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TRIO Student Support Services sends 8 GRCC students to MTU for Summer Research

May 15, 2018

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TRIO/SSS has partnered with Michigan Technical University (MTU), for the 14th year in a row, to provide GRCC students a first-hand research experience.  Karl Jovinge, Breianna Bertossi, Alannah Elliott, Benjamin Craig, Anthoni Phonxana, Breana Gallarzo, Joseph Day, and Nick Lopez are participating in the 7-week intensive learning opportunity.  They will be paired with faculty and assist with current research that ranges from engineering to human resources.

They will experience life at a four-year institution by living on campus, attending a seminar course, and working alongside research faculty.  For most students, this opportunity would not be possible without the financial support they also receive.  MTU gives each student a $2,500 stipend for their participation.  The financial support means students can focus on their learning and clarifying what their academic goals will be moving forward.

They will present their research to fellow classmates, faculty, and staff on June 22nd at MTU.  To learn more about this partnership program, please contact TRIO/SSS at 616-234-4150.

TODAY: Donate to Puerto Rico for Valentine’s Day!

February 14, 2018

Let’s extend our hearts to Puerto Rico!!!  TRIO/Student Support Services is partnered with the TRIO/SSS Program at the Universidad del Turabo – Puerto Rico!  Their needs are extensive – their situation still devastating!!!

Four images in one graphic; clockwise from top left: map of Puerto Rico; crest of Universidad del Turabo; Grand Rapids Community College logo; and TRIO Student Support Services logo

For TRIO’s Love Puerto Rico Flash Campaign, we are sending out the request list that came from the program:

  • Flashlights and batteries
  • Solar powered bulb lights
  • Portable battery-operated fans
  • Pen drives
  • Pencils and pens
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Erasers
  • Filler paper with lines
  • Highlighters
  • Small staples
  • Scientific calculators
  • White glue
  • Manila folders
  • Sheet protectors
  • Correction paper or Liquid Paper
  • Rulers
  • Spiral Notebooks
  • Backpacks
  • Graph paper
  • Pencil cases
  • Lunch boxes
  • Tablet Notebook/printer/iPad/…

We can pick-up your donations from your offices, or you can drop them by our offices located on the 3rd Floor of the Student Center – Room 332!  Let’s Love Puerto Rico today!!!!   Contact Email: aclark@grcc.edu

Donate to Puerto Rico for Valentine’s Day!

February 13, 2018

On Valentine’s Day – Let’s extend our hearts to Puerto Rico!!!  TRIO/Student Support Services is partnered with the TRIO/SSS Program at the Universidad del Turabo – Puerto Rico!  Their needs are extensive – their situation still devastating!!!

For TRIO’s Love Puerto Rico Flash Campaign, we are sending out the request list that came from the program:

  • Flashlights and batteries
  • Solar powered bulb lights
  • Portable battery-operated fans
  • Pen drives
  • Pencils and pens
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Erasers
  • Filler paper with lines
  • Highlighters
  • Small staples
  • Scientific calculators
  • White glue
  • Manila folders
  • Sheet protectors
  • Correction paper or Liquid Paper
  • Rulers
  • Spiral Notebooks
  • Backpacks
  • Graph paper
  • Pencil cases
  • Lunch boxes
  • Tablet Notebook/printer/iPad/…

We can pick-up your donations from your offices – or you can drop them by our offices located on the 3rd Floor of the Student Center – Room 332!  Let’s Love Puerto Rico tomorrow!!!!   Contact Email: aclark@grcc.edu

Four images in one graphic; clockwise from top left: map of Puerto Rico; crest of Universidad del Turabo; Grand Rapids Community College logo; and TRIO Student Support Services logo

Applications due by February 1

January 29, 2018

Encourage your students to participate in this Study Away opportunity:

