Registration for the Cultural Competence Institute opens on April 1

Purchase a ticket at: http://GRCCequity.eventbrite.com

The registration fee is $100

Professional development opportunities related to equity focus on the people at the very beginning of the awareness process and fail to facilitate growth for people who see themselves as potential equity leaders. The next edition of the Cultural Competence Institute focuses on a deeper understanding of access and inclusion and how to transform organizational culture.

Guest Faculty:

Dr. Paul Gorski, founder of the Equity Literacy Institute and EdChange, has published more than 70 articles and has written, co-written, or co-edited twelve books on various aspects of educational equity. Paul is the author of the Multicultural Pavilion, an online compendium of free resources for educators.

Paul earned a Ph.D. in Educational Evaluation at the University of Virginia and has served as a teacher-educator at several universities for 15 years.

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Road Closure Notice – Ransom Ave NE

This is work that will occur in front of the SICE loading area at the ATC.

STREET NAMERansom Ave NE
WHEREFountain St NE to Lyon St NE
DESCRIPTION OF WORKUrgent utility repair for a GRCC building on the east side of Ransom Ave.
CLOSURE TYPENorthbound lane shift into the center turn lane.  Maintain both traffic directions and pedestrian detour to the west side sidewalk.
DETOUR ROUTEN/A
STARTTuesday, March 30, 2021 – 8:00 AM
ENDFriday, April 9, 2021 – 4:00 PM
CONTACT NAMEBrad Waayenberg
CONTACT COMPANYVelting Contractors, Inc.
CONTACT NUMBER OR EMAILbradw@velting.com

Workforce Wednesday: Stephan Paul says Computer Support Technician Job Training Program ‘one of the best experiences of my life’

Stephan "Stevie" Paul smiling at the camera.

GRCC Workforce Training programs provide in-demand skills leading to rewarding careers. Each Wednesday we’ll meet students who are heading down an educational pathway and changing their lives by earning occupational certificates.

Stephan “Stevie” Paul, had an associate degree but was having trouble obtaining a job due to his lack of real-world, hands-on experience.  

“At this point I needed to seek an education that would give me experience. I researched and toured several educational centers that offer hands-on training. All were well out of my price range as I am the sole income provider for my family. My wife provides care for our son and we have twin daughters who have major health issues. While on the GRCC website I found exactly what I was looking for.”

Paul is now graduate of the Computer Support Technician Job Training Program.

“I feel very blessed that I was able to participate in this program for it changed my life. The class truly was one of the best experiences of my life.”

Paul is currently a systems administrator at Flat River Group, which has been recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing companies in both 2016 and 2017. 

“Not only was this program exactly what I was looking for, but it was more than I expected,” he said. “I realized I had neglected all that goes into ‘job training.’ 

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Reminder: Classroom Technology Updates and Hyflex Teaching session on March 25

Thursday, 3/25/2021    

4-5 p.m. ~ In-Person & Virtual

This session will provide an overview of the new teaching technology that has been installed in over 100 classrooms on campus. It will also include a demonstration of ways that this technology can be applied to use a hyflex model, providing the instructor with the option of having students attend/participate in the classroom or remotely.

Register via the Professional Development tile in your  Online Center account.

GRCC’s Fratzke Early Childhood Center recognized

 Laboratory preschool filled with children and a couple students.

Grand Rapids Community College’s Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory has again received recognition as one of the top programs in the nation.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children recently renewed the program’s accreditation — a recognition that less than 10 percent of all child-care centers, preschools and kindergartens achieve.

The process for NAEYC accreditation is rigorous and includes intensive studies and on-site visits.

“NAEYC-accredited programs bring our definitions of excellence for early childhood education to life each day,” said Kristen Johnson, the association’s senior director of Early Learning Program Accreditation.

The laboratory preschool, which serves children ages 6 weeks to 6 years, is the heart of GRCC’s Child Development and Education Department. It provides GRCC students with opportunities to work with children under the guidance of instructors in a model early childhood program. Located at 210 Lyon St. NE, it was the first in West Michigan to have a State 5-Star Quality Rating.

