Payroll Memorial Day reminder

As we prepare for the long holiday weekend, the Payroll Team has a reminder about your timesheets for the 6/10/22 pay date (for the pay period of 5/16-5/29/22). We don’t want the due dates to sneak up on you!

Because of the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, 5/30/22, timesheets will be due one day later than normal, on Tuesday, 5/31/22.

We know some of you may be taking some extra time off. Please take whatever steps are necessary to ensure that the most accurate version of your timesheet is submitted on or before Tuesday, 5/31/22.

And, supervisors, if you’re out for any additional time around the holiday, please ensure you have a backup approver in place to review and approve timesheets by the deadline of Wednesday, 6/1/22 (also one day later, as approvals are usually due by the Tuesday following a pay date).

More information on setting up a backup approver can be found on the Supervisor Back Up Delegation & Back Up Approver Instructions form on the Employee Forms webpage.  

As always, please reach out to us with questions at

GRCC baseball player Ryan Dykstra earns four honors from the Michigan Community College Athletic Association

Ryan Dykstra earned four postseason honors after being a key player on a Grand Rapids Community College baseball team on a season that included a 17-game winning streak.

GRCC finished the 2022 campaign second in the Western Conference and in third place in the region.

Dykstra, a second-year outfielder from Byron Center, was named All-Region, All-MCCAA and First Team All-Conference. The South Christian High School graduate also was named to the All-Tournament team at the regionals after batting .588 in five games.

Dykstra was the only Raider to play and start in 53 games. He is ranked 35th in the nation with a .422 batting average and led GRCC in many other statistical categories including hits, 73; home runs, seven; runs batted in, 45; and slugging percentage, .671. He is committed to play for Oakland University next year.

“This team had a very successful season,” Dkystra said. “We started the season a little slowly. But with a couple of back-to-back wins, everything started to click and we went undefeated to finish the conference and took that momentum into the playoffs and made an unforgettable run, finishing third. This is one of my favorite teams to be a part of. We all got along on and off the field. I made a lot of memories and life-long friends.”

Jared Berkenpas, another South Christian graduate, was also named All-Region, All-MCCAA, First Team All-Conference, and to the All-Tournament team at regionals after tallying two wins.

The 6-foot, 5-inch righty was GRCC’s top pitcher in their rotation and led the team with a 9-2 record, 1.41 ERA, 71 strikeouts, .223 opponents’ batting average, and had four complete games.

Four GRCC players were named Second Team All-Conference: shortstop and pitcher Caleb Engelsman; catcher and first baseman Dylan Chargo; pitcher Eliott Traver; and pitcher Drew Murphy.

Engelsman batted .309 and had 15 extra base hits and pitched 58 innings, the second-most among GRCC players, while picking up five wins.

Chargo batted .337 in the cleanup spot, totaling 56 hits, four home runs and 43 RBI. He was third on the team in slugging percentage, .482, and on base percentage, .429.  He was also named to the six-player Western Conference All-Freshman team.

Traver was the GRCC closer and picked up 11 saves while hoping opponents to just a .234 batting average in 26 appearances. He was second on the team with a 2.54 ERA and averaged 1.3 strikeouts per inning.

Murphy closed the season as the number two pitcher in GRCC’s rotation. He went 4-2 with a 2.65 ERA in 42.1 innings.

Jacob Gumieny and Xander Reisbig were named All-Conference honorable mention.

Gumieny, the Raiders everyday leadoff hitter, was fourth on the team, batting .316, totaling 56 hits and 20 RBI.  He led the team in triples with six and stolen bases with 11.

Reisbig was second on the team, batting .347, totaling 51 hits, 18 for extra bases, and 29 RBI.  He also had 11 stolen bases on the season and was second on the team with a .524 slugging percentage. He was the steadiest defender, with just one error.

Workforce Wednesday: Joe Wisneski taps veterans benefits, One Workforce grant to discover new career in welding

After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe Wisneski worked in a variety of factory positions.

“I got to a point where I just knew I couldn’t do it for the rest of my life,” he said.

That’s when he starting looking into the Job Training Automotive Technician program at GRCC. When that was full, Wisneski’s plan B was the Welding Technician program.

GRCC Workforce Training programs provide in-demand skills leading to rewarding careers. We are introducing students who are heading down an educational pathway and changing their lives by earning occupational certificates

“At first, I was a little nervous. The last time I was in school, I was 22-23 years old and fresh out of a war zone but everybody is pretty like-minded – no drama.”

Once Wisneski started welding, he was hooked.

“Almost the first day, first welds, I was like ‘Hey, I’m actually kind of good at this and it’s fun’!