GRCC Faculty-led Program. Study Away. Salamanca, Spain: Global Studies through International Travel. This 17-day international travel course will provide students with an in-depth study of the Spanish language and culture, civilization, art and history. While in Salamanca students will enjoy Spanish daily life with host families, and experience life in a city which has been a cultural and educational center in Spain. The program will encompass daily Spanish lessons with a broad range of cultural understandings together with field trips, and the opportunity to participate in the 800th anniversary of the University of Salamanca. Along with Salamanca other locations we will explore include Avila, Segovia, Aveiro and Madrid. Apply by February 1, 2018. Grcc.edu/studyaway grcc.edu/studentaway facebook.com/grccstudyaway

Eligibility: All degree-seeking students with a 2.0 cumulative GPA, and no money owed to the institution. Date: June 29-July 15, 2018 (17 days). Course: HU 219 Global Studies through International Travel (three credits). Housing: Program participants will be housed with host families. Excursions and Highlights: Two-week Spanish language classes at student proficiency level. Host family stay. Daily afternoon excursions. Guided visit to Segovia and Avila. Excursion to Aveiro Beach (Portugal) – weather permitting. 800-year celebration of the University of Salamanca. Service learning project with Puente Ladrillo. Ruta de Tapas (exploring Tapas’ restaurants). Castanet lesson. 4th of July celebration—Spanish style. City tour of Madrid. Contact: Department of Experiential Learning, Main Building, Level G2, Room 59. traceylacy@grcc.edu. (616) 234-4162 grcc.edu/studyaway. Costs* Program fee (paid to GRCC): $3,850. What is included: Round trip airfare. Accommodations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner while in country. Field trips, excursions and entrance fees. Criminal background check. Travel insurance. Deposit – Due upon acceptance into program: $500. Tuition [plus fees (in-district) paid to GRCC]: $339. What is included: Three (3) credits (based on residential rate) and fees. Potential Additional Expenses: Items listed below may or may not apply to all participants: Passport. Personal expenses. Additional meals beyond what is offered. Travel provider phone (in country use only). How to pay for study abroad? Students are encouraged to pursue financial aid, scholarships and grants to fund Study Abroad. In addition, they may consider personal funds and alternative loans to fund Study Abroad. For more information on funding, visit grcc.edu/studyaway. Contact program directors for more information: Carmela Zapata, Department of Language and Thought, czapata@grcc.edu (616) 234-4666. Anna Maria Clark, TRIO/Student Support Services, aclark@grcc.edu, (616)234-4131. Applications are taken on a first come first serve basis. Apply through February 1, 2018 at grcc.edu/studyaway. *All program information, including courses, duration of program, dates and other logistics are subject to change. Fee subject to adjustment based on actual exchange rates and international airfare. Programs may be canceled due to extenuating circumstances. GRCC Grand Rapids Community College. All participants are welcome. Those in need of accommodations, please contact the Department of Experiential Learning at (616) 234-4162. GRCC is an Equal Opportunity Institution. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

 

Tell students about trip to Spain

November 14, 2017

Encourage your students to participate in this Study Away opportunity:

GRCC Faculty-led Program. Study Away. Salamanca, Spain: Global Studies through International Travel. This 17-day international travel course will provide students with an in-depth study of the Spanish language and culture, civilization, art and history. While in Salamanca students will enjoy Spanish daily life with host families, and experience life in a city which has been a cultural and educational center in Spain. The program will encompass daily Spanish lessons with a broad range of cultural understandings together with field trips, and the opportunity to participate in the 800th anniversary of the University of Salamanca. Along with Salamanca other locations we will explore include Avila, Segovia, Aveiro and Madrid. Apply by February 1, 2018. Grcc.edu/studyaway grcc.edu/studentaway facebook.com/grccstudyaway

