Raider Salute to Chris Allen, Luanne Wedge, Haley Spencer

A Raider Salute from Magdalena Montes-Spruit, of Student Support Services:

We would like to extend a Raider Salute to Chris Allen, Luanne Wedge, and Haley Spencer of Student Employment Services for conducting a special Resume Workshop for students applying to the University of Michigan and the Summer 2015 Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP). On behalf of TRIO/Student Support Services and our students, we want to say thank you!

Congratulations to student employee of the year, Ian Saunier

Congratulations to our 2014 Student Employee of the Year, Ian Saunier!  Ian has worked in the Enrollment Center for more than three years. His supervisor, Jason Schueller, says:

“Customer service roles bring unique challenges when dealing with a very large student population. He is respectful to everyone he interacts with and always makes sure their questions or concerns are addressed. He has worked here for over three years and his confidence and positive attitude help to create an excellent working environment. As his supervisor, I have the utmost confidence in his work knowing that he can handle any type of situation with outstanding customer service. We truly appreciate his work ethic, professionalism, and positive outlook. There is no doubt that he will be successful in his career and he has had a meaningful impact on our student’s success.”

Below is a photo of Ian, his family and Jason Schueller from the Enrollment Center.  Congratulations Ian!


GRCC In the News, 3-12-14

GRCC to host 2nd Annual West Michigan Construction Summit this Thursday

March 11, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Community College is hosting its second annual West Michigan Construction Summit on Thursday, March 13. The event allows skilled trades suppliers to meet with project managers and buyers from the public and private sectors.

Employers Hope to Fill 600 Positions with Job Fair

March 11, 2014; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Mar 11, 2014) — It’s considered their biggest job fair to date as employers hoped to fill 600 jobs during the Grand Rapids Community College annual job fair.

Michigan community colleges beset by cuts in aid, loss of tax revenues

March 12, 2014; The Detroit Free Press

Two days before the deadline for students to apply for Oakland Community College’s licensed practical nursing program for last fall, the faculty got shocking news the program was being shut down immediately.

Numbers: Headcount shows declining enrollment at Michigan community colleges

March 12, 2014; The Detroit Free Press

Michigan’s community colleges are seeing a dip in student enrollment partly because of an improving economy, as shown from the fall headcount in the last two years.

… Grand Rapids — 16,613 (2013) 17,465 (2012)

(This is a sidebar to the previous article.)

Rachel Hood sustains community

March 11, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Rachel Hood, executive director for the West Michigan Environmental Action Council since 2007, is an unapologetic greenie.

… Hood has also served on a number of boards: the West Michigan Strategic Alliance Green Infrastructure Task Force, Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds Development Team, West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum Board, Green Grand Rapids Advisory Committee, Grand Rapids Community College Sustainability Team, Greater Grand Rapids Children’s Environmental Health Steering Committee, Grand Rapids Youth Boxing Foundation, Progressive Womens Alliance Candidate Committee and Michigan Clean Water Fund PAC.

Open house provides Heartlands, college information

March 11, 2014; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

Ionia, Mich. — The Heartlands Institute of Technology hosted an open house Thursday to introduce current students to colleges and to provide incoming students with an opportunity to explore Heartlands programs.

… Students enrolled in a Heartlands Institute of Technology can earn free college credits with Ferris State University, Baker College, Davenport University, Grand Rapids Community College, Lansing Community College and Montcalm Community College.

KVCC Board of Trustees votes to ban tobacco use on campus

March 11, 2014; MLive

KALAMAZOO, MI — The days of being able to light up at Kalamazoo Valley Community College are coming to an end.

… As of January, more than 1,180 U.S. colleges and universities had gone smoke-free, with more than 800 of those banning all on-campus tobacco use. In Michigan, nine community colleges have banned tobacco use outright, including Grand Rapids Community College, Lansing Community College, Jackson Community College, Muskegon Community College and Glen Oaks Community College. Another three community colleges, including Henry Ford, have adopted smoke-free policies.