The GRCC Job Training Welding program takes place at the Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC and meets for 18 weeks for 34 hours per week. The program offers small class sizes, hands-on learning and job placement assistance.

“I’ve always liked doing stuff that is dangerous,” Wisneski said. “I don’t know why. There is definitely an element of danger in welding. I think you’ve got to be a little bit crazy to get into it.”

As a student, you will learn: shielded metal arc welding (arc/stick welding), gas metal arc welding (metal inert gas/wire welding), gas tungsten arc welding (heli-arc/tungsten inert gas welding), oxy-fuel welding (gas welding), cutting, brazing, blueprint reading, mathematics, metallurgy, problem solving, teamwork and communication skills.

“When you weld two pieces together, you get that nice bead going, there is this sense of satisfaction that you get out of it,” Wisneski said. “It’s like a huge dopamine dump. It’s, dare I say, an addiction — but a good addiction.”

Wisneski’s Instructor is GRCC’s Nate Haney. Haney holds a Bachelor of Science in Welding Engineering Technology from Ferris State University and is an American Welding Society certified welding inspector and certified welding educator.

Wisneski believes that as far as knowledge and experience goes, Nate is unmatched.

“Honestly, if Nate wasn’t my instructor, I don’t know that I would have done so well. Now the competitive side of me has come out. I want to get through fast, and better than everyone else.”

Wisneski will complete the program this week and is considering welding jobs out-of-state. He is happy with the training he has received. He has experienced a new kind of accomplishment.

“Last week I made my wife a jewelry box. I drew it up on a sheet of paper and made it. I’m not used to having the design in my head, making something and having it come out so perfectly.”

This program is highly regarded by employers as a top trainer in welding and fabrication. Job Developers are ready to help you with the job search process. When you graduate, you will be ready to begin a career as a welder, cutter or brazer – with the skills to meet the needs of not only local companies but national companies as well.

Wisneski’s tuition was paid for through his VA Benefits. Additional support was provided by the One Workforce grant. According to the Michigan Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, there will be 34.7 percent job growth in welding from 2012 to 2022.

The next section of Job Training programs begins, Aug. 8, 2022. For more information: or 616-234-3800.

Tech Tip: Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)

GRCC Information Technology will be requiring a  new security measure to protect your GRCC Google Account! Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) adds an additional layer of security in verifying your identity.

It also helps to prevent attackers from logging into your account in the unfortunate event that an attacker obtains your password.

There are few ways to verify your identity while logging into your GRCC email account such as receiving a verification code via SMS to your established phone number or selecting Yes on your phone when prompted by Google.

Once you have successfully logged in using 2FA on a trusted computer/device that you designate, you should not be prompted with 2FA again. However, if you login via VMware, you will be prompted to verify your identity each new VMware session.

Turn on 2-Step Verification

As a reminder, all staff Google account users will be required to enroll in 2FA by June 2, 2022. Starting May 16, all users that do not have 2FA setup will receive a prompt to do so upon login to their Google Account 

For more information and helpful tips, please visit the IT Customer Support Portal or contact the IT Customer Support Desk at x4357.

If you have a suggestion or a Technology Tip you think can be useful, you can submit them by emailing 

Student employment on campus offers competitive wages, flexible schedules, great experiences

Karissa Ferry has a busy schedule, staying on top of her Grand Rapids Community College studies while playing basketball and volleyball and trying to earn money for expenses.

But as a student employee in the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse, Ferry is able to take advantage of flexible scheduling around activities and classes.

“This is the best job I’ve ever had,” she said as she helped people check into the GRCC Fitness Center. “I’m on campus a lot anyway. This has been a great way to make money between going to class and playing sports — and the people are really nice.”

GRCC has a variety of student employment opportunities during the school year, and about a dozen to be filled during the summer semesters. Students can work in roles including office assistants, lifeguards, and orientation ambassadors, and in offices including Student Services, Student Life, Facilities and the Academic Advising and Outreach Center.

A full list of available jobs is available online.

Christopher Allen, associate director of Student Employment Services, said GRCC recently increased student wages to $12.50 an hour, competitive with many off-campus summer jobs.

“Student employee positions are a fantastic way for students to develop valuable work skills and experience while taking advantage of convenient and flexible scheduling,” Allen said. “Students can build their resumes while getting to know people and places on campus, all while earning money to cover expenses.”

Student Employment Services can help with questions about campus jobs as well as provide tips on resumes and interviewing. The office is located on the second floor of Steven C. Ender Hall, 455 E. Fulton St. Students can contact the office at and (616) 234-4170.

