Automotive Technology students seeking vehicles to work on

Automotive Technology service program — late summer edition!  Automotive Technology students are seeking vehicles to work on this summer.

  • Brakes rough or squealing?
  • Hearing clunks or rattles over bumps?
  • “Check Engine” light on?
  • Transmission fluid, anti-freeze, and power steering fluid need a flush?
  • A/C blowing warm air?
  • Belts squeaking and chirping?
  • Power window/locks inoperative?
  • ABS warning lamp on?

Automotive Technology students can help with these issues — and more! The students will perform maintenance and repairs on most vehicle makes and models that are 2010 model year or newer.

Customers pay only for parts and supplies. With no labor charges, the repair costs are half the typical cost. Our session will run for only THREE WEEKS this year, July 27-August 13. Appointments are limited.

To schedule an appointment, contact Chad Lodenstein

GRCC In the News, 7-9-20

GRCC to host virtual commencement

July 8, 2020; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Instead of a traditional ceremony, Grand Rapids Community College will be hosting a live virtual commencement next month.

A Golden Hour for Community Colleges

Summer 2020; Philanthropy magazine

The vast majority of media coverage of higher ed focuses on four-year, residential colleges. As the re-opening debate unfolds this summer and fall, you’ll hear lots of chatter about the fancy-pants universities. Will Berkeley charge full tuition for online classes? If you defer your admission to Harvard for a year, will you lose your spot? Will the take-out-only food at Stanford include my sushi?

… Community colleges educate students for jobs in high demand. Half of all nurses in Colorado have been trained at one of 13 community-college campuses in the state. The same institutions trained 90 percent of Colorado’s first responders. They contributed an estimated $6 billion to Colorado’s economy in 2017. The Strada research group found that workforce-development programs run by just one Michigan community college in Grand Rapids added $130 million to that city’s local economy.

GRCC In the News, 7-8-20

GRCC unveils plan for fall semester

July 8, 2020; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS — School officials tell us so far fall enrollment is down, not just at GRCC but across the nation and their hope is that by offering these new flexible options, students will feel more comfortable enrolling.

Maker Skills

July 7, 2020; dbusiness

Well-paying jobs are going unfilled in Michigan due to a lack of skilled workers in the manufacturing sector. Educators say a stigma has developed around jobs that involve working with one’s hands, often referred to as the maker space.

… In addition, the image of old-school production jobs that were more about brawn than brains has hurt recruitment efforts. Pam Miller, associate dean at the Grand Rapids Community College School of Workforce Development, says over the past 20 years, many parents have encouraged their children to pursue four-year college degrees rather than follow in their footsteps to assembly or production environments. “We (have) to kind of change the narrative around the dinner table, around the water cooler,” Chatman says.

The ‘Year of the Nurse’

July 7, 2020; Grand Rapids Magazine

The World Health Organization designated 2020 as the “year of the nurse,” in honor of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, who would become the “mother of modern-day nursing.”

… One area of investment that is essential is in training and adequate support for nurses. Renae Potts, RN, assistant professor at Grand Rapids Community College, said nurses are “more autonomous than ever before” and “must have exquisite assessment skills to pick up on subtle changes in their patient’s condition.”

One Good Thing: GRCC Student Alliance donates to food pantry

July 7, 2020; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — Big ups to Grand Rapids Community College students for work they’ve done during the pandemic.

El Concilio Hispano de Kalamazoo aclara dudas sobre DACA en entrevista virtual

July 7, 2020; La Prensa

Después del fallo de la Corte Suprema a favor de la Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA), la pregunta es ¿qué sigue? El Concilio Hispano Americano de Kalamazoo, MI aclara esta duda y muchas más en la transmisión en vivo por facebook: Hablemos de DACA, en donde se contó con la participación de la abogada Rebeca Ontiveros-Chávez de MIRC (Centro de Derechos de Inmigrantes de Michigan) y dos beneficiados del programa: Kevin Vázquez y César Pacheco.

