GRCC In the News, 8-7-19

GRCC earns grant to grow apprenticeships as part of federal push

Aug. 6, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College received a three-year, $140,000 grant to grow registered apprenticeships for students and support the local workforce, as part of a federal effort to expand apprenticeships.

Muskegon semi-pro football player is heart and soul, just like in Big Reds days

Aug. 7, 2019; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI – Even though his Muskegon High School football-playing days concluded more than 10 years ago, some things have not changed about Jason Hannett.

… Hannett has emerged as one of the leaders for the Mustangs. After his Big Reds career ended, Hannett played one season at Grand Rapids Community College under Annese. He spent a stint playing semi-pro ball for the Grand Rapids Force. Last year, while living in Texas, he played for the Dallas Bulldogs. His mother moved to Texas when Hannett was in 10th grade, and he went down there for a bit to broaden his horizons.

Golden Raiders are ready to assist

Need additional staff for your events and projects? Remember your former colleagues! GRCC Golden Raider Retirees have enjoyed providing support for events such as Information Stations, Raider Rally, Commencement, Grad Fair, Foundation events and even serving as “patients” for Nursing Sims, among other projects. If your office or department is in need of their help, please contact Penni Weninger at or Angela Salinas at Thank you!

Grant opportunity: NEH Humanities Connections

National Endowment for the Humanities

Humanities Connections Planning and Implementation Grants

Deadline September 19, 2019


The National Endowment for the Humanities is accepting applications for the Humanities Connections program. This program seeks to expand the role of the humanities in undergraduate education at two-year institutions. Awards will support innovative curricular approaches that foster productive partnerships among humanities faculty and their counterparts in the social and natural sciences and in pre-service or professional programs (such as business, engineering, health sciences, law, computer science, and other technology-driven fields), to encourage and develop new integrative learning opportunities for students.

Humanities Connections projects have four core features:

  1. substantive and purposeful integration of the subject matter, perspectives, and pedagogical approaches of two or more disciplines (with a minimum of one in and one outside of the humanities)
  2. collaboration between faculty from two or more separate departments or schools at one or more institutions
  3. experiential learning as an intrinsic part of the curricular plan
  4. long-term institutional support for the proposed curriculum innovation(s)

Humanities Connections grants are funded at two levels: Planning and Implementation.

Planning Grants ($35,000) support the interdisciplinary collaboration of faculty from two or more separate departments or schools (a minimum of one in and one outside of the humanities), with the goal of designing a new, coherent curricular program or initiative. The award gives the institution(s) the opportunity to create a firm foundation for implementing the program. Planning goals will include identifying the members of a planning committee and organizing the planning process; defining the rationale, design, and structure that would undergird a comprehensive and institutionally sustainable effort; and establishing potential scenarios for curriculum development. Institutions may draw on current short-term initiatives or curricular programs run by individual departments in this effort. The outcome of a successful planning phase should be a project in, or ready for, the implementation stage.

Implementation Grants ($100,000) support the interdisciplinary collaboration of faculty from two or more separate departments or schools (a minimum of one in and one outside of the humanities), with the implementation of a sustainable curricular program or initiative as the outcome. Implementation grant proposals must show unambiguous evidence of prior planning and present a defined rationale with clear intellectual and logistical objectives that are supported by institutional commitment. The award gives applicants the opportunity to build on faculty/administrative or institutional partnerships and to develop and refine the project’s intellectual content, design, and scope.

If you are interesting in more information, please contact Kim Squiers at extension 2577 or


Campus building projects have started

Campus building projects are under way!

  • Renovations to both the Lettinga and the Mable Engle houses have started on the DeVos Campus. The Fulton Street parking entrance and exit will be closed for the duration of this project.
  • The ATC expansion project is set to begin later this week. The expansion will replace the old preschool playground, and site work starts this week. The two-story addition will house the CIS Department and expand the Machine Tool lab. Interior renovations on the ATC’s second floor are scheduled for summer 2020.
  • A kitchen expansion is planned for Sneden Hall to improve food services for students, employees and conferences.  The renovations are scheduled to start later this month and continue through the fall semester!

Say goodbye to your favorite barista

Mackenzie stands in the Quiet Cafe.This is Mackenzie’s last week working for us. Stop by the Quiet Cafe this week, Monday through Wednesday, to say goodbye, and grab a $1.00 bagel and $1.00 off your favorite speciality drinks. Mackenzie’s last day in the cafe will be Wednesday, August 7. We’re sad to see her go, but we are so happy for her opportunity to continue her education in Community Outreach and Non Profit Organizations at Aquinas.