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How you can help students with food, housing, funding insecurity

Hello, GRCC community! 
 
On behalf of CAP 3.3, we would like to thank you for engaging in the conversation about student food, housing and funding insecuring during Learning Day. We hope you found Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab’s keynote engaging and insightful. The slides from Dr. Goldrick-Rab’s presentation can be found here.

Do GRCC students face some of the issues Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab spoke about?

YES! In the 2016 Wisconsin Hope Lab survey completed by 428 GRCC students we found the following:

  • 45% of GRCC students scored in “low security” or “very low security” for food

    • In the past 30 days, they met two of the following: couldn’t afford balanced meals, food bought didn’t last, they cut the size of or skipped a meal, they were hungry but didn’t eat a meal

  • 36% of GRCC students scored in “low security” or “very low security” for housing

    • In the past 12 months, they met two of the following: didn’t pay full amount for utilities, didn’t pay full amount of rent/mortgage, moved two or more times, moved in with others, doubled up

  • 9% of GRCC students were homeless at least one night in the past year

To learn more, please view the keynote and Q+A breakout session from Learning Day.

So, what can you do?

  • Ask students how they’re doing! Get to know them so that they feel safe coming to you when they are dealing with an issue that impedes their ability to be successful.

  • Be aware of and connect them with resources through the GRCC Get Help page

    • Don’t be afraid to offer that additional help! Sit with them and look through the resources/support together

  • Help a student who expresses food, housing or funding insecurity by connecting them with resources through Early Alert. 

  • Submit ideas for the CAP team and be ready to volunteer to support your ideas!

  • Make donations to student food and snack pantries across campus

  • Join the Learning Circle – “Paying the Price” book discussion hosted by CTE which starts January 23 from 3:30 – 4:40 p.m. in RJF Hall 240. Contact Chris Remley (christopherremley@grcc.edu) to sign up!

Thank you! 

Lina Blair, Sandy Gregory and Holly Christopher
CAP 3.3 Co-Champions

GRCC In the News, 1-13-20

GR city leaders to approve plans for new scholarship

Jan. 13, 2020; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids area high school students will soon have the chance to go to Grand Rapids Community College tuition free. It’s part of the Grand Rapids Promise Zone Scholarship.

Challenge Scholars near the finish line

Jan. 10, 2020; schoolnewsnetwork.org (Kent Intermediate School District)

Leslie Torres worked with the focused concentration of an artist, her canvas a chocolate cupcake. Squeezing a funnel of frosting, she squeezed out delicate orange flowers, onto which she dropped chocolate sprinkles with tweezers.

… A star student in the Tech Center’s baking program, Leslie hopes to one day do this for a living, by owning a bakery. She is well on her way skillswise, her sights set firmly on entering the renowned culinary arts program at Grand Rapids Community College, which would make her the first in her family to attend college. She’s already taking algebra at GRCC through dual enrollment.

Jenison father ordered to trial on child abuse charge in son’s drowning

Jan. 11, 2020; MLive

HUDSONVILLE, MI — A Jenison area father has been ordered to stand trial on child abuse charges in the drowning of a teen son with severe autism.

… Earlier testimony showed Timothy Koets, a Grand Rapids Community College professor on administrative leave, left the boy on a back deck when he left for work.

Gilda’s LaughFest tickets on sale Friday for 2020 festival

Jan. 10, 2020; WWMT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Tickets went on sale Friday at 10 a.m. for Gilda’s LaughFest, a 10-day comedy festival across more than 40 venues in Grand Rapids.

… The festival also features a number of kid-friendly events such as the Kids Hip Hop Dance Party on Sunday, March 8 at The B.O.B., and Kids Super Saturday Kids Fun Zone on Saturday, March 14, at the Grand Rapids Community College Ford Fieldhouse.

Zero Waste events a success

A sincere thank you from the GRCC Sustainability Team to the GRCC campus community for your support and participation in the Zero Waste Events that were held on Opening Day, the Adjunct Evening, and Learning Day.  The data collected by Facilities staff revealed that from the hundreds of meals served at those events, 32 bags of compostables were collected that will not end up in the landfill.  The pictures below of the overflowing composting bin and nearly empty landfill dumpster tell the tale:

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Nursing program seeks pregnant volunteers for office visit simulation

The faculty of the Grand Rapids Community College Family Nursing Course are looking for pregnant volunteers for a simulated prenatal visit. This is not to replace a regular visit with your provider but an opportunity for our LPN students to simulate an office visit with willing participants.

We will hold our simulations on January 20 and January 22 between 10 a.m. and noon. Lunch will be provided!