… Originario de Guadalajara, Jalisco, Kevin llegó a Estados Unidos a los 8 años y no fue sino hasta que se graduó de la preparatoria cuando se entero que no podía trabajar ni obtener una beca para ir a la universidad porque su seguro social no se lo permitía. Vivió una situación muy complicada al  no poder seguir avanzando. Cuando llego DACA su vida cambio por completo porque pudo salir a trabajar y pagar su beca para estudiar en GRCC y posteriormente en Western Michigan University, actualmente trabaja en recursos humanos en  City Hall de Grand Rapids.

(After the Supreme Court ruling in favor of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the question is: What’s next? The Hispanic American Council of Kalamazoo, MI, clarifies this question and many more in a live broadcast on Facebook: “Let’s talk about DACA,” where the lawyer Rebeca Ontiveros-Chávez from MIRC (Center for Michigan Immigrant Rights) participated along with two beneficiaries of the program: Kevin Vázquez and César Pacheco.

… Originally from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Kevin came to the United States at age 8 and it wasn’t until he graduated from high school that he found out that he couldn’t work or get a scholarship to go to college because his social security didn’t tell him. He lived a very complicated situation when he could not continue advancing. When DACA arrived, his life changed completely because he was able to go out to work and study at GRCC and later at Western Michigan University. Currently, he works in Human Resources at City Hall in Grand Rapids.)

Buddy’s Best: Where Are They Now? Chris Gomes went from laying the foundation for football success at New Bedford to constructing buildings in Rhode Island

July 7, 2020; South Coast Today (New Bedford, Mass.)

Chris Gomes has mixed emotions when he looks back on his days of playing football at New Bedford High in the 1990s.

… Gomes, a future Gridiron Hall of Famer, went on to play two years of linebacker for Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan.

Policy updates

Policy Meeting

June 2020

11.1a Food and Beverage

No changes

14.13 Communicable Diseases

Updated definition for Communicable Diseases to match Michigan Public Health Code

14.15 Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect

No changes

3.2 Non-Discrimination on Basis of Disability

  • Throughout policy: Changing references to “faculty and/or staff” to “Employees (faculty and staff)”, with the exception of specific references to classroom faculty.
  • Section X.A.2: Clarifying expectation that a student may choose to send the accommodations letter to any faculty member if they want accommodations in that class, and that accommodations are effective from the time the letter is sent to the faculty member.
  • Section X.B.2.a: Clarifying when to contact Student Life & Conduct if you believe a student has discriminated against you on the basis of a disability
  • Section X.B.2.c: Clarifying process to instruct students they should contact DSS advisor/counselor first, along with faculty member, if there are issues with implementation of an accommodation.
  • Section X.B.2.d: Include process of how to address “other” disability-based discrimination, to acknowledge that denial of an accommodation may be one form of disability-based discrimination.
  • Section XIII. Update policy history to reflect these changes.

4.1 Development & Issuance of College Admin. Policies

  • Section X.B. – added Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer to list of Policy Advisory Committee members

For more information, please visit the policy website.






GRCC In the News, 7-7-20

Grand Rapids Magazine introduces its first Excellence in Nursing finalists and winners

July 6, 2020; Grand Rapids Magazine

When we set out to create our 2020 Excellence in Nursing awards program last fall, COVID-19 had yet to rear its ugly head. At that time, we were excited to honor nurses in our region for their contributions in creating a healthier community and providing superb patient care.

… Grand Rapids Magazine enlisted the help of Dr. Cynthia McCurren and Renae Potts, RN, to help us narrow down the impressive collection of applications we received and select the winners in the 10 categories.

… Potts taught nursing at Calvin College for 16 years and has been teaching nursing as an assistant professor at Grand Rapids Community College for four years. She especially loves taking her nursing students to her neuro unit at Butterworth for their clinical education.

(Winners Amanda Daggett and Debra Rewerts are GRCC alumnae.)

Officer Mike Cronk retiring from Ionia DPS after 23 years

July 7, 2020; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

IONIA – Mike Cronk’s Google drive holds hundreds of selfies taken with members of the Ionia community over the years – capturing moments and memories he’ll take with him.

