GRCC In the News, 9-25-20

Fewer Students Are Going To Community College, Despite High Unemployment

Sept. 24, 2020; NPR

Enrollment at U.S. community colleges has dropped nearly 8% this fall, newly released figures show, part of an overall decline in undergraduate enrollment as students face a global pandemic and the worst economic recession in decades.

… SACHA PFEIFFER, HOST: Enrollment at U.S. community colleges has dropped nearly 8% this fall. That’s according to new national data out today. It’s part of an overall decline in undergraduate enrollment as students face a global pandemic and the worst economic recession in decades. NPR’s Elissa Nadworny reports from a community college in western Michigan.

GRCC In the News, 9-24-20

GRCC awarded $3.6M in federal grants to support low-income and first-generation students

Sept. 23, 2020; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Community College received two federal grants totaling $3.6 million to strengthen support services for low-income and first-generation students, officials say.

GRCC plans virtual information sessions, direct ways to connect ‘Frontliners’ with tuition-free education

Sept. 23, 2020; La Prensa

GRAND RAPIDS, Sept. 17, 2020: Grand Rapids Community College is planning a series of virtual information meetings and has set up a new hotline to help people who worked in essential industries during the COVID-19 shutdown attend GRCC tuition-free through the state’s Futures for Frontliners program.

One Good Thing: Metallica, GRCC and Wolverine

Sept. 23, 2020; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A really great college program is getting even better, thanks to a local company.

Wolverine Worldwide is getting involved with The Metallica Scholars program, currently in place at Grand Rapids Community College.

COVID-19’s financial impacts extend beyond food and housing:

Sept. 23, 2020;

As COVID-19 continues to take its toll on Kent County residents’ health and household budgets, government agencies and nonprofit organizations have responded with policies and actions supporting food security, help with housing, and medical support. While many of us complain about not having haircuts or gray roots growing in, our income-challenged Kent County neighbors have more pressing hygiene issues — the added expense of disposable diapers, incontinent supplies, laundry soap, deodorant and other hygiene essentials can come at a very high cost.

… A Mother’s Touch will provide diapers and personal care items to mothers in its recovery programs. Ama International will provide personal basic hygiene items and diapers to families in crisis and Title 1 students. The Grand Rapids Community College Foundation will provide personal hygiene products to students in need who are pursuing their postsecondary education. Meaning In Colors, Buist Community Assistance CenterFamily Network of Wyoming, Living In Fulfillment Everyday, Inc., Fe De Reino/Kingdom Faith, and Volunteers in Service will provide hygiene items to their wider range of clients.

Creating Thoughtful Environments for Early Learners

Sept. 23, 2020;

As the global pandemic unrolled across the country, participation in early childhood programs dropped dramatically. Data from the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) shows enrollment dropped by half. It is too early to understand the impact this pandemic will have on young learners, but research does show children who have access to high-quality Pre-K programs do better in school.

… Many Pre-K schools embrace the principle of a prepared environment to facilitate student exploration and independent learning. For the Early Learning Laboratory in Grand Rapids Community College, our goal was to design a space where students had the freedom to explore and have access to stored materials to use for creative projects. This freedom also engenders responsibility as students know to use the materials respectfully and return them to their location when finished. Also through this method, students shape their learning experience depending on their level of curiosity. A thoughtfully designed space promotes this curiosity in an organized and flexible environment. Through technology integration, the classroom design gives students access to devices when appropriate, while not making these the focus of the space.

GRCC In the News, 9-23-20

News at 6 p.m.

Sept. 22, 2020; FOX 17

Anchor Janice Allen: “A $3 million federal grant is supporting the TRIO program at Grand Rapids Community College. The program provides counseling, academic and financial support for low-income students. The money will be distributed over the next five years, allowing the program to expand to nearly 600 students while also targeting TRIO students who are seeking in science, technology, engineering and math.”

October learning opportunity offerings

There are still a few sessions in the final week of September … and October is right around the corner!!

View dates, times, descriptions and register ONLINE

  • Monday, September 28 — A Leader’s Guide To Returning To Work
  • Tuesday, September 29 — Building A Culture Of Care
  • Wednesday, September 30 — GRCC Reimbursement Policy
  • Thursday, October 1 — Introduction to Peoplesoft
  • Friday, October 2 — Thriving In The Unknown
  • Monday, October 5 — Title IX Training
  • Tuesday, October 6 — Everything DiSC
  • Thursday, October 8 — Introduction to Zoom Video Conferencing
  • Friday, October 9 — All About CBD
  • Monday, October 12 — How To Stay Secure At Home
  • Wednesday, October 14 — Benefits 101
  • Friday, October 16 — Google Docs and Mindfulness Made Simple 2
  • Tuesday, October 20 — Using They, Them, Their Pronouns
  • Wednesday, October 21 — FMLA – What’s In It For You?
  • Friday, October 23 — Change With Your Brain In Mind
  • Monday, October 26 — External Student Surveys and Data Reporting Programs at GRCC
  • Thursday, October 29 — Google Forms
  • Friday, October 30 — Active Shooter Response Training

Doughnuts, apples and pumpkins.

GRCC In the News, 9-22-20

Grand Rapids Promise Zone sends 251 students to GRCC tuition-free

Sept. 21, 2020; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The promise of tuition-free college has been turned into a reality for 251 Grand Rapids Promise Zone students this fall.

This marks the first semester for the recipients of the new Grand Rapids Promise Zone Scholarship, which covers the cost of up to 60 credit hours at Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC In the News, 9-21-20

Funding roundup

Sept. 20, 2020; Community College Daily (American Association of Community Colleges)

… Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) can continue to help students struggling with food insecurity with support from a $48,796 grant from Kent County and the Heart of West Michigan United Way.