If you are interested and available, please contact us by email — dzuidgee@grcc.edu — and let us know which date works best for you. Directions and more details will follow after sign up.

Thank you so much for your help!

 

A nurse takes the blood pressure of a pregnant woman.

Get in the game: Recycle to win!

Become a GRCC Recycling Superhero by saving our planet one recyclable at a time!

As shown on Learning Day, GRCC will be one of 300 colleges and universities across the US participating in RecycleMania, an eight-week recycling competition. Please join in the fun by recycling properly using the correct bins located throughout campus. Each week, GRCC’s recyclables will be measured and compared against our fellow competitors.

Want to learn more? Visit the webpage!

Nursing students need pregnant volunteers for simulated office visit

The faculty of the Grand Rapids Community College Family Nursing Course are looking for pregnant volunteers for a simulated prenatal visit. This is not to replace a regular visit with your provider but an opportunity for our LPN students to simulate an office visit with willing participants.

We will hold our simulations on January 20 and January 22 between 10 a.m. and noon. Lunch will be provided!

If you are interested and available, please contact us by email — dzuidgee@grcc.edu — and let us know which date works best for you. Directions and more details will follow after sign up.

Thank you so much for your help!

A nurse takes the blood pressure of a pregnant woman.

GRCC In the News, 1-10-20

The Grand Rapids Promise Zone Authority to approve scholarship

Jan. 9, 2020; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Grand Rapids Promise Zone Authority is set to approve a scholarship for students living in Grand Rapids.

… The plan will give students starting with the class of 2020 the opportunity to earn a certificate or associates degree from Grand Rapids Community College tuition-free. The scholarship will also cover books, supplies and fees related to their classes.

How to talk to kids worried about war

Jan. 8, 2020; FOX 47

While there’s been no suggestion of the United States enacting a draft amid tensions with Iran, hashtags like “#WWIII” are stirring up fear among young people.

… Grand Rapids Community College Political Science Professor Keith St. Clair highly doubts a draft will occur.

Investigators: National interview of father facing charges ‘one-sided’

Jan. 9, 2020; WOOD Radio

WEST OLIVE, Mich. (WOOD) — Investigators are reacting after a West Michigan man, who’s accused of manslaughter, called the charges against him “unfair” on national television.

Grand Rapids Community College professor Timothy Koets was charged in October after police say his son, Sam Koets, 16, drowned in the family’s pool after he was left unattended in March 2019.

Tim Johnson out as Comstock Park football coach

Jan. 9, 2020; MLive

Comstock Park High School joins the list of Grand Rapids area schools searching for a new varsity football coach.

… (Tim) Johnson has coached baseball at Comstock Park for the past 33 seasons and was inducted into the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association in 2014. He was an assistant football coach at Comstock Park in the early 1980s under John Shillito in the early 1980s and again under Mark Chapman for four years before being named head coach. In addition, he was an assistant at Grand Valley for four seasons and Grand Rapids Community College for 23 years.

Ray having standout season at Mid Michigan

Jan. 9, 2020; San Antonio Express News

MOUNT PLEASANT — Former Big Rapids standout athletic Kaitlyn Ray is getting the job done in an impressive way this season for Mid Michigan College’s nationally ranked and undefeated women’s basketball team.

… On Wednesday, in an 80-48 win over Grand Rapids Community College, Ray had 12 points with 4-of-8 shooting from the floor, and a triple and 3-of-3 from the line, plus 15 rebounds. After 12 games for her 12-0 team, she’s averaging 7.9 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game and is shooting 44 percent from the floor and 73.1 percent from the charity stripe.

Individual LaughFest tickets go on sale Friday

Jan. 9, 2020; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich — Individual tickets for the 10th annual Gilda’s LaughFest go on sale Friday, Jan. 10 at 10 a.m.

… Other family friendly events include Kids Super Saturday Kids Fun Zone on Saturday, Mar. 14, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at GRCC Ford Fieldhouse. The Super Saturday Kids Zone is a themed kid’s carnival featuring surprise guests, inflatable activities, dancing, kid friendly music, games and much more.

January sessions have open spots!

There’s a seat with your name on it in the following upcoming learning opportunity sessions!

You can register — and find times, locations, and session descriptions — online.

 

Thursday January 16

Active Shooter Response

 

Thursday January 16

Intro to Gmail & Calendar

 

Tuesday January 21

Managing Time Effectively

 

Thursday January 23

Advanced Gmail

 

Tuesday January 28

Diffusing Rude Behavior

 

Wednesday January 29

Workplace Bullies

 

Thursday January 30

25Live Pro Training