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Staff Development workshops for Oct. 25-27

October 17, 2017

Benefits 101 — 2:00-3:30 p.m. Oct. 25

These sessions will provide an overview of health plans, FSA, H.S.A and optional benefits offered through Grand Rapids Community College.

Reimbursement Policy — 2:00-3:30 p.m. Oct. 26 

This learning session will review the current employee reimbursement policy and will touch on topics related to travel reimbursements, mileage reimbursements, GSA Meal Per Diem rates, as well as Faculty Professional Development, and Tuition Benefit reimbursements for courses attended at other colleges or universities.

Heart Health — 10:00-11:00 a.m. Oct 27

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.

Register online.

Enjoy cider, doughnuts today

October 13, 2017

The cooler weather has finally arrived so come to the ATC Atrium today between 10:30am – 12:00pm to enjoy some fall-y treats that are guaranteed to warm up your spirit!

Cider & Donuts Event flier

Additional Windows 10 workshops added to Fall Staff Development

October 11, 2017

Additional Windows 10 workshops have been added to Staff Development’s fall schedule of offerings:

  • November 29, (2:00 – 3:30 p.m.)
  • December 7, (10:00-11:30 a.m.)

Course Description:

Windows 10 has arrived at GRCC! This new operating system has replaced Windows 7, and there are some changes we would like to share with you. Come and join us for this basic introduction to Windows 10, and learn how to navigate the changes.

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Next week’s Staff Development workshops

October 10, 2017

Understand and Manage Stress – 9:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 17


Full Title: “Using Awareness and Compassion to Understand and Manage Stress”. We live in a culture where on-going stress is a part of our very existence. While a certain amount of stress is normal (and productive), stress can lead to dissatisfaction, unhappiness, and even health problems. This class is designed to give participants a holistic perspective on the components of stress. An additional component of this program addresses the roles of various social-emotional aspects of stress management. Participants will become familiar with self-compassion, vulnerability, and resilience as methods to help reduce sources of stress in their lives. Participants will learn techniques related to mindfulness to help cope and manage stress.

Strategic Planning at GRCC – 2:00-4:00 pm. Oct. 18

This session will provide a general overview on the process of strategic planning at GRCC and how it connects to other key endeavors such as accreditation, department planning, performance evaluation and budgeting.  GRCC uses a 90-person teamed called the Strategic Leadership Team to develop and implement the strategic plan including 3 ends, 6 strategies, 17 College Action Projects, and 8 indicators of success.  If you have ever been curious about the SLT, why we have a strategic plan, or how you fit into the strategic planning process, this session is for you.

Supporting Those Who Are Grieving – 12:00-1:00 p.m. Oct. 20

Full Title: COMING ALONG SIDE: SUPPORTING THOSE WHO ARE GRIEVING.There are no magic words that immediately take away the pain so we say nothing or we say too much. This presentation discusses how to support those who have lost a loved one.

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Cider & Donuts this week!

October 10, 2017
Join us later this week for some delicious cinnamon sugar donuts and hot apple cider to warm your spirit!  Hope to see you there!


Night Shift Event:
Thursday, 10/12/17, from 10 p.m. -11 p.m.
Raider Grill

Daytime Event:
Friday, 10/13/17, from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
ATC Atrium

Cider & Donuts Event flier

Welcome fall with cider, doughnuts

October 4, 2017

Happy Fall, y’all! Our annual Cider & Donuts events are just around the corner so mark your calendars, grab a friend, and come enjoy some treats!

Fall Cider & Donuts Events. Brought to you by Human Resources/Staff Development. Night shift event: Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, 10:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. Raider Grill. Daytime event: Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. ATC Atrium. ATC.

Seats available for next week’s Staff Development workshops

October 3, 2017

Team Dimensions:  Learning to Work Effectively Together – 1:00-4:30 p.m. Oct. 11

Prior to the program, participants will have completed an online Team Dimension Profile (TDP). Using the TDP report and other training materials, participants will learn about their own behavioral styles as well as the styles of their team members and will be given strategies on how to increase their personal effectiveness in communicating and interacting with others.

