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Exercise Science Department earns ‘Silver’ from national organization

July 10, 2018

Congratulations to Grand Rapids Community College, GRCC’s Exercise Science Department, and the GRCC Exercise is Medicine Team for receiving a “2018 Silver Campus” award from the American College of Sports Medicine/Exercise is Medicine Organization!
White logo with grey text; text reads "Exercise is Medicine 2018 Silver Campus"

Silver Level: “An officially registered EIM on Campus program can achieve Silver Level Recognition by engaging students, faculty, and staff in EIM education initiatives.”

 Exercise is Medicine® on Campus (EIM-OC) is a program calling upon universities and colleges to engage in the promotion of physical activity as a vital sign of health. EIM-OC encourages faculty, staff and students to work together toward improving the health and well-being of the campus community.

White logo with kelly green and denim blue; logo reads, "Exercise is Medicine On Campus Grand Rapids Community College"

GRCC In the News, 7-9-18

July 9, 2018

Education, business leaders push talent

July 6, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

With Michigan’s lack of talent at the forefront of concerns in the business community, the area’s education and business leaders are working to better prepare young people for the workforce.

… Grand Rapids Public Schools and Grand Rapids Community College recently announced another new partnership, which will extend the existing Grand Rapids Learning Center partnership which helps identify a career path or transition to college to better include all students in the city.

Grand Rapids African American Institute: bridging the gap in healthcare professions

July 5, 2018; WGVU

Marcus Jones, a Black American student at Grand Rapids Community College on the Occupational Therapist track was first exposed to the profession when he began working at a Spectrum Health Hospital downtown Grand Rapids.

Pathways to careers: Initiative to improve access for people of color to health care jobs

July 7, 2018;

GRAND RAPIDS — Creating a level playing field for people of color in Michigan who want to pursue careers in the health care sector will lay the foundation for their success and the state’s future economic growth.

… Aquinas College, Calvin College, Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University and Hope College will participate in the study to develop college-specific plans of action to engage students of color in reducing barriers to them choosing to study health care professions.

Restauranteur Roundtable: Grand Rapids restaurant owners struggle with talent, city’s still-developing foodie culture

July 7, 2018;

Talent issues dominate most business discussions these days, and that’s certainly true among entrepreneurs in Grand Rapids restaurant scene.

… How well do the local culinary schools around the region do in training the next generation of workers for your restaurants? Are you recruiting from them?
(Geoff)  GASKIN: (Chef Oscar Moreno) went out and spent a lot of time with the Secchia Institute at GRCC, and we have three that came from there that work at MeXo. I will say, they have stood out a little bit more than the others. Their chef coats a little buttoned up more. … They’re coming out now and describing the food.

45 teams earn MCCAA All-Academic Team Awards

July 1, 2018;

The Michigan Community College Athletic Association is proud to announce that 45 teams have earned MCCAA All-Academic Team honors. To earn the honors a team must have a cumulative grade point average for all members of the team must be 3.00 or higher for both semesters combined.

Mott Community College had six teams (Volleyball, Softball, Men’s Cross Country, Women’s Cross Country, Men’s Basketball and Golf) earn All-Academic Team honors. Grand Rapids Community College had five teams. Ancilla College, Lansing Community College, Macomb Community College and Muskegon Community College had four teams each. Softball was the sport with the most All-Academic Teams with 11, while Volleyball had seven teams. Women’s cross country had six teams, while Women’s Basketball has five teams.

Derrick King named Wyoming Lee boys basketball coach

July 5, 2018; MLive

Wyoming — Lee’s boys basketball team won four games last winter, but Derrick King has a plan to get the Rebels on track.

King, who served as an assistant coach for the Grand Rapids Community College men’s team this past winter, was recently hired to coach the Rebels.


Summer Human Resources learning opportunities

July 9, 2018

QPR: Question. Persuade. Refer. – Wednesday, July 11, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Learn how you can help save lives and reduce suidical behaviors. QPR is an innovative, practical, and proven suicide prevention training.

Active Shooter Response – Thursday, July 12, 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Required for all employees, Active Shooter Response training provides participants tools for recognizing, reporting, and responding to an active shooter situation.

Drupal Basics: Editing Content – Tuesday, July 17 and August 18, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Attendees will learn how to navigate the Drupal website editing system.

GRCC Accounts & You – Thursday, August 2, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

This course will provide a walk-through of the accounts available to our students and staff, as well as tips and tricks to get the most out of them.

College Channel programming through July 13

July 9, 2018

The latest schedule, through July 13, includes highlights from the Phi Theta Kappa Catalyst Conference.

Going the Distance @ GRCC: A Walking Challenge

July 9, 2018

Going the Distance @ GRCC is a friendly walking competition that encourages faculty, staff, and students to band together to face off against other teams in the pursuit of garnering the most steps!

We’re promoting wellness, but also the opportunity to build relationships with our colleagues across campus and, especially, the students. This is an opportunity for them to get to know the GRCC family and our campus.

This short, four-week challenge begins July 9. So, go ahead, join the movement … at any time!

Please visit our website for more information or to register. Each team must have between 4-6 members, and are encouraged to include at least one student. Pedometers will be provided while supplies last!

Questions? Please contact Nicole Dekker (x3848,

Going the Distance. A GRCC Walking Challenge.

New Wyoming superintendent wears GRCC pride

July 3, 2018
Craig Hoekstra, wearing a GRCC alumni shirt, stands by a wall painted with the Wyoming school district logo of a wolf in an apple.

Craig Hoekstra

Craig Hoekstra started this week as the Wyoming school district’s new superintendent and decided to wear the shirt he received from GRCC Alumni Relations on his first day: “In getting ready this morning, I thought this would be the perfect shirt to wear for many reasons as the college was big part of my journey.”

