners to Also, please make sure to contact the bookstore to let them know if you need a course pack for the semester and let them know if it is going to be a reprint of a previous or if it is new/changes have been made.

Cool story: GRCC travels to Iceland to prepare for upcoming Geology class

GRCC Geology Professor Tari Mattox and IT Media Staff Klaas Kwant gather materials for an introductory geology class at GRCC.

GRCC Geology Professor Tari Mattox and IT Media Staff Klaas Kwant are gathering materials for an introductory geology class at GRCC, and they traveled to Iceland to do it!

In this shot, they are in the eastern fjords recording different types of rock formations that demonstrate the impact of volcanoes and glaciers.  Each scene has been recorded in both 360-degree video and high resolution still images to allow students the ability to virtually explore the fjords.

Campus Artwork available!

We’ve taken all the artwork out of storage and have been working to identify the pieces that you’ll begin to see being installed and displayed in public spaces around campus.  We’ve also identified LOTS of pieces that we want to make available to the campus community for use in departments and individual offices.  There are pieces by students, faculty, and others.  We’re going to make these pieces available on a first come basis.  Nick Antonakis will be on site to help answer questions about the pieces.

If you’re interested in artwork for your area, you may come look at the art and make selections on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, August 7-9, in Main 461 from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.