GRCC In The News, 04-04-19

  • GRCC creating system to better serve youth not in school or working
    • 4/3/19 MLive
    • GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is working on three community impact projects, including creating a system to identify and recruit youth, 16 to 24, who are not in school or working.
  • Brady soars to the Cardinals’ rescue
    • 4/3/19 Torch (Ferris State University’s student newspaper)
    • Ferris assistant football coach Ryan Brady has left Ferris to become the next head football coach of Saginaw Valley State University, becoming the seventh head coach in the history of the SVSU football program.
    • … After spending a couple of years as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Montrose High School, Brady then became the head coach at Perry High School in 2008. That was only a brief stay, as he would become the quarterbacks coach at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) in 2009.

NEW construction project begins Monday: Ionia Ave north of Michigan St

A new westbound I-196 on-ramp is coming to Division Avenue downtown. Construction on the on-ramp begins Monday and is expected to end in July.

Starting Monday, April 8, Ionia Avenue north of Michigan Street and the eastbound I-196 on-ramp will be closed. Ionia Avenue through traffic will be detoured to Michigan Street to Monroe Avenue to Mason Street.

Starting in June, Division Avenue will be closed between Michigan Street and the westbound I-196 on-ramp. Northbound Division Avenue traffic will be detoured to Crescent Street to Ionia Avenue to Michigan Street to Monroe Avenue to Mason Street. Southbound Division Avenue traffic will be detoured to Mason Street to Monroe Avenue to Lyon Street.

During the entire project, the pedestrian detour will use Michigan Street, Ottawa Avenue, and Fairbanks Street.

More information is available on the  City of Grand Rapids website.

Open leadership positions for students in CAB

Student Life and Conduct is looking for student leaders to apply for Campus Activities Board! Please pass on the message to students that would be great at it! This is a paid position and students get great “real-world” experience! CAB plans Homecoming, Finals Relaxers, the Leadership Banquet, and Welcome Weeks. We have 4 spots open: CAB President and 3 VP positions.

Interested students need to submit a one-page letter of intent as to “why you are interested in becoming a CAB E-board team member and for what role you’re interested in applying.” All letters should be sent to Thalia Guerra-Flores at by Tuesday, April 15.

Elections will take place April 19 from 1:15-2:15 p.m. If students are interested but unable to attend on the 19th, they should email Thalia Guerra-Flores ( to reschedule.


Registration open now for summer OHCC

The summer Online and Hybrid Certification Course (OHCC) starts May 10, 2019.

The OHCC is designed to provide instructors with the knowledge and skills needed to deliver a high-quality online/hybrid course. Successful participants will also be able to teach effectively online through active facilitation and a variety of student engagement techniques and technologies. Training in Blackboard Basics (on the latest version of the LMS) is a prerequisite. Blackboard Basics may be taken online in a self-paced format or in-person on Friday, May 10, from 10:30 a.m. – noon.

The OHCC is a six (6) week, rigorous course that includes weekly participation and assignment requirements. This training is much more than “Blackboard training,” as it includes elements of instructional design and strategies for building, developing, sequencing, and delivering online content. When you are done, you will have a template for your online and/or hybrid course. You must complete the course, including the assignments for all six weeks, for certification. This includes the completion of your final presentation.

The campus sessions are on Fridays from 1-2:30 p.m. in 351 Main and virtually using Zoom. This is a hybrid course (online course with some classroom instruction).

Only one session is offered during the summer, so sign-up today!

For more information, visit the Online and Hybrid Certification Course website –

To sign up, visit the Faculty Professional Development Registration website –

Technology Notification – SMS spam text messages

Several individuals (current students) around campus have reported receiving a text message from an ‘S. Ian DeVaney’ claiming to add you to Remind on behalf of GRCC. This is not a legitimate text message from Grand Rapids Community College. Please ignore the message and do not download the app. The message has come from several spoofed phone numbers with a similar message.

You were added to GRAND RAPIDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE with S. Ian DeVaney on Remind! Reply to send S. Ian DeVaney a message. Reply @STOPALL to cancel. Get t he app: <URL>

If you receive a phishing attempt, report it to the IT Support Desk at or by calling 234-4357. If you have clicked any links or downloaded/opened any files, please let us know immediately.

G Suite Tip – how to create a list for your tasks

Keep track of your to-do list digitally through Google Tasks, a simple application located within the right-hand panel of all G Suite Applications for easy viewing and editing. This means the same tasks will appear in both Gmail and Calendar.

Tasks can be used to remind you of emails to send, appointments that need to be made, or documents that need to be written. (I have created a Google Task to complete this GRCC Today article within Google Docs!) Tasks can be used as a simple way to track how you are meeting your daily goals, and are there for your individual use.

If your objective is to create reminders that are shared with others, you can learn more about the other application found in the right-hand panel through the Google Keep instructions online.

You can create lists to keep track of your different tasks.

Create a list:

  1. On your computer, go to Gmail and login to your pilot account.
  2. On the right, click Tasks.
  3. At the top, click the Down arrow.
  4. Click Create a new list.
  5. Enter a name.
  6. Click OK.

Switch between lists:

  1. On the right, click Tasks.
  2. At the top, click the Down arrow.
  3. Click the list you want.

Move a task to a different list:

  1. On the right, click Tasks.
  2. Click the task you want to move. Then, click Edit.
  3. Click the list name.
  4. Choose a list.

When you complete a task, it will only appear at the bottom of the list it was on under Completed. This means that creating a list for your tasks is a great way to view and track progress for different projects within your work day.

Math Awareness Month contest open to all at GRCC

April is Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month and that means it is time for the Math Awareness Month Contest. You may pick up an entry form from the Math Tutoring Lab on 1st Floor of Cook or download the form online.

The contest is open to any GRCC student or staff member. Of all the correct entries, three students and three staff members will be randomly drawn to receive a prize.

Entry forms must be returned to the Math Tutoring Lab or to Nancy Forrest in the Math Department by Monday, April 15.

‘Take me out to the ball game!’ today at the Raider Grille

‘Take me out to the ball game!’ at the Raider Grille – TODAY, April 4, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Celebrate the Detroit Tigers home opener with FREE peanuts and Cracker Jacks, plus $1.50 hot dogs and $2.50 chili cheese dogs.

Also, come see how you can get entered to win one of the following:

  • A 50″ TV
  • 4 tickets to the White Caps, May 9

Photo of three Raiders baseball team members in the dugout watching others practice on the field.