Excel Basic – 2:00-3:30 p.m. Oct. 12

This course is designed to give users a good introduction to the basic concepts of Excel. It explores the structure of the Excel workbook and demonstrates basic techniques required for working with spreadsheets.

Retirement Planning – 2:00-3:30 p.m. Oct. 13

Is retirement planning on your mind? If so, this session is for you! We will look at the available resources to help prepare you for this chapter of your life. Whether you’re retiring in the near future, or simply planning ahead, you’ll gain knowledge and tools to help you plan accordingly. Come join us in our discussion!


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Seats available for next week’s staff development workshops

September 27, 2017

Goal Crushing Productivity — 1:30-3:30 p.m. Oct. 3

If you want to increase productivity, then this program is designed for you and your team. Explore success strategies for realizing goals, prioritizing objectives, organizing your day and eliminating time wasters. Ignite motivation and achieve big goals with proven strategies for goal crushing productivity.

Choosing Civility — 9:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 4

What does it mean to be civil in today’s changing world? How do we continue to maintain and promote civility on GRCC’s campus? Civility betters our lives and provides a safe learning environment for our students, staff and faculty. In this workshop, participants will: 1. Understand the meaning of civility. 2. Respond to rudeness in an assertive yet civil manner. 3. Know how to react to persistently rude people. 4. Handle rudeness in the workplace. 5. Apologize for your own rudeness.

Intro to Windows 10 — 2-3 p.m. Oct. 5

Windows 10 has arrived at GRCC! This new operating system has replaced Windows 7 and there are some changes we would like to share with you. Come and join us for this basic introduction to Windows 10 and learn how to navigate the changes.

Library Resources For Work — 10-11 a.m. Oct. 6

This session will provide a basic introduction to library services for any GRCC employee. How to find and use resources, including the traditional book collection, the e-book and e-media collections, general databases, and pertinent Subject Guides will be introduced. Attendees will also sign up for the New York Times online and RaiderLoan Document Delivery & Interlibrary Loan

You can register for any of these workshops online.

Wellness page adds mindfulness video

September 18, 2017

It’s the third week of September and the semester is in full swing! Do you feel like you need a moment to re-charge your batteries? If so, check out our new mindfulness video on the wellness page. Just 90 short seconds can have you feeling refreshed!

Need a bit more to get you energized? We offer a full schedule of great fitness classes to get your blood pumping and your mind clear! All are welcome* to participate and there’s no need to sign up in advance. There’s something for everyone so come sweat and have fun! Class descriptions can be found online.

*Must be 18 or older. Non-GRCC Participants are asked to pay a small $20 fee per semester.

Questions? Contact Nicole Dekker (x3848,

Professional development opportunities are now available

August 31, 2017

Professional Development Learning Opportunities are now open for registration.  Many classes have been added over the past few days.  Check them out and be one of the first to register.  Please contact Staff Development at ext. 2223 if you are not able to register online.  We will be happy to add you to the list.

Keep an eye on the website – classes will be added as they are scheduled.

Our 2017-2018 Learning Opportunities flier coming soon!

Fall wellness schedule now available

August 29, 2017

Kick off a new semester in a healthy way! Grab a friend and come sweat at one of our many group fitness classes. There’s something for everyone! No need to sign up, just show up and see what the fun is all about. As always, you are welcome to bring your spouse, a child over 18, or friend(s) to these classes. Non-GRCC participants are asked to pay a small $20 fee per semester. All are welcome!

Contact Nicole Dekker (, x3848) with any questions.

We hope to see you soon!

Screening committee training set for August 18

August 8, 2017

If you’re interested in becoming part of a screening committee, please join us on Friday, August 18, 2017, for training! The session will be held in ATC 122 from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

If you’re interested in participating, please register online.

Employee wellness survey

August 7, 2017

Help us create opportunities that are relevant to your personal wellness goals! If you have three minutes to spare, and feedback or suggestions to share, please take the employee wellness survey.

Screening committee training set for August 18

August 1, 2017

If you’re interested in becoming part of a screening committee, please join us on Friday, August 18, 2017, for training! The session will be held in ATC 122 from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

If you’re interested in participating, you can register online.

Urban EcoTrek canceled tonight

July 27, 2017

Urban EcoTrek has been canceled for Thursday, July 27.