Posted tagged ‘preschool’

Photos from Faculty Showcase

April 13, 2017

Thank you to all the Faculty Showcase presenters and participants!  Thank you also to Armen Oumedian for his generous support for the Innovation Grants for faculty!

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Preschoolers learn cookie-making skills from SICE students

April 12, 2017

Children from the Early Childhood Learning Laboratory learned all about cookies from the experts at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education. Associate Professor Audrey Heckwolf and her students walked the preschoolers through the process of making sugar cookies in an industrial kitchen. They watched the cookies go through an industrial-size cookie dough press and oven, and ended their experience using angled spatulas to frost them.

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Faculty Showcase is today

April 11, 2017

Please stop by the Preschool on April 11 between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to see some of the amazing work being done by faculty this year. There will be faculty from the following areas available to share and discuss ideas:

JaneAnn Benson will be giving tours of the new Preschool building as well.

Light snacks will be served.

Faculty Showcase to be held April 11

April 7, 2017

Please stop by the Preschool on April 11 between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to see some of the amazing work being done by faculty this year. There will be faculty from the following areas available to share and discuss ideas:

JaneAnn Benson will be giving tours of the new Preschool building as well.

Light snacks will be served.

Preschool hosts training session on hands-on exploration

March 30, 2017

GRCC’s Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory provides free monthly training sessions for in-home child-care providers.

From 6:30-8 p.m. April 11, the topic will be “Hands-On Exploration for Young Children.” You will leave with a “cookbook” of activities that you can do with ingredients that you probably have around the house. This will include a “make-and-take” activity — so come ready to get messy!

RSVPs are appreciated, but not required; contact Kathleen Neumann at (616) 234-4004 or kathleenneumann@grcc.edu.

Community play groups start this week

March 15, 2017

GRCC’s Early Childhood Learning Laboratory is starting community play groups.

The play groups are intended to support those caring for children in the home in providing activities that enhance children’s growth and development and support kindergarten readiness. They are open to all adults caring for young children—infant to kindergarten age. In addition to families, we especially encourage both licensed and unlicensed child care providers who care for family members, friends, or other children to attend. This is a great opportunity for the children to interact with other children, have play experiences that support their development, and for adults to connect with other adults caring for children.

The play groups last 90 minutes and include adult and child play with materials specifically selected to develop a wide range of skills, a story time, and a snack.

The groups run 10-11:30 a.m. at the preschool on:

  • March 16.
  • April 13.
  • May 18.

Parking is available in front of the building on Claremont. Questions? Call 234-2410.

 

Preschool hosts training sessions for child-care providers

February 17, 2017

GRCC’s Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory provides free monthly training sessions for in-home child-care providers.

From 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 21, the topic will be “Using Children’s Books to Build Cultural Competence.” A training certificate will be provided. RSVPs are appreciated, but not required; contact Kathleen Neumann at (616) 234-4004 or kathleenneumann@grcc.edu.

Upcoming topics are:

  • “Using the GRCC Resource Room” from 6:30-8 p.m. March 21.
  • “Hands-On Exploration for Young Children” from 6:30-8 p.m. April 11.
  • “Learn About Early On Kent County” from 6:30-8 p.m. May 2.

Two children sit on the floor of a preschool classroom.

 

GRCC In the News, 1-24-17

January 24, 2017

College opens $7.2M learning lab downtown

Jan. 23, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local college has opened a 24,000-square-foot facility downtown that aims to meet the needs of its child development students and preschoolers.

Grand Rapids Community College opened the Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory at 210 Lyon St. NE on Saturday.

College approves $300K bond to train glass maker’s workers

Jan. 23, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local college has approved $300,000 in funding to help train workers at a growing manufacturing facility in the region.

Grand Rapids Community College’s Board of Trustees last month agreed to link funds from diverted State of Michigan income tax to support training for 33 newly created positions at Engineered Glass in Holland Township.

Morning News

Jan. 24, 2017; WZZM

Imagine what it would feel like to walk across the stage at your high school graduation and leave with no one but two diplomas. That will soon be the reality for dozens of students here at Ottawa Hills. The program is called early middle college. It is the latest partnership between Grand Rapids Public Schools and Grand Rapids Community College.

Downtown restaurant appoints chef

Jan. 23, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A downtown restaurant is getting a new chef.

… (Stephan) VanHeulen, who attended the GRCC Secchia Culinary Institute, began his career at AHC+Hospitality, cooking for restaurants within the groups portfolio in Grand Rapids, which includes Cygnus27.

Kozminski remembered as hero at fundraiser for memorial

Jan. 23, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Dozens turned out to Celebration! Cinema North Monday for a screening of the movie “Patriots Day” as part of a years-long push to raise money for a memorial to fallen Grand Rapids police officers.

… $35,000 of the money raised will go toward the scholarship fund that pays for one year of tuition at Grand Rapids Community College for a student who hopes to work in law enforcement. Kozminski’s parents choose the recipient of that scholarship.

The City of Grand Rapids Looking For Your Help to Make Our Neighborhoods Better

Jan. 23, 2017; 104.9 FM

The City of Grand Rapids is looking to get residents, neighborhood associations, businesses, non-profits, and government officials together, to help build stronger neighborhoods in Grand Rapids. They’re holding the Third Annual Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit on Saturday, March 4th, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. And it’s free!

… There will be childcare available if you register in advance, and GR Public Schools will also be offering free neighborhood transportation to and from the event! Bicycle racks, and discounted parking in the GRCC Bostwick Parking Ramp will also be available. There will also be Spanish-English translation services.

GRCC In the News, 1-23-17

January 23, 2017

GRCC holds grand opening dedication, open house for new preschool facility

Jan. 21, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Grand Rapids Community College marked the grand opening of the Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory with a dedication and community open house on Saturday.

