GRCC In the News, 11-26-19

GRCC partnering with area cities on training for public works, other jobs

Nov. 25, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — After hearing from cities and community organizations, Grand Rapids Community College is starting a training program in 2020 targeting jobs related to water, public works, clean energy and river restoration projects.

GRCC Starting Training Program for Municipal Water System Maintenance With Grant

Nov. 25, 2019; Pumps & Systems

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College will start a training program focused on jobs related to water, public works, clean energy and river restoration projects with a $150,000 grant from JPMorgan Chase.

GRCC to start training program for municipal water system maintenance with JPMorgan Chase grant

Nov. 26, 2019; Informed Infrastructure

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College will start a training program focused on jobs related to water, public works, clean energy and river restoration projects with a $150,000 grant from JPMorgan Chase.

Registration now open for Winter, Spring learning opportunities

Sessions January through May 2020 are now available for enrollment.

And don’t forget to flip your fliers, folks — the Winter and Spring 2020 offerings are on the other side!

But don’t get ahead of yourselves quite yet, there’s still a few sessions left in December!


Tuesday December 3

Budget 101


Wednesday December 4

GRCC Purchasing Policy


Friday December 6

Grief and Providing Support


Tuesday December 10

Active Shooter Response Training


Wednesday December 11

Emotional Intelligence


Nursing Department sponsoring blood drive on Dec. 3

The holidays are a busy time for everyone. Many people travel, which unfortunately can lead to more accidents and fewer blood donations. Will you please consider giving the gift of life this December? Sign up online, or come when you can, walk-ins are welcome! Donors will receive a free pizza coupon from Hungry Howies, and will also get a voucher for “BOGO” Griffins tickets for any game in the 2019-2020 season!

Tuesday, December 3, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Student Center Room 205/207 (right inside the Raider Grille)

You can sign up online.

Season of giving. Donate blood today! Tuesday, December 3, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Grand Rapids Community college blood drive. Location: Student Center room 205/207 (right inside the Raider Grille). Hosted by the Nursing Department! Two promotions! Everyone who signs in to donate receives a coupon for a free pizza and a “buy one, get one” ticket voucher for any Griffins game in 2019-2020! Appointments preferred. Call 866-MIBLOOC or visit Walk-ins welcome. Helpful tip: Make sure to eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of water before donating. Versiti Blood Center of Michigan.

GRCC In the News, 11-25-19

Laptop vending machine planned for Crown

Nov. 24, 2019; Evanston Now (Ill.)

The library at the new Robert Crown Community Center will offer a vending machine that patrons can use to check out laptop computers for use in the building, assuming Evanston aldermen approve the $27,390 purchase Monday night.

… Library vending machines for computers have been around  for several years and have been used at locations ranging from Drexel University in Philadelphia and  Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan to the San Francisco Public Library.

Encourage students to apply to Honors Program

GRCC faculty – do you have students in your class who would benefit from being immersed into a community of students who not only want to earn a degree, but gain skills and experience to help them have a competitive edge when transferring or for their next job?

Please encourage your students to apply to the GRCC Honors Program.

Students can apply online.

Students participating in the program will:

  • Receive (2) scholarships of $250 dollars.
  • Have access to a dedicated advisor and resources.
  • Have access to newly renovated space designed for individual study and group meetings.
  • Participate in courses and activities that develop leadership, research, and community engagement skills.
  • Be provided an enhanced learning experience in your courses through creating collaborative projects with faculty on topics you’re interested in.
  • Have the opportunity to attend a professional conference.

Most importantly, what students can do with what they know is the most critical outcome of the Honors Program.  Program completion involves students working in a group environment to prepare and present a research project linking knowledge or skills acquired in work, community or research with knowledge acquired in one or more fields of study, and collectively communicating thier findings through a structured oral presentation.

Examples of group research projects include:

  • Creating a marketing campaign on how the simple act of not using plastic straws can have a significant effect on our environment.
  • Creating a community garden on campus to support our Food Pantry.
  • Educating homeowners on helpful ways to reduce biocides.
  • Creating an educational video for kids teaching them the food cycle.

You can find more information online or contact Michael Schavey at

A student takes notes at a table in Cook Hall.

GRCC In the News, 11-22-19

East of Grand Rapids, local race gets early momentum

Nov. 21, 2019; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Since U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, I-Grand Rapids, broke from the Republican party on the Fourth of July, national pundits and even President Donald Trump have given their predictions for the future of Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District.