Jared Bradford, small in stature, has big impact on Grace Bible’s run to national tournament

March 11, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Gary Bailey likes to recruit big point guards. Or at least that’s what he’s been used to during his coaching career.

… “He’s a force inside,” Jesky said of the Jenison graduate (Kyle Hoek). “We lucked out with him. He was driving a buddy to an open gym at Kuyper. He was just taking classes at GRCC and now he’s playing with us.”

Chris Tucker interview: Star brings movie memories to stage in LaughFest act

March 12, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Chris Tucker is alive and well, even if you haven’t seen him in a while.

… He will perform during LaughFest 2014 at the GRCC Ford Fieldhouse, 111 Lyon St. NE, on Friday, March 14, at 8 p.m. It will be Tucker’s first visit to Grand Rapids and he admits he isn’t familiar with the city.

GRCC In the News, 3-11-14

GRCC hosting spring job fair

March 11, 2014; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) — Grand Rapids Community College is hosting its spring job fair today.

NPR Special Correspondent to speak on the conversation of race

March 10, 2014;

On March 12, Special Correspondent for NPR and journalist Michele Norris will be speaking at Fountain Street Church for Grand Rapids Community College’s Diversity Lecture Series.

Local athletes compete at collegiate level

March 11, 2014;

… Grand Rapids Community College sophomore Amanda Steig (Reed City H.S.) has eight hits and eight RBIs in 25 at-bats so far this spring for the Raiders’ softball team.

Muskegon Community College sports recap: Women’s basketball season ends with loss in district tourney

March 10, 2014; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — The Muskegon Community College women’s basketball team’s season came to an end last week.

The Jayhawks (16-12) lost a 63-61 heartbreaker to Grand Rapids Community College in the quarterfinals of the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 12 District G Tournament on March 3.

GRCC In the News, 3-5-14

GRCC offering job fair March 11

March 5, 2014; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — The Grand Rapids Community College will host a job fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 11 at the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center, 151 Fountain St. NE.

GRCC students earn 1st place in Business Professionals of America competition

March 4, 2014; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — Students from Grand Rapids Community College took first place in eight categories during the recent state Business Professionals of America competition.

GRCC joins statewide marketing association

March 4, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A new association is connecting marketing and communications professionals at community colleges across the state.

Marketing and communications representatives from 28 community colleges, including Grand Rapids Community College, joined the Michigan Community College Marketing and Communications Association, which is affiliated with the Michigan Community College Association.

GRCC urges students, faculty to ‘Run, Hide, Fight’ in event of mass shooting

March 4, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – In an effort to improve emergency preparedness, the Grand Rapids Community College Police Department is teaching faculty and staff how to respond if a mass shooting occurs on campus.

GRCC In the News, 3-3-14

More than 50 businesses participating in GRCC job fair

March 1, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A Grand Rapids Community College job fair on March 11 will feature 59 employers representing industries ranging from manufacturing to health care and government.

GRCC hosting annual Latino Youth Conference ; more than 1,000 eighth-graders expected to attend

March 1, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College will host its annual Latino Youth Conference on Tuesday, an event that features workshops in leadership, education, self-esteem and career preparation.

Delta part of auto training articulation agreement

March 2, 2014; Midland Daily News

Five Michigan community colleges, including Delta College, have joined together to create a pilot program that will allow students in automotive technology programs to transfer among the schools with no loss of credits or repetition of course work as they pursue their certifications and degrees.

The Automotive Technology Articulation Agreement will allow students in automotive technology programs to transfer among Delta College, Grand Rapids Community College, Lansing Community College, Montcalm Community College and Mott Community College. Automotive technology programs were chosen for the pilot because they already adhere to nationally recognized automotive technician training standards.

Dee Dee Bridgewater: Passionate and poised with Grand Rapids Symphony

March 2, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Dee Dee Bridgewater, who starred in the Broadway show, “The Wiz,” as Glinda the Good Witch, got to sing one of the musical’s showstoppers, “If You Believe.”

