GRCC In the News, 7-8-20

GRCC unveils plan for fall semester

July 8, 2020; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS — School officials tell us so far fall enrollment is down, not just at GRCC but across the nation and their hope is that by offering these new flexible options, students will feel more comfortable enrolling.

Maker Skills

July 7, 2020; dbusiness

Well-paying jobs are going unfilled in Michigan due to a lack of skilled workers in the manufacturing sector. Educators say a stigma has developed around jobs that involve working with one’s hands, often referred to as the maker space.

… In addition, the image of old-school production jobs that were more about brawn than brains has hurt recruitment efforts. Pam Miller, associate dean at the Grand Rapids Community College School of Workforce Development, says over the past 20 years, many parents have encouraged their children to pursue four-year college degrees rather than follow in their footsteps to assembly or production environments. “We (have) to kind of change the narrative around the dinner table, around the water cooler,” Chatman says.

The ‘Year of the Nurse’

July 7, 2020; Grand Rapids Magazine

The World Health Organization designated 2020 as the “year of the nurse,” in honor of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, who would become the “mother of modern-day nursing.”

… One area of investment that is essential is in training and adequate support for nurses. Renae Potts, RN, assistant professor at Grand Rapids Community College, said nurses are “more autonomous than ever before” and “must have exquisite assessment skills to pick up on subtle changes in their patient’s condition.”

One Good Thing: GRCC Student Alliance donates to food pantry

July 7, 2020; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — Big ups to Grand Rapids Community College students for work they’ve done during the pandemic.

El Concilio Hispano de Kalamazoo aclara dudas sobre DACA en entrevista virtual

July 7, 2020; La Prensa

Después del fallo de la Corte Suprema a favor de la Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA), la pregunta es ¿qué sigue? El Concilio Hispano Americano de Kalamazoo, MI aclara esta duda y muchas más en la transmisión en vivo por facebook: Hablemos de DACA, en donde se contó con la participación de la abogada Rebeca Ontiveros-Chávez de MIRC (Centro de Derechos de Inmigrantes de Michigan) y dos beneficiados del programa: Kevin Vázquez y César Pacheco.

… Originario de Guadalajara, Jalisco, Kevin llegó a Estados Unidos a los 8 años y no fue sino hasta que se graduó de la preparatoria cuando se entero que no podía trabajar ni obtener una beca para ir a la universidad porque su seguro social no se lo permitía. Vivió una situación muy complicada al  no poder seguir avanzando. Cuando llego DACA su vida cambio por completo porque pudo salir a trabajar y pagar su beca para estudiar en GRCC y posteriormente en Western Michigan University, actualmente trabaja en recursos humanos en  City Hall de Grand Rapids.

(After the Supreme Court ruling in favor of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the question is: What’s next? The Hispanic American Council of Kalamazoo, MI, clarifies this question and many more in a live broadcast on Facebook: “Let’s talk about DACA,” where the lawyer Rebeca Ontiveros-Chávez from MIRC (Center for Michigan Immigrant Rights) participated along with two beneficiaries of the program: Kevin Vázquez and César Pacheco.

… Originally from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Kevin came to the United States at age 8 and it wasn’t until he graduated from high school that he found out that he couldn’t work or get a scholarship to go to college because his social security didn’t tell him. He lived a very complicated situation when he could not continue advancing. When DACA arrived, his life changed completely because he was able to go out to work and study at GRCC and later at Western Michigan University. Currently, he works in Human Resources at City Hall in Grand Rapids.)

Buddy’s Best: Where Are They Now? Chris Gomes went from laying the foundation for football success at New Bedford to constructing buildings in Rhode Island

July 7, 2020; South Coast Today (New Bedford, Mass.)

Chris Gomes has mixed emotions when he looks back on his days of playing football at New Bedford High in the 1990s.

… Gomes, a future Gridiron Hall of Famer, went on to play two years of linebacker for Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan.

Policy updates

Policy Meeting

June 2020

11.1a Food and Beverage

No changes

14.13 Communicable Diseases

Updated definition for Communicable Diseases to match Michigan Public Health Code

14.15 Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect

No changes

3.2 Non-Discrimination on Basis of Disability

  • Throughout policy: Changing references to “faculty and/or staff” to “Employees (faculty and staff)”, with the exception of specific references to classroom faculty.
  • Section X.A.2: Clarifying expectation that a student may choose to send the accommodations letter to any faculty member if they want accommodations in that class, and that accommodations are effective from the time the letter is sent to the faculty member.
  • Section X.B.2.a: Clarifying when to contact Student Life & Conduct if you believe a student has discriminated against you on the basis of a disability
  • Section X.B.2.c: Clarifying process to instruct students they should contact DSS advisor/counselor first, along with faculty member, if there are issues with implementation of an accommodation.
  • Section X.B.2.d: Include process of how to address “other” disability-based discrimination, to acknowledge that denial of an accommodation may be one form of disability-based discrimination.
  • Section XIII. Update policy history to reflect these changes.

4.1 Development & Issuance of College Admin. Policies

  • Section X.B. – added Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer to list of Policy Advisory Committee members

For more information, please visit the policy website.