GRCC In The News, 01-09-19

Students earn credits, gain jobs through GRCC training program
1/8/19 (Kent Intermediates School District newsletter)
It wasn’t long ago that Gybran Vazquez decided he needed a change. He was applying stripes to parking lots for an asphalt company, but dreamed of what else he could be doing with his career.
… He’s closer to the life he wants, now that he has graduated from Grand Rapids Community College Job Training after devoting 34 hours a week for 18 weeks to learning about residential construction.

New welding lab for high school students is a big deal
Kent ISD board president Andrea Haidle is not about to take up welding. But she was eager to see the new virtual welding laboratory that was recently installed by the Kent Career Tech Center.
… The $463,000 virtual welding lab was installed in recent months with the help of a $300,000 state grant. The equipment purchased is compatible with the equipment being used at Grand Rapids Community College.

Morning Mix
1/8/19 FOX 17
Laughfest is coming and you won’t want to miss out on your favorite comedian or show that’s coming to town … Two family friendly events will be returning, including the Kids Rock Hip Hop Dance Party on Saturday, March 9 at The BOB and the Super Saturday Kids Zone on March 16 at GRCC’s Ford Fieldhouse.

Library & Learning Commons hours adjustment

The Library and Learning Commons is now opening at 6:30 a.m. Monday-Friday.

Below are the new Winter 2019 Library & Learning Commons Hours, beginning Monday, January 7:

  • Monday: 6:30 a.m. – 9:45 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 6:30 a.m. – 9:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 6:30 a.m. – 9:45 p.m.
  • Thursday: 6:30 a.m. – 9:45 p.m.
  • Friday: 6:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed

GRCC Homecoming starts MONDAY!

Homecoming graphic in white and gold on a dark blue background. The text reads: "GRCC Homecoming. Stepping Back In Time. January 14-18, 2019."

Monday, January 14, kicks off Homecoming week at GRCC! There are different activities each day to help us celebrate. For more information on all of the activities throughout the week, check out the Homecoming page for more details.

Friday’s Games:
On Friday, January 18, we will host a tailgate and cheer on our women’s and men’s basketball teams as they play Lake Michigan College.

A family-friendly tailgate begins at 5 p.m. inside the Hunsberger Arena, and will continue throughout both basketball games. There will be free food (while it lasts) and activities for kids and adults. The women’s basketball game begins at 5:30 p.m. and the men’s basketball game begins at 7:30 p.m.

We want to provide a few lucky employees a chance to have premium court-side seating. For each game we have specially designated premium seats for our GRCC employees to sit along the baseline of the court. A total of 12 spots per game are available. For your chance to win, please email Erin Van Egmond ( with the game you would like to sit court-side at (women’s or men’s), and how many people are in your party. We will randomly select winners for these premium seats.

We hope to see you all there to cheer on our Raiders and celebrate Homecoming, GRCC style! Don’t forget to show your Raider pride and wear your blue and gold!

Homecoming is planned and sponsored by Campus Activities Board, Alumni Relations, Athletics, Student Life and Conduct, and Human Resources.

GRCC Players perform”The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey” this weekend

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GRCC Players present The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey by James Lecesne.

The Story: Chuck unravels the story of Leonard Pelkey, a tenaciously optimistic and flamboyant fourteen-year-old boy who goes missing. A luminous force of nature whose magic is only truly felt once he is gone, Leonard becomes an unexpected inspiration as the town’s citizens question how they live, who they love, and what they leave behind.

  • January 10 – 12 at 8 p.m.
  • Spectrum Theater Lab Space (Room 201)
  • Limited seats; call 234-3946 for tickets
  • Cost: $5 GRCC students; $10 GRCC staff

GRCC Student cast includes: Eden Heimer, Elijah Lewis, Alexus Voss, Nio Walton, and Trent Woodman.

Road Closure this Friday: intersection of Ionia and Lyon

Starting Friday, January 11, the Ionia Ave. and Lyon St. intersection will be under construction.


  • Lyon St., from Ionia to Division.
  • Ionia Ave., from Pearl to Crescent.

WHEN: Friday, January 11, 2019, 8:30 a.m. – Sunday, January 13, 2019, 4 p.m.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK: Urgent utility work in the northeast corner of the intersection.


  • Detouring westbound Lyon at Division.
  • Closing one lane on Ionia and shifting traffic around work area on west side.

DETOUR ROUTE: Westbound Lyon Division to Pearl to Monroe.