GRCC In the News, 10-21-19

Learn how to become a blackjack dealer for just $25

Oct. 21, 2019; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — College students are trading in text books for poker chips.

Gun Lake Casino has partnered with Grand Rapids Community College offering students the chance to study how to be a blackjack dealer before taking on a career on the casino floor.

$100M Expansion to Double Size of Gun Lake Casino

Oct. 19, 2019; Native Business Magazine

Gun Lake Casino has announced a $100 million expansion plan to double its size by summer 2021.

… In other news at Gun Lake Casino, the enterprise is hosting a BlackJack Dealer Academy in partnership with Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC). Offered through the college’s Workforce Training program, the program will train students to become blackjack dealers and prepare them for jobs at the casino that would pay an average of $18-$20 per hour. This is the first college-Tribal casino partnership of its kind in Michigan to create this type of academy.

Change Ups: Land Conservancy hires Karn as development director

Oct. 18, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal


Grand Rapids Community College will launch a Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Safety Training program focused on public works with a $79,567 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. With its Public Works Academy partners, GRCC will recruit adult learners for the new safety training, specifically, current and former military members, their spouses or their children. Michigan is home to the 11th-largest population of veterans in the nation, and 78,821 reside in the new program’s seven-county target area.

GRCC: Man tried to scam residents

Oct. 19, 2019; WOOD TV

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids Community College is warning people about a man who tried to scam residents.

Setting the table: GVSU hosts event to set world record for largest periodic table

Oct. 20, 2019; The Holland Sentinel

ALLENDALE — With the help of hundreds of volunteers, some from across the globe, the world’s largest periodic table was constructed on the campus of Grand Valley State University on Saturday.

… The event also featured activity tables with Amway, Gentex, Perrigo, Michigan State University Bioeconomy Institute, Thermo Fisher and chemistry clubs from Aquinas, Grand Rapids Community College, GVSU, Hope. There were also several chemistry demonstrations held throughout the day.

Pick up GRCC alumni-employee pennant this week

Jealous of your co-worker’s new GRCC Alumni pennant? Tomorrow is the time to get your own! As part of Homecoming Week celebrations, Corey Turner from Alumni Relations will be stationed at different campus locations throughout the week, handing out pennants and getting to know our alumni employees. You can also pick one up at the Homecoming tailgate!

  • 10/22/19 – RJF Hall – Winchester Alley – 8-10 a.m.
  • 10/22/19 – Student Center 1st Floor – 12-2 p.m.
  • 10/22/19 – Sneden Hall Reception Area – 3-5 p.m.
  • 10/24/19 – Homecoming Tailgate & Game – Ford Fieldhouse – 5-9 p.m.

Have any questions? Contact Corey at or at ext. 3025.

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Fire drills set for Oct. 25

Campus Police and Facilities will conduct fire drills of all campus buildings — including the DeVos Campus and Tassell M-TEC — between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25.

The fire drills will be conducted one building at a time until all are completed. There is no specific time for any building.

Reception for Brian Knetl on Oct. 28

Brian Knetl

Brian Knetl

You are cordially invited to an open house to welcome Dr. Brian Knetl, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, on Monday, October 28, 2019, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. in the Heritage Restaurant.

Hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Contact Misty McClure with questions at (616) 234-3901 or