Members in the News January 2017

Jan. 20, 2017; Merit

GRCC Replaces Nearly $590,000 in Textbooks Through Open Educational Partnerships

Through its new partnerships with the OpenStax program and other providers of free digital resources, Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) has replaced almost $590,000 in textbooks with free or substantially less expensive versions. Last February, GRCC joined Rice University’s OpenStax program, which provides free, high-quality peer-reviewed textbooks. During the fall semester, more than 90 GRCC class sections used the open-educational resource (OER) texts.

Together again

Jan. 22, 2017; Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

Grand Valley State University’s Sibs and Kids Weekend will be a time of reconnection for GVSU students and their families. To celebrate this annual event, GVSU will be hosting a variety of activities Friday, Jan. 27, and Saturday, Jan. 28. Most of the activities will occur in the Kirkhof Center, although a few will happen in various other campus locations, as well as off campus.

… This year’s Sibs and Kids Weekend will be hosted by the Laker Traditions team, along with assistance from organizations like Spotlight Productions and the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids. In addition, the Grand Rapids Community College will be partnering with the YMCA to provide volunteers for one of Saturdays main events, Night at the YMCA.

World Affairs Council of Western Michigan Announces 2017 Great Decisions Global Discussions, Expansion into Holland

Jan. 21, 2017; 24-7pressrelease.com

Global health issues, nuclear proliferation, the complexity of U.S.-Saudi and U.S.-China relations are a few of the dynamic topics being explored as the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan launches its 2017 Great Decisions Global Discussion Series.

… In addition to strong participation from World Affairs Council members and the general community, more than 100 college students will take the series through their respective political science or international departments. Local participating colleges include Aquinas College, Calvin College, Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Hope College, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Montcalm Community College and Western Michigan University.

American Law Society Recognizes Gary P Schenk

Jan. 21, 2017; military-technologies.net

Grand Rapids, MI, January 20, 2017 (PR.com) — Gary P. Schenk is a partner at Schenk, Boncher & Rypma based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Gary’s practice focuses primarily on commercial, business, contract, and corporate law and associated litigation. His profound knowledge of commercial real estate has made him an expert advisor for both large and small business owners.

… Other notable associations and accomplishments include: serving on committees for the Grand Rapids Bar Association and the State Bar of Michigan; he was a past member of the Grand Valley State University Foundation, the Grand Valley University Friends of the Arts; he is a Fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation and previously served on the Lawyer Referral Committee of the Grand Rapids Bar; additionally, he has served a term as Chairperson of the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees.

Jayhawks women’s team stifles Grand Rapids CC with tough defense

Jan. 21, 2017; Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

MUSKEGON — The Muskegon Community College women’s basketball team didn’t lose any defensive intensity over the two-week holiday break.

The Grand Rapids Community College Raiders will attest to that.

Photos, video from preschool’s grand opening

January 23, 2017

GRCC held a ribbon-cutting for the new Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory on Jan. 21.

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Free preschool for 4-year-olds at GRCC

January 16, 2017

The Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory has openings for children who turned 4 by Sept. 1, 2016.

The openings are part of the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP), a free program for qualifying families.

The program runs 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, with before- and after-program hours available for a small fee. Call the preschool office at (616) 234-4004 for an application or for more information.

GRCC Preschool Class Sledding

Free preschool for 4-year-olds at GRCC

December 7, 2016

The Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory will have openings starting Jan. 9, 2017, for children who turned 4 by Sept. 1, 2016.

The openings are part of the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP), a free program for qualifying families.

The program runs 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, with before- and after-program hours available for a small fee. Call the preschool office at (616) 234-4004 for an application or for more information.

A woman reads a storybook to two preschoolers.

Preschool faculty organize fundraiser for CASA Thanksgiving meal

November 2, 2016

GRCC Preschool faculty are raising money to support CASA’s annual Thanksgiving meal for children in Kent County who are in the court system because of abuse and neglect. These children are often taken from their homes and placed in temporary foster homes, and this event provides an opportunity for siblings to reconnect.

Please help us at this time of giving thanks! Penny Folsom will collect monetary donations through Nov. 19 – a receipt will be provided, as needed. The Thanksgiving meal will be served Nov. 21 at a local church.

CASA of Kent County is a nonprofit program that’s primary focus is to serve children in child protective proceedings by appointing screened, trained community volunteers to advocate in the best interest of children who are temporary or permanent wards of the court. CASA volunteers serve to present information to the court, reduce the time a child spends in out-of-home care, and provide continuity for the child by having at least one person who is involved with the case from the beginning until the end.

Radiologic Technology program hosts Teddy Bear Clinic

November 1, 2016

The Radiologic Technology Program hosted its annual Teddy Bear Clinic with the GRCC Preschool Lab on October 25. The Radiography students gained experience with the younger pediatric population, and the preschoolers learned about the field of health care, x-rays, and human anatomy through interactive games and activities. The preschoolers receive an x-ray of their toy that was brought to the clinic, along with a Polaroid picture of themselves as Sammy the Skeleton.

Thank you to Kyle Lackscheide, Assistant Professor for Residential Construction at the MTech Center, for making the board for Sammy the Skeleton and Jamey Limbers, a student from visual arts, for painting Sammy the Skeleton.

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Construction to start on preschool

February 19, 2016

Rockford Construction is scheduled to start work on the new preschool — possibly as soon as Monday. The work plan includes fencing off the entire site, including the sidewalk on the south side of Lyon Street NE between Claremont Place and Barclay Avenue. The southern-most parking lane could eventually be fenced off, too — but that remains to be determined.

The north sidewalk will remain open throughout the entire project.