GRCC In the News, 4-27-16

GRCC holding input sessions on search for new president, launches website

April 26, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College will begin holding input sessions this week for students, faculty and staff on its search for a new president to replace Steven Ender.

Morning News

April 27, 2016; WZZM

We’re expecting a big announcement this morning concerning the Challenge Scholars program, the Grand Rapids initiative now in its second year, works to increase the number of students attending college.

… “It will be something that Grand Rapids Public Schools can really promote, and I know President Ender at Grand Rapids Community College is wonderfully opening the door to many.”

College baseball: Ocelots win first conference games

April 26, 2016; Observer & Eccentric (Wayne and Oakland counties)

The tables finally are turning for Schoolcraft College’s baseball team as the Ocelots won their first games since their March trip to Florida.

… The baseball team will host a couple of opponents at Ford Field. At 2 p.m. Friday, Schoolcraft welcomes Rochester College’s junior varsity team; Grand Rapids CC visits for a 2 p.m. Sunday matchup.

Challenge Scholars expands, offering GRCC free to incoming 9th-graders at Union High School

Grand Rapids Community Foundation’s Challenge Scholars program is expanding to include students who graduate from Union High School with up to two years of tuition-free college at GRCC, beginning with the Class of 2020.

The expansion complements the existing Challenge Scholars program, which provides four years of tuition-free college for students who attend Westwood Middle and Harrison Park Schools and go onto Union High School. Now, students at Union High School who did not attend Westwood or Harrison Park schools can also aspire to college or career training. “We didn’t want to create an inequitable situation, where some students were college-bound and others were not. With this new structure all Union High School graduates starting in 2020 have the opportunity for post-secondary education,” said Community Foundation President, Diana Sieger.

There is a large cohort of students that are headed to Union High School from middle schools and K-8 schools across the city, including Burton, Riverside and Southwest Community Campus. And while these students would be in classes with Challenge Scholars, they would not have been Challenge Scholars. Beginning with the class of 2020, any Union High graduate who has been at the high school for four years and graduates with a 2.0 GPA or better will be eligible for two years of tuition-free college at Grand Rapids Community College through Challenge Scholars. “”We are truly grateful to Grand Rapids Community Foundation for expanding the Challenge Scholars program to ensure all students at Union benefit from this remarkable opportunity,” said Grand Rapids Public Schools superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal, M.Ed.

While the scholarship portion of the program is critical, a key component of the Challenge Scholars program include the services that students and their families receive to help them pursue their educational dreams. These services include Kent School Services Network, college/career coordinators and teacher professional development. Union High School students will also benefit from dedicated GRCC staff to guide them on the college path.

“These young men and women are the future of our great city. It’s a win-win. And it just makes good sense—for Grand Rapids Community College success coaches to work collectively with our community partners, and parents, to provide another layer of support that fosters the growth and success of Union High School students,” GRCC President Dr. Steven C. Ender said.

“We are sure that this expansion of the program will not only be a benefit to the students seeking an education after high school, but to the community as a whole,” Sieger said.

President Steven C. Ender speaks from behind a lectern. A video screen to the right says: “Challenge Scholars. Your dream. Our promise.”



An Evening with the Phantom: GRCC Foundation Fundraiser to benefit GRCC music scholarships

Volunteers needed!

Are you available during the evening of Tuesday, May 17, 2016 from 5-8pm?  We are looking for volunteers to help at our event!

What we need:

  • Parking Help
  • Greeters
  • Coat Check
  • Registration

All volunteer positions will be assigned.

That evening, food will be provided to all volunteers in the volunteer break room.

Also, each volunteer will be asked to wear a white shirt with black pants.

We need at least 10 dedicated volunteers.

Contact Mary Reed at 3930 or  to sign up.

GRCC Scholarship Golf Outing raffle tickets available

Raffle tickets are now available for the GRCC Scholarship Golf Outing.

Great raffle packages including:

  • Airfare for two.
  • Office chair.
  • Dinner for eight at the McCabe-Marlowe House.

And many more prizes!

Tickets: 3 for $5

The raffle will take place on May 25th from 7-9 p.m. at the Thousand Oaks Golf Club.  Winners need not be present to win.

Proceeds support Student Scholarships.

Tickets are available from the following individuals:

  • Dave Anderson
  • Erin Cisler
  • Tina Hoxie
  • Scott Martin
  • Kurt Meinders
  • Mary Reed
  • Danelle Sedore
  • Jim VanDokkumburg
  • Laurie Witczak

Campus Dining hours during exam week, summer

Campus Dining Hours for Exam Week

& Summer

(April 25th through April 29th)

The Raider Grille

Open Monday and Tuesday normal hours (10 am – 3 pm)

Closed Wednesday – Friday

The Quiet Café and The Sneden Café

Open Monday Normal hours (7 am – 6 pm)

Tuesday and Wednesday open 7 am – 4 pm

Closed Thursday and Friday

Summer Hours

The Raider Grille will be closed

The Quite Café and The Sneden Cafe

will be re-open on May 9th

Monday–Thursday 8 am – 1:30 pm

Closed on Friday