GRCC In the News, 2-4-16

Free tax assistance across W. MI for low-income families

Feb. 3, 2016; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Student and staff from colleges across West Michigan are offering free tax filing assistance for low-income families.

… Accounting students from Davenport University, Aquinas College, Cornerstone University and Grand Rapids Community College are participating.

11 ways to honor Black History Month in West Michigan

Feb. 4, 2016;

When African Americans began to move to West Michigan after the Civil War, with many individuals heading to the area after fleeing the Southern United States during the Great Migration, between World War I and II, they did so in search of a better life. African Americans have since become an integral part of the Grand Rapids community, contributing major accomplishments in the area, from the arts to business and much more.

… Today, more African American men are entangled in the criminal justice system than were enslaved in 1850 an astounding statistic that the former president of the NAACP, Benjamin Todd Jealous, will discuss on February 17. As part of the Grand Rapids Community College Lecture Series, Jealous will present his speech, “Mass Incarceration and Justice in America” at Fountain Street Church at 7pm. The program is free and open to the public.


Excellence in Education–A Time to Nominate

The Excellence in Education Award was established in 1989 to honor an individual Grand Rapids Community College employee for his or her 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.

The nomination deadline is Friday, March 25.

Nomination information can be found at:


Adjunct —

Staff —


Faculty & Adjunct — Deb DeWent, ext. 3921 or

Staff — Julie Otte, ext. 3490 or