Earn professional development hours through community outreach with InteGReat CC

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Grand Rapids Community College supports the United Way through many different activities. As a College, we “donate” hours of support through the Loaned Executive Program and through participation on various agency boards. As individuals, we financially support agencies through our payroll deduction giving. The 2018 Leadership Institute cohort has chosen to extend its support and provide an opportunity for College employees to participate in a volunteer event called Operation United.

When?

Volunteer teams will work on-site at the home of a veteran or current service member within Kent County. Opportunities available on Friday, May 17, 2019, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

What takes place?

GRCC employees volunteer to “work” a half day shift (4 hours) on this community service activity.

How do I get involved?

College-wide, we will provide opportunities for the first 50 full-time employees to register for this half-day event.

Do I need my supervisor’s approval?

Yes, employees who would like to volunteer must ask their supervisor for approval. To obtain approval, you are required to complete a Leave of Absence form which can be found on the Human Resources page.

Can I earn Professional Development for volunteering?

Yes, employees who would like to receive up to four hours of professional development credit for this community service simply need to request this in the “Tracking Professional Development Hours for Staff” section of the Leave of Absence Application, and indicate they type of leave being “Conference.”

Pay and Benefits?

Yes, you will work at your regular GRCC job for a half day and work at the United Way activity for a half day (and be paid your regular daily hours).The additional “benefits” you receive are knowing how much you can make a difference in our community and through the United Way organization!

How do I volunteer?

Review information about the service activity, and register online by the May 3, 2019, deadline.

Thanks for caring!

Community outreach: United Way’s ‘Operation United’

Grand Rapids Community College supports the United Way through many different activities. As a College, we “donate” hours of support through the Loaned Executive Program and through participation on various agency boards. As individuals, we financially support agencies through our payroll deduction giving. The 2018 Leadership Institute cohort has chosen to extend its support and provide an opportunity for College employees to participate in a volunteer event called Operation United.

When?

Volunteer teams will work on-site at the home of a veteran or current service member within Kent County. Opportunities available on Friday, May 17, 2019, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

What takes place?

GRCC employees volunteer to “work” a half day shift (4 hours) on this community service activity.

How do I get involved?

College-wide, we will provide opportunities for the first 50 full-time employees to register for this half-day event.

Do I need my supervisor’s approval?

Yes, employees who would like to volunteer must ask their supervisor for approval. To obtain approval, you are required to complete a Leave of Absence form which can be found on the Human Resources page.

Can I earn Professional Development for volunteering?

Yes, employees who would like to receive up to four hours of professional development credit for this community service simply need to request this in the “Tracking Professional Development Hours for Staff” section of the Leave of Absence Application, and indicate they type of leave being “Conference.”

Pay and Benefits?

Yes, you will work at your regular GRCC job for a half day and work at the United Way activity for a half day (and be paid your regular daily hours).The additional “benefits” you receive are knowing how much you can make a difference in our community and through the United Way organization!

How do I volunteer?

Review information about the service activity, and register online by the May 3, 2019, deadline.

Thanks for caring!

Upcoming professional development sessions

LOTS of Google going on right now – get ready!

The GMail/Google Calendar transition is only three weeks away. Visit the Professional Development page to sign up for GMail/Google Calendar training.

More information about these interesting sessions can be found online, including links to register. Questions? Contact Angela (angelasalinas@grcc.edu).

There are still seats available in the following sessions; you could be there learning, growing, and enjoying!

  • Friday, April 19 – Game Play: Staying Active as a Family
    • Noon-1 p.m.
    • 309 Sneden
  • Thursday, April 25 – Drupal Basics
    • 10:30-11:30 a.m.
    • 351 Main
  • Tuesday, April 30 – Customer Experience and Your Career
    • 9 a.m.-noon
    • 307 Sneden
  • Tuesday, May 7 – Performance Evaluation Feedback
    • 1-2:30 p.m.
    • 207 Sneden
  • Tuesday, May 14 – Active Shooter Response Training
    • 10-11:30 a.m.
    • 234 Student Center
  • Wednesday, May 15 – Non-Verbal Communication
    • 1-3 p.m.
    • 304 Sneden
  • Friday, May 17 – Living a Healthy Lifestyle
    • Noon-1 p.m.
    • 309 Sneden
  • Wednesday, May 29 – Business Writing Workshop
    • 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

G Suite Transition: Summer Learning Opportunities Added

G Suite training sessions have been added through the end of June! To register for a session visit the Going Google page.

Remember, if you’ve attended any of these sessions and still have questions, you may request an individual or team follow up meeting with one of our Guides. Simply fill out this form to request an appointment.

