GRCC In The News, 11-19-18

GRCC workforce training generates $423M
11/16/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
Grand Rapids Community College’s noncredit workforce training programs in 2016 had an estimated $423.4-million economic impact and supported about 4,465 jobs in Kent and Ottawa counties.

Change Ups: McNeely Cobham selected as GRCC’s chief equity, inclusion officer
11/16/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
B. Afeni McNeely Cobham will serve as Grand Rapids Community College’s chief equity and inclusion officer. Selected after a national search, McNeely Cobham will work with stakeholders students, faculty, staff and community members to ensure GRCC is a leader in equity and inclusion. An expert in race, identity and culture in American higher education, McNeely Cobham also will oversee the Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion, which focuses on educating and honoring the dignity of all people through opportunities such as the Institute for Healing Racism, student workshops, the Latino Youth Conference and the Giants Awards.
Grand Rapids Community College students David Dekens and Marqea Lee earned Grand Awards. Dekens received Outstanding Lead Actor in a College Production for his role in the GRCC Players production “This Is Our Youth”; Lee received Outstanding Lead Actress in a College Production for her role in the GRCC Players production of “Detroit ’67.” GRCC alumni received several Grand Awards: Outstanding Direction: Michelle Urbane; Outstanding Sound Design: Sam Johnson; and Outstanding Lighting Design: Catherine Marlett-Dreher.

Eating the colors of the rainbow
11/16/18 HealthBeat (Spectrum Health newsletter)
Slicing, dicing and grating.
That’s what a group of about 25 students from Grand Rapids Public Schools spent their morning doing in the Grand Rapids Community College Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.

Governor appoints, reappoints residents to 18 boards, commissions
LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder today announced 29 appointments and reappointments to multiple boards and committees.
… Electrical Administrative Board
Robert Werbrouck of Wyoming is the vice president of business development at Consolidated Electrical Contractors and earned his electrical apprenticeship from Grand Rapids Community College. He will represent electrical journeymen and replace Ernest Harju.

Capital City Classic vs. The Soul Bowl: Former JSU players share memories of rivalry game experience
11/16/18 HBCU GameDay
JACKSON,MS — Roughly 72 miles separate Jackson State and Alcorn State in distance from each other. However, when the two arch-rivals face each other on the gridiron for what some still consider as the Capital City Classic but now referred to as the Soul Bowl, it is more than just a season finale.
… In 2009, he (Casey Therriault) led Grand Rapids Community College to a 9-1 record and an appearance in the National Junior College Athletic Association championship game before making his way to JSU in 2010, where he would leave his mark in the books statistically and elevate the Tigers to where they were prior to the 2009 campaign.

ACC men, women suffer road losses at GRCC
11/17/18 The Alpena News
GRAND RAPIDS — The Alpena Community College women’s basketball team nearly put together an incredible comeback on Friday, but in the end, suffered a tough 64-57 loss to Grand Rapids Community College at Aquinas College.

Still winning big
11/17/18 The Stokes News (King, N.C.)
A year after vying against each other for the Western Piedmont Athletic Conference championship, three local athletes are set to try for something even better.
… Although they’ll have to do it without Sizemore, the team earned the No. 10 seed in the event and will open up against Grand Rapids Community College on Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston, West Virginia.

Event recap: Native American Student Organization hosts More Than a Word at GRCC

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Over 60 students, faculty and community members attended the documentary/panelist discussion More Than a Word, hosted by the Native American Student Organization (NASO) on Thursday, November 15, 2018.

The NASO would like to thank all those who contributed to the success of this event.

Discussion Panelist:

  • Dillon Carr, Professor of Anthropology at GRCC
  • Andre Fields, Counselor at GRCC
  • Belinda Bardwell, GVSU Native American Advisory Council
  • Lynn LaPointe, Michigan Department of Education, Indigenous Education Initiative

Student Organizations:

  • Student Alliance President, Liz Nguyen
  • GRCC Filmmakers, Alex Woodward

GRCC Sponsors:

  • Equity and Inclusion Center
  • Library & Learning Commons
  • GRCC Bookstore
  • College Success Center
  • Orientation
  • Collegiate
  • Media Tech.

Community Supporters:

  • Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi
  • Latino Network Newsletter
  • Anishinaabe Circle
  • GRPS Native American Education Program
  • Chi-Miigwetch (Thank you very much)

NASO Board Members


Strategic Leadership Team meeting recap

SLT Meeting Recaps from Nov. 16, 2018:
The GRCC Strategic Leadership Team held its 3rd meeting of the year on Friday, November 16. At this meeting we reviewed the monitoring report for the Teaching and Learning goal as well as the role of cross-functional teams at GRCC. And lastly, we began the discussion of potential new projects to be considered for the strategic plan.

Reminder: new RaiderCards coming soon

Coming soon: New RaiderCards, part of an overall effort to build a culture of safety at Grand Rapids Community College.

New security measures pertaining to doors and created an opportunity to update the look of Raider ards and how they’ll be used.

