Learning Day

Learning Day registration is now open and will close Monday, December 6 at 5 p.m. Registration and session information can be found on the Learning Day website.

https://www.grcc.edu/faculty-staff/center-teaching-excellence/annual-events/learning-day

Professional Development Hours at Learning Day
In order to document professional development, staff are required to self-report professional development hours.  This does not apply to faculty.
If you have any questions contact angelasalinas@grcc.edu

Leadership Institute is back

Leadership Institute is now accepting applications for the 2022 cohort.

Consider joining this 12-month leadership program committed to strengthening new or emerging leaders from across campus. This program is geared to foster a deeper understanding of the campus community as well as accelerate talent development and hone individual and team leadership skills.

The Leadership Institute is designed for employees who have the capacity and desire to make a positive influence on campus. The 2022 application deadline is Friday December 3, 2021.

For more information and the application, please visit the Leadership Institute webpage or contact angelasalinas@grcc.edu or lcaulk@grcc.edu

Student organization advisors needed

Looking to get more involved on campus? Ever considered advising a student organization? At times, new student organizations are without a staff/faculty advisor.

Student Life is looking to collect a list of potential advisors to use to refer student organization leaders in need of an advisor! Does this sound interesting to you? Fill out this form to let us know!

Prospective Faculty/Staff Advisor

GRCC and LMCU – a Max Advantage for employees

Join LMCU experts for the Home Buying Guidance (virtual) session on December 1. Get your questions answered for first time home buyers, refinance, and more.

People in Lake Michigan Credit Union.

Earn more and pay less with Lake Michigan Credit Union – rated One of the Best Return of Member among credit unions in the nation.*

Lake Michigan Credit Union is proud to partner with GRCC, to bring exclusive benefits to you through our MaxAdvantage program. In addition to earning 3% on your Max Checking account and paying less with our low mortgage rates, you will receive $150 off your mortgage closing costs.

You’ll also have exclusive access to our VIP Services program.

See why over 500,000 members already love Lake Michigan Credit Union!

Learn More

*Callahan and Associates–March 2021 

Lake Michigan Credit Union logo.

Raider Salute from the Gold Team

The Gold Team is an advisory team supported by the college to keep GRCC retirees engaged with GRCC.  Our liaison for the past 3 years has been Angela Salinas from HR. 

Not only has she been stellar at dealing with retirees, but she has also had to navigate keeping things going during the pandemic and her own personal challenges.  Angela, we SALUTE YOU and thank you for your continued support!

My Story Started at GRCC: Parker Wonser creates device helping musicians capture ideas

GRCC alumnus Parker Wonser smiling.

Start at GRCC and go anywhere. Every former student has a story to tell about how GRCC gave them the education and opportunity to be successful.

GRCC alumnus Parker Wonser loves music. But his passion goes beyond listening – he works to help musicians create it.

“My first experience messing around with the revolutionary OP-1 Swedish synthesizer blew my mind,” he said. “The OP-1 broke every rule I had preconceived about music composition and taught me to think outside the box.”

That epiphany inspired him to create the uRiff Magnet, a device targeted to intermediate-level musicians that helps them break down the musical expression process into two steps: finding pitch and adding rhythm.

“It enables musicians to express and capture musical ideas in their own way – anytime, anywhere,” Wonser said. “Bone-conductive technology makes the entire process entirely silent to bystanders, making it great for mobile brainstorming.”

Creating the uRiff Magnet took him a year of designing and processing feedback from more than 200 musicians.

“Exploring and creating countless prototypes was a fun challenge,” he said. “Initial concepts ranged from mimicking a conductor with an electric wand all the way to telepathic devices.”

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Paella available at 12:30 today at Art & Bev’s

Chefs making 510 ham and cheese sandwiches.

Chefs from around the area are learning how to set up kitchens and prepare meals as part of a relief effort during a crisis.

After making 510 ham and cheese sandwiches in under an hour on Monday, the chefs today are learning how to make large bins of paella – and are sharing their work with GRCC students and employees. Paella is a Spanish dish that includes rice and a wide variety of other ingredients mixed in.

The paella will be shared with the first 75 people at Art & Bev’s in the Wisner- Bottrall Applied Technology Center starting at 12:30 p.m.

The training is the result of a partnership with The City of Grand Rapids and the World Central Kitchen, which trains chefs around the world to prepare meals for responders and those affected by disasters.

GRCC In the News 11/23/2021

New scholarship available for front-liners ineligible for federal aid

11/22/21; secondwavemedia.com

A new scholarship will create a tuition-free pathway for essential workers not eligible for federal financial aid.

… At Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC), the scholarship can be used as early as the Winter 2022 semester, and registration for classes is now open.

Local chefs train to run disaster relief kitchens

11/22/21; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A sandwich assembly line is not the kind of place you would normally find chef Jennifer Fillenworth.

Fillenworth is an executive chef at Root Farmacy in Grand Rapids and an adjunct instructor at Grand Rapid Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education. She, as well as a few dozen other local chefs, joined the sandwich line Monday to learn the ins and outs of helping people when they need it most.

Food relief organization holds training on preparing food in disaster events

11/22/21; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — To help prepare people for disaster events, World Central Kitchen (WCK) is holding training for those interested in learning how to cook large amounts of food for many people.

… In Grand Rapids, WCK scheduled two training opportunities that cover a variety of skills, including volunteer management, sandwich-making, mass production and distribution logistics. One program was held on Monday in the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education kitchen.