… Duane Davis, retired director of vocal music at Grand Rapids Community College, organizer of the Grand Rapids Community Chorus, led the 68 voices and orchestra in his arrangements of a couple of old-school gospel tunes, including a powerful version of James Cleveland’s “Let Him in Today.”

Shirley Daniels, 88, worked her way up from serving salads to serving as a community leader

Feb. 28, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Shirley Daniels, a tenacious, elegant and community-minded pioneer, worked her way up from serving salads to serving as a leader on boards and institutions. Daniels died Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at the age of 88.

… While there, she began attending Grand Rapids Junior College at night. She wrote her first assignments on paper bags, so her GM co-workers presented her with a new typewriter.

LaughFest 2014: Clean laughs, dirty words, sunglasses in the dark, underwear outdoors

March 3, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Gilda Radner, battling ovarian cancer, lost her funny for a while only to find it again.

… Days before LaughFest opens, tickets no longer are available for 29 events including Gaffigan’s show in Grand Rapids Community College’s Ford Fieldhouse on March 7.

Sharks sweep Panthers

March 3, 2014; Highlands Today (Sebring, Fla.)

AVON PARK – Just when South Florida State thought it was safe to go back in the water, the Miami Dade College Sharks came swimming into town.

… The Panthers host Grand Rapids Community College Tuesday afternoon at 5 p.m. SFSC opens conference play on March 20, when St. Petersburg College comes to Panther Field.

No. 2 UWF continues its roll

March 2, 2014; Pensacola News Journal (Fla.)

Both starting pitchers delivered strong performances as the No. 2 University of West Florida baseball team won a doubleheader Saturday against Christian Brothers in Memphis, Tenn.

… The Pirates beat Grand Rapids Community College 16-3 in the first game, then beat Kalamazoo Valley Community College 6-3 in the second game.

TCC Baseball Completes Sweep of Chatt Valley

March 2, 2014; WCTV

Tallahassee – A passed ball in the bottom of the eighth inning allowed Quincy Nieporte to race home from third with what proved to be the winning run and help NJCAA No. 16/FCSAA No. 4 Tallahassee Community College complete an improbable comeback in a 12-11 win over NJCAA No. 5 Chattahoochee Valley (Ala.) Community College on Sunday afternoon at Eagle Field.

… Now 17-5, the Eagles will host Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College for a four-game series. The teams will play doubleheaders on Monday and Tuesday. The action begins at 3:30 p.m. both days.

Lady Cougars Participate in Hunger Games Food Drive

Feb. 28, 2014;

KALAMAZOO (MICH.)-The Kalamazoo Valley Community College Lady Cougars basketball team did its part to fight hunger in the Kalamazoo community. The team participated in the Michigan Community College Athletic Associations First Annual MCCAA Hunger Games, aiding food banks in the 19 communities of MCCAA schools.

… Kalamazoo Valley’s Hunger Game collection date was held on Jan. 29 during the home game against Grand Rapids Community College. Donations were given to Kalamazoo’s Loaves and Fishes food bank. “Our basketball team collected enough food to fill a grocery cart and then some, and there was also at least $40 in monetary donation given as well,” said Maureen Brown, Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach.

GRCC In the News, 2-27-14

GRCC job fair hosting nearly 60 companies looking for 600 employees

Feb. 26, 2014; MLive

Employers will be trying to fill at least 600 job openings during Grand Rapids Community College’s spring job fair on March 11.

Time Traveler

Feb. 26, 2014; WZZM

Professor Ronald Mallett Wants to Build a Time Machine in this Century … and He’s Not Kidding.

… You can see him Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at the GRCC Applied Technology Center 1st Floor at 7pm. This is free and open to the public. Contact GRCC at 616-234-3390 for more information.

Showgirls Galleria adult night club is on the market for $6 million

Feb. 26, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Adult night club operator Mark London said he’s ready to cash in on downtown’s resurgent real estate market and sell Showgirls Galleria, his adult entertainment complex at 234 Market Avenue SW.

… “Sensations was a true gold mine in the topless days,” said London, a former Detroit police officer and instructor at Grand Rapids Community College. “Those days are over for everybody. The adult entertainment changed just overnight.”