GRCC has offered curbside food distribution since March, providing more than 1,200 bags of food and other needed supplies, such as diapers and cleaning supplies. With the new grant, GRCC will continue providing food and other materials through the fall.

TikTok stars and experts react to latest move to ban the app from U.S. audiences

Sept. 18, 2020; WZZM

With 800 million active users around the world, TikTok has taken audiences by storm. But it’s U.S. audience could be getting smaller.

… Andrew Rozema is the Director of Grand Rapids Community College Center for Cyber Security Studies. He says banning TikTok, while it will decrease the number of dance memes in our lives, is not entirely a bad move.

Connect H.E.R Week 3 panelists announced: Meet the ‘Finding Opportunity’ speakers

Sept. 19, 2020; WOTV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV)- It’s time to gear up for Week 3 of Connect H.E.R (helping. empower. relationships), WOTV 4 Women and MassMutual MidMichigan’s free virtual lunch and learn series bringing West Michigan women and professionals together to discuss topics that we can all relate to!

… Here’s a look at our upcoming panelists!

… Michelle (LaJoye-Young) also served in the Army Reserves from 1985 through 1998 where she left as a Captain.  She obtained her Bachelors in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University, a Masters in Public Administration from Western Michigan University, MCOLES certification from Grand Rapids Community College, and graduated from Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.

Help spread the word on Futures for Frontliners

Show your GRCC Raider Pride and spread the word about the new Futures for Frontliners scholarship program! It provides free community college tuition to frontline and essential workers who worked during the pandemic.

Eligible frontline industry examples include – but are not limited to — food and agriculture; healthcare and public health; critical manufacturing; communications and information technology, including news media; law enforcement, public safety, and first responders; public works; and transportation and logistics.

Those workers who qualify will:

  • Be a Michigan resident.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent (ex: GED).
  • Have worked in an essential industry at least part-time for 11 of the 13 weeks between April 1- June 30, 2020.
  • Have been required by their job to work outside the home at least some of the time between April 1 – June 30, 2020*.
  • Not have previously earned an associate or bachelor’s degree.
  • Not be in default on a Federal student loan.
  • Complete a Futures for Frontliners scholarship application by 11:59 p.m. on December 31, 2020.

Spread the word!

Let your network know about this great opportunity by sharing it on your social network.

Here is a draft, use it or make it your own!

Want a FREE community college education? If you were a frontline worker (in healthcare, grocery stores, banks and more) during the pandemic you may qualify. Check out the list of critical industries to see if your job is on it! If you live in Kent County visit

If you are a Michigander (and not in Kent County) visit

Futures for Frontliners. GRCC

Learn to use Knowmia on Sept. 24

Learn how to use Knowmia more effectively for teaching and learning with Knowmia: Beyond the Basics at GRCC

Here are some of the topics that will be covered:

  • Adding existing media and YouTube videos to your Library.
  • Editing your video with our built-in trim tool.
  • Creating a video quiz.
  • Understanding Analytics.
  • Using Conversations to make your videos engaging.
  • Knowmia capabilities within Blackboard.
  • Questions and answers.

Facilitator: Jenna Wismer, TechSmith Education Customer Success Manager

Knowmia: Beyond the Basics at GRCC is 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Sept. 24. You can join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.


GRCC In the News, 9-17-20

With diversity key in community policing, recruiting a challenge

Sept. 16, 2020; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The dilemma facing just about everyone in law enforcement, from veteran officers to those just putting on the badge, was highlighted during the virtual graduation ceremony of recruits with the Grand Rapid’s Community College Police Academy last month.

Public Servant At Heart Laura Moody

Sept. 11, 2020; Grand Rapids Times

In this issue, Mrs. Laura Moody is the first local resident being honored in the GR Times community that cares series. Over the next few months, the series will high light individuals who have through the years have demonstrated that they do what they do for the benefit of the community and they do it from the heart.

After graduating from nursing school in the 1970’s, Moody began working at Metropolitan Hospital as a floor nurse. She then worked at Grand Rapids Job Corps and as a health manager. In 1990, she began working for Grand Rapids Public Schools and worked for ten years along with working the night shift at Hospice of West Rapids. About twenty-two years ago, she began working at Grand Rapids Community College as a Nursing Professor.

Small-town girl, athlete, talker, with her eye on the tiger

Sept. 16, 2020; (Kent Intermediate School District)

Kelly Amshey is the new principal of Rockford Virtual School. SNN gets to know her in this edition of Meet Your Principal.

… Education/degrees: Associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College; bachelor’s degree from Aquinas College; master’s degree from Grand Valley State University; Ph.D. from Western Michigan University.

‘A positive in a time that’s somewhat negative’

Sept. 16, 2020; (Kent Intermediate School District)

Long awaited and eagerly planned, the new Wyoming High School building — a spacious facility with lots of windows, collaboration spaces and project rooms — is open to students.

… “This is my favorite part,” said Tara (Black), a Wyoming Middle College student whose dual-enrollment GRCC classes leave room in her schedule for quiet study. “Especially when we have Middle College, we can do our work and not worry about being confined to a classroom.”

Three candidates square off in 73rd state House District race

Sept. 16, 2020; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Three candidates are running for Kent County’s 73rd District state House seat.

… Here’s a look at the three candidates:

(Theodore) Gerrard, 58, of Plainfield Township, is the owner of Wilderness Electric Inc. He says he earned an associate degree in industrial mechanics from Grand Rapids Junior College and a bachelor’s degree in vocational education from Southern Illinois University.