Upcoming professional development opportunities

There’s a seat with your name on it in any of these upcoming staff development sessions:

  • Friday, March 22 – Label Reading, noon-1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 26 – StrengthsFinder, 10 a.m.-noon
  • Friday, March 29 – Fitness can be N.E.A.T., noon-1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 10 – Coaching Skills for Managers, 1-3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 17 – GRCC Purchasing Policy, 1-2:30 p.m.
  • Friday, April 19 – Game Play: Active as a Family, noon-1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 15 – Non-Verbal Communication, 1- p.m.
  • Friday, May 17 – Living a Healthy Lifestyle, noon-1 p.m.

Also – Learn how to update a webpage with Drupal Training! Available:

  • Thursday, March 28, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, April 25, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, May 30, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

More Information about these interesting sessions can be found on the Professional Development page.

And there is LOTS of Google going on – get ready! The Gmail/Google Calendar transition is only six weeks away!

Visit Google for GRCC to sign up for upcoming GMail/Google Calendar training.

Questions? Contact Angela (angelasalinas@grcc.edu).

Spots still open for March 22 wellness professional development on label-reading

Knowing what you’re putting in your body starts with being able to decipher the labels on food. We’ll look at which categories are of the most importance. We will also examine the front labels on foods and what they mean: ‘Organic?’ ‘Non-GMO?’ ‘Natural?’

Register on the Professional Development page.

Identify your top strengths at this month’s StrengthsFinder assessment

What are your top five strengths? Find out!

The Strengths Finder session provides an opportunity to identify your natural talents by taking the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment. This assessment will recognize each participant’s top five strengths. During this interactive workshop, participants will learn to embrace their talents as strengths and gain a new perspective on their personal qualities and skills. Understanding the meaning and impact of these strengths will allow participants to continue developing in their career and enhance working and personal relationships.

  • WHEN: Tuesday, March 26, 2019, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • WHERE: Room 307 Sneden
  • Facilitator: Eric Mullen

Register online!

HR needs your feedback- potential professional development opportunity

Human Resources would like to get your feedback on a potential professional development offering. There is an opportunity to offer a Business Writing one-day session covering topics like working with words (spelling, grammar, creating cheat sheets), writing meeting agendas, e-mails, reports, etc., and proofreading. The session would be tentatively held in May (specific date to be determined once we have received feedback) as an on-campus session OR there is an opportunity to complete it as an online module.

If you are interested in participating in either the one day on-campus Business Writing session or as an online module, please email jberens@grcc.edu no later than Monday, March 18.

G Suite Transition- Learning Opportunities Added

Due to popular demand, four additional G Suite learning opportunities have been added! Keep in mind that these courses do not need to be taken in any particular order.

To register for a session, visit the Going Google page.

Remember, if you’ve attended any of these sessions and still have questions, you may request an individual or team follow up meeting with one of our Guides. Simply fill out this form to request an appointment!

Upcoming professional development opportunities

Sign up online for the following staff development learning opportunities! There’s a spot with your name on it for these upcoming sessions! There are several interesting topics, with multiple opportunities to expand your understanding and grow personally and professionally!

Tuesday, March 12: Signs of Marijuana Use

  • Scott Nuismer, a certified addictions specialist, will teach both how to recognize the markers of marijuana use and what you can safely do about it. Participants will learn how to recognize biological and physiological sign of marijuana use, as well as interventions to use.

Friday, March 22: Label Reading

  • Knowing what you’re putting in your body starts with being able to decipher the labels. We’ll look at which categories are of the most importance. We will also examine the front labels on foods and what they mean – Organic? Non-GMO? Natural?

Tuesday, March 26: Strengths Finder

  • This session will use the StrengthsFinder assessment to determine your top five strengths. We will use this tool to discuss how to understand your strengths and how they interact with others’ strengths. Using this information, you can improve your connections with your co-workers, peers, and on teams.NOTE: You will receive instructions and will need to take the assessment prior to the session.

Friday, March 29: Fitness can be NEAT

  • Studies show that families who find ways to be active together are healthier and more engaged. Learn ways to keep your kids and family members involved and active. Be ready to play and have fun as a group. You will leave with a handout of ideas and games that will be engaging for all ages.

Friday, April 5: Eating for Energy

  • Do you feel sluggish or tired throughout the day? So you want to feel more energetic without having to rely on caffeine or sugar? Learn how to eat to maximize your energy and keep yourself awake and fresh throughout the day. This class will teach your which foods to eat, and which to avoid.

Wednesday, April 10: Coaching Skills for Managers

  • It would be a wonderful workplace if everyone did a perfect job all of the time. But sometimes, people need coaching to help them improve. This program explains the process of effective coaching that you can use to help improve performance and behavioral issues.

