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College Channel programming through June 22

June 18, 2018

The latest College Channel schedule, through June 22, is now available online.

GRCC In the News, 6-18-18

June 18, 2018

Morning News
6/18/18 WZZM
Leaders from Grand Rapids Public Schools and Grand Rapids Community College are working to strengthen their partnership. A news conference is happening today to discuss what’s ahead. The two have worked together for 13 years now, and their bond gives students the chance to work toward their high school diploma and associate degrees at the same time. Tuition and fees for the college courses are covered by state aid given to GRPS.

Daybreak Sunday Edition
6/17/18 WOOD TV
This week, Grand Rapids Public Schools and Grand Rapids Community College will discuss their partnership. GRCC President Bill Pink and GRPS Superintendent Theresa Weatherall Neal are hosting a press conference tomorrow. They’re expected to talk about strengthening their collaboration in helping prepare students for higher education.

Hospice Of Michigan Welcomes Lauren VanGroningen As Operations Manager
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (June 15, 2018) – Hospice of Michigan (HOM) is pleased to announce Lauren VanGroningen as Operations Manager in the southwest region serving Grand Rapids and surrounding communities.
… Previously, VanGroningen served as Director of Nursing for the memory care program at Samaritas Senior Living. She has also worked as a nurse in psychiatric services at Network180, a progressive care nurse at Spectrum Health’s Meijer Heart Center and as Senior Behavioral Health Operations Coordinator at Priority Health. VanGroningen earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Social Work from Calvin College and an Associate’s degree in Nursing from Grand Rapids Community College. She is currently working on a Master’s of Nursing degree from Ferris State University and lives with her husband, Sam, and two young children in Grand Rapids.

Recap: Summer Canning Fun with Human Resources

June 18, 2018

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Several GRCC staff members got together last Friday to attend a two-hour workshop by The Canning Diva® to learn the basics of home canning, dehydrating, and proper long-term storage methods.  Each participant was able to leave with a jar of their culinary creation.

Recap: Michigan map party at the Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory

June 18, 2018

On Friday, June 15, GRCC family and friends celebrated the arrival of a ‘Michigan and the Great Lakes’ map in our Preschool Outdoor Learning Environment at the Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory.  Participants, including Dr. Pink, brought their favorite rock to help leave a permanent mark on GRCC’s new map.

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The event also celebrated the retirements of learning lab instructors Cheryl Botham, Paula Kunst, and Penny Folsom, who have a combined 99 years of GRCC teaching experience!  Happy retirement, Cheryl, Paula, and Penny!

Learning Lab instructors Cheryl Botham, Paula Kunst, and Penny Folsom pose for a retirement party photo. Each wears a sash that read "Retired and Fabulous!"

2018/19 Blanket Purchase Orders

June 18, 2018

Please be advised that 2018/19 Blanket Purchase Orders (BPOs) will be issued on Monday, July 2, 2018, this year. However the BPOs will be valid as of Sunday, July 1, 2018. Please advise your suppliers of such should you receive any inquiries.

Please direct suppliers to Purchasing at ext. 3850 for any detailed information or requests regarding 2018/19 BPOs.

Bostwick parking ramp construction completed

June 18, 2018
The emergency repair work on Ransom Avenue was completed over the weekend. The entrance and exit at the top of the Bostwick parking ramp from Fountain Street is re-open as of Monday, June 18.
The first floor student entrance will soon close again to complete the work on that level.

Retirement celebration for Bob Leunk on June 20

June 18, 2018

Please join us for a Retirement Reception for Bob Leunk in the Biology Department:

Wednesday, June 20th

12 noon – 2 p.m.

Room 320 Calkins Science Center


Recap: Practical Nursing program pinning ceremony

June 15, 2018

The summer 2018 GRCC practical nursing graduates celebrated with family and friends this month with a special pinning ceremony.  Please join us in congratulating our new nursing graduates!

GRCC In the News, 6-15-18

June 15, 2018

Rockford Rotary Rick Ehinger Memorial Scholarship Winner Announced
6/14/18 The Rockford Squire
Rockford Rotary and Rockford High School are proud to announce this year’s recipients of the Rick Ehinger Memorial STRIVE scholarship.  Jared Smigiel will receive a $1,200 scholarship to be used at Grand Rapids Community College in the fall.  To date, over 100 seniors have participated in the STRIVE mentorship program, which has donated over $20,000 to Rockford seniors over the past 11 years.

