GRCC In the News, 6-3-19

Dr Bill Pink – GRCC President at Mackinaw

May 31, 2019; WOOD Radio

GRCC President Dr Bill Pink joined Steve and Rick at the Mackinac Policy Conference.

Statewide education issues take center stage at Mackinac Policy Conference

June 2, 2019;

MACKINAC ISLAND — Education reform took center stage at this year’s Mackinac Policy Conference, the annual gathering of the top business and government leaders in Michigan organized by the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce.

… Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink spoke at the Mackinac Policy Conference about a statewide decline in graduation rates, a lack of available training for skilled trades, and decreased rankings in math, reading, and science. He was joined by Detroit Regional Chamber President and CEO Sandy Baruah and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. During his tenure as governor, Bush was an advocate for school choice, including school vouchers and charter schools.

Grand Rapids Community College collaborates with local theatre group and raises almost $15,000 for culinary scholarships

May 31, 2019; Center for the Advancement of Foodservice Education

Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) culinary students will reap the sweet rewards from a partnership with a local theatre company, Broadway Grand Rapids, and the generosity of theater patrons.

GRBJ: Task force wants to make city SAFE

May 31, 2019; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (GRBJ) – An alliance of Grand Rapids city staff, nonprofit and business organizations is reaching out to the community to gather ideas to reduce violence among youth.

… Community organizations partnered with SAFE include Spectrum Health, the Steelcase Foundation, Network 180, Heart of West Michigan United Way, LINC UP, the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan and Grand Rapids Community College, as well as out-of-state organizations like South Bend Group Violence Intervention in South Bend, Indiana, and NOLA for Life in New Orleans.

From Grief and Recovery to Graduation

May 31, 2019; (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)

The world as Sparta senior Miguel Vazquez knew it changed on December 5, 2018.

… After graduation, Miguel plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College to complete his general education requirements and then pursue a degree in electrical engineering at Grand Valley State University.

Ionia County K-9 handler Dion Sower promoted to sergeant

May 31, 2019; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — Dion Sower knew it was time for a change in his role as he approaches his 17th year with the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office.

… Sower decided to attend the Grand Rapids Community College Police Academy.

Sushi caterer rolls with purpose

May 31, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

After earning a pre-social work degree, Bawi Sung felt whatever career she found next should center on helping her fellow Burmese orphans and refugees.

… Aceu Thawng, who immigrated to Grand Rapids in 2008. Anu then earned a pre-social work degree from Grand Rapids Community College.

Grant opportunity: Education Research Grants

The Spencer Foundation’s Research Grants on Education Program is sponsoring two education research grants for academic research projects that aim to study education.

The Large Research Grants on Education Program supports education research projects that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived, with budgets ranging from $125,000 to $500,000 and for durations of one to five years. Deadline for proposals is June 20, 2019.

The Small Research Grants Program supports education research projects that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived, with budgets up to $50,000 for projects ranging from one to five years. The deadline is July 1, 2019.

For more information, please contact Kim Squiers in the GRCC Grants Department at extension 2577 or

GRCC students needed for photo shoot

GRCC uses photos of students on the website, on blogs and social media, in recruitment material, and in print, digital and video ads.

We are holding a photo shoot this summer to update our photo library and we need your help! We are looking for all types of students, from all walks of life.

Don’t think you are photoshoot material? Think again! If you are a GRCC student, you are who we are looking for.

The photo shoot, which will take 30 minutes, will be scheduled for some time between June 17 and 20.

Please send your availability to ASAP to get your spot!

New G Suite Learning Opportunities

Have you become familiarized and comfortable with the basics in Gmail and Google Calendar? Are you ready to step up your Google game and learn more advanced functions and features?
In an effort to meet the changing needs of the GRCC employee community, IT has developed four new Google related trainings to support the recent transition to G Suite.
  • Intro to Gmail and Calendar
    •  This course will explore the fundamentals of GMail and Google Calendar and outline best practices for using them at GRCC
  • Advanced Gmail
    •  This course will explore the advanced features of GMail and introduce Google Groups and how they will be used. A basic understanding of GMail is required prior to attending this session.
  • Advanced Google Calendar
    •  This course will explore the advanced features of Google Calendar. A basic understanding of Google Calendar is required prior to attending this session.
  • Advanced G Suite for Education
    •  This course will explore additional applications in the G Suite for Education environment including Google Docs/Sheets/Slides, Google Forms, Google Drive & Team Drives, Google Keep as well as Google Meet. GMail and Google Calendar are separate courses and will not be covered in this training.
Register for any of these limited summer opportunities at!