GRCC In The News, 02-14-19

Gov. Whitmer makes first tour stop at GRCC
2/13/19 WZZM
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The day after her first State of the State, Governor Gretchen Whitmer made her way to Grand Rapids to kick off her “Home for Opportunity Tour.”
Whitmer toured Grand Rapids Community College’s Tassell M-TEC center off Godfrey Avenue, which is devoted to workforce training. The purpose of the tour is to discuss ways of bridging the opportunity and talent gaps across the state.

Republicans question how Whitmer will pay for plan
2/13/19 WOOD TV
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A day after outlining her vision for Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer visited Grand Rapids Community College Wednesday, trying to drum up support for her education plan which includes debt-free community college.

Michigan This Morning
2/14/19 WWTV
Gov. Whitmer has kicked of a 50-event tour across Michigan to address some of her biggest agenda items. Her first stop was in Grand Rapids yesterday. She visited Grand Rapids Community College to talk about her education proposals.

Governor Whitmer kicks off “Home for Opportunity Tour” and appears on WGVU-TV’s “West Michigan Week”
2/13/19 WGVU
Governor Gretchen Whitmer visited Grand Rapids Wednesday kicking of her post-State of the State Address Home for Opportunity Tour. It’s a statewide 50-event tour focusing on fixing the state’s roads and preparing the 21st Century workforce. I spoke with Governor Whitmer during a recording of WGVU-TVs West Michigan Week.
… It’s a scholarship for two years tuition-free community college or two years tuition-free at a four year in-state university for high school graduates with a B average. Michigan Reconnect trains adults seeking in-demand industry certification or an associate degree. Governor Whitmer visiting with West Michigan business leaders at non-profit economic development organization, The Right Place, followed by a tour of Grand Rapids Community College.

News 10 at 11 p.m.
2/13/19 WILX
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer went to Grand Rapids today to start what she’s calling her “opportunity tour.” She met with leaders in business and education at Grand Rapids Community College to reinforce one of the plans she outlined last night.

6 News at 5
2/13/19 WLNS
The governor paid a visit to Grand Rapids Community College to highlight another plan she laid out last night in her State of the State address: to provide two years of community college to student for free.

Tuition-free community college plan would yield enormous returns, Whitmer says
2/13/19 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer met with business leaders and toured Grand Rapids Community College Wednesday, saying her push to offer tuition-free community college will strengthen the workforce and raise wages for Michigan families.


Congratulations to the January 2019 SSPD awardees

The Grand Rapids Community College Foundation and the Support Staff Professional Development Grants (SSPD) Review Team congratulate the winners of the January 2019 SSPD competition:

  • Bev Daily ($1,700): Higher Education User Group (HEUG) Alliance Conference
  • Kevin Perrin ($1,700): Higher Education User Group (HEUG) Alliance Conference
  • Rachel Bower ($2,250): Pink Elephant Conference
  • Renida Clark ($2,000): NASPA Conference
  • Michael Couch ($1,600): Achieving the Dream
  • Rebecca DeKorne ($2,000): LifeBound’s 5-day Academic Coaching Intensive Training
  • Kanyn Doan ($2,000): LifeBound’s 5-day Academic Coaching Intensive Training
  • Patrick LaPenna ($1,750): Drupalcon
  • Elizabeth VanPortfliet ($1,770): National Academic Advising Association Conference
  • Myriah Williams ($1,020): Native American Student Advocacy Institute
  • Linda Witte ($1,625): American Medical Technologists Educational Program & Annual Meeting

Upcoming Learning Opportunities

You can easily enroll online for sessions on the Learning Opportunities Registration page:

Tuesday, February 19: Conflict Strategies

  • 1:00-4:30 p.m.
  • 207 Sneden
  • Conflict is present in all aspects of our lives. An individual’s personal professional, and emotional health is greatly affected by how successfully he or she manages conflict. Individuals rely on each other to attain goals and are continually being thrown into situations where they need to handle conflict in a constructive manner – without being taught how to accomplish this. This half-day course will expose individuals to the different ways that people react in conflict situations, show them what their preferred strategy is in situations of conflict, and then help them plan to use a more integrating style of conflict resolution more effectively at work.
  • Led by The Employer’s Association

Friday, February 22: Heart Health

  • 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • 309 Sneden
  • Participants will have an understanding of the function of a healthy heart and implications of lifestyle choices. They will be able to identify a personally appropriate physical activity that improves heart health and name two heart healthy food choices, and will commit to making one heart healthy food change.
  • Led by Sheri Orlekoski, RN

Tuesday, February 26: Resumes and Cover Letters

  • 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • 307 Sneden
  • Whether you’re interested in a resume makeover or starting from scratch, this session helps participants assess their strengths and create a paper sales document about themselves. We will walk through the basic steps in writing a resume and cover letter that fairly promotes your strengths and experience
  • Led by Laura Caulk

Wednesday, February 27: FMLA-What’s in it for you?

  • 1:00-2:30 p.m.
  • 308 Main
  • Have you ever wondered what the Family Medical Leave Act is all about? Have you ever wondered if you or one of your employee’s had a “qualifying event” but were afraid to ask? In this session you will learn the various ins and outs of FMLA, intermittent FMLA, and the GRCC FMLA policy. You will also learn what a qualifying event is for you or an immediate family member and what is covered while you are on leave.
  • Led by Jennifer Kelly

Thursday, February 28: Drupal Basics: Editing Content

  • 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • 351 Main
  • In this course, participants will learn to navigate the Drupal system, understand and use content types, and edit existing content.
  • Led by Leigh Jajuga

Thursday, March 7: GRCC Accounts & You

  • 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • 351 Main
  • Campus accounts can be confusing. As part of our commitment to provide world class customer support, Information Technology would like to offer a refresher course to staff and faculty. This course will provide a walk-through on the types of accounts available to our students and staff and some tips and tricks for getting the most out of them. We will also cover how to use the recently updated password reset tool and, of course, be available to answer other account related questions.We will go over: Online Student Center, Campus Network Login, GRCC Wireless Network, Blackboard, Student Email, Student & Employee Discounts, and printing from a personal device/cloud printing.
  • Led by Rachel Bower

Tuesday, March 12: Signs of Marijuana Use

  • 10:00-11:00 a.m.
  • 307 Sneden
  • Scott Nuismer, a certified addictions specialist, will teach both how to recognize the markers of marijuana use and what you can safely do about it. Participants will learn how to recognize biological and physiological sign of marijuana use, as well as interventions to use.

Become prepared to ‘Stop the Bleed’ this February!

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.

Facilitated by Mikki Grit, Emergency Nurses Association of West Michigan

  • WHEN: Monday, February 25, 2019, 12-1:30 p.m.
  • WHERE: SCC 234 Multi-Purpose Room

Lunch will be provided (please specify any dietary needs)

Everyone is welcome! Student employees may be paid for the time with supervisor approval.  PLEASE RSVP to

Save department dollars; print color copies through ePrint

Still Printing Color from your Office Copier/Printer? Take a look at how GRCCePRINT can save you money!

Color Copies (8.5″ x 11″ sheet) 50 100 150 200 250
GRCCePRINT Total $20.86 $55.82 $75.11 $94.40 $113.69
Office Copier/printers Total $50.00 $100.00 $150.00 $200.00 $250.00
Difference Total $29.14 $44.18 $74.89 $105.60 $136.31

Log in to GRCCePrint Online, and we can print projects for you.

We also deliver to department offices. Our delivery times are posted on our site.

Instructor forecasts student attendance at next week’s Mathematics Seminar

Image of GRCC Mathematics classroom. Focus is on a student's hand holding a mechanical pencil and writing in a notebook. Three other students are out of focus in the background.

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that it will host its next Mathematics Seminar on Thursday, February 21, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. in 103 Cook.

Our speaker is GRCC faculty member Brian Hadley.  For the title and abstract of his talk, please see below.

The realm of mathematical forecasting is vast but fundamentally based on common sense ideas: Examine historical trends, assume that whatever was responsible for creating the past will continue to operate beyond the present, then use mathematical and/or statistical techniques to predict the future.  Brian will discuss how this relates to classroom resource management.  As is the case with all of our seminars, everyone is welcome!

Refreshments will be served at 10:45 a.m.

Mathematical Forecasting and Classroom Resources

Forecasting student attendance in class has allowed for a reduction of wasted paper.

Each semester I print quizzes, test, and worksheets for class use. Unfortunately, some of this paper is wasted primarily due to absent students. As a solution to this problem, I began forecasting student attendance, greatly reducing the amount of wasted printing.

Forecasting is a mathematical model that allows for a prediction of future trends. We will examine various forecasting methods that can provide reliable guidelines to classroom attendance trends and result in the reduction of paper waste.