GRCC In the News, 7-15-19

Manufacturer dials into workforce training

July 12, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

If you want something done right, do it yourself — such is the philosophy on display at Autocam Medical when it comes to creating a skilled workforce.

The Kentwood-based contract manufacturer of precision surgical and medical components and devices has for the past several years participated in a CNC Machinist Apprentice Program in which it sends entry-level or other workers to Grand Rapids Community College to receive classroom instruction and training in computer numerical control (CNC) machining.

Survey reveals immigrant challenges

July 12, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A group of community leaders is taking the next step for better immigrant inclusion in Kent County.

… The task force includes the four collaborating organizations, as well as the city of Grand Rapids’ Office of Diversity and Inclusion, The Right Place, the city of Wyoming and the Wyoming Public Safety Department, Justice for Our Neighbors, Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, Kent County Health Department, Kent ISD, Literacy Center of West Michigan, Kaufman Interfaith Institute at Grand Valley State University, Treetops Collective, Refugee Education Center, Bethany Christian Services, African Collaborative Network, African Resource Center, WGVU, Michigan Office for New Americans, Grand Rapids Community College, Welcoming Michigan, Fifth Third Bank, Grand Rapids Community Foundation, Kent County, Spectrum Health, Cascade Engineering, Hispanic Center of Western Michigan and Kentwood Public Schools.

Street Talk: The future is now

July 12, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… Early learners

Grand Rapids Community College’s Early Learning Laboratory recently received a transformation any child would be excited to explore. A carpenter at Rockford Construction, Fernando Zamudio brought GRCC’s vision to life in his latest project that renovated the playground into a space that sparks imagination.

Dental practice spreads joy with community outreach

July 12, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

It’s been more than five months since Lisa Weller woke up with a new set of teeth.

… After she graduates high school, (Arnela) Hamzagic plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College to become a dental hygienist. She also has siblings who plan to attend college and worries that her parents will not be able to financially support all of them.

ICANN Announces Participants NextGen@ICANN66

July 12, 2019; (press release)

LOS ANGELES – 12 July 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has announced the names of the individuals who will participate in the NextGen program at ICANN66, to be held in Montréal, Canada, from 2 to 7 November 2019.

… The individuals selected as ICANN66 NextGen participants are:

… Austin Bollinger, Grand Rapids Community College.

Provost presentations begin Monday

GRCC has selected four educators as finalists for the position of provost and executive vice president for academic and student affairs, with faculty and campus community sessions scheduled for each candidate.

Faculty presentations run 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with campus community sessions from 2:15-3:15 p.m.; both will be in the ATC auditorium.

Here is the schedule:

  • July 15 — Dr. Laurie Fathe.
  • July 16 — Dr. Jacqueline El-Sayed.
  • July 17 — Dr. Brian Knetl,
  • July 22 — Dr. Michael Vargo.

Faculty, public sessions set for provost candidates

GRCC has selected four educators as finalists for the position of provost and executive vice president for academic and student affairs, with faculty and campus community sessions scheduled for each candidate.

Faculty presentations run 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with campus community sessions from 2:15-3:15 p.m.; both will be in the ATC auditorium.

Here is the schedule:

  • July 15 — Dr. Laurie Fathe.
  • July 16 — Dr. Jacqueline El-Sayed.
  • July 17 — Dr. Brian Knetl,
  • July 22 — Dr. Michael Vargo.

GRCC In the News, 7-11-19

Wreath-laying ceremony to mark President Ford’s 106th birthday

July 10, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – To commemorate the life of the late President Gerald R. Ford, a wreath-laying ceremony will be held next week marking the late president’s 106th birthday.

… Presenters at the ceremony will include Susan Ford Bales, the Fords’ daughter; Dr. Stephen Barton, Grand Rapids Community College director of choral activities, to sing the National Anthem; Rev. Stephen Holmgren, from Grace Episcopal Church, for invocation; and Major Glen Caddy, to offer benediction.

Salvation Army names new commander for metro Detroit

July 10, 2019; Crain’s Detroit Business

The Southfield-based Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division has named Maj. Timothy Meyer as its new general secretary and metro Detroit area commander.

… She (Maj. Lori Meyer) holds an Associate of Applied Science in early childhood education and training from Grand Rapids Community College.

Welcome to a new college department: Web and Digital Strategy

The Web and Digital Strategy Department will be driving’s online presence and evolving our web technologies to remain relevant and responsive to the needs of prospective and current students, GRCC employees and our community.

How is this department different from IT and Communications?

This department works very closely with IT and Communications, but manages the work where the two worlds meet on

IT continues to drive our infrastructure, network security, and other technologies, while the Web and Digital Strategy Department focuses on evolving’s:

  • Content
  • Design
  • User experience
  • Web accessibility
  • Web editor training
  • Web integrations

The Web and Digital Strategy Department collaborates closely with the Communications Department to develop and maintain brand strategy and messaging across all platforms.