“We are proud to share that, despite a global pandemic, the Early Childhood Learning Laboratory is able to consistently provide a high-quality learning experience for young children,” said Rebecca Brinks, department head. “Our program also allows future teachers to interact with highly qualified mentors while observing and participating in the delivery of effect curriculum for young children.”

Classroom Technology Updates and Hyflex Teaching

Thursday, 3/25/2021    

4-5 p.m. ~ In-Person & Virtual

This session will provide an overview of the new teaching technology that has been installed in over 100 classrooms on campus. It will also include a demonstration of ways that this technology can be applied to use a hyflex model, providing the instructor with the option of having students attend/participate in the classroom or remotely.

Register via the Professional Development tile in your  Online Center account.

Reminder: ADHD Goes to College webinar on 3/24

Wednesday, 3/24/2021

1-2 p.m. ~ Virtual

This webinar presentation will include the neuroscience of ADHD; discuss how impulsivity, inattention and hyperactivity can translate into academic, psychological, social and adjustment difficulties for college students; and offer evidence-based recommendations for college students to manage ADHD.

Register via the Professional Development tile in your Online Center account.

Past and Present: Anti-Asian Sentiment & Racism: What we can do about it now!

MAPAAC hosts a panel of speakers who will discuss the historical aspects of racism, discriminatory policies against Asian Americans, current Anti-Asian sentiment, and violence during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Friday, March 26, 2021, at 4 p.m.

Register in advance: Bit.ly/3kD29k1

Speakers:

  • Roland Wang, Professor, Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies, University of Michigan
  • Melissa May Borja, Assistant Professor, Department of American Culture, University of Michigan
  • Sunita Doddamani, Michigan Assistant Attorney General, Hate Crimes Unit
  • Lori Vinson, Michigan Department of Civil Rights

This event is free and open to the public.

Six GRCC students named semifinalists for prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation national transfer scholarship

Picture of streetlight banner with a smiling student.

Grand Rapids Community College students account for nearly half of Michigan’s 2021 semifinalists for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s highly competitive undergraduate transfer scholarship.

The Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship provides recipients up to $40,000 annually for up to three years, comprehensive educational advising, and the chance to connect with their fellow Cooke Scholars. It is among the largest private awards in the nation for students transferring from a community college.

The foundation announced 406 semifinalists late last month, selected from more than 1,500 applications that represent 398 community colleges. 

Michigan had 15 students reach the semifinalist level, including six from GRCC:

• Cayden Beardslee.
• Destiny Carrera.
• Nicholas Cetlinski.
• Gideon Kortenhoven.
• Deidre Mitchell.
• Paulo Zepeda.

“I am extremely proud to not just see GRCC students named semifinalists, but to see so many achieve this honor during a very challenging time for them and for our community,” GRCC President Bill Pink. “This is also a reflection of the faculty and staff who were determined to help students be successful, overcoming the obstacles all of us faced.” 

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ADHD Goes to College

Wednesday, 3/24/2021

1-2 p.m. ~ Virtual

This webinar presentation will include the neuroscience of ADHD; discuss how impulsivity, inattention and hyperactivity can translate into academic, psychological, social and adjustment difficulties for college students; and offer evidence-based recommendations for college students to manage ADHD.

Register via the Professional Development tile in your Online Center account.

GRCC earns national award for campaign encouraging students to stay on track during pandemic

Picture of smiling student with the logo: Fill the Gap GRCC.

The GRCC Communications Team was honored by a national college communications and marketing organization for a campaign encouraging students considering taking a gap year due to the pandemic to instead take classes at GRCC.

The “Fill the Gap” campaign earned first place in the Paragon Awards from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations in the Successful Recruitment or Marketing Program category. The awards were presented during a virtual ceremony on Wednesday.

The campaign included a series of 20 social media posts running in May and June, supported by information on the GRCC website.

“Your objectives are spot-on,” judges wrote. “Great idea to try to combat the gap year and communicate the affordability factor. Awesome diversity representation.”

The campaign featured portraits of GRCC students, considered reasons why a student would contemplate a gap year, and countered every one with an example of why a community college would be a better option for them. It shared the educational and financial benefits of gaining transferrable credits at GRCC rather than taking a year off.

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