Eligibility: All degree-seeking students with a 2.0 cumulative GPA, and no money owed to the institution. Date: June 29-July 15, 2018 (17 days). Course: HU 219 Global Studies through International Travel (three credits). Housing: Program participants will be housed with host families. Excursions and Highlights: Two-week Spanish language classes at student proficiency level. Host family stay. Daily afternoon excursions. Guided visit to Segovia and Avila. Excursion to Aveiro Beach (Portugal) – weather permitting. 800-year celebration of the University of Salamanca. Service learning project with Puente Ladrillo. Ruta de Tapas (exploring Tapas’ restaurants). Castanet lesson. 4th of July celebration—Spanish style. City tour of Madrid. Contact: Department of Experiential Learning, Main Building, Level G2, Room 59. traceylacy@grcc.edu. (616) 234-4162 grcc.edu/studyaway. Costs* Program fee (paid to GRCC): $3,850. What is included: Round trip airfare. Accommodations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner while in country. Field trips, excursions and entrance fees. Criminal background check. Travel insurance. Deposit – Due upon acceptance into program: $500. Tuition [plus fees (in-district) paid to GRCC]: $339. What is included: Three (3) credits (based on residential rate) and fees. Potential Additional Expenses: Items listed below may or may not apply to all participants: Passport. Personal expenses. Additional meals beyond what is offered. Travel provider phone (in country use only). How to pay for study abroad? Students are encouraged to pursue financial aid, scholarships and grants to fund Study Abroad. In addition, they may consider personal funds and alternative loans to fund Study Abroad. For more information on funding, visit grcc.edu/studyaway. Contact program directors for more information: Carmela Zapata, Department of Language and Thought, czapata@grcc.edu (616) 234-4666. Anna Maria Clark, TRIO/Student Support Services, aclark@grcc.edu, (616)234-4131. Applications are taken on a first come first serve basis. Apply through February 1, 2018 at grcc.edu/studyaway. *All program information, including courses, duration of program, dates and other logistics are subject to change. Fee subject to adjustment based on actual exchange rates and international airfare. Programs may be canceled due to extenuating circumstances. GRCC Grand Rapids Community College. All participants are welcome. Those in need of accommodations, please contact the Department of Experiential Learning at (616) 234-4162. GRCC is an Equal Opportunity Institution. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Encourage students to apply: Spain Study Away

October 19, 2017

Encourage your students to participate in this Study Away opportunity:

GRCC Faculty-led Program. Study Away. Salamanca, Spain: Global Studies through International Travel. This 17-day international travel course will provide students with an in-depth study of the Spanish language and culture, civilization, art and history. While in Salamanca students will enjoy Spanish daily life with host families, and experience life in a city which has been a cultural and educational center in Spain. The program will encompass daily Spanish lessons with a broad range of cultural understandings together with field trips, and the opportunity to participate in the 800th anniversary of the University of Salamanca. Along with Salamanca other locations we will explore include Avila, Segovia, Aveiro and Madrid. Apply by February 1, 2018. Grcc.edu/studyaway grcc.edu/studentaway facebook.com/grccstudyaway

