GRCC In the News, 7-17-19

Restaurant Week GR reveals menus

7/16/19 Grand Rapids Business Journal

More than 70 local restaurants are participating in the upcoming Restaurant Week GR.

… Restaurant Week GR also supports culinary students through an endowed scholarship fund at the Grand Rapids Community College Secchia Institute for Culinary Education. Participating locations donate $1 for every Restaurant Week meal sold.

Focus group on GRCC’s Transgender Equal Opportunity Policy

We’re hosting a focus group and listening session to discuss several policies and processes that are currently up for revision at GRCC. We’d love to hear students’ (current, future, or past) feedback on our processes around changing name, locker room access, and emails. We’d also love to hear input on any changes you’d like to see in the future: options for reporting name/pronoun on our application, alternative ways to communicate name/pronouns to instructors, and general ways we can be more inclusive of non-binary folks.

Please bring feedback and ideas on these topics, and join us for lunch at 11:30 a.m. on July 18 in the Bostwick Office Suites (underneath the Bostwick ramp) to share these ideas with GRCC. We’ll provide parking vouchers for the day and lunch, you bring ideas and questions on ways we can improve our processes at GRCC. If you have any questions or to RSVP, please contact Kimberly DeVries (she/her pronouns), Director of Equal Opportunity Compliance, at 616-234-2120 or Even if you weren’t able to RSVP in advance, please feel free to come on and attend! Email to let me know you’re coming if you can, but don’t let that stand in the way of attending, if you’re interested!

Students to gain leadership skills at Sept. 13 conference

GRCC Student Leadership Conference.The Student Leadership Conference is an annual event open to all GRCC students who want to gain more experience in leadership and want to learn more about how manage a student organization. The theme this year is “oh, the places you’ll go!”.

Conference style sessions will consist of:

  • Communication within student organizations.
  • The ups and downs of being in a leadership role.
  • Self care as a student leader.
  • Time management.
  • Using and managing Raider Connect.
  • Managing student organization funds.
  • Conflict management.
  • Programming and advertising.
  • Marketing strategies for self and for student organizations

The Student Leadership Conference is funded by the Campus Activities Fee and supported by the Student Life and Conduct office.

Student Affairs professionals are encouraged to submit a proposal for presentation. Conference will take place on Sept. 13 8:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.; all sessions will be allotted 45 minutes. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to presenters. Sessions will take place at the Applied Technology Center of GRCC.

To sign up please visit this link; workshop proposals are due September 1.

Learn course-design principles in one-day workshop

GRCC Faculty: Join us for a face-to-face Applying the Quality Matters Rubric Training facilitated by Meg Lockard. 

Friday, August 16th, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

351 Finkelstein Hall (formerly the Main Building)

You can complete in one-day what it takes 2 weeks to do online! (With free lunch!)

Description: Is your online/hybrid course design clear to learners and easy to navigate? Do your assessments actually measure your learning outcomes? Are your learning activities designed to promote learner interaction and engagement? If you teach online/hybrid courses and you’re looking to improve your courses for the sake of student access, success, and retention, then this workshop is for you. The APPQMR workshop will introduce you to the nationally-recognized Quality Matters course-design principles, which you can then apply to your own distance courses. Not only will this workshop provide you with concrete steps for course-design improvement but it will also qualify you to take additional workshops through QM, become a QM course reviewer, and even facilitate future workshops here at GRCC or online.

The APPQMR workshop is a 6-hour commitment (lunch provided) that will result in an official QM certification, an improved understanding of the current research regarding course design, and, ultimately, happier and more successful students!

Space is limited! Register today! Contact DLIT at with any questions.