Know the numbers

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GRCC reviewers are raving about Data Literacy: Making Meaning!!   

“I wish everyone took this class so we all know how much data drives our work. And how important it is to capture data (and capture it correctly.)”  

” Everyone should take this! At minimum, one from each department so it can be shared widely. Data drives it all.” 

Reserve your virtual spot today in Data Literacy: Making Meaning on Tuesday, February 1 at 9 a.m., presented by the GRCC IRP team, for an introduction to data literacy, and examples of GRCC with these best practices and data concepts highlighted.

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

Exploring respect in the workplace

Every employee has the right to a safe work environment that is free from harassment. 

This session – led by Pine Rest staff – trains employees to understand, avoid, and respond to all forms of harassment, including sexual harassment and workplace bullying. 

Respect in the Workplace training helps employees promote a positive workplace culture.

Register via the Professional Development tile in Online Center.

Wellness champions: Donating blood saves lives and has benefits for donors, too

Sue Hellmer smiling

Donating blood saves lives. But there are also benefits to the donor.

GRCC is helping students and employees focus on all areas of health and wellness as we emerge together from the pandemic.

Wellness is a full integration of physical, mental and spiritual health. That includes physical health, but so much more. During the next year we’re also looking at emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual, environmental and occupational health, and how we all can work to help ourselves and each other.

There are many resources at GRCC to help all of these types of wellness. Each week, we’ll introduce you to people and places here on campus ready to support you on your wellness journey.

Michigan, like many states, is experiencing a shortage of donated blood. You can help. The GRCC Student Life Office is partnering with Versiti Blood Center for a campus blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 2 in room 124 of the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center.

Sue Hellmer in the GRCC Nursing Department is a wellness champion. She has donated 115 times, which is about 14 gallons of blood. Sue also helps organize and promote blood drive at her church and GRCC.

Sue said she knows the value of having blood available for people in need, with family members and others who had health emergencies and were able to recover because blood was available.

“Lives are saved because that blood was there for people when they needed it,” she said.

Experts say one blood donation can save up to three lives. But the benefits don’t just help the people on the receiving end of the donation. New York – Presbyterian Hospital asked some of its team members about how the donor benefits from sharing a pint.

  • It’s a free mini-health screening. While not the same as a physical, the necessary check of vital signs can turn up a condition that needs medical attention, such as high blood pressure or a heart arrhythmia like atrial fibrillation.
  • It’s good for heart health. Regular blood donation is linked to lower blood pressure and a lower risk for heart attacks, according to the hospital. “If your hemoglobin is too high, blood donation helps to lower the viscosity of the blood, which has been associated with the formation of blood clots, heart attacks, and stroke.”
  • You get a calorie-free snack! It takes your body about 500 calories to replace the blood shed in a donation. Go for the free juice and cookies!

Additional details about the benefits of donating blood are here: The Surprising Benefits of Donating Blood

Here from President Pink and Provost Knetl about the Wellness Champions program. Be A Wellness Champion!

February employee learning opportunities

You’ll LOVE the learning opportunities and professional development sessions scheduled for the month of February!

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

February 1

Data Literacy: Making Meaning — virtual

February 3

Respect in the Workplace — virtual

February 4

Building Blocks to Social Equity series — Intergroup Dialogue & Empowerment — in person

February 8

Moving Beyond Conflict — in person

February 9

Stress Management and Meaning Centered Living — in person

February 10

Google Tips & Tricks — hybrid (in person & virtual)

February 18

Mindfulness Made Simple — virtual

February 22

Go with Your Gut — in person

February 23

Transgender 101 — virtual

February 24

Acupressure for Common Ailments — in person

February 28

FMLA – what’s in it for you — in person

GRCC In the News 01/26/2022

GRCC looking to hire custodians, maintenance workers at job fair

1/25/22 FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College is planning to hold a job fair for job seekers wishing to work at the school’s Facilities Department.

GRCC says more students over 30 are seeking degrees

1/25/22 WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids Community College is seeing a growth in enrollment, especially when it comes to students over the age of 30.

 ‘Great opportunity’: GRCC trains future city workers

1/25/22 WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A Grand Rapids Community College program is working to help meet the need for public works employees in West Michigan.

West Michigan manufacturers can seek funding from Grand Rapids economic development agency

1/26/22 The Holland Sentinel

… The Right Place will partner with local organizations like Goodwill Industries of West Michigan, Grand Rapids Community College, Lakeshore Advantage and West Michigan Works to administer the grants.

Kayla Tucker joins Tribune staff

1/25/22 Grand Haven Tribune

Kayla Tucker is the newest reporter at the Grand Haven Tribune.

… As an undergrad, Tucker worked for MLive/The Grand Rapids Press, WGVU Radio and TV (NPR and PBS), and a handful of local magazines and news websites. She also was lead editor for both her college newspapers, spending two years as editor-in-chief at Grand Rapids Community College.

Spectrum Health CEO Tapped To Chair GR Economic Dev. Agency In 2022

1/25/22 Michigan Business Network

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. (Jan. 24, 2022) – The Right Place, Inc. has appointed 12 new members to its board of directors roster for 2022. In addition, the board elected 3 new officers. 

… Officers for 2022:

…Vice Chair: Bill Pink, PhD, President, Grand Rapids Community College