Eligibility: All degree-seeking students with a 2.0 cumulative GPA, and no money owed to the institution. Date: June 29-July 15, 2018 (17 days). Course: HU 219 Global Studies through International Travel (three credits). Housing: Program participants will be housed with host families. Excursions and Highlights: Two-week Spanish language classes at student proficiency level. Host family stay. Daily afternoon excursions. Guided visit to Segovia and Avila. Excursion to Aveiro Beach (Portugal) – weather permitting. 800-year celebration of the University of Salamanca. Service learning project with Puente Ladrillo. Ruta de Tapas (exploring Tapas’ restaurants). Castanet lesson. 4th of July celebration—Spanish style. City tour of Madrid. Contact: Department of Experiential Learning, Main Building, Level G2, Room 59. traceylacy@grcc.edu. (616) 234-4162 grcc.edu/studyaway. Costs* Program fee (paid to GRCC): $3,850. What is included: Round trip airfare. Accommodations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner while in country. Field trips, excursions and entrance fees. Criminal background check. Travel insurance. Deposit – Due upon acceptance into program: $500. Tuition [plus fees (in-district) paid to GRCC]: $339. What is included: Three (3) credits (based on residential rate) and fees. Potential Additional Expenses: Items listed below may or may not apply to all participants: Passport. Personal expenses. Additional meals beyond what is offered. Travel provider phone (in country use only). How to pay for study abroad? Students are encouraged to pursue financial aid, scholarships and grants to fund Study Abroad. In addition, they may consider personal funds and alternative loans to fund Study Abroad. For more information on funding, visit grcc.edu/studyaway. Contact program directors for more information: Carmela Zapata, Department of Language and Thought, czapata@grcc.edu (616) 234-4666. Anna Maria Clark, TRIO/Student Support Services, aclark@grcc.edu, (616)234-4131. Applications are taken on a first come first serve basis. Apply through February 1, 2018 at grcc.edu/studyaway. *All program information, including courses, duration of program, dates and other logistics are subject to change. Fee subject to adjustment based on actual exchange rates and international airfare. Programs may be canceled due to extenuating circumstances. GRCC Grand Rapids Community College. All participants are welcome. Those in need of accommodations, please contact the Department of Experiential Learning at (616) 234-4162. GRCC is an Equal Opportunity Institution. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

TRIO/SSS to hold doughnut fundraiser for new Power of Education student

October 18, 2017

Samuel TRIOTRIO/Student Support Services is supporting a new student through the Power of Education Foundation School in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Samuel is a 5-year-old student with a warm and shiny personality!

TRIO/SSS is hosting a Krispy Kreme fundraiser for Samuel in a few weeks: Staff and faculty will be invited to pre-order delicious doughnuts for your divisions!

Students will be able to find the doughnut fundraiser on Monday, October 30 – Thursday, November 2 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in Main G2, Main 4th Floor, Library Commons, and 1st Floor Student Center!

We thank you in advance for your amazing support! If you have any questions or would like more information about the Power of Education, please contact Anna Maria Clark at aclark@grcc.edu or 616.234-4131.

TRIO/SSS grateful for support of fundraiser

October 17, 2017

TRIO/SSS wants to thank the GRCC community for your sustained support of our Donuts and Apples fundraiser. Every year we have been able to cover the cost of attendance for a student to attend the Power of Education Foundation (PEF) School in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Because of your amazing generosity and support of TRIO’s Donuts and Apples fundraiser held every fall during late October, Mickerlange Abraham’s educational expenses have been fully covered for the last three years!

Now, Mickerlange has completed her 9th grade year, passed all her national exams, and moved to attend high school. She sent a thank you message to all of us.

Mickerlange AbrahamThis is a photo of Mickerlange taken just two weeks ago by Jen Masternak, director of communications for the Power of Education Foundation on her recent visit to the school. Jen also extended her thanks to GRCC: “I would like to say a huge heartfelt thank you to everyone who supported the fall fundraiser. Mickerlange is a very determined young woman who continues to work hard to her goal of becoming a journalist.”

 

 

2-part series looks at writing applications, essays

September 15, 2017

TRIO/Student Support Services has organized a two-part series on “Writing that Outshines the Competition.”

Students will learn how to:

  • Fill out competitive applications.
  • Complete applications and personal essays.
  • Develop a final product that can be used multiple ways.

The sessions run 3-5 p.m. September 20 and 27 in room 336 of the Student Center.

Tell students about Study Away opportunity

September 13, 2017

Encourage your students to participate in this Study Away opportunity:

GRCC Faculty-led Program. Study Away. Salamanca, Spain: Global Studies through International Travel. This 17-day international travel course will provide students with an in-depth study of the Spanish language and culture, civilization, art and history. While in Salamanca students will enjoy Spanish daily life with host families, and experience life in a city which has been a cultural and educational center in Spain. The program will encompass daily Spanish lessons with a broad range of cultural understandings together with field trips, and the opportunity to participate in the 800th anniversary of the University of Salamanca. Along with Salamanca other locations we will explore include Avila, Segovia, Aveiro and Madrid. Apply by February 1, 2018. Grcc.edu/studyaway grcc.edu/studentaway facebook.com/grccstudyaway

