GRCC In The News, 02-11-19

Agency releases list of 100 ‘Hot Jobs’ in West Michigan
2/8/19 Grand Rapids Business Journal
West Michigan Works! is reporting that the majority of the top 100 jobs in the regions high-growth industries are in manufacturing and health sciences.
… Grand Rapids Community College is one of the institutions that uses the Hot Jobs list as a guide.

Whitewater hires new president
2/8/19 Grand Rapids Business Journal
Steve Heacock has been a vocal supporter of the Grand Rapids Whitewater project, and now he’s taking the lead role in seeing it through.
… In addition to Heacock, GRWW appointed Juan Olivarez to the board of directors in January. Olivarez serves as the distinguished scholar in residence for diversity, equity and inclusion at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University.
Olivarez was president of Aquinas College for six years and president of Grand Rapids Community College for almost 10 years.

February Seminar: learn lifesaving skills to ‘Stop the Bleed’ at the GRCC Library

Become prepared to Stop the Bleed this February at the library!

No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene. A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, so quickly stopping the bleeding is critical. Those nearest to someone with life threatening injuries are best positioned to provide immediate care if they are equipped with the appropriate training and resources. Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign and a call to action. Stop the Bleed is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.

  • WHEN: Monday, February 25, 2019, 12-1:30 p.m.
  • WHERE: SCC 234 Multi-Purpose Room
  • ORGANIZATION: GRCC Library and Learning Commons

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GRCC Retiree Biography: Sally Zokoe

Sally Zokoe has worked for GRCC since 2010. She started in the Cashier’s Office and worked there through June 2016, until she moved to the Accounts Payable department. Sally shared that she had “a lot of cool experiences with students from her Cashier’s days. I have also met some awesome people and formed great friendships. One of those was Molly Maczka, who I’m sure many still miss madly like I do. We discovered that we had one of those ‘small world’ things in common.”

Sally had wanted to work for GRCC for a very long time, ever since she went here “in the dark ages when it was GRJC.” At the time she was a student worker in the Athletic Department and worked for Gordy Hunsberger. The Athletic Department was located on the corner of Ransom and Lyon in what is now the Music building. “We had every kind of sports team in those days. It was good fun helping all of the young men who came in and out of that building. Life took me away from here, and I worked in banking for many years. After I was downsized out of my first banking job in 1996, I started applying for openings at the college. It took until 2010, when I was finally given the opportunity to work here.”

What does Sally have planned for retirement? “Anything, everything, and nothing.” And most importantly, “grandbabies!”

Sally enjoyed her time working at GRCC and wants to “wish all the best to my colleagues who will continue working for this great college. My hope is that I will be able to stay in touch with my friends and have lunch once in a while. I’ll drive.”

We are so happy you accepted the offer to work at GRCC, Sally! We look forward to having you return and rehash all of the wonderful memories – you have made a difference at GRCC and had a large impact on the lives of our students and campus community. We wish you the best in your retirement and hope you stop by throughout the years to share your adventures!

Third Annual ‘Fall in Love With STEM’ set for February 23

Important update: The “Fall in Love with STEM” event, originally scheduled for Feb. 9, has been postponed because of weather. It has been rescheduled for 1-4 p.m. Feb. 23 in the Calkins Science Center, 226 Bostwick Ave. NE.

GRCC faculty and students will lead sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders in “exploration stations,” with activities designed to strengthen science, technology, engineering, and math skills. It’s one of several events organized by the West Michigan chapter of the Association of Women in Science. No advance signup is needed for “Fall in Love with STEM.”