GRCC In the News, 7-3-18

July 3, 2018

GRCC Nursing program to lead career workshops for Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids

July 2, 2018; La Prensa

GRAND RAPIDS, MI, June 26, 2018 — High school students will learn about an in-demand career option through a partnership between Grand Rapids Community College’s nursing faculty and Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids.

A girl, a goat and a dream

July 2, 2018; Daily News (Greenville)

MONTCALM TOWNSHIP — As Cecilia Brandt, 17, of Cedar Springs, stumbled into the livestock barn with her goat April on Saturday morning, she had no idea she would be leaving with the top prize.

… She’s also already begun thinking about how she will use the scholarship. Brandt wants to attend Grand Rapids Community College for a time, before transferring to Grand Valley to study biochemistry. After that, she’d like to get accepted into an upper-level veterinarian school.

Nation’s top 2022 basketball player Emoni Bates enrolls at Ypsilanti Lincoln

July 2, 2018; MLive

YPSILANTI — There will be an added buzz inside Ypsilanti Lincoln’s gym during the 2018-19 high school basketball season.

… Elgin (Bates) and (head coach Jesse) Davis played at Grand Rapids Community College together and have remained friends for the past 30 years.

Skirka Named New Murray State Baseball Head Coach

July 2, 2018; West Kentucky Star

MURRAY – Murray State Director of Athletics, Allen Ward, announced the hiring of Dan Skirka as the ninth head coach of the Racer Baseball program.

… Skirka’s first collegiate assistant coaching position was at Grand Rapids Community College in 2007-08 where his team advanced to the NJCAA World Series. He spent the 2008-09 season at Ouachita Baptist working under former Murray State player Chris Moddelmog.

New position at GVSU to study diversity, equity issues in nonprofit sector

July 2, 2018;

Leaders in the field of philanthropy from across the country have noticed a shortcoming in how the nonprofit sector applies principles of diversity, equity and inclusion throughout its critically important and economically substantial work.

… (Juan) Olivarez brings nonprofit leadership and higher education experience to the position, having served as president of Aquinas College for six years and Grand Rapids Community College for almost 10 years. He also served several years as the president and CEO of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation where he championed innovative community initiatives that focused on improving education opportunities for all people.

New electronic transcript option for students available

July 3, 2018

The Student Records Office is excited to announce that students now have the option to request an official transcript to be sent electronically to a transfer school or employer. Students can request this through online center for a charge of $2.50. Students still have the option to request a mailed transcript for free.

This service is being offered in response to student requests for electronic delivery of transcripts. The service also offers request and processing tracking notification. Thanks to the staff and faculty that helped select this service and thank you to the IT and Records staff that assisted with its implementation!

GRCC In the News, 7-2-18

July 2, 2018

Gov. Snyder sets talent plan in motion

June 29, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder approved the Marshall Plan for Talent last week, which will invest $100 million to be used over the next five years in an effort to improve the states talent pool.

… Bill Pink, president of Grand Rapids Community College, said people are getting “hung up” on concerns like this.

“People think that it’s such an either-or. It can be both,” Pink said.
He said someone could start in an entry-level trade job and later choose to pursue the education required to become a manager or higher position. And many of those companies will pay for their employees to pursue that education, he said.

Cory Wharton: Age, Baby, & Facts to Know about the MTV Reality Show Hottie

July 2, 2018;

MTV’s “Ex on the Beach” season finale took place on June 28, 2018. Cory Wharton, who’s been a familiar face on multiple MTV reality shows, took to Twitter yesterday to urge his fans to watch the last episode. Many might remember the hunky reality star from “The Real World” and “The Challenge,” and after watching him last night, a lot of the viewers are curious to know more about him.

… Cory then attended Grand Rapids Community College for almost two and half years. Before he attended GRCC, Cory studied sports management at Ohio Dominican University.

GRCC In the News, 6-29-18

June 29, 2018

Colleges, nonprofit work to increase diversity in health care workforce

June 28, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids African American Health Institute (GRAAHI) and seven West Michigan colleges are partnering to increase diversity in the health care workforce by reducing barriers to minority students seeking educational opportunities.

… The higher education institutions involved in the initiative include: Grand Valley State, Davenport and Ferris State universities, Aquinas College, Calvin College, Grand Rapids Community College, and Hope College.



Course packs due August 8

June 29, 2018

Fall 2018 course pack files, orders, planners, and skus are due Wednesday, August 8. Please send updated files and planners to Also, please make sure to contact the bookstore to let them know if you need a course pack for the semester and let them know if it is going to be a reprint of a previous or if it is new/changes have been made.


College Channel programming through July 6

June 29, 2018

The latest schedule, through July 6, includes the GRCC-GRPS partnership press conference.

Students leave for Study Away trip to Spain

June 29, 2018

A group of GRCC students departs today for a Study Away trip to Salamanca, Spain! They will spend time with host families and participate in field trips — including an 800th anniversary celebration for the University of Salamanca.

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GRCC In the News, 6-28-18

June 28, 2018

Former inmates will get job training under $1.5M grant program

June 27, 2018; MLive

Former jail and prison inmates returning to Grand Rapids will receive job training through a $1.5 million federal grant awarded to Goodwill of Greater Grand Rapids.

… Goodwill provides some job training itself, but also partners with community organizations, such as Grand Rapids Community College and trade unions.

Happy Tau Day!

June 28, 2018

Happy Tau Day! Learn about tau and Tau Day in this GRCC video. Special thanks to Klaas Kwant and Noah DeSmit for producing the video.