Eligibility: All degree-seeking students with a 2.0 cumulative GPA, and no money owed to the institution. Date: June 29-July 15, 2018 (17 days). Course: HU 219 Global Studies through International Travel (three credits). Housing: Program participants will be housed with host families. Excursions and Highlights: Two-week Spanish language classes at student proficiency level. Host family stay. Daily afternoon excursions. Guided visit to Segovia and Avila. Excursion to Aveiro Beach (Portugal) – weather permitting. 800-year celebration of the University of Salamanca. Service learning project with Puente Ladrillo. Ruta de Tapas (exploring Tapas’ restaurants). Castanet lesson. 4th of July celebration—Spanish style. City tour of Madrid. Contact: Department of Experiential Learning, Main Building, Level G2, Room 59. traceylacy@grcc.edu. (616) 234-4162 grcc.edu/studyaway. Costs* Program fee (paid to GRCC): $3,850. What is included: Round trip airfare. Accommodations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner while in country. Field trips, excursions and entrance fees. Criminal background check. Travel insurance. Deposit – Due upon acceptance into program: $500. Tuition [plus fees (in-district) paid to GRCC]: $339. What is included: Three (3) credits (based on residential rate) and fees. Potential Additional Expenses: Items listed below may or may not apply to all participants: Passport. Personal expenses. Additional meals beyond what is offered. Travel provider phone (in country use only). How to pay for study abroad? Students are encouraged to pursue financial aid, scholarships and grants to fund Study Abroad. In addition, they may consider personal funds and alternative loans to fund Study Abroad. For more information on funding, visit grcc.edu/studyaway. Contact program directors for more information: Carmela Zapata, Department of Language and Thought, czapata@grcc.edu (616) 234-4666. Anna Maria Clark, TRIO/Student Support Services, aclark@grcc.edu, (616)234-4131. Applications are taken on a first come first serve basis. Apply through February 1, 2018 at grcc.edu/studyaway. *All program information, including courses, duration of program, dates and other logistics are subject to change. Fee subject to adjustment based on actual exchange rates and international airfare. Programs may be canceled due to extenuating circumstances. GRCC Grand Rapids Community College. All participants are welcome. Those in need of accommodations, please contact the Department of Experiential Learning at (616) 234-4162. GRCC is an Equal Opportunity Institution. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

TRIO students present research at University of Michigan

August 4, 2017

GRCC TRIO/Student Support Services students Cedric Ingram, Chantal Garcia, Daniel Lopez, Maria Perez and Maleny Crespo participated in the University of Michigan Community College Summer Research Fellowship. On August 2, they presented their research findings at the 2017 UROP Summer Symposium.

Their topics were:

  • Cedric — “Family Dynamics Under African-American Slavery.”
  • Chantal — “Influence of Funding on Technological Innovation and Commercialization.”
  • Daniel — “The Content of Your Color: Skin Color Identity and its Determinants.”
  • Maria — “Using the Web to Enhance Healthcare in Differences of Sex Development.”
  • Maleny — “Political Spirituality of Latinx Culture.”

Special congratulations to Cedric, Chantal, Daniel and Maleny for winning blue ribbon recognition for their exceptional work and knowledge of research topics!

