GRCC In The News, 04-23-19

  • One West Michigan woman’s journey up the culinary ladder
    • 4/22/19 WOTV
    • GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – The GRCC Sechia Institute for Culinary Education has been shaping young chefs in Grand Rapids for decades. Jacqueline Kastelz is one of those chefs. She’s had a passion for cooking since childhood, and is living her dream as a chef at New Hotel Mertens in Downtown Grand Rapids. But, being a woman trying to climb the culinary ladder certainly doesn’t come without challenges.
  • Kruskie helps GRCC win 3 straight, Lechner places second for GVSU track
    • 4/23/19 Petoskey News-Review
    • Grand Rapids Community College’s softball team got back on track last week.

Recap: InteGReat CC helps employees try new skills at Tassell M-TEC open house

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Team members from across GRCC were able to learn more about how the Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC transforms lives through career skills programs.

The event was part of the 2018 Leadership Institute’s InteGReat CC project to share news about great things happening at the college. The event included M-TEC tours, a virtual welding contest, blood pressure readings with a healthcare protective clothing contest, Lean pipe connecting challenges, and a “make and take” step stool project.

Antonio Aguillon finished first in the welding simulation contest, followed by Lila Herdegen and Dave Murray.

Joe Courtade was tops in the Lean pipe assembly, followed by Edward Walker and Brune Garcia.

Angie Ramirez had the best score with the personal protective equipment challenge, with Sonya Hernandez in second.

Don’t forget to sign up for ‘Take Your Child To Work Day’ at GRCC

Logo for GRCC Take Your Child To Work day event

Have you ever wanted to show your child(ren) the ins-and-outs of your work and the fun we have at GRCC? Consider joining your colleagues and their child(ren) for a fun Take Your Child to Work event to experience all that GRCC has to offer! Activities will include a campus exploration experience, office time, lunch, and games!

  • Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019
  • Time: 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Location: Main Campus
  • Sign-up deadline: Friday, May 3, 2019

How to register:

  • Request supervisor approval for participation in event.
  • Register online (Note: You must be logged into your GRCC Google account to complete the form.)
  • Place a hold on your calendar as an appointment will not be sent.


  • Child must be at least 10 years old.
  • Child cannot perform actual work nor operate any machinery.
  • Employee (who is the parent/guardian) should be with the child(ren) at all times during the visit to GRCC.
  • Employee must request supervisor approval for participation in event prior to enrolling.
  • Time Sheet – While the Take Your Child to Work event can be counted toward your normal work schedule, any additional time needed (i.e. to drop your children off, take additional time off, etc.) should be recorded accordingly. It is expected you will work this out with your supervisor prior to enrolling.

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G Suite Transition – GroupWise Cleanup

Spring is finally here, and that means it is time to clean! We cannot forget about organizing our cluttered GroupWise inboxes before the transition to Gmail on May 6!

Here are some helpful tips to get you started:

  • Create a folder for (messages that still need your prompt attention in your inbox) that share a common subject or task. When Gmail goes live, you will recreate these as labels.
  • If you have subscribed to newsletters or feeds that are no longer relevant, unsubscribe from them before Gmail goes live.
  • If you save emails in your inbox as a reminder or to-do list, get familiar with Google Calendar and become even more efficient after the move!

As a reminder, your new Gmail inbox will be a fresh clean start. You will be happier and more efficient if it only holds only what you need. Take the time now to keep what is important and get rid of the rest. Believe what you heart tells you when you ask, “Does this spark joy?”