… (Brandon) Sinclair has a lengthier resume than most 20-somethings. This recent graduate of Grand Rapids Community College and Ferris State University studied business administration. He also served as an executive at the Michigan Department of the Attorney General, working on human trafficking issues. Sinclair also worked for the Kent GOP, volunteered for the GRCC Foundation Board, and earned his Eagle Scout certification.

Northeast swept by Grand Rapids at National Tournament

Nov. 21, 2019; KTIC

CHARLESTON, W.V. – Critical errors proved to be costly for the Northeast Community College volleyball team on Thursday.

Grand Rapids Community College ultimately capitalized on the miscues by the Hawks (21-17) to take the opening round match in three sets (25-23, 25-18 and 25-23) in the NJCAA DII Volleyball National Tournament at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston, W.V.

Q&A: Yoshi Saka and Matt Swiontek

Nov. 1, 2019; Grand Rapids Magazine

During last winter’s polar vortex, a group of dedicated fitness enthusiasts headed outdoors at 6:01 a.m. for an invigorating workout. They are part of the November Project, a workout community that has chapters across the country.

… Today, the group meets weekly on Wednesdays at 6:01 a.m. — no matter the weather — at the corner of Lyon Street and Bostwick Avenue by the Grand Rapids Community College Ford Fieldhouse. Typically, 30-40 people show up for the just over 30-minute workouts, which are a mix of running and bodyweight exercises arranged in a circuit “so no one gets left behind.”

How Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens are getting an unusual boost from a Michigan high school

Nov. 21, 2019; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI – Lamar Jackson won the Heisman Trophy at Louisville and he’s emerged as a frontrunner to capture the NFL MVP award as a revolutionary quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens.

… “Against Rockford in 2007, when they beat (Muskegon) in the game that was televised nationally, I was really frustrated by the fact that they attacked us so much and a lot of times when you’re in a spread set, you’re reducing the box a little bit and so I was trying to kind of think of a way to not make the box so cluttered,” recalled (Tony) Annese, the current Ferris State head coach, who built the No. 2 nationally ranked Bulldogs into a powerhouse after a successful stint at Grand Rapids Community College following his Muskegon High coaching tenure.

Photos from Latinx Alumni and Student Dinner

The inaugural Latinx Alumni and Student Dinner was held Nov. 14 with special guests Jennifer Smith, Sonya Hernandez, Hannah Castanon, Jocelyn Medina and Natalie Alvarado. Students and alumni enjoyed networking while listening to music by the Son de Mexico and sharing a dinner catered by El Granjero Mexican Grill restaurant.

A special thank you from event organizers to:

  • The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
  • ALAS.
  • The Hispanic Student Organization.
  • Bayard Brooks
  • Secchia Banquets and Catering at GRCC.

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December learning opportunities

There are still a handful of learning opportunity sessions available to participate in before the end of this year. You can sign up online.

Note: you can begin registering for Winter & Spring 2020 learning opportunities beginning Tuesday, November 26!


Tuesday December 3

Budget 101


Wednesday December 4

GRCC Purchasing Policy


Friday December 6

Grief & Providing Support


Tuesday December 10

Active Shooter Response Training (evening session)


Wednesday December 11

Emotional Intelligence

Toothbrush sale orders due before Nov. 23

GRCC’s Dental Assisting Club is holding a toothbrush sale. To order, email before Nov. 23.

Items for sale:

  • 12 adult manual brushes for $10.
  • 12 child manual brushes for $10.
  • 12 toddle manual brushes for $10.
  • 6 adult manual brushes for $5.
  • 6 child manual brushes for $5.
  • 6 toddler manual brushes for $5.
  • Powerbrush for $80.
  • Packages of whitening strips for $35

Employee referrals are important resource for job candidate pools

The Human Resources department has begun to more closely track their recruitment sources:

  • September had 144 applicants for 6 job postings.
  • October had 295 applicants for 9 job postings.
  • Our top recruitment sources were all internal: the GRCC Jobs Webpage, All Staff Emails, and Employee Referrals.

With employee referrals being such a significant resource for our candidate pools, we would like to extend a THANK YOU to everyone who encourages others to apply to our great institution. GRCC is a great place to work and learn!