Curriculum

Fall semester 2019 is offering Noorthoek students four Health and Wellness 100 classes, one Computer class 100,  and one Creative Writing 100 class.  Other opportunities include Leadership “Aktion” Club and a variety of inclusion experiences from the GRCC Exercise Science and Biology Departments!

In Health and Wellness 100  Join Professors Sandy Barraza and Kaitlin Doyle to learn how the ideas of health and wellness work together. Learning about ways to keep our bodies healthy and active will be an integral part of this unit. We will discover how the connections between their mind, body and lifestyle are all related. More info to follow.

In Computer 100 Join Professor Kaitlin Doyle to explore the on-line resource www.21things4students to improve their knowledge of technology. This class is self guided with instructor support so students can work at their own pace. Students will work through “quests” to complete each unit. Some students will spend more time learning the basics such as using a mouse and keyboard, uploading and downloading, creating simple documents, as well as an introduction to social media. Other students will rapidly work through the quests and then be introduced to spreadsheets, presentations, digital editing, and even coding/ game design. An important concept will be internet safety. Seeking volunteer mentors from the community  and GRCC service learning students for a 1:1 experience.

In Creative Writing 100 Join Professor Sandy Barraza to explore different genres of writing and encouraging the thoughtful writing process of students. Students will utilize the GRCC Writing Lab as needed. This class will enhance and encourage students who are interested in exploring and advancing in their writing skills. Students will have the opportunity to explore poetry, short stories, and personal essays. While students will improve in their technical writing style, the focus will be on expressing themselves through words. We will explore many types of writing including descriptive and persuasive writing. Seeking volunteer mentors from the community  and GRCC service learning students for a 1:1 experience.

In Leadership Club Join Executive Director Mary Ruth Scholz to explore ways to serve our community, focusing on initiative and leadership skills. We are partnering with Grand Rapids Kiwanis North as an Aktion Club. Last year’s accomplishments included participating in a school drive, collecting change for a donation to Beer City Dog Biscuits during our Holiday Party, volunteering at Big Step Walk and Celebration, and writing personal thank you’s to our supporters.

NEW!!!! Through faculty partnerships with GRCC we are offering Inclusion Experiences in classes such as Healthy Living, Toning & Strengthening,  and Biology Human Anatomy Labs!   Need volunteers to assist Noorthoek students when needed.