… Cronk graduated from Lakewood High School in 1993 and Grand Rapids Community College in 1996.

Guiding Light Welcomes Eric Williams to Board of Directors

July 7, 2020;

Eric Williams, chief executive officer of the United Methodist Community House, has joined Guiding Light’s board of directors.

… In dedicating his life to bettering communities, Williams has served on senior leadership teams for major colleges and universities throughout his career, including the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Oakland University and Grand Rapids Community College. During his career, he has worked in student recruitment, executive leadership recruitment, human resources, training and development, program development, management and evaluation, diversity and inclusion, grant writing and organizational assessment.

Bulldog defensive coordinator ready for another season

July 6, 2020; The Pioneer (Big Rapids)

BIG RAPIDS – Ferris head football Tony Annese has had a long and fruitful coaching relationship with FSU graduate, Ryan Hodges, who coaches the defensive backs for the Bulldogs and also is the defensive coordinator.

… Hodges previously had worked under Annese for three years as the defensive backs coach at Grand Rapids Community College and helped the Raiders to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II National Championship in both 2009 and 2011.

Lyon parking ramp employee entrance closed for catwalk repairs

Crews making repairs to the catwalks crossing Lyon Street will shift their work to the north side of the street starting Tuesday, July 7.

This will require the employee entrance and exit to the Lyon parking ramp to be closed until Friday, July 17, weather permitting.

Employees are asked to use the student entrance off Bostwick Avenue, and then make the left turn — just past the first pillar — down to the employee parking levels. Spectrum Health employees are still using the student/public levels — levels 4 through 7 — of the ramp and they probably will be full.

Employees also are welcome to park in the Bostwick parking ramp, using the Ransom Street entrance, as all gates are still up.

GRCC In the News, 7-6-20

GRCC to hold virtual summer graduation ceremony amid coronavirus pandemic

July 4, 2020; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College leaders are planning a virtual commencement ceremony this summer amid the coronavirus pandemic to celebrate students while allowing as many people as possible to safely participate.

Kyle Rasch, a young grower from Conklin, Michigan

July 2, 2020; Good Fruit Grower

Kyle is a fifth-generation farmer in the West-central Michigan region. He was part of USApple’s Young Apple Leaders program, obtained a business degree from Grand Rapids Community College and is the son of Sue and Chuck Rasch.

Helping kids improve their mental health with the Boys & Girls Club

July 3, 2020; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS — It’s something being talked about more these days, mental health, and for good reason. But what about the younger generation? The ‘Be You Wellness Program’ now offered at the Boys and Girls Club of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth focuses on just that.

… The program is set to run into 2021 with support from the Grand Rapids Police Department, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids Public Schools and the Stockbridge Business Association.

GRCC In the News, 7-2-20

City of Lowell appoints new police chief

July 1, 2020; WZZM

LOWELL, Mich. — The City of Lowell has appointed a new chief of police.

… The press release said Chief (Christopher) Hurst is a graduate of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety, Police Staff and Command and has an associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College. He also served in U.S. Army and Michigan Army National Guard for 20 years and was honorably discharged.

New ‘recipe’ for Restaurant Week GR

July 1, 2020; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — At a time when many restaurants are struggling after COVID-19 closures, Restaurant Week Grand Rapids is back, and more important than ever.

… “In the past we’ve donated on behalf of the restaurants and our sponsors over $150,000 thousand dollars to the GRCC Culinary Institute,” (Kate) Lieto said. “This year, each ‘check in’ will be a dollar donation, and we’re going to be donating that up to $5,000 dollars. So, as people are dining out they’re also going to be contributing to a great cause and contributing to that scholarship fund, to help fund the next chef.”

PPE requests due to Purchasing Department by July 10

We are asking that those still needing personal protection equipment (PPE) and associated items submit requests to the Purchasing Department no later than Friday, July 10th. We’d like to place any outstanding items on order to ensure that all requests are fulfilled. Placing mass orders — as opposed to fulfilling individual requests — is the best way to manage this process.

Thank you for your cooperation!