Condolences to friends, family of Keith Longberg

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of former Language Arts faculty member Keith Longberg, who died Dec. 21. A memorial service was held today.

Longberg was a driving force behind the Million Dollar Faculty initiative in 1984, which raised money for GRCC (then GRJC) Foundation scholarships. He was named Faculty Emeritus in 2007, and the Keith Longberg Trust Scholarship is named for him.

Keith Longberg talks to a student at a Creating Connections breakfast in 2015.

GRCC In the News, 12-4-17

GRCC’s economic impact tops $447M

Dec. 1, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A recent economic impact study found Grand Rapids Community College had a total impact of $447.7 million on Kent and Ottawa counties in the 2015-16 fiscal year.

Partnership helps refugees find construction jobs

Dec. 1, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The construction industry in West Michigan is experiencing a skilled worker shortage, leaving some companies unable to adequately staff projects.

… To join the program, refugees were required to have some basic conversational skills to understand the curriculum. The Literacy Center provided testing, and a group of 20 eligible refugees was identified. Students began classes in March, two days per week at the Grand Rapids Community College M-TEC building. An NCCER-certified instructor and a Literacy Center ESL teacher taught the classes. In addition to being taught NCCER Core Curriculum, students also received an OSHA-10 card.

New reporter starts at Sidney Herald

Dec. 2, 2017; Sidney Herald (Mont.)

My (Nicole Hoffman) interest in journalism started at a very young age. I was one of six students in my eighth grade class to volunteer for the after school newspaper, a term I would use loosely in that situation. It was a brochure style piece of paper that got passed out once a month that you’d normally find scattered on the floors, thrown into trash cans or used to make paper airplanes and spit wads.

… I went to Grand Rapids Community College from 2006 until 2009. I spent a year as a staff writer for The Collegiate, the newspaper at GRCC.

GRCC In the News, 11-17-17

Report finds gaps in funding, services for Kent Co. kids

Nov. 16, 2017; WOOD Radio

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A new report shows large gaps in services and funding for young children in Kent County.

… Claudia Jones works at one of the childcare centers that partners with First Steps Kent. As a preschool assistant instructor at the GRCC Early Childhood Learning Lab and a mother of three, she has seen the benefits of preschool.

GR Mag’s top weekend picks

Nov. 16, 2017; Grand Rapids Magazine

Get in the holiday spirit or take flight with dragons this weekend in GR. You can also join the celebration of a 10-year-old favorite, attend a performance by contestants from one of the most popular reality TV shows and in classic Beer City fashion, learn about how some of the city’s favorite brews got their distinct flavors. This weekend is jam-packed with events you won’t want to miss.



If the name wasn’t enticing enough, Grand Rapids Public Museum has partnered with New Holland Brewing and Grand Rapids Community College for a beer tasting and interactive presentation event. Starting with New Holland’s famous Dragon’s Milk, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the process of determining flavor that the brewers wanted for featured beers and find out which New Holland beers were accidental discoveries.

55 Holiday Gift Experience Ideas — Your Local Shopping Guide for Kids and Families

Nov. 16, 2017;

If you’d like to give or receive experiences rather than toys this holiday, here’s your list!

… Gifts for Mom

… Sign her up for language classes at Grand Rapids Community College. Then plan an international trip to let her use her new skills!

GRCC In the News, 11-13-17

Q&A: Dr. Bill Pink, President of Grand Rapids Community College

Nov. 12, 2017;

Dr. Bill Pink is Grand Rapids Community College’s 10th president, replacing Dr. Steven Ender who retired in May. Pink has been with GRCC since 2015, having served as the college’s vice president and dean of workforce development. Prior to GRCC, Pink was vice president of academic affairs at Oklahoma State University. An educator for 25 years, Pink’s background includes an associate degree from York College in Nebraska, a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Christian University, a master’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma and a doctorate from the University of Oklahoma. Pink spoke with MiBiz about the need for GRCC to stay relevant for employers and how the college is designing courses to make that a reality.

Arts briefs 11/13/17

11/13/17 The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

‘My Life as a Zucchini’ film showing

As part of the Tournées French Film Festival, Grand Valley State University, in conjunction with Grand Rapids Community College and their respective French sections, will be co-presenting the film “My Life as a Zucchini,” or “Ma vie de courgette.” The showing will be held on GVSU’s Pew Campus in the DeVos Centers Loosemore Auditorium on Wednesday, Nov. 15, starting at 7 p.m.

Comerciantes y residentes de la avenida S Division se reúnen para discutir el futuro de zona comercial

Nov. 10, 2017; El Vocero

Representantes de la Ciudad de Grand Rapids, de organizaciones de desarrollo urbano y líderes de organizaciones sociales encabezaron la reunión.

