GRCC In the News, 5-26-20

Grand Rapids CC wins conference all-sports award named after former school leader

May 23, 2020; MLive

Grand Rapids Community College was the most successful sports program in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association this school year to earn the Charlie Chanter All-Sports Award.

Michigan community colleges look ahead to fall enrollment, consider hybrid course strategies

May 23, 2020; MLive

When the Great Recession hit in 2008, community colleges saw record enrollment rates amid widespread layoffs and unemployment, says Mike Hansen, president of the Michigan Community Colleges Association (MCCA).

… Grand Rapids Community College announced that the fall 2020 semester will consist of a robust schedule of hybrid and enhanced distance learning options as administrators plan to offer some classes on campus. GRCC will deliver instruction for most classes online for a second seven-week summer session, which begins June 30, but some classes in the School of Workforce Development and Job Training programs will be offered on campus.

How Grand Rapids remade its craft beer scene into the best in the nation

April 26, 2020;

There are more than 7,000 breweries in the US, and the number is only growing. In some parts of the country, it feels like a new craft brewery opens up every week. Only one city, however, rightfully goes by the moniker Beer City USA, and that’s Grand Rapids, Michigan.

… These days, the city draws students from around the nation interested in learning the craft of brew. At Grand Rapids Community College, the Fountain Hill Brewery is operated by students studying towards their Craft Brewing, Packaging, and Service Operations certificates — and if you visit on a Wednesday or Thursday evening, you can put their study skills to the test in the taproom.

Sports briefs: Pit Spitters opener, LLRC, Amanda Bandrowksi

May 23, 2020; Traverse City Record-Eagle

… TC Central baseball players thriving at next level

TRAVERSE CITY — Numerous Traverse City Central baseball players enjoyed standout collegiate seasons, despite the campaign being shortened by coronavirus.

Sam Briggs hit .500 with six runs and four steals at Grand Rapids Community College, while Jake Ryan had three RBIs and six walks in seven games and Sam Schmitt logged three hits and four runs in seven games.

Faculty panel to examine remote instruction on May 27

No one actually planned to teach remotely this past winter semester, but in the middle of March, and within just a few days, we found ourselves shifting unexpectedly from face-to-face to remote instruction. This sudden shift required many of us to quickly learn and adopt new tools, methods, and processes in an effort to continue providing students with continuity of instruction and support.

We have asked a few faculty colleagues to share their experiences in an upcoming DLIT panel discussion on the topic: Remote Teaching – Lessons Learned. This panel discussion will focus on what we did, what worked, what didn’t work so well, and what we need to consider going forward.

Garry Brand will be facilitating the discussion along with panelists: Steve Abid, Christine Dobberstein, and Tamara Scott. I hope you will join us, share your own experiences, and lessons learned.

What: Faculty Panel Discussion: Remote Teaching – Lessons Learned

When: Wednesday, May 27, 2020 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Where: Online via Zoom.

You may also register for the event though the CTE Professional Development Registration webpage. Hope to see you then!

A link to a recording of this session will be posted to the DLIT Blog following the session along with previous panel discussions, including Assessing Learning Online and GRCC Distance Learning Standards.


Take care of yourselves!

Deadline for Excellence in Education Awards extended to June 5

The deadline for the Excellence in Education Awards is quickly approaching! Anyone can nominate!

This year, all nomination forms and signatures have gone online.The process will be easier, faster and more convenient. Even from home!

Visit the Excellence in Education website to get started!

Please submit nomination documentation and signatures of support by Friday, June 5.

Questions? More information?

Thank you for taking the time to nominate a deserving member of the GRCC family for these awards.