Noorthoek Academy’s Annual Luncheon

Join us at Noorthoek Academy’s annual luncheon on Oct. 15 at noon at ATC’s banquet room!


We have 93 students on campus every week this fall semester experiencing what it is like on a college campus, learning about Creative Writing, Computer and India, as well as being included in GRCC Exercise Science and Biology classes.


These experiences open the door to learning as well as provides a sense of belonging. They are so proud!


If you would like to learn more please join us. There is no cost to attend, but we hope that you will be compelled to make a gift after you hear our story. RSVP to this email by Sept. 30th. Invite is attached.


Thank you to GRCC for supporting the work we do at Noorthoek Academy!

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GEAR UP Parent Night

Parents learned about grant services at the GEAR UP Parent Night at GRCC’s Wisner Bottrall Applied Technology Center on September 10, 2019. After enjoying hors d’oeuvres in the ATC Atrium, cohort parents listened to presentations about Middle/Early College, curriculum pathways, and financial aid. The parent night activity aims to fulfill a grant objective to increase families’ knowledge of postsecondary options and financial aid. Between presentations, families won raffle prizes of GRCC gear to wear in respective home districts of Kelloggsville, Wyoming, Lee, and Godwin.

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Registration open now for the Fall OHCC Cohort

The fall Online and Hybrid Certification Course (OHCC) starts October 4th.

The OHCC is designed to provide instructors with the knowledge and skills needed to deliver a high-quality online/hybrid course. Successful participants will also be able to teach effectively online through active facilitation and a variety of student engagement techniques and technologies. Training in Blackboard Basics (on the latest version of the LMS) is a prerequisite. Blackboard Basics may be taken online in a self-paced format or in-person on Friday, October 4, from 10:30 a.m. – noon.

The OHCC is a six (6) week, rigorous course that includes weekly participation and assignment requirements. This training is much more than “Blackboard training,” as it includes elements of instructional design and strategies for building, developing, sequencing, and delivering online content. When you are done, you will have a template for your online and/or hybrid course. You must complete the course, including the assignments for all six weeks, for certification. This includes the completion of your final presentation.

The campus sessions are on Fridays from 1-2:30 p.m. in 351 Main and virtually using Zoom. This is a hybrid course (online course with some classroom instruction).

Only one session is offered during the fall, so sign-up today!

For more information, visit the Online and Hybrid Certification Course website –

To sign up, visit the Faculty Professional Development Registration website –

GRCC In the News, 9-19-19

Transitions: New Chief at Florida Coastal School of Law, Interim Provost Named at Michigan State U.

Sept. 18, 2019; The Chronicle of Higher Education

… Awards

… Gilles Renusson, a professor in the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College, has been awarded an Order of Agricultural Merit from the French government.

Sim Center conducts assailant training exercise 

Sept. 18, 2019; Grand Valley State University press release

A group of Grand Valley nursing, health sciences and athletic training students, practiced emergency procedures as a part of Healthcare Simulation Week, a national campaign taking place through September 20.

… Other departments involved in the exercise included the GVSU Counseling Center, FBI, Life EMS, American Medical Response, Kent County Sheriff’s Department, Kent County Emergency Management, Michigan State Police and Grand Rapids Community College.

Outdoor Escape Room Challenge

Join your GRCC friends for a fun evening of mystery solving and adventure!  Solve puzzles, find clues, and stop an underground organization!



Thursday October 17 (5:30-7:30pm)



Downtown Grand Rapids (this is an outdoor – rain or shine – event)


How Much?

$20 per person  — family, friends, and neighbors (i.e. people who don’t work at GRCC) are most welcome!


This opportunity is organized in collaboration with The Ruse.


Please register by Mon Oct 14 and pay by Wed Oct 16 (click link to sign up!)


Payment can be made to Angela Salinas or Phoenix Noelle. Cash only please!


We will be walking outdoors, approximately 2 miles – please dress accordingly (comfortable shoes and layers!)


Following registration, you will receive an email with further information regarding where to meet, what to bring, etc.

Questions? Need to know more? Contact Angela Salinas ( or Phoenix Noelle ( for details!


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GRCC In the News, 9-18-19

Retailers welcome Westshore’s new ‘anchor’

Sept. 17, 2019; WOOD Radio

HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Ryan Bowling runs Disc Traders, a store where gamers and video fans can buy and sell discs and equipment, on Holland Township’s Shops at Westshore, the former Westshore Mall.

… That may change when Grand Rapids Community College opens its door in the vacant JCPenney building in 2021.


Sept. 17, 2019; Community College Daily

… Michigan tribal casino, community college partner to offer Blackjack Dealer Academy

Gun Lake Casino and Grand Rapids Community College have announced a partnership to develop a job training program to help the Michigan-based tribal casino find more blackjack dealers.

Native American group gives school district $98,000 to support mascot change

Sept. 17, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Godfrey-Lee Public Schools received $98,000 from the Native American Heritage Fund to help rebrand after replacing its controversial “Lee Rebels” name and mascot with “Legends.”

… At its July meeting, the board of the Native American Heritage Fund granted $479.781.80 to seven applicants. The other six awards, including $5,285 to Grand Rapids Community College, were for educational initiatives.

Grand Rapids’ First Ward commission race features incumbent, challenger

Sept. 17, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The 2019 city commission race to represent Grand Rapids’ First Ward will be between incumbent Jon O’Connor and challenger Allison Lutz.

… Lutz, 22, is a customer service representative at a local marketing agency who attended Grand Rapids Community College and later studied biopyschology at Grand Valley State University.She previously worked at a small home-care business and a preschool.

