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GRCC Faculty Learning Day celebrates teaching and community

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Leah Nixon

Director of Communications

616-234-4213

lnixon@grcc.edu

Jan. 5, 2014 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. Grand Rapids Community College turns 100 this year and is celebrating that milestone during its annual Faculty Learning Day by highlighting a core value: excellence.

Faculty Learning Day is an annual professional development event for all full-time GRCC faculty that is hosted by GRCC’s Center for Teaching Excellence. This year’s event, GRCCedX 2.0, will be held 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 8 at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

Emphasizing the West Michigan higher education community, speakers include representatives from GRCC and Grand Valley State, Davenport, Cornerstone and Ferris State universities who will offer 15- to 18-minute presentations on different teaching techniques. Topics include “flipping” the classroom, live-action role-playing, and use of YouTube.

“All our institutions are focused on educating students and helping them succeed, but we don’t work collaboratively on that mission nearly as much as we could,” said Jeremy Osborn, director of the Center for Teaching Excellence. “Having a learning day in which faculty from different schools come together to share their teaching ideas is a great way to celebrate GRCC’s 100th birthday, and I hope it lays the foundation for even more collaborative work during our next 100 years.”

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.