GRCC In The News, 01-02-19

Street Talk: A great start
12/21/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
Grand Rapids Community College will be the first in the state to participate in a national project to better prepare early childhood education professionals.

Employment Expertise: Making an Impact in West Michigan
12/31/18 Ionia Sentinel-Standard
In 2018 West Michigan Works! (WMW) helped 44,890 job seekers, served 3,193 employers and filled 10,463 jobs. This work isn’t done in isolation; it’s accomplished through partnerships with employers, training providers, educators and community organizations. Each December, WMW looks back over the year and recognizes a few of its key partners:
… Literacy Center of West Michigan (LCWM) is West Michigan Works! 2018 Partner of the Year. They received this award because they successfully use community partnerships to create positive change. LCWM has partnered with the local construction industry, Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) and the Urban League to provide workplace English as a Second Language instruction for participants in the construction training program. They also provide literacy services at one of West Michigan Works! service centers. Providing instruction like this to job seekers helps remove language barriers and can help them obtain further training, education and/or a good job.
The Michigan Works! Impact Awards honor those who have built economic results by actively creating jobs and developing fresh talent in their communities. In West Michigan, Spectrum Health, GRCC and Sterile Processing Technician, Gina Mancha, received the 2018 Impact Award. To address a common need in the health care field, West Michigan Works! partnered with health care employers, GRCC and the US Department of Labor to create the Sterile Processing Technician Registered Apprentice program. Through this program, Gina was able to learn a new skill and start a new career after working for years in automotive manufacturing.

Many college students are on the brink of being homeless and hungry — here’s where to get help
College students without a financial safety net are in a tough spot when unexpected costs arise.
… For example, at Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, assistance is available for students who face emergencies such as losing their job, eviction or utility shut-off. The fund has provided students with over $78,000 in grants and loans since 2014, according to Dave Murray, a school spokesperson.

Former Belding standout Hallee Breimayer leading GRCC to strong start
12/27/18 Ionia Sentinel-Standard
Former Belding standout Hallee Breimayer has made a successful transition from high school to college basketball, and Grand Rapids Community College is currently a primary beneficiary.

Chef profile: ‘Going the extra mile’
12/21/18 Grand Rapids Magazine
Two hours before dinner service commences, Cygnus 27 chef de cuisine Stephan VanHeulen has deftly inspected the kitchen, marveling at the diver scallops — gorgeous, pearly pink and way more substantial than anything you can buy at a supermarket; smelling the exhilarating earthiness of the fluffy hen-of-the-woods, royal trumpet and white beech mushrooms; and tasting the whipped root vegetable purée. But it’s the massive octopus with eight tentacles, a dangerously delicious beast, that stopped him in his tracks.
… After graduating from Lowell High School in 2004, VanHeulen moved to Grand Rapids, working two to three restaurant jobs at once, figuring it was a good way to pay the bills. “I didn’t know what I was going to do, but I fell in love with this,” said VanHeulen, who at 24 went back to school, enrolling at Secchia Institute of Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College while cooking full time at Courtyard by Marriott Grand Rapids Downtown. In 2013, with his fresh culinary associate degree, VanHeulen joined the banquet team at Amway Grand Plaza, where the hotel stages massive events. “You think that you know how to cut up a tomato, cut up a pepper, until you gotta do it for 6,000 people,” VanHeulen said. “It sharpens your basics like none other, and it’s a great learning experience.”

Change Ups: Foundation raises $25,000 to support autism charity
12/21/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
… Education
… Grand Rapids Community College English professor Mursalata Muhammad was named to serve on the new state Department of Education’s Social Studies Standards Bias Review Committee, one of several panels the department created in the wake of concerns raised over the proposed curriculum changes.

West Michigan Sports Commission elects board officers and members
12/31/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
The West Michigan Sports Commission will begin the new year with some new faces.
… Board officers
… Bob Partridge, Grand Rapids Community College (retired), treasurer

Grand Rapids winter activities from A-Z
12/23/18 Grand Rapids Magazine
Got a case of cabin fever? Here’s a list of activities to keep you busy all winter long.
… November project
This outdoor fitness club stays active all winter. The club meets Wednesdays at 6:01 a.m. at the corner of Lyon Street and Bostwick Street, near the Grand Rapids Community College Ford Fieldhouse. Workouts are different every week, with various movements and intensities that can be made to suit any level of athlete.

Reminder: student pantry drive during tomorrow’s Opening Day event

A message from Misty McClure-Anderson:
Good Morning & Happy New Year!
This is a friendly reminder that we will be collecting diapers, baby wipes, and hygiene items (soap, shampoo, deodorant, etc.) for the Student Pantry tomorrow at Opening Day.
I hope you are rested and ready for the winter semester to begin!”
Items will be collected during tomorrow’s Opening Day event in the newly redesigned Ford Fieldhouse.

Sign up for Information Station staffing next week

Students are officially back for Winter semester next week, January 7-9, and Student Life will once again be welcoming them to the new term at well-stocked Information Stations positioned across campus. Student Life couldn’t pull this off without staff and faculty help, so we’re hoping you will consider volunteering!

The Information Stations will be at Sneden, Main, Student Center, Calkins Science, and the ATC this coming semester at varying times. Sign-ups are available on the Winter 2019 Info Station Sign Up Google Sheet.

Contact Joe Courtade, Coordinator of Student Life and Conduct, with any questions: (616) 234-2543 or

GRCC Catalog online receiving image update this March

A new look is coming to the 2018-2019 catalog!  We have designed a new front page that will allow users to go directly to the most searched pages of the catalog with one click.  With this one click, users will go directly into the current catalog pages.  There is still easy access to all of the information in the current and archived catalogs.  Stay tuned for additional changes coming for the 2019-2020 catalog in March!

Mock-up of the landing page of the new GRCC Catalog online.