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GRCC sponsors Study Away trip to Spain

July 19, 2017

Encourage your students to participate in this Study Away opportunity:

GRCC Faculty-led Program. Study Away. Salamanca, Spain: Global Studies through International Travel. This 17-day international travel course will provide students with an in-depth study of the Spanish language and culture, civilization, art and history. While in Salamanca students will enjoy Spanish daily life with host families, and experience life in a city which has been a cultural and educational center in Spain. The program will encompass daily Spanish lessons with a broad range of cultural understandings together with field trips, and the opportunity to participate in the 800th anniversary of the University of Salamanca. Along with Salamanca other locations we will explore include Avila, Segovia, Aveiro and Madrid. Apply by February 1, 2018. Grcc.edu/studyaway grcc.edu/studentaway facebook.com/grccstudyaway

Eligibility: All degree-seeking students with a 2.0 cumulative GPA, and no money owed to the institution. Date: June 29-July 15, 2018 (17 days). Course: HU 219 Global Studies through International Travel (three credits). Housing: Program participants will be housed with host families. Excursions and Highlights: Two-week Spanish language classes at student proficiency level. Host family stay. Daily afternoon excursions. Guided visit to Segovia and Avila. Excursion to Aveiro Beach (Portugal) – weather permitting. 800-year celebration of the University of Salamanca. Service learning project with Puente Ladrillo. Ruta de Tapas (exploring Tapas’ restaurants). Castanet lesson. 4th of July celebration—Spanish style. City tour of Madrid. Contact: Department of Experiential Learning, Main Building, Level G2, Room 59. traceylacy@grcc.edu. (616) 234-4162 grcc.edu/studyaway. Costs* Program fee (paid to GRCC): $3,850. What is included: Round trip airfare. Accommodations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner while in country. Field trips, excursions and entrance fees. Criminal background check. Travel insurance. Deposit – Due upon acceptance into program: $500. Tuition [plus fees (in-district) paid to GRCC]: $339. What is included: Three (3) credits (based on residential rate) and fees. Potential Additional Expenses: Items listed below may or may not apply to all participants: Passport. Personal expenses. Additional meals beyond what is offered. Travel provider phone (in country use only). How to pay for study abroad? Students are encouraged to pursue financial aid, scholarships and grants to fund Study Abroad. In addition, they may consider personal funds and alternative loans to fund Study Abroad. For more information on funding, visit grcc.edu/studyaway. Contact program directors for more information: Carmela Zapata, Department of Language and Thought, czapata@grcc.edu (616) 234-4666. Anna Maria Clark, TRIO/Student Support Services, aclark@grcc.edu, (616)234-4131. Applications are taken on a first come first serve basis. Apply through February 1, 2018 at grcc.edu/studyaway. *All program information, including courses, duration of program, dates and other logistics are subject to change. Fee subject to adjustment based on actual exchange rates and international airfare. Programs may be canceled due to extenuating circumstances. GRCC Grand Rapids Community College. All participants are welcome. Those in need of accommodations, please contact the Department of Experiential Learning at (616) 234-4162. GRCC is an Equal Opportunity Institution. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

TRIO/Student Support Services holds ‘Ice Cold Thursdays’ today

June 8, 2017

The TRIO/Student Support Services Program invites the campus community to stop by for our first “Ice Cold Thursdays” and grab a delicious frozen ice-cream pop this Thursday, June 8, from noon-1:00 p.m. on the south end of Juan Olivarez Plaza, across from the parking ramp! Hope you can join us!

TRIO/Student Support Services to host ‘Ice Cold Thursdays’

June 6, 2017

The TRIO/Student Support Services Program invites the campus community to stop by for our first “Ice Cold Thursdays” and grab a delicious frozen ice-cream pop this Thursday, June 8, from noon-1:00 p.m. on the south end of Juan Olivarez Plaza, across from the parking ramp! Hope you can join us!

Photos from Conectate event

February 14, 2017

The CAP 1.3.3 (Latino Support Team) hosted a Conectate event this past Saturday at Tassell M-TEC.  The purpose of the event was to celebrate and get to know currently enrolled Hispanic and Latino students at GRCC.  During the event, we also provided a presentation explaining how our group can support those students on campus. Additionally, there were resources ranging from Title IX, Be Nice organization, Financial Aid, Undocumented Student Resources, TRIO, College Success Center, Tutoring, and the Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion. Telamon Corp. was also there  to promote financial assistance to students or their families who work in agriculture.

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