Condolences to the friends and family of David Slezak

David Slezak, valued colleague and longtime tutor in the ATC Tutorial and Open Computer lab, passed away peacefully on Tuesday evening after experiencing cardiac arrest on Sunday, Oct 12.

Dave was a very special person who persevered through many challenges but always enjoyed coming to the “lab” and assisting our students. He will be deeply missed.

His family will receive visitors Friday 2 – 7 pm at Arsulowicz Brothers Mortuary – Remembrance Mortuary, 3525 Remembrance Rd NW. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Alphonsus Church on Saturday at 11:00 am where his family will also receive visitors one hour prior. – See more at:


Academic Testing Center – Scheduled Software Upgrade

The Academic Testing Center will be performing a software upgrade on Friday, Nov 15, 2013 from 8:00 AM until 12:00 PM. It is anticipated that there will be minimal interruption to our standard testing services.

If you have any question or concerns, please feel free to contact: Don VanOeveren, Associate Director of Academic Support, (616) 234-3684 or

La’Ontae Carter joins Academic Testing Center

La'Ontae Carter

La’Ontae Carter

GRCC welcomes La’Ontae Carter (but everyone in the Academic Testing Center and surrounding offices knows her as Tae). She began her support professional journey here at the Academic Testing Center as a student worker. After receiving her A.A. with MACRAO, she transferred to Grand Valley. Grand Rapids Community College gave her the opportunity to work as a contingent employee in the same department. Currently, she is the Evening and Weekend Academic Testing Proctor. She currently is in her last semester at GVSU pursuing a B.S. in Psychology and a B.B.A. in Accounting. Soon after graduation she will begin her M.S.A. in Accounting at Davenport University.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and teaching her 5 year old son, Jason, how to read, write, add, and subtract.

Academic Support Options for Students at GRCC (Video)

GRCC offers a wide variety of academic support opportunities for students to help them overcome the challenges of college-level coursework.  The Media Technologies department recently produce several informational videos highlighting our outstanding Tutorial Labs and support staff:

Calculus and Physical Science Tutorial Lab

Health Sciences Resource and Tutorial Lab

Math Tutorial Lab

GRCC Library & Learning Commons

Photos: All-Tutor Training

All-Tutor Training Winter 2011Winter

On Thursday, January 6, 135 new and returning tutors arrived on campus for Academic Supports Semi-annual All-Tutor Training. New tutors experienced an introduction from the NEW Director of Academic and Developmental Support Services, Yumi Watanabe, a practical Role of the Tutor session, and a campus-wide Scavenger Hunt. All tutors enjoyed a social lunch followed by an informative talk by Sara Dorer on how to deal with incivility.

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Photos: Academic Support Tutor Training

Academic Support Tutor Training

On Wednesday, August 25, 130 new and returning tutors arrived on campus for Academic Support’s Semi-annual all Tutor Training.  New tutors experienced an inspiring talk from Master Tutor Trainer and past president of the Association of Tutoring Projessionals, Jim Valkenburg.  This was followed by a practical “Role of the Tutor” session from the Director of Developmental and Academic Support, Raju Hegde, and a campus-wide Scavenger Hunt.  All tutors enjoyed some fun lunch-time activities followed by an informative talk by Mary Beth Van Till on generational differences.

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GRCC Tutoring Staff to Present at Conference

*CORRECTION* Kellie Roblin from the Language Arts Tutorial Lab and two tutors will be presenting at the conference of the  East Central Writing Center Association ECWCA, which is affiliated with the International Writing Center Association.  GRCC will be one of the few community clleges presenting.  Congratulations to Kellie, Corinne Cozzaglio and Emily Green-Schneider on campus, please feel free to congratulate them.  The theme of the Conference is “Converging at the Vanishing Point.”