Garbage Tour scheduled for April 24, 2013

Find out where your garbage goes! GRCC’s popular Garbage Tour takes you on a five and a half hour educational journey of the main facilities in Kent County that deal with post-consumer waste, i.e., garbage.

Whether you are looking for ways to reduce waste for your business or home, this expedition will take you where most are forbidden to go!

We will start with a visit to the Covanta Energy plant, also known as the waste to energy facility incinerator. WTE experts will describe the inputs (garbage) and outputs (electricity) for this facility and what it provides for Greater Grand Rapids. Our second stop is the materials recovery facility. Here we will be guided on a walking tour and educational discussion of Kent County’s state of the art recycling efforts. There will also be an opportunity to eat your sack lunch here. We’ll see the mountains of yard waste diverted for composting, and learn how and where this is done.

Our final stop is an up-close and personal bus tour of the local landfill. Enjoy the view while professional landfill personnel describe the engineering features and local statistics for use of the South Kent Landfill.

The bus boards at 10:30 a.m. April 24, 2013, at Tassell M-TEC. It returns to Tassell M-TEC by 4 p.m. Casual dress, with closed-toe shoes, is recommended. Please bring your own sack lunch.

To register, click here.

Speakers lined up for 2013 Race, Ethnicity and Identity Conference

GRCC’s Race, Ethnicity and Identity Conference is scheduled for March 25 to 28, 2013.

Here are some highlights:

March 25

Identity, Tourism, and Racialization in New Orlean’s Jackson Square
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Rebecca Sheehan, Ph.D., Oklahoma State University (GTU Visiting Speaker)

March 26

Patriotism and its Effects on Public Opinion on Foreign Policy: Comparing the Cases of the
USA and Ireland
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Karen Devine, Ph.D., Dublin City University (Visiting Fullbright Scholar Speaker – Columbia University)

March 28

The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Keynote: Edward Blum, Ph.D., San Diego State University

For more information, click here.

GRCC In the News, 3-14-13

U.S. Attorney Patrick Miles to speak tonight at Grand Rapids Community College

March 13, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Patrick Miles, the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan, will host a discussion tonight at Grand Rapids Community College about transitioning from college to a career.

Community forum to discuss ‘fracking’ scheduled at Rockford High School

March 13, 2013; MLive

ROCKFORD, MI — Three Kent County environmental groups are sponsoring a community forum on Monday, March 25, to discuss hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, of oil and gas wells.

Sponsored by the Citizens for Responsible Resource Management (CRRM), Kent County Water Conservation (KCWC), and Mutual Aid of Grand Rapids (MAGR), the forum will feature a presentation by Maryann Lesert, an associate professor of environmental studies at Grand Rapids Community College and a leader in the anti-fracking movement in Michigan.

A Legacy of Lumber

March 14, 2013; rapidgrowthmedia.com

“Funny thing happened on the way to retirement…,” Daryl Weaver begins, but then he gets distracted.

… KC Weaver takes over. That’s KC, his first name, he explains, which stands for nothing but KC. “When I sign up for online sites like Facebook or LinkedIn, they tell me that’s not a real name,” he chuckles. KC is Daryl’s eldest son, part time at Tontin Lumber, part time at Grand Rapids Community College where he teaches American history. When he sits down at his desk, made of Tontin lumber, he is living history.

Tower Climber safety class scheduled for March 2013

The next session of GRCC’s NATE Tower Climber Fall Protection Training Standard class is scheduled for 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 25 through 27, 2013.

Using state of the art equipment and techniques, students are instructed in the skills necessary to work on and around towers. They will receive instruction in the operation of several forms of rescue devices, fall arrest systems and rescue procedures. Most of the training is performed in an indoor training facility at Tassell M-TEC that offers a controlled environment to focus on skills, build confidence and strengthen abilities.

The course includes classroom instruction and intensive, hands-on instruction. To register, click here.

State has open enrollment in April for Adult Benefits Waiver program

If you (or someone you know) is low-income and in need of health coverage, then please read this important message:

The state recently announced it will have open enrollment from April 1 through 30 for the Adult Benefits Waiver program (also known as Plan A). This free program provides out-patient medical coverage for low-income adults ages 19 to 64 who are without insurance and not eligible for Medicaid, MI Child, or Healthy Kids. No premiums or deductibles, $3 co-pay for doctor and urgent care visits, $1 co-pay for prescriptions. Applications will only be accepted in April.

For more information, go to: http://www.kenthealthplan.org/plan_a.aspx

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