This department reports to the College Advancement Team.

For more information, please contact Leigh Jajuga, Director of Web Content and Digital Strategy.

Feedback sought on provost finalists

Provost finalists will be on campus July 15, 16, 17 and 22.  Each candidate will hold a forum for faculty at 11:45 a.m. and campus community forum at 2:15 p.m. in the ATC auditorium.  We encourage all faculty and staff to attend as your feedback is important.  Surveys will be available and we look forward to reading your feedback.

Links to recordings of the forums will be made available late July 22. The page and survey will be available until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23.

If you have questions, please contact Misty at 234-3901 or

GRCC Retiree Biography: Jody Graves

Jody Graves began her GRCC career in March of 1985 in the non-credit Business and Technical Training Department. She spent her first two years, onsite at a local manufacturing company, developing and training their workforce on software specific to their mid-range computer system. She developed and conducted word processing, spreadsheet, and database training to local businesses and became the coordinator of our micro-computer training department.

“In 1997, when Windows and the internet arrived, I moved to the Staff Development Department and trained faculty and staff on how to use this exciting new technology!,” she said. “This even included some live television on our College Channel, which was a very interesting experience!”

In 1999, Jody was transferred to the IT department and assisted with our conversion to PeopleSoft in the areas of reporting and training. She was then moved to the Learning Academy for Faculty and Staff for a short time, conducting PC training for employees. After that, she returned to IT, in her current position of Enterprise Analyst, specializing in business process, training, reporting, and implementing PeopleSoft functionality, primarily in the student records area.

“Preparing for retirement, Ron and I have sold our home and are currently living in our fifth-wheel in an RV park in Ionia,” she said. “It is tiny house living at its finest! We have recently purchased a home in Cypress Lakes, located in Lakeland, Florida. This will be our permanent residence but we will return to Michigan and our fifth-wheel for a few months each summer. We are looking forward to warm weather, sunshine, no snow, and Tigers Spring Training! We are making plans to go to the Daytona 500 next year, something that is on Ron’s bucket list!

“I have truly enjoyed the last 34 years and I have made many forever friends along the way. It’s been an incredible journey and I will miss you GRCC and all of the people that I have had the pleasure to work with. I could not have done it without all of you! Dr. Seuss said it best, ‘Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away!'”

Jody, thank you for all of your dedicated service to GRCC! We will miss you and with you and Ron safe and fun travels to Florida! We look forward to hearing about your adventures!

GRCC seismometer registers California earthquakes

On July 4, GRCC’s seismometer (GRMI) recorded a magnitude 6.4 earthquake west of the Searles Valley in Southern California (the first earthquake on July 4 is a M6.2 along the west coast of Canada). This was followed a day later by a larger M7.1 earthquake. Below, you can see the differences in the earthquake seismograms reflecting the difference in energy release between a M6.4 and a M7.1 earthquake. The USGS website has maps and more details about both events.

A seismometer readout of the Canada and California earthquakes

GRCC In the News, 7-10-19

Public invited to hear presentations from GRCC’s 4 finalists for provost

July 9, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is inviting the public to hear presentations from its four finalists for provost and executive vice president for academic and student affairs beginning Monday, July 15.

Violence reduction group says Grand Rapids SE Side area should be city’s focus

July 9, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — An evidence-based violence reduction program believes Grand Rapids should target the Baxter neighborhood and surrounding areas, where the city’s “violence problem” is “largely focused.”

… Public meetings were held at Neland Avenue Christian Reformed Church, the Salvation Army Kroc Center, and city hall, with about 110 people attending one of the three meetings. Attendees included representatives from Friend of the Court, Grand Rapids Police Department, Mercy Health, Realism is Loyalty, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Kent County Prosecutor’s Office, Baxter Neighborhood Organization, the mediation center, several churches and the city of Grand Rapids.

Meet the Ambassadors: Angel Hernandez

Angel Hernandez

Angel Hernandez

Let’s meet this summer’s orientation ambassadors:

Angel Hernandez is majoring in social work and plans to transfer to Hope College. He enjoys playing soccer and spending time with family and friends.

Cereal in the bowl before milk or milk before cereal? Cereal before milk.

Master all musical instruments or fluent in every language? Fluent in every language

What would you like to learn more about? Astrophysics

Have you signed up for summer orientation yet? You can learn more online.

Campus-wide lock-down test on July 10

GRCC will conduct a full-scale test of the new building security system at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10.  This system will automatically place all GRCC buildings on the Main Campus and DeVos Campus, as well as the Tassell M-TEC, in a lock-down state.

We will be running two cycles of the lockdown test, each lasting 10 minutes. There will be no disruption to campus activities and all offices and services will remain open. Employees will continue to have building access using their Raider Cards and we will have staff positioned at building entrances to allow students and guests continued entrance to the buildings. Building coordinators will be wearing yellow visibility vests to assist during the testing period.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Campus Police or Vicki Janowiak.