United Way stories of impact: homelessness

GRCC employees do a great job of supporting our community through their annual commitment to the West Michigan Heart of United Way. Each month we are sharing a story that demonstrates the outcomes of your commitment.

Read about Steve, and his school age son Nick, who avoided homelessness and regained financial independence with support from Family Promise.


GRCC In the News, 5-3-16

GRPD: Suspect arrested in homicide at GRCC

May 2, 2016; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Grand Rapids Police arrested a man in connection to a homicide that happened over the weekend near Grand Rapids Community College.

Food Network founder returns to Grand Rapids

April 29, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Food Network founder and Grand Rapids native Jack Clifford will be in town this weekend promoting his book, The Least Likely to Succeed, which details how he went from a boy who was voted least likely to succeed in high school to founding a popular and successful television network.

… With (Elmo) Wierenga’s encouragement, Clifford enrolled in Grand Rapids Junior College, now Grand Rapids Community College, and later transferred to Western Michigan University.

KVCC Tries German Model to Help Manufacturers Solve “Skills Gap”

May 2, 2016; WMUK

Many Michigan manufacturers are facing a problem that they call a skill gaps. As more and more of their skilled employees retire, manufacturers need new workers to operate advanced technologies. And unfortunately, they say, very few new workers have the education or experience to fill in, leaving hundreds of jobs unfilled. But there’s hope. Kalamazoo Valley Community College is trying out a new program that’s connecting employers with young students to fill the pipeline again.

… “So who do we find with these skill-sets?” says Julie Parks, the director of workforce training at Grand Rapids Community College.


… Parks says manufacturers know they can’t wait around for students anymore. So now, they’re taking a new approach. Manufacturers are going to college and paying for students’ educations as a way to ensure they can hire them later on.

Formation Retreats are next week! Grab your spot today!

Formation retreats are a long-standing tradition at GRCC and this year, we are once again pleased to offer this opportunity to faculty and staff. Based on the work of Dr. Parker Palmer, formation is a three-day, two-night professional development opportunity in which participants reflect on what they believe about their work, reconnect to the passion that brought them to the work, and renew themselves as practitioners. Two retreats will be held this year, both at the picturesque Gilchrist Retreat Center near Three Rivers, Michigan.

The Introduction to Formation Retreat will run from May 11 – 13.

The Continuing Formation Retreat for prior participants will be held May 8 – 10.

The retreats are offered at no cost to GRCC employees, but enrollment in each retreat is limited to 10 participants, so register today!

If you would like more information, visit the GRCC Formation Retreat web page at www.grcc.edu/formation . To register, visit http://cms.grcc.edu/humanresources/staffdevelopment/learningopportunitiesregistration