… Los dirigentes participantes fueron, Mariano Ávila del WGVU, Jeremy DeRoo, de LINC UP, el comisionado de la ciudad Joe Jone, Tamben Bustance del GRCC woodrick centery Sergio Cira Reyes del Urban Core Colletive.

(Representatives of the City of Grand Rapids, urban development organizations and leaders of social organizations led the meeting.

… The participating leaders were: Mariano Ávila from WGVU, Jeremy DeRoo from LINC UP, City Commissioner Joe Jone, Tamben Bustance from GRCC Woodrick Center and Sergio Cira Reyes from Urban Core Colletive.)

GRCC, GVSU partner on Tournees Film Festival

The French programs at GRCC and GVSU continue with the second annual Tournees Film Festival this month!

Admission to all the films is free, and everyone is welcome.

Tournées Film Festival 2017; Film Schedule: * “Frantz” (2016) Monday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. - Loosemore Auditorium, GVSU * “Ma Vie de Courgette” (2016) Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. - Loosemore Auditorium, GVSU * “Le Fils de Joseph” (2016) Thursday, Nov. 16, at 4 p.m. - ATC Auditorium, GRCC * “La Noir de …” (1966) Thursday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. - ATC Auditorium, GRCC * “L’Avenir” (2015) Friday, Nov. 17, at 4 p.m. - ATC Auditorium, GRCC * “Marguerite” (2016) Friday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. - ATC Auditorium, GRCC

The lineup:

* “Frantz” (2016) Monday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. – Loosemore Auditorium, GVSU

* “Ma Vie de Courgette” (2016) Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. – Loosemore Auditorium, GVSU

* “Le Fils de Joseph” (2016) Thursday, Nov. 16, at 4 p.m. – ATC Auditorium, GRCC

* “La Noir de …” (1966) Thursday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. – ATC Auditorium, GRCC

* “L’Avenir” (2015) Friday, Nov. 17, at 4 p.m. – ATC Auditorium, GRCC

* “Marguerite” (2016) Friday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. – ATC Auditorium, GRCC

GRCC In the News, 10-26-17

GVSU, GRCC collaborate to host French film festival

Oct. 25, 2017; The Lanthorn (GVSU students newspaper)

People will soon have the opportunity to watch a collection of foreign movies when Grand Valley State University’s and Grand Rapids Community Colleges French programs host their 2nd annual Tournées Film Festival from Monday, Oct. 30, to Friday, Nov. 17.

Study Away – Morocco

HU 219 Global Studies through International Travel –  Hillery Haney

As part of the HU 219 Global Studies Through International Travel course, students will be provided an in-depth study of the Moroccan culture, history, and civilization. Students will travel from the Atlantic Ocean to the Atlas Mountains to the Sahara Desert and to the Gorges. Students in this group can look forward to meeting people in the various villages and cities, visiting the markets and co-operatives, eat in restaurants, bartering to purchase local goods and services, and seeing firsthand how geography impacts values and lifestyles.

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GRCC In the News, 9-27-17

News Briefs

Sept. 27, 2017; The Torch (Ferris State University student newspaper)

… Literature in person

Katie Kalisz, a professor of English at Grand Rapids Community College and a recognized poet, will be presenting in IRC 120* Monday, Oct. 2, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, please contact Dr. Deirdre Fagan at

*IRC 120 refers to the Interdisciplinary Resource Center on the Ferris State University Big Rapids Campus

Judging the ArtPrize Jurors Shortlist

Sept. 26, 2017; WGRD

ArtPrize Nine hit another big landmark Monday night as the jurors revealed their favorite entries. Take a look at their favorites which include a few surprises and some snubs too.

… The biggest surprise here, and it’s a welcome one, has got to be the diversity of the venues represented in the category. You can expect The Ruse Escape Rooms and Veterans Memorial Park to see an influx of visitors after being named to the Jurors Shortlist. GRCC Collins Art Gallery and Cultural Collective @ Rumsey Street might see the bigger crowds they deserve too. DeVos Place is a regular in the second round each year.

GRCC, GVSU sponsor Tournees Film Festival

The French programs at GRCC and GVSU will present the second annual Tournees Film Festival in October and November!

Admission to all the films is free, and everyone is welcome.

This year’s lineup:

“Frantz” — 7 p.m. Oct. 30 in GVSU’s Loosemore Auditorium.

Pierre Niney. Paula Beer. Frantz. Un film de Francois Ozon. Collection Ernst Stotzner, Marie Gruber, Johann Von Bulow, Anton Von Lucke, Cyrielle Clair, Alice de Lencquesaing.

“Ma Vie de Courgette” — 7 p.m. Nov. 15 in GVSU’s Loosemore Auditorium.

Golden Globe Award Nominee Best Animated Feature. Academy Award Nominee Best Animated Feature. Will Forte, Nick Offerman, Ellen Page, Amy Sedaris. My Life as a Zucchini.” A Claude Barras Film. “Nothing Short of a Miracle!” Hollywood Reporter. PG-13.

