Ice Cream Socials This Week!!

Let’s beat the heat together! Come grab an ice cold treat and mingle with friends at either (or both) of our ice cream socials!

  • Wednesday, July 18th, from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Tassell M-TEC.
  • Wednesday, July 18th, from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. on Main Campus, South Commons.

*Due to construction, an ice cream social will not be held on DeVos campus this year.

Questions or dietary restrictions? Please give Nicole Dekker a ring at x3848. Hope to see you there!


Ice Cream Socials Next Week!!

Let’s beat the heat together! Come grab an ice cold treat and mingle with friends at either (or both) of our ice cream socials!

  • Wednesday, July 18th, from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Tassell M-TEC.
  • Wednesday, July 18th, from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. on Main Campus, South Commons.

*Due to construction, an ice cream social will not be held on DeVos campus this year.

Questions or dietary restrictions? Please give Nicole Dekker a ring at x3848. Hope to see you there!

GRCC In the News, 2-19-18

Workforce development initiatives show signs of progress

Feb. 18, 2018;

By focusing on an internal culture that favors employee retention and support for external training initiatives, some West Michigan executives say they’ve largely avoided any problems associated with labor shortages.

… A founding member of the CWDA, ABC of West Michigan also works closely with organizations like Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) and Michigan Works!, largely as a means of identifying where specific gaps exist in construction training, developing curriculum and securing funding for the training programs.

Manufacturers solve problems internally, bring training in-house

Feb. 18, 2018;

Over the last few years, manufacturers have developed extensive in-house training programs in a move to combat skilled worker shortages.

… “This program provides the specific skills we are looking for while allowing our tradespeople to share their knowledge with others before retiring,” (Steelcase manager of corporate communications and public relations Katie) Woodruff said. “We have partnered with (Grand Rapids Community College) who provides an educational component, while our current tradespeople provide the on-the-job training. … We have had a mix of internal and external candidates join our apprentice program, which has proven to be a great balance.”

AMP Lab @WMU leverages partnerships to address talent shortage

Feb. 18, 2018;

GRAND RAPIDS — With the new AMP Lab @WMU that’s set to open this fall, Western Michigan University wants to leverage public- and private-sector partnerships to help local manufacturers innovate and access talent.

… The initiative also tapped into other institutions across the region, including Grand Rapids Community College, Ferris State University, Central Michigan University, Aquinas College and others.

Grand Rapids Community College celebrates 10th annual Creating Connections Breakfast

Feb. 16, 2018;

On Thursday, February 15, 2018, Grand Rapids Community College brought scholarship donors and recipients together through their 10th annual Creating Connections Breakfast. While enjoying eggs, bacon, and other delicious morsels prepared by GRCC’s culinary arts faculty and students, donors and recipients had the opportunity to interact and share their stories.

Sen. Stabenow to unveil new plan to help young people train, find work in Michigan

Feb. 19, 2018; WWMT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow will make a stop in West Michigan Monday to talk about her new “New Skills for New Jobs” agenda.
Sen. Stabenow (D-Michigan) will be at Grand Rapids Community College’s Michigan Technical Education Center Monday at 11 a.m.

8 apply for vacant Forest Hills School Board seat, NAACP calls for diversity

Feb. 18, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Forest Hills School Board received eight applications to fill a vacancy on the seven-member board, officials announced Friday, Feb. 16.

… Oscar Neal is a professor of mathematics and statistics at Grand Rapids Community College. He wants to help the district in developing youth by lending his advisory and planning skills. He cites enhancing performance and resourcefulness as key strengths and says he thrives on finding resolutions to problems. Neal, who is black, said his experience, educational qualifications and skills can be an asset.

Foul shots count for LMC women

Feb. 17, 2018; The Herald-Palladium (St. Joseph)

BENTON TOWNSHIP — It was a foul game against Grand Rapids Community College on Friday night.

Grand Rapids officials express concern over students violating housing codes downtown

Feb. 19, 2018; The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

Officials from the city of Grand Rapids and Grand Valley State University wish to remind students living downtown of compliance codes upheld by the city.

… “The city of Grand Rapids has dealt with the issue for at least 20 or 30 years,” he (Grand Rapids compliance supervisor Eric Jordan) said. “We’ve always had Calvin (College) and Aquinas (University), Grand Rapids Community College. In the past 10 years, Ferris (State) has increased its operations down in the city, as well as GVSU.”

Tassell M-TEC staff and faculty serve breakfast to students

It was a wonderful morning for a big breakfast! Faculty and staff at the Tassell, prepped and served students this morning. It’s a special time for us to really connect with students. Thanks to all of you who helped out and to those of you who enjoyed it. Everyone’s tummy is full today!

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Mechanical Design Student see Welding at Tassell M-TEC

The students in DR 180-Mechanical Concepts class from the Mechanical/Architectural Design department had the chance to see how the different welding processes work at Tassell M-TEC today.  These students are studying how parts are manufactured so as they design them in our program, they understand how they will be made.  This class is part of our Mechanical Certificate as well as our Associate degree at GRCC.  Our students were able to see Nick Pinckney perform various techniques using the TIG welder on multiple materials.  John Doneth and Mike Cooper had the students try out welding themselves using the Virtual Welders.

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GRCC In the News, 4-21-17

GRCC’s Jeffrey Drake-Todd Named NJCAA 1st Team All-American

April 13, 2017;

Grand Rapids, MI. — On April 13, the NJCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Committee released its selections for the 2016-2017 All-American Teams. A familiar name was listed under First Team All-American, Sophomore, Jeffrey Drake-Todd. The six foot guard is the first in GRCC Men’s Basketball history to be named First Team All-American. Drake-Todd can add this award to the growing number of awards he has won for his efforts this past season. Which include, NJCAA Division II National All-Tournament Team, Region XII, District 9 Tournament MVP, GRCC Donald R. Black Male Athlete of the Year, First Team All-Region XII and First Team All-Conference.