Chefs training for disaster relief kitchens

11/23/21; WOOD Radio

A group of local chefs are learning the ins and outs of running a disaster relief kitchen.

Grand Rapids Community College held a two day disaster training with World Central Kitchen, an international relief agency that gets disaster victims food across the globe.

Payroll Thanksgiving reminder

As we prepare to enjoy some time away from work next week for the Thanksgiving campus closure starting on Wednesday, 11/24/21, the Payroll Team has a reminder about your timesheets for the 12/10/21 pay date (for the pay period of 11/15-11/28/21). We don’t want the due dates to sneak up on you post-break!

While timesheets are still due by Monday, 11/29/21, many employees (students, especially!) are in the habit of submitting them at the end of the pay period. Since we will all be out on Friday, 11/26/21, you might want to submit your timesheet by Tuesday, 11/23/21 (or today if you’re out all of next week). Please take whatever steps are necessary to ensure that the most accurate version of your timesheet is submitted by Monday, 11/29/21.

And, supervisors, if you’re out for any additional time around this shutdown, please ensure you have a backup approver in place to review and approve timesheets by the deadline of Tuesday, 11/30/21. More information on setting up a backup approver can be found here.

Learning Day

Learning Day registration is now open and will close Monday, December 6 at 5 p.m. Registration and session information can be found on the Learning Day website.

https://www.grcc.edu/faculty-staff/center-teaching-excellence/annual-events/learning-day

Professional Development Hours at Learning Day
In order to document professional development, staff are required to self-report professional development hours.  This does not apply to faculty.
If you have any questions contact angelasalinas@grcc.edu

New MI ECHO scholarship provides tuition-free pathway to GRCC for essential workers not eligible for federal financial aid

GRCC sign in front of tree with yellow fall leaves.

A new scholarship is providing a tuition-free pathway for essential workers not eligible for federal financial aid, putting a life-changing education within reach for more people.

The Michigan Equity, Courage, Hope, and Opportunity Scholarship – MI ECHO — is designed to serve Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients, Temporary Protected Status immigrants, Special Immigrant Juveniles, and others who are excluded from most traditional financial aid opportunities.

The scholarship is funded by private donors and philanthropic organizations and administered by the Michigan College Action Network, a Lansing-based advocacy group focused on increasing college readiness, participation and completion, especially among low-income, first-generation college students as well as students of color.

MI ECHO is for people who cannot access federal financial aid and who worked in an essential job during the COVID-19 pandemic, starting with the March 2020 shutdown. Candidates must live in Michigan and be eligible for acceptance into a certificate or associate degree program and cannot have previously earned an associate or bachelor’s degree in any country.

It can be used as early as the Winter 2022 semester, and registration for classes is now open.

“Our community grows stronger when everyone has access to higher education,” said Tina Hoxie, GRCC’s associate provost and dean of Student Affairs. “Futures for Frontliners and Michigan Reconnect have made it possible for thousands of people to start or restart their education at GRCC. The MI ECHO scholarship will help even more people gain new skills for careers, help their families and change their lives.”

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Recap of November Strategic Leadership Team (SLT) Meeting

GRCC’s Strategic Leadership Team (SLT) met on Friday, November 19, from 9 a.m. – noon.  Here is a recap of the meeting:

  • As part of SLT’s work this year to support the development of a revised GRCC Strategic Plan, the team continued its review of two of our current Strategic Goals and related College Action Projects (CAPs): Equity (Goal 3) and Community Impact (Goal 4).
  • The team participated in two breakout discussions about the goal definitions, indicators, and CAPs, as well as relevant resources and reports from a national perspective.
  • At the close of the meeting, the team recognized and thanked Jim Schafer for all of his support and assistance in conducting SLT meetings, especially the Zoom meetings from fall 2020-present.
  • SLT’s next meeting is Friday, January 21.  In January, SLT will review Strategic Goal 5: Infrastructure & Sustainability and continue to present relevant data and feedback to inform GRCC’s next Strategic Plan.
  • Revised 2018-2022 GRCC Strategic Plan brochures are available!  Please contact LaKenya Gissendanner at lgissend@grcc.edu to request copies.  You can also download the electronic version here.
  • Please contact Sheila Jones, sheilajones@grcc.edu, if you have any questions about SLT meetings.

About the Strategic Leadership Team: The purpose of the Strategic Leadership Team (SLT) is to provide a forum that enables a wide variety of college constituency groups the opportunity to provide input into the present and future direction of the College.  This team will guide the development and on-going implementation of our strategic plan, review benchmarking data, study budget realities and offer recommendations for budget priorities.  SLT’s membership includes over 90 representatives of the college community.  Please visit this page to learn more about SLT.

CTE December Newsletter

The December 2020 CTE Newsletter is now available.  Highlights include:

  • Quality Matters:  Nov. 30 – Dec. 21
  • Learning Day registration is open now! Pre-register by Monday, December 6 at 5:00PM
  • Growing a Strong Early Alert Partnership – Tuesday, December 7 at 2:30PM
  • Academic Advising Tools (pre-recorded)
  • Curriculog Tutorial Videos (pre-recorded)
  • Lightboard – now available for Zoom LIVE
  • Teaching Techniques from fellow faculty (pre-recorded)
  • Great Teachers – hear what faculty are saying! Applications open in January
  • What Is Whiteness? Series begins in February. Registration is open and space is limited.

Connect!