GRCC’s Older Learner Center marks two milestone anniversaries with two events



Leah Nixon

Director of Communications


Sept. 17, 2014 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. Grand Rapids Community College’s Older Learner Center will celebrate the college’s 100th anniversary and the 20th year of Senior Leadership Grand Rapids with two free events.

MLive columnist Tom Rademacher, one of GRCC’s 2013 Distinguished Alumni recipients, will talk about “The Power of Belonging” during the OLC’s Community Celebration from 9-11 a.m. Sept. 17 in the Grand Rapids Cultural Center, 2250 East Paris Ave. SE.

Rademacher received an associate degree in arts from GRCC in 1974. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in education from Grand Valley State University. He started with The Grand Rapids Press in 1978 and while he formally retired from the paper in 2009, he still writes columns. He is also the author of three books: Splitting Wood, Knocking At Your Door and The Book of Cake. He has won many writing awards from the Michigan Press Association and the Associated Press. The National Society of Newspaper Columnists named him best general interest columnist in 2009, 2010 and 2013.

Gerontologist Mike Faber, adjunct instructor at GRCC and associate director of the OLC, will deliver an address on “Community Connection” during the Sept. 17 celebration. Faber received an associate degree in arts from GRCC in 1985, a bachelor’s degree in science from Madonna University in 1987, and a master’s in sociology, specializing in aging and the life course, from Marquette University in 1989. A co-author of Introduction to Aging: A Positive Interdisciplinary Approach, Faber previously was a dementia specialist at Gerontology Network and a long-term care ombudsman at Citizens for Better Care.

The Sept. 17 event — which will also celebrate Senior Leadership Grand Rapids’ 20th anniversary — includes a continental breakfast and parking. To register, call (616) 234-3483 or click here.

Nationally recognized gerontologist, author and speaker Henry Holstege will deliver the keynote speech during a resource roundtable volunteer event from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 23 at the Grand Rapids Public Library’s main branch at 3111 Library St. NE. Those attending will learn about local nonprofit organizations that need volunteers. Participating agencies represent a range of community needs and interests, including the environment, education, animals, the arts, health care, aging, advocacy/assistance, family and children. To register for this event, call (616) 234-3483 or click here.

The OLC events are just two of the celebrations and projects that GRCC has planned to celebrate its centennial. To see the others, click here.

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for more than 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.