GRCC In the News, 2-4-13

Winter semester enrollment down at Grand Rapids Community College

February 1, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Enrollment at Grand Rapids Community College fell by 2.3 percent this semester, a decrease administrators attribute to an improving economy that has caused some residents to pursue a job rather than an education.

Internet pleas help reunite Good Samaritan who lost his keys, woman who appreciated good deed

February 3, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI It took a broken down van on a cold night, a kind stranger and a dropped set of keys along a Grand Rapids highway to remind Julie Spahn that people are good.

… Spahn, a Rockford mother of three, was stranded about 8:30 p.m. Jan. 24 on U.S. 131 near Leonard Street. She had just finished teaching a writing class at Grand Rapids Community College and was on her way home when the alternator inside her 20-year-old full size conversion van broke. Her battery died. Her emergency flashers did not work.

Spectrum Health creates job shadow program as early recruiting tool

February 2, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Emina Selmic is set on becoming a doctor.

Her determination only deepened Friday, Feb. 1, after the Grand Rapids Community College student completed a Job Shadow Day in Spectrum Health’s surgery unit.

Reaching New Heights with Safety Training

February 2013;

In 2010 Safety Technology USA joined forces with Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) to become the first United States training center to offer the globally recognized Safety Technology safety certification program for the Wind Energy Industry.

Since this training was initially established the U.S. wind energy sector has continued to expand at a rapid rate with an impressive 51,630MW of cumulative wind capacity, and more than 40,000 turbines. Therefore the call for global standardized safety training is becoming more and more relevant.




Crane to be set up on south side of College Park Plaza

Equipment will be placed on College Park Plaza’s roof on February 11 and 12, 2013, in preparation for the arrival of the crane. The crane will be set up on the south side of the building in the Saint Mark’s Parking Lot.

Other renovation updates:

  • Fireproofing patch work of the steel and metal deck is scheduled to be completed this week.
  • Installation of the HW process piping continues on the second and third floors.
  • Electrical rough-ins and conduit installation continues in the south mechanical chase, lower mechanical room and the fourth floor.
  • Dry-wall, metal stud, and patch work for some walls continues on the third floor; work on the second floor will begin this week.
  • The mechanical contractor is installing new ductwork on the second and third floors.
  • Fire Suppression piping has been installed on the fifth floor.
  • The concrete mechanical pads and chiller separation pad have been placed on the penthouse level.

Journalist LZ Granderson to speak as part of Diversity Lecture Series

LZ Granderson
LZ Granderson

LZ Granderson, journalist, commentator and sports writer, will discuss “Dare You to Move” on February 13 as part of GRCC’s Diversity Lecture Series.

Mr. Granderson writes a weekly column for, and is a senior writer and columnist for ESPN The Magazine and He is a contributor to ESPN’s “Sports Center,” “Outside the Lines” and “First Take.” This former Detroit gang member rose to be selected a Hechinger Fellow at Columbia University. His commentary reaches well beyond the world of athletics tackling subjects such as use of the N-word in the black community, the presence of gays in the locker room, and the truths and lies of reverse racism. Prior to joining ESPN, Mr. Granderson was a sports columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Grand Rapids Press.

His free lecture starts at 7 p.m. at Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St. NE. ASL interpretation will be provided. On-campus parking is available for $3 with a discount pass. For more information,  call (616) 234-3390

Registration under way for GRCC’s Motorcycle Safety Program

Registration started in February 2013 for GRCC’s Motorcycle Safety Program

Motorcycling can be quite a challenge, not just in learning the controls and acquiring maneuvering skills, but also in finding a safe way through real-world traffic. If you’re willing to embark on a journey that develops the special skills and strategies of a good motorcyclist, then the Basic Rider Course, for beginner to intermediate riders, is for you. Your experience and participation will lead to a better understanding of the riding maneuvers and mental skills necessary to enjoy motorcycling to the fullest. You will have the opportunity to learn the physical and mental skills necessary for you to operate a motorcycle.

In the classroom, you will learn ways to minimize the risk and handle special riding situations. During the riding portions of the Basic Rider Course, you will be coached to develop the physical skills of basic control that include straight line riding, stopping, turning, and shifting, and then you’ll move on to more advanced skills in stopping quickly, cornering, and swerving.

This class is for beginners who have never been on a motorcycle, as well as those who need to develop better basic skills and riders who want to refresh what they already know. Basic level skills are taught, however, many experienced riders take the class as a “tune-up” or “refresher” course.

For more information or to register, click here.

GRCC In the News, 2-1-13

GRCC cancels evening classes at Kent County campuses

January 31, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Administrators at Grand Rapids Community have canceled all classes starting at 4 p.m. or later at campuses in Kent County because of severe winter weather, according to an email alert sent by the college this afternoon.

Mayor Heartwell’s 10th State of City Address focuses on youth and sustainability

January 31, 2013; The Rapidian

Mayor George Heartwell’s 10th State of the City address outlined past successes, current activities and future plans for the second largest city in Michigan. Over 400 people joined the mayor and other dignitaries for breakfast at DeVos Place on Saturday, January 26, 2013.
… Heartwell spoke of the momentum of programs focusing on the city’s youth. He praised the community for actively nurturing and valuing our students, acknowledging GRPS Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal and the Board of Education, as well as Grand Valley State University and Grand Rapids Community College, as partners in planning for the future. George Grant, dean of the school of social work at Grand Valley State University gave a summary of the Community Conversations About the Children of Grand Rapids.


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