Nominations open for 39th Annual GIANT Awards

Nominations are open for the 39th Annual GIANT Awards, scheduled to be presented Oct. 1, 2022.

The GRCC Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is accepting nominations for several awards and scholarships, including the distinguished GIANT among GIANTs honor. The deadline is Wednesday, June 22.

Grand Rapids Community College since 1983 has hosted the annual awards recognizing African-American people and organizations for their exceptional contributions in shaping the history and quality of life in Grand Rapids.

Each award is named after a community pillar that has demonstrated excellence and is a perpetual memorial to those notable contributions.

Honorees are scheduled to be announced in July. Ticket sales and sponsorships open on Aug. 12.

Please visit to nominate members of the community. For additional questions, contact Erin Mieskowski at

My GRCC Story: Ron Moore collects a degree he didn’t realize he earned 20 years ago

At 48, Ron Moore has a good life: A loving wife, a supportive family and a thriving photography studio in Holland. But something always gnawed at him.

“I never finished up my associate degree,” said Moore, who studied photography 20 years ago at Grand Rapids Community College. “They added some new requirements to the degree program. At that time, I was already working full time as a photographer and I was getting married. The degree just got back-burnered.”

He began married life with his wife, Jennifer, and her son, Sam. Moore worked as a photographer’s assistant for several more years before opening his own business, Photo Op Studio, in 2005.

Still, it gnawed at him.

Fast-forward two decades to March. On a whim, Moore stopped by the new GRCC Lakeshore Campus in Holland to see just how many credits he still needed to earn his degree.

Academic Advisor Kristie Kozub, who happened to be Moore’s classmate at West Ottawa High School, delivered the happy news on the spot.

“Apparently, I had been sitting on 62 credits for almost 20 years,” Moore said. “Kristie explained I already had enough credits to graduate and could have done it a long time ago. It was crazy.”

On April 29, Moore donned his blue cap and gown, walked across the stage at GRCC’s commencement and happily accepted his long-awaited diploma.

“My mom is alive and healthy, and I wanted her to see me walk. But I also wanted to do it for myself because it’s important to finish what you start,” he said.

“It took a lot of discipline back then going to college and working my butt off full-time. But that discipline helped sculpt me into the person I am today – and I’m proud of that.”

This story was reported by Beth McKenna. Photo by Steve Jessmore.

GRCC In the News 05/24/2022

Ohlen Bond leads DeWitt in Diamond Classic opener on mound, in the box

5/24/22 Lansing State Journal

EAST LANSING – Ohlen Bond felt right at home on the mound for DeWitt in Monday’s Diamond Classic opener against Pewamo-Westphalia.

… “I’m trying to extend my career going to Grand Rapids Community College and hopefully here (Michigan State University) one day,” Bond said. “It’s a dream of mine and it felt like a dream pitching here tonight, it felt good.”

Chief Information Officer (CIO) finalist

The first Chief Information Officer (CIO) finalist will visit campus this Tuesday, May 24.  The candidate will meet with various groups across campus with a public forum at 2:45 p.m. in the ATC auditorium. 

The candidate will present on the use of Cloud storage and cyber security.  If your schedule permits please feel free to attend the presentation in person. 

The presentation will also be live-streamed at CIO Candidate #1.

2022 Excellence in Education Award nomination deadline extended until Friday, June 3

The deadline for nominations for the full-time faculty, adjunct and staff Excellence in Education Awards has been extended until Friday, June 3, 2022.  Please consider nominating a deserving faculty, adjunct or staff member.

The Excellence in Education Award was established in 1989 to honor an individual Grand Rapids Community College employee for their contributions to the College, higher education and the community. In 2000, the award was expanded to provide recognition in the form of a staff award and a separate full-time faculty award. In 2010, an additional award was added for an exemplary adjunct faculty member.

Recipients of the full-time faculty, adjunct and staff award each receive $1,000, and a $1,000 contribution to the GRCC Foundation is made in the recipient’s name.

The application has gone online which makes the entire process faster and easier.

Start HERE and select either Full Time Faculty, Adjunct, or Staff. 

Faculty & Adjunct: Email the Provost Office at
Staff: Email Angela Salinas at angelasalinas@grcctoday

Thank you for taking the time to nominate a deserving member of the GRCC family for these awards.

25th Annual Wege Speaker Series

The 25th Annual Wege Speaker Series will take place on Thursday, May 26 at 4 p.m.  

This year’s lecturer will be Dr. Beverly Wright, award-winning environmental justice scholar, advocate, author, civic leader, and professor.

She is the founder and executive director of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice in New Orleans.

Please register by May 25, 2022, at: