GRCC partners with Dell Technologies, Intel, and AACC to boost training, join national Artificial Intelligence Incubator Network

Teo student standing in front of computer servers in a CIS class.

Grand Rapids Community College is one of 15 colleges in the nation selected for financial support to expand computer labs and be part of an Artificial Intelligence Incubator Network program to better train students for careers in the emerging field.

GRCC was awarded a $40,000 grant from the American Association of Community Colleges, Dell Technologies and Intel to create a hybrid laboratory with greater access to AI computing power, tools and resources.

“GRCC works to provide our students with the most up-to-date training in emerging and rapidly expanding fields,” said Julie Parks, dean of Workforce Training. “Doing that effectively means partnering with experts in these fields. With Dell Technologies and Intel, we know our students will have the right resources. We appreciate the leadership and support from AACC to bring these partners together and provide community college students with tremendous opportunities.”

AACC, Dell Technologies and Intel announced a joint commitment in January to grow Intel’s AI for Workforce Program from 18 states to 50 by 2023. Today, 42 institutions are joining the AI Incubator Network. The AI Incubator Network and AI for Workforce programs now include 70 community colleges in 32 states collaborating on AI curriculum, teaching best practices and lab development.

In addition to receiving the grant, GRCC was asked to join the AI Incubator Network to connect with community colleges nationwide on strategic economic development opportunities, participate in discussions about learning pathways, strategize on student engagement in AI programs, and gather best practices from each other and industry leaders.

“AI has become an increasingly important focus for community colleges as providers of workforce education for multiple industries,” said Walter G. Bumphus, AACC president and CEO. “Working together with peers and across sectors will enhance the ability of our colleges to advance and scale this curriculum across the nation to ensure that students earn the skills needed to fill these jobs and begin meaningful careers.”

Adrienne Garber, Dell Technologies’ senior strategist for higher education, said the company is committed to transforming 1 billion lives by 2030.

“By providing learning content for in-demand technology skills and creating artificial intelligence labs for teaching and learning at community and technical colleges across the U.S., we are moving closer to achieving that goal,” she said. “With collaborators like GRCC, we are creating opportunities for underrepresented populations in artificial intelligence, machine learning, data analytics and the like to enter careers and fill job openings in much-needed technology fields.”-

Students don’t need extensive tech or coding experience to participate in the program; they just need an interest in developing AI skills for careers in the digital economy.

“Today’s students will enter a technology workforce where every organization will focus, in some capacity, on applying AI to solving problems and creating value for organizations,” said Carlos Contreras, senior director of AI and Digital Readiness at Intel. “Intel is excited to partner with the AACC and Dell Technologies to democratize AI technology and enable students to enter that workforce with AI experience.”

GRCC In the News 07/28/2022

Grand Rapids Community College selected to be part of Artificial Intelligence Incubator Network program

7/27/22 FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College has announced that it has been selected to be a part of the Artificial Intelligence Incubator Network program. GRCC was one of 15 colleges in the country to be selected to be part of the program.

News 8

7/27/22 WOOD TV

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Gentex expanding in Zeeland

7/27/22 Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local automotive industry supplier is expanding thanks in part to grants from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).

… West Michigan Works! and Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) committed to help fill the new job openings for Gentex Corporation, which boasts the lakeshore region’s largest employer with a workforce of 5,000.

Standish-Sterling announces fifth induction class for Hall of Fame

7/27/22 MLive

The Standish-Sterling Sports Hall of Fame is opening its door to another class of legends from its storied athletic history.

… Matt (Suminski) was a varsity baseball starter for four years and a football starter for three years. He earned all-conference for three years in both sports. As a catcher in baseball, Matt earned All-District three times, All-Region twice, and held the school record of 26 career home runs. In football he was honorable mention All-State his senior year. During a football game in his senior season, Matt hit an opposing runner so hard that the player landed on the track. The official on the play ran by and told Matt that it was the best hit he had ever witnessed in a high school game. After high school, Matt played baseball at Grand Rapids Junior College.

Language Arts Online Tutorial Lab: Modified schedule next week

Faculty and Staff, please pass this on to your students.

The Language Arts Lab will be open on a modified schedule next week.

We will be open as usual Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, but on Tuesday and Thursday (8/2 and 8/4) the lab will be open for tutoring by appointment only. 

To schedule an appointment, log in to MyGRCC and click on the Navigate icon. On the left side of the page, select “Appointments”, and then click the blue “Schedule Appointment” box. Follow the prompts to reserve time with a Language Arts Lab tutor. You can schedule your appointment for in-person or Zoom. There are appointments available for English, Spanish, French, and German. You can still drop-in and out of the lab to study and use the computer lab throughout the day.

Take a look at next week’s schedule below. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Maria or come by the lab this week (either in person or on Zoom) and we will help you schedule your appointment.   

Monday, August 1
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
In-person and virtual drop-ins – No appointment needed

Tuesday, August 2
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
In-person and virtual by appointment only – Schedule a time in Navigate to work with a tutor 

Wednesday, August 3
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
In-person and virtual drop-ins – No appointment needed

Thursday, August 4
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
In-person and virtual by appointment only – Schedule a time in Navigate to work with a tutor

Friday, August 5
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
In-person and virtual drop-ins – No appointment needed

Thank you and don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or stop by the lab to schedule your appointment. We look forward to working with you! 

Maria McKee

Language Arts Lab Coordinator
(616) 234-2267