Departments encouraged to sign up for Involvement Day

Campus Activities Board is planning an Involvement Day for Winter Welcome Week, Wednesday, January 22, at Ford Fieldhouse from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Student organizations and student services departments are encouraged to sign up and table at the event. For questions about the event itself please contact CAB President Jocelyn Medina at

You can register online.

GRCC In the News, 1-8-20

West Michigan professor on national TV, says he’s unfairly charged in son’s pool death

Jan. 7, 2020; MLive

JENISON, MI — An assistant college professor, in a national television interview, claimed that authorities are treating him unfairly by charging him in the pool drowning of a son with autism.

… It was the first public interview given by Koets, an assistant professor at Grand Rapids Community College, since he was charged with involuntary manslaughter in October.

Rees Scholarship Foundation Awards $85,500 to Aid Aspiring HVACR Technicians

Jan. 8, 2020; Engineering Systems Magazine

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) and ACCA, announced scholarship awards totaling $85,500 to 49 students, including seven military veterans, studying to become technicians in the HVACR and water heating industries.

… HVACR and Water Heating Technician Program Recipients:

… Henry Kuhfeldt, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, Michigan;

Tossing for aces

Jan. 7, 2020;

If Kyle Klein could give other disc golfers hoping for success one piece of advice, it would be that nothing comes easy. Something Kyle knows about first hand.

… The success Kyle has had on the course hasn’t clouded his academic future. With his winnings from disc golf competitions, Kyle will be able to pay for school at Grand Rapids Community College out of pocket as he goes. Kyle plans to attend college in the disc golf off season, saving money to pay for it during the competitive months.

Sign up for Mental Health First Aid training

Spots are still available for the January 22 (12-5 p.m.) and January 23 (8 a.m.-1 p.m.) sessions for Mental Health First Aid training.

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course (divided into two 4-hour segments) that teaches you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders in adults (ages 18 and older). The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or is experiencing a crisis.

Participants in the November training had this to say about their experience:

“This training required the participants to step out of their comfort zone and have somewhat uncomfortable but necessary conversations regarding mental health. Conversation and sharing helped me realize that my own experiences were not that different than those of others in the group.” 

“I took this workshop to be sure I was using the correct verbage and steps necessary to assist a student appropriately in a crisis situation. I had always wondered if I was saying the right things to them and was I taking the right steps to assist a student in a crisis. I was glad to find out that I was saying the right things and taking correct actions and I was also able to practice a discussion with a pretend student in a suicide crisis. Which I found it was not easy for me, but now I know what I must say and take action.”

“The Mental Health First Aid training is a valuable opportunity for all employees at GRCC. The training is beneficial for the work we do at the College as well as within our personal lives.”

“I’m glad to see training provided on another facet of first aid. If training exists for first responders to physical crisis, it makes sense that we are trained for those in mental/psychological crisis.”

Lunch will be served to kick off the first day and breakfast will be offered the following morning.

Register online.