“Le Fils de Joseph” — 4 p.m. Nov. 16 in the ATC auditorium.

Coffee and Films/Les Films du Fleuve presentment Le Fils de Joseph. Un Film de Eugene Green. Avec Victor Ezenfis, Natacha Regnier, Fabrizio Rongione, Mathieu Amalric, Maria de Medieros. Coproduction Jean Pierre et Luc Dardenne.

“La Noir de … ” — 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 in the ATC auditorium.

La Noire de … un film de Sembene Ousmane. Prix Jean Vigo 1966. “Tanit D’Or” au Festival International de Carthage 1966. Prix du Meilleur Realisateur Africain au Festival Mondial des Arts Negres de Dakar 1966. Une lucidite critique constant … L’Humanite-Dimanche. Le geste et la parole sont enfin donnes a ceux qui en ont la veritable maitrise! Jen Rouch. Grace a Sembene Ousmane, le continent noir a pris enfin place dans l’histoire du cinema mondial. Georges Sadoul. Le chemin de l’independence et d l’art, au cinema comme dans la vie, passent par la meme veritable lucidite …. Louis Marcorelles. Le jury du Prix Jean Vigo, preside par Claude Aveline, et ou siegeaient notamment Henri Sauguet et Pierre Prevert, a attribute au premier tour Le Prix Jean Vigo a Sembene Ousmane. Le Figaro. Un talent, une sesibilite, une precision qui forcent le respect. Combat. Ce realisateur Senegalias, qui fut docker a Marseille, qui a travaille en urss avec le cineaste Marc Donskoi, est aussi un romancier deja connu. Le Monde. Co-production les actualites Francaises Iparisi Domirev Films Idakari.

“L’Avenir” — 4 p.m. Nov. 17 in the ATC auditorium.

Isabelle Huppert. L’Avenir. Mia Hansen-Love. Andre Marcon. Roman Kolinka. Edist Scob.

“Marguerite” — 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in the ATC auditorium.

Catherine Frot. Andre Marcon. Michel Fau. Christa Theret. Marguerite un film di Xavier Giannoli. Sceneggiatura, adattamento, dialoghi di Xavier Giannoli.

GRCC In the News, 9-7-17

Michigan job growth fueled by apprenticeships

Sept. 7, 2017; Burton View

MICHIGAN – More than one-third of Michigan’s job growth will be through apprenticeships over the next five years, said United States Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta, in an online post Last week, Governor Rick Snyder welcomed United States Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta to West Michigan to see how the state is connecting employers with educators and showing students the careers available to them at a young age. Michigan is a strong leader in apprenticeships, with the 8th most in the nation. Gov. Snyder and Sec. Acosta visited Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, where they are holding orientation for more than 150 new employees each week. They toured Grand Rapids Community College and Mercy Health to check out innovative job training programs. In Battle Creek, they checked out advanced manufacturing at Bleistahl and ROsler. Acosta told Snyder that he was impressed by Michigan’s leadership in job growth and its proactive approach to our future talent needs.

People and Places

Sept. 7, 2017; Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette

Maryann Lesert has been named the recipient of the Moondancer fellowship for 2017 at the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow in Eureka Springs.

In all of her writing, the natural world and its human inhabitants are equally prominent and intertwined. From her first play, Superwoman (1998), a 90-minute warning of technologies that threaten to erase our biological sense of place, to Threshold, her current novel-in-progress about environmental activists working to stop fracking in Michigan’s state forests, Lesert’s work is equally inspired and supported by time with the natural world. Threshold grew from two years of boots-on-well-sites research on fracking in Michigan’s state forests. An excerpt from Threshold appears in Fracture, Essays, Poems and Stories about Fracking in America (Ice Cube Press, 2016). From 2012 to the present, Lesert has presented her research on the scientific, sensory and community effects of fracking in a presentation, titled Fracking in the Forest, to more than 50 academic, environmental and public audiences across the state. Lesert is a playwright, novelist and journalist who teaches creative writing at Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College.

Jayhawks volleyball team stays perfect in conference with a victory over Glen Oaks

Sept. 7, 2017; Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

The Muskegon Community College volleyball team improved to 4-0 in conference play with a four-set victory over Glen Oaks Community College on the road on Tuesday.

… MCC will host rival Grand Rapids Community College on Thursday.

GRCC adjunct, student worked on ‘The Bread Show’

Adjunct English instructor Roel Garcia wrote the script for “The Bread Show,” a celebration of Latin American and Anglo-European bread-making traditions presented by the Urban Garden Performing Arts of Holland. GRCC student Mariana Ramirez Franco was among the actors in the August 4 performance at the Holland Area Arts Council.