Win tickets: LaughFest offers family-friendly funny business in 2014 lineup

Feb. 26, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — LaughFest brings more than entertainment for adults. The annual Gilda’s Club of Grand Rapids fundraiser includes family-friendly events as well. From toddler to teenager, LaughFest helps kids enjoy comedy and even take the stage.

… LaughFest’s Seriously Funny Family Adventure Challenge invites teams of two or four to start at GRCC’s Ford Fieldhouse, 111 Lyon St. NE, and race across downtown Grand Rapids stopping for about a dozen wacky and fun timed challenges that require fast thinking, fast action and a little bit of daring.

KVCC women’s basketball defeats GRCC, claims share of MCCAA Western Conference crown

Feb. 27, 2014; MLive

Defense wins, particularly when the offense is not clicking on all cylinders.

A’reona Howard, Tracey Lacey named Student Employees of the Year

Congratulations to our Student Employee of the Year Recipients: A’reona Howard from The Grand Rapids Children’s Museum (Honorable Mention) and Tracey Lacey from the Cashier’s Office (Winner)! Below is an excerpt from each’s Nomination Letter along with a photo of each from our Student Employee of the Year Luncheon which took place on April 12, 2013.

039042A’reona is an essential member of our team here at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum. She is a positive influence on both the children and adults that she interacts with here. All the staff here love her because not only is she hard working but she also makes work enjoyable. Always smiling, laughing, and encouraging kids to be creative, it’s truly an honor to have her be a part of this organization.

Since beginning working in the Cashier’s Office Tracey has definitely gone above and beyond her required responsibilities. She is not afraid to step up and take on a leadership role. She has volunteered to be a student ambassador with SALT. She has truly been an asset to our office and we are so happy to have her apart of our team. I think Tracey should be Student Employee of the Year because she has demonstrated all of the qualities that make her deserving of this award. She is reliable, has good work ethic, motivated, self-starter, and professional. I really hope that she is honored because she truly deserves this recognition!


Student employees may be eligible to get W-2s electronically

In our continued efforts toward sustainability, Grand Rapids Community College is encouraging all current student employees to receive their W-2s electronically. This option is only available to student employees actively working at the start of the current calendar year.

There are many benefits to receiving your W-2 electronically, including:
  • Receiving your W-2 earlier! Student employees who give consent to receive their W-2 electronically will receive their W-2 at least one week earlier than those who receive paper forms.
  • Guaranteed delivery! No possibility of your W-2 being stolen, lost in the mail or sent to the wrong address
  • Easy access to duplicate copies! Once the W-2 form has been posted, it can be accessed and reprinted as many times as you need. For those who receive their W-2 through regular mail, re-issued statements will not be available until on or after March 1, and there will be a $10 service charge for the re-issued statement.
  • Access to prior year W-2! You will have easy access to previous year W-2s, starting with the 2011 calendar year.

Student employees who provide consent before January 25, 2013, will receive an email notification when the 2012 W-2s are available. By consenting to receive your W-2 electronically, you agree to view and print your W-2 through GRCC’s self-service. You will not receive a paper copy, but you may print the electronic version as often as you like.

This consent will be valid for all future tax years, unless you revoke your consent or employment is terminated.Paper W-2s will be mailed no later than January 31 of each year, to those who have not given consent or prefer to receive a paper copy.

If you wish to receive electronic W-2s, click here for instructions on how to give consent. Once you have indicated your consent, we encourage you to get familiar with this new process by viewing and or printing your 2011 W-2. Please keep in mind you will not need to give consent again once your 2012 W-2 is made available.

Manufacturing Career Day Photos

Area manufacturing employers set up recruitment shops at the ATC in search of future employees at this year’s Career Manufacturing Day.  Twenty-eight companies were represented in all.  GRCC instructors were also in attendance to discuss careers in manufacturing with interested students and prospective students.  This was the second annual event that GRCC’s manufacturing department team has successfully planned and hosted.

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