Fountain Street is now closed to through-traffic starting at the Ransom Avenue intersection. We don’t have any word yet on how long the work will last.
GRCC is offering 499 of its students the opportunity to take the Microsoft Office Certification exam for free!
The next 499 GRCC students who pass a Microsoft Office-related course may take the matching certification exam for free. The test, which is administered on campus, usually costs $100, creating a unique opportunity for those who wish earn this certification while saving money, according to Andrew Rozema, head of the Computer Information Systems Department.
“Microsoft Office Specialist certifications give our students a competitive advantage by demonstrating their proficiency to potential employers,” said Rozema.
Eligible courses include:
- CIS 140 — PowerPoint.
- CIS 155 — Word.
- CIS 156 – Excel.
- CIS 170 – Access Database I.
Jason Hansen, a professional tutor in GRCC’s Computer Lab, passed the Microsoft Office Specialist test this spring.
“In order to help students with their classwork, we go through the same textbooks they use and do the same assignments,” he said. “Since the goal of the Excel class that the students were taking was to help prepare them to take the Microsoft Specialist exam, I wanted to see how well the class prepared them for it.
“Anyone who takes the class will be more than prepared to take the Excel certification exam.”
Rozema said the certification holders will have an edge in the workforce.
“The feedback that the Computer Information Systems Department received from our business advisory board and industry partners is that almost all of the jobs in clerical, administrative, technology, sales or management will involve using the Microsoft Office software at some point,” he said.
GRCC, which received test licenses from the state Department of Education, is able to offer the Microsoft Office Specialist certification because it became a Microsoft Imagine Academy in 2015. The college also offers Microsoft Technology Associate and Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate certifications through this partnership.
May 11, 2017; FOX 17
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A police officer who bravely gave his life while on duty in Grand Rapids 10 years ago was honored at Richmond Park on Thursday along with several other officers who made the same sacrifice.
… That memorial was made possible thanks to several volunteers, donors and vendors. The Kozminski family also started a memorial scholarship that is awarded to a student of the Grand Rapids Community College whose career goal it is to be in law enforcement and attend the police academy.
May 12, 2017; Spencer Evening World (Ind.)
A Spencer Army veteran, engineer and inventor is Grand Rapids Community College’s 2017 Distinguished Alumnus.
May 11, 2017; MLive
ANN ARBOR TOWNSHIP, MI – When a Washtenaw Community College student was robbed on campus by an armed suspect back in February, officials with the college said it took 23 minutes for local law enforcement to arrive at the scene.
… In the course of its research, WCC found that several other large community colleges in the state already have sworn officers or armed security on-site including Delta College, Grand Rapids Community College, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Lansing Community College, Macomb Community College, Oakland Community College, Schoolcraft College and Wayne County Community College.
Subway and Patatas will be open through the first summer session, which runs through June 23.
- 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.
- 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays.
- 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.
- closed on Fridays.
May 9, 2017; WOOD TV
GAINES TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Inside the former Steelcase research and development facility –now the Switch Pyramid Campus — there is patented technology protecting the data storage of companies like eBay, DreamWorks Animation, News Corporation and eHarmony.
… “We’ve been working with Grand Rapids Community College to develop the same type of program in partnership without internal training program called Switch University. So that we can take people who have some of the basic skill sets that would work in this environment and train them up to and train them up to where they need to be. The reception has been phenomenal,” (Adam) Kramer said.
May 9, 2017; schoolnewsnetwork.org (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)
Cedar Springs Public Schools, MI — Three years ago, 25 district sophomores decided to get an early start on college. All are well on their way to graduating this fall, having already saved thousands on higher education.
Enrolled in the district’s Middle College program — a collaboration with Grand Rapids Community College — the initial cohort of students is the first from Cedar Springs to finish high school with as many as 39 college credits.
May 9, 2017; MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – More than 1,500 children will gain hands-on learning experiences this summer as a part of the $25,000 grant from PNC Bank.
The PNC Foundation awarded the Grand Rapids Public Museum the grant on Tuesday, May 9 to create two exhibits – “Wales: Giants of the Deep” and “Creatures of Light.” The foundation partnered with students from Head Start for Kent County, YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids and the GRCC Laboratory Preschool, and it will bring a total of 1,500 preschoolers to the museum to see the exhibits.