GRCC Job Training team at Comic-Con to share how essential job skills turn students into real-life heroes

GRCC Job Training student holding Thor's hammer.

Come to the Grand Rapids Comic-Con Summer Bash this weekend dressed like a pretend superhero, and leave ready to gain the skills to become a real one – and maybe even win a special replica of Thor’s famed hammer!

Members of the Grand Rapids Community College Job Training team will be at the event from Friday to Sunday in the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids, showing off sci-fi-themed projects they’ve created in the college’s labs and sharing how the skills used to produce them lead to rewarding careers.

Faculty and staff will be on hand to talk about Information Technology and Machine Tooling classes. Guests can get a close look at projects that include replicas of Iron Man’s mask, Star Wars lightsabers, and Mjolnir, Thor’s hammer.

Guests can enter a free drawing to win Mjolnir, designed and created using a combination of CNC milling and turning machines in the new state-of-the-art manufacturing lab in GRCC’s Wisner- Bottrall Applied Technology Center.

According to legend, only those “deemed worthy” are able to lift Mjolnir. Guests are invited to stop by the GRCC Job Training booth and test their worthiness, pose for photos and enter their name for the drawing.

“Many of the people attending Comic-Con will be interested in learning about the skills used to create these projects, and might not be aware programs are available at GRCC,” said Andrew Beach, CNC machine tooling instructor. “These 18-week programs will prepare students for rewarding careers in automotive, aerospace, health care and other essential fields.”

GRCC Job Training team members will be in booth 116. Event hours are noon to 8 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday at the DeltaPlex, 2500 Turner Ave. NW in Grand Rapids.

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