GRCC In the News, 7-25-19

WMSBF facility tours spotlight local strides towards circular economy

July 25, 2019; rapidgrowthmedia.com

On July 15, the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum (WMSBF) took 80 people through the Kent County Waste to Energy Facility and City of Grand Rapids Water Resource Recovery Facility. Cosponsored by the Kent County Department of Public Works and Grand Rapids Community College, the event began at the Grand Rapids Community College M-TEC a mile away. The groups shuttled between sites for each hour-long tour.

Shiny new equipment awaits students in welding program

7/24/19 schoolnewsnetwork.org (Kent Intermediate School District)

Imagine earning a six-figure salary without the need for college.

… Grand Rapids Community College offers a Welding Technology program as well, with equipment compatible to the Tech Center’s.

Changes to open advising sessions

Academic advising is vitally important to help students get the information and resources they need to be successful. The GRCC Academic Advising and Transfer Center team is committed to providing students the answers they need.

The AATC is making changes to the way it offers open advising sessions to help students get the most out of the opportunity:

  • Open advising in the AATC, located on the third floor of the Student Community Center, will begin on Tuesday, July 30.
  • Students need to be in the AATC an hour BEFORE open advising closes for the day in order to get their name on the wait list to ensure there is adequate time to assist them.
  • Open advising is on a first-come, first-served basis. Advisers will call students in the order they are on the list, so be sure to sign in as soon as you arrive.
  • Because of the nature of open advising, the AATC team can’t determine how many students will need to be served at any specific day or time. There will be occasions in which the staff will need to stop accepting additional names for the day before the scheduled end time. The team will do its best to accommodate and serve all students.
  • Open advising is designed to assist students with academic advising needs for the Fall 2019 semester. If students need help with Winter 2020 or forward, it would be better to schedule an appointment in September or October.

Here’s the schedule for August:

July 29 — No open advising.

July 30 — 9 a.m. to noon.

July 31 — 8 a.m. to noon.

Aug. 1 — 8 a.m. to noon.

Aug. 2 — 1-3 p.m.

Aug. 5 — 8 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m.

Aug. 6 — 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m.

Aug. 7 — 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m.

Aug. 8 — 8 a.m. to noon.

Aug. 9 — 8 a.m. to noon.

Aug. 12 — 8 a.m. to noon.

Aug. 13 — 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m.

Aug. 14 — 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Aug. 15 — 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m.

Aug. 16 — No open advising.

Aug. 19 — 8 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m.

Aug. 20 — 8 a.m. to noon and 1-6 p.m.

Aug. 21 — 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Aug. 22 — No open advising.

Aug. 23 — No open advising.

Aug. 26 — 8 a.m. to noon and 1-6 p.m.

Aug. 27 — 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Aug. 28 — 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Aug. 29 — 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Aug. 30 — No open advising.

Conference phone feature available upon request

Have your, or your department, had a need for a conference line recently? ConferenceNOW is a replacement for the Meet-Me conference feature. This new phone feature allows you to host a professional audio conference from anywhere, anytime without having to request a line from IT!

If you request the phone feature, you will be provided a meeting number and a PIN to identify you as the host of the conference. Just send the meeting information to your guests and you’re off and running! If you’d like to take advantage of this feature, simply submit a Service Request to IT through our Support Portal and we will add this feature to your phone profile.

Rockford High School graduates compete for GRCC

Kendra DeJonge

Kendra DeJonge

Mykayla Vallad

Mykayla Vallad

Freshman Mykayla Vallad and Sophomore Kendra DeJonge for the Raider volleyball team this past fall. DeJonge finished 1st on the team in kills (509), Digs (428) and service aces (52). Vallad was 7th on the team in service aces with 24. Vallad and DeJonge helped lead the Raiders to a Conference, State and Region XII Championship, as well as a trip to the NJCAA DII National Championships. The GRCC Raiders finished 6th place overall at the tournament, which is tied for the programs second highest finish at the national championships. At the conclusion of the season DeJonge was named 1st team All-Conference, Conference Player of The Year, All-MCCAA, All-Region, NJCAA 1st team All-American, AVCA 3rd Team All-American, NJCAA Region XII All-Tournament team MVP and NJCAA Nationals All-Tournament Team. In addition to excelling on the volleyball court, DeJonge was named academic All-MCCAA and Academic All-Conference. DeJonge recently signed an LOI to play volleyball at Davenport University.

Grant Erbes

Grant Erbes

Joel Wilson

Joel Wilson

Hannah Jefferis

Hannah Jefferis

Freshman Joel Wilson and Hannah Jefferis competed this past fall for the GRCC Cross Country team. Hannah Jefferis was named All-Region, All-MCCAA and MCCAA All-Freshman team. Jefferis placed herself in the GRCC record books as a top ten runner, finishing with a time of 20:09.

Both Wilson and Jefferis competed in the NJCAA DI National Championships. Wilson finished with a time of 30:38. Jefferis finished with a time of 21:16 at the National Championships.

Rockford graduate Grant Erbes competed this past spring for the GRCC Raiders baseball team. Erbes helped the Raiders to a 4th place finish in the MCCAA Western Conference.

Student-Athletes interested in competing for one of GRCC’s 8 athletic teams should fill out a recruiting questionnaire at http://www.grccraiders.com

Lakewood High School graduates compete for GRCC

Aaron Kietzman

Aaron Kietzman

Sierra Stoepker

Sierra Stoepker

Sophomores Aaron Kietzman and Sierra Stoepker recently competed in their second season on the softball team for GRCC.

Both Kietzman and Stoepker were starters for the Raiders and earned postseason recognition. Sierra Stoepker was named 2nd team All-Conference and Aaron Kietzman was named Honorable Mention All-Conference. Stoepker was first on the team in HBP (9), Slug % (.654), and was second in doubles and RBI.

Kietzman was first on the team in steals (11) and total bases (64) and 3rd in batting average. In addition to excelling on the field, Kietzman and Stoepker excelled in the classroom. Kietzman was named a 3rd team academic All-American, and both Kietzman and Stoepker were named academic All-Conference and Academic All-MCCAA.

Breanna Wickerink

Breanna Wickerink

Katelynn Kietzman

Katelynn Kietzman

Freshman Katelynn Kietzman and Breanna Wickerink competed in their first season for the Raider volleyball team. Kietzman finished 4th on the team in digs (305), and service aces (29). Wickerink finished 3rd on the team with kills (213) and 6th on the team in total blocks (43). Kietzman and Wickerink helped lead the Raiders to a Conference, State and Region XII Championship, as well as a trip to the NJCAA DII National Championships. The GRCC Raiders finished 6th place overall at the tournament, which is tied for the programs second highest finish at the national championships. At the conclusion of the season Wickerink was named 2nd team all-conference, Lincoln Land Invitational All-Tournament team, and NJCAA Region XII All-Tournament team. In addition to excelling on the volleyball court, Kietzman was named Academic All-Conference.

Student-Athletes interested in competing for one of GRCC’s 8 athletic teams should fill out a recruiting questionnaire at www.grccraiders.com