Dr. Brian Burt featured in STEMulating Diversity Praxis today

Dr. Brian A. Burt will be the featured speaker at STEMulating Diversity Praxis at 3 p.m. today in the Calkins Science Center auditorium.

Burt, a native of Grand Rapids, is Assistant Professor of Higher Education, Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Research Scientist for Wisconsin’s Equity & Inclusion Laboratory. Cited as an Emerging Scholar by Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Brian is a National Academy of Education Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow, and National Science Foundation Early CAREER Award recipient. Dr. Burt examines the experiences of underrepresented students of color in engineering. The goal of his research is to understand what factors promote or turn students away from science pathways.

Oct. 30. STEMulating Diversity Praxis. Calkins Science Center auditorium. 3 p.m. GRCC Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

GRCC In the News, 10-30-19

Services held for Barry County couple killed in hit-and-run

Oct. 26, 2019; Hastings Reminder

Memorial services were held Friday for a couple originally from Barry County who were killed in a hit-and-run crash in Grand Rapids last weekend. … Tracy Curtiss Fuhr was a 1981 Thornapple Kellogg High School graduate who later attended Grand Rapids Community College.

‘It’s a nightmare:’ Professor’s arrest in death of son with severe autism rocks family

Oct. 29, 2019; MLive

OTTAWA COUNTY, MI – Samuel Koets, 16, had severe autism – he couldn’t talk or care for himself. To his parents, he was just their precious son.

… Last week, after nearly seven months of investigation by Ottawa County sheriff’s detectives, the father, a professor at Grand Rapids Community College, was charged with involuntary manslaughter, a 15-year felony.

College launching vehicle safety program

Oct. 28, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Several municipalities are partnering with a local college on a safety training program for commercial vehicle operators.

Grand Rapids Community College’s Public Works Academy in launching the program in collaboration with the cities of Grand Rapids, Kentwood and Grand Haven and the road commissions in Kent and Van Buren counties.

See all the career-focused academies in Grand Rapids Public Schools

Oct. 28, 2019; MLive

Grand Rapids Public Schools offers six career-focused academies on two campuses – five at Innovation Central High School and one at Ottawa Hills High School that opened this school year.

… Academy of Design & Construction

… Partnerships include:

… Grand Rapids Community College, Ferris State University’s Construction, Design, and Management Program, Michigan State University’s School of Planning, Design and Construction.

… Ottawa Hills’ first career academy only launched this school year. However, the graduation rates have been on the rise. Last school year, an early middle college program started at the school, allowing students to earn both their diploma and an associate degree from Grand Rapids Community College.

Super Chefs! Shannon and Sophie do Scotland proud

Oct. 29, 2019; North Edinburgh News

HNC Hospitality students eighteen-year-old Shannon McNeil and twenty-one-year-old Sophie Taylor won two gold, three silver, and two bronze medals at the Nations Cup held at the prestigious Secchia Institute for Culinary Education in the Grand Rapids, Michigan.

News at 11

Oct. 29, 2019; WWTV

Ferris State has a new addition to its coaching staff for men’s hoops, and it’s a northern Michigan native. … And he already has a strong connection with the head coach, Andy Bronkema. His brother, Luke Bronkema, will join the staff as an advanced scout. Luke is also a McBain native and he coached at Grand Rapids Community College for three seasons.

Magic, Michael, LeBron … Emoni Bates? Meet the 15-Year-Old Next in Line

Oct. 29, 2019; Sports Illustrated

He should not be on the cover of Sports Illustrated. You should not be reading about him. He is slipping out of his bi-level house in a Ypsilanti, Mich., subdivision in the morning darkness, wearing a hoodie and holding a fork and a plate of waffles and eggs, just a teenager who snagged a few extra minutes of sleep. He climbs into the passenger seat of his father’s Ford Expedition, because he isn’t old enough to drive himself to school yet. It’s another mundane day in the life of a sophomore high school basketball player, except this one has a goal: “To try to be the best player—ever.”

… This is why E.J. keeps his hands on every beaker and set of tongs. The Bateses chose Lincoln High largely because E.J. has known coach Jesse Davis since they were teammates at Grand Rapids Community College almost 30 years ago. Darryl Hudson, Emoni’s skill-development coach, has tutored him for 10 years. Ryan Sidney, who has also worked with Emoni, babysat him when he was one. They aced the auditions before they even knew they were trying out. Anybody who shows up now has to earn E.J.’s trust.

What to know about serving on Michigan’s redistricting commission

Oct. 29, 2019; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The state is now accepting applications for voters who want to serve on the new Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission, which was created by the passing of Proposal 2.

… On Tuesday, Benson held a press conference at Grand Rapids Community College to educate the public about the application process. She was joined by a leader of the group Voters Not Politicians, which championed the effort to get Proposal 2 on the 2018 ballot.

Learning opportunities for November

November is a time to be thankful  — thank goodness there are LOTS of Learning Opportunities coming up for employees to participate in and enjoy.

You can register — and get times, locations and session descriptions — online.


Friday November 1

Money Matters


Monday November 4

Screening Committee Training


Tuesday November 5

Under the Influence: Working Through Blindspots


Wednesday November 6 and Thursday November 7

MHFA – Mental Health First Aid


Friday November 8

Managing Workplace Stress and Anxiety


Monday November 11

Sexual Harrassment – How to Identify It and how to respond


Tuesday November 12

Performance Evaluation Feedback


Thursday November 14

GRCC Accounts & You


Friday November 15

25Live Pro Training

Nutrition 101


Tuesday November 19

G Suite for Education


Friday November 22

CPR/AED/First Aid Training

TRIO hosts fundraiser to help Haitian student

TRIO Student Support Services and the Power of Education are hosting their annual Donuts and Apples fundraiser!  This is our 9th year supporting the Power of Education and the amazing work they do in Haiti.  Our fundraiser is for Samuel and will cover the cost of his tuition, uniforms, books, supplies and medical/dental costs.  Our goal is to raise $600!  We will be selling donuts and apples 11 am to 2 pm today through Thursday, October 31st in the following locations:

  • 1st floor Student Community Center
  • 4th floor RJF
  • 1st floor Calkins Science Building

We accept cash and Raider card.  $1 for either a donut OR an apple.  $1.50 for donut and an apple.

Thank you for your support!  Samuel says thank you too!

Fall fun for GRCC employees

The annual fall employee engagement event is joining the Benefits Fair once again this year. This year we’re trying something new and different and having a ..

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Stop by to make your own tasty treat with apple quarters to dip in various toppings!

Bring a coworker and enjoy coffee or a chai latte together and mingle with friends from around the college!

Wednesday October 30 from 11:30am-1:30pm in ATC (1st floor Atrium)

Looking forward to seeing you there!