Women’s Veterans Expo to be held at GRCC

April 20, 2017; WOTV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV)-  The Battle Creek VA Healthcare Delivery System in conjunction with community partners is hosting a Women Veterans Expo 2017.  The event will take place at Grand Rapids Community College M-Tec Building, 622 Godfrey Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503 on May 3, 2017 from 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.


Rick Szczepanski’s father to celebrate 101th birthday

Rick Szczepanski, a professional tutor at Tassell M-TEC shares that his father will turn 101 on Dec. 8:

My dad just amazes me with his love of life and his big heart to give back!

My dad is my hero. A very proud WWII veteran, POW in France, very successful businessman, starting Thierica Inc. after WWII with his brother Harry, funny and loving father of three and extremely caring husband of his wife and my mom. My mom suffered from multiple sclerosis for 38 years.

GRCC In the News, 9/16/16

GRCC teams up with Fiat Chrysler as certified training site
9/15/16 – MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is joining Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ network of certified technical training sites, officials announced Thursday, Sept. 15.


GR Community College diversity series opens with political analyst
9/15/16 – MLive               
The Diversity Lecture Series, sponsored by Grand Rapids Community College’s Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion, is intended to provide insight and understanding of multicultural issues to the West Michigan community.


Early college program works to fill manufacturing jobs
9/15/16 –
SPRING LAKE, Mich. (WOOD) — Just a few years ago manufacturing in Michigan was dead on arrival. Skilled trades had no future in the state. High school students considering skilled trades as a career sought other options.


Rees Foundation awards $63,000 in HVACR scholarships
9/15/16 – ACHR News
ARLINGTON, Va. — The Clifford H. “Ted” Rees Jr. Scholarship Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) and ACCA, announced scholarship awards totaling $63,000 to 37 students, including four veterans, studying to become technicians in the HVACR and water heating industry.


College fair to assist former ITT Technical Institute students
9/15/16 – Fox 17
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Representatives from seven area colleges and universities will be meeting with former students of ITT Technical Institute to help them further their educations.


MCC Jayhawks volleyball team drop huge lead, fall to GRCC in five sets
9/16/16 – Local Sports Journal
MUSKEGON – At the end of the night one of two very good volleyball teams had to lose its first conference match of the season. Unfortunately that team was Muskegon Community College, which dropped a 3-2 heartbreaker to archrival Grand Rapids Community College in a showdown on Thursday.


Tassell M-TEC hosts blood drive on June 21

The Tassell M-TEC will be hosting a blood drive on on June 21, 2016, from 11:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Please consider giving as the need is great this time of year!

To set up your appointment, click here. You can give if you have tattoos or are on most medications.

If you are not sure, or for more information, please email Elly Bainbridge at .

GRCC In the News, 4-14-16

News 8 Daybreak

4/14/16 WOTV

College students here in West Michigan are helping low-income families make sure their taxes are done on time. Accounting students from Davenport University, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids Community College and Cornerstone are providing free tax prep help.

Class is in session: How one Grand Rapids group is redefining failure in the workplace


Four years ago a small audience gathered at Wealthy Street Theatre in Grand Rapids to talk about a rather unconventional topic: failure. They listened to leaders and well-known artists in their community openly own their past struggles and change the conversation that surrounds failure. The event was an immediate success, and Failure:Lab was born. Since then, this form of social expression and storytelling has gone viral on a global scale. In just the last few months Failure:Lab events have taken place in Pittsburgh, Detroit, Atlanta, SXSW in Austin, and India.

… When asked if there were any lasting effects as a result of the program, she (Kathy Crosby) replied, “The word ‘failure’ itself isn’t as frightening. We pitch ideas to the board and can comfortably and confidently describe next steps if it happens to fail. We aren’t afraid to use that word anymore.” In addition to Goodwill Industries, 58 student leaders from the Grand Valley State University Hauenstein Center have taken part in the program, as well as the Grand Rapids Community College administrative team.

New Grand Rapids School Board member Jen Schottke is committed to GRPS and its mission


After interviewing five highly qualified candidates to fill the seat vacated by David LaGrand, who was elected to the 75th District State House seat, the Grand Rapids Board of Education unanimously selected Jennifer Schottke at the end of March. She will be sworn in this Monday, April 18.

… Schottke serves as Director of Workforce Development & External Affairs for the Associated Builders & Contractors Association, Inc. (ABC). In this role, she connects students with the skilled trades. Schottke works with ABC, Grand Rapids Community College and its M-TEK (Michigan Technical Education Center), as well as businesses throughout the area. This blend of experience and skills brings a new perspective to the board, and this was one of the reasons members wholeheartedly backed Schottke.

Lowell Area School Board April meeting

4/6/16 The Lowell Ledger

The Lowell Area Schools Board of Education met at the Runciman Administration Building, 300 High St., on Monday, April 11. Board member Brian Krajewski did not attend the meeting; his absence was unexplained. The meeting lasted about 25 minutes and was attended by eight members of the public.

… “This is for a boys and girls swim team in cooperation with South Christian and Caledonia,” (Superintendent Greg) Pratt said. “It is the highest area of interest that’s out there, but yet not enough to have a team on our own. This group of young people would work with Caledonia primarily and then a few students from South Christian. They would swim out of the Grand Rapids Community College pool. […] Much like other teams of this nature, they’re self-funded. Students would have to raise the funds for that type of sport.”