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A professor of the Culinary Institute at GRCC

Points of Distinction

As part of its 20th anniversary celebration, the Bread Bakers Guild of America chose Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education as the site of a master class.  Jory Downer, a Certified Master Baker, brought a class in classic market breads to the SICE kitchen in July as part of this celebration. GRCC chef-instructors Gilles Renusson, Marcia Rango and Audrey Heckwolf got to join 17 Guild members — professionals and leaders in the bread industry from many bakeries in the Midwest and all the way to Florida — as students.

Cheryl Kautz, adjunct instructor in the Computer Information Systems department, was awarded the 2013 Blackboard Catalyst Award for Exemplary Course Design.  This award will be presented on July 11, 2013 in Las Vegas at the Blackboard World conference.  Congratuations Cheryl!

The School of Workforce Development, Experience GR, and SkillsUSA partnered to host the State SkillsUSA competition on April 19 and 20.  Over 35 competitions were held at either the Applied Technology Center or the Tassel M-Tec.  Our faculty and staff not only helped prepared for these events, but volunteered their Saturday to make this event a huge success!

GRCC Works for the City of Grand Rapids!  Our welding faculty, John Doneth, Jason Carroll, Wayne Rodgers, and Nick Pinckney, lent a helping hand on April 20 to the City of Grand Rapids.  Due to the massive flooding in the downtown area, the City's welding facilitites were not operational and they needed frames fabricated to hold the sandbags.  John, Jason, Wayne and Nick did not hesitate to volunteer their time to make this happen.

GRCC hosted its second annual Manufacturing Career Day on October 15.  Approximately 28 manufacturers from throughout West Michigan attended searching for future employees.  GRCC instructors were also in attendance to discuss careers in manufacturing with current and prospective students.  Check it out!

Deb Nordman, Radiology Technology Program Director, was recently awarded the Team Collaborative Outstanding Educator of the Year Award by the Michigan Occupational Dean’s Administrative Council (MODAC).  Recognizing the need to address the rapidly changing workforce and community needs related to Radiologic Technology, Deb began the discussion of the specialized entity of MRI in relation to a degree in Radiologic Technology.  In collaboration with other regional educators, Deb and six participating institutions created the Michigan Radiologic and Imaging Science (MiRIS) Consortium.  They developed an instructional delivery method and curriculum that is second to none and will create opportunities for students in specialized imaging such as MRI thus providing advantages for students and the community as well.  Congratulations Deb!

The Computer Applications Department and Distance Learning is showing how the ‘flipped classroom’ is turning traditional education on its head!  This approach is based on the idea that the classroom is everywhere and recognizes the value of hybrid learning.  Technology such as Camtasia Relay software not only allows professors to ‘flip’ their classroom but also supports online-only classes and virtual office hours.  The response from students has been overwhelmingly positive.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program developed six new teaching videos to help students develop their patient screening assessment skills.  The OTA faculty wrote the script and Media Technologies filmed the “actors.”  The class can stop and start the films, ask questions of students, and generate discussions about assessments, potential ethical dilemmas and professionalism. 

Students, faculty and staff in the Dental Programs teamed up with area agencies on December 14, 2012, to provide a free day of preventative dental care for senior citizen. Seniors received preventative dental care – X-rays, cleanings and an exam – in GRCC’s dental clinic.  About 70 students in the Dental Program greeted and admitted patients, and worked with dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants on the x-rays, cleanings and exams.

Bill DeHaan, instructor in the Secchia Institute of Culinary Education, presented on the topic of food safety in the DHY111-Nutrition and Oral Disease Prevention on October 29, 2012.  Eve Sidney, Program Director for the Dental Hygiene and Assisting programs, commented on how Bill’s sense of humor on current topics in the nutrition field gave the students a heightened awareness on safety issues and had them still talking about the presentation in their class the following day.   Engaging students in such interdisciplinary ventures shows great dedication!

Several GRCC faculty, staff, and administrators attended the ETOM Fall Conference Friday, November 2, 2012 including; Eric Kunnen as acting ETOM Board President, Garry Brand who delivered the keynote address, Szymon Machajewski who presented, and participants Colette Smiley and Brent Spitler. The title of Gary’s keynote was Don’t “Just Do It!”, #makeitcount Can Emerging Technologies Lead to Online Course Quality?  Szymon’s breakout session was called Open Educational Resources – You get what you pay for, or do you?