Jun 22, 2024  
2015-2016 Catalog-EXPIRED 

Job Training


Programs offered through Grand Rapids Community College Job Training help students focus on their educational and technological needs for gaining job skills that will enhance their employment opportunities.

In hands-on training programs, students learn to accomplish specific learning objectives that have been developed with the help of advisory committees from local businesses. Classes are approximately 18 weeks in length, and enrollment begins every other month; class meets for 34 hours per week. Upon completion of the program, students will receive job placement assistance. In fact, many participants are employed at the completion of their training.

Contact: Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC Career Advancement Center
Phone: (616) 234-3800
E-mail: training@grcc.edu 
Website: www.grcc.edu/jobtraining

Information Sessions

Prospective students are welcome to visit any of the Job Training programs and meet the instructors.  Information Sessions are presented every week at various times to meet scheduling needs.  Sessions provide information on programs offered, support services, enrollment process, financial aid, and employment outlook.  Facility tours are available at the end of each Information Session to be able to see students working in each of the labs, ask questions of Job Training staff, and decide which training best fits each individual’s needs.

Enrollment Information


Job Training programs are approximately 18 weeks in length, and classes begin every other month; class meets for 34 hours per week.

Selection of students is based on the date of application, academic readiness, and successful completion of the assessment process. If enrollment in a program is limited and the applicant has met all of the above criteria, final selection will be based upon the date of application.

For current Job Training In-District and Out-of-District tuition rates, please go to www.grcc.edu/jobtraining or call (616) 234-3800.


Refund policy for all programs offered by GRCC Job Training:

  Withdraw on or before start date of class 100% Refund
  Withdraw before 5% of calendar days 75% Refund
  Withdraw before 10% of calendar days 50% Refund

Please be advised that dropping a program may permanently affect eligibility for financial aid.

Financial Aid

The Job Training staff will assist in accessing financial resources to pay the educational costs of enrollment in a program. The staff realize that students and/or their parents or spouse have the primary responsibility of providing financial resources for education. Therefore, creating the right financial aid package is very important.

Students in need of financial resources, you should apply for financial aid by completing an application for Federal Student Aid during the month after submitting a GRCC Job Training application. By combining funding options such as self-payment, federal, state, college, and community-based resources, we can design a financial aid package to help meet the majority of a student’s financial needs.

For information and applications, 

Contact: Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC Career Advancement Center
Phone: (616) 234-3800
E-mail: training@grcc.edu 
Website: www.grcc.edu/jobtraining

Academic Policies

Standards of Progress

The instructor will evaluate students monthly. The evaluation includes attendance, work behaviors and completion of performance objectives.

Grading Scale

Job Training uses the following grading scale based on attendance and accomplishment of specific performance objectives:

  Monthly Objectives Completed Grade
  70-100% / Satisfactory Certificate of Completion
  Below 70% Unsatisfactory

Evaluation Policy

Students will be evaluated on completion of required performance objectives. A listing of objectives is available from the Job Training instructor. Students must successfully complete a minimum of 70 percent of the monthly objectives to maintain enrollment status. Participants who fall below the 70 percent minimum will receive notice of unsatisfactory performance and be given a probationary period to bring their evaluation up to a satisfactory level. Evaluation will take place monthly. One copy will be given to the student, and another will be placed on file.


Any student unable to complete the minimum course objectives after the probationary period, will be re-evaluated and may possibly be terminated from the program.


The faculty and administration of Grand Rapids Community College believe that regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for the education of every student. We also recognize that circumstances sometimes prevent students from attending classes regularly. However, the College administration sees excessive absenteeism (excused and unexcused) as a very serious matter.

Job Training students will be expected to adhere to the following rules during their 18 weeks of training:

  • All absences, tardiness and/or leaving early will be documented by faculty.
  • After two absences, tardiness and/or leaving early, the faculty member will give the student a verbal and/or written reminder of the importance of daily attendance.
  • After five absences, tardiness and/or leaving early, the student will receive a written notice of unsatisfactory attendance and the faculty member will meet with the student to review the steps necessary to correct any deficiencies.
  • If a student exceeds eight absences, tardiness and/or leaving early, the student may be dismissed from the program. Appropriate student funding sources will be notified when this action is taken.

Students must understand, nevertheless, that they may not be able to make up course work missed under such circumstances. Attendance enhances learning by actively participating in the class. Absences slow down the effectiveness of teaching and decrease the value of these accelerated Job Training programs.

A Perfect Attendance Certificate is awarded to those students who qualify.

Classroom/Lab Requirements

GRCC Job Training participants must adhere to all classroom/lab rules of conduct and safety requirements. It is recommended that students dress in a manner that would be acceptable to prospective employers.

In areas such as shops and laboratories where there may be potential for accidental injury, students will be required to wear safety glasses and/or other protective clothing. The instructor will clarify these requirements.

Student Services

Job Placement

Programs are specifically designed to meet the requirements of area business and industry. Advisory committees consisting of business leaders evaluate and revise curriculum content according to their needs.

Our staff works with all students in establishing employment goals, good work habits, and effective job-seeking skills. The importance of attendance, attitude, peer relationships, and the ability to follow directions is emphasized.

We offer multiple job possibilities by exposing students to a cluster of occupations rather than to specific jobs or tasks, providing greater employment options in an ever-changing market. The transferability of the skills developed is also increased by placing emphasis on the learning process as well as on the skill itself.

Veterans Regulations

Job Training courses are VA certified. Veterans planning to use their benefits while attending GRCC Job Training should be aware of federally and institutionally enforced regulations. To retain certification by GRCC, a Veteran must maintain satisfactory progress as identified for financial aid in the program attempted. For more information, contact the Leslie E. Tassell Career Advance Center at (616) 234-3800 or the VA office at 1-800-827-1996.  Please visit http://www.grcc.edu/sites/default/files/attachments/1415-32158%20Job%20Training%20Flyer-Veterans.pdf for further information and a Job Training Checklist for Veteran Students.