ADA for Supervisors

Supervisor Training Scheduled for Winter

Topic: Americans with Disabilities Act

This course will review basics of the Americans with Disabilities Act, including college responsibilities that are relevant to supervisors, how to recognize accommodations request, and the process GRCC follows.

Key objectives to the workshop:

  • Become more familiar with ADA requirements for the college
  • Identify accommodations requests
  • Recognize concerns that need to be brought to HR
  • Identify concerns that may arise when dealing with disability as related to job role, performance, etc.

You can register online.

Winter wellness starts Jan. 8

Make 2018 your best year yet! Start the year off on the right foot by attending one of our many employee wellness classes. A full schedule of great classes start Monday, January 8. We have something for everyone!

As always, there’s no need to sign up – just show up and see what the fun is all about. You are welcome to bring your spouse, 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, so grab a friend and come join the fun!

Contact Nicole Dekker (, x3848) with any questions.

Weight Watchers at Work information, registration session

Are you interested in Weight Watchers, but need more information before committing? Please feel welcome to join us on Thursday, January 111, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Room 234 SCC for an informational and registration session! At this session, our team leader Sher Myers will introduce herself, present an overview of the WW Freestyle™ program, and encourage employees to fill out a registration form and provide payment.

Cost for the program is $186 for 20 weeks of on-campus meetings and online e-tool access. Please note that should you choose to register for the program, payment is due at this Session. Members can pay with cash, a check, or a credit or debit card. You can also take advantage of a three-check split payment method. With this form of payment, you will provide three upfront checks for $62 each. One $62 check will be deposited at week one, the second $62 check will be deposited at week five and the last $62 check will be deposited on week nine.

Staff development opportunities

Drupal Basics: Editing Content

Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 10:30-11:30 a.m. — Participants will learn to navigate the Drupal system, understand and use content types and edit existing content.

Resumes and Cover Letters

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 — 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 experiences.

Money Matters

Friday, January 12, 2018 — Learn how to manage money by preparing a personal spending plan and identifying ways to decrease spending and help increase income, track financial habits and build a budget, and create a plan to help achieve your financial goals.

You can register for any of these sessions online.

Winter 2018 wellness schedule now available

Come get healthy and strong with us in 2018! The winter schedule is now available and classes begin January 8. No need to sign up in advance, just join in on the fun! All are welcome to attend, and non-GRCC employees are simply asked to pay a small $20 fee per semester for unlimited access to all employee wellness classes. Questions? Contact Nicole Dekker (, x3848).

Drupal 8 web editor training this January

This week the Web Team will be migrating to Drupal 8, and are excited for the improvements this will bring to our website and web editor interface.

Website updates include a slight tweak in the font and appearance of our navigation menus found in the left-hand sidebar. This will give users a clean menu presentation that is easy to navigate.

Web users will see some slight changes, but this upgrade is intended to enhance web editors’ current toolset and add features that will help them manage their content workflow.

Training for web editors will be offered twice in January through Staff Development. If you have any questions or comments, please contact

Interested in Weight Watchers at work?

GRCC would like to bring Weight Watchers to you! If you’re holding it for the holidays, but really want to make a change in 2018, now is the time to sign up! We are looking for 20 or more employees to join in order to bring the program to campus, beginning in January.

Thank you to those who completed the Wellness Survey earlier this fall. There were several of you who indicated an interest in Weight Watchers, and so we’d like to offer the program this Winter semester. The program will consist of access to online e-tools, as well as weekly, on-campus meetings over the lunch hour that will cover topics ranging from nutrition, activity, strategy and tips for weight loss and let’s not forget the best part, celebrations of member successes! For a flat rate of $186, members will receive support and encouragement for a full 20 weeks. Already a member? Great! You can still participate in Weight Watchers at work.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Nicole Dekker (x3848, no later than Wednesday, December 20, 2017.

Professional development in December

There are several professional development opportunities being offered in December.

Workshops include:

  • Question.Persuade. Refer – December 5
  • Transformational v. Transaction – December 6
  • Intro to Windows 10 – December 7
  • Stress Management – December 8
  • Question.Persuade. Refer – December 12
  • Unintentional Bias – December 13

You can get more details and register online.

Condolences to Nicole Dekker, Cathy Noviskey

GRCC extends condolences to Nicole Dekker, of Staff Development, and Cathy Noviskey, of Student Affairs, upon the death of their grandfather and father-in-law on Monday, Nov. 27. Cremation has taken place, and a memorial service is being planned for a later date. Interment will take place at Ft. Custer National Cemetery.

Workshops added to Staff Development fall schedule

QPR-Question. Persuade. Refer Workshop Schedules

  • November 6  – 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • November 15 – 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • December 5   – 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • December 12 – 11:00-12:00 p.m.

Course Description

QPR is used to save lives and reduce suicidal behaviors by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. It is believed that quality education empowers all people, regardless of their background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know. QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer – the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. According to the Surgeon General’s National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (2001), a gatekeeper is someone in a position to recognize a crisis and the warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide. Gatekeepers can be anyone, but include parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, ministers, doctors, nurses, office supervisors, squad leaders, foremen, police officers, advisors, caseworkers, firefighters, and many others who are strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide.

You can register online.

Staff Development workshops for Oct. 25-27

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.