Wednesday, April 17: GRCC Purchasing Policy

  • The Purchasing Department at GRCC serves the needs of the college for all purchases in excess of $1,000. Responsibility and authority to make commitments for these purchases are assigned to the Purchasing Department. Mansfield Matthewson, Director of Purchasing, and Melissa Davis, Procurement Specialist, will present the college’s Purchasing Policy, and provide a forum for open discussion and Q & A with participants.

Friday, April 19: Game Play as a Family

  • Studies show that families who find ways to be active together are healthier and more engaged. Learn ways to keep your kids and family members involved and active. Be ready to play and have fun as a group. You will leave with a handout of ideas and games that will be engaging for all ages.

Wednesday, May 15: Non-Verbal Communication

  • In our daily communication, we are constantly sending and receiving messages. Experts at UCLE report that 93% of our communication is non-verbal. Some would argue that this is extremely high, but when you consider how much meaning we transmit just with our physical appearance and actions, it is probably pretty accurate. People communicate with more than words. Other means of communication include movement, posture, gestures, eye contact, facial expressions, tone of voice, and use of space and time.

Thursday & Friday, May 30 & 31: Basic Life Support & CPR certification

  • THIS IS A TWO PART COURSE. PARTICIPANTS MUST COMMIT TO ATTENDING BOTH PARTS! This hands-on skills training prepares you to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies. It also teaches the skills and knowledge needed to provide care for victims of sudden cardiac arrest through the safe use of an automated external defibrillator (AED). The class can teach Adult CPR/AED, Child CPR/AED, and/or Infant CPR/AED.

 

Get Google-ready, GRCC

We are less than three months away from the college wide transition to GMail and Google Calendar.

Get trained and prepared by attending one of the informative hands-on sessions offered in collaboration between IT and GRCC Google Guides.

Sessions are available at various days, times, and locations on campus; sign up is quick & easy at the Google for GRCC webpage.

Upcoming Learning Opportunities

You can easily enroll online for sessions on the Learning Opportunities Registration page:

Tuesday, February 19: Conflict Strategies

  • 1:00-4:30 p.m.
  • 207 Sneden
  • Conflict is present in all aspects of our lives. An individual’s personal professional, and emotional health is greatly affected by how successfully he or she manages conflict. Individuals rely on each other to attain goals and are continually being thrown into situations where they need to handle conflict in a constructive manner – without being taught how to accomplish this. This half-day course will expose individuals to the different ways that people react in conflict situations, show them what their preferred strategy is in situations of conflict, and then help them plan to use a more integrating style of conflict resolution more effectively at work.
  • Led by The Employer’s Association

Friday, February 22: Heart Health

  • 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • 309 Sneden
  • Participants will have an understanding of the function of a healthy heart and implications of lifestyle choices. They will be able to identify a personally appropriate physical activity that improves heart health and name two heart healthy food choices, and will commit to making one heart healthy food change.
  • Led by Sheri Orlekoski, RN

Tuesday, February 26: Resumes and Cover Letters

  • 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • 307 Sneden
  • Whether you’re interested in a resume makeover or starting from scratch, this session helps participants assess their strengths and create a paper sales document about themselves. We will walk through the basic steps in writing a resume and cover letter that fairly promotes your strengths and experience
  • Led by Laura Caulk

Wednesday, February 27: FMLA-What’s in it for you?

  • 1:00-2:30 p.m.
  • 308 Main
  • Have you ever wondered what the Family Medical Leave Act is all about? Have you ever wondered if you or one of your employee’s had a “qualifying event” but were afraid to ask? In this session you will learn the various ins and outs of FMLA, intermittent FMLA, and the GRCC FMLA policy. You will also learn what a qualifying event is for you or an immediate family member and what is covered while you are on leave.
  • Led by Jennifer Kelly

Thursday, February 28: Drupal Basics: Editing Content

  • 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • 351 Main
  • In this course, participants will learn to navigate the Drupal system, understand and use content types, and edit existing content.
  • Led by Leigh Jajuga

Thursday, March 7: GRCC Accounts & You

  • 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • 351 Main
  • Campus accounts can be confusing. As part of our commitment to provide world class customer support, Information Technology would like to offer a refresher course to staff and faculty. This course will provide a walk-through on the types of accounts available to our students and staff and some tips and tricks for getting the most out of them. We will also cover how to use the recently updated password reset tool and, of course, be available to answer other account related questions.We will go over: Online Student Center, Campus Network Login, GRCC Wireless Network, Blackboard, Student Email, Student & Employee Discounts, and printing from a personal device/cloud printing.
  • Led by Rachel Bower

Tuesday, March 12: Signs of Marijuana Use

  • 10:00-11:00 a.m.
  • 307 Sneden
  • Scott Nuismer, a certified addictions specialist, will teach both how to recognize the markers of marijuana use and what you can safely do about it. Participants will learn how to recognize biological and physiological sign of marijuana use, as well as interventions to use.