SmartArt competition winner finds inspiration in art, science classes

Sept. 17, 2019;

When Cindy Mazariegos-Barrios headed downtown to Rosa Parks Circle on Sept. 9 for the unveiling of the winner in the 2019 SmartArt competition, she went with her sister but didn’t tell her parents.

… But a panel of judges from Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University begged to differ, sending “We Are All In This Together” to the top 10 and then to the top of the podium.

Support Staff Professional Development (SSPD) Grant Program

The GRCC Grants Department is accepting applications for the Support Staff Professional Development (SSPD) grant program. The purpose of the award is to encourage support staff to improve their professional skills related to their GRCC assignments. Awards are for amounts up to $2,500 and the deadline is September 20, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.


The SSPD application packet and guidelines are available on the Grants Department webpage at Please note that applications must include a supervisor’s approval form, a budget form, and budget documentation. If you have any questions about SSPD grants, please contact Lisa Dopke, Director of Grant Development at extension 3340 or Good luck!

GRCC In the News, 9-17-19

GRCC purchasing former JCPenney in Holland for $2M to create Lakeshore Campus

Sept. 16, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is purchasing the former JCPenney building in The Shops at Westshore, mixed-use development in Holland Township, for $2 million to establish a central GRCC Lakeshore Campus.

College and casino partner on blackjack program

Sept. 16, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local college and a casino are partnering to offer a certification in blackjack dealing.

Grand Rapids Community College is working with Gun Lake Casino to offer the Blackjack Dealer Academy this fall, according to GRCC last week.

Golden Raider Happy Hour

We’re doing it again!

The GRCC Golden Raider Retirees are hosting another happy hour! Come and connect with your colleagues and throw a few bucks in the collection box for our Golden Raider Scholarship.

When : Thursday, September 26  4:00-7:00 pm
Where: Vitale’s Sports Bar 834 Leonard NE

*Cash bar and food available.
*Folks who are planning on retiring are most welcome.
*Current retirees are welcome to bring friends (even those poor souls who still work).
*Join the GRCC retirees for a gathering of friendship and fun!

GRCC In the News, 9-16-19

Community college, casino partnering on Blackjack Dealer Academy

Sept. 15, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College and Gun Lake Casino are partnering this fall to offer a Blackjack Dealer Academy to provide in-demand jobs.

Culinary professor receiving medal from France

Sept. 13, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local chef and culinary professor is being given a French award for “decades of outstanding service.”

Gilles Renusson, a professor with the GRCC Secchia Institute for Culinary Education, will receive the Chevalier du Merite Agricole, bestowed by the French minister of agriculture on citizens for outstanding services to agriculture.

Hilary Berens Keeps Art Going

Sept. 14, 2019; Women’s Lifestyle magazine

Chances are, if you have recently visited a coffee shop, restaurant or local business in the Grand Rapids area, you have already become acquainted with the artwork of Hilary Berens. In the last year and a half alone, she has exhibited her paintings in more than 30 different locations and is often asked back for repeat shows. We sat down at MomHive — a newly opened co-working space for moms — to discuss her journey of re-discovering art to cope with life’s ups and downs and how it has become more than just a career.

Berens got her start in college where she earned an associate’s degree in art from Grand Rapids Community College. She described herself as “the person in class who would have really intricate pieces that I would never finish,” which is quite a departure from the artist she is now. It took a return to school for her bachelor’s degree in social work, a complete career change and starting a family to get there. She spent the first nine months after earning her degree as a foster care caseworker before finding her place at Hope Network for the following six years.

An industry with a view

Sept. 13, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Downtown Grand Rapids pedestrians soon will be given a window into advanced machining and robotics projects at a $3 million lab that opened last year.

… The AMP Lab — which occupies the first two floors of the five-story downtown Grand Rapids regional location of WMU, at 200 Ionia Ave. SW — is a collaboration of education partners WMU and Grand Rapids Community College and several area manufacturers, including Autocam Medical and donors Amway, Cascade Engineering, Flexco, Haworth, Herman Miller, Paragon Die and Engineering, and Rockwell Automation.

ACC runners have solid day at MSU

Sept. 16, 2019; The Alpena News

Despite running in less than ideal racing conditions, the Alpena Community College cross country team put together another solid performance Friday at the Michigan State Spartan Invitational.

… The Lumberjacks next travel to Grand Rapids Community College Invitational on Friday.

GRCC In the News, 9-13-19

GRCC partners with Gun Lake Casino to offer Blackjack Dealer Academy

Sept. 12, 2019; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) is partnering with Gun Lake Casino to offer blackjack dealing classes this fall, and after successful completion of the course, the casino will interview students for jobs.

Interview with Chef Jay Monson

Sept. 12, 2019; “eightWest”

Monson: “There are a couple points we look at when we raise funds. One is for scholarships for our local programs, whether it be Grand Rapids Community College, KCTC. We also look at our current chefs. It is how our chefs learn new things in Grand Rapids and keep the food scene cool.”

WMU’s regional manufacturing lab installs new high-tech equipment

Sept. 12, 2019; (Western Michigan University press release)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Western Michigan University’s regional state-of the-art manufacturing laboratory is receiving three new pieces of Autocam Medical manufacturing equipment this month to help build its prototyping capabilities.

… The lab and was developed in collaboration with Grand Rapids Community College and several manufacturing companies in the Grand Rapids area. The facility opened in 2018 and is currently in use by WMU graduate students in engineering programs and GRCC students in associate degree programs. Additional partnerships and programs are being planned for the facility.