Challenge Scholars experience college life
Eleventh graders from Union High School in Grand Rapids got a glimpse into the life of a college student when they attended a new summer camp in June at Grand Valley
… Queanna Jackson, who wants to become an actress or medical professional, said she plans to transfer to Grand Valley after attending Grand Rapids Community College for a few years.

123Net, Trivalent Group Partner To Double Fixed Wireless Internet Capacity At Grand Rapids Community College
GRAND RAPIDS — 123Net and Trivalent Group are teaming up to boost Grand Rapids Community College’s fixed wireless Internet capacity to 2 Gbps, one of 123Net’s highest capacity fixed wireless in West Michigan.

TODAY: Summer Canning Fun Class at 11:30 a.m.

June 15, 2018

Summer Canning Fun!

Today! Friday, June 15, 2018 (11:30 am – 1:00 pm)

Gardens are starting to take shape and grow delicious seasonal vegetables. What better time than now to learn how to successfully preserve their bounty. The Canning Diva® will facilitate a two-hour workshop teaching the basics of home canning, dehydrating and proper long-term storage methods. Additionally, the workshop will provide a hands-on opportunity to learn the art and craft of home canning. This is an instructional and participative class where you can help prep foods we are canning. Each participant will take home a jar of their culinary creation.

Contact Delicia Wilondja in Human Resources for more information: or x.3972

Logo, text reads "The Canning Diva" in black. To the left, there is a hot pink jar with a white crown on it.

Parking update: DeVos Campus

June 15, 2018

Beginning Wednesday, June 20th, the remaining administrative parking lot on the DeVos campus will be torn up for the resurfacing.  ALL traffic to the DeVos campus will need to utilize the top of the Sneden parking deck, entering off Fountain.  Gates are up for all. Visitors to the Administration Building will need to walk through Sneden and use the Fulton Street door to enter the Administration Building.

Mechanical cooling issue in Calkins Science Center

June 14, 2018

Facilities is currently addressing a mechanical cooling issue in Calkins Science Center. Parts to make repairs to the system are expected to arrive Friday morning, and repairs will commence the same day.

Stop-gap measures are being taken to the extent possible to control temperatures until repairs are made.  In the meantime, occupants may experience warm temperatures through the end of the week.


Grants Lab Newsletter: Summer Edition

June 14, 2018

Call for Student Leadership Conference presenters!

June 14, 2018

Graphic of a boarding pass ticket in black, blue, yellow, and grey on a white background. Text reads "Boarding pass, GRCC Student Leadership conference. Date: 14 Sep 2018. Time: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Location: Applied Technology Center. GRCC Student Life. 616-234-4160. RSVP by Aug 1.

Grab your boarding pass, this is a call out for presenters!

Grand Rapids Community College’s (GRCC) annual Student Leadership Conference is open for all GRCC students who want to gain experience and knowledge in leadership as it pertains to personal and professional goals. Last year, we had about 100 students attend and this year we are hoping/expecting a bigger turnout! The theme of this year’s Student Leadership Conference is titled “Adventure Awaits” to let students know the importance of making the most of their collegiate experience and allowing exploration to be part of everyone’s journey.

The following topics are suggestions you can choose to present on:

  • Inclusion & equity
  • Marketing (marketing your program or organization)
  • Mindset
  • True colors/personality tests
  • Setting Expectations
  • Passing the torch
  • Mentoring/Getting a mentor
  • Networking
  • Public Speaking
  • Budgeting
  • Goal setting
  • Time management
  • Stress Management
  • Conflict Resolution

Student Affairs professionals are encouraged to submit a proposal for presentation. Conference will take place on Sept. 14th from 8:00 AM-2:00 PM. Sessions will take place at the Applied Technology Center of GRCC. If you want to present, but don’t know on what to present on, contact Thalia for ideas and suggestions! To submit your proposal click on the following link. Deadline to submit a proposal is August 25th.


Celebrate Retirees at GRCC Preschool Open House TOMORROW, 6/15

June 14, 2018

Join us for a punch and cookie reception to say happy retirement to Cheryl Botham, Paula Kunst, and Penny Folsom — are all retiring this semester from the Laboratory Preschool. Combined they have worked at GRCC for 99 years!

Friday, June 15, from 4-5:30 p.m.

Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory