GRCC In The News, 03-20-19

Grand Rapids Community College raises tuition $1 for 2019-20
3/19/19 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Community College is raising tuition by $1 for the second consecutive year.

GRCC trustees approve tuition increase below 1% for second year in a row
3/19/19 WZZM
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — In an effort to keep higher education affordable and provide opportunities for students across west Michigan, trustees at Grand Rapids Community College approved a 0.8 percent increase in tuition.

Recap: first Math, Science, & Engineering Academic Pathway Advising Luncheon a success

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The first Math, Science, & Engineering Academic Pathway Advising Luncheon was held on March 19, 2019, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Students were able to sit down and eat lunch with faculty from the Math, Physical Sciences, and Biological Sciences departments, while they discussed their courses, careers, course transfer equivalencies, and even where to find things such as research opportunities and scholarships.

Students should look forward to the Pathway Advising Luncheon each year and keep an eye out for advertisements in the future.

Thanks to everyone who helped make this event a success!

Upcoming professional development opportunities

There’s a seat with your name on it in any of these upcoming staff development sessions:

  • Friday, March 22 – Label Reading, noon-1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 26 – StrengthsFinder, 10 a.m.-noon
  • Friday, March 29 – Fitness can be N.E.A.T., noon-1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 10 – Coaching Skills for Managers, 1-3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 17 – GRCC Purchasing Policy, 1-2:30 p.m.
  • Friday, April 19 – Game Play: Active as a Family, noon-1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 15 – Non-Verbal Communication, 1- p.m.
  • Friday, May 17 – Living a Healthy Lifestyle, noon-1 p.m.

Also – Learn how to update a webpage with Drupal Training! Available:

  • Thursday, March 28, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, April 25, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, May 30, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

More Information about these interesting sessions can be found on the Professional Development page.

And there is LOTS of Google going on – get ready! The Gmail/Google Calendar transition is only six weeks away!

Visit Google for GRCC to sign up for upcoming GMail/Google Calendar training.

Questions? Contact Angela (

GRCC Science Talks continue Monday with “Gene Modifications”

A graphic representation of gene modification, featuring colored strands of DNA with a background of gears that vaguely resembles a blueprint.

Gene Modifications: CRISPR

  • Monday, March 25, 2019, at 3:45 p.m.
  • Calkins Science Center auditorium, Room 348

Have you heard of CRISPR? It stands for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats. Promises of cured disease, designer organisms, and dangerous consequences all surround this fascinating topic. The background and origin of the CRISPR technique will be presented along with a brief description of applications and potential difficulties.

Bill Faber is a GRCC chemistry professor who has researched physical and biochemical applications focused on identifying and characterizing larger bio-molecules using spectroscopy.

Grand Rapids Community College Science Talks are open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

Please email with any questions.

Mathematics seminar on March 27

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that it will host its next Mathematics Seminar on Wednesday, March 27, from 3-4 p.m. in 102 Cook.

Our speaker, GRCC faculty member Alejandro Saldivar, will be discussing Linear Programming.

Linear Programming, developed in the 1940s to help with the war effort, found many uses in the post-war economy.  With the principle goal of allocating resources in the best possible way, it continues to find important applications in areas as diverse as airline crew scheduling, creation of investment portfolios, and developing communications networks.  It also possesses inherent mathematical beauty, and its fundamental principles are accessible to anyone who can graph lines and find points of intersection.  As is the case with all of our seminars, everyone is welcome!


  • DATE: next Wednesday, March 27
  • TIME: 3-4 p.m. (Refreshments served at 2:45 p.m.)
  • PLACE: 102 Cook
  • SUBJECT: Systems of Linear Equations, Linear Programming, and the Simplex Method

The Simplex Method is used to optimize logistic problems such as transportation scheduling.  In this talk, we review some history and insight into the method from geometric and vectorial points of view.

This talk is suitable for anyone with an intermediate algebra background.