The new design was created with input from students and staff. Photos will be larger, and there is a higher contrast between the color of names and the background, making it easier for the cards to be read.

The new cards will be activated at the start of the winter semester, and will needed for parking, point of purchase sales, and, for staff and faculty, some door access. Watch for details in the weeks ahead about how cards will be distributed.

Proposal 1 Q&A

Students and employees may have questions about how the passage of Proposal 1 will affect Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC). The passage of Proposal 1, The Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act, does not change federal law or college policy, both of which prohibit marijuana in all forms on campus. GRCC policy prohibits students, employees, and members of the public from possessing, using, or being under the influence of marijuana for any reason, including medicinal, on college property or during any college activity.

In compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act (41 U.S.C. 701) and the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act (20 U.S.C. 1145g), the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, use or sale of a controlled substance or alcohol on property owned or controlled by the college or as part of any college-sponsored program off-campus is strictly prohibited. As a recipient of Title IV Federal Financial Aid funding, GRCC is required to follow the federal Controlled Substances Act, which states growing or using marijuana is a crime, regardless of state law. As an employer, GRCC will follow the federal Drug Free Workplace Act, which prohibits the possession of marijuana in the workplace.

Violating the college’s policies may be grounds for discipline or corrective action as stated in College policy and the Student Code of Conduct. Relevant GRCC policies and resources are listed below:

GRCC would also like to remind students and employees that the use of tobacco, e-cigarettes and vaporizer pens are also prohibited on campus, per GRCC Policy.

Thank you for your continued adherence to college policy and federal laws.

Proposal 1 Q&A

Below are answers to some of the common questions surrounding Proposal 1:

    1. What is Proposal 1?

Statewide Ballot Proposal 18-1, known as the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act, amends state and local law to allow the personal possession and use of a limited amount of marijuana by individuals 21 years and older. It also permits the taxation of revenue from commercial marijuana and industrial hemp facilities and creates the framework for how the government will administer and enforce the legislation.

    2. Now that Proposal 1 has passed, is it the law?

Not yet. The amendment goes into effect ten days after the Michigan Secretary of State certifies the election and changes the state law regarding possession of marijuana in Michigan.  Michigan results are certified about three weeks after Election Day. Therefore, legalization of marijuana would likely occur in December 2018.

    3. When it is law, can I use marijuana in public?

Being under the influence of marijuana remains illegal while operating motor vehicles, aircrafts, motorboats, off-road recreational vehicles, or snowmobiles. Smoking marijuana remains illegal in all public places.

Property owners may prohibit leaseholders from smoking marijuana on their properties. Employers may punish employees for violating workplace drug policies and working under the influence.

The Michigan Legislature will have to create laws regulating marijuana businesses before the product becomes commercially available.  Municipalities are authorized to ban or limit marijuana establishments within their boundaries.

    4. Will marijuana use be permitted on GRCC’s campus?

No. The use of marijuana in any form, including edibles and extracts, will remain prohibited by GRCC’s policies and federal law. GRCC prohibitions will not change when the new legislation goes into effect.

GRCC must comply with federal laws regarding the possession, distribution and consumption of marijuana, which is still a Schedule I drug under the federal Controlled Substances Act of 1970. In addition, GRCC is obligated to follow the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 and prevent the illicit use of drugs and abuse of alcohol by students and employees on GRCC property or at events.

    5. Can GRCC prohibit me from engaging in conduct that is permissible under state law?

Yes. Like alcohol, tobacco and other controlled substances that may be permissible under state law but are restricted by GRCC policies, GRCC will not permit the use of marijuana on GRCC property. GRCC, as a higher education institution and property owner, has the authority to regulate the drug on campus grounds and at events.

    6. How do federal laws that prohibit marijuana use interact with the drug’s legality on a state level?

Federal law prohibiting marijuana preempts state law. The possession, use, distribution, etc. of marijuana is still subject to prosecution under federal law, regardless of what state laws permit.

    7. What is permissible under Proposal 1?

 The state law allows individuals 21 years of age or older to possess, use, transport or process up to 2.5 ounces or less of marijuana or 15 grams of marijuana public. At home, users are allowed to have up to 10 ounces and 12 plants, as long as they are not grown in a location visible from outside. There are additional restrictions on storage.

Bostwick Ave partially closed today through Wednesday for construction crane

Beginning today, November 19, Rockford Construction will be installing a large crane to swing equipment on to the roof top of the Ford Field House.

As a result, Bostwick Avenue, north of Lyon Street, will be closed up to the Lyon student parking entrance.

The pedestrian sidewalk on the east side of the street will also be closed. Pedestrians will need to use the sidewalk on the west side of the street, and then cross back over at the corner of Bostwick and Crescent.

The sky walks from the Lyon ramp and from the Science building will also be closed. Students will need to enter the parking ramp coming from the north, either up Crescent or on Bostwick from Michigan.

The crane will be in place today through Wednesday. Rockford will have additional safety personnel on site and positioned in areas to assist with directing students.